Paperplay! Playbill

Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies’ Home Season 


Orange bicycle with butai (half picture frame, half stage) attached sits on a green hillside with trees and a bird against a blue sky.

Paperplay! Adventures in Kamishibai

Created by the Student Ensemble with Prof. Natsu Onoda Power 

Part of the 2021-22 Davis Performing Arts Center’s Sweet 16th Anniversary Home Season, “Makers in the Space: Making Space,” programmed by Artistic Director Prof. Maya E. Roth.

Thursday, October 21 – Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 7 p.m., with staggered group excursions
Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 2 p.m., with staggered group excursions
Friday, October 29 – Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 7 p.m., with staggered group excursions

Roving Across the Davis Performing Arts Center 
The show runs for approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.


Prof. Natsu Onoda Power

Jake Teall (C’22)

Fatima Dyfan (C ’21)


Bella Carlucci (C’23)
Phoebe Fisher (C’23)
Panna Gattyan (C’22)
Margaret Gleason (C’22)
Winnie Ho (C’25)
Shakeer Hood (C’24)
Amy Li (C’22)

Lucas Lin (C’24)
Adriane Longhurst (C’25)
Sarah Martin (C’23)
Julia Moreno (SFS ’22)
MJ Ninal (C’24)
Caterina Peracchi (C’23)
Amelia Shotwell (C’25)


Claire Derriennic (C ’17)
David Higgins


Sean Craig (C’16)

Alicia DiGiorgi

Bethany Taylor

Jarrod DiGiorgi

Erin Davies

Prof. Maya E. Roth

Dorothy Barnes Driggers

Suzy Mazur (SFS ’22), Avery Van Natta (C ’23), Jamia Ross (NHS ’22), Caroline Slater (C‘23)

Amanda Lin (C’22), Casey Ferrante (C’22), Farran Dougherty (MSB’22), Iliana Diaz (C’23), Jean-Paul Nguyen (C’24), Jenna Thomas (C’24), Lara Santana (SFS’24), Liz McDermott (SFS’22), Rhys Lossman (C’25)

Victoria Hanna (C’23), Jamia Ross (NHS’22), Claire Smith (SFS’23), Sarah Tyree (C’24)


Welcome (back) to the Davis Center! It’s a balm and gift to return to the embodied work of storytelling and creative community that we reinvent each year via TPST’s Home Season. Designed for small live audiences by an array of multifaceted “makers” (storyteller-writers, performers, visual artists, all), this roving interactive performance of Paperplay! epitomizes the spirit of imagination, pluralism and interdisciplinarity we’re bringing across this Season in the Daavis Center. On return to campus, we’re centering Makers in the Space, involving new and returning students from disparate majors in collaboration with faculty, guest artists, each other, and alums: this is our hallmark. Prof. Natsu Onoda Power is the perfect steward for our season opener because she adapts to unexpected challenges with generous creativity and expertise, as Paperplay!: Adventures in Kamishibai suggests—and the student-makers can attest. We hope that you revel in the sheer variety, and intertwining, of original works they made together, the ways that you, too, are cast as a collaborator, and the joy of experiencing live stories, again. We planned this season opener, too, to renew relationships to the Davis Center, a maze of spaces which we had so missed for learning, making theater, research, and gathering; soak in the refresh of displays across the building and know that the studios are abuzz as we engage the world, though performance. Even with the Gonda Theatre closed this fall, Paperplay and the Kamishibaists are endowing the “heart” of campus with creative life. Thank you!

Know that as part of our mission, we are supporting an array of collaborating “makers” across the season— via Cabaret (directed by Senior Matt Philips, TPST’s collaboration with Nomads that was seeded last year), the Diversity and Design cohort (an apprenticeship with Guest Artist Alberto Segarra), the chamber musical Violet (a senior thesis project directed by Margaret Gleason and a collaboration with M&B), and our Sweet 16th Anniversary in April, when we will welcome Alums for celebration. We invite you to explore the exceptional hybrid season in theater we pursued last year for a wider audience, dispersed, and we will unveil our digital Alumni Mapping Project later this year. Stay tuned! As we continue to incubate new artistic and social models, we’re proud to feature works like Paperplay as our first TPST season project, centering students’ original work now, as well as invited residencies centering faculty research with the new Racial Justice Institute in January and the Lab for Global Performance and Politics in May. Creatively, we’re re-making the world: integrating research and creativity, learning and life, diversity and community, embodied knowledge and cross-disciplinary stakes. Welcome Back!

