We are members of the Tucson community. Many of us are involved in theatre on and off the stage and are passionate about seeing quality theatre productions get the reviews they deserve.
Annie Sadovsky Koepf is a model, actor, singer, and teacher. She and her rescue pug/chihuahua, Belli-girl, call Green Valley home. After a life time performing in front of small children for 6 hours a day, she ventured into acting on theater stages 2 years ago. With degrees in Art and Education, she thought her retirement years would be spent painting, but art is art. Making theater accessible, especially to children is a passion of hers. Additionally, seeing more mature actors on stage compels her to be a part of local community theater. Character roles are fascinating for her, and she has enjoyed playing a psychic, the devil, one of Joseph’s brothers, and Mrs. Cratchit. She is honored to be a part of Taming of the Review.
Betsy Labiner is a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Arizona; her dissertation focuses on English drama from the 16th and 17th centuries. Betsy earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and continues that twinned focus on literature and history in her doctoral work. Along with her academic work in drama and the arts, Betsy works in the box offices of The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre and Artifact Dance Project.
Bryn Booth is an actor, dancer, singer, and writer. Bryn graduated in May 2016 from the University of Arizona BFA Actor Training Program where she was a member of the program’s repertory theatre. She is currently a resident actor with the ensemble at the Rogue Theatre. Writing has always been a passion for Bryn. In 2015, she was a finalist in the National Undergraduate Research Symposium with an essay regarding the complexities of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. She is excited to be writing again and bring more light to the theatre of Tucson.
Chelsey Wade is a writer who enjoys writing about places both around the globe and close to home. She continues to discover Tucson’s theater and arts scene, and is especially interested in theater that has elements of the surreal. Chelsey studied Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where she has gone on to write short stories, news copy for TV and print, and blog articles about food and travel. She currently works in the patron services department at Arizona Theatre Company.
China Young is a theatre artist who performs, creates, directs, designs, teaches, and produces. She earned her BFA in Acting at Texas Tech University and her MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. By day she serves as the Executive Assistant at Arizona Theatre Company; the rest of her time is spent collaborating with numerouslocal organizations including Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, Arizona Repertory Singers, and Scoundrel and Scamp. Recent projects include HARK!, a community devised performance produced by Taproots Productions and the YWCA exploring the divisive political nature of of the Tucson community while encouraging us to spend more time listening to each other with open hearts than fighting with closed fists; and her self-produced one-woman Fringe show, White-ish: A Memoir, earning the “Most Subversive” award at the 2018 Boulder Fringe Festival. China is thrilled to be a part of this movement of powerful, intelligent women taking on the dismantling of the patriarchy… one review at a time.
Chloe Loos is a dramaturg, director, playwright, designer, and facilitator who is passionate about new play development, audience inclusiveness, and accessibility. She is interested in work that tells the story of its specific community, theatre with non-theatre people, theatre in non-traditional spaces, and the politics of performance. For more information on upcoming projects, please see chloeloos.com.
Emily Lyons holds a PhD in English from the University of Arizona and is a lecturer in UA’s School of Information. A classically trained soprano with a BA in music from Northern Arizona University, Emily dabbled in music theater and opera performance in high school and college, appearing in productions with Flagstaff Light Opera Company and NAU Opera. In Tucson, Emily has been actively involved in choral music, singing with Arizona Repertory Singers, Helios Ensemble, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In addition, she is Co-Director of the chamber ensemble Camerata Sonora. Emily is a long-standing fan of Tucson performing arts, and has done part-time and volunteer work for Artifact Dance Company and Scoundrel and Scamp Theater. She is excited to join the talented community of artists and writers behind Taming of the Review.
Felíz Torralba is a xicana feminista-artivist born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. For the past 6 years, Felíz has been working primarily as an actress with Borderlands Theatre Company, The Community Players, and The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. She has been involved in the production of theatre and educational programs that reflect the diverse voices of the U.S./Mexico border region. Felíz would like to use her training and artistic experiences to tell the stories of women. Especially women of color. In her free time, she records music and makes youtube videos. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Tucson theatre community, but she is often disappointed with the reviews on projects her and her fellow actresses have worked tirelessly to present. With Taming of the Review she would like to break the cycle of toxic masculinity in the theatre community and give women of color the reviews they deserve.
Gabriella De Brequet was born and raised in Tucson Arizona and has been working professionally as an actress and designer in Tucson since 2013. She has primarily worked with The Rogue Theatre and The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre. Some of her favorite roles that she has had the opportunity to play are Thomasina in Arcadia, Salomé in Salomé, The Red Head in The Love Talker, Tanya in Jerusalem, Jenny in Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play, and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. In January 2019 she will debut her original work Isle of She during the Tucson Fringe Festival. Gabriella spends most of her free time with her partner and their two dogs at their home in West University. She also enjoys reading tarot cards, gardening, cooking up new vegetarian recipes, and watching The Office.
Gretchen Wirges has been producing, acting, directing and writing for Tucson stages for nearly ten years. As a playwright, her works have been featured in local festivals and theaters. Several of her plays are in the works to be produced as full productions for future seasons. Gretchen’s roots are based in traditional theater. She has acted and directed for many of the theaters here and Tucson and is looking forward to a busy upcoming season filled with exciting acting and directing opportunities. Gretchen is also an accomplished improv teacher and performer. She spent 4 years on stage with Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed and now performs around the country with her long-form improv duo Ex-Boyfriend. She holds an MA in English Literature and Education, and an undergraduate degree in Journalism. Gretchen is a proud member of the Tucson Fringe Festival advisory board.
