Slow Food


Daina Griffith


Daina Griffith (Woman): ATC Debut! OFF BROADWAY: Jane Ho (Theatre Row, heXtc). REGIONAL: Wendy MacLeod’s Slow Food (Merrimack Rep, Dir. Sean Daniels), Marjorie Prime, Circle Mirror Transformation, Cabaret, Amadeus, Company (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Sean Daniels’ The White Chip, The Last Match, The Revolutionists (City Theatre), The River (Quantum Theatre), Oliver! (The Gateway), The Trimble Wars (Human Race Theatre), Blithe Spirit, Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well…(PICT Classic Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Kanas City Starlight), Grey Gardens (Broadway World Regional Winner: Best Actress In A Musical), Parade, Next To Normal (Front Porch Theatricals) Ragtime (Lincoln Park) A Devil Inside, All My Sons, The Threepenny Opera (Pittsburgh Playhouse THE REP). FILM: The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan), Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Dir. Richard Linklater), Holidaysburg, Happiest Season, Unsinkable. TELEVISION: Spectrum’s “Manhunt: Deadly Games” (Emily Lyons, recurring Season 2), WGN’s “Outsiders” (Ricki, recurring Season 1), “Intrusion”.

Joel Van Liew


Joel Van Liew (Man) is thrilled to be working with Sean, Wendy, Daina, and Brian again, after having performed in the premiere of Slow Food at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Other regional credits include Home of the Brave (MRT) and The 39 Steps (Geva Theatre), both directed by Sean Daniels, The Ver**on Play (ATL Humana Festival), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Two River), Pride and Prejudice (ATL), Well (ACT), The Pavilion (City Theatre). NY Theatre: Well (Public), From Up Here (MTC), The Hunt (HB Studio Theatre), Park Slope Minstrel Show by Eleanor Burgess (finalist, Samuel French Play Fest), Permanent Visitor (New Georges), Born of Conviction (White Bird Prods). Film: The Girl in the Book, Crown Heights, All Rise. TV: Escape at Dannemora, Billions, Broad City, Blue Bloods, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order. Member of the Actors Center.

Brian Beacock


Brian Beacock is an actor, writer, producer, VO actor, singer and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing the National Tour of Les Misérables, he moved to Los Angeles where he has created a diverse career including numerous cartoon series and video games such as: Digimon, Bleach, Naruto, Sailor Moon, Durarara, Blue Exorcist, Doraemon, and more. Theater credits include: Slow Food (Merrimack Repertory Theatre),the West Coast Premiere of Elegies, When Pigs Fly, the insane one-man show Fully Committed, and as a Broadway Axl Rose in Andy Prieboys’ cult favorite, White Trash Wins Lotto. Television appearances on Kath & Kim, CSI, General Hospital, Playing it Straight, Passions, Imagination Movers, and NBC’s The Rerun Show. Films include: Mulholland Drive, Laws of the Universe-Part 1, Buying The Cow, Circuit, To The Beat, Racing Colt, and the upcoming horror feature Hollow Scream. He has been a musical guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and was honored to sing to Betty White on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He wrote and created the zombie comedy digital series Acting Dead (currently streaming on Amazon Prime) which won one of the first ever Primetime Emmys in the new short form category. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brianbeacock.

Creative Team

Sean Daniels

Sean Daniels (Co-Director) is honored to be in his second season at ATC, where he first fell in love with theatre. Sean has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), 59e59 (NYC, I and You, nominated for Outer Critics Circle), Lynn Redgrave (NYC), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), St. James (West End, London – The Lion, winner of Best New Musical), Arena Stage, A.C.T. (San Francisco), Milwaukee Rep, Old Globe, Geffen (L.A.), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, City Theatre, Swine Palace, Neo-Futur-ists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Sean has been named “one of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come” & “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revital-izing The American Musical” by American Theatre magazine. His direction and shows have won “Best Play” and “Best Director” in London, Bay Area, Boston, Portland, Rochester and Atlanta. He was previously the Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where he received national attention for his multiple artistic engagement programs that brought the community inside the organization. He’s also served as the Artist-At-Large for Geva Theatre Center and spent four years at the Tony Award®-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Direc-tor (where he directed 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta. He has developed new work with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Lark, PlayLabs, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Bay Area Playwrights, Magic Theatre and was the first American director asked to attend the Baltic Amer-ican Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia. As a playwright, his work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre, Merri-mack Repertory Theatre and Dad’s Garage. He was the first ever playwright authorized by the Jack Kerouac Estate to adapt his work for the stage. His play The White Chip made its Off-Broadway debut this Fall produced by five time Tony Award® nominee Tom Kirdahy. 

