MFA Candidates

ACTORS

Marco Agnolucci

 

Marco Agnolucci is a native New Yorker who lived in Europe for 8 years.  He received his BA in Comparative Literature and Film History and Theory at the American University of Paris, prior to receiving an Advanced Filmmaking Graduate Diploma at the New York Film Academy in London.  His Actors Studio Drama School theater work includes: One for the Road, Loyalties, The Glass Menagerie, Modigliani, Art, Tiger Tail, Riff Raff, Angels in America, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Interrogation.  Marco is honored to be receiving his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School.

Beau Berglund

 

Beau Berglund, a former All-American and State Champion tennis player, started acting in Los Angeles before moving to New York to pursue his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School.  Most recently, he starred in the Los Angeles International Film Festival entry Sweat and played the lead in Short Phuse Films’ pilot “Silverwood.”  While at the Actors Studio Drama School, he worked on Waiting for Lefty, Fool for Love, The Pillowman, Speed-the-Plough, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Blackbird,among others.  He thanks his friends and family for their unconditional love and support.  www.BeauBerglund.com

Anthony Cotto

 

Anthony Cotto was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he completed his BA in Audiovisual Communications at the University of Puerto Rico. He studied classical dance for several years at Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and moved to New York to complete his MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School, where his work has included Angels in America, Camino Real, A Hatful of Rain, Echoes and The Wound of Love.

Suzanne Darrell

 

Suzanne Darrell is a native of Warwick, Bermuda.  A mezzo-soprano, Suzanne has acted and sung extensively.  International: Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod (solo & choral competition). Regional:  Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom and Nickel and Dimed (Borderlands Theater Company).  In New York she has appeared in  Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep) and Woman to Woman (Freedom Train Productions). Suzanne dedicates her performances in the Repertory Season to women survivors around the world and sends heartfeltthanks to friends and family for their loving support.

Treasure Davidson

 

Treasure Davidson is a “military brat” who has lived in Germany, Alaska, Arizona, Missouri, South Carolina, Michigan and, currently, New York.  As a University of Michigan BA graduate in Theatre Arts and Communications, she was a four-year member of the university’s improv troupes Res Rep and Summer Troupe.  Treasure was most recently seen off-Broadway in two original shows, Bitter Crop and Pieces, at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.  She will receive her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in May, where her work has included Miss Julie, Top Girls, Toys in the Attic and Criminal Hearts.

Angel Dillemuth

 

Angel Dillemuth is from the South Bronx. A graduate of Lehman College, he is completing his MFA at The Actors Studio Drama School. He is a member of The Bronx Repertory Co. and Manhattan Rep. Previous Theatre Credits include Dia de Los Muertos, Always, and Happy Hour, among others. Previous TV/film credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Liberty Kid and The Blacksite, among other shorts and features. He has also appeared in numerous commercials.

Melinda Graham Raj

 

Melinda Graham Raj is a native of Cleveland and now calls Brooklyn home.  She received her BA from Wittenberg University and moved to Chicago to study and perform improvisation at The Second City, IO Chicago, Annoyance and Playground Theaters.  She also studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  Favorite roles:  Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Alexandria (On the Verge).  TV/Film credits:  “Ugly Betty,” The Break Up, Support, and A Christmas Story (long ago).  ASDS highlights: Playtime, People in the Wind, Burn This, Criminal Hearts, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Doubt and Summer and Smoke.

Anna Helenes

 

Anna Helenes grew up in Greece. She studied at Iasmos Theater School in Athens and she appeared on stage in Greece as Iphigenia in Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, as well as in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Threepenny Opera. In New York, her experience includes This One and That One at the Greek Cultural Center in Queens, as well as the films Hell Fire and Theft of a Bereft Life. In May, Anna will complete her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School, where she has performed in One for the Road, Hello from Bertha, The Donahue Sisters and Camino Real, among others.She is thankful to everyone who gave her strength by believing in her.

Natalie Claire Holly

 

Natalie Claire Holly was born in raised in Queens, NY. Her favorite credits include Fatima Wiley in Vicious Circle at the 2006 Strawberry One-Act Festival, Muriel in Out of the Frying Pan at the Impact Theater and Josephine in Ruined with the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season. She thanks her family, friends, the Actors Studio Drama School and her peers.

Vin Kridakorn

 

Vin Kridakorn, a native midwesterner, grew up both in Naperville, Illinois, and Bangkok, Thailand.  Recent theatre credits include Tape and The Spoon River Anthology at The Roy Arias Theater in NYC.  He played the lead role in the independent short Play Name, and recently completed filming a supporting role in the feature parAmor.  Vin is currently in the web series “Bank on it!” and the winner of the most votes on his audition on YouTube to be a featured actor in the Roger Smith Shorts Festival Workshop.  www.vin-kridakorn.net

Ameerah LeGrande

 

Ameerah LeGrande received her BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Her credits at UMD include The Trojan Women and Zooman and the Sign.  She was an Acting Apprentice at the Round House Theatre where she toured the play The Story of Jumping Mouse and understudied for The Chairs and Midwives. Studying at ASDS, she worked on Top Girls, Doubt, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and is appearing during the Repertory Season in Rosemary with Ginger, by ASDS playwriting teacher Edward Allan Baker.  Ameerah is also a slam poet and is currently working on a book of poems.  Infinite thanks to her family and loved ones.

