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Meet the Bloggers…

AkibaAbakaAkiba Abaka, director/playwright/producer, is the founder of the award-winning Up, You Mighty Race, a professional theater dedicated to the research, presentation, and advancement of world heritages and indigenous cultures. Her most notable directing credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Patience of Nantucket, 409 Edgecombe Avenue, and In the Continuum, for which she earned the 2008 IRNE Award for Best Direction. She is currently establishing a multi-layered learning environment that fuses theatre arts, media arts, and21st Century skill building to prepare students for achieving their greatness at UMass Boston.

KevinBecerraKevin Becerra has settled at ArtsEmerson as Artistic Engagement Manager after moving all over the country working in new play development. Previous positions include National New Play Network Producer in Residence at Actor’s Express in Atlanta and Allen Lee Hughes New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Trained as a Dramaturgy in the BFA program at University of Arizona, he is currently spending much less time with scripts and a whole lot more time creating spaces for conversation.

PollyCarlP. Carl is a scholar, dreamer, bicycle enthusiast, and tattoo aficionado currently working as Director of HowlRound and Co-Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson. His most recent ink job is in memory of his beloved father-in-law, a beautful bluebird looking skyward. He makes his ravioli and pies from scratch, and is devoted to his two muppet-like dogs Leo and Lenny.

DavidDowerDavid Dower is the Artistic Director at ArtsEmerson and is obsessed with the #newplay infrastructure for the American Theater. Before joining ArtsEmerson in the spring of 2012, David Dower spent six seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Arena Stage where he directed the Artistic Development Team and founded the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI), the precursor to The Center for the Theater Commons now located at Emerson College. He served as the Artistic Producer on Arena’s offerings from 2007-2011, including the Tony/Pulitzer winning Next to Normal. Prior to joining Arena he was the founding Artistic Director of the Z Space and a founder of its predecessor, the producing ensemble The Z Collective, both in San Francisco. He has directed plays around the country, including at Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s Intiman, and dozens of world premiere productions in the Bay Area. You can follow David on Twitter @ddower.

RyanWalshRyan Walsh is the Marketing & Communications Managers ArtsEmerson. As a lifelong Boston resident he has written for The Phoenix and The Believer and directed music videos that have premiered on IFC and MTV. In his other guise as the founder/singer of rock band Hallelujah The Hills he has toured the US and Canada, released albums on Misra Records, and has had a performance interrupted by Chevy Chase. You can find him on Twitter @JahHills.


  1. Paul ProperzioMay 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

    My wife and I were not only mesmerized by Denis O’Hare’s tour de force performance of An Iliad, but we were totally engaged in this 100-minute production. We have traveled frequently to the ancient sites in Greece and have witnessed productions of ancient drama at Epidauruos and Athens. But O’Hare’s masterful interpretation of Homer’s Iliad singularly captured the essence of Homer’s epic masterpiece. We especially appreciated when O’Hare read the ancient Greek lines in dactylic hexameter to reinforce the poet’s messages about war and terrorism and their devastation on the world. In light of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, O’Hare’s message rang loud and clear. I also teach ancient Greek, including Homer, to my students at Boston Latin Academy in Dorchester.

  2. Carolyn A. CavenyDecember 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The Trip to Bountiful was beyond magnificent!


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