2016 Company Update
Core Company Members:
Madeline HD Brown, Company Member - Madeline is a San Francisco based performer whose focus is creating and performing ensemble-devised theatre and has been Mugwumpin company member since 2009. With Mugwumpin: Performer: The Great Big Also, This Is All I Need, Get This Go & The Search Party, Conceived/Performer: I Have This _______ [Possessional Confessional], AD: Future Motive Power. She has performed locally with Aurora Theatre, Brava Theater, CenterREP, Cutting Ball, Golden Thread, Just Theater, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, The Marsh, Playwrights Foundation, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players & Vertical Pool Productions. She holds a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a diploma from The International School of Corporeal Mime. She is a co-founding member of Psychopomp and Circumstance Dance Theatre, a member of HATCH: A Festival of Devised Performance, Miss Noir City 8 and a member of AEA. As a cabaret performer she performed Madeline’s 100th Birthday Party in the Dashow Wing of the Aurora Theatre and has shimmied for London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts, Hayward Gallery and Sadler’s Wells, Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, Oslo’s ACTS, Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe and many muddy, rock festivals. She is frequently seen in red, contemplating trouble.
Natalie Greene, Interim Artistic Director - Performer, teacher, and creator of dance and theater, Natalie Greene has been active in the Bay Area performance community for more than a decade. As Adjunct Faculty in the Dance Program at the University of San Francisco, Natalie co-directs the intergenerational performance company, Dance Generators. She is a veteran Artist-in-Residence and Board Member of the San Francisco Arts Education Project. As a performer and collaborator, she has worked with Deborah Slater, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Kelly Kemp, Kim Epifano and Mary Armentrout. Natalie is an enthusiastic Mugwumpin artist; with the company she has co-created and performed in Future Motive Power, The Great Big Also, Asomnia, and other Occurrences. Her own choreographic work ranges from flash mobs to intimate duets to miniature operas, and has been presented in theaters and non-traditional performance spaces including the roof of the Sunshine Biscuit Factory, California Academy of Sciences, Terminal 2 at the San Francisco Airport, ODC Theater, Dance Mission, and Italy’s Montescudaio Amphitheater. Her most frequent collaborators include Amie Dowling, Emily Keeler and Christopher W. White. As a baby, she slept in her dad’s guitar case at the side of the stage while his band played, and she has appreciated cozy spaces and loud music ever since.
Theodore J.H. Hulsker, Company Member, Resident Sound Designer - Teddy is a Bay Area native who has been designing sound professionally in the region since 2010. He studied theater at San Francisco State University where he received the Jim Ponder Grant for Excellence in Technical Theater and graduated as the Creative Arts Undergraduate Honoree. In addition to his work as a designer, Theodore is a sound design guest artist at both Tamalpais High School and Marin Academy, where he mentors student designers. He has provided original music for several productions, including Boxcar Theater's production of Lie of the Mind and Just Theater's production of A Maze. Other non-mugwump credits include Reasons to be Pretty at San Jose Stage Co.; The Changer, which he co-created with Bob Ernst; Glass Menagerie at Town Hall Theater; Shotgun Player's productions of Assassins, Woyzeck, and Strangers, Babies; The Chairs at Cutting Ball Theater; Yellow and American Dream at NCTC; Boxcar Theater's SpeakEasy; San Francisco Playhouse's productions of Jerusalem, Storefront Church, and Bauer; and Center Rep's production of Sleuth. He was the 2012 recipient of the Eric Landisman Fellowship for Emerging Designer. He likes the sounds of distant freeway traffic, birds, frogs, passing planes, shipping containers, windmills and loose balloons.
Mariana Olvera, Managing Director - Mariana began her association with Mugwumpin in 2014 as producer of Mugwumpin10, the company’s tenth anniversary celebration. She has since been an associate artist with the company. She became Managing Director in the summer of 2015. Through organizations like CounterPULSE and The Flight Deck, Mariana has had the pleasure of working with a variety of dance, theater, and performance artists as a technical director, production manager, and technician. She continues to work with performance artists La Chica Boom, Mica Sigourney and Maryam Rostami when the stars align. Mariana also brings to the organization her expertise as the current Operations Manager for Oakland Venue Management, where she oversees the administration of the special event spaces at the Kaiser Center in Downtown Oakland.
