IN -TENTS
A CONSERVATION COMEDY

PRATIK MOTWANI, INDIA

(Founder /Co-CREATOR)

Pratik Motwani is an actor, theatre maker and educator originally from Mumbai, India with a specialization in eastern and western forms of mask performance and devised physical theatre. He holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Blue lake, CA. As a voice over artist, Pratik has lent his voice to actor Dev Patel (the protagonist) in the Indian version of the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Pratik is a resident actor and teaching artist with Dell'Arte International. As part of the California Arts Council’s Create CA initiative and The North Coast Arts Integration Project Pratik works with high schools and other youth programs in developing strategies to integrate/implement high quality arts programming within their educational curriculum and initiate/develop international artistic and cultural exchange programs between schools.
Pratik is also a company member and educator of mask performance technique with IMAGO Theatre based in Portland, Oregon.  With IMAGO Pratik has toured nationally and internationally as a lead performer in their world renowned physical comedy/mask performance/puppetry shows - FROGZ and Zoo Zoo (2012-2016). Pratik has designed IMAGO’s Spirit of The Mask workshop series/intensive program and has been invited as a guest artist to teach physical theatre, mask performance and puppetry styles/technique's in university programs across the United States including Pennsylvania State University, PA; University of California in Berkley, CA; Virginia Tech University, VA; Michael Chekhov School,NY.
As a self producing actor/creator he is committed to creating original works of devised theatre and is interested in the intersection of visual and performing arts within a theatrical setting. His other works of devised physical theatre includes: The Long Way (www.thelongwayshow.com) - officially selected for off broadway showcase as part of the 2017 United Solo Festival, NYC ; The Mysterious Magical Brandishers of Magic! - invited to perform at the 2017 Edmonton Clown Festival (Play the Fool Festival), Canada.  

MEGHAN FRANK, USA

(Founder/Co-Creator)

Meghan Frank is a performer and educator who has worked all over the United States and internationally, from Afghanistan to India to Egypt and Azerbaijan.  She is a member of Bond Street Theatre of New York and is a member of the all-female theatre company Glitter Gizzard. Their original, adult show Camel Camel was nominated for Best Comedy, Best Physical Theatre/Dance, Best Cabaret/Vaudeville Show at the 2015 Victoria Fringe Festival in Canada. Meghan currently lives and works in Colorado as an adjunct professor of Theatre at Aurora Community College and as a teaching artist with Mirror Image Arts, a theatre-based bullying prevention program for young people. Commissioned by The Millibo Arts Theater “Family First” Series in 2016, her Denver-based theatre company Theatre Artibus created OOPS, a family comedy about learning from mistakes. Meghan holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International (2012) and a BA in Theatre for Social Change from UMASS Amherst (2003). From 2012-2014, Meghan was both a staff and faculty member at Dell'Arte International.

JANESSA JOHNSRUDE, CANADA

(Co-Creator)

Janessa Johnsrude is a theatre artist from the Canadian Prairies specializing in character creation and ensemble performance. She is a faculty member at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, a graduate of their MFA program, and has been a member of the Dell’Arte company for the past 6 years.She is a founding member of Glitter Gizzard, an internationally acclaimed ensemble of touring female physical theatre artists most recently featured off-broadway at the Tank in New York in 2017 in “The Seminar with Madge and Taffy”. She conceived, co-founded and now teaches the first theatre program offered at Pelican Bay State Prison in California through the William James Association’s Arts in Corrections program. She has received numerous grants and awards to pursue investigation of her craft, including a Saskatchewan Arts Board Independent Artist Grant to study mask carving and shadow puppetry in Bali, Indonesia and was selected to be an Artist in Residence at the Lookout Arts Quarry in 2017 with development time in both Berlin and the U.S.A. She has been designing and implementing theatre curriculum for youth for over 13 years, including classes for the North Coast Arts Integration Project in California in 2015. Janessa has lead workshops in physical theatre across the continent and has been a guest teacher at the University of Saskatchewan, for numerous Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals and has been invited to teach at the Kennedy Center, U.S.A. for KCACTF finalist master classes. She has created original work, from cabarets to full length shows, performing with numerous ensembles and touring internationally for the past 9 years.

RYAN MUSIL, USA

(Guest Artist)

​Ryan Musil is a freelance educator, director and performer.  Working in ensemble theatre for the past 11 years in the US and abroad.  His unique style of theatre blends athletic engagement and character development.  He offers workshops in physical theatre, clown, mask performance and embodied character at the high school and collegiate levels.  Ryan has traveled to India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Egypt and Zimbabwe teaching Clown, Physical Comedy and Commedia dell’Arte at various theatre schools and arts organizations with a specific focus on physical theatre and street performance.  He is an assistant director and instructor at Traveling Players Ensemble, Great Falls Virginia, teaching Physical Comedy and backpacking camping skills.  Ryan holds an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International, BFA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College and has also trained at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. 
Over the years Ryan has had the privilege to work with such artists as Commedia dell’Arte master Antonio Fava, renowned Clown and former Dell’Arte International School Director Ronlin Foreman and Roy Hart Theatre Company member Kevin Crawford. Ryan has worked with The Dell’Arte Company as a performer in Mary Jane - The Musical, Korbel VI and later on staff as Production Manager.