About our talent

New Place Players is a classical theater company with over twenty active members, comprised of the highest quality Equity actors and musicians, and our creative team includes some of the top names in the industry, actively working in NYC and the world over.

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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 Actors' Studio 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 lifelong 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 • Director/Movement
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.

James Ortiz • Co-director/Puppet Design/Costume Design

James is a NYC based actor, director, writer, puppet designer, and co-artistic director of Strangemen & Co. Acting credits include El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre Co.), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino Theatre Co.), Wanda’s Monster (Making Books Sing), Last…Judas Iscariot (SUNY Purchase). Directorial credits (puppet or otherwise) include: Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio42), All’s Well…(Collin Theatre Center), Free Delivery (Strangemen), The Little Mermaid (Glass Bandits), and The Woodsman (Ars Nova/59e59 Theaters).
Morgan Auld • Assistant Director
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: Happyish. Film: God's Pocket. Training: SUNY Purchase BFA Acting.
Tami Stronach • Movement
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 installation 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 premier in NYC this Feb. She teaches dance composition at Marymount Manhattan College. Move...and be moved.
Flavio Gaete • Production Manager/Music
Flavio has worked as a musician, sound designer, and actor, and has collaborated with various ensembles in theater, film, and dance. Some of his latest collaborations have been with the Hudson Warehouse, Accidental Movement, and Richard Boulanger (Berklee College of Music), as a proofreading assistant for the The Csound Book (M.I.T. Press). Flavio also provided a sample library for the OLPC Foundation. He remains active as a freelance teacher and violist, having taught at the Rudolf Steiner School and the Institute of Audio Research in NYC. He has worked with various orchestras and ensembles, including the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, Distinguished Concerts International NY, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Manhattan Camerata, and various others, performing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), and Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), among others.
Grace Laubacher • Set Design

Grace Laubacher is a scenic designer for theater and opera based in New York City. Her current and recent work includes designs for Santa Fe Opera (La Bohème, 2019), Opera Philadelphia / The Curtis Institute (Empty the House / Riders to the Sea, 2019), Kentucky Opera (Enemies, A Love Story, 2018), Underground Railway Theater (Guards at the Taj, 2018), Juilliard (Dido and Aeneas, 2019; La Finta Giardiniera, 2017), and Pacific Symphony (Aida, 2017). 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.

Mary Ellen Stebbins • Lighting Design

Some of my latest work includes: The Coronation of Poppea (dir. Robin Guarino, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee, WI 2019 ); Caroline, Or Change (dir. Kyle Pleasant, PPAS Musical Theater Professional Performing Arts School 2019); Dialogues of the Carmelites (dir. Sandy DeAthos-Meers College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 2019); City of No Illusions (dir. Paul Zimet, Talking Band LaMama, NYC 2019); This Tree (dir. Elena Heyman, Prototype Festival HERE Arts Center, NYC 2019).

Awards: United Scenic Artists Local 829 Award; 2019 Opera America Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase finalist; Henry Hewes nomination for LongYarn, 2016; Live Design Young Designer to Watch, 2014; USITT Lighting Design Award, 2011; Hangar Theater Lab Design Fellow.

Molly Seidel • Costume Design

Molly Seidel is a NYC based designer and artist.  Off- Broadway: The Dressmaker’s Secret (59E59), The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, PBS/ BroadwayHD); 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.

Jeanne Cameron • Floral Design
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.
Abigail Strange • Production Stage Manager
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.
Katie Astra Barnhard • Production Stage Manager
Katie Astra Barnhard has been working professionally as a freelance Stage Manager In New York City for over 7 years. Graduate of Hofstra University. 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/Juliet. Production Stage Manager of the Aruban premiere of RENT at Cas Di Cultura. Assistant Production Manager and Stage Manger at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Rehearsal Stage Manager for Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Seasons. Local 764 Child Guardian Credits: A Bronx Tale, Matilda Broadway, Matilda National Tour.
Becca Pickett • Production Stage Manager
Off-Bway: Ethel SingsThe 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.

Our Actors

Heather Boaz
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 Boyter is a Kansas native and graduate of the BFA program at SUNY Purchase. He's thrilled to be a member of New Place Players!
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 Home 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 hometown of Ann Arbor, she performed in Little Shop of Horrors, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Matthew 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.
Stephanie LaVardera
Stephanie LaVardera 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!
LaToya Lewis
LaToya is a NYC based actor, credits include: 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
Previously with New Place Players, Peter Quince in 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 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 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, where she is now a working finalist. 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.

Katie Muldowney

Katie Muldowney is a New York City based actor with an MFA in acting from the Actors' Studio Drama School; a BA in Theater and Anthropology from Washington College and a Certificate in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. A North Carolina native. An Honorary Park City, UT ‘local’ - Katie has also had the privilege of working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Olivia Osol
I have loved the theatre ever since I was a little kid playing dress up and pretend sword fighting with my brother in the woods. My passions led me to SUNY Purchase where I received my BFA in acting. That school changed my life. Not only was the training outstanding, but it’s the people that I fell in love with there that are still inspiring me every day as they go on their artistic journeys. After college I continued to study acting, voice, movement, and improv while living in New York and becoming an Equity actor. I wanted to have time for myself to dedicate fully to my craft, and that led me to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory where I received my MFA in acting. I hope to continue to grow and collaborate with as many artists as possible and to tell important stories together, that make us laugh and cry and have the potential to affect how we see ourselves, others, and the world. Language is powerful and I plan to use that power well.
Jay Painter
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.
Adam Patterson

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).

