Performers 2017-04-06T15:52:48+00:00

2017 Performers

Khiry Armstead
Gremio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Armstead is an actor/playwright from New Orleans. Recent credits include Avery in The Flick and Tommy in Pterodactyls (Promethean Theatre Company), Philario in Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane), as well as Florizel in The Winter’s Tale and Coachman in Marie Antoinette (The NOLA Project).

Marie Becnel
Bianca/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Ms. Becnel attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is also an alumna of the American Theatre Wing’s Springboard program in NYC. Since her arrival in New Orleans she has appeared in multiple productions including Tarzan (JPAS), Mary Poppins (JPAS), Once More With Feeling (Four Sweater Vests), Measure for Measure (Anthony Bean Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Le Petit Theatre), Sister Act (JPAS), Dr. Horrible’s…Blog (Four Sweater Vests), and Rigoletto (JPAS).

Brian Coogan
Musician for The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Coogan has played and sung in the bars and clubs of New Orleans since his relocation from his birthplace of Baton Rouge in 2001. In recent years, he toured nationally in the band of electronic producer Pretty Lights, after working on the Grammy-nominated album A Color Map of the Sun. No stranger to theatre circles, recent local credits include Southern Rep’s Song of a Man Coming Through, Lux et Umbra’s Faustus, and AllWays Lounge’s Sweeney Todd.

Chris Lane
Grumio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Lane has acted in productions of Cripple Creek, New Noise, Art Spot Productions, NOLA Project, as well as his own company Gulf Coast a Nostra Productions. He has also been the M.C. of Trixie Minx’s Fleur de Tease Productions for 11 seasons, a cast member of Louisiana History Alive, and a member of IATSE 478. This is Mr. Lane’s first time performing at The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival.

Donald Lewis, Jr.
Baptista/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Lewis is a graduate of The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and attended the University of New Orleans and the College of Santa Fe. He was last seen in Cripple Creek’s Ragtime. Don co-wrote a play on African American-Jewish relations with Dr. Michael Chafetz entitled On One Foot, which premiered at Dillard University. He also worked with three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee on the New Orleans premiere of Fragments. Don has appeared in numerous commercials, and was invited to the Sundance Institute for the film Heaven Before I Die. He currently teaches theater in Orleans parish. He is also a Storyteller with Young audiences and Louisiana endowment for the humanities. He does the Livewire with WWOZ on Tuesdays and is on the board of WRBH Radio.

Jessica Amber Lozano
Tranio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew 

Ms. Lozano is a theatre artist, arts educator, graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, and a proud member of The Cripple Creek Theatre Company. Recent performances include Stacey in Gabrielle Reisman’s world premiere Flood City (The Nola Project) Tateh’s Daughter in Ragtime (Cripple Creek) Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty: An American Panto (Le Petit Theatre) Popo in Clown Bar (The Nola Project) and Sister Mister in The Cradle Will Rock (Cripple Creek). Moved by the powerful city that surrounds her, she strives to create work for the community that fosters awareness of social injustices, awakens critical consciousness, and engages audience members to become active citizens in a multicultural world.

Cameron-­Mitchell Ware
Hortensio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Ware is a theatre/teaching artist from New Orleans, actively creating and performing in New York City and Los Angeles. Recent New Orleans credits include: Coalhouse Walker Jr. in RAGTIME (Cripple Creek Theatre Co.), Dudley in A Kingdom, A Chasm (Vagabond Inventions), and Jesus in Reefer Madness (Storyville Collective).  Other credits include: Passing Strange (Stew) at Columbia University, numerous appearances at Midtown’s ‘Dont Tell Mama’ Cabaret, and Off-Broadway in Deployed: A New Musical. Currently living in New Orleans, CM teaches theatre & dance for The Contemporary Arts Center, Young Audiences Charter School, and KIDsmART. Cameron-Mitchell holds degrees in Musical Theatre and Sociology from Loyola Marymount University.

Devyn Tyler
Kate/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Ms. Tyler was born and raised in New Orleans and appeared on the Festival stage last season in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Illusion. She studied theater at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and she graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. She is fluent in French and her research interests include cultural exchanges between Louisiana, West Africa, and France as well as Free People of Color in 19th century New Orleans. She is a YoungArts Gold Winner in Theater and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts (2009). Her past theater credits include Six Americans and Home, Again—both performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the YoungArts Millennium Stage performance series. Her film credits include Margaret Northup in 12 Years A Slave, Seraphina in WGN America’s Underground, and Amelia Boyd in NCIS: New Orleans.

Andrew Vaught
Petruchio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

 Mr. Vaught is the founder and co-artistic director of the Cripple Creek Theatre. Over its ten year existence he has written, produced, directed, and acted for the company. Notable roles include the Prospector in the Madwoman of Chaillot, Pere Ubu in Ubu Roi, Ubu Cocku, and Ubu Enchaine, and an eye patch sporting J.P. Morgan in Ragtime. In 2015 he directed The Cradle Will Rock for Cripple Creek, which won a Big Easy Award for best musical. Cripple Creek has performed several of his original plays including Mjr. Swelling’s Salvation Salve Medicine Show, A Crude Trilogy, The Future is a Fancyland Place, and Possum Kingdom. His play Robin Hood (their/brigand) was produced in the NOMA Sculpture Garden by the NOLA Project in 2015For the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane he has performed in Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Macbeth, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged). Recently Andrew received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and is currently exploring PhD programs abroad.

Philip Yiannopoulos
Lucentio/Ensemble in The Taming of the Shrew

Mr. Yiannopoulos is a New Orleans native and proud member of Cripple Creek Theatre Company.  His credits with them include Willie Conklin in Ragtime and Bugs in The Cradle Will Rock.  Other credits include Kabe in One Flea Spare and Vealtnic Husz in A Bright Room Called Day.  He is also a trained improviser through The New Movement, fluent in French, and a visual artist.