Ben Quinn is an actor, musician, educator, and music producer. He has performed onstage regionally, in the Bay Area, and in New York City, where he now lives. His recent NYC appearances include Phantom Pains (Benefit of the Doubt), and The Waterman (Ant Fest). Ben holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, where he received the Carol Channing Award, and a B.S. from the University of Evansville where he received the Jeanne Suhrheinrich Award for Outstanding Senior. As an ACT student, he performed in A Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (u/s), as well as many Conservatory and SkyFest productions. Ben has worked as an educator with ACT’s Young Conservatory, Stage Coach, and as a historical interpreter with the Cincinnati Museum Center. As a musician, he plays all around NYC in a variety of folk & bluegrass bands.
Mark Rafael is an actor, educator, and author. His Bay Area appearances include Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes and ReOrient Fest for Golden Thread, Ted Kaczynski Killed People With Bombs, Schrodinger's Girlfriend, and Joe Goode's Body Familiar for Magic Theatre, The Best of Playground (9 & 11), and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has also appeared regionally at Yale Repertory Theatre, American Stage, Wisdom Bridge, and Northlight Theatre, among others. Film and television credits include Titanic, Star Trek Voyager, The Practice, Babylon 5, and Wings. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His book, Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques, was published by Smith & Kraus.
Radhika Rao is an actor, director, storyteller, writer, and educator. She has performed theater on stages and streets all over India, Boston, San Diego, and, most recently, in the Bay Area. Some of the theaters Radhika has collaborated with are: Arabian Shakespeare Festival's New Works Festival, Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Asian American Storytelling Festival (Eth-noh-tec) in the San Francisco Bay Area, Olympians Festival, Leela Improv, New Conservatory Theatre Center, The Cutting Ball Theater, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Brava Theater Center, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and SF Shakespeare Festival, where she is a resident artist. Radhika graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009 with an Ed.D. in Culture, Communities, and Education, where her research focused on how theater could be used in fostering citizenship and transforming communities. She has taught theater to kindergartners, university students, as well as to diverse groups from nonprofit organizations, tech startups, and corporate organizations.
Katie Rubin is a nationally touring solo performer, comic, regional theater Actress, writing/improv coach, and energetic healer. She earned her MFA in Acting at UC Davis, and her BA in Theater at Amherst College. She is currently teaching Improv in the Continuing Studies Dept. at Stanford, and facilitating both an online and in-person class called “Tell Your Story” (tellyourstorywithkatie.weebly.com), which facilities solo performers, comics, authors, playwrights, and writers of all kind in developing their work. Katie has written and toured three-hour-long stand-up comedy shows to theaters, comedy clubs, and universities across the country. She has also written and toured five solo theater pieces. Her first solo show, Insides OUT!, received a nine-week Equity production at STC, and went on to tour to more than 100 events and venues for more than eight years. Why I Died: a Comedy! ran for six weeks at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles, was then picked up by The Echo. Most recently, Ms. Rubin’s solo work F*%k Christmas. (But Gently, and With Love), was commissioned by Capital Stage and ran for two nights. Recent acting credits include Lisette in The Heir Apparent (Aurora Theatre Company); Patricia in The Taming (Marin Shakespeare Company); Tanya in The North Plan; Mrs. Daldry in In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; Wendy in Hunter-Gatherers (Capital Stage Company); Izzy in Rabbit Hole; The Nurse in Wit (B Street Theater).
Dominique Salerno* is an actor, director, and playwright. She holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theater and an AB from Princeton University. Her recent acting credits include: Love and Information (A.C.T.), Mr. Burns (u/s A.C.T.), A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.), Lysistrata (Faux-Real Theatre Company), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Shrek, and Pirates of Penzancel (Santa Rosa Summer Rep). Directing credits include: Half (2014 Roma Fringe Festival, Italy), Imelda (A.C.T. SkyFest), and This American Life (A.C.T. SkyFest). Her own one-act play, So Small A Thing, was featured in the San Diego 2015 Fringe Festival. Salerno also has over a decade of improv performance experience, and has trained at the UCB Theater, Magnet Theater and The Groundlings.
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