Performers


Austin Reed Alleman Austin Alleman_Guiderius copy
Guiderius in Cymbeline

Mr. Alleman returns to the Festival after playing Romeo in the 2014 remount of Romeo & Juliet. He is currently a fourth-year student in the Professional Actor Training Program at SUNY Purchase in New York. New Orleans credits include Spring Awakening, To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Diary of Anne Frank. New York credits include: Marat/Sade, The Green Bird, The Rimers of Eldridge, and Stage Door. He was a semi-finalist in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center, a Marquee and Storer Boone Award Nominee, and a member of the Actors’ Equity Membership Candidate Program.


Khiry Armstead_Philario copyKhiry Armstead
Philario in Cymbeline

Mr. Armstead, a New Orleans native, was previously seen on stage in Tulane University’s productions of The Golden Dragon (Man), Still Life with Iris (Mr. Himtoo), and The Lesson (the Professor). As the current president of the Tulane Undergraduate Performing Arts Society, he recently mounted productions of The Virtuous Burglar and the Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage. This is his first appearance on stage at the Festival.


Greg Baber_Belarius copyGreg Baber*
Belarius in Cymbeline

Mr. Baber has recently retired after teaching drama in the New Orleans school system for 22 years. During that time he served as chairperson for both NOCCA/Riverfront’s and Lusher Charter High School’s theater departments. Before becoming a teacher, he received an MFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University, performed in 50 professional stage productions, and appeared on screen with Virginia Madsen in Iron Clads, John Goodman in Kingfish, and James Woods in My Name Is Bill W. Even though this is Greg’s first performance with the Festival, several of his former students have appeared on its stage over the last 10 years. In fact, one of his former students is in this production of Cymbeline and another is in the Festival’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.


James Bartelle_Jack copyJames Bartelle
Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Bartelle is the Associate Artistic Director of The NOLA Project, where he has appeared in nearly 30 productions including A Truckload of Ink, Oregon Trail: The Play, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and most recently as the title character in Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand. Other local credits include The Norman Conquests and The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Southern Rep (both of which earned him Big Easy awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy). Previous Festival credits include Orlando in As You Like It, The Thane of Ross in Macbeth, Fabian in Twelfth Night, Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet.


Lawrence Bierria_Intern copyLawrence Bierria
Gentleman & Captain in Cymbeline

Mr. Bierria is a young and upcoming actor, director, and musician. He is a senior at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in the Drama program. He has been known for his work on several short films and performance festivals based in Texas. He recently had the opportunity to perform during Jazz Fest, at NOCCA, and at several other prestigious festivals in New Orleans. In the fall Lawrence will attend Ithaca College in pursuit of a BFA in Acting.


Danny BowenDanny Bowen*
Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Bowen is a New Orleans native who has been acting on local stages since 1977. In the real world he is a Physical Therapist.

 


Patrick Bowen_Algernon copyPatrick Bowen
Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Bowen has worked on the Festival’s mainstage since 2003 in such productions as The Merry Wives of Windsor, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and Richard III. Additionally he has appeared in the Festival’s All Things Shakespeare productions in roles such as Feste in Twelfth Night, Trinculo in The Tempest, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Graham Burk_Cloten copyGraham Burk
Cloten in Cymbeline

Mr. Burk was last seen as Fred in Southern Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol. He has recently moved back to New Orleans after completing a Masters in Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Graham’s recent roles include Husband-He in 1914 Machine (Traverse Theatre), Robert Sideway/Harry Brewer in Our Country’s Good (Tron Theatre), Dave in Redcross Way (The Arches), Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well (Globe Education), and Balthasar in Comedy of Errors (Bard in the Botanics).


Celeste Cahn_Lady copyCeleste Cahn
Dorothy in Cymbeline

Ms. Cahn recently graduated from Brown University with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts, Performance Studies, and History (with a focus on radical social change). There she participated in many productions in different capacities including acting, directing, designing, and producing. Most recently she played Amanda Forkmeyer in the new play Deadsville, and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She also directed Medea and was a member of the Production Workshop and Sock and Buskin Boards. This is her second season with the Festival.


Jason Carter_Lane_Merriman copyJason Carter
Lane & Merriman in The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Carter’s school plays and summers at The National Youth Theater led to an application and acceptance to LAMDA. There, in Jane Gibson’s classes (herself an alumni of the Paris Jacque le Coq school), he found the tools that would inform his approach to professional work. Graduating after a tour of Holland playing Romeo, he worked extensively in British theatre – seasons at Southampton and Chichester, many plays at regional theatres, and long West End runs: The Sleeping Prince with Omar Sharrif; Simon Gray’s Melon with Alan Bates; Simon Gray’s Common Pursuit; and Steven Berkoff’s Royal National Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. USA credits include Marcus Cole in the Sci-Fi series Babylon 5 and the soon to be released By Way of Helena with Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth.


