Class of 2007
Joseph Baker is an actor, director, choreographer, dancer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Focusing on creating new works and environmental/ experimental physical based theater, he has performed in, co-created and directed more than twenty pieces. In 2001, Joe founded Inertia Theatre Companywhich toured original work on the West Coast. A longtime practitioner and teacher of the Viewpoints, he has also trained in Roy Hart voice work, Grotowski-based physical acting, the Suzuki method, Butoh, Moment Work and Developmental Movement. Joe has worked with many American Theater innovators, including Wendell Beavers, Meredith Monk, Moises Kaufman and Steve Wangh. He received his BA degree with a focus in performance art from The Evergreen State College in 2000. In 2007, with his partner Kevin Poole, Joe founded Warrior Theater Company, which is now touring original work in the United States. Outside of work with his own company, Joe is also working with Witness Relocation and Katsura Kan, as well as teaching contemporary performance techniques as the lead theater faculty member at North Carolina’s Governor’s School East.
Gleason Bauer is an award-winning director and costume and set designer, as well as performer and teacher. Before receiving her MFA from Naropa, she was the Artistic Director of Zoo District, a critically acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company that she helped found more than ten years ago. She has worked professionally throughout the U.S. and internationally, and is currently traveling the country directing and teaching. Recent work includes directing Zen Cabaret for the New York Clown Theatre Festival, assistant directing Casa Cushman, a play in development by Leigh Fondakowski at NY Theatre Workshop, as well as teaching contemporary performance techniques for North Carolina’s Governor’s School and the Dalton School in New York City.
A professional actor, teaching artist, director and clown, Sondra Blanchard has been creating and performing original works both nationally and internationally for the last twelve years. Until recently, she was based in Philadelphia, where she performed with regional companies, worked with Big Apple Circus Clown Care, and founded two companies, Theatre V and Belligerent Muse. Currently, she is teaching clown, mask and improvisation, in addition to finishing her latest new work, The Wife Album. Sondra is also a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Mary-Laurence Bevington digs that life is long and beauteous. Currently, Mary writes and teaches in Boulder, specializing in mind-body movement and outdoor action learning. At age ten, she wrote and acted in her first play, and continued to perform throughout her school days. As a grown-up, Mary has performed in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Italy. In addition to her MFA, Mary has a BA in Creative Writing from Colorado College. In 2008, she plans to co-direct her screenplay, Eggs (working title), co-written with Hannah Nordhaus, by the side of gifted director, Marlowe Fawcett, no relation to Farrah.
Shana Cordon is an actress, physical performer, director, writer, graphic designer and educator. With a background in visual and performing art, she has a multidiscipline approach to theater-making. She recently fulfilled an integrated arts' residency at the University of Virginia dance department, and currently teaches for the Boulder Ballet, bringing movement theater into public schools. Over the years, Shana has received awards for her acting, directing and visual art work. She constantly strives to expand her creative limits, while making work that is at once challenging and deeply human. For more information, please visit her website: www.shanacordon.com
Meridith Crosley is an award-winning actor, improviser and teacher. She has worked with The Second City, American Conservatory Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Improv Olympic, Strawdog Theatre Company, Art Street Theatre Company, Cathy Reinking, The Arvada Center, Sprung Movement Theatre, The Dark Eyed Strangers, Bas Bleu Theatre, The Evergreen Players, Playback Theatre West, Plays Well with Others and Old Man McGinty, voted "Best Sketch Comedy" at the 2004 San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has appeared in TV commercials, print ads and voiceovers for clients such as Dell Computer, Famous Footwear, Perkins Restaurants, Frontier Airlines and the Starz Network.
Stacey D’Angelo completed her BFA in Musical Theatre at Ithaca College and has performed with companies such as the Kitchen Theatre, Salt City Center, The Firehouse Theatre and Town Hall Arts Center. After serving as a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy, Stacey toured with the National Theatre and moved to Denver in 2002. There, she began teaching as a full time theatre instructor for at risk youth. Upon graduation from Naropa she has served as a guest artist at Ithaca College, director for Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids and KidStage, and is currently the artistic director for Crossroads Theater in Denver.
Angela Delichatsios is a performer, director and teacher. She trained with Gardzienice and Piesn Kozla in Poland, and Double Edge Theatre in Western Massachusetts. She created and performed in Carmen/Cleopatra while at Naropa. She has performed and directed in New York, Boston, and Boulder. In addition, she directed Here’s To The Women Who Love: Passionately in the 2007 Boulder International Fringe Festival, she is teaching an acting class called Discover Your Inner Diva through Naropa's Extended Studies, and she regularly performs with Rene Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre.
