We would like to thank these wonderful actors for sharing their talent and time with us:
Rebecca Brown Adelman has performed roles such as Tess in Jordan Harrison’s Majorie Prime at the Phoenicia Playhouse, Kari in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion in Denver Colorado, Ruth/Henri/Orphan in Paula Vogel’s And Baby Makes Seven, with her former theatre company, Theatre13, Hermia in Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Rebecca/The Ocean/Gonzalo in Mickle Maher’s Sprits to Enforce with Boulder’s Catamounts Theatre Company. Beyond acting, Rebecca is also an applied theatre practitioner, writer, director, and improviser. While living in Colorado, she was a longtime ensemble member of improvisational theatre companies Playback Theatre West and One Act. She is the co founder of a theatre for social change consulting company called Affinity Arts Consulting and travels around the country using theatre to create and facilitate dialogues and opportunities for communities to address important social justice issues. Rebecca is grateful to be a part of Round the Bend Theatre Company and loves being a part of the new work process.
Katherine Ambrosio (Female actor) …favorite roles include Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Vivian Bearing in W;t, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Esther Franz in The Price, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Vera Joseph in 4000 Miles. Most recently, she was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award by the Theater Association of New York for her portrayal of Gladys Green in The Waverly Gallery. Katherine is also a playwright and a reading of her play, The Tin Man, was directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga last summer on the Library Green and this past winter at the Bedford Playhouse to enthusiastic audience response. Katherine is a graduate of Webster University’s Theater Arts Conservatory. Sydnie and Katherine go back to pre-college days in St. Louis and Katherine is so grateful they have been reunited in friendship and artistic collaboration after so many years.
Wilhelm Anderson is a Hudson Valley based actor and occasional comedian (depending on who you ask). His previous roles include Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and a host of plays, movies, and other such things that he will happily go on about, at length, while the room slowly empties around him. Enjoy the show!
Nanette Ayers is pleased to have the opportunity to read the role of Vira in Finding Genovev. She was recently seen in as Norma Desmond in Theatre on the Road’s Production of Sunset Boulevard presented on Bannerman Island. She also played Aunt Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace on Bannerman Island in the summer of 2019. She has mixed it up playing Ava/Ariadne in Murder Café’s Murder at the Mansion/Inn and has lifted holiday spirits in Theatre on the Road’s production of A Christmas Carol. Nanette has had fun playing Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and the Countess Olga Katrina in You Can’t Take It With You at the Center in Rhinebeck.
CYNTHIA BARNETT happily returned to LIVE theatre in February, appearing in the world premiere of Senior Living at Portland Stage Company, directed by two-time Tony Award winner, Judith Ivey. She is a 13-year Core ensemble member of Pure Theatre, Charleston, SC, Sharon Graci, Artistic Director. Favorite roles have included Nora/Dolls House, part two, Mag/Beauty Queen of Leenane, Anna/Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Polly/Other Desert Cities, and Aoife/Outside Mullingar As a founding member of Mad Horse Theatre Company, Portland, Maine, Michael Rafkin, Artistic Director, favorite roles have included Martha/Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Beatrice/View From the Bridge, Gertrude/Hamlet, and Ellen/Squats, written by Martin Jones, MHTC resident playwright.
She also has worked with Good Theatre, Portland, Maine, Brian Allen, Artistic Director, as Mattie Faye/August Osage County. Her New York years were filled working in dozens of commercials, voice-overs, soap opera guest appearances, and exploring new works with 79th Street Theatre Lab/The Drilling Company, and Abington Theatre, to name a few. Cynthia splits her time between Bucks County, Pa. and the coast of Maine with her husband Walt and dog Lola.
Joseph Bongiorno has been acting in and around the Hudson Valley for over 20 years. He has performed in everything from outdoor Shakespeare to classic farce to Irish drama to screwball comedy. He has hosted improv nights, sung in musicals, unraveled murder mysteries and once originated the role of a philosophical snail. He has not, however, ever been given the opportunity to perform in a radio play. He would like to thank the talented people of ShoutOut Saugerties and his wonderful cast mates for allowing him the pleasure.
He is delighted to be part of the Round the Bend Theatre Company.
Ethan Botwick is graduate of Russell Sage college in Troy, New York, and Associate Artistic Director of Troy Foundry Theatre. Recent credits include: Yellow, The Prohibition Project: Ilium Was and La Ronde (Troy Foundry Theatre/Die-Cast); Catastrophe Carnival: A Night Of Becket Shorts (Troy Foundry Theatre), Proof (Old Castle Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It (Saratoga Shakespeare Company); Julius Caesar (The Public Theatre); Films include: Super Dark Times, available on Hulu and the newly released Highwaymen from Troy’s own Chromoscope Pictures.
