True Nature of All Being Creative
Lisa A. Giordano is a playwright, producer, director, teacher & visual artist. She is a co-founder and board member of Emerson Theater Collaborative, and ETC’s resident playwright. Her play, “Harriet Tubman’s Dream” has been repeatedly performed by ETC’s Camilla Ross. "True Nature of All Being" was a finalist with an Honorable Mention in the Eco-Drama Playwrights Festival, an international playwrights’ competition in California, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Clauder Competition, the New England Playwrights’ Festival. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, and her plays have been performed regionally and received honors nationally. Her paintings have been exhibited in venues throughout CT and RI, and she sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in her community.
To thine own self be true—Camilla Ross’s resourceful, versatile life is a testament to this ideal. Passionate, loving and giv- ing, she’s led and gathered a host of loyal students, colleagues and champi- ons throughout her life to achieve great works, and empower the spirits and well-being of others. “To be a catalyst for social change is really where it’s at for me,” Camilla said. “I believe theater should always be a venue for social change. I love the art of live theater and love what it does to the human soul and spirit. It moves us to look at life differently. To leave off the rose-colored glasses and really see the human condition.” ETC is a shining example. Founded in 2008 to give voice to actors’ innate talent for character development, Camilla has since produced more than 20 inspired, original performances. Emerging and professional cast and crew have blos- somed under her guidance. And together they’ve created profound, can’t-ev- er-forget shows that illuminate social issues, and transform audience curios- ity into concern and action. The art of performing is also ingrained in Camilla’s soul. “God gave me the gift when I was born, I just discovered its worth as I got older,” she added. Camilla has a deep well of experience and mentorship to tap into for her ETC roles— from her days at Emerson College, and then in regional theaters and commer- cials. Among her favorite portrayals? Capturing the heart, spark and essence of Harriet Tubman in the one-woman show Harriet Tubman’s Dream. Which she delighted audiences at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Her latest directing project has been Hour Farther by Tony nominated playwright, producer, and actor David Greer. Hour Father featured Keith David from Oprah’s Greenleaf.
Ashley Adelman Ashley is a native New Yorker. She re- ceived her BFA from NYU TISCH, her MFA from The Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace University. Most of Ms. Adelman’s work is documentary theatre based. For her newest work Ms. Adel- man has joined immersive theatre and non-fiction into a theatre where the au- dience truly goes back into history. Ashley is the artistic director of the not for profit theatre company, In- finite Variety Productions, which is dedicated to shedding a light on the unknown stories from women’s history. She is also a resident artist at FrigidNYC. To learn more about her company and her own work visit www.infinitevarietynyc.org
Stage ManagerMelinda McElroy
Melinda McElroy Melinda is a Central New York native, settled in Sedona, AZ in June 2020 with her boyfriend, Chris Roder, and their 95 lb. Golden Retriever, Turk; after four years traveling the U.S. in an RV. Melinda is an attorney and has strong accounting skills from her years as an FDIC Bank Examiner. She brings her many years’ experience in choral singing, as well as exposure to stage productions in the past, with her to Sedona Arts Academy. She is Stage Manager for this production of “Raging Skillet” and is thrilled to be working with the director, producer, actors, costumer, prop master, and all of the “hands on deck” as part of her effort to give back to and wholeheartedly join in the arts in her new community.
Lighting DesignerJon Capozzoli
Jon has worked with ETC since 2010 and continues in his efforts to support meaning- ful arts. After gaining meaningful experi- ence with ETC Jon received his Bachelors In Arts in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University. He is grateful to his friends and family for their continued support of all projects he finds himself involved in as well as the cast and crew for their hard work which has made this production as incredible as possible.
Sound DesignerMatt Egan
Matt has worked with SAA on several projects and this will be his second production with ETC. This will be Matt’s first foray into sound design and he couldn’t be more excited for this endeavor with such a phenomenal group to work with. A recent resident to Sedona, Matt continues his support of ETC and SAA in their missions to engage the public with arts and the various underrepresented stories that need to be experienced.
