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The performers

Rebekah Alexander starred as a "wonderfully tarty" Lucy Brown in Street Theatre Company's February 2018 production of Kurt Weill's THREEPENNY OPERA. Lauded by the Nashville Arts Magazine as "one of the highlights of the Nashville contemporary music scene," Rebekah has performed works by Jake Heggie, George Crumb, Gyorgy Kurtag, Georges Aperghis, Osvaldo Golijov, Elliott Carter, Kaija Saariaho and David Leisner as well as the premieres of several new compositions with Guerilla Opera, Time’s Arrow Ensemble, the Studio for New Music Ensemble, ALEA III, Boston Chance Orchestra, Boston University, New England Conservatory and soundSCAPE festival.  

Ross Bolen is a Nashville-based actor, director, filmmaker, and arts educator with over 60 professional regional theatre credits as an actor and director in Nashville, Cincinnati, Louisville, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Previously, Ross served as a faculty member in the department of theatre and dance at Murray State University and currently serves as director of the theatre program at Franklin Road Academy. Recent area performance credits include HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY, OF MICE AND MEN, FROST/NIXON, HENRY V and THE CRUCIBLE. 

Carrie Brewer is an actor, singer, and fight choreographer who has come to Nashville by way of New York and Los Angeles. She recently had the privilege of playing Cleopatra in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA directed by David Ian Lee, and Bolingbroke in RICHARD II, both for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Other acting credits include a national tour with Aquila Theatre Co., The Utah Shakespearean Festival, CT Repertory Theatre, and the Disney Cruise Line.

Kristine Chandler is honored to be a part of telling these important stories. She grew up in Minnesota, and graduated from Juilliard, receiving her B.F.A. in Drama. Kristine is new to the Nashville area after previously living in New York City. Favorite roles include Pilgrim from PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, Rose from DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Charlotta from THE CHERRY ORCHARD, and Paulinka from BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY.

Joy Greenawalt-Lay is a life-long Texan who is excited to now be a Nashville resident! She received a BFA from Texas State University, and she also had the privilege of studying abroad with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Globe. Most recently, Joy made her Nashville debut in BIG LOVE, directed by Amanda Card. This summer, she is thrilled to be making her Nashville Shakespeare Festival debut as Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Joy is so honored to be working with Pipeline-Collective for this amazing cause! 

Shannon Hoppe is a performer whose credits include Regan, KING LEAR;  Lady Macbeth, MACBETH;  Rosalind, LOVES LABOUR'S LOST (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival): Mary Hatch, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE;  Swing, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Studio Tenn):  Catherine Croll, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN;  Wanda, LARRIES;  Betsy/Lindsay, CLYBOURNE PARK;  Annette, GOD OF CARNAGE (The Nashville Repertory Theatre):  Elizabeth Proctor, THE CRUCIBLE; Lady Croom, ARCADIA (Blackbird Theatre).

Shawn Knight* is a proud Equity actor who has lived and performed in Nashville for thirteen years.  Recent credits include HAMLET with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, and THE WHALE with Verge Theater.  Shawn is a full-time Lecturer in Belmont University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and teaches frequently for the Nashville Children’s Theatre.  Shawn is also the author of eight one-man shows about the lives of famous American composers.

Ang Madaline-Johnson is a Philadelphia native, who is delighted to call Nashville home. She’s been seen on stage locally with Chaffin’s Barn Theatre, Street Theatre Company, and Verge/ Woven Theatre Company. Favorite past credits include GOLF – THE MUSICAL (Off-Broadway) & the original cast of WILD DUST – THE MUSICAL. Ang’s most cherished roles are mother of Murphy and Mack, and wife of Mike. She is deeply humbled and honored to be part of the END SLAVERY MONOLOGUES.  

Sejal Mehta* is honored to be working with Pipeline-Collective to help tell these vital stories of human trafficking. Sejal originally hails from Eastern Tennessee and has been a part of the Nashville theater and film community for the last five years. Sejal has had the privilege of working with some great folks: Pull-Tight Theatre, Actors Bridge Ensemble, Nashville Repertory Theatre / Ingram New Works and Nashville Children's Theatre. When not on stage, Sejal serves as pediatrician to some awesome kids, wife to an amazingly tall man and mama to a seven-year-old Titanic expert.

René Millán* appeared on Broadway in THE WILD PARTY, directed by George C. Wolfe. In seven seasons as an acting company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, notable roles include Angelo in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, the Bastard in KING JOHN, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET, and Juan Jose in AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSE (also at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and the Yale Repertory Theatre). In 2012, René received a Beinecke Fellowship to teach acting to the students of the Yale School of Drama. Some of René's regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Kansas City Rep, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and the Mark Taper Forum. Film and TV credits include IN AMERICA, IN THE WEEDS, 24, CSI: Miami, and THIRD WATCH. René has his MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Aleta Myles is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Belmont University.  Aleta started acting professionally in 2009 with her role as ‘Timoune’ in Street Theatre’s ONCE UPON THIS ISLAND. Since then she has had the privilege of working with the Nashville Rep Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Verge Theatre, Studio Tenn, and Tennessee Theatre Women’s Project. When she is not on stage she is creating online content for AletaMylesTV, her self-titled YouTube/FB channels. She is pleased to join End Slavery Tennessee and Pipeline-Collective in this healing work about the strength of the human spirit. 

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva is a performer whose credits include John Wesley Powell, MEN ON BOATS (Actors Bridge Ensemble); Callie Carter, THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN; Alice, BIG RIVER; Viney, THE MIRACLE WORKER; Christmas Present, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Studio Tenn); Old Woman, THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD; Priest, TOSCA; Amazon, TURANDOT (Nashville Opera); Mama Morton, CHICAGO; Francine/Lena, CLYBOURNE PARK; Ronette, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; Calpurnia, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Nashville Repertory Theatre). She received her BA in Theatre Performance and Dance from Austin Peay State University. She is thankful for the love and support from her friends and family. 

* - Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.

This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Association Members' Project Code. 

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