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Emerging Artist Program

NCTC has nurtured the next generation of theatre artists expanding the canon of queer and allied works for many years in our Emerging Artists Program. Below is a brief history of the brilliant artists we have worked with in this residency.




trixxie carr

Salome, Dance For Me

August 2015


Working in collaboration with NCTC Emerging Artist Alum Ben Randle, trixxie carr is writing and developing Salome, Dance For Me, an original glam-rock solo adaptation of Richard Strauss’ opera and Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome.


Musician, faux queen, actress, chanteuse, playwright, and San Francisco native, trixxie carr performs her original music as theatrical pieces at such Bay Area venues as The de Young Museum, CounterPULSE, Supperclub, Folsom Street Fair, and Café Du Nord. In 2012, she starred in Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionsys: A Greek Comedy Rock Epic co-written with Ben Randle, and featuring original music she composed. From 2006-2010, she was a lead singer for cover band Smash-Up Derby. As a faux queen at Trannyshack and Some Thing, she performs her mix of comedy-burlesque-performance art. Recent credits include Peaches Christ’s Rocky Horror Picture Show and the touring 'All About Evil'; Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge at Magic Theatre; Work MORE! and Unbearable Lightness of Raya Light (both at CounterPULSE).



Evan Johnson

Actor, Playwright



Evan Johnson developed Pansy, in collaboration with Emerging Artist Alum Ben Randle, over three years in residence in NCTC Emerging Artist Program. Johnson’s background in physical theatre, clowning, performance art and drag influenced a process that included physical movement workshops and on-site writing workshops, both with guest dramaturges.



Ben Randle

Director, Designer, Playwright



While in residence for two years in NCTC’s Emerging Artist Program, Ben Randle directed productions of Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson, the world premiere of Friends Are Forever by Tom W. Kelly and Doubt by Jon Patrick Shanley (Bay Area Critics Circle Award Nomination, Best Director). In addition, NCTC presented a workshop reading of his play, Rebels, inspired by the film 'Rebel Without A Cause', also directed by Randle. Ben Randle continues to write and direct for NCTC, and now serves as Artistic Associate.



J. Conrad Frank

as Katya Smirnoff-Skyy

Actor, Singer, Playwright



Over the course of a two-year residency, J. Conrad Frank further developed his singing cabaret act as The Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, developing his first full-length cabaret evening. During his residency, Katya starred at NCTC in Katya, From Russia With Love; Katya, A Red Christmas; Katya, What Becomes A Legend Most; and Katya, A Holiday Spectacular. After his residency, J. Conrad Frank has made appearances in NCTC’s mainstage productions, as well as return engagements as Katya at NCTC.



Michael Phillis

Actor, Playwright



Michael Phillis spent his two-year residency at NCTCdeveloping two original solo plays. The first, D*Face, enjoyed two successful runs, followed by Dolls, both developed with and directed by Andrew Nance. NCTC continues to assist Phillis in his current writing efforts, including producing his one-act play in 2013 Bay One Acts Festival.



Amanda King

Jazz Vocalist



Jazz singer Amanda King developed her first full-length cabaret show while in residence at NCTC. After premiering her work at NCTC, she took the show on tour across the country, with runs in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. King has since created and toured many more jazz cabaret shows throughout the U.S.