Repertory Season 2020: Artist Profiles
Elisa Alemparte Lyon is a New York City-based actor and teacher born and raised in Chile. She completed her MFA in acting in the Actors Studio Drama School in May 2020. In NYC she has worked as an actor on feature films (Water, 2020), (Dillinger e Morto, 2021) ensemble theatre (Ese Animal que soy aveces, 2018), (The Park The Play, 2019) (LAB Theatre IE, 2020), (Barn Series, 2021) among others. In Chile she worked for almost 10 years on theatre, films and television. Some of her theatre work include Danton’s Dead (Danton, 2012) in which she was awarded as best actor. She also played the lead on the feature Film El Nido del Trauma (2013), and a supporting role in Mery and Mike (Invercine & Wood, 2017), Matriarcas (Televisión Nacional de Chile, 2016) and Graduados (Chilevisión, 2013). Other Studies: Jerzy Grotowski Workcenter (Italy), Meisner in Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), Linklater Workcenter (New York), LAB Theatre (New York City), Butoh (Italy).
Myrna Davonne is a New York City-based actress who earned her MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School. Myrna was born in Brussels, Belgium to French-Lebanese and Italian parents. She grew up between France and Belgium. Never really knowing where home was, Myrna found her home in acting. She came to America for college, where she earned a BA in Theater from Connecticut College, after which she went on to study at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory and spent a summer training at Cours Florent in Paris, France. Once this training was completed, one of her dreams came true. She got accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School. She was thrilled to star in her first feature film, Palisha&RB. Myrna starred in numerous commercials, performed in Paris where she was in a production of Cold Room for Vertigo, and had her own play, No Friends produced in an Off-Broadway theater in New York City. She was delighted to join the New York Theatre Salon, Global Forms Theater, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater several times for festivals and creative projects. Growing up speaking French, Italian, and Lebanese Arabic, she thrives to honor the work both in America and in Europe. www.myrnadavonne.com
Victor Del Rio is an actor working out of New York City. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the prestigious Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University and is currently working towards his MFA as an actor at the world famous Actors Studio Drama School.
He has appeared in numerous TV Shows such as The Americans (FX), Instinct (CBS) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon). In 2018, Victor made his NYC Theater Debut at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater, where he played the role of Luke in John Patterson’s NY Theater Festival Finalist Play, Versimilitude. Victor was also seen in the role of Jimmy in the new play by Johnathan Wallace titled Brooklyn of Light at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.
In his spare time, Victor enjoys fitness training as he is extremely committed to improving himself and living a healthy lifestyle. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Delaney Duquesne is a NYC based actor, dancer, devised theatermaker, and tv food host on occasion. Delaney earned her BA in Theater Arts, Acting at University of Southern California, as well as her MFA in Acting at The Actor’s Studio Drama School. She was fortunate to attend BADA’s Fall Program and their “Midsummer in Oxford” program with Yale University. Some of her favorite performance credits include 4.48 Psychosis (USC Mainstage, LA), Six Degrees of Separation (Aeneid Theater Company, LA), Last Thought Standing (NYC), and The Revenger’s Tragedy (London). Delaney earned her dance certificate at Gibney; she can be seen in music videos including “Run from Me” by Emma Rae. As much as Delaney has been shaped by her academic success, her survival jobs have had an immense impact on her artistic journey. She is eternally grateful to those professors who saw something in her before she even believed it. www.delaney-duquesne.com
Zack Glassman is a New York-based Actor, Director, and Producer. He made his NY Acting debut in 2016 with the British farce Run for Your Wife (Robert). His recent films Infelicitous and Worst Day Ever are expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this Fall. He’s excited to return to the stage and bring theater back to New York. www.ZackGlassman.com
Emily Goggin is an NYC-based music director, pianist, teacher, and performer. She holds a B.A. in Music from George Washington University. She has music directed countless productions, collaborated on new musicals, including The Project at Lincoln Center, and played a wide variety of revues and cabarets around the city. She also works as a teaching artist with George Street Playhouse, bringing devised theatre to students in New Jersey. Emily is passionate about bringing the joy of theater and music to people of all ages!
