Philomena Block

Featured Authors & Actors 1/13/18

Shanthi SekaranShanthi Sekaran is a writer and educator from Berkeley, California. Her recent novel,
Lucky Boy (Penguin Random House), was named an IndieNext Great Read and an Amazon Editors’ Pick. The New York Times calls it “brilliantly agonizing” and USA Today says “Lucky Boy pulses with vitality, pumped with the life breath of human sin and love.” Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Canteen Magazine, The Rumpus, and LitHub. She’s a visiting writer at St. Mary’s College of California, and has two sons.

Robert FausRobert Faus holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has had stories published in Plazm Magazine, The Evansville Review, Southern California Review, and The Southampton Review. Originally from Oregon, he currently lives in Davis, California, with his wife and son.

Philomena BlockPhilomena Block will read an excerpt from Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. Block is excited to be a part of Stories on Stage Davis, exploring themes from her Latin heritage with this piece. She is a recent Sacramento transplant from the Bay Area. She holds two BA degrees in Musical Theatre and Psychology from CSU Chico. She was most recently seen as Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Davis Shakespeare Festival). Theater credits include Agatha/ Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls (The Jewel Theatre), Collete in La Cage Aux Folles (Cabrillo Stage), Female Swing in Avenue Q (Berkeley Playhouse), Alex in On the Verge and Patsy in Spamalot (CSU Chico). When not performing, Block works as a creative teacher and marketing professional. 

Ian HoppsIan Hopps will read “Metal” by Robert Faus. Hopps is grateful to be returning to Stories on Stage Davis and, as a life-long reader, excited to give voice to the author’s work. Growing up in LA’s San Fernando Valley, he began acting and telling stories at a young age, pursuing the craft in elementary school and continuing through college at San Francisco State University. Since transplanting to the Sacramento area two years ago, he has worked with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Capital Stage. His next role is Macduff in STC’s upcoming production of Macbeth. Hopps would like to give a sincere thanks to the Davis community for showing so much support to the arts! “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”

Featured Actors 3/12/16

Eimi TaorminaEimi Taormina will read from Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen. Taormina is very excited to be doing her first reading with Stories on Stage! She usually performs in various community theaters in the Sacramento area. Some of her favorite roles include Eponine in Les Miserables, The Witch in Into the Woods, Rhoda in A New Brain, and Christmas Eve in Avenue Q. Aside from performing in musicals, Taormina graduated with a master’s degree in forensic science from UC Davis and also works full time as a chemist at the UC Davis Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. She would like to thank her loving husband, Patrick, for all his support.

 

Ian Hopps

Ian Hopps will read “Swindle” by Anita Yu. This is Hopps’ debut at Stories on Stage and, a life-long reader, he’s very excited to give voice to the author’s work. Growing up in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, Hopps began acting (and telling stories) at a young age, pursuing the craft early in elementary school and continuing through college at San Francisco State University. Recently transplanted to the Sacramento area, he now works as an associate producer for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and continues to pursue acting. His next role will be in Big Idea Theatre’s upcoming production of The Rover. Hopps would like to give a sincere thanks to the Davis community for showing so much support to the arts! “Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”