PERFORMER BIOS:

Ariella Cooley (Performer, Composer) is a Berkeley-based multi-disciplinary artist and educator. She is a lover of all things whimsical, make-believe, and surreal. This is her sixth production with Theatre of Yugen as a sound designer; her first as a performer. She was awarded a TBA for Outstanding Sound Design in 2017 for her work on The Winter's Tale (Ragged Wing Ensemble).

Alan Coyne (Performer) Alan previously appeared in Seen/By Everyone. He has also performed with Central Works, Golden Thread, We Players, and Indra's Net, and at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Adrian Deane in 2ELFth NIGHT. You can see him next in Custom Made's Cloud 9 or in Black Comedy at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre.

Shannon R. Davis (Performer, Director) is a Bay Area-based Director, Actor, and Educator. She is a proud descendant of the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Sami people; originally from Wisconsin. MFA in Directing/Acting from UW-Madison. Studied with the Moscow Art Theatre USA. 2018 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directing (selected): The Rez Sisters (New Native Theatre); Helen (Theatre of Yugen); Othello (associate director, American Repertory Theatre); Othello (assistant director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Manahatta (assistant director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Adulting for Beginners (Musical Café/Ashby Stage); Religomania (Exit Theatre/SF Fringe Festival); Drama, Trauma, Dance-o-rama,Mirrors, Smoke & Getting Woke!, & Monsters & Wild Things (Brava Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (San Anselmo Playhouse); Death of a Mime (PianoFight); Hotel Morocco (Salvage Vanguard Theater/Echo Players); The Lady Onstage (assistant director, Playwrights Foundation). Water is Life (Facebook Research); Shakesbot (Microsoft Research); Helen, Am I Blue?,& An Evening of Poe (University Theatre U of Wisconsin); The Rover (assistant director, Shotgun Players). Teaching (selected): UW-Madison; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Int’l. School of Asia Karuizawa, Japan; BACT. Acting (selected): Henry De la Beche and Cuvier in The Excavation of Mary Anning (Ashland New Play Festival); Scrooge in A Noh Christmas Carol (Theatre of Yugen); Mary McVicker in The Prison Where I Live (Forward Theatre Co.); Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (CTM); Ophelia in Hamlet (City Theatre); Lady Anne in Richard III (Mitchell Theatre, UWM); Nyssa Aurora in Sleeping Beauty (Vortex Rep); Bunny in The Desk Set. (UWW).

Steven Flores (Performer, Puppet Master) is a Bi-coastal actor, originally from CA. He is a descendant of the Comanche & Chicano bloodlines. He has performed as John in Those Women’s Withchunt, Menelaus in Helen at Theatre of Yugen and Seketemaqua/Luke in the world premiere of Manahatta at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (as well as understudy to Cassio in Othello). After Puppets & Poe, Steven will be joining Yale Repertory Theatre in Manahatta. Other credits: Last of the Caucasians (The Barrow Group Theater Co. NY) Delusion: The Blood Rite (Haunted Play), Jakubei in A Noh Christmas Carol (Theatre of Yungen). TV/Film: The Monster Project, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Education: Herbert Berghof Studio, NY

Nick Ishimaru (Performer, Artistic Director) has trained in noh and kyōgen with Theatre of Yugen for over seven years and has appeared in numerous performances with Theatre of Yugen around the USA, including Minor Cycle (2012), This Lingering Life (2014) and Mystical Abyss (Denver 2015), and a plethora of kyōgen performances  Ishimaru has also studied kabuki, jingju (Beijing Opera), and nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance). He received a BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State U (2005), where he directed a kabuki adaptation of Macbeth, and a Masters in Drama from SF State U, (2009). During his time as Artistic Director of Theatre of Yugen, he has directed several productions including The Red Demon (2016), A Noh Christmas Carol (2017, 2018), and Seen/By Everyone (2018).  His work explores a combination of Western and traditional Asian performance techniques for original creations, along with work in conventional musical theatre and Shakespeare.

Jamin Jollo (Performer) Jamin holds a BFA from Southern Oregon U and trained in mime and neoclassical clown under James Donlon. He was in James Peck’s The Carnival of Animals and many of his solo mime works including Paper Home, The Juggler, and Breakfast have played in circuses and theaters in Oregon.



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