Tom was born and raised in West Seneca, South Buffalo, Clarence, New York, and Newport Beach, California. He won full scholarships to Beloit College in Wisconsin and The Juilliard School (under Alan Schneider) at Lincoln Center. Later he trained with Edith Skinner, Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater and Stella Adler. Tom went on to play over fifty classical and contemporary roles at theaters around the world. In addition to full seasons at Baltimore Center Stage, The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, The Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts, and The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has also performed at UBU Repertory, Theater for the New City, and The Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York, The Hangar Theater in Ithaca, and Yale.
Television appearances include; the mini-series A WOMAN NAMED JACKIE (also co-writer, Emmy best mini-series), and NORTH AND SOUTH PART III (also co-writer, starring Peter O’Toole). Episodic work includes; ALL MY CHILDREN, LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, ARLI$$, and STAR TREK: VOYAGER (with Joel Grey). Film credits include; TURBULENCE, ETHAN FROME, LEAP OF FAITH, TIN CUP, PLAY IT TO THE BONE, DARK BLUE, EL PADRINO, EASY (Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals) and HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE (with Harrison Ford).
Tom was one of the producers of, and acted in COBB (with Tommy Lee Jones), which had a Benefit performance in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center where the mayor presented him with the key to the city. He produced and directed WORKING SHAKESPEARE: RSC MEETS USA, (a broadcast series), featuring Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade, Jeremy Irons, Emily Watson, Lindsay Duncan, Toby Stephens and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company with US actors: Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Robert Sean Leonard, Cherry Jones, Victor Garber, Diane Venora, Tony Goldwyn and others. Tom directed Jimmy Buffett’s worldwide concert tour for seven years.
Tom also enjoys a career as a voice, speech and acting coach and has taught; Liam Neeson, Rene Russo, Bob Hoskins, Lolita Davidovich, Robert Wagner, Tony Goldwyn, Brendan Gleeson, Alicia Witt , Lukas Haas, and many others. Tom has been coaching and directing actors for Theater, Film and Television for over thirty six years. He has enjoyed a long association with Larry Moss [Director/Acting Coach/Author: “The Intent To Live”] and worked closely with Michael Shurtleff [Playwright/Author: “Audition”, Casting Director for Mike Nichols and Bob Fosse] for fifteen years. Tom also teaches directing in the Graduate Film School program at USC and regularly lectures at Harvard University in The School of Slavic Languages and Literature and at The Harvard Business School.
His Executive Producing projects include: Telefilms for CBS; BORROWED HEARTS (the number one rated program for the week), starring Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, and Hector Elizondo, MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE with Ms. Downey, Billy Campbell, and Moira Kelly, THE TEST OF LOVE (the network’s top rated Wednesday film for 1999) also with Ms. Downey, SECOND HONEYMOON with Ms. Downey, Tim Matheson, and Michael Nouri, THE SONS OF MISTLETOE with Ms. Downey and Doris Roberts, and THE SURVIVORS CLUB with Ms. Downey, Jacqueline Bisset and James Remar.
Other feature films as Producer/Actor; NO VACANCY with Christina Ricci, Timothy Olyphant, Robert Wagner, Lolita Davidovich, and Patricia Velasquez (premiered at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and subsequently; The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, The Festival do Rio de Janiero (held over), Raindance (London), and The Moscow Film Festival; (First Place Best Debut Film), and for Showtime; NORIEGA: GOD’S FAVORITE, with Bob Hoskins, directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
Tom’s projects in development include numerous texts with writer/director Ron Shelton. Tom is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, the Producers Guild of America, the American Dialect Society, the Linguistic Society of America, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Creative Coalition, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Tom opened the first actor training program in the history of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. He continues to teach actors and directors at his studios in eighteen cities world-wide. Tom resides in New York City, Santa Monica and Cold Spring, New York. Tom is an avid surfer, cyclist, marksman, football fanatic, Beatlemaniac, Led Zeppelinite, rock & roll drummer and dog lover. He is left-handed.
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Francois Battiste made his Broadway debut as Tom in PRELUDE TO A KISS Off-Broadway he starred as Pelzie Sullivan in THE GOOD NEGRO, at the Public Theatre, for which he received an Obie Award. He was also nominated for the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for his participation in productions with the White Barn Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Francois co-starred with actor Al Pacino in THE WINTER’S TALE as well as THE MERCHANT OF VENICE in Central Park June 2010. Other credits include, A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Goodman Theatre, THE GOOD WIFE, NOT FOR NOTHING, ARE WE THERE YET?, PERSON OF INTEREST etc. Francois starred in MAGIC/BIRD on Broadway in 2012 and just wrapped “Detroit ’67” at the Public Theater in March.
He trained at Illinois State University The British American Drama Academy, and at The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center.
