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Friday, May 25
 

3:00pm EDT

War of the Worlds, 2018
Jabberwocky Audio Theater (JAT) will perform an original adaptation of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" in conjunction with Arlington Independent Media's WERA-LP Radio Arlington. The production will feature local actors and (at least some) live sound effects, making the performance as fun to watch as it is to hear.

Moderators
avatar for Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson

Programming Coordinator, Museum of Science Fiction
A lifelong fan of science fiction in all media, Bjorn currently feeds his need to tell SF and other stories as artistic director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater and through independent film work. He currently feeds his family by being a technology program manager. He tries not to feed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Coughlan

William Coughlan

Associate Artistic Director, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and editor, and heads the independent film and video production company Tohubohu Productions. With more than two decades’ experience in independent film and corporate media production, he recently stepped into the presidency... Read More →
avatar for Anna Coughlan

Anna Coughlan

Crew, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Anna Coughlan is an actress, writer, director, tabletop-gaming enthusiast, and Academy Award watcher.
avatar for Nick DePinto

Nick DePinto

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
NICK DEPINTO is an American actor. He is known mostly for his stage work and his facility with a wide range of vivid characters across many periods & styles. He is also a musician, songwriter & visual artist. He has performed on two continents in three separate nations and toured... Read More →
avatar for John Maestri

John Maestri

Composer, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Composer for screen, video games, and podcasts, this is John's third music collaboration with Team J.  His composition credits include DeLeon Crossing and Rogue Tyger (Team Jabberwocky), The Darryl Winston Show (PBS-DCTV), Close Quarters (Tohubohu Productions), and CityZen (Metamoki... Read More →
avatar for Carol McCaffrey

Carol McCaffrey

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Carol McCaffrey has a well-rounded background in arts and communication.  She has been a film and stage actor in the DC area for the past 15 years. In the late 1900’s, she was a feature film screenplay development executive in L.A. (with 6 movies to her credit). She has also worked... Read More →
avatar for Heff Munson

Heff Munson

Sound Patterns
Heff Munson is just some guy who makes peculiar noises. You can Google that name for other stuff.
avatar for Steve Ray

Steve Ray

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
A 40-year veteran of the entertainment industry with 20 of those in Los Angeles. He worked primarily as a 1st A.D. with first-time directors and writers directing their own scripts, as well as on-camera and notable voice over work for commercials and live events, including the NYC... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Steven

Jackie Steven

Director of Community Programming, Arlington Independent Media
A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in the area’s media arts community for over 30 years. She has been on staff at Arlington Independent Media (AIM) since 1984 and currently serves as AIM’s Director of Community Programs, managing the organization’s outreach... Read More →
avatar for Brooks Tegler

Brooks Tegler

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
avatar for Yasmin Tuazon

Yasmin Tuazon

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Yasmin Tuazon is pleased as punch to return to Jabberwocky Audio Theater, where she last could be heard as Dr. Shen Enling in the series Rogue Tyger. Her voice has also featured in Lean and Hungry Theater’s broadcast of Much Ado About Nothing, and a host of books for Graphic... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Villaronga

Antonio Villaronga

Audio Engineering, WERA/Arlington Independent Media
Antonio Villaronga is a Music Composer, Sound Engineer, and Film/Video Producer and Editor in the DC metro area. His work can be seen and heard in several independent films and cable TV shows. Antonio is the producer and engineer for “Voices From The DMV,” a weekly radio show... Read More →
avatar for Keith Waters

Keith Waters

Cast, Jabberwocky Audio Theater
Keith Waters has appeared in principal roles in national network, cable and independent productions and on several area stages.  He also is a published photographer with national credits, and his clients include the Washington Redskins and the Washington Ballet. 


Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A

7:00pm EDT

Pop Parliament
The Pop Parliament is ready to hear cases from any sci-fi, fantasy, anime, or game universe you can come up with. All audience members are welcome to bring a case against a character, a situation, a society, or any other aspect of your chosen universe. It's up to the audience to debate, dispute, and ultimately vote upon the guilt or innocence of your subject. Come forward, state your case, and bring witnesses, but remember: not everyone in the Parliament will agree with you. Be ready for a debate, because you'll most certainly get one.

