The Panto Project

Cast of Jack & The Beanstalk 2018

 
HAWTHORN ALBATROSS III  (Dastardly Dick) is over the moon and beyond thrilled to be returning to the show where he made his acting debut as Dastardly Dick in the New York Times Critics Pick, surprise hit of the season. ( Dick & the Beanstalk). He just can’t believe the production team was so gullible… uh, he means smart enough... No, no, that’ won’t do, oh, here we go, try this one, kind enough to look beyond his short comings and hiring him yet again to fulfill his destiny of causing mayhem and wreaking havoc upon the poor people of StonyBroke! Maybe this time he’ll get it right! Go ahead and Boo me, I dare you! You haven’t got the nerve!

HAWTHORN ALBATROSS III
(Dastardly Dick) is over the moon and beyond thrilled to be returning to the show where he made his acting debut as Dastardly Dick in the New York Times Critics Pick, surprise hit of the season. ( Dick & the Beanstalk). He just can’t believe the production team was so gullible… uh, he means smart enough... No, no, that’ won’t do, oh, here we go, try this one, kind enough to look beyond his short comings and hiring him yet again to fulfill his destiny of causing mayhem and wreaking havoc upon the poor people of StonyBroke! Maybe this time he’ll get it right! Go ahead and Boo me, I dare you! You haven’t got the nerve!

KATE BREHM is a movement director who performs and devises original works of visual theater. She is professionally certified in the Margolis Method of Physical Theater and has performed and devised with puppeteer, Basil Twist, for twelve years. Her NYC-based company, imnotlost, has been producing theater and events since 2003. She teaches  Moving Objects  and  Performing Design .

KATE BREHM is a movement director who performs and devises original works of visual theater. She is professionally certified in the Margolis Method of Physical Theater and has performed and devised with puppeteer, Basil Twist, for twelve years. Her NYC-based company, imnotlost, has been producing theater and events since 2003. She teaches Moving Objects and Performing Design.

LUTE BREUER (Puppeteer) has performed as a puppeteer & puppet director in a series of productions with Mabou Mines, Basil Twist, & The Beijing Ballet Academy. He has also performed on Broadway in WarHorse & The Pee Wee Herman show on Broadway; as well as at Radio City Hall in The Spring & Summer Spectaculars Starring The Rockettes. This is his second collaboration with Julie Atlas Muz at The Abrons Art Center.

LUTE BREUER (Puppeteer) has performed as a puppeteer & puppet director in a series of productions with Mabou Mines, Basil Twist, & The Beijing Ballet Academy. He has also performed on Broadway in WarHorse & The Pee Wee Herman show on Broadway; as well as at Radio City Hall in The Spring & Summer Spectaculars Starring The Rockettes. This is his second collaboration with Julie Atlas Muz at The Abrons Art Center.

CHRISTINA DURYEA (Rosie de Blasé) is thrilled to be working with ONEOFUS. She’s been a recurring touring cast member of Tony & Tina’s Wedding & has been seen working with MadLab Theater, & Center Stage Players. Christina has also been seen dancing with Kristina Isabelle Dance Theater, Hixon Dance, & Anna & the Annadroids. You can also find her alter-ego Nina La Voix, performing burlesque internationally.

CHRISTINA DURYEA (Rosie de Blasé) is thrilled to be working with ONEOFUS. She’s been a recurring touring cast member of Tony & Tina’s Wedding & has been seen working with MadLab Theater, & Center Stage Players. Christina has also been seen dancing with Kristina Isabelle Dance Theater, Hixon Dance, & Anna & the Annadroids. You can also find her alter-ego Nina La Voix, performing burlesque internationally.

SARAH FOLKINS (Fibi) is a New York City-based actress. Recent credits include The Miracle Worker (Queens Theatre), Titus (New York Deaf Theatre), The Lilliput Troupe (Off-Broadway), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Tour) & a staged reading of The Penalty (The Public). Sarah holds her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. She would like to thank Mat & Julie for the opportunity, & her friends/family for all the love & support!

SARAH FOLKINS (Fibi) is a New York City-based actress. Recent credits include The Miracle Worker (Queens Theatre), Titus (New York Deaf Theatre), The Lilliput Troupe (Off-Broadway), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Tour) & a staged reading of The Penalty (The Public). Sarah holds her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. She would like to thank Mat & Julie for the opportunity, & her friends/family for all the love & support!

JENNI GIL (Jack Delancey) is a New York native, born & raised in the Lower East Side. She discovered her love for performance at age 4. After some years away from theatre, Jenni can’t be more excited to be returning back home to the Abrons Arts Center, where she spent most of her youth a part of the UYT. She thanks God for all of her accomplishments, & for all the people that have supported her along the way. She hopes to inspire & touch many lives with her passion & talent.

JENNI GIL (Jack Delancey) is a New York native, born & raised in the Lower East Side. She discovered her love for performance at age 4. After some years away from theatre, Jenni can’t be more excited to be returning back home to the Abrons Arts Center, where she spent most of her youth a part of the UYT. She thanks God for all of her accomplishments, & for all the people that have supported her along the way. She hopes to inspire & touch many lives with her passion & talent.

