Archive for June, 2012

MOM: REBECCA MARTINEZ

Rebecca Martinez works as an actor, director, writer and     choreographer.  She recently choreographed The Brother/Sister Plays (Portland Playhouse), wrote, directed and performed in Mexico Lindo (La Luna Nueva Festival, Portland), choreographed the keynote address for the Independent Sector Conference (with Sojourn Theatre, Chicago) and wrote and directed American Sueño (Teatro Milagro, Portland). Ms. Martinez was recently seen in American Realism (dir. Katherine Brook), El Quijote (Miracle Theatre), Gossamer (Oregon Children’s Theatre), Chasing Empire’s Soul (Artists Repertory Theatre), Finding Penelope (Sojourn Theatre – featured in American Theatre Magazine July, 2011) and On the Table (Sojourn Theatre).  She was the Production Manager for the Working Theater’s 3rd Annual Directors Salon (NYC). Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and  is collaborating with The TEAM to devise and perform in Waiting for You… commissioned by Kansas City Repertory Theatre for February 2013. Awards include 4 time Portland Theater Drammy Award  recipient for ensemble acting and choreography and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.

Dad: Leo Arias

Leo Arias is originally from Bushwick, Brooklyn and began his acting career at age 7 when he was cast as Tybalt in his elementary school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Darias, pursued theatre and at age 13, he was accepted in to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (the FAME School). He was a student of the Stella Adler Studios, has performance credits at off-broadway theaters, and was an invited member of the AMAS Musical Theater Company. Mr. Darias is also an alumni of the Labyrinth Theatre Company Ensemble. His voiceover work was last heard in the indie film Eliot Loves, which was recognized in the 2012 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Man / Detective: John Say

John SayJOHN SAY is honored to be making his Fringe Festival debut in such a powerful piece. Currently training at MTB Studio, and having graduated with a B.F. A. from Elon University, John is proud to call New York City the home of his pursuit of the craft. Some favorite performed roles include: Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, Cardenio in The Tragedie Of Cardenio, Bobby in Company, Tripp Davenport in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, The Treasurer in Manhattan Theatre Source’s The Rationale, and Cal Richards in Day, a new web miniseries premiering this summer.

Playwright: Charly E. Simpson

CHARLY EVON SIMPSON, originally from New Jersey, is a writer currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Literary Arts from Brown University and has a master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, New College. Her plays include In the Beginning and or what she will. In 2011, or what she will was selected as a finalist in Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright. Her personal essay, In the Shadows, is included in the anthology, A Book of Meditations: Volume III. She is the recipient of the 2008 Kim Ann Arstrak Memorial Award in Poetry as well as the 2008 Dorothy Stickney Theatre Arts Scholarship presented by the Zonta Club of New York. Ms. Simpson is also also an actor and director. Credits include work with the 2006 Hangar Theatre Lab Company, director of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot at Production Workshop and assistant director of boom at the Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Repertory. In addition to her work in the arts, Charly tutored at-risk youth in Massachusetts and was assistant director at a camp in Pennsylvania dedicated to working with children in need of emotional and/or autistic support.

Director: Illana Stein

 ILLANA STEIN is a freelance director originally from Texas who now resides in NYC. NYC Directing credits include: Ten Year Twilight (written by Crystal Skillman), Besties (Working Theater Directors Salon), The Boat House (Staged Reading, Sanguine Productions). Other directing credits include Emma, Two Rooms (Staged Reading, Amphibian Stage Productions), Darker (2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Critic’s Pick) Home Free! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival Midnight Project), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, In Love with Shakespeare (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company educational tours), Burying Barbie, The Woolgatherer, and As You Like It. As an Assistant director Ms. Stein has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Hangar Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Ms Stein was Assistant to the Artistic Director for 3 years at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she served as resident assistant director/dramaturg on over 20 productions and assisted with casting.  Ms. Stein will be a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.  She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma.

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