After years of building a thriving artistic community, we’re finally making it official. Golden Thread is launching its Resident Artist program as a three-year pilot seeking to create more opportunities for our artistic community, define pathways of career development, and make our diversity and impact more visible.
HASSAN ABDULRAZZAK (Resident Artist / Playwright) is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. His plays include Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre, 2007; Belvoir St Theatre, 2009; Akvarious Productions, 2010), The Prophet (Gate Theatre, 2012), Love, Bombs, and Apples (Arcola Theatre, 2016; and UK tour), and And Here I Am (Arcola Theatre, 2017; and UK tour). His short plays include Lost Kingdom, which was selected out of 75 scripts to be part of San Francisco’s ReOrient 2015 Festival at Golden Thread, and Trump in Palestine, part of a multi-author show called Top Trumps performed at Theatre 503 (January, 2017). He has contributed to several anthologies including Iraq+100: Stories From a Century After the Invasion (Conemma Press, 2016) anrd Don’t Panic I’m Islamic (Saqi books, 2017). He is the recipient of George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth and Pearson theatre awards, as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. abdulrazzak.weebly.com
MUNAF ALSAFI (Resident Artist / Actor and Musician) is a Bay Area musician and actor who was introduced to theatre with Aftermath (Theatre Period) in 2012. Since then, he has acted with Golden Thread Productions, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, The One Minute Play Festival, and Indistage, amongst others. Recent performances include Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat, Rickshaw Girl, Othello, and The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba. Munaf was born in Iraq and although he migrated to the United States as a child, he was exposed to the music of his homeland at an early age and that music has continued to influence him. In America, he was raised in Alabama and Mississippi where he was exposed to the delta blues and rhythm and blues. He writes music, is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and his instrument of choice is the Oud. He enjoys blending music and theatre whenever possible.
KENAN ARUN (Resident Artist / Makeup Designer) is a makeup artist for stage and FX makeup for 10 years, and has been working with Golden Thread Productions since 2014. Some of his credits include The Maids by Jean Genet (Stage on the Run, One-Act Festival, Heidelberg, Germany, 2011), Angels in America by Tony Kushner (Stage on the Run, Ankara, Turkey, 2012), The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Turkish-American Association, Ankara, Turkey, 2012), Rendezvous by Rob Cantor (Music Video, Los Angeles, 2014), ReOrient 2015 and 2017 Festivals (Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco), The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe (The African-American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco, 2016), The Most Dangerous Highway in the World by Kevin Artigue (Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, 2016), Seven Minutes to Closing by Kim Nunley (Short Movie, Oakland, 2016), Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat by Yussef El Guindi (Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, 2017). He also serves as Wig & Makeup Consultant at Drunk Drag Broadway. kenanarunmakeup.com
CASSIE BARNES (Resident Artist / Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer all across the Bay Area for companies such as Golden Thread Productions, Breadbox, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, 99 Stock Productions, Wiley West Productions, and Custom Made. She has recently expanded her career to include dance, which has led her to work with Applegate Dance Company, Bayer Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Ledoh with Salt Farm, and Meredith Webster. She also works as a lighting technician at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
|Yussef El Guindi|
Yussef El Guindi
YUSSEF EL GUINDI’s (Resident Artist / Playwright) productions include The Talented Ones at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland (Santa Barbara Independent Indy Award); Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat at Golden Thread Productions (American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn Award); Threesome at Portland Center Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script); The Ramayana (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT Seattle; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award) also at ACT Seattle and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA); and Language Rooms (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center.
NAKISSA ETEMAD (Resident Artist / Dramaturg) is a professional dramaturg, producer, director, and French translator based in San Francisco. The Regional VP of Metro Bay Area for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), she has worked in the field of dramaturgy since 1992, including full-time posts at The Wilma Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and San Diego Rep. Nakissa specializes in new play development and has fostered 24 professional world premiere plays and musicals, and dramaturged over 90 productions, workshops, and staged readings. Credits include the four multi-city world premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry, produced by the Lark’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire initiative, which garnered her the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. Nakissa is currently working with frequent collaborator Gardley on his Play on! commission of King Lear for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She studied at the Université de Paris III, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UCSD and certificates from Le Cordon Bleu, London.
