Creative Team

Annie Loui
Artistic Director

Annie LouiAnnie Loui works as a director/choreographer, an educator, and creator of devised theater works. She trained with dancer Carolyn Carlson at the Paris Opera, and studied in France with physical theater masters Etienne Decroux, Ella Jarosivitcz and Jerzy Grotowski. Original physical theater pieces have been seen in France, Monaco, West Germany, and in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other venues. She has choreographed for the American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Theater, and off-Broadway for the Signature Theater. Longtime member of the Brandeis Theater Arts Department; she also taught extensively for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard before coming to the University of California, Irvine, where she runs the Movement Program for the MFA Actor Training. She has received a Massachusetts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a Belgium Artist’s Abroad Award, a Beall Center for Art and Technology Grant and an NEA New Forms Grant. Favorite directing projects include two world premieres of Chuck Mee scripts; CAFÉ LE MONDE and WAR TO END WAR, and her devised theater adaptation of JANE EYRE created with Counter-Balance Theater and THE ILIAD created for UCI Drama. Intermedia performance creations include READING FRANKENSTEIN at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, and IN THE GRACE OF THE WORLD commissioned by the Orchestra of St Luke’s NYC. Her FALLING GIRL inter-active video installation with Scott Snibbe was exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and at the ArtRock Festival St Brieuc, FRANCE. Her book The Physical Actor is published by Routledge Press.

Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz
Lighting Design

LRA-Headshot-bwLonnie Rafael Alcaraz is a Professor at UC Irvine and a professional lighting designer. He has designed at various regional theatres, such as The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Laguna Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Syracuse Stage, Arizona Theatre Company and East West Players. Lonnie has a long standing relationship with Culture Clash having designed The Birds at both South Coast Repertory and Berkeley Repertory; Culture Clash in AmeriCCa at South Coast Repertory and San Diego Repertory; and their national touring show, Radio Mambo. Lonnie is an Associate Artist with critically acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company which has given him the opportunity to create site-specific lighting designs throughout California. In addition to his theatrical experience, Lonnie designed for Universal Studios Islands of Adventure’s Lost Continent Island and for Universal Studios, Japan, where he designed the live shows Terminator 2 in 3D, and Monster Makeup, the attractions Jurassic Park the Ride and Snoopy Studios, along with exterior architectural facades throughout the park. He is a member of the United Scenic Artist /IATSE – Local 829. To view his complete professional portfolio please visit his website:

Mark Caspary
Sound Design

Mark-Caspary-HeadshotMark Caspary is a Los Angeles-based Sound Designer and Composer. His Compositions and Sound Designs have been regularly heard at South Coast Repertory, The New Swan Shakespeare Festival, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and as the resident composer and sound designer for Counter-Balance since 2014. Mark is co-owner of Ears Up Sound Design, an audio design company specializing telling stories for themed entertainment and theater. Ears Up designs and produces soundtracks for installations, attractions, and large-scale events across the country and abroad. Some of Ears Up’s recent clients include Disney, Warner Brothers, Royal Caribbean, the Hollywood Bowl. Mark holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design from UC-Irvine. For more about Ears Up visit

Penn Ross Jackson, Jr.
Stage Manager

Penn Ross Jackson, Jr.Ross Jackson is a professional stage manager and project manager based in Los Angeles, CA. With an eclectic background in theater and the performing arts, Ross has worked with many of Southern California’s premier theaters including the Geffen Playhouse, Center Theater Group, and the LA Phil. Ross also manages special events throughout the area working on award ceremonies, competition shows, and more. Ross holds his Master of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.