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Jeff, a Senior Theatre Education: Acting major, hails from the native land of Wakefield, MA. He is president of Emerson’s only all long-form improv comedy troupe, This is Pathetic, and student advisor to Emerson’s TYA performance group, Kidding Around. Involved in theatre most of his life, Jeff has recently been seen in Emerson Stage’s Rough & Tumble (Rob) and Robin Hood (King Richard). An avid puppeteer, Jeff has also been featured operating/designing shadow puppets for Shakespeare Society’s The Shakespearean Jazz Show, EIV’s Coffee Talk with Garon, and designing/building puppets for his first directed production this past fall, Kidding Around’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. He would like to thank his friends, family, and Lilliana for all their support and everything they have done. Jeff is super excited to be hosting the 32nd Annual EVVY Awards this year! As a kid, it was his dream to be on Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice awards and to get slimed in front of all of America. He thinks Emerson will do just fine, and the slime he can go without.
Lilliana Winkworth, a BA Acting major, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the heart of the Old West. As a child she studied classical piano, violin, and dance. She later discovered that classical piano, violin, and dance were incredibly boring and quit them all. In high school, Lilliana studied improv at The Groundlings School and Second City Training Center in L.A., performing with Second City’s “Teen Troupe” every Wednesday. One Wednesday she decided to eat a power bar but was unable to finish it before her first scene and got yelled at by her teacher. She hasn’t had a power bar since. In college, Lilliana discovered her love of bagels and sketch comedy, joining Jimmy’s Traveling All-Stars, an on-campus comedy troupe, her sophomore year and eating a cinnamon raisin bagel from Dunkin Donuts almost every morning. She is now the President of Jimmy’s and could not be prouder of her awesome troupe – Yakaw! She continues to train in improvisational and sketch comedy with The Groundlings Theatre as well as with The Magnet Theatre in NYC. This past October, Lilliana appeared in Emerson Stage’s “Tartuffe” as Dorine (which was fun, but there weren’t any bagels but there were a lot of power bars so she didn’t really get the point). Any questions or concerns about Lilliana’s life history can be directed to her mother, Jule. She’d love to hear from you.
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