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ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE

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FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY ALUMNI

Class of 2010

 

GHAFIR AKBAR

I returned to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 and have continued to work in theatre and film focusing on producing work with a distinctly Malaysian narrative. I've either worked as an actor, director, educator, producer, or project manager on these projects. I've also expanded my work in Singapore beginning 2015 by collaborating with theatre artists there on new projects. I was named 2013 Man of The Year for Theatre in the regional August Man magazine and nominated for multiple national theatre awards as well as the recent Malaysian Film Festival. I occasionally teach at University of Malaya and continue to run workshops around the country. www.ghafirakbar.com

 

 

 

 

KRISTIN FRANKLIN

Since graduating from the Asolo in 2010 Kirstin has worked steadily in Chicago as a leading actor, director and teacher. In Chicago she has worked for theatres such as: Northlight Theatre, The Raven, North Park University, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center and Akvavit. In 2014 Kirstin got to check off one of her dream roles when she got to play Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Kirstin teaches theatre at Harold Washington College and North Park University and is a proud company member and casting director of Akvavit Theatre. 

 

 

 

 

 

KEVIN STANFA

Currently living/surviving in New York City! I currently earn my rent working for Equinox Fitness in their corporate offices. It's the most flexible job ever and they support every theatrical endeavor I have. They know why I am in NYC, and it has nothing to do with Fitness. I volunteer at a new works theater company in town (The Workshop Theater). I do everything from Act in one act fests and readings there to manage their box office. I also am an avid member of another group called The Shakepeare Forum which advocates for Shakespeare in the classroom and after school, particularly in areas that have no arts funding or drama departments. 

 

 
 

 

The 2010 Class: Ghafir Akbar, Kristin Franklin, Sarah Gavitt, Hannah Goalstone, Alexandra Guyker, Peter Mendez, Nissa Perrott, Kevin Stanfa, Bethany Weise.

 


 

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

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 MCREW

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.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

STEVEN O'BRIEN

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.

 



Class of 2008

 

The 2008 Class: Matt Brown, Juan Cardenas, Karis Danish, Jessi Gormezano, Marcus Johnson, Julie Lachance, Jennifer Logue.

 


Class of 2007

 

KRIS DANFORD

Kris Danford is an actor, singer, and teacher currently based in Iowa. She has performed in New York and regionally in both straight and musical theatre. Previously head of the BFA Musical Theatre program at the University of West Florida and now teaches at University of Iowa, runs a private studio and performs in Iowa City, Iowa. She is also an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a proud member of Actors Equity Association. She is married to fellow alum, Sam Osheroff, and they have two children, Stella and Oliver. www.krisdanfordvoice.com.

 

 

 

 

 

BRAD MAKAROWSKI

Off-Broadway: The Flea: Design Your Kitchen; Metropolitan Playhouse: Both Your Houses; Resonance Ensemble: R.U.R., Caesar and Cleopatra. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Co., Asolo Rep, People's Light, Depot Theatre. Film: The Heart Outright, Me You & the Road. MFA: FSU Asolo Conservatory 2007 www.BradMakarowski.com

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

PAUL MOLNAR

Paul Molnar is a founding member and Producing Artistic Director of South Brooklyn Shakespeare. Directing credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet (SBS), Macbeth -a witch's tale, Hiker/Driver, The Gospel of Cyrus according to Cyrus (Asolo Late Night Series). As an actor: New York credits include work with KEEN Company, Epiphany, Adobe, Tangent and Fifth Street Theatre. Regional credits: Premier Stages, Asolo Rep, Vermont Stage, Lost Nation, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, New American Theatre and 12 Miles West Theatre. TV/ Film credits include: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU & Person of Interest. As a Fight Director: Off Broadway credits: Roulette, Tape, Ghoul, DiCapo Opera, EST, 47th Street Theatre, Fordham University, Queens College, MITF, and Keen Company where he is the Resident Company Fight Director. Regional credits: Bucks County Playhouse, Premiere Stages, Two River, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Second City (Detroit) & Asolo Rep. When not directing, acting or fighting, Paul and his wife Dee own and run a bar in South Slope, Brooklyn called SOUTH. 

 

The 2007 Class: Mia Bankston, Tony Bullock, Kris Danford, Alix Jones, Brad Makarowski, Paul Molnar, Josh Rowan, Sara Schabach, Jamie Tintor, Jen Walker and Leigh West.



Class of 2006

 

NATASHA STALEY

Natasha Staley is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Her areas of specialization include voice, speech, dialects, and text work. Natasha also directs, her most recent production showcasing undergraduate acting students in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Natasha returned to Sarasota in January of 2015 to serve as Assistant Voice and Dialect coach on the Asolo Rep’s production of Good People. She is a proud member of AEA and VASTA (the Voice and Speech Trainers Association), and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Most recent performance credits include Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts.

 

 

 

 

DARLENE HOPE (HORNE)

Darlene Hope's passion is to encourage & uplift audiences, and mentor young artists. Prior to attending the Asolo Conservatory, she toured extensively throughout the US, South America and the Caribbean combining humanitarian work, performance and arts education. After graduating in 2006, Darlene settled in NYC and has since performed alongside some of Broadway’s leading stars, including Jeremy Hays and Quentin Darrington. She has appeared in numerous films, commercials and stage productions, and recently garnered rave reviews in the Off Broadway run of Bennett Windheim's Normalcy. Darlene is the author of two full length plays, Property and Kosciuszko Stop, and is currently working on launching a production company. You can stay in touch with Darlene via her website www.DarleneHope.com.

