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The Humans Presented by The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance

CAST

ERIK BLAKE: Nicholas Thomas

DEIRDRE BLAKE: Dawn Schmidt

AIMEE BLAKE: Bianca Taylor

BRIGID BLAKE: Valerie Santos

“MOMO” BLAKE: Allison Bristol

RICHARD SAAD: Jared Berry

ABOUT THE CAST

NICK THOMAS (Erik Blake) has been working on his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and is excited to perform in The Humans as his Capstone. He plans on moving to Florida in hopes of pursuing a career in both live performance and voice over work.
DAWN SCHMIDT (Deirdre Blake) is finishing her first semester at UTEP. She is a junior currently working on a B.F.A. degree in theatre performance. Although the majority of her experience has been in film, she is exploring the world of live theatre. Humans will be her first show at UTEP. She is really excited to work with Kim and the rest of the cast. She has had the opportunity to see all of their work and is thrilled to get the chance to work with such great talent.
BIANCA TAYLOR (Aimee Blake) is beyond excited to be working with such an amazing team and castmates! She can't wait for the audience to experience a piece of theatre that is so relatable when it comes to family interactions and relationships. The Humans has been such a blessing to work on and she hopes that everyone enjoys the show!
VALERIE SANTOS (Brigid Blake) is a senior at UTEP working towards her bachelor’s degree in theatre performance and communication studies. She is very excited to be working with director and professor, Kim McKean, and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to collaborate on this beautiful story.
ALLISON BRISTOL (“Momo” Blake) is performing in her second show at UTEP. She was previously in A Christmas Carol en la Frontera. Allison is pursuing a B.F.A. in theatre performance. She is very grateful to be working with such talented people.
JARED BERRY (Richard Saad) is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in theater performance with a focus in musical theatre. His previous shows with the department include "In The Next Room”, ”A Christmas Carol," "Anything Goes," and "King Lear," as well as shows with other companies such as KB Theater Company's production of "Marys Wedding." He would like to thank Kim McKean for working with him and dedicates this performance to his family, who he loves very dearly.

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR: Kim McKean is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her production of Lydia by Octavio Solis won multiple national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival including “Outstanding Director of a Play” and “Outstanding Production of a Play.” Additionally, she has received “Best Actress” recognition for her work at both the New York International Film Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City. She has appeared on HBO, ABC, CMT and Spike TV, along with starring in several independent films, commercials, and numerous stage productions across the US and Europe. Her film, The Arrangements--which she directed and produced-- was an official selection for the El Paso Film Festival and Plaza Classic Film Festival Local Flavor series. She received an M.F.A. from the University of California–Irvine and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, and is certified in the Meisner Technique.

STAGE MANAGER: Camila Grisel H. H. is thrilled to be returning to the Studio Theater, where her most recent production was Stephen Karam’s “Sons of The Prophet”. She would like to thank the exceptional cast, admirable production team, and brilliant director for all their creative and collaborative spirits. “Gracias a mis padres por su apoyo incondicional, siempre.”

PRODUCTION MANAGER: Lexy Amador

REHEARSAL ASSISTANT: Kelsey McGee

SET DESIGNER: Lindsay Hearon

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Athziri Morales

ASST. LIGHTING DESIGNER: Gabriel Guajardo

MASTER ELECTRICIAN: Cassandra Soto

SOUND DESIGNERS: Victor Maldonado, Dale Morgan

PROJECTIONS DESIGNER: Nicole Bianco

PROPS MASTERS: Olivia Fuentes, Christella Morere

COSTUME DESIGNER: Mariana Baidon

MAKEUP DESIGNER: Mia Solis

SONG COORDINATOR: Greg Beam

RUN CREW

COSTUME CONSTRUCTION: Mariana Baidon, Sofia Perez, Victoria Salmeron, Luz Espinoza, Lilia Dueñas, Allyson Givens, Nichole Hardgrove, Larissa Arzate, Costume Practicum Students

SET CONSTRUCTION: Lindsay Hearon, Ruben Villa, Olivia Fuentes, Constanza Romero, Juan Ontiveros, Judith Villalva, Christella Morere, Scenery Practicum Students

LIGHTING & SOUND CREW: Lexy Amador, Athziri Morales, Kassia Curl, Alex Ringering, Gabriel Guajardo, Dale Morgan, Ian Gilliam, Cassie Soto, Lillia Licon, Linda Garcia, Victor Maldonado, Lighting & Sound Practicum Students

DECK CREW: Nigeth Preciado, Alondra Morales, Nicole Harrison, Allyson Givens

COSTUME RUN CREW: Rachel Contreras-Rosales, Sarah Curtis, Mayra Martinez, Cristian Barrio

STAFF

HOUSE MANAGERS: Cassandra Soto, Karla Sofia Perez

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & SCENERY ADVISOR: Nicole Bianco

COSTUME SHOP MANAGER: Nicole Read

SCENE SHOP FOREMAN: Tim Green

COSTUME & MAKEUP ADVISER: Crystal Herman

LIGHTING ADVISER: Hideaki Tsutsui

STAGE MANAGER ADVISER: Carolyn Cubit-Tsutsui

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Adriana Dominguez

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Logan Martin, Romanti Mata, Josey Pickett, Bianca Taylor

Setting & Time

TIME: Thanksgiving Day, 2015

SETTING: Chinatown, New York City

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

When I first encountered Stephen Karam’s The Humans, I was riveted. Never before had I read a play that so aptly captures the beautiful complexity of the human condition and family dynamics in our post-9/11 society. The Blake family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Chinatown, New York City, exposes us to both the familiar and the uncanny, the hilarious and the heartbreaking, the paralyzing nature of fear juxtaposed with the quiet fortitude of acceptance. After spending the last several months discovering the Blake family, I’ve learned that they—in all of their prickly imperfection—could, really, be any of us. And that’s what makes them, well, human.

AUDIENCE NOTE

There will be NO intermission

Video/Audio recording is prohibited

Food & Beverages are not allowed inside the theater

NO RE-ENTRY

Special Thanks

KTEP

KFOX

KVIA

What’s Up Magazine

El Paso Scene

UTEP Prospector

UTEP Dinner Theater

Maria Placencia

Anaka Tsutsui

Kiana Tsutsui

Nicole Bianco’s Practicum Class

Hideaki Tsutsui’s Practicum Class

Crystal Herman’s Practicum Class

Box Office Staff & Practicum Class

Greg Beam

Milo Beam

Melanie Thomas

Allison McLemore Stratton

TRAJECTORY

UTEP Student Dance Capstones

May 9 - 11

UTEP Student Theatre Festival

May 14 & 15

Department of Theatre & Dance

The University of Texas at El Paso

Degree Plans

BACHELORS OF ARTS IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Theatre Education (with teaching certification), Generalist

BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Musical Theatre, Stage Management

MINOR IN THEATRE: Performance, Technology & Design, Generalist

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

MINOR IN DANCE

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT WWW.UTEP.EDU/THEATREDANCE

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University of Texas at El Paso

Department of Theatre and Dance

FFA 371D

El Paso, TX 79968

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UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance

Credits:

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