Meet the 'According to the Chorus' Team
Arlene (she/her) is the author of Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League nomination for Best Play) and Gulf View Drive (2018 Ovation Award for Best Production, Rubicon Theatre). An alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hutton is three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission and NYFA Fellowship and currently commissioned by B Street Theatre. She teaches playwriting online for The Barrow Group. In another life and under another name, Hutton spent ten years in the wardrobe department of SNL and was a dresser for several big Broadway musicals.
For NLTP: Sunset Point (part of the Brecht: Call and Respond Festival)
Chris (he/him) is an award-winning producer, director, and writer. In television, he has been recognized with five Emmys for his work as an executive producer and director as well as a Directors Guild of America award. He was inducted into the Silver Circle of NATAS/NY in November, 2018 In the theatre, he has directed in New York, Philadelphia and Florida, including productions at EST, NYC Fringe, the Harold Clurman Theatre, and the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. He directed a workshop production of According to the Chorus at the New Circle Theatre Company. In his previous life as an actor, he received a Theatre World Award. He holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University and is an Associate Professor in the Undergraduate Film and Television Department at NYU, where he heads the TV Area.
THE JOURNEY COMPANY
The Journey Company holds the distinction of premiering the first New York Fringe Festival production to move Off-Broadway, Arlene Hutton’s Last Train To Nibroc (Drama League nomination for Best Play) and co-produced the acclaimed Nibroc Trilogy at 78th Street Theatre Lab, directed by Eric Nightengale. The Company has traveled five times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving Best Actress and Best Ensemble nominations, presented work six times for FringeNYC, three times at the Valdez Theatre Conference in Alaska, twice for Piccolo Spoleto and the Philly Fringe and enjoyed an international exchange with Barcelona’s Project Vaca. Other FringeNYC productions and co-productions include Running, Happy Worst Day Ever (co-produced with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) and Vacuum, as well as The Gorges Motel and One Christmas Eve, written by Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil. The Company produced three Samuel French Short Play Festival winners and co-produced Letters to Sala at TBG Theatre and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Scripts developed and produced by the Journey Company since 1995 are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts and have received over 700 productions around the world.
Sofia (she/her) is making her New York professional debut. Nominated for the Broadway Star of the Future, she has studied and performed at Frenchwoods the Straz Center,and Shorecrest Preparatory School. She helped develop Susie Sits Shiva at The Barrow Group, directed by Eric Nightengale and published by DPS. Sofia has trained at the Summer Acting Intensive at USC and the summer intensive at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she will be a student next fall. She wants to thank her moms for their support.
Dana (she/her) is an actor and playwright based in NYC. In New York, she has worked with Chita Rivera, Mike Birbiglia, Reed Birney, Arthur Laurents, The Journey Company, Cardinal Group, The Lark, New Circle, NYCFringe. Dana is a company member at B Street Theatre (select credits: Constellations, Ironbound, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities). Regional: George Street Playhouse, New Jersey Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse, Florida Repertory, Playhouse on Park, NNPN’s National Showcase. TV: Damages (FX), Ed (NBC), Canterbury's Law (FOX). She starred in the feature film Laura Gets A Cat (Best Actress Reno Tahoe International Film Festival). DanaBrooke.com
Joy (she/her) is an award-winning Actor, Director, and Teaching Artist. Her solo show "13 and not Pregnant" has performed in New York, Chicago and Edinburgh Fringe where it received multiple 5 star reviews and was awarded BEST COMEDY at United Solo Festival. As an actor Joy has helped develop new narratives with NYTW, Rattlestick, Cherry Lane, Urban Stages, NJ REP, Dixon Place, and more. Recent Film credits include: Last Call for Istanbul (Netflix), The Art of Diversion and The Institute. Recent theater: Shedding Load (59E59) Romantic Trapezoid (Theatre Row), Lily (NJ Rep), An Iliad and The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pendragon), Handmaid's Tale! The Musical (Director- Kennedy Center) Parentheses (Kraine) LGBT proud. JoyDonze.com
Tabatha (she/her) is an actor and multi-disciplinary creative based in NYC. As an actor, director, writer, and poet, she has developed both individual and collaborative work at New York Theater Workshop, Musical Theater Factory, Ars Nova, 59E59, the Prelude Festival, Poetic Theater Productions, The Tank, The Wild Project, Out of Chaos Theater (UK), and more. She is a Visiting Artist Fellow with the Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University, and is a proud resident artist with New Light Theater Project and the Resident Acting Company. Select TV/Film: Not Okay (Hulu), The Gilded Age (HBO), Blue Bloods (CBS). Select theater credits: The Bluest Eye (Virginia Stage Company), The Black History Museum (HERE Arts). TabathaGayle.com
For New Light: Ink’dWell, I'M SO HOT, The Great Novel
Judith (she/her) appeared recently in Arlene Hutton’s Ginkgo Girls. Previous appearances include Cate Wiley’s Like Horses (Irondale’s OnWomen Festival), New Circle Theatre Company’s workshop of According to the Chorus, Ropes and Two and a Half Times by Cate Allen, The Lab Theatre Company’s productions of Craig Lucas’ What I Meant Was (NY Premiere) and Arlene Hutton’s Friends for Life at Circle in the Square Downtown, Circle East productions of Mother Bird by Craig Lucas, Wavelength by Tony Howarth, Lily of the Valley by Lisa Humbertson, Berkeley Fitz by Ty Adams, Q&A by Cate Allen, The Legacy by Janet Sarno, Arlene Hutton’s Remedial Lessons for the Samuel French Festival and The Price You Pay at The Duplex. She also appeared in Joe Pintauro’s Lenten Pudding and Paul Wheeler’s Deceptions.
