Francesca Fernandez McKenzie
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie is an actor, theatre maker, educator and community organizer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a third-year candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she was in The Hour of Great Mercy, Wrong River, Our Lady of 121st Street, Blood Wedding and Othello. Yale Cabaret: One Big Breath, Salt Pepper Ketchup, Butterfly’s Terror, Thunder Above Deeps Below; Summer Cabaret: Lear; Regional: Electra (Stanford Summer Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Hotel Plays (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival), Sheddin‘ (Horizon Theatre) and Lily’s Revenge (Southern Rep). She is part of two ensemble companies in New Orleans, Goat in the Road Productions and Cripple Creek Theatre Company. She was a founding member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and is a proud organizer with the Asian and Asian American Coalition at Yale School of Drama. She received her BA in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University. Follow her @cheskamckenzie.
Associate Artistic Director
Rory Pelsue is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama from Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rory will serve as associate artistic director of the Cabaret’s 50th Anniversary Season, in addition to directing Cab 2, The Apple Tree. Previously at the Cab, Rory directed And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens and appeared in Debacles. His artistic leadership experience includes serving as associate director of MaineStage Shakespeare and artistic director of Oxbridge Opera, a UK-based company that specialized in rarely-heard editions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. As Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2017 season, Rory co-curated a four-play season of radical adaptations of classics entitled Canon Balle, directing Antony + Cleopatra and Mies Julie. At YSD, Rory has directed Othello, Bluebeard’s Wife and Cloud People, and assisted James Bundy on Assassins at Yale Repertory Theater. His thesis production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion will be seen at the University Theater in February, 2018. Résumé highlights include Richard III, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Children’s Hour, Philadelphia Noir, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, No Exit, Dear Deirdre, The Sorcerer, The Yeomen of the Guard, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers and Ruddigore.
Latiana (LT) Gourzong
Latiana (LT) Gourzong is a Technical Director born and raised from Ocean Township, New Jersey. Currently a second-year MFA candidate in the Technical Design and Production program at Yale School of Drama, LT is serving as the Production Manager for the Fall Term of Yale Cabaret’s 50th Season. Past Technical Direction and Assisting credits include work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Washington and Lee University Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and ReVision Theatre, with over hire work at Two River Theatre Company and Rose Brand East. LT holds a BFA in Technical Direction from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where she also worked as a Sound Designer.
Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia, PA. His work has been developed at various theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. His play LEFTOVERS was the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award at The Great Plains Theatre Conference and is slotted for Company One Theatre’s 2017-2018 season. Recent commissions include, Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and THE HIGHWAYMEN at The History Theatre. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center; has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre; and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.
Rachel Shuey is a theater maker and manager entering her third year of the Theater Management program at Yale School of Drama. She most recently worked as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco where she helped produce the Poetic Address to the Nation and YBCA 100 Summit events. Before becoming the Cab’s Managing Director, Rachel produced several Cabaret shows including the inaugural Satellite Series Festival, now in its third year. Prior to Yale, Rachel spent time as an actor, teacher, and supply chain consultant in Atlanta, GA. Rachel holds both a BBA in Consulting and Marketing and a Theater Studies degree from Emory University. Rachel is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Associate Managing Director
Jaime Totti is a second-year MFA candidate in Theater Management hailing from New York City with a passion for theater of inclusion and empowerment. A graduate of Yale College (GH ’09), Jaime worked in directing and dramaturgy for Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf, and The Goodman, as well as creating new devised work as an ensemble member of The New Colony (Credits: Assistant Director, Rise of the Numberless; Assistant Director, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche). As a manager, Jaime has served as General Manager for the acclaimed 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at the New York City International Fringe Festival, and worked for four years with Frankel Green Theatrical Management. Credits include: Off-Broadway: Stomp, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Los Monólogos de la Vagina, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. Broadway: Forever Tango, Penn & Teller On Broadway.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Paul Walsh (Chair)
Arturo Soria (Acting MFA ’19)
Mika Eubanks (Costume Design MFA ’19)
Megumi Katayama (Sound Design MFA ’19)
Riw Rakkulchon (Set Design MFA ’19)
Emma Weinstein (Directing MFA ’19)
Amauta Marston-Firmino (Dramaturgy MFA ’19)
Jeremy O. Harris (Playwrighting MFA ’19)
Olivia Plath (Stage Management MFA ’19)
LT Gourzong (Technical Design and Production MFA ’19)
Leandro Zaneti (Theater Management MFA ’19)
Dani Barlow (Theater Management MFA ’20)
Jeremy O. Harris