Turron Kofi Alleyne, has worked with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed A-List directors, producers, and actors such as: Spike Lee, Jonathan Nolan, Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana, Michael B. Jordan, Lawrence Fishburne, and others. He’s been featured in Independent Films that have premiered at various prestigious Film Festivals which include: Sundance, Tribeca, ABFF, LA Film Festival, Vails Film Festival and more. He’s currently featured as a Recurring Guest Star in the new ABC hit series “FOR LIFE” as Officer Calvin Newcombe. Mr. Alleyne is also a Writer, Director and Producer for the screen; as well as the stage.
Turron Kofi Alleyne
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jenny Lyn Bader is thrilled to be back at Luna Stage, which premiered her drama Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library. Her other plays include In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions) and None of the Above (New Georges). One-acts include Worldness (Humana Festival) and Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/”Best of Fringe” selection). Honors include the 2019 “Best Documentary One-Woman Show” Award (United Solo Festival); 2019 Athena Writes Fellowship; and Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center). For This Is Not a Theatre Co, she co-authored Café Play and Play in Your Bathtub and wrote The International Local (Subway Plays app). For more, visit www.jennylynbader.com.
Rajesh is an actor based in New York City -- regional and Off-Broadway favorites include: The Crucible (Bedlam), Henry VI (NAATCO), Pygmalion (Bedlam Theatre), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Oslo (St. Louis Rep), Mary Stuart (Folger Theatre), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Disgraced (Playmakers Rep, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre – Connecticut Critics Circle Award, IRNE Nomination), The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford TheaterWorks). Film & Television: “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, "Elementary", “Damages”, "Nurse Jackie", "Madame Secretary", "The Good Wife", "Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds", the series finale of "The Sopranos", and the Acadamy Award nominated film Frozen River.
Rachel Shapiro Cooper
Rachel Shapiro Cooper attended the High School of Performing Arts and Music and Art and then received her BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama which included study at the Moscow Art Theatre school (MXAT). She is a proud member of SAG, AEA and AFTRA- Rachel has worked as an actress and director in theatre and television. As a casting associate she worked on Broadway shows such as Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and City Center Encores. Through her graduate work at New York University, Rachel earned her MA in Educational Theatre. As an arts educator Rachel has worked from 2009-2017 developing curriculum and facilitating instruction in networks including North Star Academy and KIPP:NJ where she was the Department Chair for the Arts and the founding teacher at BOLD Academy. Most recently, Rachel joined the faculty at Newark Academy in 2017 as the Director of Theatre. Rachel is an artistic consultant for institutions such as Music theatre Philly, and most recently for Luna Stage and is thrilled to be working on Voting Writes with such a talented group of artists and activists.
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin is a queer mixed Asian American writer, producer, and performer. Kaela’s a founding member of Undiscovered Countries, a Brooklyn-based incubator of new and developing interdisciplinary art. Kaela is a 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, a 2021 Alliance Theater/Kendeda Playwriting Award finalist, and the recipient of six Kennedy Center playwriting awards, including the Mark Twain Comic Playwriting Award and two Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Awards. Kaela’s plays have been developed with Montana Repertory Theater and Indiana University, and produced in New York at venues like Dixon Place, the New Ohio, and Ars Nova. MFA, Indiana University; BFA, NYU | @kaemeishing on IG, Twitter
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin
Jessica Brater is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the BA and MA in Theatre Studies at Montclair State University, where she teaches theater for social change. With playwright and performer Sarah Badiyah Sakaan she created Anna Asli Suriyah (I come from Syria) about the experience of wartime Syrian diaspora and The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray, which explores Islam and feminism, both in partnership with the Arab American Association of New York with supported from the Brooklyn Arts Council. Brater was happy to direct in Luna’s 2019 short play festival and is glad to be back.
Alexander Oleksy is an NYC based director and teaching artist originally from The Woodlands, TX. He has a strong background in directing, production, and applied theatre, and possesses a passion for creating challenging art, especially for young audiences. Currently studying Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt, his goal is to help new audiences fall in love with exciting and accessible theatre like he did in middle and high school. Selected directing credits include: Seussical the Musical (Lamplighters NYU), Friendsgiving (Uproar Theatre Corps), and How to Own a Gun in America (College Park Theatre).
Maggie Borgen is a senior at Montclair High School. She is the Founder and Director of In Harmony Montclair, a nonprofit run by teens that raises money for local charities through benefit concerts and other events. In 2018, Maggie directed, wrote for, and acted in Code Red, a series of short plays at Luna Stage about school shootings as well as for Not Just Another Statistic, short plays about gun violence staged at Theatre 167 in NYC. Maggie is President of the MHS Democrats Club. This past spring, Maggie coordinated and edited the MHS Democrats’ Youth & Politics video series about Montclair’s municipal election. In Harmony Montclair: inharmonymontclair.org
Jim Knable’s plays have been produced (MCC Theater) and published (Samuel French), articles and reviews published (The Brooklyn Rail), and songs regularly featured across media platforms (Unorthodox Podcast). Since 2002, he has performed his songs with The Randy Bandits. His first album Miles, and The Randy Bandits albums Redbeard, Golden Arrow and Green Man are widely available. Jim Knable & The Randy Bandits' new album, Blue Reunion, will be released in the fall of 2020. Also a teacher, Jim’s online Gilder Lehrman History School course "American History through Song" ran in the summer of 2020. jimknable.com for more details.