An award-winning Palestinian-Irish writer, HANNAH KHALIL’s (Resident Artist / Playwright) stage plays include The Scar Test opens at Soho Theatre, London (“Political Theatre at its best” —Exeunt), Scenes from 68* Years at Arcola Theatre, London (“confirms Khalil as a dramatist of compelling potential” —Daily Telegraph), The Worst Cook in the West Bank at Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Bitterenders at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013), Plan D at Tristan Bates Theatre, London (nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award), and Ring at (Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize). Hannah’s radio plays include Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room for BBC Radio 4. Plan D is published in the U.S. as part of “Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora” edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi. Hannah is currently playwright on attachment at London’s Bush Theatre. hannahkhalil.com
|Roneet Aliza Rahamim|
Roneet Aliza Rahamim
RONEET ALIZA RAHAMIM (Resident Artist / Actor) made her professional Bay Area debut performing with Golden Thread Productions in 2012. After receiving a B.F.A. in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, she spent time working in the Twin Cities in Minnesota with companies such as Mixed Blood, Park Square Theatre, and Swandive Theater. Since the Bay Area native moved back to California, she has enjoyed working with City Lights Theater Company, Palo Alto Players, Breadbox Theater, and of course Golden Thread, among others. At Golden Thread, you may have seen her in ReOrient 2012 and 2015 and once or twice reading a New Threads work. In 2017, she was honored to receive a Theatre Bay Area Award for her work in The Diary of Anne Frank — playing young Anne was a dream role come true. Roneet stands for theatre that betters us as human beings, important stories like Anne’s and the stories Golden Thread strives to bring to its audiences. roneet.com
DAMIEN SEPERI (Resident Artist / Actor) has done several plays and readings with people he considers friends at Golden Thread Productions, including the world premiere of Autobiography of a Terrorist by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and the ReOrient 2015 Festival of Short Plays. He has been acting in the Bay Area for many years, and hopes to continue doing so for many more. He studied at A.C.T. and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Vives les artistes!
Actor and Musician
Born in Iran, MOHAMMAD TALANI (Resident Artist / Actor and Musician) is a Berkeley-based musician, actor, and videographer. He is founding member of BandBand and joined the indie Iranian band, Kiosk in 2012. He has been living in U.S. since 2010 and collaborated with different artists such as Bahram Beyzaei, Mohsen Namjoo, Babak Jalali, Shahrzad Sepanlou and Circo cafe.
MIKIKO UESUGI (Resident Artist / Scenic Designer) designed Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat, 444 Days, Language Room, Night Over Erzinga, and ReOrient 2004 Festival of Short Plays for Golden Thread Productions. Other theatre credits include Detroit, Fat Pig, and Salome for Aurora Theatre Company; This Lingering Life for Theatre of Yugen; Topdog/Underdog for Marin Theatre Company, Blackademics for Crowded Fire; Food Stories and 4 Adverbs for Word for Word; Ambition Facing West for TheatreWorks; Peer Gynt for the American Conservatory Theater M.F.A. program; Let My Enemy Live Long! for Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Brönte and A Common Vision for Magic Theatre; and Curlew River for Chanticleer. Uesugi, originally from Japan, received her B.A. in painting at Musashino Art University, and has exhibited her work in Tokyo. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from SFSU and held a design internship at A.C.T. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers, Ignite Fund, and the Isadora Duncan Dance Award.
