Sarah Campen - web archive project director
Sarah Campen grew up in Sitka and on Killisnoo Island. She now migrates between Taas Daa (Lemesurier Island), Juneau, and Hawaii. Sarah is a multi-media artist, teaching artist, and facilitator whose work explores complexities of human communication and relations between people and place. She has worked with communities across Southeast Alaska to facilitate community-based solutions to natural resource concerns. Sarah teaches dance and theater, and designs collaborative installations (most recently One Hundred Days - One Hundred Voices at The Canvas Community Art Studio in Juneau). Sarah is a member of the 2018 Center for Performance and Civic Practice's Catalyst Initiative Program.
Ryan Conarro - web archive project director
Ryan Conarro is a theater maker and facilitator whose work centers on documentary process, community engagement, and collaborative approaches to devising performance. Raised in an Army family, Conarro moved from New York to Nome in 2001 as a journalist for KNOM Radio, then to Juneau. He’s a collaborator with several Alaska arts, education, and media organizations. The TCG Leadership Fellowship brought Ryan to Ping Chong + Company in 2014, where he’s Artistic Collaborator in Residence and Education & Community Projects Associate. Recognitions include Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award; Ann Shaw Fellowship for Arts Education; Connie Boochever Fellowship; and 3 Alaska Broadcasters’ Association Goldie Awards.
Miciana Hutcherson - web archive collaborator
Miciana Hutcherson (Community Engagement Collaborator). Miciana Alise was born and raised in Juneau, where she grew up participating in local theater and performance art. She is currently studying Film through Arizona State University and recently participated in the Sundance Film Festival through their internship program. She has been a voice in social justice movements throughout Alaska and the lower 48 and served as Tlingit & Haida’s Emerging Leader to the Executive Council 2016-2017.
Frank Henry Kaash Katasse - web archive collaborator
Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is Tlingit from the Tsaagweidí clan. Frank is an actor, director, producer, improviser, educator, and playwright. Frank received his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Hawai’i: Mānoa. Frank currently serves as the Board President of Juneau Douglas Little Theatre (JDLittletheatre.org) and has been involved with Perseverance Theatre (PT) since moving back to Douglas in 2008. His body of work at PT includes a dozen productions including World Premieres of Alaska Native themed plays (Battles of Fire and Water, Cedar House, Reincarnation of Stories, Our Voices Will Be Heard, and William, Inc.). In 2017, Frank was selected to be part of Perseverance Theatre’s “Writers Circle” as well as the Playwright in Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. In the spring of 2017, PT produced the rolling world premiere of Katasse’s play They Don’t Talk Back.
Sue Schrader- web archive collaborator
Since retiring as a veterinarian, wilderness guide, and conservation activist, Sue has pursued work in the theater realm as her “encore career.” For the past 10 years, she has served as stage manager, assistant stage manager, and run crew on multiple Perseverance Theatre productions, most recently, The Elaborate Entry of Chad Deity.
Ping Chong - web archive collaborator | artistic director, ping chong + company
Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. His theatrical works bring his unique artistic vision to bear on major historical issues of our times, and focus on bringing unheard voices and underrepresented stories to the stage. Encompassing puppetry, dance, documentary theater, sound, media and other experimental theater forms, his works have explored a wide variety of subjects from a hidden genocide in Africa to modernization in China to the experiences of Muslim youth in post-9/11 America. Throughout, the common thread has been a unifying commitment to artistic innovation and social responsibility.
Since 1972, as founder and artistic director of Ping Chong + Company, he has created over 100 productions which have been presented at major theaters, festivals and museums worldwide. Major interdisciplinary works include ALAXSXA | ALASKA (2017, LaMaMa ETC and Alaska tour), Collidescope: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial America (with Talvin Wilks, 2013 University of Maryland, 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017 Wake Forest University), Throne of Blood (2010 Brooklyn Academy of Music and Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Cathay: Three Tales of China (2005, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The New Victory Theater) and Kwaidan (1998, Center for Puppetry Arts, Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, The New Victory Theater). Chong is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artist Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, two OBIE awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.