2013 Festival Bios

David Bakamjian (actor, The Acquisition) is a professional cellist who performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber player, and recording artist in the New York area. He has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras on both modern and baroque cello and has served as principal cellist for many others. His CDs with Brooklyn Baroque have received critical acclaim. His current role as Grayson Wade in “Acquisition” marks his return to the stage after a long absence.

Tracy Bersley (Director, Do This One Thing For Me) has directed and choreographed at such institutions as Lincoln Center, The Public, BAM, Lortel Theatre, Second Stage, Primary Stages, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown and many Off-Broadway companies, such as The Civilians, Red Bull Theatre, The Keen Company and Clubbed Thumb.  Tracy received her MFA in Directing from Syracuse, currently teaches at Princeton University and CAP 21, is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers and a Drama League Fellow.

Chad Brinkman* (Projections & Sound Design, NOLA) Chad’s international career spans more than a hundred productions and has included work in theatre, film, dance, and music. Some of Chad’s New York credits include WHITE ELEPHANT; a new work brought to life through puppetry, movement, mask, super 8 film and live music at La MaMa, e.t.c., and the world premiere of David West Read’s, DOUBLE PENETRATION at Playwrights Horizons. Chad recently directed HOUSE OF SHADES for the NYU Thesis Showcase at the Public Theater, and HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE PORN for Personal Space Theatrics’ Salvaged Space series at Atlantic Theater Company.  Chad is a regular guest teaching artist for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU, where he has directed and designed several readings and workshops for both the BFA and MFA playwriting programs.

Madeleine BundyMadeleine Bundy (performer, Trans-Siberian Railway) is a member of the resident acting company at the Flea theater otherwise known as the Bats. She has appeared in a cautionary tail (brandi), The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), and was an understudy for the chorus in the remount of These Seven Sicknesses. You can always catch her in #Serials@theflea. Most recently she played Queen Qhloe Quardashian in The King of Crowns by Matt Cox. Her first audiobook came out this year and can be found at audible.com. Madeleine is also a painter and illustrator. Madeleine graduated from NYU this past May.

Cat CabralCat Cabral (Love at Home) is an actress, writer and native New Yorker proud to be part of this year’s Estrogenius Festival! Her recent credits include the upcoming feature films Enchantments, Act, Naturally,  Girlrillaz and Uncomfortable Silence which was featured at this years Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner. She has had the pleasure of gracing the stage at Classic Theater Company, Manhattan Rep. Theater Festival, PS 122, Galapagos Artspace and the Coney Island Sideshow. She deeply thanks her talented cast and director, World Famous *BOB* and Cameron Moir. www.catcabral.com

Daniel Capote (Leon, Coast Guard, NOLA) is very excited to be a part of the Estrogenius Festival in “NOLA: Three Plays About Home”. He feels truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such talented theater artists. Previous theater credits include: “Romeo & Juliet”, “Equus”, “Williams in Transit” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan”. Film credits include: “The Fall” (Magis Entertainment), “Warm in Winter”, “Criminals”, and “Cuentos Chinos”. He is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, Group 42.

Anne Carlino – (Short Play Selection, Co-Asst. Producer Short Play Program, Rehearsal Coordinator, Visual Artist)- became an Estro Babe five years ago. She started as an Admin. Asst. and each year adds more titles, but basically helps where needed. She is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing creative Festival. Thanks and much love to the lovely & talented Jen Thatcher. Love to Walter and a super size thank you for his love, patience, support & understanding.

Jason Alan Carvell* (Officer PauL Guidry, NOLA) Theatre: War Horse (Lincoln Center, National Tour) Love’s Fire (Barbican Centre London, New York Public Theater), Romeo & Juliet (New Victory Theater, NY) Othello (Cottage Theatre, London) Richard III, The Tempest (American Studio Theater).  Television: Prime Suspect (NBC), Body of Proof (ABC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Guilty (FOX), The Following (FOX).  Narration: Dozens of documentaries including Wild China, Dawn of the Ocean, Ancient X Files, Naked Science. Training: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama & Moscow Art Theatre School.

