Articulating the Arts:
Articulating the Arts was created to help our ensemble learn more about other artistic disciplines and use the inspiration gained from that to create new theatrical works. But we enjoy sharing our sandbox, and so we invited guest artists to come and work with us. For more info on guest playwrights, directors, actors, entertainers and panel members, please see below!
Bios for Articulate members can be found by clicking on their names on the main 'Tales' page.
* - designates a member of Actors Equity Association
* - designates a member of Actors Equity Association
Playwright of Power Suit
Levi Jelks was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011, he graduated from Clayton State University, after studying Playwriting and Directing from Philip Depoy and The Fundamentals of Contemporary Theatre from Shontelle Thrash. He went on to pursue further study of playwriting as an Apprentice at Horizon Theatre, leading him to a full year internship at The Alliance Theatre in 2013, where he mentored under resident playwright, Pearl Cleage, and Celise Kalke, the Director of New Projects. In 2014, he was accepted as a graduate student into the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where he studied dramatic writing under his professor and co-founder of 13 P, Rob Handel. He is the Second Place Winner of the 2015 Sloan Screenwriting Competition for his screenplay The River Gods. He is also the proud co-recipient of the KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for his satirical play, A Is For Apron. His one act play, Planted, was a nominee for the Michael Kanin Playwriting Award in the 2017 KCACTF. He has fulfilled one of his dreams and is currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, where he is writing for a new web series, Brunch So Hard. He takes his inspiration from James Baldwin, August Wilson and Tennessee Williams.
playwright of The Wisdom of Salmon
Jim is a professional copywriter, born and bred in Jersey City, who now lives in Kansas City. He has written several plays, including Acts & Contrition (Baker’s Plays, 1997), which was performed in the U.S. and Ireland by The Celtic Theatre Company, a troupe once in residence at Seton Hall University, of which Jim is a graduate. His other Celtic Theatre Company plays included On the Stoop, Blues on a Green Horn, and an evening of one-acts featuring Taps on a Keg and Say, Uncle. Jim also scripted musical revues for the company, including An Evening with John McCormack. His most recent production was the 2015 Kansas City premiere of a one-act, teen comedy called Promposal, produced by The Barn Players. His latest two-act play, The Last Danny Boy, recently received a stage reading in the Kansas City metro at Olathe Civic Theatre.
Jenny Lyn Bader
playwright of White House Fairy Tale
Plays include In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions, Workshop Theatre), Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble), which premiered at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and was also presented at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach; None of the Above (New Georges), also produced on Theatre Row; Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award for comedy (O’Neill Center); and Out of Mind (NYU/Strasberg). One-acts include Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival, “Best of Fringe” selection) and Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Twelve of her short plays are published in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Play series. Jenny Lyn co-founded Theatre 167 (Caffe Cino Award recipient, NY Innovative Theater Foundation), where she co-authored all three plays in The Jackson Heights Trilogy as well as The Church of Why Not and I Like to Be Here (New Ohio Theatre), wrote The History of Communication (World’s Fair Plays, Queens Theatre), and serves as Artistic Producer. She won the NAAA Festival (London, Bridewell Theatre) and has received the Randall Wreghitt Award and a Lark Playwriting Fellowship. A Harvard graduate, she belongs to the Dramatists Guild. Her play The International Local (This Is Not A Theater Company) is part of Subway Plays, coming to an app near you. www.jennylynbader.com. Twitter: @jennylynbader
Brock H. Hill
Director And Then the Elements Spoke
Brock is a New York based director. He is known for ensemble based, organic work. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the Planet Connections Festivity and Artistic Director of the Altruistic Theatre Company. Selected projects include: Mistakes Madeline Made, Books on Tape, Humans Anonymous (Tongue in Cheek Prod); Civilization! (Planet Connection Festivity); Choose Your Grown Adventure, Wardrobe of the Living Dead (Altruistic Theatre); Invoice (Leela Theatre Festival).
