Hope Anthony* (Rachel) Hope Anthony is a dancer, singer, actor, and educator from Pittsburgh (Montour HS ‘11). She is a proud Actors’ Equity Association member, represented by The Talent Group Agency, and alumna of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts (‘15). Trained at Rosalene Kenneth and Karen Prunzik dance studios. Her love of dance started at age five when she popped in a VHS of Cats (London cast) and learned the choreography in her Tigger Halloween costume. Hope has performed at various venues from the back of semi-trucks to Clipper Fleets to the Benedum Center. Stage credits include Zuzu in Dance Nation, Rachel in The Perfect Wedding, Ayesha Price in Byhalia, Mississippi, Josephine in Big Fish, and Mona Stangley in Best Little Whorehouse… You can find her on screen in NFL Superbowl commercial “Are You Covered?” UPMC, eating ice cream in Nestlé Drumstick’s Anniversary Video, scolding a goat in an Aspirant LLC commercial, and repping her city for Visit Pittsburgh. Like to take classes with/from Hope? She is on faculty at Dance Ink (Carnegie), and the Artistic Education Associate at Attack Theatre Inc. Her classes are all about opening your mind and heart, and letting the music take you away – all while staying grounded and connected.
Linda Haston* (Mrs. Loving) Linda Haston is a professional AEA actress, singer, teaching artist and director. She has directed and/or performed for the past 22 years with local professional companies including Off the Wall Theater, Quantum, Bricolage, New Horizon, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, PICT and Prime Stage Theatre. Some favorite performances: Irene Page in Bubbling Brown Sugar starring Vivian Reed; Lily Ann Green in Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Jeannette in City Theatre’s Crowns; Tituba in Quantum Theatre’s and Prime Stage Theatre’s productions of The Crucible; Mrs. Dickson in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel; Henry in The Club (National Tour); Addie in The Little Foxes and A Citizen in Our Town at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. She has portrayed to role of Addie twice for Prime Stage’s productions of To Kill A Mockingbird. She directed and/or performed to great success from 2008 to 2018 at Off the Wall Theatre: How I Learned to Drive, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Club (which she also choreographed), Baby Makes Seven, the Whale, An Accident and World Builders. She has performed her acclaimed one-woman show Mother Lode, written by Off the Wall's Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert, in Rep and Off Broadway in February 2018. Sojourner was her main stage directing debut with Prime Stage Theatre having last assisted directed on the production of The Diary of Anne Frank. She most recently directed at at Arcade Comedy Theatre with The Thanksgiving Play and at PICT Classic Theatre with the streamed production of After Independence. As a teaching artist, she has taught at the middle, secondary and college levels. As Education Director she leads many of Prime Stage Theatre’s educational programs, including the Literacy in ACTion program using theater to assist teachers in urban and rural schools to improve their students’ literacy and leadership skills. She is also a board member at Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Off the Wall Productions, and Front Porch Theatricals.
Michael Cook (Thomas Loving) Michael Cook (also known as Michael Bahsil) is a black, refreshing, and innovative artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Currently studying Acting at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, this actor takes on many other titles as a writer, hip hop artist, director and much more. His passion for the arts precedes him to make strides to create safe spaces and provide resources for black and brown bodies worldwide. He sees himself becoming more of a voice for his generation and bridging the gap between old and new to unite the land in which we walk on. Michael Bahsil Cook is the true definition of turning something ugly into something beautiful.
Tim Judah (John Strong) Tim Judah is so thankful to be apart of such a wonderful show with a talented cast. He would love to thank his friends and family for supporting him in his career thus far, and is grateful for this opportunity. His past credits include Chutes&Ladders in Water By The Spoonful, BRO in Good Grief, and Tomcat Drummer in Vinegar Tom at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Tim would like to also to thank the Creative Team for their hard work and dedication throughout the process of the show, and of course his idol John Legend. Instagram: @tim_judah
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Saige Smith* (Mrs. Lane/Nancy) Saige Smith (Point Park University B.F.A MT ‘18) is honored to take part in the Expand the Canon Staged Reading Series with PICT Classic Theatre! Previous credits include: A Christmas Carol Radio Drama(Martha/ Others), As You Like It (Celia) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia) with PICT Classic Theatre, A Musical Christmas Carol (Fan/Alice) with Pittsburgh CLO, Beyond The Moon (Mae Jemison) with the Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes Tour, and Welcome to Moonside (Dawn) with Vigilance Theater.
Jordan Threatt (Jimmy) Jordan Threatt is a Sophomore Musical Theater major and he is beyond excited and blessed to be in this amazing show with a wonderful cast and crew! He would like to thank God, his family and friends, and the cast and crew for helping to bring this extraordinary show to life! He would especially like to thank the creative team for trusting him with this role.
“Leave your heart and soul out on the stage for the audience and create something magical with your gift" and hopefully you'll feel the magic tonight! Instagram: @Jordansthreatt
Shakirah Stephens (Ethel/Martha) Shakirah is an artist who primarily focuses on acting. She graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Radio, TV, & Film Production and a Minor in Acting to expand her knowledge of various aspects of performance creation. Her performance career began on stage as Lucy in her elementary school’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and she’s been hooked ever since. In her adulthood, she has expanded to television & film acting. Most recently you may have caught her on stage in City Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival or on-screen in a PA Lottery commercial. When she’s not acting or working on creative projects, she has a career in arts management. Shakirah is excited to be working with PICT for the first time in the Expand the Canon series. She is thankful to all of the people and opportunities that have landed her where she is in the present moment, and she looks forward to what the future has in store.
Raecine Singletary (Director)
Raecine Singletary is a Baltimore native born to a Brooklyn native and Jamaican immigrant. She is a director and photographer. Her work aims to uplift, center, and celebrate black culture and people and the joy and light that it exudes. She showcases this through portraiture both inside and outside of the studio. Her work is a reflection of the morals, values, subjects that she holds dear, and she uses her camera as a vessel for honest communication between her subject and the world. Visit Raecine's Website
Amy Hotovchin* (Stage Manager) Amy is thrilled to be joining the PICT team for this production! Amy is a current senior at Seton Hill University and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance. Some of her favorite acting credits include The Skin Of Our Teeth (Fortune Teller) and The Wolves (#14). Technical credits include The Seagull (Assistant Stage Manager) as well as a variety of positions in the SHU costume shop.
Joy DeMichelle (Intimacy Director) Actress, intimacy professional, cultural sensitivity specialist and educator, Joy DeMichelle has over 20 years of professional acting experience on stage and screen.
Joy’s collaborative approach to intimate and racially charged scenes delivers the director’s vision with a contemplative eye. Her work produces consensual, culturally competent, compelling and physically dynamic storytelling. Acting with Joy brings brave and beautiful choices that moves audiences and leaves the creative soul intact. Visit Joy’s Website.