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The Love & Loss Project in The Ventura County Star


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Check out this article about writer/director Claytie Mason!

 

Nebunele's Team of Crazy Collaborators  


Brynna Jourden has rocked ‘em and socked ‘em in cities all over the world since she was 10 years old. A long-time Kung-Fu movie fan (she credits her mother’s rainy day picks at the video store) and creator of bizarre family videos (she credits her father’s zany botanist impersonations), not to mention the monologues mourning her yet to be deceased cat… her desire for drama started early. 

Brynna earned her MFA from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in Actor-Created Physical Theatre with a foundation in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. She began working with Nebunele in 2007, performing in their tour of Medea Knows Best. She later helped create Nebunele projects Cussing at the Moon and The Wind and Rain—which was produced by the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco. Brynna has collaborated with theatre companies all over the world, too countless to list, from Russia to Seattle! She most recently performed in San Francisco in Say Goodbye to Soup by Karen T. Hartline and Erik Ehn’s What A Stranger May Know. Her one woman show Up, Up and Away premiered at Oakland's LoBot Gallery. Brynna has (thankfully) relocated to Los Angeles, where she co-creates crazy theatre with Nebunele and raises her two beautiful boys!

 

 

Claytie Mason is a playwright/director and co-founder of Nebunele. She has worn many hats during her time with Nebunele, including writer, performer, mask maker, and director. Claytie's work has been lauded by the SF Chronicle as “..an engrossing exercise in theatrical simplicity.” She has twice headlined San Francisco’s DIVAfest, a festival celebrating women artists, poets and playwrights, and her work has been performed throughout the United States, from California to New York. 

Before founding Nebunele, Claytie studied physical theatre and mask creation at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She recently went back to school and earned her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, with a special concentration in Narrative Medicine, where she focused on issues related to aging, illness and identity, and end of life. As a writer/director Claytie regularly includes musicians, visual artists, dancers, and actors in collaborative process.  

 

Molly Millar has worked on several projects with Nebunele, including The Secret Ruths of Island House, Medea Knows Best, The Wind and Rain, and The Big White Door. She has painted the masks of 8 women named Ruth, created a river that changed with the seasons, lit up the night sky over a sprawl of suburban houses... Her creativity knows no bounds, though she is first and foremost a painter. 

 

 

Rebecca Jackson has worked with Nebunele on The Wind and Rain, The Big White Door, and The Love & Loss Project. She is acting assistant principal 2nd violin of the San Francisco Ballet. She is a founding member of Ensemble San Francisco & artistic director of Music in May, an annual chamber music festival. In its 8 season history, notable musicians Martin Beaver, Michael Tree, Ron Leonard, and Shmuel Ashkenasi have been featured. Rebecca performs with Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, San Francisco Opera & Santa Fe Opera. Believing strongly in the power of music to heal and unite, an important part of her career has been discovering volunteer opportunities to serve others through her violin. These activities have taken her into communities in Lebanon, Ukraine, Romania, Dominican Republic, and the Haitian tent cities. Combining her passion for music and service, she is co-founder of Sound Impact, an ensemble devoted to taking music to underserved communities such as youth in hospitals & correction facilities.

 

Alissa Mortenson Tyka has practiced, performed in, and produced collaborative and interactive theatre since 1998. She received her BA in Drama from the University of Washington in 2002 and her professional performer certification from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 2003. She co-founded Nebunele Theatre with Claytie in 2006, and is powerfully inspired by the continuing development of a permeable theatre that aims to shed light on the real stories of our time. Alissa performed, wrote, and produced many shows with Nebunele and directed the Shame Project in 2011, an interactive piece that invited participants to anonymously share and shed the vital human stories they may otherwise have hidden. Work on the shame project ultimately led Alissa back to school for a Masters in Psychology, and in addition to her interactive performance work she also has her own psychotherapy and trauma-healing practice in Seattle, WA. Other performance and collaboration credits include work with Double Edge theatre in Massachusetts, the International Theatre Collective in Montana, Annex Theatre in Seattle, and many others.