Maria Souza

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

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.

John Wahl

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.

Our Musicians

Kate Chaston • Jazz
Montréal-born, NYC based singer/songwriter, Kate Chaston, deftly engages audiences with lush tapestries, earth-toned story-songs interwoven with shades of jazz, pop, folk, and r&b, and a silky thread of funny patter. With an expressive musicality and vocal dexterity, Kate moves from warm lows to clear highs and back again, honoring her strongest influences - Rickie, Joni, Aretha, Ella - while staying true to her own soulful, lyrical, and open sound.
Michael Inge • Motown
With a mature vocal sound that is a solid throwback to better musical days such as the era of Motown soul, Inge can capture a crowd and never let go. A Virginia native, Michael found his way to Nashville, where he honed his writing and performance skills at Belmont University.
Bill Block • Classic Rock
Bill Block’s musicians have played for the likes of Steely Dan and Suzanne Vega. Besides being a singer-songwriter, Bill is also a filmmaker, living between Los Angeles and New York.
Charlotte Mundy • Vocal/Contemporary
Soprano Charlotte Mundy inhabits repertoire ranging from renaissance lute songs to the newest experiments in music, theatre and dance with a precise, kaleidoscopic command of pitch and timbre, and a direct, unaffected stage presence. Her performances have been described as "mesmerizing," "preternaturally focused" (NYTimes), "unaffected and richly expressive" (Sequenza21) , with "sustained pitches that changed color as gorgeously as deciduous autumn leaves in a time-lapse video" (SF Classical Voice). Upcoming engagements include Iannis Xenakis' Akanthos and Jonathan Harvey's Song Offering with Ensemble Échappé, Henning Christiansen's opera Dejligt vejr i dag... in NYC and Copenhagen, a European tour with Glassfarm Ensemble and performances at the Library of Congress, Stanford, Boston, Minneapolis and Winnipeg with TAK Ensemble.
As a soloist, Mundy has given critically acclaimed performances of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Boulez's Le Marteau sans Maître, Feldman's Three Voices and Messiaen's Poemes Pour Mí. She has performed programs for solo voice and electronics for presenters including Qubit Collective, the Open Ears Festival and Constellation, Chicago, and acoustic programs with piano or guitar at the Center for New Music (San Francisco), Montclair State University, Bay Chamber Festival, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Mundy is especially passionate about interdisciplinary work. She acted and sang in A Star Has Burnt My Eye at the BAM Next Wave Festival and Power of Emotion at the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival, understudied Ashley Fure’s opera for objects, The Force of Things, presented by Lincoln Center, danced while singing music by Kaija Saariaho, Karin Rehnqvist, John Cage and Morton Feldman with New Chamber Ballet, wrote and performed music for a dance by Julia Bengtsson that was presented by Periapsis Dance series, performed as a roving musician in Martin Creed’s 2016 installation, The Back Door, at the Park Avenue Armory, performed a staged, memorized version of David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion at the Metropolitan Museum, sang John Cage's Songbook and Julius Eastman's Macle with the legendary SEM ensemble in Poland.
Mundy regularly "slays the thorniest material like it's nothing" (WQXR) with TAK ensemble, whose debut album, Ecstatic Music, was listed as a top 10 classical recording of 2016 by the Boston Globe. She hosted weekday afternoons on Q2music, a Peabody Award-winning affiliate of WQXR dedicated to contemporary music, from 2012-16.
Mundy holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Lucy Shelton, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.
When not making music she enjoys running, biking, reading, and going to see experimental theatre, independent film and visual art.
She also loves it when people join her mailing list and follow her on instagram!
Juancho Herrera • World/Jazz
While Juancho Herrera is part of a wave of extraordinary Latin American musicians who’ve transformed the New York music scene in recent decades, he’s carved out a singular path with a highly personal synthesis of jazz and South American sounds. With his fourth album Gaviero, the Colombian-born string wizard, singer, composer, arranger and producer delivers a striking concept album that is both a sumptuous sonic journey and a vivid visual feast.
In an era when music is consumed disembodied and piecemeal via low-fi digital streams, Herrera has created a countercultural multimedia experience that combines a beloved Latin American literary source, a keen-eyed photographer/designer, and a supremely gifted international cast of musical explorers. Inspired by Maqroll El Gaviero, a beloved nautical character whose picaresque adventures turned Colombian diplomat and poet Álvaro Mutis into a Latin American literary icon, Gaviero is the work of an artist eagerly investigating breathtaking new sonic territory.
Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela, Herrera graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1997. In 2000 he established himself on the New York music scene over the next few years.
Herrera has been an essential collaborator with some of the era’s definitive voices in jazz and world music, including Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña, Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez, Oaxacan-American vocalist Lila Downs, and Argentine singer Sofia Rei. He’s performed and recorded with international heavyweights such as Mercedes Sosa, The Chieftains, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alejandro Sanz, and Idan Raichel, among others.
With Gaviero, his fourth album, Herrera has once again set out for new territory, bringing together players, images, and music to create something evocative of realms glanced at but not seen, whispered about but not heard.
Nikolett Pankovits • World/Jazz

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.

Sari Schorr • Blues/Rock
In 2016, Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, A Force of Nature, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green).
Now, two years later, Sari is breaking new ground with her sophomore album, Never Say Never. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music. She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy.
Sari’s success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied.
Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less traveled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!

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