MFA Class of 2013
Christina Coates: Originally from Massachusetts, Christina received her BFA in Theatre Performance at Salem State University, where she was first introduced to the incredible world of experimental theatre by her mentor, friend, and Naropa alumna, Kate Kohler Amory. Also, Christina is very proud to be an active member of Ghostlight Theatre Company of New England, where she has done of her best work as an actor, director, acting coach, and producer.
Marc Devine: In Los Angeles, Marc Devine served as the media editor for Opera del Espacio, as well as the assistant editor on Ken Roht's feature film The Bloody Indulgent, and co-directed Roht's one-act opera Permissible Union for the 2010 COLA Awards Show. He is the voice for the Literal System's Production of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Marc has performed with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, ARTEL, needtheater, Ken Roht's Orphean Circus, Opera del Espacio and Teatro de Facto. Marc holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe.
Monica Dionysiou: Monica found her way to Boulder after living and working in Chicago. Her time in Chicago provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with TimeLine Theatre Company, 20% Chicago Theatre, The Moving Dock Theatre, Livewire Chicago Collective, Lifeline Theatre along with many other storefront theatres. She is a proud, founding member and contributing artist with Chicago's Alluvium Group. Her educational history includes a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and attendance at the Dah Theatre's International School in Belgrade Serbia. Monica's passions include traveling the world, exploring new cultures and rediscovering the common bonds that brings all of us together.
Chelsea Gregory: An artist and cultural organizer who has worked through the media of dance, theatre and poetry, Chelsea's work has been presented by Culture Project, LaMama ETC, LA Women's Theater Festival and Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival. She toured with Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda's co-production We Got Issues! and choreographed for Cornerstone Theatre's Summer Institute, Yadira DeLaRiva's One Journey and other productions. She has danced with ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Movement for the Urban Village, Atlanta Ballet and Ned Williams Dunham Company, and studied with Urban Bush Women, The Limón Institute and Baba Richard Gonzales. Her solo play The 6 Project has toured to over 10 cities throughout the US.
T'ai Hartley: Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, T'ai graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in theatre/acting. He has founded two theater companies, Autonomous Theatre Collective and Blood Ensemble. He recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the East/West Project in a self-generated show using Tectonic Theatre Project's technique of Moment Work.
Elizabeth Horab: Originally from the Midwest, Elizabeth grew up in Fargo, North Dakota doing plays at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT), URSA Productions, and Theatre B. While going to school at North Dakota State University, where she received her BA in Theatre, she took a year residency at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut and directed Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock. For six summers she has taught theatre to North Dakota Governor's School's students, as well as box office manager and volunteer coordinator at FMCT. Before starting at Naropa she worked two years in an outpatient classroom at a mental health hospital in Fargo teaching subjects such as theatre and math.
Matthew Kerns: Matthew holds a BFA in performance theatre from Eastern New Mexico University. His acting credits include WORKING, The Misanthrope, and Balls: Five one-act plays by Alan Ball. His solo artist credits include Christian Growth with Father Curver, A Quest for the Altar, and Chicken. As a director, Matthew has shepherded such productions as All Tied Up In Love (World Premiere), Noises Off, Kiss Me Kate, and Cabaret. Matthew served as the head of theatre for The Chicago Academy for the Arts, as well as Sonoma Academy.
James Jesse Peck: A native of Pennsylvania, James graduated from Northwestern University and The Del'Arte School. He has acted professionally with the Geese Theater for Corrections/Prisons, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Imago Theater. Recently, he directed and made masks for Haroun and the Sea of Stories at Ashland High School, and served as an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University. He is artistic director of Nutshell Masks and Theater.
Dana Jannel Peterson: For ten years, Dana Jannel Peterson has served as a theatre student, teacher, performer, poet, and director. Inspired by studies at Double Edge Theatre in 2008, her first solo piece regarded A Doll's House, song, sand, eye contact, and raw meat. Directing credits include Alice in Wonderland, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Vagina Monologues. For the past two years, Jannel lived and worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, where supported by Language Link and Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, she taught performance to ESL students. Jannel also performed in five productions as a member of the Hanoi International Theatre Society.
Veronica Santoyo: Originally from Mexico, Veronica has a BA in Speech Communication, obtained in Mexico, and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. She studied acting in Mexico and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the HB Acting Studio, in New York City. As a drama teacher, Veronica has taught theatre across the academic curriculum, from kindergarten to college level. She has also conducted workshops in drama therapy and educational theatre, working with diverse populations: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, speech and hearing rehabilitation, domestic violence, mentally ill and substance abuse clients.
Caroline Stine: Hailing from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, Caroline received her undergraduate degree at Butler University in Indianapolis (Theatre/English Writing) and has worked as a performer, director, and professional costume designer for the past five years in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. She is also a director of the children's theatre group, The Cliffview Players, with whom she explores devised and contemporary theatre. She has also worked with several international groups in Russia and Italy.
MFA Class of 2014
Gloria Marie Baraquio: A yogi, educator, TV producer, and writer. She comes to Naropa with a background in church singing, Hula, Tahitian dance, Butoh, modeling, public speaking, actor training, yoga, aerial yoga, world religions, and meditation. She has an intimate understanding of the body, the voice, and the human need for expression. She intends to utilize performance as a way to heal oneself, to inspire audiences, and to foster understanding between cultures.
