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LAUNCH PAD presents

Alone, Together a festival of monologues and short plays written for Zoom

Original pieces by LAUNCH PAD alumni: Davies King Linda Alper Deb Lacusta Katie Bender Jenny Mercein Jami Brandli Brian OtaĂąo Leo Cabranes-Grant Lynn Rosen Dan Castellaneta Cheri Steinkellner Mia Chung James Still Yussef El Guindi Anne GarcĂ­a-Romero Alison Tatlock Annie Torsiglieri Idris Goodwin John Walch Enid Graham Cheryl L. West Arlene Hutton Sheri Wilner Lila Rose Kaplan artistic director Risa Brainin

Saturday, June 6th, 2020 Chapter 1 / 11:00 am PST Chapter 2 / 1:00pm PST Chapter 3 / 4:00pm PST Chapter 4 / 6:00pm PST

https://bit.ly/2Aj0UmW theaterdance.ucsb.edu


LAUNCH PAD PRESENTS:

ALONE, TOGETHER a festival of monologues and short plays written for Zoom Artistic Director & Festival Co-Director / RISA BRAININ Festival Co-Director / ANNIE TORSIGLIERI Artistic Associate / JAN RUSKIN

61 Actors 39 Plays 24 Playwrights 23 Directors 8 Artistic/Production/Administrative Staff 5 Stage Managers 4 Time Zones 3 Dramaturgs 3 Designers 2 Festival Directors 1 ZOOM!


ALONE, TOGETHER COMPANY PLAYWRIGHTS Linda Alper Katie Bender Jami Brandli Dan Castellaneta Leo Cabranes-Grant Mia Chung Yussef El Guindi Anne García-Romero Idris Goodwin Enid Graham Arlene Hutton Lila Rose Kaplan William Davies King Deb Lacusta Jenny Mercein Brian Otaño Lynn Rosen Cheri Steinkellner James Still Alison Tatlock Annie Torsiglieri John Walch Cheryl L. West Sheri Wilner DIRECTORS Irwin Appel Hala Baki Kate Bergstrom Selene Betancourt Michael Bernard Daniel Andres Blanco Risa Brainin Leo Cabranes-Grant Shianne Dingeman Julie Fishell Katherine Hamilton Billie Stouter Hassebrock Stefan James Sara Rademacher Jack Richman Riya Sahasrabudhe Iris Skeen Daniel Stein Cheri Steinkellner Yizhou (Frances) Sun

Annie Torsiglieri Nicole Zahner Maria Zelaya Santillan ACTORS Irwin Appel Aaron Arpon Catherine Ballantyne Michael Bernard Daniel Andres Blanco Maison “Bub” Bray Shekinah Bryant Johnathan Buhrer Emma Cardoso Julie Caudill Xochitl Clare Roz Cornejo Sheila Correa Ivana Cruz Harry Davis Frances Domingos Julie Fishell Betty Galindo Violet Joy Hansen Brian Harwell Sierra Hastings Daniel Herrera Ryan Hollon Andalyn Honselaar Kerry Jacinto Valeryee Jimenez LaJae Johnson Celine Khuu Ethan J. Kim Matte Kranz Alyssa Longwill Colson Lynn Jeff Mills Jane Morris Sara Neal Shaunyce Omar Sean O’Shea Hayley O’Toole Lindsay Ray Dillon Redd Cyrus Roberts Jenna Scanlon

Harut Simonian Navnoor Singh Kahlon Vishay Singh Alexandra Singleton Lana Spring Daniel Stein Cheri Steinkellner Carissa Stewart Blake Thompson Emilianis Torres Annie Torsiglieri Magan Tran Hailey Turner Angel Villalobos Sabra Weber Varrick Weir Martin Wong Mario Carlo Yanes DESIGNERS Irwin Appel Kaede Kogo Allison McSwain Ann Sheffield (Design Mentor) DRAMATURGS Liz Engelman Eric Nightengale Luan Schooler STAGE MANAGERS Emily Coin Sophie Lynd Rebecca Moreno Maria Zelaya Santillan Nikki Stark STAFF Devin Gee Lillian Hannahs Daniel J Herrera Lauren Marquez Eric Mills Una Mladenovic Sandarbh Tripathi Denise Umland Mark Williams


LAUNCH PAD LAUNCH PAD is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020! Featured in American Theatre Magazine as a new model of play development in the US, LAUNCH PAD brings playwrights of national stature to UCSB to develop and produce their work side by side with students, faculty artists, and professional guest artists. In a typical season, LAUNCH PAD presents a “Preview Production,� a concept unique in the American theater. As a fully-realized production without the pressures of the commercial world, the new play stays in previews throughout the run of the show, allowing the writer to continue revising as the piece evolves through performances. LAUNCH PAD also shepherds new plays each year through the Summer Reading Series: New Plays in Process, and LAUNCH PAD Pop-Ups. LAUNCH PAD is proud to have supported so many great playwrights and plays on their journey from incubation to professional world premieres. Alone, Together is a celebration of 24 of those incredible writers. Thank you all for being a part of LAUNCH PAD!


ALONE, TOGETHER Chapter 1 11am PST

QUIETUS KING ZOOM BUT HERE I AM CORONA CHICKEN (part 1) CORONA CHICKEN (part 2) NEITHER HERE NOR THERE 2084 HERE COMES THE SUN DO NOT GO, MY LOVE


QUIETUS

written by MIA CHUNG director / FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN

CAST I

COLSON LYNN

KING ZOOM

written by KATIE BENDER director / JULIE FISHELL dramaturg / LIZ ENGELMAN

CAST DON KING SOPHIA KING VERNESSA KING JAKEY KING TINA KING

SEAN O’SHEA HAILEY TURNER LANA SPRING ETHAN KIM DANIEL STEIN


BUT HERE I AM written by LYNN ROSEN director / SARA RADEMACHER

CAST CHRIS TAYLOR

ALEXANDRA SINGLETON NAVNOOR SINGH KAHLON

CORONA CHICKEN (part 1) written by CHERYL L. WEST director / KATHERINE HAMILTON

CAST PENELOPE

JENNA SCANLON


CORONA CHICKEN (part 2) written by CHERYL L. WEST director / KATHERINE HAMILTON

GRACE KAREN KIRK SAMANTHA

CAST

ROZ CORNEJO CARISSA STEWART FRANCES DOMINGOS MAGAN TRAN

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE written by ARLENE HUTTON director / NICOLE ZAHNER dramaturg / ERIC NIGHTENGALE

KATIE ALEXANDRA

CAST

HAYLEY O’TOOLE SHEILA CORREA


2084

written by JOHN WALCH director / IRIS SKEEN designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

CUSTOMER CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT

CAST

IVANA CRUZ

SHEKINAH BRYANT

HERE COMES THE SUN written by ALISON TATLOCK director / IRWIN APPEL

LAURAL RICARDO STEVEN DAN DINA DARRY EVIE MYLA TEDDY NORA

CAST ANNIE TORSIGLIERI MICHAEL BERNARD JEFF MILLS DANIEL STEIN JENNA SCANLON BRIAN HARWELL CATHERINE BALLANTYNE HAILEY TURNER JOHNATHAN BUHRER SABRA WEBER


DO NOT GO, MY LOVE written by ENID GRAHAM director / DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO

SUE CHRISTOPHER

CAST

SARA NEAL AARON ARPON


Alone, Together Chapter 2 1pm PST

FIRST DATE TALK TOMORROW CHA-CHA ROSEBUD DYNAMITE SALES ALL THE CRANES IN THE WORLD MOM’S KIDS THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN THE GREAT GREATS THE ART OF COPING


FIRST DATE

written by ANNIE TORSIGLIERI director / ANNIE TORSIGLIERI

CAST

EDWINA

RYAN HOLLON

TALK TOMORROW written by IDRIS GOODWIN director / NICOLE ZAHNER

YOUNGER SIBLING OLDER SIBLING

CAST

DILLON REDD MARIO CARLO YANES


CHA-CHA

written by YUSSEF EL GUINDI director / HALA BAKI

SALMA JUSTIN

CAST

KERRY JACINTO HARUT SIMONIAN

ROSEBUD

written by DAN CASTELLANETA AND DEB LACUSTA director / MARIA ZELAYA SANTILLAN

GEORGE RENE

CAST

JOHNATHAN BUHRER ALYSSA LONGWILL


DYNAMITE SALES

written by DAN CASTELLANETA AND DEB LACUSTA director / DANIEL STEIN

SHEILA WARING WINTHROP BEJOU PERSON

CAST

HAILEY TURNER VARRICK WEIR FRANCES DOMINGOS

ALL THE CRANES IN THE WORLD written by ARLENE HUTTON director / MARIA ZELAYA SANTILLAN dramaturg / ERIC NIGHTENGALE designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

