July 13, 2017

DRACULA! THE TALE OF FLESH AND BLOOD – CAST & INFORMATION

Landlady / Leonard / Sister Agatha / Georgette / Donka / Ensemble

Carla is delighted to return to the Inwood Shakespeare Festival/Moose Hall Theatre in a new set of roles in Dracula! Past productions with Inwood includes Tombstone Saga of Americans: The West and the original cast of Dracula. Some favorite past credits include Macbeth (Marin Shakespeare Company, CA), King John (The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ-SPTP), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oxford Shakespeare Co., Stratford U.K.). A warm thanks to Ted, and all my friends and family for their support.

COACHMAN / ABRAMOFF / BLOODY-JACK & BLUE FAIRY PUPPETEER / ASYLUM ATTENDANT / VINCENT / BESNIK / ENSEMBLE

Scot Cahoon is thrilled to be joining this talented cast for his first production with Moosehall Theatre Company. Scot hails from colorful Colorado where he grew up hiking, climbing trees, and setting things on fire. With a BA Theatre: Acting/Directing from Colorado Mesa University, he has uprooted himself and landed in Brooklyn.  Thanks to God, family, and friends for all the good things.

LANDLORD / ION / RUSSIAN CAPTAIN / CHAPLAIN / ENSEMBLE

Roger is thrilled to be making his debut with Moose Hall Theatre Company. Recent stage credits include Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi and The Home by Karen Thibodeau. He has also performed recently in a series of Broadway cabarets at Don’t Tell Mama featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Seth Bisen-Hersh.

QUINCEY MORRIS

Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, he is thrilled to be working with the Moose Hall Theatre Company/Inwood Shakespeare Festival. He made his New York theater debut in The Madness of Hercules as the First Citizen of Thebes. His favorite stage credits include The Piano Lesson (Ritz Theatre, FL) A Streetcar Named Desire (Atlantic Experimental Theatre, FL) and Glengarry Glen Ross (Players by the Sea, FL). He recently graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and studied acting at Truthful Acting Studios. He thanks the director, cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication. He also thanks his family and friends for all their love and support of him accomplishing his dreams.

PROFESSOR ABRAHAM VAN HELSING

Jay Longan prepared for the professional theatre at SMU with Jack Clay and Joan Potter.  Though he never became a professional actor, Jay kept his love for the work.  Among his favorite stage roles over forty years have been the title roles in TARTUFFE and UNCLE VANYA, Hysterium in FORUM, Reverend Hale in CRUCIBLE, Peter in ZOO STORY, Uncle Sid in AH! WILDERNESS, and Dr. Prentice in WHAT THE BUTLER SAW.  The Inwood Shakespeare Festival (Ted Minos, Director) has been good to Jay: there he was allowed to play Gloucester in LEAR, Polonius in HAMLET and Friar Laurence in R&J, as well as Frollo, the wicked priest in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Jay has made a specialty of Shakespeare's clergymen: besides Friar Laurence (a role he has done three times), Jay has played Martext in AS YOU LIKE IT, Cardinal Wolsey in HENRYY VIII, and the Archbishop of Canterbury in HENRY V.  This makes some sense: Jay is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, currently serving Trinity Lutheran Church  in Middle Village, Queens.  He wants DRACULA audiences to know that he definitely does not share any of Professor Van Helsing's religious opinions.

MINA MURRAY / LONDON-CHILD PUPPETEER

Mackenzie Menter is thrilled to return to the NY stage with Moose Hall. Recent credits include: NY Theatre: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Moose Hall/ Inwood Shakespeare Festival). Regional: Hudson Shakespeare Company, Oklahoma CityRep, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Graduate of Oklahoma City University and a Houston native. Thanks to her incredible friends and family, near and far, for their unconditional love and support.

LUCY WESTENRA / BRIDE OF DRACULA

Katrina Michaels (Lucy) is thrilled to be working again with Ted Minos, having performed as Daisy in Rhinoceros with Inwood Shakespeare. Her recent credits include Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher (Orlando Shakespeare), Ruth in Tribes and Logainne in Spelling Bee (Florida Rep), Viola in Twelfth Night (Colonial Shakespeare), Hermia/Snout/Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Winnipesaukee Playhouse), and Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Broward Stage Door).  She would like to thank Ted, Cathy, and the vivacious cast for this wonderful opportunity. To find out more, visit www.katrina-michaels.com

