“50 Shades of Shakespeare” Cast and Creative Team Exposed

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is proud to announce the cast and creative team

for our Hollywood Fringe production of

50Shades

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jess-shoemaker-headshot-blueJess Shoemaker- Director

Jess Shoemaker is a freelance director, text coach and playwright. Recently she has served the Great River Shakespeare Festival as a director and educator during their educational residency, as well as season text coach and assistant director on Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing and King John. She works regularly with Grandstreet Theatre, where she last directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her play Jason & (Medea) has been produced in Chicago, Indianapolis and Los Angeles – where it won the Stage Scene LA award for Best Drama. After she leaves Los Angeles and The New Court, she’ll be returning to the Great River Shakespeare Festival to text coach/assistant direct As You Like It.

Josie AdamsJosie Adams- Associate Director

Josie Adams was recently seen in LA New Court Theatre’s The Feast, Jason & (Medea) and Bekah Brunstetter’s Little Man, the World Premiere. National Tours: A Christmas CarolMagic Tree House. Regional: Paul Gordon’s Emma (Rep. Theatre St. Louis), 25th Annual….Spelling Bee (Grandstreet Theatre). Film & TV: Big Eden and 90210. She is so proud to be involved with the LA New Court Theatre!

White_Brian_HS-2Brian White- Text Coach

Brian is excited to be working on this project with these wonderful people as a text coach. He is a company member at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, fairly recent transplant to L.A. from NYC, and a proud BFA graduate of Webster. Directing: Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night: or What You Will with the Shakespeare in the Schools program. Actor: (Off-off Broadway) The Twelfth Labor, Flanagan’s Wake, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew; (Regional) Claudio, Much Ado About Nothing; Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; Horatio, Hamlet; Brian, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Great River Shakespeare Festival; Rudge, The History Boys; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Thanks to the LANCT and Jess for the opportunity to work with this wonderful creative team.


CAST

Noah JamesNoah James

Noah James is an LA based actor from Tempe, Arizona. He Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a member of the Meisner Studio, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios, and abroad at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His LA theater credits include: The Odyssey Theatre’s Broadway Bound directed by Jason Alexander, The New American Theatre’s 63 Trillion, Boys’ Life, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Blank Theatre’s Knockout Mouse. TV/FILM credits include: La La Land, Gilmore Girls: Seasons, 90210, Soul Song, My Best Friend Ben, and Dog it Down. Represented by Media Artists Group and Bensky Entertainment.

Jordan MannJordan Mann

Jordan Mann, LANCT member and graduate of NYU Tisch, is beyond excited to be in this production of 50 Shades of Shakespeare! This show has improved her flexibility, aroused her artistry, and opened her right up. No stranger to role play, she has so enjoyed getting deep inside every character. She hopes this will be as good for you as it was for her, and that you will come over and over and over again

Kelly NienaltowskiKelly Nienaltowski

Kelly is a Michigan native who graduated with a BFA in Acting from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. With nearly 20 years of performing experience, she continues to work in Los Angeles both on stage and in film. Recent credits include the world premiere of Drempels at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Parallel Worlds: A New Rock Music Experience which blends film, live theatre and music, and a supporting role in the feature film Inheritance. This summer she will costar in another feature film, and record season 2 of the comedic scripted sci-fi podcast The Theatre of Tomorrow. She’s a proud member of The Los Angeles New Court Theatre, appearing in their past productions of Neil Simon’s Fools and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Kelly is thrilled to be reunited with the Bard while making her Hollywood Fringe Festival debut in LANCT’s production of 50 Shades of Shakespeare.

EVCommWebEddie Vona

Eddie Vona is super excited to be playing all his dream roles in this play! He is a proud LANCT company member and was recently featured in the 2016 Cricket Feet Showcase. LA credits: Madhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft (Artists At Play, West Coast Premiere), Bekah Brunstetter’s Little Man (LANCT, World Premiere), Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate (LANCT). NY credits: Lend Me A Tenor and This Is Our Youth (Hangar Theater). He would like to thank Jess for the challenge and his cast mates for their generosity. Eddie attended The Stella Adler Studio at NYU: Tisch. EddieVona.com.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!”

Meet the Cast and Creative Team for the Los Angeles New Court Theatre’s first ever Musical Production:

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!