Aimee Todoroff is a freelance director and producer originally from Dayton, OH, currently working in New York City. She has been a part of two Obie Award-winning projects, performing in Peculiar Works Project’s Off Stage-the East Village Fragments and directing Green for the Metropolitan Playhouse’s 2010-2011 Season. She has also directed at Primary Stages, The Living Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Westside Theater, Guild Hall and at various site-specific locations around New York City. She has directed the premieres of works by Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote, and Chris Harcum, including Rabbit Island, American Gun Show, a 5-star reviewed show in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and presented a workshop of a new play by Halley Feiffer, A Funny Thing Happened… Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers of New York City. As Artistic Director of the independent theatre company Elephant Run District, Aimee conceived and developed the popular Brecht in the Park Series, bringing free, outdoor performances of Brecht’s lesser knows plays to an underserved community. She also created ERD’s Stampede Labs, a curated evening of independent work that mixes the heritage of off-off broadway with the artists making today’s most exciting work. An enthusiastic collaborator, Aimee has helped develop many plays, including Turing Test by Dom DeGaetano, The Girls of Ward 3 by Tom Slot, Mighty Good Company by Tim Nolan and How to Bury a Saint by Janice Maffei. Currently, she is producing the hERD Podcast, a streaming service of plays available in March, 2016, and will direct a new adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler by Preston Lane. Aimee received her MFA in Directing from Southampton Arts, studying with Marsha Norman, Nick Mangano and Rinde Eckert, and has taken master classes with Karen Kohlhaas, Joanna Merlin, Neil LaBute and Kim Wield. Aimee was the Assistant Director under the director John Rando and the playwright David Ives for Classic Stage Company’s production of The Heir Apparent. Please visit aimeetodoroff.org or elephantrundistrict.org.
Isabel Quinzanos Alonso
Director, Small Group
Isabel is a director, educator, and administrator, who has worked in the UK, Switzerland, and her homeland, Mexico. She just moved to New York from London, where she was working as an Assistant Director and managing the Education Department at Out of Joint, a touring theater company based in the UK. Isabel trained in Theater Directing at Drama Centre London, and has an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University. www.isabelquinzanosalonso.com
'April' in No Mockingbirds on Friday and 'Pinkie' in And Then the Elements Spoke
Arianna Ennis was born in Brooklyn, raised in Buffalo and escaped back to Brooklyn nearly a decade ago! She's been with T. Schreiber studios on and off since 2009. Arianna has immersed herself, for the most part, with Shakespeare. One role she holds dearly, is playing the role of Caliban in The Tempest. She has worked immensely with Shakespeare expert, Page Clements. She has also worked with the man himself, Terry Schreiber, which is an honor in itself. She is now cheating on Terry with the extremely talented Peter Jensen. This is Arianna's NYC stage debut, as she took a break to not be poor and build a 401k! That's over now.
'Jake' in The Wisdom of Salmon
Tommy Boyd makes his Articulate Theatre Company debut. Tommy is an actor from the Bay Area in California. He studied at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco and at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City. He most recently was in A Streetcar Named Desire in San Francisco and starred in the film Frisky, now available on Amazon, and iTunes. Tommy would like to thank Joan Kane and Terry Schreiber.
'Marissa' in Hindsight
Sarah Okada is a New York City based actress. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada she began dancing at 4 years old which later developed into a passion for acting. She moved to New York City in 2008 to attend New York University. Sarah is a graduate of T. Schreiber Studio and Theater's acting conservatory. She is set to star in upcoming television series "Long Island Lights." Sarah is excited to make her first appearance with Articulate Theater Company!
'Deb' in Wisdom of Salmon
Emily is excited to be making her Articulate Theatre Company debut! Originally from southern Illinois, Emily attended the University of Tennessee and moved to NYC to pursue acting after graduation. She quickly found her new home at T. Schreiber Studio where she’s been studying for the past two years. Emily was recently seen onstage in I Don't Know (Nylon Fusion Theatre Company, Gene Frankel Theatre), Sleeping Beauty of Brooklyn (Schreiber Shorts, Gloria Maddox Theatre), and onscreen in DANNI (Lovecraft Film Festival, NY International Film Festival, New Haven International Film Festival). She is also a dancer and Artistic Coordinator of Koin & Co Dance Company performing at the upcoming NY Jazz Choreography Festival(Salvatore Capezio Theater).
More info at emilyechastain.com and follow @emilyechastain.
