When Dina and Yusef learn of their estranged father’s death, they step in and bury a man they never knew. Will brother and sister face their truths once family secrets come to light? Inspired by true stories of first-generation Americans, Brilliant Mind takes a hard look at generational trauma, the struggle between self and family, and the weight of carrying a legacy. It’s an excavation of the politics of gender in immigrant communities and the challenges ever present between tradition and culture. This is a story of hope, about what gets lost in translation, and what happens when we dare to love unconditionally. 

In this extraordinary live and interactive digital experience, explore the family ties that bond and break us, the healing that comes through death, and the acceptance that our parents do the best they can—the rest is up to us.

Originating Live & Interactive Digital Production with Storykrapht


About Storykrapht

We are Storykrapht, an international production company disrupting live theatre in digital landscapes. Our projects seek to illuminate the human experience. We’re curious about experiments that blur the line between performer and performance, spectator and spectacle. Born in 2020 out of a need to reimagine live theatre in digital landscapes, our projects infuse live performance, interactivity, and film to create shows that are impactful, experiential, and socially conscious. Storykrapht is a women-led artistic partnership of Denmo Ibrahim and Marti Wigder Grimminck. We work internationally to experiment in digital byte-sized encounters and feature-length investigations of the now. www.storykrapht.com

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Creative Team

  • Denmo Ibrahim

    Creator & Writer

    Denmo is a first-generation Egyptian-American actor, playwright, and entrepreneur. A Sundance Theatre Lab Finalist, the San Francisco Chronicle called her “a tower of strength in the Bay Area theatre scene.” Regional credits include Berkeley Repertory, American Conservatory of Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Marin Theatre Company, and California Shakespeare Theatre. Her devised work has toured international festivals in Egypt, France, and Germany. In the U.S., her work has been supported by New York Theatre Workshop, Under St. Marks, Playwrights’ Center, Noor Theatre, University of Oregon, Golden Thread Productions, EXIT Theater, Alter Theatre, and Zawaya. Her new children’s book Zaynab’s Night of Destiny commissioned by Commonwealth Theatre Center will be released as an audio immersive experience in August 2021. Denmo is the Artistic Director of Storykrapht and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Dramatists Guild, and New Play Exchange. She is a founding artistic director of Mugwumpin, a resident artist of Golden Thread, a member of the steering committee of MENATMA (Middle Eastern Theater Makers Alliance), and the founder & CEO of Earthbody Day Spa and Omcali Sacred Skincare. Denmo holds an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor Created Physical Theater from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting from Boston University. Her next writing project is a ten-part historical drama with Audible. www.denmoibrahim.com

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  • Marti Wigder Grimminck

    Digital & Interactive Designer

    Marti’s approach to digital design and interactive technology stems from her roots in producing Broadway shows and live entertainment. She has produced international tours for Dame Edna, Barry Humphries: Back To My Roots and Burn The Floor, and originated large-scale events for Dreamworld, RMIT University at Telstra Stadium, Sydney Film Festival, IFP Gotham Awards, and Do Something, among others. Marti is the Founder/CEO of International Connector, a creative agency known for its digital engagement experiences working with companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Mars, Virgin, Viasat. She designs audience-focused impact programs that promote youth empowerment, increase access to tech, and elevate women’s voices. Marti is the Executive Director of Storykrapht and holds an interdisciplinary MA from NYU Gallatin through Tisch School of the Arts, ITP, and Stern School of Business. She also holds a BFA in Directing/Acting from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a keynote speaker featured globally, a jazz singer and the host of the podcast disruptHers and a Senior Fellow for the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center.

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  • Kate Bergstrom

    Story Director

    Kate Bergstrom is an NYC-based, CA-born Artistic Director, culture shaper, and multidisciplinary artist in theatre and video art/immersive narrative work. They are a passionate supporter of new work development of all kinds as a director, dramaturg, creative producer, and audio creator. Their work has been seen regionally at Trinity Repertory Company, Marin Theatre Company, Playwrights Center, Cleveland Play House, Curious Theatre Company,  Los Angeles Theatre Center with We The Women, Opera San Diego, Music Academy of the West, Redcat, LACMA, and more. In NYC, she has directed new work at Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, La Mama and Culture Hub, Rattlestick Theater, New Dramatists, Jack Dixon Place, Access Theatre, and more. They are a proud New Georges Affiliated Artist, Ojai Playwrights Conference Affiliated Artist, and member of the intermedia performance group, h0t club. Kate is also a critic at Rhode Island School of Design and currently a guest lecturer at UC Los Angeles and UC Santa Barbara. As Founding Artistic Director of On The Verge Festival, they develop, produce, and support new work and help develop strategic anti-racist action plans for a number of companies. Central Coast BroadwayWorld.com named them the 2016 Person to Watch + 2017 Best Director. Kate holds an MFA from Brown/Trinity Rep.

