Teresa Mock is a theatre artist with experience in performing, directing, devising, teaching, producing, and costume design. Joel Sass called her “funny, talented, fearless and an artist to watch on the Twin Cities performance scene.” She has been a Planning Committee Member and Costume Designer for Mixed Precipitation’s annual Picnic Operetta since 2011 (Alcina, Idomeneo, Fidelio.) She was also a Performer-Deviser with Mixed Precipitation’s Tall Tales Trilogy commissioned by the Minneapolis Public Library (2012.) Other recent projects include: costume designing By The Seat of Our Pants for Interact Center, as well as performing in the Ivey and SAGE Award winning Psst!, a story told through mask and dancewith Off Leash Area at The Cowles Center (2013.) Teresa’s ensemble created a campy vaudeville show, Batmama, featuring original music and vocal composition as part of the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival and received recognition on MPR for Best Costumes as well as a VISI Video Award. Mock’s autobiographical Piece Story was recognized by Curve Magazine, the best selling lesbian magazine for Best of Lesbian Regional Theatre (2007.) Other works include directing and co-producing Body and Sold, a docudrama about human trafficking, with Tempest Productions based in Boston. In London, Teresa and her ensemble created a shadow puppetry piece, Blue Buick, supported by Theatre of Inspirations and performed at The Space (2009.) Mock has also co-directed The Vagina Monologues in London for Sham’s Development Organization as part of a larger project working to build a women’s center in China (2008.) As an actor and collaborator in the Twin Cities she has also worked with Joel Sass, Walking Shadow, The Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Live Action Set, Diane Mountford and MN Shakespeare Project, St. Croix Festival Theatre, The National Theatre for Children, Actors Theatre of Minnesota, Four Humors, Nimbus Theatre, Off Leash Area, and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, among others. Mock received her undergraduate theatre degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and in 2009 completed her MFA degree in Lecoq Based Actor Created Theatre at The London International School for Performing Arts (LISPA) through Naropa University.
Amy Russell - Playwright
Amy Russell is an internationally produced playwright. Having trained in ensemble devising and physical theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, she joined the Touchstone Ensemble in Bethlehem, PA, which produced three of her plays, including the award winning children's play about interracial friendship, Out of the Net. Her verse play, Bloody Mary, was produced by Antibea Theatre in Antibes, France, in 1998. Joining the resident company at the Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, TN, she wrote the bi-lingual play, Je T'embrasse, Elvis, produced by Compagnie Ajar, co-founded with Eric Ting, (Long Wharf Theatre, CT.) The production toured to the Avignon Festival in 2000. Compagnie Ajar then produced her script for one actor, Killing Lincoln, and won the Knoxville Area Critics Award in 2001. Polish director Henryk Baranowski commissioned her adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia, which toured to Bratislava in 2001. She founded, chaired and taught Naropa University's MFA in Actor-Created Theatre.
The Shadow War is based on Amy's childhood experiences in war-torn Laos in the 1970’s. The play has received a professional reading in London, where she currently resides.
Sandy'Ci Moua - Producer and Actor as Shoua Ly and Nhia
Sandy’Ci Moua has performed in over 45 productions on stage, in local film, commercial and print work. She had leading roles in three pivotal world premieres of work written by Hmong-American playwrights. In 2009, Sandy'Ci Moua created the first online Hmong Shaman community: https://www.facebook.com/HmongShamans and www.HmongShamans.org. A community organizer, she mobilized around “Lift the Ban!” 2000-‘02 Hmong Sports Festival parking, voter education and anti-racism via Community Action Against Racism (“CAAR”) by holding the radio station KDWB responsible for their 2011 racist song “30 Hmongs in a House.” (www.communityactionagainstracism.wordpress.com) As an actor, Sandy’Ci was in the pioneer wave (1990s-2000) of Hmong stage artists- starring in world premieres such as Lee Vang’s “Hush, Hush” and Ka Vang’s “From Shadows to Light.”
Sandy’Ci has also worked as a casting consultant, and successfully advocated for an authentic Hmong cast in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.
Erik Hoover - Actor as Lee Mayevsky
Erik is pleased to be working with We Theatre again on the Shadow War. He is a founding member of FTF Works and produced and starred their inaugural production, Herocycle -an epic aerial musical about Evel Knievel. Last fall he had the honor of working on the Veteran’s Play Project with Footprints Collaborative. Erik has also appeared with: Pillsbury House Theater, Walking Shadow Theater Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Classical Actors' Ensemble, Theatre Novi Most, Theatre Pro Rata, Park Square Theatre, Sandbox Theatre, Burning House Group, and the Red Eye Collaborative. His film work includes A Method, directed by Paul von Stoetzel,and Looking Past You, directed by Jennifer Kramer. Erik also teaches, coaches movement, and can sometimes be talked into directing now and again.
Song Kim - Actor as Sathanalat Thamavong
Song grew up in Portland, OR and
has worked in different capacities with various companies in Portland, Los
Angeles and Seoul, Korea. In Minneapolis Mr. Kim has performed with BOOM!
Theater and Nimbus Theatre and presented a workshop of his original one-act, 'The
Line That Divides'
as part of Nimbus Theatre's Eye Opener Workshop Series. In June ’08 Mr. Kim
premiered his first full-length play, Due Process, at Gresham Little
Theater in Gresham, OR. In addition, under the auspices of The Workshop
Division, Mr. Kim produced the original, full-length comedy, 'Simia Concumbo' by Boots McMartin, in
Seoul Korea in 2010, the original one-acts, 'DEAD' and 'One of Three' by S. Kim (as T.M.
Portland, OR in 2003 and N. Richard Nash's 'Echoes' in Portland in 2001.
Flora Bare - Actor as Gay Mayevsky and Mia
Originally from California, Flora has recently become a New York based performer. Flora is an actor, singer and acrobat. She is a current collaborator and performer with Theater Unspeakable, a Chicago based physical theater company, performing at Links Hall, Chicago and the Lincoln Center Institute, New York City.
A former USA Collegiate National Champion gymnast, Flora graduated with an MFA in physical theatre from Naropa University in association with the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). She has also received specialized training in Commedia del Arte from the Academia del’Arte in Arezzo, Italy and learned to dance Tango in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In London, her most recent credits have been at the Royal Opera House, ‘Die Meistersinger’ by Wagner and performing as an aerialist in the 2012 Olympic Festival with ‘STREB’ a New York based action-dance company.
She has also performed in The Roundhouse and The Old Vic Theatre in London, in addition to many venues throughout Europe and the USA.
Gregory Yang - Actor as Su Ly
Born in Minnesota, but moving to Florida at young age, Gregory Yang is happy to be back in the Twin Cities and to be apart of The Shadow War. This will be Gregory’s third production in the Twin Cities. He has had the majority of his training and experience down in Florida. His first appearance on a Minnesota stage was with the Actors Theater of Minnesota in Bye Bye Liver: The Twin Cities Drinking Play, and his second was with Nimbus Theatre’s production of the Lower Depths. Being apart of the Shadow War is such an honor for him, since this is a production that connects deep within his Hmong heritage and roots.