2015 MFA Candidates

2015 MFA Candidates

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Shayla Alamino was born and raised in the beautiful tropical city of Miami Beach, FL, of Argentinean-American heritage. She received her BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Rollins College, appearing in plays with the Rollins Department of Theatre and improvisational shows with Rollins Improv Players. She studied at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Barrow Group, and the National Theatre Institute. Shayla is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has performed in both languages. Her most recent roles include: Wanda’s Visit (Wanda), Dinner with Friends (Beth), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha), Two Sisters and a Piano (Maria Celia), The Boys Next Door (Shiela), and Our Lady of 121st Street (Norca). www.ShaylaAlamino.com


Jamie Alana was born in New Jersey but during her childhood she split her time between New Jersey and Los Angeles, California.  Jamie grew up immersed in the arts and was in her first stage performance at the age of three. She holds a BA in Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies from Northeastern University. Favorite roles at the Actors Studio Drama School include: Gloria in The Gingham Dog, Beth in Orange Flower Water, and her current role as Elizabeth in Laundry and Bourbon. She is very excited about the upcoming release of her most recent film project, Bait; or Trapped by the Truth, and she is grateful for the opportunity to study at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She would like to thank her family for their eternal support and unconditional love. www.JamieAlana.com


Adriana Álvarez was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, where she started acting at an early age. Before pursuing her MFA she completed a BA in Journalism. In addition to her work in professional theatre and television in Costa Rica, Adriana recently starred in three feature films (Gestation, Port Father, and Cold Water of the Sea) that earned her five Best Actress awards in film festivals around the world.


Elizabeth Marie Anderson hails from North Carolina where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a BA in Theatre Performance and a BA in Dance. Some of her favorite roles include: Meredith in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Leslie in Hibakusha. She would like to thank all of her family and friends for their love and support. www.ElizabethMarieAnderson.com


Christina Ashby is an Alaska-raised, New York City theater artist. She received her BA in Theater with honors from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. As part of her honors thesis, she helped to update and adapt Eurpides’ Trojan Women. New York directing credits: As You Like It (For Love & Duty Players), Love Me Tender and Heart Poor (Blue Roses Productions), Richard III (assistant director, Boomerang Theatre Company), The Bitchiest Wallflower at the Orgy (Dixon Place), A Midnight Clear, The Agreement, Hello Out There¸ and the original workshop production of Paint the Line (ASDS). Christina has also assistant-directed the New York Innovative Theater Awards for the past two years (A.D. to Tim Butterfield in 2013 and Robert Ross Parker in 2014). Alaska directing credits include: Fat Pig (Theatre on the Rocks), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (OutNorth Theatre Company), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Winnie the Pooh, and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Alaska Theatre of Youth), and Camino Real (assistant director, Cyrano’s Theatre Company). Her production of Dog Sees God received critical praise and was named one of the top three best theater experiences of 2009 by the Anchorage Daily News. Christina also co-founded Alaska’s first live-sketch comedy show, the Pogo Stick Go Go Dancer Company, and was a member of Scared Scriptless, Alaska’s longest-running improv troupe. Christina has also served as a theatrical educator, teaching improvisation and character study for numerous children’s theater companies in Anchorage. In 2011, Christina spent a year in Chicago, where she studied with the acclaimed Chicago directors Stephen Cone, Jonathan Berry, and Steve Merle at Act One Studios. www.ChristinaAshby.net


Richie Barrella is a proud native of the Jersey Shore.  He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in Drama and in Mathematics.  While he's enjoyed the rigorous acting training he's received at the Actors Studio Drama School, Richie's first love has always been singing and he hopes to blend his two passions by pursuing a career in musical theater.  His favorite credits include: The Night the Music Died (The Big Bopper), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), bare - a pop opera (Matt), Shrek (Papa Ogre/Papa Bear), and The Wild Party (Phil). Thank you to my family and friends for all your love and support! www.RichieBarrella.com


Miray Besli was born in Izmir, Turkey. After training as an actor in Istanbul, Miray moved to New York for an MFA degree at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She has performed in: The Big Knife, The Seagull, The Miracle Worker, Savage in Limbo, and Fallen. Her professional credits include short film work and she has appeared in television commercials and series in Turkey. Miray lives in New York City and after graduation she will remain in the United States and continue her work as a NYC-based actress.


Erick Betancourt was born in the Bronx. After receiving his BFA from the University of Rhode Island, he returned to New York City to pursue his MFA at The Actors Studio Drama School. Some of his most recent roles include: Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Josh in Falling, and Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. His most recent professional film credit, 11:55 Holyoke, alongside Victor Almanzar, is set to be released this summer. He is an alumnus of the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Summer Intensive 2013. Erick has collaborated with playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on a number of his latest works and is also a co-founder of Dutch Kills Productions. Erick dedicates his repertory season work to all the giants upon whose shoulders he stands, with special thanks to Steve Nicholas, Leo, and all the Actors Studio Drama School faculty and staff.


Magan Carrigan is a New York-based actress and a New Orleans native. She received her BS in Economics and Theatre from University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She has interned in marketing at Regional Tony Award-winning theatres Arena Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Favorite roles performed at The Actors Studio Drama School include: Connie in The Big Knife, Sister Felicity in Suddenly, Last Summer, and Masha in Three Sisters. Outside of ASDS, Magan has studied under acting coach Ken Schatz, completed the film/TV I acting class with Lorrel Manning at The Barrow Group, and completed the Summer Intensive Acting Workshop at Circle in the Square Theatre School.  www.maganmcarrigan.com


Stefan Folkins was born in Fredericton, Canada, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Drama from the University of New Brunswick. He has performed on stage in Canada in: The Importance Of Being Earnest (Algernon), Hello, Dolly! (Vandergelder), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Knight of The Burning Pestle (Rafe), Life Without Instruction (Tassi), King Lear (Oswald), and Love's Labour’s Lost (Mote), and he has also appeared in films featured in the Fredericton Silver Wave Film Festival. He has also directed, choreographed, created, and starred as the title role in Michael Jackson: Tribute to the King of Pop at the Fredericton Playhouse. Favorite roles performed at The Actors Studio Drama School include: Stephen in The Lisbon Traviata, Charlie in In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Mr. Smith in The Bald Soprano, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Michal in The Pillowman, Nick in Who's Afraif of Virginia Woolf? and Brian in The Gingerbread House. He wants to thank his family, without whom living his dream would never have been possible.  www.stefanfolkins.com


Danny Gorman has worked as a director, choreographer, and theatre arts educator in New York for the past seven years. New York credits: Kat for Short (The CRY HAVOC Company), The Pawnbroker (asst. dir., FringeNYC), Peace, Love, and Cupcakes (asst. dir., Vital Theatre), MYTHOS (world premiere, NY Children’s Theatre Festival), Ships in the Night (world premiere, Manhattan Rep), and Urinetown (NYU). Regional: the Long Island professional premieres of Lombardi and The Marvelous Wonderettes; Les Misérables, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Grease, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure (regional premiere). Favorites at ASDS: The Other Woman, The Last Romantic, or, Why We Fight (world premiere), Loyalties, and The Man Who Couldn’t Dance. Endless thanks to his family and friends for their constant love and support. www.DannyGorman.com


Brent Hampson was born and raised in Ohio and played NCAA basketball at Ohio Northern University, where he earned in BA in Sports Management. After graduation he began taking acting classes and soon started booking national and local commercial work before moving to New York to pursue his MFA. While in school he has appeared in various student and independent films as well as television and modeling work. He wishes to thank his family, especially his little brother, for the courage to dream. www.BrentHampson.com


Dan Kellmer is a NYC based actor who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before moving to New York, Dan helped run his family’s 3rd generation jewelry business. Dan holds a BS in Communications from The University of Miami where he studied film and fine art, as well as a Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America. His favorite include: Mark Rothko in RED, Marvin in The Last Romatic, Thomas in The Other Woman, and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.  He wishes to thank his loving parents, family members, dear friends, and his wonderful girlfriend for all of their support.


Nicholas Kowerko was born in Buffalo, NY, and has a BA in Arts Administration from SUNY, Fredonia and worked in theatrical public relations for three years.  Most recently, Nicholas was the assistant director for The Merry Wives of Windsor (dir. Paul Barnes) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival.  Selected directing credits: The Bald Soprano, ‘night, Mother, Crystal Clear, Mr. Marmalade, Doubt, and Seascape.  He was a casting assistant at Boston Casting, working on ABC Television’s Body of Proof, among other projects, which earned him membership in the Casting Society of America (CSA).  Nicholas previously worked as a stage manager at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre (A Christmas Carol, dir. Brad Carroll; God Lives in Glass, dir. Keith Thompson) and was an adjunct instructor of theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also wrote his thesis, “Comparative Mythology in the Plays of Samuel Beckett” for his MA in Theatre History.  Nicholas is trained in the Ivana Chubbuck Technique by Michael Tylo and is an SDC Associate.  www.nicholaskowerko.com