Debra Disbrow is a performer/ writer and recent New York transplant. Originally from Philadelphia, she is a founding member of Workshop for Potential Movement, a dance theater company and has collaborated on several original hybrid works for the Live Arts Festival, Painted Bride, WAX, and the newFestival among others. She has worked with Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Enchantment Theater Company (National Tour), Adrienne Theater and performed her one-woman play at the Walnut St. Studio Theater and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Recently she performed with fellow Naropa alums at the Clown Theater Festival at the Brick Theater in New York and co-choreographed/performed in a puppet opera for Tempesta di Mare, a Baroque chamber orchestra with Workshop for Potential Movement. She is currently developing a new version of her cabaret to be performed in New York. She trains in Suzuki with The South Wing and studies voice/ vocal composition with Jonathan Hart.
Anneliese Euler is a performer, writer and teacher. Her original singer-songwriter cabaret act, as alter ego Brie Feingold-Africa, was deemed a Best Theatrical Moment of 2002 by Philadelphia City Paper. Her album The Singer-Songwriter Song is available at cdbaby.com/briefeingoldafrica. A theater faculty member at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Euler has also taught at California State University Los Angeles and Rio Hondo Community College. She has been teaching voice, acting, writing, and the Viewpoints to a diverse range of students since 2001. She also leads professional workshops and coaches privately. Euler has created and/or performed original work with Comedy Central, The Uncertainty Principals, Tectonic Theater Project, Meredith Monk, Group Motion, Pig Iron, New Paradise Laboratories, Nina Rolle, and Griftheater, among many others. A University of Pennsylvania graduate residing in Los Angeles, Euler is also a certified instructor of Pilates matwork.
Hadley Mays is from Massachusetts. Her theater training, development, and artistic sojourns began in New York and continued in Brazil and Vermont amongst other places. Hadley has been thankful to be at Naropa, to create and learn in a community of fellow players and theater makers.
Janna Meiring creates, performs and directs new work for the stage that is at the intersection of postmodern dance, theatre and visual art; and focuses on community and social justice issues. Her one act play, Start Over As Me Dead, was honored at the Pueblo Playwrights Festival in 2004. In 2006, she debuted her solo performance detonate kate in the Boulder International Fringe Festival. In addition to solo and ensemble creation of new theatre, she is also an acting and movement teacher for performers and non-performers of all ages.
Jennifer Milligan has performed in more than one hundred shows in varied styles and genres across America and Europe since the age of eleven including: Uncle Vanya (Sonya), Suburbia (Sooze), Guiding Light (Madeline), Rocky Horror (Janet), Hair (Sheila), Jesus Christ Superstar w/ Ted Neeley, Good Doctor, Oh, Jackie (Jackie), Oklahoma (Ado Annie). She earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has trained with world-renowned masters of many crafts seeking to quench her thirst for discovery. She is a founding member of Poor Box Consortium for the Arts, Stage 5 Rep, and In Situ (improvisational dance troupe). She has studied with the innovator of jazz dance technique, Luigi, for more than twenty years and performed in his lifetime achievement award show. She has choreographed for The Druid Tree (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000), Rocky Horror, Oh, Jackie, Nunsense, Emmy-award winning Once I was Young, Now I am Wonderful and many more. She also holds a red belt in HapKiDo, was lead singer for the rock band Cheap Thrill, and is certified as a Spiritgateways Movement Healer.
Kevin Poole is an actor, dancer, writer and musician living in Denver, Colorado. He has performed in more than fifty plays, including a number of new works for the stage, as well as having released two rock albums. Kevin has trained in various experimental theater techniques including Viewpoints, Roy Hart voice work, Grotowski-based physical acting, Suzuki method, Butoh, and Moment Work with such luminaries of the American theater world as Anne Bogart, Moises Kaufman, Wendell Beavers and Steve Wangh. He presented papers at the 2006 and 2007 Association of Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Kevin received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Randolph Curtis Rand is an OBIE award winning theatre artist (designer, director, dramaturge, performer, teacher) living in New York City. He received his BFA from Penn State University. He has been a staple of the dance/theatre scene for years, working with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Burning Coal Theatre, The Cleveland Public Theatre, The Drama Dept., Douglas Dunn, Elevator Repair Service, Epic Theatre Center, Richard Foreman, The Foundry Theatre, Jacob's Pillow, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, La Mama, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab., Meredith Monk, Pig Iron Theatre, Rude Mechs, Spoleto USA, The Talking Band, Target Margin Theater, The Walker Arts Center, Williams College, and the Wooster Group among others. For four years he was lead theatre teacher at The Governor's School East of North Carolina. Other classes and workshops: The New School and NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.