Atlantic Theater Company Announces Casting for African Caribbean MixFest
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:18 pm EST 01/14/21

Atlantic Theater Company
Announces Casting for

Free Virtual Reading Series Play Festival

Betsy Aidem, Segun Akande, David Anzuelo, Travis Artz, Amara Brady,
China Brickey, Christopher Cassarino, Ricardo Chavira,
Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Cindy De La Cruz, Dane Figueroa Edidi,
Safiya Fredericks, Chris Herbie Holland, Dan Hopman, Marin Ireland,
Fedna Jacquet, Russell G. Jones, Guyviaud Joseph, L Morgan Lee,
Jasmine Lee-Jones, Michael Luwoye , Kevin Mambo, Jesus E. Martinez, Margaret Odette, Adesola Osakalumi, Judy Reyes, Mirirai Sithole, Bechir Sylvain,
TL Thompson, Marquise Vilsón & Renika Williams

January 19 - 29, 2021

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce casting for African Caribbean MixFest, a series of free readings co-produced by playwright Guadalís Del Carmen and playwright, director and Artistic Director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah, that will run virtually Tuesday, January 19th through Friday, January 29th.

This winter, Atlantic will present readings of full-length plays by France-Luce Benson, Guadalís Del Carmen, and Kwame Kwei-Armah as well as short plays by Jasmine Lee-Jones and Whitney White. Additionally, Atlantic Theater Company will commission Julissa Contreras, Dane Figueroa Edidi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Jeff Augustin for this year's African Caribbean MixFest.

MixFest is an annual festival of new plays that explores and celebrates a diverse range of stories from cultural communities worldwide. Beginning with Latino MixFest (2010-2014) and continuing with Asian American MixFest (2017), Middle Eastern MixFest (2018) and Immigrant MixFest (2019), this festival has showcased a wide range of new voices, many of whom have continued their collaborations with Atlantic. Most recently, Immigrant MixFest co-producer and writer/director Shadi Ghaheri received an Atlantic Incubator Residency during the 2019/2020 Season. Atlantic Theater Company's Asian American MixFest included a reading of Carla Ching's Nomad Motel directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, which was produced in Atlantic's 2018/2019 Season. The company has also commissioned several past festival participants including Carla Ching, Lloyd Suh, Brian Otaño, and Sanaz Toossi .

Atlantic's new play and musical development activities are made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please visit http://atlantictheater.org/MixFest2021. For questions email MixFest@atlantictheater.org.

Tuesday, January 19 | 6 PM ET

African Caribbean MixFest will kick off with a group panel moderated by Alisha Espinosa. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.

by Kwame Kwei-Armah
directed by Reggie D. White
Thursday, January 21 | 6 PM.

Featuring Marin Ireland, Kevin Mambo and Renika Williams

Let There Be Love tells the story of Alfred, a cantankerous and aging West Indian immigrant living in London who has managed to alienate all those around him-including his equally headstrong daughter with whom he rarely sees eye to eye. When an idealistic young Polish caregiver, new to the country, is assigned to look after him, he experiences a powerful reckoning with his past.

directed by Dominique Rider
Friday, January 22 | 6PM ET

written and performed by Jasmine Lee-Jones

by Whitney White
Featuring Amara Brady and Travis Artz

A double bill of new work by two thrilling writers from either side of the Atlantic. In her solo piece, Evening Standard Award winner Jasmine Lee-Jones explores the language of love from 1476 to now. Obie and Lilly Award-winning Whitney White's two-hander is set in a holding room of a spaceship, and the conversations inside start to feel frighteningly familiar.

directed by Danielle A. Drakes
Tuesday, January 26 | 6 PM ET

by Julissa Contreras
Featuring Segun Akande, Michael Luwoye and Mirirai Sithole

by Dane Figueroa Edidi
Featuring Dane Figueroa Edidi, Chris Herbie Holland, L Morgan Lee and Marquise Vilsón

written and performed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes

by Jeff Augustin
Featuring Betsy Aidem, Russell G Jones and TL Thompson

Readings of three commissioned short plays by Julissa Contreras, Dane Figueroa Edidi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes, plus a short play by Jeff Augustin .

