(Playwright) Full length plays include: RED FLAMBOYANT (2015 GAP Prize Winner, Ojai Playwrights Conference, finalist - O'Neill NPC), SOUND (BAPF 2014, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Civilians R&D), THE MAN FROM SAIGON (NYSAF, Naked Angels), and THE SUPREME LEADER. Don’s work has been developed or produced at The Public Theater, The Flea, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film, Naked Angels, Naked Radio, The Civilians, Ma-Yi Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Joe’s Pub, The 52nd Street Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Tofte Lake. Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre and New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, Woodward International Playwriting Prize, and New Dramatists. Nominations include: the Laurents/Hatcher award and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Don is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians inaugural R&D Group, the 52nd Street Project, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective. For more information, please visit: thenuge.com
(Director) Laura Savia’s production of The Recommendation in Los Angeles recently garnered two Ovation Awards, including Best Production. New York directing credits include Bareknuckle at Gleason’s Gym (Vertigo Theater Co.), The Mnemonist of Dutchess County (Theatre Row), Letters to Santa (Naked Angels), House Strictly Private (1st Irish Festival), The Color of Justice (Theatreworks USA), and The Lover (The Drama League), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Lee Strasberg Institute) The Glass Menagerie (University of Rochester) as well as numerous short plays for Labyrinth Theater Co., Ars Nova, Partial Comfort, At Play, and the 24 Hour Plays. She has developed work with The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage, Playwrights Realm and Ma-Yi Theater Company, among others. Assistant directing includes Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. Four seasons as Workshop Artistic Producer at Williamstown Theatre Festival; five seasons at Atlantic Theater Co. Director of The Living Newspaper, which has performed at Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and the A.R.T.’s Club Oberon. Laura teaches at NYU/The Lee Strasberg Institute and Fordham University. 2009 Drama League Directing Fellow. Alumna of Northwestern University. Upcoming: Naked Radio Live for Naked Angels and Red Light Winter at the Itself Festival in Poland. www.laurasavia.com
DON CASTRO* (Diem) was last seen on stage in the world premiere of Pia Wilson’s Turning The Glass Around (directed by Heidi Grumelot) at Teatro Círculo. Stage credits include Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! (Target Margin Theater, directed by David Herskovits), Dojoji (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, directed by Tisa Chang), Uncle Vanya (Target Margin Theater, directed by David Herskovits), and A Day in the Life of John Slattery (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, directed by Paul Cameron Hardy). Film: Sharknado 2: The Second One, Man on a Ledge, The Happening, Ammar Maa (Manhattan Film Festival), In Space (Tribeca Film Festival), and Bohemibot (Visionfest). TV: Louie, The Following, The Affair, The Blacklist, Royal Pains, NYC 22, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. www.doncastro.com.
CRIENA HOUSE (Nga/Trung Nhi) [prounounced as krena] is an actress who incorporates dance and movement in her work. A recent graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School, she just returned from a national tour as a silent-gymnast-dancer named Bob. Her credits include The Lesson (Pupil), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), The Seagull (Nina), In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Chickie), Rabbit Hole (Izzy), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), Our Lady of 121st (Marcia), Hairspray (Shelley/Ensemble), and Legally: Blonde the Musical (Mom/Whitney/Others). When bored, Criena posts dance videos of herself. Check'em out - www.CrienaHouse.com
Karen Huie* (Mrs. Sau) played Dr. Lee-Washer/Dryer, Ouiser-Steel Magnolias, Mme. Armfeldt-A Little Night Music, Auntie Lindo-The Joy Luck Club, Mme Mao Tse Tung-The Chairman’s Wife (East West Players), The House of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper Forum). Her comedy Songs of Harmony at East West Players resulted in a sitcom pilot deal for Castle Rock and CBS. Film: The Corruptor, Wild Bill, Another 48 Hours, Crossroads. Voiceovers on hundreds of TV shows and film: possessed woman in opening of Constantine and dubbed Orgasm Queen in 40-Year Old Virgin. Dialect coach to Mark Wahlberg, Jackie Chan, Liv Tyler and others. Studied acting at HB Studio, Musical Theatre at Circle in the Square and song interpretation with Betty Buckley. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
