Jamaal Amir holds a BA from the University of Maryland (‘17) School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies program. His undergraduate experience has fueled his desire to continue his studies at Towson University. His creative and scholarly interests include Hip-Hop culture and the institution of queer, black, and poor experiences in the context of celebration and empowerment. With his forthcoming musical and performative projects, he hopes to engage the Baltimore community in order to fascinate the spirit of revolution, initiate discussions of self-awareness, and generate the visionary and practical ideologies of the youth of Baltimore. His work as a performance artist and educator is marked by heavy influences from Hip-Hop artists such as Mykki Blanco, Nicki Minaj, and The Fugees, as well as the inclusion of opinions from Black revolutionary visionaries such as Marcus Garvey and James Baldwin.
Tavish Forsyth is an improviser and educator based in Baltimore with New England roots. He is the founder of Bird City Improv. He is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches applied improv to undergraduates through the Center for Leadership Education. He is also a senior teaching artist at the Baltimore Improv Group and a performer with the Charm City Comedy Project.
As an actor of thirteen years, Tavish serendipitously found his love for improv while attending Stevenson University, where he studied Film & Theatre. The most important thing he learned in four years was two simple words. Yes: accept your reality. And: capitalize on your circumstance.
Today, Tavish relishes sharing his discoveries with students from across the country, empowering individuals to listen, adapt, and respond, to cultivate awareness and connectivity in the hopes developing a more thoughtful world.
Rae Red (Rae Anna Hample) is a multi-media artist living in Marfa, TX. She combines personal narrative with environmental justice, shadow puppetry, animation and live singing to create jubilant performances. Her work is playfully macabre, and often explores what it means to transform. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Bard College and has been working as an art educator at Marfa ISD for the past three and a half years. Rae’s journey with shadow puppetry officially began with a bicycle pulled puppet tour of New England in 2014. Her work has been presented in a wide variety of spaces including the back of a donut shop, abandoned buildings, community theaters, Mana Contemporary, Bread and Puppet Theater, and The Resonator Project among many more. She is currently planning her third US tour before attending graduate school at Towson University in the fall.
Jarod Hanson is a multidisciplinary artist dedicated to original, actor-centered theatre. He is a longtime member of the award-winning MB ADAPTORS Company, and has toured internationally as an original cast member and co-deviser of several new works, including SLEEPWALKERS, THE HUMAN SHOW, CYCLOPEDIA, PULLING STRINGS and HEADSHOT!. His work seeks to reclaim theatre’s primal, ritualistic roots and inspire audiences through imagistic, visceral, ensemble-driven story. Jarod is passionate about empowering artists through actor training. He is a Certified Margolis Method teacher and has served as Lead Faculty at the Margolis Method Center Int’l in upstate New York. In addition, he has taught workshops and residencies throughout the country and at the Margolis Method Center Barcelona, Spain. Jarod has contributed to the development of Margolis Method Online, an innovative web-based platform for actor training. He is thrilled to be joining Towson’s MFA Program to learn, share, and create.
Katie Hileman is an actor, director, and theatre maker from Baltimore, MD whose interests lie in creating new, urgent and theatrical works for the stage. She is the Artistic Director and a founding member of The Interrobang Theatre Company, a DIY theatre company dedicated to cultivating rising professional theatre artists in Baltimore city, with a particular focus on developing new plays. With Interrobang, Katie has produced seven fully mounted shows in four years, including a stint in New York at FringeNYC performing in Susan McCully's Kerrmoor, as well as receiving Charm City Fringe Festival's 2014 Best of Fringe Award for Deborah Zoe Laufer's Leveling Up. Outside of Interrobang, Katie has acted professionally at many local theatres including RepStage, Venus Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, and Maryland Ensemble Theatre, among others. Katie holds a BFA in Acting from UMBC.
A filmmaker by qualification, a theatre-maker by serendipity and an expressive artist/e mindfully! Indulging in all things creative and artistic is my life force; and so, I call myself a Creative Practitioner.
I have been the Festival Director and co-producer of Short + Sweet Theatre Festival Manila for four seasons; teach Theatre Arts at the European International School Manila and facilitate workshops in Theatre and Creative Expressive Arts. Performance Storytelling is my forte.
A nature + culture lover, a passionate cook, photographer, a travel enthusiast, SCUBA diver & Reiki healer; I am also an avid reader of short stories, mythology, spirituality and psychology, especially psychoanalysis. Thrillers, suspense and murder mysteries is my favorite genre of films.
Driven by Fitness, Compassion and Mindfulness; Exploring, Questioning & Discovering is my everyday Mantra.
One word that describes me best - Khromatopsyche!
Brandice is a theater artist passionate about devised works that engage local communities. She completed the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International where she studied clown, Commedia and mask work. In San Francisco she worked as an actress in many new works, as well as immersive, on-site productions. Recently she and a group of theater makers did a creative collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe in Humboldt County that culminated in a final event, which she directed.
Matthew Williams is a performer and interdisciplinary artist from Baltimore, MD. He presents work as both dance and performance art. His practices include writing, somatics, movement research, dance, and improvisation. He is interested in the tension between his body’s physical memory/movement patterns and the possibility of moving in new ways, expanding movement vocabulary, and healing trauma. As a result, he has recently begun to explore dance movement therapy and depth psychology. Matthew has performed with Peter Redgrave, Move Move Collaborative, Laure Drogoul, among others. His work has been a part of Transmodern Festival, Labbodies Performance Art Review, and Baltimore Independent Dance Artists (BIDA). His writing can be found in Hyrsteria Zine, Potluck Magazine, Witchcraft, and Emergency Index. Matthew earned a BA in American Cultural Studies with a focus in creative writing from Bates College.