Rebekah Brisbane, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rebekah has always had a naturally creative spirit and is a lover of the arts. She continues to share her talents with her community and likes to celebrate the stage with her soul’s passion. Rebekah has been seen locally in Celeste Walker’s Reunion in Bartersville, George C. Wolfe’s classic Colored Museum, and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel all directed by Jean-Remy Monnay,After the Darkness, and Instant Harmony written and directed by Joe Starzyk. Payton Harris’ gospel plays, Does Your House Have Lions and No Earthly Good. Terry Owens’ civil rights play The Fellowship Table. Rebekah has also had the privilege of being casted in multiple performances of For Colored Girls, directed by Donald Hyman, Karen Christina Jones, and Lasone Garland and Kristen Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar directed by Karen Christina Jones. She has performed as a spoken word contributor in the American Music Festival with the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Dogs of Desire; and in a video production of Her Name in the In-Faux Structure exhibit displayed at the Opalka Gallery in Albany. Rebekah is spreading her wings and working with other local theatre companies and directors such as Morgan Heyward’s Illuminate Theatre, Acting with Aaron (Joshua) and with Sydnie Grosberg Ronga, Round The Bend Theatre. Most recently, Rebekah performed both on stage and in virtual theatre in Creative Action Unlimited’s Whitewashed a Racism Project and 8:46; directed by Michael Kennedy; Capital Rep’s Young Playwright Summit directed by Barbara Howard. Rebekah is also in the upcoming feature film Our Harlem, directed by Michael Sloman. Rebekah uses the light that shines within her to inspire others to let their own light shine.
David Bunce 27 years with resident company of the New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI), London West End; The Snow Queen (Unicorn Theatre), Off Broadway; American Enterprise (Playhouse 46), International Tours; Moscow, Middle East, Europe. NYC; A Tale of Cinderella (Kaye Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Haft Theatre, FIT). Adirondack Theatre Festival, Theatre Institute at Sage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare. Film work includes Aftermath with Anthony Michael Hall and Chris Penn, Cold I Am for West Field Films, Arachnia for Edgewood Studios and Benedict Arnold; Hero Betrayed for Talon Films. Proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, Dramatists Guild and Society of American Fight Directors. Davidmbunce.com
Kathleen Carey Active in the Capital District theater community for more than 30 years, Kathleen has worked at most area theaters. Favorite roles include Peter in Peter Pan (twice!), Bella in Lost in Yonkers, and every Irish play she has done. Her most recent appearances were as Carol in Hurricane Diane at Harbinger Theatre and Margie in Good People at The Theater Barn, for which she won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play award from the Berkshire Theater Critics Association (tied with Debra Jo Rupp).
Austin Lighting Carrothers has been performing often over the past five years throughout the Hudson Valley. Austin has a B.A. in Philosophy and has worked as a fruit and vegetable farmer, carpenter, musician, and actor. Some recent roles include Leon Czolgosz in Sondheim’s Assassins, Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, Sergius in Arms and the Man, Philip in The Lion in Winter, Sky in Mamma Mia, Walter in Marjorie Prime, Paul in Moon Over Buffalo, Bert Cates in Inherit the Wind, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Hank Gudger in The Dark of the Moon, Fred in A Christmas Carol, Steve and Daniel in Almost, Maine, Edmond and Duke Vincentio in Hell is Empty; All the Devils are Here, Glen Cooper in Rumors, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, and most recently George Gibbs in Our Town. Thrilled, as always, to be working with Round the Bend Theatre.
Caitlyn Classey is a Hudson Valley local actress and musician. She studied Theatre and film at SUNY New Paltz and has recently been studying voice and song writing with Sean Mathew Whiteford Vocal Studio. Her most recent productions were Jesus Christ Superstar with the Castaway Players, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Tivoli Players.
Caitlin Connelly is a native Hudson Valley theatre and film actor and a graduate of: Bard College at Simon’s Rock where she studied Performance Arts, FIT – Accessories Design, and SUNY New Paltz – Vocal Jazz/ Music Therapy Emphasis. She was awarded first place in the Hudson Valley Voice 2012 and awarded Best Actress at the 2021 Turnpike Film Festival. She is a member of both Siren Theatre Company and Happenstancery Improv.
Sharon Coughlan (Hiding in Plain Sight) has performed in many productions locally and in NYC, including TV, commercials and voice-overs since high school. Recent shows include: Tricia in Warm Milk Mommas at the PIT in NYC, STICKY with Hudson Valley Improv, Whiskey Women on Bannerman Island with Theatre on the Road. She happily lives in Rhinecliff with her husband Jim and son Wesley. She was last seen reading at ShoutOut Saugerties as the quirky android, Boeing, in Emerging Man, and is happy to be joining Round the Bend Theatre, thanks to Sydnie Grosberg!
Sarah Cross a Hudson Valley Native, is delighted to be working with Round the Bend Theatre for the first time. Sarah graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2017 for Theater Performance. Her most recent/favorite works include Clue, Crimes of the Heart, Vagina Monologue’s, Brighton Beach Memoirs, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I never Saw Another Butterfly. When not on stage, Sarah, can be found cuddling her three cats, crafting, or at work for a local Nonprofit Foster Care Agency. Sarah would like to thank, Anthony Leiner, for trusting her in being a part of his works, her partner Bobby, friends, and family for their constant support.
