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Ben Chase

Ben Chase – Off Broadway: SPUNK (Classical Theater of Harlem), Mondo Tragic, Untamed (Nat’l Black Theatre), Anna Christie (Wild Project), May 39th (Drama League/TBG), (A)Loft Modulation (Access Theatre), Rattlestick, MCC, Atlantic Theatre Company, Red Bull, New Dramatists, the Lark. Regional Theater: The…

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Marissa Davis

Marissa Davis is a voice teacher, music director, theatre educator and performer with a degree in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College of Rochester. Over the last few years, she has worked with several programs such as Manhattan Youth, Waterwell, Applause NY, The Studio…

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Linda Collazo

Hailed as having an “elastic and luxurious” voice (Ars Raving Mad), Bronx-born Mezzo-Soprano Linda Collazo has performed with prestigious opera companies including Sarasota Opera, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Vertical Player Repertory Theater, The Met Opera Guild, and the Mimesis Ensemble and…

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Ricardo Vázquez

Ricardo Vázquez is an award winning actor and multi-disciplinary theater creator most recently seen in the Broadway production of The Inheritance. As an actor he has worked with Atlantic Theater, New York Stage and Film, HERE Center for the Arts, the Hudson Valley…

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Bambi Everson

Bambi Everson is a playwright, actress, and teaching artist with a BA in Theater Arts and Education from Empire State College. Her full length play, “The Thin Man in the Cherry Orchard,” was part of the 2019 NY Fringe Festival, and other works…

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Ogemdi Ude

Ogemdi Ude (she/her) is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Harlem, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves as Head of Movement for Waterwell Drama Program. Prior to Waterwell, her education/facilitation work began as Community Coordinator…

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James Dean Palmer

James is a New York based director and educator.  ​He has worked with Roundabout Theatre, The Old Globe, Long Wharf, Steppenwolf, The Public, Waterwell, NYU, Fordham, Mabou Mines, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, Chautauqua Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Rep, and…

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Francesca Fernandez McKenzie

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie is an actor, educator and producer. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has called New Orleans and New York City home. She was a co-Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret in its 50th season, an original member of the…

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Gwen Kingston

Gwen Kingston is an actor, playwright and teacher hailing from the California Bay Area and living in NYC. She holds BAs in Performance Studies and Linguistics from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep, where she was also…

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marcus d. harvey

Award-winning actor/writer/singer/director & educator, marcus d. harvey holds his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, MA in Dramatic Writing for Social Change from NYU and dual undergraduate degrees in Dramatic Arts and Performance Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. As an actor, he has…

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Amara James Aja

Amara James Aja (he/him/his) is a New York City based actor and teaching artist. A latecomer to the theatrical profession, he received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University before going on to receive his MFA from the University of San Diego/…

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Erin Capistrano

Erin Capistrano is an actor, dramaturg, costume designer and teacher living in Brooklyn. As a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Old Hat Theatre Company, she helps to develop productions of classical works as well as devised pieces based on novels and short stories. She has worked as an…

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Stan Demidoff

Stan Demidoff is a professional actor and photographer living in New York City. NEW YORK: CSC: Romeo and Juliet, Barrow Street Theater: In Conflict. INTERNATIONAL: In Conflict.  REGIONAL: Guthrie: Romeo and Juliet, Temple Repertory Theater: Measure for Measure, Long Wharf: In Conflict. …

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Kate Diaz

Kate Diaz began her dance training as a young girl in her local New Jersey studio. She received her BFA in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University where she graduated magna cum laude.  She holds a MA in Dance Education from New…

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Heather Lanza

Heather is an arts educator and director who believes that theater can and should be a way to open up dialogue and shed light on societal issues. Before coming to Waterwell, Heather worked with ArtsConnection as a Program Manager, running several of their…

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Greg Parente

Greg is an award-winning educator, actor and director. As an educator his goals are to foster, cultivate and inspire the next generation of theater artists. The core of his teaching philosophy is to use dramatic literature and acting to illuminate the many facets

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Kyle Pleasant

Kyle is the resident choreographer at Rosie’s Theater Kids and on faculty for the Musical Theater and Theater Arts programs at the Professional Performing Arts School. He is also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College in their Musical Theater program and has…

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Cherie Rice

Cherie Corinne Rice is from small but incredibly diverse Pittsburg, California. She grew up singing in the church choir, acting in school plays and dancing just for fun. She now holds a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s…

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