Artists Contributing to Co-EXIST 2020
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Co-EXIST Play Festival Producers

Stacey Ardelean - Fuse Theatre Artistic Director

Stacey Ardelean - Fuse Theatre Artistic Director

Bora “Max” Koknar - Actor, Director, Writer, Educator

Bora “Max” Koknar - Actor, Director, Writer, Educator

Alika U. Spencer-Koknar,
Co-Artistic Director

Alika U. Spencer-Koknar, Co-Artistic Director

Stacey Ardelean is the founding Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre. Her work includes theatre for social justice projects with local partners and creating collaborative performative experiences in and with the community. Prior to founding Fuse Theatre in 2015, she served as the elementary drama teacher for a Bay Area private school for seventeen years. Stacey also currently serves as the Board Chair of AATE, American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Bora “Max” Koknar (he/him/his) is a Turkish-born actor, director, writer, educator, producer and the Co-Artistic Director of the Dragon in Redwood City, CA. Over a professional career of 15+ years, Max has entertained over 500,000 people as a performer; produced a touring program serving over 100,000 children a year across the west coast; founded an education program designed to increase language fluency and communication skills of 100s of at risk youth in partnership with local elementary schools and the Ohio State University;  presented lectures at venues including UC Berkeley and Developer Week 2020; created site specific and immersive experiences entertaining 1000s of people in partnership with venues including the SF MOMA, Fort Mason, and San Jose Japan Town with Epic Immersive and collaborated with international tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Box, Intuit, Genentech, and Paradox Interactive as director, performer, executive coach, training facilitator and experience designer.

Alika U. Spencer-Koknar is native to the Bay Area, who graduated from Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 2006. She is honored to be working alongside her husband, Bora “Max” Koknar as Co-Artistic Director of Dragon Theatre. Some highlighted credits including; Dragon Productions as Judith in Equivocation, with Northside Theater Company as Maureen in The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, with City Lights as Johnna Monevata In August: Osage County with City Lights Theater Company. Alika also enjoys creating new and devised works and collaborated with companies like Golden Thread, foolsFury, First Person Travel, and Epic Immersive. Alika also teaches theater and has worked as an educator with companies like Broadway by the Bay, Tabard Theatre Company, and Theater of All Possibilities.

September 2020 Contributing Artists

Amissa Miller - Artist, Educator, Playwright and Facilitator

Amissa Miller - Artist, Educator, Playwright and Facilitator

Mikki Gillette - Playwright

Mikki Gillette - Playwright

Eiko Yamamoto - Actor, Singer, Dancer, Educator and Visual artist

Eiko Yamamoto - Actor, Singer, Dancer, Educator and Visual artist

Anirudh Mohan - Actor

Anirudh Mohan - Actor

Ryan Gerberding - Actor

Ryan Gerberding - Actor

Pam Drummer-Williams - Actor

Pam Drummer-Williams - Actor

Amissa Miller is an artist, educator, and facilitator with a background in new play dramaturgy, playwriting, and community-based arts education. Recent dramaturgy credits include Christina Anderson’s Inked Baby at Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. Her work as a new play dramaturg also includes developmental workshops and productions at companies including The Huntington Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, Ars Nova, and The Movement Theatre Company. As a writer, her work includes the short screenplay The Big Chop (a finalist at the 2014 Black Star Film Festival), as well as the short plays Breaths (which won 2nd place at the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco’s Best Plays of 2019 showcase) and Her Own Things (which is published in the Fall 2019 issue of African Voices Magazine). She was recently selected to join the 2020-21 PlayGround Writers Pool. Amissa has co-created art for social change and community building in various youth and community spaces, with organizations including Opening Act New York, Wide Angle Youth Media, and ArtsEmerson. She has taught courses in dramatic literature, applied theatre, and community engagement at New York University, Emerson College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Amissa is currently an assistant professor of Performing Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she directed the Fall 2019 production of This is Modern Art by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval. She holds a BA in Drama from Spelman College and an MFA in Dramaturgy & Script Development from Columbia University.

Mikki Gillette is a trans woman playwright living in Portland, OR. She’s thrilled to have her short play Swipe Right included as part of Dragon and Fuse’s Co-Exist short play clinic. Her new play American Girl about transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen, who was murdered in a hate crime in 2019, is currently in development through Art’s Rep Theatre’s Workbench program. Mikki is part of Profile Theatre’s 2020 LGBTQIA+ Community Profile Cohort. Her full length shows The Queers, They, Them, Their, Mimetic Desire and No More Candy depict the trans experience in all its juicy, dramatic richness, and have enjoyed readings at the Portland Playhouse, defunkt theatre, the Funhouse Lounge, Post5 Theatre and the Shoebox, among other venues. Her work has been featured multiple times at the OUTwright Festival. Mikki works as a fundraiser for Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s LGBTQ policy and advocacy organization, and she was named a 2020 Queer Hero by GLAPN Northwest. Learn more at: mikkigillette.com.

