CYNTHIA BABAK* Cynthia is a founding member of BNW and served as associate artistic director from 2010–2012. Acting roles with the company include: As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Long Christmas Dinner, and many Salon Series readings. BNW playwright: Too Much Candy, Pig Tales (co-written with Michael Huston), and Snow. BNW Director: The American Clock and Fabulation. She writes and performs comedy with Michael Huston as Babes in the Woods and is a core member of Hook & Eye Theatre, recently appearing in their devised play, The Summoners.
With BNW: Prospero in The Tempest, Walt Whitman in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Atticus in To Kill A Mockingbird and Parris in The Crucible. Off Broadway: the critically acclaimed Breakfast With Mugabe (which he also produced and ran for 100 performances), The English Bride (59e59), Far & Wide (Mint), Richard II (Pearl). Shakespeare on the Sound in Norwalk, CT: Founder and Artistic Director for 13 seasons. Performances at many regional theaters (Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company and others). Film: Noah, Once More With Feeling, Joshua, Dovid Meyer. Television: Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Law & Order, SVU, Bored to Death, As the World Turns. Co-Founder and Festival Producer, Westerly, Rhode Islandʼs Shakespeare in the Park festival. Graduate of Amherst College and the National Theatre Conservatory. Brooklyn resident, where he lives with his family and runs the Young Actors Workshop (youngactorsbrooklyn.com).
CLAIRE BECKMAN* Claire is the producing artistic director and co-founder of BNW. Picasso’s Masterpiece (Director) Street Scene (Director, named #22 of 25 Best Stage shows of 2013 by L Magazine), The Long Christmas Dinner (Director), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace) (Mrs. Ford), The American Clock (Rose Baum), The Halloween Plays (Doctor/Gretel in Too Much Candy), As You Like it (Director), The Crucible (Director, NY Magazine Critic’s Pick), The Tempest (Director), The Member of the Wedding (Director), On The Waterfront (Director), Fahrenheit 451 (Mildred), Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (Adaptor/Director), The Great White Hope (Ellie), To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise/Director), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn). Off Broadway credits include The Torchbearers at Drama Dept., Snakebit for Naked Angels, the title role in Bella Belle of Byelorussia directed by Christopher Ashley at the WPA, The Last Empress at Lincoln Center and Kevin Kline’s Hamlet at The Public. Regional credits include leading roles at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Capital Rep, GeVa, Syracuse Stage, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Meadowbook Theatre and several Shakespeare Festivals including Lady Macbeth at Shakespeare on the Sound. Films includes The Tollbooth, the award winning The Wormhole, Revolution #9, Pollock, Fallout, The Door in the Floor with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger and The Thing About My Folks with Peter Falk and Paul Reiser. Crystal Prism Award Best Actress: Better Than Escape (Bolje od Bekstva Serbia/Montenegro.) Best Producer nomination at NYC’s Visionfest for The West Begins on Fifth Avenue. TV: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order CI,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns.” Claire’s adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, Virginia 1870, will return to Governor’s Island for a full, site specific production in September 2017.
WILLIAM BRENNER Brave New World credits include Giles Corey in The Crucible, Gonzalo in The Tempest, District Attorney Cameron in The Great White Hope, many appearances in the Salon Series readings. Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy (Jewish Rep); David Edgar’s Mary Barnes (New York premiere); Visions of Kerouac; Marathon ’33 (Lion Theatre Company). Regional theatre: Denver Center Theatre Company (Kent in King Lear, title role in Julius Caesar, many others); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Shakespeare Festival of Dallas; GeVa Theatre, Rochester; Shakespeare on the Sound, others. Mr. Brenner, a baritone who sings with the chorus Grace & Spiritus of Brooklyn, holds a graduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and is a resident of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
CRAIG A. GRANT BNW credits: Street Scene by Elmer Rice (Mr Jones), Moby Dick–Rehearsed by Orson Welles (Tashtego). New York/Regional credits: The Mayor Who Would be Sondheim by John Doble (Hubert), To Protect the Poets by John Doble (Detective Bear), Romeo and Juliet (Frier Laurence), Much Ado About Nothing (John The Bastard). New York Musical Theater credits: Queenie Pie by Duke Ellington (Lincoln Center, role of The Mayor), Beggars Holiday by Ellington/Wassermann (Mcheath), Blues in the Subway by Alonzo Levester.
LAUREN HARKINS Lauren Harkins is a recent graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre. She made her BNW debut as Varrie in The Plantation. Some of her favorite BU credits include Ghosts (Helene Alving), The Serpent (First Woman), and For Colored Girls…(Woman in Blue). Other NY credits include Juliet in a staged reading of The Quadroon and the Dove through Madison Square Productions as well as Antigone in LaMaMa ETC’s Riot Antigone.
WARREN JACKSON Warren Jackson recently appeared in a world premiere by Nambi E. Kelley, Rainman (Artistic New Directions). Elated to be a part of such a venerable company like BNW, he is also a Chicago transplant and loves to call Brooklyn home. Work with Brave New World Rep includes: The Long Christmas Dinner and The Merry Wives of Windsor Terrace. Other NY/NJ credits include: Coriolanus (Harlem Shakespeare Festival), King Lear (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Aquila Theater Co. & American Globe Theater, Title role); Henry V (Classical Theater of Harlem), Talking to Westfield (Premier Stages). Regional: The Tempest (NC Shakespeare Festival), Fences (Clarence Brown Theater, TN); NEA national tours: Macbeth (AL Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). He received nominations for his work from the Black Theatre Alliance of Chicago for Best Featured Actor in Victory Gardens’ world premiere of Shoes, and from the Midwest regional Emmy board for the Chicago children’s television show, Green Screen Adventures. Also a teaching artist, he dedicates his time to instructing youth in the Bronx in basic acting techniques through charter schools. He earned his MFA at the University of Arizona.
DEEKSHA KETKAR Deeksha Ketkar is an award winning actress associated with eminent directors and productions in India and hopes to do so in USA.A proud company member of Brave New World, she is exploring her administrative skills as a Web Administrative for BNW. Her recent credits includes Shabana in an Off-Off Broadway production of “A Muslim in Midst”.She has also starred in multiple short films in New York.Along with acting she has fearlessly worked in war zones of India.She is a certified Graphologist.Fascinated by different cultures Deeksha tries to collaborate with culturally diverse theater productions and filmmakers.
CHRIS LINDSAY-ABAIRE* Brave New World: Numerous salons. Chris has performed in New York at LaMaMa ETC, HERE, Dance Theater Workshop, FEZ and Vital Theater Company, among others, and regionally at the Fulton Opera House and Fleetwood Stage. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ghost Stories and NY soaps. Film: Sunshine, Growing Pains, Valentine’s Day, The King of the Magicians and Static, which have been shown at the Boston International, New York International, Orinda International, ZoieFest, and Cleveland International Film Festivals, among others.
REBECCA MARTINEZ Rebecca Martínez is a Brooklyn-based creator/performer, director, choreographer, and deviser. Her work focuses on audience connectivity and social practice. Recent and upcoming projects include: directing You’re Not Alone (anymore) (Stella Adler School for Acting), Entremeses (INTAR New Works Lab), Tomás and the Library Lady (Oregon Children’s Theatre), 26 Miles (Profile Theatre), Amor en el tiempo de guerra (Voz Alta), and writing the book for the musical Óye Oyá (music by Rodolfo Ortega, Milagro Theatre). Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a Co-Curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, the Ghostlight Project Steering Committee, an Associate Member of SDC, and a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. Awards include four Drammy Awards and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists. Rebecca is an artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. rebeccamartinez.org
CATHERINE MANCUSO Catherine is a native Brooklynite. A proud company member of Brave New World Repertory Company, she has had a chance to explore many roles, including Sister Lucia in NUN$, Anne Page in Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace) and Mary Warren in The Crucible. She received her training from SUNY New Paltz and has studied voiceover with Edge Studio. Currently, you can see her in the web series Super Knocked Up and hear her voice in tutorial videos on www.TheStyleFix.com. www.CatherineMancuso.com
SANDRA MILLS SCOTT* Sandra has been a proud member of BNW since 2009. Favorite BNW credits include the dazzling site specific production of Street Scene (chosen by L Magazine as one of NYC’s best theatrical productions of 2013); Fabulation, The American Clock, The Crucible, and The Member of the Wedding (salon reading series). Most recently, Ms. Scott created the lead role in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Maid’s Door at The Billie Holiday Theatre. NYC credits: The Beckett, The Public, Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and The Kraine Theatre, amongst others. Regional: The Longwharf, Florida Stage, Arkansas Rep, Crossroads, The Kennedy Center and St. Louis Black Rep, domestic and international tours, among others. Tours include the European tour of Hair, and the east coast tours of We Are My Sisters, and The Pen And The Podium. TV: Golden Boy (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC), The Jury (FOX), The Conan O’Brien Show (NBC), The Chris Rock Show (HBO), the starring role in Tales of the Unknown South (PBS). Film: Dead Canaries, The Cookout, Auf Ewig Und Einen Tag, JOB, Shrinks. MFA Graduate Acting: NYU.
