Artists in Residence: The ARCo Ensemble

The official Resident Artists Group of Saint Kate, practicing extreme physical theater art that champions the cause of true ensemble work and moves in the direction of Boal, Dario Fo, Jean Claude van Itallie. Expect dynamic and deliberate, spontaneous and spit re performances by an accomplished assortment of performers, writers, and conceptualists. If you want to watch them practice their craft, swing by the Arc Theatre or the Artist in Residence space to observe or join in.

Emily Elliott is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor's in Theatre Arts and English: Critical Studies inLiterature, Culture, and Film. She is VERY excited to be a part of this acting/performance ensemble at the hotel. Devised Theatre and New Work is Emily's passion within theatre, she loves to work on new scripts and new ideas that have not yet been tackled in the theatre world and Devised work is the best way to explore those things. Some of Emily's recent theatre credits are Jessica in Voices Found Repertory's Hand To God, Allusion in Cooperative Performance's Allusion/Illusion, and Kaliope in She Kills Monsters. Some of her upcoming projects include, Kaleidoscope, a new show she wrote and is directing with Cooperative Performance, and some work with an up and coming company called Theatre Nervosa inMilwaukee. She hopes that this company at the hotel will help bring all sorts of different stories to Milwaukee that can diversify the theatre scene. Emily's main goal with theatre is to create her own company that focuses specifically on new work and devised theatre that gives a voice to those not traditionally heard in theatre spaces. She would like to thank her friends, family, and professors in college who helped her find a passion for devised theatre and for the kind of work that this company will do. To her group of weekend devisers from Eau Claire: thank you for putting up with the 5 hour rehearsals Saturdays and Sundays, and the crazy ideas she'd throw at you every weekend. Without all of you, she probably wouldn't be where she is today. Come immerse yourself in some crazy art at the Saint Kate hotel!

Gabriella Ashlin received her B.A. degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She was recently seen in THE TEMPEST at Bard and Bourbon, DISENCHANTED! at Outskirts Theatre Company, CORIOLANA at Cooperative Performance, understudying for TOP GIRLS at Renaissance Theatreworks, and reading stage directions of THE SUREST POISON as part of the Renaissance Theatreworks Br!nk series. She also acts as a house manager and teaching artist for several companies in Milwaukee. www.gabriellaashlin.com

JJ Gatesman is an actor, fight choreographer, and theater director originally from Las Vegas. Having received his MFA in acting from Western Illinois University he has performed with Bo Johnson (Who Killed Santa), SummerStage of Delafield (Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice), and Milwaukee Repertory Theater (The Foreigner). He has choreographed fights across the country in Las Vegas, Illinois, and Wisconsin including Madison Opera's Romeo and Juliet. In recent years he has taken to conceiving and directing plays including a steam punk western- Jack of Hearts (Milwaukee Entertainment Group), a feminist fable-The Beauty of Psyche (Milwaukee Fringe Festival) and a clown show about communication breakdown with Machina Persona (Cooperative Performance Milwaukee). JJ is thrilled to be one of the ARCo-naughts and waits in excited anticipation of future projects.

Susie Duecker is thrilled to be apart of the beginning of the ARCo Theater Ensemble! She's very much looking forward to creating, learning, and growing as a team with all of the new company. A local "theater kid" from Milwaukee, she grew up attending First Stage Theater Academy and performed in their main stage shows, as well as other theaters around town. At one point, she was one of the many children onstage in The Rep's Christmas Carol right next door. She received her BFA in Drama from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she had the splendid opportunity to learn and perform experimental and physical theater. After working in NYC and around the country, she's come back home to play here. Some of her favorite credits include The Twelve Dates of Christmas at Next Act Theatre, Drowning Girls at Renaissance Theaterworks, Big Fish the Musical at FIrst Stage, Merry Wives of Windsor at Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and Muskie Love at Northern Sky Theatre. When not onstage, she also works as a director, voice over artist, theater educator, birthday princess, and stage electrician. Cheers and thanks to all.

Rachel Meldman is so excited to be a part of this new innovative Theatre! Most recently she was seen in Top Girls in a special intern performance with Renaissance Theatreworks. Her favorite past credits include: Moth, in Love's Labors Lost, Jackie in The Hot L Baltimore and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. She would like to thank her parents for supporting her and Aly and Emily for always being by her side.

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