Amy Benson is a teaching artist with Imagination Stage, where she teaches theatre in a wide variety of disciplines. She directs plays and musicals, including an annual Create a Play project, where students write and produce their own plays. She has also taught in Berlin, Germany, where she opened her own acting studio, Beijing, China, and New York City. Amy has a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and sons.
Amy Dellagiarino is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who resides in Los Angeles. She is a published playwright and the proud “mother” of two incredibly spoiled terrier mixes. She earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found training for a marathon and/or eating cake. Visit www.amydell.com for more information.
Craig Lewis is a security consultant by day and theatre enthusiast by night. He holds a degree in Dance from Point Park University with performance credits at the Kennedy Center and Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. Offstage, his theatrical background encompasses set and lighting design, stage management, and prop construction. With an eye for design, Craig spends his free time knitting, crafting, and constructing holiday displays that can best be described as “overkill”. Participating in a new virtual environment offers an exciting new artistic medium he will surely tell all of his houseplants about for years to come.
Stephanie Hanson is a writer and educational consultant with a degree in history and a Master’s in Elementary Education. Her primary theatrical outlet these days is reading dramatically to her four children. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband, children, dog, and chickens. In her precious moments of quiet, she enjoys tea and a good book.
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Katie Stanton was born in New York and raised in Northern Virginia. She has worked in various fields over the years including education, winery hospitality, and most recently as a virtual business and marketing assistant. Katie is also a full time stay-at-home parent to a very active and curious toddler, who she hopes will inherit her love of reading, writing, and singing every song that pops into her head.
Sam Repshas has been performing in the DC area for the past 10+ years. After receiving his BFA at Tulane University, he accrued credits that include both stage and film projects. He is thrilled to be involved with Walking Shadow! He also enjoys playing the harmonica, is an avid consumer of stand-up comedy, and he loves cats.
Katie Takats lives in Ohio with her husband and son. She holds a BA in English Linguistics and an MA in Theology and Christian Ministry. A copy editor by day, she has always loved reading and helping people improve their work. She speaks four languages- English, German, American Sign Language, and Latin – and enjoys crafting, creating digital artwork, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Becca Gibson is a natural-born empath which lends itself well both on-stage and off-stage. She holds a BS in Family Science and an MSW. Becca works as a licensed mental health therapist in Baltimore specializing in trauma and mood disorders. She will not provide a diagnosis for your mother-in-law. She loves musical theatre, spoiling her niece and snuggling with her cat Oreo. In her down time, you can find Becca binge-watching trashy television, reading, or playing role-playing games.
Jean Goto is a New York based hapa actress and filmmaker. She has made appearances in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Blacklist, and Law & Order: SVU. She is co-founder of Burn it Down, a filmmaking collective that supports learning by doing. Her films have screened at festivals around the nation. Jean is passionate about the planet, learning about human beings, and storytelling. Various things she loves in no particular order: nature, dancing, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.
Cristen Stephansky is a Washington, DC-area actor. She is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and enjoys writing short plays and films. She was most recently seen in some local online videos/commercials. Recent: An Independent Claus with Best Medicine Rep (November 2020). Cristen is also a company member of Crash of Rhinos.
Rebecca Ross Bailey is a NYC-based actress and singer who originally hails from the great state of Maine. She is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio and has performed a variety of work on stage and screen, including classics such as Twelfth Night, Marriage of Figaro, Importance of Being Earnest, as well as workshopping several contemporary new works. During quarantine, she has spent a lot of quality time with her dog Albee, virtual walking tours in Prague, and her ukulele. She is especially grateful for this opportunity to work with WSRT to continue working in the arts from a safe distance!
Rosanna Magarelli graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Dance and Drama. After spending some years dancing with The Bristol Ballet Company, she left dance to focus more on acting. Her acting career was cut short when she had the overwhelming urge to become a mother and entrepreneur. She is returning to acting after being away for many years raising her daughter and running her children’s music program. Her true love has always been acting, so she is thrilled to be back exploring her passion.
Tim Norman is a Teaching Artist for Imagination Stage and schools throughout DC and Maryland. He worked on the film The Forgiving at 2020 Paris Lift-Off Film Festival and last performed in the Kennedy Center Page to Stage reading of The Last Battle of the American Revolution. This is his first virtual performance.
Dan Shaked B.F.A. NYU Tisch Drama, Studied at Royal Academy of Drama Arts THEATER: Waxing West (World Premiere @ La MaMa Etc. +Bucharest tour), Playwrights For A Cause (w/ Carol Kane), On the Spectrum (The Fountain Theatre, LA), The Normal Heart (Fountain Theatre, LA), The Fever Chart (Dir. Elena Araoz), Graham & Frost (PS 122), Under the Table & Dreaming (2019 Hollywood Fringe Fest), Stone Cold Dead Serious (Theatre Row), La Negra (HI-ARTS NYC), 2016 /17 Great Plains Theater Conference Participant, 2019 La Mama Umbria Etc. Playwrights In Residence Reading Series, 2Y20M HB Studio In-Residency Workshop. 2010 PCTF Winner Outstanding Actor Featured or Cameo Role for Cake.
