Genre: Modern

15 Productions in Five Weeks; Acted and Directed by Our 36 MFA Candidates; World Premiere of Playwright Sean Michael Welch's "All An Act"

Selected Plays, Scenes, Books by: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Lewis John Carlino, Anton Chekhov (translated by Paul Schmidt), Noël Coward, Darlene Craviotto, Cindy Lou Johnson, George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, John Kolvenbach, William Mastrosimone, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adam Rapp, Christopher Shinn, Nicky Silver, John Van Druten, Craig Wright.

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School MFA candidates include:

   * U.S. Navy Chef, National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call with recent TV credits on White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I'm Alive.
   * Captain of the Women's Soccer Team at Connecticut College.
   * Actor in Robert DeNiro's new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS-TV.
   * Award-winning playwright (Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival - 1999, 2000) who has authored 140 works - some now being performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
   * Opera singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
   * International Puppeteer, Fulbright Scholar and American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow.
   * Gymnast, Women's Gymnastics Team at the University of Michigan on full athletic scholarship.
   * Actor appearing on Lifetime's Army Wives and the Atlanta soap opera, Love Always Charleston.
   * Gospel mime on the international gospel television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
   * NYC Fringe Film Festival Director.
   * Clowning, Syo-Kon-Do (Mixed Martial Arts) and Kyudo (Japanese Archery) expert.
   * Michigan dairy farmer.
   * Silk Road Dance Company member who performed at the 2011 Asia Cup Games in Doha, Qatar.
   * Two members of the Festival of Fools, a NYC based verse-inspired theatre company.
   * Intern at Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London.

The 2012 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at The Theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 501-2099 and email is

The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are:

   * Week One: Scenes from Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach; Scenes from Dying City by Christopher Shinn; Scenes from Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto
   * Week Two: Snow Angel by Lewis John Carlino; Scenes from The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone; The Bear by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt; Amicable Parting by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath
   * Week Three: Scenes from Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson; Scenes from Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver
   * Week Four: A Scene from: The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten; Scenes from Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright; A scene from Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp
   * Week Five: A Scene from Fallen Angels by Noël Coward; A New Play All An Act by Sean Michael Welch; Scenes from The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks.

World Premiere

A published and frequently produced New York City playwright, with 32 plays to his credit, Edward Allan Baker has written for HBO and Showtime, attended Sundance Film Institute and been a faculty member of the Actors Studio Drama School since 2005 as Associate Professor - Playwriting.

During Week Five of the 2012 rep season, the one-act play All an Act by Baker student Sean Michael Welch will be making its world premiere. The play takes place in a dressing room in Clown Alley in the present day, and is about two clowns with relationship troubles.

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved - and the curriculum is designed and supervised - by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All of the students -- actors, directors, playwrights - train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, "Inside the Actors Studio," hosted by James Lipton. Upon graduation students receive the title of Working Finalist at The Actors Studio and are invited to attend sessions of The Actors Studio for one year and audition for membership.  For further information about the program, go to

Open:   03/28/12
Close:   04/28/12

Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from March 28 through April 28
Theater:   Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam
Address:   53 Chambers Street, NYC
New York, NY
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RICHARD ALECKZANDAR was born in Colorado and trained in musical theater, opera, and dance at AMDA, receiving his BFA from New School University in New York. Favorite roles include: Debbie in Debbie Does Dallas, Prior in Angels in America, and Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

HEATHER BURGHER grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia but for the past eight years has proudly called New York home. She received her BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Heather’s professional acting credits include film, theatre, and commercial work.

CHARLES BRICE, a native of Baltimore, graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory where he received a BFA before pursuing his MFA at ASDS. His latest appearances have been as Othello at The Looking Glass Theatre in New York and on television in the new crime drama series The 2-2 on CBS, produced by Robert De Niro.

KAY CAPASSO holds a BA in Theatre from Alma College. She worked professionally in Chicago, where her work included Stop Kiss, Becoming Ingrid, and Dancing at Lughnasa.

MICHAEL CROWE is a former U.S. Navy Chef and received a BS in International Business Management from Brigham Young University-Hawaii.  He is featured in the June 2011 Issue of The G.O.O.D.S Magazine and is a National Runner-Up in the Season 5 Mad Men Casting Call. Recent television credits include: White Collar, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Humanly Impossible, and I’m Alive. Michael is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

JAKE CULLENS is honored to be a part of the 2012 cohort of ASDS.  Jake has performed in film, television, and theatre in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

DAPHNE DI CINTO is Italian by birth and a New Yorker by choice. She was born to an Italian father and an African mother, and she has lived in Seychelles, Rome, and Paris. She began acting in Rome, where she also completed her degree in Communication Science, and then moved to New York City to pursue her MFA in Acting at ASDS. Her professional acting credits include film, theatre, and commercial work.

