Claudia Alick is a performer, producer, and inclusion expert. Named by American Theater Magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will shape American Theater in the next 25 years, Alick has served as the founding Artistic Director of Smokin' Word Productions, is a NY Neofuturist alum, published playwright, recipient of NYC Fresh Fruit directing award, TedXFargo speaker, the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists, featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and former Community Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At OSF for ten years she produced events such as “The Every 28 Hours Plays”, "The Green Show", The Daedalus Project, OSF Open Mics as well as producing/directing audio-plays with OSF such as the Grammy nominated "Hamlet". Her personal projects include her podcast “Hold On…Wait for it”, vlog “This Week in Cultural Appropriation”, StreetPoetry, and one-person Show “Fill in the Blank” exploring disability and the medical industry. Claudia served on Oregon Arts Leaders in Inclusion, the steering committee of TheGhostlight Project, the steering committe for Black Theater Commons, and is currently co-president of the board of Network of Ensemble Theater, She is currently the executive producer of the transmedia social justice company CALLING UP.
Dani Bae is a graduate of Syracuse University Performing Arts Program. She has a B.F.A. in Stage Management from Syracuse. In addition, she has worked as a fellow of A.C.T. in San Francisco. She is an proud Equity Member. Dani Bae has worked not only as a stage manager, but also as a lighting designer, run crew member, and dresser. A few of her favorite shows include The Birthday Party, A Thousand Splendid Suns, FoodPlay, Urinetown; the Musical, and White Christmas. She has also worked an electrician and carpenter at Bard Summerscape. Stage Management in very similar to being Grand Central Station or a spoke of a wheel. All of the information funnels into the station i.e. the stage manager and the information is funneled out as needed on a routine schedule. Organization, punctuality, and inter-personal skills make for a smooth ride for all.
KHOLOUD SAWAF was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She has worked and trained in theatre and television in Syria, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and the United States and holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Arkansas. Most recently, she directed an educational tour of Much Ado About Nothing for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone and 10,000 Balconies--an original work by Ms. Sawaf loosely based on Romeo and Juliet and set in contemporary Damascus, Syria.. She is a recipient of the Classical Directing Fellowship from the Drama League in New York where she collaborated with Tina Packer at Shakespeare and Company. At the Manhattan Theatre Club (as a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow) and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (as part of the FAIR Program), she assistant directed Vietgone both under the direction of May Adrales. In tandem with TheatreSquared she was awarded a 3-year $250,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art for her play 10,000 Balconies. She is currently working on a new initiative; CURBSIDE THEATRE in collaboration with ARKANSASTAGED, She was invited to participate in an elite cadre of global artists as part of the National Directing Institute with Pangea World Theatre and Art2Action and serves as an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC),. She is a proud member and presenter at the Nhna Cultural Club in Damascus, Syria, which provides an artistic, educational, and cultural exchange between Syrian artists.
Maia Mills Low
Maia Mills-Low has is a performer, producer, and administrative maven. She spent a number of years working with adults with disabilities as a caregiver, vocational coach, and advocate. She was a founder of Prodigal Theater Company, a principle in Secret Weapon Productions with several podcasts, and works with Calling Up Justice. Wechargegenocide.tv
Sabina Sethi Unni
Sabina Sethi Unni is an aspiring artist-scholar devoted to problematizing works in our canon, while excavating their emancipatory power. She is a performer, theater director, and writer. She is the artistic director and co-founder of Fresh Lime Soda Productions, a South Asian theatre collective. She loves participatory, immersive theater.