Madloba Speakers


Dylan Arredondo | Panelist Moderator: Remastering Technique

Dylan Arredondo is a DC-based, Latino-Japanese theatremaker, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has worked on productions and workshops while in New York with the Flea Theater, INTAR, Playwrights Horizons, Repertorio Español, La Mama Experimental Theatre, Hamlet Isn’t Dead, Cave Theatre Co., F2T’s Company, Gallery Players, the Theatre Development Fund, FringeNYC, Columbia University, & NYU. In his two years in DC, he has acted with Longacre Lea, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Georgetown University, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, the Hub Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory, Spooky Action Theatre, Synetic Theater, 4615 Theatre Company, Arts on the Horizon, Goethe-Institut, We Happy Few Productions, & Adventure Theatre MTC.

Becky Baumwoll | Panelist: ReMastering Technique
Broken Box Mime Theater

Becky Baumwoll is a theater-artist based in NYC and the Founding Artistic Director of Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX). Her artwork operates in ensemble structures, and oftentimes is the design and implementation of those structures themselves. She is a professor of Physical Storytelling and Body Language at The New School. Becky works as a teaching artist with various organizations including ASTEP and the International Rescue Committee, teaching art to refugee and asylum-seeking youth. She directs theater and movement; as an actor, she has appeared off-Broadway (The Pearl, TACT), regionally (People’s Light & Theatre), and on TV (HBO). She is a Tufts University graduate.

Max Beckman | Introduction to the Brahe Mask Method

A 2017 B.F.A. graduate of NYU Tisch, Max Beckman is a New York and Philly based Actor, Dancer, Singer-Songwriter, Clown, Poet, Brahe Mask Practitioner, and Teaching Artist. Max has studied with renowned acting teachers, casting directors, and multidisciplinary artists including Ted Sluberski, Brian O’Neil, Terry Knickerbocker, Andy Roth, Ellen Parks, Kevin Kuhlke, David Brimmer, Per Brahe, Akil Davis, and many more. His training includes: NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios Film/TV Conservatory, International Theatre Workshop/Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Ultimate Theatre Workshop/Bali, Indonesia. Recent work includes a guest star on Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. Upcoming work includes Marvalee Peart’s crime/action thriller, Infiltrated. Instagram: @max_beckman

Francesca Marie Chilcote | Panelist: ReMastering Technique
Faction of Fools

Francesca Marie Chilcote is a teaching artist and theatre-maker. She is the Co-Artistic Director for Faction of Fools. She holds an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte, where she studied commedia dell’arte under Maestro Marcello Bartoli. Her master’s thesis work examined the roles of women in commedia and how transform these roles through feminist theatre techniques. In 2014, she founded Women From Mars. Their first piece, Silent Reflections, toured the US and Italy between 2014-2016. The company continues to perform and make new work in Italy and the US. She is also a co-devisor of LadyM, which ran at Joe’s Movement Emporium July 2019.

John DiDonna | Panelist: Innovation and Fusion

John DiDonna is the Artistic Director of Victorian Horror Troupe PHANTASMAGORIA, called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country” by Good Day Atlanta. The Phantasmagoria troupe combines storytelling and ensemble movement, “Phantastical” dance, puppetry, sideshow and circus techniques, explosive stage combat and more to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror.DiDonna is also the Program Chair and Artistic Director of Valencia College Theatre in Orlando, Florida. Twitter/Instagram: @phantasorlando

Dody DiSanto | Panelist: ReMastering Technique
Center for Movement Theatre

Dody DiSanto teaches actor preparation of the body, the imagination and the art of collaboration at the Center for Movement Theatre in Washington, DC. She trained in Paris and holds an esteemed position as a protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq. Her approach seeks a theatre of creation, exploring the relationship between life and art, for those who wish to gain more insight into their abilities as actors, directors and writers. She has also nurtured a healthy practice in bodywork since 1992, and is currently pursuing a master of science in acupuncture. From 1980-87 DiSanto created, owned and managed internationally acclaimed showcase music venue the 9:30 Club.

