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FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY ALUMNI
Class of 2009
ELISABETH PRESTON (AHRENS)
Originally from Kansas, Elisabeth left the land of Oz, and via some wonderful years at the Asolo, now calls New York City home. She is currently playing Banquo in Macbeth of the Oppressed with Fab Marquee Productions. A company member of The Queens Company, an all-female classical troupe that advocates for gender-blind casting, she will be playing Petruchio in their Spring production of Taming of the Shrew. She also works with Hip to Hip Theater Company, touring classical work to underserved communities in Queens and the outer boroughs. Most recently she was seen as Mary Turner in Within the Law at the Metropolitan Playhouse, which was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for best revival of a play. Elisabeth has worked regionally in theater, film and commercials, and recently is jumping into the world of industrial voiceovers.
Heather Kelley currently serves as the Director of Audience Services for Premiere Stages (www.kean.edu/premierestages), the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, and teaches acting for Kean's Department of Theatre. Recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing for South Brooklyn Shakespeare, and the World Premieres of Ken Ferrigni’s Occupation (Project: Theater) and Chisa Hutchinson’s This is Not the Play (Mad Dog Theatre Company), recipient of a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script. Her fiction and plays have been published in Opium Magazine, 225 Plays by The New York Neo-Futurists from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (ed. Joey Rizzolo), and What Happened to Us These Last Couple Years? (Elope Press & So New).
DeMario is a native of Mobile, AL. He received is Bachelors of Arts degree from Alabama State University in 2005 and his Masters of Fine Arts from FSU/Asolo Conservatory in 2009. DeMario currently resides in Washington, DC. working as professional makeup artist and Resident Trainer for MAC COSMETICS. DeMario is also a member of Actors Equity Association.
Currently Steven Alan O'Brien is a NYC based actor, director, coach, producer and Is the General Manager of ETG (www.EpicenterTheatreGroup.org) The past summer included Prospero in UPSHAKES inaugural production of The Tempest.
Steven is currently in pre-production for a NYC Showcase of Dan O'Brien's "WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP."
The 2009 Class: Elizabeth Preston Ahrens, Brent Bateman, Heather Kelley, DeMario Mcgrew, Steven O'Brien, Kevin O'Callaghan, Dolph Paulsen, Jason Peck, Mishka Trachtenberg, David Yearta.
Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards – Managing Director Linda DiGabriele
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