MFA Candidates

ACTORS

Daebron Michelle Albert

 

DAEBREON MICHELLE ALBERT was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from the Orange County High School of the Arts, she went on to earn her BA in Theater Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been blessed to act and sing professionally throughout the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, and Japan.  Her most memorable roles include: Aida in Aida, Erzulie in Once on This Island, and Crystal in The Little Shop of Horrors. www.Daebreon-Michelle-Albert.com

Christina Auriana

 

CHRISTINA AURIANA of Westchester County, New York holds a BA in Communications and Media Studies, with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, from Fordham University, Lincoln Center. While at The Actors Studio Drama School she has worked on: Hedda Gabler, Rabbit Hole, How I Learned to Drive, Crimes of the Heart, and Proof.  Her professional credits include both independent and short film work.

Chrystal Bethell

 

CHRYSTAL BETHELL is a real “island gal”, having been born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas.  She has been delighted to take her bite of the big apple as she made the move to enter the Actors Studio Drama School.  Before moving to New York, Chrystal was no stranger to the stage, performing in many local productions, as well as modeling and writing scripts for TV and radio advertisements.  In 2008 she won the title of Top Model of The Bahamas and awards for Lady of Elegance and Miss Photogenic. This led her to compete in international competitions throughout Germany and China.  She is excited and ready for her career to blossom in New York. www.ChrystalBethell.com

d'Arquoia Connor

 

D’ARQUOIA CONNOR was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, d'Arquoia Connor has trained in classical opera, musical theater, and gospel music . She has worked on the San Francisco professional stage in various musicals, including the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Queer Christmas Carol at New Conservatory Theatre. d'Arquoia received her BA in Theatre from the University of California. She has written, directed, and produced various  plays and musicals  for and with youth in Southern and Northern California and advocated for ethnic, economic, and social change in the arts by bringing performing arts to low economic and ethnically diverse communities. d’Arquoia is looking forward to breaking into the New York City communities of theatre, musical theatre, opera, television, and film.

Leah Filley

 

LEAH FILLEY grew up in Melbourne, Australia and she holds a BA degree in Film and Theater Studies from The University of Melbourne. In Australia she worked extensively in theater, film, and commercials. She recently completed a Graduate Apprenticeship at the CRY HAVOC Company where she continues to be a contributing artist. www.LeahFilley.com

Akiko Fujiwara

 

AKIKO FUJIWARA was born in New York but grew up in Tokyo, where she studied acting at the United Performer’s Studio Academy and received a degree in engineering from Keio University. She returned to New York to pursue her MFA in Acting at the Actors Studio Drama School. Akiko has trained extensively in street dance and was a member of Dancing Crew JADE, a major dance team in Japan. Akiko is fluent in English and Japanese, and has performed in both languages. www.AkikoFujiwara.com

Kasia Glinka

 

KASIA GLINKA is Polish by birth and a New Yorker at heart. She holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Warsaw.  Her passion for psychology and acting compelled her to work on the character April in Revolutionary Road. Some of her favorite roles include: Harper in Angels in America, Darlene in Hurlyburly, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Phaedra in Phaedra’s Love, and Yelena in Unlce Vanya. www.KasiaGlinka.com

Suzanne Harvin

 

SUZANNE HARVIN is a performer and activist who sees her art and activism as an intersection for social change. She has performed in such productions as The Vagina Monologues, Closer, and For Colored Girls.... Her acting training began at The Harlem Theatre Company and she subsequently studied at The School of Russian Art Theatre and The Labyrinth Theatre summer intensive in New York City. Suzanne has also written a performance piece entitled Naked, which premiered at the Sage Theatre.  Inspired by such artists as Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Eve Ensler, Suzanne understands that her calling does not just lie within acting but also within activism. "I place my voice onstage and my ear to the hearts of the marginalized." Suzanne is deeply appreciative of the training that she has received from The Actors Studio Drama School, and for her family and friends who have, and continue to support her dreams.

Julie Ek

 

CINDY KAY comes from the lovely state of California, where she grew up and received her BA in Musical Theatre. She is honored to be a part of this season with these wonderful artists. Some of her favorite roles include Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Chickie in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and originating the role of Patience in Patience and Hanna. She can’t say thank you enough to her family and loved ones for their support!

