Rachel Brandenburg is a second-year MA student and graduated from Miami University with a major in Theatre and minor in Creative Writing in the fall of 2017 as part of the 4+1 program. Her research primarily revolves around ensemble devising, feminism, and the process of meaning-making in ritual, especially as a form of personal empowerment. Her recent stage credits include the role of Antonia in the world premiere of Bliss, or Emily Post is Dead! at Miami University, Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Lebanon Theatre Company.
Her show, Ceremonials, was devised by herself, Kashia Ellis-Taylor, Laura Smith, Charlotte Snee, and Maia Aoibheil.
Madeline Mitchell is a senior CCA scholar majoring in theatre and journalism, with a minor in history. You might recognize her from previous Miami projects where she has appeared onstage: Antigone in These Seven Sicknesses; Nina in Stupid Fucking Bird; Cleante in Tartuffe; Kylie in Good Kids. This is Madeline’s directorial debut and she could not be more thrilled to have gone through this process with such an amazing team. A special thank-you to Mackenzie for writing such a powerful play, and to her beautiful actors for being an absolute joy to work with. And, of course, thank you to Joe, stage manager supreme. She would also like to thank her parents for inspiring her love for theatre since she was a little girl.
Kyle Carson is a sophomore Theatre major and Arts Management co-major from Flint, Michigan. He is thrilled to be making his directorial debut on 21 Chump Street with the IAS company! This is his sixth production here at Miami with previous productions including Good Kids, Deceptive Cadence, Same Blood, Almost an Evening, and Gathering Blue. Kyle would love to thank his amazing production team Holly, Michelle, and Joseph for their overwhelming support throughout this whole journey!
Michelle Guiot is a sophomore Theatre and Media and Culture double major. She is from Mason, Ohio. The last production she worked on at Miami was as a stage manager for Echoes of Miami. Her favorite production she has ever been a part of was onstage as a Lost Boy in LaComedia’s Peter Pan. She would like to thank her family for supporting her life decisions and for Holly and Kyle for randomly deciding one day to go on this journey with her.
Joseph Ivan is a sophomore Instrumental Music Education major with an emphasis in piano, and a minor in Music Theatre. 21 Chump Street is his second time music directing, his first being an independent production of Hopeless Romantic last semester. He has also had many credits on stage in high school, most notably as Shrek in Shrek the Musical, and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain. He would like to thank Kyle Carson and Holly West for this opportunity, and his brother George for being an inspiration in all things theatre.
Mackenzie Raine Kirkman is a second-year graduate student working on adaptation and violence on stage. Man, the Creature is her first fully stage piece as playwright. Previously she’s written Deceptive Cadence: Stories from Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Shchedrin with Kelley Feeman, and her prose has been published in small collections and magazines such as Atlantis. Most of her work centers around understanding perceptions of art and how what we define as “human” is constantly changing.
Caleb Russell is a 2nd-year theatre and arts management co-major at Miami University. While he has directed smaller things and had his work performed before, Internal Affairs will be his debut as both a full-show director and playwright. He is excited to be able to share with you a piece 4 years in the making and bring his vision and work to life. He would like to thank his actors, designers, stage manager, and Christiana for helping shape his show into its final product throughout this process; and of course, everyone who has come to see his show’s world premiere.
Maddie Wagner is a sophomore Theatre and Spanish Education Major with a minor in Arts Management. Her most recent work was choreographing Hopeless Romantic, an independent musical written by Andrew Higgins. Maddie is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi on campus. Internal Affairs is the first show she has stage managed, and she is so excited to be working with the amazing company of IAS. Maddie would like to thank Caleb for selecting her as his stage manager and dramaturg for the world premiere of Internal Affairs and all of her friends for their love and support through this process.
Holly West is a senior theatre and media and culture double major. She is excited to be making her directorial debut with the legendary Kyle Carson on 21 Chump Street! She is also excited to continue her lighting design work with Internal Affairs! Holly recently acted in the original musical Hopeless Romantic, Walking Theatre Project’s staged reading of Machinal, and in the film The Suicide Man with Capstone Pictures. She made her lighting design debut this past fall with Miami Theatre’s production of Echoes of Miami. Holly hopes to continue working in theatre in some capacity after graduation!