Living Voices    Company

Elizabeth Rainer, New York: Elizabeth is a longtime Living Voices company member. She currently performs Through the Eyes of a Friend, The New American, The Island of Hope, and Hear My Voice. From an early age, Elizabeth has had an irrepressible passion for performing. She received her MFA in Acting at Southern Methodist University; is a union member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA; and has numerous theater credits. In addition, Elizabeth is the east coast director for Living Voices.

Rachel Rene, Seattle: Rachel Rene is a Seattle-raised actor, director, music director, and stage manager. Her passion for performing led her to obtain a BA in theatre arts at Western Washington University, while also taking extensive courses in music and dance. Recent performances include: “Tales from West Africa” with Theater for Young Children, SIS Productions’ LAAFF Fest, “A Tale for the Time Being” at Book-It Theatre, “South Pacific” and “9 to 5” at Seattle Musical Theatre, and Reboot Theatre’s all-female production of “1776”. She also keeps busy as a producer, production manager, educator, and theater board member, and recently directed ReAct Theatre’s “Perfect Arrangement” and Burien Actors Theatre’s “Ben Butler”.

David Nathan Scott, Orlando, FL: David Nathan Scott is an all-around performer. He has worked in Off-Off-Broadway theater, in films and TV commercials, as well as voiceover. He was host and co-producer of one of the top rated paranormal Blog Talk Radio shows, The Bright Side Show for 4 years. And he is also an accomplished singer. He has performed in cabaret rooms and restaurants in New York City, and currently he is booked solid singing for seniors in the Central Florida area.  He loves working with Living Voices, and especially performing Raymond in The Right To Dream.

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Mellisa Slaughter, Seattle: is a graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design where she received her BFA in Music Theatre. Favorite roles include Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Marcy Park (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Connie Wong (A Chorus Line).  Melissa has worked with Book-It Repertory, Seattle Musical Theatre, the Pork Filled Players, and Balagan. She is thrilled to be a part of Living Voices and to be sharing Emi's story in Within the Silence.

Brian Anthony Simmons, New York: is pursuing his love for theatre every chance he can get. He holds a BFA in theatre performance from The Virginia CommonWealth University. He can be seen every week performing with is improve troupe (8 is never enough) at the Broadway Comedy Club. Every performance he has as Raymond Hollis or Peter Freeman allows him to live some of the greatest moments in history as two of the strongest men in it. Brian hopes to continue to "serve the story" and create art.

Erin Stewart, Seattle: Erin Stewart is a performer, writer and theater educator based in her hometown of Seattle. As an audience member of Living Voices at age 16, she found herself easily transported into different worlds through this entertaining method of education. Erin is delighted to be a part of this much needed institution, bringing together three of her favorite topics: theater, history and knowledge-hungry minds. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 2003, Erin has performed at The Seattle Rep, Book-It Repertory Theater, Seattle Public Theater, Annex and with Seattle Theater Group, to name a few. Teaching credits include Youth Theater Northwest, Book-It and The Hawaii Children's Theater.

Bob Williams, Seattle:  Bob is originally from upstate New York. He received his training at The University of Maryland. He finished his training at Freehold Theatre Lab Studio. He has taught theatre and improvisation for the Montgomery County, MD school district and at Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, NY as well as workshops at Yale and The University of Maryland.  This is his 11th Year with Living Voices.

RaChae Thomas, Los Angeles:   Rachae a Western Washington University graduate, received training in musical theatre, vocal performance, and artistic expression as a medium for social change. Her most notable performances have been the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pop musical, Evita, Sarah in Ragtime where she recieved rave reviews in the LA times and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Rachae has received honors for Best Classical Acting at the 2007, Region VII-American College Theatre Festival, and strives to continue her efforts to raise awareness with her music and stage work. She has relocated to Los Angeles where she has been seen in showcases as well as various venues around the Los Angeles area. Every last Sunday of every month, you can find her singing at Spotlight Cabaret. She is thrilled to take on yet another show of living Voice’s, Native Vision and is excited to exercise her memory mussel in LA by performing all three shows, The Right to Dream, La Causa, and Native Vision. A performance reel of hers can be found on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQZFct25gMw) Rachae feels very blessed to be able to work with such a great company and is truly looking forward to this year’s challenges!

Janette Valenzo, Los Angeles: Janette Valenzo is a graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she received acting training at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and training at The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, the latter with a focus on production and writing. Based in Los Angeles, some of her favorite acting credits have been so far Maria (Love's Labour's Lost, Downtown Rep), Conrade (Much Ado About Nothing, Unlikely Shakespeare), Phebe (As You Like It, Performance Salon). Sensing a pattern? Yeah, she's a Shakespearean enthusiast! She has worked for various East and West coast theatres as assistant stage manager (Manhattan Shakespeare Project), education coordinator (Theatre That Transcends and The DA Center for the Arts), and on several tech crews. She had the honor and pleasure of working for the Obama Administration Advance Office during its last year in office. Feel free to tag her in photos of food she just has to try (can't go wrong with tacos)! Her IG is @janettevalenzo.