Roger Q. Mason
Roger Q. Mason is a Black, Irish, Filipino, plus-sized, queer, gender non-conformist writer/performer of color. The intersection of his identities compels me to make work that employs performance media as agents for visibility and inclusion. At his core, he is a creature of the theatre. His work has been seen at such theatres as The Flea Theatre with Hook & Eye Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, New Group Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Son of Semele Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, the Kraine Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors. Recently, Mason has been commissioned by Hook and Eye Theatre, Company of Angels, Steep Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival and Serenbe Playhouse. He has been a finalist for the Screencraft Stage Play Contest and Lark Playwrights' Week. He is a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Shonda Rhimes' inaugural Unsung Voices Fellowship. His writing has won a Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award. He is published in Ano Ba Zine, The Dramatist, and Emerge - the Lambda Literary Journal.
On the success of his theatre work, he's begun writing for television and film. Recently, he collaborated with director Lovell Holder (Some Freaks) and actors Terrell Carter (Empire) and Rick Cosnett (The Flash) on the queer Civil War film SOFTER. He has adapted his gender queer coming-of-age play THE WHITE DRESS, his solo show AGE SEX LOCATION, and his short story SHE ASKED ME WHAT DOES JOY LOOK LIKE for film.
As a performer, he's shared short stories, monologues, and performance works with audiences in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is the subject of the internationally-acclaimed documentary OUR SKIN, which was nominated for the prestigious Iris Prize. For more info on Roger Q. Mason, visit: rogerqmason.com.
Director and Choreographer
Off-Broadway and Regional as Director/Choreographer: Allison Gregory’s Not Medea and L M Feldman’s Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Art House), Soft Butter (Ars Nova ANT Fest), The White Dress (Araca Project), One Arm (Chautauqua Theatre), Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Drama League Residency and Dixon Place), Gruesome Playground Injuries (TheaterLab NYC), Rent, and Singin' in the Rain (Princeton/McCarter.) Walker recently choreographed the world premiere of Storming Heaven based on the novel by Denise Giardina (West Virginia Public Theater), and he choreographed the NYC premiere of Jacob Jarrett’s Normativity (NYMF), both of which were directed by his sister and frequent collaborator, Mia Walker. As choreographer, Walker has also collaborated with directors Alexandru Mihail, Tracy Bersley, Whitney Mosery, Dawn Monique Williams, Michael Alvarez, and Louisa Thompson. He has developed new work with Powerhouse/New York Stage and Film, the New Victory Theater, Arena Stage, Musical Theater Factory, OZ Arts Nashville, BAM, Chautauqua Theater Company, Art House Productions (Artistic Associate, 2017-2019), among others. Walker is associate director of Phantom Limb Company's now touring Butoh Dance and Puppetry spectacle Falling Out (BAM Next Wave 2018 premiere), was recently Yehuda Hyman’s associate choreographer on the regional premiere of Indecent (Guthrie Theater), and assisted director May Adrales on the world premiere of Idris Goodwin’s The Way the Mountain Moved (Oregon Shakespeare Festival.) He has danced principle roles in works by Karole Armitage, Maleek K. Washington, Christopher K. Morgan, and Alex Neoral. Walker graduated from Princeton University with degrees in English, Theater, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. He is a proud member of SDC. www.adinwalker.com
Stanley Mathabane is an actor, sound designer, and music producer from Portland, Oregon. He recently graduated from Princeton University as a Psychology major with a minor in Theater. Stanley’s passion for theatre and music landed him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding’s album Radio Music Society. At Princeton, Stanley explored sound design with professors Mark Nelson and Rob Kaplowitz. While attending the University, he composed original music for and starred as "William" in a production of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero (dir. Mark Nelson); additionally, Stanley sound designed A Dream Play by August Strindberg (dir. Catherine Andre). He has refined his creative focus to encompass acting and sound design. Stanley has since returned to Portland, Oregon where he produces musical and visual content under the artist name “SunSon” and works as a DJ.
