Project: Human Better
To HUMAN BETTER by developing more empathetic, supportive, and empowered humans through education, mentorship, and devised theatre in order to create dynamic, provocative new works that give voice to topics affecting womxn and oppressed voices in our industry and beyond.
Melissa Tonning-Kollwitz

Melissa Tonning-Kollwitz

Producer & Director

Ashley LaCambria

Ashley LaCambria

Assistant Producer

Andie Lerner

Andie Lerner

Assistant Director

Keira E. McGill

Keira E. McGill

Playwright

Creative Team
Shelby Solla

Shelby Solla

Playwright

Grace McLary

Grace McLary

Creative Assistant

Shelly Zimms

Shelly Zimms

Business Manager

Jahmorei Snipes

Jahmorei Snipes

Social Media Manager

Cast of The Ladies' Room
Sofia Dobrushin
Taylor Harris-Butler

Sofia Dobrushin

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Taylor Harris-Butler

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Ashley LaCambria
Taylor Harris-Butler

Ashley LaCambria

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Lia Madeline
Taylor Harris-Butler

Lia Madeline

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Georgia Sackler
Steph White

Georgia Sackler

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Jahmorei Snipes
Taylor Harris-Butler

Jahmorei Snipes

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Steph White
Taylor Harris-Butler

Steph White

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Shelly Zimms
Taylor Harris-Butler

Shelly Zimms

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Our Story
This group was assembled in June 2018, and were challenged with the task of creating a one-act devised piece about historical womxn, inspired by the first scene of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, during which a “modern day” womxn has a dinner party with famous womxn from different time periods and discuss the female experience. Each actress chose a womxn they identified with, were inspired by, and felt they could portray onstage, then began their own dramaturgical work to learn about them. We met several times to present our findings and begin collaborating to see how their stories intertwined.

The group met once a month to do readings of the script, watch films that contributed to their creative process, and engage in discussion about their experiences as womxn and artists.

The playwrights took the obstructions of the space, the dramaturgy done by each actress, time limit, and went to work. They utilized a collaborative writing process where the cast and creative teams provided feedback after readings and used devising exercises to develop the script further.