WORLD MONOLOGUE FILM FESTIVAL - JUDGES
Joseph Obel is a Lecturer in Acting, Directing, Dance, Spoken Poetry and Scriptwriting at Talanta Institute, a college of media and film studies based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also one of the writers of the XYZ puppet TV series that raises awareness on human rights and governance in Kenya and Africa. When not teaching or writing, Joseph curates artistic events, both live and online to connect with theatre, film, music and art enthusiasts around the world.
Katherine Hennessey is a Research Fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Kuwait. She is the author of Shakespeare on the Arabian Peninsula (2018), co-director of the short film Shakespeare in Yemen (2018), and translator of works of Arab theatre, most recently Wajdi al-Ahdal’s The Colonel’s Wedding (2019). Her forthcoming book is entitled Theatre on the Arabian Peninsula.
Nea Dune is an award-winning Croatian polyglot & polymath splitting time between Los Angeles and EU. Fulltime actress, creature performer, creatrice, model, MUA to name a few, helping foreigners as extraordinary ability aliens to the USA as a coach.
Nuel Rivera is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Manila-based performing arts collective, Theatre 2108. A director and award-winning playwright, he is passionate about teaching theater and discovering new talents. No matter the time of day, he'll always say yes to a delicious cup of iced coffee.
Matt Young is a Brisbane, Australia based actor and acting coach. Having founded Tukuna Acting Club in Suva, Fiji in 2015, he continues to coach a diverse range of actors in person and online. His film/tv credits include HBO’s ‘The Pacific’, TBS’/ HBO Max’s ‘Wrecked’, Hallmark’s ‘A Summer to Remember’ and ‘Pearl in Paradise” and feature film ‘The Other Side of Heaven 2’. He also served as Fiji casting director for Netflix’s ‘#blackAF’. Matt has just completed a successful season of the Mel Brook’s musical The Producers in the role of Max Bialystock.
Mark Ghosn [gos-on] is a Lebanese-Filipino playwright, monologist and spoken word artist best known in the Philippines for creating the hit show Ampalaya Monologues. His works have been viewed millons of times online and has been featured in the country’s top TV networks and publications. He became the first Filipino spoken word artist to enter the Philippines Top 50 Playlist on Spotify with his collection of spoken word and music collaborations. His collection of Ampalaya Monologues was turned into a tv series on iWant, the country’s biggest streaming service.
Mike Savuica graduated with a BA in acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. He is now doing an MA in Theater Directing at NIPAI (Berlin). He has directed one feature film, one documentary, three commercials and six theatre performances. Out of all those, two of them have been international productions.
Paddy Cooper is the Artistic Director of Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd, based in London and Sussex, UK. He also works independently as an actor and director. Can currently be seen and heard on YouTube and all major podcast outlets as the host of arts interview series “Dark Unicorn in Conversation”.
Patsy Ferrer is an award-winning Producer from the Philippines and the founder of Cut Print Productions and Cut Print Podcast Network. She has produced more than 10 award-winning and festival contender short-films with titles like "Nakaw" (Steal), "Baon" (Tessie), "Kadena" (Shackles) "Alaala" (Memories) and "Tarang" (Life's Pedal).
Dr Sally Richards is a director, teacher and producer with a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Theatre with Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland. In 2019 she created and curated the acclaimed TAHI - New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance, winner of Most Promising Newcomer at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Sally's research interests include the directing of solo performance, pedagogy of theatre, diasporic narratives and theatre for social change.
Sebastian Rex is an award-winning writer/director, as well as the artistic director of Acting Like Mad, a new-writing, London-based theatre company and SRDG, a contemporary dance group. Sebastian also runs www.theliteralchallenge.com inspiring thousands of writers of all levels from all over the world to write every day for a month. The photograph (by Tina Engström) is from the 2004 piece “Just Don’t”, which imagined a world in which people can’t touch each other… how inconceivable.