Caitlin Hart / Founder & Artistic Director
Caitlin Hart (she/her) holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from Aquinas College and completed the Atlantic Theater Company’s Professional Acting Conservatory in NYC. Favorite directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Broadway World 2018 Best Play Nominee), Macbeth (Broadway World 2017 Best Play Nominee), Maria Irene Fornes’ What of the Night? (West Coast Premiere; Best Acting Ensemble Ovation Nominee), Tommy Smith’s White Hot (LA Premiere; Hollywood Fringe Best in Ensemble Theatre Winner) and Kim Rosenstock’s 99 Ways to Fuck a Swan (The Illyrian Players Theatre Co.). Caitlin is a lover of new play development and has directed many new play readings, workshops and shorts. She is also a Casting Director and Intimacy Director. More information about her work is available at caitlinhartdirector.com
Ashley Thomas / BLOSSOMING Associate Producer
Ashley Thomas started her performance career with Michigan Actors Studio and is thrilled to be a new Resident Artist with The Vagrancy. Favorite acting roles include ‘All The Time in The World’ at the Farmington Players and ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at Little Door Theatre. Acting has always been a passion for her, but after joining The Vagrancy, she realized behind the scenes work is just as interesting! She is excited for her role as BLOSSOMING Associate Producer.
Anessa Johnson/BLOSSOMING Associate Producer
Anessa Johnson (she/her/hers) is a professional theatre artist based in Michigan. She studied Theatre Arts at Grand Valley State University and is the proud Logistics Manager of American Immersion Theater, overseeing the props, costumes, equipment, and other inventory for their troupes nationwide. Some favorite roles include Hilgred in "Princess Story" (M.Y. Musical World), Brooke Ashton in "Noises Off!" (University Wits), and Cat in "36 Questions" (Blue Star Players). She also co-hosts two podcasts, and otherwise spends most of her free time hanging out with her dogs. She's honored to be part of this incredible group of artists and looks forward to creating meaningful art together.
Jocelyn Barnes / BLOSSOMING Moderator
Jocelyn Barnes grew up in West Michigan. Her poetry focuses on a whole bunch of lived experiences, with topics ranging from coping with trauma and mental illness, dating/living/loving as a queer, fat, black woman, and finding love for herself and her community, despite colonizer standards of existence in her hometown, and country. Jocelyn is the newest host of the Drunken Retort, an open mic hosted in Grand Rapids, MI, she is a Teaching Artist with the Diatribe, and she was Retort United Grand Slam Champion of 2020. Her main goal in life is to empower those without the ability to do so themselves and to give as much love as she wants to be given. She says she’s proof that art saves lives, and wants you to say “thank you” to a black woman today!
Holli Sinn / Writers' Group Moderator
Holli Sinn is a playwright and teaching artist from Fort Worth, Texas. Her plays have been produced and developed at her alma mater Cornell College, Iowa City, Chicago, Austin, Texas, and New Castle, Australia. Her play, PEACH BLOOD was selected for the main stage series at Cornell College. In Austin, her experimental play SCAVENGER HEART was workshopped in the UT’s 2009 Lab Series and THE CHRONICLES OF BAD ASS WOMEN was workshopped during the Cohen New Works Festival in March 2011. In the summer of 2012, she self-produced a basketball love story between two teammates, THE SIXTH MAN.
Holli holds a B.A. in English and Theater from Cornell College and her M.F.A in Playwriting at the University of Texas at Austin where she also found a passion for teaching and yoga. In 2010 she attended the Theater of the Oppressed Conference in Kalkutta where she began to deeply respect political and educational theater. Later, she trained in Drama Based Instruction through the Summer Institute at UT. For the last five years she’s been running a yoga business and training others in the art of storytelling through the body. Now, she’s excited to be the inaugural moderator for The Vagrancy’s Michigan Writers' Group.