E.B. Smith (Oldster) E.B. Smith is a multidisciplinary theater artist and consultant in the fields of acting, directing, producing, administration, education and dramaturgy. Over a 20 year international career, he has worked extensively across the United States and Canada with organizations large and small. Notable past credits include work at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Karamu House, Canadian Stage Co., Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare BASH’d, and many others. He holds a BFA in theater performance from Ohio University and is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. He is currently a candidate in the inaugural cohort of the Master of Arts Administration, also at Ohio University. His mission is to serve the stories he carries and to empower all to revel in and share their own to all cultivate the love and empathy necessary to truly celebrate this world we share.
Wendy-Marie Martin (Cheerful)Wendy-Marie Martin is a scholar/artist currently pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts/Theater and Playwriting at Ohio University. Her areas of research include intersectional feminist theatre and 20th/21st century American playwrights who identify as women. Before coming to Ohio University, Wendy-Marie taught theater history at the Pacific Conservatory Theater, where she also directed for their educational outreach program. While living in Germany, she taught at the Constantin Schule Bochum and directed/devised women solo artists in Aber Morgen at the Console Theatre in Essen, Ich hab’s Sat zu Ihnen zu Kommen…at Die Simplon in Bochum and Nimmersatte Liebe at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. Her short plays have been produced in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Ireland, and the U.S and published by Polychoron Press, and Smith & Krauss, Theatrefolk, and YouthPLAYS. Wendy-Marie is creator and Executive Producer of The Red Eye 10s International Play Festival, creator/coordinator of the Performance Corner for Ohio University’s International Women’s Art Exhibit and co-Producer of the Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Festival at Ohio University. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a 2020-21 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Barbara E. Allushuski Graduate Fellow.
Brian Evans (Corpse) Brian Evans teaches voice & speech, stage combat and acting. As an actor he has worked for the Human Race Theatre, the Colorado, Illinois and Oxford Shakespeare Festivals, South Coast Repertory, Porthouse Theatre and CATCO. Television credits include Chapelle's Show andJudging Amy. His voice-over work includes the audio book of The Virginian. He produced and directed award-winning theatre while working in Los Angeles, at venues including the Raven Playhouse, Metropole Theatre Works and Elephant Stageworks. Directing credits also include Romeo and Juliet at Monomoy Theatre and Henry IV, Part One at Oxford Shakespeare Festival. Brian works professionally as a voice and dialect coach and as a fight choreographer. He is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. At Ohio University he has directed productions such as Dutchman, Lysistrata, Savage/Loveand Brecht's Man Equals Man.
Steven Strafford (Youth)Steven Strafford is an actor and playwright originally from Brooklyn, NY. As an adult, he has called Chicago and NYC home. He currently resides in Athens, Ohio, where he is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting. He is the author and performer of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Methtacular! which he has performed across the country at LORT theaters, universities and LGBTQ spaces. Recently, the show was filmed at Steppenwolf Theatre’s 1700 Space. He is also the author of Small Jokes About Monsters which received productions in Houston (nominated for Houston Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play) Sioux City, and in Chicago at 16th Street Theater. It also had workshops at Portland Stage Company and at Route 66 Theater Company. His play Mona Q: Age 38 received workshops with Route 66 Theatre Company and 16th Street Theater. His short plays, Use Your Noodles and The Breakup Playhave been produced a few times each. As an actor he has appeared on stage on Broadway, national tours, international tours; and at Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Portland Stage Company and other regional theaters across America. He has appeared in movies, on TV, and in national commercials. Methtacular! was included in an anthology of solo plays from Opus Books. His essay, “College Dreams” was published in the book, The Anatomy of Silence.
David Haugen (Avian) David Haugen: Film/TV: Claire in Motion, Lula Mae and Destiny, Trailerpark, Vision Quest, Law & Order, L&O CI, Ed. Theater: Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Repertory, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Peterborough Players, Dorset Theater Festival. Orlando and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals.
Kate Scholl (Novice) Katherine Scholl has performed regionally at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and Unseam’d Shakespeare Company. Some New York Credits include: The Director’s Company, NY Theatre Alliance, Miranda Theater, and Blue Heron Arts Center. Katherine is a founding member of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble.
Shelley Delaney (Mentor) Shelley Delaney heads the Performance Area at the Ohio University School of Theater, is Associate Artistic Director of Tantrum Theater, a founding member of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Regional acting credits include McCarter Theatre, Bay Street, Cincinnati Playhouse, Victory Gardens, GeVa, Cleveland Play House, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, and PICT. New York: La Mama, the Ohio, EST, HERE, Circle Rep Lab. Her film work includes Radio Days, and the independent feature films: Departure, Claire in Motion, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and Hero Tomorrow. Recent professional directing credits include the world premiere of The Surrogate by Patricia Cotter at Centenary Stage, The Cake for Tantrum Theater, the developmental workshop of I, Custer for Tantrum East and the short film Truck Fishing in America.