Andrea 'Slim' Allmond
Andrea 'Slim' Allmond (Sound Designer and Composer) is excited to be working with UC Riverside for the first time! Off Broadway: Gloria A life, Los Angeles: A Walk In My Neighborhood, The 11:11 West Hollywood: Famous, Geffen Playhouse: The Door You Never Saw Before, Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Associate Designer) South Coast Rep: Once the Musical (Associate Sound Designer) Dallas Theater Center: Public Works Dallas As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Public Works Dallas Winters Tale, DCPA: Wild Fire. Touring: Something Rotten First National Tour (Assistant Audio). She received her MFA in Sound Design from the University of California Irvine. Along with her design career she is a Producer and DJ who makes sound healing music under the alias Sherpa Slim. Andrea would like to thank her partner Caress for always supporting her as a musician and artist.
Translator and Dramaturg
Arnab Banerji is an Associate Professor of Theatre History and Dramatic Literature at Loyola Marymount University located in the unceded lands of the Gabrilieno Tongva people also known as Los Angeles. He is the author of Contemporary Group Theatre from Kolkata, India (Routledge 2020). Arnab’s essays and reviews have been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Asian Theatre Journal, TDR, BOOM California, Ecumenica, Theatre Symposium, Sanglap, Cerebration, SERAS, and Virginia Review of Asian Studies. His current research is in performances by the Indian diaspora, translations of Indian vernacular plays, and contemporary Bengali theatre. Arnab is married and lives with his partner Sayantika and infant daughter Aarayna in Tovaangar. When he is not doing academic stuff, Arnab enjoys drinking specialty coffee, looking up restaurants around town, binge-watching The Office, and browsing through graphic novels.
Everett Elton Bradman’s 2021 composer/sound designer credits include audio dramas (Aurora Theater’s The Bluest Eye), student productions (ACT’s The House of Yes), Zoom theater (Actors Theaters’ Romeo & Juliet: Louisville 2020), podcasts (Z Space/Word for Word’s Retablos trilogy), filmed theater (San Francisco Playhouse’s Hieroglyph), hybrid visual/audio (New Conservatory Theater Company’s Interlude), and outdoor performances (Oakland Theater Project’s The Waste Land). Other recent adventures include Shotgun Players’ The Light and The Niceties; Aurora Theater’s The Flats; ACT’s Ironbound; and Snowflakes, or Rare White People for UC Berkeley. He is currently co-writing a musical for Bay Area Children’s Theater and the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Stop by and say hello at eltonsounds.com!
Jay Carlon (he/they) is an artist based in Los Angeles and NYC. His work is inspired by growing up the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, and agricultural migrant-working family, and is committed to connecting his art practice to sustainability and his personal and collective journey of decolonization. Jay’s work has been presented in Los Angeles at REDCAT, The Broad Museum, L.A. Dance Project, Annenberg Community Beach House, Union Station, Los Angeles Performance Practice, homeLA; in New York at 92ndY and The CURRENT SESSIONS; in Phoenix at Breaking Ground Festival; in Monterrey, Mexico at Espacio Expectante; and in Bangkok, Thailand at Creative Migration. Jay is a performer and directing associate with aerial spectacle theatre company Australia’s Sway Pole, where he has performed at the 2014 Olympics, the 2016 World EXPO, and the 2018 Super Bowl. Carlon has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Palissimo, Oguri, No)one. Art House, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Solange Knowles, and choreographed works for Kanye West and Mndsgn.
