About Yellow Bicycle Collective

History

The original yellow bicycle was a vintage Schwinn rescued from an LA landfill. It served as a commuter bike, camera dolly, and grip truck during YBC founder Joshua Crone’s first two years in Hollywood. When actors came by the studio they would find it parked outside to make room for rehearsal or filming. Over time the yellow bicycle became a signpost, a symbol of the collective: a loose-knit group of theater and film artists committed to doing ambitious work, even under humble circumstances. A group that was going places, even if it meant cycling uphill against the wind. When Crone moved to New York in 2018, the bike stayed behind in Joshua Tree. But its spirit lives on in its successor, a 1975 Raleigh (pictured here at Lyons Falls, NY), and in its namesake: Yellow Bicycle Collective.

 

Mission

As a resident theater company of the new Yellow Bicycle Theater in Center City, Philadelphia, Yellow Bicycle Collective is now a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit corporation committed to producing edgy new writing, experimental reworkings of classic plays, and an annual bicycle-themed film festival. Its mission, as outlined in its Articles of Incorporation, is to enrich, educate and entertain the community by providing unique experiences at the interface of theater and film. First up in an ambitious lineup for 2024 is a new adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, premiering April 4 as part of Philly Theatre Week.

 

Board of Directors

Joshua Crone, President & Treasurer

Josh took up playwriting as a Marine and spent the next decade working as a carpenter, programmer, fisherman, teacher, before settling on a career in Polish and German translation. Along the way, he wrote and directed plays and movies in Krakow, Berlin, London, Los Angeles and New York, earned a Masters in philosophy from the Jagiellonian University and studied directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. After moving to Philadelphia in 2021 he founded Yellow Bicycle Company and the nonprofit Yellow Bicycle Collective. In 2022 he obtained a contractor’s license and single-handedly converted an abandoned escape room into the new Yellow Bicycle Theater.

 

Jaclyn Osterstock, Vice President of Development & Secretary

Jaclyn grew up riding horses in Bucks Country, PA. She went on to become a Division 1 equestrian for Oklahoma State University and began her professional life in the equestrian show-jumping world. For over a decade she has pursued her passion for architecture and design as a luxury real estate agent in Philadelphia. She also has a deep appreciation of modern dance and ballet, an interest she credits to her connection with horses. In her view, the intricate dance of communication between rider and horse makes horseback riding more of an art than a sport.

 

Thoeger Hansen, Vice President of Public Relations

Thoeger Hansen, also known by his middle name Iana, was born in Denmark and moved to the U.S. at age three with his American mother. He spent most of his youth in Oahu, Hawaii, and has called New York City home for most of adulthood. He has worked professionally as an actor since 2004, appearing primarily in indie cinema, cable TV, and off-off-Broadway. More recently, he has added writing and producing credits to his showbiz CV. Prior to his acting career, Thoeger had a front-row seat in the theater of the turn-of-the-century ‘dot-com’ boom and bust, as the original Director of Operations of Kozmo.com, and the lone employee who lasted the company’s entire operational lifespan.

 

Seth Hammerman, Vice President of Marketing

Seth was born and bred in NYC, but has lived “all over”. He was bitten by the acting bug at 9 when he played the lead in “Oliver” and did voice over and dubbing work for WNET in New York City. He graduated Harpur College in Binghamton, NY as a BA in Theatre, minoring in Economics. Productions there included “The Birthday Party” as McCann with Howard Korder as Goldberg, “Death of a Salesman” as Happy with Michael Ryan as Willy Loman, and others. After, life got in the way, but Seth did not lose his love for acting. He has performed at Standup NY, done PSA’s and voice overs for AARP and most recently appeared in “Nothing Personal” with Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew Broderick, and “LaJolla”, a TV pilot produced by Disney Studios.