Media Guest of Honor
Kevin R. Free is a writer/performer whose work has been showcased on the Moth Mainstage (“Heart of Darkness,” 2012), Dana Rossi’s The Soundtrack Series, Kathleen Warnock’s Drunken! Careening! Writers! (2012). His most recent work, created with Eevin Hartsough, is the web series Gemma & The Bear! (GemmaAndTheBear.com) was an Official Selection at The Winter Film Awards in NYC and The Online Film Festival (#TOFF) and has received Awards of Merit from the Accolade Film Competition and IndieFEST and an Award of Excellence from the Best Shorts Competition (and was the only online content to receive such recognition). His full-length plays are Face Value (Henry Street Settlement Playwright’s Project Grant, 2000; Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Festival Finalist, 2003); (Not) Just a Day Like Any Other (written & performed with Christopher Borg, Jeffrey Cranor, and Eevin Hartsough; recipient, 2009 NY IT Award for Outstanding Ensemble); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (FringeNYC 2010; New Black Fest Fellowship 2012); You Are in An Open Field (written & performed with Eevin Hartsough, Marta Rainer, Carl Riehl, and Adam Smith); The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, or TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS (The Fire This Time Festival 2013); Night of the Living N-Word (National Black Theatre Keep Soul Alive 2014); and AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, The Slave (Commissioned by Flux Theatre Ensemble through the FluxForward program, 2015). His ten-minute plays include …in which Bishop Eddie Long loses a battle with his demons… and The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual (which premiered in The Fire This Time Festival in 2012). He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, with whom he wrote and performed regularly in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) between 2007 and 2011. His work has been published by Commonplace Books (“What it Means To Be A Grown Up: The Complete and Definitive Answer”) and at indietheaternow.com. In 2010, He was named one of NYTheatre.com’s 15 people of the year, because of his “outstanding, noteworthy contributions to the New York theatre scene.”
As an actor, Mr. Free has appeared on national television in commercials and on NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. New York audiences have seen Mr. Free Off-Broadway, creating the role of Memphis in From My Hometown both for Amas Musical Theatre and at the Gramercy Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Audelco Award. He was also seen Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in Taking A Chance On Love, and as Bubber Brown in The New Federal Theatre’s acclaimed The Conjure Man Dies, and as one of the ninjas in Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower at the Zipper. Some of his favorite roles in regional theatre include Tonton Julian in Once On This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse); Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys from Syracuse (CENTERSTAGE); Kevin/Albert in Clybourne Park (Portland Center Stage); Nemur in Chasing Nicolette (Prince Music Theatre); Flick in Violet (Arden Theatre, Barrymore Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical); Belize in Angels in America (Charlotte Repertory); and as Donnie in the World Premiere of Colman Domingo's DOT at The Humana Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville).
He is best known for his work as a voice actor, adding his voice to over 100 audiobooks, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World (AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award, 2004) and Rick Riordan’s latest series, The Kane Chronicles (Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook of the Year 2011), Jay Bell's Something Like… Series and most recently, Victor LaValle's novella The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the voice of Kevin from Desert Bluffs on the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale.
Artist Guest of Honor
The Mcnobody is a part-time Animation Major over at Savannah College of Art And Design (SCAD) where Sleep Comes After Death. The rest pf their time is spent as a free-lance artist making unique character designs and awesome fan art. Aiming to one day make Comics and Animations full-time while roaming the Galaxy. They are also a nerd for Space.
Musical Guests of Honor
A musical troupe of performing pirates. Giving shows for all ages, this musical group of rum soaked nare do wells promises to entertain with both traditional faire favorites as well as orginal music. Comedy, singing, and music for all ages. Time to join the crew! We are PIRATES INC!
"Because everything is better with Pirates"
Musical Guests of Honor
Dinofight! is a superpower trio from St. Louis, MO whose sound is a mind meld of surf drums, driving bass, and punky, mutated guitar fossilized together underneath vocals that range from catchy singing to primal rage. Their songs draw inspiration from the combined lore of comics, movies, games, and facial hair and feature hooks that will embed themselves in your brain like a raptor's claw. Unconcerned with genre, Dinofight! will appeal to anyone who likes their rock to come in thick, granitic slabs.
Musical Guest of Honor
Professor Shyguy can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. His performance consists of him singing, playing guitar, keyboards, and drums, sometimes three of those things at the same time. He has toured from Baton Rouge to Chicago, including Atlanta, Orlando, St. Louis, Kansas City, Savannah , etc. and has shared the stage with Ellen McLain of Portal and Jonathan Coulton fame, opened for and performed with Samantha Newark of Jem and the Holograms. He has performed in venues of surprised and entertained crowds that range from the legendary dive bar Springwater in Nashville to a Microsoft conference for High Schoolers.
Musical Guests of Honor
Inspired by a mental image of a Dwarf sitting on the porch picking a banjo, The Lonely Mountain String Band has taken the lyrics J.R.R. Tolkien wrote for the songs of Middle Earth and set them to Old Time-style string band music with chocolate-and-peanut-butter results.
Japanese Culture Guests of Honor
Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial arts instructors, specializing in 16th-century samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.
With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain.
Beyond their martial arts skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled "The Way of the Samurai".
Daniel is also an author with several martial arts articles published, and he is currently working on his second full-length novel.
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