SOFIA AHMAD (Resident Artist / Actor) is an Oakland-based actor, ballroom dance instructor and choreographer, and teaching artist. Her first collaboration with Golden Thread was in 2003 on the original musical The Love Missile. Since then, she has had the pleasure of appearing in the mainstage productions of Isfahan Blues and The Most Dangerous Highway in the World, as well as many readings. Other local acting credits include SF Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Those Women Productions, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Stage, Pacific Repertory Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and New Conservatory Theatre Center. Theatre choreography credits include San Francisco Playhouse and Inverness Shakespeare. She has served as a teaching artist with SF Shakespeare, Theatreworks, Word 4 Word, San Francisco School, and the City of Piedmont. Sofia is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. sofiaahmad.com
WESLEY APFEL (Resident Artist / Stage Manager) is excited to join the team of Resident Artists at Golden Thread. For the company, he has stage managed the ReOrient Festivals in 2012 and 2015, and the world premiere of Night Over Erzinga. Bay Area credits include Detroit, After the Revolution, and This Is How It Goes (Aurora); The 39 Steps, Lucky Stiff, and Xanadu (Center REP); Somewhere (Theatreworks). He’s spent five seasons with the Sacramento Theatre Company, including the world premieres of The Donner Party: An American Musical, Of Kites and Kings, and Kate: The Unexamined Life of Katharine Hepburn. He has stage managed more than 40 productions in the New York area — including the original productions of The Graduate, Festen, Gutenberg the Musical!, Bat Boy, The Musical of Musicals, Little Fish and The Thing About Men. Wes also served as the Production Supervisor for the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre.
JAMES ASHER (Resident Artist / Actor) Regional: Sweeney Todd, Show Boat (San Francisco Opera); The Laramie Project (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse); Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (national tour); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (national tour); The Foreigner (San Jose Rep); Tape (Magic Theatre); Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat, Language Rooms, Back of the Throat (Golden Thread/LATC); You Mean to Do Me Harm (SF Playhouse); The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival); Love’s Labour Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival). NYC/Off Broadway: The Laramie Project (Union Square Theater); Destination America (Second Stage Studio); Sajjil (Record) (Nibras Theater Co). Film: Paradise Club, Us, The Singularity is Near. TV: Parenthood (NBC), Spicy City (HBO), Chance (Hulu).
Scenic and Lighting Designer
KATE BOYD (Resident Artist / Scenic and Lighting Designer) recently designed sets for ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays, sets and lights for Isfahan Blues, and sets for The Most Dangerous Highway in the World (TBA Award nomination). Other credits: Aurora Theatre, Center Rep, Magic Theatre, Merola Opera, SF Conservatory of Music, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and Brava. Kate teaches stagecraft and design at Lick-Wilmerding High School, and was a recipient of the Gerbode Design Fellowship.
DEBÓRAH ELIEZER (Resident Artist / Actor), is an ensemble theatre maker. She has been working with Golden Thread since 2003. Golden Thread credits include Karima’s City (2003 ReOrient and 2004 Cairo Festival of Experimental Theatre) by Yussef El Guindi, The Admission by Mottie Lerner, Ecstasy, a Waterfable by Denmo Ibrahim, and The Fifth String by Torange Yeghiazarian. Eliezer is the Co-Artistic Director of foolsFURY, producing new work, a national festival, internship opportunities, and public educational programs. She holds a BA Cum Laude from SF State University and a certificate in Sound, Voice, Music Healing from CIIS. With foolsFURY, Eliezer has created and performed in world premieres of (dis)Place[d], which she wrote and performed, The Unheard of World by Fabrice Melquiot, Faulted by Angela Santillo, Port Out Starboard Home with Sheila Callaghan (SF and NYC), Monster in the Dark with Doug Dorst, The Devil on All Sides by Fabrice Melquiot (SF and NYC), All You Can Eat by Steven Morgan Haskell, and The Jensen Files by Ben Yalom. Eliezer directed and choreographed The Seeing Place by Elizabeth Spreen and Debórah Eliezer. Choreographic credits include Boxcar’s The Speakeasy, foolsFURY’s Port Out, Starboard Home, Monster in the Dark, Charles Mee’s Big Love, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and foolsFURY’s adaptation of Don Delillo’s Valparaiso. Incubator Series performances include Lucinda Otto’s Threshold, Mia Rovegno’s The Apartment, Doug Dorst’s (R)Evolution X, and Angela Santillo’s Sera. She has also worked with Woman’s Will, The Puppet Players, Marin Shakespeare, Antenna Theater, and TJT. She was the Co-Artistic Director of Eclipse Dance Theater from 1996-2002. As a professional voiceover artist, you may have heard her voice in over 25 Leapfrog Toys, Sims 2, 3, and 4 video games, or numerous radio ads. Eliezer teaches throughout the Bay Area, and maintains a private coaching practice. She produces weddings, workshops, and retreats at Venado, a 33-acre artist retreat center. For more information, visit Venado Retreat on Facebook.