DAVID ILKU (Mayor de Blasé/Voice of Giant Rump) started performing in NYC nightclubs. He’s worked with the New York Theater Workshop, Ogunquit Playhouse, Drama Department, Culture Project, & TWEED Theater Works, among others. Film credits include Imagine I’m Beautiful, Love Hunter, In Our Nature, Fair game, Full Grown Men (co-producer), Risk, Blue Steel, Godass, Night Journey, & Liquid Sky. He co-wrote & performed with Jennifer Tilly in the short film "Salvation." TV credits include Difficult People, Spin City, The Cosby Show, & Comedy Central's Premium Blend. David writes & performs with the comedy trio Unitard & has a residency at Joe’s Pub. He is one-half of the comedy duo The Duelling Bankheads. David writes & records music & was in the band World at a Glance.

DAVID ILKU (Mayor de Blasé/Voice of Giant Rump) started performing in NYC nightclubs. He’s worked with the New York Theater Workshop, Ogunquit Playhouse, Drama Department, Culture Project, & TWEED Theater Works, among others. Film credits include Imagine I’m Beautiful, Love Hunter, In Our Nature, Fair game, Full Grown Men (co-producer), Risk, Blue Steel, Godass, Night Journey, & Liquid Sky. He co-wrote & performed with Jennifer Tilly in the short film "Salvation." TV credits include Difficult People, Spin City, The Cosby Show, & Comedy Central's Premium Blend. David writes & performs with the comedy trio Unitard & has a residency at Joe’s Pub. He is one-half of the comedy duo The Duelling Bankheads. David writes & records music & was in the band World at a Glance.

ALLISON (MELODY) JANE (Chorus/Harp) is an independent performing artist & entertainer based in New York City known for blurring the boundaries of performance art, burlesque, and musical theatre. In addition to her independent work, Ms. Jane has been a part of Gimme A Thrill Productions since 2014 and originated the role of Beauty in the 2016 Off-Broadway production of I’ll Say She Is. Ms. Jane is honored to be a part of this production of Jack & The Beanstalk and wishes everyone happy holidays!  www.meetmelodyjane.com

ALLISON (MELODY) JANE (Chorus/Harp) is an independent performing artist & entertainer based in New York City known for blurring the boundaries of performance art, burlesque, and musical theatre. In addition to her independent work, Ms. Jane has been a part of Gimme A Thrill Productions since 2014 and originated the role of Beauty in the 2016 Off-Broadway production of I’ll Say She Is. Ms. Jane is honored to be a part of this production of Jack & The Beanstalk and wishes everyone happy holidays! www.meetmelodyjane.com

MICHAEL JOHNNIE LYNCH (Dame Delancey) started his career with the 1972 production of Derek Walcott's Ti-Jean & His Brothers at New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Michael was a regular cast member of the PBS TV series, The Infinity Factory. Movies include Dog Day Afternoon, The Wiz, & Stephen Winter's cult classic Chocolate Babies (Open City Films). Michael is a founding member of TOSOS Theater co. (The Other Side Of Silence), where he played the role of Boom Boom in Doric Wilson’s Street Theater, about the stonewall riots of 1969 and Wigstock 2011. Thanks to Julie & Mat & the wonderful cast of Jack & the Beanstalk for this experience, ONEOFUS.

MICHAEL JOHNNIE LYNCH (Dame Delancey) started his career with the 1972 production of Derek Walcott's Ti-Jean & His Brothers at New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Michael was a regular cast member of the PBS TV series, The Infinity Factory. Movies include Dog Day Afternoon, The Wiz, & Stephen Winter's cult classic Chocolate Babies (Open City Films). Michael is a founding member of TOSOS Theater co. (The Other Side Of Silence), where he played the role of Boom Boom in Doric Wilson’s Street Theater, about the stonewall riots of 1969 and Wigstock 2011. Thanks to Julie & Mat & the wonderful cast of Jack & the Beanstalk for this experience, ONEOFUS.

 
JON RODRIGUEZ (Chorus) Jon is ecstatic to be back at Abrons after having trained here as a teen. He performed in a few UYT shows & got his first major role in Little Shop of Horrors as Mushnik. Favorite roles since: In the Heights (Sonny US), La Canción (Star) at Repertorio Español, & Spring Awakening (Georg). Follow him on Instagram @thejonrod.

JON RODRIGUEZ (Chorus) Jon is ecstatic to be back at Abrons after having trained here as a teen. He performed in a few UYT shows & got his first major role in Little Shop of Horrors as Mushnik. Favorite roles since: In the Heights (Sonny US), La Canción (Star) at Repertorio Español, & Spring Awakening (Georg). Follow him on Instagram @thejonrod.

 
DYLAN COX (Babe Chorus)   Dylan cox is a student at Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and also in the junior department at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is excited to be performing for the second year in Jack And The Beanstalk.

