Kayla Prestel is an actor, teaching artist and Pilates instructor. She has been working with puppets since 2012, beginning with a year-long apprenticeship with Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem, PA. She then began a collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater performing shadow puppetry, rod puppets and marionettes in several shows, including The Morningtime of Now which had its NYC debut at FringeNYC in 2015. Currently she is the studio manager and workshop coordinator for Puppet Kitchen Productions, Inc. and performs off-Broadway in the cast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Acorn Theater in Theater Row.
Nicole Javier is an actor, teaching artist, and yoga instructor. She has most recently been seen as Maricela in Forever Poppy (Providence Playhouse), Ama in toyko fish story (TheatreWorks) and Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Crowded Fire). Nicole has also worked with Cornerstone Theatre Company, Shakespeare Orange County, Touchstone Theatre Company, and many more. This fall she will be attending UC San Diego for her MFA in Acting.
Joni Wildman is an artist and a poet living in Brooklyn, NY. She uses self-portraiture to access her fears and anxieties about her future. She’s put herself in the four inch stilettos of a crazy cat lady, partially eaten by the feline loves of her life. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Mary who had a little lamb that she may not have wanted. Themes of gender role-play, predator vs. prey, consumption and unwanted responsibility/unplanned pregnancy play a large role in the work. In her spare time, she writes poetry in the voices of her characters, and she works as a teaching artist to children and adults.