toggle me

Who We Are

Ensemble

Ensemble Members

Sean T. Cawelti*, Taylor Coffman, Darcie Crager, Jasmine Francois, Kerry Hennessy*, Heidi Hilliker, Noelle Hoffman, Matthew G. Hill, Jeremy Hohn, Lori Meeker, Tiffany Moon, Dillon Nelson, Sarah Peters, Jack Pullman, Nina Silver, Chelsea Sutton, Miles Taber

* denotes founding member

More About the Ensemble

Sean T. Cawelti (Artistic Director/ Ensemble Member) graduated from the University of California Irvine with his BA in Drama with honors in Directing. He has been a puppeteer since he was four and studied puppetry at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Sean has won awards for his work as a designer and playwright and was honored with a UNIMA Citation of Excellence for Gogol Project. He was selected by the City of LA’s Cultural Affairs Department to travel to Brazil for two months and studied woodcarving and Candomblé, a religion born of African and Catholic traditions.  Sean is the founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble and his directing work has been seen at the Getty Villa, South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, The Geffen Playhouse and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. He has designed puppets, masks, props and video for theater, music videos, museums, concerts and arena tours. www.seancawelti.com

Taylor Coffman (Ensemble Member), a transplant from Washington, DC, has been working in LA in film, TV, and theatre. An Associate Artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble, she has been nominated for an LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Ensemble for D is for Dog and appeared in Songs of Bilitis at the Getty Villa as well as HYPERBOLE:bard which performed last Summer at Oregon Shakespeare Fest’s Green Show. Recently, she has been filming the webseries Ruby & Martin, a finalist in the NYTVF Comedy Central Pilot competition, plus shooting with Youtube’s Anna Akana on Here She Is & Miss Earth. Other performing/ writing credits include Stream (Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival), DItch (Mutineer Theatre Co), Best of Craigslist (Hollywood Fringe), regionally in DC: ‘Hilda’ in Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea, ‘Thyona’ in Big Love, and ‘Juliet’ in Romeo & Juliet. She was also a fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC, studied in the advanced program at Upright Citizens Brigade, worked in late night comedy for Jimmy Kimmel Live and is currently recurring on HBO’s Silicon Valley. More info at  www.taylorcoffman.com

Julia Garcia Combs (Ensemble Member) is a performing artist working in theater, film, puppetry and dance. After receiving her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University, she continued training with theater practitioners from Double Edge Theatre, Teatr Zar, Song of the Goat, Studio Matejka and more. Julia began her work with the Rogue Artists Ensemble in 2009 and became an Ensemble member in 2017; productions include Hyperbole:origins, Shakespeare(ish), Candide (Long Beach Opera) and the (untitled) Plummer Project. Julia is a full-time Puppeteer, Storyteller and Educator at the Skirball Cultural Center, developing and performing interactive programs for the renowned children’s space, Noah’s Ark. Her work in film has earned critical acclaim (Variety, Rotten Tomatoes) and a Best Actress Award for her role in the Indie Feature, Nothing Special. Julia’s special skills include contact improv, mask-work, puppetry, painting, drawing, papier-mache, problem solving, baking, teaching and asking questions. Explore more at www.juliagarciacombs.com

Kerry Hennessy (Ensemble Member) is a costume designer, stylist, craftsperson, wardrobe supervisor, costumer, and proud founding member of RAE. Originally from San Diego, California, Kerry was a theater-and-film-loving kid who was known to rope neighborhood children into performing plays for their parents in her driveway. Since receiving her BA from UC Irvine in 2005, Kerry has worked on theater, film, television, commercial, and web projects all over the country and remained Rogue’s resident costume designer, earning an 2010 Ovation Award nomination for her work on Gogol Project. Kerry enjoys building and designing all manner of strange and whimsical garb for humans and puppets alike, and loves creating theater magic with her fellow Rogues! She is passionate about pushing the limits of what is possible in live theater and keeping vibrant, design-rich productions a part of the incredible Los Angeles arts community. Find out more at: www.kerrycostumes.com

Heidi Hilliker (Ensemble Member) is an actor, puppeteer, podcaster, aspiring Egyptologist and all around bohemian storyteller. Her Film Production degree and life long study of theatre brought her to LA. She first fell in love with the Rogue Artists Ensemble after seeing GOGOL PROJECT. From that point on, it became her mission to work with this brilliant collective of artists. In the summer of 2011, her dream became a reality when she manipulated and voiced the female Visitor in D IS FOR DOG (LA Weekly nominee for Best Comedy Ensemble). Since then she has had the privilege of working with the Rogues on ZEN SHORTS, FROG BELLY RAT BONE, PINOCCHIO and SONGS OF BILITIS. For more information about Heidi, visit www.heidihilliker.com.