Emily Curro is Producing Executive Director for Troy Foundry Theatre, a professional devising theatre company in Troy, NY. She is a graduate of Russell Sage College (B.S., Musical Theatre and English) and holds an MFA in Theatre Management from Florida State University. Emily spent several years with the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival as Associate Director of Marketing and Development before staring Troy Foundry Theatre. Recent devising and performances projects with Troy Foundry Theatre include: New World Order, La Ronde, The Prohibition Project: Ilium Was, Yellow, and Where There’s Smoke: Ilium Burns. She believes the arts are an integral part of how we form communities; how we perceive and communicate with the world around us and with each other. Emily would like to thank her family, Ethan and Clarence for being her rocks in life.
David Dancynger has been performing regionally for the last few years. Most recently he was seen as Ernie in the Rhinebeck production of Neil Simon’s Rumors. He returns to Round the Bend Theatre once again under the direction of Sydnie Grosberg Ronga.
Bill Douglas is grateful to be a part of this production and glad to have an opportunity to perform again, and with such a good friend. Bill has been in more than 50 productions in the Capital Region. Among his favorite roles are Mssr. Thenardier in Les Miserables at Cohoes Music Hall, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner and Rick Steadman in The Nerd, all at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. When not on stage, Bill is the sports editor of the Times Union. Bill would like to thank his wife Pat for her love and support, and hopes you enjoy the show.
Lora Lee Ecobelli is an Actress, Filmmaker, Writer, Director and Teacher. As a filmmaker, she is committed to telling personal women’s stories. Her experimental film La Transazione (The Transaction) which she wrote and directed recently won Best Picture at five International film festivals. La Transazione tells the true story of three Italian sisters who travel to America in 1910 for arranged marriages. Her newest film, Laurina, co-written with her brother Tom Ecobelli is currently in post-production and will be released to the festival circuit this spring. Set in 1920, Laurina is based on her grandmother’s journal. Raped and impregnated by her stepfather at age 13, Laurina defied the odds and successfully put her abuser behind bars.
As a actress, Lora Lee has performed both On and Off-Broadway and in regional theatre’s throughout the country. She can also be seen in many independent films and television. She is the recipient of the Harold Clurman award for best leading actress in an off-broadway show for her performance in The Vice by Luigi Pirandello. Favorite roles include, Jocasta in Antigone at the West End Theatre, Andromache in The Trojan Women for Cypreco Greek Theatre Company and Lady Waldermar in Aurora Leigh at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Favorite regional roles include, Madame Ravenskya in The Cherry Orchard for Walking the Dog Theatre, Margaret in Good People for Performing Arts of Woodstock and Nettie in The Subject Was Roses for Bridge Street Theatre.
Lora Lee is the Artistic director of The Blue Horse Repertory Company, a Hudson Valley Theatre Collective. She also teaches an adult acting program at The Theatre Institute at Sage College. Lora Lee is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
Chantez Engeleit is thrilled to be working with Round the Bend Theatre!
She received her training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she studied Musical Theatre. Chantez has had the delight of performing in various plays, musicals, and films around NYC. Some of her credits include Edwina in Let the Pheonix Rise by Laura Gosheff and Sheri Heller, Josephine Harker in the film, The Case of Josephine by Izabella Gustowska, and Janet Lawson in the film In Season by Albert Shivers.
Recently, Chantez could be seen as Mary in Laughing Stock directed by Tom Bunker.
The rich culture and history of the Hudson Valley, along with the stunning beauty of the landscape, have thoroughly captivated Chantez. This avid hiker and hatha yoga enthusiast is looking forward to future theatre performances, hitting the trails, and cultivating wonderful friendships here in the Valley.
Mike Espindle’s most recent stage work was as Cupid Sr., and “Greg the Centaur,” in the recent Tivoli Players’ production of The Love Plays. Prior to that, Mike enjoyed a run as Peter Quince in last summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the same company. He was also featured 1988’s New Line Cinema Run-DMC star vehicle Tougher Than Leather, and performed roles Off-Off in Barry Tom Productions’ Cellar Play (a modern adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Lower Depths) and David Mamet’s Edmond.
Danielle Frimer, a writer and performer, most recently tread the boards as Nellie Bly in Bisland and Bly (NYMF), and as Daphna in the San Diego premiere of Bad Jews at the Cygnet Theatre. At American Conservatory Theater, she played Althea in Monstress, Nell in Indian Ink, Teresa in Napoli, Annabelle in A Christmas Carol, Ophelia in Hamlet and Victoria/Edward in Cloud Nine. Other favorite roles include: the Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Post 5 Theater), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Portland Actors Ensemble), Philomela in Weightless (Z Space), Jessie in Eddie the Marvelous… (Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor). B.A. from Yale, M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater. Danielle is new to the Hudson Valley and oh-so-grateful to Syd for the opportunity to be featured both as a playwright and actor in RTB’s latest season! www.daniellefrimer.com
Eleanor Green is an actor and writer based in New York City. She graduated from King’s College London in 2020 with a BA in English and has trained with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. She has also trained with Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and RADA. Her recent work includes “Blame Them”, a short film which she wrote, produced and starred in. In the fall she will be attending the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for an MA in acting.
