Mia Isabella Aguirre- Mia relocated to NYC from San Antonio, Texas to pursue a degree in Acting and Musical Theatre from Long Island University- Post. She fell in love with the Suzuki training and devising work taught by Maria Porter. She is thrilled to be able to continue this exciting and fulfilling work with Bated Breath. Upon graduating Mia has enjoyed growing in her career as a photographer and an actor, most recently seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters as Death in The Briefly Dead, Alice in Pizza Man at The Producers Club, and in the Juliet/Lady Capulet tracks in the outdoor tour of Romeo and Juliet with Occupy Verona. She is so thankful to be a part of Bated Breath as both a deviser and a photographer. You can check out her work at www.miaisabellaphotography.com!
Alan L. Bounvilleis th Artistic Director of IN OUR WORDS, a theatre company that often uses stories from individuals as the source material for its work. IN OUR WORDS creates and produces immersive works and ones that address social issues. As a teaching artist, Alan works with several leading companies in New York City and beyond. He also holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University with a focus on theatre for social change. www.inourwords.org
Ashley Burton is a New York City based actor, artist, collaborator with a passion for Shakespeare, physical theatre, comedy and spoken word poetry. Recent Credits: Off-Off-Off-Off-Broadway: The Tempest (EMIT Theatre), Regional: Twelfth Night and Henry V (SA@S Rep), Pericles (Make Trouble). Film: “Sweet Dreams” (Short Film, Directed by Chris McKee, Cucalorus Film Festival 2015), “Name of Daenerys” (Sketch, Directed by Wesley Brown, PSL Comedy). Proud Company Member of Pineapple-Shaped Lamps. Training: SITI Company, Make Trouble Theatre, Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, University of North Carolina at Wilmington - B.A. in Theatre Performance. www.ashleydawnburton.com
Derya Celikkol is a Turkish actor and production designer based in Brooklyn. After graduating from the Experimental Theatre Wing of NYU Tisch, she had the chance to work with and learn from brilliant theatre makers including Pascal Rambert, Richard Foreman and Gisela Cardenas. Her film credits include Daria the Great for which she got the Best Actress Award from Lionshead Film Festival. Derya is overjoyed to be devising captivating work with Bated Breath. www.deryacelikkol.com
Marisa Gold grew up in LA before moving east. She came to NYC from Boston roughly one year ago and is delighted to be working with Bated Breath.
Over the summer she helped develop the workshop Lights Across The Field with Brickabrack Theatre Co in New York. Recent Boston credits include Love’s Labours Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co), Barefoot in the Park (Moonbox Productions), The Importance of Being Earnest (Newton Theatre Co)
Allison Houser is a Brooklyn-based performer, director, producer and teaching artist. She is most passionate about collaborative storytelling and creating conversation across communities. For more info on projects: www.thisisallisonhouser.com
Nick Imperato is an actor with a penchant for devised and movement based works. A self-proclaimed everyday warrior, he is proud and humbled to be a member of Bated Breath. He is currently writing (and finishing) his first full-length play, Make Yourself A(t) Home. Recent notable roles include a thief who's pretty bad at his job, and one woman's physical manifestation of fear itself. Proud LIU-Post Alumni, striving to make the impossible- possible. www.nickimperato.com
Lizzy Jutila is a New York City based actor with an interest of physical and creative projects. Credits include:Off-Broadway:The Wolves (LCT, The Playwrights Realm, Drama Desk and Obie awards for Outstanding Ensemble; New York Stage & Film). Regional: A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage). TV: “Divorce” (HBO). Commercial: “Treadin’ Water” (Swedish Fish). FILM: “The Undercast” and “VOIDS” (Written and directed by Kyle Rodgers) Education: BFA, The Hartt School, University of Hartford; Interlochen Arts Academy. lizzyjutila.com
Matt Mastromatteo is an actor, director, educator, and producer. Passionate about physical theatre and new works, Matt relishes in being able to give playwrights voice to their words. Favorite credits include: As You Like It [PostGrad Theatre Co.], Othello [PostGrad Theatre Co.], A Limbo Large and Broad [New Circle Theatre Co.], Memoriam [FringeNYC], and West Side Story [Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre]. Matt holds his MFA in Theatre Arts: Acting from Long Island University and teaches acting at his alma mater. www.mattmastromatteo.com
Matthew Macca has appeared in The Comedy of Errors, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Playhouse on Park), and Twelfth Night (Valley Shakespeare Festival). His plays have been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston University, TouchMe Philly, and workshopped at the Kennedy Center. He holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. www.matthewmacca.com