Katherine DuBois | Synetic Fitness and Dance
Synetic Theater

Katherine (Katie) is Synetic Theater’s Company Director and company member since 2009. As a performer, she has focused on the movement of Dronznin, Grotowski, Meyerhold, Jazzo, and Synetic. Katie has performed in several shows with Synetic, including Host & Guest, Dante, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and most recently The Tempest (Trinculo). Katie is an award-winning director and producer of theater and film. She focuses on documentary and short-form narrative including preparing a short film for Synetic’s virtual show The Decameron. Her most recent documentary Space to Explore toured in festivals worldwide.

John Farmanesh-Bocca | Panelist: Innovation and Fusion
Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble

An Ovation and Drama Critics Circle award nominated artist, John Farmanesh-Bocca has spent a 30-year career in the theatre. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble, which garnered a Fringe First Award in 2005, from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their inaugural production, Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath. Best known for their viceral adaptations of Shakespeares work. Such as Pericles Redux and Tempest Redux. Mr. Farmanesh-Bocca now serves as Emeritus Director of the award-winning ensemble, which under his watch was named by Backstage Magazine in 2014 as one of the 13 most innovative physical theatre companies in the world. Awarded an American Theatre Wing Scholarship, John trained at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing (‘94) before serving as a Directing Fellow at the Julliard School – Drama Division (2003-2005).

Anne Flowers | Instructor: Body Mechanics Warm Up

Anne Flowers grew up on a farm in Montana where physical activity was part of daily life. She took that love for physicality on her theatrical journey from playing many animal characters in elementary school to the theatre department at Ohio Wesleyan University and really learned how to harness those skills at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Theatre Institute. There she was introduced to the Droznin Method which combines intense physical activity with dance, mime and gesture to fully explore the connection between mind, body and movement. This opened a door into the world of physical theatre for Anne and she found herself in Washington, D.C. on the steps of Synetic Theater. She started taking classes with Synetic in January 2016 with Vato and immediately found a home there. She is now a company member and has been involved with 10 shows to date. Noteable shows include; Cyrano de Bergerac (Helen Hayes nominated for best ensemble), Treasure Island, Assistant Directed Richard 3.0, Hunchback of Notre Dame and her first show – Dante’s Inferno. She was also in an adaptation of Rite of Spring with Pointless Theatre. Recently, to accommodate for social distancing, Anne has taught several physical fitness and movement classes with Synetic online. She is thrilled to share her techniques and favorite stretches with you and encourages everyone to move every single day!

Michael Fields | Panelist: Physicality as a Universal Language
Dell’Arte Company

Michael Fields is a founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Dell’Arte Company. He is also Director of the California State Summer School for the Arts. Michael is Producing Director for Dell’Arte’s Mad River Festival. Michael has directed theatre productions nationally and internationally, including new adaptations of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and Stephen King’s MISERY in Aarhus, Denmark, a new adaptation of TARTUFFE at the Alley Theatre in Houston, a new GRAND GUIGNOL work for the Swedish National Theatre and was a resident director at Het Vervolg Theatre in Maastricht, Holland, directing six productions over five years. Michael was a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for the American non-profit theatre. While on the TCG board, Michael served as the president of the International Theatre Institute/USA

Cat Gasta | Madloba Lab: Mime FUNdamentals with Cat Gasta (Thursday 4:30PM – 5:30PM)

Catherine Gasta, is originally from Media, Pennsylvania ‘everyone’s   hometown.’ She then received her B.A. in Theater and a minor in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Catherine is now a NYC based actress, comedian, mime and physical theater choreographer has worked in sketch comedy, physical theater projects, commercials and voice over in her 14 years in NYC. Ms. Gasta also attended The National Theater Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Center, The National Puppetry Conference and The Michael Chekhov Conference. She is a proud original founding company member of the award winning physical theater company, Synetic Theater in Washington, D.C. with a Helen Hayes award for best ensemble in their wordless performance of Hamlet. Instagram | Facebook 

