Leah Englund knew she wanted to be an actress when she was 5 years old. At that age she started planning her own acting curriculum, writing shows, and directing her neighbors. While her passion hasn’t changed, her understanding of what type of theatre she wants to create has evolved. Leah received a B.A. in theatre from Belhaven University, where she learned that she loves movement-based theatre. She worked at A.D. Players in Houston and has free-lanced as an actor and youth director throughout the Houston area. Leah spent the past year working in a low-income school in Houston helping 6th graders improve their reading skills. Leah is interested in exploring radicalism, intersectionality, and inter-cultural communication through theatre. Attracted by what she calls “adult whimsy,” Leah draws inspiration from modern dance, circus, surrealist visual art, psychology, experimental music, and people’s individual experiences.
Rowen Haigh is a director, deviser, and movement artist with a B.A. in Theatre from Reed College. Before entering the M.F.A. program at Towson, Rowen was based in Philadelphia, PA, where she co-founded the experimental performance company Philly Contact Collective. Rowen focuses on creating both original ensemble-based performance and experimental stagings of extant scripts. Her work is influenced by an overwhelming fascination with the human body and its capacity to tell stories and to evoke memories, emotions, and sensations in performers and audience alike. Interests in Contact Improvisation, clowning, and collaborative creation also define her work, as well as an ideological commitment to examining and challenging social, political, and cultural norms, inequalities, and prejudices. For more information about past and current projects, visit her website.
Amy Walker (Amy Kronzer) has been a Northern California-based actor/director/performance artist for the past eighteen years and is excited to finally experience the theatre culture of the Eastern United States. As an educator, she has been involved with Special Needs programs for the past eight years, and has taught theatre to young people throughout Northern California since 2002. Amy began her undergraduate training with the B.F.A. Actor Training Program at the California Institute of the Arts, and then completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. in Dramatic Art at UC Davis. In addition to serving as an advocate for inclusive forms of theatre, Amy is also interested in developing a more psychologically safe and organic form of actor training.
Sean Mahoney holds a B.A. in Directing and Playwriting from Juniata College. Supported by a history of work with various theatre and performance artists, as well as studies in English, Music, Psychology and Philosophy, Sean is dedicated to the creation of new works. His approach places emphasis on the redefinition of the purpose of live theatre, and the importance of individual connection in an exceedingly disillusioned world.
Deirdre, an actor and playwright from Baltimore, has aspirations of running her own playwrights company one day. She received her BA in Performance and Arts Administration from Suffolk University in Boston. Deirdre lived in Dublin, Ireland for eight years of her childhood and draws most of her inspiration from her travels, myths, rituals, music, and her family and friends. Most recently, she performed with the Fells Point Corner Theatre, acted as musical director for an a cappella group, and directed a reading at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for their Women of the World Festival. She would love to teach one day among many other things. When she’s not immersed in theatre projects, Deirdre sings in a local band and wreaks havoc in the kitchen.
Trustina Aku Fafa Sabah was born and raised in Ghana. After completing her Secondary education, she continued to the highly respected University of Ghana where she studied Theater Arts and Dance at the School of Performing Arts, with a concentration on Directing. While at university, she performed in over twenty professional and student productions, playing lead roles in most of them. She also played supporting roles on television as well as feature films. Her debut feature film was Turing Point Productions’ Sinking Sands in which she played a supporting role of Stella. After directing Zulu Sofola’s Wedlock of The Gods as her final year project, she graduated in March 2011 with First Class Honors after which she was employed at Etv Ghana as a Television Director and a television host of a movies review program called The Big Screen for two years from July 2010 to August 2012. She is a performer with Roverman Productions from 2010 to the present.
Ben Sansom is a director, actor, writer and translator interested in increasing cultural awareness by bringing Latin American Theatre (both in its original language and translated into English) to the masses in the United States. Ben has noticed large populations of Spanish-speakers around the United States who have little or no access to theatre about them and in their native tongue. Ben is also interested in creating new works based on the stories and theatrical traditions of the people of Central and South America. Ben studied Directing and Spanish at Brigham Young University and also pursued professional actor training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a year. Ben has taught puppetry and mask as a teacher of K-12 grades at a private school in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been nominated twice for the Irene Ryan Award. He is the proud father of two little girls and a boy and the proud husband of one beautiful wife.
Luis Alejandro Vega-Medina was born in/at White Memorial Hospital back in 1977 at 3:30 a.m.—he is a morning human who has had trouble sleeping for the past thirty years. He is a creator of myths in life—on paper, or on stage, or wherever they may appear. His works have been presented through out the us zip codes of 90032, 90012, 91323, 90405, 94175, 02657 and 02207. He is currently working on a variety of public performances that began their lives in El-Sereno, Los Angeles.
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