Meet the Board!


Shai Karp, 2018

Shai is a senior political science major with a sociology correlate originally from Denver, Colorado. He is the president of Phil in the fall of 2017 after two years as treasurer. He also assumed the title of “Philaletheis Election Coordinator” in 2015 without asking anyone. He has done stage management, production management, and dramaturgy sometimes. He also likes cheese, cardigans, pasta, urban political economy, labor politics, critical theory, temperate weather, niche real estate, and hoarding books.

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Walker Kelly, 2019

Walker is a junior Psychology major from Galesburg, Illinois. He enjoys cats, board games, and sci-fi media. He has been involved in theater in a variety of capacities since age 10, but now mostly keeps to backstage roles. He also can’t really pronounce “Philaletheis” and yet here he is on Phil Board. Never let anyone tell you your dreams are impossible.





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Leo Hilton, 2019

Leo is a Junior Drama major, focusing on design and theater technology. This will be his first semester on Phil board, and he looks forward to making nice colored coded spreadsheets as well as waiting around in the VSA offices during Finance office hours. Usually you can find Leo in the Tech Conglomerate closet/office browsing, but when he’s not doing that he occasionally enjoys working as a master electrician or lighting designer. Leo spent the last summer hanging upside-down from a 30′ truss, a wrench in each hand, a roll of gaff on his arm, and a screwdriver between his teeth at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. Stay tuned for spring semester when Leo transforms into his alter-ego, Scott Szpisjak.


Emily Hwu, 2020

Emily is a sophomore Psychology major who loves to highlight, snack, and ask to pet other people’s dogs. She is from the humid land of Houston, and began her theatre career at age 11 in “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone” (a very poorly written parody). Her heart is Philled with so much love for all of the wonderful people of Phil! ❤


Student Activities Liaison
Nina Zacharia, 2020

Nina is a sophomore Economics from the far away land of Westchester, New York. Nina has been doing technical theater since 7th grade, and especially loves stage management. She does not act (and will remind you of this when forced to read lines). When not obsessing over every detail of a show, she can often be found in the retreat skirting her own responsibilities, or neglecting to clean her very small dorm room.

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Alison Russell, 2020

Alison is a sophomore Neuroscience/Drama double major from Newburyport, Massachusetts. She is an avid lover of artisanal oatmeal and good vegetarian food. When not eating (a rarity), she is probably re-watching sitcoms on Netflix, lying on the floor of a friends dorm room and complaining, talking to her fellowees, or napping. She has been acting since early elementary school and stage managing since sophomore year of high school and can’t wait to see what the rest of Vassar theatre will have in store :))))


Technical Director
Lindsay Matheos, 2019

Lindsay is a junior drama major and women’s studies minor who hails from a swamp next to a buffalo farm in New Hampshire. After being cast as “Girl” in the 7th grade musical “Tom Sawyer,” she decided she was more of a backstage kind of gal. In addition to being on Phil board, she is the Tech Conglomerate education director and the Drama Department’s research assistant for design, as well as a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). She spent this past summer as a props intern/run crew member and deck manager the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where she managed a minimum of 9 color-coded spreadsheets and didn’t cry once.

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Properties Manager
Max Hamilton, 2020

Max is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and (hopefully) pursuing a correlate in history. A good portion of his time is spent watching Great British Bake Off and crying whenever someone gets eliminated. He’s incredibly excited to be on Phil board this year and can’t wait to rack up more student theater power points (if he can finally find out where to redeem them). He lives in Brooklyn, a fact that has brought him disdain and disappointment from everyone he knows.

Freshman Representative
Abby Lass, 2021

Abby is a freshman who expects to double-major in Drama and Psychology. She is from Newton, Massachusetts, and is almost as passionate about Italian food as she is about Game of Thrones. When not doing theater, Abby works for The Miscellany News as Assistant Online Editor, is in two choirs, and spends an unholy amount of time looking at corgi butts. Abby has been acting, directing, and producing cringeworthy home video productions since she was a wee one and is excited to get involved in new dramatic endeavors during her time on Phil Board.