Claudia Tatinge Nascimento has attended several work sessions with such groups as the Odin Teatret, Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo, and Il Teatro Potlach, all which strongly influenced her work as a performer. She also participated in different meetings of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA), directed by Eugenio Barba. While a member of the New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL), Tatinge performed in Mother's Work, Recital of the Bird, and Veredas, touring to Romania, Belgium, as well as throughout the United States and Brazil. Also with the NWPL, Tatinge participated of the last session of Grotowski's Objective Drama at UC-Irvine, which included the investigation of Performance Ecology techniques and close work with Shaker spirituals. Her work in the NWPL appears in Lisa Wolford's Grotowski's Objective Drama (Routledge, 1996) and "Re-membering Home and Heritage" (TDR, Fall 1994). Veredas, a solo piece, was featured in the 1994 Cleveland Performance Arts Festival. As a pedagogue, Tatinge has worked both with actors and youth-at-risk. Presently a Ph.D. student at UW-Madison, her individual research includes projects and studies in actor's physical and vocal training, music and dance sponsored by the Brazilian Government.
Drew Vidal will complete his Bachelor of Arts degree at the UW-Madison this coming Spring, where he is a member of the Acting Specialist program. He has appeared in ten shows for the UW-University Theatre, including As You Like It (Orlando), Under the Gas Light (Ray Trafford), Angulamali (Angulamali), The Camp (Martin), and The Dining Room (multiple roles). In his hometown of Rockford, Illinois, Vidal has worked with the Starlite Theatre, the Young American Theatre (YAT), New American Theatre (NAT), the Rockford Dance Company, the Towne Players, the Discovery Center, and the Mendelssohn Club. It was also in Rockford that Vidal began teaching theatre for children and pre-teens. Vidal has begun his dance studies at the age of five, initially focusing on ballet and tap dance, and later also in contact improvisation. In addition to his education in theatre and dance, Vidal has spent a great deal of time studying various martial arts, such as toko-ryu and kalaripayattu. Vidal has been awarded a scholarship from the Rockford Entertainment League, and recently received the Frank Buerki award for outstanding theatrical and scholastic achievement.
Gregg Heintz is originally from Rochester, NY, where he worked both as a performer and run crew in high school and college theatre productions. Heintz earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from SUNY Geneseo, where he also worked as a carpenter at the Theatre Department. Following graduation, Heintz worked building exhibits at the Strong Museum (Rochester) from 1994 to 1995. Beginning in the fall of 1995, he enrolled in the woodworking and furniture design program of the School for American Crafts, studying under Rich Tannen. After graduating in May of 1997, Heintz moved to Middleton to work at Woodfellows, a custom cabinetry and furniture company.
Jeff Morrison is a graduate of the M.F.A. Acting program at the UW-Madison, where he focused on physical and vocal techniques. He has worked for over three years with Phillip Zarrilli's techniques of creating actor presence through the disciplines of yoga, t'ai chi ch'uan, and kalaripayattu, an Indian martial art. As a graduate student, he taught voice courses for two years, and assisted the advanced voice and Shakespeare classes under the supervision of Professor Karen Ryker. In 1991, Morrison spent a month at the Odin Teatret, Denmark, working with Roberta Carreri. After that, he went for a five-month stay in Sri Lanka to study ritual dance and drumming with Peter Suraseena, a renowned performer of Kandyan Dance. With the Refinery Theatre Company, Morrison performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1992. During the spring of 1996, he studied Kabuki with actor David Furomoto, and performed in a traditional Kabuki comedy, The Zen Substitute. Morrison recently performed with Theatre Labyrinth, Cleveland, where he learned stilt walking; he later applied this skill in the creation of a Day of the Dead street performance, presented both in Madison and Milwaukee. In the main stream vein, Morrison performed with InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, in their nationally recognized play about the MOVE disaster, 6221. This Fall Morrison will be interning at the American Repertory Theatre, Boston.
Katrina Williams has a B.A. from the UW-Madisons Theatre and Drama Department. Her primary artistic background is in dance, including ballet, jazz, and tap, and she has received scholarships to study jazzdance with Joe Tremaine (Los Angeles) and Gus Giordano (Chicago). Following a strong interest in education, Williams has taught dance in Wisconsin to various age groups for the past ten years. As an assistant choreographer, Williams has worked with Professor John Staniunas at the UW-University Theatre productions of Hello, Dolly! and Guys and Dolls, and at the Madison Rep in Nunsense II. As a choreographer, she worked for the Madison Theatre Guild in Godspell and Fighting Bob, for the Middleton Players Theatre in Crazy for You, and Middleton High School in Anything Goes. Williams also directed the Middleton Players Theatre 1998 summer production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Juliette Willis is a dance and theatre historian who focuses on popular performance. Her most recent project is the investigation of non-text-based performance in eighteenth-century London fairs. The subject of eighteenth-century English popular performance allowed Willis to participate in The Aston-Magna Academy at Yale University in the summer of 1997. Her research continues at both the Harvard Theatre Collection and the British Library in London. For the past decade, she has worked as a dramaturg in both production and university classroom settings, providing dramaturgy for such diverse plays as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ibsen's Ghosts, and a site-specific performance of Tony Kushner's The Illusion (after Corneille). She is one of the founders and directors of Murder and Mayhem, an interactive murder-mystery troupe. Willis is currently teaching in the Communication Arts department at UW-Madison, pursuing her doctorate in the department of Theatre and Drama, and writing her dissertation, Fair Bodies: Cultural Performance at London's Bartholomew Fair 1660-1750, under the direction of Professor Sally Banes.