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BRIAN QUIJADA  |  Co-Creator and Performer

Brian Quijada is an actor, playwright, and composer and Co-Artistic Director of The WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University. His hip-hop solo show WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, City Theatre Pittsburgh, and most recently, a digital production at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Drama League Nomination).  His plays have been developed at The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference.  Commissioning institutions include Seattle Repertory Theater, A.R.T., 1st Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Kennedy Center.  He is a proud member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. 

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NYGEL D. ROBINSON  |  Co-Creator and Performer

Nygel D. Robinson is a singer, actor, writer, and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Select musician theatre credits include Larry in the workshop and Lincoln center concert version of BEAU: THE MUSICAL, Jesus in GODSPELL (St. Michael’s Playhouse), and Actor/Musician in THE ALL NIGHT STRUT (Milwaukee Rep). Nygel is the co writer of the new musical concept album MEXODUS alongside Brian Quijada.

 
 
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FLORENCIA IRIONDO  |  Book, Lyrics and Music

Florencia Iriondo is a true citizen of the world. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she lived in New Zealand and Ireland and has been in NYC since 2013. Florencia is a lyricist at the Tony-Honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, a Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference Finalist, an LMCC and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Creative Engagement grant recipient, and a member of The Dramatists Guild. 

 

SOUTH, Florencia's original musical about family, identity, and belonging, is scheduled to be presented at the Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Festival, now postponed due to the pandemic. Readings were presented at HB Studio, The Core Club, ArtsonSite, and The Players Club. The music debuted by curation at a sold-out concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. 

 

Florencia’s song-cycle WHO'S FLO was awarded by the Global Music Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Contest. She’s the founder and executive producer of LinkedIn's original video and podcast series, having previously worked at MTV, Viacom, and Sky TV. She has studied musical theater at Estudio Julio Bocca, acting at Stella Adler Studio, sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade, and holds a B.A. in Communications from Universidad Austral.

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HENRY GOTTFRIED  |  Pastor Fred, Ensemble

Henry Gottfried  is a theater artist based in New York City. As an actor, his credits include the Broadway production of WAITRESS (original cast; later, the role of Dr. Pomatter) and the national tours of BRIGHT STAR (Billy) and PIPPIN. He performed with the televised broadcast of Peter Pan Live! on NBC and has appeared on Good Morning America and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a director/collaborative dramaturg, he has worked at Ojai Playwrights Conference and Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival, and as an assistant director on several NYC projects. Henry holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.

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ARI GROOVER  |  Carly, Ensemble

Ari Groover is known for being a “Jack of All Trades.“ Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Ari has been blessed to perform on and off Broadway in HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME (Broadway debut); HEAD OVER HEELS (u/s Pythio); HALF TIME; SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL; ALICE BY HEART; BARE at New World Stages, and more. Most recently, Ari is Tina’s sister Alline in TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her portrayal of Ronnette in the Off-Broadway revival of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.  Her film/tv credits include In The Heights; Spiderman: Homecoming; The Get Down (Netflix); Law & Order: SVU; and 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story. Along with performing, Ari is also a writer, DJ, and music producer creating an atmospheric soundscape and elevated vibe within the Broadway community. Despite the halt of Broadway due to the pandemic, Ari is currently producing her upcoming debut album Message From A Wanderer, releasing Summer 2021. She is excited to share her music to the world.

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RAYMOND J LEE  |  Dad, Ensemble

Raymond J. Lee was most recently in the company of MACK & MABEL at City Center Encores! and SOFT POWER at The Public Theater. Broadway credits include ALADDIN, ANYTHING GOES, GROU, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, and MAMMA MIA!  Regional credits include productions at A.C.T., La Jolla, The MUNY, and Paper Mill. Film/TV credits include Marriage Story, Ghost Town, "Succession," “Billions,” “Red Oaks,” and “Smash." His voiceover work includes projects for Dreamworks, Netflix, and several audiobooks. Huge shoutout and thanks to the entire INTERSTATE team and everyone at NYSAF. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and is repped by Nicolosi and Co. Follow @raymondjlee and visit www.raymondjlee.com

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GEENA QUINTOS  |  Adrian Tong

Geena Quintos  is excited to be a part of this season at NYSAF! A native New Yorker, Geena is passionate about her hometown, the people that live in it and wants to continue to raise her voice for her community. Dedicated to new works and Asian American representation in the arts, she has originated roles in HELD MOMENTARILY, NEPTUNE, JEANNETTE (playing at The Signature Theater 2022) and SOFT POWER (which has just finished its run at The Public Theater in November 2019). She was also a company member of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Other credits include EMOJILAND (The Duke) and The National Tour of A CHORUS LINE. She is the Founder of “The Buddy System,” an organization that services the API/AAPI community by providing accompaniment from trustworthy volunteers to anyone who is worried about getting around safely. Upcoming: Vietgone at The Geva Theater.

