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Michelle Chan (she/her/hers)

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MICHELLE CHAN is an internationally trained director, writer, and performer. She is a first-generation Hong Konger-Taiwanese-American who seeks to explore the themes of cultural fusion that come with BIPOC American and immigrant American stories, often focusing on intersectionality within feminism. While at Pace, Michelle was selected for the 2020 inaugural cohort of their Storytelling for Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. Past credits include Julio Down by the Schoolyard, How I Learned to Drive, Para(normals), Pineapple (波羅).


Written by Alex Lin (she/her/hers)
Directed by Michelle Chan (she/her/hers)
Performed by Lilian Rebelo (she/her/hers)

“You are who you are, and you are who other people think you are. You can’t avoid that.”
— Helen Mirren


ALEX LIN (she/her/hers) is an award-nominated Asian-American playwright, screenwriter, and journalist. Her plays have been workshopped and produced with Women's Theatre Festival, The Rude Mechanicals, Actors Theatre of Louisville (PTC), and the University of Idaho. She is a 2020 Pass the Pen nominee at Ashland New Plays Festival, a member of the 20/21 A4 Virtual Residency, and a member of The COOP's inaugural ClusterF**K writer's group. With A24 Film’s space media agency, Supercluster, she’s worked with astronauts, actors, writers, and directors - as well as NASA, SpaceX, Boeing, and Netflix to bridge scientific discovery and popular culture.

LILIAN REBELO (she/her/hers) is a New York-based Latina theatre artist and actor. She is currently completing her BA in Theatre Performance at Fordham University. Select theatre credits include Men on Boats (Sumner), To the Bone (Lupe), L&A (Lena), Luna (Mamá), and Mr. Burns (Itchy). Endless thanks to Michelle for trusting me in these crazy times. And to Dame Mirren: "God Save the Queen."

Ricardo Delgado Garcés (he/him/his)

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RICARDO DELGADO GARCÉS is an Ecuadorian born and raised theater-maker based in NYC. He is interested in telling stories that wander between reality and magic. His latest works include collaborating with Teatro Sea, the New York Public Library and Sitting Shotgun. In Ecuador he has worked as assistant director for productions with ELTIATRO, and La Casa Cino Fabianni, as well as directing music videos for upcoming musicians. He is a member of Pace University’s International Performance Ensemble Class of 2021 pursuing a degree in Theater Directing with a minor in Film Studies.


Directed by Ricardo Delgado Garcés (he/him/his)
Written by Nelson Diaz-Marcano (he/him/his)
Performed by Pascal Arquimedes (he/him/his)
Sound Design by Hunter Francisco (he/him/his)


NELSON DIAZ-MARCANO is a Puerto Rican NYC-based theater maker, activist, and community leader whose mission is to create work that challenges and builds community. He recently became a member of the Clubbed Thumb’s Writer’s Group and is also a recipient of the EST Sloan commission for 2020/2021. He currently serves as the Literary Manager for the Latinx Playwright Circle and as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Atlantic Theater Company. His plays have been developed by Clubbed Thumb, The Lark, Vision Latino Theater Company, Milagro Theatre, William Inge Theatre Festival, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Parsnip Ship among others.

PASCAL ARQUIMEDES is a Dominican- American actor born and raised in Kissimmee, Fl. He moved to NYC when he was 18 and attended NYCDA, where he received in A.S. In Film and Television Acting. He began working professionally in 2017 where he starred as the lead the “The Skin of the Teeth” on Amazon Prime. In 2019, he joined AEA after performing a staged reading of “Let Night Fall on the Cote D’Azure” at the Signature Theater. He’s grateful for the opportunity to tell this story, and hopes everyone enjoys the experience.

Mark Thomas Johnson (they/he)

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MARK THOMAS JOHNSON is a playwright and director based out of Brooklyn. Plays: Daughters of Solomon (Sitting Shotgun), I Do Believe in Fairies (Dixon Place/HOT! Festival) Directing: Measure for Measure (Untitled Shakespeare Project), A Public Reading…Walt Disney (SQUARE1). Their assisting work includes The Civilians, Mint Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, San Francisco Playhouse, and others.


Written by Christian St. Croix (he/him/his)
Directed by Mark Thomas Johnson (they/he)
Performed by Emily Conlon (she/her/hers)

“When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity.”
— C.L.R. James


CHRISTIAN ST. CROIX (he/him/his) is a playwright, theatre maker and the author of M., a collection of prose, poetry and micro-fiction that Outword Magazine describes as, ”Raw. Real. Radical. Racy.” His works include Princes, winner of the 2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding LGBT Performance; Zack, which premiered at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati in November 2020, And All the Birds Loved Her, an audio play commissioned by Blindspot Collective and La Jolla Playhouse, and Monsters of the American Cinema, winner of the 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival Award for Artists' Pick and Cultural Exchange.

EMILY CONLON (she/her) is a New York City based actor and singer. A senior BFA actor at Pace University, Emily specializes in character study, voice impressions and short form improv. Recent credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Cunningham, Pace University, Zoom), As You Like It (Jacques/Phoebe, Pace University, Radio Play), and Godspell (Jesus, REXArts). She has been involved in numerous student theatre works and held an audiobook internship with Robin Miles of Voxerpertise. Emily is an Aquarius sun with a Cancer moon, so a natural nurturer, go-with-the-flow, fighter and lover combined.

Turner Messer (they/them/theirs)

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TURNER MESSER is a NYC based screenwriter, director, performer. They are a graduating senior at Pace University's Directing major in the International Performance Ensemble program with a minor in creative writing. Past credits include Theatre: The Public Theatre (As you like it), The Hellbound Train N.O.W festival at Pace University, TV performance: SNL with SZA 12/9/17, The View 12/20/19


Written by Diana Burbano (she/her/ella)
Directed by Turner Messer (they/them/theirs)
Performed by Cherrye J. Davis


DIANA BURBANO, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, playwright and teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Her plays include Policarpa (OSF Brown Swan Lab, Drama League Rough Draft), Jane Chambers Award Honorable Mention, Parsnip Ship), Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep, Festival51 winner), Picture me Rollin’, Silueta, and Caliban’s Island (published by YouthPLAYS). Her short play Rounds Per Second is in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology. She is currently writing for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso series, for Rogue Artists Plummer Park project, and for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational touring show.

CHERRYE J. DAVIS is an actor, musician and filmmaker from NYC. AEA*. Theater: Cherrye has worked with esteemed theaters such as The Public Theater, LaMama, LPAC, Classical Theater of Harlem, National Black Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BedStuy Alive!, New Museum. Film: Her film work includes: Extra Room (2019) Scribbles:The Webseries (2019), For Flow (2011 HBO). Most recently, her directorial debut film Covered is screening at national and international festivals, including Toronto Black Film Festival. Music: A versatile musician, She can be found performing with blues band The Nervous, or fronting live hip hop band Deathrow Tull. Follow her music and moves at