JOHN EDMOND MORGAN* John is a co-founder of BNW and currently an associate artistic director. Brave New World: “Fahrenheit 451 (Montag) “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (MTA conductor) “The Great White Hope” (Fred/Coates/Ensemble), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Bob Ewell), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Algernon). New York stage includes: “I Vermin” “The Last Empress” at Lincoln Center, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at The Samuel Beckett Theatre, “Sure Thing” at Soho Rep, the title role in “Zastrozzi” at The Basic Theatre, a staged reading of “The Grand Tour” for the Jewish Rep. directed by Stuart Zagnit, and Peck in “How I Learned to Drive” as a guest artist at Brooklyn College. Regional credits include “Sideman” at Florida Rep, “Candida” at Pennsylvania Stage, “Master Harold and the Boys” for Portland Rep, “Romeo and Juliet” at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and “Hamlet” as a guest artist at Northern Michigan University. Television appearances include “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.” John has performed in and choreographed fights for numerous Shakespeare Festivals and independent films. Also for The Basic Theatre he directed “Downtown” at The Samuel Beckett Theatre, and he has directed for The Neighborhood Theatre for kids in Brooklyn. Teaching credits (acting and stage combat) include NYU, Webster University and Northern Michigan University. He teaches stage combat in the theatre department at Brooklyn College. John and his family live in Brooklyn.
MICHAEL MOSS The Plantation (Brave New World)- NY Theater: The Country Husband (Secret Theater), The Immortals (Brave New World), Inspector Descending (Secret Theater), Taming of the Shrew (Nagleberg Theater), As You Like It (Bernie West Theater), Feiffer’s People (The Brick), Paradiddle (Theater for A New City), Tambo, a musical short (HERE Arts), I don <3 u ne mor (Fringe NYC), Bellvue Sketches (The Player’s Theater). Favorite past roles include Beadle Bamford (Sweeny Todd) and Ben (The Telephone).
ELEANOR RUTH* Brave New World: NUN$, Fahrenheit 451 (Mrs. Hudson) The Great White Hope and To Kill a Mockingbird; BNW readings: Much Ado About Nothing, Waiting for Godot, Hotel Paradiso and Lysistrata. NYC credits include Angela’s Flying Bed (Bed), Sister (Mother), Ladies at Play (Celeste), Steinway Grand (Mrs. Broderick), Cruma (Nagayo), No Conductor (Antonia) and Dubliners (Evaline, Maria). Regional credits include House of Blue Leaves (Bananas), How the Other Half Loves (Fiona), Witness for the Prosecution (Janet Mackenzie), Hamlet (Gertrude), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Once Upon a Mattress (Aggravain), Little Mary Sunshine (Mme.Ernestine) and Side By Side By Sondheim. An accomplished singer and puppeteer, Eleanor has appeared in casual venues (i.e. cabarets and bars) throughout the U.S., and has toured extensively with Robert Rogers, Puppet Projects and Starry Night Puppet Theatre. She is also a long-time member of the OBIE-winning Threshold Theater Company, and is especially pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the fabulous Brooklyn arts community in her former position as Program Coordinator for Brooklyn Arts Council.
CAROLINE RYBURN* BNW: The Long Christmas Dinner (Leonora, Nurse), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly), The Crucible (Ann Putnam),Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, The American Clock, Too Much Candy, and The Children’s Hour (Mrs. Tilford) at Epic Theater’s Passion Play Icon Series. Off-B’way: Largely/NY with Bill Irwin at City Center (Bessie Schoenberg Award), Emily Dickinson in Letter to the World(Lamb’s), and Dorothy Parker in No Song of an Ingenue (Dramatists). Other N.Y.C. stage: Leaving IKEA (Artful Conspirators), Under the Cross (New World’s Theater Project), Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankenstein (Piper Theater), The Vagina Monologues (Mills Theater) The Yellow Wallpaper (92nd St Y). National Tours: Gypsy (June), Fiddler (Chava), and No No Nannette (Betty). Regional:Company (Sarah), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Twelfth Night (Viola), and Member of the Wedding (Frankie) among others, and abroad at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Algonquinnites and Hollywoodaze. Web Series: Life Sucks. Video Series: Good Housekeeping Learning Series for Children.