Eiko Yamamoto is an experienced actor, singer, swing dancer, educator, visual artist and performing arts programmer. Born in Tokyo, raised in Hawaii and California, she is a Japanese/ Korean-American artist. She recently appeared in AJ’s Virtual Party, Dragon Productions and Because I Went There, Fuse Theatre/ Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival. Eiko’s other recent credits: Sugar (u/s) and Letter Writer #2 (u/s) in Tiny Beautiful Things, San Francisco Playhouse; Meiko in Eureka Day, Spreckels Theatre Company; Marci in Almost, Maine , South Bay Musical Theatre. She has worked with The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep (Young Writers of Color Collective), Palo Alto Players, AlterLab of Alter Theater, The San Francisco Olympian

Festival X, PianoFight, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Douglas Morrisson Theatre and

SuperShakes with Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Upcoming: as Sarom in Downtown Crossing, Company One Theatre; Romeo and Juliet , Marin Shakespeare Company (2021); Into the Woods , CoastalRep. Other work credits: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance in Los Angeles (one of the largest presenting arts organizations in the country), Sony Pictures Columbia Tristar, Universal Music Group and Oakland Asian Student Educational Services. She is an alumna of University of California Los Angeles and California College of the Arts, San Francisco. eikoyamamoto.com

Anirudh Mohan is delighted to be making his debut with Dragon and Fuse production of the September Co-EXIST. Anirudh Mohan is an actor who has contributed to a number of roles in theater, short films and voiceovers around the San Francisco Bay Area. Anirudh studied acting in San Francisco State University and was part of a Shakespeare Troupe that toured multiple high schools around San Francisco School District to teach and excite students about the Bard himself. In these peculiar times, he has been part of zoom plays with Bay Area Drama Company, Naatak House and Cloud Playhouse. Apart from being an actor, Anirudh has dabbled his hand in writing and directing. Anirudh enjoys watching movies, reading novels, playing volleyball and supporting his favourite teams of Golden State Warriors and Manchester United.

Ryan Gerberding (Derrick – Swipe Right) is an actor from Rocklin, CA. He studied at University of California, Davis, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Dance. There, he performed in numerous plays and musicals, including Urinetown the Musical, Lungs, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, and Gospel According to the First Squad. He also directed multiple shows for Studio 301, a student-run theatre club at UC Davis, including The Pillowman, Swimmers, and Dogfight. After graduating from college, he has performed in numerous productions in the Sacramento area, including Amélie the Musical, Shakespeare in Love, The Rocky Horror Show, and Small Mouth Sounds. He has also co-written and performed in a solo show, My Jekyll and Hyde with Placer Repertory Theatre, where he is a founding company member as well as the Digital Media Director. He is also a cofounder of Red Axe Productions, an independent film production company. He is very excited to work with the talented team behind Co-EXIST and Swipe Right. www.ryangerberding.com

Pam Drummer-WilliamsLady Ptomaine is thoroughly excited to make her debut with Dragon and Fuse Theatres,  She was last seen with Playland Production in “Bitsy Bites Back” as Pepper, A full Zoom play with Same Boat Theater Collective in :The Emeryville Horror” as The Mayor.  Also, on Zoom Pam has been seen in living rooms via Zoom with Queer Cat Productions in “Felix B. Love Is Not Alone” as Dr. Ray Daly.

Some of her favorite roles have been with B8 Theatre Co. in “Strange Ladies” as “Suffragist Mary based on Mary Church Terrell”,  with Queer Cat Productions in “The Gay Divorce Play” as The Officiant, with Contra Costa Civic Theatre in “Ragtime” as Sarah’s Friend, with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, in “You Can’t Take it With You” as Penelope Sycamore, and with Pinole Community Playhouse  in “Godspell” as Pam.

When not working or performing, Pam is living vicariously through her daughter, a commercial pilot who is living her dreams as we all should!!

Miyoko Sakatani - Actor-Singer

Miyoko Sakatani - Actor-Singer

Allison Fradkin - Playwright

Allison Fradkin - Playwright

Jeff Swan - Playwright, Actor, and Designer

Jeff Swan - Playwright, Actor, and Designer

AnJu Hppolite -  Actor, Writer and Educator

AnJu Hppolite - Actor, Writer and Educator

Kimberly Ridgeway -  Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer

Kimberly Ridgeway - Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer

JanLee Marshall - Actor, Director and Instructor

JanLee Marshall - Actor, Director and Instructor

Miyoko Sakatani is a Bay Area actor~singer. She thrilled to be currently a part of the Dragon and Fuse Theater production of the Co-Exist Play Clinic. Her favorite past shows include, Uncle Vanya (Cutting Ball Theater), Distracted (Piedmont Players), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Altarena Theater), The Free Speech Movement (Berkeley Rep Theater) You Can’t Take it With You (Contra Costa Civic Theater) and lead understudy for The Great Wave at the Berkeley Rep Theater. Films include the award winning feature, East Side Sushi (full list on film credits on IMDb). Miyoko has performed her own solo piece at the Marsh Theater about her family’s immigration and internment. She is the founding director of Playland Productions. She performs with a SF Bay Area ukulele band and in a touring musical comedy troupe with the Stagebridge Theater Company.