Tiffany Lee

 

TIFFANY LEE holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Theatre from West Liberty University. Some of her favorite work includes: Urinetown-The Musical, You Can’t Take it With You, Bat Boy: the Musical, and The Foreigner. While at The Actors Studio Drama School, Tiffany has worked on: Spike Heels, After the Fall, Betrayal, Honour, The Twilight of the Golds, and The Laramie Project. www.Tiffany-Lee.com

Andrea Lea Martzipan

 

ANDREA LEA MARTZIPAN hails from the great state of Michigan.  She received her BA in Theatre/Dance and Vocal Music Performance from Alma College. A singing soprano, Andrea has sung her way from Michigan, across the country, to New York. Some of her favorite credits include: Live Mermaids Live a Jukebox Musical with art.party.theatre.co and Better Music Video for Denver Hughes.  She is awed and humbled by the support she has received and dedicates this performance to her family who has sacrificed so much to help her succeed. They are tangible examples of faith and strength. www.AndreaLeaMartzipan.com

Taylor Plas

 

TAYLOR PLAS is an actress/musician from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She received her BA in Theatre from Denison University, having previously studied Music at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Recent work includes scenes from: Seascape with Sharks and Dancer by Don Nigro, That Pretty Pretty (or the Rape Play) by Sheila Callaghan, and Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley. Currently, she is assisting the development of the original work, Sleep Holds Them by Jason Rosenberg. She thanks her family and friends for their love, guidance, patience, and encouragement. www.TaylorPlas.com

Craig Porter

 

CRAIG PORTER received his BA in Theatre, Music and Dance from Muhlenberg College. Before moving to New York, he was a part of the resident acting company and performing arts institute faculty for the Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach, DE, from 2006-2010. Regional credits include: The Crucible, The Long Goodbye, South Pacific, Lord Byron’s Love Letter, Pablo (world premiere), Sherlock Holmes: The Early Years (world premiere), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The World Goes Round (CSTC), Oklahoma! (Media Theatre), Carousel, Measure for Measure, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, On The Town (MSMT). While at the Actors Studio Drama School, some of his credits include: The Laramie Project, The Man Who Couldn’t Dance, and The Credeaux Canvas. www.CraigRossPorter.com

Andrew David Rabensteine

 

ANDREW DAVID RABENSTEINE has performed in 22 of the 50 states and hopes to eventually hit all 50! Favorite roles include Louis in Angels In America, Jamie in The Last Five Years, and all 36 characters in I Am My Own Wife. He is also a certified yoga instructor and has a great love of animals.  Andrew is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.AndrewDavidRabensteine.com

 

Jessica Ruffus

 

JESSICA RUFFUS is an actor from Salt Lake City, Utah where she received her BA from the University of Utah. Her most recent credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest, Central Park West, Wait Until Dark, Rabbit Hole, Summer and Smoke, and The Donahue Sisters. Among her favorite roles are Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Kafka in All in the Timing, and Kitty in Taking Steps.

Heen Sasithorn

 

HEEN SASITHORN was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She received a BA in Theatre from Chulalongkorn University and has been working professionally in Thai feature films, commercials, and the theatre. A grant from The Asian Cultural Council has given her an opportunity to pursue an MFA at The Actors Studio Drama School and expand her experiences abroad.  www.HeenActor.com

Christina Schaudel

 

CHRISTINA SCHAUDEL received her BA in Theater from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her AA in Performing Arts from SUNY Rockland Community College. Theater credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, The Playboy of the Western World (Irene Ryan Nominee), Agnes of God, The Comedy of Errors, Enter Laughing, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Opera credits include Tosca, Carmen, and Aida. At the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, her theater credits include: The Lesson, The Laramie Project, Bold Girls, Tea and Sympathy, and Weldon Rising. www.ChristinaSchaudel.com

Robert Schorr

 

ROBERT SCHORR is from California, where he received his BA in Cinema Studies from CSU San Francisco.  Robert also received a Secondary Teaching Credential from CSU Fresno.  In 2008 he completed the two-year Evening Division program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  He has appeared in several productions in and around New York, including Six Degrees of Separation, The Wild Duck, and the new play festival at The Gallery Players. 
www.RobertSchorr.com

Evan Sokal

 

EVAN SOKAL grew up in the Hudson Valley, New York and has been residing in Brooklyn for the last four years. He received his BA at Sarah Lawrence College where he studied theater and photography. His latest credits include appearances on the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel, along with the new play Screech for the Samuel French Theater Festival. Evan is more than honored to be performing with this fantastic group who form the Actors Studio Drama School’s Class of 2013.    

Nicole Stoica

 

NICOLE STOICA was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and holds a BS in Literature from The New School. Recent credits include: Staged Reading (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Color (Theater for the New City), and U.S. Drag (ATA Sargent Theater). Nicole has also enjoyed escaping reality in the fields of the New York Renaissance Faire, and playing dead in a slaughterhouse at Forest of Fear.

Dalton Tyler

 

DALTON TYLER graduated from Siena Heights University in 2008 with a BA in Theatre, and is pursuing a career in NYC while completing his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. His recent credits include: Macbeth in Macbeth, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, and Buckingham in Three Musketeers.