Maya Roth,
Artistic Director


The College for supporting TPST’s Home Season

The Cella Family

Conte Bikes

TPST Faculty Colleagues

& All those who helped to fold origami flowers (on recycled paper), including the Ensemble and DPA Student Staff!

James Connor, GU Fleet Manager


This series of short works created by student performer-designer-storytellers and Natsu Onoda Power is inspired by kamishibai, a style of Japanese street performance that uses illustrated paper placards. PAPERPLAY inventively retools the pre-cinema form of kamishibai, when a solo performer would ride a bicycle around towns and then perform, stopping at street corners to mesmerize children with folk tales, intrigue grown-ups with pulp fiction, and sometimes sell candy.

As an ancient storytelling tool, the art of kamishibai is deeply rooted in cultural art and expression, and its various manifestations can be traced all through Japanese history. It began with the birth of emaki scrolls during 12th century e-toki (“picture deciphering”), eventually evolving into ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) during the Edo Period, and then tachi-e (“stand-up pictures”) during the Meiji period. Finally, from the 1920s to 1930s, kamishibai started to take form: kami meaning paper, and shibai meaning play or theatre. 

Kamishibai was told by a kamishibaiya who would travel from village to village, with bag full of sweets and a wooden butai—half picture frame, half theatre stage—attached to the back of a bike. The storyteller would also bring along hyoshigi, wooden clappers used to attract the young audience members. After selling candy and waiting for the crowd to gather, the story would begin: the kamishibaiya gracefully pulled each of the numbered and illustrated storyboards from the side, performed, slid it to the back of the stack, and then repeated. To ensure returning crowds, the storyteller would always stop at a cliffhanger point, leaving audience members breathless and hungry for more. 

Similar in format to the modern day slideshow, kamishibai is a versatile storytelling tool that spans across cultures and generations. In the present day, kamishibai has maintained its ability to capture the imagination of wide audiences, though it has transcended its cultural roots and is now performed in languages from all around the world. Schools in many countries have adopted the storytelling method for this reason, as it provides an integrated and versatile approach to learning through visual art. There are many different forms of kamishibai. Sometimes, the storyteller performs an already published story, while other times, they improvise and use audience participation.


Isabella Jade Carlucci (C’23, Ensemble) hopes that you enjoy the show! <3

Sean Craig (C’16, Sound Editor) is an arts administrator, freelance writer, and sound designer currently living in Philadelphia, PA. He has previously sound designed with Georgetown on productions such as War with the Newts, Wind Me Up Maria!, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, and Okinawa Field Trip. In addition to his sound design work, he also writes about cutting-edge music on his website,

Claire Derriennic (C’17, Kamishibai Guest Artist and Mentor) is a multidisciplinary theatre-maker living in Austin, Texas. A Georgetown alum, she first learned about kamishibai as a student in Natsu’s Anti-Multimedia Performance class. Since then, she has created several fairytale adaptations that address health, consent and bodily autonomy, including Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Period, and Little Red Riding Hood. Claire is currently pursuing her MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth  at the University of Texas, where she plans to research the intersection of health education and theatre for young audiences. Her latest play, Taste Buds: The Adventures of Cake and Broccoli is an interactive performance exploring food neutrality. Follow her on Instagram at @clairederr or check out her work at

Phoebe Fisher (C’23, Ensemble) is a junior in the college studying theology and linguistics. This is her first performance with the performing arts department and she has loved getting to work with such a talented artistic team. 

Panna Gattyan (C’22, Ensemble) is a multimedia artist from Hungary and LA. She loves making iced green tea, floral arrangements, and videos. 

Margaret Gleason (C’22, Ensemble) is a senior from Eugene, OR, majoring in Theater & Performance Studies with minors in Music and Justice & Peace Studies. She is so happy to be returning to the Davis Center in this joy-filled project, having last appeared in the fall of 2019 in a workshop reading of Torgus and Snow by Christine Evans. Her thesis production, Violet by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, will be here this coming spring. When not in class or in rehearsal, Margaret can be found taking deep breaths in nature, relaxing in her cozy home with her wonderful housemates, or dancing, anywhere. She would like to take this moment to acknowledge all of you who are wearing masks, who got vaccinated if able, and who cared for our community in order to make this performance possible during an ongoing pandemic – thank you for valuing live theater. Welcome back, and enjoy the show. 

David Higgins (Guest Artist), often working in or near puppetry, has created and supported shows as a builder, designer, performer, and writer.  In recent years, he and his partner, Vanessa Gilbert, have developed an aesthetic that they describe as “historical remix,” exploiting a variety of narrative and visual styles to explore subject matter such as The Great War, militarization of police services, the threat of fascism, and demographic shifts in American cities.

