ANNA SHNEIDERMAN is a theatrical director and performer, a master teacher, and a creative arts administrator committed to working at the intersection of theatre, education, social justice and entrepreneurship. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Teaching from UC Berkeley, and her theatrical training includes work with Augusto Boal, Michael Rohd, SITI company, The Dell’arte School, and ZenZenZo. Prior to founding Ragged Wing, she worked at theaters such as Bread and Puppet, Redmoon, Steppenwolf, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. As an educator, she created, directed and grew the theater program at Envision Academy, a public, charter high school in Oakland, founded and directed the Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble, and taught at countless schools, summer camps and after school programs in the Bay Area and Chicago. Anna has participated in each of Ragged Wing’s professional and youth shows as a director, performer or producer, including creating the signature fall festival event. In 2014, after 10 years of successfully running and growing Ragged Wing Ensemble from a tiny theater company into a thriving arts non-profit, she spearheaded the opening of The Flight Deck. Both as an artist and as an organizational leader, Anna focuses on designing unique structures of collaboration that bring divergent voices into dialogue and create opportunities for connection.
AMY SASS As playwright, director, actor, choreographer, and visual artist, Amy brings a fierce voracity to her creative practice. Her early training in classical acting, avant-garde performance, puppetry, mask, and dance set the foundation of artistic rigor that has become the cornerstone of RWE’s ethic and aesthetic. A member of Playwright’s PlayGround, she has won the People’s Choice Award for her short plays: Significant People and Structural Instability as well as the June Anne Baker Commission Award. Her plays have appeared in PlayGround’s Spring Festival, the Bay Area One Acts, Fury Factory and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Selected Shorts. She specializes in creating new methods of artistic collaboration and story building, designing RWE’s multidisciplinary approach to the development of original work. A passionate teacher and a fierce arts advocate, she has taught theater to youth at many Bay Area institutions, most notably as the Founder and Director of Prospect Sierra School’s vibrant Drama Program. Most recent Writer/Director credits include: Time Sensitive, Maybe Baby, OPEN, Handless, No Outlet (a short film) and So Many Ways To Kill A Man. She is pleased to be featured at Mercury 20 for her collaboration with Eric Bohr creating the art installation: Everything Is Permanent. Other collaborators include: Mettle Theater, C.A.F.E, Fool’s Fury, Bald Productions and Shotgun Players. In all her endeavors, Amy works from the gut, using theater & art as vehicles for healing, empowerment and social change.
KEITH CORY DAVIS began studying theater at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and continued at the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in both acting and directing. He has been in the Bay Area since 1997 performing with many theater companies. With RWE, Keith has performed in The Serpent, Splinters… and Other F-Words, Alice in Wonderland, Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil, Handless, Open, Maybe Baby, Inanna’s Descent, and Time Sensitive. He also directed Ragged Wing’s The Tempest, and The Clearing (Fierce Play 2014). As a director and teacher, he has worked with Ragazzi Peninsula Boys Choir, Education Unlimited Acting Intensive in Berkeley, Albany High School and MLK Middle School. Keith currently teaches Drama at Prospect Sierra School.
TATIANA CHATERJI is a theater artist, educator, youth organizer and restorative justice practitioner. She is a facilitator with Love Balm for My SpiritChild, a testimonial theater process honoring women who have lost children to violence. In the Oakland Unified School District, she guides curriculum and leads classes in Theater of the Oppressed, liberation arts, and leadership (BAY-Peace). She also leads classes in improvisational theater and storytelling in Alameda County’s juvenile detention center and co-directs a performance ensemble in San Quentin State Prison. Tatiana’s background includes Artist Residency with Alternative Living Theatre (Probir Guha, director) and various other performance collectives in Kolkata, West Bengal, India with strong influence by Jerzy Grotowski. Her undergraduate honors thesis (Harvard ‘08 Government and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality) highlighted the citizenship practices and “performance interventions” by artists in Boston’s Haitian community.
AKAINA GHOSH made their Ragged Wing Ensemble debut as Hermione in their production of The Winter’s Tale. Akaina trained with One Year Lease and New York Stage and Film while attending Vassar College in New York, where they received their BA in Drama. Recent performances include Bonnie in How to Be a White Man (FaultLine), Noor in SoundWaves (EnActe Arts) and Beatrix in Ophelia’s Ripple Effect (Ragged Wing Ensemble). Follow them at akainaghosh.com.
CHAMPAGNE HUGHES, Flight Deck Manager, is a multi-talented artist and entrepreneur with a B.A in Theatre Arts & Administration. She looks forward to establishing a stronger community in the arts and motivate others to act freely in their passion. She is the founder and artistic director of Dionysus Presents, Oakland’s newest and wildest dinner theater company.
ADDIE ULREY was raised by farmers, house painters, meditators, and real-life radicals in Charlotte, Michigan. She holds a BA in theatre from Oberlin College, and has trained at the Eugene O’Neill Center, the Moscow Art Theatre, and Double Edge Theatre laboratory. In the spring of 2010 she moved west to seek her fortune. Since then she has been working with RWE in many capacities. She has written three short original pieces that were performed as part of the Fierce Play Series (Fish Tank Piece, How to Ripen, Making It), adapted myth for the fall festival (Inanna’s Descent), and worked with the youth ensemble to create two full length pieces (America Who?, The Hourglass). Her piece Portrait of the Young Artist as a Young Artist represented Ragged Wing at the Factory Parts works-in-progress festival in San Francisco in July of 2013. She’s been seen performing with the ensemble in Persephone’s Roots, Time Sensitive, and Maybe Baby.
BRANDON WILIAMSCRAIG enjoyed a twenty year career in the professional regional theater as an actor, director, vocalist, and dramaturg. After a national theater tour and relocation to California to become an aikido instructor and somatics practitioner, his focus grew to include social-entrepreneurship, learning and sharing leadership through community organizing, social action, and co-creating sustainable organizations. Increasing communication capacity continues to be his vocation, in order to engage in social justice culture-making. Toward this end, he completed a Ph.D. in cultural mythology and psychology, and teaches graduate students in Depth Psychology and Somatics at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He also co-founded and directs the nonprofit Association Building Community, one of several organizations which calls The Flight Deck home, and which hosts his Peace Practices project in order to synthesize and offer the skill sets of the martial artist, educator, performer, and facilitator through business consulting and in-school instruction.
VISUAL ARTS CORE
Anthony Clarvoe, Lisa Drostova, Wendi Gross, Dan Kurtz, Serena Morelli, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, Michele Owen, Julia Robertson, Christina Shonkwiler, David Stein, Puja Tolton, Addie Ulrey, Elizabeth Wand
BOARD & ADVISORY COUNCIL
Board of Directors
Denisse Mancia Braun, Chair
Lina Buffington, Vice Chair
Jessie Dykstra, Secretary
Vicente Lopez, Treasurer
Wendy Horng Brawer