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Leah Cooper

Leah Cooper has been directing, producing, and managing in theater for over 30 years. Based in Minneapolis, she has directed

J. A. Moad II

J. A. Moad II is a  former Air Force C-130 pilot with over 3000 flight hours and more than 100

Kryssy Wright

Kryssy Wright is a lighting designer in Brooklyn. Since relocating to Brooklyn she has designed and built sets, designed and

Ellen Mischinski

Ellen Mischinski is a stage manager, producer, and theater administrator. She has worked with Poetic Theater Productions as a Producer

Daniel Roberts

Daniel Roberts has directed multiple pieces by Mickey Bolmer with Poetic Theater Productions. Recent directing credits include: The Tempest (Ophelia Theater

Tamara Geisler

Tamara Geisler is an Actor, Producer, Teaching Artist and Associate Director of Yonder Window Theatre Company and Audition Prep Intensive.

Lisa Renkel

Lisa is making her design debut with Poetic Theater Productions with Village Orpheus. Lisa graduated from The University of North

Mario C. Brown

Originally from Brooklyn, Mario began acting in 2013. Since then he’s been seen in “Blues for Mister Charlie”, “Ring Round

Josh Jacobson

Village Orpheus is Josh’s first production with Poetic Theatre Productions. He has appeared in a number of plays and musicals in

Mateo d’Amato

Mateo d’Amato was born in Providence, R.I. His mother is from Argentina and his father is from New York City.

Olivia Nice

Olivia Nice first worked with Poetic Theater Productions playing Cookie Mueller in Mickey Bolmer’s BACK Back: A Tragedy Party. Other

Julie Geisler

Julie Geisler splits her time between Manhattan, and a small town in the Catskills, with her husband Philip Milio.  She

Corinne Proctor

Corinne studied theatre at Ithaca College where she was a founding member of IC Teatro a Spanish language theatre group.

Shawn Chang

As a collaborative pianist, Shawn Chang has worked with the Bronx Opera, and Garden State Opera. As a composer his

Aya Aziz

Aya Aziz is a songwriter and performance artist based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. Aya wrote and performed her

Nkosi Nkululeko

Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, is a Writer, Performer and Musician who has been featured in venues

Ali Andre Ali

Ali Andre Ali is a New York based actor writer and musician. A graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at

Barbara Allen

“Normal” is for other people. The more Barbara Allen fought to be normal, the harder life laughed at her. And

Raquel Almazan

Raquel Almazan is an actor, writer, director in theatre/film/television productions. Her eclectic career as artist-activist spans original multi-media solo performances,

Mia Y. Anderson

A working artistic New York professional who was born in the Republic of Brooklyn. A woman of faith, published writer,

Eric Aviles

Eric Aviles is an actor, writer, and teaching artist and activist residing in NYC.  Eric recently completed a California tour

Jessica Barnhill

Jessica Barnhill is a New York based director, stage manager, and producer. She is the Associate Producer of Poetic Theater

Beatur

Beatur is a professional entertainer. Working as a music producer, musical director, actor, Dj, a comedian and a member of various bands. He has worked with a

Ori Bensimhon

With Poetic Theater Productions: Production Manager for Poetic License 2012, Poetic License 2014 and Poetic License 2015 Production Manager for Goliath Production Manager for

Mickey Bolmer

Mickey Bolmer is a New York City playwright, now living in California. He has written ten plays, has had two sold

Mahogany L. Browne

The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus fellow is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters

Gabby Bruno

Upon graduating from Chapman University, Gabriella moved to Brooklyn to pursue her career in dance. She has been dancing professionally

Chad Chenail

CHAD CHENAIL is a graduate of Pace University and freelance director based in Jersey City. He is also the cofounder

Xandra Clark

  With Poetic Theater Productions: Actress in Conscious Language 2014 & 2015, Mickey Bolmer’s BACK and Love Redefined. Upcoming: Judson Arts Wednesdays’

Everett Cox

Everett Cox served in the U. S. Army from 1966-1969.  He served in Vietnam in 1969 with the 245th Surveillance

Samantha Cooper

Samantha is honored to be a part of the Poetic Theater family. With PTP: Goliath (Culture Project, Wild Project, CA

Taro Vesta, Cooper

Taro Vestøl Cooper is an actor and a spoken word artist. He graduated from Nordic Black Xpress Acting School in

Darian Dauchan

DARIAN DAUCHAN is an award winning solo performer, actor, and poet who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century) and

