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By Chelsea Marcantel

An exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us.

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy about competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself.


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The Human Race Theatre Company

Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn

Artistic DirectorKevin Moore


by Chelsea Marcantel

Directed by Jamie Cordes ^

Scenic Design Dick Block

Lighting Design John Rensel ^

Costume Design Janet G. Powell

Sound Design Jay Brunner ^l

Production Stage Manager Jacquelyn Duncan *

Produced by Kevin Moore & Tara Lail

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Time: The Present

Place: Various bars and competition locations.


Reanne Acasio *

Astrid "CANNIBAL QUEEN" Anderson

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Andrew Ian Adams •

Gabe "GOLDEN THUNDER" Partidge

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Rasell Holt •

David "D VICIOUS" Cooper

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Allison Kelly *

Nina "THE NINA" O'Neal

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Zack Steele *


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Drew Vidal

Mark "FACEBENDER" Lender

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  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

  • °  Equity Membership Candidate

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org


Dick Block Scenic Designer

Dick is always happy to return to The Human Race. Company credits: Around the World in 80 Days, A Christmas Story, The Full Monty, Mame as well as numerous other plays. Other credits include Coriolanus, The Bungler, Amadeus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as well as: The Flick (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and Parade. His work has also been seen at The Warehouse Theatre (Greeneville, South Carolina), Virginia Stage Company, The Weston Playhouse (Vermont), The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center. Dick is on the design faculty and serves as the Associate Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his MFA from Northwestern University.

Jay Brunner ^ Sound Designer

Jay has designed sound, music directed, performed, and composed music for countless theatrical events, and is proud to call The Human Race his artistic home. He has composed music and recorded audio projects for many musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. Jay owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Jamie Cordes ^ Director

Jamie is a versatile theatre artist enjoying a career as a director, performer and educator.  Directing credits include:  Lizzie, If/ThenThe Wild Party, Heathers: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. Jamie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company.  Credits include:  Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, Dan in Next To Normal, Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music, Jason in Ordinary Days, Major David Marshall in right next to me, Ed in Torch Song Trilogy and new works with writers Brian Yorkey (Tony Award winner), Michael Slade (Emmy Award winner), Duane Poole, Joseph Thalken, Sean Michael Flowers, Marya Spring Cordes, Larry Grossman, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond, and others.  Other performances with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet.  Jamie is a faculty member with Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.

Jacquelyn Duncan * Production Stage Manager

Jacquelyn is delighted to begin her fifth season with HRTC! Jacquelyn received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology with an emphasis in Stage Management from Wright State University. During her collegiate years, Jacquelyn had the pleasure of working for Adam Pascal, Jason Robert Brown, and Tom Hanks. Her first show with HRTC was Hail Mary! back in October 2016. After nine consecutive shows as the Production Assistant, Jacquelyn was promoted to Production Stage Manager in Spring 2018 during Brighton Beach Memoirs. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and encourages you all to follow us on social media!

Janet G. Powell Costume Designer

Janet is costuming her twenty-first show for HRTC. Costuming credits include The Revolutionists, Now and ThenBanned from BaseballThe HouseFamily Ties, Hail Mary!, Sweeney ToddOne Slight Hitch, Steel MagnoliasThe Full MontyVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Family ShotsTaking ShakespeareOther Desert CitiesTorch Song TrilogyAvenue QBand Geeks!8 TrackPermanent CollectionThe 39 Steps, and two touring shows. She has costumed productions for Yellow Brick Theater, Town Hall Theatre, joint productions for CCM and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Dayton Playhouse, Beavercreek Theatre, and Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. As a former Norwood City Schools artistic director/teacher she designed, directed, and costumed numerous shows over a period of 37 years. She continues to support theatre in schools, through volunteering, donations, and as an adjudicator with the Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards.

John Rensel ^ Resident Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series, and the Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided advanced technical production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming, and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.  John’s national credits include a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida.  Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for The Human Race’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s season at the Schuster Center.  At 70, John just had his tonsils removed. Ouch!

  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

  • °  Equity Membership Candidate


  • Technical Director

    Isaac Harris
  • Head Carpenter/Charge Artist

    Alexander Capaneka
  • Production Stage Manager

    Jacquelyn Duncan *
  • Production Assistant

    Malia Dalba
  • Run Crew Chief/Health Resources Officer

    Anna Moore
  • Prop Master

    Sarah Gomes
  • Costume Shop Manager

    Debra Howard
  • Wardrobe

    Courtney Michele
  • Production Electrician

    Steve Williams
  • Sound Engineer

    Alexander Koker
  • Run Crew

  • Production Photographer

    Scott J. Kimmins
  • Production Artwork

    Dave Arnold/Connexion
  • ^  Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company
  • *  Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

  • °  Equity Membership Candidate


Chelsea Marcantel Playwright

Chelsea Marcantel is an LA-based writer, director, and collaborator. 

Reared by Cajuns in southwest Louisiana, Chelsea has lived and worked among the peoples of the Midwest, Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic, and now the West Coast. In 2016, she completed a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Her plays, which have been produced across the US and Canada, include Airness (2018 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award), Everything is Wonderful, Tiny Houses (2018 Roe Green Award), Ladyish, Devour, and the online theatrical experience Citizen Detective (NY Times Critic’s Pick).

Chelsea has been entrusted with teaching young minds at Virginia Intermont College and Emory & Henry College, and loved every minute of it.  As a writer, she is extremely interested in humans as small-group primates, and what happens when the rules and value systems of our chosen groups cease to serve us.  She reads a lot of books, watches a lot of documentaries, and listens to a lot of podcasts.  Chelsea is an enthusiastic member of The Writers Guild of America and The Dramatists Guild, and runs with a kick-ass group of activists called The Kilroys.

Chelsea’s current theatrical projects include the new plays Vanishing Act commissioned by the Geffen Playhouse, Lake Erie Oubliette commissioned by Cleveland Play House, and The Upstairs Department, which will have its world premiere at Signature Theatre DC in 2022. She is also working on (at last count) five commercial musical projects, as well as writing the book for the original musical The Monster, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, for which she won a 2021 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre.

Special Skills: stalking celebrity chefs, making killer playlists, taking artsy photos of her dog, defending the oxford comma, and overestimating her own proficiency with yoga.

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