Barby Cardillo (Blue, Colored) has been an actor with WAM, Shakespeare & Company, BTG, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, Boston Playwrights Theatre, The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, etc. She is or has been a teaching artist for most of those theatres as well as Barrington Stage, CATA, and 21st Century. She is also the Education Coordinator for WAM Theatre.
Sadie Clouser (Officer, The Ballad of George Zimmerman) is currently a student at Berkshire Community College, studying theatre arts. She has been roles such as, Mariane (Tartuffe), Portia/Calpurnia (Julius Caesar), Penny (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog), Ensemble (The Addams Family Musical), as well as many others.
Lindsay DeWinkeleer (Assistant Artistic Coordinator and Teal, Colored) is native to Berkshire County where she continually performs throughout the region. She will be graduating from Berkshire Community College this and looks forward to continuing her education. Recent credits include: Tartuffe (Elmire), Bill Aronson's Little Red (Mother), Hot, Not Iced (Rose), Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Shakespeare's Love and Greed (Isabella), Cartoon (Akane), The Producers (Ulla), Rossum's Universal Robots (Helena Glory), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Into the Woods (Florinda), MacBeth (Malcolm).
Roberta McCulloch-Dews (Green, Colored) "To whom much is given, much is required." For Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services in the Mayor's Office for the City of Pittsfield, this mantra says it all when it comes to community engagement. She is proud to contribute to several local organizations and groups, and has a special affection for those that deal with young people. Roberta and her husband Warren, Jr. have three children, Warren III, West, and Kennedy.
Emma Dweck (Woman in Elevator and Stage Directions, No More Monsters Here): A theater maker and performer, Emma Dweck is a founding member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater and a Graduate of Skidmore College and the National Theater Institute. Recent productions include DARK: An End of the World Play, Five Flights (Mixed Company) and Alice: End of Daze (La Mama E.T.C) Emma runs an acupuncture and healing arts practice.
Victoria Fernandez (Greatest Grand and Okkie, No More Monsters Here) is delighted to be a part of the Facing Our Truth series. She currently studies Theatre at MCLA. Credits include: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Veronica), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), Carrie (Carrie) and Avenue Q (Gary Coleman). She has most recently been seen in a staged reading of Hurricane Hotel at the Unicorn Theatre for “Made in the Berkshires”.
Kristen van Ginhoven (Producer, Production Coordinator, and Director, Colored) is a Canadian theatre artist living in the Berkshires. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, which creates theatre for everyone that benefits women and girls. She works as a professional director, producer, educator and actor in the States and beyond. www.WAMTheatre.com
Rory Hammond (Rebecca, No More Monsters Here) is pleased to work with WAM again. Select New
York credits include: Pericles (SoHo Rep) Where's My Money, (Cherry Lane Theatre) and The Scarlet Letter. Berkshire credits: Richard III (Directed by Tina Packer), Much ado about Nothing, and Dibble Dance. Rory is a Graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School and a founding member of Animus Theatre Company. www.animustheatre.org
Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant (Producer and Mom, Dressing) is the CEO and Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE (Berkshire Resources for the Integration of Diverse Groups and Education), recipient of the Berkshire Trendsetter 2015 Non-Profit Impact Award. She is a trusted expert in diversity leadership and cultural competence, working with corporations, schools, universities, law enforcement, and hospitals as well as leading community forums in tough systemic conversations. She chairs the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women, helped found Lift Ev'ry Voice and reactivate Berkshire County NAACP. She is a wife and mother and creator of the 2015 anthology Berkshire Mosaic: A Multicultural BRIDGE Living History Project.
JV Hampton-VanSant (Son, Dressing and Yellow, Colored) (Lesley University ‘12 Holistic Psychology, minor Expressive Arts Therapy) is a certified Diversity Leader specializing in Sexuality and Sexual Health, LGBTQ, youth development, suicide prevention and holistic and positive psychology. Since 2008, he has worked at Multicultural BRIDGE and currently serves as Youth Educational Programs Coordinator. Outside of BRIDGE, JV is a professional merman, model and is studying Circus Arts. He has recently published, as author and illustrator, his first children’s book, Neptune Brothers, in his series One Tail at Time teaching diversity and life skills through his mer-characters.
Ty Allan Jackson (Doc and Employer, No More Monsters Here) is a children’s book author, literacy advocate and motivational speaker. He is the 2012 inaugural Dr. MLK Content of Character Award recipient and a finalist for the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year from the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Originally from the Bronx, NY, he proudly calls Pittsfield, Massachusetts home.
Sara Katzoff (Director, No More Monsters Here) is co-Artistic Director of Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe and a founding member of Kickwheel Ensemble. A theater maker/director with a passion for new and challenging works, select credits include: DARK: An End of The World Play, The Waypoint (MASS MoCA), Everywoman (WAM),The Mother F**ker with the Hat (MCLA Guest Artist) and PASSAGE—premiering in 2016.
Don Quinn Kelley (Ezra, Night Vision)
Alexander "Alex" Leonard (Trayvon, The Ballad of George Zimmerman) born in Great Barrington. He is a junior at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Alex is a 2 sport athlete (varsity wrestling and football). He also participates in chorus and a select chorus called the Spartones. His most recent accomplishment, Alex auditioned and participated in the 58th Annual Senior Festival Concert Western District held at University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center.
