Summer Fellows 2013

This summer, the ReDesigning Theater Fellows focused on Alcatraz: Art behind Bars (tickets on sale now)

Andrew Evans (Creative / Production Team)



Andrew Evans is constantly searching for new ways to play—although he never thought it would entail bringing live performance to notorious National Landmarks.  He received his BA in Engineering from Brown University and his MS in Product Design from Stanford. After completing his undergraduate degree, Andrew spent two years in Seattle, WA designing and building tree houses with Nelson Treehouse and Supply.  Back on the ground, his work as a set designer has appeared at the Trinity Reparatory Theater and the NYCFringe Festival.  Andrew has been a professional magician since the age of 12, and he continues designing and performing illusions today.  He is passionate about the intersection of Magic and Design, and in 2013, his talk “Designing Wonder” was featured at TEDxStanford and Autodesk’s Design Night. He is excited to bring a little magic to Alcatraz Island this October.


Jeff Kessler (Creative / Production Team)



Jeff Kessler is a mechanical engineer and designer who loves using his skills to tell stories, create experiences, and educate young audiences. He grew up on the mean suburban streets of North Massapequa, NY, where his haunted garage culminated in a homemade seven-foot-tall, fog-breathing Alien.   Jeff shipped off to North Carolina and graduated from Duke University in 2007 with Bachelor’s in Engineering and a certificate in Film/Video/Digital, having spent a semester making movies at the University of Southern California.  Jeff worked in product development for four years in Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, volunteering as a FIRST Robotics mentor to high schoolers and a guest instructor to middle schoolers at Great Minds Robotics.  Most recently, Jeff earned his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, where he specialized in mechatronics (as both a student and teaching assistant in the Smart Product Design Lab) and creative design (as a student and tour guide at the Hasso Plattner Institute of the Design, AKA the  Jeff has been a happy Californian since 2010, calling both Los Angeles and San Francisco home to him and his army of edutainment robots.


Myrton Running Wolf (Creative / Production Team)



Myrton Wesley Running Wolf is a Blackfeet Indian from Browning, Montana.  A tuition scholarship winner to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, he received Masters degrees in Film/Television Production from the University of Southern California and in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.  His work focuses on the marginalization and overt romantic depictions of Native Americans in mainstream media, the cultural politics of accessibility to feature film, broadcast television, and Broadway theater, critical race theory, and religious studies.  As a performer, he’s appeared in numerous feature films, network television productions, and New York City stage productions.  As a writer/director, his award winning work has played across the nation.  As a creative producer, he worked for The CW television network and NBC affiliate stations on several media campaigns.  As a Production Management Associate for Disney ABC Television Studios, Myrton worked on ground-breaking television series LOST, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters, and Criminal Minds.


Mona Thompson (creative / production team)



Mona Thompson is a DC native excited about storytelling, social justice, and theater.  She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Urban Studies and 4+ years of experience studying, performing, and teaching theatrical improvisation.  At school, she was a member of the Stanford Improvisors (SImps, for short), and spent a summer studying the relationship between theatrical improvisors and San Francisco.  Currently, Mona is living in San Francisco, teaching improv, and working on various theater projects.