Erin Cessna_Imogen copyErin Cessna
Imogen in Cymbeline

Ms. Cessna is originally from Rochester, NY but has called New Orleans home for the last nine years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tulane in 2013 with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Her favorite roles at Tulane included Josie in The Skriker, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, The Maid in The Lesson, and, well, everyone in her original one-woman show and thesis: Shelby, Lemoyne, Louise, and Dick. Erin’s credits with the Festival include Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and various roles in Twelfth Night, and Julius Caesar. She recently appeared in Rivertown’s One Man, Two Guvnors (Rachel), and Lux et Umbra’s The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Antigone (Jack and Eurydice, respectively). Erin is also currently studying improv at The New Movement here in Nola. Later this summer you can see her as Emma in Promethean Theatre Co.’s production of Pterodactyls.


Tracey Collins_Prism copyTracey E. Collins
Ms. Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest

Ms. Collins is a multiple Big Easy, Storer Boone, and Marquee Award winner. She has been trodding the boards in and around New Orleans for more than 30 years, having been seen in more than 90 productions on more than 25 stages. This is her first foray on the Festival stage. Tracey was last seen at Rivertown Theaters in Ricky Graham’s When Ya Smilin’ and And The Ball And All. She was also in the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen production of Sean Patterson and Ricky Graham’s Mysterious Wisterias.


Silas Cooper_Caius copySilas Cooper*
Caius Lucius & Frenchman in Cymbeline

Mr. Cooper’s Festival credits include: Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. Recent stage work: Orphans at the Allways and SPILL at Swine Palace. Other local appearances: 33 Variations at Southern Rep and The Diary of Anne FrankTo Kill A Mockingbird and True West for NOCCA Stage Company. Silas has toured nationally in Noises Off and appeared in Moscow, London, and New York. Regional credits include Baltimore Center Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Colony Theatre, Tulane Center Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Los Angeles theatres: The Falcon, 24th Street, and Colony. Directing credits include Einstein and the Polar Bear in Los Angeles, The Trip to Bountiful at NOCCA Stage, and Driving Miss Daisy at JPAS. TV/Film: The lead role in Snakeskin Jacket, and roles in The Green Lantern, Columbiana, Chameleon, Multiplicity, Treme, Justice for Natalee, Head of the Class, Acceptance, House of Secrets, Back to The Batcave, Jag, and Dr. Vegas. He is currently head of the drama division at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.


Julia DeLois_Cecily copyJulia DeLois
Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest

Ms. DeLois is from Concord, New Hampshire and has been a transplant New Orleanian since 2009. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Tulane University, where favorite credits include Waiting for Godot (Estragon), Yentl (Yentl), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia). She was most recently seen as Ismene in Lux et Umbra’s Antigone, and currently serves as house manager at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. She also writes and performs sketch comedy with the New Movement, a comedy conservatory in the Marigny. Though this will be her first time on stage with the Festival, it is her third show with them, having previously worked on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.


Mary Guiteras_Helen copyMary Guiteras
Helen & Soothsayer in Cymbeline

Ms. Guiteras is a recent arrival to New Orleans from New York City where she worked primarily with The New Ensemble and Woodshed Collective, creating immersive theatrical work. Favorite credits include The Birthday Sax at Ars Nova, Fornicated From The Beatles at ART, Cyanocitta at The Beckett, and Black Snow at The Riverside Theater. She also performed on the house team DIVO at The People’s Improv Theater, and at The Magnet Theater’s musical improv team Snake Eyes. She tours the country with her improv comedy “duo Bartenders”. BFA Tisch NYU- ETW, RADA, PHTS.