CURRENTLY ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Christopher W. White, Founding Artistic Director - Performance and theater artist, puppeteer, musician, and writer, Chris is co-founder and Artistic Director of Mugwumpin. Work with Mugwumpin includes directing The Great Big Also (2013), and co-creating and performing in Future Motive Power (2012), super:anti:reluctant (2006/2008 Cairo tour), and This Is All I Need (2010/2011 European tour). Around SF, Chris originated the role of Lance in Richard Montoya’s The River, with Campo Santo. He works regularly with EmSpace Dance, co-creating A Hand in Desire and Monkey Gone to Heaven. At SF Playhouse he designed puppets and directed puppetry for the West Coast premiere of David Greenspan and Stephin Merritt's musical adaptation of Coraline. He has worked with the Magic Theater, Shotgun Players, Banana Bag & Bodice, foolsFURY, Lunatique Fantastique, the SF Opera, and others.
In Dublin, Ireland, Chris served as Play Director in Residence and, later, Script Development Officer at Project Arts Centre, and also directed with various Dublin companies. He’s written articles for American Theatre, TheatreForum, Theatre Bay Area, and Howlround. MFA in Lecoq Based Actor-Created Theater: Naropa University/London International School of the Performing Arts; BA: Yale University.
He’s often spotted riding his brown bike or trying to suppress the urge to correct grammar.
El Beh is a theater artist, performer, musician, educator, mover and shaker with a degree in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She has collaborated with Mugwumpin over the past few years in various capacities, from fundraising to performing, favorites including Occurrences Get This Go and Asomnia. She has also been lucky to play locally with the likes of Magic Theater, Shotgun Players, Cal Shakes, Z Space, detour dance, EmSpace Dance, SF Playhouse, Center Rep, Townhall Theatre, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Cutting Ball Theater and Woman’s Will among others. As Mizz Ellemenohpee Q. Arestiuvee, she is a co-curator and host of Drag Spectacular Spectacular, a sporadic cabaret of drag curiosities at the Rite Spot. A happy Hawk and proud company member of detour dance, El can also be caught exposing babies to the glories of music making, creating weird, and sometimes not-so-weird, but mostly weird sounds on her cello, or grooving HARD on the dance floor.
Katherine Bickford studied Theater, Film, & Dance at Humboldt State and holds an Honorary Degree in Dance from that institution for Dance Stage Management. Soon after moving to the Bay Area she got sucked into Mugwumpin's sphere, stage managing two revivals (This Is All I Need and super:anti:reluctant) for Mugwumpin10, Luster at the Asian Art Museum, and Blockbuster Season. Katherine's passion lies in interdisciplinary problem solving, and she is no stranger to devised works; Katherine’s theater career really took off in fifth grade, when she wrote, directed, starred in, and designed lights for the psychedelic extra-terrestrial parody, ‘The Tacky Zone.’
Stephanie DeMott graduated summa cum laude from SF State University with a B.A. in Theater Arts and Creative Writing, and received her M.F.A from the American Conservatory Theater. She has performed with A.C.T., Magic Theatre, TheatreFirst, Word For Word, and Mugwumpin, among others. Favorite roles include May in Fool For Love, Orlando, Lady Macbeth, and Mercutio. She is also an Associate Artist with TheatreFirst. Stephanie has taught for CIIS, specifically at Burning Man exploring devising theater under extreme conditions, and regularly teaches in A.C.T.'s Studio program. She served as an A.C.T. Conservatory Associate, 2005-2008. She is developing a piece with University of Chichester’s Louie Jenkins in collaboration with Lisa Steindler at Z Below.
Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky - Wolfgang is, in addition to work with Mugwumpin, a freelance director-collaborator and lighting designer. He has worked on a broad range of scripted works, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom and Sartre’s No Exit, as well as adapting and directing Wolfgang Borchert’s Draussen vor der Tür and Christopher Marlowe’s Faustus. Wolfgang has developed and directed the world premieres of Killer Queen (Burning Monk Collective), a hand in Desire (EmSpace Dance) and Owners of Nothing (Transient Theatre). For the past year and a half, he has been developing, in collaboration with a director in London and in New York, a completely online performance event. Wolfgang’s lighting design is focused on site-specific creations like Mugwumpin’s Future Motive Power at the San Francisco Old Mint and Killer Queen in a warehouse in West Hollywood in Los Angeles. Raised by a Freudian and a Marxist, he likes to get his hands dirty and think about how performance can build a better world.
Susannah Martin is an award-winning director, theatre maker, and theatre educator. She has directed and/or made work for Shotgun Players (where she is also a company member), A.C.T., Aurora Theatre, Boxcar Theatre, Marin Theatre, Playwright’s Foundation, Porchlight Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Sonoma County Rep, TheatreFIRST, TheatreWorks, and Town Hall Theatre, among others. She taught for CalShakes for twelve years and directed several productions for their 5-week summer conservatory. Susannah has also taught for St. Mary’s College, UC Davis, Los Medanos College, and San Francisco University High School, among others. Upcoming projects for Susannah include Ariel Luckey’s Amnesia at the SF International Arts Festival and Blockbuster Season with Mugwumpin. BFA: NYU; MFA: UC Davis. www.susannahmartin.net
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart is the artistic director of EmSpace Dance, a dance-theater company she founded in 2000. With EmSpace Dance, Erin makes dance-theater and dance films inspired by the invisible connections between things. Erin is also a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, and occasional viola player. She has had the pleasure of working as a perfomer/collaborator with many fine artists and companies over the years, including Flyaway Productions,13th Floor Dance Theater, Erika Chong Shuch, Amara Tabor Smith, Shotgun Players, Chris Black, David Szlaza, Detour Dance, and many others. In 2008, The SF Bay Guardian honored Erin with a GOLDIE award for dance. www.emspacedance.org
Soren Santos is an actor, mover, teacher and Bay Area native. He performed with Mugwumpin in the 2014 remount of super:anti:reluctant. He also collaborated with Mugwumpin on The Gandy Dance, a non-stop 20-hour dance party on local BART trains. Soren is a graduate of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine (Honors in Acting, Cum Laude), and has worked locally with several other theater companies, including Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, TheatreFIRST, Shotgun Players, New Conservatory, foolsFURY, Ragged Wing Ensemble, and more. He has also performed nationally with Movement Research (Judson Memorial Church, NYC), Counter-Balance Theater (Edison Theatre, St. Louis, MO), and Rogue Artists Ensemble (Northwest Regional Puppetry Festival, Seattle, WA). Proud hawk. Occasional gardener. Frequent cyclist. Aspiring dancer. Constant human. www.sorensantos.com
Michelle Talgarow is a performer, director, and educator based in the Bay Area for the past 20 years, specializing in the collaborative process in devising new work. With Mugwumpin she performed in The Great Big Also and in many Occurrences, Luster and Asomnia being favorites. In 2014 she directed their remount of super:anti:reluctant for Mugwumpin10. She has performed, directed, and worked at the EXIT Theatre since 1999. She is a member of RIPE Theatre Company and ACME Performance Projects. She was the Managing Direct/Co-Founder of Train Station Theatre lab and Train Station: an actor's gym, a collective of artists dedicated to the creative development of theatrical skills and innovative training for the performer. Over the years, she’s had the honor to have worked with Shotgun Players, Impact Theatre, Ferocious Lotus Theatre, Bindlestiff Studios, Cutting Ball Theatre and Magic Theatre. Michelle graduated with honors from San Francisco State University in Theatre Performance. She has trained in a variety of physical theatre disciplines and is striving to perfect her robot and struttin’ moves.
Ashley Rogers is a second generation Bay Area native and an educational purebred. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre and performance studies with an emphasis in costume design from UC Berkeley and her MFA in theatrical design and technology from San Francisco State. She is now a staff member of the San Francisco Opera costume shop. Ashley has been designing for Mugwumpin since 2012 and has been a company member since 2013. Ashley has designed for theaters and institutions all over the Bay Area. When Ashley is not designing costumes, she is running races or snuggling her dog Poppy.