Ross Willenger

 

ROSS WELLINGER is from Smithtown, NY and spent most of his life being consumed by sports.  It wasn’t until his junior year at Stony Brook University that he began acting, earning his BA degree in Liberal Arts.  His recent NYC credits include Color at Theater for The New City and the Dramatists’ Guild, and The Jones Men at The New Federal Theater, directed by the renowned Woodie King Jr.

Marissa Wilhelm

 

MARISSA WILHELM is originally from Whidbey Island, WA and was involved in theatre throughout her childhood and received her BA in Musical Theatre from California State University Chico, in 2010. She moved to New York City in the fall of 2010 to further pursue her studies at ASDS and is grateful to be working with such a talented group of individuals.

DIRECTORS

James Fagan

 

JIM FAGAN  New York: LUV (asst. dir. to Lonny Price), Bake Sale* (Cry Havoc Company), Legend of the Word* (asst. Director to Matt Cowart), Strawberry One Act festival* (nom. Best Director), West Village Musical Theatre Festival*, Planet Connections Festivity* and Contributing Artist with the CRY HAVOC Company. Boston (selected): AssassinsBat Boy, The Wedding Singer, The New Century(asst.)and developing the one man show Where the Magic Happens* (w/ top 10 itunes artist George Watsky). Former Artistic Associate with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston. His short play "Love Always," has been published with Playscripts and Produced throughout the country. Currently works on the TV movie-trivia show STORYNOTES on AMC. Boston College alum (’07). www.Jim-Fagan.com 
*denotes new work

Jean Lee

 

JEAN LEE is originally from Seoul, South Korea and holds a BFA in Theatrical Studies, Directing and Performing Arts, and Film Video from Chung-Ang University in Seoul. Jean has translated and directed many new American plays in Korea and has worked on developing new projects, including: Odysseus Died From Aids (by Stephen Svoboda, Translating/Directing), Nanjang (Playwriting/Directing), La Vita E Bella (Dramaturgy/Directing), Underdog (Producing). New York City directing credits include: Dancing Blind, The Man Who Couldn’t Dance, The Donahue Sisters, and the original production of Morse Code by Sean Behrens. www.ItsJeanish.com

Michael Rader

 

MICHAEL RADER has worked as a New York City based director and actor for the past decade and holds the distinction of serving as one of the youngest Artistic Directors in the history of the Cirque du Soleil organization. Highlights as a director: Varekai (Cirque du Soleil), Into The Woods and Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Theatre), Color (Theatre for the New City), A Christmas Carol (National Tour), You are Not Alone Benefit (starring Betty Buckley), The Jerry Lewis Telethon, Tinyard Hill (The Human Race Theatre Co.), the NYC benefit revival of Elegies: A Song Cycle. Highlights as an actor include: Baptista/Harrison Howell in Kiss Me Kate (National Tour), Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (National Tour), Michael Wiley in Susan Stroman's Contact (National Tour), Trophy Wife (La MaMa). Current Artistic Director of Uptown Arts NYC. Member, SDC. www.MichaelRader.com

Kaitlyn Samuel

 

KAITLYN SAMUEL is originally from LA and has a BFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Evansville. She spent a summer interning at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and worked for almost two years at The Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, CA. She was a Gangbusters Theatre Company member and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Outside Inside with other ASDS graduates. Kaitlyn has also been a FringeNYC participant for the past four years, including directing Baldy by Yokko. www.KaitlynSamuel.com

PLAYWRIGHTS

Sean Behrens

 

SEAN BEHRENS is a New York based playwright.  He has received a fellowship at the Edward F. Albee Foundation and his plays have been produced in Manhattan by Fifty7 Productions (Giant Spiders, a one-act play) and E-Star Talent (The Spade’s Ten, a one-act play). A New Color won a prize at the Bowie State University’s Page-to-Stage Festival and had a staged reading at the Kennedy Center.  He has also been a semi-finalist in other new play and one-act play contests, and has published short stories.  He received his BFA at SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, where he was the proud recipient of the PEN Award and the Chair Award. 

Arnie CW Lee

 

ARNIE CW LEE is the resident playwright and translator for Blue Bicycle Productions in Seoul, Korea and is currently the U.S. correspondent for the Korean Theatre Review. Prior to studying playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, he worked as a journalist and translator at the United Nations Command Public Affairs office and has studied in various places, including Sydney, Hong Kong, Oregon, and Seoul. He has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy, with a minor in English Literature, from Korea University and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Melissa Sinaly

  MELISSA SINALY is a native New Yorker.  After almost seven years as an educator, and a series of unlikely events, luck brought her here.  Her first staged reading is "Like You Mean It" and "Give It Away" will be her first piece performed.

Gabrielle Sinclair

 

GABRIELLE SINCLAIR is a South Carolina playwright based in New York City, where she is completing an MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School. Her short plays have been produced in festivals in Seattle, Omaha, and Manhattan. She has written and performed with the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and iOWest in Los Angeles, as well as in long-form Improv in festivals around the country. She is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.