Michael “Donut” Donato, Director
Donut is currently a student at UH Mānoa, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. His theatre career started in 2009, and he has since then acted in various productions at LCC, HTC, UHM, and the ARTS at Marks Garage. Always itching for something new, he has written and directed a few productions, but most recently his passions lie within the world of improv. He’s one of the Managing Co-Captains of UH Mānoa’s first long-form improv troupe, The Double Improv Rainbows.
Cheyne Nomura, Reviews Editor
Cheyne is involved in the arts locally, where he’s been in Diamond Head Theatre’s productions of Show Boat and South Pacific. He formerly taught/directed theatre arts at Holy Nativity School, where he directed productions of Into the Woods Jr. and Peter Pan. For a brief period of time, he also assisted in the casting office of Hawaii 5-0. Currently, he is a master’s degree candidate at Hawaii Pacific University for secondary education. He teaches Sophomore American Literature at Damien Memorial School, where he also hopes to help establish a theatre program. Cheyne is also a staff writer for Hawaii Pacific University’s The Kalamalama, in which he primarily contributes film reviews.
Troy M. Apostol, Founder
Troy is a frequent contributor to Hawai‘i’s theatre scene. He has performed for the All the World’s a Stage Theatre Company, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Hawaii Pacific University, the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kapi‘olani Community College, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Leeward Community College, Manoa Valley Theatre, PlayBuilders of Hawai‘i Theatre Company, TAG — The Actors’ Group, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and has written and/or directed for KKT, HSF, LCC, MVT, TAG, and UHM. In 2010 he won the Hawaii Prize in the KKT/UHM Theatre and Dance Department Playwriting Contest, and in 2011 was honored with the Lisa Toishigawa Inouye Award for Excellence in Playwriting from UHM. He is a Po’okela Award-winner (acting and directing), and has received his MFA in Directing from UHM.
Tali Ariav is a Playwright, Translator, Teacher and a Performance Artist. She recently relocated to Honolulu after living for nearly six years on the Pacific island of Guam. She earned two Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Literary Translation and in Playwriting from the Playwriting Workshop at the University of Iowa. Born and raised in Israel; Tali speaks, writes and reads English, Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese. Tali was one of the founding members of Orto-Da, an award-winning Israeli street theatre group.
Malia was born, raised, and still resides on O‘ahu. She has been performing since 2005 in shows at LCC where she studied acting under the beloved Dr. Paul Cravath, and has also done other community theater projects around O‘ahu. Aside from a passion for theater, she is a staunch supporter of the entire Hawai‘i performing arts scene in general. Malia was one of the original staff reviewers for Hitting the Stage and loves writing to support the local arts when she can’t be performing onstage herself.
Laura Clark Greaver
Laura is currently an MFA Theatre Directing student at UH Mānoa. She was a founding member (1994-2010) of “On The Spot”, a Los Angeles based Improv Comedy Troupe which performed all over the LA area, taught classes and performed at national and international festivals. She was a performer and member of the Repertory East Playhouse in Santa Clarita, CA. Laura has a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in acting and directing from Cal State Northridge (CSUN). She taught acting, improv as well as produced and directed ten minute student plays for three summers with Teenage Drama Workshop at CSUN.
Wil, a well-known and popular actor in local theaters and movies, has directed, assisted, and stage managed several shows for Kumu Kahua Theatre. In 2007 he co-directed - with Harry Wong III - the revival of ‘Alani Apio’s Kāmau both at KKT and on tour to the Pacific Arts Festival in Samoa in 2008. He has since directed Māui the Demigod, Kāmau A'e, Koi, Like the Fish, and Joker.
Hester is a part-time resident of Hawai‘i, a former teacher at MPI, and a frequent performer. At DHT (formerly HCT) she performed in Kismet, Dylan, and Your Own Thing, and in Philadelphia, Here I Come and Oh, What a Lovely War! at KT. With “The 4Cast” she sang/performed the music of Jacques Brel, Cole Porter, and local songwriters Smith & Haskins. She played Mrs. Phelps in the NBC sitcom The Little People filmed here with Brian Keith. After leaving Hawaii for NYC she had a leading role in the National Tour of the Stephen Schwartz musical The Magic Show (sawed in half 250 times). More recently she was Catherine Petkoff in HPU’s Arms and the Man and the Nurse in HSF’s Romeo and Juliet, giving 25 performances for O’ahu schools in 2014.
Ryan "Oki" Okinaka
Oki is a known local actor, and has appeared on O‘ahu stages and also in Maui. Some of his most recent theatre credits consist of: Black Faggot at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Lisa Matsumoto’s Once Upon One Noddah Time at Manoa Valley Theatre, and A Holiday Carol, presented by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu (of which he is a standing member) at the Hawaii Theater. Oki is also prominent in Hawai‘i’s improv community, and is currently a core member of improvhi. Behind the scenes, he has had the pleasure of assistant directing Lee Cataluna’s Flowers of Hawai‘i (under the direction of Harry Wong III). He is also a new playwright, his debut play iHula having premiered at KKT in the Fall of 2016.
Clara holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from UHM. A globe-trotter raised around the Pacific and Caribbean, she toured for a full year with ArtWorks Visual Arts Theatre (Australia) in 2003 and interned with the Children’s Theatre Company of New York in 2007. In 2009 she received an ACTF Stage Management Fellowship nomination for UHM’s Translations, and in 2010 recieved the UHM Departmental Award for Excellence in Youth Theatre. Her favorite acting role was as Isabelle in ʻŌhiʻa Productions’ 2010 remount of Da Princess and Da Iso Peanut at Hawai’i Theatre. In 2015, Clara directed A Meeting with the Queen at Washington Place, played Cleomenes/chorus in HSF’s Winter’s Tale, and worked as the Director of Performing Arts @ Calvary. As a teaching artist she has worked with HTY and ʻŌhiʻa Productions. Clara is currently the Performing Arts teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, also teaching at The Movement Center, Kalikolehua El Sistema, and acting with Hawai’i Pirate Ship Adventures when they’re in need of an extra pirate.
AWS = All the World's a Stage Theatre Company, HMH = Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, HPU = Hawaii Pacific University, HSF = Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, HTY = Honolulu Theatre for Youth, KT = Kennedy Theatre, KCC = Kapi‘olani Community College, KKT = Kumu Kahua Theatre, LCC = Leeward Community College, MPI = Mid-Pacific Institute, MVT = Manoa Valley Theatre, PB = PlayBuilders of Hawai‘i Theatre Company, TAG = The Actors’ Group, UHM = University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa