Core Team

Sarah Shourd

Founder, Lead Organizer and Fundraiser, [Assistant] Director, Actor playing Officer Miller and survivor of solitary confinement

Sarah is an award-winning author, playwright, trauma-informed investigative journalist and a public advocate against the horrors of solitary confinement and mass incarceration. For the last two years, Sarah has been studying transformative justice and anti-racist somatics.
For more info see sarahshourd.com

Robert Connell

Co-Founder, Co-Organizer, Treasurer, Lead Driver, Covid Officer and Sound Person

Rob is a Bay Area and Toronto-based scholar-activist, educator, and organizer working at the intersections of environmental, economic, and racial justice. As an interdisciplinary social scientist trained in anthropological and historical methodologies, as well as sociological theory and African diaspora studies, Rob aims to bring the best practices of academic research into the service of marginalized communities, social movements, and the radical arts.

Arnie Fischman

Co-organizer

Arnie Fischman (pronouns any/all) is a formerly incarcerated Bay Area activist, teacher, and storyteller. He is dedicated to ending and healing the harms of confinement for those he left inside, and for everyone everywhere behind walls.

Zeph Fishlyn

Co-organizer, Stage and Road Manager

Zeph Fishlyn (pronouns they/them) is a Canadian-born, SF Bay Area-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural organizer. Zeph’s participatory projects, drawings, objects and interventions cultivate social and ideological mutations in urgent times

Actors

Terrance Smith

ROCKY ASHBURRY

Terrance Smith had the tremendous privilege of playing Rock Ashburry for the first time during the virtual premier of “The Box” back in the fall of 2020 in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center. He looks forward to bridging the gaps of empathy and understanding as we tour this remarkable work to each of our destinations and hopefully beyond.

Gabriel Montoya

VICTOR SANTIAGO

Gabriel Montoya is a Mexican-American actor-director-writer-producer and teaching artist who loves to create work that reflects the important issues of our times. In 2014, Gabriel and his wife’s production company, The Department of Badassery, made theatre history by simultaneously premiering the play, “Don’t Be Evil,” live on stage and in virtual reality. In the Bay Area, Mr. Montoya has appeared in productions by Cutting Ball, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Brava Theatre, Central Works, The Custom Made Theatre Co., Word for Word, The Pear Theatre, and SF Playhouse. Gabriel makes his home in Los Angeles with his awesome wife and their two loving cats.

Anthony Jefferson

RAY DE VAUL

Anthony Michael Jefferson is a private chef in Southern California. He grew up in Hermosa Beach, surfing, diving, and fishing.

John Neblett

JAKE JUCHAU

John Neblett, San Francisco State University B.A. Theater Arts 2018, began acting in 2006 with Marin Shakespeare as an inmate at San Quentin State Prison California. He remembers his friends inside

Jordan Maria Don

OLIVIA SANTIAGO

Jordan Maria Don (She/Her) is a California raised actor, director and collaborator who splits her time between LA, the Bay Area and NYC. She has worked with San Francisco Playhouse,  foolsFURY, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Crowded Fire Theater, American Conservatory Theater, TheaterFIRST and is a familia member with Campo Santo and Latinx Mafia. With a particular interest in new works, she is drawn to collaborative and ensemble centered processes grounded in ritual, ceremony and community.  This generation is empowered and entrusted with the task of diversifying the American theater canon to better represent the full complexity of the human experience. As actors, we are creative vessels for this necessary work and the task is sacred. When not on stage or on set, she works in the business of communication and empathy, carrying her dramatic training into the professional and educational world. She is deeply dedicated to self-actualization and living her full truth so she dedicates time to dance, travel, health, and fitness. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Theater from UC Berkeley and has trained with American Conservatory Theater, the SITI Company and LA Acting Studio. Jordan is a proud Xicana from East Los Angeles where her heart remains with her Don and Martinez familia. All her work is dedicated to her late brother, Christopher Paul Don, whose spirit guides her and inspires her every step of the way.

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