Dan Hasse | Panelist: Multimedia – Theater of Tomorrow
American Shakespeare Center

Dan Hasse is the Associate Artistic Director of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. In the past two months, Dan oversaw production for BlkFrs TV (a streaming platform featuring seven titles from ASC’s rotating repertory), directed the live broadcast of Midsummer 90 (22,792 unique viewers), and line-produced online content for the company, including Zoom readings, talkbacks, and masterclasses. Before joining ASC, Dan adapted and co-directed Hamlet in the Golden Vale (feature film; 2018) and King of Infinite Space (VR experience; 2018), produced by Roll The Bones with production support from “The Immersive Storytelling Studio” at The National Theatre (UK).

Emma Jaster | Breaking the Box

Emma Jaster is a maker, director and choreographer.  Hailed a “splendid mover” (The Washington Post) and “a master of her craft” (Baratunde Thurston), she has worked for years in theater, dance, opera, and immersive live events.  She performed from childhood with her mime father, Mark Jaster and attended the Lecoq school for physical theatre in Paris.  She is the founder and director of the remote artist residency @mamaisamaker. Her recent work on Heartbeat Opera’s virtual soirees was lauded as “taking full advantage of [the] tiny frames, with choreography that plays with the walls of the grid and the depth of [the] rooms.”  (Washington Post) @notapapercrane

Francesca Jandasek | Madloba Lab: Virtual Gyrokinesis with Francesca Jandasek (Tuesday, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body by opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. Francesca Jandasek born in Namibia, Africa from Czech Parents, is an Interdisciplinary Choreographer/Artist based in Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships for her choreography, music and visual art.  Francesca has performed in New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Los Angeles, San Francisco,  Russia, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, and Argentina. An authorized GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Pre-trainer, Francesca owns SOURCE STUDIO, a Gyrotonic/Pilates Studio in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in dance and teaches at CSULB and Cal State LA. NEWBIE1 coupon code for first FREE class!

Mark Jaster | Panelist: Physicality as a Universal Language?
Happenstance Theatre

Mark Jaster studied with Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, and served as Marceau’s teaching assistant. Teaching/consultation credits: Shakespeare Theatre, Center Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theater, Constellation Theatre, UNCSA; Presenter: OSU Mime & Movement Theatre Symposium (2014).  Performance credits include countless solo mime performances; the Washington and Cambridge Christmas Revels; Drosselmeyer in the Maryland Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker; A Fool Named ‘O’ at The Maryland Renaissance Festival; and The Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Program (1996-2016). He co-directs Happenstance Theater with Sabrina Mandell, and won the Helen Hayes/Robert Prosky Award, Outstanding Lead Actor for Impossible! A Happenstance Circus (2016).

Sandro Kereselidze | Panelist: Multimedia – Theater of Tomorrow

Sandro is the founder and art director of ARTECHOUSE, the first of kind 21st century innovative digital art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and technology driven art works by artists who are forerunners of the new age in the arts and technology. At the crossroads of art, science and technology ARTECHOUSE changes the world of art as we know it. Since its opening in June 2017 in Washington, DC ARTECHOUSE has welcomed over a million visitors and has captivated a global audience making headlines in the New York Times, BBC, USA Today, National Geographic, CNN, the Washington Post and numerous other national and international media outlets as the premier contemporary independent art destination. Following success in D.C and in an effort to further its mission to inspire, educate and empower ARTECHOUSE has expanded in 2018 with a location in Miami, FL, and to New York City in 2019.