MEREDITH

CAST ANDALYN HONSELAAR


MOM’S KIDS

written by JAMES STILL director / MICHAEL BERNARD

CAST CHERI STEINKELLNER HARRY DAVIS BETTY GALINDO DILLON REDD

MOM JACK JILL THOR

THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN written by KATIE BENDER director / JACK RICHMAN dramaturg / LIZ ENGELMAN

MARIA DESOTO

CAST

SIERRA HASTINGS


THE GREAT GREATS written by CHERI STEINKELLNER director / CHERI STEINKELLNER

GRANDMA ELSIE ANGEL ELLIOT TAYLOR AVERY RILEY CHARLIE JORDAN QUINN

CAST

JANE MORRIS MARTIN WONG ANGEL VILLALOBOS MATTE KRANZ VALERYEE JIMENEZ MARIO CARLO YANES NAVNOOR SINGH KAHLON VIOLET JOY HANSEN MAISON BUB BRAY

THE ART OF COPING written by IDRIS GOODWIN director / SARA RADEMACHER

COPING ARTIST

CAST

VISHAY SINGH


Alone, Together Chapter 3 4pm PST

LOL OL THAT FLOWER, THAT FLOWER ZOOM BABY LES MOTS JUSTES, OR HOLD YOUR TONGUE SAFETY NET THE SHAKESPEARE SECTION WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES CASE 36 (via Zoom) THE SAFEST SPACE AULD LANG SYNE


LOL OL

written by SHERI WILNER director / STEFAN JAMES dramaturg / LIZ ENGELMAN

DOT PARTICIPANT #1 PARTICIPANT #2 PARTICIPANT #3 PARTICIPANT #4 PARTICIPANT #5 PARTICIPANT #6 PARTICIPANT #7

CAST

SIERRA HASTINGS HAYLEY O’TOOLE EMILIANIS TORRES HARUT SIMONIAN EMMA CARDOSO CELINE KHUU LAJAE JOHNSON ETHAN KIM

THAT FLOWER, THAT FLOWER written by LYNN ROSEN director / KATE BERGSTROM

EDIE

CAST

LANA SPRING


ZOOM BABY

written by LEO CABRANES-GRANT director / FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

MARCOS ABIGAIL

CAST

CYRUS ROBERTS BLAKE THOMPSON

LES MOTS JUSTES, or HOLD YOUR TONGUE written by WILLIAM DAVIES KING director / JACK RICHMAN designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

A B C

CAST

SARA NEAL SHEKINAH BRYANT ALYSSA LONGWILL


SAFETY NET

written by CHERYL L. WEST director / RIYA SAHASRABUDHE

LUCILLE

CAST

SHAUNYCE OMAR

THE SHAKESPEARE SECTION

written by LYNN ROSEN director / DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

STUDENT

CAST

MATTE KRANZ


WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES: CASE 36 (via Zoom) written by JAMES STILL director / SELENE BETANCOURT

ROBIN JUDGE BAILIFF

CAST MAISON “BUB” BRAY BRIAN HARWELL JENNA SCANLON

THE SAFEST SPACE written by ANNE TORSIGLIERI director / ANNIE TORSIGLIERI

BOCK MILO

CAST

LINDSAY RAY HARRY DAVIS


AULD LANG SYNE written by JENNY MERCEIN director / RISA BRAININ original music / IRWIN APPEL

DAN ABBY MATTHEW KIDS

CAST

IRWIN APPEL ANNIE TORSIGLIERI MICHAEL BERNARD HARRY BERNARD JACKSON BERNARD


Alone, Together Chapter 4 6pm PST

PICK ME UP PANDEMIC THERAPY I’M NOT COMING HOME SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA FLIGHT WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW PANDEMIC ROMANCE MONOLOGUE WAITING FOR NOW LATE NIGHT PRAYER ZOOM AUDITION ABUNDANCE (a requiem on zoom)


PICK ME UP

written by LINDA ALPER director / LEO CABRANES-GRANT dramaturg / LUAN SCHOOLER

CAST

CHEF

DANIEL J HERRERA

PANDEMIC THERAPY written by JAMI BRANDLI director / BILLIE STOUTER HASSEBROCK

KIM STEPHEN LORI

CAST VIOLET JOY HANSEN MARTIN WONG XOCHITL CLARE


I’M NOT COMING HOME written by BRIAN OTAÑO director / SHIANNE DINGEMAN

TERRY

CAST

DILLON REDD

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA

written by BRIAN OTAÑO director / SHIANNE DINGEMAN designers / KAEDE KOGO AND ALLISON MCSWAIN

HARRIET GLENN JACKIE MIKE

CAST

SARA NEAL MATTE KRANZ JULIE CAUDILL VISHAY SINGH


FLIGHT

written by ALISON TATLOCK director / SARA RADEMACHER

QUEEN RUNNER

CAST

LINDSAY RAY CYRUS ROBERTS

WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW written by MIA CHUNG director / KATE BERGSTROM

KAYKEY EMILIA

CAST

XOCHITL CLARE ROZ CORNEJO


PANDEMIC ROMANCE MONOLOGUE written by LILA ROSE KAPLAN director / IRIS SKEEN dramaturg / LIZ ENGELMAN

ROWAN

CAST CATHERINE BALLANTYNE

WAITING FOR NOW written by JAMES STILL director / LEO CABRANES-GRANT

ESTHER POLLY

CAST

RYAN HOLLON ALEXANDRA SINGLETON


LATE NIGHT PRAYER written by ANNE GARCÍA-ROMERO director / DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO

CAST FELICIA ALVARADO LUIS GONZALEZ

KERRY JACINTO DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO

ZOOM AUDITION written by JAMI BRANDLI director / KATHERINE HAMILTON

EMILY

CAST

SHEILA CORREA


ABUNDANCE (a requiem on zoom) written by JAMES STILL director / RISA BRAININ design consultant / ANN SHEFFIELD

ANNIE

CAST

JULIE FISHELL

The 2019-2020 season is made possible by the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund


PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES RISA BRAININ (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR) is the Founder/Artistic Director of UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD. She served as Resident Director at the Guthrie Theater, Associate Artistic Director at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theater, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and has directed at dozens of regional theaters across the country. Risa is a graduate of the CarnegieMellon Drama Program. www.risabrainin.com Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANNIE TORSIGLIERI (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR) Broadway: Parade,

Blood Brothers, Top Girls, Miss Saigon. Nat’l Tour: Les Misérables (Fantine). Film/TV: Seagull, Kidnapped, Gossip Girl etc. Writer/ Performer of “A” TRAIN (Best Production: United Solo Festival 2017, Best Encore: United Solo Festival 2018). Professor and Director of BFA Acting at UCSB. Princeton University, Juilliard Drama. www. ATraintheplay.com www.AnnieTorsiglieri.com Pronouns: she/her/ hers

ANN SHEFFIELD (DESIGN SUPERVISOR) It has been Ann’s pleasure to

work as design consultant and mentor on Alone, Together. A professor of scenic design at UCSB, Ann continues her work with acclaimed regional theatres across the country including Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Laguna Playhouse, Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and South Coast Repertory Theatre.

KAEDE “KAI” KOGO (ASSOCIATE DESIGNER) is a fourth year Theater

Design student. Her latest work was as an assistant scenic designer for Tartuffe. She is passionate to work in this unique collaboration opportunity. She would like to thank her family, faculties, and friends who have supported her.

