Featured Actors 2/8/14

Shelly Gilbride

Shelly Gilbride

Shelly Gilbride will read “A Matter of Time” from Kate Milliken’s collection, If I’d Known You Were Coming. Gilbride received her Ph.D in Performance Studies from UC Davis in 2009, specializing in arts policy and contemporary dance history. She is an independent arts consultant, researcher, and producer working with organizations like the James Irvine Foundation and the Davis Art Center. She is the founder of PDA: Public Dance Acts, a series of local, public dance events, and has worked in the Development departments of various arts organizations in Philadelphia, New York City, and Northern California. Gilbride also dances with the Linda Bair Dance Company and A Mused Collective. Long ago, she fancied herself an actress and was a recipient of the Haas Acting Fellowship at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, where she performed in a four-person touring theatre troupe, directed, and taught theatre to children in the United States and Bermuda. She performed in numerous regional theatre productions, including I Am a Camera, West Side Story, Cabaret, Music Man, and Carnival, and has taught dance to performers of all ages and experience levels.

Analise Langford-Clark

Analise Langford-Clark

Analise Langford-Clark will read “Learning to Swim” by Alexa Mergen. She has been involved in community theatre in the Sacramento Area for the last 19 years. Some of her favorite roles include Janet van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone (which she will reprise this summer at the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival), Marga in Echoes in the Heart, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has worked for the Sacramento Kings for the last 12 years—Go Kings! She is also a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and helps to raise money for the hospital where she was lucky enough to be treated, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Featured Writers 2/8/14

Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken

Kate Milliken’s stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Fiction, New Orleans Review, and Santa Monica Review, among others. A graduate of the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, and several Pushcart Prize nominations, she has also written for television and commercial advertising.

Her debut collection of stories, If I’d Known You Were Coming, published by the University of Iowa Press, was chosen for the 2013 John Simmons Short Fiction Award by author Julie Orringer. Milliken is currently working on a screenplay based on her short story, “Mad River,” as well as completing her novel, Kept Animals, the first chapter of which was named runner-up for the 2013 Dana Award. Kate teaches on behalf of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Alexa Mergen

Alexa Mergen

Alexa Mergen’s stories appear most recently in Wilderness House Literary Review, Foliate Oak, and Go Read Your Lunch. She writes poetry and essays as well. Visit alexamergen.com for a list of published work. Alexa edits the blogs Yoga Stanza and Day Poems and volunteers as an assistant fiction editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Featured Actors 1/11/14

Andy Jones

Dr. Andy Jones

Dr. Andy Jones will read a selection from Anthony Marra’s novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Jones is a poet, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host, quizmaster, arts activist, 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. He also coordinates and hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. Combining poetry, painting, audience participation and song, Jones’ 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. 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.

Gia Battista

Gia Battista

Gia Battista will read Maria Kuznetsova’s “The Foreigner.” Battista is a founding Artistic Director of Davis Shakespeare Ensemble as well as a playwright, director, and actor. Original plays include Sonnet Project, Relapse, and Nightingale. Acting credits include Eurydice in Relapse (DSE), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (DSE), Beloved in The Sonnet Project (DSE), Viola in Twelfth Night (DSE), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (DSE), Gallethea in Gallethea (UC Davis), Isabella in Measure for Measure (UC Davis), Perdita in A Winter’s Tale (UC Davis), and Sheila in Hair (Studio 301). Ms. Battista’s directing credits include: Nightingale, Macbeth: The Radio Play, Relapse, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, The Sonnet Project (DSE), Fuddy Meers, Macbeth (Studio 301), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (North Coast Repertory Theatre). While studying at UC Davis she taught Shakespeare to K-12 students through the Mondavi Center’s ArtsBridge Program. Ms. Battista received her BA in English and Dramatic Art from UC Davis.