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Circus Theatricals presents the 15th Annual
Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays!

Los Angeles premiere plays. Written by seasoned and emerging playwrights. Starring the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCES
WEDNESDAY JULY 14 and WEDNESDAY JULY 21 at 8pm

WEDNESDAY JULY 14th

  • Forgetting to Remember
    written by Greg Kalleres
    directed by James Skylar
    with Anthony Cran, Jordan Lund, Bibi Tinsley
  • Gibberish
    written by Greg Kalleres
    directed by Jack Stehlin
    with Joe Bays, Scott Sheldon, Vanessa Waters
  • Struck

  • written by J. Stephen Brantley
    directed by Jordan Lund
    with Jonah Bay, John Copeland, Bibi Tinsley

  • Once Removed

  • written by Jami Brandli
    directed by Courtney Munch
    with Courtney Munch, Byron Field

  • Man with the Tiny Head

  • written by Dave Carley
    directed by Lisa Christensen
    with Floyd Lewis, Ivory Tiffin

  • People Like Us -
    written by Chris Shaw Swanson
    directed by Sarah Kate Marsh
    with Chelsea Povall, Ryanne Plaisance
  • Artist and the Widow
    written by Joe Bays
    directed by Masasa Moyo
    with Tom Groenwald, Lily Spottiswoode


WEDNESDAY JULY 21

  • A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby

  • written by Hal Corley
    directed by Jack Stehlin
    with Brendan Brandt, Thomas Kopache

  • Gibberish
    written by Greg Kalleres
    directed by Jack Stehlin
    with Joe Bays, Scott Sheldon, Vanessa Waters
  • Running in Circles Screaming

  • written by Jeni Mahoney
    directed by Floyd Lewis
    with Tom Groenwald, Hannah Logan, Jeannine Stehlin

  • Losing the Game
    written by Chad Baker
    directed by John Copeland
    with Courtney Munch, Scott Sheldon
  • Struck

  • written by J. Stephen Brantley
    directed by Jordan Lund
    with Jonah Bay, John Copeland, Bibi Tinsley

  • Warning Labels

  • written by Jenelle Riley
    directed by Joe Bays
    with Lisa Christensen, Jonathan Doone, Jim McCaffree, Ivory Tiffin

  • Three(some) Like it Hot
    written by Jenelle Riley
    directed by Joe Bays
    with Nick Denning, Sarah Kate Marsh, Vanessa Waters

Presented in two evenings: Wed at 8pm

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CAST BIOS (to come!)

Jonah Bay

JONAH BAY Bit in Struck

Last on stage as Baron Tuzenbach in Three Sisters with Circus Theatricals.  After years in NYC doing downtown theatre and some uptown too, including Broadway productions of  Uncle Vanya  and  Hurrah at Last at the Roundabout; he went West. TV and Film includes "Grey's Anatomy",  "The 4400",  "Sex and the City",  "Upstate". Member of Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.  Love to the divine Leila.    

Joe Bays
Joe Bays

JOE BAYS Director of (Three)some Like it Hot / Playwright: The Artist and the Widow / Actor: Elliot in Gibberish

With Circus Theatricals: The Noble Sons of Popeye, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks (writer/director), The Circle. LA theatrical credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queen s at the Attic.  New York credits include Dispatches From Hell, Streamers and W.C. Fields - 100 Proof.  He was also in As You Like It at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman and O. Henry’s Christmas at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.  Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “Mike Hammer”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens", "Without a Trace", “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, " “Shopgirl” and "Spiderman - 3".  As a playwright: The Market, A Haunting Confession. Director: Lunch-o-lution.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Brendan Brandt

BRENDAN BRANDT Brian in Normal is a Country, Andy in A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby

Previously with Circus- 2009 One Acts (Macoloco and Haunting Confession), Macbeth, Getting Out (currently). Other LA theater includes Miss Margarida's Way at the Odyssey and Twist at the Avery Shreiber. Brendan appears in the Film "Tic", which just won the audience award for best picture and best cast at Method Fest 2010 and is making the rounds at other festivals. He co-authored a book "Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets" which was published in 2009.

