Who We Are

The Creative Team

Erik Ehn ~ Playwright
Married to Patricia Chanteloube-Ehn. Graduate of New Dramatists. Current Director of Writing for Performance at Brown University. Work includes The Saint Plays, Soulographie: Our Genocides, and the operas Phrenic Crush and Vireo (with composer Lisa Bielawa). He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, taking students and professionals in the field to study the history of these countries, and to explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. 

Kym Moore ~ Director & Co-Producer
Kym Moore is a director, a published playwright, a producer and pursues screenwriting, as well as conducts experiments in multimedia production. Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre, specializing in teaching acting and directing at Brown University. Previously, she has held teaching appointments at Swarthmore, SUNY Purchase/Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, Hampshire, and Sarah Lawrence Colleges; and has been a guest director at Notre Dame University, Smith, Swarthmore, and Dartmouth Colleges. Off-Broadway and Regional directing credits include for colored girls that have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf at Penumbra Theatre, Khmer Amerika at HereArts Center, Black, Outside, and The Date at The Women’s Project, Muses at The Boston Center for the Arts, Cover (Semi-Finalist) Samuel French Festival; Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God at The Workshop Theatre; and Le Hot Blu: An American Syncopated Musical (Assoc. Dir) at Manhattan Theatre Club. Kym is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. She has been nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award by the Theatre Communications Group. At the Women’s Project she was a member of the Directors Forum where she received an Artistic Leadership Fellowship. Her one-act play, The Date, won the Pen and Brush Award for Best Short Play in 2003. She is the recipient of a Lemelson Foundation grant for the development of the “Brainmachine,” an interactive-biofeedback device that allows performers to control lights, sound, and video using brainwave signals in real time. As founding director of Frogs on the Water Theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she produced new solo-performance works by Le Thi Diem Thuy, Collin Chase, and Janice Simmons. Kym has served on the Board of Directors of La MaMa E.T.C. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. Directing program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Alejandra Prieto ~ Puppet Design and Direction
Alejandra Prieto is the founder and artistic director of The Winged Cranes Performance Company, based in Madrid, Spain. The company strives to explore themes related to identity and the relationship-commitment between artist and social political change through the use of different puppet techniques, physical theatre, multimedia, and new waves of expression. It is an open company that wants to work on specific projects with other artists through collaboration and mutual understanding. Alejandra is a director, performer and puppet maker and has worked extensively in Spain as an actress including with her former company El Relo. After performing in Miami for the Hispanic Theatre Guild she received a Fulbright grant in 2005 to study directing (Sarah Lawrence College, New York) where she studied with the American puppeteers Dan Hurling, Basil Twist and Tom Lee. Her work there included directing the Spanish play The Labyrinth by Arrabal, at the Cannon Theatre, New York. In New York she met the London based company Blind Summit Theatre Company, performing for Madame Butterfly, with whom she has built a strong relationship. She came to the UK with them in May 2007 to study the bunraku technique and has worked with them as a performer on The Call of the Wild (Royal Opera House) and An Odd Angel (Battersea Arts Centre) and also as a puppet maker on Low Life, Fairies (Royal Opera House) and On Emotion (Soho Theatre). Recent projects include The Lion King (Madrid), touring her puppet theatre piece Bernarda's Backstage throughout Europe.

Michael T. Williams ~ Associate Director & Co-Producer
Michael is a Providence-based director, producer, performer and educator with a degree in Theatre Arts and Education Policy from Brown University. His work has been seen at Disney Theatrical Productions, MCC Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, The Winged Cranes Productions (Madrid), El Relo Productions (Madrid), Blood from a Turnip at 95 Empire, SoHo Repertory Theatre and in Arena Stage's Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival. Michael is the recipient of the Weston Award for Excellence in Directing for his multimedia musical production of William Finn and James Lapine's A NEW BRAIN (2009 - Brown University). Silly Old Bear, Michael's solo play exploring the overlap of children's literature, the stage and issues of obesity and perception, premiered at SoloFest 2010 at Brown University. From 2010 to 2011, Michael was the Box Alexander Community Engagement Fellow in the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program at Arena Stage, where he taught, directed and devised new, ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. Michael is the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company and continues to create, manage and produce work on the east coast. 

