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D.J. Gommels, Music Composer, Seattle:   D.J. has been a pianist, arranger, conductor, and music director in theatre for over 20 years. He has worked in numerous venues for summer stock, regional, dinner theatre and touring productions throughout the United States.  D.J. has also enjoyed a career in opera and is a frequent soloist with orchestra ensembles across the United States and Canada as well as many opera companies.   D.J. received his training from the University of South Dakota and The Peabody Conservatory.  He has received numerous awards and citations for contributions to music and musical theatre. Currently D.J. works in Seattle at the Cornish College for the Arts as an accompanist and instructor.

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Elgin Kelley, Denver: Elgin has been a company member since 2008. She currently performs 4 shows for the company; Through the Eyes of a Friend, The New American, Island of Hope, and Hear My Voice. Elgin has appeared locally as Miep at the Denver Center Theatre Company in The Diary of Anne Frank for which she received an award for Best Supporting Actress. Other Denver area work includes 4 seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Love’s Labours Lost, Around the World in 80 Days, As You Like It, Othello), the Avenue Theatre (Dog Sees God for which she was honored for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, OleannaBeyond Therapy, and  Metamorphoses), and as an Actor and Workshop Instructor for 6 years at the Denver Children’s Theatre in such productions as Sleeping Beauty, Ramona Quimby, and Rikki Tikki Tavi. Her performance as the brave mongoose, along with her portrayal of Desdemona in Othello and an Irish Immigrant in The Crimson Thread gained her Best Year by an Actress from the Denver Post

Narea Kang, New York: Narea ​is a ​New York-based ​actor, producer, and teaching artist, having recently graduated from the MFA Acting program at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.​ She ​has been seen ​by Bay Area audiences ​on A.C.T.'s Geary stage as Bo in Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem​ and in A Christmas Carol​.​ Select theatre credits: Jenny (u/s) in John (A.C.T.'s Strand stage), Stephano in The Tempest (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), ​Minli in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Book-It Repertory Theatre), and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (A.C.T. MFA).

Yumi Ishabashi, Los Angeles: Yumi hails from the great Pacific Northwest, specifically Kirkland, WA. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BFA in Theatre and has continued training in places such as Hull, England and Los Angeles CA, where she currently resides.  With a passion for art and Theatre for social change, she is very honored and thrilled to be joining the company of Living Voices and to share Emi’s story in “Within the Silence” as well as her own family’s history as it pertains to the story.

Taren Mangual, New York: Taren Hastings Mangual holds a BFA degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and a Masters in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She began her journey as a teaching artist with CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota. After graduate school she has worked with GETheatre in Zanzibar, East Africa using theatre as a tool for students to practice english literacy. Now Taren continues her work as an actor educator here with Living Voices and as a Theater Teacher at Great Oaks Legacy Charter High School. As an actor Taren has appeared in many roles. Her favorites include King Lear with Charles S. Dutton, House of Bernada Alba, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom by Suzan Lori Parks, and The Colored Museum. You can learn more about Taren at

Michael McClinton, Producer, Seattle:   Received his degrees in Theatre and Mass Communications from the University of Denver.  His skills have been instrumental in the creation of Living Voices and its unique programs.  Michael is an Emmy ® winning promotions producer at KCTS 9 (PBS) in Seattle.  Other television work includes KUSA in Denver, WNET in New York, and KOMO, KCTS, KCPQ and FSN in Seattle as well as the Denver Center Media Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Michael started performing in touring educational theatre in Denver, CO with Seven Ages Productions.  Michael has produced all of Living Voices' programs as well as creating our posters and performs Journey from the Dust.

Rachael McClinton, Artistic Director, Seattle:   Rachael McClinton is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Living Voices. She received her theatre training at SUNY Purchase in New York and at Bennington College in Vermont. For two years she toured with children's theatre programs, including World of Wonder for the Denver Natural History Museum. While in Colorado, Rachael received outstanding notices for her work in the role of Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank which was presented in conjunction with the Anne Frank national touring exhibit. As artistic director and performer, Rachael regularly presents Through the Eyes of a Friend, schedule every booking, and trains and manages the entire company of performers.

Gabrielle Miller, Philadelphia:   Gabrielle Miller is a longtime actor with Living Voices and has performed across the country from Los Angeles, to New York City and almost everywhere in between.  She has been seen on stage in Amsterdam and London, has won several awards for her performances.  As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she has several film and television credits including Beverly Hills 90210, Atomic Blue and The Fan.  She is currently a Professor of Film Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Ken Mochizuki, Script Writer, Seattle:  Ken is the author of three children's picture books, Baseball Saved Us, Heroes, and Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story.  Baseball Saved Us was the winner of the Parent's Choice Award, the Washington State Governor's Writers Award, and was named "Best Multicultural Title of 1993" by Publishers Weekly.  Ken is a Seattle native.  He received his degree in Communications from the University of Washington and spent several years as a journalist.  Ken travels around the country giving presentations to schools and educational groups.

Mark Peterson, Seattle:  Mark Graduated from the University of Idaho w/masters in theatre performance. Member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 2005 to 2007. Worked as an assistant director and stage combat instructor/choreographer for Tacoma Youth Theatre and the Broadway Center in Tacoma, wa. Working as an actor in the Puget Sound area since 2008. Notable roles include: Othello, Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, both with Theatre Artists Olympia. Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Shannon in Tennessee William’s Night of the Iguana and Ken Gorman in Neil Simons Rumors