Cast of May 21st Reading: BRAVE
SAMANTHA BLINN (Ann)
is a graduate of Syracuse University’s BFA Musical Theater program. After her time at SU, she went on to receive her MA in Classical Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Since returning to NYC, Samantha has worked on various projects, including the development of the New York-based theatre company, Ducdame Ensemble, which she formed with her former LAMDA classmates. www.samanthablinn.com
JOHN CALIENDO (Dan)
Most recently you can see John featured in the first ad campaign for WeWork. Select NYC/Regional credits: Good Daddy (Village Playwrights), Work Of Art (Manhattan Rep), The Wendigo (Stable Cable Lab Co.), The Big Mistake (Greenhouse Ensemble Theatre), The Hurtling Stillness (Whitelisted Theatre Comp.), The Taming Of The Shrew (Underground Shakespeare Company) and Company (Bucks County Playhouse).
TERRA CHANEY (Woman 3)
is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to New York in 2014 to studied acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating in 2015, she has participated in a few productions around the city including some festivals. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support.
PRISCILLA STAR DIAZ (Celia)
is a proud Latin actress born and raised in NYC. She is a recent graduate from Denison University where she studied Theatre and Education. She earned a scholarship at the American Theatre Wing SpringboardNYC program, with renowned artists such as Kate Burton. Diaz made her first NYC theatre appearance in an Off-Off Broadway show DIASPORA, TX at Theatre 54 and recently landed a lead role in RELEASE directed by Adel Morales. In her early career, she landed her first television role on the Emmy Award Winning Children’s show, The Electric Company working closely with renowned creatives such as Lin Manuel. Miranda,Diaz’s first film debut included her very own documentary feature called P.Star Rising. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won "Best Documentary Feature" at the Heartland Film Festival. Diaz now continues her work as a full-time actress in NYC and is very excited to be a part of the The #metoo Plays cast and movement!
JANE ELIAS (Michelle)
is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her solo play Do This One Thing for Me debuted in the 2013 EstroGenius Festival and later ran at both the Access Theater and TBG Theatre in Manhattan. Other recent acting credits: Max Mondi’s Personhood at Columbia University, the NY premiere of Arlene Hutton’s Letters to Sala, and Dean Imperial’s Adults Only at the TBG Theatre. Jane has been a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting and the Heideman Award. BA, English, Duke University; MFA in creative writing--poetry, NYU. Acting training: Michael Howard Studios, Larry Singer Studios, The Barrow Group.
BELLE GOODMAN (Angela)
is so excited to be a part of this wonderful and important production! Favorite roles include: Kate Monster, Avenue Q, Annabel Glick, Lucky Stiff, Enid Hoopes, Legally Blonde and Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress. Goodman is a young NYC native storyteller just bouncing through life. Instagram: @kindaaprincess
SARAH ELIZABETH GRACE (Grizella, Sherry)
is an actor and writer. Through her production company Badass Lady Productions, Sarah creates work that spotlights women's experiences, including two productions of More (The Secret Theatre and TADA!) and a staged reading of Implied Consent, which will have a production in the fall. Other acting credits include A Clockwork Orange (Hubris Theater Company) and “Law and Order: SVU”. Training: Kimball Studio and NYU. Follow her @thesarahegrace and www.SarahElizabethGrace.com
CONOR ANDREW HALL (Martin)
is a New York-based actor from Michigan. He thanks the cast, crew, audience and Celine Havard for orchestrating something that adds so much to a necessary conversation.
LEZANE HAVARD-TRAPANI (Lyn)
raised in Hell’s Kitchen’s Manhattan Plaza. Credits include: Bachelors in Music from Berklee College of Music, Vocal Faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College Improv Camp, Assistant Director at Madison Beach Club, Stage Manager for numerous shows at Theatre for the New City, original rock album “Do I Dare” released on iTunes, Spotify, all digital distributors, continues to play at NYC venues such as The Bitter End, Pianos, Rockwood Music Hall, The Knitting Factory, etc. Originated the role of “Blue” in staged reading of Lezley Steele’s Vengeance with Pulse Ensemble Theater Company. Havard-Trapani also starred as Felicia in the 90x Arts’ original musical The Star and The Fire. Currently you can find Lezane at Jazz at Lincoln Center; come say hi!
WENDY LAZARUS (Fairy Godmother, Donna)
has appeared in a dozen stage productions including Off-Broadway runs of Daddy Issues and A Hansel and Gretel Christmas. She has appeared in several films including Reach which won The People's Choice Award. Lazarus thanks her sister Karen for her continued support.
CAMILLE MAZUREK (Woman 2, Bella)
has toured nationally with Poetry Alive Inc. and TheatreworksUSA; spent a season at the St. Croix Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; and appeared in countless productions in New York City. Favorite roles include: Dottie Otley in Noises Off; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream;the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and title roles in Lysistrata; Becky’s New Car; The Totally True, Completely Fictional Story of the Mother of Jesse James; and Julius Caesar. Film/TV/Web: Ghost Stories on UPN, Latin Boys Go to Hell, Reflex, Jane Street, Hardbat and two appearances on The Onion News Network.