Oona Curley ~ Set & Light Designer
Oona is a lighting and scenic designer from New York. She has designed productions of theatre, dance, and devised work. Oona has worked in New York (with FRANK Theatre Co., at Soho Rep, The Ontological Hysteric, The Studio at Cherry Lane), Philadelphia (with Myra Bazell, Charlotte Ford, Mark Lord, Meredith Rainey, Alex Torra, Kate Watson Wallace/anonymous bodies, BCKSEET productions, Bright Light Theatre Company, at the Arden Theatre and the Wilma Theater), Providence (at the Gamm Theatre, the Perishable Theatre, Brown University, Trinity Consortium), and Madrid (with El Rélo Productions, Winged Cranes Productions). Her designs have earned her the Zonta Award for Theatre Arts and Brown University’s Weston Fine Arts Award for Theatre Design. She serves as the resident lighting designer and core member with FRANK Theatre Company, and the Assistant Technical Director at Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia. She received her AB from Brown University in 2010, where she also served as a member of the board of Production Workshop (Brown’s entirely student-run theatre). 

Michael Costagliola ~ Sound Designer & Composer
Michael is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer. He holds an AB in Music from Brown University, where he received the Weston Award for Music Composition. Selected credits include Looking for Beethoven (NYTW), The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys, NY), Bernarda's Backstage (Winged Cranes, Madrid), and El Extraño Viaje (El Reló, Madrid). 

Sara Ossana ~ Costume Designer
Sara studied Fine Arts, Film and English Literature at Rice University, then attended the Rhode Island School of Design graduating in 2005 with a Masters Degree in Interior Architecture. Since then her design career has flourished in both Theatrical Set Design and Interiors.

Natalie Kearns ~ Props Master
Natalie is currently on staff at Trinity Rep (Providence, RI) as Props Artisan where she also serves as the Props Master for the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs. She's created props for theaters in New England including Speakeasy Stage, Opera Boston, New England Conservatory, Shakespeare & Co, The Nora Theater, and Lyric Stage. Beyond the east coast, she's had work featured at Central City Opera in Colorado, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford UK, and the Beijing Music Festival in Beijing China. Natalie is a 2008 graduate of Emerson College, BFA Design/Tech, Magna Cum Laude, was a Huntington Theatre Co. professional intern, and is a member of SPAM (Society of Properties Artisan Managers).

Katrin Dettmer ~ Dramaturg
Katrin received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Brown University in 2012 and has worked as a dramaturg for a variety of productions since 2007, including Hamletmachine (dir. José Enrique Macián), based on a new translation by Dettmer and Macián, and Gross Indecency (dir. Kym Moore). She directed Coriolanus in 2009. 

Chantel Whittle ~ Stage Manager & AGTP Marketing/Development Associate
Chantel is a theatre artist recently graduated from Brown University. With a background in directing, acting, and singing, she is eager to become a more well-rounded theatre artist in the coming years. 

Ari Rodriguez ~ Assistant Director
Andrew Murdock ~ Assistant Puppet Designer / Puppet Construction
Chris Fitzsimmons ~ Associate Producer / Outreach Coordinator
Anna Muselmann & Ari Rodriguez ~ Movement Choreography
Tim Hett ~ Technical Director
Megan Estes ~ Assistant Set & Lighting Designer
Nara Shin ~ Assistant Sound Designer
Zachary Bleckner ~ Associate Dramaturg
Alp Ozcelik ~ Assistant Dramaturg
Elizabeth Stanton ~ Project Documentation
Francesca Montanile ~ Education & Community Outreach Coordinator
Alejandra Prieto, Andrew Murdock, Emma Baker, Sean Devare, Alex Lee ~ Puppet Constrcution


The Acting Company 

Becky Bass was born and raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Soon-to-be graduate of Brown University with a Theatre Arts degree. Presently performs in two Brown U a cappella groups and in the process of recording first vocal and steel pan album. Recent stage credits include Berthe in Pippin, Ariel in A Perfect Wedding, Claudia in The Bluest Eye.

