Graduate Studies: Professional Actor Training Program: Alumni

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David Adamson MFA ’78, LDA ’79 has been back with PlayMakers since 1994 and Michael Wilson’s “Streetcar.” Before that he worked regularly in NYC with VETCO; performing in Tracers, Medal of Honor Rag and, at the NYSF, Ice Bridge as well as the title role in Mrozek’s The Ambassador and Chaxfield in Rod Serling’s The Strike. At Indiana Rep he did Hamlet, both parts of Henry IV and their 1st A Christmas Carol, returning the next two years to direct it. At the Colorado Shakespeare Festival there were two French Kings in Henry V and All’s Well That Ends Well.    Other venues included a national tour of Drumwright with John Cullum, Hamlet at the NYSF with Kevin Kline, Bus Stop at Montclair with Jerry Hall, as well as Sgt. Williams in further productions of Tracers at The Whole Theatre and The George Street Playhouse which he also co-directed. Since returning to North Carolina David has done many “Carols” at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival along with such parts as Holofernes, Dogberry, Hamlet’s Ghost and First Player and Duncan/Porter/Siward.  At PlayMakers his appearances have included roles in Charley’s Aunt, Macbeth, Cymbeline, The Illusion, Nicholas Nickleby and most recently Trouble in Mind and An Enemy of the People. David, a Viet Nam Veteran, is a Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Dramatic Art.

Bernard K. Addison‘s recent television appearances include Desperate Housewives and Castle. Past television work includes Ugly Betty, Las Vegas, Weeds, Frasier, JAG, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Recent theatre work include the multiple-award winning production of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Best Acting Ensemble- LA Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle, Backstage Garland Awards) at the Fountain Theatre, and a critically-acclaimed performance as Herald Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (The Fountain Theatre and The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco). Other theatre work includes Electra on Broadway (with fellow PATP member Michael Cumpsty), The Theatre at Boston Court, the Ahmanson, the Pearl in New York, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. See more on Bernard here.

Tim Altmeyer’s recent acting credits include My Old Lady (opposite Estelle Parsons) at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Time Stands Still (Hartford TheaterWorks),  and Venus in Fur (Hippodrome), as well as High (Broadway and National Tour) with Kathleen Turner and Looped (Broadway) with Valerie Harper.  His recent directing credits include Other Desert Cities (Hippodrome).    Tim is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Tim returned to PlayMakers to play Septimus in Arcadia.

Carol Anderson-Shores and her husband Jim Shores continue with their company “Acts of Renewal,” producing “theatre to delight the soul” for audiences at national conferences, colleges, churches, and faith-based events.  See them at their Web site.  Carol has also performed in some indie films and regional commercials. They have two sons, Zach and Zander now entering college to major in theatre and film making respectively.

Wendy Barrie-Wilson was recently at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey playing in The Guardsman.  Other recent performances include Miracle on South Division Street (Clara), I Capture the Castle (Mrs. Cotton) and The Grapes Of Wrath (Ma Joad).  She can be seen on many reruns of Law & Order/SVU/CI, and in PBS “Novel Reflections,” adding to a long list of television credits.  She performed Sister Aloysius in the European premiere of Doubt at Vienna’s English theatre with Ray Dooley.  Wendy received a SALT Award and a DayTony award for other productions of Doubt. Variety hailed her Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie as “one of the finest Amanda Wingfields in memory, and can proudly take her place alongside the memorable Amandas in this critic’s experience: Helen Hayes, Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris and Maureen Stapleton. “  Broadway: Our Town, starring Paul Newman; All My Sons, starring Richard Kiley. Wendy’s numerous regional credits include the Huntington Theatre, Denver Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Asolo, Alabama Shakespeare festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival among many others.  Wendy worked as Acting coach recently for a production of Middletown by Will Eno. She also directed “Einstein and the Roosevelts.” Wendy is an accomplished potter and pottery teacher.  She is a Professor of Acting at Denison University. Visit Wendy’s  Web site to see more.

Dee Dee Batteast is Associate Professor at Ball State University, where she teaches Acting, Shakespeare, and One Person Show. Dee Dee debuted her own One-Person show, No AIDS, No Maids: Stories I Can’t F*cking Hear No More, a darkly humorous exploration of the deficient narratives minority actors face in the American theater, at the D.C. Fringe festival, summer 2015. No AIDS No Maids examines the corrosively repetitive positioning of black women and gay men as either the selfless “best friend” or the center of historical stories that have no room for the unanswered questions of a new generation. No AIDS No Maids begs the American Theatre to reconsider the authentic voice of “the other.”

Josh Blann is an Associate Professor of Drama at Tarrant County College-Northwest in Fort Worth, Texas.  He continues to work regularly in theater there, appearing recently in The Ghost Sonata and Port Twilight, A History of Science at Undermain Theatre. He will also be was seen in Long Day’s Journey into Night at Undermain. He was an Equity Guest Artist at the Abilene Shakespeare Festival as Macbeth and has acted with several DFW area theatres including: Dallas Children’s Theatre, Stage West, and Shakespeare Dallas.  Josh directed classmate Brandon Smith’s play Green for the Out of the Loop Festival at Watertower Theatre. With Brandon he co-wrote the play Bandersnatch, which enjoyed a successful production at the regional festival of ACTF in Oklahoma.  His own play, The Poe Murders, was performed at TCC-NW.

Greg Oliver Bodine received a New York Innovative Theatre Awards nomination for ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ in his one-man play, POE, TIMES TWO, which was produced at WorkShop Theater Company.  The play was also nominated for ‘Outstanding Lighting Design’ and ‘Outstanding Production of a Remounted Play.’  Greg is also very happy to announce that his short play, THE FATWĀ OF CORPSMAN JOHNNY JONES, has just been selected to be a part of the 37th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.  FATWĀ was chosen from more than nine hundred plays, and was among the Final Forty performed at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row.  The play was originally produced by WorkShop Theater Company as part of “They That Have Borne The Battle:” a month-long festival of plays and readings to honor the men and women of the Armed Services. In other news, Greg’s ten-minute play I, CARPENTER, has been published by Playscripts, Inc.  The play was first developed at EST under the tutelage of Founding Artistic Director, the late Curt Dempster, and received continued support in The Writers’ Forum at Manhattan TheatreSource before being produced there as part of the 2011 InGenius Short Play Festival.

