Adam Abdelrahman is originally from Darfur, Sudan and has been an ensemble member since 2015. He is currently a studying criminal justice at Holyoke Community College and will be pursing a career in international work, potentially with the United Nations or in human rights work. He loves reading, is a practitioner of Kung-fu, and a scholar of history. Adam is a true artist in connecting with tenderness and humor with those around him. 

wizeUwizeyimana Angelique, was born and raised in Tanzania and Springfield MA. Her family originally comes from Rwanda and Burundi. Wize has been a member of First Generation Ensemble since 2012. She was co-author and cast member of Fon' ale (we must go). Wize has performed at the KO Festival of Performance twice and Revolutions International Theater Festival in 2014. She is a student at Hampshire College and plans to make a difference in the world.

lukeLuke Bosco is currently performing in Tenderness with the First Generation ensemble. In the past, he has played the roles of Septimus Hodge in Arcadia and Judas in Godspell, among others. Luke is a BA candidate at Umass Amherst, where he studies acting and Japanese. He would like to thank Julie Lichtenberg and the rest of the ensemble for such a wonderful and unique rehearsal process, and for all the effort and spirit each member of the group has contributed to the show. In his free time, he enjoys running up and down the fire escape and mending socks.

nyderiaNyderia Hall is from Newark, NJ, and is currently finishing her undergrad at Smith College in Theatre and Africana Studies. She serves as First Gen's stage manager, and is excited to join the team.

nayobyNayoby Jimenez was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. He is currently a Junior at American International College in Springfield, MA. He is studying theater, his passion.  He identifies as latinx and gay.

olgaOlga aka Chuchi Rodriguez is from Holyoke, MA. She is passionate about dance, theater, signing and K-pop. Too feisty for regular high school, she learns from everyday life and attends Lighthouse Holyoke, a self-directed learning school for brilliant and inquisitive people!

danteDante Woods is currently a junior studying theater at American International College. He has mainly performed in musicals and traditional plays, however he is very excited to be a part of the First Generation family and take on this new experience of bringing light to the topics that people need to be talking about today! 

marissaMarissa Perez is a Massachusetts native. Her training includes time spent at Pace University's The Actors' Studio, Marymount Manhattan College's BFA program, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the energy of those around her. She is currently residing in Holyoke and is working diligently to speak political truths through theatre. 

james bioJames Arana is a social worker, facilitator, mediator, and community organizer with over 35 years experience working with people of all ages. Arana inspires and challenges individuals, community organizations, and international NGO's to strengthen their work in gender equity, domestic violence prevention, visioning, program development, and cultural competence. As director of the Dragon’s Den School Of Martial Arts, and a 4th Degree Blackbelt, Arana has been teaching martial arts since 1976.

julie bioJulie Lichtenberg, cultural activist, theater and visual artist, has worked as a teacher, performer, and director, incorporating visual art and physical theater since 1980. In 1995, she co-founded BOOM!theater with Elsa Menendez, a multi-media performance workshop based in a men’s medium-security prison in Connecticut.  In 2000,  Lichtenberg co-founded The Performance Project at the Hampshire Jail with Amie Dowling. In 2008 she initiated First Generation and has collaborated with First Gen ensembles to create BAKOK, Ripple Effect, Fo n’ ale (we must go), and tenderness.


Gabriel CiFuentes is an immigrant from Medellin, Colombia. He first began doing theater in The Valley with Teatro V!da and is now studying theatre at Holyoke Community College.  Gabe is most recognized for his recent work in Rhinoceros as Berenger, Steve in She Kills Monsters, and Walter in an American Daughter. He is very excited and grateful to be doing theater that ponders on our perspectives, invites dialogue, and challenges us to be stronger individuals.