Dani Nelson is an actor and writer based in NYC. She recently received her Master’s in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. While there, she wrote and performed her solo show, April is Over, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Theatre credits: Henry IV (Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow), Troilus and Cressida (The Globe Education, London), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (The Globe Education, London), An Injury (RCS, World Premiere), Film: Eudaimonia (Directed by Yuri Krutii). www.daninelson.me
Tara O'Con is a veteran collaborative member and teaching artist of Third Rail Projects. Most notably, originating roles in Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, as well as the creative cast of Ghost Light at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater. Her own work has been commissioned and presented at Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's River To River Festival, and New York Live Arts. Creative residencies include a 2012-2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy (Feb, 2016). She also works as an experiential consultant and UX Designer. taraoconexperiencedesign.com
Nicole Orabona is an actor, collaborator, and cat lover who lives on a boat. With a focus on interactive theatre, she regularly works with Live In Theater, 8Players, Cirque du Nuit and more. Recent credits: Love Magic Ritual Spell (Dixon Place), Curiosities (Green Lite Productions), The Untold Yippie Project (Sunglasses After Dark), The Aurora Project (The Navigators). nicoleorabona.com
Shlomit Oren-Ross is a multi-cultural physical actress, belly dancer, clown, educator and healer based in New York. She is extremely passionate about creating original works and the art of physical theater. Shlomit toured with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus as a hula hooping- belly dancing-gypsy-clown with the “Built to Amaze” show. She is the second half of Shakabliss Duo which performs around the country with original multi-disciplinary avant-garde interactive shows focusing on empowering communities. Shlomit is a graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School.
Jamie Roach has appeared onstage at The Public Theater’s UTR Festival (After), Playwrights’ Horizons (house choir, The Christians), New World Stages (Anansi), and The Met Opera House (clown/acrobat in Pagliacci). Jamie’s written work, featured in Play/Date was heralded by the NYTimes as “thoughtful drama” and recently produced at Barrington Stage Company. Jamie also coaches in corporate settings with Performance Of A Lifetime, Actors In Industry, and with Disney, Roundabout, New Victory, and Lincoln Center Theater. www.jamieroach.com
Benji Sills is a recent graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he had the opportunity to play several of his favorite roles. He had his New York theater debut last year with a production of “The Rimers of Eldritch” at The Secret Theatre.
Anna Stefanic is an actor/musician who loves working on new devised theatre. Favorite credits include I And You (Kitchen Theatre Company), The Last Bar At The End Of The World (Urban Stages), Paradise Lost (Grind Arts), The Human Incubator (SheNYC Festival), and A Marriage Contract (Metropolitan Playhouse). Company member with Gemini CollisionWorks. Her singer/songwriter EP “Warrior” can be found on Spotify and iTunes.
John G. Williams has appeared in Butler at 59E59 in NYC and in the play’s world Premiere at NJ Rep. Loves Labors Lost, The Broken Heart, Measure for Measure, Don Juan, Antigone, and The Misanthrope at Quintessence Theatre in Philadelphia. He has also performed with Lama Theatre Company, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Between the Lines Productions and The Looking Glass Theatre in NYC. He is originally from Philadelphia, holds a BA in Theatre from Rutgers University and has also studied at the London Academy of Theatre and Stella Adler Studios. www.johngwilliams.net
Lauren Winigrad is a New York City based Actor Combatant. When Lauren is not slinging swords, she loves to flex her muscles in classical theater and physical storytelling. She is beyond excited to be collaborating with Bated Breath. Her most recent credits include Anne Bonny (New York Renaissance Faire), Pushing Boundaries (June Havoc), The Tempest (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delaware Shakespeare Festival). Lauren holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.laurenwinigrad.com
Sam Urdang is from Boulder, Colorado. He received his BFA in acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has been studying circus art and object manipulation for 14 years, and often works as a professional blade and flame juggler. He also has a passion for voice and dialect work, and was invited back to Shakespeare’s Globe in London to serve as the Assistant to the Master of Voice and Dialect for the 2015 Summer Season.