ALLISON MCSWAIN (ASSOCIATE DESIGNER) is a fourth year Theater

Design and Political Science student. Her previous work includes Lighting Design for UCSB’s Tartuffe and The White Card, and Scenic Design for Opera Modesto’s Mansfield Park. She is very grateful to be a part of Alone, Together as her final production at UCSB. Pronouns: she/her/hers


EMILY “MIKE” COIN (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER) is a second-

year Theatre Design student and is thrilled to be stage managing her seventh production while at UCSB. She tried her best, despite her terrible internet connection. She is survived by her pet snail, her most loyal friend (a Mr. Coffee 8-cup Coffee Maker), and 748 unread emails. She humbly requests she be buried in blue-light glasses so she can continue to answer emails from the beyond, as well as a 3-pound bag of Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Pronouns: she/her/hers

SOPHIE LYND (STAGE MANAGER) is excited to be working on her

third UCSB production. She is a first year student and has previously worked on What Martha Did as an Assistant Stage Manager and Tartuffe as the Assistant Lighting Designer. Sophie is grateful to be a part of this unusual experience and enjoys seeing everyone’s faces virtually. Pronouns: she/her/hers

REBECCA MORENO (STAGE MANAGER) is a graduating fourth year

double major in English and Theater. Previous credits include stage managing UCSB’s Tartuffe (2020) and Play in a Day Festival (2020). She is moved by UCSB’s community pushing for creativity despite given circumstances and looks forward to the opportunities of postpandemic theater. Pronouns: she/her/hers

NIKKI STARK (STAGE MANAGER) is a transfer student from Allan

Hancock College. After years of being involved with her local community theater she decided to pursue a degree in theater. She is excited to be a part of this new form of live performance. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MARIA ZELAYA SANTILLAN (STAGE MANAGER) is a graduating fourth

year Theater Design student. This is her last production at UCSB, but she is excited and nervous to see where the future will take her. She will also be directing Rosebud and All the Cranes in the World. And, as always, she would like to thank her parents, por todo el sacrificio que han hecho para que ella puede estar aquí. Pronouns: she/her/hers

DANIEL J HERRERA (PRODUCTION MANAGER) is normally behind

the scenes at UCSB and is thrilled to also be acting on this exciting new project. He has acted, stage managed, directed, and produced countless plays locally. Some of his favorites include acting in Avenue Q as Brian (Garvin Theatre), stage managing Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Center Stage Theatre), directing The Bible: The Complete Word of God [Abridged] (Jurkowitz Theatre), and Co-Producing/Directing Dreaming of Graceland (Center Stage Theatre).


JAN RUSKIN (LAUNCH PAD ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE) returned “home”

to theatre after a 35-year professional adventure through the worlds of politics, international relations, marketing, education, and life coaching. She is a stand for pushing the personal envelope, stepping out of the comfort zone, and saying “yes” to what’s important. Pronouns: she/her/hers

LUAN SCHOOLER (DRAMATURG) is the Director of New Play

Development & Dramaturgy for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. There, she has commissioned and developed work with Linda Alper (Pick Me Up), Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Hansol Jung, Dael Orlandersmith, E.M. Lewis, Anthony Hudson, Andrea Stolowitz, and Steve Rathje. Pronouns: she/her/hers

ERIC NIGHTENGALE (DRAMATURG) is a founding member of Concrete Temple Theatre and Anthropological Theatricals in New York City and The Acme Corporation in Baltimore. Recent collaborations: HERE, The Brick, Playfactory Manbangzen, Penguin Rep, Dixon Place, Bay Street, LaMama.

LIZ ENGELMAN (DRAMATURG) is the director of Tofte Lake Center,

a creative retreat for artists of all disciplines. She has taught at UT Austin in the Playwriting and Directing Program, and has been on staff at Hedgebrook, Mixed Blood, ACT and Intiman Theatres, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She’s served as President, Board Chair, and is a current Board Member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), is a board member of the National New Play Network (NNPN) and a member of the National Theatre Conference (NTC). Pronouns: she/her/hers

LINDA ALPER (PLAYWRIGHT / PICK ME UP) Linda Alper’s work has

been produced by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.C.T. in San Francisco, Denver Center, The Acting Company, and many others. Her new play, Shanghai, will be developed with LAUNCH PAD, and produced by Artists Repertory Theatre. A leading actress for 24 seasons at OSF, Linda is also a Resident Artist at Artists Rep. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Fulbright Specialist Grantee. Pronouns: she/her/hers

KATIE BENDER (PLAYWRIGHT / KING ZOOM & THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN) is a playwright and theatre maker. Her plays Surviviors, The

Fault, Instructions for a Séance, and The Howling Gallery grapple with American myths, revel in female bonds and delight in physical exertion. She is thrilled to be returning to UCSB LAUNCH PAD to write zoom plays for the super talented students. Pronouns: she/her/hers


JAMI BRANDLI(PLAYWRIGHT / PANDEMIC THERAPY & ZOOM AUDITION) Jami Brandli’s plays include Technicolor Life, Through the Eye

of a Needle, and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)—The Kilroys List and LA Times Critics’ Choice. Selected productions/development: New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, The Road, The Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Selected awards: Humanitas PLAY LA, John Gassner Memorial Award, Holland New Voices Award, Aurora Theatre’s GAP Prize. www.jamibrandli.com

DEB LACUSTA (PLAYWRIGHT / DYNAMITE SALES & ROSEBUD) is a

writer/actor/improviser. Plays: Old man in a Big Car, In Exile, Lock Up the Grass, The August. She writes for The Simpsons, and co-wrote the musical Empire Burlesque, Disney/ASCAP Workshop, host Stephen Schwartz. She co-founded Chicago improv scenario group Instant Theater, Improv Co-op, and Immediate Theater in LA.

DAN CASTELLANETA (PLAYWRIGHT / DYNAMITE SALES & ROSEBUD)

Dan, four-time Emmy recipient, is Consulting Producer/writer on The Simpsons. Plays: The Sons of Mothers; Food Court; Where Did Vincent Van Gogh?; For Piano and Harpo, starring as the acerbic Oscar Levant. Co-writing with Deb Lacusta: Fortunes, Empire Burlesque, Earthers. Co-founder: Instant Theater, Improv Co-op, Immediate Theater. Second City Chicago.

LEO CABRANES-GRANT (PLAYWRIGHT / ZOOM BABY) is an award

winning scholar, playwright, and poet. He teaches Renaissance Drama, and Intercultural Theory and Performance in the Departments of Theater and Dance and Spanish and Portuguese (UCSB). He was Editor of Theatre Survey, published for ASTR by Cambridge UP. Pronouns: he/him/his/él

MIA CHUNG (PLAYWRIGHT / QUIETUS & WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW)Mia Chung’s Catch as Catch Can has been re-scheduled to

premiere in Steppenwolf’s 2021-2022 season; Page 73 produced the world premiere (NYC, Fall 2018). Her play You For Me For You premiered at The Royal Court (London), the National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC); and is published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Awards, commissions, fellowships, and residencies include: Clubbed Thumb, EST/Sloan, Frederick Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, MTC/Sloan, NEA, NYTW, Playwrights’ Center, Playwrights Realm, South Coast Rep, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Stavis Award, TCG, and New Dramatists. She received a 2019 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award.


YUSSEF EL GUINDI’S (PLAYWRIGHT / CHA-CHA) most recent pro-

ductions include People of the Book at ACT in Seattle, The Talented Ones at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland (and UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD), and Threesome at Portland Center Stage. Bloomsbury/ Methuen Drama recently published “The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi.” Pronouns: he/him/his

ANNE GARCÍA-ROMERO (PLAYWRIGHT / LATE NIGHT PRAYER) Anne’s plays include Lorca in New York, Paloma, Mary Domingo, Provenance, Juanita’s Statue, Earthquake Chica, and Santa Concepción. She’s a graduate of the Yale School of Drama (Playwriting) and UC Santa Barbara (Ph.D. in Theatre Studies). She’s an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. www.annegarciaromero.com Pronouns: she/her/hers

IDRIS GOODWIN (PLAYWRIGHT / TALK TOMORROW & THE ART OF COPING) is a playwright, break-beat poet and director of The Colo-

rado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. His plays include And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, Hype Man and This is Modern Art. Pronouns: he/him/his

ENID GRAHAM (PLAYWRIGHT / DO NOT GO, MY LOVE) lives New York City where she is a fellow in the Playwriting Program at Juilliard. In 2019, her play What Martha Did received a LAUNCH PAD preview production at UCSB. Ruth was recently seen at the 2018 National Playwrights Conference and the NYC New TACTics New Play Festival. Other plays include: Pathological Venus (current finalist NPC), Something Unrecognizable, and For I Know the Plans I Have for You.

ARLENE HUTTON (PLAYWRIGHT / ALL THE CRANES IN THE WORLD & NEITHER HERE NOR THERE) is an alumna of New Dramatists, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, MacDowell Fellow and three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Hutton’s plays, including Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League Best Play Nomination) and Letters to Sala, have been produced Off-B’way and worldwide. She teaches at The Barrow Group.

