A CERTAIN SOMETHING is a creative collective based in New York City. Working in performance, text, art, media, sound and music, A CERTAIN SOMETHING embraces the idea that art functions to challenge, shape, and assist in global understanding. A CERTAIN SOMETHING is a constantly shifting set of artists, and currently includes Cherrye J. Davis, Nilan Johnson, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Catalin Stelian-Shanks, and Marc Stuart Jablonski.

NATHANIEL P. CLARIDAD NYC directing/producing credits: The One Minute Play Festival, ShakesBEER, The Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), Man. Kind (Working Theater), The Breasts of Tiresias (Peculiar Works Project), Upon the Fragile Shore (Producer), Triassic Parq, "8" withJose Llana and Gavin Creel (Co-producer/Assistant Director, PlayMakers Rep); "8" (Co-producer/Director, Raleigh Little Theatre); Broadway Twisted, benefitting NC AIDS Action Network & BC/EFA (Co-producer/Director).  Regionally: Our Town (Assistant Director to Aaron Posner, Two River Theatre), It's A Wonderful Life (Assistant Director to Nelson Eusebio, PlayMakers Rep).  For the DDA at UNC: Eurydice, Tender Napalm, Shakespeare's R & J, An Evening for Richard Adler. NYC acting credits: Here Lies Love (Public Theater), Taylor Mac's 24 Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann's Warehouse), The Awesome 80’s Prom, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet (NYShakespeare Exchange), NYMF, PS122, National Asian Artists Project. National Tour: Alice (Kennedy Center);  Regional: PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Imagination Stage, Hangar Theatre, and Barrington Stage.  MFA: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

NATHANIEL P. CLARIDAD

NYC directing/producing credits: The One Minute Play Festival, ShakesBEER, The Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), Man. Kind (Working Theater), The Breasts of Tiresias (Peculiar Works Project), Upon the Fragile Shore (Producer), Triassic Parq, "8" withJose Llana and Gavin Creel (Co-producer/Assistant Director, PlayMakers Rep); "8" (Co-producer/Director, Raleigh Little Theatre); Broadway Twisted, benefitting NC AIDS Action Network & BC/EFA (Co-producer/Director).  Regionally: Our Town (Assistant Director to Aaron Posner, Two River Theatre), It's A Wonderful Life (Assistant Director to Nelson Eusebio, PlayMakers Rep).  For the DDA at UNC: Eurydice, Tender Napalm, Shakespeare's R & J, An Evening for Richard Adler. NYC acting credits: Here Lies Love (Public Theater), Taylor Mac's 24 Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann's Warehouse), The Awesome 80’s Prom, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet (NYShakespeare Exchange), NYMF, PS122, National Asian Artists Project. National Tour: Alice (Kennedy Center);  Regional: PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Imagination Stage, Hangar Theatre, and Barrington Stage.  MFA: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

NILAN JOHNSON Nilan is a performer, creator, and teaching artist. NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art), Next Faggot Nation (Dixon Place), Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project), Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional: Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Rep), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10x10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). International: Playback Theatre (Berlin). Playwriting: ENDANGERED SPECIES (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Selection), THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem), OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest) OUR PRECEDENT (2015 semi-finalist, National Playwright Conference), WATER FROM THE TAP (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival) THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Directing: Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Santos Manuel Theatre), Ladies in Waiting (Cal State University, San Bernardino), Venus (A.D., UNC, Chapel Hill), Friable (Take Ten Festival, Best Play),  Media: Consent Is Sexy, a four episode PSA (YouTube). M.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. www.nilanjohnson.me

NILAN JOHNSON

Nilan is a performer, creator, and teaching artist. NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art), Next Faggot Nation (Dixon Place), Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project), Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional: Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Rep), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10x10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). International: Playback Theatre (Berlin). Playwriting: ENDANGERED SPECIES (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Selection), THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem), OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest) OUR PRECEDENT (2015 semi-finalist, National Playwright Conference), WATER FROM THE TAP (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival) THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Directing: Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Santos Manuel Theatre), Ladies in Waiting (Cal State University, San Bernardino), Venus (A.D., UNC, Chapel Hill), Friable (Take Ten Festival, Best Play),  Media: Consent Is Sexy, a four episode PSA (YouTube). M.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. www.nilanjohnson.me

CHERRYE J. DAVIS An actor, poet, playwright, educator, and MC, Cherrye is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS). New York: And She Would Stand Like This (TMTC/ART-NY Theaters), #BARS (Public Theater), And Then I Woke (Downtown Art), The Trojan Women (Access Theater), Manna Hata: The Wonder City (Peculiar Works), Caesar and Cleopatra (Workshop Theater Company), Hope Speaks (TMTC), Immortal (Bushwick Starr), Bintou (TMTC), The Crucible (PHTS, NYU), For Flow (24 to Life), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...(NYU). TV/Film: Rain, Kitty Bainbridge is Dead (Reel 5), For Flow (25 to Life/HBO), Cold April (Burning Clown). Cherrye is the playwright of original works SOLD!, DREAMS IN SCAR SPACE. Her second full- length choreopoem Tapes was presented in The Movement Theater Company’s Ladder Series.  She is well known for as a musician and lead vocalist for the acclaimed roots-blues experience The Nervous and the hip-hop/funk outfit DeathrowTull.

