February 1 and March 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Unveiling the Mask

Devised Theatre Exploring Identity

Unveiling the Mask

Unveiling the Mask

Graduate Company Performance:
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Freedom Players Performance:
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices: Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)

Members get free access!

Dates, time, and title are subject to change.

About the show

Our graduate acting company and undergraduate Black Theatre & Dance Collective, are creating unique and beautiful productions that explore identity, heritage, and race.

Scroll down to enjoy a photo gallery of our students developing their stories independently as the companies come together to present a collection of personal experiences.

Cast & Creative Team

Adam Graber
Adam Graber
Graduate Mentor (Company Fresh), Malvolio (Tales from Shakespeare), Himself (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Adam is originally from the Upper Peninsula, with a BFA in Theater Performance from Western Michigan University with a minor in Dance. Previously he worked with Great Lakes Theater as an actor teacher performing Shakespeare and American classics in Northeast Ohio. Previous credits include Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and John in Anything Goes at Porthouse Theater.

Alexis Primus
Alexis Primus
Maria (Twelfth Night), Myself (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Acting Mentor (Company Fresh)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Alexis Primus is excited to make her Theatre and Dance at Wayne debut. Her favorite credits include Marie Antoinette in Marie Antoinette and Vera in She Kills Monsters. She is a first-year Graduate Acting student.

Amanda Kennedy
Amanda Kennedy
Villani (Unveiling the Mask - Freedom Players)

BFA Theatre, Freshman

Amanda Kennedy is excited to showcase art with Theatre and Dance at Wayne. Favorite credits include The Lady in Red in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Frieda in The Bluest Eye, and Karl Lidner in A Raisin in the Sun. Amanda is a first-year BFA student in Acting at Wayne State.

Ashley Poulin
Ashley Poulin
Marie (Company Fresh - A Blessing in Da Skies), Herself (Unveiling the Mask)

BA Theatre, Freshman

Ashley Poulin is thrilled to be making her Theatre and Dance at Wayne debut. Favourite credits include Nightrain in Techies (Original Workshop Sam Carner & Derek Gregor), Patsy in Spamalot (Edinburgh Fringe Best Young Cast), Veronica in Heathers the Musical, Zoe in Dear Evan Hansen and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. Love and gratitude to the creative team, cast, crew, family, and her hometown coaches. Ashley is a freshman BA theatre student at Wayne State University. Proud Canadian. Fusion Talent Agency. IG:@ashley.poulin

Billicia Charnelle Hines
Billicia Charnelle Hines
Director (Unveiling the Mask - both companies)

Faculty

Billicia Charnelle Hines is the Assistant Chair of Theatre and Dance and Co-Artistic Director of the Black Theatre and Dance Collective. Her academic research profile is in the area of Performance and Theatre of the African Diaspora and Social Change. Currently, her research ( practical and theorectical) is focused on Deconstructing the Arts. She is passionate about using theatre as a means for social change. She hopes to use her passion and current research to create more inclusivity and equitable change within performing arts programs.

Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney
Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney
Assistant Director/Choreographer (Unveiling the Mask, Roundabout)

Faculty

Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney is an internationally recognized performing artist whose life mission is to spread cultural knowledge to communities across the globe through sharing his gift of the arts. Dr. RAS is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, who holds a BFA in Dance, an MA in Ethnochoreology and a PhD in Arts Practice Research. Dr. RAS’ research explores the meanings in movement and investigates the significance of embodied cultural expressions in artistic praxis. Dr. RAS Mikey continually strives to use the arts as a bridge for cultural understanding. “Movement is life and I am a Lifist”

Geoffrey Besser
Geoffrey Besser
Sir Toby Belch (Tales from Shakespeare), Derek Van Helsing/Acting Mentor (Meet the Chlors), Writer, Editor, Actor (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Geoffrey Besser is a first-year MFA Acting candidate from New York City. After earning his BA in History from Brown University, Geoffrey has spent most of his professional career in Providence and Boston acting in regional theatres such as Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, Central Square Theatre, and the Wilburry Theatre. Geoffrey hopes to continue honing his craft as well as expanding his skills in voiceover work and stage combat during his time at WSU.

