Creative Team

Craig Bacon • Artistic Director
Craig Bacon was trained and designated as a voice teacher by Master Teacher Kristin Linklater and also studied voice with Noah Pikes and Richard Armstrong, both founding members of the Roy Hart Theater Company. He also studied clown and buffoon with Philippe Gaulier and Lecoq movement technique with Norman Taylor. Craig is an Artistic Associate of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester UK, where he staged Macbeth, The Tempest, The Crucible, and served as the voice and text director for four seasons. Craig currently teaches voice and text at the Actor’s Sudio MFA program at Pace University. He has held faculty appointments at SUNY Purchase, Columbia University, Fordham University, NYU (Atlantic Theater Company), National Theater Institute (US and UK), The Actors Centre (London), The Linklater Center, and Shakespeare & Co. (Lenox, MA). In addition to his extensive vocal coaching in the UK, he has served as vocal coach for several productions in New York, including Anthem, which is currently running Off-Broadway at the Baryshnikov Center, and The English Channel by Robert Brustein at the Abingdon Theater. At SUNY Purchase he directed The Winter’s Tale, By the Bog of Cats, and co-directed LAByrinth Theater Company’s One-Acts with Richard Crawford. Craig has also worked internationally as an actor, both in Europe and the US. Productions include The Tempest (Mercury Theatre, UK), Henry IV, Pt. 1, Much Ado About Nothing, Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare & Co.); Cymbeline, The Rover, Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center Inst.); One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Christmas Carol (American Drama Group, Europe); Kenneth Lonergan’s Borderlines, Off-Shore Wind w/William Hickey, Sunday’s Child w/Celeste Holm (HB Playwrights). Craig trained extensively with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, and Tina Packer. Craig has had a life-long love affair with good food and wine. In Paris in the late 70’s he served as a valet at the Residence of the American Ambassador, serving gourmet dinners to the likes of François Mitterrand and Baron Philippe Rothschild. He also made sure that Miss Lillian Carter had her glass of bourbon in her room each night (she was on her way to work for the Peace Corps in Africa). She preferred it without ice.
Richard Crawford • Contributing Director
Richard Crawford studied with Jacques Lecoq, and also at Rose Bruford College, London. He is a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed New York physical theater ensemble The Flying Machine and is currently performing on Broadway in War Horse. He also played the lead in the off-Broadway hit show Slava's Snowshow from 2004-2006 and has directed clown work for Cirque du Soleil. He is an award-winning director whose projects have included a Commedia dell'Arte version of Petrushka at Carnegie Hall; The Bourgeois Gentlemen at the UMN/Guthrie and Comedy of Errors at TheatreWorks, Colorado Springs. He also performed in the 2002 OBIE Winning [Sic] at Soho Rep., NYC, and as the lead in La Jolla Playhouse's groundbreaking The Adding Machine in 2007. Richard has been teaching for the past twelve years in London, Paris, Santiago, Montreal and New York. In the U.S. he has taught Neutral Mask, Commedia dell'Arte and Lecoq Technique at NYU/Tisch, Yale School of Drama, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, The Actor's Center, Marymount Manhattan, Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, Michael Howard Studios, The Stella Adler Studio, and the University of Minnesota. He is currently on the faculty at SUNY Purchase.
Tami Stronach • Choreography
Tami Stronach, heralded as a “choreographic doctor of the human condition” (Dance Insider) is known for creating “wickedly observant” (New York Times) dance theater works about the search for connection. Her dance works frequently blur boundaries between artistic mediums and cultural influences. Since the formation of her company in 2000, Tami Stronach Dance (TSD) has been commissioned and presented by more than 20 venues in NYC including Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, PS122, Here Art Center, Dance New Amsterdam, La MaMa Etc., The Flea, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. TSD has toured to venues throughout the US and internationally to England, Australia, Mexico, and The Czech Republic. Current TSD projects include working with Czech composer Tomas Dvorak on a light and sound instillation to be turned into a dance film and her work "Around The Bend" is being performed this December at Marymount Manhattan College. She is also the co-founder of Paper Canoe Company, an interdisciplinary entertainment company for audiences ages 2-102. Paper Canoe is currently creating a folk rock opera of Beanstalk Jack with puppet projections by Puppet Kitchen to premiere in NYC this Feb. She teaches dance composition at Marymount Manhattan College. Please visit for more info. Move...and be moved.
Grace Laubacher • Design

