We have seen videos, read interviews from newspapers around the country a well as local press (El Hispanic News & Portland Monthly) and reviews from other cities and reached by the contagious passion that the Honduran-born Hinds and his group put into their hip-hop theatre production performing for the first time in Portland on Sep. 19th and 20th during La Luna Nueva!
Today we invite you to meet the talent behind this powerful performance.
Rickerby Hinds, Writer/Director
One of the most influential individuals to come into the theater world in a generation, Rickerby Hinds has the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage while remaining respectful of its long history and traditions.
Possessing an MFA in play writing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis (ASK) Award for best play, Hinds’ visionary creations span the gamut of human emotions and experiences. In addition to his mission to open up the theater to a diversity of voices and experiences, Hinds is driven to bring the theater to new audiences. Hinds is currently a full Professor of playwriting in the Department of Theater at the University of California, Riverside and the founder and artistic director of the Califest Hip Hop TheaterFestival.
Rhaechyl I. Walker, Myeisha
Rhaechyl Walker is an entertainer. She began auditioning for musicals at the age of 7, and has been performing ever since. She is an alumna of University of California, Riverside where she received a B.A. in English and a B.F.A in Theater. Being able to perform allows me to do what I have always dreamed of, being a part of an Artistic expression that contributes truth and love through a progressive state of mind.
John “Faahz” Merchant, Coroner /911 Operator / Officer Garland / Guy at the club
John “Faahz” Merchant, a 26-year-old California native, hails from the city of Pomona where he earned the nickname Faahz (short for “Moufaahza” inspired by Disney’s Lion King) because of his deep, baritone voice. The son of a pastor, John was raised in the church where the seeds of his passion for music were planted and where he learned to play his first instrument, the drums. He has performed on many stages ranging from poetry lounges to hip hop shows.
Carrie Mikuls, Choreographer
California native, Carrie Mikuls is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside with her BA in Dance. During her time at UCR she received the Chancellor’s Performance Award in Dance in 2007 for her work in choreography and dance as well as the Undergraduate Research Grant in 2009 for her research in choreography entitled “Experimental Art.” Carrie has worked on various television projects, including MTV’s Nick Cannon Presents Wild’n Out Season 2 and MTV’s Nick Cannon’s music video Dime Piece.
Read El Hispanic News' exclusive interview and profile of Hinds here!
Read the Portland Monthly interview with Hinds.
Only two performances of Dreamscape this weekend at Milagro!
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