Aanya Pawar (Chorus, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor at California institute of the Arts.
Aaron Wilson (Master Electrician, BFA3) is a Lighting Designer from Burbank, California. Aaron’s approach to lighting is asking the questions: What is the audience expecting and what does the audience want? Once he has found those answers, he begins designing. His work includes CalArts Halloween 2019 and 2021 as well as work in the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, Graduation Courtyard and the Steven Spielberg Soundstage.
Adam Peltier (MFA3) is a veteran of the United States Army and former West Point cadet. He made his stage debut in the LA Premier of Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo at The Road Theatre Company where he received a best lead performance nomination from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Adam is currently hard at work finishing his short film Space Junk and lending his voice/likeness to a new 2K Games project. To Racheli and the rest of his family he'd like to say: Thanks for putting up with me! Big hugs. Tiny Kisses.
Alec Anderson-Carrasco (The Father/Ensemble, MFA2) is an LA based actor and director. Recent professional credits include: Christopher Wren (The MouseTrap) at The Group Rep Theatre, Damis (The Metromaniacs) at Theater 40 and the understudy for Nico (Scene With Cranes) with CalArts Center for New Performance. He is represented by KD Talent Management, Love Talent Agency and BOLD Talent Agency. He would like to thank his family, Jo, his cohort, his professors, and most of all this amazing team of people who brought this show to life. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
Alec Boyd (Pentheus, BFA2) is a Chicago based actor. He has worked with Victory Gardens Theater on If I Forget written by: Steven Levenson where he was Joey Oren, Profiles Theater on The Cryptogram by David Mamet as the understudy for John, and Light Opera Works on Damn Yankees by Douglass Wallop and George Abbott as Boy. This is Alec's Debut at CalArts and he hopes you enjoy the show!
Alec Boyd (Everyone, BFA3) is an LA/Chicago-based actor. Previous credits include: If I Forget (Joey) at Victory Gardens Theater, Night Sky (Bowling Alley Attendant) on Prime Video, Chicago Med (Duane) on NBC, The Bacchae (Pentheus) at CalArts. This summer he will be playing Declan (U/s) in A Distinct Society at Writers Theater. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, and Kelli (not to Anika). Enjoy the show!
Alejandra Jaime (Fina, Fight Captain, MFA3) Is an LA based actress. Film/TV Credits: Latasha Harlins (2022), The 100th Day (2021), Personal Revelation (2020). Recent theater credits include Bobbie Clearly (CalArts), No Opera (Zarsky Theatre), Curse of the Starving Class (Warren Theatre). Woo Woo!! Thank you for coming back to live theater. This has been sorely missed! Excited to finally make my LIVE CalArts debut and graduate this year! Thank you to my family for their support. IG: @alejandra_jay_ IMBD: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12485612/?ref_=ra_gb_ln
Alexa Orovitz (Associate Producer, MFA1) is a creative producer of live, theatrical, and immersive entertainment. She specializes in creative concept design, producing, and show direction. Alexa graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, Bachelor of Sciences in Entertainment Management, and minor in Psychology. She is now pursuing a MFA in Producing at CalArts. Her most recent project, before Marabella, was creative producing The Haunted Road in Orlando, Florida. Marabella is her first production at CalArts, and she looks forward to many more to come. Alexaorovitz.com
Alexandra Tejada (Valentina, BFA2) is an actress, artist, and renaissance woman. She is beyond grateful and thrilled to be making her CalArts School of Theater debut. Alexandra has performed in both theater and film. She is an alumni of Orange County School of the Arts' Acting program, and has studied the arts in both the United States and the Philippines. As a second generation Filipino-American, Alexandra is dedicated to creating art that expresses the different perspectives and challenges of all individuals, and believes that every story deserves to be told. All the love to my family. You have fire.
Alice Guo (Everyone, MFA3) is a Taiwan-born artist. CalArts School of Theater productions include Accidental Death of an Anarchist (2022) and The Water Station (2022). Past productions include God of Carnage (2020) at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. She is excited to share her love for acting through I Want a Country. Special thanks to Sean and her beloved family who always support and encourage her thousands of miles away.
ALICE TZU-CHIA GUO
Alice Tzu-chia Guo (MFA2) is a Taiwan-born artist. Her last production was God of Carnage at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. She is grateful for her journey at CalArts and excited to share her love for acting through The Water Station. Special thanks to her beloved family and her love, Sean who always supports and encourages her from thousands of miles away.
Anna Vyshnyakova (Costume Designer) is an MFA3 exchange student from Berlin UDK. She was born in Ukraine, grew up in Switzerland, and is currently based in Berlin. She designed costumes for Izidora Leber Lethes Solo Exhibition Peristyle, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco and Form(ul)ations - Blue-Barbar-Braid, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland; film costumes for Medusa by Arina Chernova in collaboration with the DFFB Film Academy Berlin; Über Wunden at Fabrik Theater in Zürich in collaboration with HORA Zürich. During her BFA Costume Design studies at UDK, she gained experience as an assistant costume designer at Zürich Opera, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Neumarkt, Hamburg Opera, and Bregenzer Festspiele.
Anton Iakukhin (Musician, MFA2) is an MFA2 Jazz Drummer at Califoenia Institute of the Arts.
Arthur Siprut (Assistant Costume Designer) is a costume designer and prop builder based in Los Angeles, CA, who utilizes a wide variety of techniques and materials to create unique and imaginative props and costumes. Partially living out in Joshua Tree, California, he draws a lot of inspiration from the high desert and utilizes recycled objects such as scrap metal and wood in his personal work. Arthur is currently a BFA 2 at CalArts, and is graduating in 2024 with an emphasis on costume design. With every project, Arthur does extensive research into the subject at hand in order to create a product that is visually dynamic and interesting.
Arthur Siprut (Costume Designer, BFA 3) is a costume designer and prop builder based in Los Angeles, who utilizes a wide variety of techniques and materials to create unique and imaginative costumes and props. He has worked as a fabricator for Legacy Effects and has interned for SD Casts during 2023 New York Fashion Week. His CalArts productions include Masking Romeo and Juliet, Bacchae, Jasmine Flower Song, and Aiky.
Ashlen Harris (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA2) is an LA-based artist. CalArts School of Theater productions include Celebrando Fornes and Rasgos Asiaticos. BFA in Experience Design and Production, CalArts. Special thanks to Chris Dorner and KJ Apa.
ASHLEY KAE SNYDER
Ashley Kae Snyder (Assistant Costume Designer, MFA1) hails from sunny Southern Utah. Previous to CalArts, Ashley worked as a Costume Designer, Art Director and a Hair & Makeup artist in film in Austin, TX. Her credits include; Rekindling Christmas (Daytime Emmy Nominee 2020), Deadly Daughter Switch (2020) and No More Goodbyes (2022). Along with assisting Yuwei Hu, Ashley will be costume designing for the Spring 2022 Coffeehouse Series production of Charles Ludlum's "The Mystery of Irma Vep" She'd like to thank her loving and supportive family and her Mom #2 for pushing her and always believing in her.
Ashley Kae Snyder
Ashley Kae Snyder (Costume Designer, MFA2) is an LA-based Costume Designer and Art Director. With a background and BS (DSU, Utah) in film they are ecstatic for their debut into the world of theatre, as a designer. Previous CalArts productions include: The Come Back (Costume Designer) and Water Station (Co-Asst. Costume Designer). Film and TV credits include: 1660 Vine, Rekindling Christmas, Deadly Daughter Switch. Upcoming works include: Chambers, a stop-motion animated film and Night of the Falling Stars, a theatrical dance experience. Special thanks go out to her Grandma, Rhonda, Dennis, Scott and Tiff for their unbridled support.
Atlas Alma (Everyone, BFA3) is an LA-based performer. Previous acting credits include Tsipekua (California Institute of the Arts), When Five Years Pass (California Institute of the Arts), Unfolding Seeds (Paperhand Puppet Intervention), and The Wolves (North Carolina School of the Arts). Upcoming projects include Fishbowl Sonata, which will premiere in the Coffeehouse Theater this spring. Special thanks to the homies.
Atlas Alma (Child/Clown) is a BFA2 excited to make their debut at the CalArts School of Theater. Atlas’s work has been seen professionally at the Florida Repertory Theater and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Collegiate performances at University of North Carolina School of the Arts include Hamlet and The Wolves. Special thanks to all who have supported Atlas in their artistic endeavors.
Austin Peyton (Everyone, BFA2) is beyond excited to be making his CalArts School of Theater debut. Originally from Illinois, he attended The Chicago Academy for the Arts High School as a musical theater major. He has an extensive background in dance, musical theater, and Shakespeare with some of his favorite credits including Into the Woods, Cabaret, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can catch Austin in the spring production of Everybody. Special thanks to the wonderful cast and crew. Much love. Instagram: @austin_peypey
Ava Hase (BFA3) is an LA/NY based performer. Recent credits include her one woman show I Hear So Extremely Loud at the Hudson Guild Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival). Past CalArts Theater School productions include King Lear.
AVALON GREENBERG CALL
Avalon Greenberg Call is thrilled to be a part of CalArts’s production of Fig and the Wasp. Avalon is BFA 3 actor and digital arts major at calarts where she continues to grow as a multidisciplinary artist. Her previous roles include: Ruth in Light Falling Down, Cordelia in King Lear and Whitney in Piece of my Heart. Avalon has trained with the Old globe theatre of San Diego and has enjoyed expanding her craft California institute of the Arts. You can contact her at email@example.com
Avalon Greenberg Call
Avalon Greenberg Call (Zucco’s Mother/Ensemble, BFA4) is a multidisciplinary artist working in the mediums of theatre, film, and graphic design. She is a graduating BFA majoring in Acting and Digital Arts. Recent roles include Harla (Fig and The Wasp) directed by Josh Sobel, Soyciallyfe directed by May Chiao, and Zomers directed by Ursula Andreef. Last year she set designed for Aryan Papers at RedCat directed by Hunter Abal and David Blindauer. Additionally, she works as an graphic design intern at the production company The Braid. She is thrilled to be performing in the MOD again and thanks the whole cast and crew of Roberto Zucco for this opportunity.
Avi Glover (Sumner/Movement Captain, BFA3) is an actor and director. They are grateful to be on the river with this cast.
Aviana Glover (Chorus, BFA2) is an artist and performer from Las Vegas, NV. They have performed in theatre, interactive media, and performance art in Los Angeles, Portland, and Las Vegas. Their favorite life experiences include living in a van, working in the circus, and being a tour guide at The Haunted Museum. They are excited to transcend in this cult, as this was the logical next step.
Bailey Johnson (Assistant Costume Designer, BFA3) is a BFA Costume Design Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Bella Andrews (Cat/Girl) is very thrilled to be a part of her first production here at CalArts! She also is a recent transfer student from NYC and is so grateful to join the BFA2 class of 2024. Her recent productions include Newsies (Katherine) with Gallery Players, Carrie: The Musical (Mrs. Gardener) with the Thespian All Ohio Show, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle) with Westerville Community Theatre. Bella would like to thank her friends and family for the endless support she has been given. She also thanks Kalean and the rest of the production team for giving her this opportunity.
Ben Formella (BFA2) is thrilled to be making his theatrical debut at CalArts. After a full year of online schooling, he can not put to words how thankful he is to finally be taking to the stage in person. Ben would like to thank his classmates for inspiring him to do his best everyday, his teachers for preparing him for the honor and privilege of performing Shakespeare, and finally his mom and dad; without them he would never have gotten this far. Ben would love to hear any feedback of his performance, so be sure to catch him after the show!
Ben Formella (The Brother, BFA3) is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this production of Roberto Zucco in the MOD theatre. Ben’s premiere production with CalArts was Twelfth Night (Duke Orsino), directed by Damain D. Lewis. Ben wants to thank all of his teachers, past and present, for helping him excel in his craft. He would also like to thank the new family he’s made in the cast and crew during this production; especially director Héctor Alvarez for seeing the potential of his talent. Ben has no greater love than to perform, and he is beyond ecstatic to share that love with you!
Benny Pitt (Assistant Scenic Designer, MFA1) is a Scenic Designer originally from Los Angeles, CA. After a stint in New York where he received his BFA from NYU, he returned to LA to further his training at CalArts. While living in NY Benny ran the gamut from assisting on a Skittles commercial musical to designing wacky and bold new plays in basements in Bushwick. Benny is over the moon to be at CalArts. His work can be seen at bennypitt.com and @benny_pitt.
Bonnie Kim (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA1) is a scenic designer, fine artist, and printmaker based in LA and Seoul. She is a contemporary artist, mostly sculpture and installation, and currently expanding her artistic interest in film/theater as a BFA student in Experience Design and Production at CalArts, minoring in digital arts. She always explores interdisciplinary fields - contemporary and experimental arts. Her experiments are not only confined in theater, but encompass a range of design and performance through her personal works. She has accomplished experiences through diverse extracurricular activities and opportunities to work cooperatively. She won multiple prizes for her artworks and sports, and has worked as a Nike designer.
Brent Charles (BFA4) is an Oklahoma bred, Chickasaw Artist. CalArts productions include Two Trains Running (Fall 2019) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Winter Session 2022). Brent is a member of Actors Equity and a Resident Member of Independent Shakespeare Company with stage credits including The Tempest, Bright Swords: The Story of Ira Aldridge, Pericles, and Twelfth Night. Brent's self-produced film This Land, was awarded the 2021 Tim Disney Prize. brentblanc.com
Brian Nai (Sora, BFA2) is excited to be making his debut with the CalArts School of Theater. He is an international student from Singapore looking to immerse himself in the acting scene in LA. He participated in the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year starring in Apocalypse At The Rainforest Cafe and Something In The Air. Back in Singapore, he's worked with Pangdemonium, W!ld Rice, and Nervous System Theatre. Some of his television and commercial credits include; DBS: Sparks Season 2, Great Eastern: Optimism Bias, McDonalds: Tonight Are You In. He is also interested in gaining more exposure to voice acting and stunt work.