Grace Laubacher is a scenic designer for theater and opera based in New York City. Her work has recently been seen at Bard Music Festival (Halka, 2017), Juilliard (La Finta Giardiniera, 2017; Die Zauberflöte, 2016), Pacific Symphony (Aida, 2017), Boston Baroque (Giulio Cesare, 2017), and Dixon Place (The Whole Truth/The Cask of Amontillado, 2016). In the past year she has also collaborated with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and as an associate designer at the Roundabout and Huntington Theater Companies.

Named a “Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine in 2015, Grace creates spaces that participate in storytelling and transform in accordance with the narrative, tracing the spiritual and emotional journeys of the characters. Her work also encompasses immersive and site-specific installations, and a sculptural sensibility informs her approach to materials and space, resulting in surprising transformative landscapes.

Grace has worked as an associate and assistant set designer on and off-Broadway, regionally and internationally, with artists such as Derek McLane, Es Devlin, and Soutra Gilmour.

She has a regular collaborative partnership with director Mary Birnbaum and designer Anshuman Bhatia. With them, along with Moria Clinton and Adam Cates, she was a winner of the 2015 Robert L.B. Tobin Director Designer Showcase, sponsored by Opera America. She presented a design for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompsons “4 Saints in 3 Acts” at Opera Conference 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Grace holds an MA with Distinction from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College.

Molly Seidel • Design
Molly Seidel is a NYC based designer and artist. Off-Broadway: The Dressmaker’s Secret (59E59), The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, PBS/Broadway HD); Regional: Ghost: The Musical (WPPAC), Heathers: The Musical (WPPAC, NY Regional Premiere), In The Heights (WPPAC, BroadwayWorld Award: Best Costume Design); Other Credits: Play Like a Winner (NYMF), Generation Me (NYMF), Buddhas are Screaming in China (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Outstanding Use of Special Effects Award), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players). Juilliard's Professional Intern Program in Costume Design. BFA in Fine Art, Ithaca College.
Flavio Gaete • Production Manager/Music
Flavio Gaete has worked as a musician, sound designer, actor, and producer, having collaborated with various organisations (in music, theatre, dance, and digital arts). Some of his latest collaborations have been with the Hudson Warehouse, Accidental Movement, and Richard Boulanger (of Berklee College of Music – Flavio helped proofread The Csound Book and contributed content for the One Laptop Per Child project). He remains active as a freelance teacher and violist, having taught at the Rudolf Steiner School (viola) and the Institute of Audio Research (music technology) in NYC, and performing with various orchestras and ensembles, including the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia, Distinguished Concerts International NY, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and the Manhattan Camerata, among others.


"What can I say? I could never have dreamt up a more perfect evening or way to celebrate a special event. What a memorable evening, for everyone! I had a great time and I know that everyone enjoyed it every bit as much as I did...And I got a sense from the actors and from the chef that they also had a good time pulling it all together. You made such great use of a difficult space as well. I got so many comments from friends about the quality and creativity of the production, the menu, the music...and there were even a few who mused about the possibility of hiring the troupe for future functions–yay! Thank you for all your thoughtful hard work on this. You thought of everything. I hope to have an excuse to do this again sooner rather than later. A luxury, yes, but also an exceptional value."
–Donald Matteson
At Home in Brooklyn
"I loved every moment…the atmosphere you created established a sense of ease and an instant connection between the actors and the audience that made the whole experience magical. I was in your home and in Illyria simultaneously…and it worked beautifully. The actors were relaxed and grounded and did a great job. The whole thing was a joy — I’m so glad I was there!"
Rhona Silverbush
Co-author of Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated
Co-creator of Conversations with Shakespeare, NPR
"Thank you so much for inviting me to the New Place Players' premiere of Twelfth Night! I had a blast. Beautiful work!"
–Andrew Borthwick-Leslie
Director, actor, and educator
Shakespeare & Co.
The Humanist Project
The Shakespeare Forum
"How can I thank you for one of the most enjoyable evenings I've had here in NYC? It was superb! The acting, the music, the food, the company–what a peak experience! I think your acting group should be highly commended for a truly honest, language-honoring presentation of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays."
–Anne Clark
Long-time lover of all things Shakespeare