R. M. RENFIELD

Ross Pivec - Theatrical productions include: The Elephant and The Light in Clair’s Suitcase, filler, The Tempest and The Easter Presentation.  Film productions include: Placebo, The End of the Great American Businessman, Statue of David and The Sublet.  Television productions include: Celebrity Ghost Stories 2, Monsters Inside Me and High School Stories. http://www.rosspivec.com

Doctor John Seward / Fight-Director

RAY A. RODRIGUEZ (Dr. John Seward/Fight Director)  was last seen as Bonzo (a fish) in The Bowl with New Perspectives Theatre Company. He is ecstatic to be reprising his role in Dracula. Onstage, with Moosehall, he has appeared as Iago in Othello, Kent in King Lear, The Golem: Heart of Light, Mind of Darkness, Athos in Three Musketeers and others. As fight director, he is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, teaches at Adelphi University and New York Film Academy. Has also taught movement at The Strasberg Instsitute, Harlem School of the Arts, NYU & North Carolina School of the Arts. Fight Choreography credits include: THEATRE - Strawberry and Chocolate (777 Productions); GEEK! (Vampire Cowboys); Boise (Rattlestick), Pulse Theater Ensemble, Rattlestick Theater, Resonance Ensemble. FILMS - Arms and the Man (Blackbird Films); St George University (Commercial); The Crimson Mask (ESP Films); Kingdom Come (VooDoo People Film) 

JOE / NEWSIE / RUSSIAN FIRST MATE / SPANISH GENTLEMAN / NICU / ENSEMBLE

Kamran is thrilled to be a part of this production of DRACULA! The Tale of Flesh and Blood.  Recently appeared as Friar Laurence/Prince Escalus in The Hudson Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet.  Also recently appeared in NYSummerfest as Jonathan in The Hanging of a Very Tall Man and as Dom in The Cane Juice. Kamran received his B.F.A. from NYU Tisch/Stella Adler Studio. www.kamransaliani.com

ASYLUM PATIENT / BRIDE OF DRACULA / SISTER FAUSTEN / WALNUT VENDOR / FIFKA / ENSEMBLE

Kayla Shaffer is a graduate from The University of Tampa with a BFA in Performing Arts. She’s been in New York the past few years not only auditioning and performing, but also teaching dance and theatre to children, teens, and adults. She was last seen on the other side of the table, as the Assistant to the Creative team on a new musical, entitled, “The Storm.” She was last seen onstage in “The Wedding Singer” the musical and made her national commercial debut on the “Pain and Gain” movie promo shoot with SHAQ, The Rock, Mark Whalberg, and Charles Barkley, for ESPN/ Paramount Pictures. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education from WGU, and working for Intaglio Productions.

COUNT DRACULA

KEVIN G. SHINNICK (Dracula)-A.E.A./S.A.G.-AFTRA -is thankful to don the cape once more. Executive Director of www.TETCNY.org. Studied acting at A.A.D.A. in NYC. On stage, Mr. Shinnick’s notable roles include “Dracula,” Salieri in “Amadeus,” Doc Holliday in “Tombstone,” Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” and Chorus in Henry V. He was a co-founder of The Teaneck New Theatre and The Dr. Guffy Theatre Company. He has also starred or played featured roles in independent films such as: “Anamorph,” “Undertakings,” “The Death of Poe,” “Skin Crawl”, and “The Screaming Dead.” . Additionally, Mr. Shinnick’s television credits include: “HBO Actual Jokes,” an American Express commercial directed by M. Night Shamalan, an episode of “Maury” as well as the webseries HOW2MAKEITBIG . Has taught and performed improv (including a murder mystery performance aboard The Orient Express) and has experience with heavy makeup, stage fights, and swordplay. Thanks to Robert Quarry (Count Yorga); to Lisa and all the Baboos of my life .

JONATHAN HARKER

Kevin Stevens is thrilled to join this production as Jonathan Harker. Recent credits include: NY Theatre: God of Carnage (SOOP Theatre Company), Marc in Venice (Theatre at St John's), Mary V (Theatre for the New City). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington D.C), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chicago's Griffin Theatre. Thanks to his friends, family and John, without whom being here would not be possible.

ARTHUR HOLMWOOD

Zachary Owen Turner is from Houston, Texas and received his Bachelors of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. He is so very excited and humbled to be a part of this fantastic production. He would like to thank all his friends and family for their support. Recent credits include Henry and Mudge with Theatreworks USA and Aida Cruise lines.