Allison Fradkin is delighted to be a Dragon lady! Scriptly speaking, she creates satirically scintillating stories that Fuse comedy and romance, (sur)pass the Bechdel Test, and enlist their characters in a caricature of the idiocies and intricacies of insidious isms. Recent readings of her work have been presented by Accidental Shakespeare Company, Jewish Women’s Theatre, and Kansas City Public Theatre, among others. Although she has a soft spot for short plays, Allison’s first full-length work, a lesbian-feminist musical tribute to The Golden Girls, will make its debut in 2021 with Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.

Jeff Swan is a playwright, actor, and lighting designer. He has designed lights from Santa Cruz to Redwood City, including the following Dragon Productions Theatre Company shows: Rich and Famous, November, Moonlight and Magnolias, Woman in Black, Rx, Baltimore Waltz, and Confession. He has been writing plays, short and long, for more than ten years. Jeff thanks Elizabeth for proofreading and her exceptional support. Enjoy.

AnJu Hyppolite is an award-winning actor, writer, and educator who works at the intersection of theater arts, literacy advocacy, and social equity. Co-EXIST marks her debut with Fuse Theatre. She recently worked with the Dragon on AJ’s Virtual Party, a multimedia poetry project, for which AnJu was a contributor, editor, and Associate Director. She is a 2020 Lakou NOU Artist-in-Residence with Haiti Cultural Exchange and has graced stages and sets on both the East and West coasts. 

AnJu is a copy editor, former HuffPost contributor, and co-author of the best-selling series, 20 Beautiful Women: Volume 3, which features her abridged memoir. You may have heard or seen her poetry on The Quiet Storm with Armand Carr (102.9 KBLX) or at Berkeley’s TheatreFirst, as part of a Henrietta Lacks photo installation. AnJu will make her playwriting debut at TigerBear Productions’ Pride & Joy festival next month. 

As a teaching artist, she creates theater arts, improvisation, devised theatre, playwriting, and poetry workshops with NYC youth and community members. Her work is grounded in equity, because, “If equity is not present, it will be that much harder for justice to prevail.” 

She is thrilled to share the Co-EXIST stage alongside her talented peers.

Kimberly Ridgeway has been working professionally as an Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer in film and theater for over 20 years. Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the stage plays No More Secrets, Prospect PlaceHeavy Burdens and The Gigolo Chronicles, and the short film The Confession. Kimberly has directed projects for Bay Area Drama Company, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Ubuntu Theatre Project, Bay Area Performing Arts Collective, Playwrights Center of San Francisco and TheatreFirst. Some notable acting roles include Mrs. Muller,Doubt, Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, All the Way, Duchess, Wonderland (World Premiere), Biz, The Human Ounce (World Premiere) and Camae in Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s The Mountaintop for which she won the 2016 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local).

JanLee Marshall (she/her) is excited to be joining the Co-Exist play festival  She has been a bay area actor, director and instructor for the past 21 years and loves to be involved with new works!  Some of her favorite roles include Lig in Julbilee by Susan Sobeloff,  Claire in Fuddy Meers, Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth NIght, and Moll Cutpurse in Indecency and other bawdy bits.  JanLee’s most recent favorite directing projects include Strange Ladies by Susan Sobeloff (B8 Theatre Co) and Welcome to LIttle Fork, Renee Lundstrom by Harold Smith.(B8) JanLee also teaches theatre courses at Solano Community College and serves as the Artistic Director for B8 Theatre Company.  JanLee is most excited by collaborating with theatre artists who believe that theatre can change the world. Let us support one another and make theatre that draws us to listen with heightened attention and respond in mind, body and spirit as theatre makers and audience. She thanks Erik, Quinn and Indigo for always supporting her with love and patience. 

Indigo Whitely - Actor

Indigo Whitely - Actor

Aimee Greenberg - Director and Theatre Artist

Aimee Greenberg - Director and Theatre Artist

Christina Diaz - Performer, Actor, Singer, Playwright

Christina Diaz - Performer, Actor, Singer, Playwright

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Indigo Whiteley is very pleased to be apart of this performance. Indigo is a big lover of animals and enjoys spending time with her three dogs. She loves soccer as well as food. She would like to thank her mother for allowing her to participate.