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  • Johanna Frank

    New Play Dramaturg

    Johanna Frank is a scholar of drama and literature. She teaches, studies, and writes about modern drama and contemporary performance, particularly through the lenses of feminist, queer, and critical race studies. She received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. She is recipient of the Educational Leadership Award and the Alumni Association Excellence in Mentoring Award from the University of Windsor. Johanna is Associate Professor at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

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  • Ahmed Ashour

    Cultural Dramaturg

    Ahmed Ashour is a Bahrain-born, Egypt-grown theatre-maker, writer, and thinker. Brilliant Mind marks Ahmed’s first collaboration with Storykrapht as well as his (virtual) return to Marin Theatre Company after assistant directing last year’s production of Heather Raffo’s Noura. Ahmed is a recipient of the prestigious and highly-selective Crown Prince of Bahrain International Scholarship. His work focuses on creating space for members of the global majority community, especially Arab- and/or Muslim-identifying people, to navigate and intervene in the disciplinary/surveillance state. Select credits include Yussef El Guindi’s Back of the Throat, Lauren Gunderson’s Natural Shocks (Sock & Buskin), Elwood’s (2018 America Too Festival, Trinity Repertory Company), A Guide to Winning (La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art), and Pippin (Ensemble! Theatre). Ahmed also works in multidisciplinary art, most recently collaborating with several international artists on Shrimp Atonement (zFestival unAcademy). He received his BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Brown University, and currently is a freelancer in Bahrain and internationally.

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  • Gilbert Chamaa

    Story Contributor

    Gilbert Chamaa was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Joseph Chamaa, a revered violinist, and Jeannette Chamaa. His lifelong conversations with his father about religion, art, music, and philosophy were the foundations for his view of the world. Gilbert found an outlet in literature and majored in English at University of California at Berkeley with a focus on Shakespeare. Due to his multicultural background, Gilbert is fluent in Arabic, French, English, and Spanish, which brings a fresh and insightful understanding to his literary expression.

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  • Zeina Salame

    Story Contributor

    Zeina Salame is a director, actor, educator, applied theatre practitioner, and a scholar. A few recent creative collaborations include work with Artists Repertory Theatre's Mercury Company, the Guthrie Theater's Level Nine with New Arab American Theater Works, and the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation with Pangea World Theater and Art2Action. Zeina is also a co-founder and artistic team member of Florida-based theatre company, The 5 & Dime. Zeina holds a PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation, "Carried In One Woman—Reflections on Arab American Female Solo Performance'' centers on themes of "home" and the creative value of embodied generational knowledge, heritage, and intersectionality in performance aesthetics. Some of her recent writing on theatre has been published on Howlround Theatre Commons, Etudes, Al Jadid, and in the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures.

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  • Nihan Yesil

    Composer & Sound Designer

    Nihan Yesil is an award-winning composer, sound designer, and a multimedia artist for film and stage. She started studying classical music at an early age. After her M.M. in Composition (UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance), she received her M.F.A. in Sound Design (UMKC Theatre). Her music has been performed in a number of venues, festivals, and artist residencies across the U.S. and Europe. Some of her latest work includes Noura (Marin Theatre Company), Kansas City:1924 (foley editor, Kansas City Actors Theatre, available on Spotify), and Turkish blockbuster Bizim İçin Şampiyon (available on Netflix). Nihan is also the co-founder Bonnob Productions, an endeavor that came to fruition during the pandemic as an offering for children. Bonnob produces audio stories that have an elaborate sound world in multiple languages. Nihan is very happy to be back at Marin Theatre Company for another exciting production.