DYLAN COX (Babe Chorus)
Dylan cox is a student at Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and also in the junior department at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is excited to be performing for the second year in Jack And The Beanstalk.

 
 
Mélissa Smith (Chorus)  Mélissa Smith is a Brooklyn based performer, multidisciplinary theater maker and teaching artist. Her original work blures lines between clown, modern dance and contemporary art. She leads workshops in Physical Acting, Clown, Improvisation and Dance Composition. As a performer she enjoys clowning, musicals, Shakespeare and new works. Although Brooklyn is her base she has been traveling for the better part of three years leading workshops, performing and making connections around the U.S. and abroad.  www.melismithme.com

Mélissa Smith (Chorus)
Mélissa Smith is a Brooklyn based performer, multidisciplinary theater maker and teaching artist. Her original work blures lines between clown, modern dance and contemporary art. She leads workshops in Physical Acting, Clown, Improvisation and Dance Composition. As a performer she enjoys clowning, musicals, Shakespeare and new works. Although Brooklyn is her base she has been traveling for the better part of three years leading workshops, performing and making connections around the U.S. and abroad. www.melismithme.com

OLIVER MEDLIN (Babe Chorus) is a 7th grader at PPAS. He is thrilled to be back in Jack & the Beanstalk this year. He thanks Mat and Julie for this great experience!

OLIVER MEDLIN (Babe Chorus) is a 7th grader at PPAS. He is thrilled to be back in Jack & the Beanstalk this year. He thanks Mat and Julie for this great experience!

 
MATT ROPER (Silly Simon) British-born comedy performer making his sixth appearance in pantomime. Matt first came to the attention of New Yorkers with his portrayal of Chico Marx in I'll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical which played to great acclaim at the Connelly Theater. To downtown audiences, he is best known for his work with the Secret Variety Society, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and 3LD. He has toured the world with his powerhouse alter-ego Wilfredo — under the guise of which he appears late-night at the Slipper Room in the Lower East Side.

MATT ROPER (Silly Simon) British-born comedy performer making his sixth appearance in pantomime. Matt first came to the attention of New Yorkers with his portrayal of Chico Marx in I'll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical which played to great acclaim at the Connelly Theater. To downtown audiences, he is best known for his work with the Secret Variety Society, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and 3LD. He has toured the world with his powerhouse alter-ego Wilfredo — under the guise of which he appears late-night at the Slipper Room in the Lower East Side.

 
NATE MAXWELL (Babe Chorus)  Nate Maxwell is returning to the cast of Jack & The Beanstalk this year after his off-broadway debut last year. An NYC native, he studies hip hop and break dance here at Abrons Art Center and performs with Randy Luna’s Rajé Reborn dance troupe. Nate is in 4th grade and lives in the Lower East Side with his mom, dad, sister, two cats and many, many video games.

NATE MAXWELL (Babe Chorus)
Nate Maxwell is returning to the cast of Jack & The Beanstalk this year after his off-broadway debut last year. An NYC native, he studies hip hop and break dance here at Abrons Art Center and performs with Randy Luna’s Rajé Reborn dance troupe. Nate is in 4th grade and lives in the Lower East Side with his mom, dad, sister, two cats and many, many video games.

 
Stefanie Gil (Chorus)   Stefanie Gil was born and raised in the Lower East Side. She recently graduated from Brooklyn College with her BFA in Acting. Where she did various productions,  Detroit 67 as Bunny, Reckless as Pooty, Royal Jelly as Jane, and many more. She is very excited to collaborate with the very talented ensemble of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Stefanie Gil (Chorus) Stefanie Gil was born and raised in the Lower East Side. She recently graduated from Brooklyn College with her BFA in Acting. Where she did various productions, Detroit 67 as Bunny, Reckless as Pooty, Royal Jelly as Jane,and many more. She is very excited to collaborate with the very talented ensemble of Jack and the Beanstalk.

EKATERINA SKNARINA (Chorus) Who is Miss Ekaterina? She's been crowned Miss Coney Island, climbed out of a giant clam, floated inside a snow globe on a lake, served drinks in a backbend, rode a motorcycle on a high wire, appeared in Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe" – & still finds time to play Mom to two cats. Born in Russia, where she trained as a rhythmic gymnast (she was once a member of the Russian National Team), she joined the Antigravity dance troupe before moving to New York City. Ekaterina is one of the busiest variety performers on the scene, entertaining people all over the world.  www.missekaterina.com

EKATERINA SKNARINA (Chorus) Who is Miss Ekaterina? She's been crowned Miss Coney Island, climbed out of a giant clam, floated inside a snow globe on a lake, served drinks in a backbend, rode a motorcycle on a high wire, appeared in Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe" – & still finds time to play Mom to two cats. Born in Russia, where she trained as a rhythmic gymnast (she was once a member of the Russian National Team), she joined the Antigravity dance troupe before moving to New York City. Ekaterina is one of the busiest variety performers on the scene, entertaining people all over the world. www.missekaterina.com

 
RACHAEL WICKHAM SHANE (Puppeteer) has per­formed with Chris Green (Firebird 2013, 2015), Basil Twist (The Rite of Spring, 2013, Sister’s Follies, 2015), Lake Simons (Carnival of the Animals 2015-17, & The Jewel Casket, 2014), & multiple projects with Puppet Kitchen. Shane was part of the interactive theatrical production Pips Island 2016-17. Shane runs an artists residency program called The Freight Project. She has a BFA in Drama from UNC School of the Arts.

