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Cast of Altered Minds July Staged Reading


THE WAY UP by Heidi Kraay

Thaddaeus J. Abbott is a Georgia native that now calls NYC home. Previous Theatre credits include Whit, Of Mice and Men, Otto, Spring Awakening, Ben, Destination Wedding,, and Clyde Tolson, Black Conference. Film/TV: Will, Fang, London, Disposable Teens. Many thanks to the Alternative Theater Company as well as super supportive friends and family.


THE WAY UP by Heidi Kraay

Sherifa Abudulai, a Georgia native, is currently a rising Junior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She enjoys Rap and Spoken Word. Sherifa would like to give a special thanks to her family and friends both at home and NYU.

BONNIE BLACK* (Morah Liora)

LUNATIC by Judy Dodd

Bonnie Black is proud to be a part of this important project with The Alternative Theater Company.  Theatre: work in NYC and with regional and stock theaters throughout the country. Televison includes: FBI, Mr. Robot, Law & Order, L&O:CI, recurring on Loving.  Recently: the workshop productions of Citizen Wong with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; Ophelia Barnett in The Queens of the Golden Mask at Ivoryton Playhouse; and the title role in Driving Miss Daisy at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.


MY THREE O'CLOCK by Douglas E. Davis

Michael Sean Cirelli is an actor/writer working in NYC. When not posting his wife’s sleeptalking episodes to Instagram, he performs around the city. His solo show This is Like That will be part of the "Dream Up" Festival at Theater for the New City over Labor Day weekend. Upcoming film projects include Victim No. 6 and Augustus. For more information: or @michaelseancirelli on social media.


INTO THE ARMS by Russ Cusick

Justin Crowley has a BA in Theater from Wesleyan University and attended the MFA Theater program at Brandeis University. Theater credits include Paul, Six Degrees of Separation, John, Oleanna, Clov, Endgame, Malvolio, Twelfth Night (directed by Sam Wiseman) and Gutman, Camino Real (directed (Zanko Tomic),  House Of LeBlanc, King Edward, Richard III and most recently the New York and Raleigh debut of the acclaimed As Much As I Can. TV appearances include: Quantico, Random Acts of Flyness (w/Jon Hamm), I Am Homicide, A Perfect Murder, Luke Cage, Triangle, Homicide City, and Billions and in commercials for the Blue Man Group, The City of New York, Bloomberg, Lysol, ESPN, DishTV and The American Heart Association. Film credits include: Up The Stairs, How I got Through Art School, Milkwood  and co-stars in Asunder, set to be released nationwide this summer.


INTO THE ARMS by Russ Cusick

Russ Cusick A graduate of Theatre SMU, recent credits include the MC and Haig in Oh What a Lovely War at MSTDA, Scott in Comfort Zones (directed by Anthony Newfield), the Constable in Henry V (directed by Mary Lou Rosato), and The Immortal of the Forest in the new musical, The Monkey King (directed by Steven Eng).  Past favorites include John Dickenson in 1776, Colonel Montoni in Northanger Abbey, Garry in Noises Off.  AEA, SAG/AFTRA.



John Freda, often recognized for his role as Rocco in The Family with Robert De Niro, Jon’s current films are Big Time Adolescence, Noah Wise and Tarab. TV credits include The Blacklist, and Law & Order SVU. NY theatre includes: A Second Birth, Washington Monument, Mein Kampf, and Imagine Dat. Regional credits include Over The River and Breaking Legs. Jon has written: Alien Adventure The Adventure (4 awards), Say Nothing (11 awards), and Sparks (3 awards).


MY THREE O'CLOCK by Douglas E. Davis

LENORE HARRIS: Actress, Teacher, Coach.Trained by legendary master teachers Stella Adler and Paul Mann, who was later to become her husband.  Speech training and protege of acclaimed phonetician Alice Hermes, at HB Studio. Currently on faculty at the Susan Batson Studio.  Films: Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe;  Sweet Lorraine, starring Tatum O’Neal . Co-star with Vanessa Redgrave in Playing for Time, and Linda Lavin in Lena: My 100 Children. Website:


LUNATIC by Judy Dodd

Olivia Jampol is an actor and filmmaker who grew up in Costa Rica. Recent productions include, The Revolutionaries at Playhouse on Park (Winner, Best Ensemble, CT Critics Circle Awards), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, directed by Joel Schumacher, Wolf in The River, written and directed by Adam Rapp, and AJAX by A.R. Gurney, directed by Stafford Arima. Workshops and readings at Bedlam, HB Studio, Pipeline, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. She has starred in many independent films and web series, and is currently writing her first feature. Harvard B.A. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.


MEDICATION by Scott Mullen

Janel Koloski is a graduate of The William Esper Studio. She became an actor to incite empathy through performing art.  Janel will be making her Apple TV debut in the fall in a new M. Night Shyamalan series. She recently performed in the play, Women Behind Bars as Cheri Netherland at the 13th Street Repertory Theater. Janel is an advocate for human trafficking survivors and individuals with autism, regularly volunteering for these causes.


THE WAY UP by Heidi Kraay

David Malinsky has taken on lead roles in Space Race by Nick Gentile at Dixon Place and Excess Hollywood by Retro Stinga at the Producer’s Club.  He is also in the independent films Abby Singer/Songwriter by Onur Tukel and Tormenting the Hen by Theodore Collatos. He loves new writings as well as classics, including the works of Sheridan and Farquhar as well as Shakespeare. 


