MFA Candidates

ACTORS

 

Sarah Jessica Anfora, from Bayonne, NJ, graduated with a B.A. in Art History from St. Peter’s College with minors in Theater Performance and Psychology. She is currently completing her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. ASDS theater: Hills Like White Elephants (The Girl), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Welcome to the Moon (Shirley). Other theater: Jesus Christ Superstar (u/s Mary), Cabaret (Sally), Into the Woods (Witch), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed). Eternal thanks to her biological and self-created families, especially her father and mother for their constant love and help. Contact Sarah at sjanfora@gmail.com.

 

Yoni Ben-Yehuda is currently completing his MFA in acting at the Actors Studio Drama School. He has studied at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and has been in several student films, and theater showcases. As a musician, Yoni has released two albums with Sony/RED Records, and has been featured on several albums that have sold Platinum over seas (including the double platinum album The Light and The Shadow). Contact Yoni at yonibenyehuda@gmail.com.

 

Heath Carr was born in Adelaide, South Australia and grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where he graduated from The Hunter School of Performing Arts. He studied Drama at the University of Newcastle obtaining a BA in Drama.  In addition to his work in Sydney, Heath has trained at The Australian Theatre for Young People and studied acting for the camera at Screenwise. While completing his MFA his work has included: The Gingham Dog, True West, Day’s of Wine and Roses, and The Glass Menagerie. Special thanks to my family for their love and support. Contact Heath at Heath.carr28@gmail.com.

 

Sergio Castillo, originally from California, has been seen in many productions on both coasts.  He was a member of The Company of Angels in Los Angeles where he appeared in La Puta Vida and several original works. He also performed at the Latino Theatre Company and has a BA in Theatre-Directing from UCLA. His recent NYC credits include Hermes in Plutus  with the Curious Frog Theatre Company, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew with the Queens Players, and Dream Wedding at the Riant Theatre. He is currently completing his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Contact Sergio at sergio.castillo728@gmail.com.

 

Ruben L. Del Valle, Jr. was born and raised in Brooklyn. He started doing Musical Theatre in the fourth grade and continued throughout high school at the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC. He later graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy then completed his BFA at The New School.  In New York, Ruben has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King as Young Simba, was featured in Musical Theater works benefit concert, and originated the role of Jack Scott in the Disney’s stage version of High School Musical. He would like to thank God, his mother, and other family and friends. Contact Ruben at RubenLDJ@gmail.com.

 

Desiree Elle, was born in Montreal, Canada from a French father and a Venezuelan mother.  She grew up between Paris and Montreal and began her career singing and performing on both continents.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing at Concordia University, she moved to New York City to pursue her MFA in Acting at the Actors Studio Drama School.  Her professional acting credits include film, theatre and commercial work.  Desiree is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. www.desiree-elle.com Contat Desiree at Desiree@Desiree-Elle.com.

 

Jason Green is originally from Colorado where he received his BA in music theatre and dance from Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Before moving to NYC he performed in many shows including Tommy, Footloose, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Grease, Urinetown, Jekyll and Hyde, and Henry V. While attending The Actor’s Studio Drama School he has had the privilege to work on such pieces as Broken Bones, The Informer, Gypsy, and the original work Night Games. Jason is thrilled to be receiving his MFA from such an amazing school. Love and thanks to all who believed I could reach my goals, I never would have without you. Contact Jason at shrishum@hotmail.com.

 

Brad Harris was born and raised in Central Texas where he completed his BFA in Theatre Performance at Baylor University. His New York City credits include Mirette (The Princeton Festival) and Hard Candy Christmas at the 45th Street Theatre. Additionally, Brad has appeared in productions of A New Brain, As You Like It, A Woman in Mind, The Fantasticks, and Kindertransport which was chosen to be presented as a part of the Horton Foote American Playwright Festival. He thanks his parents and grandmother for their unconditional support. Contact Brad at bradharris13@gmail.com.

 

Kari Hinkson is a native New Yorker, who was born and raised in Brooklyn. She received her BA in English with a concentration in Third World Literature from Cornell University. She has gone on to pursue her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School, where she has had the privilege to work on:  Rosemary with Ginger, Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, Intimate Apparel, Dolores and many other works. Her New York theater credits include:  Woman to Woman (Freedom Train Productions) and T’was the Night Before Christmas (Christian Cultural Center). Kari would like to thank her family and friends for their support!  In Him and to Him and by Him! Contact Kari at kari_hinkson@hotmail.com.

