Karen Lange, Artistic Director
Toni Rae Salmi, Resident Director
Toni Rae serves as Pinky Swear Productions’ Resident Director. She’s been performing in the DC area since 1999. For Pinky Swear: Bondage (Director); Benched (Meghan); Cabaret XXX: Les Femmes Fatales (director/performer – Capital Fringe Festival’s Pick of the Fringe, Best Musical), Cabaret XXX: Love the One You’re With (director/performer), Carol’s Christmas (director). Other acting credits include Act A Lady (Dorothy), The Hub Theatre Company; Blood Wedding (Mother-In-Law), Constellation Theatre Company; Romeo & Juliet (Nurse), Measure for Measure (Lucio), and Julius Caesar (Calphurnia), Taffety Punk Theatre Company; Mulan (Mushu) and Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Business (Lucille/Mom – Helen Hayes Nomination), Imagination Stage; Homokay’s Medea (Medea), Venus Theatre, The Spitfire Grill (Percy), Theater Alliance; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mrs. Bucket), The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences; One Good Marriage (Steph), MetroStage; Man of LaMancha (Aldonza), Keegan Theatre, and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Iris), The American Century Theater.
Ryan is a director and photographer. Recently, he was dramaturgy assistant for Daniel Beaty’s THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST at Arena Stage, directed by Moisés Kaufman. Also at Arena, he was directing assistant to David Esbjornson on Arena’s production of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. In DC, he has directed for PinkySwear Productions (Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are?), the Inkwell, the Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, Adventure Theatre MTC, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, directing touring productions and assisting artistic director Steve Maler on SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON. He was also assistant director for Anthony Rapp’s WITHOUT YOU at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Ryan is a proud member of Young Playwrights’ Theater’s company of artists, Flying V Theatre, InstantDC, and Pinky Swear Productions.
John Bavoso is a DC-based playwright, editor, copywriter, and blogger who’s thrilled to be joining Pinky Swear Productions as an associate! His first play, Olizzia, premiered at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival and prompted DC Metro Theatre Arts to dub him “a playwright to watch out for.” His work has appeared on websites like Jezebel.com, Lambda Literary Review, and DC Theatre Scene and in magazines such as the Diplomatic Courier, the 2009 G8 Summit Magazine, and Metro Weekly.
Liz has worked with Pinky Swear since the summer of 2013, when she had the pleasure of costuming Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are? for the Fringe Festival, followed by Bondage, Cabaret XXX: Everyone F*cking Dies and Tiny House Plays. When she’s not working on costumes, Liz is a communications and PR professional in the education sector.
Brittany Alyse Willis
*yes, she means poop culture. That is not a typo.
Previous company members: We thank them for helping us grow!
Laura Esti Miller
Rachel Lee Poole
Donna Rachelle Reinhold