Brett Goldberg is a New York City-based playwright and screenwriter. He is an alum of Colgate University, where he graduated with High Honors in English and received the school’s Lasher Prize for Distinction in Creative Writing. His work has been seen at The Barrow Group, Permafrost Theatre Collective, Ensemble Atria, and Colgate University. Brett has studied improv at UCB, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. He thanks his family and friends for their support, and for the privilege of pursuing his dreams. www.Brett-Goldberg.com
Jamie Gore Pawlik (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) is a New York City-based actress and writer. She is best known for her role as Charlotte Ansley on Apple TV’s Little America and her time at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Pawlik is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University where she studied directing and screenwriting. She’d like to thank her parents for supplying her with enough comedic material for a lifetime. www.JamieGorePawlik.com
J. Gulotta’s plays have been featured in the Shoebox Festival and the SoLow Festival in Philadelphia, the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, OR, the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, KS, and at The Metropolitan Playhouse and Theatre At St. Clements in NYC. He was part of the writing ensemble for International WOW's immersive play Reconstruction which premiered in the Ice Factory Festival and received an additional run as part of the Ohio Theatre's regular season. His play Ewe & Eye can be found in the literary journal RiverSedge and his play Sheep! is part of the short play anthology Stage It! Vol. 2. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. More information can be found at www.jgulotta.com
Jimena Herrero is a New York City-based actor. Born and raised in Mexico. Holds an MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. Her theatre credits include; Julie ( Pizza Man ) Mina (Dracula) Natalie (White Nights) among others. She has also performed in various films in Mexico and NY; including The Water (Dir. Matthew Appleby) The Metamorp hosis of Ismaila Ba (Dir. Malik Isasis) Goodbye Grandpa (Dir. Emiliano Casanova) Distillation (Dir. Diana Salgado) Jimena is thankful to her parents who have always supported her. www.JimenaHerrero.com
Brenden Kyle is a Southern California native now dreaming in New York City, Brenden is “stoked” to be a part of this year’s Repertory Season at the Actors Studio Drama School. Brenden has studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, completed his BA in Psychology and because of Elizabeth Kemp and the audition experience she gave, Brenden fought his way to New York City to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. His most recent credits include Jordan in Dandelion at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Jamie Wellerstein in The Last 5 Years, Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, the title role in Pippin, Bobby Hatfield in the West Coast premiere of the Righteous Brothers’ musical That Lovin’ Feelin’, and Orlando in As You Like It. He thanks his teachers for everything they have taught him and how they have shaped the path for the rest of his life. www.BrendenKyle.com
Rose Kanj is a Brooklyn-based actress and vocalist. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and BA in Professional Music with a minor in drama from Berklee College of Music. Rose is a finalist at The Actors Studio and has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade as well as The Barrow Group. She has had the immense pleasure of appearing in Time Flies and The Informer at the Actors Studio Drama School and has also had the privilege of acting in several original theatrical productions, including Wrestling with Freedom, written and directed by Jacqui Parker; Top Eye Open, written by Dillon Bustin; and This Is Treatment, an original musical by Elizabeth Addison, just to name a few. Rose would like to thank her incredible husband, mentors, friends, and family for all the love and support they continue to give her. www.RoseKanj.com
John McPhee began his acting career in Amherst, MA at age 10 and has been regularly cast in dramas, comedies, and musicals ever since. He graduated with a BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he had the privilege of acting in productions with directors such as Shakespeare and Company’s Tony Simotes in The Merchant of Venice and director Ping Chong and playwright Talvin Wilkes in the original production of Collidescope 2.0. John has also trained with the British American Drama Academy in association with the Yale School of Drama, with artists such as John Barton and Peter Francis James, as well as Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msumati at the Royal Shakespeare Company. His most recent credits include Chicago at AIC and currently in a film by director Liz Canner, Silent U. [Working Title]. www.JohnMcPheeActor.com
Timothy Nolan is a NYC-based playwright, actor, and teacher. He received his MFA in playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and was a 2013 Indie Theater Now Person of the Year. Plays include Stuck With Fred (ROAD Theater Company), E Minor Seventh (Jersey City Arts Center New Play Festival, 5th Ave Theater Company Special Mention), Acts of Contrition (FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting award), The Sugar Plant (Actors Studio Drama School MFA Repertory Season, Rogue Theater Festival), What Happened Was (New York Summerfest), What’s In A Name (Samuel French Critics’ Choice award), The Way Out (FringeNYC Excellence in Acting award), and The Bull Ring (Samuel French Critics’ Choice award). Acting roles include Sidney in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Vin in The Price, Michael in If Only..., Dr. Samuels in Their Great Magic and six different roles in Joseph Vuotto’s Last Thought Standing. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, screenwriter Susannah Nolan. www.timothy-nolan.com