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Max Hansen
Max Hansen has been one of the premier caterers in the Philadelphia region for more than two decades, recognized for serving “food with heart” — delicious cuisine with personalized attention. He has regularly cooked for dignitaries and heads of state, including Michelle Obama and both George Bush junior and senior. A celebrated cookbook author, Chef Hansen has been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Philadelphia magazine, and countless other regional and national publications. In addition to producing extraordinary weddings, corporate events and affairs, Max Hansen owns and operates Max Hansen Kitchen, which encompasses all four of his brands: Max Hansen Caterer, Max Hansen Smoked Salmon, Max Hansen Carversville Grocery, and Max Hansen Firewood. After graduating top of his class from the New England Culinary Institute, Max taught other aspiring chefs. While chefing for a diplomat in France, Max furthered his study of classic French cuisine, making it the foundation for his culinary style. He subsequently worked in Manhattan with cooking icons Michel Rostang (Hotel Plaza Athénée) and Thomas Keller (Rakel), who encouraged Max to settle for nothing less than culinary excellence.
Ross Posmentier

Ross entered the professional kitchen for the first time at the age of 14. Throughout his teen years, he worked at fine restaurants on Nantucket Island and Cape Cod, but truly became serious when he ventured into Manhattan, to work at Wayne Nish’s March Restaurant on East 58th Street. Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he accepted a full-time position at March. After completing one year there, Ross left the U.S. to work in Italy. This decision came as a recommendation from Lidia Bastianich of Felidia, where he had worked both as an intern during his time at the C.I.A., and later as her Sous Chef.

In Milan, Chef Ross worked at A.F.M. Banqueting, the city’s highest-end catering company, and cooked mostly for the fashion industry. Clients included Gucci, Armani, Versace, Prada, Fendi, Dolce & Gabana, Roberto Cavalli, and more. Mr. Posmentier worked at Al Ceppo in Rome and Cibreo in Florence. Ross then was invited to Seoul, Korea as guest Chef at Anna Bini, promoting and introducing traditional Italian cuisine, elevating the culinary level of this Trattoria. Next, the opportunity of a lifetime came along; to work as the second Chef in command at Townhouse Galleria, Europe’s first seven star luxury hotel. Upon returning to the U.S. Ross became a private Chef for a highly influential family in Greenwich, Connecticut.

For the past six years Mr. Posmentier has been the Senior Executive Chef of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Amenities Unit at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.


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Morgan Auld

Morgan Auld

NYC: The Woodsman (Ensemble), Macbeth (Ross/Porter), Home Movies. At Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), A Christmas Carol (Ensemble, u/s Charles Dickens), Timon of Athens (Lucillius), The Taming of the Shrew (Nathaniel, u/s Lucentio/Biondello), Goodnight Moon (Clarabelle the Cow/Puppeteer). TV: "Hippyish." Film: "God's Pocket." Training: SUNY Purchase BFA Acting.

Katie Astra Barnhard

Katie B HS2

Katie Astra Barnhard (Stage Manager) Broadway: Fish In The Dark; If/Then. Off-Broadway: What We Wanted; Magdalen; Stalking the Bogeyman; Atomic: A New Musical; In a Bar of a Tokyo Hotel; How Deep Is the Ocean?. Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Rent; Magdalen; Romeo and Juliet. Assistant Production Manager and Stage Manger at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Rehearsal Stage Manager for Actors Studio Drama School MFA Rep Seasons.