Jessica Annunziata
Jessica Annunziata
Deputy/Acting Coach (Company Fresh), Viola (Tales from Shakespeare), Actor/Writer (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Jessica Annunziata is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent acting credits include Brigid in The Humans, Hecuba in Trojan Women, and the Angel in both parts of Angels in America; directing credits include The Flick, and a staged reading of Clybourne Park. She is a first-year MFA acting student at Wayne State University.

Katy Tye
Katy Tye
Narrator (Tales from Shakespeare), Acting Coach (Unveiling the Mask), Acting Coach (Company One)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Katy Tye is a first-year acting graduate from Dallas, Texas. After receiving her BFA from Southern Methodist University, Katy performed, choreographed, and directed in the Dallas area. She co-founded a nonprofit movement theater company and ran a Dallas based group called Shakespeare in the Bar.

Kylie Stone
Kylie Stone
Ensemble (Unveiling the Mask)

BFA Theatre, Junior

Kylie is a third-year BFA Actor and this is her second year in Freedom Players. Her previous credits at Wayne include Martha in A Christmas Carol, First Servant in The Winter's Tale, and Glazier/Blind Man in A Dream Play.

Kyra Harris
Kyra Harris
Ensemble (Unveiling the Mask)

Psychology Major, Freshman

Kyra Harris is a college freshman majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theatre. She hopes to one day become a clinical psychologist and cater her profession towards the black community. In high school, she was apart of musical theatre and played roles such as Dora Bailey from Singin' in the Rain and Mother Abbess from The Sound of Music. She's excited for the next few years of college and wishes to progress in all her endeavors. Most importantly, she wants to thank God, her family, and her friends for helping her along her journey.

LaRaisha DiEvelyn Dionne
LaRaisha DiEvelyn Dionne
Lady Olivia (Twelfth Night), Herself, Writer, Lighting Designer/Sound Designer/Video Editor/Choreographer (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Mentor & Acting Coach (Company One)

MFA in Acting, First Year

LaRaisha DiEvelyn Dionne is thrilled to be making her Theatre and Dance at Wayne debut. Favorite credits include Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Fastrada in Pippin, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. LaRaisha is a first year MFA student in Acting at Wayne State University.

Lindsey Sigler
Lindsey Sigler
Stage Manager (Dynamic Perspectives), Assistant Stage Manager (Unveiling the Mask)

MFA in Stage Management, First Year

Lindsey holds a BFA in stage management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has stage managed for numerous companies such as: The Gateway, Piedmont Opera, Open Dream Ensemble, The Mad Cow, The Young Company, and the Boston Conservatory. She served as a project manager for Stage Rigging Services, a theatrical rigging company that installs fly systems and spent two years teaching technical theatre to high school students in Birmingham, AL. She spends her summers working with youth at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and does outreach and workshops for high school theatre programs.

Marcela Garzaro
Marcela Garzaro
Sebastian (Tales from Shakespeare), Herself (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Mentor (Company Fresh - Did I Rain On Your Parade)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Marcela has been in the industry for more than ten years, working both in Toronto, Canada and Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from the University of Windsor with her BFA in Acting in 2011, just across from Detroit! Selected credits include, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Antonia in The Man of La Mancha (Theatre By the Bay), Ana Sofia for USA Network's Covert Affairs, Airleas in Castles Made of Sand and The Fox in The Sea Brothers (Brinkmanship Theatre Co.) Working with this company of theatre makers has been a privilege and such a fun process. Thank you for your support. Enjoy!