Matthew G. Hill (Associate Artistic Director/ Ensemble Member) is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary artistic enigma. His work spans from the stages of Europe to the silver screen of Hollywood to the printed page. Matthew describes himself as a storyteller by trade and by heart. He believes in the power of the story, and hopes to use it to inspire. Recently, Matthew has served as scenographer at the National Theatre of Croatia, Varaždin, co-wrote a Kairos Prize-winning screenplay, and art directed the award-winning Amazon Studios movie, Alchemist Agenda. He has worked in various design capacities with the Rogues and looks forward to continuing to do so. http://logicink.net/ 

 

Noelle Hoffman (Ensemble Member) is a sound designer by training but has a passion for both puppets and ASL. Originally from Minnesota, Noelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a double major in German and Theatre. From there she bounced around Santa Maria at PCPA’s Theatrefest and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago before deciding to come to Los Angeles for grad school. In 2011 she graduated from UCI with her MFA in Sound Design.  She fell in love with the Rogues after seeing GOGOL PROJECT and has been working with them since D is for Dog. Along with all the amazing work with Rogues, Noelle is also the Sound and Video Supervisor for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Department and freelances with such companies as Diablo Sound (Halloween Horror Nights), Unbound Productions (Wicked Lit 2013-Present, winning the Sound Design Ovation Award for WL 2014), and Live Event Pros (Veggie Tales the Musical).[/one_half_first] 

Lori Meeker (Ensemble Member) is an artist and designer from beautiful Los Angeles CA! She has worked for over 15 years as a costume designer and seamstress working on film, television and theater. She is also a visual artist lending her talents to Trader Joe’s as their in-store sign artist, and collaborating with Gary Baseman on his touring retrospective “The Door is Always Open”. She has worked as a costume designer for puppets and people for the Rogues’ Hyperbole:Bard 2014, Frog Belly Rat Bone and Zen Shorts 2015. She is a member of the Sparkleblob arts collective collaborating on their annual holiday puppet show since the beginning. Lori is proud to be a member of the Rogue Artists Ensemble! Find more info at lorimeeker.com

Dillon Nelson (Ensemble Member) originally from Georgia, Dillon received a BA in theatre from Piedmont College in 2010. He has been working professionally since 2007, in a variety of positions across Georgia, North Carolina, Maine, and now Los Angeles as an actor, teacher, carpenter, and designer. No matter the project it is always his goal to put his best foot forward and approach all he does with a willingness to learn while sharing the skills and knowledge he has collected along the way. He is happy to be able to work amongst the talent and creativity that is the Rogue Artist Ensemble. For more information about Dillon, visit www.dillonmace.weebly.com

Nina Silver (Ensemble Member) was born and raised in New York City and is now a Los Angeles based stage actor and puppeteer. Nina’s collaboration with Rogue Artists Ensemble began in 2007. With RAE she has proudly been an ensemble member, served on the Board of Directors and appeared in and collaborated on D is for Dog at South Coast Repertory (LA Weekly nominee for best Comedy Ensemble), Songs of Bilitis at the Getty Villa, Gogol Project and Mr. Punch at the Bootleg Theatre and the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio.  Off-Broadway, Nina appeared in Pentecost and Lovesong of the Electric Bear both at PTP/NYC Atlantic Stage 2. Some L.A. theatre credits include Habitat, Los Angeles Theatre Center (U.S. premiere) and The Night Before Christmas, Furious Theatre Co. Hamilton stage at the Pasadena Playhouse (U.S. premiere). NYC theatre credits include Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Abingdon Theatre, Emilia in Othello, Rosencrantz in Hamlet at Genesis Repertory Ensemble, Wild Wind, Whiskey Down and more at NY Fringe Festival, The Heartbreak Diet at Theatre for the New City. Nina has a B.A. in Theatre and Spanish from Middlebury College. Nina is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA and can be contacted through www.lacasting.com/ninasilver

