The Creative 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 MOUTHat 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, C&G Artistic Director, Producer
Zachary Reeve Davidson is a theatre resurrectionist, smuggler, and lighthouse operator. As the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, Zach has remixed Shakespearean comedy, Greek tragedy, Celtic romance, Mexican folklore, German legend, French opera, and American mythology. In his “spare time,” he is a sought-after arts administrator and creative consultant, having worked with a dozen organizations throughout Los Angeles including the Los Angeles LGBT Center, A Noise Within, Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, Conga Kids, BLKLST, Overtone Industries, Son of Semele, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and more. In 2023, he was named to The Nonprofit Partnership’s “Emerging Leaders” cohort and selected as a mentor for Arts For LA’s “Activate: Protege” program. Davidson is a co-author of the LA Anti-Racist Theatre Standards, a guest lecturer (CalArts, Denver University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts), and a regular panelist (California Arts Council, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the Garry Marshall New Works Festival, the Jewish Play Project, CalArts New Works Festival). Denver native, CalArts Mafia, on social as @reevecreates.
Elisa Rosin (she/her) – Scenic Designer, Co-Choreographer, Music Direction, C&G Associate Artistic Director, Producer
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
An Alumni of The Stella Adler Art of Acting studio’s professional conservatory, they have since served as an assistant director, stage manager, and long term assistant to faculty of the studio as well as the American Academy of Dramatic art. Their original art and animations for Seonjae Kim’s RIOT ANTIGONE ; Sophocles told through women & LGBT punk band, can be found on YouTube and Spotify. They work both on stage and behind the scenes as an independent consultant and can be commissioned for graphic design, set decoration, costumes, and animations. @Mads.Felder, @truly_._madly.
Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski (he/him) – 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.
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. His grandson now works as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and intimate music in Los Angeles and around the world. Coin and Ghost: MAMMA MAMMA, BAD HAMLET, FORTUNATE SON. Theatre: Pasadena Playhouse, Getty Villa, Starkid, Tin Can Bro’s, Rogue Artists Ensemble, and many more. Dance: Mashup Dance, LA Dance Project, Collage Dance Collective. Music: Kronos Quartet, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. Educational: Cal Rep, Pepperdine University, Occidental College, Pomona College, University of LaVerne, Notre Dame HS. BFA from Emerson College. JGuthmanDesign.com
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.
Carly DW Bones (she/they) – Intimacy Director
Carly DW Bones is a theatre director, intimacy director/coordinator, sex educator, community facilitator and thespomancer. She works as a freelance intimacy director and educator for theatre companies (A Noise Within, Antaeus, Boston Court, Coeurage, Coin & Ghost, East West Players, EST LA, Ghost Road, Hero Theatre, IAMA, The Road, Skylight, StarKid, Son of Semele, Skylight) and universities (CSULA, Emerson LA, Occidental, UCLA, UCR, USC, Pomona). Carly created and directed at the feminist theatre ensemble, The Illyrian Players (2011-2019). They’ve also directed at: Coin & Ghost, The Echo, EST LA, Inkwell Theater, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Vagrancy. Connect: [email protected]
Aly Michele (she/her) – Assistant Lighting Designer
Aly Michelle is a lighting technician and designer from Texas. She is so grateful to have finally made the big move to Cali this past year to pursue her creative career further! She thanks lighting designer Joey Guthman and the MAMA MAMA team for inviting her to work on this spectacular project as the assistant lighting designer. Enjoy the show!!
Veronica Bowers (she/her) – Production Manager
Veronica Bowers currently serves as the Production Manager for Caltech’s TACIT program and Technomancer for Liquid Gold Burlesque. Previous productions include “Formulae and Fairytales” for Invertigo Dance Company (Technical Director), “Invisible Cities” with Industry Opera Company/LA Dance Project (Audio Engineer) “fellowship” with Cornerstone Theater Company (Sound Designer).
Kendall Johnson (he/him) – C&G Associate Artistic Director, Producer
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. His TV credits include Amazon Prime’s A League of Their Own, NCIS:LA and NCIS: NEW Orleans on CBS, Black & Sexy TV’s Sexless. His stage credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane, Ajax in Iraq with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, A Chorus Line, Macbeth, As You Like it, and The Tempest with Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson, WY.
Joseph Baca (he/she/they) – C&G Director of Community Engagement, Producer
Joseph Baca, a Los Angeles native, ventured to Williams College in Massachusetts for undergraduate studies, then also to the Accademia dell’Arte in Italy to focus on mask and physical theatre, and finally to Japan to study bunraku puppetry. Since graduating, they’ve worked with several companies including Double Edge Theatre, the Suzuki Company of Toga, Not Man Apart, and Wet the Hippo. Now based back in L.A. they use their wide range of skills installing art at the Craft Contemporary, teaching elementary students social-emotional wellness through dance, and smearing various foods all over their body at our pleasurable burlesque fundraisers.
Lucy Pollak (she/her) – Publicist
Lucy Pollak has been providing publicity services for intimate and mid-size theater companies in Los Angeles for over 30 years, as well as for independent theater, music and dance productions and large events and festivals such as the annual Emmy Award-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center. She repped the debut production of Deaf West Theatre’s SPRING AWAKENING, which went on to a Tony-nominated Broadway run. In New York, she publicized off-Broadway premieres of Murray Mednick’s MAYAKOVSKY AND STALIN at the Cherry Lane, LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at the Soho Playhouse, and OUR MAN IN SANTIAGO at the new AMT Theatre. From 1981 to 1990, she was production manager/staff producer at the Odyssey Theatre, where she co-produced over 100 productions with artistic director Ron Sossi. For the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, she line-produced Reza Abdoh’s controversial QUOTATIONS FROM A RUINED CITY. She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award (MASTER CLASS), an LA Weekly Award (MARY BARNES), four Drama-Logue Awards (MARY BARNES, IDIOGLOSSIA, ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST, IT’S A GIRL), and a Women in Theatre Recognition Award. She has served on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, Women in Theatre and P.A.T.H. (Performing Arts Theatre for the Handicapped).