Susan Cameron has taught speech, voice and dialects at Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York University, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and privately, including coaching Prime Minister Hosokawa of Japan’s United Nations address, the first ever given in English by a Japanese Prime Minister. Ms. Cameron is also an actress, writer, and director. She has appeared Off-Broadway (Westside Arts) and in numerous productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and many other venues. Her regional credits include The Whole Theatre, Yale Rep, and Pennsylvania Stage Company. She played Selena on NBC’s LOVING, and has appeared in several independent films. She has also directed extensively in New York.
She is the author of nine plays, produced in New York at Alice’s Fourth Floor, Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Westbank, The Harold Clurman Theatre, and The Samuel Beckett Theatre, and in Los Angeles at The Artists’ Gym. She has also written five screenplays, two of which have recently been optioned. She wrote, directed, and co-starred in the short film REASONABLE DOUBT, which was accepted into the Philadelphia Film Festival. Susan holds an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Belinda Mello has been a certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1989. She studied with master teacher Marjorie Barstow. Belinda has worked with Tony Kushner and Anne Bogart and served as a movement coach on productions at the Gershwin Theater, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Women’s Project.
Belinda currently teaches movement for actors in the CUNY/Brooklyn College Theatre Department (MFA) and and has led workshops at the NYU Theater Department and the New Actors Workshop, among many others. She has performed in dance and theater in NYC and internationally and was part of the 2006-7 Obie winning “OFF STAGE: THE EAST VILLAGE FRAGMENTS & WEST VILLAGE FRAGMENTS with THE PECULIAR WORKS PROJECT.
Belinda is trained in classical and modern dance, movement analysis, Laban, Bartenieff, Ideokinesis, Contact Improvisation, Yoga, and Body Mind Centering. She is the founder of AT Motion. www.AlexTechMotion.com
Janice Orlandi is a Movement Pedagogy and Period Style Specialist, and a certified teacher of the Williamson Technique and Period Styles including; Edwardian, Elizabethan and Restoration. She is certified in the Michael Chekhov Technique and has extensive training with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, SITI Company in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition. She has studied with Richard Schechner and Members of East Coast artists in performance and extensive training in rasaboxes.
She has taught for over eighteen years in educational institutions in the United States and Europe, including, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University; the Williamstown Theatre Festival; de Lindenberg Centrum voor de Kunsten, Netherlands; State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark; Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen and New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). Her work as a director, actress, and movement coach has been seen at Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Expanded Arts, CSC Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep Lab and many other venues.
She is the Co-Artistic Director of Echo Repertory, New Vaudeville Theater and a founding Member of Expanded Arts Theater & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC. She is certified to train in the Williamson Technique by Loyd Williamson. Janice was featured in AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE, in an article on current trends in movement training and theater education.
Janice is writing a book on physical techniques for the actor, THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION: CROSSING PEDAGOGY. She is the Artistic Director of the Actors Movement Studio (www.ActorsMovementStudio.com) and a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.
Austin Pendleton has directed numerous productions in New York, including three Tony-nominated Broadway productions: SPOILS OF WAR by Michael Weller, starring Kate Nelligan; THE LITTLE FOXES, by Lillian Hellman, starring Elizabeth Taylor; and SHELTER, a musical by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, starring Marcia Rodd.
He has written three plays, all published: ORSON’S SHADOW, produced in New York at the Barrow Street Theatre; UNCLE BOB, twice produced in New York and seen in other productions in the United States and the world; and BOOTH, produced in New York at the York Theatre Company and starring Frank Langella.
Austin is an Obie Award-winning actor, and has appeared on and Off-Broadway and in many regional theatres, as well as in over seventy five films and numerous television shows. He is an ensemble member at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre and apprenticed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he has acted and directed many times.
Most recently, Austin won an Obie Award for his direction of Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS at the Classic Stage Company in New York City.
Andrew Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990-2003. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry, where he oversaw all of the voice work for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. In conjunction with Cicely Berry, Mr. Wade recorded WORKING SHAKESPEARE: RSC MEETS USA (a broadcast series) produced and directed by Tom Todoroff, featuring Jeremy Irons, Emily Watson, Lindsay Duncan, Toby Stephens and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company with US actors: Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Robert Sean Leonard, Cherry Jones, Victor Garber, Diane Venora, Tony Goldwyn and others.
Mr. Wade trained at the Rose Bruford College, the Arts Educational School, and served as Head of Voice at East 15. Mr. Wade was Verse Consultant on the film SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth, and worked on the musical LORD OF THE RINGS. Since leaving the RSC in 2003, Mr. Wade has continued to work all over the world in a freelance capacity. He teaches at the The Juilliard School, Stella Adler Studio, Delaware University, the National Theater School in Montreal and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
West End Credits include: LA TRAVIATA, DONKEYS’ YEAR, and BOEING-BOEING. Mr. Wade participated in an exchange program between the Stella Adler Studio and the Trinidad Theatre Company.
