Meet The Completely Ridiculous Team
Faculty, The Gray Area
Reese Antoinette (she/her/hers) is an actress and activist who has spent over a decade advocating for women, immigrants and youth empowerment in New York City. As a first generation Jamaican-American, she understands the complexity of culture and identity, that’s what inspires her to seek the humanity (or lack humanity) in her work as an artist. Reese is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Where she served as the NYU Tisch Graduate Student Organization Senator, Chair of the NYU Diversity committee, and the artistic director of Homebase 2021- a black theatrical experience with artists from NYU, Juilliard and Columbia University. She is also a graduate of The British American Drama Academy and The William Esper Studio.
Sebastian Arboleda (he/him/his) is a Colombian-American actor/director/writer/educator. As an actor he was most recently seen in “the 4400” and “Chicago PD.” The last 4 years he has also been working the Chicago Theatre circuit. As an educator, he is known for teaching Michael Chekhov Technique with the Encompass Collective and Freestreet Theatre. Sebastian leads his teaching with a sense of “HARDCORE” play and heroism. He has a BA in Performance from Cal State, Long Beach and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Now known as the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.
Josiah Bania (he/him/his) is an actor, educator, and playwright based in NYC. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has appeared onstage at Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, Artists Repertory Theater, among others.
He has worked as an educator at the Yale Summer Conservatory, Williams College, New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Western Oregon University, as well as several years of private coaching.
Faculty, Character and Energetics
Ato (he/him/his) is an actor, theatre-maker, and educator based in Los Angeles.
Broadway: Slave Play (Tony Award nomination), Hair and Lysistrata Jones. Off-Broadway: The Rolling Stone at Lincoln Center Theater (Drama League Award nomination), Slave Play at NYTW (Lortel Award nomination), The Total Bent at The Public (Drama League and Lortel Award nominations), The Public Works’ Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Transfers at MCC, Antigone in Ferguson at the Harlem Stage, The Foundry Theatre’s O, Earth, and Iphigenia in Aulis at CSC. Film/TV: Worth, BlacKkKlansman, The Kindergarten Teacher, Detroit, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “When They See Us” (Netflix), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix), and “The Good Fight” (CBS).
Ato is on the faculty of the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, a member of The Actors Center, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.
Emmanuelle (she/her/hers) was classically trained at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique de la Ville de Paris before studying physical theater at l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she is now a full-time professor teaching movement and improvisation. Before her current position, Emmanuelle was a regular faculty member of the Headlong Performance Institute and a full-time professor at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Training, an MFA with the University of the Arts. She has taken workshops with Philippe Gaulier, Virginia Scott, Norman Taylor, and Chris Bayes. She has also taught at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, and University of the Arts, and more. She travels often around the United States (Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, San Francisco) to teach workshops to artists seeking a devised practice. Her teaching includes the Jacques Lecoq pedagogy, Clown as well as various devising methods learned with Pig Iron or in various workshops. Her performance credits include eight years as an actor/creator at Pig Iron Theatre Company, where she was nominated for a Barrymore award for best supporting actress in Hell meets Henry half way and won a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work in James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris. As an Independent Artist, Emmanuelle directs new creations for other artists, she also creates and performs in her own pieces or directs for regional theater. Since the pandemic, Emmanuelle has taught online workshops with MTS and Pig Iron as well as adapting all her classes online. Zoom has been an amazing tool to keep the learning process going and its limitation and difference with in person training has invigorated her imagination and her faith in the pluralism of learning!
Joby (he/him/his) has performed at Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, A.R.T., The Berkshire Theater Festival, The Huntington Theater, Center Theater Group, and The Geffen Playhouse. His television credits include The Blacklist, The Exorcist, and The Good Fight. He holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch school of the arts and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He has been teaching actors since 2006 and has taught at Columbia, NYU, Yale as well as at the City College of New York. His teaching is based on the combined works of Kristin Linklater and Katherine Fitzmaurice as taught by master teachers Walton Wilson and Grace Zandarski. He has also studied with Andrew Wade, former head of voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was first introduced to chakra work through Fay Simpson’s Lucid Body technique, as well as Beth McGuire’s and Pamela Prather’s classes at Yale. He is a member of the Actors Center as well as the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.
