Performers


Alex Ates Flute Alex Ates 150x150 Performers
Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mr. Ates is a New Orleans native and has been an actor with the Festival for seven seasons. He is the conceiver, producer and director of The Shakespearean Jazz Show; which visited the Festival for two seasons in a row. Alex is also the director and producer of Chasing Ballerinas; the one-woman show of MTV’s Quinn Marcus, which premiered at Tulane in January. Additionally, his writing on theater has appeared on howlround.com. He is a NOLA Project company member and graduated from Emerson College in 2013.


Luna Jason Bayle copy 150x150 Performers Jason Bayle*
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Bayle’s acting credits include King Lear, Heist!, August: Osage County, Pride and Prejudice, A Free Man of Color, All The King’s Men (Swine Palace). Chicago: Sugar, Once Upon a Mattress, The Pirates of Penzance, Forever Plaid, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman! (Drury Lane Oak Brook), The Bowery Boys (Marriott Theatre), The Full Monty and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Drury Lane Water Tower), The American Dream Songbook (Next Theatre), Joe! The Musical (Chicago Dramatists), The Water Coolers (Lakeshore Theatre), Anyone Can Whistle (Ravinia Festival Theatre). National credits: Scrooge, The Musical, starring Richard Chamberlain. Film and TV: Get Hard (2015), The Chicago Code (Fox). Jason is currently writing the book and adapting the songs of the Long Gone Lonesome Boys for a new American musical, Lonesome Time.


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Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ensemble in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Mr. Bowen is a senior political science major at Tulane who has been working as an actor with the Festival since he was ten years old. Most recently he appeared in the Festival’s 2013 production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). He has also appeared as Rosencrantz in the Festival’s 2012 production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and as Horatio in Hamlet. Additionally, he helped to relaunch Shakespeare on the Road, a program in which Tulane students create a play about Shakespeare and tour it to local schools at no charge.


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Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2 

Mr. Bowen has been an active member of the New Orleans theatre community for over thirty years. In his years with the Festival, Danny has played many roles including Macbeth, Mercutio, Marc Antony, Caliban, Orsino, Petruchio, Don Armado and Bottom. For the Festival’s 2013 season, Danny played Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet; which he reprised for the January 2014 Production for the Schools.


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Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Catalano, who hails from Massachusetts, is a rising sophomore at Tulane University studying Theatre and Linguistics. She was most recently seen in Tulane Department of Theatre & Dance’s productions of The Golden Dragon and Eurydice. She has studied and performed with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI for the past five years and has worked with several community and professional theaters across New England. She was also a member of the Festival’s Shakespeare on the Road ensemble.


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Composer & performer in The Luna Series

Mr. Gomez is a conductor, composer, violinist and a co-founder of Compleat Stage. He is a regular guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, with performances including the sold-out gala celebrating the grand re-opening of the Saenger Theatre. An alumni of the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Gomez keeps a busy guest conducting and speaking schedule in the US and Latin America. He was recently a featured speaker in Costa Rica’s TEDx PuraVida, and in 2013 he was selected by the Jazz Foundation of America (NY) to conduct Wardell Quezergue’s posthumous premiere of his Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, recorded for broadcast by WWOZ. He currently serves as Head of Music Programs and Education Advisor for YOA Orchestra of the Americas (Washington D.C.) and is the recipient of a Conducting Fellowship with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Raul holds graduate degrees from LSU: Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting and Master of Music in violin performance. rgomezmusic.com


Fairy Andrea Gros 150x150 Performers Andrea Gros
Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Gros is a recent graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She was awarded NOCCA’s 2014 Drama President Honors, and her credits there include: Liz Morden in Our Country’s Good, Madame Pernell in Tartuffe, Perfect Love in Arabian Nights, and Ms. Dickson in Intimate Apparel. Other highlighted performances include Byron Encalade in Spill with the Tectonic Theater Project, and Alicia in the short-film Deluge. She has also performed in productions with Artist Inc, JPAS, the Fringe Festival, and Art Spot Productions. Andrea plans to pursue a career in performing and acting by attending a Performing Arts University.


