Who We Are

photos by Bob Turton

ZACHARY REEVE DAVIDSON

Artistic Director

Zachary Reeve Davidson is an actor, director, writer, and teacher, known for his bold characterizations and dangerous, imaginative original works. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, where he co-created and directed Fortunate Son: A Faust MythLEAVES, Too Faust, Too Furious, CE399, and OLYMPIA. Other favorite theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and What the Thunder Said (Rebel Mars Co.), Ajax in Iraq and Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny (Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble), Hamlet (Miles Memorial Playhouse), The Johnny Cycle (Speakeasy Society), Green Grow the Lilacs (Theatricum Botanicum), and two full repertory seasons with Shakespeare Santa Monica. Film credits include the Ron Perlman/Amazon series Hand of God, the mini-series I Don’t, and the short film Jeffrey, in which Zach played a young Jeffrey Dahmer. His first original digital work, Gramlet, was met with critical acclaim and large-scale bewilderment.

In his “spare time,” Zach is a company member with Not Man Apart, Salty Shakespeare, and Theatricum Botanicum. He is also a sought-after Arts Marketing expert, consulting and creating with organizations all over Los Angeles. Zach produced over 125 projects as a curator for the CalArts New Works Festival, was a Young Playwright’s National Finalist for his play Amsterdam; or Loving George, and served as Shakespeare Santa Monica’s youngest-ever Associate Artistic Director. He was born and raised in Denver, CO, and is a proud graduate of the CalArts BFA Acting program.

MARGUERITE FRENCH

Managing Director

Marguerite French is a recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary MFA program at UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film, and Television, where she co-produced and starred in the Rabbit Bandini film, Death, and directed the short, Intimate Beauty. Her first role after graduation was “Alison” in Francis Ford Coppola’s Distant Vision. As the 2015 Cirque du Soleil Directing/Marketing Fellow, she directed a commercial for the Cirque production “Baz”, helped conceive the social media campaign #cirqueway, and learned to hang by her ankles from the aerial tissu. As an actor in New York, she studied with JoAnne Akalaitis, Jim Calder, Wynn Handman, and William Esper. She is a proud alumnus of Bard College.

Marguerite French is a recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary MFA program at UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film, and Television, where she co-produced and starred in the Rabbit Bandini film, Death, and directed the short, Intimate Beauty. Her first role after graduation was “Alison” in Francis Ford Coppola’s Distant Vision. As the 2015 Cirque du Soleil Directing/Marketing Fellow, she directed a commercial for the Cirque production “Baz”, helped conceive the social media campaign #cirqueway, and learned to hang by her ankles from the aerial tissu. As an actor in New York, she studied with JoAnne Akalaitis, Jim Calder, Wynn Handman, and William Esper. She is a proud alumnus of Bard College.

ELISA ROSIN

Associate Artistic Director, Director of Music

Born in Seattle into a family of theatre gypsies, Elisa Rosin is an actor, vocalist, composer, and teaching artist. She is a founding member of Coin & Ghost, where she co-created and performed in Fortunate Son, OLYMPIA, Too Faust, and LEAVES. Elisa has also performed at RedCat, The Odyssey, Seattle Opera, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre, as well as with LA-favorite companies like Salty Shakespeare, Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, The Speakeasy Society, and Shakespeare Santa Monica. She composed part of the original score for NMA’s Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny, and produces/performs in burlesque shows under the stage name, “Cookie St. Cream.” Elisa studied vocal performance at California Institute of the Arts.

KENDALL JOHNSON

Associate Artistic Director

Kendall grew up in Chicago, where he first fell in love with acting. He started out as a junior in college performing in small productions and that love grew as he attended USC Master’s of Fine Arts for Acting. Completing that program and doing a three play rotation repertory is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Since graduating from USC, he has worked with Black & Sexy TV on their webseries Sexless, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane, done two shows with the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and performed The Tempest at Off Square Theatre in Jackson, WY.

Kendall grew up in Chicago, where he first fell in love with acting. He started out as a junior in college performing in small productions and that love grew as he attended USC Master’s of Fine Arts for Acting. Completing that program and doing a three play rotation repertory is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Since graduating from USC, he has worked with Black & Sexy TV on their webseries Sexless, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane, done two shows with the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and performed The Tempest at Off Square Theatre in Jackson, WY.

NIKI ARMATO

Production Manager

Niki Armato met the Coin & Ghost team while Stage Managing two critically-acclaimed productions from Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble (Ajax in Iraq and Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny). She recently PSMed Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment at the Geffen Playhouse. Niki has previously worked in theaters throughout Pittsburgh and NYC, spending two seasons with City Theatre Company and then with The York Theatre, where she stage managed a total of 15+ productions, including Anthony Rapp’s Without You and the Off-Broadway Revival of Closer Than Ever with Jen Colella (Dir.Richard Maltby). Other favorites include: Buddy’s Tavern (Dir.Peter Flynn), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Regional Premiere), The Gate’s Salome (US Premiere) and The House of Von Macrame at the Bushwick Starr.  Her love of the collaborative arts has also led her to moonlight as an AD and Editor.

ALEX GARLAND

Director of Community Engagement

Theater credits include: Young Simba in the first national tour of The Lion King, Parade, American Idiot, The Witch in Fortunate Son: A Faust Myth, The Denver Project by Universes Theater Company, 3-time Stage Raw Award winning Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny w/ Not Man Apart Theater Ensemble. Sharing the stage and working with many artists through work with Flash Mob America as a producer and professional dancer. Some of the artists of note are Lin-Manuel Miranda ,Kristin Chenoweth and Janet Jackson including Television Credits with Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, ABC’s Modern Family, and FOX’s Mobbed. Worked with Prince on one of his final music videos “Breakfast Can Wait” as a model and Producer’s Asst. Credited as producer and production designer of multi-award winning short film “22 Years”. Currently Director of Marketing w/ B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theater Company and Production Manager for Sundeep Morrison’s ‘Rag Head’. For more info AlexanderGarland.com

Theater credits include: Young Simba in the first national tour of The Lion King, Parade, American Idiot, The Witch in Fortunate Son: A Faust Myth, The Denver Project by Universes Theater Company, 3-time Stage Raw Award winning Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny w/ Not Man Apart Theater Ensemble. Sharing the stage and working with many artists through work with Flash Mob America as a producer and professional dancer. Some of the artists of note are Lin-Manuel Miranda ,Kristin Chenoweth and Janet Jackson including Television Credits with Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, ABC’s Modern Family, and FOX’s Mobbed. Worked with Prince on one of his final music videos “Breakfast Can Wait” as a model and Producer’s Asst. Credited as producer and production designer of multi-award winning short film “22 Years”. Currently Director of Marketing w/ B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theater Company and Production Manager for Sundeep Morrison’s ‘Rag Head’. For more info AlexanderGarland.com

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