KIM WONG* (Vung/Trung Trac) is so honored to be a part of telling this amazing story, and to be working with this dedicated and talented cast and team. Favorite credits include: All's Well That Ends Well (Triad Stage), Much Ado About Nothing(Barrington Stage), Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (American Globe Theatre), The Philanderer (Pearl Theatre), Henry VI 1-3/Richard III in rep (Adirondack Shakespeare), andSouth Pacific (STONC). TV/Film credits include: Blue Bloods (CBS), Deception (NBC), Working Title (Second Star), Text Amy (ProximaMente Films), and Pirates vs. Ninjas (HubTech Prods). Kim is also the Artistic Director of Accidental Shakespeare Company in NYC. BFA: NYU. www.kim-wong.com
Nancy Sun (Mrs. Hue) is a Brooklyn-based actress/writer who is ridiculously grateful and honored to take on Mrs. Hue’s heroine’s journey. She is best known for her recurring role as June, the office assistant of Hector Apostolu - played by Peter Sarsgaard- on NBC’s The Slap. She has previously appeared on the NYC stage in An Infinite Ache (NY Premiere, Access Theater) and Pornography for the People (World Premiere, Theater for the New City and the Kraine Theater). Her recent film credits include The Dismantled, directed by Sundance 2013’s Jason DaSilva and Our Nation, directed by TIFF 2009’s Derrick Borte. Her writing has been workshopped at the Asian American Film Lab and previously earned her an NY Times mention. She is currently working on her first feature film script, Necessary Loss. In her spare time, she surfs with a board, bikes with a helmet, and drinks coffee through a straw. Grateful for the ongoing support of her family, coworkers, friends, and the universe in general.
Karen A. Fuhrman (Aerial Director and Choreographer) has her M.A. from NYU in choreography and specializes in both ground and aerial dance. She has performed with Pilobolus, seen with 2007 Oscars Award Show, Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America, and twice on the Conan O’Brian show. Other credits include Cavalia of Cirque du Soleil, De La Guarda, and MOMIX. She has also danced for the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, MTV, PBS, ABC, and SHOWTIME. She has toured and taught aerial and dance in extensive venues throughout the world.
Grounded Aerial has appeared at Yerba Buena’s Art Festival (San Francisco), Microsoft’s worldwide Vista and Office Logo launch, benefits in Lake Tahoe, Limelight night club (NYC), Company Y Company (Barcelona, Spain), Bidvest International Awards Ceremony (Johannesburg, South Africa), Skirball Theater (NYC opening for Neil Diamond), Baila! (National Palace of CUlture in Guatemala City), Spiderman II release party, Usher (NYC Gala), Madeski, Martin, and Wood Concert (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the ESPY awards for ESPN, the Lincoln Center NYC, America's Got Talent, Beach House music video, Studio 54, Lagos, Nigeria corporate event, Sleep No More, and most recently debuted an aerial moment on Broadway with the hit musical Matilda. Ms. Fuhrman wrote, directed and produced an aerial play, Insectinside, with a cast of fourteen dancers, actors, and aerialists. The theatrical spectacle premiered in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Park Slope Brooklyn. Grounded’s most recent international event was in Guatemala City flying, drumming, and dancing for a crowd of 10,000 people for the World Cup. Our most recent workshops were in Boulder, Colorado for the International Aerial Dance Festival.
John Hartzell (Aerial Technical Director) is pleased as punch to work with Firebone and all of the creative team. He has been involved in theatre since birth when he was dropped on his head on opening night of This is our Youth. Since then he has been seen around town in such performances as Blue Man Group, De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta. He can currently be seen in "The Power of Knowing" directed by Tyrik Washington on iTunes and in Woody Allen’s new project as "Man behind the Bush".
Lisa Kopitsky (Fight Director) Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Venice, Detroit ’67, Measure for Measure, Urge for Going, Neighbors (Public Theater), The Bad and the Better (The Amoralists), Oliver Parker! (Cherry Lane). Regional: Extremities (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Dracula, Hapgood, Johnny Baseball, WHADDABLOODCLOT!, The Valley of Fear (Williamstown), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Sound). Other credits include: Bareknuckle (Vertigo), Red Light Winter (Strasberg Institute), Romeo and Juliet (The Flea: The Shakes), The Mnemonist of Dutchess County (The Attic), A Hard Wall at High Speed (APAC), Our Lot (Clubbed Thumb), The Wife (Access), Hamlet (Lincoln Center Institute), The Octoroon (PS 122), Carousel (VLOG), Snow White: Zombie Apocalypse (NY Fringe), Othello (Princeton University). Film: In Lieu of Flowers, The Exhibitionists, Higgs Boson, Handsome Zombies. Lisa is also an actor and fight/stunt performer. Member of Vixens En Garde. Education: MA in Movement Dramaturgy and Pedagogy from NYU.
