2016 Lab Company

 Andrea Abello is thrilled to join the Hangar Lab Company this summer! She is a proud alum of The Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Conservatory. Previous credits include NY: Opera debut as Alvira’s Maid in Don Giovanni. Regional: Tamora in Titus Andronicus and Savitri in Mahabarata: Tale of Savitri (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Apprentice Co.). Educational: Collard Darnell in The Wake of Jamey Foster (upcoming), Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, Lust in The Ash Girl, Lily in The Skriker. Training: Senior at NYU Tisch B.F.A. Drama (Stella Adler Studio), minor in French. Huge thanks to Mom, Dad, Nat, and Abuelito.

  Eunice Akinola is a BFA Acting major and soon to be senior at Ithaca College. Born and raised in Texas, she isexcited to be spending her first summer in Ithaca as a member of the Hangar Lab. Her previous credits include Freddie in Noble of Munday at the Kitchen Theatre; Esther in Intimate Apparel and Alex in A Kid Like Jake at Ithaca College; and works with Civic Ensemble and The Cherry. After graduation she hopes to explore the west coast and apply to graduate school for her MFA. 

 Lucie Allouche is thrilled to be joining the Lab Company this summer. Lucie is a rising junior (and second year drama student) in the Strasberg Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Lucie was lucky enough to be cast in her first StageWorks production at NYU last spring, as Brenda in Distant Highways, as part of the Play Ground festival for new plays. Lucie adores her training in the Method and hopes to move on to more experimental and movement-based work. Besides acting, Lucie loves writing, collaging, taking baths, and playing with her yorkies. 

 Mia Bergstrom is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama under the New Studio on Broadway. Mia’s favorite roles include Rose Baum in Arthur Miller’s The American Clock (dir. Kent Gash) and Cherestani in The Serpent Woman (dir. Orlando Pabotoy). Mia also sings lead and backup vocals and plays the synth for the NYC-based indie rock band The Ruby Shots. They have played at various NYC venues including Arlene’s Grocery and Pianos. Check out their music on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud! mia-bergstrom.com and therubyshots.com

 Kyle Michael Brown is ecstatic to join the Hangar Lab Company! Some of his favorite credits include: The Preacher in The Dare Tactic’s Bonnie and Clyde, Big Jule in Guys & Dolls at Forestburgh Playhouse, and The Beast in Delaware Valley’s Beauty and the Beast. Kyle is currently a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. He would like to thank his family, MT’18, Pace Faculty, Hangar Theatre, and God. “Trust Your Journey!”

 Xavier Clark is proud to be joining the Hangar Lab Company this summer! Previous credits include Regional: world premiere musical Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Trip Cullman). NY: Romeo & Juliet (BrooklynOne Productions) and Robin Hood (Underling Productions). Educational: Eastern Standard (Stella Adler Studio), Cymbeline (RADA), Our Lady of 121st Street (Abe Burrows Theatre, dir. Laurie Carlos Smith), and The Ash Girl (Stella Adler Studio). Training: B.F.A. Drama NYU Tisch (Stella Adler Studio & RADA). Many thanks to my beautiful mother for her endless love and support.

 Alexandra Daniels is a rising senior at Princeton University majoring in Sociology with certificates in Theater and African American Studies. At Princeton, she has recently been seen in RENT, Hair, Singin’ in the Rain, and Annie Get Your Gun/Gypsy, as well as a number of original student-written musicals with the Princeton Triangle Club, where she is currently a vice president. In her future, she wants to continue work in theater, both on the stage and specifically with community-based theater organizations. Alex would like to thank her friends and family for their support in all of her endeavors!