Patrick W. Lord | Panel Moderator: Multimedia – Theater of Tomorrow

Patrick is a Projection and Video Designer for theatre and live events, based in Washington, D.C.  His work has been seen all over the country- from world premieres to reinventing classics of both plays and musicals.  He designed premieres at The Kennedy Center from award-winning playwrights like Lauren Gunderson and Finegan Kruckemeyer.  He also designed video for multiple productions at Shakespeare Theatre Company, including HAMLET featuring Michael Urie in the title role. He has also designed and art directed for numerous concerts and special events, working with Grammy award winning musicians at The Kennedy Center and clients like the Chicago Bulls to create truly unique productions. Recently, Patrick joined the video design team to adapt MEAN GIRLS from Broadway for its first national tour. Patrick has a M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.F.A. from Emerson College.

Sabrina Mandell | Panelist: Innovation and Fusion
Happenstance Theater

Sabrina Mandell is the founder, Artistic Co-Director, Executive Director, and “Visionary Tornado” of Happenstance Theater. Sabrina has written, produced and performed prolifically since the company’s founding in 2006. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in 2017, and has won two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design. Sabrina performed for 10 years with the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Program in DC and Baltimore and has taught Theatrical Clown and Physical Comedy at the Shakespeare Theatre DC, Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Round House Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is also a poet, visual artist and graphic designer.

Jared Mezzocchi | Panelist: Multimedia – Theater of Tomorrow

Jared Mezzocchi received his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. As Faculty at the University of Maryland, he teaches projection in the MFA design program. He is a resident artist at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC and has directed and designed at theaters across the U.S. and in Europe including designing for Big Art Group, The Builders Association, Rob Roth, 3-Legged Dog and HereArts Center. Jared made his off-broadway debut at Manhattan Theatre Club with his projection design in the World Premiere of Vietgone, written by Qui Nguyen. In recognition of this work, he received an Obie, Lucille Lortel Award, and Henry Hewes Award. On May 7, 2020, Mezzocchi co-directed a virtual adaptation of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, a live performance over zoom with the use of snap-chat filters. This performance attracted over 5,000 viewers.

Alex Mills | Synetic Fitness

Local credits include Studio Theatre: Wig Out!, Torch Song Trilogy, 2-2 Tango, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Signature Theatre: Shakespeare’s R&J Synetic Theater: The Tempest, Richard III, A Tale of Two Cities, The Man in the Iron Mask, Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) (Helen Hayes Nomination:Outstanding Supporting Actor) Othello  (Helen Hayes Nomination:Outstanding Lead Actor) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helen Hayes Nomination:Outstanding Supporting Actor)

Doug Oliphant | Panelist Moderator: Innovation and Fusion

Doug Oliphant is an LA-based theatre director, movement director, fight choreographer and most recently a new father. He was a finalist for the O’Neill National Directors Fellowship and a recipient of the Kennedy Center ACTF Directing Fellowship. Associate Producer for Directors Lab West at Pasadena Playhouse, Associate Member of SDC. Recent directing credits include Amy Tofte’s Women of 4G (Drive Theatre/Fierce Backbone), D Deb Debbie Deborah (Theatre of NOTE), SubUrbia (Pacific Resident Theatre), The Antiscians (Edinburgh Fringe), Eurydice (Ophelia’s Jump Productions), Lazy Boy (The Blank’s YPF), Love Life Alpha (Sci-Fest LA), The Flu Season (Pico Playhouse), among others.

Thom Pasculli | Panelist: Physicality as a Universal Language
Madloba Lab: Embodied Ensemble Praxis: Circle Discussion with Movement (Wednesday 4:30PM – 5:30 PM)
Walkabout Theater Company

Thom Pasculli is an ensemble theater artist in Chicago who is researching actor training, co-creation, and experimental performance through his work as a director, performer, and teaching artist. Thom is the artistic director of Walkabout Theater Company, a laboratory ensemble that creates new performances for theaters and public spaces; and VoxFest, an annual summer festival of original works-in-development at Dartmouth College. Thom teaches acting and movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University; and he is a graduate studies candidate for an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. Recent directing credits include Walkabout’s international touring performances, The Brink! Or Nobody’s Ever Kissed Me Like That and The Wild, both of which were presented at Links Hall, Steppenwolf, and the National School of Drama in India. Recent outdoor spectacles include Monuments, Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, and A Persephone Pageant, presented in partnership with Chicago’s Night Out in the Parks, and more.