A Panel Moderated by Alisha Espinosa
Wednesday, January 27 | 6 PM ET

Hear from experts as they address this question through the lens of Caribbean history and the critical issues facing the African Caribbean community today, such as sex tourism, the effects of general tourism and environmental concerns. Our panel of thinkers will also explore matters of leadership and the role of art in Caribbean culture.

by France-Luce Benson
directed by Awoye Timpo
Thursday, January 28 | 6 PM ET

Featuring China Brickey, Safiya Fredericks, Dan Hopman, Fedna Jacquet, Russell G. Jones, Guyviaud Joseph, Margaret Odette and Bechir Sylvain

Part II of Benson's Haitian Revolution trilogy "Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution," Tigress of San Domingue continues the journey of Cécile, an enslaved African healer turned rebel soldier, and Valentine, a French expat caught between two worlds. As Toussaint L'Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines continue the fight for freedom and equality, Cécile rises up the military ranks. Driven by a dangerous combination of trauma and ambition, she must choose between her obligation to family and their allegiance to the new nation rising from the ashes.

This reading was generously underwritten by Diane M. Miller.

by Guadalís Del Carmen
directed by Awoye Timpo
Friday, January 29 | 6 PM ET

Featuring David Anzuelo, Christopher Cassarino, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Cindy De La Cruz, Jesus E. Martinez, Adesola Osakalumi, Judy Reyes and Ricardo Chavira

Zoila has had her entire life planned and laid out for her by her family and society. She finds herself at a crossroads when she falls in love with a friend from the past. When tragedy hits, she decides to risk it all. Leaving everything behind, she meets two ancestral figures, and together they embark on a journey that makes Zoila question everything she was ever taught.



RENIKA WILLIAMS (Gemma) is a New York based actor originally from Dayton, Ohio. She recently made her Off-Broadway Debut in All the Natalie Portmans by C.A. Johnson at MCC Theater. Off Broadway: The Climb (Cherry Lane Theatre), Sweet (National Black Theatre). Select Regional Theatre: The World Premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Mud Row (People's Light Theatre), Pipeline (Actor's Theatre of Louisville & Indiana Repertory Theatre), Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (Arden Theatre Company), Antigone (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) & A Raisin in the Sun (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company). Television: "Modern Love" Season 2 on Amazon Prime. BFA in Acting from Wright State University. www.renikawilliams1.com. Matthews 5:14.

MARIN IRELAND's (Maria) theater credits include Blue Ridge, Reasons to be Pretty (Theatre World Award, Tony nomination), The Big Knife and After Miss Julie, both also on Broadway, Ironbound, Kill Floor, Blasted , Marie Antoinette, Summer and Smoke, Three Sisters and Cyclone (Obie Award), among others. Television and film work includes Light From Light, The Irishman, "Sneaky Pete," "Girls," "Homeland," "Masters of Sex," The Divide, "The Slap," Sparrows Dance, The Family Fang, 28 Hotel Rooms, In the Radiant City, Hell or High Water, Glass Chin (Independent Spirit Award nomination) and Flint, in which she portrays activist Melissa Mays.

KEVIN MAMBO (Alfred). Actor/Director/Producer/Composer/Playwright: Sheldon on Marvel's "Luke Cage," "Spin City," "Happyish," "High Maintenance," "The Blacklist," "Guiding Light," "One Life to Live," "Elementary," all 5 L&O (!), Film: Second Civil War, Cadillac Records, Nina… , Lynn Nottage's productions of Mlima's Tale, Ruined, Sweat , Junior in Fortress of Solitude, Broadway: Book of Mormon, The Color Purple and starring in Fela ! In addition to his skill as a vocalist he is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (vocals, keys, guitar and sax) and composer with Blaz and the 88 Sound and Audio Deluxe. BFA at the School of Dramatic Arts at USC in Los Angeles, 3 consecutive nominations and two consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Younger Actor in Drama Series ('96, '97, '98). "Flying Hobos" (co-writer/director/producer/composer/swing), NASA Space Grant Consortiums, State Humanities Councils, HBCU schools, NEA and NEH.


CHINA BRICKEY (Valentine) is an equity actress currently based in Minneapolis, MN. This summer she was named the City Pages' "Best Actor in the Twin Cities 2020!" Before the pandemic, she was to star in the Midwest Premiere of Brittany K. Allen's Redwood. Other recent Twin Cities credits include: Lizzie in Kate Hamill's Pride and Prejudice, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet: Park Square Theater; "Smokey Joe's Café": Ordway Theatre and Ms. Honey in Matilda the Musical at the Children's Theater Company. She's also worked with the nationally renowned Guthrie Theatre and Penumbra Theater, and has appeared in various national commercials. It is such an honor and a privilege to read this beautiful, tragic, empowering play with such skillful artists from across the country, and to be a part of this festival!

SAFIYA FREDERICKS (Madame Broussard) was most recently seen onstage as a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing in Hairspray and How to Catch Creation. She was the recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress for her work in Black Odyssey at CalShakes, and has been seen onstage at Yale Rep, A.C.T, Berkeley Rep and more. She has been a guest artist with Society Theatre Company's Cheap Date series and is featured in the films Sorry To Bother You, Bitter Melon and the upcoming I'm Charlie Walker.

