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  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Q&A with Shivani Thakkar

    A familiar face from Noise Now, MKM Bollystars member Shivani Thakkar sits down with us to discuss her career as a Bharatanatyam dancer. Learn more about Shivani and her experiences as a performer by reading our Q&A. How did you get started on your artistic journey? I was fortunate to grow up in an artistic…

  • A Noise Within

    Behind Sonnets for an Old Century: Playwright José Rivera

    By Sarah Wong Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter José Rivera is the writer behind our latest Noise Now offering, an audio production of Sonnets for an Old Century. Sonnets is comprised of 24 monologues, weaving a tapestry of poetic, magical meditations that explore yearning, connection, and community through a diverse lens.  Born in Puerto Rico, before moving to Long Island, José Rivera always…

  • A Noise Within

    An Iliad: The Theater of War

    By Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad Unlike the poet-narrator of Homer’s classical epic poem The Iliad, the Poet who relates the tale of the Trojan War in An Iliad apparently has firsthand knowledge of his subject matter. Although Homer (if an individual author with that name ever existed) recounts events that happened in the distant past, the…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Q&A with An Iliad Composer & Cellist Karen Hall

    Usually in the orchestra pit, Karen Hall has over 25 musical theater books in her repertoire and has been an on-camera cellist for TV shows such as Glee and Modern Family. Outside of music, Karen has trained in improv, clown, mime, and mask work. She enjoys pushing the visual component of musical performance to better…

  • A Noise Within

    Women’s History Month: Q&A with ANW Staff

    For Women’s History Month, we are highlighting several of the amazing women on our staff. Whether they are in the front of house, our office, or even our stage, these women make the magic happen at our theatre. How did you end up in the career or job you have now? Deborah Strang (Subscriber Services…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Black History in Pasadena

    We began preparing an overview of Black history in the city of Pasadena as a part of Black History Month, but as we sought insight from local Black community leaders, we found a beauty in taking the time to hear the deeper stories and remembrances and recollections. Although February may be over, Black history is…

  • A Noise Within

    Meet Our Interns

    Written by Paul Ramirez Don’t call them angels. This dynamic trio is ready for anything that may come their way as they have had to navigate college and intern life during a worldwide pandemic. Zoom fatigue anyone? Read on to explore answers from our three spring interns Anika Perera (New York University Tisch, Major: Drama,…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Black History Month Feature: Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy

    Meet Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy, Co-Founder and Artistic Producing Director of Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African-American Theatre Company. Discover what she calls her “creative evolution” from an actor to a director and a producer, as she brings under-recognized Black stories and characters to life on the stage. How did you get started on your artistic…

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