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, and stage manager who began her theater journey over 30 years ago. Performing Living Voices’ Within the Silence and Native Vision are her favorite projects to date. Other recent acting performances include: touring shows with Theater for Young Children and Intergenerational Theatre Company, South Pacific and 9 to 5 at Seattle Musical Theatre, and A Tale for the Time Being at Book-It Theatre. Recent directing credits include: Burien Actors Theatre’s Ben Butler and several staged readings of new plays with Seattle Playwrights Salon. Rachel Rene has a BA in theatre arts from Western Washington University.

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.

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.