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Walkabout Theater Company: The Raveling

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Co-creators hailing from Chicago, Toronto, and New Delhi ravel together threads of heritage, history and hearsay.

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As the borders of home are redefined across generations, The Raveling teases apart the threads of heritage, history and hearsay in its cast of co-creators hailing from Chicago, Toronto, and New Delhi. The Raveling is part family fever dream, part fairy tale, and part detective story as the knot of belonging is stretched and pulled across countries and decades of legends, heroes, and misadventures. Performers: Anastacia Narrajos, Anirudh Nair, Amba-Suhasini Jhala, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, Nigel Brown

Direction by Thom Pasculli and Fides Krucker / Asst Directed by Monet Felton / Stage Manager Shanyn Strub

COMPANY BIO

Walkabout is a multidisciplinary ensemble committed to a unique practice of theater-making in Chicago. Walkabout produces three streams of programming: free outdoor phenomena focused on community engagement and unique artistic collaborations; world-premiere, touring performances created by the ensemble; and training workshops investigating techniques of co-creation. Radically process-oriented, Walkabout is distinguished by a deep investment in the creation of each ensemble project, in the personal and artistic development of each ensemble artist, and in the cultural and artistic advancement of ensemble practice.

PERFORMER BIOS

Amba-Suhasini Jhala (Guild of the Goat) is a professional Actor and Director. Amba graduated in 2009 from The London School of Music and Dramatic Art, where she trained in Classical Acting for two years, she then lived and worked in London ,as an actor, for another three years. She is now based out of Delhi and is artistic directer and co-founder of the Guild of the Goat Theatre Company and directed the company’s first play, Futureproof by Lynda Radley. As an actor she has worked in the mediums of television, film, theatre and as a voice over artist both in the UK and in India.Toss A Coin Theatre was set up in 2012, by Amba when she returned to India. In addition to developing their own plays the company worked extensively with schools, organisations, companies, teams and departments; running and designing bespoke theatre workshops. And though the company is now dissolved to give way to Guild of the Goat, Amba continues to work regularly with children, both privately and through schools and institutions. Amba is also a drama-based learning facilitator and role player. She works as an actor and facilitator with a speciality in drama-based and interactive training. Amba is fluently bilingual in English and Hindi and Gujarati.

Anirudh Nair (Guild of the Goat) completed his MA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter, UK, in 2008, under the guidance of Professor Phillip Zarrilli. Since 2008, he has been a core member of Moon Fool (a London based physical theatre company) led by Anna-Helena McLean. The company’s training – called Actor-Chorus-Text – draws on elements of Gardzienice’s (Poland) performer training practices, which include acrobatic partner exercises, mutuality work and voice training using indigenous folk & gypsy songs as well as original music.Anirudh has been deeply associated with this training since 2008 and his own practice draws heavily from it. In 2005 he set up Wide Aisle Productions in Delhi, a company committed to marrying work on classical texts with a contemporary physical theatre process.WAP’s productions include The Winter’s Tale (co-directied by Anirudh and Neel Chaudhuri) as well as Meet Will (a project designed to make Shakespeare accessible to school children through workshops and performances). At the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2015, Anirudh received a nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role for Still and Still Moving – a play by The Tadpole Repertory.

Nigel Brown (Ensemble) is a Walkabout Theater ensemble member. After moving to Chicago in 2010, he became a frequent collaborator with Redmoon Theater, where he met many of his current collaborators and friends, and has worked with companies such as Strawdog, A Red Orchid, and Trap Door Theater. Notable roles include a feisty Abraham Lincoln and a newly-born manta ray, the two of which encapsulate every character he has, and will ever, perform.

McCambridge Dowd-Whipple (Ensemble) is a proud company member with Walkabout Theater, where she created and performed in The Wild, Storm (collaboration with Moonfool), The Cure, Beach Party at the End of the World, and Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade. In the past she’s worked as an actor with Redmoon, Od Theatre, and The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble. She received her BA in Theatre from Bard College.

Cooper Forsman (Ensemble) is a physical performer, musician and designer based in Chicago. He has performed in productions with several local companies including Trap Door, Steppenwolf, and Redmoon, and is a founding member of the Walkabout Theater laboratory ensemble. He holds a BFA in Theater Performance from VCU and has also trained with Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia. Cooper has received two Jeff Award nominations for Sound Design and has generated designs and sound art for theater companies including Walkabout, Eclipse Theatre, and the Neo-Futurists.

Katie Mazzini (Ensemble) graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous projects include: Three Sisters(Steppenwolf), Singin’ in the Rain (Drury Lane), EL Stories (Waltzing Mechanics), and Erica Mott Production’s 3 Singers (which premiered in Krakow, Poland in 2014). She’s been working with Walkabout as an ensemble member since 2013.

Dana Murphy (Ensemble / Costumes) is a performer, director, choreographer, education coordinator and teaching artist in Chicago. Dana is a Resident Artist & Mentor with The Yard and the Education Coordinator for Raven Theatre. With Walkabout Dana co-created and performed in The Wild, Beach Party, Storm, The Cure, Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, A Persephone Pageant, and The Brink. Other Chicago performance credits include: Animal Farm (Steppenwolf Theatre Company SYA) & Cardboard Piano (The Yard & Timeline Theatre Company). Directing credits include: I & You (The Yard & Jackalope Theatre-Chicago) Dana graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Theatre.

Thom Pasculli (Director / Performer) is the artistic director of Walkabout Theater, a performer, director, and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include Walkabout’s international touring performances, The Wild (Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, Delhi 2016; Physical Festival Chicago 2015; Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago 2014) and The Brink! (Links Hall, Chicago 2018; Cricoteka, Krakow 2017; Dartmouth College, New Hampshire 2017) as well as its outdoor spectacles Tall Girl and the Lightning Parade, Beach Party, and A Persephone Pageant, co-directed with Jessica Thebus. Other Chicago directing credits include Core of the PUDEL at Trap Door Theatre and Circle-Machine at Oracle Productions. Thom has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, The Odin Teatret, Double Edge Theatre, the Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa and the Moscow Art School. Thom teaches acting and movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, and Columbia College.

Fides Krucker (Vocal Specialist) is one of Canada’s most innovative interpreters of vocal music. As a singer, composer and vocalographer, her work has been heralded internationally for its ‘feminist jolt’, ‘avant guard’ sensibility, and ‘heartbreaking descant.’ Thirty years of experience as a contemporary opera singer, interest in a wide and catholic palate of non-verbal human sound textures, and a strong belief in and pedagogical practice of sustainable vocal practices underpin Krucker’s work and produce ‘extraordinary vocalizations. Her company, Good Hair Day Productions, premiered the electroacoustic sexual-catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting (Walmsley/Dufort), receiving five Dora Nominations. Simultaneous to finishing writing a book on voice, Krucker joins writer/curator Dennison Smith to co-create the Three Waters Project.

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