Thomas F. DeFrantz
New York: On The Town (George Wolfe, dir.); Paul Robeson All American (Ossie Davis, author); Regional: Rough Crossing (GeVa Theatre); Black Eagles (Karamu House); Anything Goes, starring Melba Moore (Montclair Summerfest); Blackbox (Ford’s Theatre). Directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a research lab that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Believes in our shared capacity to do better and engage creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. Teaching: University of the Arts Mobile MFA in Dance; ImPulsTanz; SNDO; Juilliard; New Waves Institute; faculty at Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, Northwestern University; University of Nice. Convenes the Black Performance Theory working group as well as the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, a growing consortium of 350 researchers committed to exploring Black dance practices in embodied writing. With Jane Gabriel and others convenes Configurations in Motion: Curating for Communities of Color since 2016. DeFrantz acted as a consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, contributing concept and a voice-over for a permanent installation on Black Social Dance that opened with the museum in 2016. slippage.org.
Jasmine T.R. Gatewood graduated with her B.A. in Theatre Arts-Performance from Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, and her Master’s in Acting from California Institute of the Arts School of Theatre, Santa Clarita, CA. Jasmine’s voice-over work and singing is featured on seven seasons of Dreamworks' “Madagascar: A Little Wild.” Her credits also include Nickelodeon’s “Cousins For Life,” TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” and the “Fallout” video game franchise. She loves what she does living true to Philippians 4: 13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” “I get an overjoyed sensation that races through my veins when I am able to break down and build up self to create new characters. It is so amazing to me to witness the power of storytelling when it manifests itself throughout an audience because someone can always relate and even if only one person is touched my job is done.”
Andrew Hardin is an alumnus of University of California, Riverside receiving his BFA in 2017 and MFA in 2020. After graduating, Andrew served as the CEO of Riverside Studios, a non-profit film studio, event space, training center and creative incubator founded by Rickerby Hinds. He last performed for the Riverside Community Players production of Sweat in 2022 and looks forward to bringing Blackbox to life with all the cast and crew.
Jacqueline Malenke, who also goes by JQ, is an award-winning lighting designer based in Southern California. She recently graduated from UC Irvine with her MFA in Lighting Design. Her interests range from lighting for theatre and dance to themed entertainment and film. She also has highly proficient knowledge of 3D modeling and 2D drafting using Vectorworks.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UC Riverside in 2015, and she has worked at several regional theatres and festivals across the country including The Great River Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival as a lighting designer and programmer. Jacqueline received the 2015 KCACTF Barbizon Award for Excellence in Lighting Design for the show Blackballin' by Rickerby Hinds produced by UC Riverside.
Jeremiah Turner is a Sound Designer/Engineer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Some of his notable works in theatre include, The Hangar Theatre’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, UCI Drama's Airness, LSU School of Theatre’s Brooklyn Bridge, and Theatre Baton Rouge's Shrek The Musical. Notable works in podcasting include, Dreams & Screams’ The Somnilyte Sessions and KB Saine’s Black Theatre History Podcast.
Fallon Williams is a Multidisciplinary Creative who works across various mediums including live performance, immersive experience, and visual art. She uses storytelling and creative technology to drive her creations. Her recent credits include: The Color Purple (Hattiloo Theatre), Echo: Immersion (B. Dunn Movement), Oedipus The King (Walt Disney Modular Theater), and Ubu Roi, featured in the Common Design Project exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.
Fallon is a recipient of the 2021 Princess Grace Award Theater Honoraria. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts Administration from Howard University and a MFA in Scenic and Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts.
Hannah Wolf (she/her/hers) is an LA-based theatre director originally from Juneau Alaska. She directs new plays and musicals and subverts old ones. She directed Men on Boats at UC Riverside in 2022. Hannah has directed and developed work at the Geffen Playhouse, B Street Theater, La Jolla's WOW Festival, The Playwright’s Center, Perseverance Theatre, Fusebox Festival, IAMA Theater Company, Echo Theater Company, The Fountain Theatre, Dixon Place, The Vineyard Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and many others. Recent shows include Fixing King John by Kirk Lynn, Instructions for a Seance by Katie Bender, Airness by Chelsea Marcantel, and Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. Hannah’s taught and led workshops at Louisiana State University, the University of Missouri- Kansas City, the University of California Riverside, Pomona College, the University of Texas at Austin, and The Kennedy Center, among others.
Hannah's a National Directors Fellow (the O'Neill, NNPN, SDC, and the Kennedy Center), a Fulbright Research Fellow (Bucharest Romania), a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She received her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin, her B.A. from Western Washington University, and is a member of SDC. https://www.hannahjwolf.com/