FRANNY SILVERMAN* BNWRep: As You Like It (Rosalind), Heartbreak House (Ellie); The American Clock (Doris, Edie, Toni); Fabulation (Stephie, Rosa); Three One-Acts (Director). Selected New York Credits: Six Seeds: The Persephone Project (Space on White), Between Two Worlds (HB Playwrights), Strangers (Ontological-Hysteric Incubator), Alice in Wonderland (Queens Theatre in the Park), Coupling Heuristic and The Curse of the Horned Babby (Estrogenious). Regional includes: Human Race Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Northwoods Theatre Company. Franny has a BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory – CCM. www.frannysilverman.com
LEEGRID STEVENS Leegrid Stevens grew up in the hill country of Spicewood, TX. He moved to New York after attending SMU in Dallas and now lives in Brooklyn. His plays have been seen in downtown theatres in New York including HERE Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, Lark Theatre, Altered Stages, Theatre for the New City among others both nationally and internationally. You can find some of his plays in print including Post-Oedipus (Playscripts), Sun Stand Thou Still (Plays and Playwrights 2004), and The Dudleys! (Indie Theatre). Leegrid was recently nominated for a couple NY Innovative Theatre Awards (Script & Sound Design) for his work on his recent play, Spaceman. MFA – Columbia
ERIN TREADWAY Erin Treadway is a frequent collaborator with playwright/director Leegrid Stevens & their company Loading Dock. Recent roles with Loading Dock: Clara in The Dudleys! (HERE), Julie in Ms. Julie, Asian Equities (The Dock at Loading Dock), Cleo in The Twelfth Labor (Gene Frankel Theatre) and Molly Jennis in Spaceman (Incubator Arts, NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance). Other projects together include: The Nine/Twelve Tapes (Theatre for the New City); Sun, Stand Thou Still (Spring Theatreworks); Post Oedipus (HERE, Spring Theatreworks); Still Life With Runner (HERE, Spring Theatreworks). She has also played Mitzi in Franz Xaver Kroetz’ URGE (Spring Theatreworks), Ophelia in Poor Jacob’s Hamlet (Spring Theatreworks), Gertrude in Hamlet (LaMama). She was named one of Indie Theatre Now’s 2012 People of the Year.
NATHALIE THOMAS Nathalie Thomas is a native New Yorker and thrilled to be part of Brave New World. An alumni form the Center For Art Education program, Nathalie got her start working in arts administration right out of high school. Since graduation at the top of her class she has gone on to be Miss Teen U.S.A and had the pleasure to work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Nathalie has also danced and worked with Brooklyn based dance company Nonalee Dance Theatre. Currently she teaches and works with Power House Dance Company as she continues to pursue her career in the arts. Besides dancing and acting Nathalie is also an avid poetry writer that does frequent performance and slam competitions.
IAN WHITT Brave New World Rep: Major Barbara, readings of Adam Kraar’s In Loco Parentis and Brian Watkins’ Games for an Empty Cul-de-sac. New York Theatre: There’s Never A Gavin (Atlantic Theatre Company, staged reading),Vagabond Lover and Ziegfeld’s Cavalcade of Stars (The Ziegfeld Society), A Man’s Man (Planet Connections Festivity). Regional Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (dir. Tony Speciale), Sleep Rock Thy Brain, 27 Ways I Didn’t Say Hi to Lawrence Fishburne, Appropriate (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival). Other Theatre: Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Twelfth Night, The Who’s Tommy, Three Sisters (SUNY New Paltz). Film: Nick and Nicky (opposite Sean Young), Easy Prey, The Essentials. Former Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprentice, studies film with Bob Krakower and comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade.
SANDRA WILLIAMS BNW: Street Scene (Anna Maurrant), and A Long Christmas Dinner (Lenora Banning), Other Roles Include: Intimate Apparel (Esther), Holes (Madame Zeroni), Vagina Monologues (Miss Pat); Film credits: Weekend Killer, Vita’s Garden, and I Love You.
STUART ZAGNIT* Stuart is a founding member with Brave New World Rep. With the company: The Merry Wives Of Windsor Terrace, The American Clock, On The Waterfront, The Halloween Plays; numerous salons including Hotel Paradiso, Uncle Vanya, School For Wives, Old Times (Dir.). On Broadway, Stuart created the roles of Goldberg in The Wild Party and The Mayor of Whoville in Seussical (also original cast recordings), and can currently be seen in the Disney musical hit Newsies. Off-Broadway credits include the original Little Shop of Horrors, Lucky Stiff, All In The Timing, A Dybbuk (at the Public), Mr. President, Retribution, and he was critically acclaimed for his performances in The Grand Tour and Kuni-Leml (for which he was the subject of an Al Hirschfeld caricature!). National Tour credits include Crazy For You, Applause, Falsettos, Into The Woods and Tintypes. Regional performances include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Ann Frank (both at Syracuse Stage), Sunset Boulevard (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Miracle Worker (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Sound Of Music (Sacramento Music Circus) and Enter Laughing (Berkshire Theatre Festival). On TV, Stuart has been featured on all three Law & Order shows (a total of 5 appearances), 30 Rock and Blue Bloods, and is a familiar face and voice in commercials and voice overs. He was the original voice of Professor Oak in the popular animated series Pokemon, which he did for nearly a decade. Recent film credits include the web series Small Miracles, the indie short The Testimony of Erin J, and the Turkish/American feature Things I Cannot Tell. He and his family reside happily in Brooklyn.
*Members of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.