Cooper Lawrence is originally from Long Island, NY, and graduated from The University of Arizona with a BS in Sociology and Marketing. His recent film credits include: The Last Days of Stanley Foster (NYU film thesis) and an IBM National Campaign. He has had the privilege of working on characters from The Boys Next Door (ASDS), The Seagull (ASDS), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (BADA), Waiting For Godot (ASDS), new works from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble), and others. He is very grateful and excited to be apart of this repertory season and would like to thank his friends and family, for all their ongoing love and support. Especially LSF. www.CooperSlawrence.net


Leslie Lopez is a Colombian-American actress born in Queens, NY.  She received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in addition to having completed a French Language program at The University of Paris-Sorbonne.  Her work at ASDS includes: The Children’s Hour, How I Learned to Drive, and The Maids. Leslie has also worked in film and television, most recently as a recurring guest star on the Starz drama series, Power, executive produced by Curtis “50 cent” Jackson.  She would like to thank her family: mom, dad, Kevin, and John for providing her with unwavering love, strength, and inspiration.


J.P. Makowski is an NYC-based performing artist. Theatre: Motel Rasdell (MITF 2013), The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate (Festival 56), Mother/Tongue (Cleveland Public Theatre), A Funny Thing...Forum (Porthouse Theatre), Les Miserables, Shenandoah (The Barn Theatre). Television: PanAm and Boardwalk Empire.  J. P. wrote and performed his first original solo theatre piece, The Bitchiest Wallflower at the Orgy, which premiered at Dixon Place NYC in February 2014 and he continues to work frequently as a solo theatre and drag performance artist. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University.


Meg Mark is a Brooklyn-based stage and film actress. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Meg earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She also studied improvisation with Upright Citizens Brigade. She has performed internationally at the Crisis Art Festival in Italy and toured regionally with Chamber Theater Productions. Most recently Meg was seen in The Asphalt Christmas (Veda) on Theater Row. Regional Credits: Don’t Dress For Dinner (Suzette), Picasso At The Lapin Agile (Suzanne), A Servant of Two Masters (Clarice). NYC: Titus Andronicus (Lavinia), Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine), The Science Plays (Snake), Henry V (Katherine). Commercial: Tough Mudder (Fiance). Meg ranked in the top 35 of the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout Competition for her collaboration on an original short, Finding Happy as Rosemary, and worked on the experimental street art film, In Pursuit: A Hunt NY (Soho Bitch), as well as the web series Fowl Play (Virginie). www.megyourmark.com


Diogo Martins was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. His gipsy soul and artistic aspirations propelled him to move to New York where he has resided for the past six years. In addition to his work in theatre, Diogo has been involved in a number of independent film projects, most of them produced by Dutch Kills Productions, a company he co-founded with some of his ASDS family (dutchkillsproductions.com). He is also a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Intensive Ensemble 2014. Diogo was last seen in the leading role of the journalist in The Accident, a new play by Dipti Bramhandkar, at the Frigid Festival 2015. Favorite roles include: Oswald in Ghosts, Joe in Golden Boy, John in After Miss Julie, Quentin in After the Fall, Felice in The Two-Character Play, and Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries.


Jack McCahill was born in Savannah, GA. He received a BA in English from Flagler College and an MA in Renaissance Literature from the University of Exeter. His most recent roles include: Guy Haines in Strangers on a Train, Charlie Castle in The Big Knife, Valene in The Lonesome West, Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces, and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park. Jack would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for their unceasing support. www.jackmccahill.com


Megan McQueen was born and raised in Southern California where she developed her passion for acting.  After graduation from high school, Megan moved east to attend New York University, before being accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.  Some of Megan’s favorite roles include: Emma in The Other Woman, Marion in The Big Knife, and Regan in Bachelorette.  Most recently, Megan can be seen in the independent film Brilliant Mistakes. Megan would like to give special thanks to her mother for never missing a performance.  www.MeganMcQueen.com


Javana Mundy is a southern transplant from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Fordham University, where she majored in Business and Fashion. While working in the fashion industry, she realized that her love of the arts was where she belonged. Her love for new works has garnered her roles in Off-Broadway productions at The Players Theatre, Dixon Place, and most recently at the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe in Salome: Da Vodoo Princess of Nawlins, which was nominated for a prestigious Audelco Award. Her favorite credits include: Rocket to the Moon (Cleo), Meeting Vera Stark (Vera), and In the Blood (Hester).  She is also currently developing her multimedia one-women show, Mama's 19, from which an excerpt was recently showcased at the LAByrinth Theatre, NY.  She is expected to appear in the upcoming series Shades of QueerHow to Be A Dealer, and Heat.


