Marian Brickner | Kevin Chestnut | Bob Horner
Joan Lipkin | Michael B. Perkins | Vanessa Roman
Becky Galambos, Administrative Assistant

Marian Brickner (Photographer)
Marian is Uppity's resident photographer, documenting most of our work. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Arts Medicine, Swedish Society of Gerris remigis (water striders), Civitas, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Laboratory Primate Newsletter, Missouri Conservation Magazine, Symphony Orchestra Playbills, Saint Louis Review, Saint Louis Magazine, West End Word, Jewish Light, Suburban Journals, and Saint Louis Post Dispatch.

She has done voluntary photography work for the Saint Louis Neurological Aid Project, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya; Stella Maris Child Center; Buttons and Bows Child Care Center; Uppity Theatre; and Make a Wish Foundation. Marian also has a book pending on bonobo children with a forward written by Jane Goodall. She has contributed book reviews for Care Management Journal's Journal of Case.

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Kevin Chestnut (Assistant Administrative Director)
Kevin Chestnut has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Kansas. He does online academic proofreading and is a nonviolence activist who has worked for full community inclusion ever since arriving in St. Louis through VISTA in 1978. He founded the diverse Leader Support Groups program in the city and conducted its sessions for many years. He has done funding development for Missouri’s phone relay for the deaf and hearing-impaired, for the Lewis and Clark Institute’s summer youth programs, and for the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations, where he was a northside neighborhood organizer for 10 years. Kevin also served several years on the board of RAVEN to work against domestic violence.

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Bob Horner (Sound Technician)
Bob has a B.A. in Communications, with an Audio Specialization, as well as a B.A. in Business, from Webster University. Bob has extensive light and sound experience, working in all kinds of venues. He works with a diverse client base, including the JCCA, various religious institutions, MO Historical Society, St. Louis Blues' Society, the St. Louis County Park System, Blueberry Hill, and Chuck Berry, among others. He founded his own company, Ironman Sound Industries (ISI). As the principal for ISI, Bob has worked with Uppity on sound design, trouble shooting, equipment repair, and running sound for many of our shows.

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Joan Lipkin (Artistic Director)
Joan Lipkin is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of That Uppity Theatre Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Her company founded the nationally acclaimed Alternate Currents/Direct Currents Series, The DisAbility Project, Diverse Works and the Louies. A strong proponent of collaboration, she also co-founded Women CenterStage! with the Center of Contemporary Arts, the Nadadada Festival at The Forum for Contemporary Art, Democracy on Stage with the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, and the Mid-Sized Arts Cooperative.

Joan specializes in creating works with socially relevant themes and underserved populations. Her company has received numerous commissions from various organizations. She has worked extensively with people with disabilities, women with cancer, GLBTQ youth and adults, people with early stage dementia and Alzheimer's and at risk youth.

A playwright, director, activist, educator, and social critic, her award-winning work has been published and produced throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has been featured on network television, National Public Radio, the BBC and the Associated Press and in a number of theatrical journals.

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Michael B. Perkins (Associate Producer/Webmaster)
Michael is a St. Louis-based freelance artist who has worked as an actor, director, designer (sound, graphics, & video), producer, and teaching artist. He holds a BFA in Theatre Directing from Lindenwood University, and has worked primarily with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since graduating in 2007. He has also worked with just about every professional theatre company in the St. Louis area including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The New Jewish Theatre, HotCity, Mustard Seed, Dramatic License, Gitana Productions, and many more. For Uppity, he was associate producer for the Kaleidoscope Project at Yale University in 2011, and produced a 15-minute documentary about the project; he also has maintained the Uppity website and produced online video packages for Uppity since 2011. He has a passion for ensemble-based projects that emphasize integrating movement-based methods, making Uppity an ideal artistic home. www.michaelbperkins.com

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Vanessa Roman (Artistic Associate, DisAbility Project)
Vanessa began her career working in theater in 2001, while she was earning her degree in English/Media Communications from Webster University. Since then she has worked for many professional theater companies in the St. Louis area, acting, directing and as an award winning produced playwright. Currently, she is resident director and dramaturge for First Run Theatre as well as serving as President of the St. Louis chapter of MCA (Media Communications Association). In addition to theater, she is also an award winning screen writer and director. Ms. Roman has appeared in, and written and directed several films that have played internationally.

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