Leif Grund is a perennial student who sometimes acts and does stand up. He’s preparing to tour the US ranting about global stupidity.
Elisabeth Henry lives “on the mountain.” This colloquialism refers to the Northern Catskill High Peaks. Living in this rather remote place has brought lots of happiness, much of it in the form of working with gifted and loving souls, like Sydnie Grosberg Ronga. Elisabeth loves working in film and on stage and believes the privilege of doing this work keeps her faith in humanity strong. She thanks Round the Bend Theater for the opportunities so generously offered, and especially, for assembling together so many wonderful people to play with, and to sample so many promising new projects.
Michael Iannucci: Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof. Off Broadway: Shlemiel the First (TFANA); Enter Laughing (York Theatre); Street Scene; On the Waterfront (Brave New World Rep); Waiting for Lefty (Theatre Row). National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof; Annie. Regional: An Act of God, Veronica’s Room; And Then There Were None; Rags (Fulton Theatre); The Most Happy Fella; Cats (Theatre Under the Stars); Steel Pier (Actor’s Playhouse); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Seven Angels); South Pacific (Wick Theatre); Falsettoland (Carbonell Award Nominee); A Christmas Carol (White Heron Theatre). Stock: It Shoulda Been You; Chicago (Mason Street Warehouse); Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks; The Game’s Afoot (Ivoryton Playhouse); Guys & Dolls (New Harmony); Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Into the Woods; The Foreigner (Forestburgh Playhouse); Spamalot ; Lend Me A Tenor (Arrow Rock Lyceum) Plaza Suite; I Do, I Do (Allenbury Playhouse). Television: Elementary. www.michaeliannucciactor.com
Tara Kruse is delighted to be performing with Round the Bend Theatre for the first time in Special Needs. She recently joined a wonderful cast to play Mrs. Webb in an outdoor production of Our Town at the Phoenicia Playhouse. Favorite roles include Dabby Bryant in Our Country’s Good at Third Eye Rep in Manhattan and Frankie in Voice of the Prairie at Theater Works in Sarasota. Love to Ovi, Zinnia and Jordan.
Katrina Lantz received her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, studying at Stella Adler Conservatory, and Playwrights Horizons. In her NY days she appeared in plays with The New Group, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Naked Angels, and the Roundabout Theatre Company. TV Credits include Third Watch, The Sopranos, Law and Order, All My Children and…… The Guiding Light! Films include the Shooting Gallery and Apparatus Productions. She also did hundreds of television and radio voiceovers. She was the voiceover announcer for Jif Peanut Butter, and said “Choosy Moms Choose Jif” for roughly 20 years.
Since moving to the Hudson Valley she has had an extensive and wonderful career in the Spa Industry, and is on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Spa Association. Katrina is thrilled to have been asked by Beth to be a part of Round the Bend’s reading series, and to dip her toes’ back into the water.
Amanda A. Lederer is a NYC-based actor, writer, VO artist, puppeteer, producer, and published book editor. She is a co-founder and former member & performing collaborator with non-profit theatre company, Strangemen Theatre Co (The Woodsman; Bernie & Mikey’s Trip to the Moon; On the Head of a Pin), having served as Executive Producer, President of the Board, teaching artist, and Social Media & Outreach Director. She originated the roles of The Wicked Witch, Tinker #2, and Dorothy in Strangemen’s The Woodsman, performing in all subsequent productions, and was the Lead Producer and Production Manager for the company’s final production, Bernie & Mikey’s Trip to the Moon (59E59 Theaters). She served as co-producer, Social Media Manager, Director of International Initiatives, and performer for The Mother Line Story Project, co-directing the original work In the Mother’s Hands, produced in partnership with Sabeel for the Arts in Cairo, Egypt, and sponsored by the Cairo American Embassy. Off Broadway: The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, Ars Nova); Shlemiel the First (TFANA). Other select NY & Regional: The Woodsman (Standard ToyKraft), The Devine Sister (Stageworks Hudson); Point Pleasant (St. Ann’s Warehouse); The Dunes (Gallery Players); Virginia Woolf (Aglet Theatre); The Trial of FDR (New Stage Perf. Arts); Uncle Vanya; Guys & Dolls; A Streetcar Named Desire; Harvey – u/s (New Harmony). Puppetry: The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59 Theaters, Broadway HD & PBS Clos Up, Ars Nova, Standard ToyKraft); The Tao of Glass (NYC w/s with composer Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott of the UK-based company, Improbable Theatre); Shlemiel the First (TFANA); The Women of Padilla (NYC w/s instructor; Two Rivers Theatre); The Little Mermaid (NY w/s; Strangemen Theatre Co.); Dracula (w/s residency with Strangemen Theatre Co., Eugene O’Neill Theater Center); Point Pleasant (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Film/Media: The Woodsman (PBS Theatre Close Up; Broadway HD); That Awakward Moment (Treehouse Pictures, starring Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller, dir. Tom Gormican). Other various NYC and regional appearances include performances at Dixon Place, HERE Arts, NYMF, and Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Laura Leopard, is a founder of Gotham Radio Theatre, last appeared for GRT at Lincoln Center as Mame in Auntie Mame, one of her favorite roles. From Nashville, Tennessee her credits include Lucy Warriner in The Awful Truth for GRT at the Fringe International Festival in NYC, An Ideal Husband, at The Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Quartett at BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Amadeus at the prestigious Barter Theatre in Virginia, and Claire in Proof at Mill Mountain Theatre in Virginia. Favorite roles include, Mary Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart, and Nan/Lina in Three Days of Rain,and for GRT, Joanna and Monica in Present Laugher and Elvira in Blithe Spirit.