Aimee Greenberg is an award-winning veteran theatre artist whose works have been performed worldwide. 

She is the producing artistic director of fruitlessmoon theatreworks​ and former founding artistic director of HEIJERA productions. 

Aimee Greenberg is a native New Yorker who trained with master teachers Sanford Meisner, Wynn Handman and Stella Adler. Aimee cut her teeth working on Off-Broadway at La Mama, Etc., Theatre for the New City and The Medicine Show Theatre. She has collaborated with theatre icons Grotowski,  Augusto Boal and Guillermo Gentile.  She is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards and fellowships including The Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, The Los Angeles Endowment, The Los Angeles Women’s Foundation Award, Seattle Original Works and the Susan B. Komen Award.

“The Making of American Carnage” was scheduled to premiere live at Brava; produced by the premiere BAWTF (Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival,) but was postponed due to Covid-19.

Christina Diaz is a performer, actor, singer, playwright, and lover of the arts. Her past credits include the role of Rosa Perez in Fuse Theatre’s touring production of Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans, costume designer for the 2019 Redwood City Play Festival partnership with Fuse Theatre and Dragon Theatre, and is currently developing a new play for youth about gun violence with Fuse Theatre. When she is not wearing one of her many artistic hats, she is taking care of her jungle of houseplants, upcycling discarded furniture she finds on the side of the road, and spending time with her rescued chihuahua-mix, Audio Hamilton.

August 2020 Contributing Artists 

Filip Hofman - Actor

Filip Hofman - Actor

Rachel Nin - Actor

Rachel Nin - Actor

John Mabey - Playwright

John Mabey - Playwright

Peet Cocke - Director, Playwright, and Designer

Peet Cocke - Director, Playwright, and Designer

Trey Austin Reeves - Actor and Director

Trey Austin Reeves - Actor and Director

Karleigh Webb - Writer

Karleigh Webb - Writer

BLACK LIVES MATTER. Filip Hofman is excited to return to the Dragon as a part of this devised, developmental piece! His interest in acting and the arts began at an early age, and his formal acting education includes studying in Prague at the celebrated DAMU theater conservatory, as well as obtaining a BFA in Acting from CALARTS. Fluent in English and Czech, Filip’s been performing all over the world, including Edinburgh, Prague, New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. You may have seen him recently in The Baltimore Waltz (Dragon Productions), One Hour Star Wars Special (Dragon Productions), Never Swim Alone (Dragon Productions), The Glass Menagerie (Role Players Ensemble), or perhaps remember him as Orlando in As You Like It (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Other credits include The Rover (Role Players Ensemble), 1984 (Los Altos Stage Company), The Winter’s Tale (California Shakespeare Company), Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid (Pear Theater), and The Hood of Sherwood (Silicon Valley Shakespeare). Filip’s also a part of the Dipsy Doodle Dragons, a new sketch comedy group! In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, playing the piano, accordion, games, and reading a good book (he recommends Terry Pratchett).

Rachel Nin is so pleased to be returning to Dragon, even if this time is virtual! Her past Dragon credits include Macbeth, Three Days of Rain, Equivocation and both The One Hour Star Wars and The Making of the Star Wars Holiday Special, Live!. She has worked as a stage manager and ASM for companies around the Bay, including New Conservatory Theatre Center, Opera San Jose, Merola Opera Program, and Sunnyvale Community Players, and also worked farther afield with Oregon Cabaret Theatre and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. She is an alumna of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and she holds a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing from Denison University in Granville, OH. 

John Mabey’s plays have been produced and published across the United States and Europe. His work as a playwright is connected to his career in Psychology and certification as a Mental Health Counselor, as he infuses everything he learns about behavior, emotion and relationships into his plays. In addition, John is a published author on the topics of sexual identity and spirituality in academic books and journals. He also enjoys teaching and performing improvised comedy and true storytelling around the world. 

 

John’s short and full-length plays have won awards: REMEMBERED (Best Of Festival, 2019), B IS FOR BULLSH!T (New Works Competition, 2020), THE SENSATIONAL SISTERS (Favorite Comedic Play, 2020). And he’s honored to have had productions with the following theatre companies over the past year: Dragon and Fuse’s Co-EXIST Festival (CA), A Light In Dark Places (CA), The COVID Monologues (CA), Geneva Theatre Guild (NY), KNOW Theatre (NY), The Open Eye Theatre (NY), Foothills Arts Players (NY), The Hive Collaborative (UT), Taphouse Theatre (TX), 2nd Act Players (IL), Quaranstream Theatre Festival (IL), Almost Adults Productions (NM), Anchorage Community Theatre (AK), Last Frontier Theatre Conference (AK), and Las Vegas Little Theatre (NV).

