Elise Marie Hodge
Elise Marie Hodge is the owner of EMH Productions, a company dedicated to putting time and energy into community theatre for those wishing to pursue acting or have a creative outlet. EMH holds casting director workshops and facilitates networking opportunities for writers, directors, and producers of theatre, TV, and film. Hodge has produced, directed, acted and written for the stage, TV, and film, splitting her time equally between Los Angeles and Sacramento and receiving awards along the way for her efforts. She has been a member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company in LA for the last ten years. She is happy to be part of this event!
Jim Lane got his BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento in 1977. He has been acting and directing for over 50 years in Sacramento theaters—and in Southern California, where he earned an MA (also in Theatre) from CSU Long Beach. Lane has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and at Sacramento’s Music Circus, among many others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Philip Marlowe in The Little Sister, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Henry in Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Lane’s screen appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Bird and Wisdom with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore. Jim is also a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome.
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Dr. Andy Jones will read “Queen of England” by Becky Mandelbaum. Jones is a poet, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host, and public speaker. He has taught writing and literature classes at the University of California, Davis since 1990, and since 2000 has hosted “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on radio station KDVS. The Poet Laureate of Davis, Jones coordinates and hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. Combining poetry, painting, audience participation and song, his experimental play, Ephemera, premiered in December 2002.
As an actor, Jones has performed in television commercials, in a made-for-TV film that aired on PBS, and in films directed by his Technocultural Studies students. In recent years he has appeared on local television to discuss Maya Angelou, social media, teaching with iPads, and public poetry. He has told stories on the BBC World Service, and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Growing up in a theatre family, he is the son of the late UNLV playwriting and directing professor Davey Marlin-Jones, winner of the Margo Jones Award for the Advancement of American Theatre.
Joyful Simpson will read “The Armadillo” by Lissa Miller. Simpson is an actress, writer, and creativity educator. As an artist, she combines physical theater, storytelling, and stand-up comedy to devise unique solo performances. As an educator, she leads invigorating improvisation and storytelling workshops for non-actors. Born into an entertainment family, she has been performing professionally since childhood. She studied theater and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. She spent five years as a member of the improv cabaret troupe Rococo Risqué, which was awarded Best Theater Ensemble by SF Weekly. In addition to her solo and collaborative work, Simpson has appeared as an actor in a diverse range of projects, including Odyssey Works, an immersive theater project; The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith; and Spring Awakening with Stafford Arima. Her essay “The Procedure” was recently published in Whore Magazine, and she just completed a successful run of her most recent solo project, Tales of a Sexual Tomboy.
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