Vickie Curtis: Received her BA at Connecticut College and went on to teach Arts and Humanities at project-based high schools in the Boston area. In class, she revisits classics and devises original theatre with her students as a means for teaching life lessons, literature, history, and the social sciences. Vickie founded the theatre program at Meridian Academy: Performing Arts and Activism. She is at work developing a Summer Theatre Institute for teachers in collaboration with Richard Weingartner and members of the Wayland Theatre Ensemble while she hones her own storytelling practice at Naropa.
Kebrina Josefina De Jesus: Born in New York and raised in Miami, Kebrina was bitten by the acting bug at 12 years old. Kebrina has performed in a variety of theatre shows from stage to indie films. Upon receiving her Bachelors of Communications and Theatre at Millersville University, Kebrina took a new journey to Dallas to pursue dance. Since moving to Texas in 2008 Kebrina has built her own company, Casa de Baile Traveling Studio. Casa de Baile's services include dance instruction, performance and event planning. She has performed with dance companies Samba Dallas, Salsa Sunrise and Tropico Entertainment. Kebrina embarked a new chapter in Boulder at Naropa University to develop into a Performance Artist and one day become a Professor of Theatre and Dance.
Andrea Dudziak: A practitioner/scholar who recently obtained her Masters of Arts in Theatre Studies at Florida State University where she focused on musical theatre studies and the representation of mentally–ill women in American drama. In her hometown of Buffalo, NY, she worked with the local Infringement Festival to create socially conscious theatre pieces including Push Factor, an exploration of bullying, and My Mind's Prisoner, an investigation into the experience of mental illness and its discourse. Andrea received her Bachelors of Arts in Drama and Archeology from SUNY Potsdam. While at Naropa University, she hopes to use practice as research to explore inter-subjective communication and performativity of text in Roy Hart work.
Molly Kampf: An Alexander Technique and movement instructor, choreographer and performer. She has taught in numerous institutions including Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Interlochen Fine Arts Camp. Previously she performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there, she graduated from the Alexander Alliance and received a BFA in modern dance from Temple University. Molly is currently at Naropa University in the MFA program for Contemporary Performance in Boulder, Colorado.
Hrefna Lind: Comes from Iceland. She holds BA from University of Iceland in Literature/Theater and Drama Education. She has been teaching improvisation, leading art groups, directing and holding experimental theater workshops and researches based of Grotowski technique. In 2011, she moved to New York and attended dance classes in Contact improvisation at Movement Research. She attended a three week intensive workshop at Double Edge Theater and was truly inspired by the work.
Jamie McKittrick: A Philadelphia based theatre artist who's developed, choreographed, and performed in Swim Pony Performing Arts' SURVIVE! and Lady M. For Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Players, she choreographed and performed as one of the "6 Lady Dancers" for the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival hit Purr, Pull, Reign. Regionally, she's performed in La Cage Aux Folles, Alice and Wonderland, High Society, and The Robber Bridegroom. She's toured nationally and collaborated internationally with symphony orchestras through Enchantment Theatre Company's productions of Scheherazade, Cinderella, and The Velveteen Rabbit. Also, she taught as an artist in residence for the Roberto Clemente School and for Muhlenberg College's Performing Arts.
Jenni Messner: Has landed in Boulder by way of Cleveland, Ohio, where she most recently worked with Cleveland Public Theatre and Theater Ninjas. Just prior, she received her BA in both Theatre and Psychology at Denison University, and spent a semester in Dublin, Ireland at the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland. Favorite performances include clowning with the Canniballoon Brigade, and devising work with Dension's Women's Performance Group.
Nate Speare: A performing artist based in New York. Theatrical interests include character work, solo/ensemble work, and body/voice pedagogy. Nate acted in regional theaters in MA and off-off Broadway productions in New York. He studied at The Mime School in Amsterdam and as an artist-in-residence with Pantheatre (with the Roy Hart Centre) in France. He presented a paper called "The Present Actor" to the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and wrote theatre reviews for Chicago publications NewCity and The Reader. While working in New York, he performed his solo "We Died of Thirst," which won the Talk of the Town award at the New England Fringe Festival.
Ye Taik: A New York and Colorado based performing artist and also an independent curator of multidisciplinary art and media projects. Most recently, he was an artist-in-resident at Flux Factory as a New York Community Trust Fellow and is presently artistic director of Ye Taik and the BlackSheep performing art organization. In 2010 he was a selected artist for The Field Organization and is showcasing at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Harlem Art Alliance, New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress under the Asian American archive. He is a modest American of the Burmese diaspora.
Ana Cantorán Viramontes: Born and raised in Mexico, Ana has a BFA in Dramatic Arts obtained in Puebla Mexico, she is a founder member of Producciones Espintla Teatro, theater company and performance laboratory interested in research and explore Mexican Folklore as well Mexican ancient and modern Culture and history. She is very proud of being a member of the Theater of the Opresed community in Mexico where she was working as a performer at Teatro Kiosko company in a preventive campaign against the human trafficking.
Jared White: Has been practicing theatre for about 10 years or so. His favorite credits include "Dead Man Walking", "Good", "The Laramie Project", and "Equus" amongst others. He is veteran of over 50 stage productions and has been trained in or dabbled in just about everything except witchcraft. He'd like to thank his parents, and family, his ex-girlfriends, Big Bird and the Keebler Elves for everything! He loves that he is finally back in Boulder after a 2 1/2 year absence. You stay classy Boulder!