Alison Reader, originally from Minneapolis, MN, received her BA in English and Theater & Dance from Colby College. She also completed the Semester Diploma in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts while working at the Old Vic in London. At The Actors Studio Drama School, some of her credits include: Look Back in Anger, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, A Doll’s House, and Brilliant Traces. Her professional work includes both short -film and Off-Broadway work. She would like to thank her family for all their love and support. www.AlisonReader.com


Tina Marie Realmuto was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Long Island. She discovered her love of acting when she played Lucinda and was the understudy for the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. At Connecticut College, she acted in numerous productions, including: Joanne in Vanities, Mabel in An Ideal Husband, The Centennial Project: Foundations, Dreams, & Inspirations, and The Vagina Monologues, which she also co-directed. While at the Actors Studio Drama School she performed in: Corie in Barefoot in the Park, Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Rose in The Woolgatherer, Maude in Toyer, and Helena in Look Back in Anger. Tina Marie made her professional stage debut in Working: The Musical and has worked on several films including: Meet Mario, Whispers of Guitar Strings, Hui Jia (Coming Home), Laurence, and Love Less Naked. Tina Marie wishes to thank her wonderful family for their unconditional love and support throughout the years. www.TinaMarieRealmuto.com


Bobby Rodriguez is a New York City-based actor and writer. In 2013, Bobby co-founded Dutch Kills Films and Dutch Kills Playground to produce original, innovative, and thought-provoking work that not only entertains but also creates a conversation. He is also a member of the 2014 LAByrinth Theatre  Company Intensive Ensemble. Credits include leads in Prime (Timewave Theatre Festival 2013), Incogniton (Thespis Theatre Festival 2014), The Accident (Frigid Festival 2015), and Excuse Me Lisbon (Dutch Kills Films).


Jeaninne Scarpino hails from the upstate New York that is Westchester County and received her BA in Jazz Voice from the University of Miami.   She was last seen in In the Basement as part of the NU 10 Play Festival at The John DeSotelle Theatre.  Favorite roles include: Isle (Spring Awakening), Woman (The Flu Season), Honey (Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and Paulinka (A Bright Room Called Day).  She would like to thank her family (both blood and theatre) for the privilege of these last three years.


Jessica Schechter is an NYU graduate with a B.S. in Educational Theatre and a double minor in Dramatic Literature and Studio Art.  She is a certified theatre teacher in New York State and has been acting, directing, and running drama programs for more than a decade.  Jessica’s directing credits include: Here We Are, The Informer, The Third Wave, Once on This Island Jr., The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, A… My Name is Alice, and a special-needs integrated production of The Little Mermaid.   She has devised original work, including Breaking the Fourth Wall, New Beginnings, Calling to Heaven, Through My Reflection, and Division of Faith at the Tizmoret Arts Conservatory.  Jessica is passionate about fostering the creative voices of young people through process drama and collaborative performance.  She has taught theatre to professional actors at the Professional Performing Arts School and served as the founder of the theatre department in a middle school in the South Bronx.  Jessica is currently a private acting and speech coach for performers of all ages throughout the city.  www.jessicaschechter.com


Heather Shisler is beyond thrilled to be performing one of her dream roles in Fool for Love in this repertory season. Other cherished roles at ASDS include: Maggie in After the Fall, Dixie in The Big Knife, Harper in Angels in America, and Lorna in Golden Boy. Heather was last seen onstage at 54 Below in a series of benefit performances for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Favorite productions include: Cherie in Bus Stop (Barnstormers Theatre), Dierdre in I Hate Hamlet (Cortland Repertory), Cécile Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Attic Ensemble), and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (West End Theatre at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew). Notable camera work: Taught to Hate, How to Rock a First Date, Gossip Girl and Plato’s Reality Machine (recently released on iTunes). Heather completed her BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Missouri and NYU Intensive CAP21/Stonestreet Studios. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. www.heathershisler.com


Deanna Supplee proudly hails from the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts and English from the University of Pennsylvania, before pursuing her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Some of her favorite past roles include: Julia in Fallen Angels, Agnes in Agnes of God, Inez in Our Lady of 121st Street, Arkadina in The Seagull, Tilda in Echoes, Malady in the Off-Broadway show Platanos Y Collard Greens, and Young Lizzy in the upcoming film Clipped Wings They Do Fly. DeAnna would like to thank God and her amazing support system, especially the Supplee, James, and Evans families. www.deannasupplee.com


Jeffrey David Taylor was born and raised in Washington DC and received his BA in Theatre from the University of the District of Columbia (cum laude). There, he discovered his passion for both playwriting and acting. Shortly after graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue an MFA in Playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School.  His current ASDS projects include a full production of his one-act play, Rolling With The Punches, and a staged reading of his full-length play, 3rd Wheel. Jeffrey is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He thanks his family for their continued love and support.


