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Kevin Barber comes to FSU/Asolo from New York City, which he has called home for the past seven years. In addition to performing in many glorified basements in NYC, he has collaborated with numerous regional theaters, including multiple roles at the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Texas Shakesepare Festival, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the Stage Werx Theater in San Francisco, and the title role in Macbeth at the Theater at Monmouth. Kevin also formed his own film production company last summer and wrote/directed the short film, Co-Insurance. He is currently in pre-production for his next film, which will be shooting this upcoming August. Kevin is so grateful to be part of the Asolo community and for his magnificent donors/friends; Charlie Beye, Richard Depe, Carol Camiener, and Mort & Carol Siegler. Graduate of Vassar College.
Mark Comer is thrilled to be a part of the FSU/Asolo family! He’d like to thank his sponsor, Bev Koski. Mark received his BFA from Rutgers University, which included two semesters at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. In addition to numerous Off and off Off Broadway productions, he was a recurring character on Guiding Light, as well as a co-founder and Resident Director of The Relevance Group, an NYC-based theatre company. Most recently, he understudied in the Asolo productions of Other Desert Cities, Philadelphia Here I Come!, and The Grapes of Wrath. Mark is frequently the first Montanan many people encounter.
Chris Alexey Diaz holds his BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. Past credits include: Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (Daniel/ Mable) with the Orlando Shakepeare Theater, Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), Light in the Piazza (Ensemble) and All Shook Up (Fergus) with HSRT, Philadelphia, Here I come (u/s Ned), The Grapes of Wrath (u/s the Man Going Back) with the Asolo Rep Theatre, Locomotion (Enrique) at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Trojan Women 2.0 (Aeneas) at the 2012 Orlando Int’l Fringe Festival. Thank you SO much to my wonderful parents & family, my brilliant professors, generous sponsors, George Cole & Judy Zuckerberg (AND Michael!) and Pam & Walt Hunt, and my fiercely talented classmates for the unwavering love & support!
A native of Long Island, NY, Ally earned her BA in Theatre Arts from The State University of New York at New Paltz where she played Olivia in Twelfth Night and Masha in Three Sisters. Regional credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), After the Revolution (Mohonk Mountain Stage Co.). Last season, Ally made her Cook Stage debut as the knitting queen, Eurydice, in Antigone. Ally wishes to thank her sponsors, Margot & Warren Coville and Carole Crosby & Larry Wickless for their inspiring generosity and friendship. She also sends a giant ‘thank you’ to her classmates, teachers and parents for their endless love and support.
Josh James is thrilled to be in his second year here at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Josh received his BFA in Acting from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. His most recent work includes Philadelphia, Here I Come (understudy), 4000 Miles (understudy), and the Page in last season's production of Antigone. Josh would like to thank his classmates for their love and passion, the sweet and brilliant Eva Slane, the beautiful Judy Hall, George Kole and Judy Zuckerberg for their constant compassion, his family for their support and unwavering love, and of course his best and brightest guardian angel, Mr. Bill Yandow. And thank YOU for your support of live theatre!
Joseph Knispel is a Nebraska native who earned his B.M. in Musical Theater from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While he performed in more than twelve shows in his undergraduate studies, his favorite professional credits include, The Baker in Into the Woods, Chuck Cranston in Footloose, and Michael in Two Rooms. Joe would like to thank his sponsors, Jim and Susan Buck, Bruce and India Lesser, and Sean and Melanie Natarajan for their overwhelming support in his graduate studies.
Kelsey Petersen is a Chicago native who received her Bachelor of Arts in Acting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Recent stage credits include Rose of Sharon (u/s) in the Asolo Rep’s The Grapes of Wrath and Amanda (u/s) in Asolo Rep’s 4000 Miles. Endless love and gratitude to my incredible family, my donors Bob & Pat Baer, the snake that lived in my porch light for two weeks last year, and of course my beautiful classmates. What a privilege it is that life has brought us all here together.
Jordan Ben Sobel is originally from California and holds a BA in English Literature and a Theatre Minor from Boston University. Regional credits include: The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre), The Corn Is Green (Huntington Theatre Company), She Kills Monsters (Company One), Of Mice and Men (Moonbox Productions), Brick in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Riverside Theatre Works) and Macbeth, Demetrius/Bottom, and Mercutio (Shakespeare Now). Jordan would like to thank his donors Nancy Stevenson, Nona Heaslip, Ron Banyay, the spirit of Esther M. Mertz, and his parents for their continuous love and support.
Kim was most recently seen as Lisa in Collected Stories with Banyan Theater Company. Other recent credits include: 100 Saints You Should Know (Abby) at Theatre Rhinoceros, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy) at New Conservatory Theatre, and Urinetown (Hope) at The Grand Theatre. Kim received her previous training at LAMDA, BYU, and ACT. Special thanks to her incredible sponsors, Roy and Caryl Kaplan, Bob and Candy Sohol, Mike and Madelyn Tetmeyer, and to her amazing husband and family for their continuous love and support!
Evan Reynolds White is a graduate of Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Most recently he played Henry in Rich Girl and Chip Tolentino/Olive's Dad in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Okoboji Summer Theatre. In Kansas City he has worked at the Coterie Theatre (U:bug:me), Unicorn Theatre (bare: a pop opera) the Off-Center Theatre (Hedwig & The Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Say You Love Satan, Valhalla) and Musical Theatre Heritage (The Pajama Game, How To Succeed...) Endless, endless thanks to donors Doug, Alex and Devin Bradbury and Tom and Carol Beeler for their endless, endless support. Proud member AEA.
Most recently appeared in Theater At Monmouth’s A Woman Of No Importance, Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It. Regional credits include: Love’s Labours Lost,Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Dracula, The Belle Of Amherst. Training: University of Kentucky BA, The Second City Conservatory Chicago. Thanks to her family and her classmates; and to her sponsors the Townsends, Hoffmans, and Roses – thank you for making this dream possible.
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