LILA ROSE KAPLAN (PLAYWRIGHT / PANDEMIC ROMANCE MONOLOGUE) Lila Rose’s plays shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women. Productions include: Huntington Theatre, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, A.R.T., Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center. Development includes: Arena Stage, EST, CTG, NYTW, PlayPenn, and The Lark. Lila Rose lives in Somerville, MA with her family. www.lilarose.org Pronouns: she/her/hers


WILLIAM DAVIES KING (PLAYWRIGHT / LES MOT JUSTES) is Distin-

guished Professor of Theater at UC Santa Barbara. He’s published several books of theater scholarship, recently concerning Eugene O’Neill. His critical edition of The Iceman Cometh is just out from Yale UP. He’s also the author of Collections of Nothing (Chicago) and a dramatic adaptation/sequel, Collections of Nothing More or Less.

JENNY MERCEIN (PLAYWRIGHT / AULD LANG SYNE) is an actor,

teacher, director, and writer. Along with KJ Sanchez, Jenny co-created X’s and O’s, a docudrama about football and traumatic brain injury (Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage). She is currently Head of Undergraduate Performance at Tulane University. BA: Yale, MFA: The University of Washington. www.jennymercein.com. Pronouns: she/her/hers

BRIAN OTAÑO (PLAYWRIGHT / I’M NOT GOING HOME & SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA) is an LA-based playwright and TV writer. Plays: The Dust, Dolores Slayborne, Tara, Zero Feet Away and The Dooley Street Trilogy. TV: Cruel Summer, (Freeform/Hulu, airing in 2021). Alumna of: Center Theatre Group LA Writers Workshop, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room. Education: BFA, Dramatic Writing (SUNY Purchase). Pronouns: he/him/his

LYNN ROSEN (PLAYWRIGHT / THAT FLOWER, THAT FLOWER & THE SHAKESPEARE SECTION & BUT HERE I AM) is a playwright and

TV writer. Her plays have appeared in theatres across the country. She currently has three pilots in development and is co-creator of award-winning comedic webseries Darwin. Lynn is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists and is currently under commission with Red Bull Theatre and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Pronouns: she/ her/hers

CHERI STEINKELLNER (PLAYWRIGHT / THE GREAT GREATS) has

earned four Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Writers Guild, People’s Choice, World Animation, and British Academy Award for writing/ producing TV’s Cheers and Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, as well as a Tony nomination for writing Sister Act the Musical with husband Bill. Mom of three writers/artists, Cheri teaches writing at UCSB and Stanford, and lectures worldwide. Pronouns: she/her/hers


JAMES STILL (PLAYWRIGHT / ABUNDANCE & WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES: CASE 36 & MOM’S KIDS & WAITING FOR NOW) James

Still’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China and Japan. Four-time Pulitzer nominee, five-time Emmy nominee, and honored to have developed several of his plays with LAUNCH PAD. He is the Playwright in Residence at Indiana Repertory Theatre and lives in Los Angeles. Pronouns: he/ him/his

ALISON TATLOCK (PLAYWRIGHT / FLIGHT & HERE COMES THE SUN)

currently writes for the AMC series Better Call Saul. Previous tv credits: Halt and Catch Fire; Stranger Things; In Treatment. Alison’s plays include The Shore (Ensemble Studio Theatre - The LA Project); The Catch (developed at New York Stage and Film); Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky (UCSB LAUNCH PAD). Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANNIE TORSIGLIERI (PLAYWRIGHT / FIRST DATE & THE SAFEST SPACE) Broadway: Parade, Blood Brothers, Top Girls, Miss Saigon.

Nat’l Tour: Les Misérables (Fantine). Film/TV: Seagull, Kidnapped, Gossip Girl etc. Writer/Performer of “A” TRAIN (Best Production: United Solo Festival 2017, Best Encore: United Solo Festival 2018). Professor and Director of BFA Acting at UCSB. Princeton University, Juilliard Drama. www.ATraintheplay.com www.AnnieTorsiglieri. com Pronouns: she/her/hers

JOHN WALCH (PLAYWRIGHT / 2084) John’s plays have been pro-

duced, commissioned, and developed nationally at theaters such as Center Theatre Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Theatre at Boston Court, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. John is a proud alum of New Dramatists in NYC, and currently heads the MFA Playwriting Program at University of Arkansas. Pronouns: he/him/his https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/theatre/directory/uid/ jswalch/name/John-Walch/

CHERYL L. WEST (PLAYWRIGHT / CORONA CHICKEN part 1 & CORONA CHICKEN part 2 & SAFETY NET) Cheryl L. West’s plays have been

produced in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway and in numerous regional theaters around the country. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS, and BET. Currently, she is working on commissions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, and the Goodman Theatre.


SHERI WILNER (PLAYWRIGHT / LOL OL) Sheri Wilner’s plays include Bake Off, Father Joy, and Kingdom City (LAUNCH PAD, 2010) and have been presented at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Old Vic, and numerous others. She teaches for NYU and the Dramatists Guild Institute.

IRWIN APPEL (DIRECTOR / HERE COMES THE SUN) is Professor/

Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB. As a director, Equity actor and composer/sound designer, he has worked throughout the United States, as well as internationally in China and Europe. He is the artistic director of Naked Shakes and is a graduate of Princeton and Juilliard. Pronouns: he/him/his

HALA BAKI (DIRECTOR / CHA-CHA) is a PhD candidate at UCSB, with an MA and BA in Theater and Global Studies. Her recent directing credits include devised pieces based on Indian Cowboy and Othello (2020), and the world premiere of We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War (2018) at Golden Thread Productions.

KATE BERGSTROM (DIRECTOR / WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW & THAT FLOWER, THAT FLOWER) is a bi-coastal director and

intermedia artist now residing in NYC. Regional work includes Trinity Rep (A Christmas Carol), Marin Theatre Company (Noura by Heather Raffo), Cleveland Play House (Workshop Galilee 34 by Eleanor Burgess), REDCAT (Wholed), LACMA and more. NYC directing work includes Ars Nova (Hotbox), The Bushwick Starr (On The Y-Axis), Rattlestick Theater (Red Bike), New Dramatists (Orange Balloon by Erin Courtney), JACK( h0t club Fishxseafood), Dixon Place (Anne Frank Live at the Plaza by Evan Horwitz), and Access Theatre (These Walls). She is a proud member of AGMA, New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the intermedia performance group, h0t club. Pronouns: she/her/hers

SELENE BETANCOURT (DIRECTOR / WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES: CASE 36) is a director, political junkie and occasional stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles. She’s used this time in lockdown to play more music, learn golf and try new recipes. She is a UCSB alum and former Arena Stage Directing Fellow. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MICHAEL BERNARD (DIRECTOR / MOM’S KIDS) teaches in the Theater Programs at UCSB and SBCC. He performs and directs with many Santa Barbara Theater companies. 10 years as Associate Artistic Director for The 52nd Street Project NYC Project (a Nationally recog-


nized company that creates theater with professionals and kids from Hell’s Kitchen NYC). Pronouns: he/him/his

DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO (DIRECTOR / LATE NIGHT PRAYER & DO NOT GO, MY LOVE & THE SHAKESPEARE SECTION) is a graduating fourth year student in the BFA Acting program, and the UCSB Directing program. Although working on his final projects for UCSB is bittersweet, Danny is looking forward to seeing what the world will bring next. Danny will be directing, Do Not Go, My Love, by Enid Graham, The Shakespeare Section, by Lynn Rosen, and acting/directing in Late Night Prayer, by Anne Garcia Romero (bringing him full circle with the first role he ever played at UCSB!)

LEO CABRANES-GRANT (DIRECTOR / PICK ME UP & WAITING FOR NOW) is an award winning scholar, playwright, and poet. He teaches

Renaissance Drama, and Intercultural Theory and Performance in the Departments of Theater and Dance and Spanish and Portuguese (UCSB). He was Editor of Theatre Survey, published for ASTR by Cambridge UP. Pronouns: he/him/his/él

SHIANNE DINGEMAN (DIRECTOR / I’M NOT COMING HOME & SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA) is directing two plays written by Brian

Otano, I’m Not Coming Home and South Lake Tahoe, CA. Dingeman is a Film and Media Studies major at UCSB and currently in the Theater Directing program. Her dream is to merge the two mediums of theater and film, capturing both the interpersonal facets of theater and the availability of film.