Faculty, Alexander Technique for the Actor
Tracy (she/her/hers) is an Alexander Technique Teacher and movement educator for people who seek sustainable movement for creative action. Her style as an educator dances at the intersection of embodiment, mindful practice, play, and community. She currently practices at the Balance Arts Center, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Completely Ridiculous Conservatory where she facilitates AT and movement classes. She’s done pedagogical training with Christopher Bayes (Theatrical Clown), Lincoln Center Education (Teaching Artistry) and the Balance Arts Center (Alexander Technique), where she completed the 1600 hr AmSAT certified Teacher Training Course under the mentorship of Ann Rodiger. She’s currently furthering her training with Somatic Experiencing, and learning from her amazing 3 month-old daughter. Learn more at www.tracyeinstein.com
Precious Gorgeous, aka Ralf Jean-Pierre (he/him/his) is a first generation Haitian-American rapper-songwriter, actor, and comedian from Brooklyn, NY.
Precious Gorgeous earned a BFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. He has studied at Dance New Amsterdam, The Actor’s Movement Studio, the People’s Improv Theater. Ralf studied clown with Christopher Bayes and Virginia Scott, and Eric Davis.
In 2012, Following the sudden passing of a friend, Ralf rode his bicycle around the United States for the entire year, performing a one-man Shakespeare on the street, playing multiple characters at a time. He and his collaborator Jolie Tong developed a one-man show chronicling the tour called WHAT SHOULD BE THE FEAR. The show, which featured an original blues rap score written and composed by Precious, and debuted it at Gamba Forest Art Space in Brooklyn, NY in 2017.
In 2019 Precious Gorgeous released two records: Tryna Get My Live Together, written and composed by Precious, recorded live with a live band and filmed as a movie of the same name, and Everyone Dies From a Bullet vol 1, a covers record. During 2020 quarantine, Precious released TRIP, a mixtape original songs recorded to iconic beats from his favorite producer, Teddy Riley, and Brooklyn Petting Zoo, a tape of original songs recorded to beats from classic Brooklyn records.
Ralf is also an ensemble member of FIZGIG Studio’s Commedia Company and the acclaimed hip-hop improv team North Coast. Ralf is currently teaching acting and comedy as an adjunct professor for the Brooklyn College BA and BFA Theater program, and at Columbia University the MFA Theater program.
Chalia La Tour
Chalia La Tour (she/her/hers) is a 2020 Tony nominee for her work in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play and a recipient of the inaugural Antonyo award for Best Featured Actor in a Broadway Play. Originally from Stockton, California, La Tour is a multi disciplinary artist in theatre, television, film and visual art. She is committed to work that promotes social justice and the intersections of humanity. Film: The Future is Bright , Love Repeat and Three Pregnant Men. The Future is Bright had the honor of screening at the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival. TV: The Good Fight , The Code and Elementary on CBS. Off-Broadway: Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop), The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition (Women's Theatre Project), The Danger: An Homage to Strange Fruit (JACK). Regional: Cadillac Crew (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre) La Tour is an alumna of the Yale School of Drama MFA Acting program and The British American Dramatic Academy. For more information on her work follow @chalialatour on Instagram.
Faculty, Russian Études
Annelise Lawson (she/her/hers) is a bicoastal actress and theatre-maker. Recent credits include Anna in Babes in the Woods (world premier, Signature Theater), Edmund in King Lear (Here Arts Center), Helena in MIDSUMMER (The Araca Project), and Masha in Dmitry Krymov’s √3 Sisters (International Festival of Arts & Ideas). Other theatre credits include Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Last Act (world premier, Israeli Stage); I Should Have a Party for the Thoughts I Didn’t Say (Source Material Collective); The Oresteia, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Troublesome Reign of King John, The Tempest, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Yale School of Drama); Middletown (Yale Summer Cabaret); The Secretaries, (Yale Cabaret); The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe (First Folio). Film: Close-Up (NY Indie Theater Film Festival Winner). Annelise holds certificates in acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School & the British American Drama Academy, and is a graduate of the iO training program in Chicago. As a teacher, Annelise’s work focuses on developing technique and style through students’ personal sense of fun. Her areas of expertise include Clown, Commedia dell’arte, and the Russian Étude method – an improvisatorial rehearsal tool designed to unleash an actor’s imagination into the world of the text. She teaches Chekhov at the Yale School of Drama, The New School for Drama, and the Stella Adler Studio. She has also taught at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, and is a founding member of The Pandemonium Studio.
The Founding Artistic Director of Completely Ridiculous Productions and head of the Completely Ridiculous Conservatory, Gabriel Levey (he/him/his) is an actor/teacher/maker/producer living in Northampton, MA.
For the last 4 years Gabe has been teaching Clown, Physical Acting and Shakespeare as Play at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. He also teaches Acting as Play at The Pandemonium Studio as a founding faculty member alongside his mentor of the past 12 years, Christopher Bayes. In addition, Gabe has led classes and workshops at The Berkshire Theatre Group, Smith College, Amherst College, and The Yale Summer Acting Conservatory, among others. Gabe also works as a private coach, specializing in graduate school audition prep. So far Gabe has helped his clients get accepted at the Yale School of Drama, NYU Grad Acting, Columbia, CalArts, UCSD, Brown, RADA, Guildhall, as well as call backs at every major MFA program in America.
With a focus on just, inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist actor training, as well as the creation and production of new works of theatrical comedy, Gabe founded Completely Ridiculous Productions in the fall of 2019. After producing three live shows at the Northampton Center for the Arts, the pandemic hit and everything shut down. It was at this point that Gabe created The Completely Ridiculous Conservatory, a 6 week online acting program that, within its first year, welcomed over 100 students from all over the world.
A maker of theatrical comedy, Gabe's original work includes, Dwellicle 109 (IRT); Brainsongs, or the play about the dinosaur farm (Yale Cabaret); And now we do LINDBERGH’S FLIGHT by Bertolt Brecht (Yale Cabaret); The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (Yale Cabaret/Boston University/Cloud City); How to Help the Self Needs Help with Carol A. Jantsen (The Peoples Improv Theater); and most recently A Super Serious and Not at All Funny Reading of Stories I Wrote After Brain Surgery, which kicked off Completely Ridiculous Productions first season of new work at the Northampton Center for the Arts.
Eugene Ma (he/him/his) is a Drama Desk-nominated, New York-and-Hong Kong-based, Canadian interdisciplinary theater maker, actively directing, teaching, acting, composing and clowning across continents. He serves as Co-Artistic Director of TRADE CO: The International (minor feelings) Trading Company.
Select directing: WILD: a Family Musical Spectacle (Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra - Summer 22), Request Programme (Hong Kong Premiere), Yat-Sen, a New Musical (workshop production, Hong Kong Arts Festival), The Making of King Kong (Target Margin), Animus Anima//Anima Animus (Public /Brooklyn College), In The Blood (Columbia Grad Acting), The Baltimore Waltz (Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Daedalus).
As an AEA actor, Eugene’s select performance credits include: Christopher Bayes’ productions of A Servant of Two Masters (TFANA & Seattle Rep) and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep & Berkeley Rep); and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman’s production of Guys and Dolls (also at The Wallis in LA) and Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, directed by Chinese auteur Stan Lai.
As an acting teacher, Eugene is an Artist-in-Residence at Hong Kong Baptist University; and formerly, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Acting Program, Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale School of Drama, as well as Lecturer at SUNY Purchase and Harvard University (TDM). He also regularly coaches working actors at the Dome Studio in Beijing. www.playwitheugene.com
Faculty, Acting Through Song
Stephanie Machado (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Brazilian-American actor, singer, director, and
educator based in NYC. She holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama, and a BFA in
Acting from Southern Methodist University.
Stephanie is an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, AMDA College in NYC, and
has been teaching at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors for the past six years. She has
appeared onstage at Portland Stage Company, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Fiasco Theater,
Actors Theater of Louisville, Classic Stage Company, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter
Theater, and Cleveland Playhouse, among others.