Heather Boaz

Heather HS3b

Heather Boaz moved to New York from the Midwest at the age of 18 to study opera for six years. She has trained at the Manhattan School of Music and the Stella Adler Studios. Heather has performed and studied in Italy, France, and Austria. Favorite opera credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and Summer and Smoke. Most recently, she has been seen in the New York premiere of the stage-noir Whodunnit, On the Rocks, and the summer-parody film, Wildlife (projected release Summer 2014). Currently she is pursuing a career in film and on the stage. Heather is thrilled to be a member of New Place Players.

Landon Boyter

Landon HS0b

Landon Boyter is a Kansas native and graduate of the BFA program at SUNY Purchase. He's thrilled to be joining New Place Players for the second time in their new production of The Tempest!

Jenny Burks

Jenny Burks

Jenny Burks is a New York City based actor, singer, and violin player with SW Artists talent agency. This spring she earned an M.F.A. in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. While at ASDS, Jenny made her Off-Broadway debuts in Almost, Maine and Funny House of a Negro during the 2017 Repertory Season. Her other NYC credits include Sistas on FireHome is Sweet Sorrow, and Marishka Phillips' production of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Film credits include Montclair State University student film, “Undefined: A Muslim American Musical” and NY indie feature “Transformism.” Jenny also earned a BA in Drama and a BA in anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While in her home town of Ann Arbor, She performed in Little Shop of HorrorsMuch Ado About Nothing, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Jeanne Cameron • Floral Design

Jeanne HS2

As an art historian, I specialize in the history and symbolism of flower decoration. Working with Native American elders has enriched my deep connection with the plant and flower world. I love creating magical environments that express the unique desires of my clients, with the abundance of nature and my talented crew. I have created environments for The White House, The National Gallery of Art, American embassy residences in Moscow and Paris and the British and Dutch royal families.

Matthew Cohn

Matt Cohn

Matthew Cohn graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008, with a degree in Philosophy and Theater. Upon graduation, he returned to his native New York to pursue a career in acting. Recent New York credits include: The Reluctant Lesbian (New York International Fringe Festival); The Country Wife (Chernuchin Theatre); Henry V (Kill Mike, Use…); King Lear (National Black Theater of Harlem); Ms. Bovary (Augmented Seventh Theater Program); The Weird (Wake Up Marconi! Productions); Aliens Exist (Manhattan Repertory Theater). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Stage); Measure for Measure (Elm Shakespeare Company); Rhinoceros (The Mighty Theater); A Little Night Music, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Almost, Maine, and the world premier of A Legendary Romance, among many others (New London Barn Playhouse). He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vox Theater.

Juancho Herrera

Juancho HS1b

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Juancho Herrera has carved a name for himself in the NYC Latin and world music scene. With an impressive career of more than 20 years as a frontman and sideman, Juancho has had the opportunity to perform at some of the most important venues in 37 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, such as The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Shibuya Koukaido (Tokyo), Centro Cultural Corpbanca (Caracas), Carnegie Hall, Blue Note (New York), Teatro Municipal (Santiago de Chile), among others.

He has been an essential part of groups lead by some of today’s top artists in jazz and world music, such as Claudia Acuña (Jazz), Marta Gomez (Folk Grammy Award Winner), Lila Downs, (Grammy Award winner), and Sofia Rei (South American Jazz).

Mr. Herrera has also performed and recorded with world class artists such as Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), The Chieftains (Ireland), Branford Marsalis (Jazz), Nestor Torres (Grammy Award winner), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese Icon), Alejandro Sanz (Multi-Grammy Award winner), Idan Raichel (World Music), Aquiles Báez (Paquito D’ Rivera), Joe Vasconcellos (Chile), Johnny Pacheco (Salsa Icon), Haydee Milanés (Cuban Pop), Jenny Sheinman Quartet (Avant-garde Jazz, Bill Frisell), Francisco Pacheco (Un Solo Pueblo), and Zemog El Gallo Bueno (Mutant Salsa), among others.

Juancho has written music for short films, (Done by Oskar Landi 2009). His guitar work has been featured in several Off-Broadway plays and indie films such as The Indian Piece, and Vazhakku Enn 18/9.