Erick Lindsay is working with Sydnie for the first time. He met Sydnie during an audition is St. Louis, MO and formed a mother son relationship. Erick refers to her as his “Theatre Mom”. Past performance from Erick include Willie in Master Harold and the Boys, Walter in A Raisin in the Sun, and Black in the Sunset Limited. Currently, Erick is enrolled in Western Governors University and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. Also, Erick is a personal trainer and provides virtual training for anyone interested. He hopes you enjoy the show, and you leave today moved in some way.
Phillip X. Levine favorite stage roles include: Arthur Midget in Carey Harrison’s Midget in a Catsuit Reciting Spinoza and Edward Kelley in Carey’s Magus, (both as a founding member of the Woodstock Players), JB in JB, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Austin in True West, Edgar in King Lear, Major Gilbert Russell in Grinder’s Stand, Jon in Marjorie Prime, and his one-person show approx. poet falls in love & can’t get up. On screen, Phillip appeared as Giggles in Fear of Clowns 2 (Lionsgate), Gen. Henry Clinton in The American Revolution (Partisan Pictures/History Channel), Papa Jones in Night of the Living Jews (indie short), and as Bodie (lead) in The Arsonist’s Affair where he received Marist College’s 2012 Silver Fox Award: Best Actor. Phillip is a member of SAG. Phillip is also a dad, poetry editor for Chronogram Magazine, and president of the Woodstock Poetry Society.
Gillian Lopez was born a natural performer, she is currently 17 years old. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been competing since age 8. She also was a competitive figure skater for 10 years and she has been participating in choir and drama club since 4th grade. Gillian has done many shows with the most recent being Little Shop Of Horrors.
Jess Lyke grew up doing theatre all over the Hudson Valley. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2017 with a degree in Theatre Studies. Some of her favorite roles from school and beyond include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (SUNY New Paltz), Portia in Something Rotten! (New Deal Creative Arts), Catherine in Pippin (CENTER at Rhinebeck), and CB’s Sister in Dog Sees God (Paper Rain at SUNY New Paltz). She’s done a couple of summers worth of projects with Shoutout Saugerties/Round the Bend and she has enjoyed every moment! Many thanks to Beth and Sydnie for always thinking to call and for their trust in bringing these fabulous new works to life!
Maria Elena Maurin is thrilled to once again be a part of Round the Bend Theatre’s readings. Her recent theatre credits include: On the Exhale with the Rhinebeck Theatre Society. Arms and the Man, Still, Outside Mullingar, and Brilliant Traces with the Performing Arts of Woodstock. A Turn of the Screw with Kaaterskill Actors Theatre. She produced and performed in the web series Tabs & Clea. She has trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio, NYC and Woodstock, NY.
Darryl Mayhand has rediscovered the love for acting through the wonderful Sydnie Grosberg Ronga. Armed with a musical theater background, having performed shows such as Sugar, Kiss Me Kate, & Cabaret, he’s eager to debut his acting prowess in this reading and couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunity.
Margarita Meyendorff is an award-winning author of two published books: her memoir entitled DP: Displaced Person and an anthology of 30 short stories entitled Flipping the Bird. The daughter of a Russian Baron, she was born displaced in a refugee camp in Germany, far from the opulence of Imperial Russia that was her birthright. A series of wars destroyed this privileged existence, and Margarita’s life became a series of extraordinary moves. She has performed as an actress, dancer, musician, and storyteller at venues throughout the United States and in Europe. Her memoir, DP Displaced Person is being translated into Russian for publication in Russia.
Michelle Moughan is a NYC-based actress from Hurley, NY. Locally, she has danced with the Catskill Ballet Theatre and appeared onstage in the Hudson Valley at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and Coleman High School. Some favorite roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, and Joanne in Godspell! She has performed professionally at Westchester Broadway Theatre as well as in commercial and television and currently attends Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She is so excited to be a part of the June readings with Round the Bend!