Brooke Harbaugh (Producer, MFA3) is a theater and film maker pursuing a MFA in Producing at CalArts. She is a Fulbright alumna and holds a BA in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Bryan Pivara (Assistant Sound Designer) is a sound designer, a native of Miami, FL, and has been working and designing for theater since 2015. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 2021 and has worked with the local Miami theater scene to cultivate his style in his sound designs. He has worked with Florida International University, Central Florida Community Arts, and Actors Playhouse. With audio programs and imagination he edits, makes, and remixes sounds that sends the audience into the world of the play. He is a MFA1 Sound Design student in the CalArts School of Theater. Special thanks a mi mama, papa y hermana.
Cad Apostol (MFA1) is a LA-based Lighting Designer. They have worked with companies such as The Industry, Long Beach Opera, Metropolitan Master Chorale and Studio School. BA in Theatre, with a focus on Lighting Design at California State University, Northridge. Honored to work with such a wonderful creative team and lighting designer.
Cad Apostol (Lighting Designer, MFA2) is an MFA2 Lighting Design Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Carina Yuan (Stage Manager, MFA3) is thrilled to be a part of the stage management team on The Water Station for her final production at CalArts. Previous CalArts credits include Uncle Vanya and Molly's Dream and The Summer in Gossensass. After graduation, she would like to continue her career as a product manager for internet companies. With this final show she works on in the theater world, she would like to thank SM faculty and the amazing Water Station Team; especially Sami, House and Jordie. Special thanks to her mother, and important friends: Lura Lee, Lily Lee, Lexie Wang, Joy Yang and Peijun Zhao.
CARTER AVERY PRENTISS
Carter Avery Prentiss (BFA4) is a BFA4 Acting Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Cassy Sottile (Stage Manager, MFA2) is an LA-based stage manager and current MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts. Recent credits include Big Scary Animals (Bellingham TheatreWorks), Wizard of Oz (TACFA), Robin Hood (College of the Canyons), Shaham and Contreras (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), and Makor (Stomping Ground). When she is not stage managing, she also works as a House Manager at The Main in Newhall. Special thanks to her friends and her ER Gang for their support.
Cassy Sottile (Assistant Company Stage Manager, MFA1) is a Stage Manager from Frederick, Maryland currently based in LA. She was brought onto this by Jordie and has barely left the MO since. Some of Cassy’s recent work includes Or, The Effect (Washington College), Annapolis Chorale Carmina Burana (Gibson Center for the Arts), and The Fig and the Wasp (CalArts). Cassy is currently serving as cover stage manager for a dance thesis. Special thanks to the SM Faculty, Production Management, Stage Management, Jordie Marie, Buckbeak, and Dora. If anyone has any book recommendations, let her know — she needs a lot of reading material for her 2022 book resolution.
Chacha Tahng (BFA3) is a performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her last CalArts production was Oedipus the King (Spring 2020). She is so grateful to be a part of this incredible team of artists, and dedicates this show to silence– our oldest friend. ขอบคุณค่ะ.
Chacha Tahng (Masako, BFA4) is a Thai-American actor, writer, and director. CalArts School of Theater credits: Oedipus the King (2020) and The Water Station (2022). Other credits: Something In The Air at Hollywood Fringe 2022 as writer/director, and The Brothers Paranormal at East West Players as assistant director. Thank you to everyone involved in this show. Thank you Zoe and Brian for being the best little sister and big brother. Thank you to the Strong Asian Women that raised her (แม่, ยาย, and ป้าจุ๋ม), and thank you to all of the celestial humans she met at this school. chachatahng.com
Charles Glaudini (Music Director/Arranger/Sound Designer, MFA1) is excited to for his first show at CalArts! He holds a BA in music from UCSD. Previous shows as sound designer include: Much Ado About Nothing (UCSD), Sonnets for an Old Century (UCSD), and Back the Night (UCSD). Previous shows as Music Director/Pianist include: The Little Mermaid (Musical Theatre West), Tick Tick Boom (UCSD), Hairspray (UCSD), and Jesus Christ Superstar (UCSD). He thanks his parents, cohort, friends, and Jon Gottlieb for their support through this whole process. Find him at his website charlesglaudini.com and follow him on instagram @vocalproductiondad.
Charles Glaudini (Sound Designer, MFA2) is a sound designer and music director based in LA. He has worked at McCoy/Rigby, Cal State Fullerton School of Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, UCSD Theatre Department, and UCSD's Muir Musical, as well as doing music for a film at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. CalArts productions include Bacchae and The Great Gatsby. He holds a BA in Music from UC San Diego, with a minor in Theatre. He thanks his parents, his friends, his mentors both past and present for teaching him all he knows, and Mandy Patinkin because he's awesome. charlesglaudini.com
Charles Yee (Director, MFA3) is a Chinese-Filipino artist-educator from the Philippines. He is currently a Directing student at the California Institute of the Arts through the Fulbright Graduate Student Program and support from the Asian Cultural Council. As a director, scenic designer, and performer, his works have been presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippine Educational Theater Association, the University of the Philippines, as well as in the U.S., Taiwan, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Charlie Jacobs (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA2) is a BFA 2 in Experience Design and Production specializing in Scenic Design at CalArts. This will be his first production at CalArts as an assistant designer and is thrilled to work with Noah Hernandez. Charlie’s experience includes being a scenic designer for the 2021 CalArts Halloween event and designing the food station. When not working on productions, you can find Charlie indulging in horror movies and attending immersive experiences.
Charlie Jacobs (Technical Director, BFA3) is a BFA 3 in Experience Design and Production specializing in scenic design and technical direction at CalArts. This is Charlie’s first production at CalArts as technical director, and he has been thrilled to work with Trevor Desai. Charlie’s experience includes assistant scenic designer for Roberto Zucco and Bacchae (School of Theater), lighting designer for Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe (Coffeehouse Series), and scenic painting on themed entertainment attractions. When not working on productions, you can find Charlie indulging in horror movies and attending immersive experiences.
Chengcheng Hang (Graphic Designer) is an MFA1 Graphic Designer at California Institute of the Arts.
CHISOM DIANA DIMIRI
Chisom Diana Dimiri (Marabella, MFA2) is an actor hailing from Lagos, Nigeria. A graduate of Northwestern University's theater program. This is her first performance in two years. She is grateful for the opportunity to return to what she loves. In the summer, she will be part of the company of the Paris Conservatoire, a CalArts Center for New Performance project.
CHLOE LE LIEVRE
Chloe Le Lievre (Dolly, BFA3) is an Australia born actor currently working towards a BFA in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts. Previous work includes the premier of shows Miss Sugar and 20202021. She is excited to share this piece of work with you.
Chloe Le Lievre
Chloe Le Lievre (The Elegant Lady/Ensemble, BFA4) is an LA based performer in her final year at the California Institute of the Arts. Her past work includes the premiers Marabella (Dolly), 20202021 (Ensemble), and Miss Sugar (Juliet). She is excited to share this piece of work with you.
Chole Le Lievre
Chole Le Lievre (Ensemble/Movement and Fight Captain, BFA4) is an Australian born, LA-based artist excited to share this performance with you in her final semester here at CalArts. Her most recent work includes the Elegant Lady (Roberto Zucco) directed by Hector Alvarez, Dolly (Marabella) directed by Charles Yee, and a member of the online devised performance of 20202021 directed by Lars Jan.
Chusu Kim (Scenic Designer, MFA3) is a designer based in South Korea and Los Angeles who has dedicated most of her work to scene design, art installation, and video. She earned a BFA in Visual Communication Design at the College of Design at Kookmin University in South Korea. Her primary design interest is scenic design and installation that creates narratives in space using hand-made installations, videos, and 2D graphics. She is currently a scenic design student at the California Institute of the Arts, and plans on using her background in visual communication design to generate narratives that interact with space in new and interesting ways.
Cian Pickron (Assistant Stage Manager) is extremely excited for you to go on this journey through Lorca’s mind. You may have seen him work on other CalArts Productions such as the 2021 SOT Festival (APS), The Labyrinth (ASM), Miss Sugar (SM), and King Lear (DC). Cian also is on the board of Small Town Stars, a theater company in Maryland, working on General Management and Publicity. Cian is a BFA3 Stage Management student focusing on theater and film at CalArts, and hopes to get more experience in management within the film world.
Cian Pickron (Associate Production Manager, BFA4) is extremely excited for you to see all the work put into this show! You may have seen him work on other CalArts productions such as CalArts Showcase 2023 (SM), The Coffee House Projects (APM), Men on Boats (APM), and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (SM). Cian is graduating this May. He has been focusing on theater and film at CalArts and hopes to go into digital entertainment after graduation.
Claire Chrzan (Lighting Designer, MFA2) is a lighting designer originally from Chicago. Previous CalArts School of Theater design credits include Obsession (written and directed by Peng Hsu). Claire’s approach to design is rooted in the belief that lighting should be in conversation with performers, moving in tandem with the actors as another character, breathing life into the story. Her work has been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in New York, and with various Chicago Theater companies including The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, Manual Cinema, A Red Orchid, and more.
Clara King (Assistant Stage Manager, MFA1) is thrilled to be working on her first show as a graduate student with the CalArts School of Theater. She is a first-year in the Stage Management metier from Portland, Oregon, and uses she/her pronouns. Recent selected stage management credits include: HAIR (Staged!), Mad About You (Western Washington University, World Premiere), No Disrespect in the Ladybug Camper (Western Summer Theatre, World Premiere). BA in Stage Management/Lighting Design/Technical Theatre, Western Washington University [Magna Cum Laude]. Special thanks to her SM Mentors and Richard. www.ckingsm.com
CLARE MARIE NEMANICH
Clare Marie Nemanich (Sound Designer, MFA1) has worked with The National WWII Museum, Southern Rep Theatre, and The NOLA Project. Her sound designs in New Orleans have won two Big Easy Entertainment Awards. She left a long career in radio for a new future at CalArts and has never been happier. Most recently, she co-designed The Fig and the Wasp here in the MOD. Special thanks to her husband and parents who have always helped her dreams become everyday life. planetclareproductions.com
Clare Marie Nemanich
Clare Marie Nemanich (Composer/Sound Designer, MFA2) has worked with The National WWII Museum, Southern Rep Theatre, and The NOLA Project. Their sound designs in New Orleans have won two Big Easy Entertainment Awards. Last fall, they left a long career in radio to pursue an MFA at CalArts. This year, they were the sound designer for The Water Station at CalArts and Augustine Machine with CalArts Center for New Performance in Paris. Their next production is Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side in February. But first, catch their WaveCave installation December 11-16. Special thanks to Tim Feeney, Cristian Amigo, and Victor Sinctchak. planetclareproductions.com
Claudia Dockery (Old Shady, MFA2) is an LA-based performer and artist. Graduating with her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she studied theater and performed in off Broadway shows in NYC for 7 years. She is currently represented by Vision Talent and can be seen in Apple, Calvin Klein, Toyota, and other world wide commercials. Aside from performing, Claudia loves horseback riding in the mountains of Southern California, surfing and skateboarding along the West Coast, and making unique jewelry pieces for her small business, Surfing Cowgirl.
Clay Hollander (Shamrayev, BFA4) is an actor born, raised, and based in Los Angeles. Most recently, he understudied the world premiere of Tim Veneble’s The Beautiful People at Rogue Machine Theater Company. At CalArts, he played Leighton in Marabella, and various parts in the virtual The Romeo and Juliet Experience. He is deeply grateful to each and every person involved with this production.
Clay Hollander (Leighton, BFA3) is a Los Angeles based actor. He is excited to be making his CalArts live stage debut in Marabella. He has been seen on the CalArts virtual stage in The Romeo and Juliet Experience, and has worked with the Road Theater Company. Clay is also a musician and plays in a band called Séance. Select television and film credits: The Affair and Ray Donovan.
Connor Fitzmaurice (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Connor Fitzmaurice (Understudy and Foley, BFA 3) is an acting student at the California Institute of Arts. CalArts School of Theater productions include Twelfth Night. Special thanks to his family, friends, and his director, Daniel Passer.
Dakota Williams (BFA1) is an actor straight out of NYC where he trained at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Past credits include: Never the Sinner (Nathan Leopold) at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, The Laramie Project (Aaron McKinney, Doc O’Connor, Shadow) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Dr. Einstein) at Stagedoor Manor. In addition to acting, Dakota is passionate about circus arts, flow arts, and freestyle skiing! He thanks his mom for igniting his love for theater and for her constant support.
Daniel Newman-Lessler (Composer/Sound Designer/Piano, DMA1) is a sound artist who blends performance, composition, and installation. Noted by the LA Times for his “luxuriant theatricality” and SFCV as “an anomaly and semi-apostate,” Daniel’s work has been presented by HEAR NOW Festival (2220 Arts+Archives), pianoSpheres (Colburn School), REDCAT, Coaxial Arts Foundation, NorCal NoiseFest (Audio Waffle), Casa Berenice, Impulse New Music Festival, UnTwelve Xenharmonic Summer Convergence, Eastern Music Festival, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. He has taught at CalArts, USC, UCSB, Cal Lu, CSUCI, Pepperdine, and Music Academy of the West, and has worked with Santa Barbara Symphony, Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, and San Luis Obispo Opera. Daniel plays in (placeHolder).
Darby Huffaker (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA 1) is excited to be assistant stage managing her first show at CalArts! Her CalArts School of Theater credits include Roberto Zucco. Before coming to CalArts, Darby spent several years working with Youth Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to be a part of this experience and hopes that you enjoy the show.
DEVIN ALAN MCLEAN
Devin Alan McLean (MFA3) hails from Fenton, Michigan and currently resides near Los Angeles, California. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Dance from the University of Michigan-Flint. After graduation Devin performed at the Flint Youth Theatre in Go Dog Go, The Velveteen Rabbit, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank. Devin is a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He continued performing with the Cheyenne Little Theater Players alongside his duties as a Missile Maintenance Team Chief. He is grateful for the continued support from his family, friends and his Fiancée Mengxi.