 Jennifer Dinolfo, a BFA Musical Theatre major at The Boston Conservatory, just finished her sophomore year and is extremely excited to be at the Hangar Theatre this summer! Favorite credits include: Broadway Sessions (Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC); Ghost (Boston Conservatory); Holes the Musical (Boston Conservatory); Legally Blonde (Vivienne at Harvard University); In The Heights (Nina); West Side Story (Maria); 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Rona); Hairspray (Tracy). Jennifer is a voice student of Lisa Sheldon at The Boston Conservatory and also studies privately with Lindsay Mendez in NYC. She would like to thank Michael Barakiva and Brad Raimondo for this tremendous opportunity and her parents for their love and support.

 David Kahawaii IV is a NYC-based director, actor, and costume designer from Danville, CA. He is currently studying Directing at Fordham College at Lincoln Center where he is a rising junior. He has also studied at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and CSSSA at Cal Arts.Thanks to the entire Hangar family for this incredible opportunity! Credits, NYC: (Assistant Director) United Front (Primary Stages/The Flea) dir. by Kel Haney. Fordham: (Assistant Director) The Mojo and The Sayso and In The Heart of America, (Costume Design) In The Heart of America, Final Placement, Ship Of Clowns (Primary Stages).

 James Kenna just finished an excitingly successful freshman year at Fordham University and is thrilled to be with the Lab Company!  Some previous credits include original shows like Where To Begin (Edinburgh Fringe), The Great American Novel Project (Fordham University), and Inferno (Open Arts Stages), and classics like Blood Wedding (Fordham University) and As You Like It (RHS Players). James has a strong passion for devised ensemble theatre and hopes to return to the Edinburgh Fringe with a show of this nature.  Classical texts also speak to James, and he aspires to one day perform Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre.

 Sophie Laruelle is thrilled to join the Lab Company at the Hangar this summer. Sophie is a rising senior at Columbia University studying music and theatre. She has performed at various venues in New York City, including Circle in the Square, Symphony Space, and the Duplex. At Columbia, Sophie was in the 121st Annual Varsity Show along with several other original student productions. Some past roles include: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graff), and Into the Woods (Cinderella). Sophie hopes to continue performing in and around New York after graduation. 

 Christine Lee is currently a student at Brooklyn College and plans to work in theater and in film as an actor. She has taken various scene work and speech classes, as well as technical theater courses such as costume shop and theater production. Her dream is to be in projects that merge political activism with her craft. She is passionate about social justice and hopes to be a part of the movement in theater and film that aims to humanize marginalized people.

 Petra Lord’s plays include Love Arena, My Compliments to the Chef, Fruits of their Labor, and The Last Man on Earth. They have been produced by The College Preparatory School, the Tisch 2015 Monologue Festival, and the Tisch 2015 10-Minute Play Festival.  She is thrilled to be working with the Hangar Lab Company this summer.  She has trained with US Performing Arts at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, and is currently studying Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

 Anique Mercier is thrilled to spend her summer as a part of the Hangar community. She is a current student at NYU Tisch entering her fourth year in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Favorite roles are Jo March in Little Women, Terry in Ladyhouse Blues and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Anique hopes to put her youthful presence to good use throughout her career to play Disney princesses and children for as long as possible. Enjoy your time here at the Hangar Theatre!

 Matthew Mucha is a junior in the BFA Acting and Musical Theatre program at Marymount Manhattan College. He recently was seen in their latest main stage production of Dracula as Arthur Holmwood. Other credits include Next To Normal as Henry (Porch Light Productions, Perry Award), Spring Awakening as Melchior Gabor (Porch Light Productions), and The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee as Chip Tolentino (Marymount Manhattan College). 