NASEEM ETEMAD (Resident Artist / Actor) is a Los Angeles-based actor that has worked both behind the scenes and on stage with Golden Thread Productions over the last three years, appearing in their New Threads Reading Series, in ReOrient 2015 as Yuliana in Turning Tricks and in ReOrient 2017 as Najla in Manar and as Woman 2 in The Rehearsal. Favorite roles include Pakeeza in Suburbia at Breach Once More; Maryam in Strength and Fortune, a short film by Zein Productions; and Samar in Veils at The Pear Theatre.
MONA MANSOUR (Resident Artist / Playwright) We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War, directed by Evren Odcikin, will premiere at Golden Thread in 2018. The Vagrant Trilogy premieres at Mosaic Theater in D.C. in June 2018, directed by Mark Wing-Davey. It was presented at New Dramatists in fall 2016 after a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project with the Public Theater. Of the trilogy: The Hour of Feeling (directed by Wing-Davey) premiered at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and a new Arabic translation was presented at NYU Abu Dhabi as part of its Arab Voices Festival in 2016; Urge For Going had productions at Public LAB (directed by Hal Brooks) and Golden Thread (directed by Odcikin); The Vagrant was workshopped at the 2013 Sundance Theater Institute. Other plays: The Way West (Labyrinth Theater, directed by Mimi O’Donnell; Steppenwolf, directed by Amy Morton; and Marin Theatre Company, directed by Hayley Finn), Unseen (Gift Theater Chicago, directed by Maureen Payne-Hahner), and In the Open (Waterwell, directed by James Dean Palmer). Mona is a member of New Dramatists. Commissions include Playwrights Horizons, Old Globe Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “American Revolutions.” 2012 Whiting Award. 2014 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. monamansour.com
Director and Actor
SARA RAZAVI (Resident Artist / Director and Actor) served on the Golden Thread Board of Trustees from 2010-2016. Razavi first collaborated with Golden Thread as a performer in ReOrient 2007. She joined the ReOrient team again in 2009, notably as the monologist in The Monologist Suffers Her Monologue by Yussef El Guindi. In addition to performance, Razavi has also directed several productions as part of ReOrient Festivals, including Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah’s The Letter (2012) and The House (2015), Farzam Farrokhi’s 2012 (2012), Nahal Navidar’s Songs of our Childhood (2015), E.H. Benedict’s War on Terror (2017), and Sevan K. Greene’s A is For Ali (2017). In addition to Golden Thread, some of Razavi’s favorite Bay Area collaborations include various productions with Elastic Future, Maryam Rostami’s, Persepolis, Texas for CounterPULSE, and Denmo Ibrahim’s BABA for Alter Theatre (winner for San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award for “Best Original Script” and nominee for “Best Solo Performance”). Razavi graduated from UC Davis with a degree in sociology and theatre studies, which included a year-long theatre focus at University of Birmingham, in England. In 2013 she completed her MBA with a focus on social enterprises and is presently the Interim CEO of Working Solutions, a microlender which provides capital and consulting services to local small businesses.
BETTY SHAMIEH (Resident Artist / Playwright) is the author of fifteen plays. Credits include The Strangest (The Semitic Root), Fit for the Queen (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Magic Theatre), Territories (Magic Theatre), and Roar (The New Group). She was a Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard College, a Playwriting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, a UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance Art. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama. bettyshamieh.com
Actor and Choreographer
LISA TATEOSIAN (Resident Artist / Choreographer and Actor) has been working with Golden Thread since 2002, when she choreographed and performed in the musical Love Missile. She has since worn many hats with the company: performer in a number of productions, stage manager for Benedictus, choreographer for Learn to Be Latina and Fairytale Players, as well as helping with assorted administrative and production tasks. Lisa has also consulted with and helped launch Golden Thread’s Education Program. Born to parents of Armenian descent, Lisa grew up in the Bay Area, studying music and dance, and began performing in community theatre at age 11. Lisa has enjoyed performing with various local dance and theatre companies including Khadra International Dance Theatre, Ballet Asfaneh, Dance Brigade, CTA/Crossroads, Douglas Morrison Theatre, Women’s Will, and College of Marin. She had a career as a Teaching Artist in numerous schools in the Bay Area, and toured in California in school productions. She has enjoyed choreographing for student shows and professional theatre. Lisa holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Mills College and a M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.
