Samantha Ricci is a Bay Area teaching artist and performer. Some favorite in-person projects include assistant-directing Shoggoths on the Veldt at the Dragon and devising and performing the role of Virgil in Epic Immersive’s Infernal Motel. Recently, Sam has been helping moderate and produce Hillbarn Theatre’s socially-distanced Twitch trivia nights and their online kids’ conservatory. When not moderating or sharing spine-tingling lore, you can find Sam creating theatre-related video content for California state prison inmates with Red Ladder Theatre Company.
Anna Yanushkevich has been filling community theatres and performing at large events for the better part of a decade. Combining ballet, aerial, contortion and visual arts, Anna asks her audience to seek where they sit in their seat on the spectrum between the strange beauty in nature and the macabre. In 2015 the San Diego Fringe Festival designated a special category for Anna, presenting her with the “Twisted Fringe Award” for Nocturnicon, a dive into the the way we handle mental illness and the human body before and after death. In addition, Anna is in school for pre-med and works as a veterinary technician. She also teaches beginner to advanced aerial arts and movement and is committed to helping the world stay strong, healthy and bendy.
Nathanael is a theatre and virtual events professional. Among his occupations are producing, directing, scenic design and scenic art, lighting design and electrics, and occasionally performing. Before relocating to Oakland, CA in 2014, he was a company member with Chicago’s CollaborAction Theatre Company, where he designed interactive experiences for Electric Forest Music Festival, The Art Institute of Chicago, City of Chicago DCASE, and others; and technical directed the first Chicago Parks tour of Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, which eventually became Peacebook. At Dragon, he has designed scenic and lighting for a number of shows, including The Nether, Shoggoths on the Veldt, and The Revolutionists; he has produced and directed AJ’s Virtual Party, and the multi-voice video poem “We Howl,” and has designed a number of maps for Dragon’s virtual events on the Gather.town proximity chat platform, including Party at the End of the World, and Redwood City Park & Arts’ Family Camp-In Campout. He also serves on the board for TigerBear Productions. Artistic inspiration for Nathanael often comes from nature, literature, games, and the evolution of human technology.