Stephanie La Vardera

Steph HS2b

Stephanie La Vardera is an actor, voice-over artist and teaching artist based between NYC and Washington DC, where she received her MFA with the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. Some of her favorite theater roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (The Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Lolita in the world premiere of Zorro (Constellation Theatre Company), and the Third Witch and all of the little boy roles (!!) in Macbeth (Annapolis Shakespeare Company). She has also performed regionally with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The New York State Theatre Institute, and in NYC with Theatre 167 and the LIC Secret Theatre. Stephanie also loves sharing her passion for theatre, acting, Shakespeare and voice and text work through teaching, and has worked as a teaching artist with Everyman Theatre (Baltimore), Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD), and Maryland Shakespeare Company, getting kids all over the state of Maryland excited about Shakespeare! She is thrilled to be back in NYC and working with New Place Players!! Please visit her online at

LaToya Lewis

Latoya HS2b

LaToya is a NYC based actor, credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players), House/DIVIDED (BAM), The Octoroon (PS 122), The Epic of Sunjata (McCarter Theater), Quartermaines’ Terms (Williamstown), The Odyssey (Symphony Space), and Saturn Nights (Incubator Project).

Michael Lewis

Michael HS2

Previously with New Group Players, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Michael Lewis has also performed outside of New York in many regional theaters across this country and Europe. Favorite roles include Claudius, Pistol, Malcolm, Dogberry, Bassanio, Costard, the Shepherd's Son, Bottom, and the Fool. He also relished Quasimodo in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and Carson in the original cast of Horton Foote's Pulitzer-Prize winning Young Man From Atlanta. In NYC he has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Primary Stages, NY Theater Workshop, the Transport Group, the Vineyard, as well as featured acting roles at the Metropolitan Opera. Television and film work includes Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Law and Order(s), 666 Park Avenue, Billions, The Detour, Broad City, and the feature films Darrow and Signs of Life.

Aaron McDaniel

Aaron HS2

Aaron is an actor because he believes that theater and film have a great power to change, enlighten, and enliven people. Aaron’s main goal is catharsis; whether it be his or yours. Along with a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase, Aaron has also attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Stephen F. Austin State University. Since graduating in 2011, Aaron has worked on two national tours with Aquila Theater Co. as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. Other credits include Assistant Fight Choreographer for Newsies! The Musical, and puppeteering a life sized elephant (Harold) in Studio 42’s Miss Lilly Gets Boned.

Kate McManus

Kate HS2b

KATE MCMANUS is a New York City-based actor and singer, born and raised beneath the shadows of the Coloradan Rocky Mountains. She recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Sister James in John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, a Parable (ASDS Repertory Theatre). She trained at the Actors Studio Drama School, where she received her MFA in Acting. She is now a working finalist at the Actors Studio. Other New York credits include A View From the Bridge (Catherine), Proof (Catherine), Tiger Tail (Baby Doll), Savage in Limbo (Linda) and Riff Raff (Billy “Torch” Murphy). Film roles include leads in One Take More (Hanging Lantern Productions), Free Wine (NYU), Acceptance (SVA) and Crossing Routes (SVA). Kate aspires every day to be a bit more like Captain America and Captain Kirk. She owes her family everything. Love and Green Light.

Charlotte Mundy

Charlotte Mundy

Charlotte Mundy is a vocalist with exceptional stylistic range, known to produce “strikingly clear tones” (Oberon’s Grove) and “tart and gangly lines, well sung” (New York Times). Most recently she appeared in the Salt Bay Chamberfest performing a work for two sopranos and percussion by Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist, and with New Chamber Ballet singing Morton Feldman’s Voice, Violin and Piano while simultaneously dancing a duet with ballerina Amber Neff. Other recent projects included singing in Cynthia Hopkins’ This Clement World at St. Ann’s Warehouse, in Howard Fishman’s The Mysterious Case of Connie Converse at Joe’s Pub, in the Qubit Nonference, and with ensembles such as The Yehudim, Roomful of Teeth, Ensemble sans maître, Contemporaneous, and TAK. She is one half of an electro-pop band called The Euphemisms with Rich Woodson. Mundy holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Lucy Shelton.

