CSUSM CREATIVE TEAM
Rebecca Johannsen: (Playwright/Co-Director) Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of California Irvine and University of California San Diego joint doctoral program. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre from San Diego State University. She taught Theatre Studies in the Drama Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at Fordham University, Mercy College, California State University Northridge, UC Irvine, and MiraCosta College. Prior to her academic career, Rebecca was the founder and Artistic Director of Stone Soup Theatre Company, a critically acclaimed San Diego-based company dedicated to producing work that engages in societal change. She co-produced Erik Ehn’s Soulographie: Our Genocides theatrical event, a 17 play cycle about genocide in the 20th century, performed around the world and culminating in two weeks of performance at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York. She has also worked with playwright Janet Sternberg to develop and workshop her play The Fifth String at La MaMa. Rebecca is a member of the Young Vic's Director's Network and has trained in workshops through that programme as well as directing intensives at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Visit: rebeccajohannsendirector.com.
John Moletress: (Co-Director) John is a multi-disciplined artist, educator and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, The Broad (for Ron Athey + Sean Griffin, “The Gifts of the Spirit”), Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, George Washington University, EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at Shout Festival (UK), King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Publications include Wendell. (NoPassport Press), Boy Tail (Amazon) and as a contributor, Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group).. johnmoletress.com
Verónica Santiago Moniello: (Choreographer) Verónica is a Venezuelan-Italian choreographer and dancer. She holds an M.F.A. in the Theatre & Dance Program at UCSD and a B.A. in Dance Making by the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany), where she worked on Pina Bausch’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps” repertoire. Currently she is choreographing a performance-oriented device controller based on electrochemical and biological feedback in collaboration with the composer Elisabet Curbelo at Calit2, (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) in San Diego, U.S., and Anna Moench’s “Mothers at Play” at the Potiker Theatre in La Jolla. She has directed “Before the Horses Crash into the Ground, and then the Ground,” as part of her ongoing research “The Body that has Been Possessed” awarded by the Tinker Fellowship, CILAS (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies) and The Friends of California, and is co-creator of “DosLados;” a collaboration between Habitual and La Mecedora, that re-imagines new ways of shortening and folding the territory between, Rosarito, Tijuana and San Diego through dance. She has performed in the dance video piece “Until it Lives in the Muscle” (dir. Andrea Canepa) at the Bauhaus School (Dessau, Germany.) Also she has presented her solo “implicitself” at “Series of Performances” program hosted by Movement Research (NYC, U.S.) More information: https://vimeo.com/veronicasantiagomoniello www.habitualhabitual.com
Mayou Trikerioti: (Set and Costume Design) Mayou trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after finishing her BA hons in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent. Mayou is one of Greece's most established theatre designers. She has worked at all the country's major theatres and festivals including the National Theatre in Athens and the Ancient theatre of Epidavros. She now lives in London where she has recently designed at the Young Vic and Riverside Studios. She works on all scales grand and small, and her portfolio ranges from plays that enjoyed successful runs of two-three years to one-off, site-specific performances. Since 2007 Mayou has designed feature and short films that have traveled across the globe and screened at international film festivals, including Venice Film Festival, Berlin and Toronto IFF. Most recently she designed costumes for True Crimes, dressing amongst others Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Agata Kulesza. Visit: mayoutrikerioti.com.
Ela Boyd: (Projection Design) holds a BFA degree from the California College of Arts in San Francisco and an MFA degree from the University of California San Diego Visual Art. In her practice, Boyd uses perception as both a concept and a medium. Her performance, video and light installation work realizes an experience of the multiplicity of being. Ela Boyd performed in James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell installation as part of his recent retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and art spaces within California, including the Pacific Standard Time Exhibition, Phenomenal Light, Space and Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art and Launch Gallery Los Angeles. She has attended an artist residencies at Wassaic Project New York, Ozu Cultural Center, Italy and Est Nord Est, Quebec. elaboyd.com.
Matt Warburton: (Sound Designer) Matt is a local to San Diego California and has been involved in various aspects of theatre throughout the years. In 2015 he received a Masters in Theatre from San Diego State University where he directed touring Shakespeare shows for youth. Matt has had the honor of first sound designing for Rebecca Johannsen on the production 'Miss Julie', and for the Edinburgh production of 'Women at War'. He is delighted to team up with her again with this second production of 'Women at War'.
Hannah Beerfas: (Lighting Designer) Hannah is excited to be making her lighting design debut with 'Women at War'. She is currently attending San Diego State University to get her B.A. in design and technology for the theatre. While her focus is currently in lighting, she has also had experience working in several other parts of the theatre. Previously, she has worked as the assistant lighting designer for Company (SDSU) and has interned at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre on The Tempest.