Sasha Alexander graduated from USC’s prestigious School of Cinema and Television, where she studied directing. She is probably best known for her television roles in comedies such as FRIENDS and GREG THE BUNNY and for her regular appearances in the critically acclaimed dramas DAWSON’S CREEK, PRESIDIO MED, NCIS, DARK BLUE and HOUSE. Sasha has appeared in many independent films including ALL OVER THE GUY opposite Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Goldberg and COMING & GOING, as the romantic lead opposite Rhys Darby (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS).
Sasha can be seen in numerous films including MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III, PLAY DEAD, directed by Jason Wiles, New Line Cinema’s HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, playing Jennifer Aniston’s sister, Warner Bros’ YES MAN, for director Payton Reed, starring Jim Carrey and Bradley Cooper, and THE LAST LULLABY, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the San Diego Film Festival. Sasha can also be seen in TENURE opposite Luke Wilson and LOVE HAPPENS alongside Aaron Eckhart, directed by Brandon Camp.
Sasha currently plays the title character “Maura Isles,” alongside Angie Harmon on the Warner Bros/TNT series RIZZOLI & ISLES.
Cicely Frances Berry is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE and OBE) and for the past forty-two years, the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ms. Berry is world-renowned in her work as a voice and text coach, having spent many years as an instructor at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has conducted workshops all over the globe, including Korea, Russia, and Asia. Her work has also extended to prisons, using Shakespeare as a vessel to find confidence in speaking and response to imagery. One of her earliest teachers was Barbara Bunch.
Cicely Berry’s exercises tend to be based on resistance and rougher, physical work. One of her favorite quotes is from Thomas Kyd’s play THE SPANISH TRAGEDY: “Where words prevail not, violence prevails.”
In addition to her extensive voice and text work in the theatre, Cicely has also done significant work in film. She has worked extensively with Peter Brook and Bernardo Bertolucci including serving as the dialogue coach on the LAST EMPEROR and STEALING BEAUTY and the voice specialist on Julie Taymor’s film, TITUS. Cicely is the author of five texts including; VOICE AND THE ACTOR and THE ACTOR AND THE TEXT.
Tony Goldwyn is a director and actor whose New York Theater acting credits include Phillip Barry’s HOLIDAY at the Circle in the Square, the original productions of Theresa Rebeck’s THE WATER’S EDGE and SPIKE HEELS both at Second Stage, Craig Lucas’s THE DYING GAUL at the Vineyard Theater, an Obie Award-winning performance in THE SUM OF US at the Cherry Lane Theater, DIGBY at MTC, and most recently in PROMISES, PROMISES on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes.
Regional theater credits include PICNIC, CARTHAGINIANS, TOM JONES, THE LEGEND OF OEDIPUS (Williamstown), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Long Wharf) and THE REAL THING (Mark Taper Forum). Tony is best known for his breakout performance in the film GHOST. Other film credits include THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE LAST SAMURAI, Disney’s TARZAN, THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, KISS THE GIRLS, NIXON, RECKLESS, and THE PELICAN BRIEF. His TV work includes THE GOOD WIFE, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, FRASIER, FROM EARTH TO THE MOON, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR and TRUMAN.
As a director his work includes the feature films A WALK ON THE MOON, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, THE LAST KISS, and CONVICTION, as well as episodes of DAMAGES, DEXTER, THE L WORD, GREY’S ANATOMY, and PRIVATE PRACTICE.
Tony currently stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC series SCANDAL.
Olivia Harris studied acting at Carnegie Mellon, Boston University, Second City, Chicago, with Jerzy Grotowski in Poland, and Herbert Berghof in NY. Since the late 1980’s she has been a casting director for Warner Bros television and movies, working on Warner Bros pilots and all of Clint Eastwood’s movies with Phyllis Huffman.
In the 1990’s she was head of the WB network in NY. She has also cast many independent features, and other television shows and movies of the week. Her most recent work included GRACE, a pilot for ABC, THE LAST NEW YORKER and EASY which premiered at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.
Mari Lyn Henry, partner, Henry Downey Talent Management LLC, has guided thousands of actors to successful careers in film, TV and theatre for over forty years. Upon leaving her position as Director of Casting, East Coast for ABC, which she held for over thirteen years, she launched an image and career coaching business. Her workshops on on-camera techniques, script analysis, auditioning, and impression management have been very successful in cities and universities across the country as well as in Toronto, London, Oxford and Sydney.