Dontonio Demarco

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actor in GOLIATH Assistant Director & Line Producer for Underground Actor in “Presents…” development series Actor in Love

Maurice Decaul

MAURICE EMERSON DECAUL, a former Marine, is a poet, essayist, and playwright, whose writing has been featured in the New

Natalia Duong

  With Poetic Theater Productions: Actress in GOLIATH Actress and Choreographer in “Presents…” development series Actress in Love Redefined Playwright & Director

Edgar Eguia

EDGAR EGUIA is a NY-based actor.  He has affiliations with The Flea Theater, The Amoralists Theatre Company as well as

Karen Eilbacher

Karen Eilbacher played the original role of Kia Clark in Chisa Hutchinson’s SHE LIKE GIRLS (GLAAD Awards, Outstanding NY Theatre:

Dominique Fishback

Dominique is a TV, Film, Stage actress and Poet from Brooklyn, East NY. Selected TV credits: HBO’s “Show me a

Zoë Flowers

Zoë Flowers is an author, poet, actress, Reiki Master and seasoned domestic violence expert. Zoë teaches poetry and theatre at

Fun

I go by the name of Fun in which everyone would agree fits perfectly for me. I love to smile

Fernando García

Fernando García is a drummer, percussionist, and composer well versed in a wide variety of musical styles. Born in San

Keelay Gipson

Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an actor, filmmaker, director and award-winning playwright.  His play What I Tell

Ebony Noelle Golden

Ebony Golden is a Houston, TX native now living in the South Bronx. Ebony is an accomplished performance artist, poet,

Anna Gothard

Anna is a performer, musician, teacher and a half of folk-pop duo, Anna/Kate. Anna has performed widely in music venues

Chelsea Gregory

Chelsea Gregory is a community-engaged dance theater artist, writer, educator and cultural organizer originally from Atlanta, GA. She was recently part of the touring

Craig ‘muMs’ Grant

Craig muMs Grant is an American Playwright, Poet and Actor best known for playing Poet on the HBO hit show

Zuleyma Guevara

Ms. Guevara is a huge fan of Raquel Almazan’s work and honored to be collaborating on this production of La

Sentell Harper

Sentell Harper recently had his one man show Seek and Ye Shall Find premiere in New York City in the

Brigitte Harris

Brigitte is currently an apprentice carpenter with the NYC District Council of Carpenter’s but studied to be an actress in

Kenneth Heaton

Kenneth Heaton appeared as Paul in Poetic Theater Productions’ award-winning Goliath at The Wild Project and in the 2014 West

Joanna Hoffman

Joanna Hoffman (www.joannahoffman.com) is a spoken word poet and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY who uses poetry to demonstrate

Eboni Hogan

Eboni Hogan is a Brooklyn-based poet, playwright, screenwriter, actress and arts educator. She studied theater at NYU’s Tisch School of

Joell Jackson

Joell Jackson has performed with the off Broadway show STOMP on tour and in New York for five years. Immediately

Ryan F Johnson

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actor in Underground Actor in “Shatter the Sky” in Poetic License 2013 Actor in Conscious Language 2014

Jeremy Karafin

Jeremy Karafin founded Poetic Theater Productions in February 2010, and as artistic director produced over 100 productions, showcases, gallery shows

Abena Koomson

Abena Koomson is a Harlem- based performer, educator and wordsmith. She is bandleader and composer for Abena Koomson’s Blacksmith Orchestra (AKBO), and a featured

Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, most recently, Last Seen (University of Wisconsin Press),

Sam LaRoche

Sam LaRoche is a spoken word poet and rap artist out of Brooklyn. In college Sam was signed to an

Sharifa Linton

Sharifa Linton is born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her love for dancing started at the age of 3 and

Sarah Livant

Sarah Livant is a native Alabamian. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and began stage managing in New York City upon

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Kid Lucky

Kid Lucky is a hip hop vocalist who specializes in beatboxing, floetry and scatting. Since 1996 Kid Lucky has been

Camillo Mac Bica

Camillo Mac Bica, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and ethics at the School of Visual Arts in New York

Alex Mallory

Alex Mallory is a theatrical director and creative leader in New York. She recently directed Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris

John D. Manley

Major John D. Manley, US Marine Corps Reserve (retired) is an Army civilian currently serving as the Director, US Army

Safiya Martinez Connell

Safiya Martinez Connell is a performer, writer and educator. She is an alumni of the New York Teaching Fellows program

Jazzy Mason

Jazzy is an advocate, actress, and entrepreneur.  She is currently affiliated with the women in prison projects reconnect leadership and