LASH DOOLEY was raised in Virginia where he received a BFA in Theatre from James Madison University. Recent credits include: The Hunt at Where Eagles Dare, Quality Time with Just Ask Productions One Night Stands, and Tupperware Party at The Tank. Lash is also active with The Working Families Party, a grassroots campaign that actively informs communities about government issues.

ANDREW DUNN was born in Toledo and obtained a BA in Theater/Speech Communication from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. His recent credits include: Love Song, The Indian Wants the Bronx, Hurlyburly, and Boys’ Life. In addition to acting, Andrew plays the piano, guitar, harmonica, and sings.

JULIE EK is from New Market, Maryland and studied theatre and public relations at Susquehanna University. Some of her favorite roles include: Claire in Proof, Lady Anne in Richard III, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical: the Musical. Most recently in NYC, she was seen in Charleston’s Finger (Dorothy Stelsin Theatre), a staged-reading premiere of The Angel Play (Looking Glass Theatre), and the original musical Ampersand (Fringe NYC). While at ASDS, Julie has worked on Dolores, Doubt, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and On Tidy Endings.

DAVE HERIGSTAD was born and raised in Washington state where he completed his BA in Theatre at Washington State University. Among his favorite roles are Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, Polo Pope in A Hatful of Rain, and Jim in Tales of the Lost Formicans.

KAITLYN HUCZKO is an actor from Brooklyn and a graduate of Muhlenberg College. New York credits include: Julius Caesar (Secret Theatre), A Rule of Nines (Bleecker Street Theatre), Life is a Dream (Prospect Park Music Pagoda), and Dismissing Robert Fink (Manhattan Rep). Kaitlyn is also a member of the Festival of Fools, a company that focuses on bringing contemporary and classical verse plays to modern audiences. She also tutors in and around New York City.

TERHI LINTUKANGAS received her BA in Puppet Theater from Turku Arts Academy, Finland.  In addition to her work as an actor, she has performed and taught puppetry in Europe and in New York and recently wrote and directed a puppetry play at Turku City Theater as part of the European Union Cultural Program 2011. Terhi is a Fulbright Scholar, American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow, and an International Fellow for the American Association of University Women.

AMIE LYTLE is originally from upstate New York. She has studied theater at Shakespeare & Company, LAMDA, and Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, where she received her degree in Theater and English. In addition to her work at ASDS, she has performed with various companies around the city, including: The Looking Glass Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and the New York Fringe Festival.  Amie is also a verse coach for A Festival of Fools.

AHMAD MAATY was born in Washington DC, grew up in northern Virginia, and graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. He is a member of Silk Road Dance Company in DC, with whom he performed in Doha, Qatar at the 2011 Asia Cup Games. Most recently in NYC, Ahmad performed with Mayzsoul, Inc. and the Bats Acting Company on their production of

ARTISHA MANN was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Shulerville, South Carolina. She graduated from Francis Marion University with a BA in Economics. Her most recent credits include Lifetime’s Army Wives and a PSA Commercial “My American Story” for AmeriCorps. Additionally, Artisha has worked for The Food Network.

PETER MARCIANO of Syracuse, New York, earned a degree in English and European Studies from Hobart College, where he also served as the theater program’s costume designer.  He went on to live in Rome to continue his studies in Art History at the Scuola di Leonardo Da Vinci. Peter looks forward to a career in the performing arts and his future in New York City.

LISETTE MEDINA grew up in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Fordham University, Lincoln Center with a concentration in the Performing Arts. She has trained in a number of workshops throughout her career, at Stanistablas in Mexico City, and at the Stella Adler Studio, among many others. In addition, Lisette has a lifelong training in dance and is she bilingual in English and Spanish, which has allowed her the opportunity to perform in both languages.

SARAH ANNE MILES is from Galax, Virginia and she graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Musical Theatre. Her New York/Regional credits include: Othello (Iago), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Princess Puffer).

DANIEL J. O’BRIEN earned his BA from Shenandoah University. His credits include The House of Yes (Empire Theatre, Santa Ana, CA) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre). In addition to the Repertory Season at ASDS, Daniel has worked on the roles of Eddie in Hurlyburly and Nathan Leopold in Never the Sinner.