JULIE FISHELL (DIRECTOR / ZOOM KING) is a professional actor,

director, and educator. She currently teaches in the BFA Acting and Directing programs at UCSB. She is deeply grateful to participate in Alone, Together and collaborate with Risa Brainin, James Still, Katie Bender and Cast! Thanks to our Production Team! Pronouns: she/ her/hers

KATHERINE HAMILTON (DIRECTOR / ZOOM AUDITION MONOLOGUE & CORONA CHICKEN parts 1 and 2) is a UCSB graduate and the FutureWorks Fellow at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Assistant directing credits include: It’s Only A Play (Hillbarn Theatre), Murder On The Orient Express (Indiana Repertory Theatre) and Ragtime (TheatreWorks SV). She was most recently seen onstage as Emmy in A Doll’s House Part 2 (Palo Alto Players).


BILLIE STOUTER HASSEBROCK (DIRECTOR / PANDEMIC THERAPY) is

a proud UCSB alum and current MFA candidate in Applied Theatre at Emerson College in Boston. Past directing credits include: Romxo & Juliet, HAIR, The Other Room, Come Rain or Come Shine, and Adjustments. She is elated to be working alongside her mentors and friends at UCSB again. Pronouns: she/her/hers

STEFAN JAMES (DIRECTOR / LOL OL) is a class of 2019 Theater Di-

recting graduate of UCSB, who is attending the University of Utah’s Law School come August. He thanks you for zooming through, and hopes you enjoy the show. Pronouns: he/him/his

SARA RADEMACHER (DIRECTOR / THE ART OF COPING & BUT HERE I AM & FLIGHT) is a theatre director dedicated to engaging her local

and global community. She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and has directed new, contemporary, opera, and classic plays throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her work in dramaturgy, casting, artistic directing, and company devising informs her co-intentional practice. SaraRademacher.com Pronouns: she/her/ hers

JACK RICHMAN (DIRECTOR / THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN & LES MOTS JUSTES) is a third year Theater major participating in UCSB’s Directing program. He would like to thank the actors, playwrights, stage managers, and his fellow directors for all their help and hard work in developing newfound ideas in remote theater. Pronouns: he/him/his

RIYA SAHASRABUDHE (DIRECTOR / SAFETY NET) is a recent graduate from the UCSB Directing program. She has spent the past year as a Stage Management intern in Orlando and is thrilled to now be part of this unique performance experience! Pronouns: she/ her/ hers

IRIS SKEEN (DIRECTOR / A PANDEMIC ROMANCE MONOLOGUE & 2084) is a third year Theater major in UCSB’s Directing program

with a double minor in English and Education. You may have seen her in the UCSB Womxn’s Ensemble Theater Troupe’s production One Night Stand, assistant directing Hookman, or stage managing Radicals for New Works Lab in 2019. Pronouns: she/her/hers

DANIEL STEIN (DIRECTOR / DYNAMITE SALES) is a Senior Lecturer

for BFA Acting UCSB. Carnegie-Mellon University, Paris, France study/translate w/ Etienne Decroux. Subsequently making his home


in Paris for 20 years, Actor with the French National Theatre. Solo performances toured in more than 30 countries, and theatres such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Daniel is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Pronouns: he/him/his

CHERI STEINKELLNER (DIRECTOR / THE GREAT GREATS) has earned

four Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Writers Guild, People’s Choice, World Animation, and British Academy Award for writing/producing TV’s Cheers and Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, as well as a Tony nomination for writing Sister Act the Musical with husband Bill. Mom of three writers/artists, Cheri teaches writing at UCSB and Stanford, and lectures worldwide. Pronouns: she/her/hers

FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN (DIRECTOR / QUIETUS & ZOOM BABY) is a

third year Theater major in the Directing program. During this special time, Frances really appreciates that we have the opportunity to work with all the people we love because of the Alone, Together project. Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANNIE TORSIGLIERI (DIRECTOR / FIRST DATE & THE SAFEST SPACE)

Broadway: Parade, Blood Brothers, Top Girls, Miss Saigon. Nat’l Tour: Les Misérables (Fantine). Film/TV: Seagull, Kidnapped, Gossip Girl etc. Writer/Performer of “A” TRAIN (Best Production: United Solo Festival 2017, Best Encore: United Solo Festival 2018). Professor and Director of BFA Acting at UCSB. Princeton University, Juilliard Drama. www.ATraintheplay.com www.AnnieTorsiglieri.com Pronouns: she/her/hers

NICOLE ZAHNER (DIRECTOR / TALK TOMORROW & NEITHER HERE NOR THERE) is a 2019 graduate of UCSB with a degree in Theater

Directing. She has also spent the last two quarters working at the university with Vickie Scott on the Initiative for New and Reimagined Works (NARW), so she is no stranger to UCSB’s theater department. She is so excited to do her part in keeping the arts alive during this time. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MARIA ZELAYA SANTILLAN (DIRECTOR / ROSEBUD & ALL THE CRANES IN THE WORLD) is a graduating fourth year Theater Design student. This is her last production at UCSB, but she is excited and nervous to see where the future will take her. She will also be directing Rosebud and All the Cranes in the World. And, as always, she would like to thank her parents, por todo el sacrificio que han hecho para que ella puede estar aquí. Pronouns: she/her/hers


CAST BIOGRAPHIES IRWIN APPEL (DAN / AULD LANG SYNE ) is Professor/Chair of the

Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB. As a director, Equity actor and composer/sound designer, he has worked throughout the United States, as well as internationally in China and Europe. He is the artistic director of Naked Shakes and is a graduate of Princeton and Juilliard. Pronouns: he/him/his

AARON ARPON (CHRISTOPHER / DO NOT GO, MY LOVE) is a fourth

year Theatre major. He wants to thank everyone involved in producing this zoom festival, as this opportunity to perform has been his one boon during the end of the world.

CATHERINE BALLANTYNE (ROWAN / A PANDEMIC ROMANCE MONOLOGUE & EVIE / HERE COMES THE SUN) is a second year Theater major in the BFA Acting Program at UCSB. She is excited to be involved in the Alone, Together festival on Zoom. Previous training of hers includes the NSLC Acting Intensive at Yale University and Cornish College of the Arts Summer program. She also sings and dances. Pronouns: she/her/hers

MICHAEL BERNARD (MATHEW / AULD LANG SYNE & RICARDO / HERE COMES THE SUN) teaches in the Theater Programs at UCSB and

SBCC. He performs and directs with many Santa Barbara Theater companies. 10 years as Associate Artistic Director for The 52nd Street Project NYC Project (a Nationally recognized company that creates theater with professionals and kids from Hell’s Kitchen NYC). Pronouns: he/him/his

DANIEL ANDRES BLANCO (LUIS GONZALES / LATE NIGHT PRAYER)

is a graduating fourth year student in the BFA Acting program, and the UCSB Directing program. Although working on his final projects for UCSB is bittersweet, Danny is looking forward to seeing what the world will bring next. Danny will be directing, Do Not Go, My Love, by Enid Graham, The Shakespeare Section, by Lynn Rosen, and acting/ directing in Late Night Prayer, by Anne Garcia Romero (bringing him full circle with the first role he ever played at UCSB!)

MAISON “BUB” BRAY (QUINN / THE GREAT GREATS & ROBIN / WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES: CASE 36) is an aspiring

artist, with heavy interest in expression and how such shapes artforms today. Currently finishing off the first year in the BFA program, they hope to continue and thrive within it as the years go on! Pronouns: any


SHEKINAH BRYANT (B / LET MOT JUSTES, OR HOLD YOUR TONGUE & CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT / 2084) is currently double majoring

in the BFA Acting program and Black Studies. She spends her free time watching reruns of Charmed and may or may not have magical abilities. She lives by the motto: this thing we call life—we’re in this together always. Pronouns: she/her/hers

JOHNATHAN BUHRER (GEORGE / ROSEBUD & TEDDY / HERE COMES THE SUN) is a fourth year student at UCSB. Recent work has includ-

ed Jay (Icebreakers), Alex (The White Card), and Mr. Peters (Trifles). He’d like to take this time to remind everyone to mute themselves and turn off their video. Pronouns: he/him/his

EMMA CARDOSO (PARTICIPANT #4 / LOL OL) is a first year Theater

and Environmental Science double major. She made her debut on the UCSB stage as Madame Pernell’s servant, Flipote, in Tartuffe. She is very excited to be a part of Alone, Together and create theater via Zoom! Pronouns: she/her/hers

JULIE CAUDILL (JACKIE / SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA) is a third year UCSB student originally from Fresno, California. She is studying Theater with an emphasis in Theater and Community. Julie has been pursuing theater since the age of 9 and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of LAUNCH PAD this year! Pronouns: she/ her/hers

XOCHITL CLARE (LORI / PANDEMIC THERAPY & KAYKEY / WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW) is a Marine Biology Ph.D. student at UCSB.