Jon ChallonerJonathan Challoner* (Trumpeter, NOLA)  is a versatile and exciting New York-based trumpet player, composer and educator. Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, he began his musical career under the tutelage of great Canadian musicians such as Ingrid Jensen, Arnie Chycoski and Phil Dwyer. He relocated to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Music at Humber College and has since been involved in every facet of the city’s culturally and stylistically diverse music scene. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School.  In addition to leading his own quintet, Jonathan is the co-leader of the genre-defying Heavyweights Brass Band. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, Paquito D’Rivera, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kermit Ruffins, Galactic, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Juno Award-winning John MacLeod Orchestra, among many others.

BBC RETOUCHEDBrenda Cullerton (writer & performer, Jay Z & Me: A (fast) talking memoir) has a small tattoo of an open book on her left ankle. She blogs instead of jogs, shops, occasionally, reads, compulsively and is no longer wise beyond her years. She lives and works in New York City. She also writes books. Jay Z&Me: A (fast) talking memoir is her first solo performance piece.

 

Drena DeNiro* (Eugenie, NOLA) Born a New Yorker, Drena DeNiro enjoyed a bohemian upbringing that saw her divide her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Italy. This transient lifestyle is said to have been a driving factor in her embrace of the arts. Post schooling, Drena began her career in the entertainment industry working as a model. Further driven by her interest in fashion and music she became a DJ and Fashion Consultant. This led her to work as a musical supervisor for Giorgio Armani, serving as the creative force behind the coordination of musical backdrops for high fashion’s most exclusive runway shows.  Her transition to the field of acting began after landing a role in Allison Anders’s, “Grace of My Heart.” Since her premiere role, Drena has worked with and trained under the legendary talent of Larry Moss, writer of the quintessential guide to acting, “Intent to Live.” and Susan Batson of The Black Nexxus Acting Studio. With the turn of the millenium, Drena set her sights on writing and directing her first film, “Girls and Dolls.” This documentary examined a young stylist’s obsession with her dolls, and ultimately won Drena the prestige of Best Directorial Debut Award at the New York Independent Film/Video Festival in the year 2001. Since 2006 she has served as a spokesperson for the Kageno Orphan Sponsorship Program, which has provided education, support, and care for many young children. Drena was recently seen on the CBS series “NYC 22,” and has several exciting projects in the works. She will be guest starring on an episode of Boardwalk Empire later this season and supporting roles in the upcoming Abel Ferrara feature and the Ray Arcel/Roberto Duran biopic Hands Of Stone.  Drena currently lives in New York with her 10 year old son.

Liz Deutsch* (Costumes, NOLA) After a lengthy career in ad land working as life stylist, doing print, catalog, TV commercials and video, I have acquired many skills.  I am a member of the United Scenic Artist #829. IA Wardrobe Local #764.  I have done 6 feature films and dozens of shorts and music videos.  Worked on Broadway’s “Mary Poppins”.

Mary Catherine DonnellyMary Catherine Donnelly, AEA, SAG-AFTRA (writer/performer, Inside Orion) is a writer/performer/teaching artist and health educator. She has worked in NYC, Philly, DC & Italy collectively for over 15 years. MC trained in the Theatre Pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq at the HELIKOS Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale in Florence, Italy. Favorite theatre credits include her ensemble piece, The War, Notte Bianca Festival, Florence 2012, her clown influenced solo, Surfacing, Philly’s 2010 SoLow Festival and being triple-cast in Joshua Conkel’s inaugural production of The Chalk Boy in NYC. She is also the voice of Kate McCreary in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Jane EliasJane Elias (playwright, actor, Do This One Thing For Me) most recently appeared in Core Artist Ensemble’s Fresh Shorts at the Barrow Group. Her poetry and fiction have been published in magazines including The Southampton Review, Washington Square, and podium, and her plays have been developed at Naked Angels and the Access Theater. Do This One Thing for Me was developed in Matt Hoverman’s solo show writing workshop (CreateYourOwnSoloShow.com). Jane studied acting with Larry Singer and at Michael Howard Studios. BA, English: Duke. MFA, creative writing: NYU. janeelias.weebly.com

Renee Erikson (Jean, Human Earrings) Renee Erikson hails from Colorado where she attended the University of Colorado’s BFA acting program.  She has also studied with Carol Fox Prescott, Gabrielle Maisels, and Mel Mack.  Her favorite roles include: Paulinka in Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day”, Sally Mae in “Clear Cold Place”, and Hero in “Much Ado About Nothing.”  She can also be seen on Celebrity Ghost Stories.  Big thanks and love to Robert, Lucy, and Stella.