Henry (Hank) Neimark has been happily retired for the last several years from a career in television production as a member of the Directors Guild Of America where he worked on countless shows, mostly live productions including Live From Lincoln Center, American Playhouse, The Dick Cavett Show, Sesame Street—The list goes on. He has appeared in several plays in Woodstock, most recently as Cerimon in the Bird On a Cliff Summer Shakespeare Festival’s Pericles Prince Of Tyre. He also appeared in the highly acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Monarchs marks the first time that Hank appears with RTB.
J. T. O’Connor Television and Film credits include FBI: Most Wanted, Evil, The Affair, The Blacklist, Kevin Can Wait, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Alpha House, One Life To Live, The Wolf Of Wall Street and Bridge of Spies. Theatre credits include the National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof w/ Theodore Bikel. Regional credits: Gypsy (Herbie) W/Joyce DeWitt, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Watson), High Spirits (Charles), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), The Nerd (Axel), Rough Crossing (Ivor). Uncle Vanya (Professor), Angel Street (Rough), Annie Get Your Gun (Frank), Wait Until Dark (Mike), Funny Girl (Nick), Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), and Kiss Me Kate (Fred).
Dana Page is a local actress and writer who lives in Rhinecliff with her husband and four boys. Her favorite hobbies include doing endless mountains of laundry, cleaning off the filthy countertop several times a day and other common household drudgeries. Joking! Dana ACTUALLY enjoys singing in the rock band The Tom Prettys, jumping off stages and rarely ever takes off her red cowboy boots! Working with Sydnie and the fabulously talented local authors is always such a treat. Thank you immensely to all!
Joshuah Patriarco Off Broadway: King Lear (The Fool), The Acting Lesson (Marlon Brando), The Furies (Orestes), Yellow to Lavender (Young Tennessee Williams), among others. Film: Stargazer, Man-Moth, Marilyn Monroe in Vicarious Vitriol & The Joker in A Riddle in Time, among others. For his performance as Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden he received a 2019 Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Additionally, his performance as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, as well the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Sunday in the Park with George & Sweeney Todd were nominated for Broadway World’s “Performer of the Decade” & “Vocalist of the Decade” in Central New York. Other credits include the title role in Hamlet (2x), Oedipus/Trump in Oedipus Rx, and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. This fall he will direct Gaslight at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
Alex Petrova-Emisti is thrilled to be performing for the first time since these unprecedented times started back in early March. She was involved with SOS’s inaugural season readings and is excited to work with Sydnie once again with Round the Bend Theatre.
She grew up in CT and studied Acting at the University of CT. She performs locally at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, Woodstock Shakespeare Festival, Sharon Playhouse and County Players. Favorite roles include Taming of the Shrew (Katerina), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), How I Learned to Drive (Lil’ Bit) and Pericles (Dionyza).
Sharon Grace Powers is a singer/actress, writer, editor, and voice teacher. She has appeared on Broadway (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue), in regional theatre, concerts and cabaret touring the US and Canada (Gregg Smith Singers), as well as choral work at the New York Philharmonic and multiple New York City venues. Together with her musical partner David Lahm, Ms. Powers performed evenings of humorous songs at the Triad Theater in NYC in 2017 and 2019. For sixteen years, Ms. Powers worked with Katharine Hepburn eventually becoming her public liaison, assisting her on several TV films, and was significantly involved in the publication of Miss Hepburn’s autobiography ME. Ms. Powers has performed for Round the Bend in Higglety Pigglety Pop! and the reading of Whispering of the Gods. Currently, Ms. Powers is writing a book How Broadway Works: The Artists Backstage (working title) which is due out in 2022.
Joe Quandt first poked his face into Capital District theatre in ’76 disguised as Stanley Kowalski in ACT’s A Streetcar Named Desire. He studied with William Esper and Martin Waldron at Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. A long and fruitful association with New York State Theatre Institute followed, playing everything from a pile of garbage,The Pied Piper; to Prospero, The Tempest; to the Nazi major, Incident at Vichy. More recently: The Director, Becketts Catastrophe for Troy Foundry Theatre and Thomas Edison, Camping with Henry and Tom for Theatre Voices.
Nicole Quinn has been a writer for hire at HBO, Showtime, Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures and John Singleton’s New Deal Productions. Her feature film (writer/dir) Racing Daylight stars Academy Award winner, Melissa Leo, and Emmy winner, David Strathairn in a love story across time. Her short plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. Quinn has produced/narrated audiobooks for Audible, an endeavor begun when she won a contest to read on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The Gold Stone Girl is a feminist-dystopian trilogy of YA novels about a rogue Dream Weaver living in the Night Mare’s world whose superpower is smiling.
Brian Rainey moved to New York in 2019 to continue his Ph.D. studies in Criminal Justice at the University at Albany-SUNY. He recently returned to acting after a 10-year hiatus. His previous roles include Daniel Reed (The Waverly Gallery), Schroeder (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Detective Sergeant Trotter (The Mousetrap), George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life), and Dr. Einstein (Arsenic and Old Lace). Brian recently received an Excellence in Performance Award from the Theatre Association of New York State for his portrayal of Daniel Reed in Classic Theatre Guild’s production of The Waverly Gallery.
