Artist Bios

Steph Reyes

Creator and Performer

Stephanie Reyes was born in 1995 in Manati, PR. She studied at the Ballet School of Puerto Rico, JEB, and received a BA from the Universidad del Rey Juan Carlos ISDAA dance department. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia College Chicago in Devised Theater. Stephanie created the piece "Into the" that won the 2018 Contemporary Dance Artistic Creation of the year at ISDAA. She devises and directs physical theater work as a freelancer. Stephanie creates short physical theater films that talk about social injustices. During the winter of 2017, she participated in the "Gaga winter workshop" in Israel taught by the Batsheva Company and Ohad Naharin. Stephanie has been a part of recognized companies like - Ballet the Camara de Madrid, Taller de Andanza, and Guateque Ballet Folklorico.

Santiago Amézquita
Music Composer

Santiago Amézquita is a music composer and producer from Bogota, Colombia whose passion for film music led him to study and explore music in service of visual arts. His works includes a variety of styles that can go from modern electronic to fully orchestral. As a composer, he worked on one feature film called “Las Malas Lenguas” (L.A Film Fest in 2015), several short films, animation, theater plays and interactive and light art installations.

Twitter: @_Amezquita_

Sage Czerwinski

Sage Czerwinski is a musical theatre major. He has most recently been in the ensembles of Footloose (Upper Darby High School), Willy Wonka Jr (Upper Darby Summer Stage, and Seussical Jr (Upper Darby Summer Stage). He looks forward to spreading his theatrical wings at Columbia and exploring different types of performances.

Mei Ling Marzonie
Camera OP and Editor

Mei Ling Marzonie is the head camera operator and editor for Colonized Imagination.  A second-year transfer from Detroit, Michigan now attending Columbia College Chicago Class of 2023. Currently, Mei Ling is interning at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival as Script Reader (coverage/rater) and working part-time as a barista at The Grail Cafe. She has worked on a multitude of projects ranging in many different roles from director, cinematographer, editor, and producer. Winning an Emmy for Best High School Director from the Michigan Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Science and Television: Arts & Sciences, she continues to collaborate with like-minded and creative individuals. In her free time, she enjoys biking, playing tennis, photography/modeling, working out, and especially spending time with her pup, Wes, whenever she gets a chance to visit her hometown.

Kristian Schmutz
Sound design/tech

Kristian Schmutz is the sound designer and technician for Colonized Imagination. He is a freshman at Columbia College Chicago ’24 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He has worked on various projects in positions of Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, and Sound Editor. After a year of Zoom meetings, he’s excited to take some in-person classes next semester and meet new collaborators! 

IG: @kristiancschmutz01

Charlette Johanna San Juan
Research Collaborator

Charlette is a Theatre Artist from Manila, Philippines. Her deepest dreams of pursuing a sustainable career in theatre come alongside her dreams to provide a landscape of opportunities, to continuously advocate for access and visibility for women of color, especially to Filipinos. To live and to leave. To live this mission, and to leave a trail for anyone who wishes to pursue the same path she is trying to conquer. To celebrate the human experience through the profound work of art that is Theatre.           

Madison Weinhoffer 
Puppet Designer

Madison Weinhoffer is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Houston, TX. She is interested in work centered around architectural and ambient sound, liminal spaces, and psychology and performance. She is a founding and active member of Spectrum Theatre Ensemble out of Providence, RI, a company focused on neurodiversity in the arts ( and plans to move to Berlin post-graduation to pursue her creative work and formation of a second company focused on devised work from womyn, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ peoples, Casual Collision. 

Blake Huang

Blake as a Columbia College student has experiences in different filmmaking roles such as director, producer, photographer, and with a focus on editing and post-production. Passionate to explore the creative possibilities of films, she looks forward to expanding her horizons by working closely and collaborating with professionals throughout the industry by being available to work with clients in person or remotely. 

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