DAN HOPMAN (Sonthonax) is a Twin Cities based actor. He has performed at The Children's Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Illusion Theatre, History Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Gremlin Theatre and the Playwright's Center.

FEDNA JACQUET (Freda/Cecile) was born in Boston to Haitian parents. She is a full-time writer and actor in NYC. She is a 2020-2022 National Black Theatre Playwright in Residence, 2019-2021 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow and a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting. Written work for the screen includes Isaiah (ABFF/TVOne Screenplay Competition Finalist), Homebase (Juilliard/NYU Grad Acting), Inheritance (2020 Tribeca Chanel Through Her Lens Finalist), Circus (2020 HollyShorts Quarterfinalist) and Going Home. Written plays include Pefeksyon (Playwright's Realm Finalist, DVRF Finalist, Studio Tisch), Inheritance (Classical Theatre of Harlem Playwright's Playground, Studio Tisch), Civic Duty (Commissioned by Suny Purchase), Gurlfriend and Heroes (Developed as a Huntington Fellow). Fedna is currently recurring on "City On A Hill" (Showtime) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (CBS) BA: Brown University MFA: NYU/Tisch Grad Acting.

RUSSELL G. JONES (Toussaint L'Ouverture) is an AUDELCO, Obie and SAG Award-winning actor. Most recently he was a series regular on CBS's "Tommy" opposite Edie Falco. A fixture on New York City stages since the 90's, Russell is proud to have originated roles in Lynn Nottage's Ruined, Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3, Tanya Barfield's The Call, Fernanda Coppel's King Liz and two by Stephen Adly Guirgis Our Lady of 121st Street and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. Some film highlights include Motherless Brooklyn , Detroit, Side Effects, Traffic & Robert Patton Spruill's Squeeze. Recent TV includes "Bull," "Orange Is The New Black," "The Last OG," "Godless" and "The Americans." He is the founder and Chief of Pedagogy at BLIND SPOT EXPERIENCE, a campaign that facilitates cross cultural dialogue and critical thinking by providing context and tools for perceiving racial inequity.

GUYVIAUD JOSEPH (Bertrand) pronounced (giv-e-odd); is a first generation Haitian-American born and raised in Linden, New Jersey. The Penn State graduate with a degree in Business/Marketing began his training during his undergraduate education. He performed in several theatrical productions including the role of Troy in Fences, written by August Wilson. After PSU he went to work as an Account Executive at CBS News for several years, and decided to pursue his passion as an actor. Since the change in his career he has trained with notable acting coaches throughout the New York area; working with renowned acting coaches Bob Krawkower, Susan Batson and Wynn Handman. Since his first role in a major network series in 2014 (co-star in "Unforgettable"), he has booked a consistent stream of roles. Between filming different projects he began to take on roles in production and has produced a few award-winning film projects. He has produced films, episodics and various forms of film productions. With the knowledge he has learned about the acting industry, he began sharing his insight to coach actors on the Business of Acting. He is grateful to have aided other actors with their careers and helped them find credible representation. Needless to say his world is engulfed in this craft and art of being an actor.

MARGARET ODETTE (Jerouge) is thrilled to be reuniting with France-Luce and Awoye for MixFest ! A native New Yorker by way of Haiti, she has performed with Rattlestick Theater, The Long Wharf Theater, Williamstown and Chautauqua, among others. In 2019 Margaret portrayed Hero in The Public Theater's Much Ado About Nothing, which PBS recorded for its Great Performances series. Pre-pandemic, she was fortunate to star in the World Premiere of Revenge Song at The Geffen Playhouse. TV: "Instinct," "Elementary" (CBS), "Blindspot" (NBC). Margaret will next appear in the feature film Boogie, and will star in the new Netflix series Sex/Life. Education: BA Brown University, MFA NYU Tisch.