Peet Cocke is a director, playwright, and designer. His recent directing credits include Adam Esquenazi Douglas’s Pinned Butterfly, Susan Sobeloff’s Jubilee, Naomi Wallace’s No Such Cold Thing. His original plays include Nothing is Lost ForeverCrush and HumExtraordinary Mysteries, and an original adaptation of the Ursula Le Guin novel Voices, entitled Through the Glass Darkly. For more information visit www.peetsbrain.com, or search for Peet Cocke on newplayexchange.com.

Trey Austin Reeves is a 21-year-old theatre actor and director from Bellevue, Kentucky. He moved to California in 2015 and began theatre soon after graduating high school. Since then he has been involved in multiple productions, including technical work at Solano Community College as Assistant Stage Manager for My Fair Lady and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and as Props Assistant for Clybourne Park and Getting Out. He has also been a Props Head for the 2019 season of the Summer Repertory Theatre Company, with the shows Pippin, Bonnie and Clyde, Mamma Mia, The 39 Steps, and Sylvia in Santa Rosa, California. His experience does not end backstage, however, as he also starred as Karl Linder and Steve in Solano Community College’s Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris and as Guard Caldwell in the Solano production of Getting Out by Marsha Norman. He is currently working as the director of a self-produced production of Diana Son’s Stop Kiss as well as the Technical Director of Solano Community Colleges Fall Repertory season of Fuddy Meers and Almost, Maine. He is incredibly excited to be working with the Co-EXIST play festival, as a bisexual man from Kentucky who has found a world that is much more accepting than he thought the world could be. 

Karleigh Webb has been in sports journalism and sports broadcasting for 26 years. She is currently a writer-contributor to Outsports in addition to doing varied freelance editing/videography and producing projects through her firm Karleigh Webb Video in Connecticut.

When not chasing a story, Karleigh is a crisis operator for Trans Lifeline. North America’s only 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline dedicated to the need of transgender people. She considers her service as an honor as great as her awards and commendations she has earned as a journalist. It is this work that also fuels her work as a activist centering around human rights, anti-war issues, and the fight against economic violence placed upon working people.

Sports is not just a piece of her craft and passion, it is also her hobby. A lifelong athlete, Karleigh is an active, budding duathlete-triathlete, and love to get behind the plate in softball and be the signal-caller behind center in flag-football.

Kimberly Ridgeway -  Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer

Kimberly Ridgeway - Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer

Lorraine Midanik - Playwright

Lorraine Midanik - Playwright

Ali-Moosa Mirza - Actor

Ali-Moosa Mirza - Actor

Cameron Amandus - Actor

Cameron Amandus - Actor

Dr. Juniper L. Simonis - Athlete

Dr. Juniper L. Simonis - Athlete

Tessa Corrie - Director and Arts Advocate

Tessa Corrie - Director and Arts Advocate

Kimberly Ridgeway has been working professionally as an Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer in film and theater for over 20 years. Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the stage plays No More Secrets, Prospect PlaceHeavy Burdens and The Gigolo Chronicles, and the short film The Confession. Kimberly has directed projects for Bay Area Drama Company, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Ubuntu Theatre Project, Bay Area Performing Arts Collective, Playwrights Center of San Francisco and TheatreFirst. Some notable acting roles include Mrs. Muller,Doubt, Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, All the Way, Duchess, Wonderland (World Premiere), Biz, The Human Ounce (World Premiere) and Camae in Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s The Mountaintop for which she won the 2016 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local).

Lorraine Midanik is a playwright who was born in Toronto, raised in Los Angeles and lives in the Bay Area.  Her productions include:  Stay with Me (Dragon and Fuse Co-EXIST Festival, Playwrights’ Center of SF, Taphouse Theatre); Branding (Little Fish Theatre, SF Theatre Pub); Call Forwarding (Playwrights’ Center of SF); Ordinary Day (Valley Players, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center);  Cycled (ReproRights, B8 Theatre, 3Girls Theatre); Recalculating (Playland Productions); Shock Value (Playwrights’ Center of SF); Up The Wall (SF Fringe Festival); Reciprocity (Unknown Players); Boy Imagined (ReproRights, 3Girls Theatre); Benched (Playwrights’ Center of SF Playoffs); Freedom of Speech (PianoFight’s Short-Lived Festival);  and, Sparse Pubic Hair (PCSF’s Sheherezade’s Last Tales; Winner of Theatre Bay Area’s 2015 award for Best Anthology).  Her newest full-length play, In the Form of a Question, was recently given a staged reading at Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Summer program and at Valley Players in Napa.  Lorraine is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights’ Center of SF, the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Theatre Bay Area (2015 ATLAS Playwright), The International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the New Play Exchange. (LorraineMidanik.com) 

Ali-Moosa is excited to be working with Fuse and Dragon Theatre. He has previously acted in plays in the Bay Area with Golden Thread Productions and Inferno Theatre. 

