About The Washington Rogues
The Washington Rogues are a daring new performing arts collective dedicated to showcasing new and exciting works with an emphasis on political and social commentary. With a strong Do-It-Yourself aesthetic, The Rogues are able to create first rate theater on a minimal budget. We pride ourselves on offering opportunities to developing artists as they begin and develop their careers in the nation’s capital.
Ryan S. Taylor (Artistic Director) has worked in Washington theatre since 2004. Eight marks Ryan’s third directorial effort for The Washington Rogues after helming David Johnston’s Busted Jesus Comix in 2008 and the The Teacher’s Lounge in 2009. Recently he directed his own adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story The Chorus Girl for Journeymen Theater Ensemble. Other recent credits include Rebecca Jones’s Spin Factor and Paco Madden’s Bible Study 2008 for eXreme eXchange. Other credits: co-directed a segment of Susan Lori-Park’s 365Plays/365Days for Rorschach Theater; staged readings of The Flags and A Cry from Heaven for Solas Nua. As assistant director: Rough Magic (Rorschach Theater, director Jenny McConnell Frederick); Valparaiso (Forum Theater, director Michael Dove). Ryan graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has received additional training at the Studio Theater Acting Conservatory.
Chelsey Christensen (Director of Communications) was last seen on stage in The Solid Gold Cadillac at The Studio Theatre. She has performed with The Inkwell, The Hegira, and Active Cultures and has also been in many short films. Chelsey worked as the Development Apprentice at The Studio Theatre (2008/09) and is currently the Membership Gifts Associate at Washington Performing Arts Society. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Stephens College & has continued her training at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.
Megan Reichelt (Founding Member): Megan is a theater artist and amateur librarian/mythologist. She likes learning cool stuff and telling people about it. She has enjoyed telling stories with many theaters around DC such as Rorschach Theater, Bright Alchemy, Active Cultures, Forum Theater, Wandering Souls, Solas Nua, and Inkwell.
Rachel Manteuffel (Associate Artist): Has appeared in every Washington Rogues production. She has recently appeared on stagefor Rorschach Theater, Journeyman Theater Ensemble, Virginia Shakespeare Festival and eXtreme eXchange.
D. Grant Cloyd (Associate Artist) appeared in the Washington Rogue’s first production, Busted Jesus Comix, which was coincidentally his first performance in Washington. He has performed with numerous companies including Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Venus Theatre, 1st Stage, Spooky Action Theater, Synetic Family Theatre, Wandering Souls, and Faction of Fools. He has also been seen in television commercials, independent short films, industrials, and print ads. He is a 2008 graduate of the SMCM Theatre/Film program and has additional training from David Mamet’s Atlantic Acting School in New York.
Ali Walton (Associate Artist) is a DC-based writer, producer and actor. She recently served as Assistant Director to Factory 449’s production of Magnificent Waste and directed the short play There are shapes on the ceiling that look like bats for the 2010 Source Festival. Recent theater acting credits include: Real Cost Cafe (Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater), Dog Sees God (Firehouse Theatre Project, Richmond), Eight (The Washington Rogues), The Red Balloon (Adventure Theatre). Recent Film and TV credits include Conquering the Rose and Hard to Be Me. Ali is currently producing for the comedic webseries Confab, which will hit the net in Summer 2012. Her 10-minute play Use Unknown was published in 2010 The Best 10-Minute Plays. Education: BFA, NYU Tisch
Lisa K. Blythe (Associate Artist and Head Cheerleader). No known photo. Possible alias. Whereabouts currently unknown.