Select Directing Credits: The Great Divide at Emerging Artists Theater, Ni Mi Madre at
Rattlestick Theater (Assistant Director to Danilo Gambini), Inside The Wild Heart at Group.BR
(Assistant Director to Linda Wise), and The Meal: Dramatic Essays on Cannibalism at Yale
She has undergone extensive EDI training with Arts Equity and is trained in the Liz Lerman
Critical Response method. Learn more at: www.stephaniemachado.me
Faculty, Wellness Practice
Annie Piper (she/her/hers) teaches at Kula Yoga in Tribeca, The Shala and Prema Yoga in Brooklyn. She is on the movement faculty at NYU's Tisch School of Graduate Acting and The Yale School of Drama. She is the co- teacher of 'The Open Voice' with Jessie Austrian at NYU's Gallatin School. She is certified to teach trauma-sensitive yoga by both the Trauma Center in Boston and with the national organization Warriors at Ease, and continues to bring yoga to veterans throughout the New York area. She has served on the faculty at the Brown University / Trinity Rep Consortium as well as undergraduate Theater Studies at NYU. Formerly an actor and director, she received an MFA in Acting from The University of Minnesota and a BA in Theater from Oberlin College. She certified to teach in 1997 at OM yoga, and studies Qi Gong with Thomas Droge. She is also a Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn, New York.
Devin Shacket (she/her/hers) is an acting teacher, audition coach, actress, casting director, founder/artistic director of The New York Drama Center and Director of Program Design at Completely Ridiculous.
She began her career as a casting assistant and quickly found herself working on Season II of the popular Netflix series, House of Cards, under the mentorship of Emmy Award winning casting director, Julie Schubert. While working in casting, Devin began teaching on-camera audition technique and coaching auditions, which she continues to do today.
Devin departed a full-time career in casting in 2013, to pursue her own acting training, studying with many of the best teachers in NYC and around the world. In addition to completing the two year Meisner training program with Terry Knickerbocker, and attending BADA, she has studied with Olympia Dukakis, Patsy Rodenburg, Larry Moss, Janet Zarish, Jim Calder, Tessa Lang, Fay Simpson, Christopher Bayes, Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, and many others.
In 2016 Devin founded The New York Drama Center, a nomadic acting center which offers access to master acting teachers (who mainly teach at exclusive MFA programs), and their proteges. She continues to design the programming for The New York Drama Center, committed to offering unique and high quality training opportunities to all actors.
Today, Devin focuses her energies on teaching and coaching, running her own private on-camera studio in NYC and also teaching advanced acting at The New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. To date, her students and private coaching clients have appeared on over 30 different NYC based t.v. shows, in off broadway and regional theatre productions, in feature length and short films, and in web series. She also has a student who was recently accepted to the acting MFA programs at NYU Graduate Acting and Yale School of Drama!
Arturo Luis Soria
Faculty, Actor as Generator
Arturo Luis Soria (he/him/his) is an actor and playwright with family roots in Brazil, Italy, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. He recently made his Broadway debut in The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry. Hilton Als of The New Yorker likened Arturo to “a young Al Pacino” for his portrayal of Tano in the World Premiere of Hit the Wall by Ike Holter at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre and, subsequently, off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre.
As a writer, Arturo wrote his own solo show NI MI MADRE that was performed at festivals around Chicago, a one night only event at Barrow Street Theatre in NYC, and at Yale Cabaret. In 2015, it received the Luso-American Scholarship at the DisQuiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied under the notable Portuguese-American writer Katherine Vaz.
His most recent play NOVIOS examines the lives of kitchen workers in an upscale restaurant in a nameless city. It addresses issues around citizenship, honor, class, race, ancestry, machismo, homoeroticism, and power.. NOVIOS: Part One received a workshop production at Yale Cabaret.
