The Bellwether Project

The Bellwether Project is a company of young theatre artists who are passionate about telling inclusive stories through the exploration of new forms. The company first united to produce a show at Carnegie Mellon University's 2015 Playground festival. Since then the company has produced pieces at Carnegie Mellon's Playground and Dance/Light festivals, CollaborAction Studios in Chicago, IL and in New York City at Ars Nova’s ANT FEST, Project Y’s Women in Theater Festival, and for FringeCLUB at Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. They are currently in development for season 2 of their webseries, (in)alienable. 


The mission of The Bellwether Theatre Project is to create a culture of understanding and empathy for its community through personal, intersectional storytelling.

Company Members

Jack Dentinger is from Chicago.  With a love of community, Jack is passionate about bringing an empathetic approach to political theatre. He believes that progress is only possible if everyone is willing to open themselves to each other's experiences, lives, and opinions. Jack has a love of Shakespeare, folk music, and travel. He has his BFA in Directing from the John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Click here to visit his website.

Jack Dentinger

Megan Forster  is an actor, writer, and collaborative theatre-artist. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. Her most recent projects include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (CMU), and The Trouble With Dead Boyfriends (SheNYC). Megan is a politically-minded artists with a passion for musical theatre and movement-based training. She recently studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is originally from California, and is inspired by experimental theatre-making and devised projects. Click here  to visit her website

Megan Forster

Aubyn Heglie is an actor, activist, writer, and creator. She is originally from Ashland, Oregon where she cultivated her passion for the theatre and wild spaces. Aubyn recently had her professional debut in the US premier of Things I Know To Be True at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Other roles include Rosaline in Love's Labor's Won (CMU dir. Scott Kaiser), Jo in Boom, and Rosa Malek in A Bright Room Called Day. She enjoys backpacking and dismantling the patriarchy. She received her BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University. Click here to visit her website.

Aubyn Heglie

Nikki "Nix" LoPinto is from New York City. She received her BFA in Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently working as a Costume PA on Netflix's Jessica Jones. Nix is interested in exploring difficult, new subject matter with the Bellwether  Project through visual design and storytelling. She is ecstatically proud to keep working with a team of artists whose ideas and conversations fuel her to better understand the complexities of the world. Outside of the Project, Nix enjoys art history, filmmaking, passionate discussion, and origami. Click here to visit her website.

Nikki LoPinto

Timiki Salinas is a Florida native. A first generation American of French and Mexican descent he has a passion for cross-cultural communication and has followed that passion by studying theatre at the Moscow Art Theatre, Odin Teatret (Holstebro, Denmark), Les Cours Florent (Paris, France), and Teatra Slava (Stockholm, Sweden). He received his BFA in Acting at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a passion for movement based experimental theatre that explores new forms. Recent credits include Cymbeline & Much Ado About Nothing (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) and Pop Punk High (Le Poisson Rouge). He recently filmed for an episode of "Dickinson" a new Apple TV+ series.

Timiki Salinas

Jacob Wesson is a rising senior studying Lighting Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Jacob's design work spans theatre, dance, movement, concert, and live event work, including multiple concerts with Ellsworth, a band in Pittsburgh, as well as numerous new plays and musicals as a part of Carnegie Mellon's annual Playground festival. In addition to design, Jacob has also worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Electrics Intern, Summer 2016) and The Santa Fe Opera (Apprentice Electrician, Summer 2017). 

Jacob Wesson

THE TEAM (minus Jacob)

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Phone: (412) 254-3147
Email: bellwether.theatre.project@gmail.com

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