Drew Sensue-Weinstein (he/him) is a composer, stage, and sound artist whose work exists along a continuum of musical composition and theatrical performance. He is currently pursuing an MFA in composition and experimental sound practice at California Institute of the Arts. He has premiered original projects and directed work at venues in and around New York City including HERE Arts Center, the New Ohio, the Wild Project, JACK, the Brick, Theatre Row, and Vital Joint. His sound design and composition has been heard at the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival, Signature Theatre Center, BRIC, Abrons Arts Center, The Performing Garage, Triskelion Arts, and many more.
Efren Franco (Production Electrician, BFA2) is a BFA Lighting Design Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Elena Novakovits (Dramaturgical Advice) is a cultural worker in the fields of dance, choreography, and performance: dramaturg, researcher, writer, and curator. She holds a BA in Greek Literature (National and Kapodistrian the University of Athens, Major in Linguistics), an MA in Culture Industry (Goldsmiths College), and an MA in Contemporary Theatre, Dance, and Dramaturgy (Utrecht University). She has collaborated with independent artists in the context of their artistic research and creative practice, and in the field of production and coordination of cultural events and festivals. She curates discursive and educational encounters and platforms. She has been selected as a participant in the fourth cycle of Critical Practice (Made in YU).
Elie Korio (Young Man) is an LA-based artist. They are a BFA2 Actor, and this is their CalArts School of Theater debut. Much love and many thanks to Lorca, Kalean, Mom, Dad, Levi and the cast and crew.
Elizabeth Goldmane (Deck, BFA1) is a first year BFA Actor at California Institute of the Arts and is thrilled to make her technical theater debut working on Marabella!
Elizabeth Rae Barron
Elizabeth Rae Barron (Producer, MFA1) received her undergrad in San Diego, California at Cal State San Marcos. Upon graduating from CSUSM in 2021, she interned for The San Diego Repertory Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and Tuyo Theatre. At TuYo, she became their production manager and producer for the new immersive play On Her Shoulders, which premiered to rave reviews from the San Diego Tribune and was picked up for La Jolla Playhouse’s international play festival called WOW where she continued her producing role. She is excited to make her CalArts producer debut, and looks forward to continuing to learn and grow in this community.
Elizabeth Rae Price
Elizabeth Rae Price (Producer, MFA1) is a creator based in LA. She is currently studying producing and production management for theater and film. She started as an actress, and now she works in many areas including theater, live events, and film as a producer, manager, and director. She is continuously communicating her narrative with the world through the intersectionality of political activism and political artwork. Elizabeth has produced shows at many theaters in San Diego including La Jolla Playhouse's WOW festival. At CalArts, she has produced the play Roberto Zucco, and is working as the lead producer for Men on Boats.
Elizabeth Zaragoza (Alternate, BFA2) is honored to be a part of this production. CalArts School of Theater credits include When Five Years Pass and CalArts Center for New Performance's The Carolyn Bryant Project (2021). They have also worked with Long Beach's Musical Theatre West. She would like to give special thanks to her family in Irvine, Montero Hall, and all who have welcomed her into the School of Theater!
Liz Zaragoza (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA4) is glad you were able to stop by. CalArts School of Theater productions include daughter and Accidental Death of an Anarchist, as well as CalArts Center of New Performance's The Carolyn Bryant Project (2021). She has also worked with IVC Theater, Long Beach's Musical Theatre West, and LA Opera’s Puccini Opera Tales. They would like to thank Arson, the only interdisciplinary artist. I tolerate you.
Ember Streshinsky (Assistant Set Designer, MFA1) is an LA-based scenic designer specializing in theater and opera. Recent design credits include Eliogabalo and Breaking the Waves with West Edge Opera. Recent assistant credits include Roberto Zucco with CalArts, Julius Caesar and Coraline with West Edge Opera, and Yerma with the University of Michigan.
Emerson Bualat (Costume Designer, BFA4) is a San Francisco-raised, Los Angeles-based artist with a focus on costume design. She is currently attending California Institute of the Arts where she will receive her BFA in Experience Design and Production in Spring 2022. She has experience working in theater, film, dance, opera, and in a variety of different fields. The purpose of Emerson’s art practice is to expand the viewer’s realm of possibilities. Collaboration is key, and she thrives off engaging with a diverse community.
Emma Crawfis (BFA3) is an LA based artist born and raised on the central coast. She is thrilled to finally be back on the stage after two very long years. CalArts productions include: Miss Sugar (Winter Session 2020), 20202021 (Spring 2021), and A Streetcar Named Desire (Winter Session/Spring 2022).
Emma Stuart-Box (Hara, BFA1) is incredibly grateful to be making her theatrical debut with the CalArts School of Theater. Although she stubbornly sounds American, she is a bi-lingual storyteller from Japan and the UK and worked in Tokyo with Theater Himawari and NHK. Emma would like to thank Lisa for writing a piece that makes home feel closer at heart, the cast and crew for their continuous care in telling this story, and CalArts faculty for making this opportunity possible. She dedicates this show to her family and hopes to honor the presence of those who came before her. 最後までごゆっくりお楽しみ下さい。IG: emma.stuartbox
Emma-Rose Bauman (Flute, MFA1) is a flutist and songwriter based out of Los Angeles and Boston. She enjoys freelance work of all varieties, with focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, as well as recording work. Additionally, she composes, performs, records, and produces her solo noise-ambient project, which features her electronically manipulated flute. B.M. Boston Conservatory ‘21, pursuing MFA CalArts ‘24.
Erica Malachowski (Irina, MFA2) is thrilled to be making her CalArts debut! Erica is an multidisciplinary physical artist and performer, centering on the feminine experience in modernity and ancestral expanses. She has worked with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Tibbits Opera House, Weston Playhouse, and Weathervane Theatre, and originated roles for Theatre By The Sea and Theatre For the New City with luminaries such as Baayork Lee, Jay Binder, and Graciela Danielle. Sometimes she records silly voices for animated characters. BFA in Musical Theatre, Pace University. Erica is a proud member of Actors' Equity. For my parents, always. ericamalachowski.com | IG: @ep_malachowski
Ethan Geisness (Technical Direction, MFA2) is a technical director and theatrical designer from the Midwest. His work has been seen in CalArts School of Theater productions of Roberto Zucco, The Water Station, The Fig and The Wasp, and many more. BFA in Design and Technical Theater from North Dakota State University. Shout out the homies.
Ethan Geisness (Assistant Technical Director, MFA1) is a Technical Director and theatrical designer from the Midwest. This is Ethan’s first role as a technical director at CalArts, but has worked as a welder and carpenter for Fig and the Wasp and Marabella. His background is in scenic and projection design and has worked as a fabricator for theaters in Minnesota and North Dakota. Ethan is appreciative of the opportunity to work on this unique production. This production has offered new experiences, like working with the live element of water and a design that had a focus on bringing found items into a theatrical setting.
Evan Brownell (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA3) is an XDP lighting student at California Institute of the Arts. They thank Mom, Dad, and Kyle for supporting them, and Grace for keeping them sane.
Evan Brownell (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a BFA3 XDP Lighting Design student in the CalArts School of Theater.
Evan Brownell (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA4) is a BFA4 Lighting Designer at the California Institute of the Arts. They hope you enjoy the show.
FIONA ROSE DYER
Fiona Rose Dyer is so happy to be here with you all tonight, shoulder to shoulder, sharing live theatre. Fiona was recently seen in Nap the Play: National Tour and Off-Broadway Premiere alongside fellow Calartians, and Here, Nowhere, a short filmed in Chicago last fall. She would like to thank the entire F&W team for being compassionate rockstars, in addition to her mother, Kelly, and her grandmother, Deanna for their unconditional love and support, always. As with all of her work, she would like to dedicate her performance(s) to her late - and great - friends, Rocky G. Whiteside and Jaedon Bain. Tonight when you get home, or tomorrow when you wake up, Fiona urges you to check in on someone you haven’t heard from in a while, just to see how they are. Enjoy the show.
Gala Nikolić (Galina, MFA2) is an artist originating from Croatia. Her debut LA show was Kubrick's Aryan Papers or How I learned that I'm in pain 24 hours a day (REDCAT). She holds a BA Acting degree from the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka in the class of Rade Šerbedžija (Snatch). She wrote and directed a play Land of the Wolves and acted in several productions by International Theatre Ulysses, Croatian National Theatre, and Istrian National Theatre. Film credits include Fishing and Fishermen's Talk. In London she attended masterclasses at LAMDA, NYT, and RCS. IG: gala.je.gala
Gary Cook (MFA2) is an Actor originally based out of New York. The Water Station is their first production with CalArts. garycookjr.com
Gefei Liu (Producer) is a producer/production manager from China who currently lives in LA. She has worked with Drum Tower West Theatre and Seven Ages back in China. She is an MFA1 Producing and Production Management in the CalArts School of Theater. Special thanks to her family and HowBang!Club.
Genevieve Fowler (Director) is a Chicago and LA-based director whose multidisciplinary practice revolves around radically inclusive, community based work and socially minded critiques of the classics for a contemporary audience. She has worked with The Kennedy Center, REDCAT Theater, The Tank Center for Sonic Arts, CalArts Center for New Performance, The Amargosa Opera House, CalArts, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Big Bridge Consortium, Heritage Arts Company, The Special Olympics of Illinois, the senior citizen musical theater troupe Still Acting Up. As part of her social justice work, Genevieve holds the position of Program Associate with Community Partners. Genevieve holds an MFA in Directing from the CalArts School of Theater and a BA from Vassar College.
Ghazal Bazargan (Video Designer, MFA2) is an MFA2 Interactive Media for Performance Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Gigi Moreno (Technical Director, BFA2 ) is a technical director based in SoCal, currently working towards a bachelor's degree at the California Institute of the Arts.
Grace Hlavacek (Assistant Video Designer, BFA3) is a Experience Design and Production student from Cheyenne, Wyo. Growing up, Grace was introduced to art through her mother, who has a passion for photography. Grace adopted that love for photographs and the memories they create, and continues to enjoy taking them at every opportunity. This introduction to art led Grace to study theater extensively prior to college. Currently, most of her work focuses on scenic and immersive media design, along with some work in photography and other digital processes.
Grace Hlavacek (Video Designer, BFA3) is a BFA3 Experience Design and Production Major from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Growing up, Grace was introduced to art through her mother, who has a passion for photography. Grace adopted that love for photographs and the memories they create and continues to enjoy them at every opportunity. This introduction to art led Grace to study theater extensively prior to college. Currently, most of her work focuses on scenic and immersive media design, along with some work in photography and other digital processes. Grace has worked on other projects at the school including The Fig and the Wasp, daughter, and was the producer of this year's Halloween event.
Grace Leneghan (Dramaturg, MFA3) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. As an Irish dancer, filmmaker, writer, and actor, Grace uses her bold feminist voice to create multi-dimensional work. Grace is committed to inclusive and empowering art-making. CalArts School of Theater productions include Pelleas et Melisande and the CalArts Center for New Performance production of Cries and Whispers. MFA in Acting. She is represented by Rage Talent. www.graceleneghan.com
Grady Schleuder (Lighting Designer, BFA3) is a LA based lighting designer. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Lighting Design, and is in his third year at the California Institute of the Arts. Aside from lighting design, he also is pursuing industrial design and technical direction. He has a passion for storytelling, but more specifically, exploring light as being an energy to push narrative and characters.
Grant Garcia (Friend/Football Player) is an LA based actor. This is his first production with CalArts. He has worked in many productions with his high school in CT Johnson in San Antonio, Texas. His credits include: Clifford Glimmer (Sideman), Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Clarence Darrow (Never the Sinner), and many more. Grant is currently a BFA2 Actor in the CalArts School of Theater.
Harry Golby (Assistant Director, BFA 4) is a British-born, Qatar-bred and LA-based Artist. He is thrilled to have been able to work with such a kind, joyful and passionate cast and crew. And he is unbelievably proud of the work that has been created this fall and he acknowledges how sweet it is that we get to bring this theatre back to life together. And finally he would love to thank his family and friends for all the support they have given him and Josh for giving him the chance to sit on the other side of the table.
Heather Friedman (Everyone, MFA3) is an actor and performing artist from right here in LA. She was most recently seen as a devising ensemble member in CalArts School of Theater production The Fig & the Wasp. Her work has been seen at The Beverly Hills Playhouse, The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, and the Experimental Theatre at CSU Northridge. Education includes California State University Northridge (BA Theatre) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA3 Acting). Special thanks to her parents, Sebastian Schug, Cassy Sottile, her CalArts cohort, and all her mentors. Instagram: @heather_kat
Heather Friedman (Ensemble, MFA2) is thrilled to be in the first production of The Fig & The Wasp and her first production at CalArts. Her work has been seen at The Beverly Hills Playhouse, The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, and the Experimental Theatre at California State University Northridge. Education includes California State University Northridge (BA Theatre) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA2 Acting). Special thanks to her parents, Madeleine Barnette, Sebastian Schug, her CalArts cohort, and all her mentors. @heather_kat
Héctor Alvarez (Director, MFA2) is a theater artist from Spain. Recent directing credits include La Pura Idea Excita (Teatro Lucido, Mexico City); Self-Accusation, Malaga, and The Ghoul Exhibition (Theatre Y, Chicago) and We’re Gonna Die, a film re-imagining of Young Jean Lee’s existential cabaret about life’s awfulness. The film was created in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and was named one of 2020’s Top Cultural Picks by WDCB’s The Arts Section.
Héctor Alvarez (Director) is an MFA3 director from Spain. Recent directing credits include Ota Shogo’s The Water Station, David Gaitan’s La Pura Idea Excita, Peter Handke’s Self-Accusation, and We’re Gonna Die, a film re-imagining of Young Jean Lee’s play. The film was created in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and was named one of Chicago’s 2020 Top Cultural Picks. Héctor is a Princess Grace Award winner and a Watson Fellowship recipient.
HELEN JIAHUI GUO
Helen Jiahui Guo (Associate Production Supervisor, MFA3) is a MFA 3 Production Manager student at the California Institute of the Arts. She specializes in producing animation, visual effects, TV media, and has successfully served a range of clients, including DreamWork Animation, Tik Tok, and Alibaba Global. Some of Helen’s previous CalArts production credits include Oedipus the King (2019), The Labyrinth (2020) and The School of Theater Virtual Festival 2021 - Beyond the Stage.
