Born in Brooklyn, Shani Bekt is a New York-based actor, dancer, and singer. She received her B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied in the Meisner, Experimental Theater Wing, and Stonestreet studios. In addition to her film, theater, and vocal training, she has over 15 years of dance training in ballet, pointe, modern, improvisation, and Williamson Technique. Shani has performed at Radio City Music Hall, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Women in Theater Festival, NJPAC, and Alvin Ailey. Most recently Shani has appeared in a Columbia University Graduate Short Film, the webseries Period Piece, and in several commercials.
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
Logan Keeler is a New York based actor with a foot in both theater and film work. Originally from Maine, Logan is a graduate of William Esper Studio for Acting and since has been working throughout the city, from Off-Off Broadway to the Delacourt Theater. Recent credits include Shakespeare in the Park's Julius Caesar (Public Theater), Rhinoceros (The Lynn Redgrave Theater), The Pillowman (The Seeing Place Theater) and Othello(Clarion Theater). He is a co-writer and co-creator of the web series Everyone Else Has, now available on YouTube.
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
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
David Has been in NYC for a 6 years. He has his MFA in Musical theater from the Hartt School of music. Since in the City he's preformed with multiple touring groups (Disney Cruise Line, Hungry Hungry Games, Spank!) As well as developing work for Bunch Theatre as a Foley artist and company member. He is in collaboration with Fooju Dance for their back yard and video series. He Preforms regularly at the Broadway Comedy Club (On The Spot) and the P.I.T. (Heck-No Tech-no).
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
Dave Ross creator and co-owner of Gleeful Wellness L.L.C. Started his movement studies as a martial artist at age 14 and is a second degree black belt in Uechi Ryu karate. From 2014 to 2016 Dave was a professor adjunct at Northern State University’s music department in Aberdeen,South Dakota. Dave’s vast talents include a degree in engineering design and a BM in professional music degree from Berklee College of music in Boston, MA. where he won a Boston Music Award for his work with the funk band CHUCK. In 2013 he received a residence grant from The Creative Music Studio which was founded by Ornette Coleman and Karl Berger and he remains an active member. Dave has numerous recordings as a leader composer and as guitarist with William Hooker, Ras Moshe, Jason Wang, Michael Bisio and many others. Today Dave is continuing to grow as a performing multifaceted artist, as an educator in movement for children and seniors and as a light bringing healer.
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.
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