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Daniel Baker
Sound Design

Daniel Baker, along with Aaron Meicht, make up Broken Chord, a sound design and music production collective that composes and designs music and sound for theatre, film, and dance. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Juilliard, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Second Stage Theatre, the Women’s Project, the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, Keen Company, HERE, La MaMa E.T.C., and Joe’s Pub. Regional credits include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center.

:/images/test_suite/theatre//BALDI .jpeg Eliza Baldi
Directing

Eliza Baldi is a freelance director, dramaturg, actor, and teacher. She has worked with the Williamstown Theater Festival, National Playwrights Conference, Millbrook Playhouse, NYC Fringe, HERE Arts Center, Creation Production Company, LAByrinth, INTAR, the Lark, New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and New York Theater Workshop. Baldi is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Shakespeare Society. She holds a B.A. in dramatic literature and criticism from Smith College, and an M.F.A. from the NYU Graduate Acting Program.








Tina Benko
Acting

Tina Benko’s Broadway appearances include Irena’s Vow, Top Girls, The Real Thing, Not About Nightingales, and Hedda Gabler. She toured internationally as Desdemona/Othello in the concert-play Desdemona written by Toni Morrison and directed by Peter Sellars. Off-Broadway credits include The Little Foxes directed by Ivo Van Hove at New York Theatre Workshop, Wally Shawn’s Marie and Bruce at the New Group, Charles Mee’s Wintertime at Second Stage, and LifeGame: the all- improvised show. Her numerous film and television credits include The Avengers, Ugly Betty, and three seasons on Showtime’s Brotherhood. Training: Carnegie Mellon University.











Stephanie DiMaggio
Acting


Broadway: A Free Man of Color by John Guare, directed by George C. Wolfe.  Off- Broadway: Love's Labour's Lost (The Public Theater / dir. Karin Coonrod), Exile (The Cherry Lane / dir. Lisa Peterson), 17 Orchard Point (The Beckett/ dir. Stella Powell-Jones).  Regional: Italian American (Long Wharf Theatre /dir. Eric Ting), All My Sons (The Huntington Theatre Company/ dir. David Esbjornson),  Bloody Mary (Williamstown Theater Festival / dir, Stephen Brackett),  Haroun (Williamstown Theatre Festival / dir. Evan Cabnet).  In addition, Stephanie has participated in developmental work with The Women's Project, The Lark Play Development Center,  New Georges,  Clubbed Thumb and New York Stage and Film.  Some of her recent TV / Film credits include: The Good Wife (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Rubicon (AMC), Cupid (ABC), Law and Order (NBC) and the films Drive - Thru, The First Born and Generation Um, staring Keanu Reeves.   She is also co-creator and star of the webseries The Kosher Cucina.   Stephanie has been a featured contributor for two books on the American theatre: Acting Teachers of America:  A Vital Tradition  and  Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors Equity Association.  She received her B.A in Theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and her MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. 

 

Julie Boyd
Director of the Fordham Summer
Musical Theatre Workshop


Julie Boyd is a freelance actress, director, and teacher. New York acting credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner (Roundabout/PBS) directed by Jerry Zaks, and Noises Off (Broadway) directed by Michael Blakemore. Regional theatre includes productions at Long Wharf, the McCarter, the Kennedy Center, Williamstown, the Goodman, and the Guthrie. Boyd also works extensively in film and television. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Utah and her M.F.A. from Yale Drama School.

Judy Dennis
Senior Audition I


Judy Dennis’s The Dancer Films, a collection of short films inspired by Jules Feiffer’s Modern Dancer, premiered in 2012 for 15,000 viewers at New York City’s World Financial Center Winter Garden. For television, she directed “Sonata da Oz,” an episode in the final season of HBO’s groundbreaking series OZ. Dennis enjoyed three decades as a casting director in the mainstream of theater and film.
She has worked with directors such as Terrence Malick, Brian DePalma, Andrzej Wajda, Julie
Taymor, and Ang Lee, and she was Alan J. Pakula’s assistant on Sophie’s Choice. Dennis is a member of the Directors Guild of America and a graduate of Bennington College.