Catherine Vargas is a New York City-based stage manager, director, writer and actress. She received a B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College. She is a member of the Charles Maryan Playwrights/Directors Workshop, collaborating with other playwrights on stage readings. Catherine has assistant directed The Big Broadcast on 53rd Street with Charles Maryan at the Barrow Group. She has appeared as The Girl in The Pawn and as Isabelle in The Kiss at The AlphaNYC Theater Company. She is happy to be working with Articulate Theatre.
playwright of Hindsight
Audrey Webb began her theatrical career as an actor. She appeared in theatres across Canada, including Workshop West (Edmonton), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and The Second City (Toronto). She also worked in film and television with such talents as Kathy Bates, Nora Ephron, and Lloyd Bridges. As a writer, she has been published in various forms: environmental reporting in Earth Island Journal; a profile of boxing champion Ann Wolfe in austinwoman; fiction in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; and poetry and prose in the independent publications Creative Nonfiction, From the Depths, and Light Poetry. Her radio play Here I Gauguin was produced by San Francisco's Shoestring Radio Theatre, and her 10-minute play Labels was a regional semi-finalist at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Audrey is in her first year of the MFA dramatic writing program at Texas State University.
playwright of Small Group
Tom Slot is a playwright, actor, director, and theater educator. Recent productions of his original plays and musicals include Dream 70 (Mary Lou Meese Theater / March – April 2017), Searching For Connection (The Paradise Factory / May – June 2015), Graceless (Planet Connections Festivity / May - June 2014 and Capital Fringe Festival July 2015), Sticking Up For Pluto (Playwrights on Parade Festival Charlotte, North Carolina – Dec 2014), The Girls of Ward 3 (QSI Theater / May 2014), My Father’s Ashes (Theater 54 / Feb - March 2014), Farewell To Sanity (Gene Frankel Theater / June 2013) and Killing Time (Payan Theater / July 2012 - Finalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship). His one act play Reimagining Oedipus is published in the anthology Freshwater Goes Back to High School and several of his full length works are published on Indie Theater Now. His play, The Girls of Ward 3, received the Excellence in Playwriting Award in the 2015 Newborn Festival. Memorable acting roles include Sebastian (The Tempest / Folkwant Academy International Shakespeare Festival, Essen Germany); and Nikos (Big Love / Setkani Encounter Festival, Brno, Czech Republic). Recent directing credits include: Queen Lear, Twelve Angry Jurors, and All Shook Up at the Mary Lou Meese Theater, Macbeth at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, My Father’s Ashes at Theater 54, Variations On A Cat Call at the Bridge Theater, and Farewell To Sanity at the Gene Frankel. Tom earned his MFA in Acting from Columbia University studying under Andrei Serban, Kristin Linklater, and Ann Bogart. Tom has taught acting at Teacher College at Columbia University and Queens College. He also served as the artistic director for Original Binding Productions for several years. Tom currently runs the drama program at Fox Lane High School and spends his free time with his lovely wife Jessica, their son Jamie, and their two dogs. Find out more at www.tomslot.com.
playwright of Still
Born in Ohio, P.C. Allan was raised in New Jersey. A Rutgers graduate, he received an M.F.A. from Columbia and was a Yaddo playwriting fellow. His work has been seen at venues as varied as Urban Stages, Naked Angels, The Labyrinth and HB Playwrights.
Director White House Fairy Tales and The Wisdom of Salmon
Joan is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and recently directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda by Aldo Nicolij in Prague. Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. She has directed plays and readings for the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, the Bleecker St Theater, the Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, Planet Connections Festivity, the Midtown International Festival, the Prague Fringe Festival, the Dramatists Guild, NY Madness, the Players Club, the Lambs Club and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.