 

Osas Ighodaro is a Bronx native and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and dual minors in Theatre and Entrepreneurship. Osas has appeared in productions such as The Colored Museum, Revenge of the King, and the Audelco Award-winning Off-Broadway play Platanos & Collard Greens. Additionally, in film and television, she has been seen in Cadillac Records, Restless City, The Tested and most recently on Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. Osas is currently the reigning Miss Black USA 2010.  Her motto is: “If you can believe it and your heart conceives it, then you can surely achieve it.” www.Osas-Online.com Contact Osas at Osas26@gmail.com.

 

Shaz Khan was born in California but raised in Pakistan. He received his Bachelor of Finance from Pennsylvania State University and worked for a fortune 500 bank for three years before resigning to pursue acting in New York. This past summer he appeared in the Samuel French Short Play festival where he originated the role of Owen in the play For the Winter by Michael Ross Albert. He has completed three independent feature films, most recently finishing a supporting role in the highly anticipated film Haze by acclaimed writer and director, David Burkman and the controversial short Hook Up. Contact Shaz at shazzykhan@gmail.com.

 

Suzy Kimball is a recent transplant from New Brunswick, Canada, who holds a BA in History and English from Mount Allison University.  In addition to her MFA at Actors Studio Drama School, Suzy has studied improv at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Committed Impulse with Josh Pais. Some of her favorite credits include:  Mobius (Fringe NYC), King Lear (Gallery Players) and The Day That Changed My Life (Solutions Productions), The Bald Soprano (ASDS),and Sure Thing (Saint John Theatre Company). Contact Suzy at pastrysuzy@gmail.com.

 

Blayne Levin is a native of Cincinnati who now calls New York City home. At age sixteen, she won the State of Ohio Solo Musical Theatre Thespian Competition.  Having received her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School in Connecticut, she spent the next year touring with Theatre West Virginia in Miss Nelson is Missing and The Last Hanging in Pike County.  Returning to Ohio she toured with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s new musical Mariel.  New York/Regional credits: Hair, Grease, Bring Back Birdie, I Married Wyatt Earp.  Blayne thanks her family for their boundless support.  www.blaynelevin.com Contact Blayne at blayne@blaynelevin.com.

 

Shereen Macklin was born and raised in New York City. In addition to her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School, she holds a BS in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University. Some of Shereen’s professional credits include Mayme in Intimate Apparel (Broach Theatre) and Deena in Dreamgirls (Paul Robeson Theatre), the tour of iChoose (International Committee of Artists for Peace), and was most recently seen in New York in the original production of I Lost My Heart in Haiti. Contact Shereen at ShereenMacklin@gmail.com.

 

Melissa Rosenberger was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her dance and performance career have carried her to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Minneapolis and New York. Her work at the Actors Studio Drama School includes: Picnic, Tiger Tail, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Informer, Nine, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune and Still Life. She is also a founding company member of LabRats, a multi-disciplinary company of artists performing in NY. Melissa is grateful for her family and friends and their unwavering love and support. Contact Melissa at melissa.rosenberger8@gmail.com.

 

Hannah Timmons was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her BA in Film Studies from Bard College, and is now completing her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. She’s thrilled to be a part of the 2011 repertory season, and looks forward to starting her career in New York City. Contat Hannah at hannahtimmons@gmail.com.

 

Maria Viteri was born in Ecuador. She received her BA in Film Studies from San Francisco University in Quito.  Prior to coming to America on a Fulbright Scholarship to study acting, she appeared in The Poor Man’s Daughter, a solo performance piece that traveled throughout South America. In addition to her work at the Actors Studio Drama School, Maria has been seen in numerous short films and commercials and has also appeared at New York’s Repertorio Español in El Publico by Federico Garcia Lorca. Contact Maria at mariaviteri1@gmail.com.

 

Karr Washington began acting at an early age. He attended the performing arts high school in Dallas, TX. He furthered his theatrical training by moving to Los Angeles and going to the University of Southern California. He was cast in several productions, including A Raisin in the Sun. After graduating, he was cast in several television productions, and even landed a featured part in the award winning LA Confidential. He wanted to be an even more complete actor; so, he moved to New York and attended the MFA program at the Actor’s Studio. While here, some of his favorite roles have been in Baby with the Bathwater and Summer and Smoke. He looks forward to a long career on stage and film and television. Contact Karr at karreem@hotmail.com.

