THE ARTISTS

Dara Silverman (She/Her) - Artistic Director, Writer

Dara Silverman is a writer and artist out of Oakland, California. Dara’s creative process involves colliding seemingly disparate elements to explode open a new creative space between them; and Agile Rascal is the most elaborate iteration of this process, colliding the physical, visceral experience of theater with the physical, visceral experience of bicycling. In addition to writing and producing with Agile Rascal, Dara’s plays have been finalists for the Jewish Plays Project and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and her work has been published by Smith and Kraus, Inc. She has received residencies from the Santa Fe Art Institute, The Lookout Arts Quarry, and AIRIE in the Everglades. Dara holds an MFA from San Francisco State University in playwriting.  When not working on Agile Rascal, Dara runs Heart and Bones Writing, a one stop word shop. Email Dara at: Dara@agilerascaltheatre.com

Jackie Rivera (They/Them) - Associate Artistic Director, Performer

Jackie is a Brooklyn-based Queer Latinx theater-maker and performing artist currently pursuing a Master's of Fine Art in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute. With over 20 years of theater experience including a BFA in Acting from New World School of the Arts and University of Florida, and Suzuki and Viewpoints training with SITI Company in NYC, in addition to over 10 years of professional acting and ensemble-based non-profit theater-making, it is truly a coincidence that they also like to ride bicycles. Jackie joined Agile Rascal in 2017 for the Montana tour looking for an unforgettable adventure and has since pledged their life to enjoying the many fruits of a bicycle touring theater existence. In 2018 they converted a van (@The DolphVAN) as their primary residence and occasionally travels the country as a freelance performer, stage manager, and SPRAT certified rope access technician. More info at: www.jackie-rivera.com. Email Jackie at: Jackie@agilerascaltheatre.com

Sam Cordes (He/Him) - Producing 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. Email Sam at: Sam@agilerascaltheatre.com

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Lelia Johnson (She/Her) - Education Director

Lelia Johnson is an educator and performer. She has a strong passion for building projects in education, theater, cycling & community engagement. She holds a BS in Community & Regional Development from UC Davis and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. After college, she helped an education start-up, Beyond 12, to succeed. Now, as a teacher, Lelia runs a bicycle education, repair and safety program at her school. After two Agile Rascal bike tours under her belt, she is marrying her bicycling theater experience with her education experience to build a Rascal education program. Email Lelia at: Lelia@agilerascaltheatre.com

Miguel Alejandro Castillo (He/Him) - Performer, Lighting (FL)

Miguel A. Castillo. Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Miguel moved to Middlebury, Vermont where he studied Dance and Theatre. Miguel is interested in choreographing, directing, devising and performing and hopes to continue creating work until the very end. Miguel recently worked as the assistant choreographer for the production of Bernstein’s MASS at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts under the mentorship of choreographer Laurel Jenkins, and director Elkhanah Pulitzer. He was part of the Middlebury Dance Company for two consecutive seasons (2015-2016 Detroit/DC tour) under the direction of Tzveta Kassabova and 2016-2017 (US/ Mexico tour) under the direction of Scotty Hardwig. Original works include Mayura, Du et Again, Audio instructions for a lost audience, The Moonfish and the Knife, and Postcards to mum. Miguel is also a proud UWC grad.

Jaren Feeley (He/Him) - Performer, Composer (MT, PA)

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) - Performer (PNW)

Selena is a member of community, and artist in Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on amplifying the messages of people and movements rooted in sustainability. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Urban Studies program, Selena has a passion for the critical redesigning of 21st century collective ownership—that of regenerative land stewardship, cooperative models of sustainable asset creation for underrepresented groups, and climate resilience. She sees her art practice as a radical tool for joy, and co-creates as a member of the Bay Area-based bela bela music collective. Selena is excited to dust off some of her ol' theater chops as a new member of Agile Rascal!  When she's not on two wheels, Selena is a beekeeper and very lazy surfer. More info at www.selenafeliciano.com

Kean Haunt (He/Him) - Performer (MT, PA)

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. 

Kendrick Haunt (She/Her) - Performer, Costumes (FL, PA)

Kendrick Haunt is an actress and seamstress based in Billings, Montana. She graduated with a degree in Drama Studies from Mount Allison University in 2017. During her time at Mount Allison, Kendrick spent three years as the Motyer-Fancy Theatre costume technician where she was part of the costume crew for over 20 theatre productions  and created her own costume designs. While obtaining her degree, she also worked as a professional costume designer, carpenter, props master, and master electrician at Live Bait Theatre. Most recently Kendrick worked with Verge Theatre in Bozeman as an actor and costume designer for children’s theatre. During an interactive production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, Kendrick was able to bring her love of acting and costumes together.  She is excited to continue exploring how costume and character interact.

Jenny Hipscher (She/Her) - Performer (CCT), Director (FL)

Jenny Hipscher was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from Wesleyan University. After college, she moved to New Mexico to study Massage Therapy and spent 4 years as a principal performer in Albuquerque’s Readymade Dance Theater Company. She has trained in contemporary dance and physical theater in Europe, and studied clown and improvisation at Bont’s Independent Republic of Failure in Ibiza. On this side of the Atlantic, she’s trained with Double Edge Theater and Pig Iron Theatre Company. Her first Agile Rascal tour landed her in Columbia, Missouri as GreenHouse Theatre Project’s Resident Artist, where she lived and worked for 3 years. She recently moved back to her hometown to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. With a background in athletics and the healing arts,  Jenny is interested in how we respond to the world through our bodies, and how we can shift and transform ourselves and our environment through the emotional and physical choices we make.