For 25 years, this ‘bible of the biz’ has received praise from industry professionals, educators and celebrities. Mari Lyn has also written the foreword to Katherine Mayfield’s book SMART ACTORS, FOOLISH CHOICES and is featured in Judith Searle’s GETTING THE PART: THIRTY THREE PROFESSIONAL CASTING DIRECTORS TELL YOU HOW TO GET WORK IN THEATER, FILMS, COMMERCIALS, AND TV. She is often quoted in trade publications and wrote a bi-monthly column for BACKSTAGE.
She has been the industry showcase consultant for the University of Florida, Florida State University, the Hartt School in Connecticut and the New World School of the Arts/Miami. She is currently the Vice President of Programs for the League of Professional Theatre Women (theatrewomen.org).
Having earned her B.A. in Speech and Drama at San Jose State University, she also holds an M.A. in Theatre from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She concurs with Mark Twain that “training is everything”.
With a passion for the performing arts, Ontario-born, Julia Lenardon, trained as an actor by acquiring a B.F.A. Acting Degree at the University of Windsor. Special interest in classical work led her to London, England where she studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Drama, and worked as a professional actor.
On her return, Julia continued to act in regional theatre, including The Stratford Festival of Canada and presently is a member of the acting company at The Montgomery Theatre.
Continued interest in language led Julia to further add to her list of skills an M.F.A Acting Degree and Voice Teaching Diploma from York University. Guest Teaching followed at The Denver Centre Theatre Company, at the American Repertory Theatre and in the M.F.A. Acting Program at Harvard University. She spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting at Michigan State University and seven years as a Voice and Speech Instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. Julia coaches actors for theatre, film and television.
Ron Shelton was born in Whittier, California, and raised in Santa Barbara. A graduate of Santa Barbara High School and Westmont College, he received an M.F.A. in art from the University of Arizona after several years of playing professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system.
Shelton’s first film was 1983’s political drama UNDER FIRE. Set against the civil unrest of the Nicaraguan revolution and starring Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Joanna Cassidy, this was Shelton’s first credit as a screenwriter. The Oscar nominated screenplay, BULL DURHAM, was Shelton’s directorial debut. The film garnered critical acclaim for Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and for Shelton, including Best Original Screenplay from the Writers’ Guild of America, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. BLAZE was made in Louisiana and starred Paul Newman as Louisiana Governor Earl Long and Lolita Davidovich as Blaze Starr, the stripper for whom he jeopardized his political career. Shelton then teamed up with Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez in the playground basketball comedy WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP, about two basketball hustlers who team up to run a scam on L.A.’s toughest courts. COBB, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl, was Shelton’s uncompromising depiction of one of baseball’s darkest heroes. Shelton and Costner teamed up again with the romantic comedy TIN CUP, starring Rene Russo, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. PLAY IT TO THE BONE starred Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich and Lucy Liu in a road movie about boxing. Shelton directed DARK BLUE with starring Kurt Russell and HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE with Harrison Ford. Mr. Shelton continues to write and direct for film and TV. BULL DURHAM: THE MUSICAL, Mr. Shelton’s Broadway writing debut, is currently in development.
Casting director Todd Thaler’s filmography credits include more than 100 films and television shows. Thaler cast films such as LITTLE CHLDREN, PERFECT STRANGERS, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, IT HAD TO BE YOU, and THE PROFESSIONAL. He started his career as a production assistant for Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe, Woody Allen’s producers and personal managers. When they decided to cast the extras for Allen’s films in-house, Thaler was given the responsibility. He went on to provide additional casting for several of Allen’s movies, starting with THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. Thaler has worked with Barbra Streisand on THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES and John Turturro on ROMANCE & CIGARETTES.
Thaler was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for ED. He also cast Marcia Gay Harden in POLLOCK, for which Harden won an Oscar for best supporting actress, and Jackie Earl Haley in LITTLE CHILDREN, for which Haley was Oscar-nominated. His film, HANDSOME HARRY, debuted in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Jamey Sheridan and Aidan Quinn. Todd has cast several film and television shows since then, including THE GREEN, with Julia Ormond, and the TV series ARE WE THERE YET? on TBS.
Dar has been a traveling singer-songwriter for eighteen years. She’s recorded eight critically acclaimed studio albums, written and recorded two tween novels for Scholastic books, published environmental columns for Huffington Post, and enjoys a growing number of teaching and speaking gigs.
She continues to love the challenge of telling stories,encountering new audiences, and finding ways to stay inspired. Her ongoing goal has been to maintain high poetic and performance standards without shutting down the spontaneity and wisdom of the creative voice she has come to trust. Dar was born in Chappaqua, New York.