 

 

 

The 2006 Class:  Ross Boehringer, Lesslie Crane, Bryan Crossan, Mariam Habib, Darlene Hope (Horne), John Long, Natasha Staley, Norah Sweeney and Brit Whittle.



Class of 2005

 

SAM OSHEROFF

Sam Osheroff is currently Artistic Director at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, IA. A member of Actors Equity, he has worked in performance venues all over the country and abroad including the Asolo Rep, Peterborough Players, The Banyan Theatre and many venues in and around New York City. Sam has also toured Argentina and Brazil with the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theatre and has directed shows at venues in New York City and regionally. He comes to Riverside from his most recent positions of Artistic Director of the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre and Assistant Professor of acting and directing at the University of West Florida. He is married to Asolo alum, Kris Danford.

 

 

 

 

The 2005 Class: Ken Ferrigni, Deanna Gibson, Ross Kidder, Aaron Kliner, Mary Lipple, Arlyn Mick, Sam Osheroff, Devon Pipars, Terry Small, Sarah Stockton Hamilton, Melissa Teitel.

 


Class of 2004

 

The 2004 Class: Dean Anthony, Heather Corwin, Brian Graves, Luciann LaJoie, Robert Lewandowski, Francisco Lozano, Merideth Maddox, Lauren Orkus, Katherine Tanner.

 


Class of 2003

 

DAMON BONETTI   

Damon Bonetti was privileged to have had Esther Mertz as his sponsor. He is a Philadelphia based actor, director and teacher. Recent - Acting: And Then There Were None, (Walnut Street), The Hound of the Baskervilles(Lantern, Barrymore Nomination-Outstanding Ensemble), Rizzo, The English Bride (Exile), God of Carnage, Becky Shaw (Montgomery Theater) and The 39 Steps (Theater Horizon). Directing: True Story, (Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding Director) The Gun Show and The Goldilocks Zone (Passage), Stinky Cheese Man (Walnut Street) The 39 Steps (Hedgerow) and The Rage of Achilles (CCTC). Co-Founder of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, dedicated to rare classics. As an actor: The Duchess of Malfi and Creditors. As director: The Sea Plays, Changes of Heart, Blood Wedding (co-production MPiRP/Drexel) and springs 2016 He Who Gets Slapped (co-pro Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.) www.philartistscollective.org

 

 

SCOTT CASPER

Scott Casper (Astoria, NY c/o 2003) – Co-Founder/Artistic Director of taxdeductible theatre. Founded in 2005, dedicated to developing the uniquely theatrical voice of our company and community of collaborative artists. Co-creator of The Dare Project, world premiere ten-minute plays, written on a dare. Over 100 original plays so far, and still going. Four volumes of plays available forpurchase. Writer of company’s first original full-length play, #hero, world-premiere in 2013.

Other credits – Playwright: Member of Queens-based Playwright Lab, Mission to (dit)Mars; A Tortured Mind (Firecracker Productions); Maybe Another Mile or So (Left Hip Productions) – Director: The Foreigner (Okoboji Summer Theater); Breaking Kayfabe (I Mean! Productions) – Actor: I can Smoke? (Short Film – Third Eye Productions); Shadows & Lies (film, Blackacre Entertainment, starring James Franco); Hecuba (Friendly Fire Theatre, starring Kristin Linklater); Metropolitan Playhouse (NYC); Monomoy Theater (Chatham, MA)  www.taxdeductibletheatre.org

 

JENNIFER PLANTS

 

Jen is the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches writing for the theatre and performance studies. As an artist, Jen acts and directs regionally in the U.S. and the UK. Recent directing credits include Richard II at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival (UK,) Doubt at Atlantic Stage (Myrtle Beach, SC) and [redacted] as part of the Banned Books Monologue Festival at the Forward Theater (Madison, WI.) As a performer and deviser, Jen's latest work No Feedback creates an immersive audience experience of othering. No Feedback premiered in London in May 2015, and continues development for a European tour in summer 2016. Jen is also the proprietress of Maudetown Vintage. Visit jenplants.com for more information about Jen and her work.

 
 
 
 

The 2003 Class: Jed Aicher, Bryan Barter, Damon Bonetti, Scott Casper, Nicole Diestler, Laura Lowry, Jennifer Plants, Dan Schultz, Kim Shively.

 


Class of 2002

 

KRISTA WACHOB

Krista Motley Wachob teaches and directs theatre at King College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2002 Class: Bryn Boice, Zachary Frischer, Richard Fromm, Jimmie Galaites, Bryant Mason, Creighton Morrison, David Stradley, Krista Wachob, Tria Xiong.

 


Class of 2001

 

BRUCE ROACH 

My work as an actor, director and educator has taken me across the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from the Conservatory, I did another season of acting in the Asolo company. My next career turn took me to teaching, including designing and implementing a summer training program in Lacoste, France for the Savannah College of Art and Design. I then returned to my native Midwest (I really like it there), where I found steady work directing and acting in Kansas City, MO. I’ve had great opportunities to direct some fine actors in that professional community, as well as continuing my life as an actor with the top companies there. Significantly, I’ve gotten to put my Asolo training into my passion, getting to play some great Shakespearean roles with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, including, Richard III, Iago, and Leontes, plus a lot more. And then sometimes, I’ve even returned to my roots to do a big musical! For the last five years, I’ve been lucky enough to be on the faculty of the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota Actor Training Program. I’m the first year teacher, which I love. Every day, I work with some of the most gifted young talents in the country. And along the way, I got married to a great guy.

 

Class of 2001: Julia Cook, Gregory Funaro, T. Geist, Greg Parente, Bruce Roach, Jason Schiessl, Harmony Schuttler, Steven Snyder, Meredith Van Voorst.