Cameron Amandus is currently a vocal swing in The Lion King on Broadway (U/S Banzai). Since graduating from University of Michigan, he has been seen performing at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, in the world premier of This Ain’t No Disco at the Atlantic, and in Spamilton, the parody of Hamilton Off-Broadway. 

Dr. Juniper L Simonis (they/them) hails from Portland Oregon, the traditional homes of people from Chinook, Multnomah, Clackamas, and other indigenous tribes. Juniper is a current and four-time world champion skater with the Rose City Rollers’ Wheels of Justice roller derby team, as well as a member of the team’s Strategic Committee and leading the Footage Crew. Juniper has competed in a variety of sports at varying levels throughout their life and found derby shortly after coming out fully about being trans 8 and a half years ago. After some awkward time learning to skate, Juniper moved first to Chicago—where they skated with the Windy City Rollers, Red Hots, and Orbit Speed Team—before heading out to Portland 5 years ago. Juniper has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and currently owns and runs their own scientific consulting business DAPPER Stats. Currently, Juniper is occupying their time during what would normally be the thick of competitive season with front-line mutual aid and documentation in the battle for Black Lives and against white supremacy and policing, which unfortunately requires a lot of running (or maybe now skating???).

Tessa Corrie is a queer Latinx director and arts advocate based in the Bay Area. Her work is grounded in creating space for marginalized and underrepresented communities and narratives. She is a company member at PlayGround SF and her credits include work at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Center REPertory Company, Hillbarn Theatre, TheatreFirst, Shotgun Players, PianoFight, and AmiosWest.

JanLee Marshall - Actor, Director and Instructor

JanLee Marshall - Actor, Director and Instructor

Juniper Eastwood - Athlete

Juniper Eastwood - Athlete

Ariel Aronica - Actor and Writer

Ariel Aronica - Actor and Writer

Dorian Lockett - Actor

Dorian Lockett - Actor

Shelli Frew - Actor and Circus Performer

Shelli Frew - Actor and Circus Performer

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JanLee Marshall (she/her) is excited to be joining the Co-Exist play festival  She has been a bay area actor, director and instructor for the past 21 years and loves to be involved with new works!  Some of her favorite roles include Lig in Julbilee by Susan Sobeloff,  Claire in Fuddy Meers, Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth NIght, and Moll Cutpurse in Indecency and other bawdy bits.  JanLee’s most recent favorite directing projects include Strange Ladies by Susan Sobeloff (B8 Theatre Co) and Welcome to LIttle Fork, Renee Lundstrom by Harold Smith.(B8) JanLee also teaches theatre courses at Solano Community College and serves as the Artistic Director for B8 Theatre Company.  JanLee is most excited by collaborating with theatre artists who believe that theatre can change the world. Let us support one another and make theatre that draws us to listen with heightened attention and respond in mind, body and spirit as theatre makers and audience. She thanks Erik, Quinn and Indigo for always supporting her with love and patience. 

Juniper Eastwood was the first openly trans woman to compete on a women’s team in any NCAA Division1 sport. A five-time Montana state champion in track and field and cross country in high school, she joined The University of Montana track and field and cross country programs in 2015. Having competed on a men’s team for the first three years of her college experience, one of them out as a transgender woman, she decided to follow the NCAA guidelines that foster the inclusion of transgender athletes and to compete on the women’s team for her final seasons as a collegiate athlete. Since completing her collegiate athletic career during the spring of 2020, Juniper looks toward pursuing a masters degree in environmental philosophy at the University of Montana. Her future goals include exploring the world via trail running, raising awareness surrounding the issues of climate change, and participating in discussions that foster the inclusion of all people in the outdoors and sports.

Ariel Aronica (she/her/hers) is an actor and writer based in the Bay Area. Ariel was last seen on the Dipsy Doodle Dragon premiere episode. Other credits include Wendy in the Roe v. Wade stage reading (the Dragon) Other credits include #13 in The Wolves (City Lights Theatre Company), a Hot Dog in Pear Slices (Pear Theatre), Babe Botrelle in Crimes of the Heart (Broadway West), and Alex in Geeks vs. Zombies (Pear Theatre). When she’s not on stage, Ariel is either spending time with her 5 cats or wishing she was spending time with her 5 cats.

