EX MACHINA: CAST AND CREW
Mason: Danvir Singh Grewal
Danvir Singh Grewal is a second-year MFA candidate in Acting at UCSD. UC San Diego Credits: Mason - Ex-Machina; Bassianus/Emilius - Titus Andronicus; Burghley, Adelantado - Elizabeth I; Amad - Santa Barbarians. Regional Credits: Clerk, Aide, Mujahid - Blood & Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse); Horatio - Hamlet (Spotlight Theatre); Oberon, Theseus - Midsummer Night's Dream(Rabobank Arena). CSU Bakersfield Credits: Che - Evita; Pablo Picasso - Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Palomo - Anna in the Tropics. He has taken workshops with Cornerstone Theater Company & Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Russia. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Marketing from California State University, Bakersfield.
Loomis: Tommy Crawford
Tommy Crawford is an actor and musician based in NYC. At The Flea Theater: Heresy by A.R. Gurney (Jim Simpson dir.); Office Hours by A.R. Gurney; These Seven Sicknesses (Ed Iskandar dir.); The Wündelsteipen by Nick Jones; The Great Recession by Sheila Callaghan (Kip Fagan dir.). Other NYC highlights include Take Her To See the Maco Lights by Bekah Brunstetter (SUPERWOLF/The Lark/Invisible Dog Art Center), Youngblood/EST (Patrick Link), La Bohème Spoken (Jeremy Bloom), and Aporia Theater, among others. In 2012, Tommy founded a folk-rock band with a group of Bats called The Lobbyists. They released an EP this year and play at a wide variety of venues across NYC and Brooklyn. Check us out at thelobbyists.bandcamp.com. Also www.tommycrawford.com. Tommy graduated from Yale in 2009.
???: Kim Blanck
Kim Blanck is a second year MFA candidate in Acting at UC San Diego. New York writing and performing credits include First Ladies Project (The Cookery Festival), The Most Inspiring and Magnificent Tale of Alfridge von Waddlegrave (Brooklyn Lyceum, Underground Arts in Philadelphia), Folk Wandering (Fresh Ground Pepper), as well as a short play, Luncheon on the Grass, and an even shorter solo piece, Champion. An NYU graduate, she is also a company member, writer, and performer for Political Subversities, a musical-sketch comedy show that roasts politics, pop culture, personhood and everything in between. Huge thanks to Sarah, David and the UC San Diego team for the opportunity to remount this beautiful play. Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.
Security Guard: Michael Socrates Moran
Michael Socrates Moran is an actor and director. He has BFA from the Boston University School of Theater and has acted professionally in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Boston. Credits include The Corn Is Green directed by Nicholas Martin and A Civil War Christmas (u/s) directed by Jessica Thebus with The Huntington Theatre Company,Pope Joan (InCite Festival/New World Stages), Melancholy Play (Boston Premier), as well as the title roles in Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Now! Chicago companies include Chicago Dramatists, Piven Theater Workshop, Oak Park Theater Festival. He is currently pursuing an MFA in directing from the University of California San Diego.
Playwright: David Jacobi
David’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and in Beijing, China. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Clemson Brooks Center, Penghao Theater, 798 Dashanzi Art District, WordBRIDGE, and Great Plains Theatre Conference. His plays include The Monster Below, Widower, Mai Dang Lao, Battlecruiser Aristotle and Ex Machina. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College, and is currently a 2015 MFA Candidate at UC San Diego under Naomi Iizuka. David is co-founder of Monster Down! Theatre Company, a collaborative theatre group in Beijing, China.
Director: Sarah Wansley
Sarah Wansley is a New York-based director and producer, currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at UC San Diego. Upcoming projects include Ex Machina at the New York International Fringe Festival and Drums in the Night by Brecht at UC San Diego. Directing credits with Aporia include Woyzeck, Follow Me Down, Passion in the Park, Bare Naked Drama,The Disappearance of Jonah, Moonlight, The Real Inspector Hound, No Exit, and The Real Thing. As a Directing and Producing Assistant at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, Sarah had the opportunity to assist such inspiring directors as Tina Landau, Emily Mann, and Roger Rees. Other directing credits include Here Comes Tomorrow (Youngblood / EST),#serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), The Suitcase (Looking Glass Theatre Writer/Director Forum) and What the Future Awaits (McCarter Theatre Center Youth Ink Festival). Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University and worked as the Company Manager at The Flea Theater. Sarah is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.
Lighting Designer: Lily Bartenstein
Production Stage Manager: Kate Guthrie
Kate is a 2nd year graduate Stage Manager at UC San Diego. Originally from St. Louis, Kate earned a B.A. degree in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago. Chicago credits include TRUE WEST, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE PILLOWMAN, SHINING CITY, and BUG at Redtwist Theatre Company as resident stage manager. RE-SPICED: A CABARET for Silk Road Rising. At The House Theatre Company of Chicago she stage managed THIEVES LIKE US and was assistant stage manager on DEATH AND HARRY HOUDINI. UC San Diego credits include assistant stage manager for IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER and production stage manager for HAMELIN and EX MACHINA for the UCSD Wagner New Play Festival.
Sound Designer: Emily Jankowski
Set Designer: Natalie Khuen
Natalie Khuen is a southern California-based scenic designer. Upcoming design projects: Ex Machina (FringeNYC), A Willow Grows Aslant (La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival). Recent design credits: Becoming Sylvia (Willamstown Theatre Festival), Tonight We Improvise (UCSD), Elizabeth I (UCSD), Hookman (UCSD). Recent Assistant credits: Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse), His Girl Friday (La Jolla Playhouse) Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Blue Deep (Williamstown Theatre Festival), 2010-2011 season (PCPA). Awards: 2013 Rose Brand Scholarship Winner, 2011 USITT Regional Design Expo Competition Winner. MFA: UC San Diego (Candidate 2014). BA: Macalester College, MN.www.nataliekhuen.com
Costume Designer: Janet O'Neill
Janet O’Neill is a 2015 Costume Design MFA candidate at U.C. San Diego. UC San Diego credits: Ex Machina (2013), Casagemas(2013), Hamelin (2013). Assistant Costume Designer, Elizabeth I (2012), Tonight We Improvise (2013). Other Costume Design credits include work at UCSB: Fall and Spring Dance concerts (2010-2012), Assistant Costume Designer on UCSB’s launch pad productions Kingdom City (2009) and Entangled (2011); and Associate Costume Designer for Anowa (2012). Other experience includes her previous internships at the Seattle Opera (2011), Seattle Children’s Theater (2011) and summer fellowship at Chautauqua Theatre Company (2013).