CO-PRODUCERS

photo credit: SWNG Productions
photo credit: Sarah Navarrete
photo credit: Jenna Horn
Rick Said So Collaborators
Walter
When Walter was young he was obsessed with digging up and playing with nightcrawlers in his backyard. His speech impediment coupled with his serious demeanor regarding the compulsion resulted in a saying that is now a family-wide joke: digging. thum. wumth. (digging some worms.)
Erica
Erica's favorite recurring dream is the one where she is submerged in water and has the brilliant idea to try breathing through her nose in order to breathe. It works every time... she's dreaming. 🐟
Born in Austin, Texas to Patricia and Edgar Saucedo, Erica Saucedo is one of three daughters. Erica works with visionaries Paloma McGregor, Indah Walsh, the artists of the Frank Wo/Men Collective and is the co-founder of vis-á-vis dances–alongside partner, Kaitlyn Bishop.
Urban
Urban Eisley is a music maker, poet and luthier from New York, living in Austin. You can find him playing with Dead Animal, a soul monster hungry to take over the world, or collaborating with his partner, theatre-maker Anna Eisley. In 2013 Urban published his book of poetry, 'Ecce!', and is currently finishing his newest poetry project, 'Saying ByeBye to God.'
Nathan
Travis
ravis Tate is a queer, black playwright, poet and performer from Austin, Texas. Their poetry has appeared in Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review, Underblong, Mr. Ma’am, and upcoming in the Shade Journal and apt. They are a finalist for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Poetry Prize.Their one-person drag show, It’s a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado! was presented at the Cohen New Works Festival (2017) and at Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Three-Headed Fest in November 2017. UTNT: MotherWitch.
Ashton
Ashton Bennett Murphy is a recent graduate of the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department, and this is her first show with Frank Wo/Men Collective. She works at the Texas Performing Arts Scenic Studio as Assistant Scenic Charge Artist, and spends her nights stage managing, projection designing, and watching endless amounts of recorded reruns. Ashton is thrilled to be working on Rick Said So. Tecent credits: We are Proud to Present (stage manager) and TURN UP. ashtonbennettmurphy.com
Aaron
Aaron Flynn graduated from RISD in 2005 with a degree in Illustration, but has shifted into apparel design and wearable art in the years since. He has been costuming Austin theater for the past three years, primarily for the Rude Mechs, most recently in Not Every Mountain and Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra.
Khali
Khali loves conspiracy theories & Rick and Morty. She is convinced she cannot sleep without some source of noise to focus on.
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Khali Sykes is an actress, dancer, writer, director, and vocalist. She is currently a B.A. Acting and Sociology major at the University of Texas. Her recent works include Matawan at the University of Texas and Beauty and the Beast at Zach Theater.
Joe
In his youth, Joe was an avid fire jumper. His athletic career was cut short when he broke his leg while leaping over a bonfire built out of six Christmas trees. Joe Cornelison is an Austin-based filmmaker and video artist. His work explores old-hat folklore and religion through layered atmosphere and sound. In 2017, he was awarded the Pat Nixon Future Image Makers of America Grant. In his free time, Joe creates elaborate dioramas with taxidermied animals.
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Tiskettasket Collaborators
Joe Davis
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Once lobbied his school cafeteria to change the “food pyramid” to include all of his favorite comfort foods: cheeseburger, chocolate milk shake, fries, popcorn, pizza, beer & wine.

A Chicago native, Joe Davis has traveled to over 55 countries in 6 continents (with only Antarctica remaining), often suspected by family & friends as either working as a spy or being in the federal witness protection program...or both!
Panda Landa
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

When they were a kid, Panda grew up on a ranch and used to eat things like lamb tails, Rocky mountain oysters, pig’s feet, and cow’s tongue.
Panda is a multi-media artist who is interested in breaking through traditional forms of art, by exploring the intersection of outsider art, film, movement, queerness, vulnerability and healing. Panda has a deep interest in play, space, observation, narrative, and identity.
Derek Kolluri
Co-Director/Performer

When Derek was a kid he loved bananas. As an adult he started to dislike them. He's starting to like them again, though.

Derek Kolluri is currently a freelance director, actor, and producer in Austin, TX. He was co-founder and artistic director for Theatre en Bloc for four seasons. Derek is driven by elegant theatrical events which are designed to hack the daily routine of human interaction and emotional experience to provoke active imagination.
Mario Ramirez
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Food fact: Though he's lactose intolerant, Mario will never back down on some ice cream even though he knows how much he'll regret it later.

Mario Alberto Ramirez is a third year BFA Dance Studies Major at the University of Texas at Austin. His training comes from a wide array of practices from modern to Danza Azteca. He pursues a journey of truth and heart and hopes to break any xenophobic appetites with his work.
Aundre Wesley
Special Guest

Aundre’s first love was Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. As a teenager, he switched to mashed potatoes. As an adult, he enjoys chips, queso, and micheladas.

Aundre is drummer, singer songwriter, and a dancer in the Austin area. He is originally from Houston, Texas and is currently a student at UT Austin studying Linguistic Theory as it applies to Music Theory. As his life’s passion, he works on applying the fields of mathematics, human anatomy, philosophy, linguistics, and music theory.
Joe Cornelison
Film Collaborator

In his early youth, Joe spent an entire summer subsisting exclusively on Mountain Dew, cajun peanuts and pepper jack cheese.