I AM THE TURTLE by Frances Rorke

Drucie McDaniel just closed the one-woman show, Becoming Dr. Ruth, at Act II Playhouse, attended and blessed by the real Dr. Ruth! Other regional venues include The Wilma, Walnut Street Theatre, The Lantern, Delaware Theatre Company,The Abbey and Project Arts Center. Favorite roles include Woman, Laughing Wild, Mag, Beauty Queen of Lenane, Skin and Bone by Jackie Goldfinger, and When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout, directed by our own Celine Havard! Film includes: Girl, Interrupted, Twelve Monkeys, Fallen, Silver Linings Playbook; TV includes: Law and Order, L&O SVU, The Onion News Network, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack, along with national commercials and voiceovers. Love MMCGE!



Florence Pape: Principal, Major Pharmaceutical Commercial; Principal, Immersive Installation Facebook Portal. Principal, TwinChef Infomercial; ComedyCentral Mini-Mocks, Comcast  Spotlight Commercials, HBO. Film: Wendy, Lovers Kiss (filmed/directed Michael Stever); Theatre: Marti English, Mints(George Cameron Grant)-won Best Actress-ThinkFastFestival, Secret Theatre, Best Play-ManhattanRep.&performed United Solo Theatre Row; Wendy,Grant’s Lovers Kiss, ManhattanRep.,ThinkFastFestival (nomination Best Actress); Mae West, Laugh Supper & Connie Conrad, He’s Your Daddy, ManhattanRep;  Doris, Can You Hear Me Now? & Dottie, It Gets Better,  Alternative Theater; Others: Lavinia Penniman, Heiress, Marietta Claypoole, Regrets Only, NutleyLittleTheatre; Virginia, Three Viewings, Hackensack Performing Arts, Hoboken Library; Favorite roles Hudson Theatre: Joanne-Company, Martha-Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

PAUL THOMAS RYAN* (Edward Phapp)


Paul Thomas Ryan: Paul is happy to be back working with The Alternative Theatre Company, having appeared in Phone Friend last month and in Hang-Ups in May.  Recent NYC credits: partial listing, A Brand New World Max Balbier (orig. role) Theatre Row, Me and Violet Brooks Mr. Kane (orig. role) The Robert Moss Theatre, What Was Lost Tennessee Williams (orig. role) The Abingdon Theatre Concerts: Carnegie Hall, The Beacon Theatre, 54 Below and Green Room 42,  Proverbs: 3 vs 5-6   


I AM THE TURTLE by Frances Rorke

DON SCIMÉ wrote, produced and starred in the multi-award-winning feature film The David Dance. 28 festival wins and 8 wins for Best Picture, the screenplay is part of The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Theatre: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Peterborough Players, Shadowland Theatre, Studio Theatre (DC), NYC Fringe Festival, The Living Theatre & Studio Arena. Film/Television: Small Time, The Will & Chappelle’s Show. BA, Theatre, SUNY Geneseo. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts & the Academy Company, he received the Charles Jelingher Award for Acting & the American Theatre Wing Scholarship.

LILIA SHRAYFER (Rainy Brightwater/Sam)

COME BACK, MISS CALLIOPE by Alan Kilpatrick/

Lilia Shrayfer is a NYC based artist with training from Brandeis University, Sackett St. Writer’s Workshop, and the National Theatre Institute. She is a recipient of the Brooklyn Poets Finalist Fellowship, The Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Forge Fuel. Most recently her play Green Pilaf won the first season of Pilots at Town Stages. As an actor in NYC, Lilia has performed at Dixon Place Radical Lesbians, Playwrights Horizons’ New York Musical Festival Miss Blanche Tells It All and Columbia University MFA Directors’ Showcase.



Genevieve Trapani has been a devoted participant in various disciplines of theater and the arts since her conception. As a member of a family with deep ties in the theater community, she was constantly surrounded by creativity. Ms. Trapani began acting in elementary school and continued throughout high school. Ms. Trapani appeared as Beth in It Gets Better in the Altered Minds last Staged Reading, prior to that her most recent performances were as Hortense in The Baker’s Wife with Ensemble Theatre Community School and as Kim in Bye Bye Birdie. She was pleased to be involved as a stagehand in the Off-Off Broadway production of As You Like It with Alexa Kelly and the Pulse Ensemble Theatre. Genevieve also worked with the Alternative Theater Co. on The #metoo Plays. She is excited to participate with the company on another project!


MEDICATION by Scott Mullen

Steph Van Vlack has always loved theater. For 3 reasons; applause is her most favorite sound, her mom instilled in her the love of acting, and it beats the Hell out of working an office job. She’s one of those lucky few who love what they do, and cannot see a life without the arts in it. More at her website:

JASON YUDOFF (Ryan Reyman)

LUNATIC by Judy Dodd

JASON YUDOFF most recently appearing in the first Altered Minds Staged Reading as "Homeless" in Crossroads of The Worlds, is an actor and musician from Brooklyn NY who has done 3,000+ voiceover sessions, co-starred as Lars on Fox TV’s Gotham, and his latest film Rock Paper Scissors will premiere this summer. Musically, his solo albums made the Official Grammy Ballots in 12 categories including ‘Album of the Year’ & ‘Best New Artist’, and he has performed for President George W. Bush, at Carnegie Hall and on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’. for all the things.

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*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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