MEET THE CAST
(In order of appearance)
Nicole Dietze is an actor, movement specialist, and teaching artist. She devises new works and performs with theatre and dance companies around the country. As a Teaching Fellow at Virginia Tech University, Nicole co-created the course Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques and devised the play not your doll. Other credits include: Recipe Shared (Theatre Artibus); Clown Lung (Local Theater Company); Ghost Town (Cornerstone Theater Company); Blithe Spirit (Theatre South Carolina); and her original solo shows Unmarked Boxes and American Character. Nicole teaches contemplative movement, Physical Approaches to Performance, the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, and applied theatre. Nicole holds an MFA in Acting from The University of South Carolina.
MINKYUNG (CECILLIA) KIM
(She/her) Min Kyung (Cecillia) Kim is thrilled to be working with Theatre Artibus for the first time. Min Kyung is from South Korea and moved to the U.S to pursue her dream of being a performer. Since moving to Denver in 2016, she has worked with Vintage Theatre, And Toto Too, Town Hall Arts Center, Insight Colab, Breckenridge Backstage, and other various local theaters. She was also a part of a theatre troupe in Seoul, producing classics and devised pieces. In her free time, Min Kyung enjoys playing video games, cooking and trying different foods, as well as swing dancing. Min Kyung would like to thank the cast, production team and everyone involved, and her husband for all the hard work and support.
Charlotte Quinn (she/hers) is a recent graduate of MSU Denver, where she got her BFA in Musical Theatre. Some favorite previous projects include The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes with Forge Light Theatre Works and Chicago and Polaroid Stories at MSU Denver. Charlotte is a Nissei (second generation) Japanese America born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is so incredibly grateful for this opportunity to use the art of theatre to share and learn more about her own culture.
Ancestor / Bartender / Understudy Kaibyo, Kappa, Dr. Kitsu
Liz Kirchmeier (she/her) is delighted to return to the ZOTTO world as an understudy for Kaibyo, Dr. Kitsu, and Kappa.
Her previous involvement with the show’s run has been as the bartending Kaibyo and as Kaibyo’s understudy. Liz has been in the Denver and surrounding area for a few years and has also appeared as Ophelia in Band of Toughs’ Nirvamlet (2018 and 2019) and Celia in their most recent staging of As You Like It (2021). Her most recent appearance was with the ensemble cast of Three Leaches’ production of Twelfth Night.
Liz has also appeared in Everything was Stolen. by square product theatre (2018), and various productions with Misfits Theatre, Bas Bleu, and OpenStage.
Sarah Hirose is thrilled to be a part of this fierce female ensemble! She is making her debut working with Theatre Artibus and The Japanese Arts Network. She is honored to be a part of such a special and unique theatrical experience. Some of her previous credits include: Ebbie/Cow in Animal Farm (Arvada Center); Lavinia in Titus Andronicus (Fearless Theatre
Company); The Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot and Vanessa in In The Heights (Town Hall Arts Center); Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee (A.C.T.); Bella in Big Love (XVI Havana Theatre Festival); Callie in Stop Kiss (Webster Conservatory). Training: B.F.A; Webster Conservatory of the Theatre Arts. When she isn’t performing, Mrs. Hirose is probably doing yoga, drinking matcha, or teaching at Denver School of The Arts as a guest artist. Sarah would like to dedicate this performance to her supportive and loving husband, Fumitoshi.
Katie “Kii” Clark (they/she) is an actor, singer, artist, and clown based in Denver. Kii is thrilled to be making their debut with Theatre Artibus and The Japanese Arts Network. Recently, Kii has been creating, performing, and scoring immersive clown solos that invite audiences into a whimsical world of play. Previously, they participated in the musical theatre program at Regis University where they Assistant Directed and performed in various productions. They are honored to be a part of such a welcoming production with the opportunity to share such an important and impactful story.
JOYCE YURIKO COLE
Dr. Kitsu / Obachan
As a descendant of Heart Mountain incarcerees, Joyce is honored to be a part of this groundbreaking production. A retiree ,she occasionally comes out to choreograph for various productions. Her most recent production was a fundraiser for YL Africa/ Middle East at the Valor Performing Arts center. In her early years, she was a member of The Actor's Company ,produced by Robert Garner. She has recorded with Kip White, The Rosewood Canyon Band and Vineyard Music. She has choreographed for Levi Strauss, Diane Von Furstenberg, The Worship Congress ( Nashville) , and various dance companies and theaters around Colorado. Her favorite pastimes are being a grandma , hanging out with family , painting and hopefully making people feel seen and loved. She is beyond thankful to God for a transformed life.