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“Last Stop on Marketing Street” Bios and Headshots

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Natalie Sowell (Director)
Professor Natalie Sowell, Director of the UNCG School of Theatre is also an alumna who received her MFA in Theatre for Youth from UNCG. Prof. Sowell taught and served in administrative roles at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for 16 years where she founded the Child Drama and Community program and served as Dean of the School for Interdisciplinary Arts and Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Specializing in applied theatre for social change, creative drama, critical literacy, and oral storytelling, Sowell is a trained Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner who studied with Augusto Boal, Julian Boal, TOPLAB New York, and the Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed NE. She has conducted applied theatre workshops, classes, and artist residencies in schools, prisons, community centers, and churches throughout the United States and in Nigeria. She was the Artistic Director of UJIMA YOUTHEATRE (Omaha, NE) for 8 years and Associate Managing Director of Manbites Dog Theater (Durham, NC). Sowell has served on numerous arts organization boards, consults on issues of diversity, inclusion, and access for several non profit organizations, served as an Arts Ambassador for the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education, and worked as the faculty consultant for Five Colleges Inc.’s Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies project. Prof. Sowell has directed dozens of socially conscious plays for young audiences, family audiences, and adult audiences.

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Jakyia Barnes (Ast. Director)
Jakyia Barnes is a junior BFA Acting major, from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her previous credits include Selah in the first staged production of Nick and the Prizefighter and Cupid/Neptune in Galatea. She is so excited to have joined this production as one of the Assistant Directors. Jakyia hopes you enjoy the rhythms of the show!

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Seania Burnett ( Posey, Nana u/s, neighborhood person, softball girl, churchgoer)
Seania is a second year BFA Acting Major, and a proud member of this loving community/neighborhood. She’s very excited to share this story of CJ and Nana, and hopes you all learn just as much as she did from these characters. Share your favorite lesson with her after!

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Eden Clementine (Scenic Designer)
Eden Clementine (they/them/theirs) is a senior BFA Drama: Design and Technical Production student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, concentrating in paint, props, and scenic design. Eden loves to create and help fellow artists to bring their ideas to life on stage. They hope to continue working on projects they feel passionate about and working with other marginalized artists to put their stories into the world. This has been their first opportunity to act as scenic designer for a production and they’re incredibly grateful to have been able to work on a show they care so deeply about and are excited to share their team’s work with audiences both young and young at heart.

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Taylor Coffer (Ast. Stage Manager)
Taylor Coffer is a junior BA Drama major with a minor in Anthropology. At UNCG she has worked on Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Wardrobe Crew) and Flora and Ulysses (Stage Crew). They recently spent her summer as a Teaching Artist at the Rose Theatre in Omaha, NE. She is so incredibly grateful for this wonderful team of actors and designers and cannot wait for everyone to see this show. Have fun on the bus!

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Avery Daniels (Costume Designer)
Avery Daniels is a current MFA Design Candidate at UNCG School of Theatre, and holds a BA of Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University. Previous Costume Design credits include Into the Woods, Steel Magnolias, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, and Wake Up Brother Bear!. She previously worked for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre as their Costume Shop Manager for Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Bridges of Madison County, and 42nd Street.

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Alexa Fields (JoJo, Softball Girl, Neighbor, Churchgoer)
Wassup y’all! Some may know her as Alexa Fields, and some know her as Ensemble #6, Softball Girl, Church Member, and Jojo. She is a first-year BA in Drama major with a minor in Media Studies, which she hopes to eventually double major in. She has worked on UNCG’s production of Into the Woods as a mic technician, and she has worked on mutations productions at her high school, such as playing Babette in her school’s production of Beauty and The Beast: The Musical. She is very excited to be casted in her first UNCG production. She hopes that the audience takes away and applies the themes of friendship and embracing people that may be different from themselves. Though unfamiliar, different is not bad.

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Kennedy Fowler (Ast. Director)
Kennedy is a senior B.A drama major and is so thrilled to have her first go at assistant directing! Her history with UNCG theatre has included Baby Roo in the touring TYA production of Winnie The Pooh last spring, and various understudy and ensemble roles in Into The Woods last fall. She hopes the audience has loads of fun watching this show!

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Carlos Heredia (Music Director)
Born and raised in NYC to Dominican immigrants, Carlos Heredia has always involved in the arts; be it drama, graffiti, break dancing or playing in the church choir. Writer, musician, actor, director, singer and father of 4 uses the arts as a vehicle to help create change, bring awareness, and entertain. He has written and performed in several musicals, which he has toured across the US including NC, NYC, LA, CO, GA and more! Now residing in NC, Heredia continues his creative passion, has appeared in several TV shows, movies, on stage and television commercials. Most recently Heredia can be seen on the hit series “The Outer Banks.” He is honored and excited to be a part of the Last Stop production

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Jazz Johnson (Swing)
I am a swing for the show! This is my first time being a part of the cast for a UNCG production and a swing. It’s been so much fun getting to know each of the characters. One thing I hope the audience takes away from this show is the magic of friendship and discovery 💓

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Keshia McLeod (Nana)
Hello everyone, welcome to the neighborhood! My Name is Keshia McLeod (Nana), and I am a MFA acting student from St. Petersburg FL. It has been an absolute pleasure working on this production about family, community, and the beautiful celebration of individuality. I hope you all enjoy the ride! Mommy, this one’s for you ❤️.