Winnie Ho (C’25, Ensemble) is a freshman in the college interested in theatre and the performing arts.

Shakeer R. Hood (C’24, Ensemble) is a sophomore in the college who plans to double major in Sociology and Theater. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and watching movies. In his free time he likes to take walks and write short stories. He is happy to finally be on campus and be a part and experience theater in person. He hopes to take what he learns in college to create space for diverse stories and perspectives.

Amy Q. Li (C’22, Ensemble) is a senior in the college studying history. She is very excited to be involved in this crafty and creative process and has really enjoyed adapting stories and cutting paper! 

Adriane B. Longhurst (C’25, Ensemble) only just recently returned to civilization after living deep in the Swiss Alps for the past 5 years, but not before over-committing to the high school theatre department. After a year of recovery and reflection, Adriane turned up at the front door of Georgetown with a license to wreak havoc. This naturally led her to join the Paperplay! Ensemble. 

Sarah Martin (C’22, Ensemble) is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in History and Psychology. As an undergraduate, they have studied Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a powerful tool for collective action and dialogue, and have designed and facilitated a series of dialogues surrounding sexual violence and criminal justice on campus. Under the Georgetown Conflict Transformation Lab, they have co-designed and co-facilitated two five-week political dialogue series addressing the US rural-urban divide, bringing together students from Georgetown University, Radford University, Columbia University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently, they are working with the Lab for Global Performance and Politics developing a theatrical piece which explores the history of the non-binary community at Georgetown University. 

Ma Jhanea Trinity (MJ) R Ninal (C’24, Ensemble) is a sophomore in the College, majoring in Japanese and double minoring in Linguistics and Asian Studies. This is her second time working on a kamishibai with Natsu! Her favorite part of this process was working with the wonderful cast and crew, and watching the different stories come to life. She hopes that you enjoy this spectacular experience! 

Caterina Peracchi (C’23, Ensemble) is a junior in the College majoring in Japanese and minoring in Creative Writing. They are originally from Rome, Italy, but they moved to DC after 6th grade and did the rest of their secondary education there. Caterina is very interested in visual art, like animation and manga, which inspired their hobby of drawing and coming up with stories. It was in fact by watching subtitled anime that they started studying Japanese during high school, until they decided to continue studying it in college.

Natsu Onoda Power, Ph.D. (Director/Designer, GU Theater & Performance Studies Professor) grew up in Japan and has been playing with kamishibai for as long as she can remember. Today she is a director/designer specializing in adapting non-dramatic texts into new works of visual theater. She has received two Elliot Norton Awards (for Outstanding Direction and Production Design) and two Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding New Adaptation and Outstanding Set Design), and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post- World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009). She is grateful for her cast & production team for playing with her, inspiring her, and reminding her of the joy of visual storytelling. 

Amelia Marie Shotwell (C’25, Ensemble) is a freshman in the College planning on majoring in history and English. She is from Traverse City, Michigan where she spent much of her time in her local community theater. Outside of Paperplay she is involved with GIVES and the VOICE (the first episode of her true crime podcast will be out at the end of October). Most importantly, her favorite Corp drink is the purple haze. She’s ecstatic to be a part of this production.

Jake Teall (C ’23, Assistant Director) is so excited to welcome you back to in-person Georgetown theatre! He is currently studying Theater, Film, and Business. Some of his favorite recent credits include An Acorn and On the Lawn (RIP Legally Blonde) at Georgetown, as well as Footloose, A Chorus Line, and Freaky Friday with various companies in Houston, TX. This semester he is also performing in the ensemble of Cabaret and is a Student Fellow with The Lab for Global Performance & Politics. He is currently interested in environmental, interactive theater as a tool for actively practicing empathy, identifies strongly as a pluviophile, and recently ran into the guy who runs the Washington Post’s TikTok page on M Street. “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” – Walt Disney


Prof. Derek Goldman, Ph.D., Director

Housed in the Davis Performing Arts Center, the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program features a nationally recognized faculty of leading scholar/artists and professional practitioners who offer a dynamic interdisciplinary major that emphasizes the interaction of artistic and analytic inquiry. The Program has rapidly attracted significant national attention for its distinctive curriculum, which integrates the political and international character of Georgetown, a commitment to social justice, and high-quality, cutting-edge production seasons, including world premieres. In 2012, Backstage selected the Program as one of the top five college theater programs outside of New York City.