Cristin V. Gordon
Cristin is a stage manager, producer, director, choreographer, and overall great gal whose artistic mission is to help elevate and showcase the talents of new artists and artistic works. She has worked extensively throughout Boston and NYC, managing productions for HERE Arts Center, The People's Improv Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Playwright's Horizons, Actor's Shakespeare Project, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Less Than Rent Theatre, Theater for the New City, and WOW Cafe Theatre, to name a few. Recently, Cristin crossed over into television and film, becoming an Executive Producer for Relevant, a new reality TV show in production. Cristin has contributed choreography to countless productions along the East Coast, including performances of Sweeney Todd, She Loves Me, Hairspray, Working, The Last Five Years, HMS Pinafore, and Company, in addition to creating 4 original full-length ballets herself. Aside from theatre and TV, Cristin has also produced numerous photoshoots and was recently the Artistic Director for up-and-coming recording artist Chelsko's music video for the song "Free". As a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, MA, she is frequently a guest lecturer for the theatre program's aspiring stage managers. She is currently faculty for Main Street Ballet in Woodbury, CT and The Westover School in Middlebury, CT.
Izzy Castaldi is thrilled to be taking on the role of Winnie in this production of The White Dress. They are a new NYC resident, having moved recently from Philadelphia. There, they attended the University of the Arts and performed regionally in After Orlando (Philadelphia Theater Company) and as Imogen in Cymbeline (Revolution Shakespeare). Last summer they were nominated for a NYMF award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for their performance as Taylor in Normativity, as part of the New York Musical Festival.
Aaron S. Hock
Aaron is a producer, fundraiser, and optimist. He is currently the Development Manager at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, a fifty-year-old off-Broadway theater committed to discovering and nurturing new voices. He has previously worked in fundraising at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Aaron has consulted or advised for theater companies, choirs, dance companies, and other arts organizations, and is passionate about sharing his fundraising knowledge and experience with other intrepid folks who want to make art happen. He is a proud alumnus of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he majored in American Studies and minored in Music. Originally hailing from York, Pennsylvania, Aaron is a supporter of the arts in all of their forms. He couldn't be happier to inaugurate his independent producing career with the talented team behind The White Dress. @aaronshock
Javan Nelson is a performer, writer, and deviser, based in the Heights. He has previously worked with Theater Row (The Altruists), En Garde Arts (BOSSS 2.0), Target Margin Theatre
(The Great God Brown), The Bushwick Starr (White Wines), EST (Youngblood’s Love Motel), Dixon Place (Six Church Poems, Icarus in the L.E.S), The Tank (Your Honor), Columbia Stages (Tooth of Crime, Spoon River Anthology), and Nylon Fusion (Big Ass Russian Novel), among others. He was a member of The Tank’s TV Writing Program for their 2016/17 Season and is a current Literary Intern with The Civilians. He is also currently devising with Hook & Eye for their upcoming project, She-She-She. He received his BFA at the Univ. of Arizona, as well as additional training with SITI Company.
Michelle Vergara Moore
Michelle Vergara Moore* is delighted to be making her off-Broadway debut in The White Dress. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Michelle completed her classical actor training with a BFA (Acting) at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney. In her ground-breaking role as Chai Li, Michelle was the first actor of Asian ethnicity to be a main cast member in two series of an Australian TV drama series, The Time Of Our Lives. Shooting Episode 11 of the series on location in Ho Chi Minh City is a career highlight and the acclaimed show was nominated for a Logie Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Other selected film/stage credits include Black & White & Sex (dir: John Winter), Side Effects (dir: Steven Soderbergh), Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Veronica in The Motherfucker With The Hat (Australian premiere) and Cindy/Tina in One Man's Funk, written/directed by Toby Leonard Moore. Most recently in New York, Michelle has participated in staged readings with Atlantic Theater Company, New Dramatists and Leviathan Lab. Now a U.S. Permanent Resident, Michelle proudly calls Brooklyn, NY, home.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
Jean-Patrick* is thrilled and honored to be making his first appearance with the Araca Project and is very grateful to Adin Walker and Roger Q. Mason for this amazing opportunity. Among his many theatre credits, some of Jean-Patrick's favorites include Mickey in HurlyBurly, Banquo in Macbeth—both for Snapped Productions—and Mamadou in The Parlour for his Off-Broadway debut last month with the amazing Middlevoice at Rattlestick Theater. He has several TV, film and commercial credits and can currently be seen as the face and voice of IBM's new commercial "CIO the Rise." Jean-Patrick is extraordinarily thankful for the unwavering love and support of his amazing wife, Sabra, the constant light and adoration of his mother, Mona, and the never-ending encouragement of his extended family and friends.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.