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  • Maya Nazzal

    Costume Designer

    Maya is a Palestinian-American actor, producer, and stylist based in Los Angeles. Her work spans feature films, music videos, and regional theater productions. She was head of wardrobe for Plastico, an upcoming Venezuelan feature film. Favorite credits include performing in Marin Theatre Company’s production of Noura, assistant stylist to reggae singer Ziggy Marley, and associate producing the upcoming CNN documentary-series Jerusalem. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

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  • Matthew Boyd

    Cinematographer

    Matthew Boyd is an award winning cinematographer based in Oakland and Los Angeles credited with over 12 feature films, more than 30 short films 64 IMDb credits as well as TV and music video work. Boyd earned his BFA in Cinematography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Boyd's recent work includes the dramatic thriller Mine 9, dir. Edward Mensore (Netflix) starring Terry Serpico and Mark Ashworth; Spaceman, dir. Brett Rapkin (Orion Pictures) starring Sterling K. Brown, Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson; The Mentor dir. Moez Solis, an Oakland-based indie; and Beautiful Something, dir. Joseph Graham, starring Colman Domingo which premiered at Frameline 39. Critically acclaimed films include Mine 9, winner of Best Feature Film: Drama at Cinequest; The Festival Grand Prize at the Arizona International Film Festival; and Best Feature Film: Thriller, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Director at the Bare Bones International Film Festival. Beautiful Something, The After War, The First Session, Strapped, and Pass the Salt, Please starring Seymour Cassel and Fionnula Flanagan.

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  • Corwin Evans

    Editor

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  • Christopher Morrison

    Narrative Designer

    Christopher Morrison is a multi-talented writer/director/actor who has worked on over 150 films, theatrical productions, virtual reality (VR), video-games, and immersive entertainments on three continents. His feature film The Bellwether was released in 2019. He has been commissioned for multiple feature-length screenplays, television pilots, and plays. He is a narrative designer and head writer for video games including Ary and the Secret of the Seasons. His VR branching narrative, The Werewolf Experience, is currently in production. Cirque du Soleil called him “a huge asset to the creative process.” His production company, Reality+, is based in the U.S. and Europe. www.Realityplus.org

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  • Nakissa Etemad

    MTC Producer

    Nakissa Etemad, MTC’s  Associate Artistic Director, is an Iranian American dramaturg, producer, and French translator specializing in new plays and musicals for over 25 years. She is Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), a Resident Artist of Golden Thread Productions, and a member of the Anti-Racism Task Force of LMDA. Recent credits include Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt (2020 Colorado New Play Summit), Heather Raffo’s Noura (Marin Theatre Company/Golden Thread), Marcus Gardley’s Play on! commission of King Lear (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and world premiere productions with Gardley, Lauren Yee, Marisela Treviño Orta, Margo Hall, and Torange Yeghiazarian. She is a frequent collaborator on Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festivals of Short Plays and Bay Area Playwrights Festivals, including plays by Betty Shamieh, Naomi Wallace, Niku Sharei, Katori Hall, Garret Groenveld, Dustin Chinn, and Terence Anthony. Early highlights include the East Coast Premiere of Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller (The Wilma), Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by Tom Stoppard & André Previn (The Wilma/The Philadelphia Orchestra), Culture Clash in Bordertown (San Diego Rep), and Festival Director for the 5th Annual New America Playwrights Fest – featuring new plays by Lynn Nottage, Naomi Iizuka and Polly Pen (San Jose Rep). Former dramaturg and literary manager of The Wilma Theater, San Jose Rep, and San Diego Repertory Theatre, and recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for The Lark's four-city premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry. M.F.A. in Dramaturgy, UC San Diego.

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  • Rachel Head

    Associate Producer

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  • Additional Artists and Staff

    Film Production Advisor: Enoch Chan
    Full Stack Interactive Programmer: Faouzi Ghodbane
    Full Stack Javascript Programmer: Amine Karoui
    Full Stack Javascript Programmer: Fatma Karoui
    Digital & Interactive Assistant: Minjun Kim
    Film Sound Engineer: Miguel Pena
    Film COVID Supervisor: William Stafford
    Film Script Supervisor: Mayou Roffe
    Film Production Assistant Swing: Marc Lenahan  
    Research Assistants: Penelope Gould, Hanna Margulies and Ariella Wolfe

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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