Brian Cross graduated from Brown University in Spring 2012 with a degree in Economics. He is thrilled to be in his first professional production as a member of the cast of Yermedea, and intends to pursue a career on stage.

Alejandra Rivera Flaviá is a Latin American young woman concentrating in Theatre Arts at Brown University. Having been fortunate enough to perform in various productions at Brown, such as 1001 (PW), A Perfect Wedding (Sock & Buskin), and Yermedea, she hopes to continue exploring the stage upon graduation.

Gabe Gonzalez will be graduating from Brown University this December. His productions at Brown include Tartuffe, The Cook, and The Sound. He has also performed in the Magnet Theatre's monthly queer improv show There's No Place Like Home, and can be found teaching film and video at the NYC-non-profit DCTV come January.

Conor Kane is making his New York stage debut. He is an actor from the Boston area, studying English Literature at Brown University. Recent projects include A Perfect Wedding (dir. John Emigh), Gross Indecency (dir. Kym Moore), and Stand and Unfold Yourself (dir. Doug Eacho ‘14).

Andrew Murdock grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He has interned with Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, VT and has performed with Heather Henson of IBEX Puppetry. Currently, he is completing his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Sculpture and Film, Animation, Video.

Anna Muselmann is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently explores filmmaking, experimental movement, and spoken word poetry, and is pursuing a B.A. in Visual Arts and Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University (‘14). She recently collaborated with director Ari Rodriguez (‘13) in the Brown production of GUESTS (Spring 2012).

Ursula Raasted is a junior at Brown University, pursuing a B.A. in Literary Arts and Writing for Performance. She grew up in Copenhagen, and has been involved with theatre both in Denmark and during her time at Brown. Ursula is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Soulographie.

Nora Rothman is a senior at Brown University, studying Theatre and Literary Arts. She is from Los Angeles, California; this is her fourth fall. She loves her sister and jazz and thanks you for coming to Soulographie and sharing yourself with these shows.

This is Zack Segel’s New York stage debut. Zack is in his final year at Brown University, and he plans to continue to make theatre after graduation. Favorite credits at Brown include Carson in Gross Indecency (dir. Kym Moore) and Barry in The Sensuality Party (dir. Justin Kuritzkes).

Ellen Shadburn is a theatre artist from Brooklyn, a co-founder of the Abolitionist Theatre Company, with whom she devises work about modern slavery, and an Associate Artist with Woodshed Collective. Ellen holds an A.B. in Theatre Arts from Brown University, where she received the Weston Fine Arts award in Acting.

Emma Thorne grew up in Boston, MA and is an undergraduate at Brown University. She has performed in Moises Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The three trials of Oscar Wilde and Sheila Callaghan's Dead City at Brown and spent the summer as an apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival.





SPECIAL THANKS for the generous support of our community:
Brown University Sock and Buskin Board 2011-2012
TAPS Department Chair: Rebecca Schneider
TAPS Department Manager: Emily Bruce
TAPS Department Production Director: Barbara Reo
TAPS Department Events Coordinator: Nancy Safian
TAPS Department Resident Designer: Michael McGarty
TAPS Department Technical Director: Tim Hett
TAPS Department Sound Engineer: Alex Eisenberg
TAPS Department Publicity: Charlotte Thomas-Davison
The Granoff Creative Arts Center: Richard Fishman and Chira Del Sesto
The Cogut Center for the Humanities @ Brown University: Michael Steinberg
Brown University: Dean of Faculty Office: Advisory Board of the Humanities Initiative & Dean of Faculty: Kevin McLaughlin
Ric Royer, 95 Empire, Providence, RI
Aaron Peterman and Bert Crenca, AS220, Providence, RI
Charlotte Meehan, Artistic Director, Sleeping Weasel Theatre, Boston, MA
The Ducharme's: Ann, Michael, & Bobby; Ariel Moore; Antonio Prieto y Erun Garcia


FUNDING SOURCES 
Granoff Creative Arts Center: Arts Initiative Grant
Brown University TAPS /Sock and Buskin
The Cogut Center for the Humanities
The Humanities Initiative at Brown University

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