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Little & Fierce Theatre Company Presents


A Digital Reading Series

March 25-30th, 2021

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Jordan Hurley is in her third year studying drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  In the Playwrights Horizons Theater School she has been growing as an actor, writer, director, mover, and all-around theatre artist.  Aside from creating and consuming art, Jordan likes to spend her time running, studying Italian, and scooping furniture off the street for the apartment she now shares with her best friend.

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Sabrina D’Andrea is a theatre artist from Colorado who holds a BA in Theatre Performance from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She is currently living in New York City and while taking a year off of her training at Stella Adler’s Acting Conservatory, is exploring directing opportunities in the city. This will be her first time working with Little & Fierce Theatre Company. 

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Syona Varty (she/they) is an actor, director, & writer. She was born in the USA to Indian parents & lives in New York City. After earning her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Syona co-founded Imaginarium Theatre Company, a non-profit dedicated to inclusion, sustainability, and social justice. Syona is excited to direct Alice & Caroline for Little and Fierce Theatre Co.

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Maddie Jewell is a director, actor, and collaborator based out of New York! Relevant zoom credits include and are limited to Macbeth in Macbeth. She is no stranger to a crush and is excited to help represent this unfortunate and exhilarating phenomenon on a screen near you!

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Andres Garza is the type of person that would give you two thumbs up for any performance, if only he wasn’t missing one of those thumbs. Raised in the great little nowhere that is Kyle, Texas, he attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a BFA in Drama and two minors in Creative Writing and Child Psychology. While at Tisch, he acted in numerous productions at the Stella Adler Studio, including a traveling production of A Midsummer Nights dream that was taken to schools and prisons across the city. He also has served on many writing teams, premiering “Safety Net”  at Tisch with Playwright Young Jean Lee and “Graphite” at Theater for a New City with the incredible Affirmation Theater Company. He is excited to share this piece with you, so much so that he probably won’t sleep the night before. 

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maguire wilder is an Atlanta born, who-knows-where based writer and director. her playwriting work has been seen at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, and Theaterlab NYC. she is deeply interested in female driven stories, dreamscapes, and caterpillars (especially the fuzzy ones). she's recently noticed that the thing all of her plays seem to be seeking is freedom. maguire is currently working towards her BFA in drama from NYU Tisch with a minor in social work. 

Jordan Hurley 

Playwright - Henry and Lucy

Sabrina D'Andrea

Director - Henry and Lucy

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Tessa Barcelo (she/they) is a nationally acclaimed writer, performer, and activist from Andover, Massachusetts. She writes for a variety of mediums, including musicals, novels, short stories, and songs. At 17, Tessa has won the National Endowment for the Arts and American Theatre Wing's 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge and been considered for a Grammy nomination. Their music can be found on most streaming platforms and you can find them on social media at @tessabarcelo.

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Playwright - Alice & Caroline

Syona Varty

Director - Alice & Caroline

Andres Garza

Playwright - Boy Crush

maguire wilder

Playwright - The Birthday Cake Play, 

or How to Grow Up, or How to Digest

Madeline Jewell

Director - Boy Crush

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Maiya Pascouche

Director - The Birthday Cake Play, 

or How to Grow Up, or How to Digest

Maiya Pascouche (she/her) is a theater director-actor-adaptor. Originally from Connecticut, she has found her true home in the multifarious neighborhoods of New York City. Her work strives to challenge the heterotypical, male driven narrative commonly found in a theatrical setting by placing women and LGBTQIA+ characters at the forefront of her pieces. She continues to test the boundaries of theatricality through sonic and gestural world building to serve these narratives. The best collaborative work would not exist without a team of brilliant makers with a collective unquenchable need for truth and empathy. It is the vulnerable act of making theater that keeps her alive.

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Currently studying acting and dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mary Cecilia Walker has played roles stretching from Shakespeare to Susan Lori-Parks, working with both student artists and professionals within New York and Barbados, where she was born and raised. As an actor/writer/director/producer, Mary Cecilia is committed to telling stories about under/misrepresented voices such as women of color and immigrants. She’s always happiest working on new projects and with new collaborators, exploring the human experience and spreading empathy. Recently, Mary Cecilia has worked with groups such as Broke People Play Festival at NYU and Luna Stage, a theatre based in New Jersey. 

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Playwright & Director - Deafening Silence

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Marina Rebecca Chan

Playwright - Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Marina Rebecca Chan is a Brooklyn-based playwright (Dramatists Guild member), performer and producer, with an eye toward advancing representation and telling stories that speak to the avant garde nature of our times—indeed, the more time passes, the more life seems surreal and absurd! A graduate of Columbia University with a Drama & Theatre Arts major and playwriting concentration, Marina went on to conceive and produce the Asian Americans in Theatre: Art and Activism panel discussion series at Asia Society and Barnard College, involving theater scholars and professionals examining issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Marina is excited to be working with Little & Fierce Theatre Company to debut her Covid play while we’re (sadly) still in the thick of it. You can learn more about her creative work at

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Vanessa Lancellotti is currently a graduate candidate at NYU Steinhardt, studying Educational Theatre and English Education with the intent of working as an educator. Vanessa earned her BA in English and Theatre from Muhlenberg College in 2010 and has worked as a teaching artist, director and administrator. Her directing style focuses on physically-engaged, ensemble-driven performance. Memorable directing credits include: The Dolan Twins' 4oU Tour (Mills Entertainment), Architecture, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, and Almost Adults. Vanessa has served as an assistant director at McCarter Theatre Center, Fiasco Theater, and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.

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Director - Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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Cara Hinh (she/they) is a mixed Asian-American, fat, queer, director, educator and collaborator originally from Indiana.  As the daughter of a refugee, she is drawn to stories of diaspora: creating a bridge between otherness and belonging. Recently Cara was a directing apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the SDC Observer on Hadestown with Rachel Chavkin, a founding member of the Asian Pasifika Arts Collective and Learning and Social Accountability Fellow at Baltimore Center Stage.

Alex Lin (she/her/hers) is an award-nominated Asian-American playwright and ex-STEM kid from Bergen County, New Jersey. Her plays have been workshopped and produced with Women's Theatre Festival, ICKIpedia podcasts, Take Sweet Action, The Rude Mechanicals, Miami University, Actors Theatre of Louisville (PTC), University of Idaho, and Pace University. She is a 2020 Ashland New Plays Festival Finalist and a 2020 ScreenCraft Quarterfinalist. Lin is also an inaugural member of the Asian American Arts Alliance Virtual Residency and The COOP's ClusterF*CK writers group. Forever a literal alien, Lin is a producer and journalist at Supercluster, the frontline space media agency founded by A24 Films, where she's worked with current and former astronauts, NASA executive leadership, SpaceX, Boeing, Netflix, Apple TV+, and other commercial spaceflight entities to bridge the gap between real-life scientific discovery and the popular culture it influences.

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Cara Hinh

Director - 39 Revolutions

Alex Lin

Playwright - 39 Revolutions

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