AGILE RASCAL BIKE THEATRE
DARA SILVERMAN (she/her)
Artistic Director, Producer, Writer
Dara Silverman is a writer and artist lives in Philadelphia. As founder of Agile Rascal Bike Theatre, Dara straddles the worlds of theatre, cycling and environmental activism. She was a 2020 Creative Climate Leadership Participant and a Santa Fe Institute Water Right’s Resident, has given workshops at the League of American Bicycle’s Bike Summit, spoken on panels for the Network of Ensemble Theaters and written for Artists and Climate Change. Dara holds an MFA from San Francisco State University in playwriting, has trained with SITI Company, Pig Iron and Bread & Puppet, and has received additional residencies from The Lookout Arts Quarry, The Sable Project, and AIRIE in the Everglades.
MIGUEL ALEJANDRO CASTILLO (he/him)
Director, Performer, Lighting
Miguel Alejandro Castillo is an interdisciplinary artist from Caracas, Venezuela. A choreographer, director, educator, and performer, he is drawn to the permeability of art forms and the new inquiries that arise from cross-disciplinary and multicultural collaborations. Castillo is currently a Fresh Tracks artist in residency at New York Live Arts and the movement director for Prisoner of The State, a new opera by David Lang commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. As a dancer, Miguel has performed in the works of Faye Driscoll, Jeanine Durning, Maria Hassabi, Tzveta Kassabova, Alex Springer & Xan Burley, Peter Schmitz, Laurel Jenkins, Delfos Danza Contemporánea, among others. In 2021 Castillo was a danceWEB scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Castillo is a proud United World College alumnus, holds a bachelor’s in dance and theatre from Middlebury College and an M.F.A in Choreography and Performance from Smith College.
SAM CORDES (he/him)
Tour Director, Performer
Sam Cordes was "born in a trunk" in Kansas City, Missouri and has been doing professional theatre since the age of five. Raised by actors, Cordes made quite the name for himself as an upcoming talent in the thriving theatre community of his hometown and has gone on to receive his B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens College for Women in Columbia, MO and his M.F.A. in Theatre from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sam currently works as an adjunct Professor of Theatre at Hastings College in Nebraska. As an avid bicycle tourist, Cordes has never owned a car, enjoys daily commuting and has ridden his bike over 8,000 miles around the country. More info at: http://samcordes.net/. Email Sam at: Sam@agilerascaltheatre.com
JAREN FEELEY (he/him)
Jaren Feeley is a musician-composer based in Berkeley, California. His work focuses on the intersection of music and community building. He has created original scores for over a dozen productions in the Bay Area including work with Ragged Wing Ensemble, Custom Made Theater, Cutting Ball Theatre, and A.C.T.'s Costume Shop. His scores have incorporated chamber music and spoken word, children's choirs and dystopian electronica. In addition to composing, Jaren regularly organizes themed concerts and artistic happenings. He is the founder and artistic director of Moonstruck, a popular concert series that brings audiences to remote locations in the Bay Area wilderness for site-specific performances. Learn more at jarenfeeley.com.
SELENA FELICIANO (she/her)
Selena is a member of community, and artist on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). Her work focuses on amplifying the messages of people and movements rooted in climate justice. Selena has a passion for the critical redesign of 21st century collective ownership—that of regenerative land stewardship, cooperative models of sustainable asset creation for underrepresented groups, and energy resilience. When she's not on two wheels, Selena is surfing or hiking among redwoods. More info at: www.selenafeliciano.com
KEAN HAUNT (he/him)
Kean Haunt is a Boston based actor, deviser, musician, and occasional stilt walker. He studied theater at Middlebury College, where he acted, designed sets and lights, and devised plays with his friends. Just days after graduating he joined up with the Rascals in Montana for his first ever theater tour, which was also his first ever bike tour. He rejoined the crew for the 2019 project in Bethlehem, PA. Outside of the Rascals, he has performed with Double Edge Theatre, the Potomac Theatre Project, and is a full time cast member of Blue Man Group Boston. He enjoys singing loudly while commuting on his bike.
LEXY HO-TAI (she/her)
Lexy Ho-Tai is an interdisciplinary visual artist who's interested in the intersection between art-making and making the world a better place. Her work often utilizes repurposed materials, colliding colors, textures and shapes to make creations that are at once both other-worldly and surreal, and comforting and organic. She is passionate about arts and accessibility, and has most recently been exploring public and participatory art, including performances, murals, and workshops. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School for Design (2016), where she was nominated for Designer of the Year. She has been an artist-in-resident at the Watermill Center, the Flux Factory, and ARoS Museum, and a Van Lier Fellow at the MAD Museum. See her work at Lexymakesthings.com.
JOHN PAUL OLSEN (he/him)
John Paul Olsen has been involved in theatre since his high school years in Mesquite, Texas, where his talents ranged from acting, singing and dancing, to set building, and directing. John has been involved with Bay Area theatre, including Lucid Dream Lounge and the West Marin Players. and he performed as The Attendant in Agile Rascal's Sunlight on the Brink. He has much experience in maintaining and repairing bikes. He currently lives in Dallas County, Texas near his family and works for UPS.
ROSE SCHWIETZ (she/her)
Production Manager, Director
Rose Schwietz is a director/musician/performer/teacher born and raised in Minnesota. She has lived most of her adult life in Kathmandu, teaching theatre and English to Nepali high school students, and directing and performing with the Kathmandu-based One World Theatre. She trains regularly with SITI Company and worked as a tech intern with The Wooster Group. She is now based in the Twin Cities while continuing regular projects in Nepal and India. When not on her bike or in rehearsal, you can find her reading, writing, or playing cribbage. Her greatest love in theatre is the collaborative process of building, creating, and performing together.