Bios

Katie Gould

Katie Gould is a theater deviser, musician, yoga instructor, and athlete.  She has worked regionally with Pig Iron Theater Company, Theater Exile, Ego Po, and many other Philadelphia-based companies.  Some highlights of her work include 99 Breakups with Pig Iron Theater Company, Alex Bechtel’s The West,  I Never Saw Another Butterfly with Wolf Pac Performing Arts Center, and her one-woman show, Los Desaparecidos.  She is a proud member of the first graduating class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, where she met her key collaborators and life-long friends.

Read an interview with Katie here.

katie@lightningrodspecial.com

Jenn Kidwell

Jennifer Kidwell is a performing artist. Most recently she has had the fortune to work with David Neumann/advanced beginner group (I Understand Everything Better), Robert Wilson/Toshi Reagon/Bernice Johnson Reagon (Zinnias), Pig Iron Theatre Company (Live Faster, 99 Break-Ups) and visual artist Joe Scanlan as Donelle Woolford (Dick’s Last Stand, Whitney Biennial 2014). With Scott Sheppard, she has created the original duet Underground Railroad Game (FringeArts 2015, ANT Fest 2014), and is currently at work on an original quartet, Those With Two Clocks, with Jess Conda and Melissa Krodman. She is a proud co-founder of JACK (Brooklyn).

Read an interview with Jenn here.

jenn@lightningrodspecial.com

Mason Rosenthal

Mason Rosenthal is an original performance maker, director, actor, and teacher from Skokie, Illinois. He is a Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special and a member of The Medium Theatre Company, both devised theatre companies based in Philadelphia. Mason holds a BFA in Drama from New York University where he studied with The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. After graduating, he was on faculty at The Atlantic from 2007 to 2011. He has studied improvisational dance with his teaching mentor George Russell since 2006. In 2011 he moved to Philadelphia to be the Headlong Performance Institute’s first teaching fellow. In 2017, he left Philadelphia to pursue an MFA in Performance as Public Practice with The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, check out his website.

Read an interview with Mason here.

mason@lightningrodspecial.com

Scott Sheppard

Scott Sheppard is an actor, deviser, director and teacher from Philadelphia and he has co-created all of Lightning Rod Special’s performance works. He is also a member of the inaugural class at Pig Iron’s School for Advanced Performance Training (2011-2013) and most recently appeared in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s newest production 99 Breakups. In 2013-14 he was selected to be BRAT Productions’ Artist in Residence, and his most recent original production, Underground Railroad Game, appeared as a presented feature in the 2013 NOLA Fringe Festival and Ars Nova’s All New Talent Festival in New York City. In 2014 he also was a director in residence at Colgate University, where he led students in the creation of an original piece of theatre about deer overpopulation, ecological stewardship, and animal-human relationships.

Read an interview with Scott here.

scott@lightningrodspecial.com

Alice Yorke

Alice Yorke is a Philadelphia-based actor, creator, director, and producer. She is a Co-Director of Lightning Rod Special, with whom she created and performed in Hackles, Let the Dog See the Rabbit, and Sans Everything. She is the lead artist on LRS’s newest piece (working title UNFORMED CONSENT), a dark satire with original music that reveals the absurdity, hypocrisy, and misogyny of the abortion debate in America; the piece will premiere in March 2019 at FringeArts. Other performance credits include “The Gap” at Azuka Theater (winner: Bonaly Award for Excellent Performance), “Down Past Passyunk” at InterAct Theater, Alex Bechtel’s “The West”, Pig Iron Theatre’s “99 Breakups” and “PayUp”, and dancing with clown-funk band Red 40 and the Last Groovement. She is a proud graduate of the inaugural class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

Read an interview with Alice here.

alice@lightningrodspecial.com