Livestreaming a Conversation: NO SUMMARY: Meet the Cast of The Language of Wild Berries by Naghmeh Samini

Golden Thread Productions presents NO SUMMARY: Meet the Cast of The Language of Wild Berries by Naghmeh Samini livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 September 2022 at 11 am PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 pm CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 2 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Golden Thread‘s Marketing & Engagement Manager Sheila Devitt and interviews cast members of introduce The Language of Wild Berriesa US premiere by Naghmeh Samini, a leading Iranian woman playwright. Come meet performers Zaya Kolia, Damien Seperiand Dina Zarif and learn about their theater journeys as BIPOC artists of Middle Eastern descent and what excites them about making space for MENA stories with this production coming up in October 2022 at Golden Thread.

Bio
Zaya Kolia
Zaya Kolia
is an Assyrian Bay Area native. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Acting from the Academy of Art University where his credits include Flan in Six Degrees of SeparationJoshua and Martin in Cloud NineBarnett in Crimes of the HeartAldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Kevin Rosario in In the Heights. Other credits include Frank Jr. in Saturday Night Fever at Broadway by the Bay, The Wizard of Oz at Berkeley PlayhouseKhadim in The North Pool at Bread & ButterThe Captain in Anything Goes at Hillbarn TheaterLudovic and Augenti in PassionHarry and Martin in Cloud Nine both at The Custom Made Theater CompanyAzad in On the Periphery with Golden Thread and Crowded Fire Theater, Tiny Beautiful Things at Los Altos Stage Company, and most recently Guys and Dolls at Peninsula Ballet Theater as Sky Master. He just participated in the Hollywood Fringe Festival and a tour of Romeo and Juliet! Zaya is very excited to share this very important story with you all!

Damien Seperi
Damien Seperi
is a local actor with over a dozen theater credits. He was last seen with Golden Thread as Said in Autobiography of a Terrorist. Damien has also performed with SF Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeareand off Broadway West. He would like to give a big thanks to the cast and crew of this quaint production and to all supporters of the arts.

Dina Zarif
Born and raised in Iran, Dina Zarif is a San Francisco based multidisciplinary performing artist, designer, curator and art activist. As an actress, Zarif has worked and trained under Bahram Beyzai, the critically acclaimed Master at Stanford Iranian Studies Department and appeared in Ardaviraf’s Reportas the role of Dancer/Singer in Tarabnameh musical, and the Nurse in Crossroads. She is proud to play the title role Marjan in the current Beyzai production, Dash Akol According to Marjan. She performed as Leyla with Golden Thread Productions in the Leyla & Majnun staged reading, opening for the world premiere of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble collaboration at Cal Performances. She is the title role of the full length feature film MITRA 2021which was premiered in International Film Festival Rotterdam in February 2021. She was the shadow actress, Princess Roudabeh, as well as costume designer in the Cinematic shadow play Feathers of Fire, a Persian Epic. This received the 2019 UNIMA award for excellence in live performance and design which had more than 100 performances nationally and internationally. As a singer she combines western classical singing with Middle Eastern styles inspired from her Persian roots to develop her unique sound. Some of her vocal credits include Brava Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SF International Arts Festival, Palace of Fine Artand Asian Art Museum.
Dina is the artistic and managing director at Red Poppy Art House which is an incubator for artists of multiple disciplines in San Francisco. Dina received her MA in Landscape Architecture from the University Of Tehran, College Of Fine Arts.

Sheila Devitt
Sheila Devitt
is a San Francisco-based performer, educator, director and producer. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexicowith a focus on bilingual performances of Federico Garcia Lorca‘s pastoral trilogy, and was a founding member of Tricklock Theater Company. She has trained with Augusto Boal in Theater of the Oppressed; Moscow Art Theater School in Stanislavsky technique and Chekhov; Viewpoints with Mary Overlie; Lunatique Fantastic in found-object puppetry; Theater of Yugen and Theater Nohgaku in classical Japanese Noh drama and Kyogen comedy. She has performed nationally and internationally, including the GALA Choruses Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festivaland the Hosho Noh Theatre, Tokyo. She has cooperated with playwrights Erik Ehn, Chiori Miyagawa, and Katie Pearl, among others. Some favorite roles include Hippolyta / Titania in A Midsummer Night’s DreamGertrude in HamletNurse in Romeo and JulietHermione in A Winter’s TaleLa Luna in Blood WeddingElizabeth Proctor in The CrucibleEstelle Rigault in No Exit Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Coupleand Brother of Woman with Tragic Hair in the world premier of This Lingering Life. As a teaching artist, she has instructed students from pre-school through college. She has served on the Board of Directors at the Vortex Theater, ABQ; produced Reading the Kilroys List; served as founding member and managing director of Bacchus Playerssummer Shakespeare at Coppola Winery; Assistant Managing Director at Theater of Yugen; Communications Manager for the Bay Area Consortium of Ensemble Theatres; a co-producer of the 2020 Bay Area Women’s Theater Festival; regional coordinator of the StateraArts mentorship program. She is equally excited by classical, new and devised plays, and joyously collaborates with living writers, with a special emphasis on female playwrights. She is a member of Theater Bay Area since 2003 and Theater Communications Group since 1997.

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