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SUSHMA SAHA  |  Henry Ahuja

Sushma Saha Off-Broadway: INTERSTATE (New York Musical Festival), THE NAKED CROSS (Pride Plays) / Regional: INTERSTATE (world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre), THE WOLVES (Actors Theatre of Louisville) / Other credits: INTERSTATE (National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Festival), DANCE NATION (Ithaca New Voices Literary Festival), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1st site-specific production at Bool's Flower Shop in Ithaca, New York). Sushma won Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role playing Henry in INTERSTATE at New York Musical Festival in 2018.Instagram: @sushmasahahaha

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MICHIKO SASAKI  |  Mom, Ensemble

Michiko Sasaki a native of Kyoto Japan, raised in Denver Colorado and currently working out of NYC and LA. Primarily a Dancer turned into Actress, some of her favorite Theater credits include: Broadway Revival/Tour of 42ND STREET, MISS SAIGON Tour, NYC RADIO CITY ROCKETTE, Off Broadway (Principal Roles): ROMULUS THE GREAT (Yangtze Rep), SAYONARA (Theater Row), SPOOLIES (Actors Temple), NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES and many regionals! Current TV/Film Credits include: Recurring Roles on FBI MOST WANTED (CBS), MANIFEST (NBC), KATY KEENE (CW). FBI (CBS), NEW AMSTERDAM (NBC), BLACKLIST (NBC), POWER (STARZ), BULL (CBS). Currently can be seen on DR. DEATH (NBC) Season 1 airing this Summer 2021!Michiko's favorite job is being a Mother to her little boy Kobe! You can be a Mom and still do what you Love!

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THEO TIEDEMANN  |  Dash Koi

Theo Tiedemann  is an actor & singer known recently for “Transparent: Musicale Finale” directed by Joey Soloway. Born and raised in New York, he majored in film production at Hunter College before moving to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. Theo made his Los Angeles stage debut at The Largo last year in “The Faith Soloway Crisis Show” and is excited to be making his New York stage debut this summer with New York Stage and Film!

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GIANNA YANELLI  |  Madison, Ensemble

Gianna Yanelli  is beyond excited to be part of the NYSAF summer season! Gianna was last seen in MEAN GIRLS at the August Wilson, originating the Broadway cast. Other credits include Law and Order: SVU, SNL, and Seth Meyers. A HUGE thank you to Melissa, Kit and Telsey for this opportunity!

 
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LIZ LARK BROWN  |  Barbara/Judith/Diane

Liz Lark Brown is a NYC-based actor/singer/voiceover artist. As a founding member of The Musical Theatre Factory, she's happily been a part of many new works by up-and-coming, award-winning composers; and under those auspices has been with WHITE GIRL IN DANGER since Michael sketched a brief outline that was improv’d into pieces he then amazingly developed into today’s epic. The journey has been something to behold, and a hoot. Most recently, Liz was part of Shakina Nayfack’s Drama League Award-winning ensemble play CHONBURI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND BUTTERFLY CLUB. She’s a longtime collaborating member of “Joe Iconis and Family.” For her solo show TARNISHED,, she won the 2011 MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Awards. Liz is a graduate of The William Esper Studio, and Syracuse University, and a proud member of AEA. Find her @Lalabee213 or lizlarkbrown.com

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LATOYA EDWARDS  |   Keesha

Latoya Edwards was most recently seen as Wummie in the American premiere of THE ROLLING STONE at Lincoln Center. Previously, she was seen as Ama in the remount of SCHOOL GIRLS;  OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY at MCC in NY & Center Theatre Group in LA. Her other credits include: Pearl in MISS YOU LIKE HELL at The Public Theater, appointment with gOD at Playwrights Realm, HAIR at Berkshire Theatre Group, POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL at Atlantic Theater Co, NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT at Adirondack Theatre Festival and CAREFULLY TAUGHT at Astoria PAC. Her TV/Film credits include: “The Many Saints of Newark”, “They Saw the Sun First” (BAFTA winner), "The Get Down", "Law & Order: SVU", the short musical film “Don’t Stay Safe”, and the music video “religion (u can lay your hands on me)”. www.latoyaedwards.nyc

