Broadway and Nat'l Tours- Parade, Cyrano The Musical, Les Miz (three companies), Sunset Blvd, Broadway-The Big Band Years. Off-Broadway-SOUTHERN COMFORT, CACTUS FLOWER, THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN, THE PIPER, TIM AND SCROOGE, A DOLL'S LIFE, MATA HARI, THE WIZARD OF OZ ( Avery Fisher Hall). Regional Theater- Barrington Stage, Williamstown, The Eugene O'Neil, Goodspeed, Hartford Stage, Pennsylvania Center Stage, others. Film - BEAUTIFUL CREATURES,FREEDOM WRITERS,LIVING OUT LOUD,THE DRUMMER, THE HEARTBREAKER,SPLIT ENDS. T.V.- THE TONY AWARDS, THE DIVIDE, THE WIRE, THIRD WATCH, THE WIZARD OF OZ,The National Anthem at Wrigley Field, IN LIVING COLOR. Robin's song WITH YOU, co-written with Randy Redd, can be heard in the new animated, 3D movie POSTMAN PAT. Robin's album HOUSE OF LOVE is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Thrilled to be back at NYMF after playing Fred in The Awakening of Angel DeLuna. Most recently, Zal played the role of Charlie in Love Me, which performed at the New York Theatre Workshop. National Tour: Motel inFiddler on the Roof (opposite Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel). Off-Broadway/NYC: Last Jew in Europe (Triad Theater), The ToyMaker (York Theatre),L’Chayim (Theater for the New City), member of The Broadway Boys. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Atlanta TOTS, Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse. Concerts: 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space. Training: CCM, Wynn Handman. Up next, Zal will be playing Che in Evita at the Cape Rep Theatre. Grateful to Sami, Karl and Becky for this opportunity. Thanks to CLA and to Dana, family and friends for their constant love and support. www.zalowen.com
Lisa Birnbaum is thrilled to return to NYMF with 210 Amlent Avenue! Off Broadway: F#%king Up Everything, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, I’m Getting My Act Together..., Man of Rock, Lizzie Borden, Regional: Lysistrata (CRT), Midsummer Nights Dream (Playmakers Rep), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.), A Cry of the Reed (Huntington), Italian American Reconciliation (Longwharf), Alls Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep), Romeo and Juliet and Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Moscows of Nantucket (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket), TV/Film: Law & Order, Guiding Light, Deception, What Would You Do. Education: MFA in Acting, Yale School of Drama. Tx to Vanguard, fam, 210 fam and Allegra! Find out more at Lisabirnbaum.com!
Steven Hauck has appeared on Broadway in "The Velocity of Autumn" and "Irena's Vow." Off-Broadway credits include "One Arm" (Moises Kaufman/New Group), "The Screwtape Letters" (Westside Theater), the Young Playwrights Festival (Cherry Lane), "Crossing Swords" (Outstanding Performance Award/NYMF) and "King Lear" with Paul Sorvino. Regional favorites are Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Suicide Club (Cincinnati Playhouse), Louis deRougemont in Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep), Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men (Engeman Theater), Marc in Art (Geva Theater), and de Guiche in Cyrano (Milwaukee Rep). Steven toured to Paris, Berlin and Vienna in Phantom of the Opera. He has featured roles in the films Oldboy and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (both directed by Spike Lee), The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and What Happens Next (opposite Wendie Malick). TV includes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Elementary,The Good Wife, The Americans, Boardwalk Empire, and 30 Rock.
