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Jesse Garlick could not be more excited to be a part of Yellow Bird Chase. Previous Liars & Believers credits include Talk to Strangers. Other local credits include Assassins (New Rep), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Classical Repertory Company), Passion Play, Pacific Overtures, Camille, Assassins, Execution of Justice (Boston University). Jesse is also a teacher at the Boston Ballet as part of the City Dance Program, travels to senior centers around Boston to perform his one man Sinatra show Sinatra Sings and is also a Bar Mitzvah DJ. He holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University as well as being a graduate of the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Jesse can next be seen in Liars & Believers production of Who Would Be King as Prince Jonathan, coming this fall to Club Oberon in Cambridge. Originally from Setauket, NY, he currently resides in Brighton, MA.
Poornima is thrilled to be working with Liars & Believers! Her area credits include Titania – Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hermione – The Winter’s Tale (Bay Colony Shakespeare); Nia/Sarah – Voices of We (333 Productions); Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing (Bay Colony Shakespeare); Cecily – Importance of Being Earnest (Moonbox); Hairy Tales and Little Giants (Imaginary Beasts); Faustus – Dr. Faustus (Waxwings); Juliet – Romeo & Juliet (ShakespeareNow); Mrs. De Winter – Sleep No More (A.R.T.); Mariana – Measure for Measure (Shakespeare & Co.); and Aramintha – Daughter of Venus (W.H.A.T.). Poornima is also a teacher, public speaking coach, and writer whose work has been featured at Cultura Dello Spirito, an international arts festival in Italy. She studied at LAMDA, and holds a B.A. in Drama from Vassar College.
KIKI SAMKO makes her Liars & Believers debut! She is a Boston-based performer, choreographer, and voiceover artist, and a proud artistic associate with imaginary beasts and board member with Happy Medium Theatre. Kiki received the 2013 Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress (Small/Fringe) for her work with HMT in Dog Sees God. Other recent credits include: Dying City and Language of Angels (Happy Medium Theatre), Betty Bam! and Winter Panto 2015: Kerplop! (imaginary beasts), and Party Time (Theatre on Fire). She is a fashionista, fitness enthusiast, and feminist who loves using the body to create, connect, and collaborate. She also loves wine, the power of female friendship, the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and her artistic/romantic/life partner Michael.
Penny Benson is a visual and performing artist / puppeteer and actor (AEA) with over 100 performance credits. She and her work have been seen nationally and internationally, from Canada to China. She most recently appeared in her original short Black Birds, Red Hills, in conjunction with Juventas New Music Ensemble at Oberon in Cambridge. Prior to that Penny designed puppets for the Jean’s Playhouse national tour of Christmas Carol, which are currently on display at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT. Her original MFA production, Goblin Market, premiered at Connecticut Repertory Theatre in March 2014, for which she served as playwright, puppet designer/builder, and co-director. Penny toured nationally with Underground Railway Theatre in How Do You Spell Hope and Are You Ready My Sister, designed and built masks and puppets forKRIK KRAK, and collaborated on Arabian Nights, Sila, Harriet Jacobs, Tru Grace, and Galileo. She has also designed and built puppets / masks for WHAT, TYG Productions, and Foreign Landscape Productions. Penny has served as a visiting teaching artist for URT, The Huntington Theatre, UMass Amherst, Babson College, and City Stage, and was a STARS grant Artist in Residence at Boston Day and Evening Academy. Penny continues to design, build, devise and direct theater and puppetry for productions originating in the Boston area.
Kendra spends her daytime making beautiful things at Costume Works in Somerville. Before settling at Costume Works, she has worked for Huntington Theater Company, Stonehill College, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, and Hubbard Street Dance. Some of her design work includes Song of Songs (LAB), The Fantasticks (Prometheus), Cosi Fan Tutte (Millikin University), and Peter (Braintree Films). She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Millikin University and a MFA in Theatrical Design from Rutgers University.
Marc Ewart has worked in many departments of theatre production throughout his education and start of his career. He attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH where he graduated in 2005 cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in directing. During his four years at F.P.C. he performed in many productions while also working in the costume and prop shop. There he appeared in productions of You Can’t Take It With You, The Laramie Project, Vertical Talking, Blood Brothers, and The Death of Don Juan. In 2003 he was honored to be a cast member in … but the rain is full of ghosts by Robert Lawson, which attended the American College Theatre National Festival and performed on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has worked on many productions around Boston in many different departments including stage management, carpentry, set design, lighting design, costume design, and also selling tickets in the box office. He currently works freelance technical theatre and ushering in the Boston area. He is also the site manager of Pioneer Village: Salem 1630 in Salem, MA. He attributes much of his success in technical theatre to owning a pick-up truck
Yellow Bird Chase was comissioned by and premiered at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston in July 2015
The creation of Yellow Bird Chase was also supported by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.