BECHIR SYLVAIN (Ogun/Jean Jacques Dessalines) is a multi-hyphenate Haitian-American actor, writer, director and producer who plays EJ on the TNT's hit series, "Claws" and Willie on BET's hit series, "Bigger." A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Bechir studied drama at Southern Methodist University and co-founded Ground Up & Rising Theater Company in Miami where he grew up after immigrating from Haiti as a teenager. Bechir has performed at Arizona Theater Company, Gablestage, American Stage, Summer Shorts, Ground Up & Rising, Gorilla Theater and Theater 68 where he earned a Best Ensemble NAACP Theater Award win for his performance as Malcolm X in the play The Meeting. Most recently, Bechir starred in the theatrical production of The Royale by Marco Ramirez as the lead playing Jay "The Sport" Jackson. His television credits also include guest starring on "Chicago, PD" (NBC), "Better Call Saul" (AMC), "Black-ish" (ABC), "Grace and Frankie," (Netflix), "Fuller House" (Netflix) and "The Mick" (FOX). He was supporting lead in the Hallmark drama The Ultimate Life and had a supporting role in American Zoetrope's Life After Beth. Fluent in French and Haitian Creole, Bechir has appeared in over 32 national and regional commercials. He was the inaugural grand prize winner of the "ABC Discovers" showcase and has won Best Actor at American Black Film Festival. Next, he can be seen in the Netflix streaming series "Black Summer."


CHRISTOPHER CASSARINO (White Jesús). Off-Off Broadway: Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival: Curse of the Starving Class, Blue Ridge. Watertower Theatre: All My Sons. TV: "New Amsterdam," "The Right Stuff," "Law and Order: SVU," "Blue Bloods," "NCIS: NOLA," "The Code," "Mercy Street," "Army Wives." MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

CINDY DE LA CRUZ (Zoila) is a Bronx bred first generation Dominican American Artist and Producer. She is Co-Artistic Director of The Dominican Artists Collective, where she curates and executive produces work by Dominican artists. She's most interested in telling stories that raise the visibility of Black Latinxs and dismantles the anti-black rhetoric in the Latinx community. Most recently she was a top 12 finalist for the Nosotros Organization Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC. Recent credits include: Off Broadway: The Siblings Play (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); The Niceties (Geva Theatre); DreamHou$e (ArsNova); Storm Still (Sheen Center); Our Town (Olney Theater Center); Hop ThA A (Drama League/ Asolo Repertory Theatre); Stupid Fucking Bird (Arden Theater & Urbanite Theatre); Joe Turner's Come and Gone (American Stage); Dearly Departed (WestCoast Black Theatre Troupe). TV: "The Village" (NBC); "Blue Bloods" (CBS). Film: Kilroy Was Here (Dir. Kevin Smith); What Doesn't Float (Dir. Luca Balser /Gummy Films). www.Cindy-DeLaCruz.com Pa' La Cultura.

DAVID ANZUELO (Wise Guy). Off-Broadway acting credits: Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven (Labyrinth/Atlantic); Fishmen (INTAR). Intimacy (New Group). Knives & Other Sharp Objects (Public/Lab). Regional acting: Mother Road (Arena); Oedipus El Rey (Woolly Mammoth). Our Town (Northern Stage). The Motherf*cker With The Hat (Kitchen Theater); Blade To The Heat (Apple Tree). International tour: Peter Sellar's The Merchant of Venice (Chicago/London/Hamburg/Paris). Film acting: A NY Christmas Wedding; A Walk Among The Tombstones; Remember Me. TV: "Succession;" "The Americans;" "Deadbeat;" "Elementary;" "White Collar;" "Blue Bloods;" "Strangers;" "Person Of Interest."

JESUS E. MARTINEZ (Amor) is humbled and excited to be a part of African Caribbean MixFest! As a native New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jesus is a bilingual actor/voice actor who's been in the industry for over 17 years and counting. He's lended his voice to numerous radio/TV ad campaigns, radio/film/TV productions, audiobooks, video games, museum tours and more! He's also a proud ensemble member of the New York based Latinx theater companies of Repertorio Español, Pregones/PRTT and Society of the Educational Arts (SEA). He was recently featured in the West Coast Premiere of John Leguizamo's musical comedy Kiss My Aztec, starred in the New York Spanish-language version of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao theatrical production, and will be featured in the upcoming film Little Squares, and playing the role of "Papi" in the animated series "Alma's Way" (PBS Kids) both slated to be released later in 2021. JesusEMartinez.com, Instagram/Twitter: mrtnz1393

ADESOLA OSAKALUMI (Ssssnake and Orisha Tradition Consultant). Credits: Coal Country, Othello & Cullad Wattah (The Public Theater). Eyewitness Blues (NYTW), Jam On The Groove (Mineta Lane). Film: School of Rock. (Actor): runboyrun (NYTW), Syncing Ink (Flea Theater), Broadway: FELA!, Equus. Film/TV: Red Pill, ICE, Sex & The City 2, Enchanted, Across The Universe, Ibrahim. Awards: Bessie Award, Drama Desk Nominee.