Edward Taliaferro was raised in Maine, where he received a BA in Theatre from the University of Maine, Orono. Edward’s favorite roles while there wereBarry Klemper in The Boys Next Door and Princeton in Avenue Q. His recent work at the Actors Studio Drama School includes: Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman, Martin in The Goat, Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing!, and the Young Man in Hello Out There. Edward would like to thank his parents for always supporting him and teaching him that true strength lies in always following your heart, doing your best to not compromise yourself, and above all, to never, ever give up the pursuit of your dreams.


Kaili Y. Turner was born in Boston and raised between Mashpee (native country) and Boston. She received her BA in Theatre with a minor in Dance at UMass, Boston. Prior to coming to the Actors Studio Drama School, Kaili performed professionally in theater, industrials, documentaries, and movies in New England and North Carolina. Some of her credits include: Nan/Lydia in 103 Within The Veil (Company One), Ensemble member in The Story (Zeitgeist Stage Co.), Flossy in the world premiere of the Ed Bullins musical, The Taking of Miss Janie  (Northeastern University) and Janet in Working Things Out, which won critical acclaim at the National Black Theater Festival in 2005. Kaili also co-founded Swagga, Inc., a theatre and dance company that taught art therapy to at-risk youth and adults in the disciplines of theater and dance. More recently, some of her favorite credits from the Actors Studio Drama School include: Ms. Amelia in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, MadameMertueilin Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Ninain Sunset Baby, Agnes in BUG, Collette in Four Dogs and A Bone, 20/20Mike in Riff Raff, and, of course, the array of characters that challenge her in Fires in the Mirror. I would like to thank my family, my son Dasan, boyfriend Ty, and friends for their continued support. But especially my mother. Without her help caring for my precious son, this journey would have never been possible. www.KailiTurner.com.


Taylor William is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Recent credits include: Ships in the Night (Manhattan Rep), The Record Attempt (ASDS, staged reading), Rhapsody (Studio 115), and The World at Large (New Voices for the Theatre). He is a writer and co-creator for the upcoming web series Solid 8. His poetry was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has been published in Juxtaposed Journal and Inopinata Literary Journal. Taylor is an Associate Member of The Dramatists Guild.


Bavlina Youri was born and raised in Turlock, CA, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus. She moved to New York after being accepted into the MFA program at The Actors Studio Drama School. Bavlina is a Co-Founder of Dutch Kills Productions and a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s 2014 Intensive Ensemble. Her recent NYC Theatre credits include: Gretchenin You Want Details (New York Theatre Workshop), Woman in Good/Bad/Ugly (LAByrinth Theatre Company), Munker in Easter and Candy (LAByrinth Theatre Company Intensive). She thanks those who love and support her and the writers who have provided her with such beautiful stories to bring to life. www.BavlinaYouri.com


Whitney Zanardi of Toronto, Canada, holds a BAH degree in Theater from Queen's University. Her credits include: Joyce in Top Girls, Jackie in Mauritius, Victoria in The Mother**cker With the Hat, Woman in Machinal, Becca in Rabbit Hole, and Autumn in The Last Romantic. Whitney is honored to be performing with the talented group of artists who make up the Actors Studio Drama School Class of 2015. www.whitneyzanardi.com 


Dasha Zhurin was born in Moscow and lived in Fort Collins, CO, for much of her life. Dasha got into acting starting with improv, which she practices every day  on several improv teams: American Girl, Lemon Rescue, Swamp Folk, Mashed Potato, and Emprov Staff. Dasha's favorite performances include: Three Sisters, The Autumn Garden, The Man Who Couldn't Dance, Bluebird, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Miracle Worker, Hunting Cockroaches, and Criminal Hearts. She dedicates her performances to her beloved father, Viacheslav Zhurin, who is always with her in spirit, and to her wonderful mother, Lyudmila Zhurin, who supports and loves her each day. She thanks her close friends and family who love and guide her on her journey. Dasha currently resides in NYC. www.dashazhurin.com