22 Apr

First of all, can you believe there are only three days left until opening night? I know I can’t. This has been such an incredible journey, and I am so excited to see it come to fruition. We have made so many friends and learned so much together. Now that you’ve met the cast, let me introduce you to the rest of the crew!

jonathanJonathan Wei
[Writer & Founder]

is a writer, playwright, filmmaker and producer, and is founder and director of The Telling Project.  His work has been staged and screened at Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts, Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC and Portland Center Stage in Portland, OR among others, appeared in the Village Voice, Iowa Review, and the North American Review, and he has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Metabolic Studios and others.  Jonathan lives with his family in Austin, TX.

staceyStacey Shade-Ware

is a proud US Air Force spouse and recently PCS-ed (moved) from Maryland. She is honored that “Telling: Austin” is her Texas directorial debut. She volunteers with several military groups including: Air Force Key Spouses, Veteran Artist Program, USO, Operation Welcome Home, and Hearts Apart – a deployment support group. Previous directing credits include: Telling: Washington, DC (Assistant Director); Laurel Mill Playhouse – The American Way (AD). She is also a professional stage manager and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Partial stage management credits include: Rep Stage – Mrs. Farnsworth, Two By Pinter; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival – All’s Well That Ends Well, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Company 13 – The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Jeffrey; Maryland Opera Studio – Poppea, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Elixir D’Amore (ASM). Stacey holds a BA in theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Charlotte Gullick

is a novelist, poet, essayist, educator, editor, and public speaker.   Her awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Santa Fe Writer’s Project Grand Prize, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, and a MacDowell Colony Residency.  She is currently Department Chair of Creative Writing at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas.




Christine Dumaine Leche

is editor/author of Outside the Wire: American Soldiers’ Voices from Afghanistan (University of Virginia Press, 2013). As an instructor for University of Maryland University College—Europe, she taught college courses to active duty soldiers stationed on military bases in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Honduras, and throughout Europe. She also served as academic director for English, Communications, and Foreign Languages for University of Maryland—Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. She holds a PhD in American literature and creative writing from University of Louisiana. Recent poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Louisiana Literature.

schandra2Schandra Abigail Madha
[Production Assistant & Blogger]

is an undergraduate Humanities student at the University of Texas studying Creative Writing, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Russian Language. Schandra hopes to someday become a professor and a successful multi-genre writer. She would also like to devote her life to developing non-profit creative writing programs, much like the Telling Project, for education, outreach, and therapy. She currently lives in Austin with her partner and two dogs.

Special Credit Producers:
Eliza Platts-Mills
Aubrey Wilkerson
Timothy Wei
Caroline Morris
Austin Writing Coach
Dominican Jo
Tito’s Vodka
Laughing Goat Photography
Sentelli’s Bakery
Snap Kitchen
Thundercloud Subs
Wounded Warrior Project
VSA Texas
Special Thanks:
Dreux Carpenter
Karen Clifton
Linda Crockett
Sara Harless
Elyse Fenton
Lyman Grant
Jacques Leche
Alan Martell
Travis McDonald
Michael Maddox
Bernardino Miranda
Houston Putney
Mary Rincon
Brian Turner
Russ Ware
Herlinda Zamora

Remember to help us out by spreading the word, donating to the Telling Project, and of course coming to show! All six performances will be free, so come early to snag your seats.


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