Stephanie Cleghorn This is Stephanie’s first production with Dead White Zombies. Stephaniewas last seen in Sweet Eros with QLive! at WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Festival, under the direction of Adam Adolfo. She has had the honor to work with Teatro Dallas, Artes de la Rosa, Cara Mía Theatre Co., Hip Pocket Theatre, and Artisan Center Theater in the DFW community. Some of her most memorable roles include Catherine in A View from the Bridge with Artes de la Rosa and Sally in The House on Mango Street with Cara Mía Theatre Co. She studied theatre in Utah at Brigham Young University where she did countless shows. She is an actor with Artes de la Rosa's Outreach Touring Company and is a part of Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s Ensemble as an Artistic Associate. She appeared in DWZ's Flesh World and will appear in (w)hole.
Justin Locklear is a busy guy, working with Orchre House and recently directing the Better Doctor for Upstart Productions. A graduate of the Baylor theatre program, Justin is from Atlanta. He appeared in Flesh World and will appear in (w)hole.
Mona Karsa is a new media artist and educator, currently pursuing a PhD at University of Texas at Dallas with a focus in Arts & Technology . Mona has shown work in many exhibitions in both gallery and online settings and has served as the Art Gallery Chair at SIGGRAPH 2011. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and an M.F.A. in Video/Digital Art .She created video for DWZ's Flesh World and (w)hole.
Danielle Georgiou is the Founder and Artistic Director of DGDG (the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group). Working with videographers, sound designers, and other visual artists, the dancers of DGDG work toward creating collaborative pieces that are interactive and play with abstractions of traditional narratives. She is also the co-founder of the performance art duo, Slik Stockings, with Hillary Holsonback. Danielle directs the UT Arlington Dance Ensemble, dances professionally with Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and is currently a guest artist with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. Danielle is a Ph.D. student in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a current Artist-in-Residency at CentralTrak—The UT Dallas Artist Residency program. She teaches at UT Dallas, UT Arlington, Eastfield College, and Richland College.
Scot Gresham-Lancaster is a composer, performer, instrument builder and educator. Currently teaching Sound Design at ATEC UT Dallas, his recent work at IMéRA was in 2nd order sonification of data sets. As a member of the HUB, he is an early pioneers of "computer network music" and cellphone operas. He has been a sound designer for many productions on stage, in the gallery and on the street. He has created a series of "co-located" international Internet performances and worked developing audio for several games and interactive products. He is an expert in educational technology and techniques.
Jelena Opacic is a multidisciplinary visual artist working within the fields of social intervention art and digital photography. Her works were last shown at Koussevitzky Art Gallery in Massachusetts. She performed at “Pure Performance” at RPI, Troy, “Anarchist Festival” at The Living Theatre, New York and “Who is Zoo?” Michael Clark’s choreography at the Whitney Biennial 2012. Jelena studied visual art in Serbia, The Netherlands and New York.
Thomas Riccio is a Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies UTD, previous positions: Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Artistic Director of Chicago's Organic Theater Company; Resident Director and Dramaturg for the Cleveland Play House; Visiting Professor at the University of Der es Salaam and the Korean National University for the Arts; and Artistic Director of Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group. He has directed over one hundred plays at American regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway. He has worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance, ritual, and shamanism, conducting research and developing performances in Africa, Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Alaska. He recent created a performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the author of Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture, Peter Lang and receptiant of an International Distinction Prize in Playwrighting, from the Alexander Onassis Foundation. Undermain Theatre presented a staged reading of his play Ilira, June 2011 and both blahblah Flesh World were semi-finalist for the O'Neill Conference, 2011 and 2012 respectively Otherwise, he's having a great time.
Michael Cleveland is a performance artist, photographer, and the Artistic Director of FROM THE BRANCH, an original works theatre company. A professionally trained actor, Michael holds a BA in theatre arts and is currently working on his MFA in Arts & Technology at UT Dallas. Michael is delighted to be working with the DEAD WHITE ZOMBIES performing in (w)hole. Flesh World was ming blowing and he looks forward to a continued relationship with the ensemble in the future.
Hannah Weir is an Art & Performance/ Literary Studies Major at UT Dallas, and has taken part in one school performance. She enjoys the volunteer aspect of being a Dead White Zombie. She hopes to continue working with DWZ, and would like to thank the actors, audience, and the spirits of the dead living at 500 Singleton. She worked on Flesh World and is singing love songs in (w)hole.
