Kimi Handa Brown (Emmylou)
Kimi Handa Brown (they/them) is a Multi-Hyphenate Artist from California and with their BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Utah. From screen to print to stage to studio, they spend their time doing many things. 2022 includes Intimacy Directing for Plan B’s Spring Theater Season and Choreographing for YTU’s Production of Matilda JR in Salt Lake City, Utah. New works recorded and presented online include: their play SHAKESPEAREAN SUPPORT GROUP (streaming on all platforms) and their play turned film MANIC PIXIE NIGHTMARE on Youtube (most recently screened at LABELED FEST May 2022). Said farewell to Salt Lake City by performing in Salt Lake Acting Company’s “SLACabaret: Down the Rabbit Hole.” Most recently involved in Little Red Light Theatre’s production of AN INFINITE ACHE (US Hope) and most recently seen in Kai Xing’s ASTRAL as Sky featured at the International Human Rights Festival at The Tank and Zaiden in Out of the Box’s AEA Workshop of Kelly Strandemo’s PRIMARY.
Yessenia Rivas (Frankie)
Yessenia Rivas (She/They) is an MFA graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School and was a finalist in the NBC Nosotros 'Ya Tu Sabes' Showcase. Her Off-Broadway credits include Bianca in OTHELLO and May in THE LODGER. Most recently they were seen in EL BACALAO at The Flea Theatre and ROMEO & JULIET at Under St. Marks as well as in short films ONE SUGGESTION by Alyssa Kurtzman and award-winning SHELL SHOCKED by Paula Cajiao. Other favorite roles include Irene in LA GOTA FRIA, Magpie in WE THREE, and Marisa in GIVING UP THE GHOST. You can catch Yessenia this August leading the Off-Broadway Production of COWLGIRL at the Players Theatre. They are so excited to be part of bringing MANIC PIXIE NIGHTMARE to life and to work with everyone!
William Phelps (Neighbor & David)
William Phelps (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. As an actor, he trained at Bill Esper’s Studio under his tutelage and Deb Jackel. He is a proud resident artist with New Light Theater Project and a member of the Punk-Americana band Mac McCarty & Kidd Twist. Recent acting credits include: The L Word: Generation Q (SHOWTIME), FBI (CBS), Kold x Windy (AMC), Glitch (Netflix), Canary Trap (MyBotWorks), The Usual, and Eddie Battles Evil (The Tank). He is repped by Premiere Talent Management, Emagine Content, and A3 Artists Agency.
Sarah Wrigley (Voice of Danielle)
Sarah Wrigley (she/her) is an Australian-born multidisciplinary artist, working across the stage and film artforms. She began her studies in Australia before pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Having graduated in 2022 from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting through NYU, Sarah is looking forward to continuing her work in the United States and internationally. Some of her favorite work has been undertaking the roles of Paige in Lewis Treston’s Hubris and Humiliation, Mercy Lewis in The Crucible and an ensemble-based new work titled If and When We Say Goodbye. Sarah has also enjoyed working in short films such as Drifters and Window Pain. In her spare time, she loves to play guitar, sing, practice stage combat and keep active by sports such as basketball and soccer.
Jae Weit (Producer & Stage Manager)
Jae Weit (they/them/theirs) is a trans-nonbinary multi-passionate artist, administrator, and advocate. Their work includes starring in two world premieres, managing new and existing Broadway productions, and striving to make the theater industry a more equitable environment for the LGBTQIA+ community. Jae’s work has inspired thousands of audiences and enlightened multitudes of creators and collaborators through performance, leadership, and education. Jae is a 2020 BFA Musical Theater graduate from The University of Utah and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Recent credits include Back to the Future the Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Some Like It Hot (Broadway); Pete The Cat, #SLACabaret (Salt Lake Acting Company); Bella Luna, Star or Plane (Women's Theatre Festival).
Sophie Sam (Director & Designer)
Sophie Sam (she/her) is a trans director based in NYC. Regionally, she has directed the world premieres of Happiness is Homemade, The Question Game, and an/(one’s) ivory tower. She has also directed productions of Next to Normal, Open, and Screaming, Humming. For her work on Next to Normal, she received a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Sophie holds a B.S. in Theatre and Entertainment Arts from Northern Michigan University, and is an alumna of the National Theater Institute. She is a proud member of Ring of Keys.