Carrie Klewin

Stage Director

Adventures of The Red Wolves

Ensemble Bios

Rachel Custer (Red 1) has been working professionally in theatre since 2008. She received a BA in Theatre Arts with an Acting emphasis from Sonoma State University in 2012. She furthered her education by undergoing a 2 year Acting Intensive, studying Shakespeare, Commedia dell Arte, Dance, Chekhov, Brecht, Film technique and more. Some of her favorite roles are Sylvia in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, Julia in Maria Fornés Fefu and her Friends and Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She's worked with many companies all over the US, including Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Tampa, FL), Missoula Children's Theatre (Missoula, MT), Wildecard Productions (San Francisco, CA) and La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA). Currently, she is the Event Coordinator for New Match Collective's show: Boozin' with the Bard; a year-long performance partnership with Amplified AleWorks in downtown San Diego. She firmly believes understanding all the aspects of production makes a more informed performer and strives to learn everything she can.

Carla BaNu Dejesus (Red 2) ~Director, Actorvist, Spoken Word Artist, Writer, Poet, Jewelry Designer, Choreographer, Dancer, Visionary, Performance Artist, Wife, Mom, MawMaw and recently new Yorkie puppy co-Mom of Sami of Gram The Theatre CutiePup. Since arriving in San Diego/SoCal four years ago from NoCal's East Bay Areas, Carla BaNu Dejesus' acting and choreography credits include San Diego Fringe 2017 (Whoopie Goldberg), American History Theater's "Piece of My Heart" (Steele), Oracle Performing Arts "Fefu and Her Friends" (Fefu), OPA's groundbreaking Pop-Up Theater Project and WOW Festival 2019. Her directorial debut in SD was a unforgettable staged reading of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" produced by Tanika Baptiste Productions and La Jolla Playhouse Community Theater's John Tessmer, her most recent performance artist and  directorial endeavors were as the director for New Match Collective's and Tanika Baptist's Fete Noire's mainstage production of "Undertow" and "A Black Woman Speaks", and “Hear Her Roar” a an all female presentation that was the brainchild of Carla- BaNu's to honor Women's History month which was unfortunately forced to close its final weekend due to Covid 19. She was also due to perform and present in NoCal her one woman show "Pain Don't Care Nothin Bout You" that was selected for the now rescheduled (Dates TBD)AMPLIFY's 2020 Women's Theater Festival. She lives by the quote “Life is theatre, and theatre is Life”!

Carrie Klewin Lawrence (Director, Narrator) is a freelance stage director of new and devised works, opera, and musicals, and professor of acting, directing, improvisation, public speaking, personal branding, dramaturgy, and film. When the quarantine started she decided to try to break Zoom and invite an ensemble to play and explore. The Red Wolves Ensemble has already been collaborating for a few months together. Living all over the globe, virtual performance has allowed them to work in otherwise impossible ways. Every day is an adventure. Carrie (she/hers) has worked as a professor and directed at more than a dozen Colleges and Universities including The University of San Diego, Catholic University, Loyola of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Auburn University, Troy University, The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, San Diego State University, and TAI University in Madrid (currently leading masters courses in Spanish). Carrie has taught, coached, rehearsed and developed numerous new works virtually over the past twelve years, and is the creator of, a website dedicated to providing resources for stage directors.

Lydia Lea Real (Red 3) is an Actor, Theatre Teaching Artist, and Arts Integration Specialist.  She has 15 plus years of acting experience, performing all over the country, including touring with the National Players, Tour 52 as "Lt. Joanne Galloway" in A Few Good Men. Favorite past credits include "Maddie/Madea" - Bliss! (Moxie),"Cecilia" - Fefu and Her Friends (Oracle), "Martha" - Piece Of My Heart (American History Theatre), "Jamie" - American Hero (OB Playhouse), "Hattie" -Laundry & Bourbon (Different Stages/Poolhouse Project), "Inez" - No Exit (Trinity Theatre), "Sonia" - Godspell (OB Playhouse). Lydia is a proud original ensemble member of Oracle Production's Pop-Up Theatre project and co-founder of The Poolhouse Project, a theatre company dedicated to elevating artists in the San Diego community. This past year, Lydia has relocated to Florida and made her debut with Breakthrough Theatre, where she was recently awarded "Best Lead Actress in a Play" for her role as "Joy" in The Tin Woman and "Dr. Ana Sacco" in the World Premier of "Trafficked" at Lakeland Live. Lydia has 20 plus years of training and developing experience, working as an Educator and former Training Specialist in the service industry. She has facilitated classes, workshops and seminars on Arts Integration, Creativity, Acting, Playwriting, Leadership Skills, Communication, Business Management, and personal development. Lydia has a BA in Psychology from The College of Notre Dame, a BS in Theatre Arts from Towson University, and is a graduate of the Arts For Learning Teaching Artist Institute.  As a Teaching Artist, Lydia has taught with La Jolla Playhouse, Arts for Learning San Diego, San Diego Playwrights Project, San Diego Writers Ink, Olney Theater Company, National Players, and Fells Point Corner Theater. Prior to leaving San Diego, Lydia served as the Interim Associate Director of Education at La Jolla Playhouse. Currently, Lydia is the Arts Integration Specialist and 21st Century Program Performing Arts Specialist for UCP of Central Florida.

Cheyenne Simpson (Stage Manager) is delighted to be working with the Red Wolves. She has been working both on and off stage for the last decade. Some of her favorite credits include Moon over Buffalo with Polk State College, as well as The Miracle Worker with Theatre Winter Haven. She trained at Harrison School of the Arts, earned an Associate Degree from Polk State College, and a Bachelor Degree from the University Central Florida. She currently teaches Theatre in Polk County, Florida.

Adventures of The Red Wolves

Collaboratively Devised by The Red Wolves Ensemble

Inspired by a True Story

(Ensemble Bios Below)


The Thru-Line: A Theatrical Production Company

Featuring Special Guest Tony Murvin

February 20 & 21, 2021

(tix available here)

The Red Wolves Ensemble started as an experiment -

a devised virtual theatre laboratory on Zoom

to explore the boundaries and possibilities of virtual platforms

while we were quarantined all across the globe

(Spain, Florida, California).

What emerged was a call towards activism.

The Red Wolves (TRW) need your help

to navigate their choose-your-own-adventures.

Can we engage your inner fierceness?


The Women's Theatre Virtual Fringe Festival

(festival schedule here)

July 4th at 7:30 pm & July 11th at 2:45 pm EST