Moderators
AH

Adam Hennessy

Co-Chairman of Anime USA 2018, 17 year convention veteran, creator of Anime Parliament.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Von Dühm

Joe Von Dühm

In between building Gundam kits, making costumes, and not sleeping enough, Joe likes to be funny some times. He’s thrilled to be bringing his team back to Escape Velocity for another great improv comedy show! Make sure you don’t miss Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway 2018!
avatar for Dan Hepler

Dan Hepler

Dan has been doing improv comedy consistently for 5 years, and been in an ensemble with this team for most of it! If You like whatbyou see feel free to check out our Youtube Channel: A Class Apart!
avatar for D.J. Hinckle

D.J. Hinckle

D.J. doesn’t want to provide a bio because it would make it easier for the Lizardmen that control the government to track him. But to counteract this potential, his shoes are lined with aluminum foil (they live underground, after all.)
avatar for Silke Maus

Silke Maus

Silke has never done improv before so this should be a fun adventure for everyone! Last theatrical performance has been acting like a responsible adult for 10 years, previously some high school and college theatre. Special shoutout to Joe, who has tolerated me for almost 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Brian Tepe

Brian Tepe

Brian has been acting for 7 years now, and has done many different shows ranging from classic musicals such as "The Music Man" to farcical one-act comedies to hard hitting drama pieces, but only began participating in improv in the last 3 years.  He looks forward to this show and... Read More →
avatar for B.G. Wooten

B.G. Wooten

B.G. is a self proclaimed nerd, streamer, comedian, Poke-fan, and recovering sneakerhead. Originally from the Northern Virginia era, B.G. broke into Improv with the Comic Improvabilities in 2011. Relocating in 2016, he now calls the "Mouseland" of Orlando, Florida home, where has... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A

8:15pm EDT

Doctor Whose Line Is it Anyway?!
A sci-fi and pop culture twist on the venerated comedy favorite, along with professional comedians and exceptional laughs, this event is is sure to please. It's so funny it could even make a Vogon Laugh!

Moderators
avatar for Joe Von Dühm

Joe Von Dühm

In between building Gundam kits, making costumes, and not sleeping enough, Joe likes to be funny some times. He’s thrilled to be bringing his team back to Escape Velocity for another great improv comedy show! Make sure you don’t miss Doctor Whose Line is it Anyway 2018!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Hepler

Dan Hepler

Dan has been doing improv comedy consistently for 5 years, and been in an ensemble with this team for most of it! If You like whatbyou see feel free to check out our Youtube Channel: A Class Apart!
avatar for D.J. Hinckle

D.J. Hinckle

D.J. doesn’t want to provide a bio because it would make it easier for the Lizardmen that control the government to track him. But to counteract this potential, his shoes are lined with aluminum foil (they live underground, after all.)
avatar for Silke Maus

Silke Maus

Silke has never done improv before so this should be a fun adventure for everyone! Last theatrical performance has been acting like a responsible adult for 10 years, previously some high school and college theatre. Special shoutout to Joe, who has tolerated me for almost 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Brian Tepe

Brian Tepe

Brian has been acting for 7 years now, and has done many different shows ranging from classic musicals such as "The Music Man" to farcical one-act comedies to hard hitting drama pieces, but only began participating in improv in the last 3 years.  He looks forward to this show and... Read More →
avatar for B.G. Wooten

B.G. Wooten

B.G. is a self proclaimed nerd, streamer, comedian, Poke-fan, and recovering sneakerhead. Originally from the Northern Virginia era, B.G. broke into Improv with the Comic Improvabilities in 2011. Relocating in 2016, he now calls the "Mouseland" of Orlando, Florida home, where has... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 8:15pm - 9:45pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A

10:30pm EDT

Space Party & Dance
Come enjoy the company of the finest folks from all over Escape Velocity, colorful characters, good music, and fun will be had for all, costumes are welcome, but not required. There may even be dancing!

