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Kari holds a BA in theater studies and political science from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and Humanity in Action Fellow. His past directing work includes The Bull City Dignity Project (an original performance with Durham, NC teenagers about civil rights history, gentrification, and LGBT+ politics), Me Too Monologues (a nationwide program exploring identity in higher education), and All the World's a Stage (theater workshops with refugee youth). He continues to research and make theater at Stanford and in the Bay Area more broadly.
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 the intersection between religion and political activism, primarily focusing on gestural performativity, as a link between African American and African Diaspora communities. She has been the lead production dramaturg for approximately ten performances ranging from university and student theater to professional companies since beginning her creative practice in 2014. 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 Elephant's Graveyard at Washington University.
As a side project, she is currently in discussion with collaborators to form a circus company in the near future.
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 travel guidebooks, in 2017.
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 as a director, translator, and sound designer. His credits with Stanford TAPS include Katzelmacher (Director/Translator), Bluebeard’s Castle (Director/Sound Designer), The Mammaries of Tiresias (Sound), and Saint Joan of the Stockyards (Sound). He also has professional credits as a director and designer with Sightline Theater Company, the ART/MXAT Institute, Columbia University, Fulcrum Theater, Ars Nova ANT Fest, and more.
Artistically, Raegan is a durational performance artist and her research reflects her embodied knowledge of time-based work. Her second year production at Stanford, if this gets messy, concluded with a consecutive twenty-eight hour performance. Her work has been presented at Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZKU) in Berlin, The Northern California Performance Platform, Stanford’s Department of Art and Architecture, and Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City. She is also collaborator to Carlos Motta’s international art project “We Who Feel Differently” and the WWFD symposium at the New Museum in New York City.
Raegan holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado College; an MA in Humanities and Social Thought with a concentration in Gender Politics from John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program at NYU; and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. She was the recipient of The Leigh George Odom Memorial Award for Distinguished Master’s Student from NYU’s Department of Performance Studies in 2011, The Shannon McGee Prize in Women Studies in 2002, and the Ann Rice Memorial Award in 2001.