Lisa Christensen

Lisa Christensen

LISA CHRISTENSEN Mondy in Warning Labels, director of The Man with the Tiny Head

Lisa Christensen is thrilled to be performing and directing in Circus Theatricals' One Act Play Festival.  You may have seen her last year in The War of Virginia and Alabama (Missy Sue) or in the Scottish Play (Gentlewoman) - both with Circus Theatricals.  Other Los Angeles Theatre Credits:  Full Monty (Toni/Ensemble) with Theatre7, Merrily We Roll Along (Ensemble/Meg u/s) with Chromolume Theatre Company, The Fly (Party Goer) with the LA Opera and Surf Orpheus (Ensemble/Swing) at the Getty Villa.  Select Past Credits: Hair (Jeannie) with Fritz Theatre in San Diego and Come Blow Your Horn (Peggy) with Onstage Playhouse in San Diego (for which she won an ACT award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy).  Much love and thanks to Joe, Jack and Jeannine for putting this all together and to Ivory and Floyd for trusting a first-time director!

John Copeland

John Copeland

JOHN COPELAND Adrian in Struck, director of Losing the Game

with Circus Theatricals: The Taming of the Shrew and A Haunting Confession. Most recently appeared as the Ghost in Hamlet, Ezra in The Blunders, and the sea captain in Twelfth Night. Other credits include Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath; Bobby in The Real Live Brady Bunch (with Jane Lynch and Andy Richter); Hamlet (with Del Close, Aidan Quinn and Deanna Dunagan); and the title role in Go Aks Alice with Big Queen Productions. Member emeritus of The Plush Life Players. He is a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama.

Anthony Cran

Anthony Cran

ANTHONY CRAN Max in Forgetting to Remember, Edward in Something for the Boys

Anthony has performed on stage in Los Angeles, New York, Canada, Britain and Germany. Recent Los Angeles credits include Mike in To Arms with Circus Theatricals, Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door by Marnie Olson and Tennessee Williams' Auto-Da-Fe. He played Luke and Beau in the world premiere of the last two 'lost' plays that Tennessee Williams' wrote (The Traveling Companion and The Chalky White Substance) in the UK. He has appeared in numerous films.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. 

 

Nick Denning

Nick Denning

NICK DENNING Rick in (Three)Some Like it Hot

Nick Denning hales from the island town of Shelter Island, NY. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in NYC. Off Broadway credits: "Fools in Love" & "Tempest Tossed Fools" (Shakespeare re-imagined for children) in rep at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater and a limited run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Played "Crow" in the final run of Sam Shepard's "The Tooth of Crime" at La MaMa's Annex Theater. Moved to Los Angeles the end of 2007, he has stared in pilots and festival awarded film projects. He is grateful to be a member of Circus Theatricals, where he is also playing "Ronnie" in "Getting Out".

Jonathan Doone

Jonathan Doone

JONATHAN DOONE Thad in Warning Labels

With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth and LA 8AM.

TV / Film credits; "Three Men and  Baby Grand" (SBS), "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC), "Boston Girls", "Guns Point". Theatre; Burn The Floor ( Radio City Music Hall) Floorplay, Worlds Greatest Dance Spectacular (Michael Edgely Prod.)

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Byron Field

Byron Field

BYRON FIELD Elliot in Once Removed

With Circus Theatricals: Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks, Antigone, As You LIke It, Loose Ends, The Three Sisters, The SeaGull, Straight Talk.

Other Theatre: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Another Part of the Forest, Careless Love (Theatre Group), Men Without Dates (Artists Play Circle) and Long Days Journey into Night (Artists Play Circle). Film/TV credits include: "Carpoolers," (ABC), series regular on “Spyder Games” (MTV), “Chain of Command” (HBO Movie), “City Guys” (NBC) and “The Real McCoy” (Propaganda Films).   Soon to be seen in the indy-comedy  "Balls to the Wall", hitting theaters this summer.

 

Tom Groenwald

Tom Groenwald

TOM GROENWALD

Tom was last seen on stage as Vershinin in The Three Sisters (Circus Theatricals / Odyssey). Other Circus Theatricals: Taming of the Shrew, Safe (LA Times Critics Choice), Moon Man (Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays). Other stage credits include: The Big Ever After, Cenci (ARK Theatre Co). In Chicago: Damage Control (Noble Fool), MacBett ( Greasy Joan Theatre), Private Eyes, The Secret Rapture (Element Theatre), and more. TV/Film: Tom recently completed filming "No God No Master" with David Strathairn." Other: Early Edition," "Lady Blue," "Heavens Fall," "Almost Salinas" and "Beyond the Pale."

Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

MJ Karmi

MJ Karmi

MJ KARMI Eva in Normal is a Country

M.J. appeared as Countess de Lage in The Women, for Circus Theatricals Studio Theatre.  She also appeared in Circus Theatricals One Act Fetival 2009 in Action and Reaction.  M.J. has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in New York , Los Angeles and Washington , D.C.  Her television credits include; Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Jericho, The Guardian, GuidingLight and The Awful Truth.  Her film credits include; Julia starring Tilda Swinton, Moonlight Sonata, C.L.A.S.S. starring Tom Sizemore and Answers to Nothing starring Dane Cook.  M.J. holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio at The New School.  She is a Life Member of The Actors Studio.  M.J. teaches acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. 

 

Thomas Kopache

Thomas Kopache

THOMAS KOPACHE Baxter in A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby

Circus/Odyssey: Taming of the Shrew. Circus Theatricals: Man.Gov, Antigone, As You Like It, Iphigenia in Aulis, Adding Machine ( Garland Award), Twelfth Night. Broadway: Orpheus Descending,“Our Town. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre, La Mama, etc. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T., Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Old Globe…. Film: “No Country For Old Men”(SAG Award), “Zodiac”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “This Boy’s Life”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Stigmata”, “Star Trek: Generations”… TV: “Saving Grace,” “Big Love”, Dirty Sexy Money”, “Brothers & Sisters”, Desperate Housewives”, “West Wing”, “Boston Legal”, “Six Feet Under”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Gilmore Girls, …

Circus Theatricals Associate Artist.

Floyd Lewis

Floyd Lewis

FLOYD LEWIS Mike in The Man with the Tiny Head, director of Running in Circles Screaming

With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Test (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Joey (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of The Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (Great Scenes from Classic American Plays), Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov), Norman in Boys Next Door (Ten Great Scenes). Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate and proud member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Hannah Logan

Hannah Logan

HANNAH LOGAN Heather in Running in Circles Screaming

Hannah Logan has been performing and creating stories ever since she realized a sheet made a good curtain and a hairbrush was a decent microphone. She is thrilled to be a part of Circus Theatricals. Hannah is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Favorite roles include Connie in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Sophie in Star-spangled Girl and Meg in Crimes of the Heart. Hannah is a published short story writer and her first play, Trailerville, was produced in Los Angeles and New York and is currently being adapted for the screen.

Jordan Lund

Jordan Lund

JORDAN LUND Canice in Forgetting to Remember, Director of Struck) Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

14 Circus Theatricals productions including: More Lies About Jerzy, Man.Gov, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night.

Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Macbeth (dir. Estelle Parsons, Belasco NYSF).

Off-Broadway: The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (Delacorte NYSF). Other NY: The Kitchen, LaMama, INTAR.

 Regional: Romeo and Juliet (dir. Sir Peter Hall, Ahmanson), Scapin (dir. Bartlett Sher, Portland Stage),

Scaramouche (dir. BH Barry, TheatreVirginia), On The Waterfront (Cleveland PlayHouse) Over 75 Film/TV: The American President,Doc Hollywood, Speed, Lonesome Dove, The Stand, NYPD Blue, Law And Order, Star Trek. Jordan trained at Carnegie-Mellon University. Tlbrsm

Jim Mccaffree

Jim McCaffree

JIM McCAFFREE Gil in Warning Labels

Jim hails from Chicago, where he performed with WNEP Theater, among many other companies. In Los Angeles, he has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows, most recently Wizards of Waverly Place. He performed organic improvisation for several years as part of the Hothouse Spontaneous Theatre Company and has appeared in improvisation festivals around the country, including the San Francisco Improv Festival and Hawaii Improvaganza. With Circus, he has appeared in Taming of the Shrew and last year's Festival of New One-Act Plays. He is proud to be a part of this year's festival. Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Sarah Kate Marsh

Sarah Kate Marsh

SARAH KATE MARSH Kelly in (Three)some Like it Hot, director of People Like Us

Sarah Kate has lived and performed in England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the US. Recently, she appeared in the award-winning Diary Of A Catholic School Dropout and originated lead roles in The Date, written by Last Comic Standing’s Christopher Meehan, and the musical A Little Bit of Broadway. Other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It, Hay Fever, Othello, A Feminine Ending, and Further Than The Furthest Thing. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Intensive Program.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Masasa Moyo