Nikki Van Cassele is thrilled to be joining the cast of 210 Amlent Avenue! Favorite credits include: Broadway National Tour of Cabaret, Diana in Next to Normal, Taylor Taylor in Legacy Falls (NYMF), Violet in Side Show, Yellow Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical, His High School Sweetheart in In Trousers, Godspell at Walnut Street Theatre, Spider Woman in Vortex Theater Company's re-imagined production of Kiss of the Spider Woman directed by drama desk nominated director Gisela Cardenas. www.nikkivancassele.com
Jen is so excited to be involved with NYMF this year! Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) at Goodspeed, Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette), Little Mermaid (Atina), Bye Bye Birdie (Penelope-Ann), Beauty and the Beast, Damn Yankees, and The Sound of Music at the MUNY, Jane Eyre (Young Jane) at TheatreWorks Palo Alto, and Spring Awakening (Wendla) at CCM. She recently sang in Jeremy Jordan’s solo concert in San Francisco and in Judy Kuhn’s American Songbook concert (live at Lincoln Center and on the album). CCM alum. Jen would like to thank Sami & the entire team for this opportunity, as well her agents, family, friends, and Sean for their constant love and support. www.jenbrissman.com / @brissman514
Off-Broadway: Alls Well That Ends Well & Measure for Measure (French Gentleman/ensemble) with Shakespeare in the Park, Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius) with Gorilla Rep, Macbeth and Richard II (Bloody Captain/Bushy) with the York Shakespeare Co, Twelfth Night (Fabien/Valentine) With Leviathan Lab. Film/TV: Gotham, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List. New York University BFA: Meisner Studio, Classical Studio, ETW. www.YehCakes.com
Directing credits include: Urinetown, 210 Amlent Avenue (NYMF Reading), Madam Fury’s Traveling Show, MTA Cabaret (Barrington Stage), 10 Minute Musicals (Barrington Stage), Set Break, Zuly, Music of Jeff Thomson, the 2012 NYMF Hub concert series (In My Other Life, What's Next?, NBS Reunion Concert, Pride on Broadway), Composers Sing Composers, In Trousers, No Moves Back, No More Waiting and Line. Directing Assistant: Matilda the Musical (Broadway and 1st National Tour). Associate and Assistant directing credits: Academia Nuts, Sarah Brightman’s Dreamchaser World Tour, Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Neil Patrick Harris, On the Town (Barrington Stage), Southern Comfort (Barrington Stage), An Iliad (National Tour), Pump Up the Volume (Joe’s Pub), Man of Rock (NYMF), Trails (NYMF), Jawbreaker, Killing John Grisham (FringeNYC). Production credits: Rock of Ages (Broadway and Off-Broadway), Fat Camp (Off-Broadway), See Rock City (Off-Broadway), The Story (Playhouse on the Square). Drama League Directing Fellow. www.samanthasaltzman.com
Off-Broadway: Naked Boys Singing! TV: Monica's Mixing Bowl (Pilot, w/ John Tartaglia), NYC: Rescue Rue, Zombie Strippers,Next Broadway Sensation Contest, Australian Cabaret Sensations (NYMF); Ghost Stories (dir: BD Wong), It's a Wonderful Life (Mile Square Theatre); Help Wanted: Pirates! (dir: Mary-Kate Burke); Failure: A Love Story (w/ Max Von Essen, dir: David F. Chapman); Hedwig...(with Jonathan Whitton); and Bring Back Birdie (2006 MAC Award Nominee). Regional: Breath and Imagination (VSC, w/ TV's Travis Pratt & Cheryl Freeman, dir: Saundra McClain), Sweeney Todd (Playmaker's Rep.); Fiddler... (starring Bill Nolte), Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, JCS (CFRT); Hairpsray, Triumph of Love, ...Forum, Annie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, ...Spelling Bee, (Millbrook Playhouse). Faculty at Pace University, Former faculty Seton Hall Univ., Teaching Artist at Mayo PAC in NJ. BFA from NYU/Tisch (CAP21). www.andrewwheeleronline.com
Emily is thrilled to be a part of this production of 210 Amlent Avenue! Last year Emily was an intern with NYMF and now she works freelance in directing and wardrobe. Previous NYC credits include: Feline High Rise Syndrome (Take Ten Play Festival), The Field (Frigid Festival), The Underclassman (Prospect Theater Company), Snow White Zombie (Estrogenius Festival). Emily would like to thank the NYMF staff and the cast and crew of 210 Amlent Avenue! B.A. Ithaca College.