Actor and Director
BELLA WARDA (Resident Artist / Actor and Director), an Iranian-born Berkeley resident, has worn many hats in the world of theatre, including acting, directing, and set and costume design. Some hats looked better than others. She hopes the hat she is wearing this time will fit and please you. She is a founding member of the Darvag Theater Group, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.
SHORESH ALAUDINI (Resident Artist / Actor) is a self- proclaimed mavenous artist, combining ravenous and maven to encompass his insatiable desire to express through any possible creative outlet at his disposal. He received his B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. He was the inaugural recipient of the Beach Blanket Babylon $10,000 Acting Scholarship for the Arts. He has performed with Golden Thread Productions, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shotgun Players, Pollinator Theatre, Sleepwalkers Theatre, Theatre Period, Crowded Fire, Brava, Rising Voices, College Players USF, Ross Valley Players, and Intersection for the arts. Film credits include 2004’s award winning indy Mission Movie, 2007 Sundance Selection Strange Culture, and Focus Feature’s 2016 release Kicks. Born of Laotian and Persian Roots, part of his mission in the Bay Area revolves around showcasing those interconnected aspects of family and culture integral to his upbringing to garner a greater understanding of how we can build common ground through storytelling.
JAMES ARD (Resident Artist / Sound Designer) Ard is a local San Francisco designer, noisemaker, mechanic, and theatre vagrant, who composes soundscapes & music for humans, dogs, parrots, and bicycles. Ard’s sound design has been heard at the Public Theater in New York, the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and most importantly: here at home in San Francisco, at the Potrero Stage, in collaborations with both Golden Thread Productions and Crowded Fire. Recent Golden Thread credits include adaptation for Shelter (alongside Torange Yeghiazarian), sound design for The Most Dangerous Highway in the World, and sound design for various plays presented at ReOrient Festivals 2015 and 2017. Ard is a co-founder of SoundPlay.media, and is currently producing short plays for podcast at BareWireTheatre.com.
|Atosa Melody Babaoff|
Atosa Melody Babaoff
ATOSA MELODY BABAOFF (Resident Artist / Actor) is thrilled to be on this adventure with her old friends and theatre family at Golden Thread. She was just graduating from the American Conservatory Theater’s M.F.A. Program when she dove into her first Golden Thread production of Nine Armenians back in the early-2000s. She has worked with Golden Thread sporadically ever since, and this last experience with the ReOrient 2017 Festival left her feeling joyful and nourished as ever. She has also worked at A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and was a company member of both Laura Arrington Dance and Liz Tenuto Dance and a Half, which led her to NYC twice for some amazing performances. She is a founding member of Affinity Project with Nora el Samahy, Beatrice Basso, and Emily Hoffman. They were recipients of grants/residencies that led them to perform with FoolsFURY and at YBCA. She has an abundant and lovely yoga career when not performing. She is grateful for all of the loved ones in her life who encourage her to keep pursuing all that she is passionate about, in art and in life.