Dan Pavacic (AEA) is a New York-based actor. His recent credits include Mark in ‘Moms: The Musical’, Danny in ‘Once We Have Wings’ at The Actors Studio, as well as John in Stephen Belber’s ‘Tape’ and Richard in Harold Pinter’s ‘The Lover’, both at the Actors Studio Drama School. Other credits include: d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers at the Long Island Shakespeare Festival, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book at the Gateway Playhouse, and, internationally, Dan has performed at the Sibiu International Theater Festival as Henry in an original production, ‘The Fighting Light’ in Sibiu, Romania. Other passions of Dan’s include: singing, photography, writing and fight choreography. Dan would like to thank his wonderful teachers, Elizabeth Kemp, Susan Aston and Steven Lantz-Gefroh, both of his siblings, Robert and Elizabeth, his partner Jamie, and his mother, Doretta, and father, Robert, for all their love and support. He would not be the man he is today without them. To his teacher Elizabeth, thank you for always believing in him. These performances are dedicated to you. Here’s to the Hooligan Dreamers. www.DanPavacic.com
Samuel James Pygatt was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area and received his BS in Business Administration from Shippensburg University. He began his acting journey by taking classes at the Walnut Street Theatre and Philly Improv Theater, and some of his early performances include Franco (Superior Donuts) and Tom Robinson (To Kill a Mockingbird). Special thanks to his mother, Denise, and mentor Harvey Hynson for constantly supporting him physically and mentally. www.SamuelJamesPygatt.com
Lillie Ricciardi is a MFA and BFA trained actress with degrees in Grad Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and Music Theater from NYU Tisch. Ricciardi has performed on Broadway in Bombshell: the Smash Musical, and in several regional productions across the country. She has narrated 45+ audiobooks released on Audible.com and is a voice over artist with Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Bee Audio, Brilliance Publishing, Podium Audio, Hachette Audio, and Scholastic Audio. Favorite credits include: Anne in A Little Night Music, Jen in John and Jen, Amy in Company, and Nirvana in Road to Nirvana. www.LillieRicciardi.com
Chip Rybak was born in the hamlet of Torrington, Connecticut, in the Northwest part of the state. His early years of performing consisted of mimicking bits from The Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, and Charlie Chaplin, which he watched endlessly as a child on TV and VHS tapes. He pursued his passion for acting by studying at the Warner Theater and performing in high school productions. At the age of 18 Chip enrolled in acting conservatory at the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Drama. His studies at Hartt would take him across the ocean to study Shakespeare and Classic text in England. After graduating Chip worked in a dive bar and played guitar in a punk/blues/surf rock band, The Main Street Suits. His love of performance and acting would bring him to NYC, where he would go on to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, the Moscow Art Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at The Actors Studio Drama School MFA Acting Program; all while working behind various bars in NYC, and as a journeyman actor in TV, film, and theater. Throughout the years Chip’s education and travels have taken him from dive bars to theater stages and film sets, from punk rock class clown to Shakespearean trained actor. As performer, entertainer, and actor he has never forgotten the wonder and impact to make audiences laugh, think, and be inspired. Chip currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Ryan Joseph Swartz (Edmund) is a New York City-based actor, director, and teaching artist. Originally a native of Oklahoma, he has spent over ten years in the academic community, where he has worked as both a stage director and an award-winning acting & speech coach. On stage Ryan has appeared in a variety of roles, including select favorites: Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Edward Sheridan in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and, most recently, A Clown in a groovy ‘70s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Ryan received his MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and is currently a finalist at the Actors Studio in NYC. www.RyanJosephSwartz.com
Clara Tristan is a New York based actress. Born and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama where she started her training and career. Her profound love for experiencing and developing her craft as an actress have lead her to New York. New York credits include Pegao written by Cin Martinez which also had a regional run, and the Off Broadway run of Two Girls directed by Karen Carpenter. Among her film credits include The Unknown (TVN Series), The Retrievers (Adam Johns), Fallen from the Sky (Gino Casasola Productions), Panama Canal Stories (Manglar Films). She has received training worldwide with international figures such as Tito Ochoa, Ted Gregory, Monalisa Arias and Esteban Roel; all in different techniques for film and stage.
Jes Washington is a New York City based actress; born and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a recent 2020 MFA grad from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. Theater credits: Lena in WHO WILL SING FOR LENA, a one-woman show with huge acclaim; performed along the east coast and Monaco, France. Awards for this role include: Best Lead Actress in a Drama (3x), People’s Choice, Best Overall Production, winner of AACT National Festival 2019. THE MOUNTAINTOP awards include: Best Lead Actress in a Drama, Best Overall Production, winner of AACT National Festival 2021. Francine/Lena in CLYBOURNE PARK, forwarding an EMACT nomination: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. Off-Broadway: WHITE WOMAN, BLACK BOY. Independent film credits: Linda in A WALL APART, Julie in LUMINOUS, Young Belinda Royale in HALF THE HISTORY: BELINDA ROYALE STORY. Voice Over: GREATER BOSTON and WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY.
Antony Watkins earned his MFA in acting from ASDS in 2020, and his BS in audio production from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2016, and served in the Marines for a bit before that. An avid horror fan, he enjoys covering himself and loved ones in fake blood for fun. He’s also a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Amy Woschnik is a New York based director. A Long Island native, she is currently a teaching artist at Gateway Playhouse specializing in acting, improv, and musical theatre. She holds her MFA in Directing from the Actor’s Studio Drama School and her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University. Recent directing credits include: 13, Frozen, Descendants, Other Side of The Wall (Gateway Playhouse), Keely & Du, Reasons to Be Pretty, A…My Name is Alice (Syracuse Black Box Players). For my parents, and Stephy. www.amywoschnik.com
Yana Biryukova is a video designer and film editor from Moscow, Russia. Her theatrical designs include The Karamazovs (The Other Shore); Mlima’s Tale (Westport Country Playhouse); The White Devil (Red Bull Theater); Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson (The Working Theater); Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse); Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre); Scenes from Court Life (Yale Repertory Theatre); Square Root of Three Sisters (Dmitry Krymov Lab); Don Quixotte (Yale Opera); Transport (Irish Repertory Theatre). Her assistant credits include Candide (Carnegie Hall); Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Broadway); Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Broadway). In addition to theatre design Yana has worked on art installations and performances featured at the Yale Art Gallery, Danspace Project, Harvestworks and others. The recipient of the 2020 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Projection, Yana lectures and teaches workshops on projection design at Harvard University. MFA: Yale School of Drama. yanabiryukova.com
Brandon Cheney is glad to be back for his 10th season with ASDS and a second chance for the 2020 season. Thank YOU for coming to support the arts and live entertainment in-person, allowing us to persist in the most difficult times.
Pamela Edington (PSM) has had the opportunity to stage manage a widely diverse list of theatre projects and events over the years, including several seasons at ASDS. She is very happy to be a part of the 2020 Repertory Season. Recent projects before our theatre community’s long “hiatus” include the Off-Broadway reboot of, Smokey Joe’s Café, and several productions for Bucks County Playhouse, including rehearsals for the premiere of the new gamer musical, Other World. She has also stage managed the BCP and Berkshire Theatre Group developmental productions of, Rock and Roll Man, a new musical based on the life of controversial DJ, Alan Freed, which is on track for a NYC production. Many thanks to all off the ASDS family, on and off stage!
Megan Gaber (Co-Production Manager) is a SAG-AFTRA performer, and is excited to be back at the Actor's Studio Drama School. As the owner-operator of NOTAHOARDER.com, organizing is another of her passions, so working with all the creative folx here at ASDS is an absolute dream.
Emily Goggin is thrilled to once again be working on John & Jen with Jess, Lillie, and Brenden! Emily is an NYC-based music director, pianist, teacher, and performer with a B.A. in Music from George Washington University. Emily has a passion for bringing new musicals to life, most recently productions of a new opera, The Project by Peyton Marion, at Lincoln Center and The Eleventh Hour, written by Dave Seamon. She has music directed countless shows and cabarets in and around New York City; some of her favorites include Assassins, Bring It On, and Gypsy. She also works as a teaching artist with George Street Playhouse, bringing devised theatre to students in New Jersey. Emily is thankful to be able to bring the joy and magic of theatre to performers and audiences of all ages!