RACHAEL WICKHAM SHANE (Puppeteer) has per­formed with Chris Green (Firebird 2013, 2015), Basil Twist (The Rite of Spring, 2013, Sister’s Follies, 2015), Lake Simons (Carnival of the Animals 2015-17, & The Jewel Casket, 2014), & multiple projects with Puppet Kitchen. Shane was part of the interactive theatrical production Pips Island 2016-17. Shane runs an artists residency program called The Freight Project. She has a BFA in Drama from UNC School of the Arts.

 
Briseis Mendez (Babe Chorus)  Briseis Mendez is a bright and sensitive soul. She loves music and dance. She is emotional and passionate. She loves to express all these qualities through song. She's so excited to have the pportunity to perform in the show again this year.

Briseis Mendez (Babe Chorus)
Briseis Mendez is a bright and sensitive soul. She loves music and dance. She is emotional and passionate. She loves to express all these qualities through song. She's so excited to have the pportunity to perform in the show again this year.

DIRTY MARTINI (Good Fairy) is a dancer, actor, choreographer, & NY Nightlife bon vivant who has helped to create the genre of Neo-Burlesque which has taken the world by storm. Miss Martini is featured with Julie Atlas Muz in Mathieu Almaric’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning film “Tournee” which jolted the Cannes film festival & the 2011 Cesar Awards with the neo-burlesque’s refreshing take on feminism, body positivity & joie de vivre. She is currently touring, writing, speaking & teaching about burlesque, dance, history & the place of the “wild woman” in our society. She is thrilled to bits to be onstage with Julie & Mat’s crazy theater baby & this cast of lunatics!

DIRTY MARTINI (Good Fairy) is a dancer, actor, choreographer, & NY Nightlife bon vivant who has helped to create the genre of Neo-Burlesque which has taken the world by storm. Miss Martini is featured with Julie Atlas Muz in Mathieu Almaric’s Cannes Palme d’Or winning film “Tournee” which jolted the Cannes film festival & the 2011 Cesar Awards with the neo-burlesque’s refreshing take on feminism, body positivity & joie de vivre. She is currently touring, writing, speaking & teaching about burlesque, dance, history & the place of the “wild woman” in our society. She is thrilled to bits to be onstage with Julie & Mat’s crazy theater baby & this cast of lunatics!

 
Bella Breuer (Babe Chorus)  Bella is psyched to reprise her role as a member of the babe chorus in this downtown holiday institution. she also had the pleasure of performing with her grandmother Ruth Maleczech in her final performance, Reimagining the Imaginary Invalid.She actually thinks Dastardly Dick is a swell guy.

Bella Breuer (Babe Chorus)
Bella is psyched to reprise her role as a member of the babe chorus in this downtown holiday institution. she also had the pleasure of performing with her grandmother Ruth Maleczech in her final performance, Reimagining the Imaginary Invalid.She actually thinks Dastardly Dick is a swell guy.

 
Annabel Cole (Babe Chorus)  Annabel is delighted to rejoin the Babes in this year’s production of Jack & The Beanstalk! She loves performing and has been seen in junior productions of Annie, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Seussical the Musical. Annabel is 9 and a 4th grade student at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. She sings with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and especially enjoys writing her own songs and musicals. Her latest endeavor is called “Unpopular” which she describes as “A show stopper that is happy and sad and about finding out that to be you, and only you is all that matters!”

Annabel Cole (Babe Chorus)
Annabel is delighted to rejoin the Babes in this year’s production of Jack & The Beanstalk! She loves performing and has been seen in junior productions of Annie, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Seussical the Musical. Annabel is 9 and a 4th grade student at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. She sings with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and especially enjoys writing her own songs and musicals. Her latest endeavor is called “Unpopular” which she describes as “A show stopper that is happy and sad and about finding out that to be you, and only you is all that matters!”

Creative and Prodution Team of ONEOFUS

MAT FRASER (Writer, & Drummer) has been a drummer & musician for 35 years, & an actor & writer for over 20 years. "Jack & The Beanstalk" is his 4th full stage production as a writer. he has written 2 one man plays, a full musical, completed a stage comedy last year and is ready to write his next play set in the Bowery in 1880. Mat loves being part of the community & making work with Julie, his love & life partner, for Abrons, as ONEOFUS. Mat has drummed with Coldplay, The Meteors, Van Der Graaf Generator, Joyride, Living In Texas, & on screen in American Horror Story: Freak Show, also more recently in Loudermilk as Roger. Mat’s band nowadays are The Spazms. Mat is playing a Roland V Drum TD 30 kit for this show.

