our team

management & operations



Co-Producer, Director, Sound Designer

Sophie Kaner is the co-creator, director, and sound designer for The Penumbra Podcast, as well as Head of Episode Development for Hyperion City Productions.

She is also a dancer and actor who works in the Boston area as a solo performer/teacher and with her award-winning burlesque / drag / performance art troupe.

She does her best to break down the gender binary wherever she goes.



Co-Producer, Lead Writer

Kevin Vibert is the co-creator and lead writer of The Penumbra Podcast, as well as Head of Operations for Hyperion City Productions.

He has a Bachelor’s in English from University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University.

He is a high school English and Creative Writing teacher by day and strives to bring the central value of The Penumbra Podcast into every one of his classes: that everyone deserves to see themselves in stories.

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Live Show Production Manager

Noah Simes is a Boston-based actor, director, and producer. He has appeared on stage with a number of local companies, including Flat Earth Theatre (A Bright Room Called Day, The Farnsworth Invention), Imaginary Beasts (Knock!, Winter Pantos), Bad Habit Productions (Orlando), and Fresh Ink Theatre (That Time the House Burned Down).

Recent directing credits include the premiere reading of (We Are) The Antarcticans in 2018 and the world premiere of From the Sea, to Somewhere Else in 2016.

Noah performs regularly with local favorite Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare, though he is perhaps best known for portraying homme fatale Peter Nureyev on The Penumbra Podcast.


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Kat Buckingham

Outreach Director

Kat Buckingham is a creator and collaborator in the Boston area. She first joined The Penumbra Podcast as a voice actor, and later as Outreach Director to expand our audience and set up our merchandise operation.

Kat has engaged in theater and performance arts throughout her artistic career in various projects. Currently, she is preparing for a performance of Matt & Ben for later this year, and is spearheading a new live-storytelling experience called The Campfire Narratives.

Kat has a degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Head of Design

Alice Chuang is the Head of Design for The Penumbra Podcast, working on our branding, digital media, marketing, animation, photography – basically anything that touches visual aesthetics.

Currently she is also a product designer at Facebook, working on Messenger. Alice has designed mobile & web experiences for a number of products, ranging from early-stage startups to large software companies like LinkedIn and Google.

Alice has a degree in Film and another in English from Mount Holyoke College. She loves nothing more than building (aesthetically-pleasing) things that people use.



Joshua Ilon

Juno Steel


Sir Caroline and other voices.

simon moody

Pilot Pereyra, Vivien, Croesus (Live Show), and other voices.


Rita and other voices.

matthew zahnzinger

Sir Damien, Ramses, and other voices.

noah simes

Peter Nureyev, Lord Arum, and other voices.

kat buckingham

Alessandra Strong, Queen Mira, and other voices.



Season 3 Guest Artists

Sharon Oh

Sharon is a Korean-American character designer and game developer. She likes miniature things, chickens, angsty video games, and (of course) the one and only Juno Steel.