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Conspirators

A non-exhaustive list of headshots & bios of active Conspirators.

Dorothy Abrahams recent overt missions include: a collaboration with playwright Craig Lucas and Columbia Univ.’s Relational Medicine program entitled The Catherine Wheel (Playwrights Horizons), the Artful Conspirator’s Open Rehearsal Series for Journeyman of Breuckelen, the Overturn Theater Ensemble’s super new reading series Telephone, J. Anthony Roman’s solo piece Perv (The Nuyorican), and H4, a modernized version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV p.i & ii (The Clurman). For more of my dossier, visit dorothyabrahams.com in the near future.

Shaun Bennet Wilson’s first Artful Conspiracy was as “Meryl” Sam Wallin’s new play, Memory Fragments, winner of the Stanley Drama Award at Wagner College. Recent NY credits include: Steven Fechter’s  Shakespeare’s Slave, with Resonance Ensemble; Ken Jaworowski’s Interchange with The WorkShop Theater Company, and Eric Overmyer’s Dark Rapture, directed by Amy Wright. In addition to acting, Shaun is also a writer, producer, director, oenophile, knitter and history lover. She is a member of Resonance Ensemble, The WorkShop Theater Co., The Drilling Co., The League of Professional Theatre Women and  The Dramatists Guild.

Jonathan FieldingJonathan Fielding’s credits include the Broadway production Pygmalion, with Jefferson Mays at Roundabout Theatre Company, and Off-Broadway productions at 59E 59, Connelly Theater, Greenwich Street Theater and Cherry Lane Theatre.  In 2008 he performed for the grand re-opening of the Ford’s Theatre in DC in The Heavens are Hung in Black commemorating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  As a writer Mr. Fielding has worked with the Misa Table to collaboratively create a full length piece titled 1905 which with the support of a visioning grant received a full production inAmherst,MA at UMASS. www.fieldingonline.com

Monica Flory is one of the writers of Leaving Ikea and was a writer/performer for 30 Ideas, 3 of them good.  Recent productions elsewhere include Afterlight (Threads Theater Company at the NYC Fringe), Last Summer (Poly Prep CDS),Once Upon a Pandora’s Box (The New Acting Company), Third Wheel (Emerging Artists Theatre), and Jungle Book (Youth Theatre Northwest).  Her plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers and Smith & Kraus.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

John Gardner has lived and worked in New York City for the past 13 years, during which he has appeared in shows for The Artful Conspirators (Brooklyn Underground)Prospect Theatre (The Dome, Danton’s Death)Theatre Askew (I Google Myself) and Oberon Theatre Ensemble (Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor). Favorite roles include Macbeth in (Macbeth)Dave in Anton Dudley’s (Slagheap), and The Buccaneer in Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum’s (The Buccaneer). He has a BA in Drama from the  Catholic University of America.

Aliza Greenberg (Director of Education) is currently the Education Program Associate at Roundabout Theatre Company where she manages Roundabout’s school partnerships. Aliza also co-founded yea: Young Educators in the Arts, a New York City based network for those interested in arts education. She volunteers as a gallery educator at the Museum of Jewish Heritageand is a reader for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Aliza has worked with The Artful Conspirators since 2008. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education and earned her graduate degree from Harvard University in Arts in Education. Aliza is also a proud Philadelphian and Phillies fan.

Robert James Grimm is excited to be joining the Conspirators! Originally from Maryland, Robert is based in Brooklyn where he pursues his passion for theatre, physical theatre, and movement. Favorite credits include, Oresteia (Columbia Stages), Stinky Flowersand the Bad Banana (world premiere, WTE Theatre), Harold and the Purple Crayon (national tour, Enchantment Theatre Company),The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?Twelfth Night, and The Possibilities. Robert’s training comes from Muhlenberg College, B.A. Theatre, and a commedia dell’arte/ physical theatre intensive at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