MAGGIE / BRIDE OF DRACULA / JENNY / VADOMA / ENSEMBLE

This is Colleen’s first production with Moose Hall Theatre Co. / Inwood Shakespeare Company.   New York Theatre credits include Dionyza in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and Juliet in Measure for Measure.  All knowledge of vampires and horror in general she credits to her father, since she is too scared to watch or read any of it herself.

STAGE MANAGER

Traci Bargen, an avid Halloween lover, is excited to be working on Dracula! The Tale of Flesh and Blood. Credits: Fuck la vie d’artiste (Eccentric Theatre), The 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays (Ensemble Studio) where StageBuddy.com called the crew “…the best stage-hands in the business”. Other shows she has worked: Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre), The History Mystery (TADA!), Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (Elektra), Beyond the Horizon (Target Margin), Canada Geese (FringeNYC), Die For Me (FringeNYC), Signature Plays, Old Hats, Daphne’s Dive (Signature Theatre). She thanks God, her parents, and her friends. 

ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION

Actors' Equity Association (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks.

DIRECTOR / PLAYWRIGHT / PRODUCER

Ted [for Ted Williams, may he rest in peace], is a native of Boston raised in Everett, Massachusetts and 32 year resident of Inwood, NYC. He is founder and producing artistic director of Moose Hall Theatre Company and Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Ted has directed 26 productions for ISF including over one third of the Shakespeare Cannon. Most recently The Two Gentlemen of Verona for ISF. Producer of 34 professional mainstage productions including ISF Free Opera in the Park's La Boheme & Don Pasquale (& His Trophy Wife) and 13 years of Free Children's Concerts. He has written eleven adaptations from classical literature including four original plays for the outdoor public venue. Ted is one the first honorees to receive the UPTOWN ARTS STROLL AWARD for his contributions to the arts and efforts to bring excellent programming in uptown Manhattan, among an expanding line of uptown artists including Tony Award Winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes.
As an actor Ted has appeared for ISF, Expanded Arts Theatre, Cincinnatti Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre, New Dramatists, New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre for Joseph Papp and many others. Some favorite roles; Othello in Othello, Richard in Richard III and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night for Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Hamlet in Hamlet at Expanded Arts Theatre, Mowbray/Carlisle in Richard II at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Oscar & Willie in Mary Gallagher's ¿De Donde? at the New York Public Theatre. Lawrence in Home Free at The Roundabout Theatre. He has performed television roles on Miami Vice, All My Children, Another World, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Saturday Night Live. Member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Please visit www.tedminos.com  For Cathy, "Closer wear my heart."

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Catherine has been a resident of Inwood for over 30 years. She has designed costumes for many Moose Hall productions including; Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Othello, War of the Worlds, As You Like It, The Golem, King Lear, Zapata! Tiger of Morelos, Rhinoceros, The Tempest, Hamlet and Henry IV parts 1 & 2.  She has been the Technical Director for Moose Hall for the past 14 years; running and designing light and sound for all the productions. She has worked backstage at Big Apple Circus, Roundabout Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Vineyard Theatre and many others. She is proud to now step into the role of associate producer. Much love to Ted, Caitlin, Sam and Sebastian.

SET DESIGN

Samantha Cancellarich graduated in May 2017 with a B.F.A in Design/Technology specializing in Scenic Design from Purchase College. Samantha has designed in school and her past internships, credits include Twelve Angry Jurors (Purchase College) and Stuart Little (Adirondack Theatre Festival). This is Samantha’s first credit since graduation and she would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her.

COSTUME DESIGN

Kaylee Harris is a costume designer, craftsperson, and visual artist.  Her recent projects  include the music video BIKERBRAUT for the band What Would Tilda Swinton Do? (Costume Designer), Norma Jeane Was a Brunette presented by Stella Adler Studios (Costume Designer), and Conference of the Birds presented by NYU Tisch StageWorks (Costume Designer). Kaylee co-owns SluttyGhostVintage, an online boutique for vintage and punk clothing. Her interests include all things spooky and sparkly. She is thrilled to be working on this production. www.kayleeharris.com

LIGHTING DESIGN

Duane Pagano Is a single, left-handed Sagittarius. Want to know more, like how he received and NYIT Award for Lighting Design, and is a graduate of the University of Miami? You know you do, so Google him As always, he dedicates his work to his biggest fan.