Christopher & Justin Swader are New York-based scenic designers and directors. Working collaboratively as a team, they have recently designed for Classical Theatre of Harlem, National Black Theatre, Luna Stage, Company One (Boston), Cherry Lane Theatre, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, Park Avenue Armory, Shadowland Theatre, La MaMa, MultiStages, Mason Holdings, IRT Theatre, Paradise Factory, The Orchard Project, & Theatre for the New City. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com
This spring Driscoll had his Metropolitan Opera debut with La Donna de Lago. Off-Broadway Driscoll recently designed Under My Skin. Other venues in NYC include Ars Nova, The Mint, The Ohio, La Mamma, Lincoln Center Jazz, & Gotham Chamber Opera. Driscoll’s work is seen frequently in regional opera & theatre. Recently he designed The Colored Museum at The Huntington Theater Company, Next to Normal at Baltimore’s Center Stage, and The Barber of Seville at Philadelphia Opera. Other companies include NC Opera; Virginia Opera, Dallas Theatre Center; Dallas Opera, Houston Shakespeare Festival; Trinity Repertory Theatre; The Hangar Theater; Flatrock Playhouse; Utah Festival Opera and productions of Legally Blonde and Rock of Ages for Norwegian Cruise Lines. MFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts. http://www.LoneStarNYC.com
Andréa Zotos Breslin is a Long Island-based theatre and opera practitioner currently working as costume shop manager at Stony Brook University. She has experience in performance, costume, set, and sound design/production, stage management, and theatre marketing. In addition to Stony Brook, she has worked with Manhattan School of Music, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages Festival, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Gateway Playhouse, NYC Fringe, and Asylum Theatre Co. She is designing and performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream, opening July 16 at Stony Brook's Staller Center, with a second immersive phase opening this Fall. For more information, please email her.
Thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team! Off Broadway: Ludic Proxy (PSM), King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Absolution National Tour: The Merchant of Venice Regional: Barrington Stage Company: An Enemy of the People (PSM), Clybourne Park (PSM), Kiss Me, Kate!, Romance in Hard Times, On The Town, Much Ado About Nothing, See How They Run, Fiddler on the Roof, The Game, Guys and Dolls, Absurd Person Singular, Art, Sweeney Todd, Moonlight: Phantom!, Cygnet: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (PSM), Lambs Players: Boomers!, LJP: 33 Variations. Proud AEA member Thanks to God, M&D, G&G, and my amazing family!
Assistant Stage Manager
Kasey Callaghan is a graduate from SUNY Suffolk County Community College holding an Associates Degree in Performance, as well as an Associates Degree in Theater Technology focusing in Stage Management. She is a 2 time Merit Award Winner from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre a Festival for stage managing The Foreigner and HAIR. This is her first NYMF production and is honored to be working on such a great experience. She would like the thank Karl and Becky for opening the doors to this festival for her, as well as Ryan and her family for their love and support!
Publicity (SM Communications)
Sam Mattingly is a veteran public relations and corporate communications professional with an extensive background in entertainment publicity and brand communications. Her theatre credits go back to work on the Broadway musical “9”, personal representative to Hinton Battle (Miss Saigon, The Tap Dance Kid), Off-Broadway’s “Sistas: The Musical,” “Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte,” “Final Analysis,” “Breakfast With Mugabe,” “In Fields Where They Lay,” as well as her work on a growing list of theatre festival productions. Additionally, Sam has worked on an impressive list of award nominated films, music artists and held executive positions with 1-800 Flowers.com, L’Oréal USA and MasterCard Worldwide. www.sm-comms.com
Becky is a native Long Island playwright, dramaturg, director, and teacher. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University. She is on the faculty at both Stony Brook and Suffolk County Community College, where she recently directed Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and will be directing Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters in the Spring. Becky’s shorter plays have been featured in several reading series, and been finalists in multiple competitions. Her other recent production experience includes production dramaturgy for James McLure’s Pvt. Wars, José Rivera's Marisol, and David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole.
Music and Lyrics
Karl Hinze is a composer of theatre and concert music in NYC. He has penned songs for productions of Brecht's A Man's A Man, Euripides' Alcestis, and Lorca's Yerma. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Recent collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew, and Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer last seen at the 2013 Bali Arts Festival. He has also directed productions of Urinetown, Yerma, and Antigone. Karl is a PhD candidate in Music Composition at Stony Brook University.
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