JUDY REYES (Anacaona/Mamá Colón) is a Dominican-American actress born in the Bronx. Best known for her role as Carla in the iconic television show "Scrubs" and the role of Zoila on Lifetime's hit show "Devious Maids." Judy currently stars as Quiet Ann on the hit TNT series, "Claws." Recurring roles include: Lala on FX's "Better Things," Dina on the CW's "Jane the Virgin," Ramona on Netflix's "One Day at a Time," Deb on the TBS series "Search Party," Irene Vega on Bravo's "Dirty John" and Eva on HBO's "Succession." She has also appeared in such films as Gun Hill Road, The Circle and All Together Now, which premiered this past August on Netflix. Reyes has worked extensively in television, theater and film for the last 20 years and remains a founding member of NYC's Labyrinth Theater Company. Reyes is thrilled to be expanding her role in Hollywood by executive-producing an animated video series entitled "LaGolda." Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." initiative, "LaGolda" tells the story of an eight-year-old Latina orphan who uses soccer to bring awareness to a variety of social and environmental issues with the goal of engaging kids to take action and give back to their communities. Inspired by the animation, Reyes and its creator, George Valencia, started the Sound of Gol Foundation, whose mission is to build strong leaders for tomorrow through the game of soccer.

RICARDO CHAVIRA (Papá Colón). A Native of South Texas, Ricardo Chavira received his MFA in acting from UC San Diego's renowned graduate program in 2000 and moved directly to Los Angeles. Ricardo's breakout television role came in 2004 as a series regular on ABC's definitive "Desperate Housewives," portraying Carlos Solis, the husband to Eva Longoria's Gaby. Recently, Ricardo has had roles on CBS' "Kevin Can Wait," CW's series "Jane The Virgin," Netflix's "The Santa Clarita Diet" with Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore and ABC's "Scandal." Ricardo is currently working on Netflix's "Selena The Series" playing the role of her father, Abraham Quintanilla, due out winter 2020. Ricardo made his big screen debut with John Lee Hancock's The Alamo, alongside Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton. He has appeared in a variety of films since then, including the award-winning indie Don't Let Me Drown; and Rob Reiner's Being Charlie. Recently, he wrapped on REEFA , an indie film based on the true story of Miami street artist Israel Hernandez, a victim of police brutality. Ricardo prides his versatility as an actor specifically in his great theater roles, such as Valdez in the Off-Broadway hit production Jesus Hopped the A Train; the lead in the National Theatre UK award-winning run of The Motherfucker with the Hat; Peter Stockmann in the Guthrie Theatre production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People; Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire also at the Guthrie; and Orlando in the Geffen Playhouse's production of The Untranslatable Secrets Of Nikki Corona. If you ask him, it's his role of father to his two children he cherishes most of all.



AMARA BRADY (T) (She/Her/Hers) is a generative artist & cultural dramaturg from Chicago. At the crux of her artistry is uplifting Black women and connecting underserved communities to theatrical experiences. Acting: Bernarda's Daughters (The Lark), Annie Golden: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage Co.), NYTW, 54 Below, Joe's Pub & others. She's a member of Iconis & family. Playwriting: This is Where We Go (MCC), Last Ones First (Crux VR in association with Blair Russell Productions); When We Were gods (Blackboard collective + Kervigo Ensemble); Radio Roots Writers Group (The Parsnip Ship); inaugural member of the Showdogs playwriting collective, and a member of SHECreates NYC's Myths and Legends program. Her work has been staged at The Drama League, The Dramatists Guild, Joe's Pub and The Wow Cafe Theatre. Producing: Theatre Communications Groups National Conference (2019). NYT's Critic Pick, Jillian Walker's SKiNFoLK (Associate Producer). YouTube series, 'Skinny & White' Aren't Character Traits. In This Paper I'll Explain. Resist, check your privilege & then give some space to Women of Color & Trans Folx . Ashé to the ancestors. All Power to all people. https://linktr.ee/ajbrady @bradynotthebunch

TRAVIS ARTZ (Alien) is an NYC-based actor, songwriter and musician. You can hear his voice as Hot Rod on the animated series, "Transformers: Cyberverse !" His band, baby chemist, just released their newest single, "I'll Still Be Here," an astral Americana, cosmic country ballad that's available everywhere you get music. Thanks to the cast, team, Dominique and Atlantic Theater Company!


JASMINE LEE-JONES (Playwright & Actor) is an actor and writer based in North London. Her first full-length play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner opened at The Royal Court in July 2019 and won the 2019 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the 2019 Stage Debut Award for Best Writer, the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award, the 2020 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright and won the European New Talent Drama Award 2020. Other writing credits include My White Best Friend (Bunker Theatre, 2019), Curious… (Guildhall/Brainchild), Dark Matter (Beyond the Court), Say Her Name, Drinking Concrete [co-writer] (Open Court). Training includes Royal Court Supergroup (2018-2019), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2016-2019), the BBC London Writers' Group (2017), The Andrea Project Writing Group (2017), and Soho Young Writers' Lab (2016). In theater, she is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Headlong Theatre. Screen work includes a short community-led film in development with the Young Vic, an original TV series with Motive, and adapting a major novel into a TV series for Potboiler/BBC.