David Huynh_Posthumus copyDavid Huynh
Posthumus in Cymbeline

Mr. Huynh is originally from Lafayette, LA. He received a BFA from the University of Louisiana and an MFA in Acting from the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program. Previous roles include: Prince Hal in Henry IV Part I and Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Houston Shakespeare Festival); Orlando in As You Like It and Lodovico in Othello (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); Petya Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard (Moscow Art Theatre workshop production); and Tecumseh in Unto These Hills (Mountainside Theatre). Other favorites include Wisehammer in Our Country’s Good, Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, and Tim in Noises Off!. He also works with Camp Bon Coeur, a camp for children with congenital heart defects, a cause very dear to him. See more at www.heartcamp.com


Chris Kelly_Iachimo copyChristopher Kelly*
Iachimo in Cymbeline

Mr. Kelly recently appeared Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Other NYC credits include Macbeth (New Victory Theatre) and Moby Dick (Drama Desk Nomination, Ohio Theater). Regional credits include Grace, or the Art of Climbing, Pierre, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Three Sisters (Denver Center), Henry IV parts 1 & 2 (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC), Pericles (California Shakespeare), In the Next Room (Syracuse Stage), Proof, Witness for the Prosecution (Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Rep), Noises Off (Cleveland Playhouse), The Rivers Under the Earth (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Marisol (Luna Stage, NJ), Tomorrow in the Battle (Hudson Stageworks), The Yellow Leaf, A Few Good Men, The Foreigner (Pioneer Theatre, Utah), The Glass Menagerie, Amadeus (Fulton Theatre, PA), The Center of Gravity (Portland Stage). TV/Film credits include Damages (FX), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (CBS), and Brothers of the Borderland. EducationMFA, NYU.


Hermia-Lyndsay Kimball copyLyndsay Kimball
Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest

Ms. Kimball recently played Hermia in the Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include High School Musical and Hair (Swine Palace), Heidi Chronicles (Swine Palace, China Tour). Television: American Horror Story: Coven (FX), Treme (HBO), and Memphis Beat (TNT). Lyndsay has co-starred with Drew Brees in two national commercials. Film credits include Hallmarks’ Remember Sunday and the upcoming The Whole Truth starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from LSU and is a company member of New Orleans based Compleat Stage.


John Lewis_Pisanio copyJohn R. Lewis*
Pisanio in Cymbeline

Mr. Lewis hails from the California Bay Area and received his training at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He also was awarded an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he appeared in The Taming of the Shrew. Favorite recent credits, all with Bay Area theaters, include David Dante in the World Premiere of The Seven Deadly Pleasures (Goat Hall Productions), Balthazar/Watchman in Much Ado About Nothing (California Shakespeare Theatre), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Boxcar Theatre), Reverend Nokhudian in the World Premiere of Some People Hear Thunder (Smoger Productions), and Walter Anderson in Chess (Willows Theatre Company). Following Cymbeline, John will return home to play Sancho Panza in the US Premiere of Don Quixote at the Marin Shakespeare Company.


Cristine McMurdo-Wallis headshots

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis*
The Woman in Incarnate

Ms. McMurdo-Wallis has performed in theatres across the country. Highlights include: Nickel and Dimed (original cast, Intiman Theatre, Seattle and
 Mark Taper Forum, LA; dir: Bartlett Sher); Angels in America, Millenium and Perestroika (ACT, San Francisco, dir: Mark Wing-Davey, Drama-Logue and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards); Cymbeline (Hartford Stage and McCarter Theatre,
dir: Mark Lamos), Collected Stories (Berkeley Rep, Drama-Logue Award); two seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other theatres include: Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Denver Center, Alaska Rep, The Huntington (Boston) Papermill Playhouse, Diamond Head Theatre (Honolulu), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Portland Stage Company, Swine Palace, and Southern Rep (The Last Madame, Rising Water). McMurdo-Wallis has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, and
with Al Pacino in Salome (Stamford, CT). Film and TV: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, American Heart (with Jeff Bridges), The Guiding Light. Cristine is a regular narrator for
Recorded Books, Inc. in New York.


Clare Moncrief_Bracknell copyClare Moncrief
Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

Since 1999 Clare Moncrief has served as Managing Director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and as a member of the adjunct faculty in Tulane’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Over the last three Festival seasons she has directed Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the annual production for the schools of both Hamlet and Midsummer. Clare has been acting and directing on New Orleans stages since 1976.


Liann Pattison_Queen copyLiann Pattison*
Queen in Cymbeline

Ms. Pattison’s Shakespearean roles include: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Swine Palace, Queen in Richard II at PCPA, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and Celia in As You Like It at Utah Shakespeare. Local stages: 33 Variations (Gertie), The Trip to Bountiful (Jessie Mae), Broomstick (Witch), Short Takes (Various Roles), among others. For Los Angles’ Mark Taper Forum: The Cider House Rules, The Square Project, Closer. On Broadway: I’m Not Rappaport, Serious Money. Regional theatres include Baltimore Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, The Long Wharf, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others. TV and film appearances include roles on Memphis Beat, Treme, The West Wing, Judging Amy, I Love you, Phillip Morris, Playing for Keeps, Maggie, When the Game Stands Tall, 99 Homes, D-Train, and Geostorm (to be released in 2016). Liann is a proud member  of Actors’ Equity.


