Cast & Crew
Katelynn Kenney (playwright)
Katelynn Kenney is a Filipino-American playwright from South Dakota who grew up running around Air Force bases across the US and overseas. Her plays have been produced by The Tank, the Skeleton Rep, Augustana Collaborative Theatrical Society, the Claire Donaldson New Play Festival, and most recently the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective and Cohesion Theatre Company. She’s had readings and workshops through Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts, Monstrous Little Theatre Company, Feast at Under St. Marks, Thin Space Productions, and the Skeleton Rep Salon Series. Void was a 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist. Kenney was also a semi-finalist for Ars Nova’s 2018 Play Group and a finalist for the 2018 Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. She continues her studies at Primary Stages (Rockwell Scholar ‘17-’18), and received her BA from Augustana University, with majors in theatre and English. Kenney will be joining the Playwriting MFA program at Brooklyn College this Fall.
surasree das (Tornkid)
Beyond elated to be a part of this magical show about immigrants like me. Imagination Stage: Aquarium (Calypso, u/s, performed), Princess and the Pauper (Zoya U/S, performed); Maryland Ensemble Theatre: Radium Girls (Katherine, Harriet, others) Top Girls (Nijo, Shona), Click, Clack, Moo! (Hen), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Little Mermaid (Little Mermaid); Baltimore Center Stage: Animal Farm (featured ensemble); Single Carrot Theatre: Lear (Goneril); Constellation Theatre: Arabian Nights (Dunyazade, Azizah, others); Toby's Dinner Theatre: South Pacific (Liat).
Kim Le (Magic Teller)
Kim Le is a local multidisciplinary performance artist who has collaborated with several theatres (Cohesion Theatre Company, Submersive Productions, Baltimore Rock Opera Society) in a variety of roles: as an actor, puppeteer, writer, and front-of-house manager. Currently, Kim is performing in the upcoming production Tornkid, a collaboration between Baltimore Pasifika Arts Collective and Cohesion Theatre. Recently, Kim portrayed the role of "Justine" in Cohesion Theatre's production of Robert Kauzlaric's Frankenstein; she also was part of the large ensemble in Submersive Production's MASS/Rabble. Her performance background is primarily in improvisational comedy. Kim joined the Baltimore Improv Group in 2015 and currently performs on a regular Harold team, in addition to several independent projects and troupes.
Jess RiverA (Tree Spirit / sea warrior)
Jess Rivera is a Baltimore based Latinx actor and tap dancer. Aside from Tornkid, Jess has worked on devising both original pieces and adapted theatre pieces in the Baltimore community such as The Goodies and Flatland. Most recently, Jess joyously performed the role of Ruth in the Strand Theatre’s production of And Baby Makes Seven. As a Third Culture Kid herself, Jess is honored to work with BAPAC on this important show about identity and self acceptance. This is her first production with Cohesion Theatre.
Mika is excited to be playing the role of Trickster for this production Tornkid. She had performed with Cohesion as Gatekeeper for La Llorona and City Ensemble for Orphan Sea, and is happy to be back. She has also performed for Mercury Theatre, Submerssive Production, and Everyman Theatre.
Brian D. Lai
Brian D. Lai is making his debut to the stage. He's excited to perform for the first time for a live audience. It has been a thrilling and exhilarating experience for him. He loves the chance to explore the vastly different roles this project has given him. He would like to thank BAPAC, Cohesion Theatre and Cara Hinh for allowing him to be apart of such an amazing production.
Cara Hinh — Director
Lauren Talbott — Stage Manager
Jess Rassp — Scenic & Puppetry Designer
Tara Cariaso — Mask Designer
Elizabeth Ung — Costume Designer
Paulina Lamb — Properties Designer
Daniel Weissglass — Lighting Designer
C. Streepy — Sound Designer
Donna Ibale, Catrece Tipon - Production Managers
Cori Dioquino, Mohammad R. Suaidi, Brad Norris, & Jess Rassp — Producers