Alison Fraser
Song as Scene

Recently, Ms. Fraser created the roles of Arsinoë in the world premiere of David Ives's "The School for Lies" directed by Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company and  Sister Walburga in the world premiere of Charles Busch's Off Broadway hit "The Divine Sister". She is a member of the company of "Love, Loss and What I Wore".  She is a two time Tony Award nominee for playing Martha in “The Secret Garden” and Josefine in “Romance/Romance”, and received the first ever Barrymore Award for her portrayal of The Blonde in The Wilma Theatre's production of "Gunmetal Blues".  Other Broadway roles includ, Dorine in “Tartuffe; Born Again”, Helena in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, and Tessie Tura in Arthur Laurents's "Gypsy" starring Patti Lupone. She co-starred with ShirleyKnight in the world premiere of Mr. Laurents's "Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are" at the George St. Playhouse, where she has also appeared in "Lend Me A Tenor", "Lips Together Teeth Apart", and"Gunmetal Blues".  Off Broadway roles Alison has created include Jessie in Terrence McNally’s "Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams", Trina in  “March of the Falsettos” and “In Trousers” , Miss Drumgoole in “Up Against It”, Uta in "The Green Heart", and Connnie, Brenda, and Petula in "Beehive".    Film and TV credits include “Between the Lions”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Third Watch”, "The Thing About My Folks” opposite Peter Falk and Paul Reiser, "In the Blood" and the upcoming "Commentary".

Cassandra Freeman
Collaboration

Actress and comedian Cassandra Freeman, best known for her co-starring roles as Denzel Washington’s love interest in Inside Man and in Chris Rock’s I think I Love My Wife, she has also performed Off Broadway at the Signature Theatre in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars directed by Ruben Santiago–Hudson the creator of the HBO movie hit Lakawana Blues, the Guthry Theatre production of Intimate Apparel, and performed in the world wide phenomenal play “Vagina Monologes” along side Jane Fonda and Rosie Perez.   Ms. Freeman has appeared in several TV shows including Shark, and Numbers. Other films to see her in next year is a  Morgan Freeman movie called the Wish Wizard, How We Got Away with It, and Break of Dawn. Also her current film to be released this November is the Sundance Film Festival 2011 World Cinema Audience Award winning movie Kinyarwanda. Kinyarwanda was filmed in Rwanda, Africa and is the inspiration for her creating a non profit called the Kassandra Arts Project (www.kap2010.org), whose mission is to bring arts and empowerment to young women in Rwanda, Africa and around the world. She is a graduate of Florida State University and received her MFA from NYU’s TIsch school of the arts.


Peter Gil-Sheridan
 
Invitation to Theatre & Collaboration

Peter Gil-Sheridan graduated from Fordham in 1998. A playwright and director, his play Topsy Turvy Mouse was selected for development as part of the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project and was the winner of the Timothy Smith Prize from the National New Play Network. Peter was the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwright's Center and was commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre to write a new play which premiered in April 2009.  He has had residencies at the Ucross Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts.  His work has been seen/ developed at New York Theater Workshop, The Lark Theatre, The Sundance Institute, The Kennedy Center, the New York International Fringe Festival, The University of Colorado at Boulder, A Theatre Group of Silverton, Colorado, The Toy Box Theatre, the figments, Working for Tips Productions, Riverside Theatre of Iowa City, and Prospect Theatre Company. Peter is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop.  In addition to teaching at Fordham, he often guest directs and mentors young directors.



Mark Greenfield
Invitation to Theatre


Mark Greenfield is the founding Artistic Director of The Faux-Real Theatre Company (FRTC) with whom he has created such shows as Funbox, William Shakespeare’s Haunted House, Igloo Tales and Htebcam (Macbeth in Reverse). Other work with FRTC includes co-directing Carrie DuBois’ adaptation of The Tinderbox with Constance Tarbox. Most recently, Mark’s original play IE – In Other Words was produced at the Flea Theater.  In addition to his work with FRTC, Mark has directed and acted for Gorilla Rep. Other acting credits include playing Arlecchino for four years with the Italian commedia dell’ arte troupe, I Giullari Di Piazza, with whom he performed at Lincoln Center, and St. John the Divine. He was also an artist in residence at the Caramoor Classical Music Center. Mark played the role of Yankl in Caraid O’Brien’s translation of God of Vengeance (directedby Aaron Beale) and appeared in O’Brien and Beale’s production of Motke Thief. Mark has toured with IMAGO, The Shoestring Players, and Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company, and The Theater for a New City. He trained in Poland with Theatre Gardzienice. He can be seen in an upcoming film from renowned Iranian film director, Amir Nader

Andrea Haring
Voice

A director, actress and vocal coach, Andrea Haring is the Associate Director of The Linklater Center for Voice and Language and the Coordinator for Linklater Teacher Training. In addition to teaching at Fordham, she is currently on faculty at Columbia Graduate Theater Program and Circle in the Square Theatre School. Andrea has previously taught at Yale School of Drama, The New Actor’s Workshop, NYU Tisch Undergraduate Drama, and Dartmouth College. She regularly teaches at various theater schools and companies in London, Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Mexico and Iceland. Andrea coaches extensively On and Off Broadway – including The Motherf****er With The Hat, a Behanding in Spokane, John Gabriel Borkman and Creditors (at BAM with Alan Rickman), Reasons To Be Pretty (Tony Nominee 2009)The Little Flower of East Orange and Jack Goes Boating(Labyrinth Theater at The Public), Suddenly Last Summer, The Rose Tattoo, and Bridge and Tunnel with Sarah Jones (Tony Winner 2006). Andrea is also a member ofLabyrinth Theater Company. 
In her corporate work she has taught executive voice workshops to the Columbia Senior Executive Program through the Business School, The Global Fellows for The World Economic Forum and professionals of all disciplines who want freer, more expressive voices.

Morgan Jenness
Theatre History

Morgan Jenness spent more than a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities such as literary manager, director of play development, and associate producer. She was also associate artistic director at the New York Theater Workshop and an associate director at the Los Angeles Theater Center. She has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA and the NEA, with whom she served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. Jenness was the creative director for the Helen Merrill Ltd. agency for many years, and she currently holds a position in the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. In 2003, Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights.

Michael Kimmel
Acting for Non-Majors, Invitation to Theatre & Performance and Art

Michael Kimmel is the creator/adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with music by recording artist Jeff Buckley. In concert version, The Last Goodbye has been seen at The Wild Project, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and the West Side Theater. The World Premiere production of The Last Goodbye was presented at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Kimmel is currently developing two new musicals, and directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Matthew Maguire’s Instinct. He is a graduate of the Fordham Theatre Program.




  Christine Sang
Movement & Invitation to Theatre

Christine Sang is an actor, choreographer, director, and writer of theatre, dance, and performance. She danced internationally, touring with Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson, performed at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater, and is featured in “Composition, Light and Color in Robert Wilson’s Theatre.” She is an alumna of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Drama League New Directors/New Works. Her work has been seen at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, HERE (Voice Choice), OHIO, the Ice Factory, La MaMa, Dixon Place, the Atlantic, Open Fist (LA Weekly nominations, LA Times Critics choices), Mark Taper Forum, and many others. She graduated from Circle in the Square Professional Training Program, and received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

 