As a third-time LAUNCH PAD-er (Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, 19’ & 18’), she is honored to be doing virtual theater in these odd times. Having degrees in Marine Biology & Theater Arts (UCSC, 17’), Xochitl uses storytelling to engage communities with the environment.

ROZ CORNEJO (GRACE / CORONA CHICKEN part 2 & EMILIA / WHICH ACTUALLY ISN’T SO NEW) is a recent graduate of UCSB’s BFA acting

program. She is originally from Southern California, but moved to Seattle to further pursue her acting career. Her recent work includes Irma from Into the Beautiful North at UCSB, Lady Anne from the Shakespeare adaptation The Death of Kings with the Southwest Shakespeare Company and Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II with the Prague Shakespeare Company. Pronouns: she/her/hers


SHEILA CORREA (EMILY / ZOOM AUDITION: A MONOLOGUE & KATIE / NEITHER HERE NOR THERE) is a third year Theater major in UCSB’s BFA Acting program. She is super excited to participate in Alone, Together. She is very grateful for the opportunity to create art with friends! She hopes you will enjoy the show from the comfort of your home! Health and joy! Pronouns: she/her/hers

IVANA CRUZ (CUSTOMER / 2084) is a fourth year graduating with

a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a BA in the Theater Playwriting Concentration. She’d like to thank the chosen family she’s made in organizing spaces and the High Desert Mutual Aid Society for using donations to provide resources to the communities surrounding Hesperia and Victorville. Both inspire her.

HARRY DAVIS (JACK / MOM’S KIDS & BOCK / THE SAFEST PLACE) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Acting program. He is excited to be working on brand new material designed for this unusual medium. Previous shows at UCSB include The Winter’s Tale, Tartuffe, What Martha Did, and others.

FRANCES DOMINGOS (PERSON / DYNAMITE SALES & KIRK / CORONA CHICKEN part 2) is a second year Theater major in the BFA Acting program at UCSB and is overjoying to be a part of the Alone, Together project. They are honored to have roles in both Corona Chicken Part Two and Dynamite Sales. When they aren’t attending classes with their BFA cohorts, Frances can be found longboarding or painting.

JULIE FISHELL (ANNIE / ABUNDANCE) is a professional actor, director, and educator. She currently teaches in the BFA Acting and Directing programs at UCSB. She is deeply grateful to participate in Alone, Together and collaborate with Risa Brainin, James Still, Katie Bender and Cast! Thanks to our Production Team! Pronouns: she/her/hers

BETTY GALINDO (JILL / MOM’S KIDS) is a fourth year Theater major

in the BFA Acting program at UCSB. She is a recipient of the Miranda Family Fellow Scholarship. Previously, she has played the role of Karen in UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD production What Martha Did, Rebecca in The Laramie Project, Perdita in the Naked Shakes production The Winter’s Tale, and Rebecca in The Family. Pronouns: she/her/hers

VIOLET JOY HANSEN (KIM / PANDEMIC THERAPY & JORDAN / THE GREAT GREATS) is a second year Theater major at UCSB in the BFA


Acting program, and the BM program for Voice. She is very grateful to her directors for providing a wonderful atmosphere to create art.

BRIAN HARWELL (JUDGE / WHITMAN V THE UNITED STATES: CASE 36 & DARRY / HERE COMES THE SUN) was last seen on the UCSB stage as Mr. Greene in What Martha Did. He has also performed with UCSB as King Lear in the 2017 Naked Shakes production, and as Richard York in The Death of Kings. Pronouns: he/him/his

SIERRA HASTINGS (MARIA DESOTO / THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN & DOT / LOL OL) is a fourth year Theater major in the BFA Acting pro-

gram at UCSB. Other credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sam Fisher in What Martha Did, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair, and Dorine in Tartuffe. She would like to thank you, the audience member. Pronouns: she/her/hers // @hastingssierra

DANIEL J HERRERA (PRODUCTION MANAGER / CHEF / PICK ME UP) is

normally behind the scenes at UCSB and is thrilled to also be acting on this exciting new project. He has acted, stage managed, directed, and produced countless plays locally. Some of his favorites include acting in Avenue Q as Brian (Garvin Theatre), stage managing Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Center Stage Theatre), directing The Bible: The Complete Word of God [Abridged] (Jurkowitz Theatre), and Co-Producing/Directing Dreaming of Graceland (Center Stage Theatre).

RYAN HOLLON (ESTHER / WAITING FOR NOW & EDWINA / FIRST DATE) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Acting program. You

might recognize her from Hookman (Chloe), The Family (Esther), or The Laramie Project (Romaine Patterson). She is so grateful to work on amazing art with friends during this time! She hopes you enjoy! Health and Joy! Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANDALYN HONSELAAR (MEREDITH / ALL THE CRANES IN THE WORLD) is delighted to be debuting the role of Meredith in All The Cranes In The World. Special thanks to Arlene Hutton for continuing to write stories of hope. Pronouns: she/her/hers

KERRY JACINTO (SALMA / CHA-CHA & FELICIA ALVARADO / LATE NIGHT PRAYER) is a recent graduate of UCSB’s BFA acting program.

Her recent works include Prague Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck, and Karen Zacarias’ Into the Beautiful North as Nayeli. She moved to Seattle to continue her journey of doing


creative works with staged (and now virtual) theatre. She is incredibly happy to be working with UCSB and LAUNCH PAD again! Pronouns: she/her/hers

VALERYEE JIMENEZ (AVERY / THE GREAT GREATS) is a fourth year

Theater major and Feminist Studies minor. As co-founder of the ensemble group Clementine Creatives, she is devoted to fostering spaces for historically marginalized people to find their voice through theatre. She is excited to continue finding digital creative outlets through the pandemic post-graduation. (@valeryeejimenez) Pronouns: she/ they

LAJAE JOHNSON (PARTICIPANT #6 / LOL OL) has designed and as-

sisted with costumes for Watson’s Go to Birmingham and New Works Lab at UCSB, but this will be her first show as an actor! She is glad to be ending her college years with her theatre home and knows that this will forever be in her heart. Pronouns: she/her/hers

CELINE KHUU (PARTICIPANT #5 / LOL OL) is a fourth year Art major

and is honored to close off her school year with her first performance since elementary school, when she had been featured in The Wizard of Oz. Since she enjoyed participating in A Play in a Day so much, she is enjoying her second time performing this year in Alone, Together by the Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB.

ETHAN KIM (JAKEY KING / KING ZOOM) has been overly excited to act

in King Zoom and LOL OL for Alone, Together! He is a second year at UCSB and majors in Theater and Communications, and cannot thank LAUNCH PAD enough for putting this Zoom festival together (staring at the wall got boring)! Pronouns: he/him/his

MATTE KRANZ (GLENN / SOUTH LAKE TAHOE & STUDENT / THE SHAKESPEARE SECTION & TAYLOR / THE GREAT GREATS) is a sec-

ond year Theater major in the BFA Acting program at UCSB. He is absolutely terrified that he’s almost a third year BFA Acting student at UCSB. But for now, he’s excited to be a second year BFA Acting student at UCSB. He hopes you enjoy Alone, Together! Pronouns: he/ him/his


ALYSSA LONGWILL (RENE / ROSEBUD & C / LET MOT JUSTES. or HOLD YOUR TONGUE) is a first year student from Santa Clarita, CA. This is her first production with UCSB, and she’s looking forward to more! Special thanks to her parents, her siblings, and Ryan for the support. Pronouns: she/her/hers

COLSON LYNN ( I / QUIETUS) is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCSB, earning his BFA in Dance. He has always loved different mediums of art and is excited to be working on this fabulous project alongside many other talented artists. Pronouns: he/him/his

JEFF MILLS (STEVEN / HERE COMES THE SUN ) has performed all

over the world and is best known in Santa Barbara for his work with Boxtales Theatre Company. He also appeared as Hamlet in Lit Moon’s Hamlet, Macbeth in Naked Shakes’ Macbeth. He currently lives in Chicago where he is a professor at the Theatre School at DePaul University.