Paul “Wix” Wickens is Paul McCartney’s keyboardist, band leader and musical director. A composer and pianist from Essex, United Kingdom, Wickens has worked with musicians such as Paul McCartney, Nik Kershaw, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bon Jovi and many other artists. Wickens has been a member of McCartney’s touring band since 1989. Since then, he has appeared on most of McCartney’s albums and DVDs.
Wickens recorded on albums by Tommy Shaw of the American rock group Styx, The Damned, Tim Finn, Paul Carrack, Nik Kershaw, Jim Diamond, Boy George, and David Gilmour, and was the co-producer of the first Savage Progress album. He also was the keyboardist and programmer for Edie Brickell & New Bohemians album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. Paul was also instrumental in making the BANDAGED album the success it was, in aid of BBC Children in Need.
Wickens recorded a version of Nirvana’s SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, and has also been known for The The’s UK hit, THIS IS THE DAY, from their album Soul Mining.
Today, Wickens continues his own recording and composing work, while also touring with McCartney on a regular basis. He is married to Margo Buchanan.
Sarah Cimino is a New York City-based makeup artist working in fashion, film, opera, dance, and specializing in the theatrical makeup.
Her print credits include work for Black Book Magazine, IMG Artists, The Public Theatre, Fermata Designs, and assistant work for Vogue, Seventeen, and Oprah Magazine. Theatrical clients/credits include: Disney’s MARY POPPINS, National Black Theatre/Take Wing and Soar Productions. The Santa Fe Opera, Princeton Opera Festival, The Lincoln Center Festival, Curtis Opera Theatre, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Lincoln Center/Mitzi Newhouse, and The New York City Ballet.
Henderson is a Tony-nominated, Drama Desk and Seff Award winning actor, born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended The Juilliard Drama School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Rose Bruford College in England.
Henderson is known for his role as Arthur in the acclaimed HBO film, EVERYDAY PEOPLE. Other film credits include Lester in TOWER HEIST, Bobo in A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Cooper’s husband in the MARIE, and roles in the films KEANE and IF YOU COULD SAY IT IN WORDS. In addition to his films, Henderson played the recurring character, Omar, on the Fox series NEW AMSTERDAM, which premiered in early 2008.
Henderson is known mostly for his stage work. His portrayal of Jim Bono in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s FENCES opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, earned Henderson the Tony nomination for supporting actor and the Richard Seff Award, from Actor’s Equity. His other Broadway credits include: DRACULA, THE MUSICAL, DROWNING CROW, a revival of MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, and KING HEDLEY II. Henderson is especially recognized as a veteran performer of August Wilson’s ouvre.
Off-Broadway, Henderson’s work includes originating the role of Turnbo in JITNEY, for which he won a Drama Desk Award, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN and THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, with the LAByrinth Theatre Company.
Henderson has also appeared on TV shows such as LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE and THIRD WATCH.
His work as an actor, director, and educator is documented in the book, ACTING TEACHERS OF AMERICA and in the OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AFRICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY. Henderson currently teaches in the Deparment of Theatre and Dance at the University of Buffalo, NY.
Dan Lindsay is the Academy Award winning co-director, co-editor and co-cinematographer of the feature length documentary UNDEFEATED. He began his career in 2001 directing the short documentary WHY U.S.?, which explores the roots of the 9/11 attack on the United States. The film was purchased by The Discovery Network and had its broadcast premiere in 2003. His feature length directorial debut was the 2008 film LAST CUP, a film that takes a humorous look at the largest beer-pong tournament in the world. The film premiered at the 2008 Cinevegas Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on Spike TV in the fall of 2011. The film was distributed by Virgil Films under the Morgan Spurlock Presents banner. Sports Illustrated included it in their 2011 Year in Sports Media, calling it a “winning documentary.” UNDEFEATED, his most recent film, marked the beginning of his collaboration with TJ Martin. Beyond its Academy Award win, the film was also honored with a 2012 Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Documentary, as well as winning numerous festival awards including a Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC and Audience Awards at Indie Memphis and the Chicago Independent Film Festival.
As an actor, his credits include appearances on HBO’s ENTOURAGE and NBC’s THE OFFICE. He was also a founding member of the Los Angeles based sketch comedy group The Exploding Pajamas. Lindsay was born and raised in Rockford, IL and graduated from The University of Missouri in 2001.
Jeremiah was born and raised in Oklahoma. After completing undergraduate work at Bennington College, he moved to Istanbul. While in Turkey, Jeremiah taught English Literature, World History, founded the Drama Program at The Hisar School and worked as a presentation coach in the Turkish financial industry. He returned to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in Dramaturgy at Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Fellow. He trained and studied with Arnold Aronson, Steven Bach, Anne Bogart, Peter Brook, Ronald L. Cohen and Mansour Farhang, among many others.