Ashley Love

 

Ashley Love comes from the coast of New England and the northeast has proved to be rich in opportunities for her to perform in radio, film, theater and cabaret. After graduating with a BA in Acting from Emerson College, she departed for New York City to pursue her MFA at ASDS, performing Louise in After the Fall and the title role in The Killing of Sister George, among others. She thanks her family, in every sense. It is they who have brought her here and will take her forward. www.Ashley-Love.com

Jeanne Joe Perrone

 

Jeanne Joe Perrone is a California girl by birth and a New Yorker by choice. She is thrilled to appear in this season’s productions of Oink! and Tape. She will complete her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School in May. Favorite stage work includes: The Seagull (Nina), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mairead), My Fair Lady (Eliza), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), The Interrogation (Woman), and Orpheus Descending (Carol). Film credits include Love Me Tender (Emma) and 24 Hours at the Golden Apple (Amy). Love and thanks to AP, JM, SC, and most of all, JC.  www.jeanneJoePerrone.com

Maria Roman

 

Maria Roman was most recently seen on IFC in “The Whitest Kids U Know” (Zach Cregger, dir.), on SyFy in “Xenophobia” (Gary Jones, dir.) and on BBC in “The Last Enemy” (Iain MacDonald, dir.). Most recently, she perfomed in a staged reading Secrets of Freud and Jung (Ken Wydro, producer and writer). She received her BFA in Romania from the I.L. Caragiale University of Theatrical and Cinematographical Arts, where she performed in The Seagull (Masha), in addition to many other parts in theater, film and commercials. She came to New York to master her craft at ASDS and is grateful for a most wonderful and fulfilling experience.

Lawrence Sharp

 

Lawrence Sharp, originally born in Washington, DC, is very eager to begin his career in New York City! Lawrence has a BA in English Literature with an emphasis on Theater Performance, from Norfolk State University. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received honors at the 2006 National Artistic and Dramatic Speech Arts competition in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently completing his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School, where his work has included Loyalties, Oink!, Malnati Monday and Here We Are.

Marcus Terrell Smith

 

Marcus Terrell Smith made his theatrical debut as Jake in the musical Sideshow at Arizona Repertory Theatre.  He continued his career in the west, starring in other musicals, including Elegies: Looking Up (Michael), The Full Monty (Horse)and Songs for a New World.  While pursuing his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School, his work has included Art, Titus Andronicus, One for the Road, The Big Knife, A Lie of the Mind and Beyond Therapy.  Also, while in NYC, he has appeared in the TV pilot “The Brief” and the film Behind These Eyes.  Marcus thanks his family and friends for all of their guidance and support.

Rashelle Stocker

 

RaShelle Stocker hails from Los Angeles, grew up in Dallas and received a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach. While in California, Ms. Stocker was awarded the Artsbridge Scholarship and worked as a Teaching Artist in the LA Public Schools.  Her LA theater credits include: In The Blood by Susan Lori-Parks (Best Ensemble Nomination - NAACP Theatre Awards), Parks’ 365 Plays 365 Days, Westward Expansion by Cecil Castelluci and The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. RaShelle is currently working on a stand-up comedy show.  

Dario Torres

 

Dario Torres is a born and raised New Yorker from the Bronx.  His past credits include Othello (Iago), The Wiz (The Lion), Glenngarry Glen Ross (George Aaronow) and John Leguizamo’s Spic-O-Rama (Crazy Willy).  With a BA from Lehman College (CUNY), he is thrilled to have been a part of the ensemble of students and teachers at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.  He thanks his mom and dad for their unconditional support.

Abigail Treut

 

Abigail Treut was born and raised in Hunterdon County, NJ. She received her BA in Theatre from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Her NYC theater credits include ‘night Motherf***er (White Box Theatre Festival) and Global Bipolar Warning. At the Actors Studio Drama School, she has worked on ‘night Mother, The Shape of Things, Proof, Hedda Gabler, Blackbird, One for the Road, Stop Kiss and Loyalties. www.abigailtreut.com

DIRECTORS

Jee Hyun Jung

 

Jee Hyun Jung graduated with degrees in literature from the Catholic University of Korea (BA) and Sogang University (MA). She has been an assistant director for Jinchaeck Sohn, Manuel Lutgenhorst and others, and a stage manager for Hideki Noda. She also received all-expense funding from New National Theater of Japan for an internship in stage management. In addition, she has a certificate in Acting from Michoo Drama Institute. As a performer, she has been featured in The Fantasticks and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Her directing credits include Mr. Lee and Miss Shim in New York, The Bear, As I Lay Dying, To Live, Search!, The Story of a Crocodile and The Apollo of Bellac.

