Playbill: Uncommon Voices, March 2, 2020

En Garde Arts presents

SOLDIERGIRLS

written & directed by Em Weinstein
Composer & Pianist: Emily Johnson-Erday
Dramaturg: Rebecca Adelsheim

Featuring:
Danielle Chaves: Marvyl
Anna Crivelli: Esther
Sarah Franco: Percussionist 
Kierna Conner: Violinist 
Erin Krebs: Stage Directions

Artist Bios

Em Weinstein

Em Weinstein (Writer/Director)

Em Weinstein is a writer and director for stage and screen. Weinstein’s award- winning short film CANDACE played at festivals worldwide including Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, Montclair Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. While getting their MFA at Yale School of Drama, Weinstein directed numerous plays such as the first workshop production of “Slave Play” by Jeremy O. Harris. Weinstein has written, directed and developed work with companies such as Rattlestick Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Two River Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Working Theater, New Georges and the Museum of Ice Cream. Weinstein is currently an Artistic Fellow at Rattlestick Theater and part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Class of 2021. Weinstein identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. www.emweinstein.com.

Emily Johnson-Erday

Emily Johnson-Erday (Composer and Pianist)

Emily Johnson-Erday is a composer whose work is informed by the Appalachian music tradition. Past credits include the score of Welcome to the Doll Den and the music and lyrics of Harpies for the Dead, as well as the music in the short films “The Tip” and “Plucked”. Her songs were winners of the Winfield Festival’s songwriting competitions in 2018 and 2019, and she is a 2020 Wildacres Resident Artist. Soundcloud.com/emilyjohnsonerday. 

Rebecca Adelsheim

Rebeca Adelsheim (Dramaturg)

Rebecca Adelsheim is a dramaturg, researcher, and producer. Recent work includes new play dramaturgy for soldiergirls by Em Weinstein, the world premiere production of The Displaced by Isaac Gomez at Haven Theater in Chicago, Pivot by Alex Lubischer in the Yale Carlotta Festival of New Plays, and Wolf Play by Hansol Jung at the Victory Gardens Theater Ignition Festival of New Plays. Rebecca recently served as the Line Producer for Barrington Stage Company and the Dramaturgy Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage. Rebecca has dramaturged and produced for companies including Writers Theater, Steppenwolf Theater Company, the Goodman Theater, American Theater Company, Philadelphia Theater, Steep Theater, and The Hypocrites, among others. B.A.: University of Pennsylvania, M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama ’21. 

Danielle Chaves

Danielle Chaves (Marvyl)

Danielle is an actor-singer originally from the west coast. After studying and working professionally in Oregon, Danielle received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 2019. With NYC as her new home Danielle is so excited to work again with her esteemed friend and colleague, Em Weinstein. And to be making her debut at En Garde Arts. ¡Pura Vida!

Anna Crivelli

Anna Crivelli  (Esther)

Anna Crivelli  is a San Francisco Bay Area native that has appeared most recently in How To Defend Yourself as a Co-Pro with Victory Gardens in Chicago and as a part of the 43rd Humana Festival of New Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.  Her other Regional Theatre credits include Private Lives at Dorset Theatre Festival, Once Five Years Pass and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Appropriate at Westport Country Playhouse; Steel Magnolias at Geva Theatre Center. Off-Broadway: A Doll’s House Part 3 as a part of the Exponential Festival, Drink with Death at La Mama.Film:Playing with Matches, Now You Know .Anna received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and her B.A. from Fordham University Lincoln Center. 

Kierna Conner

Kierna Conner (Violinist) 

Kierna Conner (Violinist) is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, where she received her BFA in musical theatre in 2016. Some of Kierna’s favorite credits include The Trial of Mrs. Surratt (Confederate Violinist), Ami and Tami (Tami, Violinist), Othello (Desdemona) and Encore! (Natl. tour, Narrator). Kierna is a multi-disciplinary artist and also works as a writer, director, voiceover artist and children’s teacher. Kierna lives in Harlem with her partner Chris and their fur-baby, Mochi. www.kiernaconner.com 

Sarah Franco

Sarah Franco (Percussionist) 

Sarah Franco (Drums/Percussion) is proud to be native New Yorker, a queer actor-musician, and a loyal cadet to Emily Johnson-Erday and Soldiergirls. Previous percussion credits include The Trial of Mrs. Surratt (Lil’ Confederate Drummer Boy), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Lolly/percussion), and Mother Hicks (Izzy Ricks/percussion). She is also working on a new web series, Jade & Jaded (IG: @JadeandJaded), and is on the writing staff of the upcoming sketch show H.E.E.L.S 2.0 with Sketchworks Atlanta. She/Her. www.sarahfranconyc.com,  IG: @sarahfranconyc.

Erin Krebs

Erin Krebs (Stage Directions & Workshop Producer)

Erin Krebs is a director, performer, producer, and producer. She cultivates new music-theatre, plays, and translations. She is a Yale graduate (History/Theater Studies), a former Directing Fellow at Barrington Stage Company, and a former Directing Apprentice with CRY HAVOC. At Yale, Erin produced the Yale Playwrights Festival and served as the assistant producer for the 2017 season of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. She was the Assistant Producer of Heartbeat Opera’s HOT MAMA. Erin currently assists Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer Catherine Schreiber (upcoming: COMPANY on Broadway). Erindaniellekrebs.com 

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