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Cast of Altered Minds June Staged Reading


RIDING LESSONS by Brett Hursey

Brandon Bogenschutz is a Wisconsin native currently based in NYC, where he works as an actor, writer, and comedian. After graduating in 2016 from UW-Stevens Point with a BFA in Acting, he lived and worked abroad while writing poetry and drama. This is his first time working with The Alternative Theater Company and is grateful to be involved with such thematically impactful work.


HERO by Phil Darg

Sommer Carbuccia is happy be joining The Alternative Theater Company for their Altered Minds readings. He has most recently seen on episodes of Grey's Anatomy and NCIS: New Orleans. He also played Max Out in the most recent workshop production of the new musical Other World, and Kyle in the world premier of the play Paper Cut. Live, Love, Lake.


DRAGGED by Emily Hageman

Pauline Chalamet is a French/American actress. She graduated from LaGuardia High School in 2010 before attending Bard College where she studied Political Studies and Theater & Performance. This year she is graduating from l’ESCA (Ecole Supérieure de Comédiens par l’Alternance), a national apprentice company based in Paris, France.



John DeFilippo is an actor, director and playwright with a BA from Queens College in Theatre. He has acted/directed shows at EastLine Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre and Manhattan Rep. Roles include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George), An Octoroon (Assistant) and Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew). This is his first Equity show, first post-graduation show and first time working with Alternative Theatre Company. Thank you to Bill for the opportunity to present this touching work!


DRAGGED by Emily Hageman

Nicole Flender started performing at the age of nine with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  She graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and Yale University. She performed in New York, regionally and on tour in such shows as A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Hello Dolly. Nicole was directed by Celine Havard in Angela Kay Harbanks for the Greenhouse Ensemble. She last appeared in the play Can You Hear Me Now, directed by Jean Tait, as part of the #metoo plays. She is married to Marc Chalamet and is the mother of Pauline and Timothée.

MIEKO GAVIA (Courtney)

HERO by Phil Darg

Mieko Gavia is a writer, actress, and all-around oddball from Indianapolis, Indiana.  After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Theater, Mieko followed the classic scenario of a small-town girl with big-city dreams and hightailed it to NYC. When she’s not acting, writing, or co-running Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, Mieko can be spotted foraging in used bookstores or wherever cheap food abounds. You can also catch her at, and at Madame Lynch, which runs at the New Ohio theatre until June 15th.


IT GETS BETTER by Logann Grayce

KATHRYN GERHARDT - NY theater credits include:  The Truing (NY Fringe Festival), Swimming in the Shallows, and Loose Knit (In The Light Theater), Side Show (Gallery Players), Happening to Your Body, (Estrogenius Festival);  Film and TV include: What Would You Do (ABC), The Onion Network (IFC), Two Lovers, and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.  Kathryn is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.  An artist and photographer, her work can be found on  Her photography can be found in the book “Manhattan’s Little Secrets” on Amazon.


IT GETS BETTER by Logann Grayce

Logann Grayce is so excited to be making their acting debut with the Alternative Theater Company   They are an NYC based Actor and are no stranger to screen and stage. You may have seen them on several of the shows that shoot here in New York City.  They have a BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. They most recently appeared on stage in Season 6 of NSPF.


THE WALK AWAY by J. Bosley

Suzette Azariah Gunn is an actress, writer, director from New York. She has a degree in acting from Howard University, Oxford University. and has starred and guest starred on television, film and Theater across the US. Honors- Best Supporting Actress Planet Connections, 2018 Los Angeles Film Award Best Ensemble, Golden Door International Film Festival Nominated Best Lead Actress , NBC Diversity Showcase.- For more info   


RIDING LESSONS by Brett Hursey

NICK NAZARIO  is new talent from Peekskill NY, proudly performing his second piece  with The Alternative Theater Company after playing “Froggie” in JUMP last month. Currently he is a performing arts student at Westchester Community College who has recently appeared in the college's musical production of Grease. Nick has also studied acting under Stephan Singer, Anthony Gillan and Sidse Ploug at The Barrow Group. When he's not clowning around Nick enjoys singing and sewing costumes. Sometimes at the same time.