KATHERINE NOWACKI is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. She has been in love with fabrics and designing costumes since she was 5 years old, learning to sew from her grandmother who created Olympic figure- skating costumes. She first began doing theatre costuming at the age of 14, spending innumerous hours in costume stock and at her sewing machine. She is grateful for her experience at Diablo Valley College, after high school, where she was able to work on as many projects as she could ask for. Her summers at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts as a sewing and wardrobe intern gave her the inside experience of how a professional theatre ran and what skills she would need to be a designer some day. She received her BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design and Construction at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. She is currently a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in her final year of the MFA Stage Design program where she is studying Costume Design. She has a strong interest in designing new and experimental works, but has a devout passion for historical pieces as well. Her goal is to work internationally someday, after falling in love with the work of French artists during her time studying dance, mixed media, and storytelling at Les Subsistances in Lyon.
Brandon Fletcher is one of the most exciting, energetic and DRAMATIC children in this lifetime. Since the day he learned to speak he's been a performer, from belting out Alicia Keys' "No One" in the back seat of his Nanna's car, to singing, dancing to and performing every title sequence on Disney Channel, he's always been a performer at heart. (W)hole will be Brandon's debut performance!!
Lori McCarty was recently seen in DWZ's blahblah. She directed Tricks for DWZ which was presented at the 2012 Out of the Loop Festival. She appeared in Some People at Project X and the Out of the Loop Festival. Other credits include Orange Oranges also for Project X at the FIT Festival, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and There is Never a Reference Point for StoryLAB and RUR at UTD where she is working on her BA in Arts and Performance. She has also worked at the Pocket Sandwich and other local theatres. She is so happy to be the producer for DWZ. Lori performed in Flesh World and will appear in (w)hole.
Ben Miró last appeared in Dead White Zombies blahblah. Flesh World and now (w)hole, Ben’s third colloboration with DWZ. Ben has appeared in numerous productions in Dallas but feels most at home with Thomas Riccio’s particular brand of weird and experimental. He is currently working his Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas focusing on performance and dramaturgy in the digital age.
Luke Lafitte is a PhD student at UTD in Arts and Humanities. He is an attorney and also teaches history at Colin College. He appeared in Flesh World and is DWZ's legal advisor, board member snd number one fan.
Annell Brodeur is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a BA in Theater. She does work for theatre and film throughout the DFW area, most recently on Contemporary Theater of Dallas' production of True West. Other design credits include The Turn of the Screw for the UNT Opera, Danny In the Deep Blue Sea for Broken Gears Project Theater as well as work on various short films and music videos. She thanks her mother for her endless patience and thanks everyone else for all those little reasons.
John Michael Coglinl is a Dallas based performance artist. He studied theatre
for three years at Oklahoma State University, where the OSU Sexual
Orientation Diversity Association (SODA) gave him a grant to produce
his original show about coming out while working at McDonalds called
'Would You Like Guys With That? A McTolerant One-Man Show.' In Fall
2011, John Michael transferred to University of Texas at Dallas to
finish his senior year, and further explore creating original
performance. Since returning to Dallas, Nouveau 47 Theatre has
presented a showcase of his solo performance work. The Galerstein
Women's Center at UTD, and The Cathedral of Hope have both presented
'Guys.' Most recently, Nouveau 47 Theatre produced a three week run of
his newest show 'The A GAYS: Stillwater, Oklahoma.' When not
performing, John Michael devotes his time to GLSEN Greater Dallas and
volunteers at the Resource Center of Dallas through Gay Bingo. He is
so greatful to have been welcomed so warmly into the ranks of such
talented artists. John Michael would like to thank Thomas Riccio, Matt
Tomlanovich, Nouveau 47 Theatre, his family, friends, and the
beautiful Elizabeth Pappageorge.
Catharine Culver is in third grade and lives in The Colony. Her previous res include a bunny and a mermaid, but she has always wanted to let her inner princess emerge. She enjoys playing the piano and being with friends and family. She appeared in Flesh World and is happy to be a part of (w)hole.
Abel Flores Jr. was lrecently seen onstage in Sweet Eros at the 2012 Out of the Loop Festival. In 2011 he plaed Jim in the regional premiere of The Magdalen Whitewash at the Out of the Loop Festival. Abel is currently a student at UT Dallas studying Art & Performance. Some of Abel’s recent theatre credits are Man in Gint at Broken Gears Project Theatre, Father Tooker in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Artes de la Rosa as well as Paul in Barefoot in the Park (TAP), and Young Man in Veronica’s Room (Rover Dramawerks). Abel played Karl in DWZ's 2011 production of blahblah and s very excited to be working with such a talented and inspiring company of artists
Frank Dufour was born and educated in France, and moved to the United States in 2005 to join The University of Texas at Dallas. He has a vast professional experience within the Industry of sound engineering, beginning as a sound technician, at the Archives of the French National Radio for nine years, from 1983 to 1992. In this capacity, he was in charge of the restoration of numerous historical recordings.
