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Chenoa Albertson

MFA

calbertson@umass.edu

 

Costume Design

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Chenoa is a costumer, maker, and craftsperson. She has a background as a circus performer and instructor, and has performed professionally as a trapeze artist in the UK. She holds a double BA in Studio Art and Norwegian Language from St Olaf College in Minnesota. Chenoa grew up in Northern California and has lived in Minnesota, Vermont, several countries in Europe, and now Western Massachusetts. She is always working with her hands and loves the physical process of creating costumes and props.  

Sydney Becker

MFA

slbecker@umass.edu

Lighting Design

 

Carl Johan Bridge

MFA

cjbridge@umass.edu

https://www.thebridgebrothers.com/

Scenic Design and Technology

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Carl has spent the last decade teaching at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts charter school within the Visual Art and Technical Theater department where he has taught stagecraft, design, painting, mask making and costuming. Carl was drawn towards theater as it brought many disciplines together into an immersive experience where art can come to life. After studying Scenic Design at Boston University, Carl worked in the entertainment industry creating props, puppets, creatures and characters, also performing as a puppeteer. This experience has brought a wide range of skills into his teaching and personal artwork, some of which can be found at https://www.thebridgebrothers.com/

Maegan Clearwood

MFA

mclearwood@umass.edu

maeganclearwood.com

Dramaturgy

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Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:15am

Maegan is a Washington DC native and identifies as a dramaturg, critic, educator, feminist, scholar, witch, and all-around nerd. Graduate credits involve dramaturgy on Sweat and Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, as well as producing/dramaturgy work for the graduate-driven 2020 Play Lab. Previous roles include serving as Resident Dramaturg/Literary Manager at WSC Avant Bard, Literary Associate at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and Dramaturgy/Education Apprentice at the Olney Theater Center. Select dramaturgy credits include: WSC Avant Bard: The Gospel at Colonus, TAME.; Pinky Swear Productions: Lizzie: The Musical; Rorschach Theatre: A Bid to Save the World; Source Festival: Static; Forum Theatre: World Builders; Olney Theatre Center: I and You, The Piano Lesson, Colossal. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Howlround, Onstage Blog, among others. Scholarly passions include theater criticism, musical theater, new plays, feminist theater-making, portrayals of gender and violence, and intuitive dramaturgy through witchiness and tarot. She offers private tarot readings for self-reflection, often migrating around the UMass campus with her favorite deck. You can follow her tarot journey or request a private reading on Instagram @OtterTarot. She also loves cats and kickboxing.

Bianca Dillard

MFA

bidillard@umass.edu

Dramaturgy

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm 

Josh Glenn-Kayden headshot. A man with light brown curly hair, wearing glasses and a black shirt with a white pattern on it, poses in front of what appears to be an archway and greenery outdoors. Josh Glenn-Kayden

MFA

jglennkayden@umass.edu

Directing

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Josh Glenn-Kayden is the Artistic Associate and Casting Director at Company One Theatre and a Boston based director and producer. Recent directing projects include Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge (UMass Amherst), workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman and The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine (UMass Playlab), Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge (Company One, associate director), the world premiere of This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston, ArtsFuse Best Stage Productions of 2018), the New England premiere of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (Titanic Theatre), and the world premiere of Laura Neill’s Don’t Give Up the Ship (Fresh Ink Theatre). Josh is also the director and co-producer of The Legion Tapes (thelegiontapes.com), a sci-fi podcast written by Erin Lerch. Josh has directed and developed new work for the A.R.T., Company One Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, the Museum of Science, UMass Amherst, Open Theatre Project, the One Minute Play Festival, and TC Squared Theatre Company. Assistant directing credits include productions at Company One Theatre and the A.R.T. Josh holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing at UMass Amherst.

Tatiana Godfrey headshot. A black and white close-up of an African-American woman with short hair, looking directly into the camera with her left hand supporting her head. Tatiana Godfrey

MFA
Other

tgodfrey@umass.edu

https://godfreytatiana.wixsite.com/tatianagodfrey

Dramaturgy

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Tatiana Godfrey was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a proud alumna of The School for Creative & Performing Arts and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tatiana had a varied career in theater before discovering a passion for arts education. She served as the assistant director of the off-Broadway premier of No Dog’s Allowed, by Sonia Manzano; she is a founding member of New York’s Pipeline Theatre Company and Atlanta’s Fabrefaction Theatre Company; she was featured in HBO’s David Mamet film Phil Spector. While serving as Fabrefaction’s Educational Director, Tatiana had the privilege of creating and launching a variety of educational initiatives that were focused on giving students practical skillsets to use both in theatre and in life. This approach to teaching led Tatiana to Ohio Career Technical Education, which focuses on teaching students to be ready for the workforce or secondary education. She is currently an MFA candidate in dramaturgy at the University of Massachusetts.

Percival Hornak

MFA

ahornak@umass.edu

www.percivalhornak.com

Dramaturgy

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Percival Hornak is a dramaturg, playwright, and literary manager who loves theatricality, ghost stories, and plays about lesbians. He is proud to be Resident Dramaturg/Literary Manager of Team Awesome Robot, a play development collaborative based in NYC. He is also a coproducer of Dungeons and Drama Nerds, a podcast exploring the intersection between theatre and tabletop role-playing games. Percy spent two seasons as an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow in Arena Stage's Literary office, where he worked on several productions as a script supervisor and production dramaturg. He has also served as Artistic Resident at Luna Stage and a Research, Policy, and Collective Action intern at the Theatre Communications Group. Other companies Percy has worked with include Andy’s Summer Playhouse, where he is currently serving as Digital Dramaturg on the Digital Renaissance Project. He is a proud alum of Albright College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Theatre.

Xinjuan Li

MFA

xinyuanli@umass.edu

Lighting Design | Scenic Design and Technology

Calypso Michelet

MFA

cmichelet@umass.edu

calypso-m.wixsite.com/portfolio

Costume Design | Scenic Design and Technology 

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Calypso is a set and costume MFA designer at Umass. She studied Literature &Theater, Architecture and Costume building in France before moving to the US in 2018. In her free time she loves going to the opera, travelling to new places and participating in summer festivals and reenactments.

Alexandro Ramirez

MFA
Mikayla Reid

MFA

mdreid@umass.edu

www.mikaylareid.com

Costume Design

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Benjamin Stanton

MFA

bjstanton@umass.edu

Lighting Design