BNT Adds 4 New Company Members
Two days ago, you joined us in welcoming eight new Artistic Associates for the Broken Nose family. Today, we couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the four artists who will be joining BNT as Company Members. We can’t think of a better group of collaborators to continue building on our recent success with At The Table and help us thrive as we enter the next phase of BNT’s growth and institutional development. We’re excited to be able to work with them in our upcoming season, which we’ll be announcing soon. In the meantime, meet them below!
First, there’s Echaka Agba. While it’s going to be a long while before anyone stops talking about her performance in At The Table (for which she’s won the Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Time Out Theater Awards for Best Featured Performance and Best Breakout Performance), it wasn’t her first time on our stage. She worked on two separate plays in Bechdel Fest 3 — by Joe Zarrow and Resident Playwright Michael Allen Harris — in vastly different roles. She then returned to the festival during this month’s fifth edition, where she played a pivotal role in Cynthia Hines’s “Exposure.”
Then, there’s Martin Hanna, who hopped into the cast of Human Terrain and immediately started doing double duty as both a performer and a dialect coach. Earlier this month, his short play “Layalina” was featured in Bechdel Fest 5; as his new artistic home, we’re currently working with him to develop it into a full-length.
Rose Hamill joined the team of A Phase late in the process as Stage Manager, and her enthusiasm and willingness to juggle three or four problems at once instantly impressed us. We had to remind ourselves that she hadn’t even graduated college yet. Add to that her work rallying the troops for Bechdel Fest 4 and her commitment to At The Table both in its initial run and its remount, and she was a no-brainer choice when it was time to bring on a Company Manager.
When Johnard Washington accepted the role of Nicholas in At The Table, we had already been huge fans of his work for years. But through that rehearsal process, through production, its critical reception, its remount, and multiple extensions, Johnard was consistently someone we could turn to for a second opinion, and the unflinching honesty he showed onstage was equally as evident in those late-night conversations.
To find these four artists who share so many of our company’s values was incredible. To have them join the ranks and play a pivotal role in BNT’s future is something else altogether. We look forward to the future with these four!
September 21, 2017 Uncategorized