2017 Lab Company

Aleksej Aarsaether (Director) is a recent Cornell graduate who majored in Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Theatre, Performing and Media Arts, Inequality Studies, and Business. His previous theatre credits include directing The Baltimore Waltz (Schwartz Center, fall 2016), Macbeth (Risley Theater, fall 2015), and The Vagina Monologues (Bailey Hall, spring 2015). Most recently, he won first place in the Heermans-McCalmon playwriting contest with his play The Diary of an American Girl, which had a staged reading directed by Beth Milles earlier this year. He would like to thank the entire Hangar staff for this amazing opportunity and all of his mentors and family for their support. 

Catherine Baird (Actor) is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double-majoring in Public Health Advocacy and Dramatic Art. Recent credits include My Fair Lady at PlayMakers Repertory Company and Ordinary Days, As You Like It, Columbinus, and Carrie: The Musical at UNC. During the academic year, she also sings at the UNC Newman Center and teaches indoor cycle classes. She is beyond thrilled to spend the summer working, learning, and creating with such an inspiring company! 


Jack Damien (Actor) is an 18-year-old Ithaca native! At present, Jack is enrolled in Ithaca College as a Theatre Studies major, but he has been a performer since he was a child. Favorite past roles include Roger in Grease, Simon in 13 The Musical, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Angel in Rent! Jack hopes to one day become the first person of color to portray Jack Kelly in Newsies on Broadway or even a Marvel superhero!


Ann Dang (Actor) was born and raised in Shenzhen, China, and has just finished her BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her favorite credits include Pan/Ensemble in Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Lady Nijo in Top Girls, Crystal in The Women (NYU Tisch/Stella Adler), and Xi in Chinglish (Columbia University). Many thanks to her parents for being an unwavering support system, no matter the time difference. Ann-Dang.com

Jordy Diaz (Choreographer) is from Miami, FL, and is a current Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College. Jordy recently co-directed The Dream of the Burning Boy, choreographed a concert version of Titanic, and assisted on Company at Ithaca College. Jordy was recently seen as Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher and Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, both at the Cider Mill Playhouse. Jordy is incredibly excited for this great opportunity.


CJ DiOrio (Actor) is entering his third year at NYU Tisch studying musical theatre at The New Studio on Broadway. Credits at NYU Tisch: Madame Lucy (Irene), Pete/Ensemble (Leader of the Pack), and a devised dance piece called Skin. Other select credits: Leading Player (Pippin) and Francis Henshall (One Man, Two Guvnors). He hopes to continue making art that not only entertains audiences, but also challenges them to think in new ways. Many thanks to his family as well as Hangar Theatre for this adventure.


Nia Farrell (Actor) is excited and honored to join the Hangar Lab Company this summer! She is a rising junior in the Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Previous credits include: Joan (Far Away, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School), Esmeralda (Camino Real, ETW, dir. David Schweizer), and Nik (Last Meal, Williamstown Theatre Festival). In addition to studying abroad, Nia is looking forward to interdisciplinary collaboration and devising her own work.


Caroline Festa (Actor) is going into her senior year at Syracuse University, where she will be receiving her BFA in Acting. Favorite credits include: 123, The King Stag, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Crucible, The Christians (Syracuse Stage) and assistant directing the world premiere of And the Women Cried! Caroline is excited to move to New York City in January, where she will begin what she hopes to be a challenging, inspiring, and creative career as a professional theatre artist.


Marguerite Frarey (Actor) is delighted to spend her summer at the Hangar. Credits include Inherit the Wind (Melinda) and A Christmas Carol (Belinda Cratchit) at Geva Theatre Center; Great Expectations (Young Estella), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Puck), and Miss Julie (Julie) at Blackfriars Theatre; and The Skin of Our Teeth (Announcer) and Hedda Gabler (Hedda) at Fordham University, where she graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance in 2015. Big thanks to Brad Raimondo; and of course, Mom, Dad, and Alexander. 