Arturo holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Storm Thomas is a black-mixed trans/gnc writer, drummer and multi-hyphenate artist from Los Angeles who plays many instruments (drums, guitar, piano, mandolin, midi, etc.) and writes experimental, process-based, afro-futurist musicals: Notes on the Past (Trans Theater Fest), Ancient Future (in-house production, Polyphone Festival), and Be Like Bone (in progress). Storm is a co-founder of the performance collective Theater, But Dance. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College; undergraduate, UC Santa Cruz & CUNY Empire State. Proud member of Rainbow Theater & The African American Theater Arts Troupe (UCSC). Teaching: Black Musical Theater (Uarts), Music for Performance (Playwrights/NYU), New Musical Theater Lab beg. & adv (Uarts), Theater of the Oppressed NYC (Red Hook, Housing Works), Dreamyard (Musical Theater Factory). Dramaturgy: Orchid Receipt Service (Theater Mitu), Guys and Dolls (Uarts), Noise (The Public Theater, workshop). Workshops: Elementary Spacetime Show (Ars Nova), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Soho Rep), The Temple (Phreak and Queer Festival, PhilaMOCA), Merced de Papel (Vox Theater Festival, Dartmouth College), Parade Ground (Fresh Ground Pepper). Performances: Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom Album Recording, Streep Show (Connelly Theater), Individual World Poetry Slam (Finals Stage), The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), Obie Awards 2017, Lexus Verses & Flow Season 3 Episode 1 feat. Jill Scott, guest speaker at The Immersive Design Summit on Participation and Agency (Associate Director, The Universe is a Small Hat). Storm is currently in residence with Musical Theater Factory Cohort II and will be teaching Queer Musical Theater at NYU/Tish Drama in the fall.
Faculty, A Very Special Writing Class
Claire Titelman (she/her/hers) is an actor, writer, and Andy Kaufman Award-nominated comedian based in Los Angeles, recently named one of LA Weekly's “Eight L.A. Artists and Art-World Figures to Watch.”
A longtime roundtable regular on the last night show Chelsea Lately, Claire has appeared on New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Wilfred, Veronica Mars and Cold Case, and was part of various pilot casts including Paul Feig’s Girl Coders. She most recently starred in the independent comedy I've Got Issues, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival and was a New York Times Critic's Pick.
Claire has performed stand-up at top national comedy festivals including Bridgetown and SF SketchFest, and filmed a live stand-up set for Seeso’s The Guest List. Her play In Tubes was produced at HERE Arts in NYC, and her solo show Lemons Are for Emergencies Only received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Claire’s comedy writing was published in the essay collection True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint Press), and she co-wrote an original series for Warner Bros.'s short-form studio Blue Ribbon. She is currently developing a series based on her autobiographical solo show Filthy, which sold out its residency at experimental L.A. theater Machine Project.
Claire is a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade and member of the Wet the Hippo collective (Best Comedy nominee at L.A. Fringe Festival), and has trained and performed with Serious Play! Theater Ensemble. She received her B.A. in playwriting and directing from Bard College.
Faculty, Monologues from BIPOC Playwrights
Zenzi Williams (she/her/hers) received her MFA from Yale School of Drama, has a BA in theater from Temple University and studied at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.
Zenzi is currently a Course Facilitator in Executive Presence at Cornell University and owns Zen Taping Space, a self taping business for actors in New York City.
Her credits include Broadway: The Crucible. Off-Broadway: runboyrun (NYTW), Lockdown (Rattlestick), School Girls (MCC Theater), Henry V (The Public), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Company), Mother Courage and Her Children (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre). Film&TV: “Chicago Fire,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Fight,” “The Defenders,” “Daredevil,” “Black Panther,” "The Mess He Made".
Gregory Saint Georges
Director of Outreach and Enrollment
Gregory Saint Georges (they/them) is a New York based actor: born in Brooklyn, schooled in Queens and later New Haven. They are a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, where you may have seen them in Yale Repertory Theater productions such as GIRLS; Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins or in productions on the main stage like SHOOT HER, SHOOTER; Margaret Douglas, TROUBLE IN MIND; Alice Childress, HENRY V PART III, or IN HIS HANDS OR THE GAY CHRISTIAN PLAY; Ben Benne and many others.
