Rush Rehm: translator, adapter (with Courtney Walsh), and director, Euripides' Hecuba/Helen.
Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT). He has directed many productions for the company, including Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice, Words and Images to End All Wars, Moby Dick – Rehearsed (with Courtney Walsh), Copenhagen, Under Milk Wood, The Exception and the Rule, Lysistrata (adapted by Amy Freed), An Inspector Calls, Betrayed, Electra, Libation Bearers, Curse of the Starving Class, The Wanderings of Odysseus, Happy Days/ Oh les beaux jours, Life of Galileo, Faith Healer, Omeros, War of the Worlds, Deianeira, The Collection (with Ed Iskandar), and The Bear (with Aleksandra Wolska).
He has appeared in Hay Fever (Richard Greatham), Waiting for Godot (Pozzo), The Chairs (Lecturer), Biedermann and the Firebugs (Biedermann), The Lover (Richard/Max), Old Times (Deeley), Les Blancs (Charles Morris), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), and Reykjavik (Ronald Reagan). Rush has worked as an actor or director at various regional theaters, including Magic Theater, TheaterWorks, Cutting Ball, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, Seven Stages, McCarter Theater, the Pram Factory, and La Mama (Melbourne).
Michael Keck: Composer/Sound Designer, Euripides' Hecuba/Helen
Stanford Repertory Theater: Suppliant Women, Deianeira, Electra, and Moby Dick - Rehearsed (Theater Bay Area Award, Outstanding Sound Design)
Regional: The Piano Lesson, Top Dog, Under Dog, Gem Of The Ocean, Fences, Death and the Kings Horseman, Measure For Measure, Henry IV, Pt. 1, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Intimate Apparel (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Bacchae (Portland Center Stage); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theatre); Death Of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge, The Great White Hope, Derek Walcott's The Odyssey, Community Carol, I AM A MAN (Arena Stage); Jitney, Escape From Happiness, Criminal Genius, The Norman Conquest, Copenhagen, Intimate Apparel, The Glass Menagerie (Milwaukee Rep); Othello, An Ideal Husband (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre Festival); It Ain’t Nothing But The Blues (Barrymore nomination, Prince Music Theater); Doubt and Young Lady From Rwanda (both Barrymore nominations, Peoples Light and Theatre Company); As You Like It, Looking Over The President's Shoulder, Gem of the Ocean, Searching for Eden, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rabbit Hole (Indiana Repertory Theater); A Village Fable (AATE Distinguished Play Award, Mark Taper Forum), Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Brothers Size, Gem of The Ocean (Syracuse Stage); Miss Evers' Boys (Cincinnati Playhouse); A Doll's House, Wit, Dinner with Friends (Alliance Theater); Holidays for Children Video Series (Writer/Host/Composer, Fabian-Baber Productions)
International: The Brothers Size (Market Theatre – Johannesburg, and Baxter Theatre Center -Cape Town, South Africa); A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman (The National Theater of Croatia); Miss Evers' Boys (Barbican Theatre Center and Bristol Old Vic)
AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP, NTC, PEN, and The Dramatists Guild.
Aleta Hayes: Choreographer, Hecuba/Helen
Aleta Hayes is a choreographer, performer, and lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Theater and Performance Studies. She has performed leading roles in Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson – Reagon’s Temptation of St. Anthony, Martha Clarke’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), choreographer Jane Comfort’s Asphalt, and director Ping Chong’s Chinoiserie. For Stanford Repertory Theater she choreographed Hansberry’s Les Blancs and Sophocles’ Electra, and performed the title role in Deianeira, a solo piece adapted from Sophocles’ The Women of Trachis.