Hunter Gause (Director) is a New York City-based director. Hunter is currently a senior at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Directing and Acting. At Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter directed Beirut Rocks by Israel Horovitz and assistant directed Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Last summer, Hunter developed new works as a part of the Core Company at The Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs, NY. At the Core Company, he directed a new play, Ghost, by Rachel Karp. Hunter is also a photographer and a playwright. 

Callan Gies (Director) graduated from Davidson College and has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre and Stella Adler Studio. Her previous directing credits include Middletown, We Are Not These Hands, and The Insanity of Mary Girard. She is grateful to be a part of the 2017 Hangar Lab Company and hopes to continue to create risk-taking theatre with inspiring humans. 


Jared Brendon Hopper (Actor) is currently pursuing a degree in English with certificates in Theatre, Music Theatre, and Urban Studies at Princeton University, where he is a rising senior. He has also studied at the Atlantic Acting School and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, both in NYC. Some recent credits include: Assassins (Princeton Summer Theater, dir. Tatiana Pandiani), Carner and Gregor’s Barely Legal Showtune Extravaganza (Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, dir. Marlo Hunter), Into the Woods (Princeton University, dir. Ethan Heard), and A Dream Play (Princeton University). Jared is also a dedicated member of the Princeton Triangle Club, which produces and tours a completely student-written musical comedy every year. Many thanks to Michael Barakiva and Brad Raimondo for this opportunity, and to his parents for their endless support.

Lydia Jones (Director) is delighted to join the Hangar Lab Company as a director! Lydia is a rising junior in Rider University’s BFA Musical Theatre program and has also studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent performance credits: Pitti-Sing in Hot Mikado (Messiah College), Ruth in The Effects of Gamma Rays… (Susquehanna Stage Co.), and a member of Rider University’s contemporary vocal ensemble, Vox Blue. This spring at Rider, she assistant-directed a workshop of a new musical, Pas De Deux Wop (dir. Troy Britton Johnson/Angie Schworer.) Lydia believes in the importance of art for social activism and advocacy, and she is excited to share eye-opening and uplifting theatre. Lydia-Jones.com

Lizzie Kehoe (Actor) is so excited be a part of the Hangar Lab Company! She is a rising junior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning becomes Electra, Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Love of the Nightingale. Other recent roles include Lauren in Circle Mirror Transformation, Lizzie in They’ll Be Callin’ Us Witches, and Emily in Our Town. She hopes to create theater that helps you go to sleep at night and open a bookstore.

Terrie Lynne (Actor) is a Junior Musical Theatre major at Rider University making her Hangar Lab Company debut as an actor. Some of her Rider University credits include Once On This Island (Asaka), Spring Awakening (Anna), Of Thee I Sing (Ensemble). Professionally, Terrie Lynne aspires to perform in Shakespeare plays as well as musicals. She hopes to continue to build her craft of acting in anyway she can through performance. 


Giuseppe Mele (Actor) is thrilled to spend the summer with the Hangar Lab Company! Hailing from Seattle, Washington, he is currently a BA Theatre Performance major and rising sophomore at Fordham University. Studio credits at Fordham include Monkey Man in Great Falls and Jake in Fade to White. His super power is super strength. He extends his sincerest thanks to his parents.



Rachel Musson (Actor) is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at Rider University. University credits include: Bonnie and Clyde (upcoming), Melancholy Play, and Of Thee I Sing. She has also appeared in Hairspray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Music Man at PlayMakers Reperatory Company and In The Heights at North Carolina Theatre. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hangar Theatre Lab Company, and she thanks everyone involved for this opportunity! 

Martin Nikolov (Actor) is a freshman Drama student at Vassar College. He has just begun his artistic endeavors in the USA, but he has already played Blake in a new play, Fine, at Vassar and shot a short film called The Trial. Martin is an aspiring actor, both onstage and on screen. His dream role is to someday host the Oscars, so stay tuned for more!

Chrystle Ntow (Actor) is very honored to be working at the Hangar this summer, and to be a part of a group of talented human beings who want nothing more than to create magic and share a story. She is an upcoming senior in the BA Musical Theatre program at Marymount Manhattan College. She recently was seen in Marymount’s Classical Players’ production of Romeo and Juliet as Lady Capulet. Other credits include The Visitors, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Into the Woods.

