MFA Candidates


Richard Aleckzandar


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.

Charles Brice


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.

Heather Burgher


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.

Kay Capasso


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Lintukang


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 O'Brien


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.