Luci Leonard (Ayanna, Night Vision) native of Mobile Alabama. A graduate of Talladega College and Berkshire Community College. She is a long time advocate for equity within the Berkshires. A current Berkshire County Commissioner for the Status of Women, Race Taskforce Member, and elected Board of Health Member for the town of West Stockbridge. Her personal mantra ~"Silence is Communication.” Luci lives in West Stockbridge with her husband Reginald Sr., sons Alexander and Reginald Jr.
Devon Lennon (Owen, Some Other Kid) is honored to be a part of this incredible and eye-opening
event. He is a sophomore Fine Arts student at Berkshire Community College, and is transferring for the Fall semester of this year. Some of his previous credits include Tartuffe in Tartuffe (BCC), Abraham in Romeo and Juliet (Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park), Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (BCC) and a Vice Squad Member in Nice Work if You Can Get It (Warner Stage Company). He would like to thank his friends, family for their support, and members of the theatre community for this amazing opportunity.
Kevin McGerigle (Director, The Ballad of George Zimmerman) received his BA from Clark University and MFA from Goddard College. Kevin directs and designs theater all across the state. He is currently the Theatre Program Advisor at Berkshire Community College. He would like to thank his friends, family and Jackie for their never ending support.
Natalie Johnsonius Neubert (Director, Night Vision) is a director, sound designer, performer, and curator. NY credits: Target Margin Theater, P.S. 122, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Culture Project, NY Botanical Gardens, Dixon Place. Other credits: Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Miami Light Project, Detroit Fringe Festival, Bridge Lane Theatre (London, UK). B.A. and M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
Marcus Neverson (Assistant Director, No More Monsters Here) is a senior studying theatre at MCLA. As an actor, select credits include: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Julio), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), The Liar (Alcippe) and Dog Sees God (Assistant Director). He was recently seen as Treme in the staged reading of Hurricane Hotel as part of the Made in the Berkshires festival.
Brittany Nicholson (Elyssa, Some Other Kid) is a graduating senior from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has performed in a variety of shows while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Fine and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre. In addition to her work with MCLA, she been seen on the stages of Berkshire Theatre Group, Berkshire Community College (BCC Players) and Whitney Center for the Arts including: Rossum Universal Robots, The Producers, The Wizard of Oz, Win/Lose/Draw, Cartoon, Love and Greed, A Street Car Named Desire, Ten Shorts, The Liar, Catch Me if You Can, and Romeo and Juliet.
Tony Pallone (Also Blue and Pink, Colored) is an actor, director, graphic designer and writer based in Albany, N.Y. He has previously worked with WAM on "Water by the Spoonful" and the 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project. Additional credits include Barrington Stage, Capital Rep, NYSTI and many more. Love, as always, to his beautiful wife Colleen.
Alex Reczkowski (Stage Manager) is a full-time librarian at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Other times he fills with Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, Artscape, Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, and preparing taxes through the VITA program at Habitat for Humanity.
Marla Robertson (Indigo, Colored) Artist, educator, leader and community advocate, Marla N. Robertson, performs with the Williams College Kusika Dance Ensemble under the direction of Sandra L. Burton and the Olga Dunn Dance Company of Great Barrington. She has also worked on performance projects with artist, Nick Cave and choreographers, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, and Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance.
Gail Ryan (Stage Directions, Dressing) After years of working in NY, LA and touring worldwide, Gail is home in the Berkshires and grateful to be acting in many of the wonderful theatre venues and feels honored to be part of Facing Our Truth.
Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker (Producer, Artistic Coordinator, and Director, Dressing) is a playwright, director, producer, and choreographer whose mission is to empower women and people of color through her work as a theater activist and educator. An award winning playwright, her works have been presented Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the USA. She presently teaches for Pittsfield Public Schools and Berkshire Community College.
Otha Day (Red, Colored): Otha facilitates Drum Circles from the deep belief that rhythm has the power to build community, create joy, improve communication and promote healing and wellness. He works with groups of 2 to 2000 for Corporate Events, Colleges, Libraries, Schools, The Military, Wellness Environments, Summer Camps, Family Celebrations and Religious Organizations.
Jenn Smith (Purple, Colored): "The truth is out there." Jenn Smith is inspired by this production, grateful to have been cast in "Colored," and glad you were here to witness it. She is best known for her role over the past decade as The Berkshire Eagle’s community engagement editor and education reporter.
Enrico Spada (Director, Some Other Kid) Enrico founded Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park in 2014. He studied theatre education at Emerson College, and for the past 9 years has taught, directed and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. He currently works as a freelance graphic designer and director.
Adam Sugarman (Zimmerman, The Ballad of George Zimmerman), a Pittsfield native, is an Account Executive at Berkshire Insurance Group of Berkshire Bank. He holds an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS, and BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Theater Performance. Adam also studied at St. Lawrence University, and completed Shakespeare & Company’s professional training intensives at Bennington College and The Mount. His most recent work on stage was as the Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet with Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park 2015.
Courtney Stewart (Andre, Some Other Kid)
Anne Undeland (Stage Directions, Colored) has worked with Mopco, Ventfort Hall, Barrington Stage, Stageworks, Mixed Company, and Shakespeare & Company, as well as with New Repertory Theatre, Boston and at Theatre Row, New York. She spent years as a puppeteer, she’s performed five one-woman shows, and was featured in numerous productions for BBC radio.