"And So We Walked" Cast and Creative Team

Posted 06 March 2018

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Writer and performer DeLanna Studi. Photo by Bert VanderVeen.

And So We Walked
Written and Performed by DeLanna Studi
Directed by Corey Madden

THE CAST

DeLanna StudiWriter and Performer

THE CREATIVE TEAM

John CoyneScenic Designer
Andja BudincichCostume Designer
Norman CoatesLighting and Projection Designer
Bruno LouchouarnSound Designer
Bruno Louchouarn, John John Grant,
Sarah Elizabeth Burkey
Composers
Mark TynanStage Manager                     
Logan StarnesProduction Assistant
Mary McDonald-LewisDialect Coach

The Actors and Stage Manager in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

ABOUT THE ACTOR

DeLanna Studi (Cherokee)
Writer and Performer

Originally from Liberty, Oklahoma, DeLanna Studi is a proud citizen of Cherokee Nation. Her theater credits include the First National Broadway Tour of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County; Off-Broadway’s Informed Consent at Duke Theater on 42nd Street; and regional theater credits at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage at The Armory (Astoria: Part One and Two), Cornerstone Theater Company, Indiana Repertory Theater and others. DeLanna has originated roles in more than 18 world premieres, including 14 Native productions. She has done more than 800 performances of the Encompass “Compassion Play” KICK, a one-person show written by Peter Howard that explores the power of images, stereotypes and Native American mascots. Her roles in the Hallmark/ABC mini-series Dreamkeeper and Chris Eyre’s Edge of America have won her numerous awards. She is an ensemble member of America’s only Equity Native American theater company, Native Voices at the Autry. DeLanna serves as chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Committee, which has, under her leadership, produced an award-winning film about American Indians in the entertainment industry and created a “Business of Acting” workshop that tours Indian Country. DeLanna was the winner of the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from the Autry Museum of the American West. She mentors for the Mentor Artist Playwright Program, Young Native Playwrights and American Indian Film Institute’s Tribal Touring Program. Her artist-in-residencies include the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin (where she co-taught “Native American Oral Histories and Storytelling” and “American Indians in Film”) and Brown University. And So We Walked is her first play.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Corey Madden
Director 
Over a 30-year career, Corey Madden has worked as a creator, director and/or producer on more than 300 new works that have premiered across the country and in Europe. Through her company L’Atelier Arts, Madden develops and directs new plays, creates original programming for museums and arts festivals, and collaborates with dance, visual arts, music and opera artists on interdisciplinary and site-specific projects. Recent original works include Sol Path and Rain After Ash, commissioned by Fulcrum Arts’ AxS Festival; Tales of the Old West for the Autry Museum of the American West; Rock Paper Scissors (Best Production, Arizona Theatre Awards) and Day for Night, presented at GLOW Festival in Santa Monica and then restaged in Poland for the Transatlantyk Festival. Madden is currently executive director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has been associate artistic director of the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, producing director of Performing for Los Angeles Youth, director of Artist Programs for the Pasadena Arts Council, and on the artistic staff of Actors Theatre of Louisville.

John Coyne
Scenic Designer
John Coyne has designed sets for numerous companies, including My Fair Lady (Portland Center Stage at The Armory); Hamlet and Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre Company); UnCommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Alliance Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Colossal, Les MisérablesHenry IVOf Mice and Men and Tartuffe (Dallas Theater Center); Charly’s Aunt (Guthrie Theater); Rough Crossing (The Old Globe); and Hamlet (The Public Theater). Opera credits include Die Meistersingers von NurnburgThe Ballad of Baby Doe and L’elisir d’amore (San Francisco Opera); Simon BoccenegraCavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (San Diego Opera); and Die Fledermaus (Washington National Opera); as well as designs for New York City Opera, Fletcher Opera Theater, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Opera Center. John is the director of scenic design at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has an M.F.A. in scenic design from Yale University. 

Andja Budincich
Costume Designer
Andja is honored to be a part of this important show for the second time. Design credits include Hollow (Dixon Place, NYC); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Palace Theater, WI); West Side Story, A Raisin in the Sun and The Drowsy Chaperone (Summer Repertory Theatre, CA); VROOOMMM! A NASComedy and And So We Walked (Triad Stage, NC); Flor to Somewhere and Lost and Found (Peppercorn Theatre, NC); born bad (Paper Lantern Theatre, NC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NC Symphony); Misalliance (University of North Carolina School of the Arts); A Year with Frog and Toad (Southwestern University); and Moon Over Buffalo (Spring Theatre, NC). Education: Southwestern University, B.A. in theater and art history; University of North Carolina School of the Arts, M.F.A. in costume design. andjabudincich.com