Oscar Rossignoli_Pianist copyOscar Rossignoli
Pianist in Incarnate

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.


David Sellers_Cornelius copyDavid Sellers
Cornelius in Cymbeline

Mr. Sellers is making his Festival debut. Past Chicago credits include, The White House Murder Case, Hamlet, Sirens of Titan, Macbeth, and Endgame. Most recently he was seen in 30 X Ninety’s inaugural production of Clybourne Park. David holds an MFA in Acting from LSU.


Chris SilvaChris Silva
Arviragus in Cymbeline

Mr. Silva is an actor and arts enthusiast originally from Alexandria, Virginia. He received a BA in Theatre Performance from LSU in 2012, and credits there include Antigone, Shapeshifter, and Gruesome Playground Injuries, among others. While finishing his degree in Baton Rouge he could be seen in Pride & Prejudice (Swine Palace). Since moving to New Orleans he has appeared in the Root Series (Compleat Stage), Feast & Crime (The Cobbleslop Group), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival).


Keisha Slaughter_Vocalist copyKeisha Slaughter
Vocalist in Incarnate

Ms. Slaughter is a New Orleans born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Captivating audiences with her soulful voice, she has performed at venues of every caliber. In addition to early training in jazz, Keisha pursued studies in classical instrumental music at NOCCA, received a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Loyola University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College. While at Loyola, Keisha studied flute with Patti Adams (LPO) and jazz voice with Leah Chase. She recently participated in a tribute to Billy Strayhorn, part of Philadelphia’s OutBeat Jazz Festival. To learn more, visit keishaslaughtermusic.com.


Ruby Lou SmithRuby Lou Smith
The Younger Woman in Incarnate

Ms. Smith, originally from Georgia, is a theatre and film artist living in New Orleans. She returns to the Festival after playing Helena in last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ruby is the Executive Director of Compleat Stage: A not-for-profit performance ensemble in New Orleans aiming to make a profound and positive impact in the city. 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, Educating Rita, and Equus (Gainesville Theatre).  On film Ruby has been featured in NCIS: New Orleans, Treme, Dermaphoria, The Host, Common Law, American Horror House, and American Horror Story. She holds an MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University. www.compleatstage.org


Joshua Talley_Lord 1 copyJoshua Talley
Lord in Cymbeline

Mr. Talley holds a degree from Westminster Choir College. Before moving to New Orleans, Joshua was a cabaret singer in New York. He was most recently seen in Rivertown Theater’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors. This is his debut performance with the Festival. Joshua also teaches private voice and acting.


Burton TedescoBurton Tedesco
Gentleman in Cymbeline

Mr. Tedesco is the Director of Theatre at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. He has directed the violence for the Festival’s recent productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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.


James Wright_Cymbeline copyJames Wright
Cymbeline in Cymbeline

Mr. Wright moved to New Orleans from his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee in early 2010. He has appeared in over seventy productions, including such shows as Mauritius (Second Star Collective), Killer Joe (Jonathan Mares Productions), Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It (NOLA Project), Little Murders and The Shaker Chair (Cripple Creek Players), Equus (Promethean Theatre Co.), Titus Andronicus (Neutral Ground Ensemble), Woyzeck (NO Space), Twilight of the Golds (Actors’ Theatre of New Orleans), The Battle of Shallowford (Rivertown Repertory Theatre), Balm in Gilead (NOLA Project/Cripple Creek Players), Twelve Angry Men and Inherit the Wind (Tennessee Repertory Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Skylight (AthenSouth Theatre), The Crucible (ACT I), and You Don’t Know the Half of It . His film and TV credits include Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), Treme (HBO), Walk the Line (20th Century Fox), Charlie’s War (Christabel Productions), and Existo (Hometown Productions). James is a graduate of The University of Tennessee.


Jake Wynn-Wilson_Man copyJake Wynne-Wilson
The Man in Incarnate

Mr. Wynne-Wilson, originally hailing from a rural town in Montana, trained as a conservatory vocalist at the University of the Pacific in California. Since graduating he has studied with the Will Wallace Acting Company in Los Angeles and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Locally he has been seen on stage playing Spike in Le Petit’s Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, and most recently as Dr. Cukrowicz in Southern Rep’s Suddenly, Last Summer at the Ashè Power House. Other theatre: Godspell (Jesus), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Pride & Prejudice (Wickham). TV/Film: True Heroes (2014), Evan’s Crime.


 

* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

aeaActors Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, is the union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.