The Production Team
Cecilia Fairchild (she/her) – Co-Playwright
Cecilia Fairchild was conceived on a moving train in a thunderstorm outside Marfa, Texas. She is a Los Angeles native, a 7th generation Californian, and she holds her MFA in acting from USC. Her play FORTUNATE SON, an adaptation of Goethe’s FAUST set in post-Vietnam New Orleans, premiered with Coin & Ghost as its inaugural production. Her short plays, BEST OF MY LOVE and FAMILY TRADITION, premiered at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in 2017. Recent performances in LA include Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s COWBOY MOUTH at Thymele Arts and Shepard’s BACK BOG BEAST BAIT at The YARD Theater. She co-directed the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 2016 production of FOOL FOR LOVE. In 2015, she worked closely with Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, writing with and performing alongside him in his short film Salt Wound for Slamdance Film Festival. Last fall, she choreographed for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s COPLAND’S AMERICA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her focus is on the collaborative possibilities of theater and film. She dances at Jumbo’s Clown Room.
Zach Davidson (he/him) – Director, Choreographer, & Artistic Director
Zachary Reeve Davidson is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, with whom he remixes mythology and pursues eccentricity. These remixes have included Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, Mexican folklore, German legend, French opera, and American history (to name a few), and LA Weekly recently called the company’s work “uniquely entertaining” and “innovative in a few different ways.” As an arts administrator and creative consultant, Davidson has worked with non-profits throughout Los Angeles and around the country, including A Noise Within, Not Man Apart, Heidi Duckler Dance, Conga Kids, The WeHo Dance Festival, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Invertigo Dance Theatre, AdlerImprov and more. Davidson 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, Colorado. BFA, CalArts. @reeve.ghost
Elisa Rosin (she/her) – Scenic Designer, Co-Choreographer, Music Director, and Associate Artistic Director
Born in Seattle into a family of theatremakers, 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 BAD HAMLET, TWO GENTS*, FORTUNATE SON, and the workshops of OLYMPIA, TOO FAUST TOO FURIOUS, 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.
Mads Felder (they/them) – Stage Manager
Mads is a non-binary multimedia artist who works both sides of acting and production in Los Angeles’s theatre and film scenes. An Alumni of The Stella Adler Art of Acting studio’s professional conservatory (class of 2017) they have since served as an assistant director, stage manager, and long term assistant to faculty members of the studio as well as the American Academy of Dramatic art. Their original art and animations for Seonjae Kim’s RIOT ANTIGONE a new take on the Greek tragedy by Sophocles told through the perspective of a women & LGBT punk band, were released on YouTube and Spotify this year. Their work is incredibly diverse in the field of the arts with independent consultations and commissions as a Graphic designer, set decorator, costume tailor, animator and professional painter. Assistant Director credits include: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ROMEO AND JULIET, EURYDICE (Art of Acting studio),THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Leo Rising theatre co.). Recent Stage credits include; Costard/Katherine (LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST), Banquo (MACBETH), Andrew Hall (MEN ON BOATS). @Mads.Felder, @truly_._madly.
Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski – Composer & Sound Designer
Sloe is a multi-award winning sound designer. He received the 2018 Ovation Award for his sound design of the play BURNERS. He has designed hundreds of plays. A few of his notable sound designs include GOD LOOKED AWAY starring Judith Light and Al Pacino and REDEMPTION OF A DOGG starring Snoop Dogg. Sloe is also a veteran, having served six years in the United States Navy in the Nuclear Power Division. He would like to thank the incredible and amazing Gabrieal Griego for her continuous support during all of his creative endeavors. He is proud to be part of this great production.
Athena Lawton (they/them) – Costume Designer
Athena Lawton is a Californian artist who explores identity and the body through costume. In 2015 they graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Costume Design. Since graduating, Athena has also forged a career in film, television, commercials, music videos, theater, dance and eSports. Since 2018 Athena has been the Lead Stylist and Costume Designer for the League of Legends World Tournament. They most recently designed the Costumes for the Sebastian Yatra Dharma World Tour, as well as his 2021 tour with Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin. Athena has designed costumes for many award winning films including IN FULL BLOOM directed by Reza Ghassemi and Adam Villasenor, ASCENSION directed by Ross Waschmann, SNAKE EYES directed by Costa Ciminello, THE TOLL ROAD directed by Tom Riley, A.I. MAMA directed by Asuka Lin, FIRST DAY BACK directed by Deshawn Plair, and series FOR THE LOVE OF JASON on UMC. Their work with performance art collective B.Dunn Movement has toured nationally and has been exhibited at MOCA. In their free time, they make music and grow vegetables.