Carrie Heitman is a NYC-based actor and teaching artist. Originally from Michigan, she attended Kalamazoo College, receiving the Nelda K. Balch Scholarship and earned a BA in Philosophy and Theatre.  She received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill earning the Louise Lamont Award for Excellence and awarded Honors in all areas of performance.  She has appeared Off-Broadway, regionally, and traveled extensively performing in the UK, Poland, Russia and Malaysia.  Selected favorites include: Emma in Phallacy with Simon Jones, Sarah in The Man Who Came to Dinner Dr. Michael Sexton, Mary Beth in A Prayer For Owen Meany U.S. Premiere PRC, The Winter’s Tale The Pearl, Alice in Hobson’s Choice dr. Blake Robison, Metamorphoses dr .Joe Haj, Goneril us in King Lear dr. Mark Wing-Davey, The Mystery Spot dr. Holly Hughes and others.TV/Film: Lipstick Jungle, 10 Days to Paradise, A Piece of Cake, The Patriot, Contracts dir. Roni ezra Carrie is currently a teaching artist with the Roundabout Theatre Company and co-artistic director of Hook&Eye Theater. www.carrieheitman.com

Jeff Kitrosser has been conspiring with the Artful Conspirators on-and-off since 2008.  Projects with Artful Conspirators include: A Lesson in Art, and workshops of 30 Ideas, 3 of them good and Peter and Alice. In NYC, Jeff has worked with Prospect Theatre Company, Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Gorilla Repertory Theatre, among others. Regionally, Jeff has also worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, TheatreworksUSA, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, InterAct Theatre Company, Tribe of Fools, and many other theater companies that you’ve probably never heard of. Jeff studied at the Actors Center in NYC and currently studies with Scott Freeman. Favorite food: Good Seasons, make-it-yourself, Zesty Italian dressing. I bring it with me to restaurants. It’s true.

Sarah Koestner loves conspiring artfully with the Artful Conspirators and has worked with them in readings of The Big Picture and Foothills Park. Her other recent credits include: Over the River and Through the Woods and A Month of Sundays with The Public Theatre (ME), The MaidsDoubt and One Good Marriage with The Garage Theatre Group and She Stoops to Conquer with Centenary Stage. New York: The Libertine, The Truth About Christmas, Betrayal, Shining Days, Patriot Acts, Othello and Imitate the Sun. She earned her MFA in Acting at Rutgers University with William Esper and her BFA from Emerson College. Currently she is studying to teach the Miller Voice Method with Scott Miller, a professor of voice at NYU’s graduate acting program. She also teaches the Meisner Technique at the New York Film Academy. Sarah is a proud member of Actors Equity. www.sarahkoestner.com

Molly Lloyd conspired artfully in AC’s productions of Second Pipe of Desire,  A Lesson In Art and Leaving IKEA. She can be viewed oh so briefly on Adult Swim’s Delocated, and co-stars in the upcoming films Dear Dog, I Love You, and My Best Day. She appears in such digital videos as AoL.com’s Marriage in 60 Seconds, Landline TV’s Living with First Person Shooter Disease (3M+ views), and Funny Or Die Exclusive’s Katie Couric Investigates the Sillies. Molly performs sketch & improv weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and tours across the US with the UCB Touring Company. Molly can be seen occasionally in national commercials (most recently for Verizon Fios, dir. Fred Savage, and Norton Anti-Virus, dir. Phil Morrison), usually as the deadpan mom. www.mollylloyd.com

Dano Madden (Associate Artistic Director) is one of the writers of Leaving IKEA, he wrote and directed Whitman’s Brooklyn and was a writer/ performer in 30 ideas, 3 of them good. His play Beautiful American Soldier was a finalist for the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Productions: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company and The Samuel French OOBR Festival, among others. Dano’s plays have received readings and/or development at Seattle Repertory, The Lark, Seven Devils, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works. He is a two time Heideman Award finalist. Kennedy Center honors: 2007 National Student Playwriting Award for In the Sawtooths; 2008 Quest for Peace Playwriting Award for Beautiful American Soldier; and the 1997 National Short Play Award for Drop. Published works: In The Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand and Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 (Samuel French, Inc.). In 2007, Dano was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine. He is an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU and at Stockton College. Rutgers, MFA.

