The Crew

Kathryn Sykes - Production and Stage Manager


Kathryn Sykes is an Otterbein University alumni, and very thankful to be working on Rest Upon the Wind with such a talented team. Previous works include: Sanguine Theatre Company's Come Back Up, Taksu Theatre Company's The Tempest, the 2nd National Tour of Flashdance the Musical, and Cirque du Soleil's Zumantiy.




David Bengali - Lighting & Projection Designer

bengaliDavid Bengali is a Projections and Lighting designer based in New York. Recent projects include: Jules Verne: from the Earth to the Moon (BAM), Ring Of Fire (Endstation Theatre), Kill Me Like You Mean It (Stolen Chair), Square Peg Round Hole (Tectonic Theater Project), Two Point Oh (59E59), The Tempest (CSC/Young Company), Marie Christine (3LD), I Forgive You Ronald Reagan (Theatre Row), The Orion Experience (XL), Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement Theatre Co.), Cav/Pag (Tri Cities Opera), Little Nemo in Slumberland (Sarasota Opera), The Sensational Josephine Baker (Emerging Artists Theatre - Theatre Row), Ephrat Asherie Dance, Jamal Jackson Dance, The New Victory. MFA: NYU


Andy Cohen - Sound Designer

andyAndy Evan Cohen has worked on over 50 shows in and around NYC, nationally, and internationally. Recent credits include off-Broadway: In Bed With Roy Cohn, I Know What Boys Like, A Midsummer Night's Dream (MasterWorks Theatre); The American Soldier (Edinburgh Fringe); off-off-Broadway Lucky Chick (FringeNYC), In Vestments, Unmentionables (Nylon Fusion; 2015 NYIT Nomination for Original Music), The Addicts (Theater for the New City), Selling Off Secrets (2014 Planet Connections Award Winner for Sound Design). Education: Oberlin Conservatory and The Manhattan School of Music.



Dede Ayite - Set & Props Designer

dedeDede Ayite's design credits include: Toast (The Public); The Blood Quilt (Arena Stage); Marie Antoinette(Steppenwolf Theatre); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center); The CA Lyons Project (Alliance Theatre); Five Guys Named Moe (Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse); brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3); Sets and Costumes for Urban Retreat, Manahatta (The Public);Scenic Design for Raisin in the Sun (CalShakes Theater); The Music Man in Concert (Two Rivers, NJPAC,) Kurt Metzger (Comedy Central); Adoration of the Old Woman (Intar); Woyzeck (Umass Amherst); Look Upon Our Lowliness (TMTC); Fox Shortcoms (FOX Network); COPPER Project (Improv Everywhere /BBC America); Last Laugh (soloNOVA Festival); Hollow Roots (The Public), Mary Stuart (NYU); June’s Blood ( NBT); Holding it Down (Harlem Stage); Vassa (Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute); Illmatic (Urban Stages); Scenic Design for The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre); Smile Orange (Trinidad); American Schemes (Summer Stage, NYC). MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Lisa Marie Nevada - Choreographer & Assistant to the Director

nevadaA native of Albuquerque, NM, Lisa Nevada is a curious and invested dance artist. Influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre and environmental/social activism, Nevada is interested in developing movement vocabulary that will have a visceral impact on viewers and impart abstract narrative. Her choreography has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company, John Donald Robb Musical Trust, The Vortex Theater, 516 Arts, Tricklock Company and 24 Hours of Art, Albuquerque. In 2014, Nevada was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific dance concert Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots. Nevada holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico and is a founding member and co-director of SHIFT Contemporary Dance Collective, as well as choreographer and dancer for lisa nevada dance.


Kevin Andre Dickens - Costume Designer

kdKevin Andre Dickens' credits include: Broadway: On A Clear Day, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, American Buffalo, Lion King, Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Never Gonna Dance), Off Broadway: Baby Hold On, Radio City Music Hall, Fresca & Chocolate, Lyrics from Lockdown, One for My Baby, Bridge To Baraka, American Ballet Theater, Dream Girls Tour, Doo Woop Love, Louis Armstrong “Statch”, National Black Theatre, Harlem Classical Theatre, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Orunmala, Disney on Ice, Mark Morris Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, Red Hot Broadway, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Black Nativity; Extensive work in Television and Film. Kevin is a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Local 764 Wardrobe Union and studied menswear design, and tailoring at Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattanville School of Tailors.


Leslie Smith - Assistant to Lighting & Projection Designer