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This Is Me: Letters From The Front Lines

(Premiere 2020)


THIS IS ME: LETTERS FROM THE FRONT LINES is a dance film that was created at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring how the climate of isolation prompted us to look within ourselves.

We follow the paths of military veterans and first responders as they share what it means to be a true warrior - to be on the front lines - and fight the invisible enemy that all humanity had then begun battling. At a time when most had been asked to halt and withdraw, others, like soldiers, were charging forward.

The movie captures the resilience, determination and hope of the human spirit. It offers a retrospective look at a moment in time, three years ago, and invites a reflection on how humanity is incessantly experiencing, responding to, and recovering from the continuous occurence of crisis, in all its forms.

THIS IS ME: Letters from the Front Lines is dedicated to all the Veterans for their service, commitment and sacrifice and to all of our COVID-19 First Responders for their dedication, selflessness, and resilience.

Commissioned By
The Soraya at California State University Northridge

Additional Support and Funding By
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Arthur S. DeGroat, Ed.D., Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army
Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Kansas State University

A Special Thank You To
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
L.A. Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Ready Responders

Thank You
DOMA Theatre Company
Pacific Coast Entertainment
Mark Salazar
Antoine Ceyrat
Jasmin Mashat-Heim


Writer & Performer | France Nguyen Vincent

Artistic Consultant & Dramaturg | Jim Vincent

Lighting Designer | Jean-Yves Tessier

Rehearsal Director | Majella Loughran

Assistant Rehearsal Director | Kate Dougherty

Technical Director | Steven Jasso

Sound Designer & Engineer | Simon Greenberg

Sound Mixer | Noah Alexander

Photographer | George Simian

Assistant Camera | Chris Mendez


Diavolo General Manager | Jose Hernandez

Producer | Dusty Alvarado

Project Manager | Amy Tuley

Set Designers | Adam Davis, Mike McCluskey, Tina Trefethen, Jeremy Railton, Daniel Wheeler


Original Music Composition | Robert Allaire, Simon Greenberg, Albero Berul, Bruno Louchouarn, Jean-Pierre Bedoyan, Cody Martin, Caleb Etheridge


Assistant Camera | Theodore Caleb Haas

Safety Coordinator | Matt Wagner

Video Archivist | Abraham Meisel


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France Nguyen Vincent
Tyler Grayson, U.S. Army
Mariella Keating, RN
Lucas Haas, EMT
Shannon Corbeil, U.S. Air Force
La’Vel Stacy, U.S. Navy
Chris Loverro, U.S. Army
Dr. Sasan Najibi, MD



BethanyRose Boutwell,

Kate Dougherty, Daniel Jacob Glenn, Steven Jasso, Derion Loman, 

Kelsey Long, Majella Loughran,

Amanda MacLeod, Abraham Meisel, 

Lex Shimko, Evan Turner,

Matthew Wagner

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