katie mchugh, Artistic Director / Dream Project Creator & Director
Katie McHugh is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre and film with a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama.
tamara geisler, Associate Artistic Director / Company Member
Tamara is an Actor, Teaching Artist, Producer and Associate Director of Yonder Window Inc. and Audition Prep Intensive. Born in Mexico City, she moved to United States at the age of 3. She received her education from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, the British American Dramatic Academy in London, and received her Bachelors Degree in English and Theater from Barnard College. Since 2000, she has assisted at workshops on Mexican folklore and cultural traditions, including Dia de los Muertos programs. Her commitment to teaching about Mexican identity includes work at the American Folk Art Museum, The Newark Museum, the American Crafts Museum and a 2012 JP Morgan Chase Artists in Our Communities grant. Tamara has also taught theater in over a dozen New York City public schools and theater companies. She is a teaching artist through the Center for Arts Education, Sundog Theater and is the Spanish and Theater teacher at Building Blocks Montessori School, Staten Island and at the Perry School. Tamara is a bilingual actress, who has spent much of her time performing and producing Shakespeare, Experimental Theater and Children’s theater. Tamara is an acting member acting member of the Writopia Play Festival, whose recent festivals performed at the June Havoc Theater and on Theater Row. Tamara works internationally and made her London debut in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in 2009. For the past few years she has been working in Mexico and recently returned from performing an adaptation of Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” directed by Dorothy Lyman in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tamara’s most recent work includes, producing and starring in several Jose Rivera’s pieces in “Taproot: Poetic License 2016” as well as starring in the Solo Performance “Digna” about the life and death of Mexican Human Rights Lawyer Digna Ochoa.
Gitanjali Jain, COMPANY MEMBER
Born in Mexico City, Gitanjali’s background is in theatre and voice. Highlights include a six-year stint performing as an aerialist, actor, and dancer in ARRA Montréal’s award-winning 'Ulalena on Maui, and attending l'École Internationale de Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Montreal theatre credits include The Bacchae and Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre); Othello (Segal Centre); Nuclear Sky: The Experiment (Title66 Productions); Feste in Twelfth Night (META nomination - Best Supporting Actress); Mark Antony in Julius Caesar(META nomination - Best Actress) (Repercussion Theatre); Filo in Battered (Infinitheatre). As a vocalist she has recorded and performed internationally with jazz saxophonist/composer Matana Roberts, with salsa and R&B singer Joe Battan, and can be heard singing with Roma Carnivale (Montreal Jazz Festival). In 2012 she co-created Alicuanta - a staged song cycle which recounts the legacy of her great grandfather. Premiered at the Salle Gesù, Alicuantawas remounted at Aluna Theatre’s Panamerican Routes Festival in Toronto in 2014. The record was released the same year. Gitanjali is a graduate of the CCLT (Community Choir Leadership Training) and now leads choir workshops in both Canada and Mexico at Santa Martha Acatitla’s female prison in Mexico City.
Brett Watson, Company Member
A professional actor for over twenty years , Brett has extensive credits in theatre , film , television and voice. Based in Montreal , he has worked across Canada and throughout the United States . Stage credits include ' Glengarry Glen Ross and Amadeus (Segal centre for the performing arts, 'Triplex Nervosa, Paradise by the river , Romeo and Juliet, Cheech , and Twelfth Night'( Centaur theatre ) , 'Private Lives ' ( Hudson village theatre ) , ' The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale - Meta Nomination , best supporting actor ), 'Elizabeth Rex( Tableau D'hote theatre ), 'Teaching Hamlet ( Centaur wildside ), Sexy Beton ( Porte Parole - Theatre Denise Pelletier ), 'So Many Doors '(Sour Brides - Canadian Tour), 'Zarathustra said some things , no ?'( Infinitheatre - Mecca nomination, best actor ) , A midsummer night's dream and Macbeth ( Repercussion theatre - North American tour ).Film and tv credits include ' Pawn Sacrifice , White House down, This life , Being Human, I'm not there , Affinity , Deepwater , Mind over murder, Out of control , Erased , Shattered Glass , Rumours, 15/ love ,Abandon , Willed to Kill, Delta State, and The Dead Zone .Brett is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.
