Brianna Sloane (Director/Performer) is a graduate of Hampshire College and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, Brianna’s long-established love of physical theatre brought her to Chicago’s Piccolo Theatre Ensemble in 2008, where she made her home for four years. At Piccolo, Brianna worked as Education & Outreach Director, in addition to appearing onstage and directing multiple productions, including two celebrated Holiday Pantos. She has also done abundant work in Chicago with The Bricklayers Theatre Company and Adventure Stage. She is currently a MFA Directing Candidate at UMass. Addressing environmental issues is of special personal interest, and the Beyond the Horizon experience has been the perfect venue to give this interest creative voice.

Megan McClain (Curator/Dramaturg) is currently a MFA Dramaturgy candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has provided dramaturgical support for productions at numerous theatres including The Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, American Players Theatre and St. Louis Repertory Theatre. In New York, she has worked with Lark Play Development Center and the devising troupe Superhero Clubhouse. In Chicago, she co-curated Ground to Plate, an evening of short plays exploring our relationships to food and the journey food takes to reach our tables.

Annelise Nielsen (Performer) is a Junior Theater Major at UMass. Some of her previous theater experience at UMass includes: Assistant Choreographer for Urinetown the Musical, Young Girl in Night on the Galactic Railroad, Adela in House of Bernarda Alba, and Wendla in Spring Awakening. She would like to thank Sam, Brianna, Devon, Katrina, and Megan – such amazing, talented, hilarious, beautiful women! Love you all!! And finally, she would like to make sure that everyone has heard that the bird is the word!

Devyn Yurko (Performer) is a freshman theater major at UMass Amherst. She has also participated in The Vagina Monologues at UMass, as well as the freshman one-acts.

Samantha M. Creed (Performer)  is a Senior UMass Amherst Theater Arts Major, Performance focus. She grew up near the beach so salt water runs through her veins. The best memories she has of her childhood involve family gatherings on cool sandy shores, rich sherbet colored sunsets that stole her breath away and swimming in the bone chilling. She’d do anything to protect the place that nurtured her understanding of nature’s beauty and power. To be able to communicate that message with an artistic medium that she loves is amazing.

Katrina Turner (Performer/Music Arrangement) is an English major at UMass and sings and arranges a cappella music.

Mollie Cook (Stage Manager) is a freshman in the UMass Department of Theater, and Beyond the Horizon marks her first department production. Previous works include the 2012 UMass Freshman Showcase. She would like to thank her friends (especially Lauren Fox) and family for their support.

To whom it may concern.

Daniel Sack (Director) teaches theatre and performance studies in the English Departments of Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. He received a PhD in Drama from Stanford University in 2010 and has published articles and reviews in Theatre Journal, TDR: the Drama Review, Yale’s Theatre, and American Theatre magazine, where he was a contributing writer. As a director, he has staged productions of plays by Howard Barker, Marguerite Duras, Harold Pinter and others, as well as devised original work. He has also performed in plays, musicals, and devised work in the academic and professional scene.

Alison Bowie (Dramaturg)

Kevin Cox (Performer)might be the cast’s “old man” as a 27-year-old junior, but he’s still as excited as a little boy to be in his first big show at UMass. Having always admired sci-fi TV shows as a kid, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, it was his younger brother introducing him to Firefly that truly ignited his desire to become an actor. Since then, he’s been in various shows at HCC and in end-of-term showcases here at UMass.

Ryan Davis (Stage Manager) is a junior theater major. He has spent a great deal of his time here at UMass working in the scene shop, and also enjoys acting. On top of stage-managing this piece, Ryan is currently the Assistant Technical Director for UMass’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Apart from theater Ryan is the President of the UMass Triathlon team and will be competing with the team at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in Tuscaloosa, AL on April 21st.

Rachel Garbus (Performer)

Tiahna Harris (Performer)

Ella Peterman (Performer)

Christina Mailer-Nastasi (Performer)

Phoebe Vigor (Creative Consultant)

What Have We Learned

Carol Becker (Director) Various directing credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Beau Jest, A Murder is Announced, Deuce, Sure Thing, English Made Simple, and Cinderella. As an Assistant Director, she worked at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles on Procreation, A Man’s a Man, and The Chicago Conspiracy Trial. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation (SDCF).

Adewunmi Oke (Dramaturg) is a first year Dramaturg in UMass’ M.F.A. program. She received her B.A. in Theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She was the assistant dramaturg on UMass’ production of Marcus Gardley’s Hell in High Water and assisted Senior Dramaturg Christopher Baker on Hartford Stage’ s Whipping Man.

Jing Jing (Performer) is an international student from China. She competed on the Shen Zhong High School Dance team 2007-2009 and earned 1st place in the 2009 QingChun ZhiXing National HS Dance Competition.

Shailee Shah (Performer) is a second year Theater Major and Education Minor at UMass. She is both an actor and dancer and is involved in UMass’ Dhadak Fusion Dance team. She spends her summers working as a theater counselor for ages 9-15.

Tyler Appel (Peformer)

Corrina Parham (Performer)

Tori Clough (Performer)

Kathryn McNall (Performer)

Alex Dunn (Performer)

Ryan Hill (Performer)


Evan Laux (Costume Designer) is a junior undergraduate theatre major focused in costume design. Beyond the Horizon is his third design endeavor, having designed for the UMass Theater Department’s production of Tirso de Molina’s Love the Doctor as well as the The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual Renaissance Festival. He is passionate about design, art, fashion and theater and is intrigued by their combination.

Joshua Mauro (Set Designer)

Brittany Deventer (Lighting Designer)


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