Leonie Ettinger (production manager, Hi, Hitler) is a NYC-based multi-disciplinary theatrical artist. She has worked in Germany, Israel and the UK including FFT Düsseldorf and The Tricycle Theatre, London. NYC collaborations include: Bridge Theatre Group, FringeNYC, Raised Spirits Theater, Poetic Theater Productions, LEIMAY, Urban Stages, The Brecht Forum, undergroundzero, IASNY, The Shades of Gray, The Secret Theatre, The Private Theater with John Gould Rubin, LaMaMa ETC with Everett Quinton, and The Living Theatre with Judith Malina. B.A. Anthropology and Media, Goldsmiths College – University of London; M.F.A.-Equivalent, Stella Adler Studio. www.leonieettinger.com

Patricia R. Floyd (The Woman, The Painting) is a proud native of Detroit, MI.   A multi-media veteran, her stage credits include Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, Sojourner Truth in A Woman Called Truth and Martha in The American Menu for which she won an AUDELCO Award.  She recurred on Law & Order as Judge Rochelle Desmond and was featured as Audray in the film 30 Years to Life.   Her television credits include Reading Rainbow, The Chris Rock Show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Unforgettable.   An accomplished voice-over artist and audiobook narrator, she is also the recipient of three Golden Earphone Awards.

Elizabeth Flynn-Jones* (Ms. Flo, NOLA)  appeared in “Pieces of Paper” (a 9/11 memorial) at HERE and Irondale.  For The Neighborhood Playhouse she performed in a one-woman show, “Once Upon A time” as well as “Thoreau In Love,” “Lincoln At The White House,” “Sunshine Sally.”  At the Gene Frankel Theatre she played Claire in “The Maids” directed by Mr. Frankel.  Other NYC credits include originating the role of Flossie Farrell in “Three Prayers” for The Independent Theater; Varya in “The Cherry Orchard”; Queen Anne in “The Glass of Water”; Kristin in the U.S. premiere of “The Sea”; co-lead of The Woman for the Nordic Festival’s American premiere of “I Count The Hours” in NYC and at The Carmel Performing Arts Festival.  For Scripts Up! Elizabeth has performed in “The Top of The World,” “David & Ira,” and “An Undetermined Soldier.”  Elizabeth studied acting with Sanford Meisner.

Anthony FranquiAnthony Franqui (Ammon, Love at Home) is a native New Yorker and Harlemite, who received his BA in Theater at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania. He has worked at various theaters throughout the city such as the Manhattan Repertory Theater, the American Theater for Actors and  The Producer’s Club. He has also been fortunate enough to be apart of the NYC Fringe Festival and in films participating in the Big Apple Film Festival and DC Shorts Film Festival. Most importantly, he is a member of the John Doe Theater Company. He is excited to be bringing his talented company member’s piece to life.

Helene Galek (Jen, gallery owner/ Hidden Beauty and Traveler from Utopia)
Helene feels it is extremely lovely to be back on stage as Jen the Gallery Owner who shows up twice! A veteran Estrobabe, she has not only performed in many a show, assisted producing in several and, now, also serves as official Casting Director. Helene will also be performing next month in our special Estrogenius sketch comedy show!www.helenegalek.com

Tygar HicksTygar Hicks (Diana, Love at Home) hails from Sacramento, California, where she was a student of acting from the age of 15. She has been blessed by incomparable teachers, and their enduring love and support. Her favorite roles include Rachel in My Name is Rachel Corrie, Una, in Blackbird, and Viola in Twelfth Night. She is honored to be cast in such an important, inspirational piece of art. Love to the director, cast, and to her mother and Ed. Tygar can be contacted at tygarh@Yahoo.com.

