Samantha Sayah (BL45) is a New York City based actor, singer, and musician. She was most recently seen playing Girl in Once at the Geva Theatre Center. Other Regional theatre credits include the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and the World Premiere of Joey and Ron at The Players Theatre, NYC. Additional theatre credits include Disney Cruise Line, Tokyo Disney Resort, and the National Tour of Junie B. Jones. Commercial work includes Tic Tac, Dannon, and Outback Steakhouse. Samantha received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. When she's not performing, she's a Musical Theatre, Acting, Voice, and Piano Instructor for the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan (New Canaan, CT) and Unity Stage (Queens, NY). www.samsayah.com.
Collin Quinn Rice (Aeon) (they/them) is a queer actor and photographer based in Chicago. They were most recently seen in The Tasters(Rivendell), All Quiet on the Western Front (Red Tape Theatre), Mike Pence Sex Dream (First Floor Theater), Trans Voices Cabaret (Steppenwolf LOOK OUT Series), The Harvest (Griffin Theatre Co.), Hatfield & McCoy (The House), Le Switch (About Face Theatre), Masque Macabre (Strawdog Theatre Company), Going to a Place… (Redtwist Theatre), The Ode at Pint's End (Birch House Immersive), and The Hilary Duff Project (MCL Chicago). Film credits include The Right Swipe and The Play Cycle. Collin is a graduate of Northwestern University, and they are represented by DDO Chicago. Collin also moonlights as a headshot photographer and choreographer—their comprehensive work can be found at www.collinquinnrice.com.
Michael Turrentine (Circe 3) (he/him) is an Actor/Writer/Activist originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but is extremely happy to call the Windy City of Chicago his home! Some of his past credits include working with theaters such as Steppenwolf, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Gift Theater, Griffin Theater, First Floor Theater, Haven Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Theater Wit, Firebrand Theater, American Theater Company, and many more! He wants to thank his family, especially his mother, for their undying support. He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Kelsey VanVoorst (Dynx) is an Indianapolis-based actor and improviser. She has been with the ComedySportz Indianapolis company since 2008 and performs regularly with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre of Carmel, Indiana. Some of her favorite roles that she has played on stage are Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” and parts in both “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged” and “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play: Abridged”. She will be playing Caroline Bingley/Mr. Collins in an upcoming production of “Pride and Prejudice” at Civic Theatre in February of 2021. During the day, Kelsey works for Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum that features a 19thcentury, an outdoor Nature Classroom, and working farm with Heritage Breeds all on just over 1,000 acres of land on the White River. She has two cats, Guinevere and Daphne, and a loving boyfriend, Mookie, who she has shared A LOT of 2020 with. She would like to thank her dearest and oldest friend, Ella Raymont, for this opportunity to perform in a year where theatre has taken a really hard hit.
Emily Marso (XY) (she/her) is an actor, motion capture performer, and voiceover artist based in Chicago. Past credits include Boy (TimeLine Theatre), Wild Boar (Silk Road Rising), The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift), and Fun Harmless Warmachine (New Colony), among others. Other Chicago credits include work with Goodman, Northlight, Writers, Shattered Globe, and more. Her television credits include a recurring role on Chicago Med as Nurse Susie and Chicago Fire (NBC). Film credits include An Exquisite Meal; Swipe Up, Vivian!; and the upcoming The Last Stand of Bobby Coe. Video game credits include the motion capture performance for Kitana in Mortal Kombat 11 and Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath (NetherRealm Studios). Commercial credits include campaigns for State Farm, McDonald's, and Illinois Board of Tourism. Emily graduated with a BA degree in theatre, political science, and Chinese from Northwestern University. She’s represented by Paonessa Talent. She also recently passed the Turing Test. For more, visit emilymarso.com.