James Ortiz • Contributing Director

James HS2b

James is a NYC based actor, director, writer, puppet designer, and co-artistic director of Strangemen & Co. Design/directorial credits (puppet or otherwise) include: The Tempest (DC Shakespeare), Sea Wife (Naked Angels), Mercury Fur (The New Group), King Lear (Delacorte Theatre in the Park), Ludic Proxy (Soho Rep.), King Lear (Theatre for a New Audience), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio 42), My Base and Scurvy Heart (Studio 42), An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary (Glass Bandits), and The Woodsman (Ars Nova, 59E59).

Jay Painter

Jay HS2

Jay Painter is an actor, improviser, musician, comedian, director, producer, clown, teaching artist and all around Renaissance man! Off Broadway: Agamemnon (with Olympia Dukakis), The Iliad (Lucille Lortel), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Center), Othello (Baruch PAC). National tours with Aquila Theatre Co.: A Comedy of Errors (as both Dromios), Hamlet (Gravedigger, Ghost, Lead Player), Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Iliad: Book One. Additional stage credits include tours of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), Midsummer with Shakespeare Santa Barbara, and work with numerous NYC theatre companies including the world premiere of Kimberly Pau’s BOMB SHELTER at the Gene Frankel Theatre for which he won a Planet Connections Best Actor Award. He regularly appears in film and television, most recently in a recurring role on National Geographic's BRAIN GAMES and in the award winning feature Birth Day from director Sonoko Ogata. Jay is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited, producers of the hit Japanese game show BATSU!, among many other projects. Jay hails from the mountains of West Virginia where he earned a BA in Theatre (magna cum laude) from Davis and Elkins College and studied with mime master Reid Gilbert. He lives in Queens with his wife Courtnay and their new son Elliot.

Nikolett Pankovits

Niki HS3b

Nikolett was born in Budapest, Hungary. When she was 6 years old, she started to play the piano and took classical piano lessons for eight years. She played the flute as well and was a member of several drama societies. She went to the Ferenc Erkel music school in Budapest (major in jazz vocal), and with two fellow guitar players she formed a band called Jazzstand. They played in small clubs in Budapest and performed at a well-known local Hungarian festival called Valley of Arts. Later on, she accepted an invitation from a drummer in 2008 to form a jazz quartet called Under Pressure. Since 1999, she played the lead role in a Hungarian musical for five years at the Margit Foldessy Drama Studio. Being in that Hungarian musical called Képzelt Riport Egy Amerikai Popfesztiválról (An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival), gave her the opportunity in 2007 to perform at the Sziget festival, one of the largest annual music festivals in Europe, with one of the most famous Hungarian singer-songwriters, Gabor Presser. In 2010, she joined the group Soulfood. Soon after that she moved to New York. She studied for a year at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and transferred to City College in 2011. Nikolett has formed an acoustic band in New York. They perform under her name and play Jazz and Hungarian tunes. The beauty and uniqueness of Hungarian rhythms and melodies make them easy to be merged with jazz and folkloric music.

Adam Patterson

Adam HS3b

Hailing from North Carolina, Adam fell into theatre at an early age. He began studying at performing arts magnet schools, and later pursued his theatrical interests in the many community and professional theatres of the culturally rich Raleigh-Durham area. At the age of eighteen, he followed a childhood friend to Boston, MA to continue his studies at Emerson College, where he obtained a BFA in Acting. Since graduating, Adam has had many opportunities to work regionally and continue his studies at such institutions as Massachusetts’ Shakespeare & Company and New York City’s Linklater Center. He currently resides in Manhattan with his husband and a tiny cat named Rock Hudson. Favorite credits include Island (New York Shakespeare Exchange), To Kill a Mockingbird (Burning Coal Theatre), Elephants and Gold (Berkshire Fringe), Titus Andronicus (Bare Theatre), Hamlet, and As You Like It (Plimoth Players).