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JENNIFER FOUCHÉ  |  Abilene

Jennifer Fouché is an ensemble member of New York’s critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company, a former member of the Flea Theatre's resident ensemble, The Bats, a member of the Tony Award winning choir, The Broadway Inspirational Voices and teaching artist. She is best known for her role as Matron Mama Morton in the Broadway National Tour of CHICAGO, and as Roberta, in the Original Off Broadway Cast of SISTAS The Musical. She has performed in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The New York Fringe Festival and the Obie Award winning 48 Hours In Harlem Play Festival and originated the role of Jess in the critically acclaimed Off West End and New York productions of HALF ME, HALF YOU.  Some film and television credits include Wu Tang: An American Saga, Jessica Jones, Quantico, SMASH, The Mysteries of Laura, Person of Interest, White Pickett Fence and the Sundance Award Winning film, Crown Heights. She is also the voice of Dame Stella Nostrella, a recurring character on the PBS animated series, Pinkalicious & Peteriffic. Jennifer will be joining the cast of Chicken and Biscuits, opening on Broadway in October. Instagram @jkfouche

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MORGAN SIOBAN GREEN  |  Caroline

Morgan Siobhan Green Broadway: BE MORE CHILL, Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: FOLK WANDERING, ARTNYC; SWEETEE, Signature; MISSED CONNECTIONS, New Ohio. Regional: MOBY-DICK, American Repertory Theater; BETWEEN THE LINES, Kansas City Rep. Television: The Bold Type; The Avalanches “Because I’m Me” Bradley University; MA, Long Island University @morgansiobhan She|Her|Hers

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JAMES JACKSON, JR.  |  Clarence

James Jackson, Jr.  Off-Broadway: A STRANGE LOOP (Obie Award), RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. National Tour:  WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND. Regional: DREAMGIRLS (DASH Supporting Actor Award), HENRI GABLER (Exigent Theatre).  Solo shows:  SHADY SINGS THE BLUES (Joe’s Pub, A.R.T.’s Club Oberon, Lyric Theatre of Los Angeles, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Green Room 42), THE BLACK-UPS.  Most recently he’s been blocked by Taylor Dayne and Kirsti Alley.  This summer he’ll be at Provincetown’s Tin Pan Alley.  www.TheJamesJacksonJr.com @JJacksonJr

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FARAH LOPEZ  |  Florence

Farah Lopez is excited to be joining this amazing team again to reprise her role as Florence. She's is an alumni of the Broadway musical Disney's THE LION KING and was last seen in NBC's "Manifest" and in the upcoming Netflix original, "Hit and Run." She would like to thank Michael for this opportunity and her family for their love and support.

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ALYSE ALAN LOUIS  |  Maegan Whitehall

Alyse Alan Louis is passionate about new work. She is a Drama Desk nominee for her performance as Hillary Clinton/Zoe in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER at The Public Theater (dir. Leigh Silverman). Broadway: AMÉLIE, DISASTER, MAMMA MIA!; Off Broadway: TEETH(NAMT); A NEW BRAIN (Encores Off Center); The Civilians’ PRETTY FILTHY (Abrons Arts Center); SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING and THE DAY BEFORE SPRING (The York’s Musicals in Mufti); ACADEMIA NUTS (NYMF). Regional: SOFT POWER (CTG and Curran); AMÉLIE (CTG and Berkeley Rep); FALL SPRINGS (Barrington Stage Company); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Bucks County Playhouse); SPRING AWAKENING (Olney Theater Center); POP! WHO SHOT ANDY WARHOL? (City Theater PA). You can hear her on the Original Cast Recordings of SOFT POWER (Grammy nomination), AMÉLIE, PRETTY FILTHY, A NEW BRAIN, and Michael Friedman Recording Project’s THE ABOMINABLES.