Jessi D. Hill (creative director, Hi, Hitler) is Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective and a freelance theatre director based in NYC. Recent projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, Hoxton Hall (London), The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Chicago Dramatists, The New Group, Culture Project, New Dramatists, Dixon Place, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Youngblood, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and others. She has been Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company, a Director-in-Residence at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a guest artist in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Fordham University, Long Island University, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, Strasberg, Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, Hunter College and others. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. www.jessidhill.com

Mary HodgesMary Hodges (Director, The Painting) – Mary has directed in Estro 2006 “A Place For Owls” (Fiona Jones); Estro 2007 “Crossing Over” Natalia Naman”; and Estro 2011 “Escape To Wonderland” (Patrick Gabridge) Thank you Deborah and the whole Estro team of FAB women who have held this festival together over the years! Kudos to all of you! Mary recently staged two original short plays both written by Cesi Davidson at the Countee Cullen Library. She also staged this past May, a play written by a student from New Federal Theatre’s Playwriting Showcase at St. Augustine’s Church.  Thank you Maura for being open and to Pat & Alden, you two rock! (maryhodges@gmail.com) Please follow my next directing project at 2nd Annual BAD THEATRE FEST 2013 http://www.badtheaterfest.com/home/

Autumn Horne (Meghan, Traveler from Utopia) – On (and above) stage and screen, Autumn has been seen from Miami to Jakarta.  She originated the role of Cassandra in THE HIVE, setting Euripides’ TROJAN WOMEN in a beehive in the midst of Colony Collapse Disorder, and is a veteran of ESTROGENIUS.  She has also appeared in award-winning films at Lincoln Center, Art Basel, Sci-Fi London, Palm Springs Film Festival, IFC Center, among others, and has performed as a kinetic artist for NYFA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Streb, The Muse, as part of the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, and others.Proud member of AEA.
Matt Hoverman (dramaturg, Hi, Hitler) through his popular solo show workshops, has midwived over a hundred solo shows since 2001, including winners of the 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 FringeNYC Best Solo Show Awards.  As a playwright, his plays include Who You See Here (Optioned for Broadway by Nelle Nugent, producer; Christopher Ashley, director), The Glint; In Transit (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award), The Student(Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival Winner), The Audience (co-book writer, Drama Desk Best New Musical Award Nominee), Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies (published by Samuel French and quickly becoming a new holiday staple at theatres across the country.) Matt writes for the multi-Emmy Award winning PBS Kids show Arthur. Brown University, BA in Playwriting; UCSD, MFA in Acting.   www.MattHoverman.com

Denise HungerfordDenise Hungerford (Claudia, Love at Home) – Denise is so excited to be back on stage in “Love at Home!” Among her other theater credits is The Moonlight Room, Heidi, Oklahoma and Agatha Christie Made Me Do. Denise’s most recent film project, “Rootz,” a family drama written and directed by Dan Pearson, is currently in post production. Meanwhile, the film “Tom in America,” is which she appears opposite academy award nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, is currently making its way through the film festival circuit. Her other films credits include Flicker, Maplewood, Death & Me, Apparent and Opening Boxes in Early Spring. Oh, and if you’re into the supernatural, you can see her in “Celebrity Ghost Stories–the Robert Carradine Story” on the BIO network. denisehungerford.com
Thanks to all my wonderful friends for your continued support! XO

Sharon Hunter (Director, Hidden Beauty) is honored to be asked to direct for the third year for the Estrogenius Festival.  She has acted in and produced for the festival in previous years.  Sharon just finished performing her one-woman cabaret show, Sharon Hunter And Her 70(s) Men, at the Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama.  She has performed in regional and off-Broadway shows: Bad Seed, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Bernarda Alba and Falsettos.  Next Sharon heads into the studio to record her first CD.  Thanks to Deb, Anne, Margaret, and Jen.   AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

William Johnson* (Bobby, NOLA) William Johnson has performed in numerous shows in New York, and on tour, including “Joe” in Hell Is Where the Heart Is at the Gene Frankel Theatre in connection with the PlanetConnections Theatre Festival, Let My People Come at the Village Gate, the role of the killer/rapist in Shenandoah on tour, singing in Bernstein’s Mass at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, a stint as a singer on a cruise ship in the Hawaiian Islands, as well as other productions through the years. When not performing, he was editor/publisher of high yield financial research for several Wall Street firms. William is from Indiana and resides in New York City with his favorite canine, Moo Moo.

