Kari's research interests include cultural policy, the political and racial economies of performance, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in the American theater. His most recent project, "Me Too and the Method," examines histories of American actor training in light of the #MeToo movement and suggests avenues for theaters to normalize consent in the rehearsal room, inspired by the emerging field of "intimacy direction." Kari was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, where he received his BA in Theater and Political Science and was awarded the Sudler Award in the Arts, given to one graduating senior in recognition of outstanding contribution to the arts. Kari-barclay.com
Emily is primarily an actor and singer, but has engaged with theater practice from a variety of angles. While an undergraduate student, she worked with several theater companies around Manhattan, including internships in properties at Punchdrunk’s "Sleep No More", and in stage management with the Keen Company at Theatre Row. Emily also enjoys opera and collecting Japanese puns.
Her current research looks at contemporary strategic board games as they intersect with postcolonial spectatorship, activism, and identity formation through game play. Her interests also include game design, intent versus impact, and the potential for cultural or ethical consulting in gaming companies, both board and video.
In her theater practice, she has served the role of lead production dramaturg for university and student theater as well as professional companies since beginning her creative practice in 2012. The most recent productions include Molly's Hammer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, The Mammaries of Tiresias with the Stanford Women* in Theater, and A Raisin in the Sun with Stanford’s Theater and Performance Studies Department.
Douglas is also a director of original found-text performances. At Brown, he received the 2011 Weston Fine Arts Prize in directing. In New York, his work was presented at the Center for Performance Research, Theatre for the New City, Judson Memorial Church, the Invisible Dog, and in the Catch! curation series. He was proud to work with Stanford students on Fear of a Lonely Planet, a piece about tourism, in 2017.
As an undergraduate Sariel danced in works by Heidi Henderson, Pam Tanowitz, Sam Kim, Alexandra Beller, Gwen Welliver, and Trisha Brown. She has since performed and curated professionally in New York City, and her writings on dance have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail as well as the blogs of The Kitchen and LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts. Sariel coordinates the Future Artists Initiative (FAI), a national scholarship dedicated to increasing diversity in pre-professional dance education.
Her research areas include social protest theatre, the aesthetics of Latinx/Chicanx representation, and the politics of performance/ space. She has previously presented her research at the National Association of Chicano Studies (NACCS), the National Association of Ethnic Studies (NAES), and The Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). She currently serves as a Graduate Scholar-in-Residence at El Centro Chicano y Latino, as well as Co-Artistic Director of the Nitery Experimental Theatre (NExT) at Stanford University. Outside of academia, Karina is an advocate for Latinx/Chicanx representation in the arts, and is a co-founder of BALTAN, the Bay Area Latino Theatre Alliance Network.
As a dancer, Anna has performed the works of: Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, John Jaspers, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Olivier Tarpaga, Marjani Forte, Susan Marshall, Loni Landon, and Christopher Ralph, amongst others. She was awarded the Francis LeMoyne Page Dance Award at Princeton University, and was a two-time recipient of Koch Cultural Trust Grant.
Her work focuses primarily on race and gender in performance and culture. Recently, Amani received critical acclaim in such publications as The Washington Post, Jezebel, The Jane Dough, Madame Noire, and Racialicious for a web series she wrote, produced, and headlined, The United Colors of Amani. In the tradition of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle, the series explores Amani’s uncomfortable racial adventures in Hollywood.
In addition to her web presence, Amani is the face of several national commercials. She also sings, choreographs, produces content for networks like AOL and AMC, and performs in independent films, plays, concerts, music videos, rock operas and musicals. She has been a member of Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang theater company for over a decade.
As a theater-maker, Matt works primarily as a director and sound designer. His productions of Genet’s The Balcony and Kane’s Cleansed appeared on the American Repertory Theater’s Mainstage in 2011, and he has also directed projects for Sightline Theater Company and the Dunster House Opera Society. His sound design credits include work for the ART/MXAT Institute, Fulcrum Theater, Sightline Theater Company, and art.party.theater.company.