MAT FRASER (Writer, & Drummer) has been a drummer & musician for 35 years, & an actor & writer for over 20 years. "Jack & The Beanstalk" is his 4th full stage production as a writer. he has written 2 one man plays, a full musical, completed a stage comedy last year and is ready to write his next play set in the Bowery in 1880. Mat loves being part of the community & making work with Julie, his love & life partner, for Abrons, as ONEOFUS. Mat has drummed with Coldplay, The Meteors, Van Der Graaf Generator, Joyride, Living In Texas, & on screen in American Horror Story: Freak Show, also more recently in Loudermilk as Roger. Mat’s band nowadays are The Spazms. Mat is playing a Roland V Drum TD 30 kit for this show.

STEVEN HAMMEL (Scenic Design) is an artist & designer based in New York City. His Interest as a designer are diverse & include theatre, Illustration, murals & interior painting & design. Previous design credits include artwork for "Difficult People" on Hulu & the Interior wall murals at Sid Golds Request Room in NYC.  Stevenhammel.com  @stevenrhammel

STEVEN HAMMEL (Scenic Design) is an artist & designer based in New York City. His Interest as a designer are diverse & include theatre, Illustration, murals & interior painting & design. Previous design credits include artwork for "Difficult People" on Hulu & the Interior wall murals at Sid Golds Request Room in NYC. Stevenhammel.com @stevenrhammel

JON HARPER (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer & also the Director of Operations and Facility at Abrons Arts Center, & is overjoyed to be working with Julie & Mat on "Jack & the Beanstalk". He couldn’t imagine two more compassionate & creative collaborators, & the rest of this wonderful creative team is a testament to that. Recent designs have been with Target Margin Theater, Dylan Crossman, Abby Zbikowski, & Brian Rogers. He is also married to Madeline Best of the Chocolate Factory Theater, with whom he shares the distinct joy of parenting two amazing toddlers.

JON HARPER (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer & also the Director of Operations and Facility at Abrons Arts Center, & is overjoyed to be working with Julie & Mat on "Jack & the Beanstalk". He couldn’t imagine two more compassionate & creative collaborators, & the rest of this wonderful creative team is a testament to that. Recent designs have been with Target Margin Theater, Dylan Crossman, Abby Zbikowski, & Brian Rogers. He is also married to Madeline Best of the Chocolate Factory Theater, with whom he shares the distinct joy of parenting two amazing toddlers.

RANDY LUNA (Choreographer) is a Renaissance man born and raised on New York City’s Lower East Side. He worked as Dance Captain for choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, has appeared in national print ad campaigns, and runs his own fashion company. Wanting to give back to his community, Randy became a teacher. Known for his attention to detail and ability to connect with youth, Randy has become one of New York’s most sought after teaching artists.

RANDY LUNA (Choreographer) is a Renaissance man born and raised on New York City’s Lower East Side. He worked as Dance Captain for choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, has appeared in national print ad campaigns, and runs his own fashion company. Wanting to give back to his community, Randy became a teacher. Known for his attention to detail and ability to connect with youth, Randy has become one of New York’s most sought after teaching artists.

JULIE ATLAS MUZ (Director) hails from Detroit and is a consistent innovator in the NYC theater scene. A Whitney Biennial Artist, A Valencia Biennial Artist, Ethyl Eicrhelberger Award Recipient, Lambent Fellow, and a Franklin Furnace Artist, Julie has won the titles: Miss Exotic World, Miss Coney Island and Queen of the Mermaid Parade. In a first for contemporary Burlesque artists, Julie has an ongoing franchise of her award winning acts in Las Vegas, Dubai, France and Australia. A founding member of  chashama,  Julie worked for 8 years to help make a space for artists to created in unused real-estate (1997-2004) and is the self appointed apprentice of Macarthur Award winning Puppeteer Basil Twist. In 2017 she was hailed with her husband Mat Fraser as New York Times New Yorkers of the Year for the Panto "Jack & The Beanstalk" at the Abrons Arts Center. Under the auspices ONEOFUS, they have created The Panto Project with the eye to import this much needed, fun loving form of theatre to the US. Julie performs constantly in NYC and London in the nightlife circuit. You can catch her with Susanne Bartsch, at the Slipper Room, the Box or late at night any number of underground anti-establishments.

JULIE ATLAS MUZ (Director) hails from Detroit and is a consistent innovator in the NYC theater scene. A Whitney Biennial Artist, A Valencia Biennial Artist, Ethyl Eicrhelberger Award Recipient, Lambent Fellow, and a Franklin Furnace Artist, Julie has won the titles: Miss Exotic World, Miss Coney Island and Queen of the Mermaid Parade. In a first for contemporary Burlesque artists, Julie has an ongoing franchise of her award winning acts in Las Vegas, Dubai, France and Australia. A founding member of chashama, Julie worked for 8 years to help make a space for artists to created in unused real-estate (1997-2004) and is the self appointed apprentice of Macarthur Award winning Puppeteer Basil Twist. In 2017 she was hailed with her husband Mat Fraser as New York Times New Yorkers of the Year for the Panto "Jack & The Beanstalk" at the Abrons Arts Center. Under the auspices ONEOFUS, they have created The Panto Project with the eye to import this much needed, fun loving form of theatre to the US. Julie performs constantly in NYC and London in the nightlife circuit. You can catch her with Susanne Bartsch, at the Slipper Room, the Box or late at night any number of underground anti-establishments.