Henry Fulton Winship
Henry Fulton Winship (Fool, MFA3) is a Chicago-born actor, living in Los Angeles. He was recently seen in the CalArts Center for New Performance production Augustine Machine ou Encore une Nuit d’Insomnie and CalArts School of Theater production The Water Station. Henry made his stage debut in Viable at the Aery Theater Festival. Select film and television credits: Actual People; Happy Birthday, Papa; and Tripolar. Henry is happily represented by Jennifer DaRe, ATN Entertainment. He is especially grateful for his friends and family. Henry wishes everyone a life filled with love and the space to say the things they yearn to say.
HENRY FULTON WINSHIP
Henry Fulton Winship (MFA2) is a Chicago-born actor, currently living in Los Angeles. His most recent work includes the feature film Actual People and the Oxford Film Festival jury-prized Happy Birthday, Papa. He made his stage debut in Viable at the 2019 Aery Theater Festival in New York. Henry received his B.A. in philosophy from Colorado College and graduated from Terry Knickerbocker Studio’s Meisner Conservatory. After working at the Performing Garage with The Wooster Group, Henry enrolled in the MFA Acting program at CalArts. He is most thankful for his family and friends. Special thank you to his love, Elizabeth x
Hera Jung (Stage Manager, BFA 4) has been studying Stage Management at CalArts since 2017 and worked as a Theater Faculty/Assistant in an Autism Learning Center (Sandol School, Gunsan) in Korea. Hera's strengths are working with groups of different ages, especially children. Her recent participation in CalArts Theater Production includes: Animal Farm, Caligula, Two Trains Running, Don't Tell Me About Your Life (CNP Project), Kubrick's Aryan Papers (REDCAT Festival) and many more.
HongJu Lee (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA2) is a BFA2 Scenic Designer at California Institute of the Arts.
House Dow (Assistant Stage Manager, MFA2) is primarily a Stage and Zoom Manager, also works as a lighting programmer, designer, stagehand, and producer. Other CalArts credits include the School of Dance’s Fall 2021 BFA2 Solos, CNP’s The Carolyn Bryant Project, and the School of Theater's Pelleas et Melisande. Special thanks to Louis F. Dow II.
House Dow (Co-Producer, MFA3) is a stagehand, producer, and manager currently based in LA and with roots in the SF Bay Area and the South Berkshires, Mass. Other CalArts credits include Annalee Traylor’s upcoming MFA in Choreography thesis production, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, I N T E R I O R, The Water Station, Pelleas et Melisande, and an as-yet-untitled dance festival premiering Fall 2023.
Hugh Hedley Lewis
Hugh Hedley Lewis (Inspector Bertozzo) is a British actor currently based in Los Angeles. His most recent works include The Water Station (2022), The Romeo and Juliet Experience (2021), and feature film Cardboard Fort which received its world premiere at the 2021 Austin Film Festival. He hopes you are as entertained as he has been. As you were.
HUGH HEDLEY LEWIS
Hugh Hedley Lewis (BFA3) is an LA/London based actor, born and raised in Harrogate, England. After his all-promising soccer career went stale back in the UK (which he solely blames on his tight hamstrings) he took to the stage! Over the years Hugh has fallen in love with the art form acting and is very excited to share with you The Water Station. His most recent work was the feature film Cardboard Fort which received its world premier at 2021 Austin Film Festival.
Ian Do (Assistant Costume Designer, BFA2) is an undergraduate costume design student at CalArts and has worked as a costume assistant for a student-run show, Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe. He has built and assisted with costumes for numerous independent projects, as well as the CalArts productions of The Great Gatsby, I Want a Country, and Marabella.
IRENE DONG-HEE LEE
Irene Dong-hee Lee (Stage Manager, MFA3) is an MFA Stage Management student. CalArts School of Theater production credits include Obsession, The George Project (CNP), Oedipus the King, and Witkacy/Two-Headed Calf (CNP). Before coming to the United States, she also worked as a company manager in Korea, and worked on musicals including The Bodyguard (Asia premiere), Trace U, and Myeong-dong Romance. She is grateful to have worked with a wonderful team for her last show at CalArts.
Ishika Muchhal (Rosaura Flagg, BFA 3 Acting) is an actor, singer, dancer, writer and producer whose art and advocacy focus on intersectional social issues. She's a California Arts Council "Individual Artist Fellow" grantee for her interview series "A QISSAA with Ishika: Quintessential and Inspiring Stories of South Asian Artists." Credits include Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), King Lear (Gloucester) - A Noise Within, Spring Awakening (Wendla), Tarzan (Kala), CalArts School of Theater's King Lear, and short films. Gratitude to her parents, friends, teachers, supporters, and the incredible cast and creative team for valuing human connection amidst hopelessness.
Ishika Muchhal (Sylvie, BFA4) is an LA-based actor, singer, dancer, director, producer, and activist. She is a California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow for her interview series A QISSAA with Ishika. Performance highlights include award-winning short films, two shows at Edinburgh Fringe, and Something in the Air at Hudson Theaters. CalArts School of Theater productions include The Fig and the Wasp, King Lear, and the CNP workshop Rain-River-Ocean. Thanks to her family, friends, cast, and creative team for knitting a supportive cave to hold her and supporting her fight for representation at and beyond CalArts! www.ishikamuchhal.com
Jack Cannon (Lighting Programmer, BFA2) is the programmer for the Bacchae. He is a lighting designer and producer with experience in multiple areas of entertainment. In November 2021, Jack placed first in Claypakys 2021 Design & Programming Contest. Recent work includes design for the premiere of Ed Asner's God Help Us and associate project management for Cartier's Los Angeles install of Clash De Cartier. Recent programming credits include Billie Eilish’s Disney+ Premiere of A Love Letter To Los Angeles, Finneas’s Cartier Performance, and projects with Apple. Jack has taught at the Indiana and Illinois Thespian Festivals, and he has adjudicated the Thespian Excellence Awards.
Jack Goldwait (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Jack Goldwait (First Prison Guard/Policeman/Ensemble, BFA3) is 21 year old performer from Sugar Land, Texas who is thrilled to be part of such an amazing production. Jack was last seen as Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night). He would like to express his deepest appreciation to all those involved in Roberto Zucco for their tireless dedication to producing top-notch theater. Jack would also like to thank his parents, sisters and grandmother for their continuous support and encouragement.
Jack Weiss (Sound Designer, BFA4) is a sound designer from Los Angeles, who with his background in audio post-production, music tech, and his knowledge of creative sound design techniques, uses his skills to bring life to stories and depth to worlds. He graduated from the Herb Alpert School of Music at Los Angeles City College with an Associate of Arts degree in Music Technology in June of 2020. He is now in his final year of study for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Experience Design and Production for Sound Design at CalArts.
Jackson Funke (Lighting Designer, MFA1) is an LA-based lighting designer and associate. Selected credits include Heidi Duckler Dance (Body of the People, 37th Annual Gala); Playhouse on Park (Pippin); Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Replay, 4.48 Psychosis); The Matchbox Theatre (All of the Garden: Moulin Ruse); and Newfangled Theatre Company (Gary, Helen, and Peter). Assisting credits include The 39 Steps with LD Jacob Sikorski, 7 Spots on the Sun with LD Michael Chybowski, as well as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell with LD Brian Lynch. Special thanks to Max Okst and Ella Fornof. jacksonfunke.com | IG: @jackson.funkelx
Jacob Flores (BFA2) is an LA-Chicago based performer/artist and Founder of clothing brand J.J. GOODS. He attended a Chicago performing arts school, Chicago Academy for the Arts, where he was given an array of acting and stagecraft training. Since attending Calarts, he has expanded his creative endeavors into clothes-making and music in hopes of creating a fruitful career where he can exercise his multiple creative interests. Shoutout to my family Los Arboledas y Los Flores.
Jake Olson (Gordon, BFA4) is a BFA Actor at the California Institute of the Arts. Originally based in San Francisco, he now has found a new home down in SoCal. His past CalArts projects include Miss Sugar (2020) and Pelleas and Melisande (2021). He has loved being a part of this process, as it has revitalized his need and appreciation of being on stage. He would like to thank his amazing family and all of those who have helped him get this far. Let’s play! YAR @jakeolson_
Jalen Colbert (Scenic Designer, MFA 2) is a visual artist and designer. With experience ranging from urban design and planning, to book design, illustration and studio painting, 'Roberto Zucco' is Jalen's first theatrical design project as lead scenic designer. He has assisted on a variety of theatrical, and event-based design projects and is in currently in production for a stop motion short film– working title "Bug Diner". A Special thanks to Mom, Adam, and Carla, for all the support and love.
Jamie Cayer (Ensemble, BFA4) is a Boston/LA based actress, thrilled to be sharing Fig & Wasp with everyone! Previous CalArts works include Uncle Vanya, Miss Sugar, and You on the Moors Now. She recently wrapped production on her first film, Nightmare in Negligee, coming soon! To keep up with her projects, you can follow her on instagram @jamie_cayer. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Jess, F2, and the incredible cast & crew of Fig! Let's have a bones show!
Jane Hamor (Scenic Designer, MFA2) is an LA-based artist currently in her second year as an MFA Scenic Design student. As a trained dancer, Jane brings her knowledge of choreography and movement into her designs to create kinetic spaces that fuse the audience, performer, and architecture into a unified experience. She previously worked in arts administration at Movement Research and the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and also curated a donation based open performance series entitled In Progress. Select credits include: UCSB School of Dance, CalArts School of Dance, Theater, and Music, The Loft Ensemble, Heidi Ducker Dance Festival, and Hypernormalization. janehamor.com
Jeannette Srinivasan (Everyone, BFA 4) is a multidisciplinary artist from Texas. Their most recent original work Tsipekua was seen taking over CalArts during Day of the Dead, in collaboration with fellow Latin Artists. Prior to that, their play yellow/blue was seen this past summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as a scholarship-winning production. They recently understudied for CNP's world premiere of Scene with Cranes at REDCAT. CalArts School of Theater productions include The Water Station and The Romeo and Juliet Experience. Thanks to her friends, family, and Monster Energy drinks for getting her this far (please sponsor her). Instagram: @jeannettesrinivasan
Jeffery Gibson (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Jennette Srinivasan (BFA3) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Texas. They are excited to make their "in-person" debut at the CalArts School of Theater. Her last CalArts production was The Romeo and Juliet Experience (Spring 2021). When they're not writing a new play or making amateur short films, you can find them trying to pet every dog in L.A. Special thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support. And special thanks to all the pettable dogs.
Jennifer Park (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA3) is a Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles-based scenic designer. She is currently studying at CalArts in Experience Design and Production. She is interested in scenic design and now is expanding her range also to include entertainment/immersive experience design. She is also interested in environmental issues, and keeps trying to make a sustainable space. By gaining more and more experience, she hopes to be a scenic designer who can contribute to designing a set where people can feel involved.
Jeremy Spektor was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He received his BA in Drama from the University of Washington School of Drama and furthered his performance studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as The Groundlings School of Comedy, Story Pirates, UCB, Lesly Kahn & Co, and RAW Acting Studio. Recently he played Stanley Kubrick in a production sponsored by the CalArts Center for New Performance that debuted at REDCAT’s New Works Festival. Currently, he is an MFA acting student in his 2nd year at CalArts and can be found on Instagram @spektorisland.
Jiayue(Coco) Zang (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA2) is a BFA2 Scenic Designer at California Institute of the Arts.
Jingpei Wang (Stage Manager, MFA1) has worked as both stage manager and director. Some highlights include: Sleep No More (ASM), Vision (Director), Food Odyssey (SM), The Pillowman (SM), Death’s Brother (SM). She earned her BA in Theatre and Film from Trinity College.
Joe Groth (Captain Pisani, MFA3) is an MFA3 Actor at California Institute of the Arts.
Jolisa Osborn-Polakoff (Costume Design, MFA1) is honored to be working on her first CalArts production. She has worked with Central Square Theatre, and Emerson Stage. She has done costume designs for The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and Squeaky Fromme Love Song (Emerson Stage) as well as assisting for Black Odyssey Boston (Central Square Theatre). Much love to my moms.
Jonathan Flikkie (Sound Designer, MFA1) is a sound designer from Louisville, KY, and is excited to make his debut for CalArts Theatre. He previously did sound design work with Berea College Theatre Laboratory during his undergraduate program.
Jordan Oakley (BFA2) is an actor and writer. Her credits include Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe (Tree Frog) and Only Sunshine (London Best Script Awards). Special thanks to her mother for sending pictures of her dogs Rue and Yogi whenever she felt stressed.
Jordie Marie (Company Stage Manager, MFA3) will be graduating with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Producing and Management in a matter of months. She works in Social Media Marketing and Outreach for the nonprofit The Sunshine Method, an organization aimed at creating educational equality for children. She hopes to further pursue a career not only in stage management but also within children's educational programming. If anyone can tell her how to get, how to get to Sesame Street....that would be greatly appreciated and she will be in the Lobby after the performance.
Jordyn Ryan (Girlfriend) is a BFA2 overjoyed to be making her CalArts debut. She has performed with Shakespeare in the Vines and Riverside Community Players. Some of her favorite previous credits include The Tempest (Ariel/Miranda) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet). She would like
Josh Sobel (Director, MFA3) is a director, developer/dramaturg and educator specializing in pop-influenced and multi-disciplinary tales of adversity and hope. He has garnered awards and recognition from the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Washington Post and Time Out, and he was named one of Newcity Stage’s “Players 2019: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” Credits: Bobbie Clearly by Alex Lubischer (director, CalArts); Daddy by Monty Cole (dramaturg, CNP); the short films Whole + Six Feet Apart (executive producer, FutureHome Productions). Formerly Artistic Director, Haven Chicago. Recipient, SDCF Observership. BA, Oberlin College. Janet Bookspan. jmichaelsobel.wixsite.com/home
Joyce Qian (Producer, MFA1) has a passion for theater that was first interested in being a stage manager in high school. After being immersed in the multi aspects of theater, instead of retracing the ‘footages’ that have become a legend, her interest was to be a ‘reformer’ of classic theater within a modern context, speaking for what’s unsaid. Additionally, she's gained experience as a marketing advisor with TikTok, allowing her to practice her skills in communication and coordination. Her belief that ‘a play living in the present is a good play’ has led her to continue the journey at CalArts.
