Featured Authors & Actors 5/12/18

Please note: our May event will take place on campus at UC Davis, Voorhies Hall, Room 126. Voorhies is located on A Street between 1st and 2nd.

Jeanne-PanfelyJeanne Panfely is the winner of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “The Payphone.” Panfely is a fiction writer from Marin County, California, and a second-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. She has been previously published in Litro Magazine and was the recipient of the Walter and Nancy Kidd Prize.


Mackenzie NordahlMackenzie Nordahl is the runner-up of the 5th Annual Stories on Stage Davis/UC Davis Fiction Contest for her story “Lucky.” Nordahl is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Davis. When she’s not stressing about graduating, she’s either playing tennis or trying out a new hobby. She is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Spanish.  She aspires to pursue a career in education and is currently working as a pedagogy intern for the Play the Knave project, which has developed a video game about Shakespeare. She also works as a supervisor in a local pizza parlor. Nordahl is from Turlock, California.


Veronica JarboeVeronica Jarboe  will read “The Payphone” by Jeanne Panfely. Veronica has been performing on stage most of her life. Her favorite roles include Antonio in Twelfth Night (London Academy of Music and Dramatic), Nina inThe Seagull (Art Theater of Davis), and Faye in Just Say Yes (Theatre in the Heights). Other credits include My Fair Lady, Macbeth, andMidsummer Night’s Dream.


Kellie RainesKellie Raines will read “Lucky” by Mackenzie Nordahl. Kellie is a local actor, director, playwright, and visual artist. She is an Associate Artist with KOLT Run Creations, for which she directed The Adoration of Dora. Her KOLT performance credits include Escape from Happiness, Vinegar Tom, Antigone, and My Own Stranger. Other notable performances include Motherf**ker With The Hat and The Underpants (Big Idea Theatre), Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth (Theater Galatea), and God’s Earand Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Resurrection Theatre). Raines has a bachelor’s degree in dramatic art from the University of California, Davis. She can also be seen on-air for KVIE Public Television. Her first gallery show opens June 2018 at Archival Gallery  in Sacramento and will feature her fat, colorful bird paintings.

Featured Authors & Actors 4/14/18

Josh WeilJosh Weil is the author of three books of fiction: the novel The Great Glass Sea; the novella collection The New Valley; and The Age of Perpetual Light, stories. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Foundation “5-under-35” honoree, he has been awarded The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ First Fiction Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and a Pushcart. He lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.

Michele MooreMichele Moore’s debut novel, The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston, has won the 2016 Langum Trust Prize for Best American Historical Fiction as well as the 2016 Foreword Indies Review Gold Medal for Best Historical Fiction. Moore also wrote “Sound of the Cigar Factory,” a performance piece based on part of the novel, which was performed at the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.  She has recently completed a script adapting the full novel for the stage. A 2006 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Literature, Moore has served as a fellow in the English Department at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.

Alana Mathews ArcurioAlana Mathews Arcurio is excited to return to Stories on Stage Davis to read an excerpt from Michele Moore’s The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston.  She previously read excerpts from Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile and a creative writing piece by Jacinda Townsend.  In addition to performing for Stories on Stage -Sacramento, Alana was cast as Martha for the staged reading of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Sacramento Theatre Company.   She appeared in several productions with Celebration Arts and received an Elly nomination for Best Lead Actress for her role of Marta in Sorrows and Rejoicings by Athol Fugard.   Alana most enjoys the role of mom to her three children Caleb, Jordan, and Josiah when they are home from college.

Jim LaneJim Lane will read an excerpt from Josh Weil’s collection The Age of Perpetual Light. 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. Lane is also a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome (jimlanescinedrome.blogspot.com).

Featured Authors & Actors 3/10/18

Join us for a special evening of creative nonfiction.

Janine KovacJanine Kovac is a former professional ballet dancer and software engineer. In 2017, with Tarja Parssinen, she co-founded Moxie Road Productions, a consulting firm that helps women bring their ideas into the world. Kovac is also a talent wrangler for Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival. She is the author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, which was a semi-finalist for Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize. In 2016 Kovac was awarded the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook in addition to the gift of residency. She lives in Oakland, California, with her family.

Fátima PolicarpoFátima Policarpo is a Portuguese-American writer. Her fiction has been featured by Ninth Letter, and her work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Luso-American Foundation. She holds an MA from New York University, where she studied literary responses to violence. She lives in Northern California with her family.

Katherine MillerKatherine Miller will read an excerpt from Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home by Janine Kovac. Miller is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and began her professional theater career performing in regional theaters of Northern California. A former member of the Sacramento Theatre Company, her credits there include Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Vicky/Brooke in Noises Off, The Goddess Parvati in Arranged Marriage, Ifigenia in Electricidad, and Padma in Queen of the Remote Control. As a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, her credits abroad include the role of Tecmessa in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Ajax in Afghanistan and Artemis in Valina Hasu Houston’s The Intuition of Iphigenia; both productions were world premieres performed in Greece in 2012. Other favorite shows include Fat Pig, Much Ado About Nothing (Capital Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and Othello (Sacramento Shakespeare Festival). Miller also has local and national commercial credits, such as the currently-running commercial introducing Guy Fieri’s new season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Allyson FinnAllyson Finn will read “Speak, Body” by Fátima Policarpo. Finn is a local actress and singer. She has recently appeared in short films from the Art Institute of Sacramento and as an elf in Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train. She has read twice for Stories on Stage Sacramento, most recently to open their 2018 season. She will appear later this month in EMH Productions’ Sacramento premiere of Fragile Things. When not stepping into the spotlight, Finn consults and coaches business clients through her home-based business, Business Mastery by Finn.