evan Regueira, company member
Evan has a BA (Hons) in Drama & Theatre Studies from Middlesex University, London. Opera: The Barber of Seville (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Dir. Juliana Faesler & Clarissa Malheiros); Atzimba (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Dir. Antonio Salinas); Anita (Orquesta Sinfónica de Puebla, Dir. Luis de Tavira & Antonio Salinas); Carmen (Royal Opera House, Dir. Francesca Zambello); Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Dir. David McVicar) and The Magic Flute (Glyndebourne on Tour). Theatre includes: Los Árboles de Ocre Soñaron Mariposas Miopes (The 24 Hour Plays México 2016); The Orbweaver (Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016); Lysander, Snout & Quince in the rehearsed Reading of “Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Capilla Gótica, Centro Cultural Helénico); 3rd Witch in Macbeth, Talthybius in Hecuba, Cassio (understudied Othello) in Othello (Lazarus Theatre Company, Dir. Ricky Dukes); Death in Blood Wedding (Bridewell Theatre, Dir. Lara Muth); Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing (Baron’s Court Theatre). Has been Associate Director for Connecting People, Latitud (Teatro el Granero Xavier Rojas, DramaFest); El Último Teatro del Mundo, Constellations (La Teatrería); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Teatro López Tarso) and RENT (Teatro Milán). Film includes: Carmen 3D and Extranjero (Sundance 2012). TV includes: “Superconstrucciones México”, El Albergue, Historias de la Virgen Morena y Beautiful Losers/Solteros Mix (pilot). Has also worked in a number of publicity commercials for Europe, USA, and Mexico. Teaches acting at CasAzul Artes Escénicas Argos.
nicholas aguilar, dream project music director
Nicholas is a Mexico City based, mexican-canadian guitarist, singer songwriter and music facilitator. He earned a degree in composition from Academia de Música Fermatta in Mexico City and a Masters in Leadership from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. Nicholas has worked as a creative artist in various contexts including collaborations with Visual Art Students from the Royal College of Art in London, dancers from London Contemporary Dance School and Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Puebla, México, among others. Currently Nicholas works as a creative workshop leader in diverse settings including songwriting workshops in primary schools and community choirs; he also runs his co-founded performing arts center Sunland School of the Arts in Mexico City.
hugo luna, Company member
Hugo started taking workshops since he was 13 years old. Then he graduated from the acting career in CasAzul Artes Escénicas Argos, having studied with teachers like José Caballero, Carlos Corona and Rodolfo Obregón. He was selected for a full scolarship to stuydn at British American Drama Academy in Oxford. As an actor he has participated in several shortfilms and theatre plays, such as: Fosa de Recuerdos e Ignominias by Cutberto López, Enel mismo barco, Tempestades, directed by Carlos Corona, and Hipopotamiga, directed by Alonso Íñiguez. He is part of the collective company Desconocidos Aparte, where he has written as well as performed in Desconocidos Aparte (Finalist play in the XXI International Theatre Festival at the UNAM in the category C1) and El delirio de las Flores directed by Miguel Santa Rita. On Television he hosted a travel show that will be on air next year on Canal Once. At the momento he is the scriptwriter of “How do I look?” for Latinoamérica.