Joe Cornelison is an Austin based filmmaker. He is passionate about using the medium of film as a way to explore immersive environments. In addition to directing, Joe works as a sound and production designer. He is currently completing his MFA thesis at UT Austin - a surrealist Werewolf film.
Kelsey Vidic
Co-Costume Curator

My favorite dessert is WHOLE milk with WHIP CREAM on top, but it actually is.
Born in Florida. Kelsey has an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Texas at Austin. Narrowing her degree expanded her path of artistry. Working with bodies, textiles and space opened doors to work with Intel Corporation and Santa Fe Opera, create installations and design for film and dance. She continues to use her eyes to listen and prefers the present moment.
E.L. Hohn
Co-Costume Curator

E.L. was once a professional baker for like a year, and she makes a mean coffee ice cream.
E.L. Hohn is a costume designer and dramaturg interested in new works, socially engaged theatre, and art that is fun. She likes Technicolor musicals, exploring ways of creating the creepy and uncanny for live performance, and clothing that reshapes, ungenders, and/or dehumanizes the body.
Josh Secor
Co-Stage Manager

He has a troubled past with honeydew, but he is working to bury the hatchet.

Josh Secor is a fourth year stage management and playwriting focus at the University of Texas at Austin. In his writing, he explores stagnation derived from peoples’ pasts and how people learn to move forward, and as a stage manager, he loves working on unpublished work and seeing how it changes over the rehearsal process. This constant fluidity and acceptance of change is why he loves art.
Jacob Caire
Cloudy or not there is always a chance of meatballs with Jacob.

Jacob Caire is from El Paso, Texas. He is currently studying psychology and theatre at University of Texas at Austin. He loves to create the worlds of plays in set design, and has recently grown to love painting. Though he focuses in set design, he loves to work in theatre in any aspect possible.
Nathan Patterson
Sound Engineer

In the summer of 2007, Nathan thoroughly consumed a catering-sized tray of chicken alfredo in order to get the attention of a really attractive girl (would likely do again).

Nathan Patterson is a manic adherent of instrumentalism, producer, project & stage manager, part time arborist and full time Sinatra understudy — indigenous to Central Texas, circa '89.
Chris Conard
Co-Producer/Technical Director/Lighting and Set Designer/Graphic Designer

Chris likes food.

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
Kelsey Oliver
Co-Producer/Co-Director/Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Kelsey has participated in food eating contests since the age of 9. She prefers her marshmallows burnt.

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
Alexa Capareda
Co-Producer/PR and Marketing Director/Food Gatherer/Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Alexa eats one whole cantaloupe a day and loves frozen grapes, even though eating them makes her very cold.

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
Roberto Di Donato
Co-Producer/Long-Distance Artistic Collaborator

To produce one pound of animal protein vs. one pound of soy protein, it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel, and 15 times as much water.

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
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Loose Gravel Collaborators 

Dannon O'Brien
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Dannon O’Brien currently lives in New York City and in Spring 2016, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. While in school, he discovered a passion for dance theatre and performance art, experimenting with irreverent, nonsensical material while creating work.

photo cred: Sarah Navarrete
Hunter Sturgis
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Hunter Sturgis, born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, is a fourth year BFA dance major at the University of Texas at Austin. Sturgis is infatuated with the abstract, the cerebral, and the unconventional. His eclectic interests in gender/sexuality, surrealism, and philosophy fuel his personal movement research. His choreographic works thus far ebb into a psychological realm of memory, dreams, and embodied histories.
Mario Ramirez
Artistic Collaborator/Performer

Mario Alberto Ramirez is a Dallas native who is currently a second year BFA Dance Studies major at The University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about his culture and heritage, engaging in local and traveling advocacy for chicano and indigenous movements. His training comes from a wide array of practices from modern to Danza Azteca. He hopes to break barriers of tension and prejudgment by bringing awareness to multicultural connections and acceptances.
Erica Saucedo
Artistic Collaborator

Erica Saucedo graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas. She is currently collaborating with New York choreographers Johnnie Cruise Mercer\The RED project, Indah Walsh Dance Company, and Boink! Dance and Film. Erica practices the excavation of subconscious thought in an effort to surpass rationalism and access the unconscious mind.

photo cred: Scott Shaw
E.L. Hohn
Costume Curator

E.L. is a third year MFA candidate in Costume Design at UT Austin. She's interested in costumes that are clear, nuanced, stylized, and honest expressions of character, and in clothing that houses, reshapes, ungenders and/or dehumanizes the body in new and compelling ways. E.L. is also currently exploring the hows and whys of designing disquieting spaces and bodies for her thesis project, Visceral Design: Experiments in Creating the Uncanny for Live Performance.
Josh Secor
Stage Manager

Josh is a third-year B.A. in Theatre and Dance student with an emphasis in stage management and playwriting. In his writing, he likes exploring stagnation derived from peoples’ pasts, and how people learn to move forward and help other to learn. As a stage manager, he loves working on unpublished work and seeing how it changes over the rehearsal process. This constant fluidity and acceptance of change is why he loves art.

photo cred: Robert Di Donato
Cimone
Community Engagement Collaborator

Cimone is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied various elements of performance in the College of Fine Arts. She bears a passion for word, rhythm and movement and currently serves as a member of the Afro-Caribbean Soul Collective, a community ensemble that promotes cultural arts of the Afro Diaspora and its modern-day evolutions. She hopes to further explore movement as meditation and arts wellness techniques.
Chris Conard
Co-Producer/Technical Director/Set and Lighting Designer/Graphic Designer

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
Alexa Capareda
Co-Producer/PR and Marketing Director/Artistic Collaborator/Performer

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)

photo cred: Sarah Navarrete
Roberto Di Donato
Co-Producer/Assistant Artistic Director/Performer

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)
Kelsey Oliver
Co-Producer/Artistic Director/Performer

(bio under Frank Wo/Men Co-Producers)

photo cred: Swng Productions
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