Pratima Agrawal || Creator-Performer
Pratima is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she fell in love with theatre and has been involved in a complicated relationship with this art form for several years since then. While she still considers herself a Texas girl, her journey recently brought her to Philadelphia in September of 2014, where she hopes to soon receive her PA certification to teach middle school theatre, while creating meaningful theatrical experiences in the community. She is particularly drawn to projects that involve the intersection of art and the examination/inquiry of societal concerns. Currently, she works at FACTS Charter School, as a substitute teacher in Philadelphia charters, and as a Teaching Artist with Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Some of her favorite things to do are eat dark chocolate, watch a 76ers game, and travel.
Adrian Bridges || Sound Designer
Adrian is a guitarist and composer originally from Philadelphia and now living in New York City. He received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from New York University’s Jazz Studies program, with emphasis on guitar and composition, where he was honored as a Presser Scholar. As a versatile instrumentalist, proficient on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass, Adrian has played for numerous musical theater productions and music directed Less Than Rent Theatre’s Little Town Blues and Diva. He has worked with Kaleid Theatre as a sound designer and composer, developing the aural settings of No Place Like, Glow, and both Eurydice productions. www.adrianbridges.com.
Jess Brownell || Creator-Performer
Jess Brownell was born and raised in Colorado and made her way to Philadelphia by way of Cedar Rapids, IA where she earned her B.A. in Chemistry/Theatre at Coe College. Upon graduation, she took a job as an analytical chemist with a pharmaceutical company in the Philadelphia area but left the industry to pursue her acting career. Recent work includes: Mortimer in The Fantasticks (The Centre Theater), Camillo/Emilia/Player in The Winter’s Tale (Forge Theater), Trumpet Player in Noir (GDP Productions), Ensemble in Dust to Dust: A Brief History of Religious Violence (GDP Productions), Margaret McKivan in Independence After Hours (Historic Philadelphia, Inc.), and portraying Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross House.
Ro Gauger || Lighting Designer
Ro is a recent graduate from Arcadia University with a BA in English and currently serves as the Technical Theater Coordinator for Rosemont College. She has previously worked on productions of On the Verge, Proof, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Arcadia University and this will be her first Philadelphia production. She is both honored and thankful to work alongside such talented artists!
Nina Giacobbe || Choreographer-Researcher
Nina is a creator, researcher, and founding member of Kaleid. Credits with Kaleid Theatre include Spill, Eurydice in Market East, their short piece Bounce, and their 2013 Fringe production, Glow. She has also performed as a guest artist with Tangle Movement Arts and danced her bum off in 2012’s Le Grand Continental. Nina also studies aerials at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. When she’s not flipping around in the air, she loves to geek out about Harry Potter and Greek/Roman mythology.
Jess Jacob || Creator-Performer
Jess has been participating in and loving theatre since she could walk. She has recently graduated from Arcadia University with a BFA in acting. Her perilous credits include The Collector, fml:how Carson McCullers saved my life and A Midsummer Nights Dream to name a few. This is her first time working with Kaleid and she is beyond excited to work with these amazing women to create this piece.
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Sarah Mitteldorf || Creator-Director
Sarah is a penguin-lover, puppy scruffler, and theatre maker. With Kaleid, she’s created Eurydice in Market East, Eurydice in Grand Central, Glow, and No Place Like. In 2012-2013, she worked with a group of nine to twelve year olds, who had been adopted from China, to create the piece Many Ways, which explored their individual and collective experiences and was featured in the Inquirer. This fall, she was invited to speak on a panel about Casting and Representation at the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival. She is honored to work with amazing creators – artists who always challenge her to grow.
Photo by Matthew Wright || Fig Tree Photography
Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez || Creator-Performer
Rachel is a Philadelphia based actress by night and EgoPo Classic Theater’s Company Manager by day. A founding member of Kaleid, she has been a theater administrator for three years and has worked with a variety of local theaters such as Simpatico Theatre Project, The Walking Fish, and Represented. She received her B.A. in Theater Arts from Rowan University, received the Joseph Robinette Award for Excellence in Theater and Dance, and was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Region II KCACTF. Favorite credits include Uncle Tom’s Cabin: An Unfortunate History (EgoPo), Missed Connections (Simpatico Theatre Project), El Nogalar (a reading, part of No Passport’s 30/30), and Glow (Kaleid Theatre, of course). She is currently in residence at The Painted Bride.
Gina Purri || Composer
Gina Purri is a Philadelphia-area musician and music teacher. She sings, plays, composes, and maintains a private studio of voice, violin, and piano students – more information available at ginapurripiano.tumblr.com. This is her 2nd collaboration with Kaleid, and she’s grateful to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated women.
Browning Sterner || Stage Manager
Browning Todd Sterner is very happy to be working once again with Sarah Mitteldorf. Browning has worked at several area theaters, including InterAct Theater in Philadelphia, Stagecrafters in Chestnut Hill, and is now Allens Lane’s first resident Stage Manager. He most recently worked on The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife at Stagecrafters, and The Lady from Dubuque at Allens Lane. Browning is a recent graduate from Temple University with a BA degree in Theater.