Organic Theatre Co
Emma Shannon (any pronouns) is an actor-turned-playwright who grew up in LA and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a B.A. in Writing Seminars and Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is working on their M.A.T. at Notre Dame of Maryland. Emma has always loved theatre and loved teaching, so combining the two through Organic’s educational programs is a dream come true. When they aren’t in a school of some sort or working with Organic, Emma volunteers at the National Aquarium, swing dances, does stand-up comedy, or hangs out in the woods looking for frogs.
Luke Scaros studied theatre at Ohio Wesleyan University, and earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University. Through his constant travels and his numerous jobs in every aspect of the entertainment industry, Luke has been inspired to find a style of theatre that promotes positive well-being for both the artists and the audience alike. When not working on The Organic Theatre, Luke is teaching with the inclusive theatre company ArtStream, and since COVID, he has found a liking for a fresh cup of tea, painting, and his bi-weekly trivia groups.
Melanie Zehner is an actor (AEA/SAG-AFTRA), writer and teaching artist from Upstate NY. She graduated with her Bachelors in Theatre from SUNY Potsdam and received her Masters in Physical Acting from the University of Kent Canterbury. Currently, Melanie is a student at the Second City Conservatory. Melanie has worked as an actor with multiple theatre groups in the DMV, as well as participated in different film projects. Melanie has written theatrical works for Laugh Index Theatre and the Museum of the Bible. Melanie has been a teaching artist since the age of fifteen. She has taught with the Syracuse Children’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, Sitar Arts, ArtStream Inc, Museum of the Bible and Bear Book Club. With Bear Book Club, Melanie created the curriculum for the first online Korean improv classes. In her spare time, Melanie likes to drink tea, read books and eat new vegan desserts. Defy Gravity.