In 2009, Hayes founded the Chocolate Heads on the Stanford campus, a troupe that creates original site-specific dance and performance installations, including the opening of the Bing Concert Hall, the Anderson Collection (Scene in Action), the Mc Murtry Art and Art History Building (Building Scene), the Windover Contemplative Center (Flower, A Moving Meditation), and Roble Gym (Ghost Architecture). Other notable performances of the Chocolate Heads include the first Stanford TedX (Red Shift), the Pace Gallery in Palo Alto (David Hockney), the Djerassi Artist Residency (Artful Harvest), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Connie Strayer: Set and Costume Designer, Hecuba/Helen
Connie has designed for theatre, dance, opera and fashion. Some of her recent costume design credits include: Wanderings of Odysseus, Importance of Being Earnest, Moby Dick – Rehearsed, and Hay Fever (TBA and SFBATCC nominations) for Stanford Repertory Theatre; Cosi fan Tutte and The Flying Dutchman for Opera San Jose; Radio Golf for TheatreWorks; Silence! The Musical for Cloud 9 Productions; two new world premiere operas by Giancarlo Acquilanti, Oxford Companions, and Jonathan Bergers’ Visitations (co-design) directed by Rinde Eckert, and Love Sick for Jewish Circle Theatre and Zorro Productions, which won the 2017 Glickman Award for best world premiere play in the Bay Area. Dance credits include Amy Seiwart’s Les Biches, Robert Moses’ Bloom for Oakland Ballet, Nuage for Mark Foeringer Dance Project, and It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker for Menlowe Ballet. Connie contributes regularly as a textile artist and painter for companies including Alonzo King Lines Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. She teaches theatrical design in the TAPS Department at Stanford and is a member of United Scenic Artists.
Katerina Zacharia: video/image research and videography, Hecuba/Helen; symposium speaker, “The Trojan War, Then and Now;” film discussant for SRT’s film festival, “Women in Resistance: Films of Cacoyannis and Von Trotta”
Professor of Classics at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Katerina has collaborated on theatrical performances, workshops, artistic events, and film projects with the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (MCF) and Hellenic American University (HAEC) in Athens, Greece. She organized the US tour of Michael Cacoyannis’ adaptation of Lysistrata in 2006, and she serves as consultant on Letters and the Arts for the Cacoyannis Foundation. In 2012, she organized an extensive program of workshops, seminars, and performances of SRT’s The Wanderings of Odysseus at MCF, funded by the European Union under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic.
Katerina also serves as the Director of Education and Culture for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She currently is directing and producing a short documentary on the 11th-century church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mani, exploring identity, social structures, and village piety.
Michael Ramsaur: Lighting Designer, Hecuba/Helen
Michael has had a 40-year career in theater as lighting designer for over 200 productions in the San Francisco Bay Area, working with Berkeley Rep, San Jose Civic Light Opera, West Bay Opera, Grace Cathedral, Foothill Summer Theatre, Lamplighters, TheatreWorks, and Broadway by the Bay. For Stanford Repertory Theatre he has designed the lighting for Hay Fever, Moby Dick - Rehearsed, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oedipus, Old Times, Under Milkwood, The Wanderings of Odysseus, and Electra.
Michael also has designed for Exile Santa Fe, Aspen Theater Company, California Center for the Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the Samuel Becket Center in Dublin, Ireland. He has received Outstanding Lighting Design awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association, Dean Goodman Award, and the Drama Logue Award.
Brendon Martin: Stage Manager, Hecuba, produced by SRT and presented at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens Greece. Brendon graduated from Stanford University in 2013 and has spent the last few years working in theater and tech. Brendon is both a director and stage manager, and is excited to be returning to MCF after his last visit in 2012 with Stanford Repetory Theater's production of The Wanderings of Odysseus.
Nima Dehghani: Projection Designer, Euripides’ Hecuba/Helen
A multidisciplinary artist, theater director, playwright, and designer, Nima received his BA in Architecture from IUST in Iran, and received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University with emphasis on digital media and performance. His work has been presented in Iran, the US, and at festivals in Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Georgia, and Germany. Nima was named "The best young director of the year" from the Iranian theater Directors’ Center in 2012.
Alex Johnson: Associate Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater
For SRT, Alex has acted the title role in Brecht’s Galileo and in the WW1 tribute Words to End All Wars. He directed Naomi Wallace’s Slaughter City, Chekhov’s The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary and the devised version of Meyerhold’s 33 Swoons for the company.
As a playwright, Alex’s work has been seen locally at the Cutting Ball Theater's RISK is This Festival, and at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Alex serves as the Director of Outreach and Programing for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild in Boston, producing and developing theater programs for underserved schools throughout the state. He holds a BFA with Honors in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University.