  Jackie Sibblies-Drury
Playwriting

Jackie Sibblies-Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 had its its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and its New York premiere at Soho Rep in Fall 2012. Jackie’s work has been featured at PRELUDE’11, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Victory Gardens 2010 Ignition Festival, American Theater Company’s 10 x 10 Festival, and The Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Festival. Jackie received a 2012-13 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She was a member of the 2011-12 Soho Rep Writer/Director lab, a 2010-12 New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow, and member of The Civilians’ R&D Group. She was the dramaturg and contributing writer for Zero Cost House, a collaboration between Pig Iron Theatre Company and Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada. Jackie is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a MacDowell Colony fellow and is on committees to organize classes for Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops and The Public School New York. She is a graduate of Brown’s MFA playwriting program, where she received the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting. Her play Social Creatures was commissioned by Trinity Repertory Theater Company in Providence RI and premiered there in March 2013. Jackie is the inaugural recipient of the 2012-14 Jerome New York Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.



Steven Skybell
Acting Shakespeare

Steven Skybell’s Broadwaycredits include: Dr. Dillamond in Wicked, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Café Crown; and Ah, Wilderness! His numerous Off-Broadway appearances include Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater), and Antigone in New York (Vineyard Theatre), for which he received an Obie Award. His extensive Shakespearean credits include the title role in Hamlet, Vanessa Redgrave’s Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona (all at The Public Theater), and Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus (Theatre for a New Audience.) Skybell was one of two Americans chosen for the inaugural season of Shakespeare’s Globe/London. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.






Stephen Sosnowski
Theatre Management


Stephen Sosnowski is a senior account supervisor at the advertising agency SpotCo, where he has been responsible for spearheading the advertising campaigns for more than 15 Broadway shows, including the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys, the revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, and the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County. Prior to his tenure at SpotCo, Sosnowski served for three consecutive telecasts as the director of award events for Tony Award Productions. He holds a B.A. in theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an M.F.A. in theatre management and producing from Columbia University.
 










Richard Topol 
Acting for the Camera

Broadway credits include The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice (with Al Pacino), Awake and Sing (Drama Desk Award), The Country Girl, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar (with Denzel Washington), and School for Scandal. Off-Broadway credits include King Lear (the Public), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare in
the Park), Hamlet (The Duke on 42nd Street), and numerous other productions at Theatre for a New Audience, the New Group, Primary Stages, and Manhattan Theatre Club, among others.
 

 


Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
Senior Audition II and Invitation to Theatre

Moritz is the Artistic Director of Studio 42, New York City's producer of "unproducible" plays. In New York, his work has been presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, Rising Phoenix Rep, poortom, Red Fern, FringeNYC, Vital, Drama League, Culture Project, Chashama, HERE, and others. Regionally, he's worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center, Millbrook Playhouse, American Stage Festival, Red Barn, Allentown Shakespeare, and Boston Playwrights. Moritz has also helped develop new plays at the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Ma-Yi, New River Dramatists, Partial Comfort, 2G, TBTB, Williamstown, Astoria Performing Arts Center and Young Playwrights. A member of EST, he is a frequent collaborator with their Youngblood writers’ collective. He was the associate director for Broadway’s Tony-nominated Cry-Baby, and has been a Resident Director at Playwrights Horizons, The Acting Company, and the Huntington Theatre Company. 2005: Drama League’s Fall Directing Fellowship; 2007: Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown. Moritz is an instructor at One on One Productions, and has been a guest director at over a dozen universities, including NYU, Boston University, Fordham, University of Rochester, and Connecticut College. www.moritzvs.com, www.studio42.com
 
Grace Zandarski
Teacher of Voice


Grace Zandarski is an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice voicework; she trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice, Nancy Houfek, and Deborah Sussel.She has taught voice, speech, dialects, and text at the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program, the Moscow Art Theatre School, NYU’s CAP 21 program, The Actors Center, and Queens College. She has worked as a professional actorfor the past 15 years, including three seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, and the McCarter Theatre Company. Her credits also include voiceovers, commercials, film, and television. Zandarski received her M.F.A. from A.C.T. under Bill Ball and Larry Hecht, and received a B.A. in English from Princeton University.

 


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