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LAUREN MARCUS  |  Meagan Whitehead

Lauren Marcus - Broadway: Brooke Lohst in the original company of BE MORE CHILL (Lyceum Theatre). Select regional and New York credits include: Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Brooke Lohst in BE MORE CHILL (Two River Theater and Signature Theatre), Brigid in THE HUMANS (St. Louis Rep), Amy in COMPANY (Barrington Stage), BEATSVILLE (Asolo Rep), THE JONATHAN LARSON PROJECT (Feinstein’s/54 Below), Mary Flynn in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Sharon Playhouse), PREGNANCY PACT (Weston Playhouse), and Miss Asp in LOVE IN HATE NATION (Two River Theater). Lauren will be making her feature film debut in the upcoming tick, tick…Boom! (dir. Lin-Manuel Miranda) this fall. She is also a singer-songwriter, and often plays her original retro-pop tunes around NYC with a 12-person-band in tow. Lauren received her Bachelor of Music from NYU and her Master of Arts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. More info at www.laurenmarcus.com

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ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS  |  Matt / Scott / Zack

Eric William Morris - Broadway: King Kong  CORAM BOY, MAMMA MIA! Eric frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in BE MORE CHILL (Original Cast Recording, Two River Theatre) THINGS TO RUIN (OCR, 2nd Stage) and BLOODSONG OF LOVE (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: Amazon’s upcoming “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Mind Hunter”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s THE PERPLEXED (MTC) SONGBIRGD (59E59, Two River), THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO (OCR, Two River), THE LAST GOODBYE, DOG & PONY (both at The Old Globe). Eric is also a play, screen, and songwriter who is ecstatic about collaborating IRL again.

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RONALD PEET  |  Tarik

Ronald Peet’s film projects include THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES, opposite Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler; FIRST REFORMED, directed by Paul Schrader; NEVADA, 2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection; and THE LAND OF OWLS. His television credits include “The I-Land” (series regular), “Dicktown” Season 1 and the upcoming Season 2, “The Good Fight,” “Tommy,” “The Looming Tower,” “Bull, “ “Blindspot,” and “Girls.” Appearances on the New York Stage include starring in “DADDY,” a coproduction of The New Group and Vineyard Theatre; PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE (Classic Stage and Utah Shakespeare Festival); SPILL (Ensemble Studio Theatre); CUTE ACTIVIST (Bushwick Starr); KENTUCKY (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Page 73); ICARUS IN THE LES (Joe’s Pub); THE WORLD MY MAMA RAISED (Clubbed Thumb); DEBUTANTE (Ars Nova) and regional credits include THE LAST... (Williamstown Theater Festival, Solo Piece), THE LION IN WINTER (Two River Theater); peerless (Barrington Stage Company); The Golem Of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama), and over 30 roles in 15 productions with the American Shakespeare Center. An accomplished singer, Ronald recently performed in Bernstein’s MASS at Lincoln Center and Karehouse at Joe's Pub. Ronald is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an Emory University Alumnus

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NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS  |  Nell

NaTasha Yvette Williams, Broadway Credits: WAITRESS (Becky), CHICAGO (Mama Morton). Broadway: A NIGHT WITH JANICE JOPLIN (Aretha, Joplinaire) THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS (Mariah) THE COLOR PURPLE (Sofia). You may have seen her on PBS in Lincoln Center’s SHOWBOAT (Queenie) with The NY Philharmonic. Featured Vocalist/Concerts: Carnegie Hall (Irving Berlin), Avery Fisher Hall (Ragtime), Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Ottawa Symphony, just to name a few. TV credits: Esther on “New Amsterdam” , Juror Florence on “The Good Fight” , “Dash and Lilly” Topaz “Orange is the New Black”, “Madam Secretary” “ NOS4A2” and Pearl in “The God Father of Harlem” starring Forrest Whitaker. Look for her in the upcoming Historical Thriller ALICE starring Keke Palmer and Common. NaTasha is an entertainment force and a founding member of Black Theatre United, committed to protecting, black people, black talent, and black lives through empowering each community through activism for the pursuit of justice and equality for the betterment of all humanity.

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Join us for live theater this summer as we safely bring artists and audiences back together for presentations of new musicals in -process.   Show information and descriptions are below. 

Tickets for Summer 2021 outdoor venues at Vassar and Marist are pay-what-you-can and must be reserved in advance. The NYSAF Box Office opens for reservations on July 1st. 

 

Tickets for presentations at Revel 32° are $49.50 and must be purchased directly from Revel 32° at  www.revel32.com 

  • Due to union, local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines restricting public gatherings and operations, audience capacities will be significantly reduced this summer

  • Programming is subject to change pending approval from Actors Equity Association

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