Faire Play, Inc. is a Pennsylvania company that was incorporated in February of 2007. Its founders have come together in pursuit of a common dream, a dream that has become a realistic goal. That goal is to create a medieval village that will serve as a venue for historical reenactment organizations, live action role-playing (LARP) companies, performance groups and community events.
Faire Play is currently renting the site to private groups and individuals. Many of these groups are well established and have been successfully operating for years and even decades. Their biggest obstacle has always been finding an appropriate place to hold their events with a staff that is understanding and encouraging. We are pleased to host them and welcome any inquiries from other groups who may wish to use the site.
The founders of Faire Play have an extensive and varied background in their professions, in medieval reenactment, in live action roleplaying and in community work.
Scott Kondrk: Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Northeastern University in Boston where he also received a football scholarship. After college he worked in social work and as a high school football coach for several years. For the past eleven years he has worked in the insurance industry, where he is currently a manager. Scott has participated in historical reenactment and live action roleplaying since 1995. He has helped organize and run events since 1998. Scott is a skilled leatherworker and a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Scott serves as the President of Faire Play, Inc.
Eric Ingvaar Stehle: After attending John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arizona, on an athletic scholarship, Eric worked in securities arbitrage for several investment firms in New York, New York. He relocated to Pennsylvania in 1990 where he works as the national sales manager for a software development company. Eric has been active in historical reenactment and live-action role-playing since 1993. Eric serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Faire Play, Inc.
Deirdre Kondrk: Deirdre holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and Policy with an emphasis in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked in the outdoor industry and National Forest services. In early 2013 she started a leatherworking company–Deevious Designs–where she makes custom leather products of all sorts. Deirdre has been involved in historical reenactment and live action roleplaying since 1999. She is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and has played roller derby for seven years, including banked track and co-ed, most recently out of Philadelphia. Deirdre serves as Secretary and Project Manager for Faire Play.
Heidi Hooper: Heidi has her degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later studied at the Massachusetts College of Art for her Masters and taught at the school for some time, as well as at the Brookline Arts Center. With her husband Mike Ventrella, she founded NERO (New England Roleplaying Organization) in 1989 – now known as Alliance LARP. She also founded The NERO Emporium, a store which sold medieval costuming and supplies at the New York Renaissance Faire and other smaller faires across the northeast. She is a Niche-Award-winning artist whose work can be seen in numerous galleries and on her web page.
Michael J. Luther: Michael attended the University of Pittsburgh and pursued a degree in Computer Science. He has been employed in the IT industry since 1996 by various companies in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Currently, Michael holds the position of Senior Unix Systems Engineer for a non-profit company in Princeton, NJ. His responsibilities include managing and maintaining several hundred publicly visible computer systems in academic computing centers scattered around the US and Great Britain. Michael began his Live Action Roleplaying career in 1998. Since that time he has developed his skills in leather working and chainmail crafting. In 2000, Michael redesigned key databases used by various LARP groups and currently improves and maintains them.
Michael A. Ventrella: Mike graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his J.D. from New England Law. Besides practicing law, he has taught courses in politics, history and law at Bunker Hill Community College and Northampton Community College. In the 1980s, he founded Animato, a magazine about film animation, and sold it when it was at the peak of its circulation. Along with his wife Heidi Hooper, he began NERO (New England Roleplaying Organization) in 1989 — now known as Alliance LARP. Mike has edited the Rule Books and Players’ Guides for the game, and his fantasy novels are published by Double Dragon Press.