Rhonda Cochran is excited to be a part of her first play with Deaf Spotlight. An avid theater lover/goer, Rhonda also has enjoyed behind the scene work as a ASL Coach and Interpreter for local theaters. Outside of the theater, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family and is the mother of Theresa and grandma to 2 beautiful girls.
Kalen is a Washington native and excited to be returning to Seattle! She toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf and has trained with the American Conservatory Theatre, Deaf West Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has appeared on Cold Case and Switched at Birth. In addition, Kalen is a screenwriter and has produced several short films.
Amelia Hensley has enjoyed theatre her whole life, and her expressiveness landed her the lead role in in her first professional production Children of a Lesser God with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Since then, Hensley has performed with the Theatre Arts Department at Gallaudet University, Capital Fringe, Faction of Fools, Studio Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. Her recent works include the critically acclaimed I was most alive with you, directed by Craig Lucas, and starring in the role of Thea in Deaf West Theater’s Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2015-16. She received her BA from Gallaudet University in theatre arts and educational drama.
Michelle Mary Schaefer
Michelle Mary Schaefer, not new to the stage, was the first Deaf Female Actor who challenged herself by portraying as Billy as a guy in Tribes by Nina Raines three times last year. Schaefer has also recently portrayed as Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God in Tampa, Florida.
Crystal L.M. Roberts
Crystal L.M. Roberts is a PNW Deaf lesbian mother of two CODAs. She is a pen for hire, political activist writer, ghost writer, poet, playwright and occasional reader at the Salon of Shame. Skin was commissioned by Deaf Spotlight to showcase what different Deaf, gender nonconforming, queer womxn look like as they go about their everyday lives. It is a tribute to the many strong, beautiful, wise friends and lovers in her life that have befriended, mentored, counseled, and gave her pints of ice cream when she needed it. Crystal now lives in the other Washington with her fiance where she will enter the MPA program at Gallaudet University.
Alexandria Wailes has over 15 years of acting/directing/ choreographing and a lifetime of dancing. She was a part of the creative team and an associate choreographer for Deaf West's Spring Awakening in LA and on Broadway.
Alex is excited to be back with Deaf Spotlight, for the first time as the Lighting Designer. Previously Alex has been part of the Stage Crew for Broken Spokes, and Stage Manager for God of Carnage. Alex is also designs lights at The Triple Door and Taproot Theatre's Acting Studio and works as a technician in a variety of other venues. When not in the theatre, Alex teaches preschool.
Kyna Grace Shilling
Set Designer/Prop Master
Kyna Grace Shilling is excited to join the Deaf Spotlight team as the Scenic Designer. Kyna currently works at Taproot Theatre Company as their Production Associate. In October she was honored to receive the Melissa Hines Backstage Award for Outstanding Theater Practitioner, at Theater of Puget Sound’s 2016 Gregory Awards. Kyna is also a freelance theater artist, working as a Stage Manager, Technical Director, Production Manager, Teacher and Designer (lights, props, sound, and scenic design) for the Seattle theater community and Seattle Public Schools.