No Pants in Tucson Creative
Melissa is a director, producer and writer who specializes in devised theatre and new plays. Her work has been seen at HERE, The New Ohio, Dixon Place and has been an artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center. A former competitive figure skater, she loves infusing her work with movement. She has trained with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Doug Varone and Dancers, SITI Company, and Odin Teatret in Denmark. She is the Founding Artistic Director of The Anthropologists, a theatre company dedicated to the collaborative creation of investigative theatre that inspires action. Favorite projects with The Anthropologists include Artemisia's Intent (Best Solo Drama, Frigid 2018), This Sinking Island (2018), Save The World! (Ice Factory 2017), No Man’s Land (2016, TheaterLab) and Give Us Bread (2010 Berkshire Fringe). She holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Lead DeviserMariah Freda
Mariah Freda she/her is a theater maker, devisor and performer. She received an MFA from The New School for Drama in acting and has been making art with The Anthroplogists since 2012: Mahalla, The Lecture/Blackout, No Man’s Land, This Sinking Island and Artemisia’s Intent. Other favorite NYC projects: Paiseu (Target Margin Lab) Members Only (Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Wake! Sing! (Meta-Phys Ed) Mariah is a mother to two masterpieces who continue to drive her to make art that inspires action.
Costume & Scenic DesignIrina Kuraeva
Irina Kuraeva (she/her/hers) is a visual artist. She was born in Russia, where she attended a local art school. Irina has been working in the theater industry since 2016. Her main field of expertise is scenic painting, and she also enjoys designing and making costumes. In 2019 Irina started working in film.
Sound DesignErica Huang
Erica Huang (they/she) is an all around sound person. Theatre sound credits include Ma-Yi Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, and Central Square Theatre. She‘s also mixed podcasts for Netflix, CNN, and Stitcher; composed music for PRX, Spoke Media, and Constellations Audio; and directed and scored a handful of short films.
Lighting DesignMoneé Stamp
Moneé Stamp attended Savannah College of Art and Design ( BFA) and Ohio University (MFA). After her College career Moneé has managed to juggle owning her own business, freelancing and fighting for the rights of people of color. “I aspire to learn, create art, have fun, and make memories that last a lifetime”. Her credits include, Sweat (Lighting Designer, Stella Adler), Accepts with Pleasure, The African Company presents Richard III (Titan Theatre Company), La Pucelle (The Tank NYC), How She Got Me Naked (The Tank NYC), The wolves (Ohio University), The Defiance of Dandelions, In The Next Room, Stop Kiss, Lettice and Lovage (Assistant Lighting Designer, Delaware Rep Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Assistant Lighting Designer, The Argyle Theatre), Cabaret (Assistant Lighting Designer), All Our Children (Assistant Lighting Designer, The Sheen Center) Whatdoesfreemean (Assistant Lighting Designer, The Tank NYC), Glengarry Glen Ross (Assistant Lighting Designer, Ohio University), Machinal (Assistant Lighting Designer), Christmas Carol (Assistant Lighting Designer; IRT), 365 Plays in 365 Days (Associate Lighting Designer; Ohio University) “Theatre is a medium to express oneself. It has the power to make people laugh or cry, learn new things, empathize or sympathize and to encourage people to think about life.” Asé (Jeremiah 29:11)
Linnea Valdiva (she/they) is a producer, dramaturg and playwright. Linnea specializes in new work dramaturgy and development and is most interested in writing and supporting stories that re-imagine popular cultural narratives, challenge American folklore and explore histories that have undergone relentless historical erasure. Linnea is a current student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University.