He’d love to hear from you. sdaniels@arizonatheatre.org twitter: @seandaniels. 

Chanel Bragg

Chanel Bragg (Co-Director) Pronoun: She/her -is ecstatic that Slow Food marks her co-directorial debut after being named the Associate Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Co. She is elated to work alongside her partner Sean Daniels and such a talented cast. Chanel has directed at various theaters across the valley.  Her most recent project being Spotlight Youth Theatre’s production of The Wolves. ATC credits include: Frenchie– Cabaret, Alma Hix- Music Man.  As an actress her favorite roles include- Tour: Power Woman– Menopause the Musical. Regional: Pat-Kinky Boots, Medda Larkin-Newsies, Carla– In the Heights, Justice-Rock of Ages, Mary Magdalene- Jesus Christ Superstar. Non regional: Effie in DreamGirls. Joanne- Rent, Ruth- Raisin in the Sun, Mrs. Mueller- Doubt, Dorothy- The Wiz, and many more. Founder of United Colours of Arizona Theatre, Producer/Director  of “The Alexander Project” & The Soul of Broadway Cabaret. Supporting vocalist -“The Phoenix Afro-Beat Orchestra. www.chanelbragg.com 

Instagram: cmbragg 

Kristi Hess

Kristi Hess (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: American Son, The Humans, Blackbird, Hello, Dolly!, The Cherry Orchard, The Audience. Off-Broadway: Something Clean, The Humans, Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NYTW), The White Chip (59E59 & Livestream Benefit Production), The Price of Thomas Scott, Days to Come (Mint), Discord (Primary Stages), Engagements (Second Stage). Psalm 18:30.

Matthew DeVore
Mathew DeVore (Sound Design) Mathew DeVore began his career working with ATC as resident Sound Op at the Herberger Theater Center for three seasons. He has since served as Pro-duction 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, Mur-der 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. 
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.

Wendy MacLeod

Wendy MacLeod (Playwright) WENDY MACLEOD’S play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey, and was produced by The Magic Theater, Soho Rep, The Washington Shakespeare Company, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and The Gate Theater in London, among others. Her other plays include Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at The Goodman, Juvenilia and The Water Children, both of which premiered at Playwrights Horizons, and Things Being What They Are, which premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and had an extended run at Steppenwolf in Chicago. She was the first writer selected for The Writer’s Room residency at the Arden Theater in Philadelphia, where she wrote Women in Jeopardy! which was selected for The Kilroys’ List and premiered at GEVA, and has since been done around the country at theaters including Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Cape Cod Playhouse, and Center Repertory Theater in the Bay Area. The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky premiered at ACT’s Young Conservatory in San Francisco and her play Slow Food was developed at the 2015 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and will premiere this season at Merrimack Repertory Theater. Her play The Laugh Track was selected by ACT in Seattle for the 2018 Hedgebrook Women’s Playwrights Festival. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Salon, POETRY magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College. Her plays are available through Dramatists Play Service and at Playscripts.com. She worked as Executive Story Editor on Ryan Murphy’s Popular, sold a pilot to CBS, that was developed by Diane Keaton, with Jeanne Tripplehorn attached, and her play Schoolgirl Figure was optioned by HBO. She recently did the screenplay adaptation for The Shallow End, a short film directed by Cynthia Silver.