 
MICHELLE STERN (Associate Producer) was the co-founder/producer of GAle GAtes et al., the line producer of "Curran Under Construction" in SF, producer of the world's first mind-controlled flying experience, The Ascent, (by Yehuda Duenyas), and was the COO of its parent company, Mindride, winning a 2016 Emmy Award for their work on the PSA, “Love Has No Labels.” She was line producer & company manager for Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, and produced the street installations for Diana Oh’s {my lingerie play}. She’s worked with Julie & Mat since 2014.

MICHELLE STERN (Associate Producer) was the co-founder/producer of GAle GAtes et al., the line producer of "Curran Under Construction" in SF, producer of the world's first mind-controlled flying experience, The Ascent, (by Yehuda Duenyas), and was the COO of its parent company, Mindride, winning a 2016 Emmy Award for their work on the PSA, “Love Has No Labels.” She was line producer & company manager for Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, and produced the street installations for Diana Oh’s {my lingerie play}. She’s worked with Julie & Mat since 2014.

 
LEONEL VALLE (Beanstalk Design) Since arriving in the US in 1992, Leonel has honed his artistic eye by working for such experimental dance & theater companies as Nikolas & Murray Dance Company, Mimi Garrard, Kate Whoriskey among others. For more than 8 years Leonel collaborated with Debra Roth, artistic Director of Pink Inc. It was there that he developed his expertise & affinity for using fabrics to create fantastic objects, performances & environments. Currently Leonel is one half of Lionfish Design where he develops unique & inspired environments for corporate events, tradeshow exhibits, theatrical shows, television sets, retail interiors, PR events & more. Today he is proud of working in this show with his son, Felix Pertika creating magic much needed in this world.

LEONEL VALLE (Beanstalk Design) Since arriving in the US in 1992, Leonel has honed his artistic eye by working for such experimental dance & theater companies as Nikolas & Murray Dance Company, Mimi Garrard, Kate Whoriskey among others. For more than 8 years Leonel collaborated with Debra Roth, artistic Director of Pink Inc. It was there that he developed his expertise & affinity for using fabrics to create fantastic objects, performances & environments. Currently Leonel is one half of Lionfish Design where he develops unique & inspired environments for corporate events, tradeshow exhibits, theatrical shows, television sets, retail interiors, PR events & more. Today he is proud of working in this show with his son, Felix Pertika creating magic much needed in this world.

Juanita Cardenas (Technical Director)   Juanita Cardenas turned her BFA from Cooper Union into a circus career. She works as a costume designer, circus performer, trapeze teacher, show producer, prop maker, and puppeteer! Her undying love for live performance and collaboration has fueled a life where one fever dream follows the next creating a world filled with a menagerie of creatures, glittering costumes, absurdist circus, and inexhaustible joy.

Juanita Cardenas (Technical Director)
Juanita Cardenas turned her BFA from Cooper Union into a circus career. She works as a costume designer, circus performer, trapeze teacher, show producer, prop maker, and puppeteer! Her undying love for live performance and collaboration has fueled a life where one fever dream follows the next creating a world filled with a menagerie of creatures, glittering costumes, absurdist circus, and inexhaustible joy.

PAOLO PEREZ  (Musical Director 2018) is a freelance musician whose journey of helping others find their voices started long before he began to sing. Raised in a family of holistic healers, Paolo has worked to combine the restorative qualities of music with his work as Reiki Practitioner in an effort to inject laughter and light in everything he does. New York credits include Music Direction for the Rock and Roll tribute group - The Rock and Roll Playhouse, the Radio Theater adaptation of  Muppet Shop of Horrors , and keyboards for the New York premieres of  Self-Help Guide to Killing Your Boss , and Doug Motel’s  This is the Story . He is a proud mentor with EPIC Players ( EpicPlayersNYC.Org ) a neuro-inclusive theater company who provides professional opportunities and free workshops to actors living with developmental disabilities. You can also see him play the first Monday of every month at  Revival  at Caroline’s Comedy Club. For more info, or to book a private lesson, please visit  PaoloCPerez.Com .

