Michael J. Drury
Artistic Director, Pandora Productions
Dramaturg, TIES THAT BIND
Michael J. Drury (Dramaturg) is the Producing Artistic Director at Pandora Productions and has worked as a professional actor for 40+ years throughout the Midwest and is no stranger to Louisville area audiences having appeared with Stage One: Louisville’s Children’s Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Music Theatre Louisville, CenterStage, Theatre  and the Stephen Foster Drama Association, with whom he also toured Japan and was part of the official re-recording of the cast recording. He has directed numerous productions for various companies including Derby Dinner Playhouse, CenterStage, Louisville Repertory Company, Clarksville Little Theatre and the Shelby County Community Theatre, in addition to adjudicating annual scholarship auditions and theatre festivals including Kentucky Theatre Association and Southeastern Theatre Conference and teaching ArtsShops for the Governor’s School for the Arts. He has been the Producing Artistic Director at Pandora Productions for 22 years where he has produced more than 100 shows, 65 or more of which he has also directed. At Pandora he has led two national new play searches as well as led the creation of original pieces including The GLBTQ Youth Project for which the company won the Karen Willis Award for Excellence from KTA and was featured in the SETC Fringe Festival in 2015. He serves on the board of the Arts & Culture Alliance and is a member of the National Queer Theatre Alliance. He makes his home in New Albany, Indiana with husband Lane and is the founder of Shift, a neuro-transformational coaching service. Find him on Facebook @ShiftCoachMichael.
Executive Director, LYG
A Versailles Kentucky native, Elana recently returned to the Bluegrass after 14 years in Rhode Island, to serve as the Executive Director of LYG. Elana brings with her extensive experience in non-profit leadership and has worked directly with LGBTQ+ youth for more than a decade.
She holds a BA in sociology from Smith College and a MS in College Student Personnel from Miami of Ohio University.
When she’s not hard at work, you will find Elana out enjoying nature with her dogs, or spending time with family.
Dramaturg, ALL WE KNOW IS RUST
Jason Cooper has worked in professional, regional, and community theatre for over twenty years. Locally, Jason has worked extensively as an actor and director for Pandora Productions, CenterStage, The Bard’s Town, Drag Daddy Productions, Time Slip Theatre, Eve Theatre Company, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and Stage One. Since founding The Chicken Coop Theatre Company in 2019, Jason has produced and directed The Mystery of Irma Vep, Clue, The Haunting of Hill House, Grey Gardens: The Musical which won both the Broadway World and Arts Louisville awards for best musical of 2021, Xanadu: Live at Champ’s Rollerdome, Misery, and The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz. Thank you everyone at Louisville Ballet, Pandora Productions, and The Louisville Youth Group for this opportunity.
Dramaturg, THE BLOOD PROJECT
Allie Fireel (they/them) is a bi-polar non-binary queer writer, performer and producer based in Louisville. As an actor, playwright and journalist, Fireel is making a commitment to de-stigmatize neurodivergence and emerging queer identities through their work.
As founding Artistic Director of The Louisville Fringe Festival they are committed to pushing back against assault and abuse as in their theatrical community, as well as breaking down the racial divide in Louisville’s entire creative scene. #BraveArtistsDeserveSafeSpaces #BlackArtistsMatter
Dramaturg, HUMAN | DANCER
Mollie Murk is a proud Louisville transplant from Illinois, and has worked at Kentucky Shakespeare for the past several years as an actor, teaching artist, and artistic associate. Recently, they’ve acted in KSF’s Pride & Prejudice (Lizzy) and Twelfth Night (Viola); Actors Theatre of Louisville’s The Wolves (#8), Dracula (Mina, U/S Lucy), and Are You There? in the 44th Humana Festival, as well as with companies across the region such as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Hope Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Louisville Fringe, and Ambo Dance Theatre. Mollie is passionate about art as a social practice, and helped kickstart a group at KSF for Queer/Trans youth to use Shakespeare to build resilience, community, and freedom, which has been one of her greatest joys. An alum of Hope College and Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training, Mollie is forever grateful for the beautiful, supportive, resilient arts community in this region.
Tyler is honored to collaborate with Louisville Ballet. He is a graduate of The Alabama State University Department of Theatre Arts BA program and the University of Louisville’s Graduate Acting program. Since then he has directed, written, and performed with various Louisville and Indiana theatre companies. Tyler is excited to collaborate more with local arts communities.
Laura Ellis is a Peabody Award-winning audio producer making her debut with the Louisville Ballet. You’ve heard her work with Kentucky Shakespeare and Pandora Productions. When she’s not in a theater (or a park), she’s still telling stories through audio; she runs a podcast incubator and writes a podcasting advice column for Louisville Public Media. Laura is a lifelong Louisvillian, and she lives in the South End with her wife and 40 small dogs (ok, it’s only 4, but they make the noise of 40 if you’re trying to have a Zoom meeting).
Bailey Wynn | Bloomed Roots
Floral Designer, HUMAN | DANCER
I am a self-taught floral designer, obsessed dog mom, and chicken-tendy connoisseur. I enjoy being a big homebody with my weenie dog Rawling, music festivals, and greenhouse exploring.