Fractal Theatre Collective was conceived by a group of American University theatre students in 2017, and realized in April 2018. After a successful first production in the summer of 2018, Shakespeare is a White Supremacist, Fractal officially incorporated as an organization on August 15, 2018. Fractal Theatre Collective received 501c3 nonprofit status in June, 2019.
BEHIND THE NAME
Fractal is a word used to describe seemingly random, but beautiful, phenomena in nature such as crystal growth and galaxy formation. Similarly, Fractal Theatre Collective’s mission is to bring together artists of all backgrounds to create poignant, questioning, and groundbreaking theatre art, and do so in wholly unexpected ways.
Andrew Watring is a director, playwright, and theatre-creator from sweet home Huntsville, Alabama. Currently based in D.C, Andrew works as an activist, artist, and academic, focused on the questions and implications of race, domestic violence, gender, and power. For Andrew, authentic creation and intimate process are at the forefront of the craft. Andrew is a recent graduate from American University and will be attending Brown University for an MFA in Directing in 2020. Recent and upcoming directing credits: Shakespeare is a White Supremacist, The Crucible, Hamletmachine, Untitled Horror Project, and Company.
Ayla Taffel is a designer, director, and actor with an interest in business development. She studies Theatre Performance at American University, and has worked on a variety of productions as an actor, director, and designer since her time at AU. Ayla is passionate about Theatre for Young Audiences, movement-based performance, and bringing queer narratives to her work. Ayla recently appeared as Reverend Hale in American University’s production of The Crucible and directed the Rude Mechanicals’ production of Ghost Sonata.
PAOLA VANESSA LOSADA
Paola Vanessa Losada is a recent graduate of James Madison University. She is a fight choreographer, director and stage manager. Vanessa is the Production Manager of Fractal Theatre Collective, and will co-direct the upcoming workshop of Between Us.
HANNAH RUTH WELLONS
Associate Artistic Director
in charge of Personnel
Hannah Ruth Wellons is a current MFA Creative Writing: Playwriting student at American University, where she also earned her undergraduate degrees in music and theatre. Hannah Ruth, or HR, is from Roanoke, Virginia, and is an experienced actor, musician, director, and playwright. Now based in DC, HR works as an artist and as an academic; research interests include accessible theatre, catastrophism and brutalism, and the implications of gender and sex onstage. As a playwright and a director, she seeks out the gritty, the raw, the magical, the fantastic, and the different in the characters and worlds she finds or creates. Select directing credits: Proof, Nectarine, and Arcadia. Upcoming: writing and directing rȇverie with Fractal.
Associate Artistic Director
in charge of Community Engagement
Katie Ciszek is a director and dramaturg from Richmond, Virginia, who graduated from James Madison University in 2018, where she studied theatre, media arts & design, and creative writing. She was the 2018/2019 Dramaturgy Apprentice at Olney Theatre Center, where she served as Dramaturg on many shows including Labour of Love, Once, and Mary Stuart. As a dramaturg, she has also worked with Adventure Theatre MTC and Barrington Stage Company. She has worked as a Director or Assistant Director at the Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Catholic University, and James Madison University. She is currently the Directing Assistant for Silent Sky at Ford’s Theater.
Zoe Wampler is a DC based mover, maker, and molder (teacher) with a B.F.A. in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is constantly exploring different ways of creating and viewing dance, including video choreography, movement photography, and virtual reality experiences. Through all of these formats, Zoe seeks to provide immersive and empathetic experiences for viewers of all backgrounds while fostering a spirit of research and collaboration in her creative processes. Her work has been presented at venues such as the ACDA Mid-Atlantic South Conference Gala Concert (Raleigh, NC ), Hind Gallery (Richmond, VA), Ascending Choreographers Showcase (Edgewood, MD), Koresh Artist Showcase (Philadelphia, PA), and Dusklit Interactive Art Festival (Sugarloaf, NY).
ELIZABETH HALEY MORTON
Elizabeth Haley Morton is an interdisciplinary theatre artist based in DC. She is an experienced producer, designer, performer, and administrator. Her current main areas of interest are marketing/multimedia and costume design. For the 2018-2019 season, Elizabeth worked at Olney Theatre Center as a Costumes Apprentice, where she worked in costume construction and wardrobe crew on all shows including Labour of Love, Elf, Oil, and Mary Stuart, and Assistant Costume Designed A Comedy of Tenors. Recent costume design credits include Othello for Taffety Punk Theatre Company and Fractal’s own Untitled Horror Project. She currently works at Studio Theatre as their Marketing Multimedia Apprentice.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RAFAEL ALEJANDRO CESTERO
Rafael Cestero is double majoring in international studies and music. Rafael has been classically training as a singer since the 5th grade, and is now utilizing that classical and opera training in the AU Chamber Singers. Through his International Politics interests, he joined the staff for the Model G20 Initiative, and interned across DC, including the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama. In fact, his focus on cultural diplomacy demonstrates that his twin passions, music and international affairs, aren’t mutually exclusive.”