MATTHEW CHAVEZ (Orestes) Matt performed in the We Players production of Macbeth at Fort Point in 2008. He is an actor and San Francisco native.
AURELIA ANASTASIA KINSLOW (Chorus) Aurelia holds a Master’s of Arts in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She teaches French and English at the East Bay French American School. Aurelia has performed Tahitian dance, Brazilian dance and Salsa professionally in Hawaii, California and Tahiti, French Polynesia. She is the recipient of multiple Tahitian dance awards including Miss Hilo- Tahiti 2005.
ROSY MOON (Chorus) Rosy is irresistibly drawn to physical theater with background in dance, circus, yoga and Suzuki Actor Training Method. Making a spectacle of herself by any means necessary she walked on stilts at London’s Millennium Dome and played it straight for the first time as Lady M in Frances Barbe’s Suzuki inspired adaptation of the ‘Scottish play’. Her circus training enables her to juggle being a wife, mother of two daughters, yoga instructor, life coach and actress. Film credits include woman in Lucid by Dean Mermell and Gina in The 4-21 by Tom Galt. Rosy is thrilled to be working with We Players for the first time.
ANDRUS NICHOLS (Electra) Andrus relocated to the Bay Area from NY to play with We in June. She has worked and trained as an actor in NY and CT, and is an alumna of the Intensive Actor Training program at Shakespeare & Company (MA). Recent East coast productions include: The Rainmaker (Lizzie Curry), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Cathleen), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), and Enchanted April (Caroline). This is the dirtiest she has been in a very long time. Andrus also has a not-so-secret passion for sea chanteys and roots music. Much thanks to Elise, Ava, and Bobby Weinapple for making the East to West transition so smooth. www.andrus-nichols.com
AVA ROY (Iphigenia) Ava is delighted to serve as Artist-in-Residence this year on Alcatraz Island. Ava has trained primarily with Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Massachusetts, has taught in their youth education programs and performed with the company. Ava is also a yoga teacher, world traveler, and sailor. When not playing with We, she tends to be on the water and wandering. She recently completed the longest consecutive ocean passage across the pacific to Hawaii. She is grateful to all of her teachers.
VAL SINKLER (Clytemnestra) val has been a we-playah for quite a while now. you may have seen her around the bay area where she’s performed/lived on & off for the past dozen years….let the record show––val is a nyc native, born and bred. (brooklyn, all over the world, indeed.) she would like to thank the humans, and all other beings responsible for the countless miracles, big & little, that have kept her alive and on this path––without a day job; hol. ler. her-ka-leez. let’s keep up the good work!
JENNA BROOKE SMITH (Chorus) Jenna has forever been fascinated with all things theatrical and magical. She spent her childhood dancing, singing, writing plays, and performing for friends and family. She has acted in community theater, television commercials, and independent films, and has been a teacher of yoga and belly dance for the past 8 years. Jenna finds excitement and creative inspiration in dreams, pleasure, pain, synchronicity, and the oddities of life. She looks to theater, art, music, the written word, and the Universe within for insight and imagination. www.jennabrookesmith.com
TERI WHIPPLE (Chrysothemis) Teri is proud to be in her first We Players production. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from San Francisco State University, and has also studied at the American Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare & Company (MA). She has performed numerous roles in various theaters, but never before has she performed on Alcatraz. What a lucky girl she is!
CARA ZEISLOFT (Chorus) Cara began dancing at the age of twelve in Portland, and has continued studying and performing in the 27 years since. She’s appeared most recently with the Chimene Pollard Dance Group in San Francisco, and will be dancing in an aerial work by Cherie Carson at Studio 12 in December. She’s especially glad for the current opportunity to share a stage with We Players.