Sean Hagerty (Original Music and Sound Design); this marks Sean’s seventh season designing sound for ASDS. As a composer, violinist and designer, he has worked extensively with Third Rail Projects, creating immersive soundtracks for Then She Fell (Bessie Award), Ghost Light (LCT3), The Grand Paradise, Sweet and Lucky (DCPA), Ikaros (La Jolla), Midsummer a Banquet (Drama Desk nom.), and the interactive Zoom performance of Return the Moon. Other shows include Drift (New World Stages), Hit the Body Alarm (Performing Garage), Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theater), Marisol (The New School), The Wild Party (DCPA), The Net Will Appear (59E59), The Anthem (Lynn Redgrave Theatre), and Symphony of Shadows (Dixon Place). www.seanhagerty.com
Based in Brooklyn, Shawn Lewis has designed over 75 productions ranging from straight plays, musicals, opera, as well as film throughout the United States and abroad over the past 20 years. She started teaching at ASDS with her mentor, Tony Walton, in 1997 and has continued with the program to lead the school’s design courses. She has taught master-level classes at the University of North Carolina and at Yale School of Drama in set design. In addition to teaching, Lewis is the resident designer for the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season and has designed more than 1,500 productions since its inaugural season. In 2009 she assumed the position of Executive Director of ASDS Rep. Lewis is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and of United Scenic Artists. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, she received her BA in painting from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and her MFA in scenic design from New York University’s Tisch School.
Chelsea Bryn Lockie is a Brooklyn based director and producer who hails from Elko Nevada. She has produced and directed numerous films, award winning web series, commercials, and Off-Broadway theatre. She is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrighting and Directors Unit, NYWIFT, a company member of Hapa Media, and a co-founder of GirlSoup Collective. Recent selected credits include producing a feature film for Flag Art Film Productions, and ‘Trash into Treasure with Marque and Hector’ a new series from The Elliot Collective. www.chelseablockie.com
Mecca McDonald is a passionate director, producer, and actress who has done work across a variety of mediums ranging from stage to film and web content. She studied acting at The Barrow Group and screenwriting at Jacob Krueger Studio. In 2017, she co-founded Melanin & Magic Productions - a company devoted to telling the stories of young black women and increasing their representation on screen. Through this partnership, Mecca further realized her passion for telling stories that heal, which has led to a new YouTube series “Crush: The Series” and “The Apartment.” Both projects will be released under Where The Lights Are Productions - a production house by Mecca McDonald geared towards introspective stories of black love, nostalgia, and romance.
JENNIFER PAAR (Costume Design): This marks Jennifer’s sixth season with ASDS Rep. New York credits include: Molly Sweeney, Ordinary Days, tick, tick…BOOM (Keen Company), The Oracle (Operating Theater), Futurity, The Musical (Joe’s Pub), Every Day Above Ground with SaBooge Theatre (PS 122) and Thrill Me (York Theatre). Regional credits include: On Golden Pond (Bucks County Playhouse), Glengarry Glen Ross (Asolo Rep), Desdemona, The Tempest, Elizabeth Rex, Much Ado about Nothing (Opera House Arts), and Rabbit Hole (Premiere Stages). Jennifer works regularly as a teaching artist and adjunct professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey. She is also the director of The Costume Studio, a newly created organization supporting costume designers working in the nonprofit sector. To see more of her work, visit jenniferpaar.com & thecostumestudionyc.org.
Sam Shapiro makes her NYC stage management debut! NYC: Playbill's Curtain Up!, E! Live From Met Gala, Mirrors (Parity Productions). Select Miami Stage Manager/Director/Choreographer credits: Ragtime, Hairspray, The 25th Annual...Bee, Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, Sister Act. Film: Spielberg's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Casting PA). Former high school Drama teacher. Proud member of the Stage Managers' Association. Thank you Dad! For my late grandmothers. Instagram: @TheSamShapiro
Ethan Steimel has designed lights for Masters of Illusion--Live! (US/Canada Tour), La Bohéme (El Paso Opera), No Strings (Theatre Row), Julius Caesar (Trinity Rep), The Graduate (Forestburgh Playhouse). As a lighting director he has worked at CNN, Bloomberg, and Broadway HD. He is a co-producer of Broadway's A Christmas Carol and hosts Artistic Finance, weekly interviews with artists about finance. www.artisticfinance.com