Janie Brookshire played Off-Broadway in The Mound Builders at Signature Theatre Company, in Man & Superman at the Irish Repertory Theatre, opposite Brian Murray, and at the Mint Theatre Company as the titular character in the Allan Monkhouse comedy Mary Broome and in Wife to James Whelan.  At the Pearl Theatre she was Celimene in The Misanthrope (nominated for a Lucille Lortel award). She made her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick.  Recent TV/Film credits include”Forever”,”I Love You…But I Lied”, “The Good Wife”, the indie feature He’s Way More Famous than You, opposite Mamie Gummer and directed by her PlayMakers (Amadeus, with the North Carolina Symphony) co-star Michael Urie. Upcoming: the short film So Good To See You opposite Sienna Miller and the Web series #thatthingfrombefore.

Prince T. Bowie is serving as the Assistant Principal at a high school for the performing arts in metro Atlanta.  Prince is responsible for curriculum and instruction, operations, and infusing the arts in all core content areas. Previously, Prince was the Director of Theatre and Department Chair of Fine Arts.  As a director he achieved state and national recognition for directing and student achievement.  He was recognized as a STAR educator, his students won top state titles, and in 2012 one of his students won first place in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York. He attributes his success to the nurturing and training he received in the PATP.

John Brummer played Prince Hal in 1 Henry IV at the Pearl Theater in New York, Edmund Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Ken in John Logan’s RED at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Kevin Butler was featured opposite Frank Langella and Laura Allen in the motion Picture How You Look To Me and returned for a second year for work at the Hartford Stage Company.  When not on stage or screen he holds the position of Dean of Judicial Affairs at Providence College

Judy W. Chen was seen as Chin/Suzuki in M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang for the Columbia University MFA Director Program for director Raymond Zilberberg. Off Broadway, she has performed with: The Public Theatre, Pan-Asian Rep, Ma-Yi Theatre Co, Manhattan TheatreSource. You may spy her in a commercial here and there. For more information, please go to:

Bostin Christopher — Beginning in the fall of 2015, Bostin joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as Senior Acting Teacher. He recently held the position of Artistic Associate at Perseverance Theatre (Alaska) where his duties included acting, directing, literary/new play development, along with producing, marketing, and communications.  Bostin has served as a guest artist, and/or workshop leader, at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (LFTC), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC), and the William Inge Center for the Arts. He has worked on new plays with NYSF/Public Theatre’s New Work Now!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for the New City, Moving Arts, Perseverance Theatre, Northwest Playwrights Alliance and Seattle Repertory Theater. He most recently directed the world premiere of Arlitia Jones’ Rush at Everlasting for Perseverance. Previous directing credits include: Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at Perseverance, world premiere of Arlitia Jones’ Make Good the Fires, Dawson Moore’s The Tie, and A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia. As an actor, his most recent credits are The Poet in An Iliad, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Leonard in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar and fulfilling a life-long dream playing Lennie in Of Mice and Men. Previous acting credits include a couple new plays Off-Broadway (Kit Marlowe, Ice Island), further work in the regional theatre, and too many shows to count where he had to wear his own clothes and bring in his spatula as a prop. If you really need more Bostin, you can have him in your face anytime by watching the movies UnbreakableOtisScorpion King 3, or In My Pocket. You might also accidentally catch him in old reruns of Law & Order and Ed among others, and you can have a few laughs if you can find some of his commercials online.

Nathaniel P. Claridad – Recently received a Drama League Artist-in-Residence award to direct Endangered Species by PATP classmate Nilan Johnson, “A hilariously scathing new play about racial identity that explores what happens when Black culture is abandoned for the safety of the normative. What remains when history, context, and culture disappears?” Other Off-Broadway credits include Here Lies Love (Public Theater, dir. Alex Timbers), Awesome 80’s Pro; Regional credits include work at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Imagination Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Folger Theatre, and The Kennedy Center.  He made his NYC producing debut at the Drama League with Caridad Svich’s Upon the Fragile Shore with Executive Director Gabriel Shanks directing.  He also performed in the piece alongside Nilan Johnson and Tania Chelnov (both PATP ’14).  He also appeared in New York Shakespeare Exchange’s Titus Andronicus which the New York Times called ‘electric’, as well as workshopping Laser Beak Man, a new piece co-produced by Dead Puppet Society and the New Victory (with fellow PATP ’14 alum Maren Searle).  As a director, Nathaniel has worked for the Obie Award winning Peculiar Works Project (directing an Apollinaire piece featuring Brandon Garegnani and Tania Chelnov, PATP ’14), and directed July House for the 2015 NYC Fringe Festival (cast includes Josh Tobin, PATP ’13).

Jeffrey Blair Cornell has been an acting company member with PlayMakers Repertory Company for 20 years appearing in more than 65 productions, including Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, An Enemy of the People, Trouble in Mind, Into the Woods, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike.  Other recent seasons include:  The TempestMetamorphosesPrivate LivesNoises OffThe Making of a King: Henry IV/Henry V, Angels in America – Parts I&II (Roy Cohn), the “King” in Big River and both Dukes in As You Like It.  Other favorite roles include Crummles and Ned Cheeryble in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,  Alan in Opus , Matamore in The Illusion, Father Flynn in Doubt; Jason in Wit, and Willie Mossop in Hobson’s Choice.  Regional:  Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Victory Gardens Theatre,  The Birmingham Theatre (Girl Crazy – opposite Lorna Luft), and the Caldwell Theatre (2 Best Actor Nominations – Carbonell Awards for Falsettoland and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me).  New York:  Down to Earth, Serious Money, and Two By Two.  Jeffrey is a Senior Lecturer and serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-CH.

