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You will never look at disabliity the same way again.
Marie Arias-Stein - Marie Arias-Stein is 22 years old and is pursuing a business degree. She graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School and was in shows such as On the Town and Revenge of the Space Pandas. She is currently attending Harford Community College. Marie has always loved the arts and is touched to be a part of this incredibly moving script. If “all the world is a stage,” as Shakespeare says, “and everyone is an actor,” then there are many, many acts that have an audience of only one. Many people with disabilities act out a silent struggle. Having experienced and been a witness to some of the crushing lows and exhilaratingly highs of people facing challenges or disabilities, Marie hopes to create a bridge of understanding between those with disabilities and those without.
Corey Barnard - is an 18 year old student at Harford Community College. He has enjoyed acting since his Freshman year in High School. Prior to Harford, Corey attended The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, where he was a large part of their theater program. He is accredited with winning The Boys Latin Theater arts award as well as the Marquiss Award for excellence in the fine arts. He has appeared in shows such as "The Real Inspector Hound," "I Hate Hamlet," and "Treasure Island."
Joshua Marshall - This is Josh's second play at HCC. He is very excited to be a part of this show and always loves the chance to act. This past spring he was in Much Ado About Nothing playing Borachio. He wants to thank his family, the cast, Ray, and Dawn for everything.
Madison Meyer - has always had a love of performing. Currently attending The John Carroll School, she has performed in many of their musicals, most recently Singin' in the Rain. In June, she traveled with her school to perform in Disney World. Madison loves to tap dance and compete in Speech and Debate. She is a member of John Carroll's Friend-to-Friend Club, in which she gets to attend fun events with developmentally disabled adults. This experience opened her eyes to the many disabilities in modern society. Her Friends allowed her to see that those with disabilities are not limited or defined by their conditions, but they are individuals who have to work to overcome the limits of their minds and bodies. When she heard about Into Their Words, Madison was thrilled to be a part of this exposé on the sentiments and the strife of those who are disabled.
Conner Smith - is currently a student at HCC. He loves plants, horror movies, and Hello Kitty. His acting experience includes roles in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and Jane Austen's Emma. He is humbled to be a part of a production focused on people struggling with various disabilities.
Anne Stephenson - is a pre-nursing student at HCC and is excited for the chance to act again after a long hiatus. She has previously appeared in the original plays Burnt Out and The Spectator, as well as The Emperor's New Clothes, Steel Magnolias, Dr. Jekyll, No Place to Hide! and The Importance of Being Ernest.
Ray Barcia (Director) - was born in England, but grew up in New York and London. He decided to become an actor, not a lawyer, much to his parent’s dismay. He studied at Dartington College and Southampton University. He loves Indian food and is an unintentional murderer of bonsai trees. His directing credits include: The Three Penny Opera at Goucher College, Black Skin, White Mask at the Umoja Company, Break! at the No Strings Theater Company, Pollution at the Northcott Theater, Stuart Sutcliff the Forgotten Beatle at the Exeter Arts Theater and many more in London, New York and Baltimore. He is a member of the Directors Guild and a member of the London Arts Council (at large).
Dawn Volkart (Writer/Producer) – is a clinical social worker, a disability support services specialist, an adjunct instructor, and a former psychotherapist. She was also a professional actress in New York City performing Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in commercials, movies, and TV. She has appeared in Sleepless in Seattle, Malcom X, Mr. Saturday Night, Boomerang, Law and Order, had a small recurring role on As the World Turns for seven years, and worked with the Out of Control Outrageous Comedy Company performing in comedy clubs in NYC. A play she wrote ran Off-Off Broadway for many years. Dawn is proud to have created In Their Words and to work with such dedicated and amazing individuals. Special thanks to Ray Barcia, Lisa Watson-Barcia, Suzanne Holliday, Shirley Volkart, the Disability Support Services Staff, and Harford Community College for their undying support … and to all the individuals with disabilities who shared their experiences and/or inspired this play.
Brenda Jenkins (Stage Manager) - is new to the East Coast. She moved here from California where she did some volunteer work in production as a stage manager. She loves watching stage productions and enjoys being involved in the process of things coming together. She believes in the importance of the audience enjoying the most seamless result! She is excited to be involved in In Their Words and believes it to be "a meaningful project."
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