Omar Sangare

Artistic Director

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Omar received his Ph.D. from the Theater Academy in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied with Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda. Dr. Sangare holds many film, television, and radio credits. For his one-man drama True Theater Critic, he received the Best in Acting Award by The New York International Fringe Festival, the Best Performance Award at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and other recognitions. The New York press acclaimed his lead performance in the Arena Players Repertory Theater production of Othello. Barbara Delatiner of The New York Times wrote: “Omar Sangare was born to play Othello!” His published literary work includes books of poetry and best-selling collections of short stories. Dr. Sangare taught Master Classes at UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, LAMDA, and the Edinburgh Theater Festival. In 2007, he became founder and artistic director of the Dialogue ONE Theatre Festival at Williamstheatre. Currently he teaches in the Department of Theatre at Williams College. More at www.omarsangare.com.

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Michael Miller

Literary Advisor

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Michael (Ph.D. Harvard University: Classics, MA Harvard: Fine Arts, B.Phil. University of Oxford, BA Harvard College) fell in love with the theatre at an early age, when his parents ill-advisedly took him along to see the original production of Archibald MacLeish’s J.B. After that, he insisted on going along whenever a visit to the theatre was in the offing, and he has kept it up on his own ever since. He specialized in Greek drama during his twenty-five years as a classicist, frequenting opera houses and theatres all the while, seeing Sophocles, Shakespeare, Molière, Büchner, Chekhov, Pirandello, O’Neill, Anouilh, Beckett, and all the rest. He has been reviewing theatre (as well as classical music, art, and other fields) actively on The Berkshire Review for the Arts, of which he is editor and publisher, all as preparation to perpetrate a play. Since his high school acting career, his only appearance on stage has been as the Second Shepherd in one of the Oberufer Weihnachtsspiele. Michael has worked in curatorial positions at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has taught art history at Oberlin, NYU, and Williams, and classics at Harvard, Rutgers, the New School, and Williams.

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Ilya Khodosh

Associate Artistic Director

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Ilya is a writer/performer in NYC. He is a graduate of Williams College, where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship for outstanding work in theater. His short solo play, Meyer Lansky, received top honors at the inaugural Dialogue ONE Theater Festival for solo performance. Other favorite Williams projects included Uncle Vanya (Vanya) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern) directed by David Eppel. He trained at the Summer Theater Lab in Williamstown, the Market Theater Lab in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC. Ilya was last seen in the storytelling/spoken-word show Birthright Israel Monologues, which toured major cities and was performed in The Centrifuge’s The Office and the Metal Blob at the NY Fringe Festival 2009. He performs with the improvisational comedy group Hourly Rage. He reviews for The Berkshire Review for the Arts, and blogs at ilyaincidentally.blogspot.com.

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Marcin Lipiński

General Manager

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Marcin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Warsaw, Poland, with M.A. in Mass Communications and Media Marketing. He used to work as a journalist interested in the influence of media on behavior, concepts and innovations in information technology, and the ways in which traditional media converges online and brings its readership into dialogue. Marcin is also interested in international and cross-cultural topics. In 2008 he was awarded a scholarship at the Austrian Institute in Warsaw, and studied German dialects and linguistics at the Vienna University in Austria. Proud member of uTeam since the first United Solo Theatre Festival in 2010.

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Collin Knopp-Schwyn

Venue Supervisor

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Collin is a theatermaker and theater administrator with a B.A. in drama and earth science from Vassar College. He believes that there will always be a place for theater in the world so long as the people who make it ask what theater can do that other media cannot, and act accordingly. A co-founder of The Gentipede, Collin has produced work at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Gotham, The Donner Party Kidz!), with the Future Waitstaff of America (The Donner Party Kidz!) and has directed with the Vassar Experimental Theater (How the Lighthouse Became an Island). He can next be seen in Vera & Valya & the Magical One-Cat Circus at Standard Toykraft.

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Alan Waters

Venue Supervisor

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Alan is a director and stage manager hailing from Statesboro, Georgia. He fell in love with theatre at a young age and has since been working on developing skills in as many theatre facets as possible. Alan has found the joy and wonderment of theatre has an infectious nature that ultimately broadens your mind and changes you for the good. He has a dream of one day owning and operating a theatre company so that he can spread that knowledge to others. His most recent credits include directing South Pacific at the Emma Kelly Theater; designing a 40′s Noir Merry Wives of Windsor in which he was nominated for an Emma Award; and co-directing the second 2016 Act IV Cabaret at Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, where he has spent his last 2 summers. Alan is in constant search of new and exciting ways to broaden his knowledge and experience. He is delighted and excited to be a part of the 2016 United Solo Theatre Festival.