Jules Hyun (Producer, MFA1) is a creative producer working at the intersection of visual art, design and technology. With more than ten years of experience launching public art & culture events in Asia and MENA, she was most recently a Producer of i Light Singapore, Asia’s First Sustainable Light Art Festival and ARTCADE, a Platform for Artistic Play. Other notable productions include Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word (2017) and Tomas Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra (2016) at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Special thanks her husband, dog, cat and family for all their love and support.
June Higgins (Musician, MFA2) is a performer-composer at CalArts. She got her undergrad in jazz from University of Cincinnati - CCM. She is an upright and electric bassist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. She has been in the pit for over 30 college and professional theater performances.
June Kim (Technical Director, BFA 4) is a technical director at California Institute of the Arts. She has worked on different CalArts School of Theater productions including Antigone, King Lear, Oedipus, Roberto Zucco, and The Sea Gull.
Junjie Luo (Scenic Artist, BFA3) is a BFA3 Character Animation student at California Institute of the Arts.
Justine Faith Camesa
Justine Faith Camesa (Masha, BFA3) is a BFA3 Actor. During her time at CalArts, she has had the privilege of playing Tiresias in The Bacchae directed by Anthony Nikolchev, and Aurelia/ Yellow Girl in Jeannette Srinivasan's Yellow/Blue. Next semester, she can be seen in Every Brilliant Thing, directed by Yameng Deng at the Coffeehouse Theater here on campus, and in Faust directed by Rory Leech and Aviana Glover. She also feels it very important to mention that she enjoys cooking, dancing, and strawberry ice cream. :) A big thank you to everyone involved in this show, and to YOU for coming out to see it. IG: @justinecamesa
Justine Gorry (Tiresias, BFA2) is a BFA 2 actor, originally from Los Angeles California. This is her first production here at CalArts. Past projects she’s worked on include: Top Girls, Noises Off!, Our Town, Twelfth Night, and a Streetcar Named Desire. She’s grateful for the opportunity to work with such a lovely group of individuals and is glad you can join us on this transcendent journey. Enjoy the show!
Karolina Kwaśniak (Nina, MFA2) is thrilled to make her CalArts School of Theater debut! Karolina is a multidisciplinary artist originating from Poland. She works extensively with movement, physical theater, and voice. She has experience in theater, film, and performance art. Her other works include a book of poems titled Burzę tworzę. She holds a BA in Music Production at the Academy of Music in Łódź, a diploma from Baza Acting Studio in Warsaw, and a diploma in Opera Singing from F. Chopin State Music School in Warsaw. Thank you Kuba, family, friends, and creators of The Sea Gull. karolinakwasniak.com | IG: @karo_kwasniak
KATHERINE PAEZ FROEHLICH
Katherine Paez Froehlich (Associate Production Manager, MFA2) is an LA-based creative producer and production manager. She has previously worked with Universal Creative, Universal Studios Hollywood – Entertainment Production, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and City Theatre to name a few. CalArts School of Theater productions include The Fig and The Wasp (Associate Production Supervisor), Marabella (Associate Production Supervisor), The Romeo and Juliet Experience (Producer) and The School of Theater Virtual Festival 2021 - Beyond the Stage (Assistant Production Manager, XDP Series). Katherine would like to thank her partner, her parents, and her Cohort for all the love and support.
KAYLA AYLER MCCORMICK
Kayla Ayler-McCormick (BFA2) is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Kayla found her way into acting by performing in community theater productions. From age seven, she began taking acting lessons at New York based acting schools including HB Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse. She booked several roles in shows including Thirty Rock, Sesame Street and Nickelodeon’s Team Umizoomi. By age eleven, she had been cast in movies, namely Arthur, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Annie earning her a SAG-AFTRA membership. After graduating high school, Kayla moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for acting and is currently attending California Institute of the Arts.
Kayla Ayler-Mccormick (Ensemble, BFA3) is a Los Angeles-based actor and SAG-AFTRA member who is excited to return to the stage in her third CalArts School of Theater production. Originally from Brooklyn, Kayla found her way into acting through community theater and NY based acting schools. After graduating high school, Kayla moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for acting and is currently attending CalArts for a BFA in Acting. A special thanks to our director Lisa Dring, cast, crew and a special thanks to her mom for all of her love and support.
Kayla Dobbs (Bradley, BFA2) is an artist based between LA and Phoenix. They are super excited to be making their CalArts School of Theater debut. Recent credits include Acts of Afra (Child) performed in 2022 as a Coffeehouse Project and at Nonplus Ultra in Los Angeles. Previous to CalArts, they also trained at Baldwin Wallace University in Music Theatre. They would like to give a special thank you to their parents and family for the endless support and love, cast and crew, mother nature, and the universe for granting them the opportunity to explore the stage and live a blessed life.
Keila Cone-Uemura (Emi, MFA2) is an LA-based performer and writer. She was most recently seen in the CalArts School of Theater as The Girl (Roberto Zucco) and Seneca Howland (Men on Boats). Previous credits include Next to Normal and Curtains, both at UC Berkeley. She studied playwriting under Philip Kan Gotanda, and holds a BA in English and Theater/Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. Special thanks to her mom, dad, grandma, the immensely talented cast and crew, and Lisa for the opportunity to be part of this beautiful, vital story. IG: keilaiko
Keila Cone-Uemura (The Young Girl, MFA2) is excited to make her debut with CalArts School of Theater. Recent productions include Next to Normal and Curtains, both at UC Berkeley. She has studied playwriting under Philip Kan Gotanda, and holds a BA in English and Theater from UC Berkeley. Special thanks to her mom, dad, grandma, and the deeply talented Zucco cast and crew.
Kelli English (Agave, BFA2) is a Washington based actress thrilled to make her CalArts debut as Agave. Her previous work includes Katherine in Clark Colleges production of Proof and Dorothy Brock in Mountain View High School’s production of 42nd Street. One fun fact about Kelli is that her favorite Greek God is Dionysus (and this was way before she knew about The Bacchae). Kelli feels as if being cast was an act of The God himself. She like to thank her mother for her support, love, and being the coolest person alive. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Kellie Hageman (Stage Manager, MFA1) is an LA-based stage manager. She stage managed in Lincoln, NE and South Pasadena, CA before starting her masters degree at CalArts last fall. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love, and this incredible cast for being so wonderful and ready to work (and for introducing her to so many new dogs, looking at you Brian and Liv). She’d like to thank Lisa for her support and brilliance, Gin for rolling with the punches, Sam for being her undisputed jazzy partner in crime, and, of course, Ponyo.
Kenzie Caulfield (Lighting Programmer) is a BFA 2 Lighting Design and Technical Direction student. They have previously worked with Opera North and Northern Stage in and around their home state of New Hampshire, along with various community theater projects in the area. More recently, they designed lighting for Miss Sugar, a CalArts Winter Lab 2020 production, and have spent the last two years teaching theater with the CalArts Community Arts Partnership. Thanks to a great team on this production, and thanks to Sophie for coming to see it.
Kenzie Caulfield (Assistant Technical Director / Technical Director, BFA3) is a lighting designer and technical director from New Hampshire, currently working towards a bachelor's degree at California Institute of the Arts. Past theater work includes lighting design for The Acts of Afra (2022 / Non Plus Ultra) and Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe (2022 / Hollywood Fringe Festival), as well as technical direction work on Halloween 2022 (CalArts Institute Event), Drag Ball 2022 (CalArts Institute Event), daughter (2022 / CalArts School of Theater), and Halloween 2021 (CalArts Institute Event).
Kevin Madison (Compose/Sound Design, DMA1) is a musician starting his first year as a doctoral student at CalArts this year. Trained as a classical pianist, his credits there include performing as a soloist with the Brevard Symphonic Orchestra, premiering his piano compositions at Carnegie Hall and performing in the Bowie Symphonic: Blackstar national tour in 2019. His compositional interests range widely in genre, from the avant-garde to hip-hop. He recently won 3rd prize in the PASIC Percussion Composition contest, for his piece my technology, scored for piano and vibraphone. In December he'll be releasing an EP of electronic music and rap under his artist name "Kev Pastell" and with the Geryon Label of which he is a member. When Five Years Pass is his debut as a sound designer.
Khaled Bukhari (Technical Director, BFA3) is a technical director at California Institute of the Arts. Previous CalArts School of Theater productions include: Roberto Zucco, The Sea Gull, The Water Station, daughter, and The Fig & the Wasp.
Kody Nelson (Chorus, BFA2) is enthralled to be part of this production. Most of his past work has been around Southern California. He would like to thank Anthony Nikolchev for this opportunity and as well as everyone else who has helped in this production.
Kody Nelson (Officer/Sergeant, BFA3) is a BFA3 Actor at California Institute of the Arts.
Krystal Gem (Regina, MFA3) is an LA-based visual and performing artist. She has worked with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Westminster Choir College, Millsaps Players, and CalArts. She has performed as Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, Rita in Ibsen's Little Eyolf, and Venus in Suzan Lori-Parks' Venus. Her first studio album For All Time is available for streaming on all platforms as of April 2021.
Lanae Wilks (Assistant Stage Manager, MFA2) is a Stage Management student at CalArts. This is her first production at the CalArts School of Theater. Her selected theater credits include: Alabama Story, the touring production of Edwina, and Fat Pig at Frostburg State University. She also worked as a House Manager at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. She is grateful for this opportunity to work with such an amazing team.
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Lanae Y Wilks (Stage Manager, MFA3) originally hails from Baltimore, Maryland and has been involved in theater for most of her life. She’d love to expand her experience in all the industries of entertainment. She enjoys collaboration, innovation, and connecting with her fellow team and collaborators. Select credits include: Alabama Story (FSU), Dear Edwina (Children's Roundabout Theatre), IAMA New Works Festival, B.Dunn Movement (CNP), daughter (CalArts), Marabella (CalArts). She recently was brought on as a House Manager for WACO Theater Center. New to LA, Lanae enjoys the atmosphere and energy of this odd land and hopes to have an infectious and positive impact on those around her.
Lani Clay (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA1) is excited for her first CalArts production as an ASM. In the first semester, she worked as run crew for The Sea Gull. Lani spent several years working with Central Stage Theatre. She is grateful to be a part of this experience and hopes you enjoy the show.
Lauren Martin (Bassoon, MFA2) is an MFA2 Instrumental Arts Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Lena Sands (Costume Designer) is an award winning costume designer for live performance. Using a variety of materials and methods to create bold and distinctive visuals, Lena collaborates with ensembles and communities to investigate bodies, histories, and the divine. Lena’s designs have been seen at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Guthrie Theater, The Wallis, The Kirk Douglas Theater, The Getty Villa, The Skirball Cultural Center, Boston Court and REDCAT. CalArts School of Theater productions include Paradise by Design, and When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales. MFA in Costume Design, CalArts. Lena is thrilled to be back.
Lia Tsur (Assistant Costume Designer) is a BFA1 Experience Design and Production student in the CalArts School of Theater. This is their first time working on a theater production.
Lia Tsur (Assistant Costume Designer, BFA2) is a BFA2 Costume Designer at California Institute of the Arts.
Lily Rutman (Dorn, BFA4) is an LA/NYC-based actress. Past CalArts productions include The Water Station and The Romeo and Juliet Experience. Special thanks to her family, especially her dogs.
Lily Rutman (BFA3) is an LA/NY based performer. Her last CalArts production was The Romeo and Juliet Experience (Spring 2021). She is honored to work alongside such lovely artists and sends a special thank you to her family for always supporting her art.
Lindsay Tata (BFA2) is thrilled to have joined the CalArts community this year as a transfer BFA 2 Actor! Before attending CalArts she studied at Muhlenberg College for three years and studied at both Stella Adler’s Teen and Adult Conservatory. Lindsay has performed in many devised pieces, and she is overjoyed to be playing her favorite Shakespearean role, Viola. She would like to thank her director Damian, her cast, and the production team for this incredible experience.
Lindsay Tata (Hawkins, BFA3) is thrilled to be performing in her second show at CalArts! Last year she was seen as Viola (Twelfth Night), and over the summer she earned her first TV credit as Aria Katz on an episode of Judge Hatchett. Lindsay would like to thank her amazing directors Genevieve and Luna, the cast, and the crew for an amazing artistic experience and production. Oars up, oars out!
Ling Chang (Yakov, BFA4) is a Taiwanese artist who has traveled across the globe in his pursuit of acting. Before he was enrolled as a student in CalArts, he worked as an actor at a local Taiwanese theater company Butterfly Effect and performed in its production of The Diary of Anne Frank. In his time in CalArts, he’s appeared in Something In The Air, Apocalypse At The Rainforest Cafe, and The Great Gatsby. Before he graduates, he will be putting on his show Water Under The Bridge at CalArts, which will be a dream come true for him :) Come watch!
Liv Harper-Moser (Ensemble/Vocal Production, BFA3) is an Australian actress based in LA. After previously being seen as Harlequin in When Five Years Pass, Liv is very excited to return to the CalArts stage. She’d like to thank her family and friends for their support, the work of her cast and crew and for this experience over the last few weeks.
Livya Howard-Yashar (Choreographer, MFA2) is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturg, educator and musician native to Los Angeles. Her work has been presented at various Los Angeles and New York based venues such as Highways Performance Space, Human Resources LA, St. Marks Church, Center at Park West, Theater for the New City, and Theater West. She has also held workshops and participated in artist residencies in Israel, China, Greece, Ghana, Denmark and the UK. With an extensive background in the performing arts and cross cultural studies, Livya’s work draws upon the interconnectivity of language, storytelling, music, and dance.
Loren Weldon (Costume Designer, MFA2) is a costume designer based in Los Angeles, CA. She takes inspiration from visual, tactile, and auditory art mediums to create her designs. She made her CalArts School of Theater debut with work in Pelléas et Mélisande as well as Beyond the Veil in Spring 2021.