Alexandra Keegan (Director, Trans-Siberian Railway) has directed The Amish Project (Circuit Theatre, MA), Dead City, How I Learned to Drive, Into the Woods (Brown), and new works with organizations including Theatre for the New City, FRESH PRODUCE’d, 24 Hour Play Company, Primary Stages Detention Series, Between Us Productions, and the American Globe. She’s worked with Women’s Project, New Dramatists, the O’Neill Theater Center, current Artistic Assistant at The Civilians. O’Neill National Theater Institute Directing Alum, B.A. Brown University.

Cheryl King (writer/director/Marian, Human Earrings; director, Dead Weight and Jay Z and Me: a (fast) talking memoir; producer, Sola Voce) Cheryl King is a playwright, director and actor who created and manages Stage Left Studio in NYC. She was acting coach at ABC’s All My Children, has directed over 35 productions, several award-winners, and produced Drama-Desk-nominated That Play in 2013.  Current projects include critically-acclaimed TEST at Stage Left.www.cherylkingproductions.comwww.stageleftstudio.net

Charley Layton* (Dialect Coach, NOLA) has been coaching dialects in NYC for the last 10 years. Recent Credits: Retro Productions A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Retro Productions, Workshop Theater), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO, alkerspace), Lemon Sky (Keen Co., Clurman Theater), and Sweeney Todd (Bryn Mawr). He is a current faculty member at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.

Deborah Long (producer, EstroGenius Short Plays & director, The Acquisition) has been performing on, and writing and directing for the stage since she was a child. (Her first work was an ambitious but rather atrocious adaptation of Tom Sawyer at the age of 8. Thankfully, with the help and encouragement of some good teachers, her work improved thereafter.) Special thanks to Anne, Margaret, Jen, Malini, Haejin, Katt and the cast of The Acquisition.

Lauren MaulLauren Maul (writer & performer, Bitch Trial) was raised in Nebraska, studied theater at the University of San Diego, trained as an improviser in Chicago, and currently performs in New York.  A “bit-maker” by trade, Lauren creates plays, music, puppets, stand-up comedy routines and other things that usually involve glitter. You can see more about Lauren’s bits at  www.laurenmaul.org

Alisa MurrayAlisa Murray (Jolie, NOLA) is a Philadelphia native and a Meisner trained actress. She has recently trained with Roger Hendricks Simon of The Simon Studio and is also a member of The Actors Project NYC. Alisa is a commercial actress who has several commercial credits and a  recent  graduate of New York Institute of Technology with an M.A. in Film and  Media Management. Theater however is where her heart lies. Alisa has played a variety of roles ranging from classical to comedic among here favorites were Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” and Benetha Younger in “Raisin in the Sun” as well as a national tour of “Black Journey” with the American Theater Company. Alisa partakes in comedic writing and is currently producing a one woman show called Angry Black Woman. Alisa as an actress lives for the opportunities where she can showcase her emotional range and is honored to be performing as Jolie in the play NOLA.

