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READING SERIES ARTISTS BIOS

"CANCELLED" by M. Rowan Meyer

Tom Wojtunik** (Director) is the former Artistic Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, where he directed the NY IT Award-winning revivals of Allegro and Children of Eden. NY: The Secret Catcher (EST); Cloned! (2014 Best of Fest, NYMF); It Is Done (22Q); The Play About the Naked Guy (EAT); The Miss Education of Jenna Bush (FringeNYC); Urinetown (Gallery Players); I'm In Love With Your Wife (MITF). BFA: Marymount Manhattan College. SDC Member. www.tomwojtunik.com

M. Rowan Meyer* (Playwright / Dominic) is the showrunner of "Patient", a multi-award winning dark comedy series, to be released in 2020. He is the author of Tiny Fiction (Amazon) and co-author of Freak Week with 2x NYT Bestseller / E-Network star Grace Helbig. New York: Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon, with Dick Cavett), Elephant Man (Gallery Players), Blood Brothers (APAC). MFA: Rutgers. www.mrowanmeyer.com

 

Jason Pintar* (Geoff) New York: Quentin in Small Craft Warnings & Boys in the Club (Regeneration) Stage Fright (Prospect), Czolgosz in Assassins (5th Floor), Occasion For Sin (Planet Connections), Tell Tale (Thespis Theater Festival), The Underpants Godot (Secret Theatre), A Christmas Carol (WorkShop), Merrily We Roll Along, Blood Brothers, & The Secret Garden (APAC), Timmy The Great (TNC), Orphan Train (Pat Birch, dir.). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore, Riverside, New Harmony, Arrow Rock Lyceum. www.jasonpintar.com

"SCOUNDREL" by Monte D. Monteleagre
 

Kevin Snyder (Director) is a New York based actor and director with a BFA in acting from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Kevin has recently performed with the Alpha NYC and the No Thrills Theatre Collective, as well as working with the newly formed Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York."

 

Monte D. Monteleagre (Playwright) When Monte D. Monteleagre was young, he wanted to be an astronaut. Then he found theatre, writing, and music. He's been on a trip to the moon ever since. Monte graduated with a BFA in Theatre Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2018. His work has been published by Drama Notebook, Z Publishing, and The Flintlock. He also self publishes role-playing games on Drive Thru RPG.

 

Kristen Hasty (Belle) After getting her BA in theater at Nebraska Wesleyan university, Kristen moved to NYC to pursue acting. In college Kristen performed rolls such as Gloria in Boeing Boeing, Marc in a genderbent Art, and Mrs. Holly in Suddenly Last Summer. Her New York credits include Nurse Janice in the Girl with the red hair, performing in Players Theatre Boo festival, and A Sketch of New York.

 

Danielle Salomon (Tallahassee) is a New York based actor, singer, and songwriter. After earning a BM in vocal performance at San Francisco State, Salomon moved to Germany where she performed in the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival and at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She returned to the United States in order to pursue a MM in music theatre at NYU. Favorite performances include performing the music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks at the Chapel in San Francisco, and collaborating with avant-garde Munich based ensemble 48Nord.

 

Jordan Pettis (Felix) is so happy to be a part of this festival!  Favorite credits include Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks), Carl in The Incredible Hank (New Millenium Theatre Company), Mortimer/Douglas in Henry IV pt. I (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks).  He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. He and his amazing wife, Madison, are both Brooklyn-based actors. Thank you all for attending and supporting!

"THE PIZZA PARADOX" by John McCloskey

Sarah MacDonnell (Director) most recently directed the black comedy, "The Silencer" which, out of 120 plays, was nominated Best Play/Best Director at NY WinterFest. She has done expemental work with The Provincetown Theatre as well as directed classics such as Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" to new musicals like "Rosetta" about blues guitarist/gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She directs cabaret as well. Sarah is a working actress. 

John McCloskey  (Playwright) was born in Boston, Mass. His father was a teacher. His mother was a singer. He went to college in Seattle. He has lived in Indiana for many years. Two of his plays have been produced in Lafayette, Indiana. His play The Blood Machine was selected to be performed at the Valiant Theatre in New Orleans in 2018. His novel Do It Yourself is available on kindle at Amazon.

Chad Anthony Miller (Felix) is currently based out of NYC and LA and works professionally as an actor, writer, co-producer, and improv teacher. TV: Criminal Minds, General Hospital, 30 Rock. Film: Such A Funny Life, Batsh*t Bride, An Ordinary Family, Big Break. Theatre credits: Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre. Comedy: Funny Or Die, Huffington Post, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings. You can follow his chadventures at www.thechadanthomyiller.com

 

Amanda Brooke Lerner*  (Marta) has starred in dozens of indie films and has played mom to both John D’Leo and 2019 Emmy Winner Julia Garner. She won BEST ACTRESS for THE CARTOGRAPHER at (LIFFE) and BEST ACTRESS for DAFFODIL at (CRISFF.) She recently co-starred on STARZ POWER opposite Omari Hardwick and will appear on Comedy Central’s AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS opposite B.D. Wong. Her favorite stage role to date is Blanche in STREETCAR. You may recognize her as Olga in the wildly popular OPTIMUM: THE UNMOVERS spots. BFA Rutgers with Bill Esper. SAG-AFTRA/AEA. www.AmandaBrookeLerner.com

"REMEMBRANCE" BY D. LEE MILLER

Coral Cohen (Director)  is a Brooklyn-based theatre director. Recent projects include: Hannah Goldman’s  “In The Kitchen” at the Access Theatre; conceiving and directing "Between The Threads" (Jewish Women Project) at HERE; and James Clements' "Beauty Freak" with What Will The Neighbors Say? at the Plaxall Gallery. She has also assisted Lileana Blain-Cruz, Jen Wineman, and Gian Marco Lo Forte. She is part of the SDCF Observership class 2015/16 and 2017/18 and a member of the inaugural Director's Track at the legendary SITI Company Summer Training Intensive in 2018. BA-Theatre Arts/Directing, Pace University.

 

D. Lee Miller (Playwright) is the author of THE SHRINE, THE DOVER TEST, THE QUICKENING, THE TRANSLATION, WHEN THEDODGERS LEFT BROOKLYN, ENDANGERED SPECIES, ANIMATION IN DUST  and THE BEULAH BALLANTINE CONTEST, among other plays. Honors include Critics' Choice at the Double Image/Samuel French Short Play Festival and finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Robert J. Pickering (Coldwater) Award for Playwriting Excellence and the George Kernodle, Dogwood, Playwright's Forum, Women at the Door, Market House Theatre and Playwright's Studio of Milwaukee competitions.  Among other theatres, her plays have been presented at EST, CAP 21, Alice's Fourth Floor, La MaMa ETC, the Vital Theatre, Playground/Hub (San Francisco), Kansas City Women's Playwrights Festival, New Vision Theatre, Stagecrafter's, Shenandoah Valley International Playwrights Retreat & the West Bank Cafe. Her play, BEATRIX IN THE SHADOWS was performed on the first 365 Women a Year production, It has since won the Equity Library Theatre/piney forks competition and been performed at at Emerging Artists Theatre (NY) and B3 Productions (Arizona).  Following that, JUDGEMENT DAYS (from 365) was recently performed at Rover Dramawerks. Her play, ORIGAMI TEARS, is included in the anthology FACING FORWARD, published by Broadway Play Publishing. BROKEN HEART SYNDROME is included in Smith & Kraus' 5 Minute Plays. She has an upcoming reading at Rum Diaries in Glasgow, Scotland. Lee's best production is her daughter, Emma.

 

Lottie Gurvis (Artist) graduated from The New School College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Dramatic Arts and a minor in Creative Technologies. Theatre credits include Ursa Minor (devised), Small Mouth Sounds and Machinal. Film credits include Exchange, an MFA short film thesis and Pokeballers, a Second City Toronto music video. Lottie has studied improv at Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade. She completed the Barrow Group Summer Intensive in 2018. She’d like dedicate this reading to her Zaide, who made it to Canada before the war but is no longer with us today. Zay gezunt, Zaide. 

 

Ruben St.Vilus (Security Guard) is a Brooklyn based actor from Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Greensboro College with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Performance in  May 2017. Ruben has been in several stage productions and readings while in nyc. He has recently performed in the Riant Theater’s Strawberry Play Festival  and is now currently training at the Atlantic Theater Conservatory. Ruben would like to thank Coral Cohen and the HWG festival for the privilege to collaborate.

FEATURING

Louisa Rosi (Musician) Louisa Rosi is a Parisian born multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger and composer. Her knowledge and experience in diverse musical fields and her multi-cultural background give her the ability to fit and connect to any genre of music. In 2016, she received a the Downbeat Student Award for Outstanding Performance of a Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble with her All-Female Band lead by Reggie Workman. Louisa Rosi has been playing in various NY venues as well as recording albums as guest and background vocalist for different genres of music going from pop to metal-jazz. She has also scored and accompanied a number of theater works for the ATEA in Paris, as well as a workshop of "Wrong Crowd", a musical by Federica Borlenghi. Louisa Rosi graduated from the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2019 and is now living in New York as a professional musician.

* Member Actor's Equity Association

** Member SDC