Technical AssistantJack Ross
Being part of ETC’s Board allows Jack to witness a production from start to finish and capture it all on film. Jack loves to build a photo books to tell these stories - kids from the summer program enjoy these keepsakes as do the adults involved. A former navy carrier pilot (USN retired) and retired pilot, Jack enjoys motorcycling and outdoor activities. He is involved with the Sedona Area Veterans Community Organization.
Jayson has dedicated his life to the pursuit of the highest quality audio for live music and television broadcasts, having won 2 EM- MY’s (and 10 nominations) for his work with NBC at the 2012 Olympic games in London and with ESPN at the 2018 US Open tennis championships. He brings his 30 plus years of experience to Sedona having started the video production company, Sedona UAS, offering live broadcast productions and aerial cinematography
Videographer and Digital MarketerDustin Stienstra
Dustin Stienstra is a videographer, director and film producer. He works with SedonaUAS.com to live stream and produce professional video. He is the author of a Recovery workbook called Reclaim Myself on Amazon. He is a life coach and business consultant with thelionwithin.com. He is also the co-founder of the Arizona Restorative Justice Coalition found at azrjc.org.
Karen is the Oracle and Founder of No Moss Brands, a branding and marketing company in Phoenix, Arizona. No Moss Brands was founded in 2012. Karen left a successul corporate career where she directed the branding, marketing and advertising efforts of a major retailer and finance company with over 115 stores in 20 ma- jor markets across the U.S. Through her unique branding and marketing app- roach the company tripled their annual revenue ($500M to $1.5 B).
Larry began shooting professionally when he was about 15. He shot weddings and most any kind of parties. In high school, he taught the photography class when the regular instructor had a conflict. During this time his images won many awards. While in college, he worked every weekend and it was common for him to return to school Sunday night in his tuxedo. Larry is also the retired (August 1998) Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of Alternative Resources Corporation (ARC). ARC is a leading provider of information technology (IT) services. Started in early 1988, ARC was based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, with sixty offices across the U.S. and Canada (at the end of 1998). ARC is an information technology (IT) management services organization that provides technical solutions, including component outsourcing (Smartsourcing®) and project-based resources for information technology operations and application support development to Fortune 1000 companies. Larry is a 1962 graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. Early in his career, he worked in rocket technology on NASA-sponsored research. There are not too many photographers who can claim to be a rocket scientist! Further, Larry also received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1981. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in IT and business management, and more than a half century of photography experience. Larry’s photography adventures have led him and his wife, Fern, on photo expeditions from the American Southwest to the Serengeti, in Africa. If you ask him for a business card, more often than not, you will receive the one that reads “Photographer,” not the one that reads, “Executive”. Since retirement from day-to-day business he has focused his photography on making portraits of both people and animals. A portrait session creating wonderful but different photographs has become his trademark. Recently, he has had a portrait exhibit at the Sedona Public Library, a three month “Faces of Israel” exhibit at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, AZ, two months exhibit in Flagstaff AZ, and a three month exhibit of Northern Arizona Landscapes. Also, Larry has been a guest photographic lecturer at UCLA focusing on environmental street portraits. Most of his photography time is spent making portraits of animals, from seals along the California coast to the large cats on the Serengeti. Most all are made in the wild. His animal image collection is extensive. Since moving to Sedona (full-time) in 2013, he has added landscapes to his photographic efforts. Currently, Larry photographs for Red Earth Theater and the HUB in Sedona, and Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde. All keep him busy shooting portraits and promotional images. Larry continues to make award winning images and his work is displayed regularly. One of his award winning pictures won 2nd place in the United Airlines annual photographic contest; the image is at daybreak in the Sahara desert. Larry has a permanent display of his images in the Aloha Theater in Kona Hawaii. These are portraits of cast members from productions over the last 17 years.