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Heather Hansen
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1
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Ms. Hansen grew up in large, artistic family in rural Idaho. She graduated from Evergreen in Theater Design, and studied dance for five years with Butoh master Kazuo Ohno. At present, she maintains studios in New Orleans and Paris, France. Hansen is currently exploring new environments and mediums for Emptied Gestures, and recently released a video created on the beaches of the Louisiana Gulf Coast.  The artist will be exhibiting in the art biennial Prospect 3+, at LASM in Baton Rouge this October. Hansen’s series Emptied Gestures has enjoyed some viral attention; with over 600,000 views of her videos, and over 1 million Facebook shares.  She has been featured in leading international art and design blogs, including FubizJuxtapozColossalIgnantMy Modern MetHi Fructose, Wired Italy, and NPR’s Fresh Air.  https://heatherhansen.net Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/hhansen

Puck Clint Johnson copy e1398462884926 150x150 Performers Clint Johnson 
Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ensemble in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Johnson is performing in his fourth and fifth Festival productions this year, having previously appeared in Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). New Orleans credits include: My Way, Let Freedom Swing, Thanks For the Memories, and The Andrews Brothers at the National WWII Museum. Other credits include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), and Next To Normal (for which he won a Big Easy Award) at Southern Rep.


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Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1

Ms. Kimball most recently guest starred on FX’s American Horror Story. She has also appeared on Treme, Memphis Beat, and two national commercials co-starring Drew Brees. Theater credits include: High School Musical and Hair (Swine Palace). She also performed in a production of Heidi Chronicles, which toured to China, and is a member of the collaborative theatre company Compleat Stage. She is a native of Lake Charles, LA and holds a BA in Theater Performance from LSU.


Bottom Liam Kraus copy e1398463455561 150x150 Performers Liam Kraus*
Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mr. Kraus is delighted to return to the Festival, last appearing in As You Like It. Some of his favorite roles include: Lynch in Finer Noble Gases, MacDuff in Macbeth, Hovstad in An Enemy of the People, and Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Liam holds a MFA in Theatre Performance from CalArts. Liam daylights as a teacher at KIPP Renaissance High School when not onstage.


Donald Lewis 150x150 Performers Donald Lewis, Jr.
Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream        

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 as Berry Gordy in A Motown Review. 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 is currently head of the Gifted and Talented Theater Department of the Recovery School District.


Francesca McKenzie 150x150 Performers Francesca McKenzie
Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1

Ms. McKenzie is a theatre maker, educator and yogi from the San Francisco Bay Area and is proud to call New Orleans home. She is a member of Cripple Creek Theatre Company, whose mission is to produce historically, socially and politically relevant work to spark the public to social action. cripplecreekplayers.org


Jessica Podewell 150x150 Performers Jessica Podewell*
Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Podewell received a MFA in Acting and New Works at Ohio State University, and a BFA from Webster University. She originally hails from New Orleans and currently teaches at Tulane University. Jessica has worked professionally in theatres throughout Austin, Chicago and New York. She is a proud founding member of the children’s theatre The Patchwork Players and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Morgan Roberts 150x150 Performers Morgan Roberts
Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Roberts recently appeared in the workshop production of Equal Love: Romeo + Juliet. He also starred in the off-Broadway production of The Columbine Project in 2009 and has performed in Los Angeles productions of Cinderella and Love Letters to Mary Jane. His film and television credits include American Horror Story, Ravenswood and When the Game Stands Tall.


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Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Rossignoli, a native of Honduras, recently graduated from LSU in Piano Performance. An arranger, recording artist and collaborative pianist; he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras and has shared the stage with prominent artists such as Wayne Bergeron, Rufus Reid, Tony Dagradi, Bill Grimes, Wes Anderson and Trent Austin. Oscar is skilled at both jazz and classical idioms, and recently won the LSU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and received accolades as “audience favorite”. He also won second place at the prestigious Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillips Jazz Piano Competition. He was recently invited to participate at the 2012 Ravinia Festival for the Steans Music Institute.


Michael Scott 150x150 Performers Michael Scott 
Willow in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Aerial Choreographer/Movement Coach

Mr. Scott studied Theatre at LSU before moving to New Orleans in the spring of 2012. Since then he has worked on two films (The Pain of the People and Student Bodies) and two national commercials; including one opposite Saint’s Quarterback Drew Brees. He recently appeared in The NOLA Project’s production of A Truckload of Ink and is a proud collaborator with the performing arts ensemble Compleat Stage. www.michaelscottnow.com


Chris Silva 150x150 Performers Chris Silva
Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Silva is an actor and musician originally from Alexandria, Virginia. He received his BA in Theatre Performance from LSU and credits there include Promenade, Antigone, Outworks 2011, Shapeshifter, and Gruesome Playground Injuries. He also appeared in Swine Palace’s production of Pride & Prejudice.