Masasa Moyo

MASASA MOYO Lucy in (Three)some Like it Hot, director of The Artist & the Widow

Masasa was raised by quite the colourful cast of characters with customs and traditions from Zimbabwe , Germany  and  Ireland. Coming from a family of Doctors, naturally Acting seemed the ideal Profession.  Since hitting the stage at age 19, she instantly fell in love with the roller coaster ride of performing live theatre. She continues that rush presently in productions ranging from Shakespeare  to  Vaudeville.  She also appeared in CSI Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most recently Angels & Demons. For her “day job” she makes funny voices for commercials, video games and animation. Hobbies: Travel & Photography.  

Courtney MunchCourtney Munch

COURTNEY MUNCH Sam in Losing the Game, Maggie in Once Removed, Director of Once Removed

Courtney Munch made her escape from Texas and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College. She recently played the lead in a short film called “Play to Win”, had small parts in “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Land of the Astronauts.” She was a stunt performer in “I Am Legend”, and “StarTrek”. She also appeared in Ian Old’s “Two Men” which won The Woodstock Film Festival for Best Short Film, Jack Peglan’s film adaptation of “Mud” by Maria Irene Fornes, and just finished her second trapeze show. Courtney recently directed the world premiere of “Paradise Street” by Constance Congdon. She was the assistant director to Wynn Handman, on several of his ” Literature to Life” shows and has directed many one person shows. She is very happy to be a part of Circus Theatricals.

Ryanne Plaisance

Ryanne Plaisance

RYANNE PLAISANCE Marion in People Like Us

Ryanne Plaisance was born in Syracuse N.Y, and raised in Vernon N.J. At age 12, Ryanne became a company member of the Youth Theater of New Jersey. In the next few years she received recognition for her performances in Getting Out, Lost In Yonkers," and Marathon 33, which earned her a Governor's Award, Best Lead Actress, and a spot in the Governors School of the Arts program. After attending the prestigious school of acting at DePaul University she was discovered by Rough Diamond Management, which lead her to L.A. Ryanne is looking forward to working with the talented artists at Circus Theatricals.

Chelsea Povall

Chelsea Povall

CHELSEA POVALL Julie in People Like Us

An L.A. native, Chelsea’s theater credits include: The Women, Macbeth, Circus Theatricals Festival of One-Act Plays (2008, 2009) with Circus Theatricals.  Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, at PCPA Theaterfest.  Annie Get your Gun, Seven Brides... Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at Tuacahn Amphitheater. She was also a Lead Singer and Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines, in Alaska and the Caribbean. She is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. (PCPA).

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Scott Sheldon

Scott Sheldon

SCOTT SHELDON Ken in Losing the Game

Scott Sheldon is a member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble, and a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.

With Circus Theatricals: Andrey in Three Sisters, the title role in Macbeth. TV/Film: Det. Bruce Jackson on "CSI NY".

 

 

Lilly Spottiswoode

Lily Spottiswoode

LILY SPOTTISWOODE Olga in The Artist and the Widow

Lily Spottiswode is a recent graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in History and Arabic.

Regional Theatre: Painting Williamstown With Bodies (dir. Phil Soltanoff), Good Thing, Taste, Alice in Wonderless Land at the Workshop at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Brown Theatre: The Danube, The Thing About Air Travel, Living Room, JB, Big Love, The Porch Brigade. Her original one-woman show, The Meanest Guy That Ever Lived, will be performed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June.

This is Lily's first performance as an ensemble member of Circus Theatricals.

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

JEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN Circus Theatricals Manager Director/ Louise in Running In Circle Screaming.

Jeannine has produced over 45 plays for Circus Theatricals, including Taming of the Shrew, Man.gov (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm's Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Twelfth Night, Sister Cities (world premiere), Misanthrope, Macbeth, Tartuffe , Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Hamlet, Scapin, The Job (LA/Off-Broadway).

As a sound designer, credits include the Circus Theatricals productions of Three Sisters, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Circle (LA Weekly “Best Sound Design” nomination.)

Also an actor, her stage credits include: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Job, Peer Gynt, Tartuffe (LA Weekly “Best Comedy Ensemble”), Misanthrope, Hippolytus, The Stronger, The Art of Success, Women and Wallace. Film/TV: “Watch It,” “ Rancho Cucamonga." "Romper Room."

