ACTORS BIOS- BELIEVEABILITY- JULY PLAYS 

SHERIFA ABUDULAI (Aliyah)

HIJAB AT FIRST SIGHT by Phil Darg

Sherifa Abudulai is thrilled to work with the Alternative Theater Company again! Sherifa just finished her third year at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she studies Drama. Before moving to New York, Sherifa heavily worked with the Alliance Theatre, the famed regional theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. She would love to give a special thanks to her family and friends for their never-ending support and love! Another special thanks to The Alternative Theater Company for making this a possibility!

LORENZA BERNASCONI (Eva)

NOTHING by Fred Kempner

Lorenza Bernasconi is a Peruvian multilingual actress. NYC credits: Scandusical (The PIT) , Welcome to America (Braata Productions), Donkey-Jote (Thalia Spanish Theatre) Regional  Credits:  Good Cuban Girls (Arden Theater Company, Teatro del Sol) Yerma (Philadelphia Artists Collective), Cristal Palace (The Kimmel Center), Passport (Fringe 2019), Las Mujeres ( Power Street Theatre Company) More about Her: lorenzabernasconi.com instagram @Lorenza.Bernasconi Gracias TATCO, los Bernas y  mis Victorias.

STEPHANIE BRUMSEY (Taylor)

BLIND LARKS by Christine Foster

Stephanie Brumsey is a New York native who is a journalist by day and an actor by night.

Previous roles include Sarah in Ragtime, Paola (Pablo) in Sister Act,  Cabaret, Pippin and West Side Story. 

She last appeared with TATCO as Imani in Invisibility and the Gatekeeper in The Pearly Gates.

CHARLES ANTHONY BURKS* (Ben/Daddie)

FIELD SERVICE by Thomas J. Misuraca/LEANING by chandra thomas

Charles Anthony Burks is an award-winning actor/writer/professor/director. MFA: Columbia University, BA: University of Virginia. He is a tenure track professor at BMCC. Writing credits: Rockefeller/NEA Grant Recipient for Lyrics and Composing for Theaterworks USA, The Dave Chappelle Show. Acting credits: The Bomb-itty of Errors (West End of London). Othello Remix Off-Broadway. HBO shows: The Chris Rock Show, SopranosHack (CBS). Films: Get Rich or Die Tryin. @thechuckburks

EMILY CORDES (Passerby)

NOTHING by Fred Kempner

Emily Cordes is an NYC-based stage, film, and new media actress. Previous Alternative Theatre Company roles include Agnes in The Pearly Gates (May 2020 BelieveAbility Staged Reading) and Amanda's Attorney in The Proceedings (The #MeToo Plays, 2018). Other recent roles include Cookie in Computer Dating (Genoveva Productions), and Tess in Sam Did Something  (Patch Works). She is currently developing So Sad, So Sexy, a devised play about the fetishization of mentally ill women.  http://tinyurl.com/emilyscordes.

RUSS CUSICK* (Max/Shopkeeper)

BLIND LARKS by Christine Foster/NOTHING by Fred Kempner

Russ Cusick (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) appeared in the Alternative Theater Company’s May Reading of When I Dream (which he also wrote) and Family Secrets.  Other credits: Mr. Y in Faculty Portrait at IRT, John Dickinson in 1776 at MST&DA, Joe in Into the Arms (as part of Altered Minds) for the Alternative Theater Company, Scott in Comfort Zones at the Kraine Theatre, and the Constable in Henry V at ATA.  Upcoming: Russ will be playing Admetus in Magis Theatre Company’s production of Thornton Wilder’s, The Alcestiad, June 2021.

BOWIE DUNWOODY (Quinn)

MOTHER'S DAY by Michael Susko

Bowie Dunwoody is a New York based actor, artist, and the Director of Social Media for the Shakespeare Forum. They often work with LGBTQ+ playwrights and artists to produce new plays and art that is inclusive and innovative. They have trained with Barbara Rubin, Maxon Davis, Jim Warren, Rob Clare, and several other brilliant teachers that have instilled a sense of joy, openness, and kindness in the work they do. Find more about them at bowiedunwoody.com.

