On opening night of the first play Joy directed she couldn’t figure out why she was so disappointed with her work but then she realized what had happened, she had visualized the entire play in shots. The next year she wrote and directed a short film, The Medicine Wheel. She has written and directed two feature films, Bhakti Boy, and, I AM THAT. Bhakti Boy was never released to the public. On all three projects she has collaborated with costume and production designer, Christine Meyers, and composer, Mitch Marzec. I AM THAT is currently being submitted to film festivals. Joy is writing her third feature titled, Survival of the Holy Fool. You can follow Joy on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Christine Meyers is a Costume Designer, Production Designer, and Cinematographer who has created for opera, theatre, dance, and film. Collaborations spanning these genres include experimental dance company zoe|juniper, music videos for The Head and the Heart, and classic Tartuffe at Seattle Shakespeare Company. She has created dissolving dresses for an Alice in Chains’ video and worked with the Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany and Drottningholm, Sweden.
Regional Credits: Sex with Strangers (Portland Center Stage)Circle Mirror Transformation, This, Speech and Debate(Seattle Repertory Theatre) Peter Pan, The Highest Tide, Little Bee(Book-It Repertory Theatre) Twelfth Night, Tartuffe, Julius Caesar(Seattle Shakespeare Company) Film Credits: Lethal Cotillion, I Am That, Bhakti Boy, 21 and Over(dyer) Tom and the Domme, Buried Girl Broadway Assistant Credits: Matilda, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Groundhog Day, Escape to Margaritaville.
Mitch Marzec’s love of recording began when he purchased his first four track at age 15. A self-taught recording artist, Mitch has spent 20 years producing his own projects (two albums for the band An American Chinese –CMJ best emerging artist award). His self recorded songs got airtime on XPN, the Deli Mag and Y-Not radio, which quickly led to freelance recording/mastering work for bands in Philadelphia, Seattle, Brooklyn and Albuquerque. Very organically Mitch’s body of work expanded as he was asked to do sound design/composition for plays and films. He has written soundtracks for all three of Joy Marzec’s films, The Medicine Wheel, Bhakti Boy, and most recently, I AM THAT. Mitch owns and records bands out of his Philadelphia recording studio, Siamese Twin Studio. You can follow his band, An American Chinese, on Facebook.
Ziggy Gamble is the Post-Production Supervisor and Lead Editor at Expressway Productions. Ziggy’s passion for storytelling led him to pursue a career in the visual arts. In addition to working in the post-production department at Temple University, he has extensive experience in location sound recording. Ziggy recorded sound on award-winning films such as Advantageous [Dir. Jennifer Phang], The Bravest, The Boldest [Dir. Moon Molson], and The Happy Sad [Dir. Rodney Evans]. After transitioning back into the editing room at Expressway Productions in Philadelphia, he teamed up with director Joy Marzec to edit her feature film “I Am That”. In between films, he works primarily in commercials and short form documentaries. His most recent editing work includes the documentary feature The Beyond Sixty Project [Dir. Melissa Davey], and sound design on both the narrative short A Man Full of Trouble [Dir. Michael Johnston] and the documentary feature Because of the War [Dir. Toni Shapiro-Phim, Philadelphia Folklore Society].
Nalani Williams is an animator and multimedia artist. She started her career as a visual artist in New York City, showing her work in galleries along the East Coast. While studying at School of Visual Arts, she discovered her love of animation and honed her skills as an animator, set/prop fabricator, puppet maker, and After Effects Artist. Her work can be seen on multiple commercials for companies such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, Sprout Children’s Network, and Spin Master Toys. Combining traditional animation, stop motion animation, video, and photography to create a painterly aesthetic, she has made two short experimental animated films and is in the post-production stage of her third film. Recently she animated title cards and collage style sequences for the independent feature film “I Am That.” Nalani holds a BFA in animation from School of Visual Arts and is currently directing and animating a music video in Los Angeles.
Amielynn Abellera is a graduate of USC's MFA in Acting program, and an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominated actress. Recent onstage credits include Liv in Burners (Moving Arts), Julia in 1984 (Greenway Court), Landry in Captain of the Bible Quiz Team (Rogue Machine Theatre), and Viola in Twelfth Night (Coeurage Theatre). Her favorite roles include Sampaguita in Dusty de los Santos (Skylight Theatre), and Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Artists at Play). Other regional credits with Open Fist Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, Off Square Theatre Wyoming, Shakespeare Center of LA, Theatre at Boston Court, MainStreet Theatre, Chalk Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, and San Jose Stage. TV credits include Just Add Magic (Amazon Video), and The 5th Quarter (Verizon Go90). She has also appeared in numerous commercials. Amielynn is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association.