Jeannine earned B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ivory Tiffin

Ivory Tiffin

IVORY TIFFIN Jen in The Man with the Tiny Head

Ivory most recently appeared on stage for The Women with Circus Theatricals. Her Chicago stage credits include Revenge of the Space Pandas, Tallahassee, Christmas My Ass, Sylvia and Talk Radio. She has also appeared in numerous films. Many thanks to Stephanie Feury, Jack and Jeannine Stehlin and the entire Circus Theatricals Ensemble.

Bibi Tinsley

Bibi Tinsley

BIBI TINSLEY Veronica in Struck, Willa in Forgetting to Remember, director of Something for the Boys

Theatre-reared in Chicago, Bibi worked with Element, Steppenwolf, and Frump Tucker.  Since moving to Los Angeles in ‘04, she has starred in productions with Alliance Repertory, The Ark, The Met, and Circus Theatricals. She has received stellar reviews from VARIETY, THE LA TIMES, BACKSTAGE WEST and the LA WEEKLY.  She is a proud member of Circus Theatrical’s Studio Ensemble. Films include: Baron Road, Almost Salinas, Number Two, and The Brooch. Bibi is thrilled to be acting AND directing this year at Circus. Thank you to everyone in this wonderful company!

Vanessa Waters

Vanessa Waters

VANESSA WATERS Lydia in Gibberish, Dorothy in Something for the Boys, director, Normal is a Country

With Circus Theatricals:  Actor - Three Sisters, Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays ’09 & ‘08, Macbeth, The Women.  Director– The Test (One Act Festival) and Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays.  Other LA theatre:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Johnson Over Jordan, Baby with the Bathwater, Enemy of the People. Vanessa has also been seen in numerous independent films and can be heard in the next Tinker Bell movie as the Loom Fairy. Training:  Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA), Ithaca College.

Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

PLAYWRIGHT BIOS to come!

Chad Baker

Chad Baker

CHAD BAKER playwright, Losing the Game

Chad Baker is a graduating senior at DePaul University in Chicago, and a network playwright at the Chicago Dramatists. His play Brothers Don’t Say It appeared at The Blank Theatre Company and was published by Dramatics magazine. His play Spin Alley also appeared at The Blank Theatre Company and will be playing at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago this summer. His play At a Crosswalk was performed by the Actor’s Theatre of Santa Cruz. His latest full-length play, Bang., was read at the Blank Theatre Company and the Chicago Dramatists. He’d like to thank his family and Sally.

 

 

Joe Bays
Joe Bays

JOE BAYS director of (Three)some Like it Hot / playwright: The Artist and the Widow / actor: Elliot in Gibberish

With Circus Theatricals: The Noble Sons of Popeye, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks (writer/director), The Circle. LA theatrical credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queen s at the Attic.  New York credits include Dispatches From Hell, Streamers and W.C. Fields - 100 Proof.  He was also in As You Like It at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman and O. Henry’s Christmas at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.  Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “Mike Hammer”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens", "Without a Trace", “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, " “Shopgirl” and "Spiderman - 3".  As a playwright: The Market, A Haunting Confession. Director: Lunch-o-lution.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Jami Brandli

Jami Brandli

JAMI BRANDLI playwright, Once Removed

Jami Brandli is an award-winning playwright and has plays published with Smith & Kraus.  Her play, The Sinker, was world premiered at HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, May 2010. Her latest play, Technicolor Life, will be developed at the 2010 WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab this summer. Jami lives in Pasadena with her husband, Brian Polak, where she’s at work on scripts for both stage and screen and a novel. For her day job, she teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program in Boston. Jami Brandli's short play Moon Man was produced by Circus Theatricals in 2008.

 

J. Stephen Brantley

J. Stephen Brantley

J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY playwright, Struck

J.Stephen Brantley has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Director's Lab and Performance Space 122, where his Distortion Taco was named a Village Voice Pick Of The Year. Other plays include Blood Grass, Hard Sparkle, Good God Enters Flossing, and The Jamb. Eightythree Down, which won last year’s Georgia Theatre Conference Award, will open in New York this Autumn. His award-winning one-act Break has been produced in New York, L.A., New Orleans, Provincetown and Dublin. Brantley is a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a quintessential Scorpio.

