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Enrique Bravo (Company Collaborator) is a founding member of Generator Theater.

Ryan Conarro (Artistic Director) is a founding member of Generator Theater. He’s a creator of theater and interdisciplinary performance works; an educator; and a community engagement facilitator. He’s Artistic Collaborator in Residence with Ping Chong + Company (NY), where projects include ALAXSXA | ALASKA (co-directed with Ping Chong); “AAN YÁTX’U SÁANI: Noble People of the Land,” (co-led with Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and presented by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council); and the community project and podcast CIHA STORIES through ArtPlace America. His solo performance installation “this hour forward” has toured to museums and performance spaces nationally, including the Performance Project at University Settlement (NY). His work has also been seen at the Kennedy Center; La MaMa; National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian; Oregon Contemporary Theatre; Stonington Opera House; and Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Education: MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College; BFA Drama & English, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Merry Ellefson (Company Collaborator) is a playwright who works on projects intended to connect us and challenge our perspectives. Her most recent play, HOME BUT NOT LESS, explored homelessness in Alaska and was carved from over 100 statewide interviews. The production, followed by post-show discussions with stakeholders, played in Juneau and Anchorage. Merry moved to Alaska to work with and manage Perseverance Theatre (for 18 years); she’s an individual artist and collaborates with individuals and groups such as Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Glory Hall Emergency Shelter, and Sayeik Gastineau School, in order to engage diverse audiences. Some of her other past premieres include: Lifetime to Master: a play about homelessness in Juneau, (Generator Theater). Inspired by interviews with 50 people from Juneau. The Red Wolf, interdisciplinary piece created for and with K-8 students at Juneau Community Charter School. Xatak’aan  (The Land Behind the Little Island), inspired by Paula Savikko’s second grade class, Reader’s Theatre performances at Perseverance Theatre (PT). Kooshda’kaa:  Stories of the Land Otter, Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous, PT. Sea of Strength, STAR, PT. Voyage: A world premiere about four generations of Filipino Alaskans, PT. The Woman Who Married the Bear, in collaboration with Sealaska Heritage and advised by Ernestine Hayes, STAR, PT.

Kristin Garot (Company Collaborator) is a founding member of Generator Theater. She’s a stage manager, producer, director, musician, educator, and is the principal of Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School and Montessori Borealis Public School in Juneau, Alaska. Her directing credits include the musical Willy Wonka, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Much Ado About Will; producing credits include Grease, Alice, The Wizard of Oz, and Swapping Fish Tales (all at Thunder Mountain High School). Stage managing credits at Perseverance Theatre include The Blue Bear and Doubt. Kristin has also been the stage manager for many of Generator Theater projects including True West, Beauty Queen of Leenane, [title of show], Dying City, and Shakespeare’s R&J. Kristin has a B.A. in history and political science and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska, Southeast.

Flordelino Lagundino (Founding Artistic Director) Flordelino Lagundino is a director, actor, producer, and is currently the artistic director of Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul, MN. He is the 2018 SDC Sir John Gielgud Classical Directing Fellow, 2017 Drama League NY Directing Fellow and a company member of Theater Akimbo. His directing credits include: FOB (DirectorFest); Trigger (Leviathan Lab); Deliverance - workshop (Syracuse Stage); Un - workshop (Pan Asian Rep); Sweeney ToddDoubtYellowmanCedar House, and Animals Out of Paper (Perseverance Theatre); FlipzoidsTrue West, and Shakespeare’s R&J (Generator Theater Company); Sweeney Todd (Juneau Symphony); in the Next Room (or the vibrator play)Much Ado About NothingStone Cold Dead SeriousIn the Blood at (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). As an actor, his credits include: Vietgone (Mixed Blood Theatre); Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Camino Real (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Willy Wonka (The Kennedy Center); The Long Season, Yeast Nation, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hair, The Who's Tommy, Noises Off, The Last Five Years, The Inspector General(Perseverance Theatre); Invisible City 14th Street (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). Producing: former artistic director of Leviathan Lab, former associate producer at La Jolla Playhouse, founding producer of Romp of Otters. Directing fellowships: Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow, Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellow. Education: MFA in directing, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company; MFA in acting, University of Texas at Austin. www.flordelinolagundino.com.