MARI MORIARTY (Writer and Director) is a queer writer/director/performance artist, with a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the ASTEP Future Leaders Network and a rape crisis and domestic abuse counselor for Mount Sinai Hospital. This past summer he played the title role in Roddy Bottum's Sasquatch: The Opera produced by Civil Disobedience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Later this year you will hear them play the role of “America” in John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming 10 episode fictional narrative musical podcast series “Anthem” alongside Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, and Cynthia Erivo. Other recent collaborations include: The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, The New Group, Ars Nova, Geffen Playhouse, Powerhouse Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Tank, Theater for the New City, & La Mama. Follow them on social media @fempath
ALEXANDRA MIYASHIRO (M) A Brooklyn native, this is her first time both attending and performing at Fringe Festival. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University last spring, she worked on regional new works & dance pieces around NYC (credits include: A Blue Brown Forrest, Maybe I’ll Fix My Teeth, On 1 Condition). Her goals with this show are to get comfortable in the uncomfortable and to find strength in uncertainty. Thank you forever to Mari, Irondale (MD, Jim, Barbara, Terry), and the Miyashiro clan.
MATTHEW BROWN (B and others) Favorite credits include performing Olivier Letellier's one man show, Oh Boy!, at The New Victory Theater in NYC, as well as performing around the globe in The Wooster Group's Early Shaker Spirituals. Other works include collaborations with 600 Highwaymen, 8PLAYERS, 3LD, The Metropolitan Opera. Film credits include Prom King: 2010. More info and upcoming news at www.mattheweatonbrown.com
AMY ACKERMAN (Associate Producer) is a New York Based theater artist and body advocate. She holds degrees in Theatre and Sociology from UC Berkeley and most of her work lies at the intersection of performance and changemaking. As a company member of Honest Accomplice Theatre, she has collaborated on projects such as ReconFIGUREd, The Trans Literacy Project and is currently in development with their latest play "Femmes in STEM" (working title). As a dancer, she has performed with The Olimpas, a collective of dancers with disabilities at the Judson Church and various public spaces around NYC. She’s currently pursuing a Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY and is a regular performer at Alan Cumming’s bar in the East Village, Club Cumming.
DMITRI BARCOMI (Stage Manager/ Projection and Sound Editor) is a theater artist & musician from New York City who works as both a director and stage manager. His artistic goals include creating theater from unusual source materials, radical reenvisionings of traditional texts, and exploring technology and multimedia in theater. Dmitri directed EDM opera "A Waste Land" at the 2017 Fringe and is excited to be back in Edinburgh. In New York, Dmitri has had work presented at at La Mama, Dixon Place, The Brick, New Victory Labworks, Mabou Mines, and more. Education: BA, The New School. Directors Lab North alum & Lincoln Center Directors Lab member, 2018-2019 LABA Fellow. Love and thanks to Eri. mxbarcomi.com
GEMMA DE LEÓN (Dramaturg) is a New York City based actor, dramaturg, writer, and pizzaiolo. Gemma graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Theater Arts and Latin American Studies and has since worked with The Public Theater as the New Work Development and Emerging Writers Group Intern. She is currently working on a personal project while also mastering the ability to toss dough in the air.
EMMIE FINCKEL (Set Designer) is a New York based scenic and properties designer specializing in new work and immersive/sensory design. Recent design credits include Riot Antigone(La MaMa), The Pillowman (Wesleyan University), Folk Wandering (Props – ART/NY), Athena (JACK), Suds, All Aboard, Out There (Bluelaces Theater Co.), East O’, West O’, Telegraph Bois (ANTFEST – Ars Nova), SHE: A Choreoplay, And It Felt Like A Kiss... (HERE Arts), The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place), Macbeth (The Humanist Project), Hot Belly (The Tank), Loudon Wainwright’s Surviving Twin (Subculture NYC), The Wolves, Rhinoceros, and The Wiz (Fieldston School). Assistant/associate design credits include numerous productions with David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen), Woodshed Collective (KPOP (Ars Nova & ART/NY), Empire Travel Agency), and The Assembly (SeagullMachine, I Will Look Forward…, That Poor Dream). Emmie currently teaches design and stagecraft at the Fieldston School, holds a BA in Theater and Sociology with High Honors from Wesleyan University, and is a proud member of the Woodshed Collective. See more of their work at www.efinckel.com.
CHRISTINA FRANKLIN (Associate Director) received a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from the University of The Arts. Previous credits include: Thoughts of A Colored Man, Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), The Perfect Monster (TADA! Youth Theater), The Total Bent (The Public Theater), Eclipsed on Broadway, Aristocats Kids (Ogunquit Playhouse), Godspell (UArts), We Are Proud to Present...(Philly Fringe). Thanks to Mari and the beautiful cast and crew!
EAMON GOODMAN (Sound Engineer) is a musician, composer, sound designer + engineer from Brooklyn, NY. Recent works include sound design, co-composition, and score performance 'The Little Red Fish' with The Puppet Kitchen and NYC Children's Theater, and performance + arrangement in 'NOISE' at Playwrights Horizons Downtown. Eamon is honored to have finessed the fades of Jet of Blood.
Kelsey Grills (Additional Choreography) is a performer and choreographer based in NYC. Her work has been presented with organizations such as TEDx, Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research and Arts on Site. Kelsey has had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Emily Johnson, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women) and Alex Ketley (The Foundry). She has also done commercial choreography for singer Laila Biali and companies such as Madewell and Porter Magazine.
JASON LEWIS (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer and collage artist originally from Miami, Florida. Jason is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama with a degree in Costume Design. He has worked on shows such as Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre, Hundred Days at NYTW, Designed for Afterwork Theatre and other small productions, and a few Broadway tours. You can see more of his work at jasontylerlewis.com or on Instagram at @jtcollagin_it