Dave Carley

Dave Carley

DAVE CARLEY playwright, The Man with the Tiny Head

Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright. His plays have had over 400 productions across Canada and the United States and in many countries around the world. They include Writing with our Feet (nominated for the Governor General’s Award); After You; The Edible Woman; Taking Liberties; and Orchidelirium. Dave’s website is www.davecarley.com

 

Hal Corley

Hal Corley

HAL CORLEY playwright, A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby

Hal's plays have been produced by Syracuse Stage, the Walnut Street, Seattle Rep, NJ's Premiere Stages, SF's New Conservatory Theatre Center, NYC's Urban Stages, Westbeth, others. His Brush the Summer By opens at the Adirondack Theater Festival in July. He has twice been Artist in Residence at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale, AZ where they staged Hal's Death Bite, Peoria and five shorts. His full-length plays ODD, Easter Monday and Mama and Jack Carew were published in 2009 by Samuel French. Hal lives in Summit, NJ and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

Louis Felder

LOUIS FELDER Playwright, Something for the Boys

Louis Felder is a writer and actor in Los Angeles.   He was the 2004 Silver Medalist, Pinter Review Prize for Drama.  His short plays have been published and produced around the country.

 

Greg Kalleres

GREG KALLERIS playwright, Forgetting to Remember, and Gibberish

GREG KALLERES received his BFA from Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. Since then, his plays have been produced all over the country. He received the "Certificate of Excellence" from the Kennedy Center and is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Greg also won “Best Play” two consecutive years at the Turnip 15-Minute Play Festival and is this years Jury Prize winner in FUSION Theatre’s 10 Minute Play Festival in New Mexico.

Greg has also worked for years in advertising, having written and produced commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan and New York Magazine.

 

Jeni Mahoney

Jeni Mahoney

JENI MAHONEY playwright, Running in Circles Screaming

Jeni’s plays have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference, InterAct Theater, Source Theater Festival, L.A. Theater Center, Mid-West New Play Festival, hotINK Festival, Rattlestick, And Toto Too and London’s Greenwich Playhouse among others. Published plays include: Light, Come Rain or Come Shine, American Eyes, Throw of the Moon and Running in Circles Screaming which was recently selected for Applause Book’s Best American Short Plays series. Currently, Jeni is Head of Playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School/NYU Tisch and the Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Jeni is a member of Dramatists Guild.

 

Jenelle Riley

Jenelle Riley

JENELLE RILEY playwright, (Three)some Like it Hot and Warning Labels

Jenelle Riley is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist and insomniac. She has authored the plays Heart Murmurs and Brain Matter and Comfortably Numb and written over 100 pieces for 24 Hour Theatre plays in L.A. and New York. She penned the award-winning short films “Crazy Love,” “The Perfect Candidate” and “The Swap” and some other movies that didn’t win anything. She is the author of the long-running serialized comedy “Darque Magick,” which featured cameos from Jenna Fischer and Ryan Gosling, among others. Her first book, “Delicious Ambiguity,” is due in the fall.

 

Steven Schutzman

Steven Schutzman

STEVEN SCHUTZMAN playwright, Normal is a Country

Steven Schutzman is the author of numerous published plays and plays produced at such theatres as New Jersey Repertory, Rochester Repertory, Cleveland Public and Baltimore Theatre Project. He is a five-time recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Awards.  His full-length play A Question of Water was just named the winner of the Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival. Normal Is A Country was a finalist in the National Ten Minute Play Contest. Read and find out more about his work at http://mysite.verizon.net/stevenschutzman/  

 

Chris Shaw Swanson

Chris Shaw Swanson

CHRIS SHAW SWANSON playwright, People Like Us

Chris Shaw Swanson is an Ohio playwright whose comedies and dramas have been honored in more than fifteen national competitions and produced throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Singapore and Australia. Her full-length plays include Measured Honesty, The Heroines of Central Ohio, and Tophet Point. Chris has also written many one-act plays. Circus Theatricals’ production of People Like Us marks the ninth production of her short plays this year. Publishers of Chris’ work include Smith & Kraus, Meriwether, and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

DIRECTOR and PRODUCTION BIOS to come!

