Dustin K. Britt, a North Carolina native, is a writer, director, and award-winning performer. He teaches theater, writing, and film for NC Public Schools. He has worked in triangle theatre for more than 20 years and holds a Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University.
Dustin covers concerts, dance, comedy, theatre and arts accessibility in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Pittsboro, and Apex. His writing has appeared in IndyWeek, Carolina Parent Magazine, Pedal Fuzz, and Triangle Arts & Entertainment. You can find him on Twitter @dkbritt85 or Instagram @dkbritt85.
Rachel and Emory are the authors of our "Mother & Son" series.
Rachel Kasten is happy to be back home in Raleigh after a whirlwind decade of living and performing throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her first on-camera role was for WRAL-TV; since then she has appeared as a background actor for Netflix, Nickelodeon, Bravo, The CW, and in feature films. Most recently, Rachel was seen on stage in Cary Playwrights Forum’s Playslam.
Rachel spends most of her “free” time as a producer and community organizer. She co-founded Cutler Bay Community Theatre and is a board member of the Women’s Theatre Festival, chairing the Summer 2019 Festival. Rachel enjoys writing and editing and has previously published pieces for national publications on topics including infertility, feminism, and dismantling white supremacy.
Since neither theatre nor writing pay the bills, Rachel’s day job is serving as Graduate Program Coordinator for the PhD in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University.
Emory Kasten, Rachel's son, is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. His mom took him to his first opera at age 2, and they’ve been attending shows together ever since. Emory loves musicals because they have singing and dancing. He has been taking dance classes so that he can play his dream role, Jack Kelly in Newsies.
Emory is a proud Cub Scout. He loves to read, especially Greek and Norse mythology. His favorite hobby is writing stories, and someday he hopes to publish a book. Emory’s favorite color is red. His favorite imaginary animals are dragons and his favorite real animals are all species of foxes.
Naveed Moeed is a British-born Pakistani, whose parents immigrated to the UK in the 60s and 70s. He in turn has made North Carolina his home for the last seven years where he works as an IT Business Development professional. In addition to his professional life,
Naveed is an avid theatre enthusiast who performed as Flavius in Bare Theatre's 2019 production of Timon of Athens. He also volunteers with Quakers and the American Friends Service Committee on issues of social justice and peacebuilding. Naveed is the resident photographer for Chatham Life & Style.
al Riggs is a North Carolina native and musician currently based out of Durham, NC. They have recorded and performed with members of Megafaun, The Mountain Goats, and released GODKILLER on local label Suah Sounds. They have written music criticism and festival coverage for Pedal Fuzz (Winston-Salem, NC) and Rezonatr (Raleigh, NC). You can find them on Twitter @alRiggsMusicOk or on Facebook as Al Riggs, music.
Philip Guadagno is a long-time North Carolina resident and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds bachelor's degrees in Dramatic Art and Music. He specializes as a Baroque opera singer, having performed in UNC Opera's productions of Dido and Aeneas and Alcina. Primarily an opera and music performance critic, Philip also writes about a wide variety of theatre and performance art from a wide variety of performance levels
Cecilia Lancia has lived the majority of her life as a resident of the Triangle. She earned her Master of Education degree from North Carolina State University in English language and literature, and has worked for more than 12 years in the local public school system.
Cecilia began her life in Italy. She maintained a strong connection to Italian culture by spending holidays and summers there with her extended family. This bond fostered her love of authentic art, food, cooking and hand craft. Her upbringing helped to cultivate a lasting respect for traditional and sustainable farming practices. As a fervent proponent of local food producers, she relies on them for most of what is served on her family's table.
In addition to writing, Cecilia is a passionate gardener whose small suburban backyard produces over twenty varieties of fruit, berries, herbs and seasonal vegetables.