Luca Jarosz (Chief, BFA 2) is absolutely thrilled to be making his CalArts School of Theater debut. A proud Houstonian, Luca attended the Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts, where his favorite credits include Mary Poppins, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and All in the Timing. Luca would like to thank Daniel for this amazing opportunity, the cast and crew for all of their hard work, and his friends for being the best. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, and Isabella, whom he loves so much that it actually hurts.
Lucas Brahme (Jason, MFA3) is an LA based actor and musician. After a few brief stints in dancing, clowning, and shakespeare-ing, Lucas is now ~e x p e r i m e n t i n g~ at CalArts and has never been happier. He teaches acting, makes music in his bedroom, writes film/theater scripts in his pajamas, and has a loving family and partner. It's a blessed life, and he's thankful to everyone around him, especially this kickass cast that he's rehearsed with for the past two months. Thanks, and enjoy the show.
Luna Izpisua de Kissel
Luna Izpisua de Kissel (Associate Director, MFA2) is a MFA Directing Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Luyao Zhang (Graphic Designer, MFA2) is an MFA2 Graphic Design candidate at CalArts. She likes the fusion of preciseness & poetry, the materialization of the intangible/the ephemeral, and subtlety in the details. Her IG is @luyaozhang_linda.
Lyla June Johnston
Lyla June Johnston (Culture Bearer Consultant) is culture bearer of the Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages.
Maci Johnson (Assistant Scenic Designer, Experience Design and Production) is a BFA1 Scenic Design and Themed Entertainment student in the CalArts School of Theater.
Maci Johnson (Assistant Scenic Designer, BFA3) is a Scenic Design student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Macy E. Kunke
Macy E. Kunke (Stage Manager, MFA2) is delighted to be part of this sea-worthy crew. A proud alumna of Stephens College, Macy's recent CalArts School of Theater credits include daughter and Making of the Gods, as well as the world-premiere of Scene with Cranes through the CalArts Center for New Performance. A writer in her own right, Macy has won several awards for her one-acts, such as the short plays The Appointment and Good Taste in Neighbors. She likes her eggs over easy, is a Pokémon Champion, and prefers cats. For more information, please contact her mother. Instagram: @max_e_kunke
Madeleine Barnette (Polina, MFA3) is a Latinx actress from Texas. Last seen in the CalArts School of Theater production daughter, she is excited to return to the CalArts stage once more. Madeleine began as a child actor on the set of Barney and Friends and later was featured in numerous National and International commercials representing entities such as Sears, Exxon Mobil, Build-A-Bear, Funny or Die, and more. Madeleine graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA. A special thanks to all friends and family for the love and support. IG: @maddiebarnette
Maia Larom (Associate Composer) is a BFA2 and is excited to make her debut at CalArts after appearing in two student directed productions her freshman year (one of which took place outside a dorm room window)! She feels honored for the opportunity to breathe life into Lorca’s words after being inspired by his lyricism for years. She is pinching herself that she gets to do what she loves in front of people again after over a year. Big thanks to everyone who made this dream of a show possible.
Maia Larom (Secretary) is a BFA2 and is excited to make her debut at CalArts after appearing in two student directed productions her freshman year (one of which took place outside a dorm room window)! She feels honored for the opportunity to breathe life into Lorca’s words after being inspired by his lyricism for years. She is pinching herself that she gets to do what she loves in front of people again after over a year. Big thanks to everyone who made this dream of a show possible.
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Manasa H M (Assistant Scenic Designer, MFA1) is a Scenic Design student at California Institute of the Arts.
Margot Le Duy
Margot Le Duy (Costume Designer, BFA3) is a costume design student at the California Institute of the Arts. Margot began her focus on costume design at Oakland School for the Arts, where she worked on novel takes on The Oresteia and Hamlet, among other productions. Other CalArts works include the role of Assistant Costume Designer for Twelfth Night. Men on Boats is Margot’s first project at CalArts as the lead costume designer.
Mason Moy (Tuba, MFA2) is an MFA2 Performer-Composer Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Matt Duran (Lighting Designer, BFA4) is originally from Orange County, CA. Currently he is employed as an audio video and lighting technician at the Hammer Museum. Matt is finishing his BFA in Experience Design and Production this spring at California Institute of the Arts. Matt’s approach to design is rooted in the understanding that lighting must not only shape the movement on stage but propel the story. Using color and light to bring to life the world forcing viewers to think differently. He continues to collaborate with artists in the Los Angeles area and beyond. His work has been seen at Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, and at CalArts in the Sharon Disney Lund, The Black and White Studio, Permanent Set, and Graduation Courtyard.
Matthew Duran (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA3) is a Lighting Designer originally from Orange County, CA. Matt's approach to design begins with the purpose light has to a performance. The power that light has to propel the story and immerse the audience is at the core of his designs. He uses color to paint the stage and bring to life the story. His work has been seen at Cal Arts in the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, The Black and White studio, Permanent Set, Graduation Courtyard, and more.
Matthew Goodrich (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Matthew Goodrich (Cadmus, BFA2) is excited to be in his first production at CalArts School of Theater. His selected theater productions include: Rhinoceros, Macbeth, and The Real Inspector Hound.
Max Okst (Assistant Lighting Design, MFA1) is an LA and NY-based lighting designer. He specializes in theater, dance, and architectural lighting design. He is a recent graduate of Ithaca College, where he majored in Theatrical Production and Design. Previous CalArts credits include Asst. Lighting Designer for Roberto Zucco. Special thanks to Ashley, Mom, and Dad for their constant love and support. maxokst.com
Max Okst (Assistant Lighting Designer, MFA1) is an LA and NY-based Lighting Designer. He specializes in theatre, dance, and architectural lighting design. He is a recent graduate of Ithaca College, where he majored in Theatrical Production and Design. Max is thrilled to be working on his first production at CalArts. Special thanks to Ashley, Mom, and Dad for their constant love and support.
Mia Condon (Stage Manager, MFA1) is in the middle of her first year as an MFA1 at CalArts, and her fifth year as a stage manager. Prior to CalArts, she has stage managed productions of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Doubt: A Parable, Illusions, and Shakespeare Shorts. Since arriving at CalArts, she has had opportunities to stage manage both dance productions (Anemia, SoD Open House - ASM) and stage productions (Tsipekua, I Want A Country). This spring, Mia is excited to begin working on El Misterio, Drag Ball 2023, and Mis Escritos.
Michael Lanham (Trigorin, MFA2) is an LA-based multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in devised work. Originally from Springfield, IL, and having worked primarily in St. Louis, MO, he is excited to be making his CalArts School of Theater debut. MA in Arts Admin, Roosevelt University. BA in Theater, St. Louis University. Special thanks to his family and closest souls, and to this brilliant team of collaborators for creating this sweet space in which to play.
Miles Karraa (Assistant Master Electrician, BFA1) is a Lighting Designer from Los Angeles, California. This is her second CalArts production. She enjoys the problem-solving elements of lighting design and is grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this unique production.
Miles Karraa (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA2) is a lighting design student at CalArts. CalArts School of Theater credits include The Water Station, The Great Gatsby, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Additional credits include CalArts Halloween 2022 and Destiny to Love: A Yue Opera. She has also worked in stage management for Coffeehouse Projects, the CalArts School of Dance, and Graduation 2022. She hopes you enjoy I Want a Country.
Najing Cen (Assistant Scenic Design, MFA1) is a MFA1 scenic designer. She has participated in art design for movies, TV series, and concerts and has skills such as graphic design, video editing, painting, modeling, and many more. This is her first production in CalArts, and she feels very honored to be involved.
Naomi Miyahara (Technical Director, MFA3) is from Southern California and is in her final semester of her Master's Degree program for Technical Directing. While being involved with most shows, The Water Station is her first role as the Technical Director at CalArts. She joined the theater world in 2013 and is currently working towards becoming an educator in the theater. She finds the new skills that come with each production to be extremely rewarding and takes great pride in creating excellent work. Her previous shows include Uncle Vanya, Caligula, Oedipus, King Lear, & Machinal.
Natalee Hapaniewski (Alternate, BFA1) is a BFA Actor at California Institute of the Arts.
Natalie Nicholas is a nonbinary, multimedia performance artist living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Using quirky and playful perversity, Nicholas builds visual experiences that encourage unrepressed expressivity and divine authenticity. Nicholas’ work is both spectacle and heart. Incorporating video installation, clown and live performance, their work pushes back on society’s view of normalcy. Nicholas has worked in the Film and Television industry for the past five years. They are now combing their love of film and theater by pursuing an MFA at CalArts with a métier in Interactive Media for Performance and a concentration in Integrated Media.
Nelle Anderson (Vocalist, MFA1) is a performance artist from Minneapolis, MN who collages classical singing, poetics, and free improvisation. She develops pieces as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), prioritizing unconventional physicality and externalizing the singer’s inner monologue—bel canto technique, nervous system regulation, and spiritual motivations—as environments and interdisciplinary compositions. She has toured internationally as a baroque opera soloist with Ensemble Caprice and sung in masterclasses with Leon Botstein, Ari Pelto, and Dawn Upshaw. She has a Bachelors in Opera Performance from Bard College, practices Reiki, and produces experimental pop as Soubrette—the operatic archetype of the naughty, underestimated girlmaid.
Nick DePinto (Sound Engineer, MFA2) is an MFA2 Sound Designer at CalArts. Previously at CalArts, he worked as the Sound Designer on Roberto Zucco and Twelfth Night, and as the Assistant Sound Designer on CNP’s The Carolyn Bryant Project. Next semester, Nick will be the Sound Designer for El Misterio. This past summer, he worked as the Sound Engineer at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, where he mixed the musicals Jersey Boys, Cinderella, and Desperate Measures. Nick is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received a BA in Theatre Arts. nickdepinto.com
Nico Balbin (Master Electrician, BFA2) is a BFA Lighting Designer at the California Institute of the Arts
Nicole Theep, a California Stage Manager, experienced her first taste of real Stage Management in Community College being an ASM for Cabaret. A list of Other Assistant Stage Manager Credits include: Shrew! The Musical and Die Fledermaus. PSM Credits Include: The Beaux Stratagem, The Macbeth Project, An Atlas to "The Night & Other Electric Flowers". She is currently an Associate Production Manager on Cal Arts Actor Showcase and The Coffee House Projects while being an ASM on The Fig and The Wasp. She is excited to be involved in the Cal Arts Community and looks forward to new opportunities.
Nicole Theep (Associate Production Manager, MFA3) is an MFA3 Stage/Production Manager at California Institute of the Arts.
Nina Malinow (Wardrobe, BFA1) is a performer based in theater, modern dance, and hip hop. They were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have experience in directing, acting, choreographing, painting, illustrating, and much more!
Nina Malinow (Everyone, BFA2) is a curious artist and mover who loves poetry, dancing, and acting. They are thrilled to be making their official CalArts School of Theater debut! They were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and have been living in LA for the past decade.They most recently worked in collaboration with other CalArts Latine students on Tsipkeua in celebration of Day of the Dead. When Nina isn’t in rehearsal they can be seen performing in drag, making original jewelry, or giving Tarot readings. Special thanks to Antonia, my parents, siblings, mamá, y mis nonos. Instagram: @nina_malinow
Nishtha Tyagi (Costume Designer, MFA3) is a costume design student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Nishtha Tyagi (Assistant Costume Designer, MFA1) is a Costume Design student at California Institute of the Arts.
Noah Hernandez (Scenic and Visual Designer, BFA4) is an LA designer specializing in themed entertainment and experiences. He loves to focus on the details that tie his vision together for a project. Noah previously worked as a scenic designer for The Labyrinth, an immersive theater show presented in the Walt Disney Modular Theater. He is currently in his final year of study at California Institute of the Arts.
Nuoyan Guan (Assistant Costume Designer, MFA1) is a costume designer from China. Previous credits include productions with the School of Dance and film projects. There has always been a passion and love for theater in all the projects they do.
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Oliver P. Gifford (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Oliver P. Gifford
Oliver P. Gifford (The Impatient Pimp/Ensemble, BFA3) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Olivia Michael (Ensemble, BFA 4) is an LA-based performer originally from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. She has worked professionally with the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, Acadia Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Stage. Previous CalArts School of Theater production credits include The Labyrinth and Bobbie Clearly. Olivia attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Theatre in 2017 and graduated from the Theater Performance program at Interlochen Arts Academy in 2018. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at CalArts. Olivia would like to thank her parents, Amy and Kurt, her partner, Jake, and her friends.
Olivia Ross (Chorus, BFA2) is a 19 year old performer born and raised in New Jersey. She has worked extensively with Northern Highlands Theater Company in multiple productions such as How To Succeed (Hedy LaRue), The Government Inspector (Osip), The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), and Fools (Sophia Zubritsky). She was nominated for the "Best Lead Actress in a Comedy" Award at the Montclair Theatre Night Awards for her performance in Fools. This is her first CalArts production ever! She is ecstatic to begin her career here at CalArts! BFA in Acting, CalArts.
Olivia Harper-Moser (Harlequin) is excited to make her debut at the CalArts School of Theater. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she has travelled throughout Europe and the United States, seeking training and experience. She is grateful to be a BFA2 Actor in the CalArts School of Theater. Olivia thanks both the cast, crew and director of When Five Years Pass. Thank you to family and friends for the endless support. Enjoy the show!
Oscar Falcon (BFA3) is a California born Actor and co-founder of Twig Group. @oscarfalcn @twig,group
Oscar Falcon (Sorin, BFA 4) is an LA-based actor, artist, and co-founder of Twig group. CalArts School of Theater productions include The Summer In Gossensass, Molly's Dream, Caligula, and The Water Station. He would like to thank his mom, Alba and brother, Tito for being his biggest supporters, as well as all of his beautiful friends who inspire him daily. IG: @oscarfalcn
Park Lytle (Producer, MFA1) is originally from Seattle Washington. He's a recent graduate from Fairfield University where he holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics with a Minor in Theatre. Most recently, he spent the last year working for the Florida Studio Theatre as the development intern before coming to CalArts. Previous Producing credits include Woman and Scarecrow (Theatre Fairfield) and working on the digital designs for the virtual production [title of show] (Theatre Fairfield).
