Creative Team

*Indicates person is a Resident Artist of Sackerson

Italo Calvino – AUTHOR

Italo Calvino (born October 15, 1923, Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba—died September 19, 1985, Siena, Italy), Italian journalist, short-story writer, and novelist whose whimsical and imaginative fables made him one of the most important Italian fiction writers in the 20th century.

“You ask me for a biographical note—something that always embarrasses me. Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing a psychoanalyst. At least I imagine so: I have never had myself psychoanalyzed.”


To read more of Calvino’s brief autobiography (5 minutes) visit this link.

Morag Shepherd* – PLAYWRIGHT

Morag is one of the producers of Sackerson, and holds an MA in Theatre Criticism from Brigham Young University. Morag is a member of the Plan-B writers lab, where her play NOT ONE DROP (David Ross Fetzer grant recipient) and MOTHER EARTH monologue has performed. Her play DO YOU WANT TO SEE ME NAKED (Critics Choice Award, and Best Solo Performance) has performed in Salt Lake City, Tucson, and will perform in the United Solo Festival in New York City this fall with Elizabeth Golden. Recent writing credits include HINDSIGHT, an immersive theatre piece throughout the streets of downtown SLC; TRAIN TRACKS (co-produced with Flying Bobcat); BURN (Association of Mormon Letters Award for Best Drama); THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE; and POPPY’S IN THE SAND (Salt Lake City, and San Diego International Fringe Festival).

Shawn Francis Saunders* – PLAYWRIGHT / SOUND

Shawn Francis Saunders holds a bachelor of science degree in theatre from Utah Valley University. He is currently a resident artist with Sackerson theatre company. Sackerson productions include BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE, SHOCKHEADED PETER, THE LITTLE PRINCE, and HINDSIGHT where he also directed the second cast. Shawn is a member of Utah Film Center Artist Foundry where he co-wrote the short film “Say The Sins” with his friend and frequent collaborator Alexander Woods. They recently finished writing and directing their first short film together titled “The Wreath.” Shawn is thrilled to be working with Sackerson again. “Wakanda forever.”

Dave Mortensen* – DIRECTOR / LIGHTING

Dave is one of the producers and resident artists of Sackerson. Recent directing credits include THE LITTLE PRINCE, SHOCKHEADED PETER, BURN, and POPPY’S IN THE SAND (Sackerson). HINDSIGHT is the 16th show he has produced with Sackerson. He served six years on the Board of the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Before that he was a founding member of Mortal Fools Theatre Project in Provo where he produced the sellout Halloween productions of DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, DRACULA, and FRANKENSTEIN (in addition to THE GLASS MENAGERIE). He founded Utah Theatre Bloggers in 2010 and served as a writer and administrator until 2016. Dave has recently been appointed to the Salt Lake City Arts Council Board.

Breeanne Saxton – CHOREOGRAPHER

A proud Salt Lake City native, Breeanne received her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah in 2015. During her time there she choreographed various dance and installation based pieces and worked with artists such as Scott Wells, Yanis Adoniou, Eric Handman, Shaun Boyle, and Molly Heller. Since graduating she has performed for the Utah Opera, LajaMartin, Nichele Van Portfleet, Graham Brown, Sackerson, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as a guest dancer in 2015 and The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance in 2018. She has presented her choreography at the Photo Collective, Salt Lake Community College, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, The Complex, Salt Lake City Library, and most recently she presented an evening length solo performance entitled Amalgamation at The Arts Factory. She is currently working on a new piece to premier in Berin, Germany in December 2018. Breeanne is passionate about making and supporting interdisciplinary work that blurs the lines between dance, theater, installation, and audience immersion. She worked as an Arts in Education Specialist with Tanner Dance from 2015-16 and in 2017 created a platform entitled Open Contemporary Technique (O.C.T.) to teach her own classes and host guest dance artists to teach professional level movement classes and workshops in Salt Lake City. Breeanne joined Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 2018 and revels in each opportunity to explore various sides of her artistry with the company.

Madeline Ashton – SCENIC DESIGNER

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Jessica Rubin is a recent graduate of Westminster College where she earned a B.A. in Arts Administration with a focus in theatre. During her time at Westminster, she worked in the costume shop, costume designed, and ran wardrobe crew for many of the Westminster Player productions. Westminster costume credits include: CLYBOURNE PARK (Co-Costume Design), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Costume Design), LUNA GALE (Assistant Costume Design), and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Costume Design). Regional costuming credits: WOMEN OF TRACHIS (Classical Greek Theatre Festival), MACBETH (Pinnacle Acting Company), CANDIDE (University of Utah), and TRUE STORY…3 LITTLE PIGS (Salt Lake Acting Company).

Miranda Giles – Stage Manager

Miranda Giles recently moved to Salt Lake after three years as the Director of Theatre at Chandler Preparatory Academy where she produced more than 20 classical theatre productions with her students. She completed her MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University and holds a BS in theatre from BYU. In Arizona she worked as a teaching artist for Childsplay, The Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts. Her play COLD WAR KIDS won the Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest in 2015 (UVU) and was produced at Brelby Theatre Company in 2016. She was a founding member of Grassroots Shakespeare Arizona, and previously worked and the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She currently moonlights at Salt Lake Acting Company, and is very excited to be working on her first Sackerson production.

Maria Martinez – Assistant Stage Manager

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