Michael Ralff has been a professional musician in the Hudson Valley for nearly 40 years, and only recently started training as an actor. Mike’s favorite roles include Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace at Bannerman Island for Theater on the Road Productions and Nicola in Arms and the Man at Performing Arts of Woodstock. He’s honored to be part of this production of this timely and heartfelt play with this wonderful cast.
Kathleen Shea Reilly is making her first appearance with Round the Bend. Past credits include Old Love New Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mine, Agnes of God, Death of a Salesman, Steel Magnolias and The Boys Next Door. Kathleen holds an MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America.
John D. Remington is a local actor, producer, writer and director in the Hudson Valley. He has performed in a dozen and a half shows since jumping back into the theater fray in 2016, after many years in a corporate gig with Target Corp as VP of Marketing and Communication and Executive Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
John has had the privilege to work at many of the theaters in the region including The Center for Performing Arts Rhinebeck, The Phoenicia Playhouse, Performing Arts of Woodstock, Voice Theater, Arts Society of Kingston, County Players and the Manhattan Repertory Theater. And now is very happy to add Round the Bend as another partner in the creative arts.
His most crowning achievement today however, is the formation of TroupEnigma, LLC along with fellow members Michael Juzwak and Austin Lightning Carrothers. “The pleasure of serving with these two men is immeasurable…no drama, always fun, and always the best we can do”
Russell Roberts has appeared in many productions, and through all mediums, including of course, theatre; his humble roots. You may have seen him in RTB’s reading of Un Hombre, as Josh Wolfson, Ursa Fountain Production’s An Enemy of the People, as Morten Kiil, or Classic Theater Guild’s productions of An Ideal Husband, as Lord Caversham and Clue: On Stage, as Mr. Green, to name just a few. Russell’s ability to mold himself into his characters is what makes his work truly something you have to see to believe. Russell studied TV-Video Production/Broadcast Journalism at SUNY Plattburgh, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A native of Rotterdam, Russell now lives right next door in Schenectady, but is always ready to take his skillset on the road!
John Romeo has performed for 25 years with the resident company of the NYS Theatre Institute (NYSTI). His work in over 200 stage productions includes: London’s West End production of The Snow Queen; George M. Pullman in the East Coast Premier and Off-Broadway production of Jeffrey Sweet’s American Enterprise, both directed by Emmy award winning Patricia Birch; Willy Loman in NYSTI’s Death of a Salesman; Lenny in Of Mice and Men; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Smee in Peter Pan in Moscow; Il Compari in A Tale of Cinderella (stage, original cast recording and Warner Home video); the title character in The Canterville Ghost (Warner Audio Book). John has also performed in tours of the Mid East, Sweden, Italy and the USSR. John has also directed the The Miracle Worker, Inalienable Rights: Denied for NYSTI. Romeo’s film work includes Fighting For Freedom with Bruce Dern and Kristanna Loken, Cult horror films Ice Queen, Axcellerator and other independent features and shorts. He co-directed the documentary, The Neighborhood That Disappeared, the pilot for the middle ages and directed the short film, Ready Or Not…. John is also a voice over actor on nearly 1000 TV and radio commercials and narrations. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Taylor Watson Seupel is an actor and filmmaker from the Hudson Valley region of New York. He is the grandson of Emmy award winning and Broadway Shakespearean actor Douglass Watson (III) and continues the tradition of arts within his family by working in both film and live theatre. Taylor has performed various classic roles such as Plato in Rebel Without a Cause, Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest and Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Taylor also notably played the role of John the Witch Boy in Dark of the Moon. After a three year hiatus from the theatre world, Taylor recently performed at The Denizen Theatre in New Paltz in two readings. Most recently, he is in the midst of releasing his short film entitled SUICIDE EYES, and is slated to perform as Henry V in the Rhinebecks CENTER rendition of Shakespeare’s historical play Henry V.
To contact, please write to TSeupel@gmail.com
Marshall Sheldon most recently appeared in The Matchmaker as Cornelius Hackl. Other credits include Dracula, Pride and Prejudice and A Shayna Maidel among other staged and radio-based productions. He is thrilled to be involved in theater again after taking many years off to complete a master’s degree in mental health counseling. Many thanks to Round the Bend Theatre for this opportunity!
David Smilow recent work includes: A Christmas Carol (Theatre on the Road), Boeing, Boeing (Phoenicia Playhouse), Wednesday’s Child (Florida Studio Theatre), Four by Ives (Performing Arts of Woodstock). A Saugerties resident began his career as a writer, working first on screenplays, then moving on to television and stage projects before turning to acting. The reading of A Catchy Song and Shining Light marks David’s first in-person performance since before the Covid-19 lockdown. He’s delighted to be back before an audience. Here’s to the full return of live theater to the Hudson Valley – and everywhere beyond.