KEEGAN MCDONALD (Man)
is proud to be participating in The #metoo Plays. He is featured as "Man" in NORMAL and is the director of TURNED ON. He would like to give thanks to Celine and his fellow cast mates and directors for making this production a reality.
LORETTA ANNE MILLER (Anastasia)
is an actress and musician from the land of Prince and “hot dish”. Currently, she can be seen on lead vocals with “We Were Contenders”-an emo / pop-punk cover band, and as Nina in “Assistant” -premiering in the New York International Film Festival this summer. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Minnesota Duluth. lorettaannemiller.com
JULIE ORKIS (Woman 1, Official)
BFA in Acting, Brooklyn College. Recent Theatre work: The Tempest, UPROOT, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour's Lost, Othello. Short films: You’re Up, Jimbo, Extended Play. See her next in Gi60: International One Minute Play Festival. Orkis is also an athlete, playing tennis for 20 years. She is very excited to be part of a reading series that is joining a larger conversation that must happen in order for change to occur. Times up.
MICHAEL PICHARDO (Stanley)
is a Lower East Side native, and graduate of Queensborough Community College with an Associate's Degree in Performing Arts. Regional Theatre credits: The Favor (Chicago Fringe). Off-Broadway Credits: Othello (ATA) and The Last Hour (Royal Family). New York Theatre credits: The Glory of Living (PCTF/Flamboyant Theater), Child's Play (Rising Sun/Kraine), Punk Grandpa (Frigid New York), The Skin of Our Teeth (Articulate Theatre), Allie’s Appendix (PCTF/The Paradise Factory), and Spoon River Anthology (Roy Arias Theater). Recent film credits include Judgment (short) and #Lear (DM Theatrics). He is a member of Rising Sun Performance Company and Articulate Theatre.
JOEY ROTTER (Prince Charming, Official)
most recently appeared in the Greenhouse Ensemble’s show Dad’s Dates and Other Disturbances. He studies acting with HB Studio and the Barrow Group. Rotter also enjoys working on sketch comedy and improv at UCB. He is very excited to be a part of The #metoo Play series and contribute to the important dialogue surrounding harassment, abuse of power and inequality in the workplace. A special thanks to Celine Havard, Ellen Fraher and Keegan McDonald for this opportunity.
LOURDES RUIZ (Cinderella)
is an actor and a classically trained singer. She was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in South Florida. Ruiz is a graduate of New York University. She began her acting career in musical theatre and short films. Ruiz works on stage and in film as she continues her training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. Member of SAG-AFTRA.
LAUREN SCHAFFEL (Renee)
has performed at Geva Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, The Barrow Group, Urban Stages, The Tennessee Williams Project, and the Kraine Theater. She has worked with directors Tina Fey, Austin Pendleton, Anthony Edwards, and Paul Weitz. Film and television credits include the features My Dead Boyfriend, Admission, Revenge of the Green Dragons, Still Standing, Will and Grace, and the voice of Lucy in a Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day and various Peanuts video games.
ANNA SLATE (Girl 1)
is an actress and opera singer praised for “combining superb theatrical instincts with bright, enchanting vocal gifts,”(San Francisco Chronicle). Most recently Anna performed in An Inconvenient Miracle with Skeleton Rep. Other notable roles include Luisa (The Fantasticks), Anne (A Little Night Music), Morgana (Alcina),Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), and can next be seen as Violet Trefusis in Cruisical:Lesbian Musical at Dixon Place this July. Anna is honored and humbled to participate in this necessary #MeToo Play Festival.
RACHEL SLOTKY (Chloe)
grew up in the Chicagoland area, migrated East to earn her B.F.A in Acting from Syracuse University, and lived abroad/studied at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. There she performed roles such as Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (The Globe Theatre), and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Syracuse Stage). With classical training under her belt, she took the next logical step, and began pursuing the career of a professional cartoon...where she is now primarily hired to voice young boys. Yes, it's as much fun as it sounds! She can be heard on Nickelodeon's Regal Academy, and a number of others animated series she can't legally discuss at the moment (stay tuned! www.rachelslotky.com). Rachel loves getting back to her foundation in stage and screen acting anytime the opportunity arises. She's particularly thrilled to participate in The #metoo Play readings!
JILLIAN STEVENS (Girl 2)
is a trained dancer, actor, singer and certified Yoga instructor. She received her BA in Theatre from Hunter College and has performed at venues across New York including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Lion Theatre (Theatre Row), The Kaye Playhouse, The Gallery Players (The Frederick Loewe).
Stevens started her training at STEPS at age four, where she studied Tap, Jazz,Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop with her mentors. She thanks her family for the endless support and is thrilled to be a part of this important evening of work.
ALEX TAYLOR (Bianca)
is so excited to be collaborating with Fish in Water Productions, Inc. again! Some recent credits include Trice in Over & Out with the Navigators at the Plaxall Gallery, and Jen in Fish in Water’s Sunday on the Rocks at the Access Theater. Check out alextayloractor.com for more info, or @taylorrosealex on Instagram.