MFA Candidates

ACTORS

 

Dolann Marie AdamsDolann Marie Adams is excited to be appearing in Spike Heels.  Favorite theater credit: Savage in Limbo (Savage). TV/Film credits: Parachute Express and Fearless. She trained at Katnap Dance Studio in LA and holds a dual BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She thanks her mother Lynda, Randi, Tiffany, Andrea, Shashana, Liliana, and David for their love and support, los quiero mucho!!!

 

 

Ashley AdelmanAshley Adelman trained at The Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cambridge University in England, and received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School. Her theater credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Strivelli Players; Grease (Patti Simcox), Neverland Theater Company; and Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Cambridge University. Film Credits: Vodka Rocks (John Rubino, dir.) and Click (Therese Cator, dir.). She also trains in Mixed Martial Arts, and is currently a green belt.

 

 

Rena AnakweRena Anakwe was most recently seen in Rashaad Newsome’s Shade: Compositions, produced off-off Broadway at The Kitchen. Her credits include: NYC theater, film and TV with MTV Networks, the African Film Company, the Louisiana Dept. of Health, and commercials with international director, Keef. Rena thanks her family and friends, the Actors Studio Drama School, and her peers.

 

 

Chelese BelmontChelese Belmont started out doing community musical theater and traveling musical revues. While studying history at University of California, Berkeley, she took acting classes through the American Conservatory Theater’s professional studio program. She has begun to compile a list of short and independent film credits, which have helped to further develop her craft. Favorites include the features Three Bad Men and Cairefield. www.chelesebelmont.com

 

 

Bethany BraunBethany Braun was born and raised in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied experimental theater. She will complete the Actors Studio Drama School program this May, where she has worked on plays such as Stupid Kids and Curse of the Starving Class.  

 

 

Gino CostabileGino Costabile is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he received a BFA in acting. Past productions include The Tempest, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar for Shakespeare on the Sound, Richard III for the Elm Shakespeare Company, and A Christmas Carol for the Hartford Stage Company. He also played the malevolent D.B. Cooper in the Sweet Italian Momma Productions film, Idiot Kings, which he helped produce..

 

 

Soyini CrenshawSoyini Crenshaw was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After making her acting debut in Washington, DC’s Shakespeare’s Sistah Theater Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet, she interned at the Negro Ensemble Company, performing in Colored People’s Time and Shakin’ The Mess Out of Misery. To further develop herself as an artist, she has trained at the ASDS. Soyini sends her love to her family and friends for their love and support.. 

 

 

David DempseyDavid Dempsey  is an Irish-born actor who now calls New York City his home. He has been most recently seen off-Broadway in the original piece Better Than Nothing at Manhattan Repertory Theater; as Typhon in Tales of Ovid in Stromboli, Italy; and John in Kapital at The Prop Theater, Chicago. You can catch David online at www.DavidDempsey.com

 

 

Damian DesireeDamian Désirée grew up in Brooklyn. He completed his BA at Baruch College, where he discovered  theater. He studied in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), an experience that influenced him to continue his training at the Actors Studio Drama School. He is eager to apply his education and talent to the world of theater and film.

 

 

Larissa DzegarLarissa Dzegar’s theater experience includes: The Lesson (Marie), The Tempest (Miranda), Wild Oats (Lady Amaranth), and Hamlet (Ophelia), among many others. She holds a BA in liberal arts concentrating in theater from Sarah Lawrence College and is delighted to be part of the first graduating class of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

 

 

Kerri Campbell EvansKerri Campbell Evans grew up in Red Hook, NY. She received a BA in communications with a theater minor from The College of St. Rose. She studied acting at JG Dance Arts Center with Virginia and Joseph Mazzello, privately with Stephanie Hitchcock and Angela Ledke, and at St. Rose with Dr. Kenneth Krauss. Her credits include: Sylvia in The Women, Simone in Misreadings, and Terry in Extremities.

 

 

Chris FerrettiChris Ferretti received his BS in business marketing from the University of Rhode Island and published his first book about the folly and drama of his college experience called The College Files. At the Actors Studio Drama School he worked on such material as Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar,Some Men Need Help, A Doll’s House, Strange Snow, and Brilliant Traces. www.youtube.com/ChrisFerretti

 

 

Brandon S. JohnsonBrandon S. Johnson is from Winston-Salem, NC. He has appeared in independent films, corporate videos, and a commercial for Black History Month. Regionally, his experience includes Color Blind, Black Nativity, and St. Lucy’s Eyes. Most recently, he worked with Maya Angelou on her Voices of Praise concert and read the lead role of Jimi Hendrix in Purple Haze by Jerome Preston Bates at the National Black Theater Festival. 