Joe Bays
Joe Bays

JOE BAYS Director of (Three)some Like it Hot / Playwright: The Artist and the Widow / Actor: Elliot in Gibberish

With Circus Theatricals: The Noble Sons of Popeye, Twelfth Night, The Adding Machine, Love & Sex over Dinner & Drinks (writer/director), The Circle. LA theatrical credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queen s at the Attic.  New York credits include Dispatches From Hell, Streamers and W.C. Fields - 100 Proof.  He was also in As You Like It at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman and O. Henry’s Christmas at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.  Film and TV credits include “That Championship Season”, “Mike Hammer”, “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Even Stevens", "Without a Trace", “Office Space”, “Space Jam”, “Indecent Proposal”, " “Shopgirl” and "Spiderman - 3".  As a playwright: The Market, A Haunting Confession. Director: Lunch-o-lution.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

Lisa Christensen

Lisa Christensen

LISA CHRISTENSEN Jessie in Warning Labels, Director of The Man with the Tiny Head

Lisa Christensen is thrilled to be performing and directing in Circus Theatricals' One Act Play Festival.  You may have seen her last year in The War of Virginia and Alabama (Missy Sue) or in the Scottish Play (Gentlewoman) - both with Circus Theatricals.  Other Los Angeles Theatre Credits:  Full Monty (Toni/Ensemble) with Theatre7, Merrily We Roll Along (Ensemble/Meg u/s) with Chromolume Theatre Company, The Fly (Party Goer) with the LA Opera and Surf Orpheus (Ensemble/Swing) at the Getty Villa.  Select Past Credits: Hair (Jeannie) with Fritz Theatre in San Diego and Come Blow Your Horn (Peggy) with Onstage Playhouse in San Diego (for which she won an ACT award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy).  Much love and thanks to Joe, Jack and Jeannine for putting this all together and to Ivory and Floyd for trusting a first-time director!

John Copeland

John Copeland

JOHN COPELAND Adrian in Struck, Director of Losing the Game

with Circus Theatricals: The Taming of the Shrew and A Haunting Confession. Most recently appeared as the Ghost in Hamlet, Ezra in The Blunders, and the sea captain in Twelfth Night. Other credits include Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath; Bobby in The Real Live Brady Bunch (with Jane Lynch and Andy Richter); Hamlet (with Del Close, Aidan Quinn and Deanna Dunagan); and the title role in Go Aks Alice with Big Queen Productions. Member emeritus of The Plush Life Players. He is a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama.

Floyd Lewis

Floyd Lewis

FLOYD LEWIS Mike in The Man with the Tiny Head, director of Running in Circles Screaming

With Circus Theatricals: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Test (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Joey (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of The Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (Great Scenes from Classic American Plays), Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov), Norman in Boys Next Door (Ten Great Scenes). Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate and proud member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Jordan Lund

Jordan Lund

JORDAN LUND Canice in Forgetting to Remember, Director of Struck) Circus Theatricals Associate Artist

14 Circus Theatricals productions including: More Lies About Jerzy, Man.Gov, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night.

Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Macbeth (dir. Estelle Parsons, Belasco NYSF).

Off-Broadway: The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (Delacorte NYSF). Other NY: The Kitchen, LaMama, INTAR.

 Regional: Romeo and Juliet (dir. Sir Peter Hall, Ahmanson), Scapin (dir. Bartlett Sher, Portland Stage),

Scaramouche (dir. BH Barry, TheatreVirginia), On The Waterfront (Cleveland PlayHouse) Over 75 Film/TV: The American President,Doc Hollywood, Speed, Lonesome Dove, The Stand, NYPD Blue, Law And Order, Star Trek. Jordan trained at Carnegie-Mellon University. Tlbrsm

Sarah Kate Marsh

Sarah Kate Marsh

SARAH KATE MARSH Kelly in (Three)some Like it Hot

Sarah Kate has lived and performed in England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the US. Recently, she appeared in the award-winning Diary Of A Catholic School Dropout and originated lead roles in The Date, written by Last Comic Standing’s Christopher Meehan, and the musical A Little Bit of Broadway. Other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, As You Like It, Hay Fever, Othello, A Feminine Ending, and Further Than The Furthest Thing. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Intensive Program.