Rachael Harrington (Assistant Director) is an award winning director of shorts, music videos, sketch comedy, and comedic plays. Her work has been featured at international film festivals, The New York City Comedy Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, Peter Norton Symphony Space, and HERE Arts Center among others. In addition to directing, Rachael performs with her comedy troupe, The Bakery, and runs storytelling programs and workshops, performing in places as exotic as Uganda and New Jersey. She was part of the inaugural Emerging Artist Program at Royal Family Productions and is a Mary Louise Rockwell Scholar at ESPA Primary Stages. She loves writing, performing, and developing content for the funny bone. www.rachaelharrington.com
ANN BEYERSDORFER (set designer) is an avid supporter and member of the Broadway Green Alliance, Ann is passionate about sustainability in theatre and employs green practices in her designs. She is a supporter of new work and is a founding member and the operations manager of the NYC based, RADD Theatre Co. Off-Broadway: Out of the Basement (scenic designer, The American Theatre for Actors, Araca Project), Brooklynite (assistant scenic designer, The Vineyard Theatre), All My Sons (associate scenic designer, Guild Hall), The Legend of Georgia McBride (assistant scenic designer, MCC Lucille Lortel), Too Much Sun (assistant scenic designer, The Vineyard Theatre), tick, tick...BOOM!, Pump Boys and the Dinettes, Faust the Musical (assistant scenic designer, Encores! off-Center) National Tour: 50 Shades! A Musical Parody (scenic designer, 2015 National Tour) Additional Design Credits: Fox and the Pomegranate, In a Mirror Darkly, and A Letter to E. 11th Street (Crane School of Music, World Premiere Operas), Swept (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop), Starve (Columbia University) and The 28th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Competition,( BGA Bonnet Designer, Minskoff Theatre). BFA Syracuse University. Thanks to Mom and Dad, Firebone Theatre Company, and mentors Donyale and Craig! In memory of Bryan. This one’s for you! www.annbeyersdorfer.com
Stephanie Levin (costume designer) has been designing costumes in NYC since 2010. Selected Recent: Mother Jones (NYMF), <50% (NYC Fringe Encores), Deepest Man (3LD); Too Many Lenas (Carroll Simmons, ANTFest 2014, Ice Factory 2014); OLÉ (TiA, Prague Fringe); Once Upon a Bride, Jane the Plain, Hearts Like Fists, DEINDE (Flux Theatre Ensemble); Latrell Live Tonight (Joe's Pub); Death For Sydney Black, Animals Commit Suicide (terraNOVA); (un)Real (Reckless); White Hot (Flea); Oy Vey (Theater Row); Jack, or The Submission (Meisner, dir Fritz Ertl); Alfridge Von Waddlegrave (Aggrocrag, ANTFest 2012). Select Assisted: It Shoulda Been You (William Ivey Long, Bway. Dir: David Hyde Pierce), Little Dancer (William Ivey Long, JFKC. Dir: Susan Stroman), CABARET (William Ivey Long, Bway, dir: Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall), Big Fish (William Ivey Long, Bway, Dir: Susan Stroman), The Long Shrift (Jessica Pabst, Rattlestick. Dir: James Franco), Legally Blonde (Gregg Barnes, Austria), Mame (Gregg Barnes, Goodspeed). Upcoming: Midsummer Night's Dream (Stages on the Sound), Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Strasberg). www.designedbylevin.com
JOSH LIEBERT (Sound Designer) has been a New York based Sound Designer and Engineer for the last ten years. International: The Last Confession and Our Country’s Good (North American Sound Designer, Mirvish Productions Toronto); Central Avenue Breakdown in Daegu, South Korea; 2011-2012 European tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (directed by Richard Maltby); Off Broadway Designs include: Galois; The Other Josh Cohen; Son of A Gun, 40 Weeks; Emily: An Amythest Remembrance, Refuge of Lies; Surviving Billy Boy; Sessions; Every Girl Gets Her Man. Regional Designs include: Stars of David (Florida Tour, with Peter Fitzgerald) The Rocky Horror Show (Buck’s County Playhouse, with Ed Chapman), Maruice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life (Alliance Theatre Company and Cleveland Playhouse, with Carl Casella); The Story of my Life and South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company); Ice Glen, King John, The Taming of the Shrew, Martha Mitchell Calling, and Kerfol (Shakespeare & Co.); The Storm (Hudson Theatre Company); Associate Designer (Broadway): Fish in the Dark; This is our Youth; A Night With Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Assistant Sound Designer (Broadway): Relatively Speaking, Baby it’s You, La Betê, Irena’s Vow. MFA: The College-Conservetory of Musica at the University of Cincinnati; BFA: Ithaca College. Thanks as always to Mark, Judi and Ben for their eternal support
Benjamin Capitano (Music Director) is a NYC-based music director, cello teacher, and foley sound designer, currently studying film theory and business management at The King’s College. Ben was first drawn into the theater scene at his college designing improvisational and eerie cello centric themes and sounds for a production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. He has most recently designed the whimsical score for his college’s production of Greg Greene’s Twilight of the Gods. “It's been an absolute pleasure working with the incredibly talented actresses of Red Flamboyant. Baaa zong ba ziiiii!”
Alan C. Edwards (Lighting Designer): Selected light and/or set design credits include: NEW YORK - Carnaval (National Black Theatre); Bones In The Basket (Araca Project); Mr. Confidential, Fable (NYMF 2014); Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT); Sun Ra (Joe's Pub); Holding It Down (Harlem Stage); Illmatic (Urban Stages); Son of a Gun (Theatre Row); Woman Bomb (Baryshnikov Arts Center); The King's Whore (Walkerspace). REGIONAL - Fingersmith (OSF); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshire Theatre Festival); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Repertory Theatre); Acis & Galatea (Madison Opera); Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro (Tri-Cities Opera); Suor Angelica & Curlew River (Simpson Opera); Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Yale Cabaret). Assoc. LD: Henry 4 (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Satchmo at the Waldorf (Wilma Theatre, PA). BROADWAY: Assoc. LD: The Testament of Mary. MFA Yale School of Drama. www.alancedwards.com.
Kim Vockel (Masks Designer) has worked professionally in fashion, boutique hospitality, and the arts in New York City for over 13 years as a designer, illustrator, and production artist for a wide range of clients including Morgans Hotel Group, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and renowned designers including Marcel Wanders and Phillipe Stark. She is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design and is excited to be creating the masks for Red Flamboyant.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Puppets Designer) is a puppetry artist and a theater designer in lighting and video. She aims to create a visual environment that is organically integrated into the landscape and language of the production through these mediums. Through puppetry, Jeanette has created innovative and interactive performances. Her most recent production, Are They Edible? premiered at La MaMa to sold-out houses and it was called “bold” and “inventive”. Her toy theater production of The Butcher Men was invited to the 2006 Prague Quadrennial and her digital puppetry adaptation of the Book of Genesis, MILK, was part of the Labapalooza 2007 presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse (NYC). Aside from creating original works, she also performed in Paul Zaloom’s toy theater film, Dante’s Inferno and lighting designed and performed for The Saint Plays (a puppetry adaptation of five of Erik Ehn’s Saint Plays collection), lighting designed for many puppetry productions including Automata’s toy theater production of Frankenstein, The Little Fakers’ marionette serial drama The Sunset Chronicles, Torry Bend’s The Paper Hat Game and four productions from Erik Ehn's commemorative cycle Soulographie: Our Genocides. Her shadow puppet design for The Dragon by Eugene Schwatz won her an award in Seattle, Washington. Jeanette has been also serving as the lighting director for Great Small Work’s International Toy Theater Festival since 2008. For her puppetry works, Jeanette have received support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC Fellowship, Artist Trust’s GAP program, Queens Council on the Arts’ Queens Arts Fund, the Puppeteers of America Rose Endowment Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Stony Brook University. She was also the recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and teaches at Stony Brook University. www.jeanetteyew.com
Nia James Kiesow (Graphic Designer) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and occasional photographer living in NYC. She calls the East Village home and enjoys good food, exotic places, and the underground NYC music scene.
Arysbells Figueredo (Production Stage Manager) Upcoming: Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them (Company One Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Memory Show (Transport Group). NYC/Regional: Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Things I Left On Long Island (FringeNYC), Botch, Trade Practices (HERE), Swing State (NYMF), Next to Normal (Musically Human), 35MM (Very Intense Productions). International: Baby (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Other credentials: MTC’s Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program, Barrington Stage Company’s Stage Management Apprenticeship. BA from the University of Florida. Actor’s Equity Member Candidate. Many thanks and lot of love to her family, friends and Joey.