Carey Cox is the understudy for Laura in the current Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie directed by Sam Gold.  She is also developing her standup career, most recently with appearances at Dangerfield’s in New York.

Michael Cumpsty Broadway appearances include Machinal, The Winslow Boy, End of the Rainbow (Tony nomination), the 2008 Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant WifeDemocracyCopenhagenEnchanted April, 42nd Street, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens (Bayfield Award),  Artist Descending a Staircase. Michael portrayed  the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet at Classic Stage Company in New York and has played many roles for the New York Public Theatre.  For the Royal Shakespeare Company he starred as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His many television credits include L.A. Law and Star Trek: Voyager; films include Eat, Pray, LoveThe Ice StormFatal Instinct; and State of Grace.

Pia Days Pia won Outstanding Supporting Actress in the LAWEBFEST 2015 Web Competition for her portrayal of “Brooklyn” in What Men Want Web Series: She has been in several commercials including CarFax, Alvin & The Chipmunks & Kaiser Permanente. Pia continues to perform in plays all throughout LA and had the honor of understudying Loretta Devine and Ledisi in the hit show Yes God Is Real by Don B. Welch. She is a producer of the short film Destined to Be. Pia is also the owner of Chocolate Tenders, the premiere mobile bar tending company in LA catering to entertainment and business professionals: PATP has certainly given her the strength and endurance to survive as a professional in this industry for over a decade.

Gregory DeCandia is Assistant Professor of Theater at Oklahoma State University where he heads the B.A. Performance program.  His one-man show, Silhouettes of Service continues to tour to venues far and wide.

Kelsey Didion and her sketch group Recent Cutbacks were listed in TimeOutNY’s “Top 10 Best Comedy Shows of 2014” with their co-created show, Hold On To Your Butts. It continues to play at The People’s Improv Theater. Other recent works include: NY Shakespeare Exchange, Scapin at Theater Row, Hunger & Thirst Theater. Kelsey has also recently completed a two-year mentorship under Scott Miller, voice professor of Graduate Acting at NYU Tisch.

John Dreher was most recently on the NBC mini-series The Slap opposite Zachary Quinto. He recently made his NYC debut off-Broadway in Scapin. He can be seen in Ricki and the Flash with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

John Feltch appeared on Broadway in Enchanted April and at the Roundabout in Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle. He was a company member at the Alley Theatre for 11 seasons playing such roles as Brutus in Julius Caesar (with Vanessa Redgrave), Henry in The Real Thing (Houston Press Best Actor, 2000), and Prior Walter in Angels in America. John returned to the Alley to play Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, spring 2007 and to play in Sarah Ruhl s Eurydice in 2009. John’s many other theatre credits include work at American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and the McCarter Theatre. John returned to PlayMakers to play Edgar in King Lear, Diamond Louie in The Front Page, Versati in The Underpants, the Compte De Guiche Cyrano de Bergerac, and Emperor Joseph in Amadeus. John also directed Stones In His Pockets and Crimes of the Heart for PRC.

Julie Fishell has been a resident company member of PlayMakers Repertory Company since 1993 where her many roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Amanda in Private Lives, Frau Schneider in Cabaret, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Celia in As You Like It, Elmire in Tartuffe, and Nancy in Frozen. Also a graduate of The Juilliard School, she has performed and studied in New York with The Public Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, Manhattan Class Company, The Acting Company and the A.N.T.A. Touring Company. Julie s many regional credits include Inez Kirby in The Death of Papa at Hartford Stage Company (directed by Michael Wilson), and work with Virginia Stage Company and Chautauqua Theatre Company.

Charlie Flynn-McIver is the Artistic Director and co-founder of North Carolina Stage Company , Asheville, North Carolina’s professional Equity theatre.  For North Carolina Stage Company, Charlie has directed their productions of Annapurna, The Book Club Play, R Buckminster Fuller; The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, and Parallel Lives and acted in several of their productions.  NCSC has won the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Award (2012) and produced the world premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman, based on a true story as told on This American Life, that had an Off Broadway production in the 2014-2015 season.   Prior to NCSC, Charlie acted regionally and in New York at Syracuse Stage, The Hangar Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Vermont Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Off Broadway at the Melting Pot and the Broadway National Tour of Wit with Judith Light.

Janet Foster is Casting Director and a senior member of the artistic team at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Before moving to San Francisco from New York, Janet was the owner of Janet Foster Casting, where she cast The Light in the Piazza for Lincoln Center, and on Broadway cast Lennon, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Taking Sides. Off-Broadway Janet has cast Endpapers, True Love, The Dying Gaul, The Maiden s Prayer, Dream True, Trojan Women, A Love Story, and for Playwrights Horizons, Floyd Collins, The Monogomist, A Cheever Evening, Later Life. Regional credits include the Intiman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Prince Music Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, American Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV casting: Cosby, Tracy Ullman Takes On New York,  The Deal, Advice From A Caterpillar. Janet has conducted industry workshops for the PATP and other leading training programs.

Michael Frederic has been seen most recently in the national tour of The Great Divorce, which will open in NYC in November 2015. He also appeared at Hudson Stage Company in the rolling world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s The God Game. Prior to that, he played several roles in the incredibly successful run of Bill W and Dr Bob at the Soho Playhouse. He will be seen in the fall of 2015 in The New Morality at the Mint Theater in NYC.

David Friedlander has been seen as Claudio in New York Classical Theater’s production of Measure for Measure,  while making the transition into young Dad roles with a commercial for Houghton Mifflin’s “A Curious World.” The online short film NYC Life, a send up of David Attenborough nature documentary’s, saw David wrangle a Great Dane while trying to pick up girls on 6th Avenue and was accepted to the Palm Springs International ShortFest. David is also the newest team member of ComedySportz NYC.

Matt Garner‘s recent credits include Happy in Death of a Salesman with Nashville Repertory Theatre and Kyle in Tori Keenan-Zelt’s Air Space at the Ingram New Works Festival, featuring special guest playwright Donald Margulies. Upcoming roles include the title role in Henry V and Edgar in King Lear with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Nashville Repertory Theatre.

Joseph Haj is Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  He was Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company from 2006 to 2015 and directed Into the Woods, The Tempest, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Henry IV/V The Making of a KingBig RiverAs You Like ItThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, PericlesThe Illusion, Cyrano de Bergerac Not About Heroes, and Amadeus. Previously for PlayMakers Joe assisted Mark Wing-Davey on King Lear. Joe’s production of Hamlet at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C. won several Helen Hayes Awards in 2010, and his productions of Pericles and Henry V at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 received much praise.  Other directing credits include As You Like It and Metamorphoses for the Clarence Brown Theatre, and The Road That Leads Here for the Humana Festival in Louisville. As an actor Joe has worked with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart (original member of the SITI Company), Peter Sellars, Robert Woodruff, Garland Wright, Michael Grief, Sir Peter Hall, Jon Jory and others.  TV appearances include 24, Without a Trace, Navy NCIS, Crossing Jordan and Charmed. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Grant and also the recipient of the 2004/2005 Nation Endowment for the Arts / Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for directors.  Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and was named by American Theatre Magazine as one of 25 artists who will lead the American Theatre in the next quarter century.

Carrie Heitman appeared in 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith, by Yussef El Guindi (The Lark),  and Ghost Dancing by Campion Decent (New Ohio), which center’s around Judy Chicago’s seminal feminist work of art from the 1970s – The Dinner Party. Her ensemble theater company, Hook & Eye, which is in pre-production for GOD IS A VERB, a reeling, immersive theatrical game exploring the burden of genius and the maddening mind of a twentieth-century polymath. Exploding from a purposefully drab 1960s university utopian thought experiment, Hook and Eye Theater uses music, math and movement to render the world and ground-breaking ideas of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. All the info here:; Runs Nov 4-21, 2015

Deanna Henson‘s episode of Hack My Life for TruTV was picked up for The Soup with Joel McHale, and is something of a YouTube hit.   Deanna won best actress for a short film at the Rahway Film Festival and at Hang On To Your Shorts, and was nominated at the Golden Door Film Festival.  She worked on Recursion with Rob McClure and is in post-production for Who’s Jenna Jameson? Upcoming television appearances, especially on the ID Channel and Animal Planet, include Monsters Inside Me, Shadow of a Doubt, I’d Kill For You, and Crime to Remember.  On stage in New York, Deanna appeared in a workshop of a new play at EST called The Power of Now-ish by Amy Liszka. See more at and at Deanna Henson on Facebook.

Beth Hylton was part of Everyman Theatre’s Great American Rep, playing Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and also appeared in Death of a Salesman.  Beth completed the 14-15 season with an acclaimed production as Elvira in Blithe Spirit at Everyman, where Beth is a member of the resident company.  Other performances in the Washington/Baltimore area include Rapture Blister Burn (Gwen) at Round House Theatre, Circle Mirror Transformation (Theresa) at Rep Stage, The Cocktail Hour (Nina) at The Public Theatre of Maine, and The Understudy (Roxanne) and Deathtrap (Myra) at Everyman.  Favorite recent regional credits include: Appropriate (Rachael) at Woolly Mammoth (Liesl Tommy, dir.), Time Stands Still (Sarah) and  August: Osage County (Ivy) at Everyman, Bev in Clybourne Park at CenterStage, The 39 Steps (Woman) at The Maltz Jupiter, Private Lives (Amanda) at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, A Dolls House (Nora) at Gulfshore Playhouse and Death of a Salesman (Miss Forsythe) at Weston Playhouse starring Christopher Lloyd.  Other: Florida’s Hippodrome, Olney Theatre Center, Folger and Ford’s Theatres.  Next season will begin with Myra in Hay Fever at Olney Theatre Center (in which Beth will seek to channel the brilliant Julie Fishell who played the role when Beth played Sorel in a production at PRC!) and will include Rosemary in Outside Mullingar and BLANCHE in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman. Come see me in DC/Baltimore alums or future grads! Thanks and love to all my PlayMakers family.

Nilan Johnson  received a Drama League Artist-in-Residence Award for his play Endangered Species, to be directed by PATP classmate Nathaniel Claridad. “A hilariously scathing new play about racial identity, Endangered Species explores what happens when Black culture is abandoned for the safety of the normative. What remains when history, context, and culture disappears?” Nilan appeared in the film #BLACKLIVESMATTER and in an episode of Most Evil for Investigation Discovery.  Nilan acted in a workshop production of The Champion, a new play by Amy Evans about Nina Simone, that also featured PATP alum Joy Jones in the title role.  He has worked recently with the Working Theatre’s Director’s Salon, in a reading at Primary Stages, at the Obie-winning Peculiar Works Project, at New Dramatists workshopping the new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and in a reading of Caridad Svich’s Upon the Fragile Shore at the Drama League directed by Gabriel Shanks.  Nilan’s play, Our Precedent received a reading at the Flux Theatre.

Paige Johnston Thomas is Co-Owner / Casting Director at Corrigan & Johnston Casting and Casting Southeast in Charlotte, NC. She works on TV Commercials and Films throughout the Southeast. She is also an acting coach, a theatre director, and theatre Board member.  She was just named as one of the Leading Local Filmmakers by Today’s Charlotte Woman magazine.

Fiona Jones is a proud founding partner at Manhattan Theatre Source, a full-service resource for artists in New York.  Fiona has established herself as a leading voice talent in New York, including work for the NFL, Discovery Channel, MTV and other major clients.  Films include Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and several indie features.  Stage work includes Actors Theatre of Louisville and Chautauqua Repertory Theatre.  Fiona is also the founder & executive producer of the annual Estrogenius Festival, a celebration of women’s voices, at Manhattan Theatre Source.

David S. Jung has appeared in the feature films Mind the GapHow You Look to Me, and Trackdown.  His numerous television credits include American Dad, Perception, Hung, Mad TV, Heroes, The Shield and several appearances on Law and Order (original and SVU).  He also works in commercials  and does voiceovers for animation and gaming. David starred in the award-winning documentary, Air Guitar Nation. He currently teaches acting at the Art Institute of California- North Hollywood.

Jimmy Kieffer appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher.  Summer ’16 saw Jimmy at the Guthrie Theater in South Pacific.  At The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. he was Mine Host of the Garter in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and at Center Stage, Baltimore, he played Bob Acres in The Rivals.

Michael Houston King Michael’s films include The Way Back Home, Opposite Sex, and the City and Written in Blood.  Television credits include Star Trek: Voyager, Hyperion Bay, and Sliders.

Tim Klein is Head of Theater at the University of Houston-Downtown.  As Artistic Director of The Missouri Shakespeare Festival, which he founded in 2013, and he produced Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.  See more at  Previously, Tim taught Acting and Directing at SUNY Fredonia and at SUNY Buffalo.  While in Buffalo , Tim acted at the Alleyway Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Theatre of Youth, Studio Arena (which has now reopened as 710 Main St. Theatre) and The Road Less Traveled Productions Company.

Dan Krell has long established himself as a leading actor in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, working constantly and receiving great praise for his work.  He has appeared in more than 35 productions with Civic Light Opera, recently played Cliff in Cabaret and Lodovico in Othello at the Pittsburgh Public (among many other roles there) and appeared in Steven Dietz’s Honus & Me at the City Theatre.

Brent Langdon was most recently at Dorset Playhouse in the premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World.  He has appeared at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in the East Coast premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Murderers.

Derrick Ledbetter made his NYC debut Off-Broadway in Austerity of Hope in the June Havoc Theatre. Derrick also did Lombardi with Southern Stage in Atlanta, GA with John Woodson and Monica Bell. Since then, Derrick has founded 15-501 Productions, production company in the city with fellow Alums Alice Whitley, John Brummer, Jimmy Kieffer, and Kahlil Garcia. The company’s inaugural play, Jericho written by Kahlil Garcia, premiered in The New York International Fringe Festival the summer of 2015.

Rita Marchelya joined Billy Crudup in a reading of David Rabe’s new script, The Black Monk, based on the Chekhov story of the same name.  She had great success in Raised by Lesbians in the NY Fringe Festival. Also NYC: world premiere of Water and Stone (role of Sandra, directed by Curt Dempster) at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other EST: Julie in Reunion, Vicki in After the Dose, company member Ensemble Lab under the direction of Curt Dempster. She performed in the staged reading of The Rise of Dorothy Hale with Naked Angels and her television and film credits include the FX comedy Starved, As the World Turns, All My Children and indies  CrackingRope, Network Adaptation, and Concealed. Rita is a principal teacher of the Miller Voice Method in New York.

Jeff Meanza has been named Associate Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  Jeff returned to PlayMakers as Director of Education and Outreach in 2007 and was named Associate Artistic Director in 2011. Since returning to PlayMakers, Jeff has appeared in Amadeus, Well, Nicholas Nickleby, Angels in America, Assassins, and Into the Woods.  This summer he will direct Guys and Dolls with PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory, a program he has overseen since joining the theatre in 2007.

Kathryn Meisle Broadway credits include A Touch of the PoetThe Constant Wife and Tartuffe, for which she received a Tony Award nomination and the Calloway Award. Other Broadway credits include London AssuranceThe Rehearsal, and Racing Demon. Kathryn s many off-Broadway credits include Living Out (Second Stage), Old Money(Lincoln Center Theatre), and Olivia in Twelfth Night, Celia in As You Like It, and Desdemona in Othello for the NY Shakespeare Festival.  Film and television: Grey s AnatomyNYPD BlueCSI MiamiWithout a TraceThe Guardian,Law & Order: SVUOzYou ve Got Mail, and Rosewood.

Brian Meredith is the Supervisor of the Performing Arts division at the Natural History Museum of LA County and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.  He and his team perform regularly with life-sized juvenile T.rex and Triceratops puppets made by an Australian company called ERTH, and a full-sized adult Saber-toothed Cat, made by the Jim Henson Creature shop, as well as with shadow puppets, a marionette and the occasional stilt walking butterfly (though Brian’s days performing as a beautiful Monarch appear to be over).  Brian has also been out to the field several times with the Museum’s Dinosaur Institute, excavating long necked dinosaurs in Utah.  Because of the Performing Arts Program, the Natural History Museum was recently awarded a grant by the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and the program and its puppets have been featured in American Theater magazine, photographed for National Geographic’s “Reviving Extinct Species” issue, appeared three times on Hallmark’s nationally syndicated Home and Family show, and wrecked havoc locally on Good Day LA.  All of this is, of course, a team effort and Brian is thrilled to be a part of such a team, and grateful to UNC’s Professional Actor Training Program for teaching him the various and unexpected skills needed for his job.

Harold  Todd (Moeller) used that Ringling training performing as a clown in the Britney Spears  Circus  tour. Harold writes,  Hard to describe the overwhelming experience it is to be in front of 25,000 screaming fans!!  Previously, Harold appeared in The Frugal Repast at the Abingdon Theatre in New York, playing an ex-clown holding a Picasso painting for ransom. The New York Times reviewed the show very favorably and featured a photo of Harold. Harold’s play Planet Samovar was selected for the NY Fringe Festival summer 2006. Harold also acted in the piece.

Hana Moon appeared as Agnes in Moliere’s The School for Wives, and as Luka in Shaw’s Arms and the Man at the Pearl Theatre Company in New York. Hana has appeared on Law and Order (CI) and Guiding Light, and in a recurring role on All My Children.  Her film work includes Grand Theft Auto, Sunrise, and West 32nd.  NY theatre credits include the Westside Theatre, Urban Stages, and  Cowboy vs. Samurai at NAATCO. Hana has extensive national and regional commercial credits.  Hana returned to PlayMakers to play Emily in Our Town.

Connan Morrissey appeared as Hermione in The Winter s Tale at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Previously she was seen in the world-premiere of Karen Zacarias’ The Book Club Play at Roundhouse Theatre in Bethesda, MD. She played Freedom in Arena Stage’s Washington DC-based version of Christmas Carol called, appropriately, Christmas Carol, 1941. She regularly appears in many staged readings at the Kennedy Center. Connan appeared summer 2006 in An Experiment with an Air Pump with the Potomac Theatre Project in Olney, MD, and in Orson’s Shadow at the Round House Theatre. Connan’s many other credits include the title role in Anna Karenina at the Clarence Brown Theatre, Lady Macbeth at the Avignon-Off Festival, Laura in The Glass Menagerie at the Asolo (Handy Award, Best Supporting Actress). Connan returned to PlayMakers to play Claire in Proof in 2002.

Matthew Ellis Murphy is a proud founding member (along with alumna Marianne Miller) of The Group Lab, through which he is producing RAFT, the company’s first ever full-length production. RAFT will receive its world premiere as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015 following two July preview performances at 59E59 Theaters in New York. As an actor, his most recent credits include work with Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective, Amios, the Musical Theatre Factory and the International Emmy Awards, among others. His work as a composer and music director has been heard at the New York International and Capital Fringe Festivals, PlayMakers Rep, Examined Man Theatre and One Shot Productions, among others. He also coaches voice and dialects, including work with T. Schreiber Studios in New York. In his “other life,” he works as a paralegal and word processing specialist in the world of Big Law.

Matthew Patterson is a founding member of One Shot Productions, with PATP alumni Nikolas Priest and Marla Yost, and Matt’s wife Melissa.  Their inaugural production of The Comedy of Errors played in New York, summer of 2010.

Katie Paxton‘s television credits include The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Forever, and most recently DirecTV’s Billy and Billie, written/directed by Neil LaBute. She has appeared in feature films The Heart Machine (SXSW 2014) and  How He Fell in Love (2015 LA Film Festival). Currently, you can see her peddling toothpaste in the new Crest HD commercial. Theater credits include Bedroom Farce at the Huntington Theatre, directed by Maria Aitken.

Flor De Liz Perez starred in The Motherf***er With the Hat at the National Theatre of Great Britain, summer 2015.  Previously she joined the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, cast as Marina in their production of Pericles, working under the direction of Rob Melrose (director of PRC2’s Happy Days) and in Romeo y Julietta, directed by Jerry Ruiz, who is now Associate Artistic Director of PlayMakers. Flor’s most recent update: “Working backwards, Belle (and various others) in Hartford Stage’s A Christmas Carol (directed by Rachel Alderman), so I’m heading over next month. I also shot my first guest star role on CBS’ Elementary this month (episode 7, to air in December), playing a West Point cadet under suspicion for a murder (directed by Jerry Levine). Recently ended my stint as understudy with Bedlam and their amazing production of Sense and Sensibility. I had several chances to go on in various roles (the two women I covered had about 2 or 3 characters each). It was a great delight and a great challenge. (Adapted by Kate Hamill, directed by Eric Tucker).  And prior to that, last winter I returned to the Public working with the Mobile Unit’s production of Comedy of Errors (directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah) in the role of Luciana. Flor De Liz also enjoyed a stint on CBS’ The Good Wife, playing Bonnie, a flustered secretary at Lockhart-Gardner. In a more unexpected turn, she is currently recording a series of voiceover demos for Head and Shoulders, impersonating Sofia Vergara (the commercials’ star). She continues to volunteer with the kids of Hell’s Kitchen at the 52nd Street Project. You can visit her website at

Allison Reeves has appeared on One Life To Live, Celebrity Ghost Stories and the Web Series Squatters.  She wrote, produced, and appeared in the short film “The Leading Man.” Most recently Allison reprised the role of Tutu Mandika in THE HUMAN SPIRIT at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in West Los Angeles.

Susanna Rinehart is the Faculty Chair of Theatre and Cinema, and an Associate Professor of Performance at Virginia Tech University.

Brian Robinson just completed his sixth season as a company member of Flat Rock Playhouse, where he has appeared in 17 productions.  In October and November, he will be portraying Father Flynn in DOUBT, produced by Charlie Flynn-McIver’s North Carolina Stage Company.  He has worked with Charlotte Rep, Opera Carolina, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Temple Theatre, Raleigh Ensemble Players and Actors Theatre of Charlotte.  In the latter’s 2007-2008 season, he appeared in THE PILLOWMAN (Tupolski), THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (Mitchell), and THE SCENE (Charlie).  For the latter, he was named by Metrolina Theatre Association as Best Actor in a Comedy.  He has appeared in commercials for companies such as Food Lion, Time Warner Cable, Coca Cola, Subway, and Tylenol, as well as numerous industrials.  He filmed a featured role in the upcoming GOSPEL HILL, starring Angela Bassett and Danny Glover and directed by Giancarlo Esposito.

Blake Robison is Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse. He has directed at numerous theaters across the country including PlayMaker’s, Washington DC’s Folger Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Company, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, National Shakespeare Company, and Vermont Stage Company (which he founded in 1994). Internationally, he created a four-actor version of Macbeth at the renowned Avignon Festival in France and directed Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin.

Bruce Marshall Romans continues writing and developing film and television projects in LA.  His film credits include producing the independent film Blackbird for writer/director Adam Rapp, as well as writing and starring in the independent film How You Look To Me featuring classmates Kevin Butler and David S. Jung, and actors Laura Allen and Frank Langella.  His television credits include a variety of original projects and contracted work. Bruce has sold a number of drama pilots to networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox, Lifetime, and FX.  Most recently he wrote and developed a one-hour drama for Fox centering on the self-made patriarch of a Kentucky bourbon empire and his family.  He wrote and produced for four seasons of Hell on Wheels on AMC, Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies on TNT, and season 2 of Marco Polo on Netflix.    He is currently Supervising Producer/Writer on season 1 of Marvel’s The Punisher for Netflix.

Wes Schultz is an award-winning Theater Director and teacher at the Brookfield Academy near Milwaukee, WI.  Wes directs at least two shows per year (most recently King Stag and Anything Goes and is preparing for Eurydice and Mary Poppins). His students have place well in some of the country’s leading B.F.A. programs.

Andrew Sellon will be starred as Vanya in his second production of Chris Durang’s Tony-winning hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, this time at Portland Center Stage in Portland, OR.  In fall 2014 he starred as Charlie in a 30th Anniversary production of The Foreigner at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.  He played three roles in rotation in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s 2014 Winter season in Sarasota, Florida: Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Peter Amster (who directed Andrew in The 39 Steps at the Maltz Jupiter in 2011); preacher Jim Casy in Frank Galati’s Tony-winning adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Michael Donald Edwards; and Canon O’Byrne in Brian Friel’s classic comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come!, directed by Frank Galati.  On film, Andrew played a subway preacher who gives Mark Ruffalo good advice in the hit Begin Again (2014) and contributed his voice to the role of the Judge in the upcoming animated film The Hunting of the Snark.   He also appeared as Dorian in the foreign film Mamarosh and shot two indie sitcom pilots, Terminal B and Stool Pigeons (all 2013).  Previously, he appeared in The Smurfs Movie with Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, and Tim Gunn.  Andrew also made his network television debut in fall 2014, first playing Debra Messing’s blind date in episode 102 of The Mysteries of Laura, and the following week appearing as James Spader’s Polish informant Henryk Worboliski in episode 202 of The Blacklist. In 2012, Andrew starred as genius inventor Nikola Tesla in the NY premiere of the drama The Dangers of Electric Lighting, as Gidger in the first NY revival of Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, and flying 20 feet in the air as Jacob Marley in the Hanover Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.  He has also appeared solo, covered with kisses, in a Minute Maid print advertisement, and in a brief iPad app ad for PBS TV.  Andrew’s video skit with fellow Harvard alumnus John Lithgow for New York Public Library’s Lions Gala, along with other videos, photos and reviews, can be seen on his web site and blog.

Sarah E. Shively is co-owner of Open Sesame Productions, Inc., a small media production company creating video, web and app content.  Recent clients include Focus Features, The Netherlands Consulate General in New York and the National Psoriasis Foundation. As a filmmaker, her short film CONTEMPLATING EMILY journeyed the film circuit for the 2006-2007 season premiering at LA’s Outfest and ending at the Short Film Corner, Le Marché du Film, the Festival de Cannes. Her next short is a horror genre film entitled FINGERTRAP, and last year she pinned her first theatrical script working with Niles Ford on his In Search of the Invisible People dance/docu project that chronicles the underground rise of House during the repressive era of the Giuliani Administration, the corporate takeover of the small disco labels and the AIDS epidemic. Shively serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s American Language Program and is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. In 2011 she read the role of Gwen Landis in Lanford Wilson’s 5th of July in an OSP staged reading production. Ellen McLaughlin played Sally Talley—their reading date was just days before Wilson’s passing.

David Shoup served as a Morale, Welfare & Recreation Coordinator for the troops in Iraq.  David is now a featured speaker with Freedom Speakers and Trainers, specializing in Memory Training.

Brandon Smith has performed with such regional theaters as the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Dallas Shakespeare Theatre, and the Plano Repertory Theatre.  He has also performed in numerous commercials and voice-overs in New York City and North Texas.  In 2003, Brandon did motion-capture and voice-over work on the video game “Unreal Tournament 2004”, which was named Multiplayer Game of the Year by E3, IGN,GameSpy, and Computer Gaming World.  Selected directing credits include The Rivals, Romeo and Juliet, Lobby Hero…And the Rain Came to Mayfield (KCACTF Region VI Richard A. Weaver Award, 2010), and Bandersnatch (KCACTF Regional Finalist, and KCACTF National Distinguished Director 2012).  Brandon is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Theatre Studies at Brevard College.  From 2008-2012 Mr. Smith taught and directed at Midwestern State University. In 2012 Brandon was invited to speak on cross-disciplinary undergraduate research between the arts and sciences at the national COPLAC (Consortium of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) conference.  During Summer 2012, Smith was also awarded the Kennedy Center’s Distinguished New Work Award for writing the play Bandersnatch.

Marshall Spann booked his first audition in New York, a series of spots for CBS College Sports.  His Web series Ollie and Mollie Can’t Get Arrested is in the initial stages of production.

Tiffany R. R. Stanley is staying busy working in theatre and film. She just wrapped production on the independent comedy film Permit to Firm It set to be released sometime next year. Other films include the independent short Punch Drunk Love in which she was nominated for best actress at the New Emerging Artists Film Festival in San Jose, CA, and The Break, a romantic comdey. Tiffany is co-founder and partner of And Action! Arts productions, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Marc Stern played the lead role in a short feature called United We Stand that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, 2006.  In recent years Marc has made national commercials for American Eagle, Nextel, Hewlett Packard, among many others.  He appeared at the Met Theatre in Hollywood in Hurlyburly and The DaDaists. He is the founder and president of Oenothea Films, Inc.

Caroline Strange played Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY and will be seen in The Bluest Eye at the Guthrie Theater, winter 2017.

Estes Tarver appeared on the CBS series Under The Dome in Season 2 as Tom Tilden.  He has also recently appeared on the AMC series Turn, One Tree Hill, and Arthur Newman Golf Pro starring Colin Firth.  Estes is also directing an animated pilot for PBS and wrote, produced, directed and starred in a feature film called Changeover, which has received numerous awards and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  He has also written, directed, and produced commercials for clients such as Walgreens, Hasbro, and Alli Health. Estes also coaches many actors who have booked major roles on shows and films such as Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Barely Lethal, AMC’s Turn, Terminator Genesis, Drop Dead Divas, Last Vegas, Stuck in Love, Eastbound and Down, Triple Nine, Hunger Games…and many others….On stage Estes has worked regionally in LA, New York, North Carolina, Indiana…etc.  Last Played Creepy Steve in August Osage County at Theatre Raleigh.  Estes is founder and director of Moonlight Stage Company in Raleigh, NC, which offers classes Acting, Improv, Playwrighting, Songwriting, and Stand Up.

Josh Tobin’s recent credits include Leo in 4000 Miles at Baltimore Center Stage and the title role in Scapin Off-Broadway at Theatre Row in New York.  In August of 2015, Josh appeared (along with fellow PATP alums Brett Bolton, Kelsey Didion, John Dreher, and Jimmy Kieffer) in Jonathan Demme’s film Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.  Additionally, Josh was recently accepted into the Advanced Study Improv program at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.

Josh Tower‘s Broadway credits include The Lion King (Simba, also National Tour) and Ragtime.  After stepping away from The Lion King, Josh made a trip back to NC as The Arbiter in North Carolina Theatre’s production of Chess in July, 2007.  Josh has also appeared at Playwrights Horizons, the North Shore Music Theatre and the Bay Street Theatre.

Jason Vail co-starred on CW’s The Originals, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, BET’s Being Mary Jane and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, and recently appeared on Drop Dead Diva.  He will appear  in the feature films Disney’s Million Dollar Arm starring Jon Hamm, and Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.  Jason won BEST ACTOR at the Fear Fest Horror Film Festival in 2013 for his horror short  “The Cabin,” and he will be starring in several indie horror films in 2014 including, Crinoline Head 2, Hunters, Into the Woods and a feature version of his short, “The Cabin.” Jason also had the honor of giving his first university lecture and was brought in as an adjunct professor at Georgia Southern University in 2013, teaching film acting workshops. For more visit:

Karen Walsh Broadway: Machinal with fellow PATP alum Michael Cumpsty, Other Desert Cities, Road to Mecca, Pygmalion, Prelude to a Kiss, Accent on Youth.  Off Broadway: Suddenly Last Summer (with Blythe Danner, Roundabout Theatre Company), Jack’s Precious Moments with Page 73 Productions, at 59E59th (World Premiere, by Sam Hunter), Lost Boy (World Premiere, by Ron Paolillo, with Roberta Maxwell), company member for Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab ’12 and ’14. Recent regional: How the Other Half Loves (directed by John Tillinger, with Paxton Whitehead, Westport Country Playhouse), Cabaret (Sally Bowles, Ivoryton Playhouse). Television includes recurring role on The Michael J. Fox Show, Deception, Boardwalk Empire, several Law and Order and Law and Order SVU‘s.  Karen recently produced a benefit concert for the ACS at Birdland Jazz Club, entitled We’re Gonna Have to Ask you to Leave. The event was hosted by Lewis Black and starred many exciting broadway regulars.

David Whalen Recently starred in the feature film American Pastoral. Other recent film work includes The Last Witch Hunter.  Currently he plays Detective Parker in Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal.  He can be seen in the megahit, The Fault is in Our Stars playing Mr Waters (Gus’s Dad). Also, he played Lucas in Insomnia. On stage, he was Sherlock Homes in Sherlock’s Last Case in Pittsburgh.   He is a company member of Pittsburgh Irish & Classic Theatre ( where he is an Associate Artist having appeared in over 20 productions:  including the title role in Macbeth.  Recent projects include: The World Premiere of Keith Reddin’s Some Brighter Distance for City Theatre (, and A Servant to Two Masters for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre ( his 9th production for the company.  Please visit:

Mike Wiley, actor, playwright and director of multiple works in documentary theatre, including The Parchman Hour, Downrange: Stories from the Homefront, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, the theatrical adaptation of Blood Done Sign My Name and more. The film adaptation of Wiley’s Dar He, in which he portrayed 30+ roles, received more than 40 major film festival awards around the globe. The Parchman Hour, originally produced by PlayMakers Repertory Company, was selected as the closing event of the official 50th year anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Riders in Jackson, MS and has recently been produced at the Guthrie Theater.  Wiley has fifteen years of credits in documentary theatre for young audiences plus film, television and regional theatre.  An Upward Bound alum and Trio Achiever Award recipient, he is an M.F.A. graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is the former Lehman-Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. He has conducted numerous educational residencies funded through grant programs of the North Carolina Arts Council and his plays have been selected for spotlight showcases by arts industry conferences including Arts Northwest, Performing Arts Exchange, Arts Midwest, Ohio Arts Presenters Network and ArtsMarket.  During 2014, he completed a 20+ performance tour in Ontario, Canada. Wiley’s overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African-American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the total American experience.

Gwen Yao 姚坤君 can be seen and heard in numerous stage productions in her native Taiwan: since 2002 Gwen has starred in a series of hit productions for Green Ray Theater Company, including Same Time Next Year, Take Your Hand In Mine, Proof, The Only Game In Town, Rabbit Hole, Plaza Suite, God Of Carnage, and Blithe Spirit. Gwen’s film work includes the Hong Kong feature film Together. Her television credits in 2012 include The Stop and I Want To Tell You Dear. Gwen is also an Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University and was elected Teacher of the Year from 2003 to 2006 and the excellent Teacher in 2007. She hosted PATP Movement instructor Professor Craig Turner for ten weeks in spring 2007 at NTU.

Arielle Yoder appeared in The Mystery of Love and Sex at Shaker Bridge Theatre in New Hampshire, in the web series Growing Down, and works as a devised theater specialist in New York with students with special needs.

Marla Yost is a founding member of One Shot Productions, with PATP alumni Matt Patterson and Nikolas Priest.  Their inaugural production of The Comedy of Errors played in New York, summer of 2010.  Marla has also appeared at HERE’s American Living Room series in New York, August 2007, in “an interesting piece about the Chechen takeover of the state ball-bearing plant theatre in Moscow in 2002.” Her Web series Ollie and Mollie Can’t Get Arrested is in the initial stages of production.