MIRIRAI SITHOLE (Dez). Positive Psychology Practitioner (The Flourishing Center), Human Connection Specialist. BLISSness Founder: @AYEDEFY. Award-winning actor: Drama Desk Ensemble Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Off-Broadway Theater: Atlantic Theatre Compnay, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, CSC etc. TV: "Black Mirror," "Russian Doll," "Broad City," "Bull," etc. Happy to be here; Sat nam. #ComeUhlong

SEGUN AKANDE (Jo). New York City: The Homecoming Queen, Atlantic Theater Company; The Greek Plays , Naked Angels; Anna Nicole, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Regional: Arena Stage, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Luna Stage and Arrow Rock Lyceum. Workshops and Labs: New York Theatre Workshop, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, HBO/ABFF Showcase, New Harmony Project, NYSAF Powerhouse, Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, National Black Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem and Arena Stage. Film/TV: "Random Acts of Flyness," HBO; Burning Sands, Netflix; "Quantico;" Dirt, World Premiere: Sundance; Upcoming: God's Time. Education: Duke University, Political Science.

MICHAEL LUWOYE (Rob). On Broadway, Michael Luwoye gained significant popularity for starring in the critically acclaimed Hamilton in the leading role as Hamilton, after a very successful National Tour in the role. He is also known to be the only actor to play the role of Hamilton and the leading role of Burr in the same day. Luwoye then starred alongside Jimmy Smitts as a series regular in the NBC Drama, "Bluff City Law." In other television, he had major recurring roles in Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" as well as "The Gifted" for Fox. Luwoye Guest Starred in "The Magicians" for SyFy. Luwoye received a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, for Best Actor in a Musical for his moving portrayal of Jacob, Ugandan dreamer, in Invisible Thread. Luwoye also originated the role of Tosh in the World Premiere of Marley for Baltimore Center Stage. Other regional credits include roles in Carboard Piano at Actor's Theatre of Louisville and Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theatre. Luwoye is an Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama.


CHRIS HERBIE HOLLAND (Jim Carter III). Regional: White Noise (Berkeley Rep), The Box (Z Space), 12 Angry Men (Northern Stage), Six Degrees of Separation (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). Williamstown: Tempo, Soft. NYU: Zooman and the Sign, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Othello, Hamlet, Animal Farm. BA: Dartmouth College. MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI (Playwright, Benita/Maria). Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Black Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American performance artist, Helen Hayes nominated actress, author, educator, speech writer, Helen Hayes Award winning playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (2020), For Black Trans Girls…, Ghost/Writer, The Diaz Family Talent Show, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, The Dance of Memories), advocate, dramaturg, 2x Helen Hayes Award nominated choreographer (2016, 2018) and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color. Considered one of the most prolific artists of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), and in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya's Daughters, 2013). She is the curator and a co-producer of Long Wharf Theater's Black Trans Women At The Center: An Evening of Short Plays. Her radio play, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, can be heard on the Girl Tale's Podcast, and her play The Diaz Family Talent Show can be read on the Play at Home Website. She was featured as Patra in "King Ester'' and acted as a story consultant for the series. She wrote Episode 9 ("Refuge") of Round House Theater's web series "Homebound," and was one of the writers for Arena Stage's short film The 51st State. www.LadyDaneFE.com.

MARQUISE VILSÓN (Tio) is a trans masculine activist and actor. Marquise was introduced to TV audiences in 2017 when he guest-starred in a critically acclaimed episode of "Law & Order: SVU." that addressed the issues faced by transgender military service members. He made his New York stage debut Off-Broadway as Beta in MCC Theatre's Charm, and his feature film debut as Leon in Peter Hedges' Ben is Back opposite Lucas Hedges. Other projects include The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish , NBC's "The Blacklist," CBS's "Bull," Netflix's "Tales of the City," Netflix's "Disclosure" and NBC's "Blindspot." As a young trans masc POC, Marquise was featured in the documentary The Aggressives (2005) and is featured in and serves as a producer on the follow-up that is now being filmed. Marquise is a long-standing member and participant of the underground ballroom scene. A force and well-respected leader in ballroom, Marquise has walked numerous categories throughout the years and is a known staple within the community. Currently as a member of the House of Balenciaga, in 2018 he received the Octavia St. Laurent Trans Activist Award, the Masquerade Blue Print Award, has been deemed as a Transman ICON in 2018 and was inducted into the Dorian Corey Hall of Fame in 2020, one of the few Transmen to have had such an impact in and outside of the ballroom community. In 2011, Marquise was given the Eric Christian Bazaar Award for his work with Safe Horizons Streetwork Project as a Sexual Health Coordinator doing both pre and post counseling as well HIV testing focusing on homeless youth, many of which in NYC are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. As one the few and first transmen men of color publicly out in both acting and advocacy spaces, Marquise has and continues to provide a positive reflection for his community, blazing a trail and creating a path for those that follow in his footsteps.

L MORGAN LEE (Madame Mary) (she/her) is an award-winning actress and seeker of light. Her performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, A Strange Loop, garnered her an Obie award as well as nominations for both Lucille Lortel and Antonyo Awards. That production gave L Morgan the distinction of being the first openly trans actress to originate a role in a Pulitzer Prize winning piece of theater. Other credits include National and International tours, and projects with Long Wharf Theater, Musical Theatre Factory, Ars Nova, 5th Avenue Theater and more. She is dedicated to being a part of work centering underrepresented voices on both stage and screen. For more info: lmorganlee.com or @lmorganlee on IG.


PATRICE JOHNSON CHEVANNES (Playwright & Actor) is an award-winning, Brooklyn-based filmmaker, actress, writer, educator, director and the founder and executive producer of God-and-all-o-wee Productions. She was born in Jamaica, West Indies, grew up in New York City and started her undergraduate career at Cornell University, where she discovered that acting and not engineering was her calling. Leaving Cornell behind she began studying acting at The City College of New York (CUNY), graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. From there, she began a vibrant and multifaceted career, which included acting in numerous plays on and off Broadway. She has shared the stage with acclaimed actors such as Academy Award Nominees, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in The Crucible and Sir Patrick Stewart, opposite whom she played Desdemona, in Othello . Patrice also has collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Sir Richard Eyre (former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) with whom she did Racing Demon and The Crucible on Broadway; Sir Trevor Nunn (former Artistic Director for the RSC and Tony Award winning director of Cats) on Shakespeare's Pericles at Theater For A New Audience "TFANA"; Sir Michael Boyd (former Artistic Director of the RSC) on Tamburlaine at TFANA; John Ortiz (Artistic Director of The LAByrinth Theater Company) on Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Stephen Adly Guirgis', Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven, a co-production with The LAByrinth Theater and Atlantic Theater Company; Awoye Timpo and Loretta Greco, on runboyrun/In Old Age, two plays in Mfoniso Udofia's, Ufot Cycle at NYTW; Robert O'Hara on Henry V with The Public Theater's Mobil Unit; Peter Sellars (acclaimed director and educator) at The Venice Biennale International Festival of Theater; Rebecca Taichman (Tony Award Winner, Indecent) on Danai Gurira's Familiar at Yale Repertory; Jude Kelly (Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London and Cultural Curator of the 2012 London Olympics) on Othello; Anne Bogart and Julia Wolfe (Pulitzer for Music) on Steel Hammer with SITI Company. She has also worked with Awoye Timpo on two of Ngozi Anyanwu's plays, The Homecoming Queen at The Atlantic Theater and Good Grief at The Vineyard Theater. Patrice worked extensively with Kristin Linklater (acclaimed vocal coach, acting teacher and director) and was a part of Kristin's acting company, The Company Of Women. She has been taught by John Barton, co-founder of the RSC, Cicely Berry (world-renowned voice director from the RSC) and Alison Bomber (voice coach currently with the RSC). In 2020, Patrice garnered Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for her work in runboyrun/In Old Age, and an AUDELCO nomination for her role in, Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven. Patrice can be seen in the Netflix drama, "Chambers," starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, the Emmy Award winning "POSE" FX Season 2 starring Billy Porter, and "SHRILL" on Hulu, Season 2 starring SNL's Aidy Bryant. Patrice recently joined the faculty of The New School, where she teaches acting in The School of Drama at The College of Performing Arts.


RUSSELL G. JONES (Toussaint L'Ouverture) is an AUDELCO, Obie and SAG Award-winning actor. Most recently he was a series regular on CBS's "Tommy" opposite Edie Falco. A fixture on New York City stages since the 90's, Russell is proud to have originated roles in Lynn Nottage's Ruined, Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3, Tanya Barfield's The Call, Fernanda Coppel's King Liz and two by Stephen Adly Guirgis Our Lady of 121st Street and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. Some film highlights include Motherless Brooklyn , Detroit, Side Effects, Traffic & Robert Patton Spruill's Squeeze. Recent TV includes "Bull," "Orange Is The New Black," "The Last OG," "Godless" and "The Americans." He is the founder and Chief of Pedagogy at BLIND SPOT EXPERIENCE, a campaign that facilitates cross cultural dialogue and critical thinking by providing context and tools for perceiving racial inequity.

TL THOMPSON (Nicholas). Credits: Broadway: Straight White Men (Second Stage Theater) Off-Broadway: Is This A Room? (Half Straddle, Vineyard Theater); Lessons In Survival (Vineyard Theater); You Were Mine (Kane Repertory Theatre); Waafrika 123 (National Queer Theatre). Podcasts: "Meet Cute" (Apple Podcasts); "Adventures in New America" (Night Vale Presents) "Welcome to Night Vale." Webseries: "These/ Thems" (Outfest Now), "Dinette" Season 2, Dir. Shaina Feinberg (NewFest 2020). Films: While We Breathe (NAACP fundraiser for BLM, 2020); Flu$h (Femme Power Productions); Friday Afternoon (NYC Independent Film Festival). TL is also NY Neo Futurist, performing frequently in The Infinite Wrench, an ongoing attempt to perform 30 plays in one hour. Upcoming: The Hunted (Fight the Good Fight Productions); TL is the voice of a new trans character in The Magic The Gathering video game (Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast). TLThompsonactor.com.

BETSY AIDEM (Abigail). New York: Broadway: All The Way, (Tony Best Play), Beautiful. Off-Broadway: Final Follies Primary Stages at Cherry Lane, Nikolai and the Others Lincoln Center, Dreams of Falling Dreams of Flying at Atlantic, The Metal Children and Mary Rose at The Vineyard. Crooked, Women's Project; Celebration and Sea of Tranquility at Atlantic; Stone Cold Dead Serious, Edge; The Triple Happiness, Second Stage; Good Thing, The New Group; The Butterfly Collection, Playwright's Horizons; Luminescence Dating, EST; Perapalas , McGinn Cazalle; Steel Magnolias, Lortel; A Lie of the Mind, Promenade; Escape from Happiness, Naked Angels; Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, MCC; Road, Lincoln Center Theater; Balm in Gilead, Circle Rep and Minetta Lane. Regional theater includes: Romeo and Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; All The Way, ART; Mama's Boy, Good Theater and George Street Playhouse; The Whore and Mrs. Moore, Dorset Theatre Festival; God of Carnage, George Street Playhouse; Circle Mirror Transformation, Huntington; Sweet Bird of Youth and The Sugar Syndrome at Williamstown; Jolson Sings Again, George Street; 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, ART, Sadlers Wells and European Tour; Seven, International; The Miser , Hartford; Miss Julie, Portland. Platonov, Ivanov, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Lake Lucille. TV: "The Blacklist," "Madam Secretary," "The Big C," "Smash," "Law and Order: SVU" (recurring Dr. Sloane), "CI," "Trial by Jury," (7) "The West Wing," "Sex and the City," "The High Life," "The Good Wife," "Nurse Jackie," "Rescue Me." Film: Irrational Man, A Vigilante, Margaret, The Bleeding House, Arbitrage, The Oranges, You Can Count on Me, Motherhood, Music of the Heart, Winter Passing. Received the 2007 Obie for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Directing: A Doll's House Part 2 George Street, Ultimate Beauty Bible NYU Tisch.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director). At Atlantic, our aim is singular-to empower simple and honest storytelling that fosters greater understanding of our shared world. We are a family of artists dedicated to exploring essential truths onstage, be it a show at Atlantic Theater Company or a class at Atlantic Acting School. As a producer, presenter, and educator of theater, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and urge us to reflect on our role in society. From our Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to our community-based education programs, we are committed to uncovering and celebrating the stories of our varied human existence. Founded as an ensemble of impassioned artists in 1985, Atlantic Theater Company has grown into a powerhouse Off-Broadway company. We challenge, inspire, and awaken audiences with truthful storytelling presented across our two venues, the Linda Gross Theater and the intimate Stage 2 black-box. As a producer of compelling new works, we are committed to championing the stories from new and established artists alike, amplifying the voices of emerging playwrights through our deeply collaborative programs and initiatives. We have produced more than 200 plays and musicals including Tony Award-winning productions of The Band's Visit (David Yazbek , Itamar Moses), Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik), and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis ); New York Drama Critics' Circle winner for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) and Best Foreign Play Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); Obie Award winner for Best New American Play Guards at the Taj (Rajiv Joseph); and Obie Award Special Citation recipient Skeleton Crew (Dominique Morisseau), which will play on Broadway, winter 2022. For more information, visit atlantictheater.org.

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