The Actor

Jon Adam Ross

has performed his one-man shows in over 90 cities around the globe. Home from a recent run in 'Relics' at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Jon is back in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a 2,000 year old bird, an elderly orthodox Jew, a horse, a British naval officer in 1700's Jamaica, a goat, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a cyclops. Jon holds a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch and is a founding company member of Storahtelling and the Northwoods Ramah Theater Company. As a playwright, performer, and artist in residence, Jon has played and created in communities around North America. For more visit his website.

The Director

Chantal Pavageaux

Is a director and performance artist. In NYC, she has worked extensively with Mabou Mines and performed at NY Live Arts, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Hotel, The Bushwick Starr, and The Invisible Dog Art Center. In Minneapolis, her work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, the Bedlam Theatre, the Red Eye, the Open Eye and the Bryant Lake Bowl. She co-founded the performance art duo Royal Lace Paper Works and fabrication laboratory The Parlor City Paper Box Company. Chantal graduated from NYU, and was chosen as a Drama League Directing Fellow and Resident Artist.

Production Manager

Ariel Warmflash

Ariel is a theatre artist, director and deviser based in Brooklyn, NY. She spent many years in Washington, DC at Arena Stage as part of their Community Engagement Division. She has also worked with Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, Theater J and is a founding member of the Closer Look Arts Collective. Ariel has created original plays with communities all over the world including in South Africa, Croatia and India. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Project Educator

Mollie Andron

Mollie Andron is the Assistant Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience at Hillel International. Mollie holds a double Masters in Midrash and Jewish Experiential Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a BA in Religion from Bard College. Mollie spent her childhood growing up between the US and Israel. She has worked in a variety of Jewish educational settings, including American Jewish World Service, the Jewish Education Project, The Heschel School, TEVA Learning Alliance, Storahtelling, and Eden Village Camp. When Mollie isn't working she is spending time with humans ( big and small), the stories that we tell ourselves, plays and playing, cooking and eating, moving around, sunglasses, singing, reading children books, staring at people on the subway until they have to look, breaking down barriers, crossing thresholds and reading Midrash.

Collaborating Artist

Ilana Trachtman

Ilana Trachtman is an Emmy award-winning documentary director/producer. For over twenty years, she has created programs for numerous networks including PBS, HBO FAMILY, ABC-TV, SHOWTIME and the SUNDANCE channel. Ilana believes that individual stories, carefully told, have transcendent power to inspire compassion, action, and community-building. Her topics have ranged from the legacy of slavery in Latin America to Gulf coast shrimpers; glassblowing for at-risk youth to transgender parents. Favorite PBS prime-time credits include directing the independent feature Mariachi High; Black in Latin America hosted by Henry Louis Gates; Texas Ranch House; History Detectives; and Reading Rainbow. Through her production company Ruby Pictures, Ilana made the feature documentary Praying with Lior which played theatrically in over 60 cities in the US and abroad. The film garnered 6 Audience Awards for Best Documentary, the Grand Prix at the International Disability Film Festival in Moscow, and was a critic’s pick of the New York Times, New York Magazine, Washington Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stage Manager

Tyler Winthrop

New York credits include SAFE, The Pavilion, Other(s) Slaughterhouse-Five (FringeNYC), Cupid and Psyche, Rockabye Hamlet, what do you mean (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), What to Do When You Hate All Your Friends and I Know What Boys Want. She was the Production Stage Manager for the Playwrights for a Cause Benefit Event for the New Yorker’s Against Gun violence, featuring new works by Israel Horivitz, John Patrick Shanley, Dominique Morisseau, Regina Taylor, and Penny Jackson. Tyler is involved with The Public Theatre’s Employee of the Month Show hosted by Catie Lazarus. Tyler holds her MFA in Stage Management from Rutgers University. Credits include Eurydice, La Dispute, An Evening of Clifford Odets, and Another Part of the Forest.

Lighting and Sound Designer

Michael Garnett

After a brief career as a touring musician, Michael has been a A/V technician for 10 years. He went on the road as an audio engineer with a country / rock band out of Oklahoma City for a little over 2 years, working 190 concerts per year, a truly grueling pace. After leaving the band, Michael was the Production Manager at Toby Keith's bar in Dallas, and was in charge of all things sound, video, and lighting. Not living on a tour bus for 240 days a year allowed him more time with his girlfriend, and they were engaged shortly before her work brought the couple to Seattle. Michael has established a new network of venues and production companies for work, including the Stroum JCC on Mercer Island, the City of Seattle's A/V department, and Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. The newest addition to the Garnett household is Penny, a 15 week old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

Seattle Coordinator

Talya Gillman

Committed to ideals of human dignity, equity and interdependence, Talya Gillman works with Jewish and secular organizations to help them engage their constituents in meaningful efforts to address social needs - in ways reflective of and accountable to those values. With a background in Jewish and secular service-learning program design, curriculum development and facilitation, Talya is a recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators (2014), a member of the ROI and StartingBloc communities, and a former American Jewish World Service World Partners Fellow (Mumbai, 2009-10). She is currently pursuing a Masters in Transformational Leadership at Seattle University.