Paul Sohm (The Old Man/Ensemble, BFA2) is an Austrian performer living in LA. This is his first theater show.
Paulina Gruzdev (Graphic Designer, BFA4) is an LA-based graphic designer and illustrator. She has a strong passion for illustration and different aspects of design. She enjoys designing characters for different narratives as well as creating designs that carry the narrative itself.
Percent Han (Associate Production Supervisor) is a project manager working in Los Angeles and South Korea. She has experience in live performance, film, and concert production. She is a BFA4 Design and Production student in the CalArts School of Theater. She also manifests in producing and stage management. Percent has been seen in CalArts Halloween; REDCAT New Original Festival - Kubrick; CalArts House of Voices; Edinburgh Fringe Festival - You Are Frogs; and REDCAT - Winter Dance Concert.
Peter Leith (2nd Friend/2nd Card Player) is a BFA2 Actor in the CalArts School of Theater.
Qi Liu (Art Department Team, BFA3) is an artist living and studying in Los Angeles. She is BFA Scenic Design and Photography Student at CalArts.
Qingwen Cao (Costume Designer, BFA3) is an LA-based costume designer, composer of contemporary classical music, and interdisciplinary artist from Shenzhen, China. Her work is devoted to linking the mysterious energies of nature and igniting them. She has worked in the fields such as theater, dance, opera, and film. She graduated from the Middle School attached to the China Conservatory of Music and is now pursuing her bachelor's degree in Experience Design and Production at the California Institute of the Arts.
Qingyun Zhang (Scenic Designer, MFA2) is a Scenic Design student at California Institute of the Arts.
Rachel Edelstein (Everyone, BFA3) is so excited to be back on the CalArts stage for her second show! Previous CalArts credit includes Maid (When Five Years Pass). Rachel will also be in the Coffeehouse Project Pretty/Filthy (Georgina) later this semester. Special thanks to the entire cast and crew, mom, dad, and (most importantly) Chewy. She is so beyond grateful for the opportunity, and hopes you enjoy the show!
Rachel Edelstein (Maid) is a BFA2 so thrilled to be making her CalArts School of Theater debut. Rachel has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her favorite past productions include She Kills Monsters and The Giver (Palos Verdes Peninsula Theater). She wants to thank the creative team, mom, dad, and Chewy.
Rachel Goodwin (Everyone, BFA3) is so excited to make her debut with the CalArts School of Theater. Special thanks to the cast and crew of I Want a Country for making this show possible!
Raven O’Donnell (Assistant Costume Designer, BFA2) is a Costume Design student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Rebecca K. Hsia
Rebecca K. Hsia (Assistant Stage Manager, Fight Captain, MFA2) is an LA and Seattle-based multi hyphenate artist who has worked all over the world. Select Stage Manager credits: Village Theatre (Annual Festival of New Musicals); The 5th Avenue Theatre (Rock of Ages, West Side Story, First Draft); Intiman Theatre (Caught, IEAP 2018); Annex Theatre (Silhouette: 2018 Gregory Award winner, Best New Play); Centerstage Theatre (Pajama Game, Rapunzel: A Holiday Pantomime), REBATEnsemble (As You Like It), and Fantastic.Z Theatre (Femme). She would like to send love and thanks to her family (especially MP, K9 Max, and Mila), friends and cohort for their endless love and support.
REBECCA K. HSIA
Rebecca K. Hsia (Stage Management) is an MFA1 grateful to be a part of this WFYP amazing team. Other credits include: Village Theatre Annual (New Works Festival of Musicals); The 5th Avenue Theatre (Rock of Ages and West Side Story); Intiman Theatre (Caught and IEAP 2018); Annex Theatre (Silhouette, 2018 Gregory Award winner for Best New Play); Centerstage Theatre (Pajama Game and Rapunzel); and Fantastic.Z Theatre (Femme). She also has worked in Seattle, LA, and Korea as a producer, production manager, and playwright. Up next, she is writing for Pork Filled Productions (Resilience! An AAPI 24 hour play festival). She would like to send love and thanks to her family and friends and MP for their endless love and support.
Rebecca King (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA3) is a BFA3 Lighting Designer at California Institute of the Arts.
Redfield Clipper Mills
Redfield Clipper Mills (Composer, Guitar; MFA2) is an MFA2 Performer/Composer at California Institute of the Arts.
River Collins (BFA4) is a Non-binary, black actor, turning 22 years old, based in LA and North Long Beach. They have experience in dance, music, drawing, painting, creative writing, modeling, and styling. A special thanks goes out to friends, family, and mentors who have educated and supported them in their artistic development. Their poetry magazine is being released in Fall 2022; along with techno sets dropped each month on SoundCloud. Some activities they enjoy include decompressing, watching anime, doing extreme sports, listening to/constructing a techno set, doing spells, rituals, and spirit based practices. Instagram: @rivussy @dj.rivussy
ROBERT G. HILL- GUARINO
Robert G. Hill-Guarino (Assistant Lighting Designer, BFA4) is a lighting designer who enjoys collaborating with the student body at CalArts. He has worked with his peers to create the following productions: You On The Moors Now (2019), Burlesque (2019), I Hear So Extremely Loud (2019), Iphigenia and Other Daughters (2019), and the CalArts School of Dance Open House production Ebb Tide (2021). I Hear So Extremely Loud was featured at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2021. Special thanks to Robin, Wendy, Molly, and Grady.
Romy Kim (Everyone, BFA2) is an actor based in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Acting. Romy would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive. Outside of the arts, she enjoys hiking and reading books. Instagram: @romy_kim_
Rona Wen (Scenic Designer, BFA4) is a Los Angeles-based artist and scenic designer from Southern China. She designs for film, theater, dance, and other related fields. She works in mediums such as photography, digital illustration, costuming, and collage. Rona is looking forward to cooperating with artists from different fields to explore more possibilities.
Ronaldo Medina (Ensemble, BFA 3) is an LA based actor who has been acting since the age of 17. While at Golden Valley High School Ronaldo has been in 2 theater competitions and 2 Shakespeare Festivals playing many characters such as Elder Green and the Doctor from Book of Mormon, John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, and Chad in High School Musical. His Cal Arts School of Theater productions include The Romeo and Juliet Experience and The Fig and the Wasp. He will be one of the greats one day. BFA in acting, Cal Arts. Special thanks to my mom, dad, my 2 brothers, 3 sisters and close friends.
Rory James Leech
Rory James Leech (The Melancholy Inspector/Ensemble BFA4) is a performer, director, and producer in his final days at CalArts. He is the founding director of Misfit Toys Collective, where he has directed The Twenty-Seven Club, Streetcar Named Desire 2022, and the upcoming Faust, and The Death of Walt Disney. He is currently an Associate Producer for CalArts Center for New Performance. He was formerly a producer at Lemonada Media and Rec Room Arts. He is a graduate of HSPVA, and was honored as an Arts Advocate by the Dramatists Guild of America. He is finishing his Bachelor's Degree at CalArts.
Ruslan Vladimir Tuaev
Ruslan Vladimir Tuaev (Producer, MFA1) is an MFA1 Producing student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Ruth Johnson (Dramaturg, MFA2) is a Film Directing and Creative Writing Inter-school student at CalArts. She is also a writer in many genres and forms. She took Dramaturgy in her first year with Mona Heinze and Charles Ivan Yee, which is how she got this opportunity. She remembers fondly working with Medea as a text in college, and she is excited to see everyone's hard work on stage. Special thanks to Mona for recommending her to the project, and to Charles for taking her on and their rich conversations.
Ryan Nebreja (Roberto Zucco, MFA3) is an LA-based performer with an extensive background in dance and theater. He has performed, judged, and competed in the international breakdancing circuit with Red Bull BC One, Knuckleheads Cali, and Banguhrang holding notable achievements in competition and performance for Red Bull BC one Northwest, Hawaii, and Florida; additionally with Freestyle Session Minnesota, Seattle's Massive Monkey Anniversary, and many more. Mesa College select credits: Arturo Ui, Buried Child and Peter and the Starcatcher. As well as in multiple productions with MaArte Theatre Collective and Point Loma Playhouse. CalArts School productions include Futile Gestures, Breaking the Persona, and Center of New Performance’s Paris premiere, Augustine Machine ou Encore Une Nuit d’Insomnie.
SAGE MICHEAL STONE
Sage Michael Stone (Chorus/Soldier, BFA2) is an Oregon-raised, LA-based artist. He works as an actor, film producer, and musician manager. He's previously trained at South Eugene Theater, UW-Stevens Point, Anthony Meindl's Acting Workshop, and Burg Studios Acting School. Sage has been in staged productions such as Metamorphoses (UWSP), The House of Yes (SET), and Spring Awakening (SET). He works for Retro Grime Studios as an actor and producer, notably producing/starring in an independent feature film called Phenomena(2022). He manages Dean Cee, LA-based rapper and hip-hop producer. Big thanks to my family, born to and chosen, for supporting my dreams!
Sam DuBois (Co-Technical Director, BFA3) is a human focused on realizing and developing the ideas of his collaborators. Ever since building his first haunted house at the age of 13 Sam has been focused on creating spectacles that surround audiences. His work can be seen in a number of settings from intimate immersive theater to "E ticket" theme park attractions. You can learn more about Sam's work at: SamDuBois.com
Sam Millette (Assistant Stage Manager, MFA1) is a New England-based stage manager. She got her BA in Theatre from Fairfield University. Previously, she has worked as the ASM for The Sea Gull at CalArts. Outside of CalArts, she has stage managed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Theatre Fairfield), Titus Andronicus (Theatre Fairfield), FST Improv (Florida Studio Theatre), and Church & State (Jason Odell-Williams). Sam would like to give a Super Jazzy Thanks to Mom, Brian, Park, Kellie, Lisa, and Ponyo.
Sam Sutton (The Boy/Ensemble, BFA2) is beyond thrilled to make his debut with CalArts School of Theater in this production. Sam has previously worked with the Acting Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Special thanks to mom, dad, and Ali.
Sam Wells (Performer-Composer, DMA3) is a trumpeter, composer, and improvisor who creates evocative and narrative multimedia performances. Sam has performed throughout North America and Europe, as well as in China.
Sam is a member of SPLICE Ensemble. Sam has performed with Contemporaneous, Metropolis Ensemble, TILT Brass, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra. Sam has recorded on Scarp Records, New Amsterdam/Nonesuch, New Focus Records, SEAMUS, and Ravello Recordings labels.
Sam is on faculty at SPLICE Institute, Molloy College, Temple University, and CalArts. [https://sllewm.as]
Sami Hansen (Assistant Stage Manager, MFA1) is a Stage Manager and director from Boston, MA. She received her Directing BFA from Belmont University, where she worked on various mainstage and laboratory productions, with an artistic focus on female-centric works that highlight the unknown struggles women have faced in history. Most recently, Sami worked as the Cover Stage Manager for When Five Years Pass last Fall. Currently pursuing her MFA, Sami hopes to one day work behind the curtain on Broadway (bonus points if it's a Disney production). Special thanks to the CaMPers and Dog Max for their continued support!
Samuel Buroker (Second Messenger, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor in the CalArts School of Theatre. He is very excited to be a part of his first production for the CalArts School of Theatre. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, and Mimi.
Sanghun Kim (First Messenger, BFA 2) is a South Korean actor. He is currently studying acting in the California Institute of the Arts. Some of his previous works include a South Korean independent feature film, the Dark Night and a CalArts play, When Five Years Pass.
Sanghun Kim (Old Man) is a South Korean performer. He is a BFA2 Actor in the CalArts School of Theater. When Five Years Pass is his first performance credit in the United States. In South Korea, he was in the feature independent Dark Night.
Sawyer Shine (Second Prison Guard/Policeman/Ensemble, BFA4) is an LA-based performer. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he split his time between performance and the outdoors. He has worked with the Throckmorton Theater and the Marin Theater Company in Mill Valley, CA. Theater shows would include Henry IV 1 & 2, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, and The Great Gatsby. Film and TV work includes Fences directed by Keldan Duane-McGlashan, Killer Siblings on Oxygen, M by Carter Prentiss and Oscar Hernandez, Bad Generation by Tanner Novotny, and sketch comedy by Ian S. Peterson. Shout out to mama and papa for their support and love.
Shireen Heidari (Manikin & First Card Player) is beyond excited for her first show in the CalArts School of Theater. Her work has been seen at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Envision Theatre Arts Conservatory. She is currently a BFA2 Actor and would like to thank Kalean Ung for this amazing opportunity, as well as the cast and crew.
Shireen Rose Heidari
Shireen Rose Heidari (Ant, BFA3) is beyond excited for their next CalArts production. They have previously trained with the La Jolla Playhouse and the Envision Theatre Arts Conservatory. Their most recent CalArts production was When Five Years Pass (Manikin). Shireen would like to thank Lisa for this opportunity as well as the cast and crew for being the best group to work with. Enjoy!
Simone Maura (Violin, MFA1) is a violinist, educator, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. They empower brave bodies via their ongoing workshop series and gallery BRAVE SPACES. Recent and upcoming freelance performances include Ensemble Mik Nawooj and inti figgis-visueta at REDCAT. In 2019, they founded the Oberlin Students for Gender Equity in the Arts and the Oberlin Phlox Ensembles, Oberlin’s first women/trans/enby orchestra and choir performing and commissioning work by women and trans composers. B.M. Violin Performance (minors: Dance, Interdisciplinary Performance, Arts & Creative Technologies) Oberlin Conservatory ‘21, pursuing MFA CalArts ‘24.
Skylar Shen (Dionysus, BFA2), is an actor born and raised in China and South Korea. She made her debut in CalArts in the production of When Five Years Pass, and she has previously worked with ThrillUs Theater Company and 1924 Timemachine Theater Company. Special thanks to Anthony, all cast and crew of Bacchae for making this happen!
