Joey Pipia (Artistic
Director) studied acting with Oscar winner William Hickey, and at New
York University. He is a graduate of The Joanne Barron Acting Studio in
Los Angeles where he studied the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique. He
spreads the good word of theater as a teacher, director, actor, and magician. Joey has appeared on TV, film, and on stages
across the country. He currently tours with The New Old Time Chautauqua
vaudeville and educational circus.
Della Moustachella A
combination of clowning, physical theater, comedy, improv, and circus
skills is how someone might describe what Della Moustachella does, but
not Della herself. Instead, she's more likely to fake trip over
something before she gives you a big hug and then asks you what YOU are
up to, glazing over her experiences performing all over the northwest,
teaching classes on play, and her ongoing studies with physical
comedy/clown instructors such as Avner the Eccentric (Maine), Phillipe
Gaullier (France), David MacMurray-Smith (Canada), and more.
Michael McCurdy spent his teens experimenting with stop
motion-animation, special effects, and making home movies with friends.
He went on to study at the Seattle Film Institute and now continues
filmmaking as a director, cinematographer, editor, and animator.
He currently films events, promotional videos, music videos, and short
films. His films emphasis visual story telling with action and physical
comedy frequently playing a strong role.
Nate Hughes began with the Humboldt Circus as a juggler and
clown in 2010. He has toured internationally with the Circo Que
Chilero, and with the New Old Time Chautauqua, an educational
vaudeville circus. For the past four years, Nate has taught circus arts
to children and adults in public schools, community centers, and
theaters. He has
performed and taught at numerous festivals on the West Coast including
the Benbow Summer
Arts and Music Festival and the Oregon Country Fair.
co-founded Generation Goat Rocket in 2009. She has since written,
choreographed, and composed seven full-length shows for the company.
She tours as a magician and mentalist with Delusions of Grandeur,
and worked as a dancer with the Julian Barnett Project in New York City. Phina
performs as one half of The Pipia Sisters, writing original songs with
her real-life sister, Sophie. She tours with the vaudeville circus, The
New Old Time Chautauqua, and exhibits her paintings in the show, Hold
Onto Your Hats. Phina graduated with honors from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, where she studied dance and music.
Erin Kohout is
a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher. After spending her
childhood studying ballet in Southern California,
she moved to New York to attend the Dance Conservatory at SUNY
Purchase. Since graduation, she has toured nationally and
internationally with Generation Goat Rocket, Cori Kresge,
Peaches, Marina Abramovic, Theatre Mab, and D Montalvo with Robert
Moses Kin. She currently lives in Oakland, California.