Chantal Maurice

Chantal has been blessed to work in a variety of acting mediums including Theatre, Film, TV, Industrials and Commercials. In

Edward McWilliams

With Poetic Theater Productions: Poet and Performer for Love Redefined, March ForWord and Uncharted Graphic Design for One Brave Thing

John M. Meyer

John M. Meyer is an artist studying at the University of Texas at Austin. His work as a playwright-performer has been

Philip Milio

Philip Milio has pursued the art of photography since graduating high school. His skills progressed working for the Dept. of

Patrice Miller

Patrice Miller is a director-choreographer and writer currently directing Mad Jenny’s Love und Greed in residence at Pangea. Her work

Charan P. Morris

Charan P. Morris is a New York based poet/educator. A 2011-12 LAMBDA Literary Foundation Fellow, recipient of the Archie D.

Jevon Nicholson

Jevon is a New York based actor, lover and hugger. Born in Harlem, raised in Brooklyn,  He received his acting

Peter Molin

Peter Molin is a retired US Army infantry officer who served in the 2nd Infantry, 10th Mountain, and 82nd Airborne

Nancy Elkin Nygard

Born in the Bronx, raised in Jersey.  Before marrying my Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and way before becoming a military

Autumn Oftedal

Autumn Oftedal is from Yakima, WA and graduated cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She

Vinny Eden Ortega

Vinny Eden Ortega is a New York City based director/writer/actor. Acting credits include No Entiendo (Pace School of Performing Arts), Gathering Sparks (Theatre Row),

Monique Paige

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actress in GOLIATH Actress in “Presents…” development series  

David J. Palmer

David J. Palmer is an award-winning lighting & video/projection designer based in New York City. Recent Designs: Oso Fabuloso: A

Jenny Pacanowski

Jenny Pacanowski is a poet/combat veteran/facilitator/public speaker/actor/curator. In the Army while deployed to Iraq, Jenny was a combat medic and

Sherri Pullum

Sherri Pullum is a versatile actress with stage, independent film and television credits. She has received positive reviews for her

Danielle Puretz

Danielle Puretz comes to Poetic Theater Productions by way of the John Gardner Fellowship. She works as the company’s Artistic Associate.

Wade Ray

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actor in “Presents” development series Actor in Underground Actor in Love Redefined 2012 & 2013 Actor in “Untitled”

Yadira de la Riva

Yadira De La Riva is an artist/educator from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. She graduated from the University

Takeo Rivera

With Poetic Theater Productions: Playwright of GOLIATH Playwright of The Will to Knowledge in Poetic License 2013

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer and performer. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools,

Elise Santora

Recently appeared in the pre-Broadway run of Gotta Dance directed by Jerry Mitchell. Broadway credits: In The Heights with Lin-Manuel

Jay Santiago

Theatre and Acting has been my passion since my childhood in my native Puerto Rico, appearing in Telemundo’s Noche De

Alyssa “Lady Logic” Saunders

Alyssa “Lady Logic” Saunders is a 19 year old poet emcee from Brooklyn. With Hip hop and blues as her native tongue,

Sofía Snow

Sofía is a Boston-raised performance artist, educator, and community organizer. Her work has been featured in a range of literary publications,

Katelyn Sheehan

Katelyn Sheehan spent 4 years active duty in the US Air Force repeatedly deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mshi Siyhanda

An Atlanta native who is currently residing in New York, Mshi Siyhanda majored in African American Studies at Georgia State University

Monica Steuer

Latest credits include: Muses (Fringe Festival, NYC); The Vagina Monologues (Peekskill, NY); The House Of The Spirits (Gala Theater, Washington

Sheila Tapia

Off-Broadway: CQ/CX (Atlantic Theater Co.), La Ruta (The Working Theater), ReEntry (Urban Stages), Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue (Culture Project/P73), Welcome

Keomi Tarver

San Diego native, and Brooklyn transplant, Keomi Tarver is a dancer, writer, lover, teacher and friend. She began training at

Candace Tabbs

Dancer, Choreographer and Fitness Professional, Candace earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Dance at Barnard College.

Mei Ann Teo

Mei Ann Teo is a theatre/film maker whose work has toured globally, including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown,

Colby Thompson

Colby is a 62 year old prison reform activist, re-entry advocate. She is a speaker and is writing her first

Temesgen Tocruray

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actor in: Underground; Shatter the Sky in Poetic License 2013; Love, Redefined 2013 & 2014; Conscious Language

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