In 1992, he founded one of the first all-digital recording studios in France, specialized in digital sound restoration for audio publications and sound design for animation movies and video productions. The studio created the sound effects for the TV seriesThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Prince Valliant, among other projects.
He has authored numerous international interactive artistic publications.
Frank Dufour’s professional activities as a sound designer and multimedia designer have always been coupled with teaching activities. He is a member of the Laboratory “Musique et Informatique de Marseille” for which he is conducting research on the concept of Time Icons and on the relations between music and visual expressions.
Jameshia Bankston, born and raised in Richmond/Rosenberg TX, she has been a Dallas native for 5 years since her enrollment at UT-Dallas in 2007 where she has performed in many theater and stage productions. She recently graduated in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Performing Arts and is looking to begin her performance career as soon as God, life, sacrifice & dedication can take her there. With a passion for music, a love for acting and a life filled with theatrics, she is excited for the future. Even more importantly, she is thrilled to be doing what she loves alongside her amazing son Brandon Fletcher, who mentioned to her that, "...this is what [he's] wanted to do [his] entire life!!" He's following in Mommy's footsteps.
David Powers is a senior at UTD in Arts and Performance recently working on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He studied theatre at USC where he appeared in Balm in Bilead, Machinal, Rebel, Rebel and worked extensivley in the area or technical theatre. For the US Army Airborne he spent three years working in Psycholoigcal Operations.
Jeff Stover began his academic studies in theatre at Collin College. In his short time there, the program quickly grew into a nationally recognized program. Shortly after leaving Collin College, Jeff went to work at Vari-Lite, the Dallas based company that invented robotic lighting. Being a professional, well-respected company, they recognized his thirst for knowledge and devotion to his work and the company promoted him from intern to lead technician on the VL-6 luminaire. His successful career allowed him to finish his bachelor's degree at U.N.L.V. in Las Vegas, while continuing to work for Vari-Lite.
Jeff was hired as Technical Director for the University Theatre at UT Dallas in 1999. Since then, he has made the University Theatre one of the most technologically advanced spaces in the area. In the fall of 2008, Jeff was moved to the position of Director of Theatre/Dance. He has been instrumental in the creation of the theatre/dance minor and is very involved in recruiting students to the program. Jeff teaches an array of courses in technical theatre, designs the theatre productions, as well as handling the every day business required of the director.
Jeff also works as a lighting designer for local and national theatre companies. He uses his professional contacts to develop student internships at various theatres in the area. Jeff has won numerous awards for his design work in the area and is a respected theatre professional.
Brad Hennigan appeared in DWZ's blahblah, Flesh World is Brad’s forth collaboration with playwright/director Thomas Riccio, having performed in Mr. Riccio’s Orange Oranges and Some People. Previous credits include The Inspector General, As You Like It, Red Noses, and A Christmas Carol at Dallas Theater Center; King Lear, A Comedy of Errors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Dallas Shakespeare Festival; Beast Feast, Lloyd’s Prayer, Asa Nisi Masa, and Shakespeare in the Trailer Park at Deep Ellum Theater Garage. Brad is currently completing his Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, and is thrilled to be a Dead White Zombie.
David Goodwin was last seen locally at Theater Three in The Farnsworth Invention. Previous work includes, at Undermain Theatre, Easter (Elis). At Shakespeare Dallas: Cyrano de Bergerac (Compte de Guiche), Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Syracuse), The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), and Othello, (Iago). And at Kitchen Dog Theater: The Seagull (Medvedenko), Richard III (Rivers, Richmond); Man From Nebraska (Harry); Woyzeck (Andy, Monkey); Circumference of a Squirrel (Chester); Christie in Love (Constable); and Road (Skin-lad, Eddie, Bisto). He has been recognized by the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum for outstanding achievement in acting (2000), playwrighting (2002 and 2004), and design (2000 and 2005). He holds a BA in Theatre from SUNY Albany. He is currently a 2012 Teaching Artist Fellow at Big Thought as well as a company member of Kitchen Dog Theater and La Theatre de Marionette.