PAOLO PEREZ (Musical Director 2018) is a freelance musician whose journey of helping others find their voices started long before he began to sing. Raised in a family of holistic healers, Paolo has worked to combine the restorative qualities of music with his work as Reiki Practitioner in an effort to inject laughter and light in everything he does. New York credits include Music Direction for the Rock and Roll tribute group - The Rock and Roll Playhouse, the Radio Theater adaptation of Muppet Shop of Horrors, and keyboards for the New York premieres of Self-Help Guide to Killing Your Boss, and Doug Motel’s This is the Story. He is a proud mentor with EPIC Players (EpicPlayersNYC.Org) a neuro-inclusive theater company who provides professional opportunities and free workshops to actors living with developmental disabilities. You can also see him play the first Monday of every month at Revival at Caroline’s Comedy Club. For more info, or to book a private lesson, please visit PaoloCPerez.Com.

 
BEN WILLIAMS (Sound Design) is a sound designer, actor, & director. He has worked with Elevator Repair Service, minor theater with Julia Jarcho, Christina Masciotti, Lily Whitsitt, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kate Benson, Sibyl Kempson, The Wooster Group, NYCPlayers, Big Dance Theater, Spiegelworld, and many others. His original show MIND ON HEAVEN premiered at Axis Theatre in 2017 and continues to tour. Awards for sound design: OBIE, Nortel, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.  benwilliamsdotcom.com

BEN WILLIAMS (Sound Design) is a sound designer, actor, & director. He has worked with Elevator Repair Service, minor theater with Julia Jarcho, Christina Masciotti, Lily Whitsitt, Suzanne Bocanegra, Kate Benson, Sibyl Kempson, The Wooster Group, NYCPlayers, Big Dance Theater, Spiegelworld, and many others. His original show MIND ON HEAVEN premiered at Axis Theatre in 2017 and continues to tour. Awards for sound design: OBIE, Nortel, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. benwilliamsdotcom.com

 
Normal Blake (Photographer) is one of the best burlesque photographers in New York City. He also has extensive experience shoot the sport of Drag Racing. He has been documenting the NYC Burlesque and Sideshow scene since the beginning of this century and you can often find him at Coney Island USA where he is the house photographer.

Normal Blake (Photographer) is one of the best burlesque photographers in New York City. He also has extensive experience shoot the sport of Drag Racing. He has been documenting the NYC Burlesque and Sideshow scene since the beginning of this century and you can often find him at Coney Island USA where he is the house photographer.

 
Dan Kelly (Production Stage Manager)  Dan is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. PSM:  Up and Away  (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center),  The Stowaway  (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center),  Meet Me at the Fountain  (Lincoln Center),  odysseus tied to the masT  (Walk Up Arts),  Keen Teens 2018  (Keen),  That's Not Tango  (Stephen Wadsworth - Director). ASM:  Sleep No More  (punchdrunk), Rodgers and Hammerstein's  Cinderella  (2nd National Tour),  The Mile-Long Opera  (The High Line),  Theatre For One  (Christine Jones - Artistic Director),  The Boy at the Edge of Everything  (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center). He is a company member of Trusty Sidekick and one of the co-founders of Society for Misfit Puppets. // @justdankelly @societyformisfitpuppets

Dan Kelly (Production Stage Manager) Dan is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. PSM: Up and Away (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center), The Stowaway (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center), Meet Me at the Fountain (Lincoln Center), odysseus tied to the masT (Walk Up Arts), Keen Teens 2018 (Keen), That's Not Tango (Stephen Wadsworth - Director). ASM: Sleep No More (punchdrunk), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (2nd National Tour), The Mile-Long Opera (The High Line), Theatre For One (Christine Jones - Artistic Director), The Boy at the Edge of Everything (Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center). He is a company member of Trusty Sidekick and one of the co-founders of Society for Misfit Puppets. // @justdankelly @societyformisfitpuppets

Neelam Vaswani, originally from Atlanta, GA, has spent the last 18 years working as an Production Stage Manager and Production Manager in NYC. Neelam currently serves as the Director of Production at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as Stage Management Faculty. In her freelance career, she has worked on a wide range of shows, including Mabou Mine’s  Peter and Wendy , as well as Mabou Mines,  Song for New York , by the late Ruth Maleczech; She has stage managed the majority of Basil Twist’s repertoire including,  Arias With A Twist, Master Peter’s Puppet Show ,  Petrushka,   Dogugaeshi, La Bella Dormente nel Bosco and Sister's Follies. Other Credits include: The Adventures of Charcoal Boy, Wind Set-up, Don Cristobal, and Wind-up Bird Chronicle  which was presented at the International Edinburgh Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival. Neelam’s work in the theater has brought her all over the US as well as internationally to places such as France, Stockholm, Edinburgh and Singapore. Neelam is also part of the  Alphabet Arts Collective , who's focus is to continue Arts education thru poetry and puppetry, specifically to under privilege communities. And when not working in a dark theater, Neelam is the Project Manager for  Emdee International,  a textile company where she designs, builds and is their visual merchandiser

