Kevin G. Becker received his B.A. in music composition and percussion from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He studied under Dr. Douglas Ovens and Dr. Ted Conners at Muhlenberg College, and Dr. John Sinclair and Beth Gotleib at Rollins College. Theatrical compositions include: Oedipus with Empty Spaces, POE at Theatre Downtown, Fe-or- Male at PlayFest 2005, "Solo Face and Hidden Mandala" at Orlando Fringe Festival, "Solo Face" and "Just So Stories" at Touchstone Theatre and "Antigone" and "Twelfth Night" at Rollins College. He also composed for Blueprint Theatre Project: Human Variations in NYC. Since 2005, he has been a core collaborator with the Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) creating and directing nearly 50 shows. Most recently he created an interaction theatre salon based on Adam Bock's “The Receptionist,” examining the search for truth and narcissism within America today.
Sarah Bourne is a theatre artist hailing most recently from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her ten years of residency, she worked in various roles with VEE Corporation, the Minnesota Opera, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, the Twin Cities T’ai Chi Ch'uan Lion Dance Troupe and with various lacrosse organizations as a coach and administrator. She holds a B.F.A. and an M.A. in Puppetry Arts from the University of Connecticut. Happy to return to her home state (and the home state of lacrosse), she is interested in developing innovative puppet pieces that break out of the fairy-tale mindset of rape culture and entitlement.
Areas of theatrical research:
The WPA and Federal Theatre Project, their impact on audiences, and the censorship that occurred within the programs
Puppet performance and innovations of the 21st Century
Developing, retaining and sustaining an audience
Leah Englund is a theatre artist. She fills different roles in different projects: director, actor, teacher, choreographer and designer. Using theatre to explore the world and to make connections with other people, she sculpts intimate and overlooked moments for the stage. Leah draws from the visual arts, literature, nature and music. She collaboratively shapes these materials into theatrical collages that expose the ways she experiences the world. Leah has done theatre work across the US, in Italy, Switzerland and India. Favorite directing projects include: "Lucretia Borgia," with text by Gertrude Stein; "Yume," for which she compiled and combined text from "Dream Play" by August Strindberg; "Kantan" by Yukio Mishima; and "La Vida es Sueno" by Calderon De La Baca. Favorite acting roles include: Alexandra in "The Little Foxes" produced by A.D. Players in Houston, Texas; Dunyazad in Mary Zimmerman’s "Arabian Nights" produced by National Rep Theatre in Houston; and ensemble/creator for "Kinetic Echo," a physical theatre based in Jackson MS. Currently she is studying to be a Laban/Bartenieff movement analyst while continuing her studies in the Lecoq methods of actor training. Leah received her B.A. in Theatre from Belhaven University.
Corey Hennessey has been honing his craft in Baltimore since his graduation from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in visual arts and photography and a minor in theatre. He works frequently alongside such local companies as the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Effervescent Collective and as a company member of Still Pointe Theatre.
The root of all theatre — all life — is breath. As a theatre artist I want to represent the human experience honestly. I also work to affect positive change in my audience. This can be defined as simply facilitating a change in mood, or can be as complex as motivating actual change in behavior. I design my efforts based on research from fields including theatre, entertainment-education and simulation technology. I incorporate theatre movement, voice, improvisation, audience interaction, puppetry and quality storytelling.
Deirdre McAllister is a performer, playwright, director/deviser, teaching artist and musician from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.A. in performance and arts administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Deirdre has worked as an actor, musician, educator, writer and administrator in both Boston and Baltimore. At present, she is focused on creating new original works that explore different modes of collaboration to encourage and promote social action, awareness and engagement. She strives to empower those who have not been enabled to create art to find community through expression.
Tyler Ryan is a writer, director, musician and space enthusiast. He completed his undergraduate degree at Albright College in Reading, PA where he was a member of the Domino Players theatre company. He is excited to see what the future holds for him.
Areas of theatrical interest:
Trustina Fafa Sabah
Trustina Fafa Sabah is an Indie Gathering Film Festival (Ohio) Best Actress Nominee (2013), an actor, a dancer, director for stage and television, new works deviser, T.V. host and broadcaster from Ghana, West Africa. Trustina’s aesthetic interest is making experimental theater through what she calls “total theater.” Total theater being performance pieces that blend dance, movement, music and drama. Trustina spent most of her life in Ghana where she trained as a Ghanaian dancer, actor, singer and director. She holds a B.F.A. in theater arts and dance studies from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Rachel Thomas-Levy received her B.A. in theatre from Warren Wilson College in 2010. Since then, she has worked in Asheville, North Carolina as a director, actor, and Butoh dancer. In 2012, she became involved with the Anam Cara Theatre Company, a group dedicated to socially progressive, interdisciplinary works. As a member of the theatre’s experimental group, Accordion Time Machine, Rachel rediscovered her passion for developing works that are highly personal and that integrate multiple modes of performance: dance, music, puppetry, poetry, religious ritual and performance art. She is dedicated to an ensemble driven creative process and finds personal inspiration in the rich, complicated, indefinable source that is Southern United States history and culture.
Zach Trebino holds a B.A. in English and theatre (directing and performance studies) from Muhlenberg College and has spent the past three years self-producing work as Homunculus, Inc. in Philadelphia. As a playwright/director/theatre scholar, he seeks to explore and expound upon dissonance, recursion, trans-humanism, quantum physics and the grotesque. Regardless of how he is involved in a theatrical production, he pledges to maintain five tenets of (his) theatrical ethics: to never be didactic, to never be rote, to never be cavalier, to never be wasteful and to always be prodigious.
Areas of theatrical research:
Contemporary German drama
Theatre based on mathematical and/or scientific formulas (especially recursive equations)
The intersection of the avant-garde and quantum mechanics
Theatre of catastrophe
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
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