Norman Coates
Lighting and Projection Designer
Broadway: The News and Prince of Central Park. Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre Company, Circle in the Square, The Lion Theatre, Westbeth Theatre Center, Provincetown Playhouse and Equity Library Theatre; including the productions of Here Are Ladies, Diversions and Delights, Blood Knot and Limbo Tales. National and international credits include The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls, Camelot with Richard Harris and Encounter 500. Regional theater credits include work for Triad Stage, The Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, American Stage Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Hirschfeld Theatre and North Carolina Theatre. Opera credits include Piedmont Opera Theatre, The Princeton Festival, Greensboro Opera, Opera Carolina, North Carolina Opera, Piedmont Opera, Virginia Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Opera Pacific. Norman is the founder of the Winston-Salem Light Project, a public art project (lightproject.org). He is a member of United Scenic Artists and a charter member of the Winston-Salem chapter of IESNA.

Bruno Louchouarn
Sound Designer and Co-Composer
Theater: The Cake (PlayMakers Repertory Company); And So We Walked (Triad Stage); Disgraced (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Wrestling Jerusalem (59E59 Theaters, Guthrie Theater, Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Hangar Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company); The River Bride (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa); El Henry (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre); A Weekend with Pablo Picasso (San Diego Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Center REPertory Company, Walnut Creek, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona Theatre Company); Eurydice (South Coast Repertory); Agamemnon, featuring Tyne Daly (The Getty Villa); Shekinah (La MaMa). Dance: Cubicle, Passengers and Humachina with Diavolo Dance (world tours); Metallurgy choreographed by Susan Jaffe (American Ballet Theater Studio Company, Lincoln Center); Little Sisters choreographed by Rosanna Gamson (REDCAT in Walt Disney Concert Hall).

John John Grant 
Co-Composer
John John Grant (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) comes from a family of accomplished traditional artists. His own interest in Native American music began when he was a young teenager and heard a drum group from Lamedeer, Montana. At the age of 18, while on tour in France, Grant took up the Cherokee flute for the first time. He taught himself to play and has since become a prolific composer and performer, even touring with the North Carolina Symphony. Grant is also a singer, performing both traditional Cherokee and contemporary Northern-style Native American songs. He is a member of the drum group Birdtown Crossing, as well as the dance group Warriors of Ani-Kituwah.

Sarah Elizabeth Burkey
Co-Composer
Sarah Elizabeth Burkey (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) is a recording artist, songcatcher and storyteller whose work has been featured on over 17 albums including Door of the Moon, When the Redbuds Bloom, Don’t Die Yet and Honeysuckle Vine. She has toured 19 countries and earned an international reputation as an authentic voice for roots music and heritage arts. Ms. Burkey is deeply committed to the continuity of traditional knowledge and the vital role it plays in health, healing and well-being. She calls the Qualla Boundary Cherokee Indian Reservation home.

Mary McDonald-Lewis
Dialect Coach
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland, Oregon, and is an international dialect coach for film, television and stage. She also works as a voice actor, on-camera actor, stage actor and director. And So We Walked is MaryMac's 31st show with this company. You can also hear her work at Artists Repertory Theatre, where she is the resident dialect coach, and on other stages around town. She is deeply grateful to the patrons and audience members of The Armory, whose support allows the theater to provide her services to the actors. MaryMac holds her M.F.A. in directing from the University of Portland. She loves what she does, and she thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home. marymac.com

Mark Tynan 
Stage Manager
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props; then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the phenomenal stage management apprentices, Jordan Affeldt and Katie Nguyen, and production assistant Will Bailey, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to The Armory, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed …, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent and Jersey Boys. Other Portland credits include several summers with Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).

Logan Starnes
Production Assistant
Logan is excited to be working on a show at The Armory for the first time. Logan is currently also a dramaturgy and literary management intern at Artists Repertory Theatre, where they've worked on Caught, The Humans, Magellanica and Between Riverside and Crazy. Previously, Logan has adapted and directed various children's shows for community outreach projects in their hometown of Port Charlotte, Florida. They received their undergraduate degree from New College of Florida, majoring in humanities with a focus on theater and theatrical analysis. Any free time Logan has is spent writing a wide variety of works, ranging from fiction to articles about the analysis of identity.

Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
Producing Partner
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts is a creative catalyst that encourages and supports the exploration and development of new knowledge to transform the way artists, organizations and communities approach creative challenges. The Kenan Institute believes that artists can contribute their creative ideas, visionary leadership and novel strategies to strengthen our culture, build businesses and generate innovative ideas.

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