Morgan Listenbee
Morgan Listenbee
Director (Company Fresh - ...And Justice For All), Herself/Ensemble (Unveiling the Mask - Freedom Players), Margaret (Pingree's Past)

BFA Theatre, Junior

Morgan Listenbee is very excited to be involved in theatre again! She misses it more than anything! Instead of performing, she will be directing for the first time in Company Fresh! She wants to thank her amazing cast for their constant hard work, Brandon Wright for writing this outstanding piece and giving the cast their individual voices, X. Alexander Durden for being an awesome guide throughout this entire process for her, and for everyone who has been with her every step of the way. She hopes you enjoy each and every group’s performance. You definitely don’t want to miss Company Fresh.

Ryan Bernier
Ryan Bernier
Actor, Writer, Make-up Design (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Sir Andrew (Tales from Shakespeare), Playwright (Company Fresh)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Ryan is a Flo-grown actor/director who is thrilled to be bringing original work to the virtual stage! His favorite past roles include Dev (Stupid F*king Bird), D'artagnan (The Three Musketeers), and Leaf Coneybear (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Favorite directing credits include Around the World in 80 Days, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and the Florida regional premiere of MMF. He would like to thank his family, friends, and his cat for their undying support.

Taurean Hogan
Taurean Hogan
Himself (Unveiling The Mask - Graduate Company), Lee (Pingree's Past), Captain & Officer (Tales from Shakespeare)

MFA in Acting, First Year

Taurean Hogan is a graduate of Wayne State University with his B.A. in Theater and studied at NIDA in Sydney, Australia. He has been seen on the Bonstelle stage in Hairspray, The Full Monty, Ragtime, To Kill A Mockingbird, Zora Is My Name, Pippin, and Black Nativity just to name a few. He has also performed at Detroit's own Music Hall in Ain’t Misbehavin and has performed with The Milwaukee Repertory Theater in A Christmas Carol and The Color Purple. He was also seen in Mitch Albom’s Hockey: The Musical at the City Theater, Ruined with Plowshares Theater, and was last seen in Dreamgirls and Broke-ology with the DATC.

Tommy Favorite
Tommy Favorite
Writer/Actor (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Orsino (Tales from Shakespeare),

MFA in Acting, First Year

Tommy Favorite is a first-year MFA Acting student at Wayne State University. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, he spent the next three years trying anything and everything he could find to do in theatre, and is incredibly grateful that it all led him to the eleven other members of the graduate company appearing in this production. Tommy would like to thank each and every one of his classmates for their honesty and their boldness in creating these pieces, and in critiquing his own.

Trever Wilson
Trever Wilson
Stage Manager (Unveiling the Mask - Both Companies)

MFA in Stage Management, Third Year

Trever Wilson is excited to be continuing his time here with the Theatre and Dance Department. Trever is a third-year in the MFA Stage Management program at Wayne State University. He is originally from Utah where he completed his BFA in Technical Theatre at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. treverwilson.com

Tylar Hinton
Tylar Hinton
Props Master & Costume Designer/Consultant (Unveiling the Mask - Both Companies), Costume Designer (Pingree's Past)

MFA in Costume Design, Year Three

Tylar Hinton is a 3rd-year MFA Costume Design Candidate at Wayne State University. She has earned a BA in Theatre Arts, from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her previous costume design credits at Wayne State include: The Winter’s Tale, Sweat, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Tylar would like to thank her loving family, friends, and mentors who have supported her on this journey!

X. Alexander Durden
X. Alexander Durden
Narrator (Tales from Shakespeare), Jamie Gilyard/Willie Frank Washington/Steven Durden/Nira Durden/Self (Unveiling the Mask - Graduate Company), Graduate Mentor (Company Fresh)

MFA in Acting, First Year

X. Alexander Durden is making his debut with the Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. Favorite roles include Jones Morgan in Buffalo Soldier (Virginia Repertory Theatre), Spoony in the East Coast premiere of All American Boys (Off the Page Theatre), and Il Cuoco in Madama Butterfly (The Atlanta Opera Company). He is a writer, actor and classical vocalist with collegiate and graduate training at Morehouse College and The Boston Conservatory, respectively. Much love and many thanks to Michael, Schubert and all my biological and acquired family. It matter how slow you go, just don't stop.

www.XAlexanderDurden.com / www.twitter.com/xadurden

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