TINA DUONG (Miranda/Sylvia)

HOLY CORONA by Sholeh Wolpe/LEANING by chandra thomas

Tina Duong can be seen starring in the recently premiered, Love Can’t Be Locked Down, about finding love during the pandemic.  Upcoming in 2021, she is slated as the female lead for Another Love Story. Favorite role, Ti Moune in Once on this Island. Tina thrives on challenging herself, and thanks TATCO for the opportunity to explore characters: Miranda and Sylvia!  www.Tina-Duong.com

JENNIFER FOUCHE (Pastor Belle)

LEANING by chandra thomas

Jennifer Fouché  is an ensemble member of New York’s critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company, a former member of the Flea Theatre's resident ensemble,The Bats and is a member The Broadway Inspirational Voices. Some of her credits include: CHICAGO (Broadway National Tour), Chicken and Biscuits (Queens Theatre), Sistas The Musical (Original Off B'Way Cast), Babes In Toyland (Lincoln Center) Half Me Half You (Original Off West End Cast & Original New York Cast), Henry Box Brown (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Better Than Yellow,  48 Hours In Harlem Play Festival, Hamlet (Shakespeare In Bryant Park). Some TV credits include: Wu Tang: An American Saga, Jessica Jones, Quantico, SMASH, The Mysteries of Laura, Person of Interest. Jennifer is a recurring character on the PBS animated series, Pinkalicious & Peteriffic. Some film credits include: Crown Heights, Judy's Child and White Picket Fence.

LYNNETTE R. FREEMAN

HOLY CORONA by Sholeh Wolpe/LEANING by chandra thomas

Lynnette is a Jamaican-African-American actress, dancer, writer, teaching artist, And Voice Over Artist raised in East Cleveland, OH, based in NYC. Brown/Trinity MFA ; Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She has performed in theaters all over the US. Favorite previous roles have included Charlotte in The White Card,  Camae in The Mountaintop, God in An Act Of God , Georgia Dawson  in Travisville, Lydia Namandu in Human Rites, Letitia in On The Outs, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, among others. She is also a VoiceOver artist and Audiobook narrator who you can find on any Audiobook platform. Lynnette believes in the divine and healing power of storytelling. You can find her at @lynnetterfreeman  (IG)

JESSE CHARLES FRIEDMAN* (Jamie)

BLIND LARKS by Christine Foster

Jesse Charles Friedman Television: A Wilderness of Error (FX). Theater: Sense and Sensibility (Bedlam/A.R.T.), Delmonico (Bay Street Theater), The White Card (Arts Emerson), Bohemian Lights (LiveSource), Fear & Misery in the Third Reich (Moscow Art Theater), Macbeth (Oberon Theater), Equus (Promethean Theatre Co.), Verses vs. Verses (NY Shakespeare Exchange). Jesse is a proud graduate of the Harvard/A.R.T. Masters in Acting program.

LOGRANN GRAYCE (Lee)

STRONG MEDS AND JEWISH GUILT

LOGANN GRAYCE  is a Festival Winning, published playwright.  In addition to being a writer, they are an actor, comic, dancer, and activist.  As an actor Logann has been on the stages of NYC, as well as in many of the productions that film in the city.  They aim to write pieces that represent underrepresented communities, and challenge audiences to step into a world that might be unfamiliar to what they know, and let their minds be open.  Logann is excited to be working with TATCO again.  #Blacklivesmatter #transpeoplewillnotbeerasedYou can follow Logann On Insta:@logann_grayceTwitter:@loganngrayce www.loganngrayce.com

ERINN HOLMES* (Mary)

HOLY CORONA by Sholeh Wolpe

Erinn Holmes recently appeared in The Alternative Theater Company’s first BelieveAbility reading, in Russell Nichols’ Invisibility (dir. Judy Dodd).  Other recent projects include the short films Nesting (Radiovisor), Jump (Cardboard Llama), and Water Melts (2019 Tribeca Film Festival, producer Tingerine Liu); web series Naysayer (Narrative Creep); TV pilot Franklin Street Station (Marabella Entertainment & Education); and the play Catapult! (Theater for the New City).  Heartfelt thanks to Kim, Sholeh, Celine, and the entire BelieveAbility family

MIA KYLER (Acting Intern/Stage Directions)

BELIEVEABILITY

Mia Kyler played Zane in It Gets Better as part of Altered Minds with The Alternative Theater Company while Understudying many of the other women's roles last season.  She is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University studying theatre and sociology. 

ANDREW MAUNEY* (Trevor)

FIELD SERVICE by Thomas J. Misuraca

Andrew Mauney is excited to spread a message of listening, learning, and, above all, love. Credits: TV, Film, NYC, Touring, Regional, and Workshops/Readings. Love to God, Morgana, and family/friends. Stay safe and spread love! More at www.andrewmauney.com Phil 4:13 

RHAAMELL BURKE-MISSOURI* (Brett)

FIELD SERVICE by Thomas J. Misuraca

Rhaamell, also know as Mell, is very excited to be a part of this project. Outside of performing, Mell enjoys hanging with his best friend who just so happens to be his cat and unraveling the mysteries of the universe. Something that keeps his spirits up is going to Times Square and looking and the marquees.

