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Olivia Buntaine, Founder/Artistic Director
Olivia is a Los Angeles-based writer, theater-artist and teacher. Trained in classical theater (through the British American Drama Academy, Theatricum Botanicum and Antaeus), her passion is creating productions of Shakespeare and other classical works with the purpose of starting conversations about violence against women and other disenfranchised populations. Her original, one-woman play in verse about sexual violence in colleges (Surviving: A Love Story) received the Ruth George Poetry Prize in 2015. Olivia believes that culturally-conscious, feminist, classical theater will save the world, and says Project Nongenue was born somewhere between playing Hamlet as a 16 year old girl and Imogen with a partially shaved head.
Al Washburn, Community and Advocacy Consultant
Al is a writer, educator, and artist with a degree from Scripps College and absolutely no formal training in theater. They believe there's very little that's more powerful than marginalized people telling their truths, and for this reason they love supporting Project Nongenue in its vital work. They spend most days talking about relationships, consent, and bodily autonomy with young people. They are thrilled to be this company's "Mr. Clipboard".
Robert Arthur Angell, Theatrical Producer
Robert is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he played an executive role in cementing Brave Potato Productions as a staple of student theater at the college. In LA, he's worked with the How Love Lasts project, Shotz Los Angeles, TinyRhino, and Kore Theatre Project in technical, writing, and acting roles. Outside of theater, he loves screenwriting, especially for his animated-series-in-progress On the Sea with Aquafox. He's been making theater with Olivia since middle school, so producing for Project Nongenue feels like the continuation of a lifelong passion. Robert believes that theater is a dialog, and it's just as important to challenge and engage with classic texts as it is to appreciate them.
Kyra Morling, Manager of New Works
Kyra Morling is an actor, writer, and artist recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in theater. She’s split her time between Los Angeles and New York City working at The Hammer Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Royce Hall, Bowery Poetry Club, The Hole, and Marciano Art Foundation. As a performer, she has trained with Atlantic Theater Company, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Second City, and has been featured in both Hollywood and Edinburgh Fringe. Her heart lies with Project Nongenue, in which she has been with from the beginning!
Marie Osterman, Associate Managing Director
Marie is an LA-based actor, director, teacher, and movement artist. She recently graduated from UCLA with a B.A in Theater. Her other biggest passion (aside from Project Nongenue, of course!) is contact improvisation, which she's studied across the West coast and Europe (Freiburg, Berlin, Tbilisi, Italy) and teaches as a form of movement liberation and theatre-making to young performers. Marie found her way to PNG as Don Pedro in Much Ado, and has stayed on as an actor, director, choreographer, producer, and general enthusiastic rascal ever since!
Janelle Ketcher, Graphic Designer
Janelle Ketcher is a proud midwest human living in Los Angeles who enjoys working on projects combining creativity and human connection. As a non-profit administrator and cultural worker, she has worn many hats and brings her digital aptitude and love of organizing to develop inventive programs and organizational efficiencies. Personally and creatively, she is interested in the power of graphic information, volunteering in the community, and living a sustainable lifestyle powered by creativity. Janelle holds a BFA in Painting, Art History and Social Practice from the Kansas City Art Institute as well as a Social Emotional Arts Certificate from UCLArts & Healing.