Liam Collier (Stage Manager) (he/him) is playwright, director, and theatre maker. Born and raised in New York, Liam moved to Chicago in 2017 to pursue his passion for immersive theatre and arts education. Recent credits include QuaranStream Theatre Festival (Producer), Three West: An Immersive Staged Reading (Playwright, Self-Produced), Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle (Stage Manager, Chicago Immersive), Masque Macabre (ASM & Puzzle-master, Strawdog Theatre), Car Play: A Motor Performance (Co-Creator and Performer, TheatreFirst), Beowulf (Directors’ Assistant, We Players), and Cat (Director, Dixon Place). Liam currently works as the Education and Engagement assistant at Goodman Theatre.
Ella Raymont (Creator) (She/Her/Hers) is a nomadic playwright, actor and director that specializes in new play development and immersive theater for all ages. NY/Regional Work: Broadway Asia, Lookingglass Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, American Theater Company, Strawdog Theatre Company, iO Chicago Theatre, Bros do Prose, Chicago Dramatists, Filament Theatre, Commission Theatre plus many more. Ella also teaches workshops and residencies at the high school and college level. Want to know more? @ellaroseray or www.ellaraymont.com
Janet K Howe (Creator) (They/Them/Theirs) is a non-binary creator working at the intersection of theatre and games. Their work focuses on creating positive change and learning through playful theatrical experiences and games. Janet has directed and created immersive and interactive theatre in five countries and is the former Artistic Director of Chicago based (re)discover theatre. Their work includes full building immersive take overs, intimate one-on-one experiences, and board games. Janet has trained with Punchdrunk, Third Rail Projects and worked with interactive companies such as Coney, ZU-UK, and Blast Theory. www.janetkhowe.com
Here are some inspirations and resources for you as you navigate your own quarantine. Here at Totally Human, we want you to know that you are never alone. These resources are just a launching pad for support. Please take advantage of what you or others you know, might need. We love you and may these resources provide additional warmth to the coldest of our seasons.
Love, joy and inner peace,
Free Premium 1 Year membership to Headspace: www.headspace.com/covid-19
Calm Meditation: www.calm.com
Aura: Customizable Meditations and Sleep: apps.apple.com/us/app/aura-sleep-mindfulness/id1114223104
Smiling Mind Meditation: apps.apple.com/us/app/smiling-mind/id560442518
Habit Tracker for building good habits: apps.apple.com/us/app/habit-tracker/id1438388363
Self Soothing EMDR Technique: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUufXf_cTec
Self Soothing according to the Senses: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H9NL_iN4F0
Meditation for Anxiety with Deepak Chopra: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN-RsF17_Mk
Dhamma Talk on Dealing with Anxiety by Venerable Ajahn Brahm: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MRPqISIZ3M
Guided Meditation for beginners with Jessamyn Stanley: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHCl6b9K25Y
“Unlocking Us” by Brene Brown (Loneliness and Connection episode): brenebrown.com/podcast/dr-vivek-murthy-and-brene-on-loneliness-and-connection
Together Apart: www.priyaparker.com/podcast
Buddhist Society of Western Australia: Dhamma Talks and Meditations: podcast.bswa.org
10 podcasts about life and comforting loneliness: www.stylist.co.uk/entertainment/podcasts/best-podcasts-about-life-comforting-loneliness-self-care/319332
ARTICLES & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
Black Mental Health Resources: www.self.com/story/black-mental-health-resources
The Trevor Project: Resources for LGBTQIA+: www.thetrevorproject.org/trvr_support_center/mental-health
Postpartum Depression Support: www.postpartum.net
Resources for Grief: griefcounselor.org/resources/helpful-websites
Practicing Loving Kindness Meditation: www.verywellmind.com/how-to-practice-loving-kindness-meditation-3144786
Free Downloadable ebooks for self-improvement: www.free-ebooks.net/self-improvement
COLORING PAGES FOR ANXIETY:
MOVEMENT TO EASE ANXIETY & DEPRESSION:
Do yoga with me: www.doyogawithme.com
Somatic Movement Relaxation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtlZZ2JHglw
Exercise for Stress and Anxiety: adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety
10 - Minute Bedtime Yoga: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVoCmCLiFnI