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Dick Ward (Bernard) is excited to be making his NYC Fringe Festival debut. Previous shows include Godspell (Judas), Peter Quince (Midsummer Night's Dream) and Tito Merelli (Lend Me a Tenor). Dick is also the host of the podcast "The Struggle". www.TheDickWard.com
Will Cary (Samm Hamm) - Fringe Festival Debut! Previous credits include All's Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Square), As You Like it (No Stone Productions). Currently entering his senior year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Thanks so much to Mom, Dad, Charles, the great state of New Jersey and to everyone on the Tailspin! Team.
Amanda Barlow (Social Media Manager) is excited to be a part of this production of “Tailspin!” as the Social Media Manager.
Victoria Weinberg (Assistant Producer) Originally from South Florida, Victoria is a professional actor and producer here in New York. Since graduating from NYU/Tisch, she co-founded Libra Theater Company, a not-for-profit dedicated to balancing the personal and professional lives of their artists. With Libra, she is producing Touch at 59E59 Theaters, starting August 19th. As an actor, Victoria has performed regionally, most recently at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Thanks to Lauren & the Tailspin! cast/crew for this fantastic opportunity! Proud member of AEA. www.libratheater.org, www.victoriaweinberg.com
Emily Abma (Costume Designer) Emily is a recent graduate of St. John's University and is thrilled to be at the NYC Fringe Festival for the third time! Favorite costume credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Cat in the Hat, Snow White, Helvetica, and Quiet Peninsula. Much love/thanks to SJU CPTG, Kurt, her family, friends, cats, and Lauren!
Justin Hsu (Voice of Hacker) is an actor, director, and writer originally from Claremont, California. Justin is a proud alumnus of the Intl. Thespian Society Troupe 2129 and is a recent graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. His recent acting credits include Rabbit Hole (Full Spectrum Theatre Co.), Something Stupid (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and exciting background work on Saturday Night Live. He recently wrote and directed his first original play, Backlash, at Manhattan Rep. Justin is very excited to be a part of the reinstallment of Tailspin! at the NYC International Fringe Festival this summer! More info: justinhsuactor.com
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough (Olivia) is an actress, writer, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. Her comedy videos have been featured on The New Yorker, Splitsider, Funny or Die, Laughing Squid, The Huffington Post, and The Verge among others. Her original comedic web series 'Janice Gunter, Ghost Hunter' was produced by One Glass Video premiered at the 2016 Hollyweb Film Festival and her comedic short 'F the Internet,' which she wrote, directed, and stars in, was a selection of the 2016 LA Comedy festival and was broadcast on French television on the Canal+ network. She loves storytelling and playing with others and is thrilled to be doing live theater in this great city.
Julianne Cross (Duran Duran) is thrilled to reprise the role of Duran Duran at The New York International Fringe Festival. Trained at Upright Citizens Brigade, Julianne regularly performs with her improv team Gulf Oil and her Boogiemanja Sketch team, First Runner Up. Julianne has had the honor of performing at The Chicago Improv Festival, Steelstacks Improv Comedy Festival, The Del Close Marathon, and The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. As a child, she convinced herself she was Baby Jessica - the girl who fell in that well in Texas. www.juliannecross.com
Zach Stephens (Playwright/Henry) is a New York based actor/writer most recently seen in the premiere production of "Tailspin!" at the Hudson Guild Theater in February. His first play, "This is Dogwood" saw staged readings at both Shetler Studios and Alchemical Theater Lab in the spring/summer of 2015. Other credits include the North American premiere of Chuck Mee's "The Four Seasons" at the Angel Orensanz Center, "The Rocky Horror Show", and several works at his alma mater, Marymount. Zach's latest work, a one-act entitled "Sienna's Mantram, or (a change of pace at China Lake)" was read at Access Theater in June.
Lauren Fischetti (Producer) is a native New Yorker, actor and producer. Recent producer credits: Co-Producer of the Theater Resources Unlimited 2016 Audition Event, Assistant Producer for Rising Sun Performance Company’s production of “Sprucehaven B” and “Helvetica”, Co-Producer of “Fire On Flaming Roads” at the Arthur Seelen Theatre through Untitled Theatre Collective, of which she is a founding member. Lauren is currently the Producing Assistant for Junkyard Dog Productions’ new musical “COME FROM AWAY” coming to Broadway in Spring 2017. Lauren holds a B.F.A. in Acting and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College.