Chelsea Sutton (Ensemble Member/Marketing Manager) is a playwright and fiction writer. Her plays have been developed locally with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Skylight Theatre, The Vagrancy, and Brimmer Street Theatre. She has been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Ingram New Works Lab, Stanley Drama Award, Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and Reva Shiner Comedy Award. She is a 2016 Emerging Voices Fellow with Pen Center USA and a member of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. WithCoffeeSpoons.com

Miles Taber (Ensemble Member) A graduate of UC Irvine, Miles has acted as a designer, performer, writer or director for the majority of the Rogues’ productions. Outside of the Ensemble, he can be found working on his illustrations, improvisation, podcast, pub quiz, puppetry videos, or as Merch Guy for legendary art rock band The Residents. Please note that all of these pursuits are fairly ridiculous.

 

Staff

Staff Members

Artistic Director: Sean T. Cawelti*
Managing Director: Darcie Crager
Education Director: Jasmine Francois
Marketing Manager: Chelsea Sutton
Publicist: Lucy Pollak

* denotes founding member

 

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors

Sarah Peters: Chief Executive Officer
Ryan L. Maes: Chief Financial Officer
Sean T. Cawelti
Galen Cook-Wiens
Jessica Hanna
Matt Hill
Mike Johnston
Marty Kaplan
Flissa Mannella
Teresa Those
Stacey Wilson

 

Associate Artists

Our Associate Artists

Greg Ballora, Gwyneth Connaway-Bennison, Cristina Bercowitz, Kristopher Lee Bicknell, Shannon G. Bicknell, Kristin Charney, Francois-Pierre Couture, Dean Curosmith, Matthew Patrick Davis, Mel Domingo*, Lisa Dring, Stephen Elrod, Eric Fagundes, Christina Aimerito-Feinberg, Haylee Freeman, Estela Garcia, Julia Garcia Combs, Rachel Gross, Patrick Heyn, Sara Haddadin, Nate Hodges, Mark Jacobson, Sarah Krainin, Nick Kunin, Amy Judd-Lieberman, Willem Long, Ben Messmer, Keith Mitchell, Jan Munroe,  Dallas Nichols, John Nobori, Jenny Owings*, Christine Papalexis, Maria Pasquarelli, Ben Phelps, Adrien Prevost, Morgan Rebane, Nicholas Robbins, Alexis Robles, Mark Royston, Devin Schiro, Emily Stamets, Tyler Stamets*, Thu Tran, Megan Wallace*, Alex Walters, Brian White

* denotes founding member

Cristina Bercovitz (Associate Artist) is a designer, puppeteer and filmmaker. She studied theater at UCLA and she has designed puppets for several Rouge Artists Ensemble productions including Songs of Bilitis at South Coast Repertory Theater, Shakespeare(ish) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Pinocchio workshop at the Mack Sennett Studios. For more info visit: www.cristinatbercovitz.com

Kristopher Lee Bicknell (Associate Artist) is a physical performer and graphic artist living and working in the Los Angeles area. He has worked as a performer with Rogue Artists Ensemble on many projects including Gogol Project, HYPERBOLE: origins, Zen Shorts, and Pinocchio. He has also collaborated in a variety of other ways with the company, including puppet design, graphic design, project development, and writing. Graphic design portfolio and more info available at www.absurddigitalimagery.com

Shannon G. Bicknell (Associate Artist) has been an ensemble member and resident stage manager for Rogue Artists Ensemble since 2007. Shannon is especially passionate about non-traditional theater, ensemble-based theater, and helping to develop new work. She is also interested in using technology as a tool and a medium in theater making. Shannon graduated from UC Irvine with an MFA in Stage Management. Her thesis: “Be a theater person first: Stage Management for Ensemble Theater”, focused on the involvement of the stage manager in collaborative performance development, and was inspired by her work with Rogue Artists Ensemble. Stage management credits with RAE include Gogol Project, The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, HYPERBOLE: origins, D is for Dog, Zen Shorts, and Songs of Bilitis. Other favorite stage management credits include Hello, Again and Dames at Sea at UC Irvine, Before the Red Trees Come with Harrison Bergeron Productions, and Someone Like Me with Kaiser Permenente Educational Theater. She also had a great time completing a stage management internship in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity in 2012. She currently serves as the Assistant Production Manager at the Claire Trevor School for the Arts at UC Irvine.