Dorian Lockett is extremely excited to join both Dragon Productions Theatre Company & Fuse Theatre in this very fun adventure.  Dorian has performed at Dragon twice before in Dumb & Dumber and Race.  He’s performed in theaters all across the Bay Area for  twenty years.  You can  catch him voicing video games (playing them as well, Red Dead Redemption 2 is his choice right now) like NBA 2K, WWE and The Walking Dead season 2. If you can reach him ask him anything about anime ANYTHING he’s crazy about it. Enjoy the show.  Oh yeah he also the voice of  Lando Calrissian

Shelli Frew has performed in and originated roles for several Epic Immersive shows, including Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection, Infernal Motel, Wonderland, and Neverland. She is also a playwright, having written and produced Speakeasy Storytelling, Calamity in the Crow’s Nest, and The Gravermind Estate, the last of which was named No Proscenium’s Pick of the Week in Oct. 2019. She is also a circus performer, having appeared in variety shows at Dragon Theater, Tourettes without Regrets, and the Hubba Hubba Revue. She is an author, with her first book, Time Sailors, published with Ink Smith Publishing.

July 2020 Contributing Artists

Rachael Richman, Actor, Writer, and Theater-maker

Rachael Richman, Actor, Writer, and Theater-maker

J. Adan Ruiz, Actor

J. Adan Ruiz, Actor

Ely Sonny Orguiza, Actor, Director and Teaching Artist

Ely Sonny Orguiza, Actor, Director and Teaching Artist

Caitlyn Tella, Theatre-maker

Caitlyn Tella, Theatre-maker

Chelsea Unzner, Playwright, Teacher, Director, and Performer

Chelsea Unzner, Playwright, Teacher, Director, and Performer

Sinjin Jones, Storytelling artist

Sinjin Jones, Storytelling artist

Rachael Richman is an actor, writer, and theater-maker. Bay Area credits include: Funeral Game (Potrero Stage), The Speakeasy (Palace Theatre), A Noh Christmas Carol (Theatre of Yugen), Buck and Bill (Above Ground Festival SF), and Man of La Mancha (Custom Made Theatre), for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Principal Actress. New York credits: The Karamazovs (New Ohio Theatre), Aunt Leaf (HERE Arts Center/Hudson Opera House), Love and Geography (HERE Arts Center), Soulographie (La MaMa ETC), Body Drama (Whitney Museum), Offending the Audience (Flea Theatre), AOI! and Are We Here Yet? (Performance Space 122), To Kill A Mockingbird and Silent Sky (Bristol Valley Theatre). As a founding member of Fixed Agency she co-created the immersive mixed-reality adventure Private(i) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard/BEAT Festival. With the Art Monastery Project, she co-devised Prime, which tours internationally.

Adan Ruiz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. His passion for acting started when he was five years old when he got on stage on a production that he was not part of. That was the moment when Adan fell in love with the stage and the attention of the audience. J. Adan Ruiz immigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old; since then he has been participating in Spanish and English theatre companies in California.

Adan Ruiz has been part of many notable theatrical productions; including In and Out of Shadows, a play that was on tour for more than 3 years in California produced by The Marsh Theatre and SF Youth Theatre. He also has been part of the cast of Macario; a traditional play produced by Teatro Vision in San Jose California. Adan has been part of many Spanish plays like El Espejo Dos, El Fantasmita Pluft, Huelga sin Palitos, Tarea de Ciencias Sociales, Las Apariencias Enganan, Angel, Cinderella, Mentes Extranas, and others produced by Spanish theatre companies like Teatro Nahual, MAAC, and Teatrical Souls, Fusion Theatre, All Terrain Theatre, and more.

Adan Ruiz graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA on performing Arts. He strongly believes that theatre is one of the best tools to educate our future generations. His other passion is the veterinary medicine; Adan has been working with animals since he was in high school. He is a registered veterinary technician in the state of California. He is a traveler and an explorer by nature; He is always finding a way to volunteer in other countries helping to build better communities. He has been a volunteer in Thailand taking care of abused elephants, and he is currently committed to rescue injured endemic and domestic animals with Mesoamerican Rescue Center in Costa Rica and Oakland Zoo.

Ely Sonny Orquiza is a Queer Filipino multidisciplinary Actor, Director and Teaching Artist based in San Francisco, Bay Area. Through theater and the performing arts Orquiza explores the role of the Asian diaspora, Asian American experience, ancestral ghosts, and the politics of Queer/ness for the American stage. He champions new works by Artists of Color, examines previously untold folklore, and advocates for undiscovered works highlighting multiethnic narrative. He believes in the remarkable power of diversity and representation in storytelling to bridge the divide and differences amongst us. To read more about Ely and his works: elysonnyorquiza.org

Caitlyn Tella is a theater maker originally from the Bay Area. Her recent performances include The Stronger at Cutting Ball and two roles in the immersive production, The Speakeasy. 

