Pamela Winslow Kashani Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Pamela loves to create and foster new artistic ideas. She co-leads Apples and Oranges Studios, the film, television, and theater production company with her husband Tim Kashani. Three seasons of A and O’s Bridge to Broadway program paved the way for THEatre ACCELERATOR, now “taking the starving out of artist” using Silicon Valley principles to empower the creative mind. Over sixty creative teams have experienced THEatre ACCELERATOR, creating more opportunities for voices of all kinds to be heard. Working to generate more diversity in stories and more ways to view them A and O has filmed two feature musical films in the last two years and has plans to film several more. Apples and Oranges is currently exploring the latest in XR to further amplify story and to augment the process of storytelling.
As an actor Pamela created varied roles such as Ensign McKnight on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the original Rapunzel in Into the Woods on Broadway. Also on Broadway Pamela played Cinderella in Into the Woods, Lucille in Meet Me in St. Louis and Babette (the feather duster) in Beauty and the Beast. Pamela has played many leading roles at regional theaters across the US as well as TV guest appearances and hosted her own TV show, Arts Coast to Coast. Change Happens, her one-woman stage show, has played in several venues on both coasts, most recently in Palm Springs. Her show Love and Sax also played in several locations including 54 Below. Pamela made her high seas debut in her solo concert on the Disney Magic in 2018. She played Meredith Scott in the web series Mélange, Mrs. Weston in the musical film Emma (emmathemusical.com) and Bernice in the musical film No One Called Ahead (noonecalledahead.com). The pandemic brought Pamela into the world of acting in VR. She made her VR debut as Hera in Finding Pandora X at the Venice International Film Festival, winning Best Immersive Experience. She is now bringing her own musical, Winter Lights, to VR, playing QED, a role she co-created.
As a producer Pamela won a Drama Desk Award for the Broadway revival of Hair in 2009, in 2010 gained another Drama Desk, an Outer Critic’s Circle and Tony Award for the Best Musical Memphis and co-produced the four-time Tony winner An American in Paris in 2014 and 2015.
Pamela has been flexing her musical muscles in a new way as composer and lyricist for the shows Higher Education and Winter Lights. Winter Lights, a STEM loving family friendly musical spectacle, plans to make its live world premiere this November at the Julianne Argyros Theater at the Discovery Cube.
Pamela is grateful to all of her teachers and mentors and hopes to pay it forward to the next generation of artists.
Tim Kashani Co-Founder
Tim believes that technology and the arts must unite to move humanity forward. Fostering new technology and arts startups, he incubates ideas that promote a collaborative learning environment.
Tim merged his passion for theatre and technology to co-found Apples and Oranges Arts with his wife Pamela. To exemplify the vision they launched THEatre ACCELERATOR, an innovative incubator for new musical development that applies the methods, processes, and mindset of the startup world to the performing arts. The program explores data-driven decision-making, brand definition, growth hacking, and most importantly, a call to rethink the entire developmental and distribution cycle of new stories. THEatre ACCELERATOR New Reality Edition extends the approach to investigate ways in which AR/VR/MR might expand stories beyond the fourth wall.
As the founder of IT Mentors, Tim architects and designs technology training solutions, helping major corporations understand and apply training and technology to increase business productivity while providing meaningful consultation to CEOs, senior executives, and business leaders around the globe.
On Broadway he produced the Tony Award-winning productions of HAIR, Memphis and An American in Paris and directed the filmed stage musicals Emma and No One Called Ahead testing new development and distribution models discussed in THEatre ACCELERATOR.
Tim graduated from The University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Information and Computer Sciences, later returning to finish his M.B.A. there. He also holds an M.F.A. in Film Production, with a specialization in Directing from Chapman University.