Vivan NeuwirthVivan Neuwirth (Playwright, NOLA) is thrilled to be back in the EstroGenius Festival where her play, The Key, won Audience Favorite, Program A in 2012 receiving an Encore Performance. The Key is soon to be published in The Book of EstroGenius 2012.  Fun on the Bayou has been produced at Studio Dante, Greenwich Street Theatre and The Riant Theatre’s Strawberry Festival (published: Best Plays of the Strawberry Festival) where Vivian won the Best Actress Award). Lifeline was a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Festival and Destination was produced with the InGenius Festival and InGenius Again Encores. NOLA was developed as a trilogy at The Playwrights Lab at the Neighborhood Playhouse where it received a staged reading. Vivian continued to develop her work with the WritersForum at Manhattan Theatre Source. Other work includes Mardi Gras Child, Do You Know What It Means and The Towering Dead. Acting credits include appearances at The Kennedy Center, Goodman, Minetta Lane, Barter, The York, EST, Metropolitan Playhouse, Alonquin, ArcLight and Abingdon. Native of New Orleans. Graduate of Juilliard. Member of the Alonquin Theater Company and The Dramatists Guild. Many thanks to Jen, Anne, Vinnie, Mary, Mozz, Melissa, her wonderful cast and husband, Eddie.

Mark PerroneMark Perrone (John, Love at Home) is thrilled to be united again this terrific group of actors, writer and director, and to have the opportunity to perform in this fabulous production. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and of the 68 Cent Theatre Co.  Recent roles include Marty in “Settling Down”, Boyd in “Molly and Boyd”.  He enjoys portraying someone that the audience can relate to empathically.  We all have a unique gift, the ability to touch each other in a special way and make a difference and that’s what” Love at Home” does.  mark.perrone@yahoo.com

Lucie Pohl

Lucie Pohl (writer & performer, Hi, Hitler) is an actor, comedian, writer and solo show performer. NY Theatre Guide says, “as a performer she is unflappable” and calls her solo show debut Hi, Hitler “hilarious”. Lucie received her MFA in Acting from the University of the Arts in Berlin. US film credits include David Chase’s Not Fade Away (Paramount Vantage), Andy Fierberg’s El Cielo Es Azul (Vox3 Films), Rosa von Praunheim’s New York Memories, Andy Schaap’s Must Love Death (Winner NY Horror Film Fest), as well as over 20 film & tv productions in Europe. US Theatre credits: Three Graces (Immigrant’s Theater Project / 3-LD), Alma Mahler: Widow of the 4 Arts (The Los Angeles Theatre), Red Flowers in the Snow (Roy Arias), Vocal Migrations (LaMaMa ETC.). She is the daughter of German playwright and actor Klaus Pohl and the Romanian singer Sanda Weigl. www.luciepohl.com

Kate RogalKate Rogal* (Cherie, NOLA) TV credits include “Psych”, “Law and Order SVU”, “Law and order CI”,  “Crash”, “As the World Turns”, “Cashmere Mafia”, “The Kill Point”,  “All My Children”, “Six Degrees”, “The Sopranos”, “Guiding Light”.  Theater credits include “Muckrakers” by Zayd Dohrn, “Arok of Java”, “Cherry Smoke”.  Film credits include “The Narrows”, “Date Night”, “Coming Up Roses”, “Safe”, and can be seen in the upcoming movies “Concussion” and “Gravy”.  Kate is a graduate of the drama department at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kia Rogers (Lighting Designer) – Off Broadway: Pressing Empty at Danspace, Sistas The Musical, Made In Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage through Light and Shadows at Theatre at St. Clement’s. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Tours: The God Box Project with Mary Lou Quinlan,Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca dance company and Flamenco Vivo 2013 tour. Assistant credits include working with Justin Townsend, Thomas Dunn, Nicole Pearce. She is a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble, and the lighting director for Estrogenius Festival, A Celebration of Female Voices, since 2007.Favorite OOB credits include Ajax In Iraq, DEINDE, Hearts Like Fists, Sans Merci and In The Summer Pavilion. nytheatre.com voted her people of the year, 2012. www.krogersld.com

Heidi RussellHeidi Russell (Visual Art Curator) is a fine art photographer and curator. Ms. Russell’s work has been in solo and group exhibitions internationally, and she has participated in several artist programs and residencies throughout Europe. Heidi holds curatorial positions with Manhattan Theatre Source and Estrogenius Festival in NYC and the e-zine, The New York Optimist, and curates independently.  Ms. Russell is founder and director of the cross-disciplinary International Women Artists’ Salon.  www.heidirussell.com

Saltz_Alison_f4ret2-FPAlison Saltz * (Anna, Hidden Beauty) is thrilled to be back at the Estrogenius Festival having last appeared in The Curse of the Horned Babby.  Other favorite work includes I Love You, Petty, and Favre (Winner:  NYC Fringe Festival, Audience Favorite);Aurora Leigh and RUR at Ensemble Studio Theatre Octoberfest; Punch and Judy Redux at HERE’s American Living Room Festival.  You can also catch Alison in comedic web shorts and on the Syfy and bio. channel.