Chelsea Unzner received her Masters in Theatre Education and Theatre in Communities with an emphasis in theatre for social change from Emerson College ‘17 and received her BA in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley ‘11. She is a playwright, teacher, director, and performer. Her stage credits include: Into the Woods and Singin’ in the Rain (Legendary Productions), Beatrice (Skeleton Rep NYC), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and God Lives in Glass (Sacramento Theatre Company). Her recent play, Echoes of Them, has been performed all over the country including Emerson College (Boston), Starting Arts (San Jose, CA), Spread Art Conservatory (Detroit), University of Wisconsin Madison, and at the 2018 American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Sinjin Jones is the Executive Artistic Director of The Pear Theatre in Mountain View, California. He is a storytelling artist originally from Denver, Colorado, now living in the Bay Area. A lifelong lover of theatre, he has had the pleasure of performing in over 25 productions and directing over 30. He was Co-Founder and Head of Operations of Perplexity Pictures, an independent film production company, for ten years and Artistic Director for A Theatre Group in Silverton, Colorado, before coming to the Pear as Executive Artistic Director. Some of his favorite accomplishments include an immersive adaptation of The Little Prince, a salon-style production of K2, and performing in an adaptation of Johnny Got His Gun. As an educator, writer, performer, and director, Sinjin loves all things story related.

Emma Attwood, Writer, Actor, Theatre maker

Emma Attwood, Writer, Actor, Theatre maker

David J. Castillo, Actor, Model, and Visual artist

David J. Castillo, Actor, Model, and Visual artist

Nick Malakhow, Writer and  Theatre Educator

Nick Malakhow, Writer and Theatre Educator

Doy Charnsupharindr, Actor, Musician, Teacher

Doy Charnsupharindr, Actor, Musician, Teacher

Anna Maria, Artist and Activist

Anna Maria, Artist and Activist

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Emma Attwood is a writer, actor, and theatre maker originally from the UK. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Emma has performed in the UK at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ovalhouse, The Yard Theatre, and Whitechapel Gallery, amongst others. Emma is a co-founder of Write Her, Direct Her, a UK collective that promotes women in film and theatre. Most recently Emma appeared in Funeral Game at Potrero Stage. In Fall 2019 Emma was awarded a Theatre Bay Area Grant to develop The Lady and the Unicornemmaattwood.com

David J. Castillo is an actor, model, and visual artist native to Boston, MA. Shortly after graduating with a BFA in Acting from Boston University in 2017, David moved to Los Angeles, where he plans on living out the end of the world. His professional stage credits include The T Party (Company One Theatre), Baltimore (New Repertory Theatre/PTI at BU), La Llorona (Fresh Ink Theatre), Edward II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), and Marcus; Or The Secret of Sweet (Brimmer Street Theatre Company). His on-camera credits include Knock Knock HeadlockOrpheus StarThe Pineapple Diaries, Juicy Stories (E! pilot), and Yes Day, a Jennifer Garner-produced film coming soon to Netflix. 

Nick Malakhow (he/him/his) is a Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator based in Boston. His full-length play, SEEING EYE, was developed with Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Fresh Ink in Boston, and was a finalist for the 2019 O’Neill NPC, the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval, and the 2020 In-Progress Reading Series at the Unicorn Theatre. His other work has been developed or produced by the Quarantine Series, Theatre@First, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1’s 2019 season. He has also taught theater, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College

Doy Charnsupharindr was born and raised in Thailand. He started learning music at the age of nine and fell in love with the performing arts ever since, from music to singing, acting and dance. As a vocalist, he has performed a wide range of styles–classical, choral, gospel, Broadway, and Polynesian music. While studying at Stanford University, he directed Stanford’s Mixed Company a cappella group and was a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) winner. As an actor, he has performed with San Francisco Bay Area theatre companies. His theater credits include “Harold Hill” in The Music Man (PSP), “Mike Masaoka” in Allegiance (CCCT), Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatMiss SaigonLes Misérables (BBBay), and the world premier of Conrad Panganiban’s Welga! (Bindlestiff). Offstage, he’s a teacher and a coach specialized in leadership, communication, presentation, and storytelling. He utilizes his training as an actor to help others develop their communication skills and stage presence.

Anna Maria (she/her/hers) is a Houston, Texas-based artist and activist with an abiding passion for art, social justice, and the intersection of the two. A proud UT Austin graduate, she studied journalism and theatre and dance. Now, she’s a full-time editor at The Daily Dot, where she oversees—and writes—coverage on underserved communities.

Anna Maria has always been a ferocious advocate and activist, both in artistic spaces and on the ground. She cut her teeth on direct action  in Austin, and is grateful to be able to continue the fight back home in Houston. She is a founder and head organizer of Mutual Aid Houston, a community aid organization whose initiatives serve Houstonians directly; she helped build The Quarantine Series, one of her many initiatives to help make the arts truly inclusive and accessible; and she works as a sensitivity reader and coordinator on any project that crosses her path.