Meet Our Company

Casting Director
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.

Playwright Amy Dellagiarino

Playwright Liaison
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 for more information.

Company Ensemble
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.

Vetting Committee
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.

Sam Repshas

Vetting Committee
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.

Copy Editor
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.

Media Director
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.

Company Ensemble
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.

Guest Actors

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!”
Instagram: @jasonmichaelmiller

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!
Actor’s Access

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.
Instagram & Twitter:@fieryfurniss

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.

Isabel Brown is an LA-based actor and writer. A recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University, she first discovered her love of acting through the theater scene in her native Dallas, Texas. Recently, Isabel has appeared in several short films and in The Laramie Project with The AlphaNYC Theater Company.

Carol Cadby is very excited to be a part of Walking Shadow Readers Theater’ production of ‘Touch the Moon’!  She studied with Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergof at HB Studios, Joy Zinoman at the Studio Acting Conservatory, and is trained in Meisner, Viewpoints, Laban and Linklater.  Favorite film and theatre credits include: Radium Girls now on Netflix (Ms. Butkiss), Love Letters (Melissa), Savage in Limbo (Denise Savage) and Top Girls (Dull Greit/Joyce).  Carol also loves teaching acting at the Rome School of Music, Drama and Art at Catholic University, the Theatre Lab Acting Conservatory, and George Mason University, as well as working with OLA Consulting as an Executive Coach specializing in leadership presence.

William Lerberg is currently finishing his BFA in acting at Clark University. His notable roles and performances include Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy Of Errors, Konstantin from The Seagull, and Rodney in Small Mouth Sounds. He also made his on-screen debut in the short film Cross Talk in 2020.
Instagram: @WilliamLerberg

Steve Schroko REGIONAL: Lyman in Other Desert Cities (Sherman Playhouse); ELI WHITNEY in Anything Goes (John J. Engeman Theatre) (cancelled/COVID);  FDR in Annie  (Zeiterion Theatre) (cancelled/COVID); Snyder in Newsies (White Plains Performing Arts Center). TV: Evil Lives Here; Diabolical; On the Case with Paula Zahn; The Food That Built America; Queering (YouTube). FILM: Backroad Diner.

Danika Jackson, originally from Rhinebeck, NY, started acting at age 4 through local community theaters. After high school, she enrolled at NYU, initially studying Film and Television before transfering into the Drama program. She is currently a junior studying with the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Instagram: @Danika.Jackson

Monnie Aleahmad An award winning actor and director from Chicago, based in the Los Angeles area, Monnie Aleahmad is known for his appearances on camera in films, TV shows, commercials, webseries, TV pilots, music videos, and YouTube sketches; on stage in scripted roles and improv shows; and voicing commercials, films, audiobooks, and podcasts. Monnie is often recognized for his honest dramatic performances as well as his unique brand of humor. He studied acting and improv College of DuPage and at various prestigious acting schools in Chicago. Monnie is African American and Persian and speaks both English and Farsi, a result of having spent most of his teens living in Tehran, Iran. As a fan of Walking Shadow Readers Theatre, Monnie is delighted to be working with them again!
Instagram: @monniealeahmad

Tom Fields is an actor and voice talent in the Washington DC area. A Brooklyn native, Tom, along with 7 brothers, grew up in the business doing TV commercials, modeling, and catalog shoots. In his first commercial, for Ivory Snow, he was in a diaper. After acting through the 50s, 60s, and 70s Tom gave corporate America a try. He pivoted back to acting and voiceovers a few years ago. He’s been cast in productions with The Little Theatre of Alexandria Academy (It’s a Wonderful Death, SHEL), and The Arlington Players (War of the Worlds audioplay, WELLES/PIERSON). In a variety of TV episodes Tom has played a ghost, murder victim, Dad, and detective. He’s narrated for Stanley Black & Decker, Gilchrist Hospice, and immersive video games. He enjoys doing table reads for emerging writers, film festivals, and seasonal work as Santa.

Adrienne Powell is a trained actor, dancer and singer currently residing on the East Coast. Some of her favorite roles include Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach (American Repertory Theater), Almeta in Violet (musical) directed by Sammi Cannold, and Butterfly McQueen (originated role) in Women of the Wind (Theater for the New City). When not performing, Adrienne works as an arts administrator, helping to bring arts-integrated experiences to classrooms and childcare centers across the DC metro area. She holds a Masters in Acting from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and a B.A. in Communication from George Mason University. She is thankful for this chance to join the passionate team at Walking Shadow Readers Theatre from the comfort of her own computer!
Instagram: @uptowngir1

George Kassouf, originally from Alabama, has been acting in the DC area for only a couple of years.  He trained at the Studio Acting Conservatory and has appeared in several Capital Fringe Festivals, as well other theatrical showcases.  Most recently, George did a comic turn as a put-upon rabbi in the short film Julie Leaves the Nest.

Napoleon Tavale was born in American Samoa and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned a BA in Theatre from Whittier College and proudly holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.  After his MFA, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue tv, film, and theatre jobs.  Tavale is currently a drama teacher at a charter school in Arizona.  He is very excited for his WSRT debut in his role as Eric, in Sapo’s War.
Instagram: @napoleontavale

Donna Winfield, born and raised in Virginia, recognized her love of acting at a  very young age and set her sights on New York City. Her acting training began with the Meisner Technique with the  awesome Maggie Flanigan at William Esper Studios.  She has performed in a few very off-Broadway performances, had  a Co-Star role on Judging Amy and kept the bills paid with  numerous national and regional commercials. She is a proud mom and a recent empty-nester who has decided to  reconnect with the things that truly move her. Outside of her  artistic endeavors, she loves baking, reading, and thrifting.  Donna is extremely grateful to have the love and support of family  while continuing her artistic journey and grateful to Walking  Shadows Readers Theater for allowing her to be a part of their  team!

Griffin Duy originally hails about Fairfax County and now lives in Columbia Heights in the city. He comes from an eclectic family and uses that ton his advantage when portraying and developing a character. The stage and theatre space was where he began his acting journey, studying at UVA-Wise in the Gilliam Center of the Arts later in his scholastic career evolving intellectually with his Political Science major. An enigmatic and disciplined performer, he is eternally grateful for every single opportunity.

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