Neelam Vaswani, originally from Atlanta, GA, has spent the last 18 years working as an Production Stage Manager and Production Manager in NYC. Neelam currently serves as the Director of Production at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as Stage Management Faculty. In her freelance career, she has worked on a wide range of shows, including Mabou Mine’s Peter and Wendy, as well as Mabou Mines, Song for New York, by the late Ruth Maleczech; She has stage managed the majority of Basil Twist’s repertoire including, Arias With A Twist, Master Peter’s Puppet Show, Petrushka, Dogugaeshi, La Bella Dormente nel Bosco and Sister's Follies.Other Credits include:The Adventures of Charcoal Boy, Wind Set-up, Don Cristobal, and Wind-up Bird Chronicle which was presented at the International Edinburgh Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival. Neelam’s work in the theater has brought her all over the US as well as internationally to places such as France, Stockholm, Edinburgh and Singapore. Neelam is also part of the Alphabet Arts Collective, who's focus is to continue Arts education thru poetry and puppetry, specifically to under privilege communities. And when not working in a dark theater, Neelam is the Project Manager for Emdee International, a textile company where she designs, builds and is their visual merchandiser

BASIL TWIST (Giant Rump Design) Twist’s production credits include the award-winning Symphonie Fantastique and at Abron's Arias with a Twist, & Sister’s Follies. Other recognitions include an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, five UNIMA Awards, two Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, a Henry Hewes Award, a Guggenheim, a USA Artists fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and Macarthur Fellowship. Twist serves as Artistic Director of HERE ’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in NYC.

BASIL TWIST (Giant Rump Design) Twist’s production credits include the award-winning Symphonie Fantastique and at Abron's Arias with a Twist, & Sister’s Follies. Other recognitions include an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, five UNIMA Awards, two Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, a Henry Hewes Award, a Guggenheim, a USA Artists fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and Macarthur Fellowship. Twist serves as Artistic Director of HERE ’s Dream Music Puppetry Program in NYC.

 
Melissa Maney (Community Sponsorship/Program) is a graduate from The New School for Drama. She has written, directed and produced shows all over New York including, The Tank, The Barrow Group Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, The Wild Project, TheatreLab, The Gene Frankel Theatre, and more.

Melissa Maney (Community Sponsorship/Program) is a graduate from The New School for Drama. She has written, directed and produced shows all over New York including, The Tank, The Barrow Group Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, The Wild Project, TheatreLab, The Gene Frankel Theatre, and more.

DAVID QUINN (Costume Design) Designer for theater, dance, circus, TV, film and the red carpet, Quinn’s work in costuming and fashion has received critical acclaim. Dance View Times stating that “Quinn is cutting and draping and coloring the most beautiful dance costumes to be found in New York.” Theater credits include many Off-Broadway and experimental theater productions. In addition to costumes, Quinn creates made-to-order clothing and gowns making him a favorite of both brides and burlesque stars. For the 2017 premier of “Jack”, Quinn’s costumes were called “jaw dropping” (Travelance) and “glorious.” (Time Out NY)

DAVID QUINN (Costume Design) Designer for theater, dance, circus, TV, film and the red carpet, Quinn’s work in costuming and fashion has received critical acclaim. Dance View Times stating that “Quinn is cutting and draping and coloring the most beautiful dance costumes to be found in New York.” Theater credits include many Off-Broadway and experimental theater productions. In addition to costumes, Quinn creates made-to-order clothing and gowns making him a favorite of both brides and burlesque stars. For the 2017 premier of “Jack”, Quinn’s costumes were called “jaw dropping” (Travelance) and “glorious.” (Time Out NY)

 
LAURA VOGEL (Online Marketing) is the founder of Winged Pup Productions, an online marketing company specializing in entertainment & non-profit organizations. Laura is honored to work on a holiday show that celebrates the diverse community of her hometown, New York City, during this particularly challenging cultural moment.

LAURA VOGEL (Online Marketing) is the founder of Winged Pup Productions, an online marketing company specializing in entertainment & non-profit organizations. Laura is honored to work on a holiday show that celebrates the diverse community of her hometown, New York City, during this particularly challenging cultural moment.

 
Philip Santos Schaffer (Director of Development) is a theatre maker and administrator. Philip is one fourth of the artistic team behind WalkUpArts, a theatre company which has produced his plays  A PLAY ABOUT DREW CAREY ,  Alone With Living Creatures: Pierre D. Through Those Who Knew Him , and most recently,  SMALL PLAYS FOR GIANTS , a five play series of highly interactive solo performances for intimate audiences, amongst others. Philip is an Artistic Associate and the Associate Archivist of The Living Theatre, and the Literary and Community Manager of Pipeline Theatre Company. Philip has his MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Philip Santos Schaffer (Director of Development) is a theatre maker and administrator. Philip is one fourth of the artistic team behind WalkUpArts, a theatre company which has produced his plays A PLAY ABOUT DREW CAREY, Alone With Living Creatures: Pierre D. Through Those Who Knew Him, and most recently, SMALL PLAYS FOR GIANTS, a five play series of highly interactive solo performances for intimate audiences, amongst others. Philip is an Artistic Associate and the Associate Archivist of The Living Theatre, and the Literary and Community Manager of Pipeline Theatre Company. Philip has his MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.