Youth Task Force
AFT’s Youth Task Force is made up of five young people who craft a deeper relationship with AFT and step into positions of leadership. Members complete a culminating project as a group and join AFT committees and projects based on their professional and personal goals.
|Born and raised in Orange County California, Donny Acosta traveled to the windy city to pursue his passion of performing. He has been involved with the Abbie Hoffman Died For our Sins Theatre Festival with the Revolution Theatre Company, Crazy for Swayze with the New Millennium Theatre company, Various movement pieces with Columbia College Chicago, and musicals such as Peter Pan, High School Musical, Honk!, and Suessical the musical. He is overly excited to be part of About Face’s youth ensemble and Youth Task force.|
|Bex Ehrmann is excited by storytelling and aims to tell stories in innovative ways, engaging the audience on both an emotional and aesthetic level. As a member of the Youth Task Force, she is especially interested in learning about how to facilitate artistic workshops, in the hopes of becoming a teaching artist and empowering young people to tell stories of their own. Professionally, Bex searches out leadership opportunities in creative and collaborative settings and hopes to make a career as a director. Currently a theatre major at Northwestern University, she is active in the student theatre scene as an actor and costume designer, and has directed two full-scale productions: A Wrinkle in Time (Lipstick Theatre) and Happily Ever After: A New Musical (which she co-created).|
|Kyla S. Norton moved to Chicago from her hometown of Cincinnati, OH to attend Columbia College Chicago. She currently studies Acting and minors in Stage Combat and Playwriting. Youth Task Force has afforded Kyla the opportunity to learn from her peers, creating work that breaks boundaries within our society and consistently challenges the community to come together through art and theatre. Kyla wrote, directed, and produced her piece Persephone’s Prerogative for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s FringeNext Series in 2012. Her most recent show credits include, All Girl Edgar Allan Poe as Circus Entertainer (The Chicago Mammals) On The Edge of the Dark Wood (Columbia College), Checking Boxes (AFYT) and Our Town (SCPA).|
|Rolando ‘Rolo’ Rodriguez is a Missouri State University Theatre and Dance alumnus. At Missouri State, he has fine-tuned his skills in acting, improv and musical theatre. Having acted in a diverse number of roles, Rolo is experienced in assuming nuanced characters on an improvisational and in-depth basis. Originally from Monnet, Missouri, Rolo is a second-generation Mexican American, speaking both Spanish and English fluently. At Monett High, Rolo took a prominent role in many performance arts groups including Drama Club and Speech and Debate. After college, Rolo plans to pursue his acting career in LA. Open to both commercial and artistic endeavors, he is avid in starting new projects.|
|Nikki R. Veit hails from New York where she recently graduated from Ithaca College, receiving a BA in Theater Studies and a minor in German. She then went on to study performance, design, and production at the National Theater Institute, fostering a desire to devise ensemble-based original works. Since moving to Chicago she has worked with several theater companies including Redmoon, Strawdog, Quest Theater Ensemble, Chicago Commercial Collective, and American Theater Company. She is most ecstatic about her work with the About Face Youth Theater Ensemble, and hopes to continue her pursuit of collaborating, educating, and performing amongst a group of diverse-minded young artists.|