Francois Pierre Couture (Associate Artist) Originally from Montreal, François-Pierre Couture has had the privilege of working across the United States for the last decade as a scenic, lighting and projection designer. Some of his designs include Woodboy Dogfish with the Rogue Artist Ensemble, Everything you Touch for Rattlestick productions at the Cherry Lane Theatre; Destiny of Desire at the Arena Stage Theatre; Pinocchio and The Light Princess at South Coast Repertory; The Year of Magical Thinking at the Laguna Playhouse; Death of a Salesgirl at the Bootleg Theatre; The Children at the Boston court Theatre; A Picasso Geffen Playhouse; Médée and Teseo for the Chicago Opera Theatre; Metamorphoses and Woyzeck at the Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre. www.fpcouture.com

Lisa Dring (Associate Artist) is an actor, writer, puppeteer, solo performance artist and clown. She has made work with Rogue Artists, Bread & Puppet, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Circle X Theatre Co., Solo Creation Fest at Son of Semele, Asolo Repertory Theater, Bootleg Theater, Humana Festival, The Motor Company, East West Players and Theatre of NOTE. Lisa holds a BA from USC, apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville and studied clown and commedia with Chris Bayes. She is currently a student at CalArts where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. lisadring.com

Haylee Freeman (Associate Artist) hails from Montville, Maine, Haylee graduated from Middlebury College in February of 2007 with a joint B.A. in Theatre and Studio Art. She has designed lights for venues in many states, including Vermont and California. Haylee currently resides in Orange County where she works as a stage technician at Disneyland. She is quite excited to be a member of Rogue Artists Ensemble.

Estela Garcia (Associate Artist) Estela Garcia’s first show with the Rogues was “Gogol Project” as Magda the hat maker, since she worked on Hyperbole: Origins as Assistant Director and Movement Coach. She has also worked for The Dell’Arte Company, ARTEL, 24th Street Theatre, Watts Village Theater, Stefanity Productions and The Grand Guignolers. Estela is a versatile actress, teacher and theatre entrepreneur. Estela is a Los Angeles native. She received her B.A. from UCLA in Chicana/o Studies where she began her career as a mask performer and clown. She then received her MFA for ensemble based physical theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She has also studied mask movement and sculpture in Mexico with Alicia Martinez Alvarez of El Laboratoria de las Mascaras. Performance styles include Mask, Commedia, Melodrama, Tragedy, Clown, Bouffon, Slapstick, Farce and Grand Guignol. Past characters include: Moon Goddess, Russian vixen, prostitute, sailor, accident-prone teenager, rambunctious spinster, crone and beaver. Estela Garcia was honored by the Northwest Committee For Employment of People With Disabilities’ “Distinguished Service Award” for her collaboration in creating a workshop and performance piece with people with traumatic brain injury.

Amy Judd Lieberman (Associate Artist) is an actor, sideshow performer, and puppeteer. She has been performing in the Rogue’s education show, The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone since 2008 as Boy, including its run at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta in 2011. She also originated the role of Addy in Zen Shorts and has participated in the workshops for both Gogol Project and Songs of Bilitis. Amy has traveled the country with her sideshow troupe, FreakShow Deluxe, and continues to act in film and television in Los Angeles. amyamnesia.com