Payton Smith 150x150 Performers Payton Smith 
Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Smith is a senior in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ drama department and the first class of their Academic Studio. There she performed as Elmire in Tartuffe: Born Again. Other performance credits include Alberdine Kimbal in a workshop of Spill with the Tectonic Theater Project, and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale with the Festival’s All Things Shakespeare program. She has modeled for Revival Outpost in Gambit Magazine and guest hosted Family Style with Chef Jeff. Recently she assistant directed Our Country’s Good with Silas Cooper and Amy Holtcamp and independently directed Always.


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Ruby Lou Smith
Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1

Ms. Smith is a theatre and film artist living in New Orleans. Before moving to Louisiana, Ruby studied and worked on her acting career in her home state of Georgia. Her favorite credits include Darlene in A Confederacy of Dunces (Shelton Street Theatrical Workshop), A Doll’s House (Swine Palace), A Flea in Her Ear (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), Equus (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), and King Lear (Swine Palace). Ruby is the Artistic Director of Compleat Stage, a not-for-profit collaborative performing arts ensemble. She holds a MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University. www.compleatstage.org


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Anna (Kodi) Studier 
Moth in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1

Ms. Studier is a rising sophomore from Los Angeles pursuing a BA degree in Theater Performance from Tulane University. In the past year she played Elmer in the Tulane’s production of Still Life with Iris and understudied the lead in a senior thesis production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Some of her most noted roles from high school theater productions include Holly in The Wedding Singer, Rosina in Becoming Memories, Fae and Mrs. Fezziwig in 3 Ghosts, and Andrea Devareaux in Once on this Island. She was also a member of the Festival’s Shakespeare on the Road ensemble.


Burton Tedesco 150x150 Performers Burton Tedesco
Fight Director
Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 2

Mr. Tedesco is the Director of Theatre at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. In his first three seasons with the Festival, he has directed the violence for Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Julius Caesar. As an actor, he has played roles including Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar. He is a Dueling Arts International Associate Instructor of Stage Combat and Teacher Trainee of Michael Lugering’s Expressive Actor Technique.


 Performers

Beverly Trask
Choreographer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ms. Trask is an Associate Professor in Tulane’s Department of Theatre & Dance. She has choreographed and performed in numerous theatre and dance productions in New Orleans including Pride & Prejudice, La Cage aux Folles, The Lily Project, Cabaret, Oklahoma, Grapes of Wrath, Follies, Chicago, Three Tall Women, Anything Goes, Pajama Game, Mame, 42nd Street, Damn Yankees, Hello Dolly, and more. She last appeared with the Festival in 2004 as the Duchess of York in Richard III.


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Andrew Vaught
Ensemble in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Mr. Vaught is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Cripple Creek Theatre Company. He has written The Future is a Fancyland Place, A Crude Trilogy, Major Swelling’s Salvation Salve Medicine Show; and acted in Madwoman of Chaillot, The Ubu Cycle, and Lysistrata. He has directed An Enemy of The People, Waiting for Lefty, and many of the company’s shows. He has been seen around town in such varied roles as Norman in The Norman Conquests, E.E. Cummings in ee me and pollack thee: an opera, and Oberon in the NOLA Project’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Marcelo Vieira 150x150 Performers Marcelo Vieira
Performer in The Luna Series: Part 1

Mr. Vieira is a cellist and an interdisciplinary artist. He holds a Master’s Degree both in Jazz Studies and Cello Performance from LSU and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Millsaps College. In 2003 he started freelancing with popular Brazilian artists and bands, touring worldwide as cellist/sideman; including Montreuxx Jazz Festival in 2003, and recordings of MTV Unplugged and Live in Brazil. Additionally, he was faculty at Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop in Ohio and at the Vermont Improvising Strings Academy. Marcelo is also a producer and worked from 2010 to 2011 as assistant for communications and development for the LSU Symphony. He is a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and strings teacher in the Jackson Metro Area.


 

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association: The union of professional actors and stage managers