ELKE VAN DYKE, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING / COMPANY MEMBER
Elke Van Dyke is a New York based teacher, director, actor, aerialist-in-training and producer of theatre and Shakespeare. She is the Co-Founding Director of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory NYC at the Actors Movement Studio and Co-Founding Artistic Director of Gotham Shakespeare Co. She trained as a teacher and actor at Shakespeare & Company with Founders Tina Packer and Dennis Krausnick and is a graduate of Brooklyn College 's MFA Performing Arts Management and The New School University's BA Theatre programs. She is currently a producer and actor for the East London Fringe in the UK, where she is collaborating with Shakespeare & Company founders to bring their actor training and educational programs to London in conjunction with an interactive production of Henry IV, Part 1. In addition to coaching professional and young professional actors in workshops and private sessions, she has also headed three high school theatre programs (nationally and internationally, including Mexico). Elke also served as the Theatre Education Special Projects Manager at the New York City Department of Education where she co-authored American Voices (a theatre curriculum for high school teachers) and collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department to bring Shakespeare into NYC classrooms for the RSC's summer residency at Lincoln Center. Elke continues to teacher facilitate in the NYCDOE’s Professional Development workshops where she trains teachers in theatre pedagogy and physical theatre techniques. Directing credits include: Servant of Two Masters (University of West Florida), The Tempest (Shakespeare & Company, Fall Festival) and Everywhere I Look (International Applied Theatre Conference, London, UK). Stage credits include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre), Alva Vanderbilt in the Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch (Actors Movement Studio, NYC), Tamora in Titus Andronicus (Gotham Shakespeare Co. NYC), and Emma in Fefu and Her Friends (20% Theatre Company, NYC). Elke has also been an avid improv performer with London’s Hoopla group. Elke performed her first professional aerial silks performance in Oct 2017 and continues to train in aerial silks for YWTC's The Dream Project.
Renata Wimer, Company Member
Renata is a Mexican performing artist. Her artistic research interweaves the work in theatre, circus, music and dance. She began her studies in physical theatre and classical music, and since then she has collaborated with a diverse range of independent companies inside Mexico and abroad. As an actress and dancer she worked with theatre directors like Bill Buckhusrt, Raz Swaw, Roland Schimmeplfennig, Peter Wynne Wilson, Sergei Ostrenko, José Caballero, Emilio García Wehbi, Richard Viqueira, Sergio Vela, David Meadows, Jaime Razzo, Jessica Sandoval, Gabriela Ochoa, Gari Jones, among others. She has performed in Finland, Lituania, Japan, India, UK, and in different international festivals in Latin America like Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro and Festival Cervantino. She trained at Shakespeare´s Globe in London as part of the 2015 International Actor's Fellowship. Her theatre experience in Shakespeare includes: A Midsummer Night Dream, King Lear, Henry V, As you Like it , The Comedy of Errors. Multi‐instrumentalist and composer. She studied cello in Paris with Emilia Baranowska . She also made studies in India, Nepal and Iran of stringed instruments such as the Sitar, Esraj and Setar. She has composed music for different stage productions and has collaborated with the ensemble of Eastern music Ghazali and the Persian music ensemble Didar. She belongs to the International Actors Ensemble, who devotes his artistic research to Shakespeare. A multi-linguistic and multi-cultural company that includes 20 actors from 14 different nationalities and 10 different languages.
kendall rileigh, aerial choreographer, company member
Kendall is a NYC-based actor, aerialist/acrobat, and choreographer who is most interested in integrating aerial acrobatics and theatre. She is co-founder of Only Child Aerial Theatre and was a 2016 resident aerial choreographer at Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland. In April she will be the aerial director for Hetty Feather at Delaware Theatre Company. Other work as an aerial/acrobatic choreographer and performer includes ASYLUM at 2017 Circus Now (Skirball Center) and other venues; national tour of Trenches; and Mystery Ballet Theatre 3000. Her acting experience includes the Broadway tour of the one-woman show Golda's Balcony (as Tovah Feldshuh's understudy); national tours of Great Expectations and Charlotte's Web; many off-Broadway and regional productions; and NBC's 30 Rock. Training: Duke University, Moscow Art Theatre, Circus Warehouse. She is thrilled to visit Mexico and work with this team of international artists! www.onlychildaerialtheatre.com
Migs Govea, Company Member
Recent theater credits include Broadway: A Man For All Seasons (Roundabout, directed by Doug Hughes). Off-Broadway: Dead Dog Park (59E59, Bedlam Theatre Company, directed by Eric Tucker) Fantasy Artists (La Mama), Thicker Than Water (Ensemble Studio Theater), The Timing of a Day (Center Stage), Ex-Antwone (P.S. 122). Film: Possum, High Maintenance (Winner: Student Academy Award), The Tested, El Cantante. TV: "The Blacklist," "Vinyl," "Law & Order: SVU," "Pan Am," "Law and Order," "How to Make it in America." Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity.