Reena Dutt is a city girl with a country soul who believes in creating with a conscience, on and off stage. West Coast: “Gypsy” (Stageworks PNW, TBA), “This is Not a True Story” (Artists at Play, TBA), “The Sitayana (Or how to make an exit)” (East West Players), “Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s” (Sacred Fools), “Defenders” (Pandelia’s Yellow Canary Company | Theatre Planners), “Rise & Shine: I thought I was white” (Bad Hindu Productions), “Katy and Jennifer” (Fierce Backbone). Associate/Assistant Directing: “Cullud Wattah” (The Public dir. Candis Jones), “Hannah and the Dread Gazebo” (Fountain Theatre dir. Jennifer Chang), “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona” (The Geffen Playhouse dir. Jo Bonney. Fellowships/Recognitions: 2021-2022 Drama League NY Directing Fellow, 2018 and 2017 Producers Encore Award (“Katy and Jennifer”, and “Waitless”), Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West. Dutt is also a producer having screened her films at Sundance, LAFF, Outfest, Frameline, Cucalorous, NBCUniversal, BET, PBS/Latino and HBO. Website: www.ReenaDutt.com
Xinyuan Li is a scenic and lighting designer and visual artist based in California and Shanghai. In the US, his designs include The Water Station (UMass Amherst), The Dream Play (UMass Amherst), Re/Emergence (Park Hill Orchard). He has assisted George Tsypin and served as Studio Assistant for James F Ingalls. In China, his designs include The Postman (Shanghai Theatre Academy Duanjun Theatre and tour), The Godfather (STA Grand Theatre), Jigokuhen (Shanghai ET Theatre), The Love Prison (7th Pioneer Youth Drama Festival and tour). He worked as a freelance, resident, and touring lighting designer in more than thirty theaters and venues. His installations Curious Perspective and Reflection Landscape were featured as part of the 17th Shanghai International Art Festival and the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, respectively.
Cat Priamos (she/they) is an acting instructor and fifth-year doctoral candidate at Mizzou with seven years of teaching experience. Her dissertation focuses on the need for trauma-informed actor training in higher education, and how acting teachers can create less psychological and emotional harm in the classroom while helping actors foster resilience. An alumnus of UCR, she is grateful to be given the chance to teach and direct where once she was an actor.
Trefoni Michael Rizzi
“Storytelling and dreaming the impossible led me to a career in theatrical design. The text of the play and the empty space are my canvas, and whether in an intimate theatre or an Off-Broadway house, the collaborative process of creating a world filled with possibilities is the force that feeds my creative soul.”
Trefoni is a scenic, lighting, projection, and puppetry designer and has received numerous awards for his work, including The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award. Off-Broadway, his work includes scenic, lighting and projection designs for A Woman of Will, starring Amanda McBroom. Nationally, he has designed for companies including, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Studio Arena Theatre, The Laguna Playhouse and HERE Arts Center in New York City.
As a guest scenic designer at UC Riverside, Trefoni is excited to be back to design Brown Face. Past UCR Designs include Henry V, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, Little Shop of Horrors, and Marisol.
He holds a BA in Design from UCLA and an MFA in Theatre and Dance - Design with an emphasis in Asian Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Hawaii Manoa. A member of IATSE/USA Local 829, Trefoni has designed for theatre, film, television, commercials, and live events. Other design work includes interior architecture, restaurant design, retail design, places of worship and landscape design. As a fine artist, Trefoni works in painting and mixed-media sculpture. Additionally, Trefoni is author of the award-winning children’s travel book, Teddy’s Travels – America’s National Parks.
Cinematographer William Wohleb is honored to be back working with the students at UCR teaching TFDP 171. William comes with over 10 years industry experience working in the camera department on many feature films and television shows. Some of William’s most notable collaborations were as camera operator on Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, as well as Director of Photography for Carmen Chaplin’s commemorative film The Innovators (Charlie Chaplin Commemoration). He holds a BFA in Digital Media from UC San Diego and is also a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Film Production/Cinematography. William lives to create art and educate our next generation of fearless creators. William loves the environment and collaborators here at UCR, and is looking forward to all of this year’s courses and productions.
Hannah Wolf (she/her/hers) is a Los Angeles-based theatre and live experiences director originally from Juneau Alaska. She makes “subversively shiny” work for the stage that experiments with form, content, and the role of the audience. Some recent projects include: Islands on Contentment by Dipti Bramhandkar (Hypokrit/The Tank), Ride Sally Ride by Tara Sissom and Katerina Pruitt (B Street Theatre), She Buried the Pistol by Lydia Blaisdell (La Jolla’s WOW Festival), Instructions for a Séance by Katie Bender (MoHA), TITLE LOADING (Fusebox Festival). She’s directed and developed new plays and musicals with the Geffen Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre, Chance Theater, Boston Court Pasadena, Echo Theater Company, and IAMA Theatre Company, amongst others. She co-founded/co-runs the community-building organization Meet Cute in LA and is an SDC Associate member. She's a 2018 National Directors Fellow, a 2013 Fulbright Research Fellow (Bucharest Romania), and an alumna of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. MFA: UT Austin. https://hannahjwolf.com/