JANE MORRIS (GRANDMA ELSIE / THE GREAT GREATS) is the John-

ny Appleseed of comedy clubs, having opened the Chicago Comedy Showcase, the Second City ETC, Upfront Comedy, the Comedy Underground and currently managing the fanaticSalon in Culver City. She teaches a writing for performance workshop at the fanticSalon. She has directed over 15 award winning solo shows.

SARA NEAL (SUE / DO NOT GO, MY LOVE & A / LET MOT JUSTES. or HOLD YOUR TONGUE & HARRIET / SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA)

is a third year Theater major at UCSB in the BFA Acting Program. Her recent credits include Sydney in Black Flag and Rose in Ghost Quartet. She loves being a part of Alone, Together, and she feels so grateful to still be doing what she loves during this remote quarter. Pronouns: she/her/hers

SHAUNYCE OMAR (LUCILLE / SAFETY NET) is a stage/film actor and

singer. In addition to stage and film, she has voiced the character Madison Grant in The State Of Decay video game. Shaunyce holds a BA Degree from Southern University. Follow at FB: Shaunyce Omar. Instagram: @Shaunyce

SEAN O’SHEA (DON KING / KING ZOOM) is happy to be involved in

Alone, Together after experiencing the Play in a Day festival. He is acting in Katie Bender’s King Zoom. Sean has worked in theater for


the past 35 years as an actor, producer, and director. He works in the UCSB Department of Theater & Dance.

HAYLEY O’TOOLE (ALEXANDRA / NEITHER HERE NOR THERE & PARTICIPANT #1 / LOL OL) is a fourth year Theater major in the BFA

Acting program. Previous roles include Virginia Spencer in The White Card, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, and Mrs. Riverton in The Way of All Fish. She was also in Naked Shakes’s Hamlet, as well as New Works Lab’s Rewrites (2019) and Bad Blood (2018). Pronouns: she/ her/hers

LINDSAY RAY (QUEEN / FLIGHT & MILO / THE SAFEST SPACE) is

pursuing degrees in Vocal Performance and Theater Arts. Lindsay has taken pleasure in several performances and has been recognized for her success by various organizations such as the National Youth Theatre Association, and the International Thespian Society. Lindsay is grateful for the opportunities UCSB offers her, and is thrilled to participate in her first virtual play. Pronouns: she/her/hers

DILLON REDD (YOUNGER SIBLING / TALK TOMORROW & TERRY / I’M NOT COMING HOME & THOR / MOM’S KIDS) is a second year Theater

major in the BFA Acting program, double majoring in Sociology and minoring in Music. Dillon is so very excited to be a part of the amazing production of Alone, Together as we all step into this brand-new medium of theater through Zoom! Dillon hopes that through an extensive quarantine that, in the future, he is able to reunite with the rest of his fellow peers on campus.

CYRUS ROBERTS (MARCOS / ZOOM BABY) is a dude from Los Angeles. Recent acting credits include Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale, Cyrus in the Sundance film Summertime, and Hookman/Sean/Adam in Hookman. He is a second year Theater major in the BFA Acting program and a proud alumnus of Zoom University! Pronouns: he/him/ his

JENNA SCANLON (DINA / HERE COMES THE SUN & PENELOPE / CORONA CHICKEN part 1) Favorite roles: Paulina in The Winter’s Tale,

Emilia in Othello, Jean in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Ivy in August: Osage County, Lady Bracknell, and Shirley Valentine. She also appeared in We Want the Funk (UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD), Arcadia, The Woolgatherer, The Designated Mourner, Present Laughter, Educating Rita, and Noises Off, among others.


HARUT SIMONIAN (JUSTIN / CHA-CHA & PARTICIPANT #3 / LOL OL)

is a second year Theater major in the Acting BFA program. He’s excited for all of you to witness the birth of Zoom theater!!

NAVNOOR SINGH KAHLON (TAYLOR / BUT NOW I’M HERE & CHARLIE / THE GREAT GREATS) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Act-

ing program. This quarter has been different than any other. Alone, Together has given Navnoor the opportunity to continue working on his craft as an actor. Navnoor is glad to have met amazing writers and directors and hopes we all get to go back on the stage in the coming months and continue to create amazing work.

VISHAY SINGH (COPING ARTIST / THE ART OF COPING & MIKE / SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Acting program. He is extremely excited to be a part of Alone, Together and is very thankful to everyone who made this entire process possible. Previous UCSB productions include Radicals, The Winter’s Tale, and Tartuffe.

ALEXANDRA SINGLETON (CHRIS / BUT HERE I AM & POLLY / WAITING FOR NOW) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Acting program

at UCSB, where she performed in What Martha Did (Martha, Young Woman), The Winter’s Tale (Clown), and the devised works My Role, My Roll (Kat) and Rewrites (Actor 1). She’s also performed in the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth (Witch) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). Pronouns: she/her/hers

LANA SPRING (VERNESSA KING / KING ZOOM & EDIE / THAT FLOWER, THAT FLOWER) is a transfer student with an AA in Theatre Arts from

SRJC. She’s in her second year with UCSB’s BFA Acting program. At UCSB, Lana was ASM of The White Card, played Mariane in Tartuffe, and was an actor in the Play in a Day Festival. Lana is thrilled to be performing in Lynn Rosen’s That Flower, That Flower monologue, and Katie Bender’s short play, King Zoom, for Alone, Together. Pronouns: she/her/hers

DANIEL STEIN (TINA KING / KNG ZOOM & DAN / HERE COMES THE SUN) is a Senior Lecturer for BFA Acting UCSB. Carnegie-Mellon

University, Paris, France study/translate w/ Etienne Decroux. Subsequently making his home in Paris for 20 years, Actor with the French National Theatre. Solo performances toured in more than 30 countries, and theatres such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Daniel is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Pronouns: he/him/his


CHERI STEINKELLNER (MOM / MOM’S KIDS) has earned four Emmys,

two Golden Globes, a Writers Guild, People’s Choice, World Animation, and British Academy Award for writing/producing TV’s Cheers and Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, as well as a Tony nomination for writing Sister Act the Musical with husband Bill. Mom of three writers/artists, Cheri teaches writing at UCSB and Stanford, and lectures worldwide. Pronouns: she/her/hers

CARISSA STEWART (KAREN / CORONA CHICKEN part 2) is a first year

at UCSB and is playing Karen in Corona Chicken part 2. She is currently a Communication major but she hopes to double in Theater. Carissa is so excited to be a part of this festival and to work with so many talented individuals! Pronouns: she/her/hers

BLAKE THOMPSON (ABIGAIL / ZOOM BABY) is a fourth year Theater

major in the BFA Acting program. She is thrilled to be a part of this incredible endeavor that is Alone, Together, and is so happy that we can still find ways to be artistic during this rough time! She hopes you are safe and healthy! Pronouns: she/her/hers

EMILIANIS TORRES (PARTICIPANT #2 / LOL OL) is a third year trans-

fer undergraduate student. She is a Theater major with an emphasis in Theater and the Community. This will be her second performance at UCSB. She is very excited! Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANNIE TORSIGLIERI (ABBY / AULD LANG SYNE & LAUREL / HERE COMES THE SUN) Broadway: Parade, Blood Brothers, Top Girls, Miss

Saigon. Nat’l Tour: Les Misérables (Fantine). Film/TV: Seagull, Kidnapped, Gossip Girl etc. Writer/Performer of “A” TRAIN (Best Production: United Solo Festival 2017, Best Encore: United Solo Festival 2018). Professor and Director of BFA Acting at UCSB. Princeton University, Juilliard Drama. www.ATraintheplay.com www.AnnieTorsiglieri.com Pronouns: she/her/hers

MAGAN TRAN (SAMANTHA / CORONA CHICKEN part 2) is a third year double major in Theater and Film and Media Studies and is ecstatic to be a part of Alone, Together! She will be playing Samantha in Cheryl West’s Corona Chicken part 2 and has immensely enjoyed the growth and discoveries she has made throughout this process. Besides acting in two pieces for a directing class, this will be her first role in a major production. She is grateful for the opportunity and hopes the program will uplift viewers’ spirits during this challenging time. Pronouns: she/her/hers