Currently, Jeremiah works as a dramaturg, director, and presentation & performance coach in New York. He is the resident Dramaturg at the New Ensemble. Jeremiah lives in Brooklyn, where he brews beer, practices carpentry, and walks his dog Huckleberry with what little spare time he has.
Recent shows include: Direction: BLOOD KNOT (Schapiro Theater), TELL IT TO ME SLOWLY (FRINGENYC); Text: TROTZ ALLEM NICHTS…by Andile Khumalo (Symphony Space); Dramaturgy: THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT, MOURNING, NONPLAY (Columbia University); BLACK SNOW (Theatre of Riverside Church), RESTORATION (New York Theatre Workshop), HENRY VI PART 3 (East 13th Street Theatre), AN ERROR IN THE MOON (Theatre Row), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE TEMPEST, CLOUD 9, MAD FOREST (Atlantic Theater Company, Stage 2), TUCK EVERLASTING (Playwrights Horizons), FORNICATED FROM THE BEATLES (A.R.T.)
Danny Jacobs studied international relations and acting at Stanford University and the celebrated American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. As an improvisor, Danny performed with Bay Area Theatresports in SF, Improv Olympic in Chicago, and the long running improv group, DVDevious in L.A. before becoming a breakout star of the improv scene with his acclaimed two-man improvisational troupe, The Understudies. Danny has appeared as an actor in numerous television and film roles, including THE WEST WING, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and the NBC primetime comedy LOVE BITES. Additionally, he has starred in several films, such as Sony Pictures’ THE CAVERN and Fox’s BACHELOR PARTY 2: THE LAST TEMPTATION. Most recently, Danny finished production on GRACELAND, a pilot for the USA Network created by Jeff Eastin (WHITE COLLAR) debuting this fall.
As a writer and director, Danny made his debut with HUMBOLDT COUNTY, a drama starring Chris Messina, Fairuza Balk, Frances Conroy, Brad Dourif and Jeremy Strong. The film premiered at the 2008 SXSW film festival before being purchased and released into theaters across the country to strong critical reception by Magnolia Pictures. Danny is now in pre-production for his follow up film, shooting in August & September in New York. He will be starring alongside Adam Brody, Amber Tamblyn, Lauren Miller and Chris Messina.
Chuck Cooper won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE, the AUDELCO Best Actor Award for CAROLINE OR CHANGE and the San Diego Critics Circle Award for August Wilson’s TWO TRAINS RUNNING. He has ten Broadway shows on his resume, numerous Off-Broadway and regional Theatre credits. His many film and television appearances along with detailed biographical information can be found at <a href=”http://www.chuckcooper.net”>www.chuckcooper.net</a>
Miriam Silverman is a Voice and Speech Teacher for the Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory as well as a working actor in New York City. She was recently nominated for a Drama Desk award for her work in FINKS. Miriam completed her MFA in Acting at the Brown/Trinity Consortium and holds a position on the faculty at Brooklyn College and at the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts as a Voice & Speech instructor. Recent credits with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC include the world premiere of David Ives’ adaptation of THE LIAR (directed by Michael Kahn); AS YOU LIKE IT (directed by Maria Aitken); and THE DOG IN THE MANGER (directed by Jonathan Munby for which Miriam received a 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress). Other credits include: HAMLET (NYSF/Public Theater, directed by Oskar Eustis); THE LOVE COURSE (Acorn Theater with Harris Yulin and Maria Tucci); Soveig in PEER GYNT (world premiere adaptation by Robert Bly starring Mark Rylance and directed by Tim Carroll); Hennie in Arena Stage’s production of AWAKE AND SING! (directed by Arena Stage’s founder Zelda Fichandler); THE CALAMITY OF KAT KAT AND WILLIE (directed by Consortium grad Heath Cullens, written by consortium grad Emily Young) and the world premiere of BONE PORTAITS by Brown MFA Playwright Deborah Stein (EST/Stillpoint); AS YOU LIKE IT (Folger Theatre); and SYNCOPATION (Triad Stage). Trinity Rep credits include the world premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s SHAPESHIFTER, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Catherine), THE SEAGULL (Nina), THE HENRIAD (Poins, Douglas, MacMorris), THE BUZ’GEM BLUES (Summer), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Titania), THE GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Julia), SONG OF INNOCENCE, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, ANNIE, and PETER PAN.
Yah’Ya Kamate is a native of the Ivory Coast. As a former member of the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast, he came to the United States to tour and to honor his country in 1994. In 1997, Yah’Ya established himself in Florida. He performed at Busch Gardens, the Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center for two years before coming back to New York and the Tri-state area where he teaches in public and private schools. Currently, Yah’Ya is an instructor at the Ailey Extension and a performer and a dance teacher at Friends Academy in addition to the Tom Todoroff Conservatory.