Syhaya Aviel is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. From there she has taken a strong passion in helping new works of art come to life, and has participated in various readings of new works, the building of a theatre company, and the production of several films and indie series’. She can be seen on the HBO series, Vinyl, as well as in various commercials. She has voiced spots for major brands like ULTA Beauty, Pep Boys and Con Edison of NY to name a few… and has some voice characters in development as well.
Jason Michael Miller has gained international exposure with award winning, web-based, & parody sketch show: The Key of Awesome. Fav credits include: Dog Sees God (Beethoven); The Little Dog Laughed (Alex); Guys & Dolls (Harry) ; Fringe’s Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island (Hal), by Joshua Mikel; & Graduation (Lucas), by Eugene Grygo. Much love & thanks to my family, friends & support team Marla, Mickey, & Allan at Innovative Artists! “Rest, but don’t quit!”
Alma Muniz is thrilled to be a part of Walking Shadow Readers Theater’ production of ‘Deer Island’ . She has worked throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York theater. Performances include: Ludlow Fair, Working, Proof, and Miss East LA. Born in Mexico, raised in California, she is a graduate from New York University where her love of acting grew. She enjoys martial arts, dancing, and drawing. You can catch her on HBO Latinx in El Remedio. She thanks her family, friends, and mentors for their unconditional love and support!
Larissa Laurel, a multi-Ethnic Actress, made her mark in the plus-size modeling world by being one of the top in her field. She was the Apple-Bottom and Dereon model along with many other designer brands. Trained as a musical theater and classically trained actor, Larissa booked her first TV role as real-life Lakota activist “Wauneta Lonewolf” for the pilot “I See God” for MTV. She quotes: “I come from a very long line of Texans. My family can trace their roots back as far as 15 generations of Texans consisting of Irish, Polish, Spanish, Mexican, & Native American blood. I know this helps me morph into different characters and I love exploring different ethnic groups and telling a story that makes one feel closer to understanding a life outside of their own.”
Anna Jackson is a NY-based actor and graduate of the Stella Adler Studio 3-year conservatory, where she performed in “As You Like It,” “Escape From Happiness,” “Top Girls,” and “Love’s Labours Lost.” Prior to NY, she worked in the DC area with Studio Theatre, NextStop, Landless, and Workhouse Arts Center. She has performed numerous children’s shows with Studio 3 Children’s Theatre including “Rapunzel,” “Miss Electricity,” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” as well as with Imagination Stage in “Wake Up, Brother Bear” and “The BFG” at National Theatre. She also taught for years with InterAct Story Theatre and Wolftrap Center for Early Childhood Education to bring arts integration into classrooms. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music from UNC School of the Arts.
Matt Melenas is very excited to be joining such a talented and amazing group at Walking Shadow Readers Theatre. He has recently moved from Florida to Maryland, where he lives with his amazing wife and four and a half year old son. Recent acting credits include Ricky in Trouble at the Tropicabana, John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell, and Willie Conklin in Ragtime.
Fariaz Rabbani is a stand up comedian and actor based in NYC. He is a graduate of Esper Studios. He has 2 cats, named Billy Zane and Rose, and a Corgi named Rambo.
Sarah Furniss is an actress hunkering down in the tundra of her Minnesotan homeland during the pandemic. She has acted and lived in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seoul, and the Twin Cities, appearing on both stage and screen. She’s very excited to be working with Walking Shadow on an Amy Dellagiarino script and hopes to be in a live theatre again soon.
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Andres Paul Ramacho – Regional: Good Grief (MJG), A Willow Grows Aslant: An Ophelia Story (Laertes), Wintertime (Francois), Little Children Dream of God (Manuel/Reverend), Doctored and Devised (Roland), The Storm (Dikoy). World Premiere: Say Goodbye Toto (Lion). Steppenwolf West: Spooky (Fool for Love – Eddie). New York: Fun (Denny), National Comedy Theatre of NY. Los Angeles: The Value of Moscow (Jimbo), The Hairy Ape (Ensemble), Fool on a Roof (Taro). Film: Hope, Method, StraightUp, Love Note. Voice Over: Netflix – Invisible City, Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Illang: The Wolf Brigade, HBO – Patria, Gomorrah. Other: The Voice of the Hollywood Bowl. Proud UCSD Alumni!
Audra Jacobs is a DC based actor and director. She graduated with her A.A in Theatre and Performance from Montgomery College in 2019 and is currently a Theatre Major at Bowie State University. Audra is the Directing Resident and New Works Liaison at Dark Horse Theatre Company in The Plains and Herndon, Virginia. Previous performance credits include Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) with the Rude Mechanicals, and the world premiere of Spirit Seekers (Ensley) with Dark Horse Theatre Company.
Victoria L. Turner is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Theatre with a minor in Africana Studies. During her four years at NYU, she studied method acting through The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Growing up in Atlanta, theatre and music have played a pivotal role in cultivating her lifestyle as a singer, actress, and writer. She has been featured in various theatrical productions around New York City and Atlanta Georgia, including a performance with Rachelle Ferrell at The Renown Blue Note Jazz Club and numerous Off-Broadway plays. She formerly served as Director of Education/ Actor Training Initiatives for Grios Theatre Ensemble. She is currently a Founding Member of the Stonecrest Film and Entertainment Committee, and hosts a weekly Podcast called The Waiting Game: Chapter 35.
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