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Covenant

Cast

Kishia Nixon

Kishia Nixon (Ruthie) is beyond excited to be a part of Covenant by York Walker! Previous credits include: Sweet Miss in La Ronde with Die Cast; Cath McGrath in SPIES: Even More Spying! Philadelphia Fring; Emily in Aggy the Adventurer with Act II Play house; Sofja in Three Sisters Two and Catherine in The Children’s Hour with Egopo Classic Theater. Digital credits include: Narrator in  In Defense of Ourselves with Philly women’s theater festival and Sammy in Sixteen with Jouska Playworks. Thanks to Arizona Theater Company and York Walker. Black lives matter. I love you, Dad and James.

Sydney Banks

 Sydney Banks (Violet) (she/her/hers), is a 22 year old African American female, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She is a performer, writer and business owner. She is a young independent, truthful and humble visualizer and artist. She has worked on musicals and plays in the Philadelphia area (Vertical Hour Lantern Theater Company; Romeo & Juliet The Wilma Theater; Ouija On the Rocks; Wild Party UArts) and performed over seas in the UK as well. While not only creating work that is real to the environment and society, she is attracted to work that intertwines movement and body to words and speech. She is inspired by diversity. She is passionate about creating works of art not only for POC, but planting their reality in characters and stories told by the truth and not by the perception of what others believe the truth is.

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson (Avery) is a Philadelphia based performing and teaching artist. She began her artistic career in Philadelphia as a Dorothy Haas Acting Apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre. Over the past two years, Ms. Johnson has performed in over 25 readings, workshops and full-length productions; performing regionally with the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, New Paradise Laboratories, Quintessence Theatre Company, Inis Nua Theatre, Theatre Exile, 1812 Theatre Productions, PlayPenn, Interact Theatre Group, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Anti- Gravity Theatre Collective, Gretna Theatre and Theatre Horizon. Ms. Johnson received her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University, where she was awarded a full academic scholarship through the Centennial Scholars Program. There she excelled as an acting concentration and was recognized for her academic and artistic contributions as a Spotlight on Madison and selected as the outstanding graduate of 2012. Following graduation, Ms. Johnson performed in the Festival de Avignon, before starting her professional career in Philadelphia. Currently, when Ms. Johnson isn’t onstage, she serves as a volunteer for the Barrymore Oversight Committee. This year Ms. Johnson was awarded an Independence Foundation Fellowship and the Jilline Ringle Residency to develop independent work. She received her first Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical for her role as Celie in The Color Purple.

Kimberly S. Fairbanks

Kimberly S. Fairbanks (Mama) is an actor and voice over artist. Credits include: International: I Will Speak for Myself (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Off-Broadway: I Will Speak for Myself (59E59 Theater), The Mecca Tales (Sheen Center), Regional: Dance Nation (The Wilma Theater), Sweat (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Sanctions (World Premiere/Delaware Theatre Company), I Will Speak for Myself (Eugene O’Neill Foundation), Sing the Body Electric (Theatre Exile), Human Rites (InterAct Theatre), Passing Strange (The Wilma Theater). Film/Television: Glass, The Upside, FBI: Most Wanted, Instinct, Madam Secretary, The Looming Tower, Delco Proper, House of Cards, and The Family.

Erron Crawford

Erron Crawford (Johnny “Honeycomb” James), an Atlanta native, and recent LA transplant holds a M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama where his credits include Hamlet, as the title character, Jeremy O. Harris’ original production of Slave Play, and Tori Sampson’s If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka. At the Yale Repertory Theatre: Father Comes Home From the Wars and the critically-acclaimed afro-futurist production of Twelfth Night In the Red and Brown Water (Yale Cabaret); Antony+Cleopatra (Yale Summer Cabaret); The WizSeven GuitarsOnce on This Island (Carnegie Mellon); Scheherazade (FringeNYC), among others. Erron also holds a B.F.A. in musical theater from Carnegie Mellon.

Miguel Jackson

Miguel Jackson (Stage Directions) This Canadian born, Jamaican heritaged performer has now lived in the valley for over 10 years! Miguel has been so blessed to not only work with many incredible actors (just like the incredible actors you’re about to watch), but to work for TAD Management for the last few years and travel the world on cruise ships. From “Memphis” to “Ragtime”, from “Scottsboro Boys” to “Passing Strange”, from “In the Heights” to “The Alexander Project”, Miguel loves to be on stage. Thanks to ATC for this opportunity and for the chance to finally work for this great company! Love to Katrina, Kreso, Koyote, Carmen, Frank, Chanel and Willow.

Creative Team

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of Working Theater. This season her work includes American Dreams, By Leila Buck, Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays for WP Theater and Baltimore Center Stage, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at American Conservatory Theater and direction and co-conception of Warriors Don’t Cry, a Co-production of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorksUSA. Recently named one of 50 Women To Watch on Broadway, Tamilla is a graduate of Yale School of Drama where she also teaches.

York Walker

York Walker (Playwright) is an award-winning writer based in Harlem, New York. He is the inaugural recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Colman Domingo Award. His work includes The Séance (Winner of the John Singleton Short Film Competition, 48 Hours… in Harlem), Covenant (Fire This Time Festival, Access Theatre’s 4 Flights Up Festival), White Shoes (Fire This Time Festival), Summer Of ’63 (The Actors Company Theatre’s New TACTics Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Reading Series) and Of Dreams To Come (American Conservatory Theatre’s New Work Series). York received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Ido Levran

Ido Levran (Technical Director) is excited to work with ATC on their digital season! He has been designing and programming video on & off Broadway and around the country. And for the digital realm adapted and implemented structures to produce and stream multiple theatrical performances of different kinds. Some credits include – Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Be More Chill, All My Sons, Lifespan Of a Fact, The Band’s Visit (Programmer); The Columnist (Asst. Designer). Off-Broadway: All the President’s Men (The Public Theater); Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park); Second Chance (Asst. Proj. Designer, The Public Theater); Completeness (Asst. Proj. Designer, Playwrights Horizons); Shen Wei Dance Arts (Projections Director). Regional & Tours: Blue Man group National Tour (Programmer), I Dream (Asst. Proj. Designer, Opera Carolina); 45 Plays for 45 Presidents (MRT), Frankenstein (Dallas T.C.), Among others.

Mathew DeVore
Mathew DeVore (Sound Supervisor) began his career working with ATC as resident Sound Op at the Herberger Theater Center for three seasons. He has since served as Production Sound Engineer for ATC the past 9 seasons in Tucson and became Sound Supervisor in January 2020. Notable shows he mixed and operated include Next to Normal, Clybourne Park, Murder For Two, Around the World in 80 Days, Xanadu, and American Mariachi. Prior to his move to Tucson and current tenure, he served as Sound and Lighting Supervisor at Phoenix Theatre, Sound Designer for Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company and several main stage productions at Phoenix Theatre, and Sound Designer for Black Theatre Troupe. This is his first season without the guiding hand of his mentor, Brian Jerome Peterson.