CHERRYE J. DAVIS

An actor, poet, playwright, educator, and MC, Cherrye is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS). New York: And She Would Stand Like This (TMTC/ART-NY Theaters), #BARS (Public Theater), And Then I Woke (Downtown Art), The Trojan Women (Access Theater), Manna Hata: The Wonder City (Peculiar Works), Caesar and Cleopatra (Workshop Theater Company), Hope Speaks (TMTC), Immortal (Bushwick Starr), Bintou (TMTC), The Crucible (PHTS, NYU), For Flow (24 to Life), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...(NYU). TV/Film: Rain, Kitty Bainbridge is Dead (Reel 5), For Flow (25 to Life/HBO), Cold April (Burning Clown). Cherrye is the playwright of original works SOLD!, DREAMS IN SCAR SPACE. Her second full- length choreopoem Tapes was presented in The Movement Theater Company’s Ladder Series.  She is well known for as a musician and lead vocalist for the acclaimed roots-blues experience The Nervous and the hip-hop/funk outfit DeathrowTull.

CATALIN STELIAN-SHANKS An actor, writer, videographer, and editor, Catalin recently moved to New York City from Bucharest, Romania, where he was a company member of the National Jewish Theatre of Romania.  For three years he was a cast member of the hit television comedy "Nobody's Perfect," and has appeared in feature films like CHOSEN with Harvey Keitel and BRANCUSI FROM ETERNITY.  He starred in the Romanian premieres of John Logan's RED, BILOXI BLUES, THE OTHER WOMAN, and THE LESSON. His plays PASSION IN THE DRAMA and DIVORCE ON WEDDING DAY continue their multi-year hit runs in Bucharest.  In New York, he has appeared at Abons Arts Center and in workshops with The Orbiting Circus and  Upstart Creatures.  His webseries, "Extra Room," is in development for 2018-2019.

CATALIN STELIAN-SHANKS

An actor, writer, videographer, and editor, Catalin recently moved to New York City from Bucharest, Romania, where he was a company member of the National Jewish Theatre of Romania.  For three years he was a cast member of the hit television comedy "Nobody's Perfect," and has appeared in feature films like CHOSEN with Harvey Keitel and BRANCUSI FROM ETERNITY.  He starred in the Romanian premieres of John Logan's RED, BILOXI BLUES, THE OTHER WOMAN, and THE LESSON. His plays PASSION IN THE DRAMA and DIVORCE ON WEDDING DAY continue their multi-year hit runs in Bucharest.  In New York, he has appeared at Abons Arts Center and in workshops with The Orbiting Circus and  Upstart Creatures.  His webseries, "Extra Room," is in development for 2018-2019.

MARC STUART JABLONSKI Marc is a sound artist, composer, performer, and researcher. His sound and compositions have been heard around New York City at venues such as the Gym at Judson, Dixon Place, the Access Theater, Under St. Marks, IATI, a few bars, and a senior citizens home in Long Island City. In addition to building sound and music for theater, he also performs solo sound art/music/comedy shows, and he frequently writes musicals with his collaborator Lauren Waters. Marc is also a professional researcher and anthropologist, currently providing insights for Broadway shows through the advertising agency AKA NYC. B.A. in Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. https://soundcloud.com/marcjablonski

MARC STUART JABLONSKI

Marc is a sound artist, composer, performer, and researcher. His sound and compositions have been heard around New York City at venues such as the Gym at Judson, Dixon Place, the Access Theater, Under St. Marks, IATI, a few bars, and a senior citizens home in Long Island City. In addition to building sound and music for theater, he also performs solo sound art/music/comedy shows, and he frequently writes musicals with his collaborator Lauren Waters. Marc is also a professional researcher and anthropologist, currently providing insights for Broadway shows through the advertising agency AKA NYC. B.A. in Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. https://soundcloud.com/marcjablonski

GABRIEL STELIAN-SHANKS Director, writer, and teacher, Gabriel is the Executive Artistic Director of The Drama League of New York (dramaleague.org). One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s VILLAGE FRAGMENTS (2007 OBIE Award), his work has been seen at HERE, the New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, Downtown Art, Dixon Place, The Red Room, CAP21, Abingdon Theatre Complex, The Brick, Bank Street Theatre, The NYC Fringe Festival, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (Seattle); Theatre Project, 14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Arena Stage, Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington,DC); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna, Bucharest, Sofia and Budapest, among others. In 2014, he collaborated with 24 Bulgarian and American artists on a site-specific promenade performance for the Varna Summer International Theatre Festival. He is a member of the Directing Faculty at Pace University.  M.F.A. Directing, Towson University.  www.gabrielstelianshanks.com

GABRIEL STELIAN-SHANKS

Director, writer, and teacher, Gabriel is the Executive Artistic Director of The Drama League of New York (dramaleague.org). One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s VILLAGE FRAGMENTS (2007 OBIE Award), his work has been seen at HERE, the New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, Downtown Art, Dixon Place, The Red Room, CAP21, Abingdon Theatre Complex, The Brick, Bank Street Theatre, The NYC Fringe Festival, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (Seattle); Theatre Project, 14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Arena Stage, Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington,DC); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna, Bucharest, Sofia and Budapest, among others. In 2014, he collaborated with 24 Bulgarian and American artists on a site-specific promenade performance for the Varna Summer International Theatre Festival. He is a member of the Directing Faculty at Pace University.  M.F.A. Directing, Towson University.  www.gabrielstelianshanks.com