Broadway: WRONG MOUNTAIN (Tony nom.), THE INVENTION OF LOVE, THE FROGS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (2004), AMADEUS.
Off-Broadway: DANCE OF DEATH, BLACK TIE, TALKING HEADS (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award). Regional: Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theater (six seasons), Guthrie, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival (ten seasons), Seattle Rep, Stratford (Ontario).
Film: THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, HAVANA, THE PRESTIGE.
Television: THE NANNY (six seasons).
Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for nearly 20 years. He teaches in New York City (and the metro area) and has choreographed fights Off-Broadway, Nationally, in London and Sydney.
Jared is a Fight Director with the Art of Combat merging his passion for historical fencing and his love of combat for stage and screen (which he teaches Fri nights in NYC). In addition to the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, he currently teaches fencing and stage combat at SUNY Purchase and is a Provost of Arms through the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York City. He teaches a variety of workshops across the US and around the world including Canada, England, Scotland, Finland, Italy and Australia and always looks forward to NYC Intensive Combat for Stage & Screen Workshop in NYC every year (www.artofcombat.org).
Jared has worked on production such as HAMLET, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, CYRANO, ROMEO & JULIET, MERRY WIVES, TAMING OF THE SHREW, COMEDY OF ERRORS, RICHARD III, THE ROVER, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), KING LEAR and THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Other memorable Fight Directing credits include COMPANY at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, HAMLET for the New Vic Theatre of London and an episode of THE DATING STORY for TLC. For a full list of credits visit www.jaredkirby.com.
Jared is the editor and one of the translators of “Italian Rapier Combat,” the editor for “The School of Fencing” by Domenico Angelo and most recently “The Gentleman’s Guide to Dueling” which was released in February 2014. For more information, see Amazon.com.
Josh lewis is an actor, writer and director. His work in TV includes: extensive writing and performing with Comedy Central and MTV appearances on many New York based TV shows including “Law & Order” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and numerous commercials for burgers, beverages, and gas. Josh was an original cast member and Co-writer of Crepuscule, which evolved into the Tony Award winning 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has acted, directed and written for countless New York theater companies, including: the Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, Naked Angels and The 52nd Street Project. Josh’s career as an author includes his own children’s book series, Super Chicken Nugget Boy, published by Disney/Hyperion. Josh has taught all over the country at institutions such as Yale School of Drama, NYU and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, in addition to the Tom Todoroff Studio.
Caryn most recently was seen as Sonia in Hartford Stage’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE which earned her the Critics Circle Awards’ “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play”. Broadway credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART, DANCING LUGHNASA and THE NERD among others. Regional Theatre credits include MARJORIE PRIME (Mark Taper Forum), THE CLEAN HOUSE (International City Theatre), GOOD PEOPLE (Geffen Playhouse), TOYS IN THE ATTIC (LA OVATION Award), STATE OF THE UNION (Interact LA) , THE UNEXPECTED MAN (Geffen Playhouse), MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN (Pittsburg Public), ROAD TO MECCA (Arizona Repertory), FOOL FOR LOVE (Cleveland Playhouse), GARDENIA (Pittsburgh Public), FALLEN ANGELS (Missouri Repertory), THREE SISTERS (Pittsburgh Public), OTHELLO (Virginia Museum), TWELFTH NIGHT (Cincinnati Playhouse) etc.
Caryn’s work in film and TV includes her most recent films, I DO and THE JOKESTERS, and TV appearances in GREY’S ANATOMY (2013-2014 Season Premiere), NCIS, THREE RIVERS (recurring) COLD CASE, MONK and CRIMINAL MINDS among others. www.carynwest.com
Tim Carroll was Associate Director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 1999-2005, where he directed Augustine’s Oak, Macbeth, The Golden Ass, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Storm, Dido Queen of Carthage, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. In 2002 his Globe production of Twelfth Night won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards, and toured the United States. In 2005 his staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment playing Mendelssohn’s score, performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Tim has directed several productions in Spain, including Cabaret Classico at the Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona and The Turn of the Screw for Oviedo Opera, and in Portugal (The Tempest at the Teatro Sao Luiz, Lisbon). He is also a popular director in Hungary, where his many productions include The Duchess of Malfi and Hamlet. He is Artistic Director of Kent Opera, for whom he has staged Benjamin Britten’s The Prodigal Son, Purcell in the Theatre, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Britten’s Albert Herring and Mozart’s il re pastore. Tim recently directed Peter Pan at the Stratford Festival, Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, and The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tim is a founding member of The Factory (London), for whom he has directed two theatre experiments: Hamlet and The Seagull.