Bill Solley has performed locally with Round the Bend Theatre, ShoutOut Saugerties, Horton By the Stream in Elka Park and with Bird-On-A-Cliff’s Woodstock Shakespeare Festival.
Taylor Steward has a BA in Theatre from Saint Louis University. Her credits include various plays such as Bad Jews (directed by Sydnie) at The New Jewish Theatre, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem at Metro Theater Company, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan at St. Louis Actors’ Studio and I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard for Blue Rose Productions in Saint Louis, among others. After moving to New York she’s performed at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre and recently made her network television debut on season 2 of CBS’ The Equalizer and can also be seen on season 3 of The Food That Built America on The History Channel. Taylor makes several appearances in RTB’s readings of new plays and is grateful to Sydnie and Beth and the tenacity of the theatre community to keep live theatre on its feet during this challenging time.
Ovi Vargas is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a veteran over 300 shows, including Television, Film, commercials, 6 national tours, off-Broadway, regional theatre and summer stock. He is also an award-winning actor, director, choreographer and playwright. He spent 5 years with the Blackfriars Shakespeare Company, 2 years with the Duo Theatre Company, 6 years with DiCapo Opera Theatre and 6 years with the award-winning and highly acclaimed Third-Eye Repertory. Among his favorite roles are, Hamlet in Hamlet, Oberon in A Midsummers Night Dream, David in Social Security, Kilroy in Camino Real, Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, Stephen Wheeler in Eastern Standard, Iago in Othello, Jamie in My Fair Lady staring Jamie Farr and Jesus in the female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple staring Kaye Ballard and Sandy Dennis. His most recent performance was as Pablo Picasso at the School House Theatre, The Stage Manager in Our Town at the Phoenicia theatre and his portrayal of Quetzal in Stewart Warmflash’s play Mask of The Jaguar King at The Schoolhouse Theater, received glowing reviews from the New York Times.
Dina Washington, a lifelong Hudson Valley resident is an independent Sag-Aftra actress as well as a commercial and print model. Before pursuing her career in acting she retired from a rewarding career with the United States Postal Service.
Dina sits on the Board of Directors for Kingston Land Trust and she is also a volunteer at Ulster County Health Department Covid-19 Vaccination PODS. She enjoys dancing, family gatherings, traveling, walking, writing, arts & crafts and event planning.
Jeremiah Wenutu is an actor, director, and writer who grew up in Laguna Niguel, CA. His recent acting work includes such features as Patrick Wang’s A Bread Factory, part 1 and Ben Hickernell’s Baltimore set thriller, What We Found, which premiered last year. He is currently making his theatrical debut as “Demetrius” in the Tivoli Players production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is slated to play “Dr. Cukrowicz” in the Performing Artists of Woodstock’s production of Tennessee William’s Suddenly Last Summer next spring. He currently resides in the Hudson Valley where he enjoys hiking, spending time with his chickens, and putting on improv comedy shows with his cohorts in Happenstancery Improv.
Willis Williams has appeared in several film, television, audiobooks, and theatre productions. You may have seen him in The Dead Don’t Die, Flatbush Misdemeanors, and most recently, in the Tivoli Players production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name just a few. Willis’s ability to make people laugh has been recognized by the audience of the L.A. Connection Comedy Improv Group, led by Kent Skov. A native of the South Bronx, Willis Williams now lives in Rhinebeck, NY, is an avid volunteer, and a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Pete Winfrey is thrilled to be back working with Sydnie Ronga. He actively works both on stage and on screen, previously performing with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Upstream Theater, and New Jewish Theatre, among others during his time in St. Louis. More recently, he performed in a reading of The Sun Never Rises in Harding, Missouri by Jack Calk at The Tank. On screen, he made his feature film debut in All Gone Wrong, which premiered at the 2021 St. Louis Int’l Film Festival and will soon be in wider distribution. He’s a proud St. Louis native currently based in Brooklyn. A huge thank you goes to my family and roommates for their love and support.
Sigrid Wise is a New York City based actor, singer and writer, and is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. Some favorite credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, As You Like It (Celia) at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Big Love (Olympia) at Festival Teatro de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Wise is currently in pre-production for her first short film that she co-wrote, and in workshops for a new play set for later this year. She is excited to be back working with Sydnie after multiple radio plays at Lincoln Center and their first show together in St. Louis, Inherit the Wind. www.sigridwise.com
Sheila Wood is excited to be part of Round the Bend Theatre’s inaugural reading. She was in Age of Anxiety with ShoutOut Saugerties, after taking part in the creative Zoom adaptations of two of the scenes. She has also performed locally with the Bird on a Cliff Theater Co, in 2019, playing various roles in BOAC’s presentation of Pericles, and in 2017, as Jessica in BOAC’s Merchant of Venice. Her other credits include: Pittsfield Town Players’ Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and an off off-Broadway production of the one-woman piece “That’s Okay”.