Gretchen Schmoker hails from a tiny town called Sherman in the very north of Texas. Being born and bred in the lone star state, she oddly does not enjoy football, leaning more towards politics and performance.  Her love for theatre specifically began when she realized law school took waaaay too long and costs waaaay too much money, first performing in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. She studied theatre at Collin College where she met a slew of marvelous teachers (special shout out to Gail Cronauer, for her constant support and energetic encouragement) who inspired me to take the plunge and move to the Big Apple. She furthered her studies at Circle in the Square theatre school and has been in love with New York City ever since. Love to Mama and Dad, little brother Dan, sissy Sara, miss you every day.

Melissa Skirboll (Director, The NOLA Plays)  is an actor, writer, director and producer. who was named Best Director (Short Form) for her work on The Closet by Amy Gray Piper at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in 2012, and was nominated for her direction of Straight Faced Lies in 2013.. She directed a staged reading of her play Blood is Thicker at the Abingdon Theater, where she has been active directing readings in their Benefit Challenge series over the past 2 years. She also directed her own play Pizza for Life as part of Ego Actus NYC Icon Play in November of 2011. Her play Hell is where the Heart Is was nominated for 4 awards and took home two prizes.  he also directed and produced Girlfriend Experience at the Next Stage Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Monica Trausch’s (playwright, Trans-Siberian Railway) plays include Trans-Siberian Railway; Red Sky/Yellow Sun; Carnival Games; and The Museum of Woman. Her work has been developed at Identity Theatre Company, Naked Angels, Center Stage Theater and UCSB Playwrights’ Circle. Her plays have received productions at Primary Stages Detention Series, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and internationally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Monica has worked in artistic administration with New Dramatists, Women’s Project, and All Out Arts. B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alden TruesdaleAlden Truesdale (The Girl, The Painting), a freshman at Fordham University, makes her debut in the Estro Festival.  A Boston native, she interned at Central Square Theater this summer.  Her favorite roles were the Evil French Baron in The Madwoman of Chaillot, directed by Kevin Groppe and Phoebe in As You Like It, directed by Peter Carey at Boston’s Lyric Stage Summer Intensive.  She sends love to Jack, Mom, Dad, Deb, CM, TW, AS, and her lovely suitemates.

Trevor Wade (Rory, Traveler from Utopia) received his BFA in acting from UC Santa Barbara and currently studies at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. He is also an unpublished writer. He has no representation in any industry so…you know… If you know someone. Favorite roles include “Adam” in Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr, Harold in First Love, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: the Musical.

KC Weakley (Alex, Human Earrings) KC Weakley is an artist, designer, flaneur, actor, dilettante, super-model chaperone, world traveler, and generally an all-around nice guy. He’s most at home sketching on the subway or staring at art. He’s one of those odd people who is equally introverted and extroverted. See, it’s all about control. He spent the month of August in Edinburgh doing a show at the Fringe Festival. Lately he’s been drawing construction plans for a client’s new home in New Mexico. See more at www.kentcurtis.com

Mary Matoula WebbMary Matoula Webb (Producer, Love at Home) – Playwright, Director:  A San Francisco Bay Area native, she has studied playwriting at ESPA Primary Stages with Heidi Schreck,  Rinne Groff, and Brooke Berman and at Foothill College with Carol Wolf. Mary is a member of the Dramatists Guild and founding member of the John Doe Theater Company. She is deeply grateful to the EstroGenius Festival and her amazingly talented cast.  All her heart to Richard, so blessed to have you in my life.  Marymatoulawebb.com