Prof. Maya E. Roth, Ph.D., Artistic Director

Opened in November 2005 as Georgetown University’s first building designed for the arts, the Davis Performing Arts Center is the research, teaching, and public exchange laboratory for the Theater & Performance Studies Program and houses the administrative office of the Department of Performing Arts. Since its inaugural season, the Davis Center has hosted a thematically linked home season for the Theater and Performance Studies Program, featuring cutting-edge productions committed to diversity and artistic risk-taking. We have presented numerous new works and adaptations, DC premieres, bold re-imaginings of classics, important contemporary plays, and student-devised productions.

Our home season has engaged deep collaborations with nationally renowned artists (including Sojourn Theatre, Heather Raffo, The Neo-Futurists), acclaimed local companies (like Synetic Theater, Spooky Action Theater, a 15-year partnership with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater), local universities (e.g. Gallaudet University, University of Maryland), and frequent co-productions with Alumni (including LubDub Theatre Co., Swedian Lie, Isaiah M. Wooden) and GU’s student theater companies (including Black Theatre Ensemble, Mask and Bauble, and Nomadic Theatre). The Davis Center hosts annual residencies of the Music Program, the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, and the Dance Program.


Andrew R. Ammerman (F’72)
Joyce J. Gorman and Joseph A. Fanone (C’ 71, L’ 74)
Alumni Leadership Circle
Interim Dean Soyica Colbert
Provost Robert Groves
The Kelley Family
Mark Kenyon
Stephen J. & Mary Ann Seleman


The Making New Worlds Fund supports the academic, artistic, and professional development of our students. The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program would like to thank our friends and alumni who have contributed to the Making New Worlds Fund, especially the following for their generosity:

James and Susannah Prout, Rita Ciocca, Art Murphy, Thomas Scanlan, the Leen Foundation, The Children’s Trust, Sharmila Achari (C’04), Adam Bacigalupo (C’16), Matt Beshke (SFS’18), Brian Bies (B’18), Meg Cairns (C’90), Anna Calogero (F’18), Dave Childs (F’04), Christina M. Ciocca (C’05),  Gabriel Cohn (N’19), Kate Creevy (C’94), Fred Dews (F’91, MPP’96), Catherine Dolan (C’12), Michael Donnay (C’16), Olivia Duff (C’16), Thomas B. Evans (C’08), Patrick Flynn (C’09), Ray Gao (C’19), Diane Giangreco (C’13), Jess Gitner (C’09), Matthew Green (F’78), Jeremy Guyton (C’12), David Hanna (C’14), Samuel Hartmann (C’19), Jordanna Hernandez (C’15),Anne Marie Huntington (C’19), Mary Ann (C’86, L’90, P’19/23) and Kent Huntington (L’91, P’19/23), Jeffrey (F’88) and Shannon Jamison, Josh Karch (C’91), Kathy Kelly (F’99), Wieslaw and Mariola Klis (P’10), Sarah Kelly Konig (C’16), Alex Kostura (F’09), Rachel League (B’18), Elise Lemle (C’10), Ann Ludtke (MSB’18), Dustin Maghamfar (C’06), Alexandra McCourt (B’15), Catherine Meyendorff (F’11), Michael Mitchell (C’10), Thomas Moakley (SFS’17), Joseph (B’94) and Nancy Nowalk, Caitlin Ouano (C’17), Cynthia E. Pekron (SFS’07), Kate Porterfield (C’86), Colin Pritchard (F’99), Brendan Quinn (C’14, L’18), Jennifer Rogers (C’06), Alexandra Rose (L’19), Erika (F’92) and Jeff (C’87) Schoppert, Ana-Alicia Siqueiros (C’11, MA’12) and Sean Herrie, Elly Straske (C’16), Caroline (C’00) and Brent Stone, Susan Swope (F’65), The Burke Family Charitable Fund, Joelle Thomas (F’10), Bridget (F’79) and Russell (D’79) Tibbetts  (P’06/18/23), David Turer (B’16), Obehi Utubor (F’09), Annie Valik (B’06), Amelia Walsh (SFS’20),  Cornell Womack (C’93), Isaiah Wooden (C’04), Allison Zatta (C’07).

Support the Making New Worlds Fund.

To make a donation to the Fund, please visit the Making New Worlds Donation Page

Also part of the Davis Center’s Sweet 16th Anniversary Makers in the Space: Making Space season…

Sketched image of the emcee of Cabaret, wearing a harness and bowtie, surrounded by other men and women in the Kit Kat Club.

Co-produced by GU Theater & Performance Studies Program and Nomadic Theatre in collaboration with the GU Music Program

Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 12 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday, November 19 at 10 p.m.


Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Matt Phillips (C’22) 
With Musical Direction by Guest Artist Joe Walsh
Advised by Profs. Maya E. Roth & Michael T. Williams
Produced by Marion Cassidy (C’23)

In a struggling nightclub where outsiders and transgressive life take haven, empire creeps in from Weimar Berlin: Travel with us to a world askew and under siege. With captivating music and a fresh take on this iconic musical about inattention to violence, privilege, and erasure—where the rich and struggling cross paths but do not align—we bring you our immersive staging of Cabaret. Hatched over pandemic, this performance centers student-makers in the space and casts audience members as patrons of the Kit Kat Club. What is the role of art in empire? Whose lens, whose narratives, can be trusted? And where is the line between voyeurism and witness? 

CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.


A black and white bus with a yellow silhouette of a passenger travels a curvy road, next to a church steeple.

GU Theater & Performance Studies Program in collaboration with Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society and the GU Music Program

Thursday, March 17–Sunday, March 20
Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26


An American Chamber Musical 
Music by Jeanine Tesori 
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts
Directed by Margaret Gleason (C’22)
Musical Direction by Guest Artist Tori Pergerson
A Senior Thesis Project
Advised by Prof. Derek Goldman

It’s 1964 in Spruce Pine, North Carolina and Violet Karl, a young woman, is on a mission to take charge of her destiny. Scarred by a childhood accident and feeling like an outsider in her small community, she takes off on a Greyhound bus for Tulsa, Oklahoma — seeking a TV preacher who claims to work miracles. On the road she travels with two soldiers from the Vietnam War —one Black, one White— stirring her to discover that her past is more present than she realized, and that her difference may be a strength, instead of a shame to hide. With rollicking and powerful music from Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori and a witty, engaging book by Brian Crawley, Violet asks us to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, find beauty in the life we’ve been given, and never hide our joy. 

This coming of age chamber musical brings diverse American cultures into intimate focus, providing a vehicle for cross-departmental collaboration and extended community engagement.

Violet is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


GU Theater & Performance Studies Program
Friday, April 8–Saturday, April 9

Davis Performing Arts Center Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the Sweet 16th anniversary of Georgetown’s arts hub in an exciting array of events with alumni, faculty, and current students!




Derek Goldman, Ph.D.
Director, Theater & Performance Studies Program;
Co-founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Professor


Maya E. Roth, Ph.D.
Della Rosa Distinguished Associate Professor of Theater;
Artistic Director, Davis Performing Arts Center

Soyica Colbert, Ph.D.
Idol Family Professor, Georgetown College;
Professor of African American Studies and Performing Arts

Reginald Douglas (C’09), B.A.
Adjunct Lecturer

Dorothy Barnes Driggers, M.F.A.
Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor;
Davis Center Costume Shop and Properties Manager

Christine Evans, Ph.D.

Anita Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Founding Co-Leader of the Racial Justice Institute;
Professor of African American Studies and Performing Arts

Robert Jansen, M.F.A.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Emma Crane Jaster, B.A.
Adjunct Lecturer (TPST & Dance);
Global Fellows Program Manager and resident movement artist, The Lab

Sarah Marshall, B.F.A.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Practice

Kate Eastwood Norris, M.F.A.
Adjunct Lecturer

Natsu Onoda Power, Ph.D.

Alexandra Templer (C’15), M.F.A.
Adjunct Lecturer

Michael T. Williams, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice; Artistic Adviser to Co-Curricular Theater


Anthony R. DelDonna, Ph.D.
Director, Music Program;

Frederick A. Binkholder, M.M.
Professor of Practice

Paul Bratcher, M.M.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oractice

Netanel Draiblate, M.M.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Practice

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Artists Diploma
Professor of Practice

Jay Hammond, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice

Benjamin J. Harbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Fred Hosken, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice

Grace Kim, D.M.A.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Practice

David Murray, M.M.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Practice

David Schulman, M.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Carlos Simon, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor

Robynn J. Stilwell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Head of Dance


Alfreda Davis, B.F.A.
Artistic Director, Black Movements Dance Theatre

Raina Lucas, M.F.A.
Artistic Director, GU Dance Company


Arthur J. Murphy, J.D.
Professor of Practice

Kate Yust Al-Shamma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice


Mikyoung Cho, M.M.

Maurice Jackson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History

Bryan McCann, Ph.D.
Professor; Department Chair, History


Tobin Clark
Technical Adviser to Co-Curricular Theater

Vanessa Gilbert
Community Engagement and Development Manager

Sarah Ginnetti
Academic and Faculty Affairs Manager

Ron Lignelli
Administrative Director

Laura Mertens
Public Relations and Special Events Manager

Alicia DiGiorgi
Director of Production

Bethany Taylor
Technical Director