 

 

Thesa LovingThesa Loving's past credits include: New York: A Moment With…Thesa Loving, a one-woman cabaret show. Television: America’s Most Wanted, Inside the Actors Studio (Singing Ensemble), Oklahoma Passage. Regional: The King and I (Anna), Noise’s Off (Dottie), Chapter Two (Jenny Malone), Don’t Drink the Water (Marion Hollander), Prisoner of 2nd Avenue (Edna), Quilters (various roles), Rain (Sadie Thompson), and Chrystal Forest (Anna). 

 

 

Colin McGurkColin McGurk is originally from New Jersey and is excited to start his career in New York City! So far, he has appeared in Emerging Artists Theater Company’s off-Broadway production of Stripping Eden. He is currently completing his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University where his work has included Loyalties, Broken Bones, Mud, and Face Divided.

 

 

Joshua PatrickJoshua Patrick received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied acting with Paul Austin and Fanchon Schier. In New York he has appeared in Blood on the Cat’s Neck at 13th Street Rep and Cover at the Samuel French Festival. He has appeared on film in Leviticus and on the television show 30 Rock.

 

 

Brian PhillipsBrian Phillips is looking forward to spending more time back in his home town in South Bay, Los Angeles while he pursues a career in film and television. He also hopes to do some quality New York theater in the near future. He would like to thank his fiancée, Nicole, for her love and support.

 

 

Goya RoblesGoya Robles made his film debut in the independent feature Transformations at the HBO Latino Film Festival. Additionally, he founded the artist collective Ceiba, where artists develop original works and establish new venues for performance and where he is creating a new play and developing a hip-hop/spoken-word album. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Bridgeport. 

 

 

Deema SalemDeema Salem holds a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Some New York credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank and A Little Night Music. Her Actors Studio Drama School credits include The Lesson, Stupid Kids, and Face Divided. Love and thanks to her family!

 

 

R-J SeikalyR-J Seikaly has a BA from American University in Washington DC where he appeared for the first time on stage in Much Ado About Nothing and Our Country’s Good. Also in DC, he premiered in Journey Through the Impossible by Jules Verne at Histrio French Theatre. His ASDS work has included Stupid Kids, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Curse of the Starving Class, Italian-American Reconciliation, Hurlyburly and Amadeus. In May, he begins filming an independent project Demons Of Me. He thanks his family and mother for all their love and support.

 

 

Donna TullochDonna Tulloch was born in Jamaica and studied journalism at the University of the West Indies, completing her BA at Catawba College in theater and music business with a minor in musical theater. She also studied at New York Film Academy and NYU Tisch. Past work includes Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Golden Boy, Top Girls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Tantalizing. She is thankful to everyone who has sacrificed and believed in her.

 


DIRECTORS

 

Javier MolinaJavier Molina was born in Farjado, Puerto Rico and raised in Passaic, NJ. He is a co-owner of Pure Productions, for which he wrote and directed his feature film, Transformations. He has also directed music videos for artists from the USA and the UK, as well as stage productions, including Broken Bones and Gladiator. He plans on using the theater as a way to help troubled youth. 

 

 

Moema UmannMoema Umann graduated from the University of Brasilia with a degree in acting and immediately enrolled in the MFA directing program at the Actors Studio Drama School. At ASDS her work has included: The Lesson, Mud, and Curse of the Starving Class, among others. Currently, she is directing her first film, Before Breakfast, adapted from the play by Eugene O’Neill. Moema also plans to continue her acting career. 

 

 

Jessica ZweimanJessica Zweiman's directing credits include Collected Stories, How I Learned to Drive, Dog Opera (AIDS Awareness Award), The Mulatto’s Dilemma (Ovation Nominee), and the award-winning short film Propaganda: The Breakfast Club. She has assistant directed for Dorothy Lyman, Evelyn Purcell, and others. She has also performed Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride (one-woman show) in an acclaimed extended run. She graduated from New York City High School of Performing Arts and holds a BFA (with honors) from West Virginia University. She has a certificate in Shakespearean Studies Oxford and is currently the artistic director of the Magna Carta Theater Co.

 

 

PLAYWRIGHT

 

Ellen OrchidEllen Orchid's plays include Prescriptions; To Moscow, To Moscow; The Engagement Present; Cover My Roots; and a full-length comedy, Dream Wedding! Acting credits include The Music Man (Broadway), Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (off-Broadway), The Sopranos (Dr. Sharon Zalutsky), Punchlines and Prozac (original solo), Orpheus Descending and Three Sisters (T. Schreiber Studio). Summer stock credits include A Funny Thing..., Jerry’s Girls, and Sugar Babies. Edinburgh Festival credits include Playing for Time and The Octette Bridge Club. Ellen has also performed stand-up comedy in numerous clubs and appeared on The View and a clip on Oprah. Visit www.EllenOrchid.com