HALF KEY THEATER 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.
Michaela Shuchman is a Philadelphia-raised actor, theater maker, and teaching artist. She recently graduated from Swarthmore College with highest honors in theater and education. Michaela has been seen around Philadelphia theaters at the Walnut (Peter and the Starcatcher), 11th Hour, Theatre Horizon, Inis Nua, Cape May Stage, and the Wilma. Her performance in the one-woman play Scarlet Letters in the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival was chosen as one of DC Metro's Favorite Fall 2016 performances.
Michelle Johnson is a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, with degrees in Theatre and Neuroscience. Her regional work includes roles such as Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, and Lucy in the original work Beds without Men. She has also performed in Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale with the Elm Shakespeare Co., New Haven, CT.Michelle currently works as a research specialist at a neuroscience lab at UPenn and hopes to combine the sciences and the arts to develop drama therapy methods for clinical populations.
K. Elizabeth Stevens is an Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at Swarthmore College where she has directed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Witold Gombrowicz’s Ivona Princess of Burgundia, Jonathan Franzen’s new translation of Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, Through the Leaves by Franz Xaver Kroetz and an original opera for children by Professors Thomas Whitman and Nathalie Anderson entitled The Royal Singer. Before teaching at Swarthmore, she taught at Bryn Mawr College, where she directed Three Sisters, Big Love and Antigone. Elizabeth served as the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at the Dallas Theater Center, where she taught, ran workshops, served as dramaturg and directed an acclaimed production of Margaret Edson’s W;t. Other productions include It's High Time I Said Something (Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret), My Dinner with Dito (The Bearded Ladies), Desire (Headlong Dance Theater), Impressions of Pelleas (Curtis Opera Theater), The Medium (Curtis Opera Theater), Gilgamesh: a world-premiere opera (La Mama, NYC), Baby with the Bathwater (Triad Stage, Greensboro), Dick in London, (Target Margin Theater, NYC), Whirligig, (Target Margin Theater), Loot (Actor's Express, Atlanta), Bee-luther-hatchee, (Actor’s Express), Doctor of Last Resort, (Clubbed Thumb, NYC), Prometheus Bound, (Ontological Hysteric Theater, NYC), Speak and Mascot (Workshop for Potential Movement). She has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Desta Pulley is a recent Swarthmore graduate, and has worked on costumes for Swarthmore College Theater and Dance programs and Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. She is currently working on costumes at the Arden Theatre and concert production at Swarthmore College.