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ANALOG co-founders Elissa and Rebecca go way back. They completed the Professional Conservatory together at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA years ago, and they've acted in local Bay Area shows together many times. They also studied mask play intensively at the same school in Tuscany in different years, and both found that it lit a fire under them to devise and create performances with masks. In 2019 Elissa instigated Mask Mondays, a monthly program at Standard Deviant Brewery in SF, that aimed to bring more community mask knowledge to the Bay, Rebecca joined the ranks of regular contributor performers and Analog Theatre was born.
Forced from Analog to Digital with the onset of Shelter-in-Place in March 2020, Elissa and Rebecca continued to apply their devising experience to a new platforms. By late 2020, Analog, in partnership with Julius Rea and Ely Sonny Orquiza, had begun a multi-phase development of This is Not Moose and Tweety, a zoom-specific performance developed first with SF Fringe Sneak Peek, and then the Playground Incubator showcase, supported by a grant from Theatre Bay Area.
CREATIVE TEAM "This is Not Moose & Tweety"
Ely Sonny Orquiza
Ely Sonny Orquiza’s (he/him) past devising works examine socio-political theater with marginalized communities investigating the effects of tech dystopia, gentrification, border politics, displacement, and institutional trauma with local immigrants and refugees. Such works include: Urban Elements: Stories from the Tenderloin, VYDC Family: Our Hopes, Our Dreams, Past and Future, and Faces of the Tenderloin produced by Magic Theater, and in partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation as well as Southeast Asian Development Center, under its Making Magic: Arts and Community program. He is a faculty member at the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory and Education & Community Programs.
Rebecca Pingree (she/her) has performed throughout the greater Bay Area as Annie Oakley with Napa Valley Conservatory, Baby Jane in Ray of Light’s production of Jerry Springer: the Opera!, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pacific Repertory Theatre, and in multiple productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (playing Viola with Shotgun Players, and Feste with Arabian Shakespeare Festival). She holds an MFA in Collaborative Theatremaking via studies in England, France, and Italy, and is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area, TheatreFirst’s T1 Collective, and the Acting Company of Playground.
A playwright and producer, Julius Rea’s (he/him) work explored the cross section of mediums of communication, specifically around journalism theater and gallery curation. In addition to being a part of Crowded Fire Theater Resilience and Development Play Lab (2020-21) and being a 2020 finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, he is also a co-founder of The Forum Collective, a multidisciplinary company in the 2020-21 Playground Innovator Incubator cohort.
Elissa Beth Stebbins
In addition to being a working actor in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years, Elissa Beth Stebbins (she/her) studied devised theatre in Tuscany in 2019 and 2020, culminating in a full-length, devised theater version of Dracula. This training led her to begin producing, devising, and performing in an ongoing series of performances called Mask Mondays, beginning in the summer of 2019.