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THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Co-Founder, Host, Comedian & Poet

Host / Managing Director / Comedian / Writer


To describe what she does in a few words is an impossible fete. One half of the founding partnership of AV, poet, comedian, host, writer (we’re still trying to figure out if she’s a baker and a candlestick maker)…. Quills uses words and wit to knock her audiences out and keep them coming for more. She has hosted many shows around town including Comedy Night at Kill Your Idol, South Beach Comedy Festival, and more.

She is Jack's ever growing sense of wit mixed with an illegal dose of an 8 year old boy's surge of adrenaline.

Her comedy is based on real life observations with a touch of story-telling and wit. Her quick tongue and wordsmith fire will stun you, maybe even surprise you. Her poetry ranges from heartbreaking, to edgy, to sassy, to just plain nuts. Ever seen an 8 year old comedian with the mouth of a 30 year old sailor? Say hello to the Q.

Co-Founder, Actress & Singer

Artistic Director / Actor / Singer / Director


Vanessa Thompson  began her artistic career at six years old when she produced her first variety show on her grandmother’s back patio with a cast of her cousins. Needless to say, she knew what she wanted from the start. During her high school theatre years she competed on the district and state level, winning many awards and solidifying her commitment to the arts early on. While in college she landed a professional internship at New Theatre, a local treasure and highly respected theatre company in Coral Gables, Florida. New Theatre is where she gained experience in house management, stage management, and received her professional acting debut in the world premiere of Likeness by David Caudle, under the direction of Ricky J. Martinez. Remaining a company member of New Theatre’s for several years and working with many other South Florida theaters, she later went on to co-found her own company, Artistic Vibes, which remains a staple in the Miami performance community today. Along the way she has produced, directed, and performed in a multitude of shows ranging from open mics, festivals, and live music showcases to full length plays and children’s theatre. Her love for the arts clearly knows no limits because in 2017 she decided to dive further into Miami’s music community and found local alternative rock band, East Drive, where she is the lead vocalist and songwriter. Currently this renaissance girl is running Artistic Vibes, recording her first album, and performing at theaters and music venues all over the Miami area.

Supervisor, Sound Engineer & Drummer
Stage Manager and AV go to guy! 

Kenny "Smash" Cortina, the man responsible for the smooth sounds and awesome stage at AV. A drummer, musician, and an all around busy guy.
Kenny has been part of South Florida's music scene for over a decade. As a drummer, he has performed with several bands that range from metal to jazz. Kenny also has been a stage manager and running sound for performances at Miami-Dade College.

Photo and Video Wrangler
Kraken dealer & Podcast Extraordinaire 

Pedro Cortes is an all-purpose robot extraordinaire. With his camera in hand, he is ready to take all the pictures and record all the video. When he doesn't have a camera in hand, he has been known to sit behind a computer for hours at a time working on all types of video and audio. He projects sound across the interwebs on the podcast Chaos Theater, where he speaks of all things nerdy and awesome. His high-speed fingers dance across the keys for Japanator and Tomopop. There, he writes about Japanese culture and toys, respectively.
 All he really needs is the occasional oil change and he's good to go. Well, that and a couple of beers. Beers never hurt.
Production Assistant
Rules & Regulations Enforcer 
 
Sammantha Hernandez, she does not know how to write a bio herself. She made her debut in the Miami theatre scene as one of the original RK18 players as Dolores in Andrew Lippa's Wild Party since then she has worked for New Theatre as assistant stage manager and stage manager. With the help from New  Theatre she met Vanessa Thompson and worked along side her in Jorge Ignacio's Bird in the hand as a glamorous flamingo and was introduced to Artistic Vibes. Since then they have not been able to get rid of Sam and found it was easier to add her to the AV TEAM then kick her out.