Mari Amend (Writer, Director, and Oral Historian) is an artist and activist passionate about creating art that creates dialogue and inspires change. She is a published author and playwright. This last June she premiered her original solo piece, M versus M, with All Terrain Theater in Berkeley. Her full length, immersive play about the Paris Métro, was produced by Stanford in 2013. Mari works in marketing at Mother Jones–whose drought coverage you should be sure to check out if you’re left wanting to hear more about the drought.
S.C Lowe (Researcher and Photographer) has worked in many facets of documentary film and has had a life-long love of oral history and personal narrative. Throughout her life, she has actively pursued her passion for photography and the visual arts.
Doria Charlson (Producer and Movement Coach) is a graduate student at Brown University pursuing her PhD in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. She holds a B.A. in History, with distinction, from Stanford University and a minor in Drama (dance concentration). An accomplished dancer, Doria trained with ODC/SF as a member of their pre-professional company, the ODC Dance Jam. She received further training as a student at the Alvin Ailey School, the Joffrey Ballet School, Mark Morris Dance Group, Janice Garrett and Dancers, and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Collective, as well as at Stanford University with Diane Frank, Robert Moses, Aleta Hayes, and Muriel Maffre. As a recipient of the Spark! grant, Doria choreographed a modern dance trio, Drei, for the Stanford Arts Institute. Doria co-produced and choreographed M2: From Terminus to Terminus, an original play written by Mari Amend in 2013.
Eliza Boivin (Performer in August 2015 show) began acting at the age of 15 in shows such as The Wiz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Recent works include The Vagina Monologues (SFSU), The Ensemble (SFSU), The Nutcracker International (Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center), and Carmen Jones (SFSU). She currently resides in Oakland and works as a full time actor and model in the Bay Area. She’d also like you to know that when the zombie apocalypse happens, you’d want to be on her team. She was born to run a village. She also enjoys long walks on the beach and her favorite color is yellow.
Originally from Central America, A. Robert Carlo (Performer in August 2015 show) earned his degree in Theater Arts in San Francisco, and has played a variety of roles from the historic Commedia dell'arte, to more recent local film shootings of HBO's series Looking. Robert played in I, a Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, which was based on real interviews much like Dry-5: Stories of the California Drought. In his years of acting, this is his third opportunity playing male and female roles, which has always been a fun opportunity in his career.
Raul Delarosa (Performer in August 2015 show) is an SF-based independent actor and activist who has enjoyed such roles as: The Birdcatcher (A CIA agent who targets activists with mind control electronics) in the Black Rep Theater presentation of The Birdcatcher; Khaled El Masri (a real life innocent victim of CIA torture) in the stageplay, I, a staged impeachment trial of George Bush and Dick Cheney; and the role of Dick Cheney's mitochondria in the satire, Polisatire, produced at SF's The Garage Theater.
Karen Melander Magoon (Performer in August 2015 show) sang major roles in opera theaters throughout Europe, including Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Olympia in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, Adele in Der Fledermaus, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, among many other roles. Karen sang in Berlin, Osnabrueck, Dortmund, Augsburg and Vienna while she raised her two children. Recently, she finished a run as Aegean and Dr. Pinch in Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s production of A Comedy of Errors.
Maria Fe Picar (Performer in August 2015 show) is a native San Franciscan who has been a dancer most of her adult life and holds a Bachelor's degree from SFSU in Physical Education with a dance and choreography emphasis. She has owned her own dance studio, ran After School Programs for high-risk youth in the Performing Arts and is currently co-founder of the film collaborative, Asian Mainstream Productions: a platform for beginning to serious filmmakers that want to become part of a creative community. As an actress, she has performed in film, theater, and voice-over. Maria is also a community activist in the arts as she is the Executive Director for the OMI Cultural Participation Project a local non-profit in the OMI district of San Francisco.
Gilberto Polanco (Performer in August 2015 show) has been performing for local audiences for the past year, most recently as Carlos in Legally Blonde: The Musical, at the Diego Rivera Theater. He has trained under Deborah Shaw from CCSF, Trinity Repertory Company’s former education director, Pamela Ward and John Wilk, ACT’s former casting director. In 2012, before moving to California to pursue his career in acting, he contributed to a number of projects in Rhode Island including the web series “Red Circles,” which has won several LAWEBFEST awards. Polanco is fluent in Spanish, studies yoga and currently works as a chef.
Sasha Silveanu (Performer in August 2015 show) has enjoyed performing locally in dance anywhere, with community members in the Tenderloin National Forest and in an off-Broadway production at the Diego Rivera Theatre. She is an ethnographer and an artist engaged in community, organizational and ecological health. Sasha spent 6 years in partnership with the Native American Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, supporting the cultural tailoring of public programs. Sasha currently serves on the Board of Independent Arts & Media and will perform a solo piece about civil war with Mpowerdance at NOHspace this autumn.
Meredith Charlson (Stage Manager for August 2015 show) is a rising senior at Stanford University studying Comparative Literature. Charlson was a company member of the ODC/Dance Jam for two seasons, and worked in dramaturgy and stage management for five productions at the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory. She performed in Amend and Charlson’s first production, M2: From Terminus to Terminus, and has danced for Bay Area choreographers such as KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, Amara Tabor-Smith, Aleta Hayes, and Alex Ketley.
Jared Mayerson (Assistant Stage Manager for August 2015 show) is the stage manager at Aragon High School in San Mateo. Jared has previously done stage crew on shows such as: The Laramie Project, Into The Woods, and Romeo and Juliet. Jared is a senior at Aragon and, outside of theater, he likes to play percussion and watch movies.