Lexy Ho-Tai (She/Her) - Prop and Puppet Designer (FL, PA)

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) - Performer (CCT, MT)

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 (PA), Director (PNW)

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. 

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FORMER RASCALS

Sarah Bell (She/Her) - Performer, Designer (MT)

Sarah Bell was born in California and raised in Montana after the childhood road trip that changed it all. A little wanderlust and a love of stories were sparked. In college, Sarah traded a literary degree for a theatrical one and contributed to many areas of community theatre production including stage management, acting, carpentry and run crew. She found her niche telling stories through costumes and graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a BFA in Costume Design and Technology. Since then, her handiwork both as a technician and as a designer has been seen in professional theatres from the Northwest to the Midwest. Sarah still calls Montana home, and loves to explore under her own power by road cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and paddling anything that floats.

Alexis Camille (She/Them) - Performer (CCT)

Alexis Camille is an improv actor, director, storyteller, and educator living in Minneapolis, MN. After serving in the U.S. Marines, she began studying theater and improv in Oakland, CA. Alexis works with HUGE Improv Theater, The Theater of Public Policy, and is a cast member of internationally known Blackout Improv. She is impassioned about advocating for and serving the voices of underrepresented peoples, and is committed to projecting diversity and representation throughout her work. Alexis Camille especially appreciates contributing to efforts that create a culture of self-expression, inclusivity, open dialogue, laughter, and healing via the arts.

Ren Dodge (He/Him) - Technician, Photographer (CCT)

Ren is a professional photographer and videographer. He has loved riding and tinkering with bikes since he was a kid. One of his first movies was a documentary about an art bike. In 2001 he moved from his hometown of St. Paul, MN to Oakland California, in search of better weather, creative opportunities and bikeable streets. A love of art led him to attend San Francisco State University where he earned a BA in Photography. He works commercially as an architectural photographer, while pursuing personal work in photography, film and other media.

Fenner (They/Them) - Performer, Ensemble Director (CCT)

Fenner is an actor, director, and producer, living in West Oakland. Trained in ensemble devising processes, clown, Suzuki and ancient Japanese theater, collaborators have included Custom Made Theater Co, Liar Liar, Theater of Yugen, FoolsFury, Ragged Wing Ensemble and Naked Empire Bouffon. They also received a BA in Theater and Performance at UC Berkeley. Producing credits include ‘Desire Caught by the Tail’ by Pablo Picasso, and most recently the collaboratively written piece ‘The Boy Who Cried Naked.’ Around and in between and sometimes with theater they are also an adventure cyclist, musician and casual host with the most.

Michael Hulburt (He/Him) - Performer (FL)

Michael Hulburt is a performer and musician originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. A lifelong juggler, Michael studied theatre and education at Virginia Commonwealth University, and works to bring circus, clown and magic into his art and educational pursuits. Michael was a founding member of Children of the Wild Ensemble Theatre and toured their unique brand of dystopian folk opera across the Midwest in 2016. He is a regular contributor to Barebones Puppets in Minneapolis and plays trombone for a circus punk band in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Joel Knopf (He/Him) - Performer, Composer (FL)

Joel is an upbeat singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and educator based in New York.  Joel teaches guitar with New York City Guitar School, runs early childhood music classes, and works as a teaching artist with Broadway Bound Kids, City Center and Wingspan Arts.  He is recently transplanted from California, where he designed science games at Leapfrog Toys and had excerpts of two original musicals premiere at the Musical Cafe New Works Festival.  After doing the Agile Rascal Florida tour, he moved in with two Rascals in New York and enjoys biking to the grocery store and back. Act 1 of his new musical The Last Ibex will be premiering in January 2020 in NYC!  www.meltsinyourmind.com @joel-knopf 

Ashley Whiting (She/Her) - Performer (FL)

Ashley Whiting grew up dancing competitively and now works professionally in musical theatre and voice over around the world. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Writing for Film & TV in 2009, trained in musical improv at The Magnet Theatre in NYC and was employed as a writer and producer at an animation studio in Los Angeles after college. She also spent a year in her early twenties creating ESL (English as a Second Language) theatre at a theme park in South Korea. Ashley currently works as a vocal instructor at School of Rock in St. Petersburg, FL.

Nick Zelle (He/Him) - Intern, Photographer (FL)

Nick is a multi-disciplinary circus artist who's curious about the possibilities between this practice and the worlds of dance, performance, installation art and other forms. Having attended a contemporary circus training program at l'École de cirque de Québec, where he specialized in aerial rope, hand-balancing and floor acrobatics, Nick has worked with companies such as Circus Smirkus, Theatre de la Jeune Leune, Xelias Aerial Arts Performing Company, battleRoyal and the Chamäleon Theater. He has also taught aerial circus disciplines in a variety of contexts, including at The Muse in Brooklyn, Zirkus Cabuwazi in Berlin, and the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town, where he assisted in the instruction of the pre-professional track and the school's broader community outreach programs. Nick holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Middlebury College.

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