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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 (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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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).
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.
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.
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 (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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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_
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maci Johnson (Assistant Scenic Designer, Experience Design and Production) is a BFA1 Scenic Design and Themed Entertainment student in the CalArts School of Theater.
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.
MANASA H M
Manasa H M (Assistant Scenic Designer, MFA1) is a Scenic Design student at California Institute of the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
OLIVER P GIFFORD
Oliver P. Gifford (BFA2) 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
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.
Qingyun Zhang (Scenic Designer, MFA2) is a Scenic Design student at California Institute of the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Sophia Scavuzzo (Chorus, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor at California institute of the Arts.
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.
Sylka Felciano (BFA2) is a BFA Acting student at the California Institute of the Arts.
Venice Mountain-Zona (Chorus, BFA2) is a BFA2 actor at 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.