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Julia Kwinto

Creative Director

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Julia is a designer with extensive experience in print, web and media design for theater, and film and arts promotion as well as advertising, branding and identity design. She holds BFA Cum Laude in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz and works professionally both in United States and Europe. Besides being passionate about brand design, she enjoys illustration, photography, poster and interaction design. She is interested in design theory and research, as well as a variety of art disciplines. Julia collaborates with many creative individuals in various fields and believes in constant learning and development. Solving design problems is both her passion and calling. To see selection of her past work please visit www.juliakwinto.com.

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Adam Healy

Associate Creative Director

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Adam is an established British designer with an impressive record in creating innovative design for both print and screen. He holds a BA Honours degree in Graphic Communication from the University of Creative Arts in Surrey, UK, where he specialized in typography and print media. Adam has a passion for all forms of visual communication, and harbors particular interest in the graphic designers of the early twentieth century. He believes design is “thinking made visual,” and he upholds this ethic in his personal works, with his discernible style embracing the precedence of clarity of message. He brings passion and enthusiasm to all his creative undertakings.

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Mika Johnson

Director of Photography

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Mika is an accomplished filmmaker/photographer and holds a B.A. in Film and Religious studies from Oberlin College. Having already directed a documentary (Lake Street USA) and two independent short films while living in Japan and the Czech Republic (The Mountain of Signs, Yonder), Mika is presently directing his first feature length motion picture AMERIKA: A Notebook in Three Parts, a film loosely based on his wife and collaborator Kaori Mitsushima. He currently lives between Oberlin, Ohio, and New York City, where he works as a photographer, videographer, and video editor. Find more at www.arcanumproductions.com.

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Terry Tamm

Dramaturg

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Terry is a 2008 graduate of Williams College, where he majored in English. He participated in the first Dialogue ONE Solo Theatre Festival at Williams in 2007, and served on the jury for the 2008 festival. He is delighted to be working with Omar Sangare once again. His final role at Williams was in 2008’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz) opposite Ilya Khodosh, and the United Solo Festival Assistant to the Artistic Director. Terry has acted in numerous other productions, including a sold-out show at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Currently residing in Washington, DC, and teaching English, he remains active in local theatre.

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Diane R. Huber

Development Specialist

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Diane is a musical theater and business student at Pace University. She studies in the honors college and is involved with the community and volunteer outreach program. She is delighted to be working with the United Solo team to create this revolutionary new festival in New York City. Previously in NYC she has been seen in The Vagina Monologues at Schimmel Theater and Jekyll and Hyde at the Wings Theatre. She also performed in the 1st annual Dance Out Loud concert at the Schimmel Theater under the direction of Rhonda Miller. In Pennsylvania, Diane has performed in many regional productions: The Producers (Ulla), Urinetown (Hope), Wizard of Oz (Hope), and Anything Goes (Hope).

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Andrea Duquette

Designer

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Andrea is a graphic and web designer based out of the Hudson Valley, New York. She believes graphic design is a visual language that is at its best when combined with intelligence, thoughtfulness and a bit of humor. Duquette is a life-long student of design, drawing inspiration from textiles, rocks, bugs, Mondrian, and any form of sublime typography. Andrea creates visual elements that communicate her client’s personality, which then can be applied to brand or identity projects, websites, and any other type of communication. Andrea earned her BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz, and her website is www.andreaduquette.net.

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Miranda Sehl

Designer

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Miranda works as a creative director in Albany, NY. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Before achieving that degree, she first studied Fine Art. She finds that mixing paint, charcoal, or any other substance with her typography creates distinctive designs. She loves design and all aspects of visual communication. Ms. Sehl will find any excuse to create; whether it be a logo, identity system, website, animation, poster, painting, sculpture, or package. Her style has been deemed unique and characteristic of her, with clean aesthetic style, and with the often occasion of implementing hand crafted elements. See her portfolio at mirandasehl.com.

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