Vanessa LaFortune she/her
A native of Santa Fe, NM, Vanessa is a theatre artist and educator enthusiastic about fostering social-emotional learning through drama-based pedagogy. A classically trained actor-turned-teacher, she got the teaching bug working at Theatricum Botanicum in Los Angeles as an assistant in their summer Shakespeare camp, and since focused her passions into working with young people in underserved populations of Los Angeles and Boston. In Los Angeles, she worked with Inner City Arts on LA’s Skid Row, bringing arts programs to children of the LA Unified School District. She received theatre training at PCPA-Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA, and holds a BA in Theatre from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. In May 2021, Vanessa earned her M.A. in Theatre Education and Applied Theatre from Emerson College, with a focus on social justice and advocacy through the arts. She has served as a teaching artist for Beyond the 4th Wall in Cambridge, and most recently with Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Click here to read Vanessa’s Teaching Artist Recipe: Vanessa’s Teaching Recipe
Dev Luthra he/him
Dev Luthra trained at East 15 Acting School, London, England and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Acting credits include Sorin/Seagull and Attorney/The Gaaga at Arlekin Players; Iago/Othello at Dreamrole Players (EPC production); Antigonus, Old Shepherd, Bottom/The Winter’s Tale and Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Dance Teacher Pat/Dance Nation, Father/Brilliant Adventures and Azdak/Caucasian Chalk Circle (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Mr. Biedermann/Firebugs (Huellas Vivas), Orsino/Twelfth Night (Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival) Northumberland/Henry IV, parts 1 & 2 (Actors Shakespeare Project), M. le Comte/N. Bonaparte (Pilgrim Theatre), Leonato/Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre) Worcester/1 Henry IV (Palace Theatre). Dev teaches at Wheelock Family Theatre and Company One. His courses focus on Shakespeare, devised theatre, acting, and playwrighting. He also offers residencies at schools throughout the area. He has taught acting, movement, dramatic literature and poetry at Boston College and Emerson College and at Boston University’s Prison Education Program. Dev served as the Artistic Director of And Still We Rise Productions, a theatre company committed to the advocacy of the rights of people impacted by the prison system. Macbeth’s Children, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, co-written with Michael Bettencourt, won an AATE New Play award. His play Secret Asian Man is a piece focusing on the experience of being raised in two cultures. Of Anglo-Indian parentage, he has lived and worked in the Northeast since 1978.
Vincent Siders he/him
Vincent Ernest Siders is a stage director, equity actor, producer, educator, and consultant. Currently he is the Director and Lead Instructor for the ‘Ambassadors’, the touring division of Youth Underground at Central Square Theater. Vincent has served as Artistic Director for two theater Companies, both in Boston: New African Company and TYG Productions -home of the Family Beef Feast Festival. Vincent has worked as director and theater educator for a number of theaters and institutions of learning including: Huntington Theater, Central Square Theater, Hibernian Hall Boston, Boston Playwrights Theater, Boston University, Emerson College, New African Company, Dance Theater Complex, Upward Bound and Boston Public Schools. As an actor, Vincent has performed throughout the East Coast. Memorable roles include but not limited to: King Shahrayar in “Arabian Nights” and Uncle Diva in “Mr g” both at Central Square Theater; Joe Bell in “Guided Tour” at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury; Tom in “The Glass Menagerie at Lyric Stage; Friar Francis in “Much Ado About Nothing” with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Lucius in “Jesus Hopped the A Train” with Company One; Rooftop in “Our Lady of 121st Street” with SpeakEasy Stage Company; and James in “Monticel” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, where he played the role of Thomas Jefferson’s unclaimed son. Dubbed ‘a Boston Treasure’ by The Boston Globe, Vincent has received: two IRNE nominations for Best Direction, two IRNE Awards for Acting, the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor, and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for best Actor.
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Josh Glenn-Kayden he/him
Josh Glenn-Kayden is a Boston-based director and the Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Company One Theatre. Josh’s work centers around new plays that help us dream our culture forward and imagine ways to create a more just world together. Josh will be directing the world premiere of Shrike by Erin Lerch with Fresh Ink Theatre in January 2022. Recent directing projects include Wild Flowers by Tatiana Isabel Gil (Company One Better Future series), Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements (consisting of new plays by Phaedra Michelle Scott, M Sloth Levine, and Jaymes Sanchez) at UMass Amherst, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge (UMass Amherst), workshops of Walden by Amy Berryman and The Interrobangers by M Sloth Levine (UMass Play Lab), Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge (A.R.T. & Company One world premiere, associate director), the world premiere of This Place/Displaced (Artists’ Theater of Boston, ArtsFuse Best Stage Productions of 2018), the New England premiere of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons (Titanic Theatre), and the world premiere of Laura Neill’s Don’t Give Up the Ship (Fresh Ink Theatre). Josh is also the director and co-producer of The Legion Tapes, a sci-fi podcast written by Erin Lerch. Josh has directed and developed new work for the A.R.T., Company One Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Artists’ Theater of Boston, the Museum of Science, UMass Amherst, Hub Theatre, the One Minute Play Festival, and TC Squared Theatre Company, among others. Josh holds a BA in Drama from Tufts University and an MFA in Directing from UMass Amherst. www.joshglennkayden.com
Deborah Kronenberg she/her
Deborah is currently Lab Faculty and works in Academic Affairs for College Unbound. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Pine Manor College. She earned her Master’s in Educational Theatre from NYU and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Deborah has spent over 20 years teaching theatre for social change in public schools and communities. She has spent the last five years developing “ensemble culture” which uses applied theatre techniques and philosophies to shift pedagogy in higher education.
Sage X Morgan-Hubbard she/her
Sage X Morgan-Hubbard, (MA + all Ph.D. coursework in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, BA in Ethnic Studies & Socially Conscious Arts of the Everyday from Brown University) is the Director of Lab Faculty at College Unbound. She recently was the Assistant Director of the Brown University Center for Students of Color. She is an educator, public speaker, consultant, and dream midwife who co-curates inclusive diverse public spaces for lifelong living and learning for all people. An award-winning poet (founder of WORD! poets and activists and one of the co-founders of Spoken Resistance) social justice artist, and activist, she has worked at four Smithsonian museums and taught students from pre-K through senior citizens, online, incarcerated, and everything in between. Sage uses her creative lens to make sure that everyone has the multimedia tools of poetry, performance, storytelling, collage, and curriculum, they need to bring their dreams to life. She loves aqua aerobics, her two spirited children, her Jindo puppy Broccoli, and her middle name Xaxua, is an onomatopoeia which means the rustling of the leaves in the wind.