Speakers
avatar for DJ Shaleigh

DJ Shaleigh

Shaleigh is a DC-based DJ and singer whose musical influences include Imogen Heap, Lana del Rey, Banks, Kid Cudi, and Eminem. When not spinning, she can be found studying audio at American University or working at SiriusXM in Washington, D.C.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 10:30pm - Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
 
Saturday, May 26
 

5:30pm EDT

Costume Fashion Show Tech Rehearsal
Woodrow Wilson A will be open only to those participating in the Costume Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:30pm - 6:10pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Main Events

5:30pm EDT

EV Cocktail Hour, open to all!
We will have a cash bar available for all attendees before the Costume Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

Saturday May 26, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B
  Main Events

6:30pm EDT

Escape Velocity Keynote, Film Awards, and Fashion Show/Costume Competition Awards

Join us as we celebrate Escape Velocity 2018! Greg Viggiano, Executive Director of the Museum of Science Fiction, will open the ceremony with a welcome and introduction of our featured speaker, Paul Fenwick. Following the keynote will be the presentation of the Escape Velocity 2018 Film Festival Awards. To wrap up the ceremony, the Fashion Show will highlight the entrants in the Costume Competition before the Competition Awards are revealed.

AGENDA

6:30pm – Welcome: Greg Viggiano

6:35pm – Keynote: The Future Is Awesome! - Paul Fenwick

7:00pm – Film Festival Awards: Paul Oehlers

7:30pm – Fashion Show and Costume Competition Awards: Jason and Barb McClain

As a celebration of the importance of fashion and costume design to creating rich worlds and expanding our imaginations, the Museum of Science Fiction is holding a costume competition and fashion show. This competition is open to all students, designers, costumers/cosplayers, and artists. Finalists from this competition will present their creations during this fashion show, then find out who won the awards, as judged by our esteemed panel.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
avatar for Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, futurist, software developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, machine ethics, space exploration, and mental health. His dynamic presentation... Read More →
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
AH

Adam Hennessy

Co-Chairman of Anime USA 2018, 17 year convention veteran, creator of Anime Parliament.
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A

9:00pm EDT

Cosplay Dance Off
Cosplay Dance Off, where street dance meets cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out against each other as your favorite characters for Escape Velocity's Grand Champion title!

Moderators
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Azzato

Brittany Azzato

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 4 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Katie Brenholtz

Katie Brenholtz

Kate Monster Cosplay
Kate Monster is an avid cosplayer right out of high school and has been doing it ever since. Playing Video games is her passion and creating costumes from them is just the extra fun thing to do. She has well over 50 costumes under her belt and is still making and wearing more.
avatar for Karina DarJuan

Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape VelocityAssistant Curator, Museum of Science FictionCurrently studying "Film and Fashion Makeup Design" at New Image College, Vancouver BC
avatar for Tony Dortch

Tony Dortch

Paranoia Boi
Tony "Paranoia Boi" is a Cosplayer, Dancer & Competitive Dance Gamer from Virginia.He has been cosplaying for almost a decade and portrays video game characters and pop culture icons.His love for dance goes as far back as mimicking Michael Jackson videos as a 5 year old. His style... Read More →
avatar for Andriel Hartwick

Andriel Hartwick

The Gerudo Vagrants
avatar for Lynn Marie

Lynn Marie

Brownelegz Cosplay
avatar for Jennifer Raydon

Jennifer Raydon

Subject Roulette!
avatar for Jessica Small

Jessica Small

Co-Director, The Gerudo Vagrants
Wife. Artist. Dancer. Jessica's dance career started as a child, with lessons in ballet, jazz, and eventually lyrical. Since adulthood it has grown to encompass belly dance. It originated in Cabaret/Nightclub-styled belly dance, which is the kind of dancer you're more apt to see in... Read More →
avatar for Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr

Theatrical Fusion Performance Artist
Calixta Starr, when not performing a myriad of characters as a theatrical fusion belly dance artist, is a registered Dance/Movement therapist with her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University. She has been trained in both the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and the Kestenberg... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A

10:45pm EDT

Space Dance
Come for the dance, stay for the party. If you like to align with the aliens, or do the robot with a replicant, the space party has it all. With Fun music by our in house celebrity DJs, and colorful atmosphere thats truly from another world!

Staff
avatar for Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Pop Culture Programs, Museum Of Science Fiction
Jason is one half of Mabieknot Cosplay and Designs. Jason has been running various convention events for the past 13 years, but has been a long time fan of the pop culture convention scene. Jason has been crafting Costumes and props for far longer then that, and has been part of Masquerade... Read More →
avatar for Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

Director, Escape Velocity Film Festival, Museum of Science Fiction
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have won the Grand Jury prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Indiefest Film Festival. In addition... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A