Dale E. Seeds, designer, teaches at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio where he serves as Professor of Theatre and Dance, and faculty designer. He received his Ph.D. in Theatre from Kent State University, with an emphasis in design criticism. In addition to design courses, he teaches course work in indigenous theatre and film. He has designed scenery and/or lighting for over 175 productions of theatre, dance and opera, including works for Porthouse Theatre, The Memphis Ballet, The Ohio Light Opera, The Eastman School of Music, The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, The University of Texas/Dallas and The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ireland. He is excited to be once again working with long time collaborator, Thomas Riccio.
Hilly Holsenback is a performance and self-portrait artist using art not to reveal the artist's true self, but to show the self as an imaginary construct. She explores imagery to frame critical investigations of issues surrounding identity, the body, commodity fetishism, voyeurism, and mass media. Most importantly, A a perfomer she explores gender identity through the use of the masquerade in self-portraiture.
Advertisements are the guises assumed literally insert herself into the flow of consumer print culture. There's a certain point when illogical and logical cease to be contradictions. She will receive her MFA from UTD soon and is an resident artist at Central Trak.
Jennifer Culver works as a teacher mentor in the metroplex and is a doctoral student at UT Dallas, but feels at home with the DWZ and enjoys the opportunity to play, experiment, and work with her children.
Mardi Robinson is happy to be working with Thomas Riccio again on one of his new works. Mardi was most recently seen in Broken Gears Project Theater's production of The Magdalen Whitewash (Patricia). Other theater credits go to Dallas Children's Theater (EAT, Pinkerton), Out of the Loop Festival (Some People), and PUP Fest at Kitchen Dog. Mardi is also a proud member of Dallas Theater Center's Teen Company and Dallas Children's Theater's Crescent Players. She trained at Carnegie Mellon's Pre-college Drama Program over the summer and graduated from Hebron High School. She currently is a theatre major at Mulenburg College.
Peng JinQuan is trained as an actor in tradtional Chinese Opera and has performed all of the classical operas. He is also an award winning televison and film actor, director, and scriptwriter. He and Thomas have collaborated on several performance projects together and are developing a documentary film project and performance for Dead White Zombies. Peng currently lives in Beijing where he is completing his newe film dealing with the social cultural impacts of China's dam projects. He as toured the US with a Dan Quan, a LA based performance artist and has conducted workshops in Chinese traditional theater throughout the Us. He recently conducted a series of lectures and workshops at the University of Texas at Dallas and at North Texas University.
Justin Treece has worked with several companies and artists such as Gary Mule Deer, Dallas Theater Center, Royal Caribbean, Nomad Productions, Disney, and Ruckus Films. He earned his BS at Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Audio Production & Film. He was the Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician for the Dallas Theater Center where he has installed Broadway-sized lighting systems for plays and musicals including Its a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, Henry IV, Death of a Salesman, and A Christmas Carol. Justin has designed lighting for over 150 . His goals now are to build-on his skills and knowledge of Theater Production, become a top-notch Lighting Designer, Justin is extremely thankful to be working with Thomas Riccio and DWZ. Currently, he is the Head Electrician at Juliard, NYC. When he is not working in theater, he progresses as a novelist, screenwriter, and musician.
Amrita Ranchod is from Zimbabwe andhas a Finance degree from UTD. This is her first performance in a while, most past performnces have been in classical Indian dancing, Bollywood and bhangra performances.. Amrita is thrilled to be a part of DWZ:)
Ilknur Ozur is improving her patience with driving within Dallas traffic. On icy days she likes to do donuts in school parking lots, and feels alone when no one is joining in her debauchery. As a Chicago theater native, she made her Dallas debut with the Dead White Zombies in Blahblah and she didn't hurt anyone on stage so she was welcomed back again for this production. Again, please be nice to her. She believes that the best directors where once actors, so in working on strengthening her foundation, she once again returns to the stage to develop her craft. Ilknur would like to thank each in every one of you for coming to see this show. Autographs and donations to the SPCA will be available/welcomed after the show.
Dillon McInnes was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the US with his family in 2001. Dillon is currently a senior in high school and attends Dallas Lutheran School. He has been doing light and sound design for his entire life. Outside of his theater work he is passionate about music and engineering. He splits his free time between playing the drums in local bands and inventing clean energy systems.
Raven McCarthy began his fine arts carer with drumming lessons in fifth grade. From there he progressed to honors band and finds great joy in music. During this time, he also started Parkour / free running and co-created a youth group called Makeshift Parallel. When he can, he participates in events with free runners in the DFW area including the group P.K. IOUT, and his early years as a gymnast helps his free running. His first experience with DWZ was in Flesh World, where he helped with props. At 14, he is doing what he loves: music, free running, and acting/writing.