Kelly Webb (Director) is a freelance director based in Brooklyn. She directed "Tailspin!" in its first iteration at the Venus/Adonis Festival in February as well as work in festivals for the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Reckless Theatre. Last summer she self-produced the New York premiere of Jacob Marx Rice's "Almost Happy" at the Kraine Theater. Kelly has a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College.
Jacob Presson (Isaac) is a New York based actor and Playwright. NEW YORK: Our Town (Green-Wood Cemetery); Words, Razors, and The Wounded Heart (Horse Trade Theatre Group/Less Than Rent); They Drink (Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival). REGIONAL: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare on the Sound); Comedy of Errors (Powerhouse Theatre/New York Stage and Film); Breath and Shadow (Powerhouse Theatre/New York Stage and Film). His critically acclaimed play, Very Bad Words, was presented at the NYC Fringe Festival of 2013 and subsequently with The Semicolon Theatre Company. His recent works have been developed at The Pantry Reading Lab, The Blue Zone Project and Marymount Manhattan College. He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, holds certificates from The British American Drama Acadamy (BADA) and New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College, and is an active member of Less Than Rent Theatre. jacobpresson.com
Kelsey Lea Jones (Mia) is excited to be performing in the New York International Fringe Festival for the first time with the Tailspin team! A recent graduate with her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College, she has spent her time performing and developing as both a theatrical artist and sketch comedian. Her most recent credits include the reading of “Dry Land” with The Pantry Theatre Co. at The Cell Theatre (NY) and short film “Thought.com" featured in the Young Filmmaker’s Festival and Broad Humor Film Festival (LA). She also has been seen at DCM (Del Close Marathon) 2016 with Dead Rabbit’s Society and went viral with her accidental feature in “High Five New York”.
August Belfiglio (Sound Designer) is an audio engineer based in Brooklyn that enjoys working on a diverse range of projects including production sound for film, multitrack recording and mixing, live sound reinforcement, sound design, and post production editing. He also has a passion for film and digital photography.AugustBelfiglio.com
Amelia Cain (Dramaturg) is an actor, director, and model based in Brooklyn. She trained at Boston University and graduated last May (2015) with her BFA in Theatre Arts and a concentration in Direction. Most recent credits include the Rebbeca in Ashes to Ashes with The Invisible Girls, the title role in Cinderella with Paint Box Theater, Wanda in Winged Man, and Rosalind in As You Like It. Credits in direction include assisting the perimeire production of Tailspin! this past winter, Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language and an adaptation of Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones as her senior thesis. Incredibly passionate about rehabilitative theatre Amelia spent the spring of 2014 with "Only Connect”. A London based collaborative that provides accredited training and outreach programmes to help ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending to realize through artistic mediums and one on one support. Great thanks to Kelly and Zach for without their dastardly none of this would be possible, and congratulations to the cast for no small under taking. ameliacain.com.
Kirsten Williams (Stage Manager) Broadway: Airline Highway (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Tour: Madeline and the Bad Hat, Are You My Mother? (ArtsPower National Touring Theatre). CoProduced with Kelly Webb: Almost Happy, Tailspin! (Hudson Guild Theatre). Graduated Marymount Manhattan College 2014. Thank you to everyone who worked hard on this show!
Anna Maureen Hogan (ASM/Props Master) is a freelance director and actress living in New York City. She is a recent graduate from West Texas A&M University where she received her BA in Musical Theatre. Since her graduation, Anna has acted in several productions and films in Texas and New York City. Among these are Cats (Jellylorum), Crimes of the Heart (Meg), Annie (Grace Farrell), The Ways (Salome), and Driving under the Influence (Becca). Anna has performed cabaret-style at venues like the Broadway Comedy Club and Don’t Tell Mama. Anna is former member of The Complete Theater Company in New York. Although her degree is in performance, Anna has expanded her experience into the field of directing live theater and film. Recent projects include the 24 hour Pride Fest (Director, Step1 Theater Poject), Helvetica (Assistant Director, Rising Sun Perfromance Company, Planet Connections Theater Festivity ), the world premiere of The Things that Don’t Translate (Assistant director, The Freeks), and Prayer Never Fails (First Assistant Director, Sweet Unknown Studios).