Bridget Leak

 

Bridget Leak is an “army brat,” having lived in such places as Georgia, Indiana (twice), Virginia, New York (twice), Germany, Texas and Pennsylvania. As a director, she has worked in France, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington, DC, and NYC. Her NYC credits include Drip Torch (Thespian Productions); Mr. Winnecker (The Secret Theater); How I Survive (The Tank, Lehman College); Pieces (Manhattan Repertory Theatre); Blackbird, Tape, Oink!, On Mules We Find, Clean (Actors Studio Drama School); A Few Moments at MySpace… (Strawberry One-Act Festival); and With This Phone (Free to Stare). She received her BA in German and French at Lycoming College, PA, and is currently completing her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School.  Bridget is an associate member of SDC. www.bridgetleak.com

Norma Medina

 

Norma Medina, a native of Arizona, moved into directing after having been a member of Actors’ Equity for 20 years, working with such companies as Borderlands Theater Company and Invisible Theatre (Tucson), Mixed Blood Theater Company (Minneapolis), The Detroit Institute of Art and the Arizona Theater Company. Her directing credits include Las Nuevas Tamaleras by Alicia Mena (International Tour), Loyalties, Playtime, Empty Basket, Unearthing the Tramp, Blue Streak, Stumbling Down the Aisle…, The Pillowman and Ruined. Additionally, Norma joined performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena to form the theater company La Pocha Nostra. Ms. Medina received her BA from Prescott College and is completing her MFA in Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School.

Jamie Sellers

 

Jamie Sellers, originally from Louisiana, graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in Theater/Directing, and is currently completing her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School.  At ASDS her work has included Here We Are, Camino Real, The Lover, The Interrogation, as well as several new works, Malnati Monday and The Lobby.  Other NYC credits include That New York Kind of Love (Free to Stare), Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep) and Hard Candy Christmas (The Tank).  Thanks to her family for their love and support.

PLAYWRIGHTS

Katie Buckels

 

Katie Buckels grew up in Chagrin Falls, OH and completed her BA in English at Cleveland State University (magna cum laude). Her credits include a production of her play Never Straight, Always Forward at the Factory Theater in Ohio and she was awarded first place for her short screenplay, Johnny’s Got a Secret, in the Picture this Screenplay Competition.  Her current ASDS projects include a full production of her one-act play, Empty Basket, and a staged reading of her full-length play, Needles: A Christmas Play. www.katiebuckels.com

Christina Cigala

 

Christina Cigala is from San Antonio, TX and holds a BA from Baylor University, where she studied with Horton Foote. She is currently completing her MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School.  Her work has appeared in New York, San Antonio and Waco, with the aim of representing the American South with empathy and mostly desiring to make people laugh.

Christopher Edward Moss

 

Christopher Edward Moss will graduate in May from the Actors Studio Drama School with an MFA in Playwriting.  He has been produced in New York City at The Tank Theater (Tea for Father) and in Moline, IL for Fine Line Productions (Down by the Ocean).  He would like to thank his family, GG, and the tremendous team of artists who have brought his play to life. www.ChristopherEdwardMoss.com

Chris Pierce

 

Chris Pierce lived in the Adirondacks, then in upstate New York, where he received a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY, Potsdam. He now resides in Astoria, while he pursues his MFA in Playwriting.  Mr. Pierce is a recipient of the Maurice Kenny Award for Creative Writing.

Nicholas Priore

 

Nicholas Priore was born and raised in Utica, NY, where he endured a Catholic education and graduated from Notre Dame High School.  He studied fiction and poetry for four years at SUNY, Purchase, earning a BA in Creative Writing.  He has gone on to study playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School, where he will graduate with an MFA in May.  Some of his plays include Unearthing the Tramp, Turn, Better than Nothing (Manhattan Rep), Immaculate and Broken Record.

LB_Roberts

 

L.B. Roberts began her writing journey at the age of 4.  In addition to having written several screenplays, Lauren is currently writing a full-length comedy based on the “film noir” genre. With a BA in Film and Video production and an MFA in Playwriting, she plans to write for television.

Trey Tatum

 

Trey Tatum, who was raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast, is a playwright and composer. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from Birmingham-Southern College and is completing his MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School. His plays have been performed throughout Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey and New York City. As a composer, his music has received performances in Alabama, Tennessee, New York City, Pennsylvania and Prague. www.treytatum.com

Carston Turner

 

Carston Turner, a native of Detroit, MI, is currently completing his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School.  He is a two-time recipient of the Many Voices Residency Grant at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN.  His New York theater credits include Blue Streak at the Strawberry One-Act Festival, which is being published in the festival’s Best Plays of 2008-2009, Volume VI.  Regional Theater credits include Trust at the Illusion Theater, Baby in the Park at the Free to Stare Festival and Geraldine and Ruth at the Pillsbury House Theater.