Jackie  by Elfriede Jelinek

Directed by Daniel Leeman Smith and Katherine Wilkinson

December 3-12 at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts

The Marshall Experimental Company makes its debut with a play about American royalty. Written by Nobel Laureate, Elfriede Jelinek, and translated by Gitta Honegger, Jackie traverses the mind of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she explores themes of glamour, power, submission, and what it means to be a woman in a patriarchal society. She struggles to cleanse herself and escape her own personal purgatory. The production integrates movement, text, and media. Performances run December 3-12 at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts (3000 General Pershing Blvd, OKC, OK 73107; Thursdays 7:30pm and Fridays/Saturdays 8pm).

Meet the Cast and Crew of Jackie!

Tonia Sina (Jackie 1): Tonia Sina is a movement teacher, director, actress, model, and rare disease patient advocate in Oklahoma City. Originally from Chicago, she received her BFA from Niagara University, and her MFA in Movement Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a movement teacher, she has specialized in Intimacy for the Stage for over ten years, and wrote the article, Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer, published in the Fight Master. Some of her teaching experience includes a university course on Intimacy for the Stage, as well as Intimacy workshops at The Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop and the Lone Star Smash.  Her most recent intimacy coaching credits include; Les Liaison Dangereuses, Macbeth, Henry V, August: Osage County, Sleepwalkers (Orlando Fringe Festival), The Odyssey, and Dracula. Before being diagnosed with a rare disease (atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome) in 2012, Tonia was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University. She has written, directed and devised three original plays: Between the Lines, Dancing in the Storm, and For Bianca. Dancing in the Storm performed in Chicago in 2013 at Redtwist Theatre in conjunction with Adapt Theatre Productions.

Tonia Sina (Jackie 1): Tonia Sina is a movement teacher, director, actress, model, and rare disease patient advocate in Oklahoma City. Originally from Chicago, she received her BFA from Niagara University, and her MFA in Movement Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a movement teacher, she has specialized in Intimacy for the Stage for over ten years, and wrote the article, Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer, published in the Fight Master. Some of her teaching experience includes a university course on Intimacy for the Stage, as well as Intimacy workshops at The Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop and the Lone Star Smash.  Her most recent intimacy coaching credits include; Les Liaison Dangereuses, Macbeth, Henry V, August: Osage County, Sleepwalkers (Orlando Fringe Festival), The Odyssey, and Dracula.

Before being diagnosed with a rare disease (atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome) in 2012, Tonia was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University. She has written, directed and devised three original plays: Between the Lines, Dancing in the Storm, and For Bianca. Dancing in the Storm performed in Chicago in 2013 at Redtwist Theatre in conjunction with Adapt Theatre Productions.

Chelcy Harrell (Jackie 2): Chelcy Harrell (www.chelcyharrell.com) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after spending the past few years running away with the Circus! Chelcy has trained and performed for over 20 years in various cities across the country such as Dallas, Oklahoma City, Boston and New York City. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at Oklahoma City University with a minor in Directing. Chelcy has trained extensively in Aerial Silks and Partner Acrobatics, and is continually developing her gymnastics and dance background by training in various forms of Circus Arts. She has performed with numerous aerial companies in New York City in showcases, variety shows, and music videos. Chelcy was a company member with "The Group,' a Brooklyn based acrobatic troupe specializing in dynamic hand-to-hand and group acrobatics. She has trained with several acclaimed international circus artists including Angela Butch and Yoni Kallai (Butch and Buttercup, The Muse), Françoise Voranger (Hybrid Movement Company), Nathan Redwood-Price (Circus Space, 7 Doigts de la Main), Niko Douwes (Pitch Catch Circus, partneracrobatics.com), Tyll Wibben and Anne Zimmerman (Duo Stahlweich), and many more. Chelcy is excited to combine her theatre and circus training, and hopes to develop a new form of performing arts using the two mediums to support one another in creating a unique and innovative style of storytelling.  Some of her favorite roles include Peter and Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Annie (Chicago) and Nadine (Wild Party). Much thanks to all those who have shown endless support along the journey - family, friends, and her husband Ben, who has shown nothing but unconditional love and support of all of her crazy whims!  "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I?”

Chelcy Harrell (Jackie 2): Chelcy Harrell (www.chelcyharrell.com) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after spending the past few years running away with the Circus! Chelcy has trained and performed for over 20 years in various cities across the country such as Dallas, Oklahoma City, Boston and New York City. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at Oklahoma City University with a minor in Directing.

Chelcy has trained extensively in Aerial Silks and Partner Acrobatics, and is continually developing her gymnastics and dance background by training in various forms of Circus Arts. She has performed with numerous aerial companies in New York City in showcases, variety shows, and music videos. Chelcy was a company member with "The Group,' a Brooklyn based acrobatic troupe specializing in dynamic hand-to-hand and group acrobatics. She has trained with several acclaimed international circus artists including Angela Butch and Yoni Kallai (Butch and Buttercup, The Muse), Françoise Voranger (Hybrid Movement Company), Nathan Redwood-Price (Circus Space, 7 Doigts de la Main), Niko Douwes (Pitch Catch Circus, partneracrobatics.com), Tyll Wibben and Anne Zimmerman (Duo Stahlweich), and many more. Chelcy is excited to combine her theatre and circus training, and hopes to develop a new form of performing arts using the two mediums to support one another in creating a unique and innovative style of storytelling. 