MARK YORK (Producer/Composer/Lyricist/Pianist/Arranger) most recently was seen in Just Jim Dale at Roundabout Theatre. He is the Executive Producer and Founder of The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and Jim Dale’s personal pianist. Mark is also the Arranger/Pianist and Musical Director for the award winning I’ve Got A Little Twist, the new hit Gilbert & Sullivan revue. He was Music Assistant to Cy Coleman. NY credits: Arranger/Pianist – Busker Alley starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close directed by Tony Walton, Arranger/MD – Conversation Piece and The Happy Hypocrite directed by Tony Walton, Directed/MD – George White Scandals starring Julie Wilson, Helen Gallagher, Penny Fuller, Joel Higgins, Jane Summerhays, Sarah Rice, Meg Bussert and Martin Vidnovic and Producer/Director – Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007 and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2008 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays and Anita Gillette, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2010 starring Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice, The First Marilyn….Marilyn Miller starring Merrill Grant and 2005 Revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. He directed and Musically Directed 90 Years of Broadway starring Carol Lawrence, Jim Dale, Tonya Pinkins, Lee Roy Reams, Marni Nixon, Sarah Rice, Heather McRae, Walter Willison, Jane Summerhays, Jana Robbins and Anna Bergman. Not Just Mark York – The Songs of Mark York played at 54 Below this past June featuring Broadway performers and starring Klea Blackhurst.
Mark started playing the piano in his father’s church in Oklahoma at age 9. His own musicals include: Rest In Peace directed-choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Odd Ducklings, Apple Annie, a musical version of Damon Runyon’s short story Madame La Gimp with lyricist/librettist Don Loftus and Lillian Lorraine, a musical about the Life of Lillian Lorraine, the Ziegfeld Follies Star and 11 children’s musicals including Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Matchgirl, The Toy Shoppe, Treasure Island, Puff’s Magic Tail, Pinocchio and Heidi. His newest musical, Galveston! opened for a sold out run July 2003 in Galveston, Texas at The Strand Theatre and again sold out in Sept. 2011 at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston, TX. Mark is a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.
Patrick Mulryan is a Voice and Speech Teacher for the Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory and a working actor based in New York. He received his MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. He has trained in Voice and Speech with Cis Berry, Andrew Wade, and Tom Jones. Patrick recently appeared in Fiasco Theater’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods at The Roundabout in New York (Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival). He has been a Guest Lecturer in Voice and Speech at SUNY Purchase, Fordham University, and The Acting Studio. Performance credits include: Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street, TFANA); Bum Phillips All-American Opera (La MaMa); As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Company, NYIT Award Nomination); Fiasco’s Into the Woods (McCarter, Old Globe); Cabaret and Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep); Chain of Fools (Guthrie). He has developed work with Tectonic Theater Project, TFANA, Fiasco, Lark, New Georges, and at the O’Neill Center (NMTC). Other training includes: Moscow Art Theatre (NTI), Oberlin College (BA), and Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training (GEx 13).
Caitlin Wolf (“Wolf”)
Wolf has an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama, and has extensive training in Grotowski and Mask. She has been TA to Erica Fae, who teaches Grotowski at Yale School of Drama and New School for Drama. Wolf is also a protege to Mask expert, Shelly Wyant,
Jean-Claude van Itallie was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 25, 1936. When he was three, his family fled the Holocaust to suburban Great Neck, New York. Graduating from Harvard in 1958, van Itallie became a generative force in explosive 1960s Off Broadway theatre. He is a La MaMa and Caffe Cino playwright.
Among van Itallie’s many acclaimed plays: his anti war trilogy America Hurrah, The Serpent with the Open Theater, Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again, Bag Lady, The Traveler, Ancient Boys, Struck Dumb with Joseph Chaikin, and Light, and translations of Genet’s The Balcony and Chekhov’s major plays.
Author of The Playwright’s Workbook, van Itallie teaches writing and acting workshops. In 2012, he performed a one-man show, Confessions and Conversation at La MaMa in New York City.
He lives on his old farm in Western Massachusetts where he directs Shantigar Foundation for theatre, meditation, and healing. He also lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.
MERON LANGSNER, PhD is an award winning playwright, scholar, and fight director. He has published dozens of articles and reviews in academic, trade, and popular publications including HowlRound, The Sondheim Review, Text & Presentation, New England Theatre Journal, Backstage, Puppetry International, The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, and The Journal of Asian Martial Arts. He was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies
His plays have been performed around the country and overseas, and published by Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause, Indie Theatre Now, and YouthPLAYS. As a fight director, he has composed violence for over 150 productions, films, and tours in venues that include The ART (American Repertory Theatre), Merrimack Rep, New Repertory Theatre, and Incubator Arts.
Meron holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis, and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University, where he won the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. www.MeronLangsner.com