Writer/ Performers Rebecca Fox and Rebecca Jackson-Artis,
Director Lisa Jolley, Props/ Costume Designer Austin Scarlett,
Composer and Sound Designed Mike Yionoulis
Writer and Performer
Rebecca Fox is a Speech Language Pathologist in Chapel Hill/ Carrboro City Schools. Before that, she was a first grade teacher in a Spanish dual language program in Durham. Before that, she was an performer, writer, and teaching artist in Chicago.
While studying theater at Northwestern University, Rebecca took classes and improvised on teams at iO Chicago. Later she performed around the United States with Second City Communications. She also wrote, produced, and performed shows with 3-woman improv and sketch group Triplette. Among others, Rebecca has performed at Chicago SketchFest, Chicago Improv Fest, San Francisco Sketchfest, Sketchfest NYC and on a tour of colleges. Then she was like, "wait, what's it all for?" She quit show business, got her M.Ed in Bilingual Elementary Education, and moved back to her beautiful, complex home state of North Carolina.
While working as a public school teacher in NC, Rebecca started acting again to support her teaching career! It was funny, but it was also sad, and it figured prominently in to her decision to become an SLP, which she highly recommends as a career path for anyone curious. There are so many possibilities! Now she is thrilled to be creating with delightful people once again on The Rebecca Show.
Rebecca is a graduate of the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts, Northwestern University, University of Illinois Chicago, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lisa Jolley is an actor, singer, improviser, and a teacher/coach of all of those things. New York/Regional credits include: Hairspray (Broadway), The King Stag, (Yale Rep) Sweeney Todd (Paper Mill, PlayMakers Rep), Disaster (NCC Summer Theater), among others. Since relocating to North Carolina, she has appeared in Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Hairspray, and The Producers (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Next to Normal (Deep Dish), Souvenir, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Sylvia (Theatre Raleigh). She is also a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.
Television appearances include Law & Order: SVU, Sex and the City, Hope and Faith, and Banshee.
As an improviser, she has been a cast member/team player with Amsterdam's Boom Chicago, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Magnet Theater, The PIT, and DSI Comedy in Chapel Hill. Her solo musical improv show, Jolley On the Spot, played to critical acclaim in New York, LA, and at the Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, and the New York Musical Improv Festival.
Public speaking engagements include Saint Mary's School in Raleigh (Welcome Address) and three appearances at the North Carolina State University Scholars' Forum.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Lisa has taught improvisation in NYC, the Yale School of Drama, the Wharton School of Business, Camp Broadway, Broadway Theatre Project, and in the Netherlands. She currently teaches voice and acting privately and is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at William Peace University in Raleigh, and instructor of improv at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory.
Original Music and Sound Design
Mike Yionoulis is a composer, songwriter and performer who works in film, television and theatre.
As a composer and sound designer for the theatre, his work includes the New York premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club and Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theatre, Nicky Silver’s The Maiden’s Prayer at New York’s Vineyard Theatre, as well as the critically acclaimed Ohio State Murders (2008 Lortel Award for Best Revival) and Sore Throats for Theatre for a New Audience.
Regionally, Mike’s compositions and sound designs have been heard in productions at South Coast Rep, Portland Stage, Pennsylvania Stage, PlayMakers Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, to name a few. He also wrote the finale for Kenneth Feld’s Madhattan, the inaugural production at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
His musical adaptations of Euripides’ Medea (appropriately entitled Medea) and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (inappropriately, Oedipus Rox) have been performed around the country, and Flights of Angels, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that he’s been developing with Director Evan Yionoulis, received a workshop at New York’s Second Stage with an all-star cast, including Brian D’Arcy James in the title role. He again collaborated with Ms. Yionoulis, along with Catherine Sheehy, on a modern adaptation of Carlo Gozzi’s The King Stag, for which he also wrote the music and lyrics. It premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2004.
Mike has scored several films, including the independent feature Homecoming, and he’s contributed music to a variety of projects that have aired on CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Co., and several local television and radio stations around the US. He co-wrote and scored the short film Lost and Found (again with Director Evan Yionoulis), which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and received Honorable Mention from the Rochester International Film Festival. Mike made his directoral debut with the three-part musical experiment, RGB (the same 4-minute short film set to three different pieces of his music).
Mike has served as a guest artist and lecturer for several educational institutions, including the Yale School of Drama, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and UNC-Chapel Hill, among others.
Writer and Performer
Rebecca Jackson-Artis (the Black one) was born on the south side of Chicago and reared in the north suburb of Skokie. A lover of performance, comedy and music since childhood, she holds a BA in Theatre Arts-Performance from Hampton University. In Chicago, she was an ensemble member of Barrel of Monkeys Theatre Company and worked as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools. She graduated from The Second City Conservatory and became an understudy for Chicago’s Second City mainstage. One of her teachers at Second City was Pip Lilly, with whom she formed the duo Straight & Nappy. Other credits include Blaxploitation: The Remix, feature films The Ultimate Betrayal and Tapioca, and a stand-up career in Los Angeles.
The birth of Rebecca’s first child in 2008 inspired an interest in maternal and child health. She became a Certified Lactation Specialist and worked with the Chicago Department of Public Health and WIC, promoting breastfeeding in African American communities throughout Chicago. She started a blog, a podcast, and co-founded a company that helped parents and health agencies serving low-resource neighborhoods.
In 2012, Rebecca, her husband Craston Artis II, and other parents started the African-centered school Watoto Wetu Academy on the south side of Chicago.
Rebecca moved with her family to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2014 and soon realized she had to return to acting, writing, and comedy. In 2018 she graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications as a Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing.
In 2018, Rebecca also wrote, produced, and starred in a short comedic film, In the Midst of Morons, directed by Dre Robinson. After ITMOM, Dre and Rebecca began a web series called Totally Becky, which screened in eight film festivals, garnering nominations for two awards, and winning Best Web Series at the 2018 Middle Coast Film Festival.
Rebecca lives in Raleigh with her husband, two sons (sometimes her bonus daughter too), and her mom from whom she learned the art of comedic timing.
Props and Costumes
Austin Scarlett is an artist whose works span the realms of fashion, theatre and pop culture.
Originally from Eugene Oregon, Austin studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Art Students League of New York. Scarlett first gained recognition for his designs on the inaugural season of Project Runway before launching his signature collection of couture evening gowns and bridal designs in New York.
As fashion historian and expert, Austin has lectured at Yale, New York Public Library, Parsons school of Design, and the University of Texas.
Work for the stage includes costume design for Davis Parsons Dance, Fort Worth Opera, Juilliard School, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Greenwich Music Festival, and Shen Wei Dance arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Austin lives in Reidsville North Carolina.