DARA SILVERMAN (she/her)
Artistic Director, Writer
Dara Silverman is a writer and artist who recently moved from Oakland to Philadelphia. Her 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 theater with 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 trained with SITI Company, Pig Iron and Bread&Puppet and 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. More info at: http://samcordes.net/. Email Sam at: Sam@agilerascaltheatre.com
ROSE SCHWIETZ (she/her)
Production Manager (PA), Director (VT)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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 Halifax, Nova Scotia. 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. After university, Kendrick moved to Montana, where she worked with Verge Theatre in Bozeman as an actor and costume designer for children's theatre. She recently moved back to Canada, where she is continuing to build her theatre career.
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.
CAMERON NIELSON (he/him)
Cameron Nielsen is a filmmaker, trying to visualize a more harmonious world. He went to Quest University in Canada, where he majored in the question: "how can we engage people with the importance of honeybees?" His first film followed a honeybee muralist on their journey to paint 50,000 honeybees, and his second film featured his beekeeping mentor, who rewildshoneybees in order to help save them. Along the way, Cameron fell in love with telling stories about people who are driven to preserve our beautiful planet and that illuminate the power of human connection. Currently, Cameron is studying at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to expand his storytelling abilities. You can also find him on his bike or trying to catch a wave. More at: www.cameronnielsen.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.