VIDEO

Kalin Ivanov is an award-winning cinematographer, producer, photographer and video artist, the recipient of 3 Emmy® Awards for his work at the cultural magazine show Nueva York (CUNY TV) and the educational program Study With The Best (CUNY TV). His work was also distinguished with a Telly Award and several Communicator Awards for Canapé, Theatre Talk and the documentaries Sloan at 75 and UFT. Kalin has many film and television credits as a director of photography, producer and editor (The Date, The Gift, Feeling to Dive and Other Stories, Houben Paints Money, The Gates of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Irish Writers in America, Theatre Talk, Canapé, Nueva York, Art or Something Like it, Sloan at 75 etc.). His photographs have been selected for various exhibitions (Soho 20, NY) and private collections. His 9/11 photographs were selected for the permanent exhibition of 9/11 Memorial. Kalin is a member of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (USA). He has served as a judge at Early Bird International Film Festival (Sofia 2015), at the EMMY awards (2016). As a video artist Kalin has created original video artwork for numerous contemporary dance-theater productions amongst which Urban Tao, Ecocentric, X-STREAM, BeeHave. Kalin holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in Cinematography (NATFA Sofia, Bulgaria) and M.F.A. in Television Production (Brooklyn College, New York). Before relocating to USA in 1998, Kalin has worked in his native Bulgaria with Coo-Coo and Kanaleto two emblematic TV shows. While in Bulgaria Kalin shot numerous TV commercials, music videos and experimental films.

VIDEO

Ana Atanassova is a co-founder of ArtVanguard, an independent film production company based in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced, directed, edited and written several short films, amongst which Freaky Forest (writer/director), Hello (writer/director), The Date (producer), Feeling To Dive And Other Stories (co-director/editor), The Gift (producer/editor). Ana is an active member of Overground Arts Alliance, a non-for-profit arts and culture promoting organization, based in NYC. She has created original video artwork for numerous Overground productions, presented at illustrious NY venues such as NY Live Arts, BAM, Alvin Alley, La Mama etc. Ana is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications at Sofia University and holds an M.A. in Communications. In 2010 she furthered her studies at the School of Visual Arts, NY. Before relocating to New York Ana has served as creative director to various advertising agencies in her native Bulgaria. 

MUSIC / SOUND EFFECTS

Luke is delighted to return for his 15th season with Moose Hall Theatre Company. Most recently for ISF Luke has composed music and designed sound for The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2016; Hamlet and Henry IV parts 1 & 2, 2015; The Tempest & Rhinoceros, 2014; King Lear & Zapata! Tiger of Morelos, 2013; As You Like It & The Golem, Heart of Light, Mind of Darkness, 2012 and many more. Luke also composed music for The Boston Repertory Theatre's Third Annual Christmas Celebration. Luke is a Berklee College of Music alumni.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Lee has created many stunning posters and graphic designs for Moose Hall Theatre Company / Inwood Shakespeare Festival productions for the past 18 years. See his poster artwork at www.moosehallisf.org

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, 13TH STREET REPERTORY THEATRE

Joe Battista is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts who studied with William Hickey, Stephen Strimpbell, Uta Hagen, Eve Collier, Hugh Whitfield, Jack Melanos, Paul J. Curtis and Gates McFadden. At the age of 21 he was hired as a Director at the Bucks County Playhouse but soon realized that New York theater was his first love and soon was directing experienced theater off-Broadway. Joe also is a professional photographer and has worked for the Ford, Elite, Zoli, Wilhelmina and Legends agencies. He recently had a cameo in Onar Tukel's film, Black Magic shot at the 13th Street Rep. Joe is a member of the Dramatist Guild. Joe has been involved in over 100 plays and musicals and was lead guitarist for the bands, Razor Engine and Electric Landlady.

THE 13TH STREET REPERTORY THEATRE

The 13th Street Repertory Company, founded in 1972 by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara, provides a place for actors, directors, playwrights and technicians to develop their craft in a caring, nurturing, professional environment. 
Five to seven shows run weekly, including children's shows on weekends.
TSRC founder, Edith O'Hara, has received commendations for her work at 13th Street Repertory Company from NYC Mayor Bloomberg, NYS Governor Cuomo, and our First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.

The 13th Street Repertory Company is home to the longest running Off-Off-Broadway play, Israel Horovitz' LINE, now in its 40th year, and is a proud member of the Heart of Off-Broadway.

13th Street Repertory Company was voted the Best Off-Off Broadway Company to act with in New York City by Backstage: The Best of New York

MOOSE HALL THEATRE COMPANY / Inwood Shakespeare Festival proudly presents DRACULA! THE TALE OF FLESH AND BLOOD.

Presented at the historical 13TH STREET REPERTORY COMPANY, 50 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.) NYC 10011

Moose Hall Theatre Company, Phone: (212) 567-5255, Email: mooselist@moosehallisf.org