Skylar Shen (Hall, BFA3) is a performer born and raised in China and South Korea. Her CalArts School of Theater credits include Daisy (Something in the Air), Dionysus (Bacchae), and Mask/card player (When Five Years Pass). Her work has previously been seen at the Hudson Theater, ThrillUs and 1924 Timemachine Theater Company. Special thanks to the wonderful MOB team, her family, and housemates.
Sofia Rahaniotis (BFA3) likes puppets, horses, writing, and a bunch of other things, too. She was last seen in Oedipus the King (MOD, 2020). She feels incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with, learn from, and play alongside such brilliant individuals. Thank you to the people she loves.
Soowan An (Lighting Designer, BFA4) is a lighting designer based in Los Angeles and San Diego. It has been about 4 years since she has designed a theater show, and she has been designing pretty much every other category of lighting design including concert, dance, light art, etc, within the school and outside. Special thanks to everyone who comes out to watch this special production of Men on Boats!
Sophia Scavuzzo (Chorus, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor at California institute of the Arts.
Sophie Alter (Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa, BFA2) is beyond thrilled to be making her CalArts School of Theater debut. Having grown up in Connecticut, her work has been seen professionally at the Tony award-winning theater, Hartford Stage. She has also been in several productions at Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Select film and television credits include: CNN's The Hunt with John Walsh. She'd like to thank her incredible cast and crew for all their hard work, her friends, and her mom, dad, and sister Jozie.
Steele Howell (Medvedenko, BFA3) is so excited to be a part of this production. CalArts School of Theater productions include Twelfth Night and When Five Years Pass. Steele would like to thank the entire cast and production team for such a wonderful experience.
Steele Howell (Servant/Father) is so excited to be a part of his first production at CalArts as a BFA2 Actor! His recent productions include Newsies (Jack Kelly) and Young Frankenstein (Igor) with Willingham Performing Arts Academy. He would like to thank Kalean and the production team for this incredible opportunity.
Stephanie Atwood (Lighting and Video Designer, MFA1) is an LA based Lighting Designer. She has worked with The Fisher Center at Bard, and companies within San Francisco, CA. Her designs include Los Medanos College as Resident Designer, as well as House Lighting Designs for The Spiegeltent at Bard, and The California Theater. This is her first design for CalArts School of Theater. BFA in Theatrical Design, Technology, and Managment, University of Idaho. Special thanks to her husband Joel Atwood.
Steven Cobilich (Sound Designer, BFA2) is an LA based audio engineer and designer. With a decade of live sound experience, he has designed audio systems and mixed artists at world class festivals such as Coachella and EDC and has designed and installed the audio systems at the Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles. He is excited to center his first theatrical design around immersivity and cutting edge technology as he is pursuing a career in themed entertainment. Special thanks to Carlos Mosquera and the entire team at L’Acoustics, Chris Baine and Avae.io, and Auggie Esquivel from Sound Factory Systems.
Steven Cobilich (Sound Designer, BFA3) is an LA-based sound designer and audio engineer with almost a decade of experience designing large scale audio systems for your favorite festivals. While at CalArts, Steven is focusing on developing proficiency in designing immersive audio content and systems for live experiences.
Sylka Felciano (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Taizun Partapurwala (Scenic Design, MFA3) is a Scenic/Production Designer from India with a background in industrial product design. Worked on projects including a wide range of production design including dance shows, short films, and animation movies. He has digital skills from pre-visualization renderings to 3D models using a combination of design software.
Tara Froehlich (Assistant Costume Design, MFA1) is a Chicago-based costume designer. She has worked as a costume designer, SFX makeup artist, and production designer on many short films at the Second City Film School. Tara also received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a specialization in fashion.
Tatou Dede (Director, MFA2) is a theater director. She has studied piano, dance and acting in Greece, and she has worked with her nonprofit company TATOUmdt creating anti-gone2, EN (SE RES)SEMBLE (funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture), If I am late, go to sleep… by Akis Dimou (funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture), and more. She has participated in the United Solo Theater Festival in New York, SCHMIEDE festival in Hallein, Austria, the “Open Platform” festival at the National Theatre of Greece, and more. Special thanks to my family. www.tatou-mdt.com
Theo Anderson (Deck Stage Manager, BFA4) is a Stage Management student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Tilda Mingyo Seo
Tilda Mingyo Seo (Lighting Programmer, BFA1) is a BFA1 Experience Design and Production student at California Institute of the Arts.
Trevor Desai (Assistant Technical Director, BFA3) is a technical direction major originally from Mumbai, India. He has worked on a few other productions at CalArts such as The Fig and The Wasp, The Water Station, daughter, Roberto Zucco, Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe, and INTERIOR (a Dance Thesis by Taylor Donofrio). Special thanks to Mark Phelan for their guidance with the project.
Venice Mountain-Zona (Chorus, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor at California institute of the Arts.
Victor Sintchak (Percussion, MFA2) is an MFA2 Performer-Composer Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Victoria Zajac (George, MFA3) is an LA based actor/director. Previously based in Cleveland, Ohio her work has been seen at the Cleveland Public Theatre, Beck Center for The Arts, Cleveland Playhouse and Glacity Theatre Collective. Victoria has been seen in the CALARTS Center For New Performance production Cries And Whispers. This is Victoria’s premier Calarts School Of Theatre Production. MFA in Acting, Calarts.
Violet Smith (Lighting Designer, MFA2) believes lighting design is watercolor painting in a 3D space. She is interested in mixed media art and her next cup of coffee, and extends special thanks to you for being here.
W. ALEJANDRA MELENDEZ
W. Alejandro Melendez (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based in LA. Originally a technical director in Denver, Alejandro is now an MFA1 in Lighting Design, making When Five Years Pass his first production at CalArts and in California at large. Many thanks to Evan Brownell, Kate DeWall, Stephanie Atwood, Cad Apostol, and Kalean Ung for their support, insight, and collaboration throughout this project. To connect with Alejandro and see more of his work, find him on Instagram @wamelendez.
W. Alejandro Melendez
W. Alejandro Melendez (Lighting Designer, MFA2) is a MFA2 Experimental Lighting Design student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Wei-Fang Chang (Assistant Video Designer, MFA1) is a multimedia artist and motion graphics designer raised in Taiwan, based in the universe/Los Angeles. She focuses on video design and interactive art installation within live experience. The visual language in her works are based on organic flow and rhythms from nature. She retranslates the natural fluid forms into digital geometric motion graphics, such as distorted linear patterns, rhythmic waves, and atmospheric digital gradients which evoke the fluid and perpetual transitions of nature. IG: @w._.mp4
Willington Liu (Konstantin, BFA4) is an actor and performer based in Los Angeles and Beijing. Before attending The California Institute of the Arts, he acted in renowned Chinese film director Wuershan’s (乌尔善) Fengshen Trilogy. In preparation for the film, he was professionally trained over the course of 12 months in acting, horse riding, mixed martial arts, weapons combat, archery, Chinese war drumming, and wire-flying. Theatre credits include Morts sans sépulture, The Fig and The Wasp and Something in the Air. Special thanks his Mom, Grandma, Selena, Anna 妈妈, Uncle Doug, The Sea Gull cast and crew, and our director Zoë.
Wenjing Xie (Assistant Stage Manager/Cast, BFA3) is a theater artist who shows interest and talents in stage design, directing, acting, playwriting, and stage managing through years of training and practicing. She directed several shows in Nanjing Foreign Language School, including Silent Voice, Violet Evergarden and The Legend of Sword. Her acting credits include roles in Romeo and Juliet and White Snake at Nanjing Purple Mountain Playhouse. She has written four plays, with one currently in publishing. As an inheritor of Chinese traditional opera Baiju, she also devotes herself to the development and preservation of Chinese traditional culture. Special thanks to mom, dad, and Kaimin Shen.
Wenjing Xie (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA3) is a theater artist. She holds interests and talents in stage design, directing, acting, playwriting, and stage managing through years of training and practicing. She directed several shows in Nanjing Foreign Language School, including Silent Voice, Violet Evergarden and The Legend of Sword. She has also been seen as an actor in Nanjing Purple Mountain Playhouse, playing roles in Romeo and Juliet and White Snake. She has written four plays, one of which is published. She, as an inheritor of Chinese traditional opera Baiju, also devotes herself to the development and preservation of Chinese traditional culture. Special thanks to mom, dad, and Kaimin Shen.
Willington Liu (Ensemble, BFA 3) is an LA and Beijing based performer. Before attending Cal Arts, he acted in the Chinese Blockbuster Trilogy: Fengshen Trilogy (封神三部曲) directed by Wuershan (乌尔善). He has received acting training from renowned Chinese celebrity acting instructor Tianchi Liu (刘天池). In preparation for the film, he was professionally trained in equestrian, martial arts, weapons combat, archery, Chinese drumming, and wireflying. He is also professionally trained and competed in Latin and Ballroom dance.
Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Charlie, Anna 妈妈, Uncle Doug
Winky Kim (Assistant Stage Manager, BFA2) is a stage manager from Hong Kong and Korea currently located in LA. She is overjoyed to partake in the role of ASM for The Sea Gull. Her past CalArts School of Theater productions include The Carolyn Bryant Project (CNP), When Five Years Pass, and The Great Gatsby. She is truly grateful for everyone on this production who secured her growth as a stage manager, especially Clara King, Sam Millette, Yameng Deng, Taylor Comen, and Patrick Smith for their guidance and support. Special and endless thanks to mom, dad, and Ariana for always having her back in life as she pursues her career stage management.
Xiaoke Zhang (Art Department Team, BFA2) is a set designer and lighting designer. At CalArts, she served as technical director for productions such as Interior, Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe, and The Water Station. She has also worked on the CalArts independent film The Kiss of Life as the lighting and set designer, and the USC film Shape of Truth as production designer. She worked as an assistant production designer on the CalArts Center for New Performance’s Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side at REDCAT.
Yameng Deng (Producer, MFA2) is a producer/film journalist from China. As a feminist artist, Yameng dives deep into different styles while paying special attention to the female perspective under social issues and focus. Based on the experience of working in Beijing, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Producing at CalArts. Her previous credits include Cries and Whispers and When Five Years Pass. Her current Producer credits include The Water Station and Robert’s Dance Thesis Project. Special thanks to mom Liyan Wang, mentor Rachel Scandling and each of my lovely MO fellows.
Yameng Deng (Producer, MFA3) is a LA-based producer/director/actress. As a film/theater producer, she is open to exploring different types of artistic showcases to audiences. Her work experience in China as a film journalist and background of film history/theory study provided new perspectives for her career practices. Her previous highlights as a producer include Cries and Whispers, When Five Years Pass, Aiky: Pathways to Light, The Water Station, and BC:U’RE WORTH IT. Her first attempt both as director and producer of Every Brilliant Thing will be shown in March 2023.
Yi-Lun Chien (Assistant Costume Designer, MFA 1) is a Costume Design student at the California Institute of the Arts. Prior to attending Calarts, she was active in Film and TV in Taiwan as an assistant costume designer and wardrobe. Her most recent assistant costume designer work on the recently released Taiwanese Netflix original series, Light the Night. Her film credits include KANO (2014), Silence (2016), The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful (2017), Territory of Love (L'Autre Continent, 2018), and Moneyboys (2021).
Yi-Lun Chien is a MFA1 Costume Design student. Prior to attending Calarts, she was active in Film and TV in Taiwan as an assistant costume designer and wardrobe. Her most recent assistant costume designer work in Taiwanese Netflix original series, Light the Night, will soon be released. Her film credits include KANO(2014), Silence(2016), The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful(2017), Territory of Love(L'Autre Continent, 2018), Moneyboys(2021). Special thanks to the production team and the costume shop.
Ying Xin (Sound Designer, MFA2) has worked in audio engineering, recording art, film/animation audio post production, and music mixing. Ying is now pursuing an MFA Degree in Sound Design at the California Institute of the Arts..
Yueyi Zhang (Asst.Scene designer, MFA1) is a Chinese scene designer. She has worked with The Chengdu City Concert Hall, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Art and Chengdu Chemical Plant Drama Space. She has also worked on themed immersive experience entertainment company The Volcanoer. MFA in Scene design, CalArts. Special thanks to mom, dad and Ray.
Yuwei Hu (Costume Designer, MFA2) is a costume and fashion designer who treats garments as occupiable spaces that transform the experience for both the performer and audience. A graduate of Parsons School of Fashion, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Costume Design at the California Institute of the Arts.
Zenith Hyden-Soffer (Scenic Designer, BFA4) is a BFA4 Scenic Design Student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Zoë (Duoyi) Wang
Zoë (Duoyi) Wang (Director, MFA2) 王朵一 is a CalArts MFA Theater Directing Candidate who holds a BA from UCLA with an English Major, and Theater & Film Minors. She is an undefined artist from Chengdu, China fascinated with the movement of words and bodies, currently exploring curating artistic landscapes lush with organic intuitions, devoted to creating sensory-traversing experiences for cross-cultural poetry.
Zoe Hertzberg (Cho, BFA2) is excited to be making her CalArts Season debut. Zoe has worked on several student productions including Making of the Gods and No...Yes. Aside from acting, Zoe also enjoys writing and directing. Zoe has directed at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, and had her original work performed at venues including the La Mirada and Chance Theater. Zoe is grateful for this opportunity to work with artists and friends she admires. Zoe would like to thank her family for always supporting her endeavors, her friends and studio mates for being a support system away from home; the cast, and the celestial beings for always making her laugh.
Zoë Lappin (they/them/theirs) (BFA2) is somebody who does things. Sometimes those things are collage, or animation, or graphic design, or sound design, or knitting, or sculpting, or writing film reviews on Letterboxd, or shopping for records, or being a person with a body. Their work at CalArts includes management for Lars Jan's devised film 20202021 which premiered at the SOT's 2021 Virtual Festival, and consulting on the creation of the Virtual Festival's website.
Zoë Lappin (Video Designer, BFA3) is a queer interdisciplinary artist and video designer from Los Angeles, California. Their work at CalArts includes video for Scene with Cranes (CNP), daughter, Faust: A Digital Fairytale, The Fig and The Wasp, and A Streetcar Named Desire 2022.