Matteo Scammell earned a BFA from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts - the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has performed in 37 professional productions. He has worked with most of Philadelphia's finest theater companies including: The Walnut St. Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Arden Theater, The Wilma Theater, Theatre Exile, 11th Hour, Theatre Horizon and EgoPo. In the 2016/17 season Matteo performed both Elvis Presley and a Drag Queen as the title character in The Legend of Georgia McBride (Arden), featured as the "perpetually horny and aggressively homophobic bully" in Robert Askins' Hand To God (PTC) as well as Tracy Scott Wilson's "meditation on gentrification" in Theatre Exile's Buzzer. He appeared at The New Ohio (NYC) in Holden and at Ars Nova: Ant Fest with Red 40 & The Last Groovement. He toured Pig Iron's Gentlemen Volunteers to Saratoga Springs, Colgate & Virginia. He has been a company member of Obie Award winning experimental Theater Company, New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) since 2012 featuring in 4 original works. Matteo has created original theatrical and musical material for NPL, Pig Iron Theatre Company, George & Co., Lear deBessonet, Marcel Williams Foster, Martha Stuckey and Sam Tower. Feature films include Traffickers (2015 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival “Best Local Feature”), and I Am That. In addition to being a full-time actor, Matteo performs in the pop-rock funk band Red 40 & The Last Groovement. A two-time artist-in-residence at Orchard Project and four-time resident at FringeArts. In 2014 and 2016, Matteo was nominated as “Best Actor” by BroadwayWorld, and in 2015 Matteo was extremely honored to be the recipient of Neal Zorn's "Best Actor" for his work as Yank in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape. In 2016 he received a Barrymore Nomination for "Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play" for his work in "Smoke."
KATE CZAJKO WSKI (CRESSIDA) previously appeared on the Wilma’s stage as Nora in Assistance, Harper in Angels in America, Rachelka/Marianna in Our Class, and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play as Sabrina Daldry, a role that earned her a Barrymore nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Regional credits include: Sissy Hankshaw in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (world premiere) at Book-It Rep, Marina in Pericles at Seattle Shakespeare Co., Annamae Dickie in Louis Slotin Sonata (world premiere) at Empty Space, and Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (national tour) for Montana Rep. A recent graduate of the MFA Acting program at Temple University, Kate played several roles in Temple Rep’s two summer seasons: Masha in Three Sisters, Elmire in Tartuffe, and Marianna in Measure for Measure.
Jane is the founder of Book-It and founding co-artistic director of Book-It Repertory Theatre, with Myra Platt. In her 28 years of staging literature, she has performed, adapted, and directed works by such literary giants as Charles Dickens, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Pam Houston, Raymond Carver, Frank O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Colette, Amy Bloom, John Irving, John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, and Jane Austen. A veteran actress of 30 years, she has played leading roles in many of America’s most prominent regional theatres. Most recently, she played the role of Miss Havisham in Book-It’s Great Expectations. Film and TV credits include The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Singles, Homeward Bound, “Twin Peaks,” and Rose Red. She co-directed with Tom Hulce at Seattle Rep, Peter Parnell’s adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, which enjoyed successful runs here in Seattle, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Ovation Award, best director) and in New York (Drama Desk Nomination, best director). Jane directed Cyrano, Pride and Prejudice, and Twelfth Night at Portland Center Stage which won the 2008 Drammy award for Best Direction and Production.
For Book-It, she has directed A Moveable Feast, The Dog of the South, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored, Truth Like the Sun, The House of Mirth, The Highest Tide, Travels with Charley, Pride and Prejudice, Howard’s End, In a Shallow Grave, The Awakening, Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, winner of the 2010 and 2011 Gregory Awards for Outstanding Production. In 2008 she, Myra Platt, and Book-It were honored to be named by the Seattle Times among seven Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius for their 20-year contribution to life in the Puget Sound region. She is a recipient of the 2009 Women’s University Club of Seattle Brava Award, a 2010 Women of Influence award from Puget Sound Business Journal, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Founders Grant, and was a finalist for the American Union for Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award.
2015 Guggenheim Fellow Zoe Scofield is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle Washington since 2002. Born and raised in Gainesville GA, Zoe began ballet at a young age, instilling in her a deep love and interest in structure, discipline and performances’ ability to create a transformative experience. Zoe attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an arts high school in Boston MA, receiving a Monticello Choreography Fellowship and graduating with high honors in dance. After, she danced with Prometheus Dance in Boston and Atlas Moves, directed by Bill James in Toronto Canada.
In 2005 Zoe began working with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey on video, photographic and dance collaborations shown in visual art galleries, museums and theaters. They have been commissioned and presented by national and international arts centers such as, On the Boards, PICA, Trafo House of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, NYLA, Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Body Festival (New Zealand), Yerba Buena Center, Columbia College Chicago, DiverseWorks, The Frye Art Museum and many more. They have taught workshops and given lectures on dance, photography, collaboration and installation throughout the US and internationally.
Throughout her career Zoe has been awarded residences, awards and grants from 4Culture, Alpert Award, Artist Trust, Case Van Rij, City Arts Magazine, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, MAD Air, MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, On the Boards, Princess Grace Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Stranger Genius Award, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Velocity Dance Center, among others. Zoe has taught at Velocity Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College, University of Utah, University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as a guest panelist for Dance Critics Association, PICA’s Educating Dance Audiences, gloATL Tanz Farm, and Cornish College of the Arts. Zoe and Juniper are the co-founders of Lo-Fi Annual Arts Festival and What We Talk About… an in-process feedback session for artists of all disciplines.