Willem Long (Associate Artist) has performed with the New American Theatre/ Odyssey Theatre as Caliban in the critically acclaimed Tempest Redux. He appeared with Rogue Artists Ensemble in the Music Center event Sleepless, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and as the Cat in Wood Boy Dog Fish (Bootleg Theatre). He understudied Scott Caan and Michael Weston in the Falcon Theatre’s Production, The Trouble We Come From. Other favorite credits include ‘Billy’ in Tribes (Phoenix Theatre AZ); ‘Union Secretary’ in The Hairy Ape (Eugene O’Neill Festival); ‘Louie’ in Lost in Yonkers (Role Players Ensemble) and various Ensemble roles in Titus Andronicus (California Shakespeare Theatre). He is the Co-Founder of the Arts for Autism Program at the Lyric Theatre in Hollywood. Willem received his MA in acting from University of London in 2013, and his initial training at American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Keith Mitchell (Associate Artist) is a Southern California native and an interdisciplinary artist, and award-winning art director and designer working in television, theatre, film and installation. He is also a painter, sculptor and a graduate of USC’s School of Communication. He has designed productions at many local theatres, including South Coast Repertory, A Noise Within, Kirk Douglas, Geffen Playhouse, Lewis Family Playhouse, Odyssey, Evidence Room/ Bootleg, Falcon Theatre, Elephant, 24th Street, Celebration, Ivy Substation, Power House. Keith has been the Scenic Consultant for Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl for 10 years.

John Nobori (Associate Artist) is a graduate of the University of California in Irvine with a degree in Drama. He has been a proud member of Rogue Artists Ensemble since 2007. Since joining Rogue Artists Ensemble, he has been nominated for several awards for excellence in sound design, including an Ovation Award nomination for Best Sound Design in Intimate Theater for his work on Mr. Punch as well as nominations from both Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly for his sound design of Gogol Project and HYPERBOLE: origins.

Ben Phelps (Associate Artist) is a composer and former Ensemble member in Rogue Artists Ensemble. His music has been performed across the West Coast from the Oregon Bach Festival to Los Angeles’ own Definien Project, with whom he has been a frequent collaborator. An active performer, Phelps has been seen as a freelance percussionist throughout the Southland, as Principle Percussion for the American Youth Symphony and on the LAPhil’s Umbrella series. For the Rogues, Phelps has provided original music for several productions and wrote the story and music for The Mysterious Adventures of Johnny Crumb, which the LA Weekly called “enchanting.” www.benphelpscomposer.com

Mark Royston (Associate Artist) is an Actor, Puppeteer, and a recent UCLA Theater graduate. Mark has had the pleasure to puppeteer for Rogue Artists Ensemble in their productions of Wood Boy Dog Fish and Zen Shorts, as well as assisting with the construction of their masks and puppets for The Long Beach Opera’s Candide. As a new face in the puppetry community, Mark has been glad to cultivate a relationship with the members Rogue Artists Ensemble, and is thankful for the opportunities that they have provided. www.markroyston.com

Emily Stamets (Associate Artist) has a B.A. in Drama and a B.A. in German from UC Irvine. She is currently completing her Masters thesis in Theatre Studies: Design and Production at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. She has been a Rogue since 2007, a Theatre Arts educator since 2003, and is currently running the Theatre program at Alhambra High School. Her work with the Rogues keeps her passionate and inspired to create theater with her students.

Tyler Stamets (Associate Artist) comes to the Rogues from the rural San Diego County arts community of Julian, where his love of theatre and performance was cultivated by a musical family. Tyler received his B.A. in Drama from the University of California Irvine where he focused his studies on sound design, technical direction and acting, working on over fifteen productions. Tyler is a founding ensemble member of the Rogue Artists Ensemble and serves as the resident sound designer and technical director. In addition to various Rogue projects, Mr. Stamets has worked with Cornerstone Theater, Opera Pacific and other companies in Southern California.

Thu Tran (Associate Artist) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and performer and has worked with Rogue Artists Ensemble for over 3 years. He has performed the role of Rabbit in The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, as well as Ducis in Hyperbole: origins. He also composed original music for Hyperbole: origins, and most recently wrote the original songs for Zen Shorts. He regularly writes music and performs with his band Ampersand. He is proud to be an associate artist and friend of the Rogues. www.ampersandband.com

Megan Wallace (Associate Artist) is a graduate from UC Irvine, where she received a degree in Drama, a degree in English and a minor in Digital Arts. She was also awarded Honors in Design by UCI faculty. Over the years, she has held numerous roles, including resident Costume Designer, Managing Director and Business Manager. She is now happy to step in wherever needed as a member of the Ensemble. Megan is a Founding Member of Rogue Artists Ensemble.

 
 

Follow the Rogues on Twitter


%d bloggers like this: