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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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Ryan Garbayo

New York: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Loot (Red Bull), Final Analysis (VHTDF-Signature Center), The Time of Your Life (Attic Theater), Unrequited (Public Theater Shakespeare Lab). Regional: Amadeus (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Suddenly Last Summer (Westport Country Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare…

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Sam Jay Gold

Sam Jay Gold is a theater artist, filmmaker and arts educator.   As a 2011/2012 Watson Fellow, Sam trained in traditional forms of puppetry around the world as a means for exploring questions of empathy and imagination onstage. Prior, he served as…

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Tia James

Tia James, excited to be apart of the PPAS community, is an actor, teacher and director. Coming out Virginia Commonwealth University BFA Program and NYU TISCH Graduate Acting Department, in the last five years has been focusing on Voice…

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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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Heather LoSchiavo

The professional acting community knows Heather to be an inspirational force. Her students have been seen on Broadway, listened to on the radio, featured in numerous major motion pictures as well as Independent Films, TV series, and National Commercials. Heather’s emerging artists have…

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Eugene Ma

Eugene Ma is a New York based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally. Eugene is currently a resident director at the Flea Theater, working on a new musical commission for young audience set in 19th Century Hong Kong, the Lorikeet, to…

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WT McRae

WT has lived in NYC since 2001 creating theatrical and visual works, and contributing to the field of arts education. This year WT is the recipient of the Flushing Town Hall space grant to develop two new works: a full length acrobatic dance…

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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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Brad Siebeking

Mr. Siebeking was born in upstate New York but moved to New York City at the age of 16 to complete his high school education at PPAS as a musical theatre major. After graduating he moved on to a conservatory education at Circle…

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Anna Woodruff

Anna Woodruff is a dramaturg interested in the development of new plays. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and is an M.F.A. candidate in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. She has worked at the Lark Play…

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