“We are like the twins in old fables, each of whom has been given half a key.”

 — MARGARET ATWOOD

HALF KEY THEATRE COMPANY provides a space in which unheard voices are given witness. With a focus on the narratives of women throughout history, the company strives to do justice to stories that have been forgotten. Above all the company values that which makes theater powerful--raw human connection, in moments of both pain and delight. 

Actually Collaborators:

MICHAELA SHUCHMAN (Actor/ Producer)

is a Philly based theatermaker. She is performing in her 4th and producing her 3rd production for the Philly Fringe Festival. Previous Fringe credits include the world premiere of Behold Her by Arden Kass (2018) and Airswimming (2017), as well as Scarlet Letters with Ross & Diggs (2016). Other recent credits include Indecent (Arden Theatre Co.), Peter and the Starcatcher (Walnut Street Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Delaware Shakespeare), 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Jane Eyre, & Urinetown (11th Hour Theatre Company), and A Christmas Carol (Resident Theatre Co.). Next up: A Christmas Carol at Delaware Theatre Company. Proud graduate of Swarthmore College.

www.michaelashuchman.com

TORI MITTELMAN (Director)

Philadelphia-based creator and teaching artist. She recently directed several TYA plays at the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket and Riders to the Sea with Irish Heritage Theatre in Philadelphia. She has been the Assistant Director for Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell for: Spamalot, Next to Normal, and A Christmas Carol:A Live Radio Show with Resident Theatre Company. She has also assisted for Blanka Zizka (Wilma Theatre) for When the Rain Stops Falling and Matthew Decker (Theatre Horizon) for Peter and the Starcatcher. While in school, she assistant directed for Tyler Marchant (Off- Broadway, Freud’s Last Session). Tori graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting and Minor in Peace Studies.www.torimittelman.org

DANA ORANGE (Actor)

is happy to be a part of this important story. Past credits include Sister Act (Walnut Street Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse), To Kill a Mockingbird (Millbrook Playhouse), Ragtime (Eagle Theatre), In the Heights (Park Playhouse, Grand Theatre), and Stairs to the Roof (EgoPo Classic Theatre) to name a few. Thank you to this amazing team and my incredible support system! Next up: Shrek the Musical (Walnut Street Theatre)

EMILY SCHUMAN (Designer)

is thrilled to be working with Half Key on this production. Though this is her first overall production design, she has been a prop designer in Philadelphia for the past 5 years working with such companies as 1812 Productions, 11th Hour Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Applied Mechanics, and more. In addition to props design, Emily is also an actor and musician and up next, will be composing the music for Delaware Shakespeare's community tour of Romeo & Juliet. 

LESLIE BOYDEN (Stage Manager)

Previous Collaborators:

ARDEN KASS

(Playwright of Behold Her)

is a playwright, screenwriter, musical theatre librettist and independent producer of her own work. School Play, her live documentary theatre piece dramatizing the plight of public education in Pennsylvania, premiered at the Nat’l Constitution Ctr and toured PA in 2015 (co-creators Ed Sobel, Seth Bauer). She is developing her first full-length musical at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. www.ardenkass.com

LAILA SWANSON

(Costume Design of Behold Her)

has been Assistant Professor in Design at
Swarthmore College since 2009. She is also Co-Chair of the Department of Theater’s production program.
She has designed costumes for a number of productions in Scandinavia as well as in
the US. Outside Swarthmore College, she designed the costumes for Henry IV – Your Prince
and Mine for Shakespeare in Clark Park, Funnyhouse of a Negro at Brown University,
Big Love for Temple University Theater, and Dead Man’s Cellphone and A Bright New
Boise for Simpatico Theatre Project.
She received an MFA in Set Design with additional focus on Costume Design from
Temple University in 1994.

CHARLOTTE MORRIS

(Behold Her Musician)

is a New York based singer-songwriter, actor and musician. As a native of the Philadelphia suburbs, she is thrilled to return home to perform in the 2018 Fringe Festival. Charlotte started playing violin at age 4 and, from there, picked up and put down countless other instruments including guitar, ukulele and mandolin. Earlier this year, Charlotte had the honor of touring the country singing and playing alongside folk legend Peter Yarrow in Lonesome Traveler – she is so excited to get back on the road later this month! Most recently, she took the stage as Reza in Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s Once. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. www.charlotteamorris.com

MARCIA SAUNDERS

(Actor in Behold Her)

has been an Acting Company Member at The People's Light and Theater since 1976.  She's received multiple Barrymore nominations and was the recipient of a Barrymore Award for Claire in A DELICATE BALANCE. With People's Light & Theater she has appeared in over 90 plays most recently this season in MORNINGS AT SEVEN and ROMEO & JULIET, A REQUIEM. She is also no stranger to Philadelphia theater appearing at The Arden, The Wilma, Walnut Street Theater, Lantern Theater, and Simpatico. Off Broadway credits include: Atlantic Theater Company's production of THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW directed by Jackson Gay. She is delighted to be a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in Arden Kass's play. Many thanks Arden and Michaela!!

YOSHI NOMURA (Set / Lighting Designer for Behold Her)

 is a Philadelphia-based Theater artist specializing scenic design. Yoshi’s work for Dance and Theater has been seen at institutions such as New Ohio Theater, Philadelphia Asian Performing Artist, Power Street Theater, Swarthmore College. Yoshi’s practice also includes sculpture, performance art, and visual art. Sponsored by the Hurford Center Arts and Humanities’ E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund, his installation art, DEARBED, has been produced at Haverford College. He also has participated in Co-LAB at Brown University and created performance art pieces with other student-artists and the resident artists from across the world. He has received fellowship from Kuma Foundation in Japan. For more information about his design work go to yoshinomura.com.

JOSIE ROSS

(Actor in Behold Her)

is ecstatic to be making her Half Key Theatre Company debut. Originally from Minnesota, she arrived in Philadelphia to study Theater at Swarthmore College. In Minneapolis, Josie participated in the Fringe Festival with Perspectives Theatre Company. Other Minnesota theatre credits include Mixed Precipitation Picnic Operetta, the Minnesota Opera, the Children's Theatre Company, Other Tiger Productions, the Jungle Theater, and Stages Theatre Company. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Performance award from the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Josie was also named the sole recipient of the Heart of the Arts award from National Federation for High School Associations in 2017.