Madeline Berger (associate costume design) A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in theater and art, Madeline Berger is thrilled to be working with such an incredible team on Salome! Her past endeavors include costume designing for the San Francisco Playhouse on Lynn Rosen's Washed Up On The Potomac and on Korde Tuttle’s Graveyard Shift. Her work in film and television includes The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Cafe Society, Venom and 13 Reasons Why. Madeline wants to thank her friends and family for their incredible support and encouragement. For more information please visit madelinebergerdesign.com
Anna Brenner (production support) Anna Brenner is primarily a director of new plays, classics, and her own devised and adapted works. She is directing In This Hope: A Pericles Project in DC this fall, and her adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov in the coming year. See www.annabrenner.com. Thanks to James for a decade of support and inspiration.
Patrick Cann (soldier) Patrick Cann is a product of New York's Circle In the Square Theatre School, as well as the Metropolitan Opera, the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), and more than 12 years of just plain weird and wild NYC life experience. If it weren't for the pure joy and excitement of being back in the theatre, and the immense honor of working with such a talented group of artists as this, Patrick would rather be traveling around Europe. Spend a few minutes clicking around www.patrickcann.com.
Michael Costagliola (sound & music) is a New York-based sound designer and composer. Previously with M-34: All That Dies and Rises, The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway. He studied music at Brown University, where he received the Weston Award for Music Composition. He is a Teaching Artist in Sound Design for the Roundabout Theatre Company and is the resident composer for the AntiGravity Performance Project. His work has been heard in New York at La MaMa, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, Ars Nova, Incubator Arts Project, and Dixon Place among others, as well as at various theaters in the Northeast and across Europe and India. MFA in Sound Design, Yale School of Drama. michaelcostagliola.com
Ross Cowan* (soldier) Ross has previously collaborated with James Rutherford and M-34 on Sweat & Tears and The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway. Recent credits include Hamlet (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Red, Arsenic & Old Lace (Portland Stage), FLY (Pasadena Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Co). MFA NYU Graduate Acting. www.RossCowan.com
Oona Curley (scenery) Oona Curley is a lighting and scenic designer. Previously with M34 Productions: Sweat and Tears, The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway, 4.48 Psychosis. Recent: The Magic Flute (Indy Symphony), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), Mahagonny/The Medium (Curtis Opera), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! (Team Sunshine), Opium (Speigelworld), ms. estrada (The Flea), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Co.), Lashed but not Leashed (The Public/UTR), The Workshop (124 Bank Street), in a word (Lesser America), Far Away (Sharon Playhouse), Underground Railroad Game (ArsNova), The Body Artist (Abrons), Ski End (Piehole), The Light Princess (Arden Theatre), Krazytown (Playwrights Downtown). Nominee: Princess Grace Award, Hewes Design Award (Underground Railroad Game). Recipient: J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, Weston Award for Design. MFA NYU/Tisch. www.oonacurley.com.
Lara de Bruijn (costumes) Recent and upcoming projects include: Party Face (City Center), Devil of Choice (LABrynth Theater), Under My Skin (Little Shubert Theatre), The Two Character Play (New World Stages), The Good Catholic (Pigasus Pictures), Scalia/Ginsberg, and Don Giovanni (Castleton Opera Festival), Ndebele Funeral (59E59), Dear Jane (Clurman Theatre), Julian Po (Signature Theatre), Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Homestead Crossing (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Onegin, Alcina, and The Rake’s Progress (Boston Conservatory), Christopher and Black Dolphin, (Project 44), Blasted (the BCA), The Yellow Wallpaper (Boston Playwrights’), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea Theatre). MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. See more at: laradawndesign.com
Tasheema Felder (wardrobe) Tasheema Felder was born April 23rd,1990 in Bronx, New York. She began practicing the arts in high school with courses in Costume Design, Playwriting and Production Design. Her meticulous eye for details and passion for the craft landed her opportunities to work on TV & Film projects. She was the recurring Costume Designer and Production Designer for Web Series “Giving Me Life” (Ep 1, 2 & 3) and short film “Don’t Go Too Far”, which premiered at the Dubai Film Festival. Tasheema is also a Fashion Consultant and has partnered with Companies like Puma, Gwynnie Bee, and Complex on a range of product seeding and experiential marketing concepts.
Jon Froehlich* (jew) is cofounder and artistic director of experimental theatre company Cloud of Fools, for whom he writes, directs, acts, and creates and facilitates their training program. Alongside Cloud of Fools, Jon has acted in productions by Caborca, M-34, Stolen Chair, Dangerous Ground, and Mettawee River Theater Company. Regionally, Jon has performed in Boston, Little Rock, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and has performed abroad in Germany, Italy, and Puerto Rico. Film: Us, Forever Ago; and The Origin.
Catherine Gasta (party guest) is excited to be a part of M-34’s production of Salome! As a physical theater actress Ms. Gasta has been a co-founding company member of Synetic Theater in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Awardee for Best Ensemble) , performer and collaborator with NYC’s Odyssey Theater Group, Speranza Theater in NJ, writer and performer of sketch comedy, independent devising of physical theater pieces with animation, mime gigs and commercial work to pay the bills. Point Park University, National Theater Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Center, PIT Improv Diversity Scholarship awardee. IG: @catgasta
David Gibbs (press representative) is the founder of DARR Publicity, a boutique press agency specializing in theater, dance, music-driven shows and unique theatrical experiences. Clients include The Amoralists, Company XIV, Ice Factory Festival, La MaMa, M-34, New Ohio Theatre and PTP/NYC. David has publicized shows at many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway venues throughout NYC. His clients have won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards. www.DarrPublicity.com
Jess Goldschmidt (choreography) Jess Goldschmidt is a writer, choreographer, and Gemini moon living in Glendale, CA and Brooklyn, NY. Previous performance works include FACTS: a meditation on suburban tap (CPR 2017 Spring Movement Festival), Sweat & Tears (at JACK with M-34), Tall Women in Clogs (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and W.R. Salome (Dixon Place). She is currently pursuing her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. Always, ever, many thanks to James for seeing and still believing.
Charise Greene* (jew) Charise is an actor, playwright, director, and coach creating works in NYC. Her play, Cannibal Galaxy: A Love Story (previously produced at Xavier University) was seen this summer at The New Ohio Theater, produced by Between Two Boroughs. Her short film Public Property, in which she stars, will be released this fall by Smartmouth Productions. She is currently shooting Ode to Psyche, in which she plays the comedic role of Kat, a Long Island born secretary at a mysterious scientific experiment clinic. In 2019, Charise can be seen at 59E59 playing Morgan/Lena in a new play Round Table and also at The Tank playing Olga in Three Sisters. In the past year, Charise has coached actors on "Madame Secretary", "Quantico", "Get Christie Love", "Blindspot", "The Affair", the independent film Mapplethorpe and more. She’s worked as an actor at The Flea, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theater, Theater for the New City and others. Charise has also directed and taught acting at Barnard/Columbia and numerous other universities across the nation. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Brown/Trinity Rep Program (Stephen Sondheim Fellow), and she earned her bachelor degrees in Theater and Political Science from UC Berkeley www.charisegreene.com
Julia Gu (party guest) Theater credits include: Salesman之死 (Laguardia Performing Arts Center), Speaking As Then (Columbia Schapiro Theater), and Sleeping Beauty (Movement Theater). Her film credit includes: Illness (short). She currently studies acting at Maggie Flanigan Conservatory.
Brough Hansen* (soldier) (pron. “Bruff”) is an actor, playwright, and screenwriter. Recent New York roles include Harry and the Thief (The Habitat), Jitterbug (Dixon Place) and Kill Hamlet at Signature Theatre. He has performed for NYTW, Page 73, and the NYC Fringe Festival and has been spotted in regional theaters around the country. His own plays have been produced by Sam French, Amios, Valhalla, and the Chicago-based Something Marvelous Festival. He is currently developing a television series. Brough is thrilled to be a part of Salome. MFA – Brown/Trinity. BA – Dartmouth.
Jonathan Z. Harris (a Cappadocian) (pron. “Bruff”) is an opera singer, recitalist, and actor. A two-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has been an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Chautauqua Opera and has appeared with Opera Company of Middlebury, Bronx Opera, and dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Role highlights: Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. New Orleans native. BA (Theatre Arts) Brown University ; MM & DMA (Voice Performance) University of Michigan. www.jonathanzharris.com
Marty Keiser* (Herod Antipas) is a professional actor, writer, director and producer living in New York City since 2002. Credits include The Metropolitan Opera (a three-time principal guest artist most recently as a member of the clown troupe in Pagliacci), ESPN, The David Letterman Show, Classic Stage Company, Ontological, Mabou Mines, HERE, Chocolate Factory, Wild Project, PIT, NY Classical, National and International tours and as a company member of Performance Lab 115. Roles include Alberich, Azdak, Borkin, Bottom, Costard, Feste, Osiris Ford, Mercutio and David O. Selznick. MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Adjunct Associate Professor at Pace University teaching Voice 3, Acting I, Vocal Production, Acting Shakespeare (created the course), and Introduction to Theatre. His article “Acting Without Words: A brief history of silent performance from the Greeks to Beckett” was published in Methods, a Pace University Press Theatre Journal. Marty practices Vipassana meditation and collects international theatrical masks.
Lizzie King-Hall* (jew) New York: Fiasco Theater, The Flea, The Immediate Family, Fault Line Theater, Two-Headed Rep, Overturn Ensemble, and others. Regional: Asolo Rep, Trinity Rep, Living Room Theatre, Berkshire Fringe, Illinois Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theater Co., and others. Proud Equity member and Brown/Trinity MFA grad. lizziekinghall.com
Jamie Lowenstein (slave) Jamie is a founding member of the ensemble Rum & Choke, whose work has been featured at The PIT & Square1 in Brooklyn. Upcoming: Devised Theatre Festival @ Pace University (December). Other credits: Sperm Play (Dixon Place), Cock (Pace University). Thank you to everyone who makes this amazing show possible <3 instagram: @rumchoke, @not_jlo
Kate McGee (lighting) is a trans*everything lighting designer. Recent work includes: Emily's D+ Evolution World Tour Esperanza Spalding, My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick Playwright's Theater), A Hunger Artist (Sinking Ship Productions), Aint No, Mo, Masculinity Max (The Public Theater), 50/50 old school animation (Under the Radar, The Public Theater), SoundHouse (New Georges), The Mechanics of Love (To By For productions), Kidnap Road (La Mama), Carnival of the Animals and The Bremen Town Band (The Miller Theater), The Hour of the Star adapted and directed by Dara Malina (Columbia Stages), Early Plays (New York City Players/Wooster Group, Henry Hewes Award Nomination, with Aaron Deyo).
Santiago Orjuela-Laverde* (scenic associate) is a Colombian scenic and film designer based in NYC. He completed his MFA in Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch. His recent work includes Richard III (dir. Nana Dakin), La Cantante Calva en McDonalds (dir. Tara Elliot, prod. LaMicro Theater in NYC), The Great Disappointment (a new play by Rinne Groff), Go Get the Axe (Urban Stages+FIG Productions) and The Night of the Iguana (prod. NYU-Grad Acting). Santiago is also the Co-Founder of the fashion and retail brand KUPA.co based in Colombia, with presence in Latin America, Europe, USA & Canada.
Louie Pearlman (jew) has been an innovator and a maverick of the New York comedy and arts scene since 2002. For ten years Louie has been a producer, director, performer and teaching artist with the nationally recognized arts education company Story Pirates, where he's performed nationally in theaters, music festivals and schools. Louie also performs regularly with his hip hop Improv ensemble Robopop! Louie's first officially-licenced Archie Comics/Riverdale story "Nice Girls Finished Last" recently debuted on the platform Yarn. He's also the co-host of the music/comedy/pop culture podcasts "Kick the Jukebox" & "XOXO Riverdale" and a freelance writer for Rebeat Magazine and Tough Pigs. Louie hasn't been in a show like Salome for a long time and wants to thank James for believing in him. Also, thanks to Mom & Dad for always looking at the Moon. www.LouiePearlman.com
Rava Raab (slave) Rava Raab is a graduate of Tom Todoroff Conservatory and is currently studying English at Brooklyn College. Earlier this year she appeared in term of art by Kate Kremer and as Libby in Neil Simon's I Ought to Be In Pictures. She is thrilled to be a part of SALOME.
Alexander Reed (the young Syrian) Alexander grew up in New Zealand where he went to school right up until college. He started acting in his teens and continued all the way through his college years. Before moving to New York to further his acting training, he appeared in classical plays, commercials and shorts all done in Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and considers NYC his new beloved home. Alexander is thrilled and honored to be working with the wonderful cast of Salome.
Justin Reinsilber (a Nubian) is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He’s a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company, and a directing fellow at the Actor’s Studio. Also a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. His first feature film Central Park, which incorporates all his artistic endeavors, comes out later this year.
Laura Butler Rivera* (Salome) is an international actor, director, and choreographer. She has performed, offered theater workshops, and taught in Turkey, Berlin, Japan, Lithuania, Romania, Italy, US, Australia, Colombia, & Puerto Rico. She is an Artistic Director and performer of One-Eighth Theater (Currently part of New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater’s Archive Residency), a member of CABORCA, and a co-founder of Cloud of Fools Theater Company. She has directed Paroxysm of Film Noir (produced by Platform Sanat in Ankara, Turkey), Dark Eyes (Cloud of Fools) and La Metamorfosis (Fordham University Lincoln Center). She has choreographed for M-34 (All That Dies And Rises and Hymn To Life). She is currently Faculty at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and Queens College. She wrote and stars in the Short Film Manzana (currently accepted into three Film Festivals). She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. laurabutlerrivera.com
Dan Rogers (associate director) directs classics, new plays, opera, and new media. He is the co-founder of AntiMatter Collective, where he’s premiered: sixsixsix by Gregory S. Moss (Magic FutureBox), Old Bones by Lee LeBreton (Five Myles), and DEATH VALLEY by Adam Scott Mazer (Bushwick Starr). He is a 2015 Drama League Directing Fellow. Other recent projects: The Fall of All Atomic Angels and The Stripperers (the Public), Brideshead Obliterated (Dixon Place), The Bunker, an immersive, live-action game at Wildrence, and an environmental staging of Cendrillon with Promenade Opera Project in Boston.
James Rutherford (direction; translation) is an international stage director based in Brooklyn, and the founding artistic director of M-34. Recent work: Sweat & Tears (JACK), All That Dies And Rises (IATI), The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway (Access Theatre), 4.48 Psychosis (Magic Futurebox). James is a guest director at Stella Adler Conservatory, and an associate artist at Classic Stage Company, for whom he directed As You Like It. Since 2015, James has been developing a choral staging of Timothy Donnelly's poem Hymn to Life with composer David Skeist. He has assisted Peter Brook, Richard Foreman and Andrei Serban. Proud son of Columbia University's MFA Directing program. james-rutherford.com
Anthony Simone* (Tigellin) is excited to be apart of this theatrical experience. Recent credits include: Orsino in Boomerang's production of Twelfth Night, Jay in Victory Train for the NYMF, and a co-star in season 6 of "Orange is the New Black". Utah Shakespeare Festival: Amadeus (Venticelli), Measure for Measure (Pompey). Favorite credits: Whipping Man (John), Midsummer (Bottom), Fantasticks (El Gallo), Angels In America (Belize). Education: MFA in Acting from UC Irvine: Look for me in the season 6 premiere of "The Blacklist"! www.Anthony-Simone.com
Lisa Tharps* (Herodias) Medea – Medea (Boston Court Theater: Garland, LA Critics, LA Weekly NAACP nominations for Best Leading Actress); Broadway: Nurse – Romeo & Juliet (New Victory Theater); Tonya (und) – King Hedley II (Virginia Theatre); Principal Player – Love’s Fire: Fresh Numbers (Public Theater, London’s Barbican Pit, Nat’l Tour); Off Broadway: Olivia –Twelfth Night; Paulina – The Winter’s Tale (NY Classical); Wit (MCC, Union Square, Nat’l Tour); Principal Player – The Vagina Monologues (Nat’l Tour); ; Titania – Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theater of DC). TV airing in 2018: "Jessica Jones" (Det. Ruth Sunday), “Power”, “Madam Secretary”, “Elementary”. Film: MADELINE’S MADELINE (Sundance Fest, in theaters August 10th); UNC School of the Arts, Graduate. LisaTharps.com. Grateful.
Rudi Utter* (jew; technical director) Actor, director, coach and occasional builder of things; he has appeared on stage in NYC with Fault Line Theater, Antimatter Collective, Amios, Match:Lit, and Hang a Tale, among others. Regionally he has worked at the Guthrie Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and was a company member at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University.
Isaac VanCuren (stage management) is an interdisciplinary artist and academic. A recent graduate of NYU's Master's Performance Studies Program, he focuses on the interconnection between entertainment culture to formations and reiterations of societal structures. New York Credits: Providence, Rhode Island (SM), The Altruist (Costumes), The Cherry Orchard (Costumes), HEDDA (Set/Costumes), iLLA! (Video Operator), and Ice Factory Festival (Crew) New Ohio Theatre. In the Art world, Isaac has shown at the Con Artist Collective, part of his residency with the organization, Chinatown Soup, and NYU's Skirball. Isaac does various work with sculpture and graphic design. For more check out isaacvancuren.com
Feathers Wise (Iokanaan) is a transgender actress and singer-songwriter. Her recent credits include Chloe Rossetti’s SUNRIDER (2018) and Planet Femme performances (2017), Anna Wise’s music video “Stacking That Paper” (2017), and Joel Escher and Blair Bodine’s musical Superhots! (2017). Feathers also writes soundtracks and sings in the Intersectionals Choir for Jean Grae’s Church of the Infinite You.
Wladimiro A. Woyno R. (projection) is a recent graduate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre), Everything That Never Happened, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Bulgaria! Revolt!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Yale School of Drama). With a background in video, lighting, and carpentry, his work explores the adaptation of new technologies into the theatrical tradition. He is currently an Associate Member of The Wooster Group. Other credits include RE:Union, This American Wife (Yale Cabaret); Gallery+Lumia (Yale Art Gallery); The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Ghost River Theatre, Canada); Parade (Nederlands Dans Theater, Netherlands); Ziriguidum (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Canada); and Sometime Between Now and When the Sun Goes Supernova (Theatre Junction, Canada). He holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of British Columbia. www.wawr.ca
Jing Xu* (page of Herodias) is a Chinese/Swedish performer and painter based in Brooklyn. Theater: John (Arden Theatre), Sweat & Tears (JACK), Jomama Jones (Soho Rep) // Film/Television: "The Knick" (HBO/Cinemax), "Blindspot" (NBC), "Unforgettable" (CBS) // Jing is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard/A.R.T Institute // www.jing-xu.com // See her abstract paintings and writer portrait-series on Instagram: Jingdeswing.
Sinan Zafar (sound associate) What the Constitution Means to Me (Berkeley Reb, Clubbed Thumb); peerless (Yale Repertory Theater); Hamlet (Waterwell); Richard in 9 Poses (Clubbed Thumb); Intimate Apparel, Detroit, The Champion (TheatreSquared);
Midsummer (Tiltyard); Wingspace. MFA: Yale School of Drama. sinanzafar.com
*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association