KATE NOONAN (SOUND/LIGHTS) is the Managing Director of The Rachel Rosenthal Company. She has taught "Performance from Scratch" workshops at Art Attack Theater in Ashland, Oregon, The Los Feliz Playhouse, Actors Gymnasium, in Los Angeles, and at The University of LaVerne. She designed/taught a multi-age Theatre Arts curriculum at Renaissance Arts Academy in Eagle Rock, and taught Directing, Technique, and Scene Study at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Her techniques were featured in the book Acting For Young Actors—The Ultimate Guide." (2006) And she was profiled in a book on inspirational women by Cathleen Rountree, “On Women Turning Thirty: Making Choices, Finding Meaning” (2000). Original works for the stage include The Skin of Our Town, Without Gravity, Where is My House/Where is My Home? Jump, and Smart Drugs.
JARRED CAIRNS has been studying with Rachel Rosenthal for over five years. He received his BA in the Studio Arts Program at University of California at Irvine. Jarred performed in Amour, Where Are You? with Natalie Broizat at Highways Performance Space. He also performed Kiss And Tell for Irrational Exhibits 8 at Track 16 Gallery in April 2011.
DOUG HAMMETT comes from a background of painting, sculpture, and conceptual installations: MFA from Art Center College of Design. He blends these skills of the visual arts with contemporary abstract staging and costume design to create psychologically charged surrealistic dreamscapes. Theater groups have included The Invisible Theater (Men’s Theater for Men), CommiT (Camille Maurine’s Moving Theater), Yes And, Fauve Conspiracy, and TOHUBOHU! Doug has been given opportunities to direct and teach locally and on the University level. To see his visual and theatrical works go to doughammett.net
OUTI HARMA is a visual artist originally from Finland. Her life in Los Angeles has been all about discovering her full expression through painting, dance/movement, acting and performance art. She is a member of Ten Women Gallery in Venice (an artist co-op store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard). See her creations at outiart.com.
O-LAN JONES is a full-service artist. An award-winning actor, sound designer, writer and composer, she is the Artistic Director of OVERTONE INDUSTRIES, guiding her company in the creation of original mythological operas and theatricals. You may recognize her from some of Tim Burton’s films, Natural Born Killers or various TV shows or Aram Rappoport’s new film SYRUP. For more info go to: www.o-lanjones.com and/orwww.overtoneindustries.org
NEHARA KALEV is a performing artist and choreographer who has created and performed works with major support from private foundations, public institutions, and artistic residencies in the US and abroad. Recent engagements include two creative fellowships in Italy, one in Thailand, and a full-length commissioned aerial dance and multi-disciplinary production designed for San Francisco's deYoung Museum. Nehara holds an MFA from UCLA and has been a guest artist at universities on the east and west coasts, and the UK. She is honored to be an artist-fellow at Montalvo Arts Center in 2014-15.
NICOLE MARIE As a child Nicole preferred to play this way: read a book, listen to music, dance, and remake the story of the book in her mind. She plays the same way now, only she has a degree in Dance from Scripps College. She's performed for several companies, including Arianne Macbean's The Big Show Company. She choreographs and she writes down stories on her blog Imperfectly Undone. She also spends her days as a progressive educator playing with young children.
JOSUÉ MARTINEZ has a BA in Theatre Arts and Dance from CSULA, studying under José Cruz González, Tanya Kane-Parry and Hae Kyung Lee. He has performed as part of the Teatro Nueva Alma Company, Danielle Brazell’s Queer Exchange Group and Tim Miller’s Performance Art Group. Currently he teaches theater to children and conducts storytimes to promote reading at the Commerce Public Library.
CRAIG NG, an actor for more than 30 years, has amassed over 5-dozen credits in film, TV and theatre. His heart and soul continue to express through many art forms. As an actor, dancer and martial artist he has worked with: Trip (Monica Favand), Spirit Dance (Marion Scott), Collage (Heidi Duckler), Rosanna Gamson/World-Wide, CoMMiT (Camille Maurine) and NC-Soft-motion capture movement for video games. He is also an accomplished Foley artist, body-mind integrator and workshop leader. Craig is honored to work with the powerful Rachel Rosenthal, the masterful Kate Noonan and this talented group.
DAN POIRIER is an illustrator, graphic designer, puppeteer and performer. He has degrees in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, and Theater Arts from UCLA. His creative experience includes set design, live event production management, and storyboarding for animated films. Dan has worked with Rachel Rosenthal for the past 5 years.
STEPHANIE SHAW is a Los Angeles based artist and designer. She makes wearable textile sculptures from Japanese kimono. She has an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and currently lives in Mar Vista with her adorable rescue chihuahua Greta.
JOAN SPITLER graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from the UC San Diego, where she was awarded the Stewart Prize for Art. She studied with many of the originators of the conceptual performance art movement of the 60’s including Allan Kaprow and Eleanor Antin. Joan was a member of Rachel Rosenthal’s ensemble from 1992-1996 and appeared in many shows including ZONE. Joan has performed solo and collaboratively with many other artists as well, traveling nationally with Violet Juno as well as Empire of Teeth.
AMY KNOLES (PERCUSSION/SOUND) tours globaly as a soloist performing computer assisted live electronic music with electronic percussion controllers and linear/interactive video. Amy is the Executive Director of the California E.A.R. Unit, she also works with Natural Plastic, Kronos Quartet, Squint, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Collage Dance Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, The Bang On A Can All Stars, and Basso Bongo. Amy has worked with John Cage, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, Don Preston, Frank Zappa, Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich, Tod Machover, Flea, Quincy Jones, Milton Babbitt, Charles Wournien, M. Kagel, John Luther Adams, John Adams, and many others.