 

Kim Willard was born in Hudson, N.Y. but has lived in the South for the last 14 years. She has been an elementary music teacher in New Hampshire and Virginia, and taught high school in South Carolina where she won a Grammy for her outstanding choral and drama programs. She holds a BS in Music Education from Plymouth State University in NH. Among her favorite roles: Charity in Barnum, Ruth in For the Winter, and Queen Margaret in Richard III.  Kim is mom to three beautiful daughters and would like to thank her husband Darryl for his love and support during her time in school. Contact Kim at queenwillard@yahoo.com.

 

Shariffa Wilson is a native of Oakland, California. After earning a BA in Political Science from Howard University and a brief stint in International Development, she entered the Actors Studio Drama School. In addition to her work at ASDS, Shariffa has been seen at La Tea Theater in New York, the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco and several films and commercials.  She would like to thank her mother for her unyielding support and inspiration. Contact Shariffa at Shariffa.Wilson@gmail.com.

DIRECTORS

 

Elle de Amor earned degrees in Theatre (BA-CUNY/Lehman College, MFA-Actors Studio Drama School) and Education (MS-Mercy College). Recently, she directed The Universal Language and The Variations of the Death of Trotsky (Chelsea Rep Lab). She was a featured actor in the Nanny Diaries (Weinstein Co.), Downsized (Reality Pilot-Savannah Media) and on an East Coast/Midwest tour of original works, Yo Soy Latina, Pink, and Jose Can Speak (Latino Flavored Prod.).  Additionally, she placed in the vocal competitions Bronx Rising Stars, Hispanic World’s Fair and Amateur Night at the Apollo.  Elle has produced, Night of Roses, an annual lupus awareness event and is an associate member of SDC.  www.elledeamor.com

 

Adam Levi has directed productions ranging from Sondheim's Into The Woods to Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. Additionally, he conceived and directed Martha and Me: A Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival.Adam holds a BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan and is completing his MFA in Directing at The Actors Studio Drama School. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a proud member of Actors Equity.

 

Mekeva McNeil is a southern transplant with roots in Houston, Texas. She has studied theatre for most of her life, and is currently working towards an MFA in Directing with the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Some of her directing work includes Chain by Pearl Cleage, Woman to Woman and Mirrors with Freedom Train Productions, and Affections of an Alleycat, and Leroi Jones’ The Dutchman. Additionally, she has taught public school in communities including New York and Houston. Mekeva now resides in Brooklyn and is looking forward to exploring all creative and non-conventional avenues in the realm of theatre, domestically and internationally.

 

Brandon Stock is from Fresno, California. He received his BA from Loyola University, Chicago. He is currently completing his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. While at ASDS, his work included An Earthquake by Lisa Soland, The Informer by Bertolt Brecht, and Welcome to the Moon by John Patrick Shanley. He has also assisted on Dr. Faustus for the Resonants Theatre in Chicago and for the late Dr. Jack Trahey while at Loyola University.  Infinite thanks to his family for their love and support especially to mom, dad, and his sister Casey and his girlfriend Clare.

PLAYWRIGHTS

 

Michael Ross Albert is the author of several one act plays, including For the Winter (finalist, 35th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Contest), Karenin’s Anna (Standard Deviation Theatre Company) and Four Sons (winner, Under 20’s Playwriting Contest, Tarragon Theatre). His full length plays include Pillars of Salt (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company), Joint Custody (Wide Eyed Productions’ Dark Night Series), and Chagrin. He is a candidate for an MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School, and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

 

Alla Ilyasova was born-n-bred on the shores of the largest lake in the world. She now resides in Astoria and is completing her MFA in playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School. In addition to her plays at ASDS, Alla’s work was most recently produced in the short play festival at the Abingdon Theatre Center in New York City.

 

Sarah Rachael Jones grew up in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. At the age of 15, she attended the University of Tennessee then completed her BA in Theater Arts from Birmingham-Southern College. Night Games is her second play to receive a full production, after Paper Doll. In addition to completing her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School she is currently expanding her Evening of Murder cycle of monologues and scenes based on real life cases of women who kill.