 Michael Palmer is a new graduate of Ithaca College with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. His Ithaca College credits include As You Like It, Parade (Hugh Dorsey), L’étoile (Chief of Police), and Little Women. From Fairfax, Virginia, Michael has appeared singing extensively with professional ensembles in both Washington D.C. and New York City, including the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Washington Chorus, and The Rolling Stones for their 50th Anniversary Tour. He is also a graduate of Michael Howard Studio’s Summer Acting Conservatory in New York City. michaelnpalmer.com

 A.K. Payne is a rising second-year student at Yale University. A 2016 Young Arts Winner in Playwriting/Screenwriting, she has had plays in the Yale Playwrights Festival, City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival, and Pittsburgh Playwrights' Theatre Festival in Black and White. She is a member of Alumni Theater Company and Heritage Theatre Ensemble and assistant director on the Yale Dramatic Association’s (DRAMAT) upcoming production of Here Be Dragons. She will direct August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with the DRAMAT in Fall 2016.  She hopes to use theatre to elevate the stories of those who have traditionally been silenced. 

 Rachel Ravel is thrilled to be working with the Hangar Lab Company this summer! Originally from Austin, Texas, Rachel now lives in New York and is pursuing her degree in Acting at Fordham University Lincoln Center. University credits include The Great American Novel Project (debut production) and Top Girls. Rachel graduated from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in 2015, and her favorite WHS credits include: Grease, Laundry and Bourbon, The Learned Ladies, and Eleemosynary. Upcoming Web series: Tuff Boys. Film: Love’s Labour’s Lost (2016). Love to family, friends, and whoever invented the breakfast taco.

 Seth Roseman is ecstatic to be a director in the 2016 Lab Company. Seth just graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock with a BA in Theatre Arts where he recently completed a production of Callie Kimball's May 39th. He is interested in directing new plays and musicals, as well as experimental pieces. Seth has had the pleasure of working with theatre organizations including Juilliard, Keen Company, and Mass Live Arts. He is working on developing and directing a play about a fighting tournament, as well as directing and writing lyrics for a trilogy of sci-fi musicals.

 Jane Skapek is a recent graduate of Fordham University. Previous credits include Marat/Sade and The Little Prince (Fordham) and Ghost Stories (Atlantic Theater Company). 

 Austin Spero is grateful to join the Lab Company this summer! Austin currently lives in New York City, where he studies acting at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He is a proud graduate of the high school drama program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Regional: Peter Pan (NC Theatre). Fordham: “Master Harold” ...and the boys, Salamander (w/ Primary Stages). UNCSA: This is Our Youth, Taming of the Shrew. TV: Eastbound & Down (HBO). Other interests include clowning, losing the Hamilton lottery, and watching Claire Danes on late night TV. Cheers to the entire Hangar family!

 Samantha Tropper is a rising junior at Muhlenberg College where she studies theatre and music. Samantha has written two one-act plays titled The Pink Notebook and Love?, both of which have had multiple readings at Muhlenberg. Some of her acting credits include Terrible Beautiful Bodies (Muhlenberg MainStage) and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (The Bickford and Algonquin Arts). Samantha is extremely passionate about theatre in all of its forms, and she aims to create theatre that provides representation to those who are often left behind the curtain. 

 Lynn Twarowski is a performance artist from Chicago and current student at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She has dance training in the styles of ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, jazz funk, hip hop, and fosse. She has been Assistant Choreographer on shows in her area including The Wizard of Oz and Chicago, and Dance/Movement Captain on The Ash Girl, Bye Bye Birdie, Medea, She Kills Monsters, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

 Noah Virgile is a rising sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. Credits include: Soloist in Carner and Gregor’s Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza (Le Poisson Rouge); Tweedle Dum in Alice (Wheelock Family Theatre); Jason Willette in Rabbit Hole (The Umbrella); John Thomas in Miss Saigon (Lexington High School); Joseph “Old Man” Strong/Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown (Lexington High School).

 Spencer Wawak was born in Chicago and made his acting debut at Second City Studios in The One-Eyed Cat and Other Tales of Need at the age of 10. He has just completed his sophomore year at NYU Tisch where he performed as The Elephant Man, Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Eben in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under The Elms, and many more.  His most recent role was Frederic in ONLY, a play by Ife Olujobi, as part of Tisch Drama StageWork’s production of Playground last spring. He is excited to be a part of the Lab Company this summer and to work with such talented young actors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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