HAILEY TURNER (SOPHIA KING / KING ZOOM & SHEILA WARING / DYNAMITE SALES & MYLA / HERE COMES THE SUN) is a second year

Theater major in the BFA Acting program and is delighted to be performing in Alone, Together. Her most recent work at UCSB includes Beth in the NARW production of Icebreakers and Deb in the LAUNCH PAD production of Fortunes. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! Pronouns: she/her/hers

ANGEL VILLALOBOS (ELLIOT / THE GREAT GREATS) is a third year

transfer student studying Theater and Sociology. He wants to utilize theatre and performance to support individuals and promote growth. His previous roles include Orgon in Tartuffe, Harry in Black Flag, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Rabbi/Tommy in Durang Durang, Jester/Cousin in Arabian Nights. He is playing Elliot in The Great Greats. Pronouns: he/him/his

VARRICK WEIR (WINTHROP BEJOU / DYNAMITE SALES) is a third year Theater major in the BFA Acting program and will be playing Winthrop in Dynamite Sales. He’s very honored to be a part of this Zoom project and hopes everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

MARTIN WONG (STEPHEN / PANDEMIC THERAPY & ANGEL / THE GREAT GREATS) is a graduating fourth year in the UCSB BFA Acting

program. He is from Shanghai, China. This is the tenth year he has spent living in the United States. Some of his precious works include: Lafew in All’s Well That Ends Well, James Lin/Ran Feng in The World Of Extreme Happiness. He is extremely excited to be a part of Alone, Together.

MARIO CARLO YANES (OLDER SIBLING / TALK TOMORROW & RILEY / THE GREAT GREATS) is a fourth year Theater major in the BFA Act-

ing program. You may have seen him previously in: The Winter’s Tale 2019 (Polixenes); The White Card 2019 (Charles Spencer); and Trifles 2020 (Mr. Hale). In times like these, we create, or we cultivate. Neither choice is above the other. Pronouns: he/him/his


SPECIAL THANKS TO LAUNCH PAD SUPPORTERS

Richard Auhll Jan and Don O’Dowd Performance Fund Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund* John and Jill Bishop The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation David Anderson Jeffrey and Alyssa Anderson Sylvia Arreola Jill and Arnie Bellowe Myrna H. Bernard (in honor of Mrs. Joan Marks birthday) Eve Bernstein Constance S. Brainin Deborah Brevoort Cliff Chamberlain Yussef El Guindi Elizabeth Engelman Dr. Leonard M. and Jill H. Fromer Jack Harris Lisa Harris Janet Head and Dr. Amr El Abbadi Bonnie and Dick Jensen Robert “Gib” Johnson and Zoe Iverson Bob Johnson and Lisa Reich Scott Kassner and Linda Adler-Kassner Bill and Linda Kitchen

Julie Ladner Barbara Lebow Margaret Leonard and Clare Sheils (in memory of Norman H. Brainin) Philip A. Levien and Darlene S. Craviotto-Levien Jason Loewith Brian and Karen MacDonald Dr. David Marshall and Dr. Candace Waid Emily Newsome Lucinda and Thurman Newsome Kim and Dean Pananides Doug and Alissa Parrish Owen and Barbara Patotzka Charles and Joanna Reisner Susan Rose Jeffry Sherbakoff Manuel Sherbakoff Jessie Sherman Shad Springer Dale and Greg Stamos William and Cheri Steinkellner Anne Towbes Steve and Joan Young UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural and Community Grant Dean’s Office, UCSB College of Letters and Science, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts


Department of Theater and Dance Donors The Department of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara is honored to recognize Jody and John Arnhold ‘75 whose lifetime giving makes a profound impact on our students, faculty, and community. We also recognize donors whose lifetime giving to the Department of Theater and Dance is $100,000 and above. We are deeply grateful for their longtime visionary support and for believing that theater, dance, and the arts are vital to our lives. Thank you for making an extraordinary difference in our program. Recognition is based on cumulative, lifetime giving to the department. Anonymous Jody and John Arnhold ‘75 Richard A. Auhll Jill and John C. Bishop, Jr. Michael K. Douglas ’68 Dorcas* and Dr. Theodore W.* Hatlen H’93 Lillian and Jon* Lovelace Jan and Don O’Dowd Dianne and Dr. Daniel Vapnek

Donors

Anonymous Bari And Marc Adelman Barbara And Lane Albanese Susan Alexander Christine Anderson David Anderson Jody And John Arnhold ‘75 Dinah And Jerome Baumgartner ‘69 Jill And Arnold Bellowe Jill And John C. Bishop Laurel Blair Diane Boss Constance Brainin Risa Brainin Eric Bushard

Kristina & Adam Cipriano Marcia & John Mike Cohen Alicia Corella Marianne Corgorno Toni And Bruce Corwin H’97 Paige Dunbar Yussef El Guindi Lorrie & Michael Epling Carolyn & James Flanigan Allyn Fleming Mark Flick Dennis Freedman Cecily Freedson Susan And Mark Frink Jill & Leonard Fromer


Allan Ghitterman* And Susan Rose Nelson Gibbs Ashley And Jeffrey Gish Lisa Harris Juliane Heyman Melinda & Alexander Horwitz Laura Isham Gib Johnson & Zoe Iverson Bob Johnson & Lisa Reich Laura & Benjamin King ‘94 Bill & Linda Kitchen Michael Klaers Ada Ko Beverlie & Ronald Latimer Barbara Lebow Margaret Leonard & Clare Sheils Fima and Jere Lifshitz Jason Loewith Myles Mattenson David Marshall & Candace Waid Lucinda & Thurman Newsome, Jr. Jan & Don O’Dowd Vicki & Gary Olson Alissa & Doug Parrish Pauline Paulin Joanna & Mark Penner Philip Pierce Dean Pitchford Tyler Pon & Alice Youmans Albert Reid, Jr. Joanna And Charles Reisner Tanya Rice Cheryl Riggins Lisa Rock Gayle & Charles Rosenberg Rona J. Sande Santa Barbara Foundation Towbes Fund For The Performing Arts Arlene Satterlee Nancy Schlosser Bernard Seder & Lilyan Cuttler Anne Shanto Jeffry Sherbakoff & Amelia Gomez Manuel Sherbakoff Jessie Sherman

Diana And Stan Sherrill Tonia Shimin John & Suzanne Steed Fran & Thomas Stein Kat Sullivan Kay And Ashok Talwar Nicholas Tingle & Carol Press ‘80/’77 David A. Tufts, Jr. Katherine And John Ugoretz Dana Wayne Thomas Whitaker Dana White Laura Wilson Andre Yew Joan And Steven Young

If you are interested in making a gift to the Department of Theater and Dance please contact Leslie Gray Senior Director of Development LESLIE.GRAY@UCSB.EDU or visit us on the web at theaterdance.ucsb.edu Your support makes a difference!

This list notes gifts made between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact Leslie Gray, Senior Director of Development.

*In Memoriam


DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE PRODUCTION Chair / Director of Perfomance / IRWIN APPEL Vice Chair / Director of Dance / CHRISTINA MCCARTHY Director, BFA Actor Training Program / ANNIE TORSIGLIERI Production Manager / DANIEL J HERRERA Community Relations Specialist / UNA MLADENOVIĆ Theater Production Supervisor, Scenery+ Props / DEVIN GEE Theater Production Supervisor, Lighting + Audio / MARK WILLIAMS Costume Shop Manager / DENISE UMLAND Cutter/Draper / LILLIAN HANNAHS Senior Scene Technician / SANDARBH TRIPATHI Office Assistant / CHRISTIAN MORGAN, EZRA ADKINS Marketing Interns / KACEY HSU, ISABELLE GUILLORY, PHOEBE JIN House Managers / KAYLY HOWELL, ASHELY DAVIS, JAYDEN SHULTZ, STEVEN SCRUGGS, TEANNEA LUCAS, SYLVIA MCMAKIN

ADMINISTRATION Chief Administrative Officer / ERIC MILLS Financial Assistant / LAUREN MARQUEZ Undergraduate Advisor / SEAN O’SHEA Graduate Program Coordinator / MARY TENCH Academic Personnel Chair’s Assistant / DEBRA VANCE Principal Musician / PATRICK WELLS LINDLEY

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