Rebecca J. Ritzel | Panel Moderator: Physicality as a Universal Language

Rebecca J. Ritzel is a freelance journalist who has been covering arts and culture in Washington, D.C. ,since 2007.  From January 2014 until Oct. 2016, she served as Backstage columnist for The Washington Post, and has reviewed theater for City Paper since 2011. Thus far in 2020 Rebecca has also contributed to The New York Times, Dance Magazine, DCist, The Oregonian, Virginia Living and Washingtonian. Rebecca particularly loves writing about multidiscipline collaborations and overlapping art forms like physical theater. She holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University and has taught writing at both the University of Maryland and American University.

Joan Schirle | Panelist: ReMastering Technique

Joan Schirle is Founding Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International and an actor/director/deviser/writer/teacher. Roles with Dell’Arte span 3 decades; also Yale Rep, San Diego Rep; last summer she portrayed a clown with dementia in Going Down In Flames at Headwaters Theater, Portland, OR. She is currently librettist/producer of an opera based on the letters of painter Morris Graves. Teaching: acting, mask, commedia dell’arte, Teaching Embodied Practice; senior teacher, FM Alexander Technique. Created the curriculum for Dell’Arte’s MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre. Directing: San Diego Rep, Bloomsburg Ensemble, Alley Theatre, A Jewish Theatre. Lifetime Achievement Award: Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Paata Tsikurishvili | Founding Artistic Director
Synetic Theater

A native of the Republic of Georgia, Paata is an innovative, award-winning international artistic director, director and educator with more than 30 years of experience fusing the classical elements of drama, movement, dance, pantomime and music. Since Synetic Theater’s founding in 2001, Mr. Tsikurishvili has received an impressive 25 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and has won the awards 9-times. Together with his wife and co-founder Irina, he was named “Washingtonian of the Year” in 2013.


Irina Tsikurishvili | Co-Founder and Resident Choreographer
Synetic Theater

A native of the Republic of Georgia, Ms. Tsikurishvili is a 58-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee and has won the award 14 times for her outstanding choreography and acting. Ms.Tsikurishvili has taught at Georgetown University, where she choreographed Lysistrata. She continues to run intensive movement workshops and train Synetic cast members. With her husband Paata, she is the co-founder of Synetic Theater and co-founder of Stanislavsky Theater Studio. Paata & Irina were named Washingtonians of the Year in 2013.


Elena Velasco| Panelist: Innovation and Fusion
Convergence Theatre

Elena Velasco is a freelance theater artist whose 26 year career has encompassed many aspects of production. A member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA,  she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, Signature Theatre STAGES, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows.  She has worked as a director and choreographer throughout the Washington D.C area, including GALA Hispanic Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Source Theater, Discovery Theater, Mead Theatre Lab, Capital Fringe and Helen Hayes recommended productions at Synetic Theater, which also featured her playwriting and music compositions in their family theater. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Bowie State University and has served as a teaching artist in residencies and outreach programs throughout the D.C. metro area, partnering with such organizations as Imagination Stage, Synetic Theater Studio, Theater Lab of DC, Interact Story Theater, Smithsonian, the Hirschhorn Museum, the National Zoo, and in public and private schools.  As Director of Outreach for Educational Theatre Company, she developed over a dozen original student musicals and for 10 years served as director for their adult performing company, Shakespeare in the Schools.  She is the Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre, a performance collective focused on evolving theatrical language to invite discourse on issues of social justice.  Additionally, she is an affiliated artist for Óyeme, Imagination Stage’s collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence in Central America who have arrived in the DC area.