Jessica Bashline, Director, Strange Sun Co-Artistic Director
Jessica Bashline has served as the Artistic Director of Wingspan Arts, an arts education company in New York City for the past 6 years. In addition to directing and teaching theater to dedicated high school students she has also continued work as an actor and director in New York. Selected Acting NYC and Regional: Twelfth Night, Into the Woods, Dark of the Moon, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors. Selected Directing NYC- (new work): The Drowning Girls, Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love, The Alley, Love(d) in 4 shorts, Quilt: A Musical Celebration (reworking). Other Directing Credits: Ragtime, Merrily We Roll Along, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelfth Night
Evan Mueller, Strange Sun Co-Artistic Director
In addition to teaching Acting and Voice & Speech in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University, Evan Mueller is a professional actor and director who has been seen on stage and screen both regionally and in New York City. Evan is a resident company member of New York’s Artful Conspirators, the Sweet William Collective, and is also a company member of Amphibian Stage Productions, based in Fort Worth, Texas. As a playwright, Evan’s play Hot Season has been developed by several New York independent theaters; it received its first public presentation in April of 2004 at the ArcLight Theater in New York City. As a director, Evan has worked with Miss Witherspoon, Nocturne, Dolores, Romeo & Julie, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The First Day of School, Animals Out of Paper, and a series of short films for the Arts Council of Forth Worth called “For the Love,” about the financial struggles of a regional theater in difficult economic times.
The Drowning Girls Cast
Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson & Daniela Vlaskalic
The Drowning Girls was created by three artists: Daniela Vlaskalic, Charlie Tomlinson and Beth Graham. They met at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Daniela and Beth were taking their BFA’s in acting and Charlie Tomlinson was their professor. In 1999, after Daniela and Beth graduated, they approached Charlie about creating a new play. Inspired by a bathtub full of water and a Scotland Yard case, the three artists created The Drowning Girls. The play has been seen through out Canada and has won numerous awards.
Travis Alexandra Boatright
is a New York based designer for both theatre and film. Credits include Sweeney Todd (Fabrefaction Theatre Co., Winner: Theatre Fan Award for Best Costumes), 12th Night (Libra Theater Company), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (CAP 21), as well as the "Shaggle" monster costumes for Magic Leap Studios recently seen at TEDx in Sarasota, FL. Currently working as an Associate Designer for LDC Design Associates and as an Art Editor for The Home Press. Much love to her wonderful family and любовь! www.travisboatrightdesign.com
Kevin Clutz Stage Manager
Graduated from Santa Fe University of Art & Design in 2011 with a BFA in Theatrical Design / Technical Theatre emphasis Stage Management. Off-Off: From White Plains (Fault Line), Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures (Jamie Richards, Ensemble Studio Theatre), Unfiltered 2012 (EST), Brunch Series 2011-2012 (EST), Asking For Trouble 2011 (EST). Regional: Sound of Music (Chuck Abbott, Surflight), Once Upon A Time in New Jersey (ASM/SL), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Chris Sutton, SL), Steel Magnolias (Robin Irwin, SL). Educational: New Voices 2012 (New School for Drama), New Visions 2011 (NSD).
Set Design/Technical Direction Daryl's design work has been seen at IRT, The Clurman (Theatre Row), The Vineyard, and various high schools around New York. He is a resident designer for NYU's Program in Educational Theatre where he designed over a dozen main stage productions. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Educational Theatre program at NYU.
Jeff McSpadden Composer
is a composer and multi-instrumentalist for film, television, advertising and new media whose work can be heard in projects ranging from independent films, television series and promotions (NBC, CBS, AMC, PBS, HBO, NatGeo and History), national advertising and sonic branding campaigns (Ford, Verizon, DirecTV, Hasbro, Nabisco, V8 and Mitchum) as well as web, new media and various album projects.
Michelle Tobias Lighting Designer is a recent graduate of NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. She is thrilled to be joining Strange Sun Theater on this production! Previous design credits include: Off the Map, The Winter's Tale (Boxed Wine Productions); Pageant Princess The Musical (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity); displacement project, Super People, The Altruists (NYU). Please check out more of her work at mtobiasdesign.com.
Dale Heller, Heller Highwater LLC - Press Agent
Dale Heller - founder and president of Heller Highwater LLC, a communications company - has been working in public and media relations for over a decade. Some of his early career clients include: the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q,” Soho Rep, the Broadway run of “Passing Strange,” the PBS television series “Lomax, the Hound of Music,” the cult theatre hit [title of show], “Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf?” with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, etc. In 2011 he launched Heller Highwater LLC - which currently has offices in midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Current clients include: Page 73 Productions, Making Books Sing, The Shelter NYC, the commercial Off-Broadway production of Tina Packer’s “Women of Will,” the Kansas City based playwright Vicki Vodrey, the Off-Broadway transfer of “From White Plains,” the Faux Real Theatre Company’s production of “Oedipus Rex xx/xy,” Boomerang Theatre Company, “The Drowning Girls” - the inaugural production of Strange Sun Theater Company, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company, Barefoot Theatre Ensemble, to name just a few. Dale Heller is a member of ATPAM, PRSA, and the Off-Broadway Alliance. For more information on Heller Highwater LLC or Dale Heller, please visit www.HellerHighwaterPR.com.