Sarah E. (playwright, director, co-producer)
Sarah E. (she/her) is an artist of Iranian descent who creates experimental and absurdist theatre, collage, video, movement, and poetry. Sarah began her career as an experimentalist during a Fulbright fellowship in Spain, where she learned to direct theatre in a bilingual rehearsal environment at Garaje Lumière. A few credits include directing Tongues by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin, assistant directing the world premiere of Wax Wings by Matthew Maguire, producing Nowruz at Cloud City Art Space in collaboration with Ajam Media Collective, and publication in the inaugural issue of The Menstrual, a radical literary journal. By day, Sarah is a practicing attorney, representing the underrepresented in New York courtrooms.

Julie Palumberi (stage manager)
Julie’s (she/her) previous credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Disgraced (Sacred Heart University). She is excited to be working on such a meaningful piece of art with a lot of amazing people. This has been an eye opening experience that Julie will not forget! Special thanks to Sarah and Greg for the opportunity. 

Leslie Gray (assistant stage manager)
Leslie Gray (he/him) is a theater-maker and fresh transplant to New York. As a recent graduate of New York University in Abu Dhabi, he has worked both in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. New York credits include National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival.

Natalie Kane (assistant director)
Natalie Kane (she/her) is passionate about incorporating movement and poetry into new work and is thrilled to be part of the Dream Up Festival! Recent credits include Here There Be Pirates (Director, Barn Theatre Summer Solstice Festival), Charley’s Aunt (Assistant to the Director, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), and Cinderella (Assistant Director/Choreographer, Villa Walsh Academy). Natalie is a proud alumna of Kenyon College, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s Summer Professional Training Program, and National Theater Institute’s Summer Theatermakers Intensive. Follow Natalie’s work at

Danny Cassidy (dramaturg)
Danny (he/him) lives in NYC.

William Gibbons-Brown (lighting designer)
As a designer, William’s (he/him) work has been seen Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre (The Belgrade Trilogy 2012, 2013). Other NYC credits include: Songs For A New World and Psycho Beach Party. William was a finalist for the 2014 New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Professional Lighting Design (Memphis-Weathervane Theatre). Other select design credits include Next To Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever, and Bright Star and Parade.

Greg Swanson (co-producer)
Greg (he/him) is an attorney living in NYC.

Kairi Chapman (body painter)
Kairi Chapman (he/him) is a Harlem-born artist. He has found his influences and inspirations from his immediate environment as well as external exposures. Kairi transforms his memories and experiences into tangible concepts that challenge established ideas, including his own ideas. Kairi aims to explain the world in the way he understands it to be. Kairi borrows from traditional fine arts education, American and Japanese illustration and whatever else makes sense at the time.