Chris Quazzo (Actor) is thrilled to be a part of the Hangar Lab this summer. Chris is a rising junior at Yale University, where he is studying American Studies with a concentration in Performance Cultures. Previous Yale credits include The Wild Party, 1776, She Kills Monsters, Merrily We Roll Along, and Heathers: The Musical. He is passionate about making people laugh and bringing new work to life, which he hopes to continue in the future. Love to his family and friends for their endless support.


Courtney Ravelo (Playwright) is a rising senior at Ithaca College majoring in Writing and minoring in Theatre. She has been performing and writing her entire life; as a student at a performing arts high school in Red Bank, NJ, she spent four years as a Voice Performance major and double-majored in Creative Writing during her senior year. As a Cuban woman, Courtney spends most of her time writing, performing, and representing the Latin community and people of color.


Reed Rosenberg (Actor) is a rising sophomore studying Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, and he is very excited to be a part of the Hangar Theatre’s 2017 Lab Company. He has acted in over twenty productions throughout his college and high school careers such as Into the Woods (The Baker), Urinetown (Officer Lockstock), Inherit the Wind (Matthew Harrison Brady), and The Jew of Malta (Ferneze), as well as performing in many shows at the Play Group Theatre and the French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts. Reed would like to thank everyone at the Hangar Theatre for an incredible summer experience.


Janie Schaefer (Actor) is a BFA Acting major and soon-to-be junior at Ithaca College. She grew up in Honolulu, HI, and is thrilled to be spending her first summer in Ithaca as a member of the Hangar Lab Company. Her previous credits include Sebastian in The Rover at Ithaca College, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with the Vermont Shakespeare Company intern program, Friar Lawrence/Sampson in Romeo and Juliet with the Ithaca Theatre Collective, and Catherine Hiatt in The Last Five Years at Punahou School. Besides acting, Janie has passions for writing, reading, watching reality television, and eating bread.

Hannah Thien (Actor) is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Hangar Lab Company! Hannah is a rising sophomore Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College. Previous credits include Player in The Vagina Monologues (IC Players), Viola in Twelfth Night and Ariel in The Tempest (Theatre Without a Net), and Rizzo in Grease (Stage 700). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Dan, Rosemary, and the family for their unconditional love and support. 

Bretana Charlotte Turkon (Actor) is a rising junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Ithaca College. An Ithaca native, Bretana is ecstatic to be spending her summer with the Hangar Lab Company. Regional credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Maria) with The Ithaca Shakespeare Company and Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Ithaca. Ithaca College credits include Winter Bodies, Titanic, and The Changeling.


Veronica Velez (Actor) is ecstatic to spend her summer in the beautiful artistic atmosphere that the Hangar Theatre provides. As both a rising junior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a serious theatre junkie, she has appeared in over 30 theatrical productions, including: Aladdin (Jasmine), Punk Rock (Tanya), In The Heights (Carla), and A Chorus Line (Sheila). She would like to thank her friends and family for not pushing her to do something “normal,” and for their amazing support throughout all her acting endeavors!

Elliot Vitaz (Playwright) is a rising junior Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College. He was born in Louisville, KY, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the National Theatre Institute. In his work, Elliot enjoys exploring physical theatre, duality, and miscommunication in human relationships. Elliot dreams of one day opening a theatre company/sustainability commune. He is an avid fan of film, experimental music, and boardgames. His biggest influences are Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, Tom Stoppard, Gao Xingjian, Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, and the band Animal Collective.

Marc David Wright (Actor) is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Hangar Lab Company! Based in NYC, he is currently a rising junior majoring in Performance in Fordham University's B.A. Theatre Program. He was recently seen this past April in Fordham's mainstage production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (Polixenes). Other Fordham credits: Weldon Rising (Marcel), as well as numerous design and production credits, most recently Great Falls (assistant director). He will be studying abroad at the London Dramatic Academy in the fall.





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