Omar Sangare

Artistic Director

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Omar received his Ph.D. from the National 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 Production 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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Pat McAndrew

Associate Artistic Director

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Pat McAndrew is an actor, international speaker, podcast host, and musician based in New York City. He performs and develops evocative performances and shows, often about technology’s impact on human relationships. Pat is particularly interested in using theatre, film, and media as a gateway to learning about the internet and social media’s influence on our decisions, habits, and lifestyles. Pat has performed in various venues throughout New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Theatre Row, as well as other locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His one-man show, REEL, which deals with the impact of excessive technology use on human relationships, was performed at the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival, and featured in the new documentary, Electronic Crack. Pat has taken to the stage not only as a performer, but as a speaker as well, sharing his perspective on how we can be more human in the age of technology. He has spoken at international conferences, on college campuses, and at community events around the world. In 2019, Pat launched the podcast, SHIPS: The Vessels for a Meaningful Life. In the podcast, he speaks with top experts in the fields of digital wellness, entertainment, and business to discover how to cultivate more genuine, meaningful relationships in an age when technology is king, anxiety and isolation are at an all-time high, and the only possible cure for our loneliness is through building relationships and community while collaborating and connecting with others. Pat holds a master’s degree in Theatre from Villanova University.

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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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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

Literary Advisor

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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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Clyde Engle

Associate Literary Advisor

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Clyde Engle is a LA-based actor & singer. He plans on being the world’s next Stephen Colbert. He previously performed at United Solo and United Solo Europe in his solo musical parody, Don’t Cry For Me Banks of Wall St. in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He attended Williams College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His favorite credits include Hamlet, Frosh Revue, The Drowsy Chaperone, and a national commercial for the Insta360x camera sold at Urban Outfitters. Additionally, he served as a staffer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. He is repped by Tag Models/Pantheon Talent.

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Marcin Lipiński

Festival Coordinator

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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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Gabrielle Martin

Assistant to the Artistic Director

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Gabrielle is a student at Williams College studying biology and public health. Her love for theatre began at a young age. Gabrielle trained as an opera singer and this is where she developed her love for the arts. She took her career a step further and started performing in musicals, including “South Pacific” and “West Side Story.” She performed as an extra on The Electric Company. Gabrielle has now shifted to the production side of things, where she helps with lighting and wardrobe. She is involved with community outreach programs including one focused on exposing underprivileged youth to the arts.

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Noah Reich

Assistant to the Artistic Director

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Noah attends Williams College where he is privileged to study acting with Professor Sangare. He majors in Mathematics and Economics and competes for the Williams College Varsity Tennis team. Noah actively contributes to the Williams College community as a Residential Life and Orientation Leader and a Peer Tutor. His artistic pursuits include creating music on the piano and electronically through mashups. Noah welcomes the opportunities and challenges of joining the United Solo team and its spirit of collaborative effort championing individual performance.

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Christopher Szczepanski

International Projects Coordinator

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Christopher is a theatre director and performer based in London. He is interested in many theatre genres including solo performance, classical, physical, and immersive theatre. He is currently in his final year of a BA in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. In the last three years he directed several productions including “Nuclear War” by Simon Stephens, “Attempts On Her Life” by Martin Crimp, “Death and Dancing” by Claire Dowie, and “Ubu Roi” by Alfred Jarry. In 2015 he trained in acting with Dorota Zięciowska and Zbigniew Kaleta in Krakow, Poland. He is eager to produce exceptional, inclusive and innovative work and to push the boundaries of the contemporary theatre.

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David Levitt

Technical Director

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David Levitt is a New York City-based lighting designer for dance, theater, music, and events. A Brooklyn native, David graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2015 with a B. A. in Drama and a concentration in Lighting Design. Since he returned to New York City, his designs have been featured at venues throughout the city, including Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Theatre Row, American Theatre of Actors, Theater for the New City, The Kaplan Penthouse, The Castillo Theatre, The Tank, Access Theater, The Theater at Gibney, HERE Arts Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, GK Arts Center, Hudson Guild, 4th Street Theatre, and Symphony Space. Selected recent designs include “A Little Night Music” (Mostly Mozart Festival), NYFW ss19 (Helen Castillo), DUMBO Dance Festival (White Wave Dance Company), and “Albert Herring” (Union Avenue Opera). David is the original concept lighting designer for the nationally touring concert series Not So Classical (David Donnelly, Tatiana Berman). David currently serves as the Resident Lighting Designer / Lighting Supervisor / Production Manager for the GK Arts Center at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Dance, where he has worked since 2017. Check out more of David’s work at davidlevittlighting.com.

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Vonnie Ranta

Venue Supervisor (team leader)

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Vonnie Ranta is an arts administrator and stage manager from Minneapolis. She most recently served as Summer Program Coordinator and co-Facility Manager at Gelsey Kirkland Academy. Other recent New York credits include DUMBO Dance Festival (White Wave Dance), In the Name of the Earth (Mostly Mozart Festival), Emergence (Dwana Smallwood PAC), The Dream Project (Yonder Window), and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Third Space). She also served as Front of House Coordinator for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and has stage managed several productions throughout the midwest. She would like to thank David for always believing in her, her parents and grandma for being a strong support system, and Marcin Lipinski and the United Solo team for this opportunity.

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Matt Koplik

Venue Supervisor

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Matt Koplik is a performer and writer having performed in national tours, Off-Broadway, and numerous regional theatres. He is the creator/host of the web series Baking it On Broadway and currently hosts the podcast Broadway Breakdown. He also holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College, is a member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and can also be found teaching at the after school children’s studio “Acting Out!” His playbill collection is legendary.

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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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