Isaac Weisselberg, Dream Project Assistant Director
Isaac graduated from CasAzul Argos Artes Escénicas (Mexico City, Mexico) and cofounder of Los Insignificantes Co. and Expreso Teatral Co., he has played in Mexico in plays like Momotaro: El Niño Melocotón, La Guerra de los Pasteles, Killer Toilet, 5 de Noviembre, El Niño y El Quetzal, Ensayos Para 7, Luzefante, Desconexión, Fragmentos, El Momento de las Flores, Ópera Anita, Casi, Un Pueblo, Consumatum del Olvido, Bola de Sebo, and El Diván under the direction of Fernando Reyes, Ana Fernanda Freeman, Gisel Casas, Jonathan Huesca, Raúl Andrade, Erwin Veytia, Salvador Petrola, Karla Bourde, Claudia Ríos and Arturo Reyes. In New York he has played in Annie and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat with Danielle Rudess’s Company. He has also worked on cinema in projects like Magnífico, Ángel, Hermana Mía, and El Olorista Leonardo Nardo under the direction of José Luis Isoard, Ricardo González, Juan Walle, y Ricardo Saúl. Likewise, he has acted for publicity companies like Farmacias La Generosa, Maruchan Soup and TotalPlay. He has also worked as a voice-over narrator for the documentary of the exhibit Si Tiene Dudas Pregunte: Retrocolectiva de Mónica Mayer, exhibit placed on the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC, UNAM in Mexico City). He has lit various plays in which it is possible to emphasize El Álbum (winner for Best Lighting in Microteatro Mexico) directed by Aleyda Gallardo, No La Vi Venir directed by Roberto Cavazos and Héctor Berzunza, Te Quiero Hasta La Luna directed by Anahí Allué, Sucia y Muy Chingona Historia de Amor of Ana González Bello and Manuel Calderón (directed by Aída del Río), A Espaldas Del Mundo y Revoluciones of Xavier Villanova, Deja Vú of Rodrigo Magaña, Todo por Marilyn of Reynolds Robledo, y Hora de Jugar (winner for Best Lighting in Microteatro Mexico) y ¿Qué Pasó? Written by Juan Carlos Araujo and directed by Andrés Tena. Besides this he has also worked on production, direction, assisting direction and production in projects like Momotaro: El Niño Melocotón of Moammar Yacantiuh, Ghost Love, El Niño y El Quetzal, Meztli: Sueño de Luna, Luzefante and WAR PIE of Karla Bourde, Los Negros Pajaros del Adiós of Oscar Liera, Doors Of Perception: Dance Theatre, and a happening named Consumatum del Olvido in the exhibit Participando en lo Justo: Recuperando la obra de Fanny Rabel in the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has written a few plays like LaVi (published in La Capilla Theater (Mexico City)) under the guidance of Ximena Escalante, La Nave de los Locos, and Snakebite.
clara dunham, company member
Clara grew up playing the harpsichord and singing baroque music. Before moving to Mexico she studied musicology at the Sorbonne and sang with a small early music ensemble in Paris. In San Miguel she took up acting and has since appeared many times in every theatre in town both as a singer and an actor. In 2016 she gave a full recital at the Angela Peralta theatre; appeared as Sonia in Christopher Durang’s Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike; and played the female roles in 39 steps. She is also a member of the aerial acrobatics troupe, Gravity Works.