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Jianna Moss (Stage Manager)
Jianna Moss is a senior BA Drama with a double minor in Musical Theatre and ASL. Previously at UNCG she has worked on Galatea (Wardrobe Supervisor), Winnie The Pooh (Assistant Stage Manager), and Spongebob The Musical (Wardrobe Crew). She has also recently performed in RENT (Ensemble/Roger’s Mom) and Peter & The Starcatcher (Smee) in Davidson Community Players’ summer stock series. She is grateful to have worked with such a fantastic group of people in her last semester and to be diving back into the world of Theatre for Young Audiences. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Elijah Motley (Choreographer)
Elijah, or Eli, Motley (Greensboro, NC) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and an MFA Degree of Dance and Choreography recipient from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Eli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduation, Eli relocated to Chicago to dance three seasons as a company member with Chicago Dance Crash, 2017-2020. He also had the honor to perform as a guest performer in Rennie Harris Puremovement’s Lifted. As a solo artist he choreographed and performed his works in Virginia, North Carolina, Chicago, Wisconsin, Norfolk, and Texas. In addition to performing, he taught dance in the Chicago Public Schools System, various dance studios, and high school dance festivals. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Dance at Elon University and a member of Rouge Artistry Dance Crew. You can check out more of Eli at

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Jaden Rogers (CJ)
Jaden is a second year BFA Acting Major here at UNCG. This is his first TYA show and he’s super excited to share this beautiful and colorful story of community and family ! I hope you leave the show with a new perspective that there are learning lessons all around you if only you would be receptive to see them.

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Jayveon Southerland (CJ U/S)
Jayveon Southerland is a sophomore BA Drama minoring in Media Studies. Born and raised in Durham NC, this is his first show here at UNCG, and has previously been a part of Alice In Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, Next Stop Black History, and Becca The Musical. “Last Stop On Market Street is an energetic and enjoyable show for all audiences. It’s full of life from all over, taking us on a journey that showcases the beauty easily overlooked in our usual routines because we either don’t understand or can’t find the time to appreciate what’s around us. CJ reminds me of who I was as a child, and even at times myself currently. What I’m taking away from him is allowing myself to break out of my comfort zone and embrace the new and the now, enjoying the little things in life before they’re gone. This has been a fun experience and I can’t wait to show off our hard work. Much love to the cast, crew, and my family and friends!”

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Cinnamon Stoner (Vernon, Neighbor, Churchgoer, Soup Kitchen Patron, Posey U/S)
Cinnamon C. Stoner is a 2nd year BFA Acting major here at UNCG! Cinnamon is super excited to be playing Vernon (and dabbling in Posey) in Last Stop on Market Street. This is her 3rd show at UNCG. You may have seen her as Woman #6 in Roe or as a zombie in Night of the Living Dead. What she loves about Last Stop on Market Street is that outside of the song and dance numbers the show is pretty grounded in reality, but there is magic in the ordinary. As a Philadelphia native, Cinnamon is super happy to see an urban setting portrayed in such a positive light! She wants to thank Natalie Sowell and the entire cast and crew for making this all possible. Welcome to the neighborhood and enjoy the show!

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Johnathon Stribling (Tatted Person, Neighbor, Churchgoer, Soup Kitchen Patron)
Johnathon is overjoyed to be apart of this neighborhood and excited to welcome you to it! They are a first year BA Drama major at UNCG and this is their second performance with the School of Theatre. You might have seen them last semester as Tityrus/Eurota in Galatea. Johnathon hopes that this production will show that no one is how they first appear, and the importance of keeping an open mind.

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Georgie Trabucco (Madam Butterfly, Neighbor, Churchgoer, Softball Girl, Soup Kitchen Patron)
Hello! My name is Georgie and I am a senior drama student here at UNCG! I am an ensemble member in Last Stop on Market Street, my primary character being Madam Butterfly, and I have had so much fun working on expanding my different characters and discovering their roles in the neighborhood. Madam Butterfly is a magical character full of whimsy, who wants to show CJ (and others) how she understands herself and the world around her, though it may be different from everyone else. The cast and I are so excited to be able to welcome our audiences into the neighborhood, and we can’t wait for everyone to meet all of the neighbors of all sorts of different backgrounds!

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Caleb van Doornewaard (Mr. Dennis, Neighbor, Churchgoer)
Caleb is a first year BFA acting student here, and is so excited to take you along on this magical journey as Mr. Dennis.