Rachel Atkins, (Script Writer) Seattle:   Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist. Her plays have been seen locally at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, Annex Theatre, Brownbox Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Live Girls!, Infinity Box Theatre Project, Forward Flux Productions, Fantastic Z, Washington Hall, & 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival, and regionally at Harvard Radcliffe/American Repertory Theater (MA), One Theatre World/Cleveland PlayhouseSquare (OH), Independent Actors Theatre (MO), North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NY), Explora Theater (NM), Moonlit Wings Productions, (VA), and Virginia Theatre (IL). A member of the ArtsWA Teaching Artist and the Creative Advantage Arts Partner rosters, she works as a master teaching artist for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Arts Impact, and ACT’s Young Playwrights Program. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in St. Julien l'Ars, France. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. A member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Playwright. Her play BLACK LIKE US received the Gregory Award for Best New Play in 2014, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including Top World Premiere, and was a 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee

Christine Avila, Los Angeles:   Christine Avila is an award winning actress who was in the Original Cast of ZOOT SUIT,  Mark Taper Forum and  LA POSADA MAJICA at South Coast Rep.  Most recently, Christine appeared in the reading of the musical, AMERICAN MARIACHI by Jose Cruz

Gonzalez for Denver Center Theatre Co. and in MADRES by Stephanie Walker for ANTAEUS Theatre

Company.  TV/Film Credits:  PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, SWITCHED at BIRTH, BOSCH, HOUSE,  and LIAR , LIAR.  She is a graduate of UCLA and studied with Sandy Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse.  Teacher:  UCSB – Dept of Chicano Studies; LMU, UCLA & USC – Dept of Theatre Arts.  Christine received the Teacher of the Year Award from UCLA Extension for her work at Fred C Nelles School for Boys.   Website: www.christineavila.com.

Britt Boyd, Seattle:  According to her mother, Britt learned to sing before she could talk, a talent that went unappreciated until she got cast in her first paying show. Performing has taken her around the world and back to her hometown of Seattle, where she spends her days opening young minds to the joy of theatre. A graduate of the University of Washington, she is a musical theatre historian and avid stage combatant. Britt is thrilled to return for her third season at Living Voices.

Living Voices    Cast

Dan Dennis, Music Composer, Ohio:  Dan began with Living Voices as one of the original Dust Bowl boys portraying Mark Dobson in Journey from the Dust.  After touring throughout the US for several years, he moved into production work for Living Voices, composing and recording music for La Causa, Native Vision, Island of Hope, and most recently Hear My Voice.  In Seattle, Dan has performed as actor, singer,and musician with Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Opera, Intiman Theatre, and others.  He has written many musical scores for Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Theater Simple, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Open Circle Theater.  He helped create and has performed STARBALL (a dreamy musical astronomy show) at some of the world's best known planetaria including New York's Hayden Planetarium, Chicago's Adler Planetarium, and at La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias in Valencia, Spain.  He is a member of Actor's Equity Association and is currently teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University where he will receive his MFA in Theatre Pedagogy.

Ana Maria Campoy, Seattle:  Ana Maria Campoy is a graduate of Theatre Arts and English from California State University of Fullerton. She moved to Seattle in fall 2010 to participate in Seattle Repertory Theatre's Professional Arts Training Program as the Education Intern. She now works as a teaching artist for Seattle Public Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. As an actor, some of her favorite Seattle roles include Abbey in Duane Kelly’s Rousseau and Hobbes at ACT’s Central Heating Lab, Sophie in Pork Filled Production’s The Clockwork Professor, Susanna in Live Girls! Theatre’s Blood/Water/Paint, and Nemesis, in the funny, dark solo play, The Gifts of War in a theatre and dance collaboration at Velocity’s Founder’s Theatre. Other Seattle theatre companies she has also worked with include: Book-It Repertory Theatre, Arouet, Ghost Light Theatricals, eSe teatro, and quiet productions.

Ruth Coughlin, Los Angeles:

 Ruth Coughlin has been a proud company member off and on since 2007 performing Within The Silence. Ruth lives in LA with her insanely creative husband and their adorable dog, Jasper. They create films and things together. Check out their newest one - http://www.theurnfilm.com

Theatre Credits: Sonya in Uncle Vanya (Chalk Rep, LA), Shelby  in Steel Magnolias (East West Players), A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), Romeo and Juliet directed by Ellen Stewart, The Honor and the Glory of Whaling (La MaMA E.T.C.), Ivanov, The Seagull (Chekov at Lake Lucille, dir. Brian Mertes), Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Angelica Bianca in The Rover (Brown/Trinity MFA Program). Education: MFA, Brown University/Trinity Rep; BA, Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Check out ruthcoughlin.com and follow her on Instagram @babiruth

Dior Davenport, Seattle: Dior is excited to begin her ninth year performing with Living Voices. Dior graduated from Washington State University where she performed in productions such as A Raisin in the Sun and Death and the King’s Horseman. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles where she attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy and Playhouse West Acting School.  There she went through intensive training in, Dance, Movement, and the Meisner acting technique. Other recent stage credits include Blanket of fear, Oresteia Ubuntu, and Black Like Us written by Living Voices writer Rachel Atkins.  Dior is honored to be playing the part of Ruby Hollis in The Right to Dream and is looking forward to another rewarding year with Living Voices.

Elizabeth Falzone, Managing Director, Chicago, IL: Elizabeth has been working behind the scenes of Living Voices since 2001.  She is a skilled administrator playing multiple roles for Living Voices; full-charge bookkeeper, business manager, human resources manager, and tour coordinator.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Multidisciplinary Studies emphasizing early adolescent education, mathematics, and science.  She completed many graduate level courses in social justice and spirituality at Seattle University and is currently a student of horticulture at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois.