Meet the 'Hitler's Tasters' Team


Michelle Kholos Brooks

Michelle is an award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada. Awards and distinctions include the Susan Glaspell Award for Hitler’s Tasters. Hostage was selected as a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Chair won second place in the Firehouse Theatre of New American Plays and Family Planning was a finalist for the Riva Shiner Comedy Award. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, is a recipient of the The Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Developmental support and productions of various works by Pacific Resident Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, The Boston Court Theatre, Centenary Stage, Venue 9, The Barrow Group, Drama West, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Colony Theatre, The Skylight Theatre, Florida Repertory and Bay Street Theatre. Michelle is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. She is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security. For more information, please visit her website:

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Sarah Norris

Sarah is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. Her directing work has been seen around the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maine & Alaska) and around the world (Australia, England, Scotland, & Ireland). Select NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, 59E59 Theaters, The Flea Theater, Primitive Grace ( Paul Calderon & David Zayas), and The Gallery Players. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama. She is the former Artistic Director of Access Theater (2016-2018) where she launched the Access Theater Residency Program for indie companies and she is a former Associate Producer for the Broadway company, Bisno Productions. She is a proud member of SDC and AEA, and serves on The Artist Co-op Artistic Board. For more information, please visit her website:

Meet the Cast


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Hallie Griffin

Hallie is a New York based actor, singer, VO artist and producer. Theater: Hitler’s Tasters, Folk City: The Musical (Broadway World Regional Awards: Best Actress), In The Soundless Awe, Edelweiss Pirates, [title of show]. TV/Film: Cafe Society. Thanks to Sarah, Mike, Michelle, the cast and crew. Love to my family, kittens and husband. @bucketosunshine /

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MaryKathryn Kopp

MaryKathryn is a NYC based actor, writer, and improv comedian. Recent theater: The Great Novel (NLTP) Sizzle Sizzle Fly (EST Workshop); Recent TV/film: Soul Cycle Sketch (Vice Live), Potion Masters (L&L Productions). Training: Sarah Lawrence College; Moscow Art Theatre School; Prague Film School. @marykathrynkopp /

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Kaitlin Paige Longoria

Texas born and raised, Kaitlin moved to New York to cultivate her technique at William Esper Studio with the guidance of William Esper and Bruce McCarty. She’s worked extensively in film and stage, and also spends her creative time painting for her collection of work, titled “Waking up to Burnt Sienna”. @kaitlin_paige_  /

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Hannah Mae Sturges

California native, BFA Acting degree from California State University Fullerton where HM played the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank. Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy. Originated west coast premiers in Los Angeles and in Florida with Gulfshore Playhouse. Her voice can be heard in the upcoming sci-fi audiobook “Odessa” by Mickey Fisher.

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Autumn Craven
Hilda/Margot Understudy

Autumn is excited to be making her NYC/Edinburgh debut in Hitler’s Tasters. Currently, she’s a BFA MT at Western Carolina University. Select: April in Company, Helga in Cabaret , Belle US/Ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, Feste in Twelfth Night. Thanks to her family, friends and the production team for being so supportive! @autumn_cravens /

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Helen Rose Miller
Liesel/Anna Understudy

Helen is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at WCU. Credits include: Poppy in Noises Off! (WCU), Silly Girl/Fight Captain in Beauty and the Beast (WCU), Nellie Dowling at Unto These Hills, and several student films. Thank you to her family, friends, professors, and the Hitler’s Tasters team for their support on this amazing journey. @_helen.rose_ /

Meet the Creative & Production Team


Carsen Joenk
Sound Design

Carsen is a director, sound designer, and co-artistic director of Rat Queen Theatre Co. New Light: Hitler’s Tasters, The Great Novel. Select sound: "DADDY" (asst. The New Group), Bright Room Called Day: Revisited (assoc. Juilliard), An Illiad (asst. Long Wharf Theatre), The Virtuous Fall… (Spicy Witch), Mary Stuart (Hedgepig), Something for the Fish (CPR), Fiction (600 Highwaymen)

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Courtney Knysch
Stage Manager

Courtney is a Chicago native and company member of New Light Theater Project. She has traveled with New Light to Chicago (SIDD) and Los Angeles (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Ashleigh Poteat
Costume Design

Ashleigh has designed scenery, costumes, and properties around the country, working in Florida, Washington, New York, Nevada, North Carolina & New Jersey. BA from University of North Carolina at Asheville; MFA University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She is a resident artist of New Light and has designed for the company: Less Than 50% (Scenic), Time Stands Still (Costume), Still Dance the Stars (Scenic & Costume), Sight Unseen (Costume), and A Burial Place (Scenic).

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Frances Ramos
Fight Choreographer

Frances, proud Boricua: Started her theatre studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School (2016). Theatre credits include Broken Pieces (Happily Bohemian), Little Shop of Horrors (9to5), Godspell (What Dreams May Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (CITSTS), Uncommon Women and Others (CITSTS), Sweet Charity and Legally Blonde (Dramadanza). 

Christina Tang
Lighting Design

Christina is an NYC-based lighting designer. Select credits: The Great Novel (New Light), Madame Lynch (The Drunkard’s Wife), The Historical Range of Ursus Americanus (Columbia Stages), A Modest Proposal (Cherry Lane Studio), Assembled Identity (HERE Arts).

Ashlee Wasmund

Currently serves as the Dance and Musical Theatre Program Director at Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen in North Carolina. She holds an MFA from Western Illinois University.  Favorite projects include productions with New Light Theater Project, Merrimack Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, the Cherokee Historical Society, and Drury Lane Oakbrook in Chicago.