Fletcher McTaggart‘s recent credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, Reverend Hale in The Crucible with Barrington Stage Company, Michael Willey in Contact with The Asolo Repetory Theatre, Tony Wendice in Dial M for Murder with the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City Utah also Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Buckingam in Richard III with the Tahoe Shakespeare Theatre and Major Pike in Rocket City with Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He also appeared as Warick Wilson in Biography at the Pear Theatre andHarrisonin Homefront at La Mama, King Edward in Rose Rage with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Orlando in As You Like It with the Acting Company, MacBeth in MacBeth, and Petruchio in the Taming of the Shrew with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. TV credits include Law and Order, Six Degrees, Sex in the City, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Fletcher has a BFA from Ithaca College and a MFA from George Washington University.

David A. Miller (Artistic Director) has directed and helmed the creation of  Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical stories from the Green-Wood CemeteryA Lesson in Art and 30 ideas, 3 of them good, and Leaving IKEA among others.  When not conspiring artfully with the Conspirators, David is Assistant Professor of Theater at Bloomsburg University where he teaches acting, directing and playwriting.  Previous teaching at Wagner College, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (NYU), City College, and  Kingsborough Community College. Theatre mentor for Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation.  Other recent directing includes Wittenberg by David Davalos (“Outstanding Direction” from Dallas Fort Worth Critics Forum) with Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, TX (Company Member) and Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana with WTE Theatre. Other NYC directing includes Prospect Theater Company, Vital Theatre Company, Samuel French OOBR Festival, New Acting Company. Drama League Directing Program alumnus, MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.  www.mrdavidamiller.com

Evan Mueller has been conspiring from the beginning, and plans to spread the conspiracy. When not being conspiratorial, Evan is a teacher of Acting and Voice & Speech at New York University, and works around New York and elsewhere as a director, actor, voice coach, and sometimes playwright. Evan has worked with various theater companies, such as: North Carolina’s Wendell TheaterGroup, of which Evan was a co-founder and artistic director; the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Manbites Dog Theatre in North Carolina; the Warehouse Theatre in South Carolina; the McCarter Theater and the Rutgers Theater Company in New Jersey; the SourceTheatre Company in Washington DC; The Public Theater of Maine; Amphibian Stage Productions in Texas; and in New York: Ars Nova,the Sweet William Collective, the Samuel French Company, the New Phoenix Theater Company, 86th Street Films, The Triptych Theater Company, the Lightning Strikes Theater Company, the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, and Wingspan Arts.

Miranda Shields is a very proud Conspirator indeed! NY Credits: The Oral Tradition, 30 Ideas: 3 of them GoodThe Second Pipe of Desire, and Brooklyn Underground (Artful Conspirators), The Spanish Wives and The Three Sillies (Looking Glass Theatre),and Life Among the Natives and The Disorder Plays (Milk Can Theatre). Prior to NY,Miranda was touring The Three Threads of Fate for the Berkshire Theatre Festival.Miranda received a BFA in Acting from the University of Mississippi.

Nurit Monacelli Nurit is thrilled to be a conspirator, having recently appeared in the reading of Devonne Heyward’s “Embrace” with the Artful Conspirators.  A native New Yorker, she has appeared at the Drama League, New Georges, The Culture Project, HERE, the Flea, and Blessed Unrest.  Regional credits include many Shakespeare plays including Andrei Serban’s Merchant of Venice.  Internationally, Nurit has performed at the Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin and the Moscow Art Theatre. She has done a bunch of independent films and her TV credits include All My Children, As the World Turns, and Law and Order, Criminal Intent.  Nurit is a classically trained violinist who graduated from Brown University (BA in Theatre Arts) and the American Repertory Theatre Institute (MFA in Acting), where she was in the first class to train for three months in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre. www.nuritmonacelli.com