Holly Griffith is a member of the Resident Acting Ensemble at The Rogue Theatre and an English Composition teacher. She has appeared in numerous productions at The Rogue, including MacBeth, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America, and Hamlet. Holly also co-produces the Ambruster Play-Reading series at The Rogue, and dabbles in playwriting and adaptation. Holly has trained in ballet, tap, and jazz dance, and maintains an interest in movement-based performance. Holly holds an MA in English Literature from The University of Arizona.
Jess Herrera is a relatively recent Tucson transplant but has become a bonafide desert rat. She grew up in the theatre, making her debut as an Appleseed in Johnny Appleseed at four. She performed in numerous productions with the Johns Hopkins University Barnstormers before shifting her focus to writing and editing. She now writes professionally and is excited to combine her passion for theatre and writing to help hold space for the diverse talent in Tucson.
Leigh Moyer is a theatre enthusiast and writer. She has been on crew with local theatres since she was a child and is the resident house manager at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre. Outside the theatre, she works in communications and is an avid hobby writer. In 2011, she won the first place prize in prose from SandScript, Pima Community College’s literary magazine. She is delighted to be working on this project and bringing new voices and points of view to theatre reviews. She’d like to see more theatre with dogs. Specifically, her dog. If you feel so inclined, you can read her resume at leighmoyer.com.
Lena Quach is a Tucson-based professional dancer and actress. She started her training with Mary Beth Cabana at Ballet Tucson and then continued her training at The Alvin Ailey School in New York City. Lena has performed in several shows and performances including. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Ensemble/Swing). Ballet: The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy), The Little Mermaid (Mermaid). Tucson: The Fantasticks (The Mute) and Mama Mia! (Ensemble). Lena has been very fortunate to also work with the Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstiens’ Cinderella Gypsy of the Year performance for Broadway Cares Equity Fights against Aids. She was also very fortunate to have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with Burklyn Ballet Theater. Lena has been recently nominated for a MAC award for her performance asThe Mute in Winding Road Theater Ensemble’s production of The Fantasticks. Lena has also worked with master teachers from;The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The Royal Ballet. When Lena is not performing, dancing, or reviewing shows she can be found at Disneyland with her husband Josh and daughter Evangeline or teaching ballet at BreakOut Studios.
Leticia Gonzalez was born in Tucson, raised in Yuma, and is back in Tucson for funsies. She feels much gratitude to be able to do what she loves most: anything and everything theatre! Her main focus is being part of works that promote community, healing, and inspire love and growth. Leticia has worked with multiple Tucson theatres including Borderlands Theater, The Community Players, Musical Mayhem, SHEworXX, Pima Community College, and Something Something Theatre. She was awarded the stART Grant for her play Por mi Matria in March 2017. In addition she taught a high school theatre class for the ’17-’18 school year at a private high school. Currently she is working on bringing Por mi Matria to fruition and is developing another play with a colleague.
Marguerite Saxton is a Tucson-based writer, poet, playwright, artist, theatre tech, stage manager, and director. She began her love affair with live performance in her youth as an actor in Washington D.C. then increasingly became intrigued in the tech world – migrating to the West Coast where she studied creative writing, trained with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performed with a traveling circus, and taught movement classes to children. Though grateful for her varied experiences, Marguerite is particularly thrilled to live again in Tucson where she works on production teams within the theatrical scene. She recently assistant-directed the 2018 All Soul’s Procession finale and has worked with organizations such as Flam Chen, Pima Community College, Borderlands Theater, and The Scoundrel & Scamp. When not behind-the-scenes, Marguerite can be found dancing, making art, or gobbling up a new book.
Regina Ford began acting at age 5. Her mother enrolled her in a community theatre group to curb her addiction of watching the Mickey Mouse Club on TV every night while singing and dancing along with the Musketeers. During her father’s military career and her family’s many transfers with his job, she had the opportunity to act in dozens of productions. Her fondest memory was being cast in musicals with members of the US Navy and Army Bands playing the scores. Regina minored in theatre arts at Indiana University. She continued acting in London, England where she lived for 14 years, sharing a flat for five years with drama students at London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama who helped hone her skills through osmosis. She spent three years in New York where she immersed herself in acting in off-off-off- Broadway productions. Moving to Arizona in 1993, she began acting and directing in Tubac, Green Valley, and Tucson. She founded a reader’s theatre group in Green Valley and worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist for 20 years until retiring in 2016. Regina is a board member of the Santa Cruz Shoestring Players at the Community Performance and Art Center in Green Valley and has acted and directed there for the past 10 years. She is the Artistic Director for the Green Valley Recreation Strolling Valley Players. Keeping the performing arts alive and accessible to more people is a dream. Encouraging audiences to attend a good production with a thoughtful and honest review is such joy.
There are many women working to make Taming of the Review possible. Though not everyone is pictured, this passion project wouldn’t be possible without them. Special thanks to Kara Clauser and Shannon Elias.