I am a professional theatre artist currently based in Iowa, working primarily as a performer, director, teacher, and coach.
My specializations are acting, movement, voice, and speech. I have additional expertise in musical theatre, new play development, theatre for social change, dialect work, and Shakespeare.
I work with people of all levels of experience to spark creativity, inspire confidence, cultivate empathy, build community, and engage in the greater conversations of life.
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…at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, Hawkeye Community College, Nolte Academy, and Theatre Cedar Rapids.
…at Mirrorbox Theatre.
Written by Amina Henry
Directed by Katy Hahn
This will be an Iowa premiere!
February 28 – March 2
7:30 pm | $15 | CSPS in Cedar Rapids, IA
Wren, Simone and Tanisha beat up other women for fun on the weekends. Bree, one of their victims, discovers their identity and plots revenge with friends Delilah and Candace. In her quest for revenge against the bullies who beat her up, will Bree learn more about herself than she bargained for?
This alternately funny and terrifying exploration of female relationships answers an eternal question: What if Lord of the Flies was transported to an aerobics studio?
Amina Henry’s plays have been performed and developed at Theatre for the New City and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many others.
Her play, Bully, was featured in the 2015 Kilroys List. The List is an “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by female and trans playwrights.”
Buy tickets to BULLY here!
Shakespeare in Love
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Angie Toomsen
Young Will Shakespeare suffers from writer’s block until Viola inspires his greatest masterpiece. Breaking gender norms and societal boundaries, this play, based on the Oscar-winning film, encourages us to take risks in order to pursue our dreams.
Buy tickets to Shakespeare in Love here!
Ada and the Memory Engine
By Lauren Gunderson
Written by Lisa Kelly
At the dawn of the British Industrial Revolution, mathematician and writer, Ada Byron Lovelace – often considered the first “computer programmer” – envisions a world where art and information converge. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
Buy tickets to Ada and the Memory Engine here!
SUMMER ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED FRIEND…
I chose to feature my friend Saffron this month because the Midwest has been plagued with cold, crummy weather, and I thought we could use some warmth and light! Saffron radiates these. She is strong, kind, and intelligent – an accomplished director, an innovative collaborator, a great teacher, and an absolutely stunning actor. Be my Valentine, Saffron? <3
From her website:
Saffron is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she has established The Brink Theatre Company, and serves as its Artistic Director. She has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator for many years. She received her M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, during which she also performed with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Idaho Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele in Germany. She then joined the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (two seasons) where she also devised and directed The Pale Fire Project. From there she became an Associate Artist and resident acting company member for four seasons at the Sacramento Theatre Company, where she was also the Director of STC-2, a 10 month young professionals training conservatory. With STC-2, she developed and directed The Tale, a rock musical about Greek mythology that toured Greece and headlined the Mioulia Festival. Her last West Coast stop was in Los Angeles, where she taught (University of Southern California, Center Theatre Group, A Noise Within Theatre), assistant directed The Heretic Mysteries with David Bridel, and expanded her on-camera resume, including a web series for HBO’s True Blood, and played Fiona in the online series for Web Therapy.
A Midwest native, she has worked with Working Group Theatre and Riverside Theatre as an actor and voice/text coach. She has directed at Coe and Augustana Colleges (Women in the Shadow, Metamorphoses, The Bock-Eye), and taught and directed at St. Ambrose University (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Cornell College (In the Next Room/Vibrator Play), ChiARTS, and the Englert School of Performing Arts (Bugsy Malone). Most recently, she assistant directed George De La Pena in Music IC’s production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. Most recently she has performed with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, and will direct A Winter’s Tale in 2018.
A longtime member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Saffron is also the recipient of the 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium for Emerging Artists, an SAFD certified actor/combatant and yoga teacher (200hr RYT).