Andre Sguerra (Technical Director) works as a TD and theatre technician across the NYC area, including Theatre Row, INTAR, and several Off-Broadway houses. Current work can be seen in INTAR's Se Llama Cristina, and previously in SPAM at NYTW. As always, Go 'Cats.
Samantha Collette (House Manager) is an actress/singer and recent transplant to NYC all the way from Houston, Texas. Having studied Theatre Performance at Baylor University, she is very excited about all the city has to offer in the way of artistic opportunities. Samantha is thrilled to be working with Firebone Theatre as the House Manager for Red Flamboyant!
Alexander Foley (Props Master) prefers the title hobbit wizard, to props master, but is nonetheless thrilled to serve in that capacity. He has served as Props Master to Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as The Kings Players’ production of Watson: the Musical. Alexander also has credits in acting and directing. He is tickled pink to be working as a creative with the Firebone Theatre Company on their production of Red Flamboyant. He hopes you enjoy the show and are able to find the rubber duck!
Katie Rosin (Press Agent) Instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load. She worked on the publicity team for the comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, and his movie Comedian. Highlights include: IT Award recipient Children of Eden, GLAAD Award Winner, She Like Girls, IT Award recipient Elizabeth Rex, Center Stage; Drama Desk Nominee (mis)UNDERSTANDING MAMMY: The Hattie McDaniel Story, Theatre 5. www.kampfirefilmspr.com.
Chris Cragin-Day (Artistic Director) founded Firebone Theatre in 2006 with her husband, Steve Day. Chris is also a playwright. Her play, The River Nun, was part of the Public Theater's 2009 Emerging Writers Group Spotlight along with Don Nguyen's Red Flamboyant. Chris is also an alumna of The O'Neill National Music Theater Conference where her musical, Son of a Gun, co-written with Don Chaffer, was presented, followed by a Firebone Theatre production under the artistic direction of Josh Peterson. Chris is currently working on two commissions; a play titled Martin Luther on Trial, commissioned by Fellowship for the Performing Arts, and a musical titled Mary and Joseph's Baby commissioned by Pacific Theater in Vancouver. Chris teaches English and Theater at The King's College.
Hope Chavez is a recent graduate of The King's College where she studied Media, Culture and the Arts. As Managing Director of The King’s Players, she developed and produced the world premiere of Watson: The Musical, which played downtown in NYC Spring 2014, and went on to win awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Direction at The West Village Musical Theatre Festival in the Summer of 2015. Previously, Hope worked at The Dallas Theater Center during their production of Fly by Rajiv Joseph. Her work with Firebone Theatre commenced in November of 2013 with Firebone’s production of Long, Long Ago: In the Land of Giants, Jewels, and Jolly Fools. Currently, Hope works for Broadway producer Marc Routh on upcoming projects for premier in China including immersive productions of Peter Pan, Golden Lotus, and a live arena event in partnership with Dreamworks. Additionally, Hope is the talent manager for NY-based singer/songwriter, Maddy Jarmon. Contact: email@example.com
Josh Greenblatt (Aerial Assistant) New York Credits include Assassins (Zangara), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Three Sisters (Fedotik), Peter Pan (Peter), and Crowned (Jakob). Favorite Regional: Altar Boyz (Mark) at Sharon Playhouse, Les Miz (Marius), and Spring Awakening (Georg). Josh studied at NYU Steinhardt, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Rian Schaible (Aerial Assistant) has been dancing and performing since the age of 3. She is an Orlando native who has trained extensively in classical ballet and contemporary while also studying tap, jazz and later branching out into hip hop, modern, and most recently aerial arts.She discovered aerial seven years ago which led her to move to New York City in 2012 to take up a work study position at Body&Pole. Eight months later she began instructing. While in NYC she has trained at NYU's Tisch Center of The Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance in addition to her studying aerial arts at her home studio, Body&Pole. Rian has choreographed for herself many times including her piece "You Will Become" with which she competed and placed third in the 2013 SuperShag Pole Fitness Championship. She choreographed and performed for AERA's La Genta and Fin de Siglo, and is a company member of Pole Speak where she continues to develops herself as a choreographer. Her style is a culmination of athletic technique that fuses contemporary, modern, and aerial dance. Her signature style blends strength and elegance.
Assistant Stage Managers: Madison Clarke and Katherine Welborne
Assistant Set Designer: Rachel Kyle
Assistant Costume Designer: Kayla Redd
Assistant Sound Designers: Mat Salavitch and Christian Cantu
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