Some of her favorite roles include Peter and Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Annie (Chicago) and Nadine (Wild Party).

Much thanks to all those who have shown endless support along the journey - family, friends, and her husband Ben, who has shown nothing but unconditional love and support of all of her crazy whims! 

"If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I?”

Katherine Wilkinson (Jackie 3/Co-Director): Katherine Wilkinson (www.katherinewilkinson.com) is a theatre director, producer, writer, performer, and teacher. Originally from San Francisco, she is currently based in Austin, TX. She is the founder and producing artistic director of Gale Theatre Company (www.galetheatre.org). Katherine specializes in the development of new works and ensemble devised performance. She has trained, taught, directed, and performed internationally in Australia, Japan, Greece, London, and India. Katherine holds a degree in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has previously worked with: The SITI Company, Suzuki Company of Toga, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane, Australia), The Rude Mechanicals, The VORTEX Repertory Company, and The Magic Theatre among others. Her work aims to be visually arresting, emotionally compelling, physically daring, and dedicated to the enduring (and relentless) power of live performance.

Katherine Wilkinson (Jackie 3/Co-Director): Katherine Wilkinson (www.katherinewilkinson.com) is a theatre director, producer, writer, performer, and teacher. Originally from San Francisco, she is currently based in Austin, TX. She is the founder and producing artistic director of Gale Theatre Company (www.galetheatre.org). Katherine specializes in the development of new works and ensemble devised performance. She has trained, taught, directed, and performed internationally in Australia, Japan, Greece, London, and India. Katherine holds a degree in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has previously worked with: The SITI Company, Suzuki Company of Toga, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane, Australia), The Rude Mechanicals, The VORTEX Repertory Company, and The Magic Theatre among others. Her work aims to be visually arresting, emotionally compelling, physically daring, and dedicated to the enduring (and relentless) power of live performance.

Daniel Leeman Smith (Co-Director/Producing Artistic Director): Daniel Leeman Smith is a director, actor, educator, and activist based in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the SITI Company's inaugural graduate conservatory in New York, where he studied with company members and Co-Artistic Directors, Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, and Leon Ingulsrud.  Smith most recently collaborated with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts, The Oklahoma City Ballet, and visual artist Summer Wheat (winner of the 2016 NADA Art Fair) to bring the immersive project Pry the Lid Off to life at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Daniel is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Marshall Experimental Company, where he has produced and co-directed Elfriede Jelinek's play, Jackie, which integrated text, media, and movement. He served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the first workshop iteration of Francis Ford Coppola's experimental film, Distant Vision, which pioneered a technique Coppola has named Live Cinema. Smith has also served as a Production Stage Manager and Talent Manager for New York City Pride for the past two years, where he worked with legendary performers including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Susan Sarandon, Laverne Cox, Tituss Burgess, Bianca Del Rio, and a host of others. He has appeared Off-Broadway with the SITI Conservatory in This Is How I Don't Know How To Dance (The Barrow Group Theatre), and lent his voice to This Is NotA Theatre Company's The Ferry Play, a site-specific smartphone play set on the Staten Island Ferry. The Ferry Play completed its run in the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. It was listed as one of The New York Times Top 10 Shows To Watch For, and received a write up in American Theatre Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.  Smith is a frequent collaborator at the award winning Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, where his credits include: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Greater Tuna, The Normal Heart, November, and The Glass Menagerie. Other Oklahoma City area theatre includes: Buried Child, Cabaret, and Measure for Measure (Oklahoma City Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol and Puss in Boots (Oklahoma Children's Theatre),  Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and Everyman (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Ghostlight Theatre Club), and The Hospice (Theatre Collective OKC). A long time educator, Smith is currently the District Chair of Theatre and Dance for Putnam City Schools, the fifth largest school district in the state of Oklahoma, and serves as the Drama and Debate Director at Putnam City High School. He teaches workshops on the Suzuki method of actor training and the Viewpoints throughout the region, and is committed to providing professional theatre experiences to high school students. Smith is the 2014 recipient of the New York City Pride Award for his philanthropic and civil rights work with the acclaimed Heritage of Pride. He holds a BFA and MA from Oklahoma City University, and has completed post graduate studies at the SITI Conservatory in New York, New York. He is beginning training to become a certified Lincoln Center Teaching Artist. Smith is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the professional union of directors and choreographers.

Daniel Leeman Smith (Co-Director/Producing Artistic Director): Daniel Leeman Smith is a director, actor, educator, and activist based in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the SITI Company's inaugural graduate conservatory in New York, where he studied with company members and Co-Artistic Directors, Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, and Leon Ingulsrud. 