IT GETS BETTER by Logann Grayce

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



ROBERTA PIKSER started performing with Erika Thimey’s Dance Theatre of Washington, D. C.  In New York, she worked with Chuck Davis, Eleo Pomare and various children’s theatre groups.  She was a recipient of a federal CETA grant and performed a one woman show of poetry and dance in hospitals and nursing homes throughout NYC.  Acting credits include the Negro Ensemble Company, the Delaware Theatre Company, the Halfpenny Playhouse of Kearney, New Jersey, and Stage Center and the Fan Theatre Company in Richmond, VA.   Ms. Pikser was Assistant Professor of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught Movement for Actors, and she has taught in Nicaragua, Colombia, and Cuba. She has coached for H. T. Chen and Dancers and worked as a program auditor for the New York State Council on the Arts.


PHONE FRIEND by Jonathan Josephson

PAUL THOMAS RYAN: NYC, What Was Lost Tennessee Williams (orig. role) 23 Marchant Avenue Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (orig. role) A Brand New World Max Balbier (orig. role) Me and Violet Brooks  Mr. Kane (orig. role) both with Three Act Theatre Company The Weak Ones Larry Gutman (orig. role) Concerts at 54 Below Onward Victoria  with Jill Eikenberry Nick and Nora with Joanna Gleason, Barry Bostwick and Chris Sarandon Voices United starring Linda Eder, Beacon Theatre  I Love You… Now Change Man 1 Visiting Mr. Green Ross The Secret Garden Lt. Shaw Company Bobby Inside Private Lives Bobby Sands (orig. role) Fremont Center, Pasadena, CA 59E59 Theatres NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Thanks to God for all the abundant blessings Proverbs 3v5-6


RIDING LESSONS by Brett Hursey

Gabriella Scerbo is currently a student at Pace University in NYC as a Communication Studies major and Arts and Entertainment Management minor. She is SAG-AFTRA and EMC. Gabriella has worked on many film and television projects as well as equity and community theater. She would like to thank Celine Havard and everyone at Alternative Theater Company for this incredible opportunity. “Pain is real. But so is hope.”


THE WALK AWAY by J. Bosley

Barry Scott first met director Bill Roudebush at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is delighted to be working with him again and especially with The Alternative Theater Company and Altered Minds. Favorites include: Patch in Sprindrift, Pippin’s The Leading Player, Juror 8 in Twelve Angry Men also with Vincent Pastore, Brian in The Day They Shot John Lennon, Donald on ABC’s All My Children, Law & Order, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. He spent a few decades as senior theatre adjudicator for the State of New Jersey’s Teen Arts Program and directed/produced numerous short films including Clear Cut starring Calista Flockhart, T.V. series Bottled-Up (still in development) and the musical Atlanticus.  His passion for film-making has recently taken to new heights as an F.A.A. Certified Drone Pilot for film, travel videography, and search and rescue.

JILLIE SIMON* (Stella/Traci)


Jillie Simon began in theater, working with luminaries such as Marlo Thomas (Cleveland Playhouse) and Marian Seldes (Stage-Plays TheaterCo), in Tony & Tina’s Wedding and at the Public Theater. Film includes A Beautiful Mind by Ron Howard, indie feature Confess (Melissa Leo) and most recently, The Incoherents (Amy Carlson) - currently in the festival circuit - as are 2 shorts she produced/co-directed - multi-award-winning Hungry, co-starring Eric Roberts, and A Chance. Jillie's also performed improv and sketch comedy at UCB.

GENEVIEVE TRAPANI (Beth/Stage Manager)

IT GETS BETTER by Logann Grayce

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's latest 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!



"Ra"  Weir is grateful to be a part of an Alternative Theatre Company production.  This will be his first performance since returning from Japan, where he performed extensively with the Tokyo International Players (TIP) theatre group. Previous roles include playing Jim in Big River, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Pozzo in Waiting For Godot, and as Hoss in the Tokyo Artistic Theatre Ensemble original production of Free At Last.

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*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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