Our Founders


Sam Callanta

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Scenic Artist • Costume Designer

Sam Callanta is a scenic artist and costumer who holds a BA in Theatre and East Asian Studies from Ursinus College.  Currently, she is the charge artist for the Community College of Baltimore County's Dundalk campus and previously she has worked as a scenic artist for Single Carrot Theatre (SamsaraSavage Love), as a costume designer for Cohesion Theater Company (Neverwhere), and as a maker for Submersive Productions’ Plunge.

Independent of her theatrical artistry, Sam makes artwork and costumes, working primarily with leather and brass.  Her work has been for sale at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem, PA and at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  In addition, her Multi-tool Navigation Bracer was on display as part of the  "Steampunk U" exhibit at the Antique Automobile Club of America museum in Hershey, PA. 

While interning at Brute Force Studios, she assisted in the build and paint of a Giant Robot statue, which was seen on A&E's Shipping Wars, in the Season 6 episode, "Punch-Drunk Love".


Cori Dioquino

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Actor • Educator • Writer • Producer

Cori Dioquino is a Filipino-American actor, educator, producer and story-teller.  She earned her Associate of Art in Music Performance from Howard Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Studies from Towson University.  As an actor, she has appeared in film, tv, commercials and on stage with companies such as Netflix/Marvel, Discovery ID, Baltimore Center Stage, Submersive Productions, Cohesion Theatre and Faction of Fools.

Outside of her performance career, Cori is a dedicated arts integration educator and acting coach.  She received her arts integration training and certification from the Teaching Artist Institute.  Cori is currently the head of McKinnon Acting Studio’s Youth Division and assistant coach for the Adult Division.  She is also the Website and Social Media Content Editor for DC Asian Pacific American Film.  In 2017, she launched a blog called I Am Not A Ninja, which addresses the lack and misrepresentation of AAPI identity in entertainment and popular culture.  Other organizations with whom she has worked as an educator include Young Audiences of Maryland, Baltimore Center Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, Creative Kids and Adventure Theatre MTC.

For more information on Cori Dioquino, visit her website.


Cara Hinh

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Director • Educator

Cara Hinh is a director, educator and theatre artist originally from the MidWest. She is currently in her second season as the Education Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage. Her love of theatre is driven by the need to bring the stories of othered bodies to the stage. Her identity as a queer, fat, mixed race artist informs every artistic decision she makes. Most recent theater credits include assistant directing on King of the Yees at Baltimore Center Stage and Vietgone at Studio Theatre. Directing credits include Sa'idah at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres with Interrobang Theatre Company. She is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio. 


Donna Ibale

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Actor • Singer • Dancer • Director • Producer

Donna Ibale is originally from Los Angles, CA where she was the resident choreographer for Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group.  In Baltimore, she has worked with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company as the Duchess/Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland.  Donna is a founding company member & resident artist of Rapid Lemon Productions.  Other favorite roles/productions include: Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), A Doll’s House (Nora), Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), Romeo & JulietOur TownXanaduSweet CharityThe Music Man, The Raven.  Directing: Love is a Blue Tick Hound, Variations on Sacrifice: Staged Readings Series.  Proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theatrefest - Santa Maria, CA). 


Marela Kay Minosa

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Data Scientist • Actor • Singer • Dancer

Marela Kay Minosa is a storyteller whose preferred mediums are data and theater arts.  Born and raised in the valley of Los Angeles, CA, she earned her BS in Statistics from UCLA and found herself a hop, skip and a jump away in Baltimore, MD to further earn her MSPH in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Since completing her formal educational pursuits in 2016 (for the time being), she decided to finally ignore her fears and utilize the decade of training from her childhood in tap, ballet, jazz, and improv.  She followed her curiosity and has been volunteering in the Baltimore theater community.  She can usually be found Friday nights running box office at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (or at www.marelakay.com).

 


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Mika J. Nakano

Artist teacher

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, currently residing in Baltimore, MD, Mika J. Nakano is an illustrator, performer, and teacher.  She earned her Bachelor's in Illustration ('11) and Masters in Arts Teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art ('12).  Since then, she has explored different forms of arts - such as dance, theatre and visual - to create connection and find means to shape her story. 

She has performed at Mercury Theater, Cohesion, Everyman and Annex.  You can check out her illustrations at mikajnakano.com


Mohammad R. Suaidi

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Actor • Educator • Theatre Maker

Mohammad R. Suaidi is an educator and theatre maker who graduated from Towson University’s MFA Theatre program. As an actor, he has performed in Honolulu, New York, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  As a director, Mohammad has worked on over ten productions in Malaysia, Micronesia (FSM) and Singapore, where he was a theatre and English lecturer.  Since returning to Baltimore in 2015, Mohammad has created new works for the theatre, such as Giovanni's Room, a site-specific movement piece, and da da da Pas de Deux, a collaboration with theatre artist Naoko Maeshiba.  He has also worked with Single Carrot Theatre on several productions, and recently became the 11-year-old theatre company's newest and first Asian ensemble member. 

Mohammad is currently an English teacher working with new immigrants and refugees at Strong City Baltimore's Adult Learning Center, and is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University.  When he's not busy being all that, Mohammad spends the rest of his time raising his two-year-old son, and teaching him to be bilingual in English and Malay.


Catrece Ann Tipon

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Registered Nurse • Dancer, Musician • Choreographer • Teacher • Photographer

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Maryland since the age of two, Catrece Ann Tipon has a diverse background in both the Arts and Sciences.  She began training as a dancer at the age of three and studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary/Lyrical, Modern and Cecchetti for sixteen years.  Catrece also trained classically in piano and clarinet; she taught herself the drums to further expand her musical skills. 

Catrece graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 2017.  While at CUA, she minored in Clarinet Performance and performed with the Wind Ensemble for four years.  She also served as Culture Chair for the CUA Filipino Organization and was responsible for promoting Filipino culture in the DMV area.  Catrece made her directorial, playwright, producing and choreographic debuts with Filipino inspired plays such as Pagsama: A New Beginning and Magkaibigan: A Forgotten Promise.  Her work has been showcased by hundreds of people, including members of the Philippine Embassy. 

Since graduating from Catholic University, Catrece has become more active in enriching and empowering the Asian and Pacific Indigenous communities through the arts, applying her skills in ways that she could never have imagined.  She currently works as a Critical Care RN in Baltimore City and as a Contemporary and Lyrical Teacher at the Dance Studio in Severna Park.  When she’s not teaching or saving lives, she is honing her skills as a photographer, slowly building up her photography business: Cat_rice Photography.  


Mani Yangilmau

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Performance Artist • Educator • Director • Playwright • Devisor

Mani Yangilmau is a Pacific Indigenous artist living and developing performance based work in Baltimore, Maryland.  After graduating from Towson University with a BFA in Acting in 2017, they have maintained active in the theatre community as actor, playwright, director, and devisor. Mani's mission is to develop research methodologies in the arts with indigenous people in mind.  They are working on creating devised ritual performance art as a tool for decolonization - to foster empathy and support between the individual and the community as a way to re-contextualize life experiences.  They hope to continue their studies in the upcoming years at University of Auckland under a Pacific Studies research program.