Smith most recently collaborated with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts, The Oklahoma City Ballet, and visual artist Summer Wheat (winner of the 2016 NADA Art Fair) to bring the immersive project Pry the Lid Off to life at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

Daniel is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Marshall Experimental Company, where he has produced and co-directed Elfriede Jelinek's play, Jackie, which integrated text, media, and movement. He served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the first workshop iteration of Francis Ford Coppola's experimental film, Distant Vision, which pioneered a technique Coppola has named Live Cinema. Smith has also served as a Production Stage Manager and Talent Manager for New York City Pride for the past two years, where he worked with legendary performers including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Susan Sarandon, Laverne Cox, Tituss Burgess, Bianca Del Rio, and a host of others. He has appeared Off-Broadway with the SITI Conservatory in This Is How I Don't Know How To Dance (The Barrow Group Theatre), and lent his voice to This Is NotA Theatre Company's The Ferry Play, a site-specific smartphone play set on the Staten Island Ferry. The Ferry Play completed its run in the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. It was listed as one of The New York Times Top 10 Shows To Watch For, and received a write up in American Theatre Magazine and The Wall Street Journal

Smith is a frequent collaborator at the award winning Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, where his credits include: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Greater Tuna, The Normal Heart, November, and The Glass Menagerie. Other Oklahoma City area theatre includes: Buried Child, Cabaret, and Measure for Measure (Oklahoma City Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol and Puss in Boots (Oklahoma Children's Theatre),  Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and Everyman (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Ghostlight Theatre Club), and The Hospice (Theatre Collective OKC).

A long time educator, Smith is currently the District Chair of Theatre and Dance for Putnam City Schools, the fifth largest school district in the state of Oklahoma, and serves as the Drama and Debate Director at Putnam City High School. He teaches workshops on the Suzuki method of actor training and the Viewpoints throughout the region, and is committed to providing professional theatre experiences to high school students. Smith is the 2014 recipient of the New York City Pride Award for his philanthropic and civil rights work with the acclaimed Heritage of Pride. He holds a BFA and MA from Oklahoma City University, and has completed post graduate studies at the SITI Conservatory in New York, New York. He is beginning training to become a certified Lincoln Center Teaching Artist. Smith is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the professional union of directors and choreographers.

Ben Harrell (Composer/Sound Designer): Hailing from Flower Mound, Texas, Ben Harrell has a background in rock/pop music, musical theatre, concert music, church music, and film scoring. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Music Composition from The Boston Conservatory. As a musical theatre composer, Harrell has produced Counted as Dead in two different venues in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro, and his musical Election Day, was a selected participant in Oklahoma City University’s Stripped New Musical Festival. In Boston, Harrell has had several premieres with the Composer Recital Series, such as "Etudes for Orchestra," "Kensington Gardens," and "String Quartet no. 1." In New York, he has appeared as orchestrator, arranger, and musical director in NYC Fringe, musical director at the Triad theatre, composer for various short films and learning apps, and has workshopped his new musical Walk. Now residing in Oklahoma City, Harrell hopes to create and inspire art in his home community.

Ben Harrell (Composer/Sound Designer): Hailing from Flower Mound, Texas, Ben Harrell has a background in rock/pop music, musical theatre, concert music, church music, and film scoring. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Music Composition from The Boston Conservatory. As a musical theatre composer, Harrell has produced Counted as Dead in two different venues in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro, and his musical Election Day, was a selected participant in Oklahoma City University’s Stripped New Musical Festival. In Boston, Harrell has had several premieres with the Composer Recital Series, such as "Etudes for Orchestra," "Kensington Gardens," and "String Quartet no. 1." In New York, he has appeared as orchestrator, arranger, and musical director in NYC Fringe, musical director at the Triad theatre, composer for various short films and learning apps, and has workshopped his new musical Walk. Now residing in Oklahoma City, Harrell hopes to create and inspire art in his home community.

Ráchel Lowery (Cinematographer/Creative Producer): Ráchel Lowery is a filmmaker, producer, production designer, actress, and thinker based in Oklahoma City. She is known for her work on the films Disconnect, The Killer Inside Me, and Blood Ties, among others.

Ráchel Lowery (Cinematographer/Creative Producer): Ráchel Lowery is a filmmaker, producer, production designer, actress, and thinker based in Oklahoma City. She is known for her work on the films Disconnect, The Killer Inside Me, and Blood Ties, among others.

Nicole Leon (Stage Manager): Nicole Leon is an award winning actress, stage manager, and theatre artist interested in the intersection of art and politics. She has spent the past two years studying theatre and debate under the guidance of her teacher, Daniel Leeman Smith, at Putnam City High School. Stage Management credits include: The Proposal, Eurydice, Cinderella, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Nicole plans to study political science and theatre in and hopes to integrate the two disciplines.

Nicole Leon (Stage Manager): Nicole Leon is an award winning actress, stage manager, and theatre artist interested in the intersection of art and politics. She has spent the past two years studying theatre and debate under the guidance of her teacher, Daniel Leeman Smith, at Putnam City High School. Stage Management credits include: The Proposal, Eurydice, Cinderella, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Nicole plans to study political science and theatre in and hopes to integrate the two disciplines.