Member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Masasa Moyo

Masasa Moyo

MASASA MOYO

Masasa was raised by quite the colourful  cast of characters  with customs and traditions from  Zimbabwe , Germany  and  Ireland . Coming from a family of Doctors, naturally Acting seemed the ideal  Profession .  Since hitting the stage at age 19, she instantly fell in love with the roller coaster ride of performing live theatre. She continues that rush presently in productions ranging from  Shakespeare  to  Vaudeville .  She also appeared in CSI Curb Your Enthusiasm , and most recently Angels & Demons. For her “day job” she makes funny voices for commercials, video games and animation. Hobbies: Travel & Photography.  

Courtney MunchCourtney Munch

COURTNEY MUNCH Sam in Losing the Game, Director of Once Removed

Courtney Munch made her escape from Texas and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College. She recently played the lead in a short film called “Play to Win”, had small parts in “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Land of the Astronauts.” She was a stunt performer in “I Am Legend”, and “StarTrek”. She also appeared in Ian Old’s “Two Men” which won The Woodstock Film Festival for Best Short Film, Jack Peglan’s film adaptation of “Mud” by Maria Irene Fornes, and just finished her second trapeze show. Courtney recently directed the world premiere of “Paradise Street” by Constance Congdon. She was the assistant director to Wynn Handman, on several of his ” Literature to Life” shows and has directed many one person shows. She is very happy to be a part of Circus Theatricals.

James Skylar

James Skylar

JAMES SKYLAR Director, Forgetting to Remember

A multi-talented artist, James established his own media production company where he scripted, filmed and edited documentaries, television and corporate videos.  He then carved a successful career in electronic music over a number of years which saw him travel the globe to places such as Morocco, Japan and Russia.  Eventually, he was lured back to acting and moved to Los Angeles in 2008 where he became a Studio Ensemble member of the Circus Theatricals Theatre under Jack Stehlin.  Most recently, James performed as several characters in Baggage Productions "Beaten Hearts" and the one act "LA 8am".  In 2009, James wrote and directed the short film The Heart of Things, shot on 35mm, which was screened at the Mammoth Film Festival.

Jack StehlinJack Stehlin

Jack Stehlin Director/ Circus Theatricals Artistic Director).

An award-winning actor/director, Jack Stehlin (Circus Theatricals Artistic Director) is best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series “Weeds.”

His extensive New York and Regional stage credits include Salome with Al Pacino, and nine productions at New York’s Public Theatre including Richard II with Steven Berkoff, Henry V with Kevin Kline, Casanova with Ethan Hawke, Henry IV, I with Mandy Patinkin, Julius Caesar (w/ Al Pacino and Martin Sheen). On the stages of Los Angeles, Jack’s roles include Circus Theatricals productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, and Shem Bitterman’s Harm’s Way (LA and Off-Broadway)which won the prestigious Pen USA Award for Drama.

Jack has had recurring and guest starring roles on countless hit TV fan favorites, such as Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG, The Practice, ER, and NYPD Blue.  

June 2010 he can be seen in the season premiere of Dark Blue with Dylan McDermott . Jack has two films coming out in 2010: Wilde Salome directed by and starring Al Pacino, and The Chicago 8 with Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Phillip Baker Hall.

Jack is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

 

Bibi Tinsley

Bibi Tinsley

BIBI TINSLEY Veronica in Struck, Willa in Forgetting to Remember, director of Something for the Boys

Theatre-reared in Chicago, Bibi worked with Element, Steppenwolf, and Frump Tucker.  Since moving to Los Angeles in ‘04, she has starred in productions with Alliance Repertory, The Ark, The Met, and Circus Theatricals. She has received stellar reviews from VARIETY, THE LA TIMES, BACKSTAGE WEST and the LA WEEKLY.  She is a proud member of Circus Theatrical’s Studio Ensemble. Films include: Baron Road, Almost Salinas, Number Two, and The Brooch. Bibi is thrilled to be acting AND directing this year at Circus. Thank you to everyone in this wonderful company!

Vanessa Waters

Vanessa Waters

VANESSA WATERS Lydia in Gibberish, Dorothy in Something for the Boys, director, Normal is a Country

With Circus Theatricals:  Actor - Three Sisters, Circus Theatricals Festival of New One Act Plays ’09 & ‘08, Macbeth, The Women.  Director– The Test (One Act Festival) and Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays.  Other LA theatre:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Johnson Over Jordan, Baby with the Bathwater, Enemy of the People. Vanessa has also been seen in numerous independent films and can be heard in the next Tinker Bell movie as the Loom Fairy. Training:  Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA), Ithaca College.

Member, Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

 

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