NOW SING IT THE FUNNY WAY
Anne Tofflemire (she/her/hers) was raised in Northern California, where she starred in the long running San Francisco productions of Side by Side by Sondheim and Rap Master Ronnie; there she was discovered by the Academy Award winning lyricist Sammy Cahn, with whom she toured nationally and internationally in his Sammy Cahn: Words and Music. Her other theater credits include Peter Pan opposite Cathy Rigby, Maria in West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Mama Rose in Gypsy. A winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Anne has appeared in New York at Birdland, Firebird Café, Delmonico’s, the Cabaret Convention at Town Hall, and Eighty Eights, at the Plush Room in San Francisco, and at the Gardenia in Los Angeles. Her CD, Let’s Face the Music, was released by Harbinger Records. She teaches at the National Theater Institute, Neighborhood Music School, and Yale School of Drama as well as privately.
Kareem M. Lucas (he/him/his) is a Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director/Educator. His solo pieces include The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO), From Brooklyn With Love, RATED BLACK: An American Requiem, A Boy & His Bow, A Warm Winter, and Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty. He has performed his solo work at The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, Fire This Time Festival, IRT Theater, The Slipper Room, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, Hi-ARTS, AFO Theater, JACK, HERE Arts Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, among others. His show “Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty” will have it’s World Premiere at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in their upcoming 2020-2021 season. He is an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a NYTW 2050 Playwriting Fellow. He has taught at the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, 52nd Street Project, among others; in addition to coaching privately for the last 10 years. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. For more info you can visit www.KareemMLucas.com or follow him on Instagram @KareemMLucas
Kate Owens (she/her/hers) is a NYC-based, award-winning comedy actor, writer, and clown known for her commitment to characters and physical comedy style. She can be seen performing her critically-acclaimed character show, “Cooking with Kathryn,” throughout New York (UCB, The PIT, The Tank) as well as the PortFringe Festival (Critics Choice), the FRIGID Festival (Best Physical Comedy, Audience Choice). She has toured comedy shows in the U.K., Prague, and is a professionally trained clown (Cirque du Soleil databank, Ecole Philippe Gaulier). She has taught acting and clown at the Hudson Valley Conservatory and Improvisation and Shakespeare at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
BIPOC PLAYS OF 2018-2019: A SCENE STUDY CLASS
Paul (he/him/his) is on the MFA Acting faculty at Brooklyn College and he is the Director of the Hagen Core Training and the Hagen Summer Intensive. Has taught master classes and workshops at Yale, NYU Tisch, M.I.T. Music & Theatre, Amherst College, New York Film Academy as well as universities and acting studios in Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and South Korea. He is a proud member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers and The Actors Center. He earned an M.F.A in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. As an actor he appeared on recent television shows like Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, Unforgettable on A+E and on stage playing iconic roles in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Othello, Pericles among others. He has performed in numerous plays across the United States and internationally. As writer and producer, Paul’s debut film COME OUT, COME OUT World Premiered at 2017 Cannes Short Film Corner and his sophomore project THE DELIVERER has screened at multiple film festivals around the world. His original television series SERPENTS MOUTH won Best Pitch and the Audience Award at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Paul was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Tramantana (he/him/his) is an actor, director, and educator. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, he has acted professionally in theatre, film, and television. He teaches Clown, Games, and Play at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Westminster Choir College at Rider University. He has also taught at The Graduate Acting Program at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, The Funny School of Good Acting, The John DeSotelle Studio in NYC, Queensborough Community College, and more. Some of the masters he has studied with include Jane Nichols, Aitor Basauri, and Jim Calder; head of Movement for The NYU Tisch graduate acting program. But the most life changing experience occurred when he met Christopher Bayes; master teacher of Clown and head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama. He trained in Clown and Commedia d’ell Arte extensively with Bayes at The Funny School of Good Acting, before being personally invited to work with him as his teaching apprentice. Tramantana assisted Bayes at Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, and The Funny School of Good Acting, and is one of a small number of teachers Bayes has mentored. Directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses, Our Town, You Can’t Take It With You, Antigone, Sweeney Todd, and Into The Woods. Christopher holds a BA in Performance from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and an MFA in Acting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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