Katie Beck is a creative community builder, director, writer, actor, and teaching artist who works to build performance that gives platform to underrepresented voices. After graduating from Allegheny College in 2014 with a BA in Theatre and Community and Justice Studies, she moved back to her hometown of Akron. Since establishing Gum-Dip Theatre in 2016, Katie has produced or directed nearly 80 performances of community-based theatre. Recent directing credits include Denied Admission, My North Hill, Imprisoned, Namaste-WHAT?, In Search of Alternative Dreams, Girls Studio, and Into the Mold. Katie is the recipient of the 2019 ‘30 for Future"‘ Award by the Greater Akron Chamber, the 2018 Arts Alive Award for Outstanding Artist in Theatre, the 2017 Akron Fellowship for League of Creative Interventionists, and a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Grant for the “Nepali Applause” festival. Her published writing credits include: “Developing a Community-Engaged Scholarly Identity” in Publicly Engaged Scholars and “Connecting My Academic Studies with Community Practice” in the fall 2016 issue of Diversity and Democracy.
Neema Tamang (Nim) is from Jhapa, Nepal where he started to perform when he was 13 years old. He co-founded Suruwath Theatre, a theatre company that provided artistic opportunities for theatre artists living throughout Nepal. (“Suruwath” means beginning something new). He came to the United States in 2013 and attended North High School to continue his education and performance art. Since 2017, he has worked as Associate Producer of Gum-Dip Theatre which celebrates, challenges, and reinvents community identity by creating plays for, with, and about marginalized communities. Recent acting credits include: The Lower Depths, Big Love (UA), My North Hill, Rebranding the City, Imprisoned, Namaste-WHAT?, and In Search of Alternative Dreams (Gum-Dip Theatre).
Nepali Natak Ensemble
A group of Nepali theatre artists who continue to create original productions after the success of the "Nepali Applause" festival, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For the past two months, the ensemble has performed scenes from Namaste-WHAT? at the BCAA Annual Festival, Global Village Festival, Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland, Reimagining the Civic Commons Conference, and the Electric Pressure Cooker.