'Kvsair' in Small Group
I have written and directed for the stage, but essentially I am an actor. Among more than 150 acting gigs, my favorites include, on stage: Goldberg in Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Polonius in Hamlet, The Father in Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Roebuck Ramsden in Shaw’s Man and Superman, Kolenkhov in Kaufman & Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You, The Old Man in Sam Sheperd’s Fool for Love and Chebutykin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters; in films: Abu Ali in Homeland, Opera in SubterraNYa and Avram in Warsaw; on TV/Internet video: Frank Norton in “Pioneer One” and The Boss in “The Lydia Show.” I’ve trained at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and elsewhere with Terry Schreiber, Austin Pendleton, Peter Jensen, Christopher Martin and a host of others. For further information, please see http://www.laurencecantor.com
'John' in Still
Off-Bway: Theater Three Collaborative: Another Life, and Extreme Whether (Cherry Lane/TNC.) Ta Ziyeh of Imam Hussein (Lincoln Ctr. Festival). Plays and workshops at HERE, Naked Angels, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abingdon, and many others. Regional/International: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center. TV: One Life To Live(recurring), All My Children(recurring), Living In Exile, Law and Order, L&O CI, Wall Street Warriors, Ivy League Crime Lords (Multi Platform series). Film: Curtsy, Mister, Chapter and Verse. Alex is on the SAG-AFTRA MOVE Committee, Brooklyn Friends School Fund; and the Alumni Board of Manhattanville College. Love and thanks to Articulate Theatre Co, Ava, Theo, John, Mom and Dad. @AlexTavis.
J. Dolan Byrnes
'President' in White House Fairy Tale
J. Dolan Byrnes is a New York actor most recently seen in Monica Bauer’s plays Debauchery, Thy Name is Stevie Chase and Lady Liberty’s Worst Day Ever. Other recent appearances include Red Tie, Blue Tie at MRT, Houseless in Paradise and The Unsalable Thing in the 2016 Fringe Festival NYC, Glory Kadigan’s When The Party’s Over (Outstanding Actor Award in the Planet Connections Festivity) and Bruce A! Kraemer’s what do you mean in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Outstanding Actor Award in the Planet Connections Festivity) directed by Joan Kane. National tours: 1776 and Footloose.
'May' in No Mockingbirds on Friday
Jasmine Saunise attended the University of Kentucky performing in ‘for colored girls…’ as Lady in Red, Trifles as Mrs. Hale, and As It Is in Heaven as Rachel. She soon moved to NYC to pursue her dreams. She has graced the stage in Emmett Down In My Heart as Mamie Till with Castillo Theatre, Detroit Blues as Lilly at the DC Black Theatre Festival, Searching for Willie Lynch at the National Black Theatre Festival, ‘broken motherhood museum’ with the NuAFrikan Theatre and The Gift at Cape May Stages. She has worked with directors such as Erica Gould, Layon Gray, Rodney Gilbert and Steven Carl McCasland. Film credits include Beyond the Silence, Diary of a Badman, Juvenile and Grey Matters. Catch Jasmine Saunise on Curvy Girls Rock webseries coming Summer 2017. More info at www.jasminesaunise.com
'Robert' in Hindsight
Off-Broadway: “Professor Bernhardi”, “Night Games”, “Flirtation”, “Antigone” (all for Drama Desk Award nominated Marvell Repertory Theatre). OFF-OFF- BROADWAY: “Legacy” (New Works New York Festival), “A Homecoming” (NYC Int’l Fringe Festival), “Your Colonel” and “The Poll Tax Matter” (Metropolitan Playhouse). “Live From The Surface of The Moon” (Stable Cable Lab). REGIONAL: “Other Desert Cities” and “Freud’s Last Session” (Shaker Bridge Theatre), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (New Brunswick Theatre Festival), “According To Goldman” (Alliance Repertory Theatre). FILM: “When The Moon Was Twice As Big”, “Groomed”, “The False Fronts of ‘92”, “Farewell”, among others. TV COMMERCIALS: Federal Express, Chevrolet, Xerox, J&B Scotch, among others. www.kevingilmartin.net
'June' in No Mockingbirds on Friday
Sojourner is excited to be making her Articulate Theatre Company debut! Originally from small-town Lincoln, Nebraska, Sojourner is now a graduating senior at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts studying Drama at The New Studio on Broadway. Recent credits include director Daniel Aukin’s NYU Graduate Acting production of The Fortress of Solitude (Lala), the NYU/Tisch School of the Arts production of Carrie: The Musical (Susan Snell), and the NYU/New Studio on Broadway production of The Apple Tree (Nadjira). She also recently performed at Lincoln Center as a featured vocalist for Broadway’s Future Songbook Series this spring. In addition to acting, Sojourner is a writer and published poet, and she has a passion for both performing in and creating new work. Sojourner is thankful for God, her family for their continual support and love, Karen Parks, and the cast and creative team! www.sojournerbrown.com