Becca Pickett

Becca HS2b

Off-Broadway: Ethel Sings – The Unsung Song of Ethel Rosenberg (Undercover Productions). Int'l: Central Avenue Breakdown (DIMF 2012, Daegu, South Korea); The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Int'l Tour 2013). NY: The Hills Are Alive! (Melodion Theatre); The Mikado (NYGASP at City Center); Wink, Animals Commit Suicide, Will Work For, P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (terraNOVA Collective); Broadway Bares XXIII-XIV, Broadway Backwards (BC/EFA); Hostos Center for Arts & Culture. Love and thanks to the Faces at home. For Beth. Proud member AEA, SMA.

Maria Souza

Maria-Souza HS2

Maria Argentina Souza is a New York City based actor originally from Columbus, IN. Maria holds a BFA from Purdue University and is a 2008 graduate of The Summer Professional Training Program at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as an Acting Apprentice. She has since had the pleasure of performing across the United States.  Maria originated the roles of Lucinda in The History of Cardenio with Hoosier Bard Productions as well as Lily Booker in the world premiere of Current Economic Conditions: A Comedy at The Phoenix Theatre both in Indianapolis, IN.  Additional Regional credits include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Antigone (The Theban Plays), Eliza Doolittle (Pygmalion), Liz (ReEntry), Adriana (The Comedy of Errors), Ophelia (Hamlet), and Libby (Blue Window). Maria thanks her outstanding family for their continued love and support. What a piece of work is man.

Benjamin Lee Stanford

BenLee HS2

Benjamin Lee Stanford is a New York City based actor and singer, originally from Melbourne, Australia. In 2015, eager to tackle the greatest performance challenges and opportunities available to him, Benjamin moved to the United States and began his Acting MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

Benjamin’s regional theatre credits in Australia have included the role of Lewis in Louis Nowra’s Cosi for the Kew Court House Arts Association, and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest for the OTG Theatre Company. While studying at ASDS, under the direction of renowned acting teachers such as Susan Aston, Benjamin’s favourite educational theatre credits at ASDS have included The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (Konstantin), Orphans by Lyle Kessler (Phillip), Time Flies by David Ives (Sir David Attenborough) and Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill (Orin). In 2018, Benjamin will feature in the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season’s production of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing, Boeing in the role of Bernard.

Abigail Strange

Abby HS2

Select Off-Broadway: Cagney (York Theatre, Assistant Director/SDC Observer), Clinton The Musical (New World Stages, Assistant Director), Tail! Spin! (Assistant Director/Sub-ASM), Ethel Sings (Theatre Row, PSM), Here Lies Love (Public Theatre, PA), Murder for Two (New World Stages, PA), A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnegie Hall, PA) Select NYC: The Calico Buffalo (NYMF’15, PSM), Somewhere in Time (Lab, Assistant Director), Twelfth Night (New Place Players, PSM/Assistant Director), The Last Goodbye (Lab, PA), Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Review: The Brontes (NYMF’13, PSM), Requiem for a Lost Girl (NYMF '12, PSM/AD), Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (NYMF’11, Capital Fringe'12, FringeNYC'12, PSM/AD). Proud member of AEA & SDC Associate.

John Wahl

Johnny HS2

John Wahl is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Maryland where he has appeared in Everything in the Garden; The Coronation of the Walrus King; The Seagull; Am I Black Enough, Yet?; and American, African. Outside of the University, John has appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Theatre Lab in a Broadway cabaret for The Millennium Stage Presents series, as well as performing in a master class with Barbara Cook for the Kennedy Center’s donors. He also appeared as Mark Twain in the devised theatrical work The Measure of our Lives at the National Portrait Gallery, worked with the Pallas Theatre Collective on the Criss-Cross Cabaret and The Comedy of Mirrors at the Capital Fringe Festival, reprised his role in American, African at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and made his New York debut at the Gene Frankel Theatre in I Do Wonder. He is humbled to be working with such peerless performers and artists.


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