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CREATIVE TEAM

EMILY A. FISHER (DIRECTOR)

Emily is thrilled to be back with the LANCT, this time as a director! You may have seen her in several New Court shows, including Fools, A Piece of My Heart, and Speech & Debate. Her previous directing/choreographing credits include: The Moonlight Room (St. Louis), The World Goes ‘Round (Insight Theatre Company), Pique Dame (Union Avenue Opera), The Long Red Road (Webster University) and Only Remembered, an original piece commenting on how war affects the lives of all.  Other credits include: The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 100 Saints You Should Know, Carousel, Equus, Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music, Lucky Stiff, Loves Labours Lost, and Moon Over Buffalo. She is currently performing in Dames at Sea in Ashland, Oregon. www.emilyafisher.com


NATHAN LEE BURKART (CO- DIRECTOR)

Nathan is a native from Janesville, WI and has been involved with theatre in some way his entire life.  He has worked professionally on-screen and on-stage including projects with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Beloit New Court Theatre, Jack and Jill (produced by and starring Adam Sandler), Women Behind Bars (WE Entertainment), and has worked with the great Edward Albee personally with a reading of Me, Myself, and I at Playwrights Horizons (NYC). Other stage credits include: Warren in This is Our Youth (LANCT), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (LANCT), Antipholis in The Comedy of Errors, Ellard in The Foreigner, Stanley Jerome in Broadway Bound, Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues, Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Tom Trainor in No, No, Nanette.  Commercially he has had multiple national spots for McDonald’s, along with ads for Chase and Hyundai. Directing credits include: Speech & Debate (LANCT), The Prettiest Girl in Lafayette County, and an original sketch piece titled The Final Cut. He received his BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, MO.


JENNIFER LIN (MUSICAL DIRECTOR)

Jennifer Lin holds a degree in Music Composition from UCLA and works as a music director and accompanist throughout Southern California. Credits include Things to Ruin, Fellowship! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bronies! the Musical, Sweet Charity, See What I Wanna See, The Wild Party, as well as The Pokémusical, which won Best Musical in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. In addition to working in theatre, Jennifer teaches at Experience Music Academy and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Many thanks to LA New Court Theatre for letting her be a part of this show!


JOSH GANNON (STAGE MANAGER)

Josh is excited to be stage managing ILYYPNC! He joined the company earlier this season by stage managing the first show, Little Man. He is enjoying learning more and more about putting a theatre production together, and loving that he can finally speak about himself in the third person. Theatre is the best. He would like to thank Nathan and Emily for the opportunity to work with them.


CAST

THE WOMEN

Jennifer Losi
Jennifer Losi

JENNIFER LOSI

Jennifer is overjoyed to be back on the New Court stage in another dream role, after playing Olivia in Twelfth Night. Other favorite credits include City of Light (Laura), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Once in a Lifetime (Susan Walker), Accelerando (She), and the world premiere of American Storm (Bonnie). Jen holds a degree in theatre from Washington University in St. Louis, and promises she’d never try to change you.

Sara Gonzales
Sara Gonzales

SARA GONZALES 

This is Sara’s first show with LANCT and she couldn’t be more excited about it! Sara recently graduated from Webster Conservatory with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Since then, she has been keeping busy performing in cabarets and Children’s musicals, such as Rapunzel at Glendale Centre Theatre. She’s also had the honor and pleasure to perform and workshop multiple new musicals. She recently was a part of NMI’s popular 15 minute musicals at the Lonny Chapman. She was also seen in the workshop performance of City of Light at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She’s looking forward to returning to the City of Light world, when she performs at the 2015 ASCAP/Dreamworks workshop with Stephen Shwartz, Sara also dabbles in the world of Jazz music, winning several national awards and performing internationally. Much love to M,D,G and D. ENJOY THE SHOW!

Rachel Pallante
Rachel Pallante

RACHEL PALLANTE

Rachel is elated to be making her LANCT debut while escaping the harsh winters of Chicago, where she resides. This marks her 10th musical production since graduating; including, cabarets, new works, and two American Premieres. Outside of playing pretend, Rachel enjoys biking, hula hooping, and singing female vocals in Chicago’s Grateful Dead tribute band, Paradise Waits. Thanks to Mum, Dad, and all my fearless friends. MAKE ART! rachelpallante.com


 

THE MEN

Ainsley Emrys
Ainsley Emrys

AINSLEY EMRYS

Ainsley is excited for his Los Angeles stage debut with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! Other stage shows include Jerry in The full Monty (where he received the nomination by Broadwayworld.com for Best Lead Actor in a Musical), Curly in Oklahoma!, as well as many others. If you’d like to see more check out some of his sketch comedy: Ainsley Emrys on YouTube.

 

Josey Montana McCoy
Josey Montana McCoy

JOSEY MONTANA McCOY

Josey is a proud LA New Court company member and is super happy to be a part of its first musical! Hailing from the Bluegrass state, Josey graduated from the University of Kentucky (BA, Journalism). He loves his UK Wildcats and is a Green Bay Packers Shareholder. LA credits: Floyd Collins (Ovation Award Nominee – Best Featured Actor), Bronies! The Musical, The Pokémusical, Justin Love, Fools, & Sweet Charity. Other favorite credits: Ragtime (National tour), Big River, Into the Woods, All Shook Up, & Hairspray. Josey sends thanks to his awesome family, amazing LA friends and his love Josie, whom should definitely not change!

Tyler Beveridge
Tyler Beveridge

TYLER BEVERIDGE

Tyler recently moved to Los Angeles from Houston, Texas. He is excited to do his second show with the LANCT, after appearing in last season’s opener, Twelfth Night. He graduated from Webster University with a BFA in Acting. He has performed in such shows as The Winter’s Tale, Putnam County Spelling Bee, On the Razzle, and Our Town. In his spare time he enjoys laughing, hanging out with his friends, and looking for the next great opportunity.

 

 

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ABOUT BEKAH BRUNSTETTER’S “LITTLE MAN”

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LITTLE MAN

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: BEKAH BRUNSTETTER

Bekah hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Plays include Going to a Place Where You Already Are (South Coast Rep Commission), Cutie and Bear (Upcoming, the Roundabout) A Long and Happy life (Naked Angels Commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage, the Finborough Theater / London), Nothing is the end of the World (except for the end of the world) (Waterwell productions), House of Home (Williamstown Theater festival) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival.)

She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab.

She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just want my Pants Back) and is currently a Story editor on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.

BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama. (biography from www.bekahbrunstetter.com)


Kyle Hester
Kyle Hester

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: KYLE HESTER

 Kyle is a graduate of NYU Tisch, where he studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Previous directing credits include Assassins and The Play About the Baby. Thank you to his family for their love and support, Eddie for his tireless work as both producer and sensible sounding board to the director, Bekah for both writing and allowing us to produce her extraordinary play, and LANCT for the opportunity to bring it to the stage.


 

CAST: 

Eddie Vona
Eddie Vona

Eddie Vona (Howie) is originally from Hollywood…Florida! He is more than excited to work with LANCT again as both actor and producer this time around. He attended The Stella Adler Studio at NYU Tisch and is a founding member of Street Shakespeare (streetshakespeare.org). Past credits include: Speech & Debate (LANCT), Lend Me a Tenor and This Is Our Youth (The Hangar Theatre), Dinner at Eight (dir. Robert Moss). Special thanks to Bekah, Nathan and my darling. www.eddievona.com


 

Brandon Bales
Brandon Bales

Brandon Bales* (Andy) is an actor and writer who has appeared in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at the Philadelphia Theater Company, OffBroadway in 13P’s production of Have You Seen Steve Steven? (also at the Sundance Lab), as well as the world premiere of Leegrid Stevens’s The Dudleys! LA theatre credits include Sarah Doyle’s Feeling Feeling (Fringe) and Joseph Fisher’s In the Canopy of the Forest (Open Fist). TV: Review, The Black Donnellys, and Law and Order (both regular and SVU flavors). Brandon’s cocreated short series American Friends was recently featured at Funny or Die.


 

Jordan Mann
Jordan Mann

Jordan Mann (Wendy) is a Nashville native with a background in improv and dance. She graduated NYU Tisch, and continues to study at the Art of Acting Studio and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her previous roles include That Girl Right There, Who Just Crossed Behind Leighton Meester! and I Should’ve Taken The Drugs: A Live Action Birth Story (starring role circa 1989). She asked to leave you with this proverb, When it comes to bacon, yes.

 


 

David Silavin
David Silavin

David Silavin (Jed) is originally from Sunnyvale, California. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College with a BFA in Acting, he moved to LA in 2012 for the Art of Acting Studio’s Two Year Professional Conservatory. His recent theatre credits include Tracers, Reasons to be Pretty, and Big Love. David is thrilled to join LANCT for their production of Little Man!

 


 

Marianna Caldwell
Marianna Caldwell

Marianna Caldwell** (Stefanie) is a native Iowan, who recently moved to LA from New York City, where she graduated with her MFA in Acting from Columbia University. She is beyond thrilled to be part of the premiere of this wonderful play with LANCT. Previous credits: The Tempest (Classic Stage Company), The Government Inspector (3Legged Dog), Measure for Measure, The 39 Steps (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Love to my CUGA family, esp. Greg. www.mariannacaldwell.com


 

Josie Adams
Josie Adams

Josie Adams* (Melissa) returns to the LA New Court Theatre, having performed in Fools, the company’s first production. National tour credits: A Christmas Carol, Magic Tree House. TV & Film: 90210 and Big Eden. Theatre (selected): Emma (St. Louis Rep), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Grandstreet Theatre), Campaign (The Met Theatre) and The Producers (MacLeod Playhouse). She is a proud Montana native with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory. Much love to her family and Josey!

 

* Denotes member of SAG-AFTRA

** Denotes member of AEA, the professional union of actors and stage managers.


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Beveridge, Fink, McLaughlin, and Stroud Raising Funds for Millennial

Company members Tyler Beveridge, Greg Fink, Callen McLaughlin, and Andrew Stroud are raising funds for the pilot episode of their comedy “Millennial.”

Contribute to their Kickstarter campaign and watch their video by clicking here.

These are some crazily talented actors, with an incredible sense of timing and artistry.  The LANCT is proud to have them a part of our company.  Tyler, Greg, and Callen all appeared in last season’s production of “Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,” and Andrew Stroud starred as Dennis in “This Is Our Youth” during our very first season.

Andrew Stroud in "This is Our Youth"
Andrew Stroud in “This is Our Youth”

 

From Kickstarter:

“Millennial is a comedy about a group of friends chasing their childhood dreams despite their incompetence, bad luck and selfishness.”
“Ethan Fink is involved in a workplace accident that threatens not only his career but the careers of his roommates as well. Will his friends come to his aid in this time of crisis or cast him aside to protect themselves? Meanwhile Keefer, a roommate, is dealing with some troubling personal problems that threaten the financial stability of the house.”

“Our immediate objective is to successfully reach our funding goal which will give us the necessary budget to shoot the pilot episode for Millennial. The episode will be broadcast online in the standard TV runtime of 22 minutes.”

“Our crew has been developing this script for over seven months, and we’re confident we have created an entertaining, funny, and buzz worthy pilot. In fact we believe in this project so much that we are funding 50% of it with our own money. But we need your help to see it through to completion.”

“Once fully funded we will keep you updated and informed on the process throughout filming. After shooting two test scenes we have come up with an accurate and reliable timeline for the completion. We will need three weekends (9 days total shooting) in August and September to deliver a finished product in October. While there’s always a chance of delays due to cast availability, unforeseen problems, or a zombie apocalypse we are fully confident we can deliver the finished pilot in that time. More importantly, we are confident that we have developed a product that you would be proud to be a part of.”

 

Vona, Hester, and Losi in Street Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”

unnamed[1]Company board member Kyle Hester, and artistic company members Eddie Vona and Jen Losi, will be appearing in Street Shakespeare’s production of “The Comedy of Errors” Thursday, July 10th at 8:00pm. Vona will play Dromio of Syracuse, Hester will play Antipholus of Ephesus, and Losi will play Luciana.

The performance will take place at Harlem Place Alley (off of 4th Street, between Spring and Main) at the LA Downtown ArtWalk.  For more information check out their website.

STREET SHAKESPEARE is a fantastic company that focuses on presenting Shakespeare, concentrating on the practices of how the work was originally performed.  Without a doubt this company produces exciting work that every LA theatre goer will not only enjoy, but completely experience.

“STREET SHAKESPEARE strives to set things right.  Players come together to perform a classic play in Shakespearean fashion: No Rehearsal, No Director, an Urban Venue. Boom. Shakespeare.” – www.streetshakespeare.org

 

See LANCT’s Emily A. Fisher in “The Music Man”

“Ye Gads!”

LANCT’s Production Manager, Emily A. Fisher, is currently playing Zaneeta in Glendale Centre Theatre’s production of “The Music Man.” Tickets can be bought at www.glendalecentretheatre.com. Performances run until July 5th.

Emily Fisher in "The Music Man" at Glendale Centre Theatre
Emily Fisher in “The Music Man” at Glendale Centre Theatre