Dayton Allemann is a composer and performer who works extensively with emerging technologies. The interplay between live music and video is the main focus of his work. Getting his start as an accompanist and composer in the German theater system, he then worked in Spain as a freelance performer and is now based in Seattle.
Emcee & Chanteur
Devin Bannon is a performer, director and Nordo regular, having performed with Nordo in multiple productions beginning with the first show, The Modern American Chicken. Devin earned his BA in Theatre at Hampshire, was trained in Physical Theatre at l’Accademia dell’Arte, and also performs locally with the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Seattle Immersive Theatre, and Washington Ensemble Theatre.
John is a Seattle-based photographer specializing in portraits, headshots, theatrical promotion, and performance photography. John has worked with Café Nordo, Marxiano Productions, The Habit, ACT Theater, the Moisture Festival, and more. Find him at www.cornicello.com or on Instagram at cornicellophoto.
Maximillian Davis has appeared in seven shows for Cafe Nordo: The Modern American Chicken (Original, and Part Deux), To Savor Tomorrow, The Cabinet of Curiosities, Somethin' Burning, Smoked, and El Ingenioso Cocinero Don Nordo del Midwest. He also served as Cocktail Menu designer for Smoked and Bohemia. Particular gratitude is given for the opportunity to have curated the Culinarium's first Drinkers & Thinkers series in 2015.
Artistic Contributor & Painter
Jed Dunkerley has worked full time as a Visual Arts teacher at Franklin High School for the past 12 years. His own creative practices include satirical landscape painting (represented by the Linda Hodges Gallery), making socially-engaging installation art with PDL, writing lyrics/performing music and musical theater, and collaborating in a thousand creative ways with anyone who asks nicely enough.
Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom is a local producer, performer and arts administrator. She has appeared in two shows for Cafe Nordo: "Smoked" and "El Ingenioso Concinero Don Nordo del Midwest". Joselynn has been behind the scenes from nearly the start working on marketing, fundraising, website admin, menu consultation and helping to open Nordo's Culinarium.
Katrina Hess is an award-winning app designer and shares her extensive web design experience with Café Nordo. In 2010, she started a bespoke outerwear company called Made in Sodo where she reveled in designing functional garments. As a long-time fan of Café Nordo, she was honored and elated to design the costumes for the Cullinarium's inaugural show Don Nordo del Midwest.
Facilities and Performer
Mr. Higgins has been working as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and producer in Seattle since 2005. He has been awarded two Gregory Awards including Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor (2012) and Outstanding Choreography (2016). He has been the artistic director of Balagan Theatre and The Collision Project, and is a founder of Table Flip, Seattle's premier movement direction company.
Dining Room | Actor
Megan is a Midwest transplant and an immersive theatre artist who’s been working in the restaurant industry for over ten years. She enjoys seafood, Italian, and has particular opinions about southern comfort food, especially barbeque. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, writing mediocre fiction and essays, and designing her next great costume under the bewildered gaze of her cat.
After years of attending Nordo as a fan and patron, Robin was ecstatic to officially join the team in July 2018. A graduate in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, Robin has long been a passionate maker and supporter of all things Seattle art and artists. She is a founding member and the Director of the Sister Kate Dance Company, Seattle's premiere vintage chorus girl dance troupe, established in 2006. When not helping to spread the love of all things Nordo, she can be found running Jazz nights at the top of Smith Tower, teaching/performing dance, or busy producing the next big Sister Kate jazz-era cabaret. She also loves thrifting.
Robin is a freelance set and props designer who has worked with over 25 different local companies in the Puget Sound area. Her first production with Nordo was the inaugural Culinarium show, "Don Nordo Del Midwest", and she has enjoyed every new challenge that has come her way since.
In politics a whip ensures party discipline. In cooking a whip means that you incorporate air until light and fluffy. Keira was an actor in Cabinet of Curiosities, Something Burnin' and Don Nordo Del Midwest and acted as director in the second coming of To Savor Tomorrow. I hope to help to whip up zany deliciousness in any way that I can for the audiences that grace the doorsteps of The Culinarium.
Dave Pascal has appeared in several Cafe Nordo productions. He plays bass with bands including The Love Markets, and Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers (whom he’s joined on several European tours). He performs regularly in the pit of Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, and in other theater and club bands, recording studios, and has many credits as an album producer and engineer, and as a sound designer for theater and multimedia projects.
Becky Poole is an actor, writer, voiceover artist, sketch comedian, and musician. She’s done voice work for, Nintendo, Poptarts, & Cartoon Network. She’s a teaching artist with the Unusual Suspects theatre program for underserved and incarcerated youth in LA.Theatre performance includes Café Nordo (Modern American Chicken 1&2), Chicago Children’s Theatre, and the Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan Rep. She played “Tatted Girl” in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and writes feminist murder ballads.
Jody has spent the last 15 years exploring new ways to engage people emotionally through product and visual design. She has a passion for typography, color, research, housewares, namestorming, radio, science fiction, and documenting her toddler on Instagram. Jody studied Industrial Design at WWU, and was the creative lead for surface design and development for global consumer product brands in Seattle. She is currently raising a small human and acting as a design consultant for artists, chefs, and radio personalities.
Ray Tagavilla is a University of Washington graduate. His interests include everything interesting. Including pizza.
Bruce Clayton Tom
Bruce was born and raised in San Francisco with strong cultural ties to Hawaii. He began shooting pictures as a child mainly to make his friends laugh. He is best known for his photographic work as a member of the Degenerate Art Ensemble. The majority of his time is spent documenting the Seattle Art scene as a photojournalist.