American Dream(s) Artistic Team

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Steven Hill
Steven Hill is a journalist, playwright and author of seven books of political nonfiction. His plays “New New Economy,” “Trophy Kid,” “Bad Spelling” and “Fallen Apple” have been produced or had readings in New York City (Off Off Broadway) and San Francisco; “New New Economy” was one of six plays awarded Theatre Bay Area’s “Best Play Anthology.” His articles and media interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, PBS, BBC, Die Zeit, Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, NY Daily News, Salon, The Nation and more. His fiction and poems have appeared in a number of publications, including Columbia Journal, Minnesota Review, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Struggle, Kinnikinnik, Sea-Town Crier, Written Arts, Prophetic Voices, and the anthologies Grasp the Rainbow, Poets for a Livable Planet and others. Contact him at and @StevenHill1776.
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Shanea N. Taylor
Shanea N. Taylor (she/her) has an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy/Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Taylor has a long history of being onstage, but finds her passion for education, storytelling and helping all free their voice, “we must tell our own stories” taking priority. She is currently an adjunct professor of Communication, Public Speaking, and Theatre at John Tyler Community College where she also directed She Kills Monsters, and Dark of the Moon. She also currently develops, researches, and writes grants for the Baxter Perkinson Center for the Arts in addition to education programming. Taylor has experience in helping corporations train their associates with phone etiquette, public speaking, and leadership; directed SPARC: Festival of New Voices; was a teaching artist/director for Quill Theatre: Festival Young Company; and served as director/acting coach for King’s Dominion Carnivale, Haunt, and Winterfest. She directed the award-winning world premiere of Neon Man and Me written by Slash Coleman, The Amen Corner at Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf for Heritage and Firehouse Theatre, and Before It Hits Home for Sycamore Rouge/Richmond Triangle Players. One of Taylor’s proudest moments was when she served as Co-Director/Master of Play and helped launch Will Power to Youth (a replication program with Richmond Shakespeare and LA Shakespeare.) Will Power to Youth is a nationally recognized, award-winning job and training program - this initiative is committed to developing, enriching, and employing young people to work their way through a Shakespeare play.
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Ethan Joshua
Ethan Joshua is a third-year student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Ethics, Society and Law, and minoring in Equity Studies and Drama. Ever since his first couple of classes in Dramaturgy last year, he absolutely fell in love with the practice, fascinated with the extensive theory application, research skills and organized mindset it instills! Ethan is currently a Dramaturg for two self-produced works of his, Constellations and Snow in Midsummer, and is so excited to dramaturg a musical for the first time in the near future! Ethan is also a multi-disciplinary artist, and enjoys constantly finding the intersections between dramaturgy, directing and acting! What drew Ethan to dramaturg American Dream was most definitely the opportunity to continue and improve my solidarity with Black, trans individuals as a gender-queer person himself. He hopes you enjoy the play, and can appreciate the opportunity for solidarity it provides for audience members!
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Joy Horton
Joy Horton is one of our captioners for our plays. She has always been interested in the theater and especially in the behind-the-scenes stuff, so she is particularly thrilled to be a part of our productions! Her passion for assisting the deaf and hard of hearing with her captioning talents has now afforded her a way to be a part of the production without the jitters of performing on stage. She is a wife and adoring mother to six beautiful children, all still at home, which is her other passion in life along with her two goldendoodles, Ginger and Ruby.