FLORENCE PAPE (God)

STRONG MEDS AND JEWISH GUILT by Logann Grayce

Florence Pape  Theatre: Marti English in Mints by George Cameron Grant (Secret Theatre, Manhattan Rep) Wendy in Grant’s Lovers Kiss (Manhattan Rep. and Think Fast Festival), Mae West in Laugh Supper, Connie Conrad in He’s Your Daddy  (Manhattan Rep), Doris in Can You Hear Me Now?, Dottie in It Gets Better, Lucy in Criminally Insane  (Alternative Theater), Helene Berman in Significant Other, Lavinia Penniman in The Heiress and Marietta Claypoole in Regrets Only, Nutley Little Theatre, Motherhood Out Loud and Virginia in Three Viewings, Hackensack Performing Arts and Hoboken Library. Favorite roles at Hudson Theatre Ensemble: Joanne in Company, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Ouisier in Steel Magnolias, and many others.  florence@fpls.com

LATONIA PHIPPS* (Mom)

LEANING by chandra thomas

Latonia Phipps is an actress, playwright, and minister and hails from Brooklyn, NY. Credits include: Measure for Measure at The Public Theater, Dominique Morrisseau’s Autumn's Harvest at Lincoln Center, Katori Hall’s Children of Killers at Castillo Theater. She has also worked with Theater Row, Signature Theater, Arena Stages, The Negro Ensemble and The Cherry Lane Theater. And starred in and developed the Ivanka Play, a solo play by Charles Gershman where she played Ivanka Trump.

JEFF PREWITT*(Rich)

HIJAB AT FIRST SIGHT by Phil Darg

Jeff Prewitt is an actor originally from Houston, Texas, who has worked both regionally and Off-Broadway. He received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Ole Miss, and has worked most recently with NSPF, winning Best Actor-Comedy for his role in Super Babies in 2019. He enjoys moonlighting as a singer-songwriter and is thrilled to be working with the wonderful folks at ATC. Proud member AEA. jeffprewitt.me

ARIANNE RECTO (Sister Morello)

MOTHER'S DAY by Michael Susko

Arianne Recto  credits include Bull (TV), Unrepentant (Film), Troy and Shakespeare in the Park’s musical adaptations of Hercules and Twelfth Night for Public Works/The Public Theater; Co-founder, Obie award winner Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Singer, Actor’s Chapel Choir and a rock band.  So honored and excited to work with The Alternative Theater Company.   www.ariannerecto.com

JARED SCHEINBERG (Alex)

NOTHING By Fred Kempner

Since childhood, Jared Scheinberg has loved to perform. Most recently he completed a short film he wrote entitled Shoot First. He also has performed stand-up comedy throughout NYC in such venues as The Stand and Eastville Comedy Club. Further, he was featured in the comedy web series The Clinic. Jared is grateful to be a part of The Alternative Theater Company’s BelieveAbility play reading series.

CAROLINA SOLANO (Marie)

FIELD SERVICE by Thomas J. Misuraca

Carolina Solano Costa Rican actress and VO talent. BA in Acting, BA in Audiovisual Production. Started working professionally on TV at 16 yo. Experience on TV, film, theatre and commercials, and as radio host, voice over, and assistant director for commercials and film. Fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, learning Portuguese. FiCore. Awarded Best Actress for the film Marasmo. Best Actress (twice) and Best Play (playwright for Talk Qwerty To Me) winner at the NSPF in NY.

ELLEN TOOMEY* (Mother)

MOTHER'S DAY by Michael Susko

Ellen Toomey Theater: EST/Youngblood Asking for Trouble 2018 &2019, The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts, The Tempest, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet- Tribal, Trojan Women 2.0., To Kill A Mockingbird, August Snow , Agnes of God, Bus Stop; TV: The Onion New Network, Facing Trauma; Short Film: Pancakes, Sorry, Mom, When You Close Your Eyes; Graduate of SUNY Purchase and the William Esper Studio. www.elletoomey.com

RA'CHELNI M. WEIR II (Durrell)

NOTHING by Fred Kempner

Ra’Chelni M. “Ra” Weir II is grateful to be a part of another Alternative Theatre Company production.  He was last seen in TATCO’s reading of Warpaholic’s Anonymous, as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd and as Jim in Big River.  Ra can usually be found being a computer nerd or goofball somewhere within the city.  He would like to thank the many people who entered his life and had a profound impact (that's everyone!)

SAMANTHA WENDORF (Jamie)

BLIND LARKS by Christine Foster

Samantha Wendorf is an actress based in NYC.  Recent credits include: FBI (CBS Television); Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible (NYC). Virtually, Samantha portrayed Lady Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for the UK-based online theatre company, The Show Must Go Online. A native New Yorker who received a BS in Broadcast Journalism and Acting from The City University of New York. Samantha has also studied at T. Schreiber Studio and William Esper Studio in NYC.

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*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association under a Theatre Authority Agreement