World Kin Ensemble

A theatre company committed to challenging our conceptions of gender and power dynamics. We strive to give a voice to those unheard through art and theatre


Melissa Macedo

Melissa Macedo is a born and raised native Angeleno. She recently graduated from Barnard College, the women's college, of Columbia University in New York.  New York City brought her many exciting opportunities.  She split much of her time either performing, singing or studying for her women's studies and theatre degree.  She was also in many theatre and independent film projects in New York.  

She was sent by Columbia University to study theatre in Finland and spent a semester at BADA (British American Drama Academy) in London, England.  She has also spent time in Argentina where she studied music.  After 4 years of consistent theatre in New York she decided to venture back to her original calling, film and television.

Melissa is also a trained counselor for RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network) and developed and starred in a one woman show tackling the subject of women in public spaces and the spectrum of violence.

She recently moved back to Los Angeles and has booked numerous commercial, TV and film jobs including the lead in an indie feature set to film this summer and the lead in a sitcom web series with her twin sister at Smashbox Studios. She can also be seen in numerous commercials for Pantene Pro-V, Little Caesar's, and Suave. She just finished a project with TV director/actor Eric Stoltz. Her and her band Macedo also just returned from a great show at SXSW.

Melissa is also a trained counselor for RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network) and developed and starred in a one woman show tackling the subject of women in public spaces and the spectrum of violence.


Michelle Macedo

Michelle Macedo is an accomplished actress, singer-songwriter and host.  She was born and raised in Pasadena, Ca. She began her acting career at 6 months old with her identical twin sister and has been dedicated ever since. She worked with Shaheen Vaaz in the theatre conservatory at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, Ca.  She is a recent graduate of Emerson College where she received a B.F.A. in Acting.

She has always been an advocate of healing through the arts for years. She began her work as a singer-songwriter and took park in the AMAR Arts Collective in Los Angeles. She has been active in supporting the Human Rights Campaign and is a huge advocate for sexual assault prevention.

She just finished filming as the lead with her twin sister in a sitcom web series for Smashbox Studios and a project with Director/Actor Eric Stoltz. Michelle and her band MACEDO performs all around the country.





Tess Niedermeyer

Tess Niedermeyer studied theater under Shaheen Vaaz at Mayfield Senior School. She then attended New York University Tisch where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater. Tess now lives in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her acting career in film and television. She feels honored to collaborate on Dirty Talk with such talented women.

While Tess was in NYC she had the honor to work on multiple productions under the legendary director, Elizabeth Swados.  Some of her credits include Pop Roulette at The People’s Improv; Authentic Lesbian Cuisine; Jewish Books Cooking ; Marat/ Sade and  12th Night to name a few! During these productions she performed at NYU's Kimmel Theater and Tisch Main Stage, multiple NYC public schools, and Radio City Music Hall. 


Paul Turbiak

Paul Turbiak has appeared onstage all over Los Angelesincluding The Geffen Playhouse, LATC, A Noise Within, Actors Co-op, Son of Semele, Theatre of Note, and REDCAT. He is a company member at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, where he has performed in numerous productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Musketeers, Hamlet, Tartuffe, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, and most recently Equivocation by Bill Cain. In addition to his on-camera and voice-over projects, Paul is also a frequent collaborator with Christine Marie and Ensemble—devising large-scale, cinematic shadow theater. He received an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts, a BA in Theater from Gordon College, and studied at the British American Drama Academy in London.

Mark P. Harris

Mark P. Harris is a student and lover of the Theatre. He has studied Method Acting, Elizabethan Theatre, Viewpoints, Commedia Del Arte, and Suzuki. His previous works include "Psycho Beach Party" "A Christmas Carol" "Three Sisters" "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Among others his previous characters include Eilert Lovborg from "Hedda Gabler", Jean in "Miss Julie" and Astrov in Uncle Vanya. He knows the theatre is his home. "So come on in."