Meet the Team

The Coven

We are collectively run by Christopher F. Costa, Katharine Chin, and Tori Ernst, who share administrative duties equally. In lieu of a single artistic director, we call our three-headed-leadership team The Coven. Why Coven? Although the moniker began as a wry placeholder, we’ve come to embrace the title wholeheartedly. “Coven” conjures an image of a trusted trio who, with their combined powers, create something out of nothing—magic. Not unlike the magic of creating a play or film. In a coven, as in a collective, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A coven also represents an alternative power structure to traditional, hierarchical structures. We are drawn to and committed to a different way to lead.

Katharine Chin is a Taiwanese-American actor, audiobook narrator, writer, and producer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She trained as an actor at UC San Diego, Steppenwolf West, and received her MFA in Acting at The New School. Her producing experience spans multiple experimental theatre companies and short films. Katharine was a founding ensemble member of Hungry River Theatre Co., an experimental theatre company based in the Upper Mojave desert, where she also served as their Director of Marketing. She was also an ensemble member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists from 2012-2014 where she wrote, directed, and performed short plays for the company’s ongoing show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. As an actor, Katharine has performed on stages and screens throughout California and New York. As an audiobook narrator, Katharine has contributed to numerous titles for Macmillan, Harper, Hachette, Penguin Random House, and more.

Tori Ernst moved to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her BFA. After graduation, Tori worked in off-off broadway theater for a few years. In 2012, she was a part of Theatermakers at the Eugene O’Neill Center NTI, where she discovered that she's most inspired developing new works. In 2019 she graduated from The New School of Drama with my MFA in Acting. In 2020, Tori wrote, produced and starred-in a short film called Counting, which centers on the life of a young woman struggling with severe OCD, based on Tori's own experience with OCD. The film went on to win several awards, was re-scored by Sony Music and was featured at the Cannes Film Festival 2022, Short Film Corner. Tori is passionate about telling complicated stories with curiosity and empathy.

Christopher F. Costa is a proud queer Brazilian-American born and raised in Miami, Florida. After working regionally in theaters throughout South Florida, Costa moved to New York City to study acting professionally. He trained at the Actors Movement Studio and also studied the Meisner Technique under JoAnna Beckson. After a few years of working professionally in theatre, TV, and film, Costa returned to school to pursue an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. He’s worked in TV on USA, NBC, and CBS, as well as in voiceover, including his new audiobook narration of Live to See the Day by Nikhil Goyal. Most recently, Costa is honored to have joined the Sesame Street family, especially as part of the GLAAD Media Award-winning team of “Family Day.” Costa plans to continue working on projects and collaborating with artists who value compassion, diversity, and inclusion, as well as being an advocate for queer youth.

I am Nobody! Who are you? Are you Nobody, too?

Emily Dickinson