Meet the incredible artists that make Campfire happen.
TIARA THOMPSON: DIRECTOR, LITTLE PERFECT YOU.
Tiara has been a theatre artist ever since she auditioned for a play when she was 17 years old and had to sing in public for the first time (eek). Tiara attended Boise State for Theatre Arts and English, graduating as the commencement speaker for her class. As a director and a human, she’s interested in pretty much everything, namely connection, community, gratitude, empowerment, learning, and above all - LOVE.
DAYNA SMITH: DIRECTOR, THE FERMI PARADOX.
Dayna Smith is a Boise-based playwright, dramaturg and director with a BA in Theatre Arts, Dramatic Writing from Boise State University. Dayna has completed internships with The Playwrights Center; Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; and Boise Contemporary Theater and has worked as a playwright and dramaturg at The Kennedy Center; Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; HMBG Foundation's National Winter Playwright's Retreat; HomeGrown Theatre; Boise Contemporary Theater; Little Theater of Alexandria; Boise State University Theatre Majors' Association. She most recently developed her newest play, "A LAND OF PLENTY" through Echo Theatre Company's National Young Playwrights in Residence program. Her play "NUCLEAR FAMILY" was a finalist for The Playwrights' Center's Core Apprenticeship and a semifinalist for Seven Devils Playwrights' Conference and SPACE at Ryder Farm's Creative Residency. Dayna is a recipient of a Higher Education Research Council Undergraduate Fellowship and an Idaho Commission on the Arts Quickfunds Grant. Additionally, she is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Boise's Campfire Theatre Festival.
EMMA WENT: DIRECTOR, WHAT \\ WASHED ASHORE // ASTRAY.
Emma Rosa Went is a New-York based theatre director. Recent work includes: As You Like It (Scranton Shakespeare Festival;) Old Names for Wildflowers (The Tank NYC;) Moth&Flame (spit&vigor;) The Same Shirt Show (Dixon Place.) Co-founder of The Renovationists and Easy Leap Theatre Company. Off-Broadway and regional assisting includes: TFANA, Atlantic, Rattlestick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. BA Sarah Lawrence College. SDC Associate Member. www.emmawent.com.
EMILY ROLLIE: DIRECTOR, COLD SPRING.
A director and associate member of the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society), Emily Rollie is a theatre professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Emily spent five years as the artistic director of Independent Actors Theatre, a “purposefully nomadic” company that produced an annual short Women’s Play Festival (the plays are short, not the women!). She also was the associate director of the Troubling Violence Performance Project, a troupe that used performance to inspire dialogue surrounding issues of intimate partner violence.
MAY LIANG: DIRECTOR, IN COMMON.
May Liang (Oakland, CA) is an emerging Director of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with Crowded Fire Theater, Bay Area Children's Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Ferocious Lotus Theater Company (Literary Manager), Playground Center for New Plays, Ubuntu Theater Project, Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Ground Floor Lab, San Francisco Playhouse and the Playwright Foundation. She was also a participant in the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab 2017 in New York City. Her next project will be as the associate director for the West Coast premier of Allegiance, the Broadway musical inspired by the personal experiences of George Takei.
NATHANIEL FOSTER: DRAMATURG, IN COMMON.
Nate is a Chicago based Theatre Maker who has worked at theatres across the country as a dramaturg, playwright, director and performer… really, he’ll wear any hat in the theatre as long as it’s not a fedora. Favorite Credits include: Reykjavik (Ast. Dramaturg// Kennedy Center) How to Win at Checkers Every Time (Playwright// Fort Collins Fringe Festival) Macbeth (Director//University of Northern CO) Leftovers (Ast. Dramaturg// Kennedy Center). BA Theatre Arts University of Northern CO.