Lauren Singerman is a proud Conspirator. Regional credits include Little Eagles (Royal Shakespeare Company), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Two River Theater Company), The Drunken City (world premiere, Kitchen Theatre Company), and The Most Happy Fella (Cider Mill Playhouse). New York credits include Sheila Callaghan’s Ayravana Flies, or A Pretty Dish (world premiere, Vital Theatre Company), Pieces of the Throne (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Survival (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), and a bunch of readings for Lark Play Development Center and id Theater. Lauren appeared as imaginary friend Tori Atherton on ABC’s All My Children. She teaches Speech and Dialects at New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. MFA, Rutgers University. Member, AEA and AFTRA.

Lauren Sowa is thrilled to become a Conspirator! She recently performed We’re Drunk,This is the End at The Old Vic in London as part of the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange–Kevin Spacey’s program for emerging theatrical talent. New York: The Crucible Sink or Swim, The Great Divide Metropolitan Playhouse, Island NY Shakespeare Exchange, Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana (world premiere, WTE Theatre, Love’s Labor’s Lost NY Neo-Classical Ensemble Regional: All’s Well that Ends WellFerdinand the BullLettice & Lovage and Hamlet Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Brigadoon Barnstomers, Wait Until Dark ’08 Spotlight Award, Seacoast Rep, Juliet in David Wheeler’s Boston production of Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Now! BFA, NYU/Tisch; Resident Artist with The Shakespeare Forum. www.laurensowa.com

Ryan Stinnett (Director of PR & Marketing) has been approved as a dietary supplement (daily use) by the FDA. New York credits include Thomas Edison: Turn Off the Dark Dir. Gemma Kaneko, The Main Attraction and 3 Women Dir. Anna Brenner, Brooklyn Underground Dir. David A. Miller, Screaming with Maria and The Rain Machine Dir. Kon Yi. Regional credits include: Berger in Hair Dir. Thadd McQuade, George Tesman in Hedda Gabler Dir. Richard Warner, Alan Stran
g in Equus dir. Charles Jeffers.  Ryan received a Metrolina Theatre Association Award for his work as StarKat in Psycho Beach Party Dir. Jim Yost.  Ryan holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia.

The many other fantastic artists who have conspired in theatre-making with the Conspirators include, but are not limited to, the following:

Dorothy Abrahams, Dacyl Acevedo, Holly Adams, Travis Allen, Max Arnaud, Kate Ashton, Stephen Balantzian, Chuck Blasius, Ashley Bloom, Jordan Boughrum, Blaire Brooks, Oliver Burns, D’Arcy Carden, Jason Collins, Angela Cristantello, Maggie D’Ambrose, Reyna de Courcy, Barbara Dente, Christopher Diercksen, Jay Duffer, Kally Dulling, Cadien Dumas, Kelechi Ezie, Jonathan Fielding, Aaron Fischer, Monica Flory, Breanna Foister, Kevin R. Free, John Gardner, Bob Goldberg, Marcial Gonzales, Aliza Greenberg, Robert Grimm, Carrie Heitman, Ramon Hernandez, Hollie Hunt, Dana Jacks, Liam Joynt, Sasha Kaye, Jeffrey Kitrosser, Lisa Kleinman, Sarah Koestner, Lisa Lamothe, Norman Lasca, Molly Lloyd, Siobhan Lockhart, Britt Lower, Dano Madden, Jeremiah Maestas, JP Matthews, Fletcher McTaggart, Leslie Meisel, David A. Miller, Nurit Monacelli, Sarah Moon, Mallory Moye, Evan Mueller, Brandon Murphy, Shawn Nabors, Stephanie Pezolano, Jill Rafson, Jhoanna Ramos, Chris Rummel, Gabby Sherba, Miranda Shields, Lauren Singerman, Lauren Sowa, Ryan Stinnet, Nathaniel Taylor, Marco Torre, Jen Varbalow, Rob Walsh, Travis Walters, Amy Waschke, Miriam Weiner, Nora Jane Williams, and Andrew Zimmerman

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