KATHLEEN O’NEAL is originally from Texas, where she received her BA in Theatre from the University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to her education at ASDS, she has studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School and with LAByrinth Theater Company’s Summer Intensive Ensemble.

OLLIE OLIVER grew up on a dairy farm in the thumb of Michigan and received his BA in Theatre Arts from Alma College. He has worked as an apprentice and understudy at the Purple Rose Theatre, served on the run crew at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and was a Technical Director at the Appletree Theatre.

ADAM PETHERBRIDGE grew up in Mexico, Australia, and all over the USA. He received his BA in Drama with a minor in Anthropology from Kenyon College, and moved to NYC, where he spent a year stage managing and performing, as well as interning at The Atlantic Theater. Additionally, he has trained as a clown for two years and is an experienced fly-fisherman. Adam is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

KARA ROSELLA is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in screenwriting from The University of Michigan, where she was also a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Gymnastics Team. In California, she performed in independent films, The Bold and the Beautiful, and commercial/print work.

RACHAEL SCHEFRIN was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Boulder, CO. She received her BA in Classics and Theater from Connecticut College. In addition to her studies, she was the captain of the college soccer team. Her credits include Skinheadgirl in Polaroid Stories and Pace in The Trestle at Popelick Creek. Most recently, she wrapped the film Territory.

ZACH SHEA hails from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where he received his BFA in Theatre from New England College. Before pursuing his acting career in New York City, he worked as a theatre teacher in New Hampshire and the Boston area.

CRYSTAL THOMPSON is Sierra Leonean, born and raised in southern New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University and recently won 4th runner-up in the Miss Black USA Pageant. Her experience includes performing gospel mime on the international gospel television network (TBN) and appearing as Honeydew in the film, Computer Love. In addition to her work at ASDS, Crystal played Portia in the Audelco Award-winning Off-Broadway play, Julius Caesar Set in Africa. “Today you are you that is truer than true; there is no one alive that is Youer than You!”

GULZHAN TUZELBAYEVA was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and grew up traveling with her parents around the former Soviet Union. She graduated from Webster University in Geneva with a BA in Finance. As an actress she has been seen in film and theater in Kazakhstan, Switzerland, and Russia. Gulzhan is fluent in French, English, and Russian.

MARIANNE VIDAL was born in San Jose, California and received her BA in Musical Theater from California State University, Chico. Before moving to New York City, she was a dancer and choreographer for several companies in California.

SANDRA DIANNE WILSON is from Syracuse, New York, and graduated from Westminster Choir College with a BM in Music Education and Music Theater. Theater/opera credits include Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Once Upon a Mattress, and Il Trovatore (New Jersey Opera Theater). She has sung at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the Westminster Symphonic Choir.


YOKKO worked as an actor in Tokyo before coming to the United States in 2006. She also has extensive training in yoga and martial arts, as well as modern, African, and Japanese classical dance.

COLLEEN BRITT has directed Road to Nirvana, Love Song, Charleston’s Finger (Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), Claire’s Room (NYC Fringe Festival and Abingdon Theatre Company) and a new work, Utah by ASDS playwright, Sean Michael Welch. Other work includes co-directing Autobahn (Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Program) and, most recently, assisting Brian Roff (Berkshire Theatre Festival) on the world premiere of Dutch Masters by Greg Keller. Colleen received her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Florida and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

MELODY ERFANI has recently directed Our Town, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Pride and Prejudice (Stagedoor Manor, NY). She has also worked at Paper Mill Playhouse, Skylight Opera Theatre (WI), and interned at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

CHRIS TRIEBEL is from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania and received his BA in Theatre from West Chester University. In addition to his work in the Repertory Season, his work at ASDS has included Boys’ Life and The Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horowitz. Chris has also directed for the NYC Fringe Festival, as well as regionally in the Philadelphia and New Hampshire areas.


KEN URSO has directed productions throughout the United States, including The Shape of Things, Chicago, The Producers, Everyman, and Cabaret. New York City directing credits include: Bent, Never the Sinner and the original productions of Kidnapping Laura Linney, Gay Camp, and Riverside. Ken holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


SEAN MICHAEL WELCH was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston’s Finger. Past productions of his work include: Slab, Try Not to Step on the Naked Man, Rise Up You Bloody Animals, and Boise, Idaho. Sean is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.