Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth. She is a Producing Playwright with The Welders, a DC playwright's collective; Co-Founder of the DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice; and Co-Founder of Groundwater Arts. Credits include: WRITING: 4380 Nights, the earth that is sufficient, One Word More, The Last Allegiance, A Legacy of Chains, Crooked Figure, Consider the Dust, Matanuska, Coal, and Servant of the Wind. DEVISING: Wit's End Puppets: Malevolent Creatures; banished? productions: Tyger; Theater Alliance: I Love DC. DIRECTING: Source Festival: Dust to dust to dust and Dressing Bobby Strong; The Salima Project (film). Annalisa’s plays have been produced or developed by The Welders, Theater Alliance, Signature Theatre (DC), the Phillips Collection, The Gulfshore Playhouse, the Mead Theatre Lab, The Hub Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Tron Theatre (Glasgow), and Theatre 503 (London). Annalisa frequently teaches theatre of the oppressed and decolonization workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color and also works toward diversity and inclusion full time at the American Political Science Association.
DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is a queer artist, researcher, and organizer from Catawba Indian Nation whose work ranges from performance to installation art to community education to food sovereignty to language revitalization. Since 2017 he has been the Special Projects Coordinator for the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project where he facilitates the Catawba Language Project, several food sovereignty initiatives, and other community education projects. He has performed, lectured, and exhibited throughout the U.S. including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, College of Charleston, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, and more. In 2018 DeLesslin was recognized as a 2018 “40 Under 40” by the National Council on American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2017 he was selected as a Dreamstarter by Running Strong for American Indian Youth and in 2016 he was recognized as a “25 Under 25” by United National Inter Tribal Youth. Some of his work can be seen at delesslin.com
Cecilia Cackley is a playwright and puppeteer based in Washington DC. She is the artistic director of Wit's End Puppets and co-creator of their shows Cabinets of Kismet, Saudade and Malevolent Creatures. Her bilingual children's plays have been presented by GALA Hispanic Theater and toured around DC to local schools. Cecilia is an affiliated teaching artist with Imagination Stage, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Ford's Theatre and Young Playwright's Theater. Internationally, she has performed or taught workshops in France, Canada, Armenia, Guatemala and El Salvador. Her new project Son Titere, a fusion of street puppetry and Mexican folk music, will premiere in May 2019.
Kara Turner is an actor and artist. Recent regional credits include: Anon(ymous) with Theatre Prometheus, New Game Theatre's Play Cupid, and the mixed media piece, Positive. SAFD-certified in rapier and dagger and unarmed combat (recommended pass), she continues to train in broadsword in 2019. In 2017, she served as a devised theatre teaching artist for tweens. Kara is a proud graduate of The Theatre Lab Honors Acting Conservatory and Stetson University
VISUAL IDENTITY DESIGNER
Anna Lathrop is a visual designer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has designed graphics and visual identities for various non-profits including Seedleaf, California Wilderness Coalition, Freshkills Park, Turks & Frogs Wine Bar, and TLTW, among others. She is the co-founder of GROUNDWATER ARTS, a consulting group advising arts institutions through a climate justice lens. She is also the co-creator and visual designer of LET’S TALK, a soon-to-be-launched Instagram-native infographic detailing the neurological and cultural affects of trauma. She is the former Executive Director of NYC-based theatre company The Muse Project, and co-founder of the Washington DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice.
2018 Movement Workshop
Melissa Strova Valenica
2018 Page to Stage Mushroom
2017 Contemplative Arts & Climate Change Workshop
2017 Shadow Puppet Film Workshop
2017 Book Club This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
2016 Philadelphia Convening
DRAMATURG & ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
mia susan amir (she/her/hers) was born in Israel/Occupied Palestine. She is a queer, Crip and Mad Jew of mixed Ashkenazi and Sephardic ascent who lives and works as an uninvited settler on the unceded and occupied territories of the x?m?θkw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwu?7mesh (Squamish), and S?l?i?lw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, otherwise known as, Vancouver, BC.
mia works at the intersection of creative and community practice as an educator, cultural organizer, writer, director, dramaturg, and theatre artist creating immersive, interdisciplinary works. Much of her practice centres around explorations of the ways in which sociopolitical events are manifest in the space of the individual and collective body, and the body of the land, resulting in narrative hauntings, which she calls Dybbuk Consciousness. mia is interested in how live performance offers a prefigurative space to respond to the conditions currently shaping our world, to challenge and expand perception, to unearth relationship, and to engage in democratic narrative production, starting from the site of physical sensation.
mia has been involved in the creation of works for the stage, and works for unconventional performance settings: parks, sidewalks, beaches, parking lots. In her work she draws from her training in somatics, creative writing, performance art, autoethnography, ancestral embodiment, and site-responsive design. mia sees materials, space, and place as collaborators. Her practice, hybrid in form, engages juxtaposition as a critical strategy to bring breath to the unnamed, or ineffable.
NINA BUDABIN McQUOWN
Nina Budabin McQuown is a poet, essayist, puppeteer, printmaker and gardener. Originally from the Bronx, they live in Washington, DC, where they make puppet shows with Wit’s End Puppets and with the Bread and Puppet Theater, print at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, edit poetry books for The Word Works Press, and garden with Love and Carrots. You can find their poems and reviews published with
Thethepoetry.com, SAND, The Cimarron Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Hotel Amerika, and Rabbit Catastrophe Press. You can find their essays, contact info, and all the rest at yeswehaveno.com
Sanam Emami is a space alchemist. Her art dives into all the variables needed to align for us to be able to receive art. She is the head creatrixes of a womyn artists’ collective, The Omi Collective, where she encourages ALL art lovers and artists from as far as the mind’s eye can reach.She aspires to strengthen the bond between all by communing artfully and welcoming as much cray cray an artist or art lover can bring.
Melissa Strova-Valencia is a Colombian artivist, actress, storyteller, dancer, and educator. She appeared in Yo también hablo de la rosa and Volcanes at GALA Hispanic Theatre, in Siempre amigos and The rainbow´s magic at Teatro de la Luna in Celebremos and Madres de la Revolución Part I and Azul with Teatro la Bolsa. Among her other credits in Colombia, in Washington, DC, works as an actress and Education Department director of Teatro la Bolsa. A native of Cali-Colombia, she earned a Master’s in Advanced Theatre Studies from La Rioja University-Spain. See her next in Madres de la Revolución Part II, Jukumari and La gallina y la tortilla at Teatro la Bolsa. Currently, she is doing studies in Neurobiology and brain plasticity with a focus in dramatherapy and teaches music to early childhood at Children´s House Kindergarten, Sitar Art Center and at Levine Music school.