New Light debut.
Brandon (he/him) is thrilled to be reuniting with his New Light family for this production. His credits include Alex in Kim’s Convenience (TheatreSquared), Orsino in Twelfth Night (KC Rep); Lt. Cutting in Valley Forge (First Flight Theatre Co.); Nash in War Words (NY Rep); Brother Boxer in The Amen Corner (Classic Stage Company); David in The Sting of White Roses (NC Black Rep); Pete/John in ReEntry (Actors Theatre of Louisville); King in The Mountaintop (Capital Rep)and various roles at New York’s The Actors Company Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Television credits include Danny in Same Same (Webseries). He holds an BFA in acting from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. For my son and best friend, Gavin.
For NLTP: In The Soundless Awe, meet you at the Galaxy Diner
Ricki (she/her) is an award-winning actress, writer, and producer. She is the co-owner and Head of Development at Nuanse Entertainment, and a recipient of the 2021 All Stars Project/Castillo Theater Fellowship for Young Artists of Color. Recent Theater: THE WOODS. (Pendragon Theatre), birthday birthday birthday (Columbia University New Plays Festival). The Diplomats (The Wild Project), The Conspiracists (IRT Theater), The Yellow Wallpaper (St. Ann's Warehouse, LABAPALOOZA!). Film/TV credits: The Retreat and Anthology (Nuanse Entertainment), Game Brunch (Congested Cat Productions); Diabolical (Lion Television). RickiLynee.com
For NLTP: Pastel Color Ripples, I’M SO HOT, meet you at the Galaxy Diner
Kelly (she/they) is an NYC based yoga teacher, actor, director, and stage manager. Select Theatre: Connecticut Repertory Theatre under the direction of Terrence Mann and Peter Flynn (Sophie in Mamma Mia, Ensemble in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Playhouse on the Square- Ostrander Award Nominated (Winnie in Tuck Everlasting, Phoebe in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Lulu in Cabaret), Pendragon Theatre (Schwartzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). She trains vocally with Bradley Dean (Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, Dear Evan Hansen). Western Carolina University. Coach for Run4FunUSA (nonprofit). Kelly-Mccarty.com
For NLTP: H*tler’s Tasters, This Wrestling Place
Kleo (she/her) is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut. Recent theater credits include Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Pendragon Theatre), The Wolves (NYU Tisch), and Sweet Charity (Cotuit Center for the Arts). She is currently pursuing a BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. KleoMitrokostas.com
IRAISA ANN REILLY
Iraisa Ann (she/her) is a writer, performer and educator excited to work with New Light. Favorite acting credits include: The Wolves (#14, Philadelphia Theatre Company) Blithe Spirit (Edith, Cape May Stage) and Water By the Spoonful (Yazmin, South Camden Theatre). As a writer her work has been recognized and developed by Teatro del Sol, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Sol Project, The Kennedy Center, Yale Drama Series, Latinx Playwright’s Circle, Theatre Exile, New Harmony Project, Vail Screenwriting Competition, and Fusion Film Festival. Proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA Theatre) and NYU Tisch (MFA Dramatic Writing). IraisaAnnReilly.com
For NLTP: Darkroom Series
Will (he/him) is a New York-based actor and proud resident artist with New Light Theater Project. Recent theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Smith Street Stage); Quiz Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Singularity Play, Black Hollow (Columbia University New Play Festival); Jessica (Sanguine Theater Company) TV/Film: American Genius, Go Film Yourself, Hill of Hope, Max and Natalie Live. He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. willsarratt.com
For NLTP: I’M SO HOT, Everything Is Super Great, Omega Kids.
