Genre: Comedy
©Zachary Ehrenreich
Written by Olivia Lilley, Directed by Benjamin Ehrenreich

 What defines us: our love or our art? Olivia Lilley’s new play Amateurs mixes love and art together until they are impossible to separate. Directed by Benjamin Ehrenreich, Amateurs follow the life of three roommates and an ex-boyfriend as they struggle to find themselves in a world rife with entanglement, loneliness, and personal failure. With biting humor, Lilley crafts a tale of identity and its ever-shifting nature, resonating profoundly with anyone who has wondered what makes a person who they are.

The show features Alexandra Grossi as Angela, Joy Shatz as Masha, Lee Chrisman as Brick, and Jon Burklund as Dorian.

Open:   01/09/10
Close:   01/09/10

Amateurs will run for one performance on January 9th 2010 at 7 PM.
Theater:   Under St. Marks
Address:   94 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY
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Alexandra Grossi is originally from Michigan and moved to New York after receiving her BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and training at the British American Drama Academy in London, England. Theatre Credits include: Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest; Girlfriend in Simple as a part of the New Orleans Fringe Festival; Jamie in Ex-Wall Streeter, 35, Likes Cars; Juliet in Romeo & Juliet; Olivia in Twelfth Night and Iago in Othello. Film Credits include: Crumble, Intruder, Life Lessons, The Sheol Express, SubterraNYa and John Hook. She had a blast working on this original piece and is honored to be a part of such an intelligent and funny piece of theatre!

Joy Shatz Masha

 Joy is thrilled to be a part of this production! A graduate of Binghamton University and the Atlantic Theater Company’s Conservatory, Joy has performed all over NYC with theater companies such as Just ASK Productions, The Common Tongue, The Misfit Toys Repertory Company, The American Theatre of Actors, The Impetuous Theater Group, The Big Little Theater and The 13th Street Repertory Company. She can also be seen in the short film Freud’s Magic Powder, currently being presented at film festivals throughout Europe.

Lee Tyler Brick

Lee Tyler is an actor and filmmaker. See more at .

Jon Burkland Dorian

 Acting: Return of the Ships (Accademia Dell Arte), Bennington College: Wall of Water (Dir. Dina Janis), Time and Motion Study (Dir. Jenny Rohn, Nick Brooke), 70 Scenes of Halloween (Dir. Jean Randich). Directing: Killing the Boss (Cherry Lane Studio Theater, Asst. Dir. W/ Jean Randich), Approach (The Theater Studio, inc.), Moving Day (Bergen Academies One-Act Festival). Jon has studied at Bergen County Academies, Accademia Dell’ Arte, and is currently a student of drama at Bennington College.

Olivia Lilley Playwright

Olivia has been writing plays, musicals, and musical scores, non stop, since she was twelve. After a brief stint as a music composition major at Interlochen Arts Academy, Olivia shifted her attention to the theatrical side of things. In early 2008, Olivia was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama as a directing major. Summer 2008, Olivia wrote/directed an original musical, "Rejected Hearts" with composer Bill Yanesh at Strawdog Theatre in Chicago. At 18, she was the youngest composer/lyricist accepted to ASCAP's Johnny Mercer's Power of the American Popular Song Workshop at Northwestern University. Working with the likes of Craig Carnelia, Andrew Lippa, and Amanda McBroom. She is thrilled to be working with such a dedicated cast and crew! Enjoy the show!


Ehrenreich is a graduate of Binghamton University with a B.A. in Theatre, more specifically directing. After spending a year interning at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., he has most recently directed The right of way in the Justice Department of Lawful Abatements by Amber Doswell for the PlayFUN 24 hour Play Festival in New York. Other directing credits include Sacrifices by Ruth-Ann Tyson (Arena Stage Student Playwrights Project), Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams, The Siren Song of Stephen Jay Gould by Benjamin Bettenbender, and The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard.

Cody Chen Production Stage Manager

Cody is thrilled to make his New York debut. Regional credits include Killer Joe (University of Illinois), Gum (Armory Free Theatre, IL), November Dance: SFX (University of Illinois), Diaspora (TheatreWorks, Singapore), Tuesdays with Morrie (Summer Studio Theatre, IL), SHANGO V: TRANSCENDENCE (Xiamen University, China) and The Harlem Renaissance Revue (Xiamen University, China). Cody is pursuing his MFA in Stage Management at the University of Illinois. Special thanks to Karen Quisenberry and Terri Ciofalo.

Dana Shaw Dramaturg

Dana is a student of dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon University, currently in her second year of the program. Her previous work includes dramaturgy and literary management internships at both Centerstage in Baltimore, MD, and at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.

Alexandra Isaacs Publicity

 Alexandra is a senior at Chatham University. She is a double major in Professional Communications and Political Science and writes a recurring political column for her university's newspaper The Communique. In Summer 2008, she was selected to be a summer associate at DeVries Public Relations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she had the privilege of doing extensive research for PUR and Vicks. Following that she interned for CorCom Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA doing marketing research. She is currently writing her thesis on New York Times reporters who are embedded in Iraq and the outcome of bias versus the articles of American based journalists.