Workshop Ensemble

Melissa Amilani
Melissa Amilani a Philadelphia actress and puppeteer about to complete her degree in Theater at Temple University. She has performed as Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible at Temple, been a puppeteer in The Great Debate as Holly Vineyamma, and interviewed local theater-makers for the online podcast Rep Radio. Next up, she will be playing a Pulcinella in Brainspunk Theater’s Crazyface, by Clive Barker. Thanks to the late, great Bertolt Brecht for inspiring and alienating us all.

Kelsey Holley
Kelsey Holley is a dancer from Durham, North Carolina. She studied African, Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet throughout grade school and has trained in programs and civic companies with the American Dance Festival, Collage Dance Company, Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre, Legacy Studios, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Currently, she is pursuing her BFA at the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Kalila Kingsford Smith
Kalila Kingsford Smith is a performer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in Philadelphia. A company member of Dancefusion, she has performed in the works of Mary Anthony, Pauline Koner, and Steven Welsh. She received her BFA in Dance and BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Kalila is also a dance writer for Philadelphia’s online publication


Ibrahim Miari

Photo by Christopher Kadish

Ibrahim Miari holds an MFA in Theater Education from Boston University. Originally from Israel, he resides in the Philadelphia area. His theater credits include Superior Donuts (Max) at Playhouse Theater; Arabian Nights (multiple roles) at Central Square Theater; The Fever Chart (Ali) at Underground Railway Theater, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award in the solo performance category; Crickets (John) at Boston Theater Marathon; Round Trip to Monte Carlo (Ahmed) at Boston Playwrights’ Platform Festival, for which he received “Best Actor – Audience Choice.” Ibrahim’s film and television credits include Water Dogs (MCS Films), Naz + Maalik (Pecking Wilds LLC), and Brains on Trial with Alan Alda (PBS). Currently Ibrahim is performing his semi-autobiographical one-man show In Between.

Hannah Sandler
Hannah Sandler is an actor, deviser, and theater maker. She has trained at Double Edge Theatre and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Since moving to Philadelphia this past summer, she created and performed a solo show titled Hello, I’m Mortimer, which continued work on a character she began developing at Dell’Arte.

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