Karen (she/her) received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For some of her other appearances she’s garnered three Tony Award nominations, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Bay Area Theatre Critics, and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards. Select theater credits: Much Ado About Nothing, Six Degrees of Separation, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Sylvia, Other People’s Money, Prince of Broadway, Curtains, Steel Pier, Crazy For You, Never Gonna Dance, Kid Victory, And the World Goes ‘Round, Chicago, 110 in the Shade, Do I Hear a Waltz, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd. TV: The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law and Order C.I. & S.V.U., The Kennedy Center Honors, and PBS’ Great Performances.
For NLTP: Carol of Carroll Gardens (industry reading; Carol)
Krista (she/her) is a New York City based theater creative. She received her BA from College of Charleston and her MFA from Rose Bruford College in London, England both in acting. She has done Wardrobe positions with TBTB, LabTheater, and others outside of New York. She is excited for this opportunity to work with New Light Theater Project on this amazing show of Arlene’s at the wonderful 59E59!
New Light debut.
KIM YANCEY MOORE
Kim (she/her) Recent NY theater credits: The Sea Lady at Metropolitan Playhouse as Lady Poynton-Mallow. Off Broadway: Playwrights Horizons, Public Theatre, Roundabout, Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse, CSC Repertory, among many more. Regional credits: Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, the Kennedy Center. Voice of “Wanda” in the upcoming iHeart podcast series “Supreme”.
New Light debut.
Production Stage Manager
Madeleine (she/her) is a New York based AEA Stage Manager & Actor originally from California. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and a certificate of Mental Health First Aid from The National Council. Madeleine also studied with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators through their Stage Managing Intimacy course, along with similar workshops relating to safety and well-being while making art. Favorite credits include: Sweeney Todd at South Coast Repertory, Heathers at Drew, and East Side Stories, Actually at The Metropolitan Playhouse. All the love to Mama Blossom and those who continue to provide support throughout this crazy thing called life. MadeleineBlossom.com
For NLTP: Ink'dWell
Brian (he/him) is an award-winning designer whose work has been seen at some of the largest theaters across the United States, Canada, and Asia. In addition to theater, Brian designs immersive experiences for sporting events. He holds an MFA in Set Design from the Yale School of Drama and a BSc in Architecture from McGill University. This marks Brian's 13th production with the company! Feel free to check out samples of work and see his adorable son on Instagram - briandud1
For NLTP: Everything is Super Great, Imagining Madoff (Theatre Row), The American Tradition, Life x 3, Hal & Bee, Time Stands Still, Breeders, Omega Kids, Sight Unseen, The Ross Howard Festival: Two of Us and Arthur & Esther, Strange Country, In the Soundless Awe, and No One Loves Us Here
Kara (she/her) is a New York based costume designer. Her recent design projects include Fidelio with Heartbeat Opera Company and Machinal at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Recent assistant design credits include Hamilton (Broadway, National Tours and International Germany Tour), Slave Play (Broadway), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theater Company), and Detroit ’67 ( McCarter Theater). KaraBranchDesigns.com
For NLTP: The End of Hester, Brecht: Call and Respond, Imagining Madoff
Eric (he/him) New York credits include work with Circle in the Square, 45 Bleecker, SoHo Rep, Penguin Rep, The Brick, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, Dixon Place, Minetta Lane Theatre, LaMama, The Acting Company, Circle Rep, Symphony Space, The Flea, Cherry Lane Theatre, St Clements, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Barrow Group, HERE, and Classic Stage Company. Recent projects include a workshop of Another Day by Arlene Hutton produced by Washington Stage Guild, and a film version of David Arrow’s KENNEDY: Bobby’s Last Crusade, now available on Broadway On Demand.
THE ROLY POLYS
The Roly Polys include Jan Bentley (they/them) and Andy Evan Cohen (he/him). Select credits: the orchard (Off-Broadway/Baryshnikov Arts Center), Candlelight (Nylon Fusion), (a)loft modulation (american vicarious), Basement (nominated for two NYIT Awards), Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (Medicine Show). Film & streaming: Less Than Or Equal To (Fair Housing Justice Center), Jewish Plays Project (2020-2022 seasons). RolyPolyProductions.com
For NLTP: The End of Hester, Calendar Girl, Brecht: Call and Respond, Everything is Super Great, Imagining Madoff, Life x 3, Meaningful Conversation, The Property, the hollower, Hal & Bee, Time Stands Still, Still Dance the Stars, Sight Unseen, A Burial Place, The Ross Howard Festival: Two of Us and Arthur & Esther, Strange Country, Monte Cristo, In the Soundless Awe (NYIT Nomination)
Miciah (he/him) is a young performer making his way in New York City. Originally from the Midwest, Miciah has embarked on a journey to build a career as a performer primarily in theatre. Credits include work with Theatre Now and National Black Theatre. Miciah intends to make a mark in the Musical Theatre world and is proud to have this project be a step along the way! @imiciahi
For NLTP: Ink’dWell