Joey Guthman (he/him) – Lighting Designer
Joey is the grandson of Edwin Otto Guthman who earned a Purple Heart liberating Italy from totalitarian rule in WWII. On a much lighter (pun intended) note, Joey works as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and intimate music whose work has been seen in Los Angeles and around the world. Coin and Ghost: QUEER DISNEY DRAG KARAOKE EXTRAVAGANZA SPECTACULARANZA, BAD HAMLET, FORTUNATE SON. LA: Pasadena Playhouse, Redcat, Getty Villa, Rogue Artist’s Ensemble, Gary Marshall Theatre, Circle X, Bootleg Theatre, California Rep, Greenway Court Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, Highways, LA Dance Project , MashUp Dance, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Occidental College, University of Laverne, Theatre 360. From 2017-2020 Joey was a resident designer at Rockwell Table and Stage where he designed over a dozen raucous productions including Rockwell Musical Parody’s IT (Ovation- Best Large Musical). Currently Joey tours nationally with Kronos Quartet and Collage Dance Collective. BFA from Emerson College. JGuthmanDesign.com
Carly D. Weckstein (she/they) – Intimacy Director
Carly D. Weckstein is a theatre director, intimacy choreographer, sex educator and community facilitator. She creates at the intersections of theatre, sexuality, gender, community, mental health, trauma-sensitive practices and social justice. Carly founded The Illyrian Players in 2011, a feminist ensemble for theatre artists, where she has directed many plays and taught a variety of theatrical workshops. She currently works as a freelance intimacy director and educator for Los Angeles theatre companies (A Noise Within, The Road, Coin and Ghost, EST LA), university theatre programs (UCLA, USC, Pomona College), as well as the occasional indie film (HYPOCHONDRIAC, SERPENTINE PINK). They also work for Art With Impact, facilitating college workshops that use film and theatre to de-stigmatize talking about mental health. Carly is a passionate advocate for artists and actors, championing communication and consent as an essential part of creative collaboration. She believes that in theatre we can use both the process and the product to create new paradigms through which artists and audiences alike can find belonging and be activated for change. www.carlydweckstein.com
Miri Henerson (she/her) – Asst. Lighting Designer
Doug Gabrielle – Master Electrician
Joseph Baca (he/they/she) – Producer & Director of Community Engagement
Joseph Baca is a Los Angeles native who left the incessantly effervescent SoCal sun to pursue his undergraduate studies at Williams College in Western Massachusetts. Little did he know, he’d be trading ten months of summer for ten months of winter, so he studied abroad for two semesters in Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte studying mask and physical theatre, and one summer in Japan studying bunraku puppetry. Since acquiring his Bachelor’s in Theatre, he has studied and performed under companies such as Double Edge Theatre, the Suzuki company of Toga, Not Man Apart, and the Idiot Workshop. Now re-based in Los Angeles he uses his talents installing art exhibits in museums and galleries all across the city and teaching 5th graders the joy of ballroom dance under the non-profit organization Conga Kids. He’s ecstatic to be joining the C&G team to help bring fresh and accessible theatre to the LA community.
Kendall Johnson (he/him) – Producer & 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.
Marguerite French (she/they) – Producer & 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.
Lynn Tejada/Green Galactic – Publicity
Established in Hollywood, California in 1993 — by Lynn Tejada who still serves as its CEO — Green Galactic develops strategic marketing campaigns, publicizes new initiatives, and builds audiences. The PR firm boasts an eclectic roster of alternative art and culture producers. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Tejada — an avid music and film fan — created the firm on the foundation of her love for electronic music/DJ culture. Green Galactic provides publicity, promotion, and marketing consulting services to a diverse array of clients who frequently blur the line between popular culture and fine art.