JIM CAVE (Resident Artist / Lighting Designer) has focused on the development of new theatre and multi-disciplinary and site-specific performances for the past 40 years. He has directed and designed plays, dance, dance-theater, opera, new music theatre, site-specific spectaculars, and even a flea circus at the Exploratorium. The East Bay Express included him in its Best Of 2004 edition for Moodiest Theatrical Illumination: “His understanding of both the plays he lights and the theatre’s space is total. Warm and inviting or searing and harsh, Cave’s lighting designs often tell us as much about the story as the text itself.” He received Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards for the premiere production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at The Eureka Theatre and for Aurora Theatre Company productions of Jack Goes Boating and The Entertainer. His collaborators have included Campo Santo, Word for Word, Intersection for the Arts, Aurora Theatre Company, Eureka Theatre, Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace, Erling Wold, Robert Ernst, Anna Halprin, Ruth Zaporah, The Residents, Deborah Slater, Oliver DiCicco and Mobius Operandi, Magic Theatre, Darvag, and Golden Thread.
|Nora el Samahy|
Nora el Samahy
NORA EL SAMAHY (Resident Artist / Actor) began her professional acting career in 1998 as a Fairy in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She then went on to work with Campo Santo, Golden Thread Productions, Alter Theater, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, foolsFURY, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Exit Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, Woman’s Will, Shotgun Players, African American Shakespeare Company, among others. In 2013, Nora founded a performance company called Affinity Project with Atosa Babaoff, Beatrice Basso, and Emily Hoffman. Nora is a Pilates teacher and co-owner of studio 74 pilates with business partner Jennifer Moulton. She received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College. Nora also serves on the Golden Thread Board of Trustees. Love and thanks to Patrick and Ziyad.
Actor and Playwright
DENMO IBRAHIM (Resident Artist / Actor and Playwright) is an actor and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She originated the role of Nana in the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns(American Conservatory Theatre & Theatre Calgary) and will continue a national tour this time in the role of Mariam opening at The Old Globe in San Diego in May 2018. Recent credits include Kathryn in Splendour at Aurora Theatre, Noor in Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat at Golden Thread Productions (nominated for a SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award), Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing at California Shakespeare Theater, and Tyra in I Call My Brothers at Crowded Fire Theater Company (Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role). Her solo show BABA, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, won a SFBATCC for best original script. Ibrahim is a founding artistic director of Mugwumpin. She earned her MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor-Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University and a BFA in acting from Boston University. adenmoproject.com
LAWRENCE RADECKER’s (Resident Artist / Actor) first production with Golden Thread was the ReOrient 2003 Festival, which then turned into an ongoing relationship with Torange and the company through to the most recent ReOrient 2017 Festival. After a few more Festivals, readings, and a couple of main stage productions, he is proud to be a resident artist with Golden Thread. Lawrence has appeared on stage at Magic Theatre, San Jose Stage, Aurora, Marin Theatre Company, Thick Description, amongst others. He is also a resident artist with Crowded Fire Theatre, where he has developed and debuted roles in a number of world premieres.
KAREN RUNK (Resident Artist / Stage Manager) moved to San Francisco with the intention of only staying for a few months… Two decades later, she’s still here! This is largely due to the talented folks at the SF Mime Troupe, where Runk is the resident Production Stage Manager, but mostly due to rent control! Runk has also stage managed with the Magic Theatre, SF Shakespeare Festival, Intersection for the Arts, Word For Word, African-American Shakespeare Company, and, of course, Golden Thread Productions! Runk is excited and honored to have found a second home away from home with Golden Thread’s Resident Artists program.
BENJAMIN SHIU (Resident Artist / Stage Manager) Golden Thread credits: Autobiography of a Terrorist (stage manager), Oh My Sweet Land (assistant stage manager), Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat (production assistant). Other credits: Belleville at Custom Made (stage manager); A Tale of Autumn, You For Me For You, The Shipment, and I Call My Brothers at Crowded Fire (assistant stage manager); Chinglish at Palo Alto Players (set crew); and Crane at Ferocious Lotus (front of house management). B.A. in Drama, SFSU.
Stage Manager and Props Designer
GRISEL TORRES (Resident Artist / Props Designer and Stage Manager), a Bay Area native, studied Technical Theatre and Light Design at SFSU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Since then, Grisel has expanded her artistry to stage managing, props design, tech directing, sound play, painting, and perfoming. She works often with Golden Thread, as well as PUSH Dance Company, foolsFURY Theatre Company, Circo Zero/Keith Hennessy, SF Conservatory of Music, and EyeZen Presents. Grisel is grateful for the opportunity to have a hand in making some of the Bay Area’s best radical art.