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Little & Fierce Theatre Company Presents

CREATE II

A Digital Reading Series

March 25-30th, 2021

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Alex Might (she/they) is an aspiring scream queen from Ohio and a drag performer. New York Theatre: Raison d’Être (Dance Captain), Pop Punk High (Dance Captain), Psychedelic Playhouse (Andy Warhol), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); Regional: The Wolves (Movement Associate, u/s) and Are You There? (Daisy Duke) at Actors Theatre of Louisville, A Flea in Her Ear (Camille) at Weathervane Playhouse. BFA NYU Tisch. For more info, www.alexmight.com

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Alexandra Szeto-Joe (Eve, 39 Revolutions) is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Drama and trained at the Atlantic Acting Studio and New Studio on Broadway. She has performed in various NYU productions onstage including but not limited to The Wolves (#8) and Cabaret (Kit Kat Klub Girl). She has since taken to the digital stage, with her most recent virtual theatre projects being new works, such as The Legend of Astrophela, a gay, fantasy musical with music and book written by Rushalee Nirodi, and The Inevitability of Sunshine, a short play by Nikita Chernin, produced by Unheard Voices Productions as part of their Quarantined Voices Festival. Alexandra is very excited to join such a powerhouse team of creators and players! 

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Amber Gatlin (Stage Directions/Voice of Alexa, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) (she/her) is a theater artist based in NYC and is thrilled to be working with the Little & Fierce Theatre Company for the first time. She is originally from Houma, Louisiana and earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. Before the pandemic, she was a principal singer aboard the Riviera by Oceania. She now holds a virtual space for female-identifying artists to come together to share monologues and original work every other week and is a proud cat mom.

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Amy Losi (Carly, Deafening Silence) has acted in over seventy plays and readings, including a dozen plays at the historic American Theatre of Actors and “The Cover of Life” off-Broadway. Amy is also a director, playwright, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Four of her plays appeared in recent festivals, garnering awards for Best
Costumes, Best Actress, Excellence in Directing, Best Ensemble, and the Spirit of the Hartford Fringe Festival. Other credits: Broadway Comedy Club, commercials, film, web, TV (Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations; Celebrity Ghost Stories). Amy is thrilled to work with Little & Fierce Theatre Co. again!

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Andres Garza (Playwright/Franco, Boy Crush) 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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Angelique Archer (Lauren, 39 Revolutions) is excited to be a part of Little & Fierce Theatre Company’s CREATE II: A Digital Reading Series! Originally from Miami, FL Angelique is a proud graduate of Hamilton College where she studied both Theatre and Economics. She also spent a semester in London studying with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some of her favorite credits include Macbeth (Macbeth) with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Tour Co. and Radial Gradient (Melanie) with Samuel-Lancaster Productions. In addition to acting, she is pursuing directing and intimacy choreography, as well as a path of advocacy for people of color in the arts. Special thanks to her family for their continued love and support. 

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Anna Howard (Lucy, Henry and Lucy) is a classically trained actress based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with a brilliant community of creators at Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Stonestreet Studios. Acting, singing, and songwriting are passions that have stuck with her since childhood. After graduating in her living room (thanks to Covid-19), she has continued working with creators to explore new projects in a changed world and spent some time teaching virtual acting lessons for young artists.  When she's not on stage or behind the camera, she loves to crochet and read books! Her friends have lovingly dubbed her the grandma of the group. Not to worry! She's a fun grandma who is so excited to work with Little & Fierce Theatre Company in bringing new projects to life! 

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Ben Dworken (Charles, Alice & Caroline) is a neurodiverse actor living in NYC. He is diagnosed with autism, and has spent five years building his acting career in the Big Apple. He has appeared in many productions, such as Uncle Vanya at Columbia University, The Wicked and The Wonderful for DreamStreet, SHOTZ! for AMiOS, and is a big contributor to the arts. He is also a brand ambassador for Actionplay, one of the top organizations in NYC that provides support for people with special needs. Ben is excited to be in his second reading with Little and Fierce, and would like to thank Emma Mueller for the opportunity.

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Carlos Rivera Marrero (Henry, Henry and Lucy) was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. From a young age Carlos discovered his passion for storytelling, and started training at the age of fifteen at the Escuela Especializada de Bellas Artes in Ponce. He also holds a BA in Theatre from The University of West Georgia, and is a graduate of the 2 year conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Carlos is also a playwright, and his play 7 Minutes on Earth earned first place at Team Theatre's Fun Fab Feb Fest last year. Recent credits include: Lies We Tell Ourselves (Labyrinth Theater Company), Y Tu, Y Tu, Y Tu (Artists in Residence), 7 Minutes on Earth (Team Theatre), Just a B'day Dinner (The Secret Theatre). Instagram: @carlosriveramarrero 

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Chazz Padilla (Luis, Boy Crush) (he/him/his) is a New York City based minimalist expressionist director, actor, musician, and writer who creates theatrical works to unravel society, psychology, and identity. He has created a myriad of projects as performer and creator such as An Iliad, Gloria, and Anya Reiss' Spring Awakening. He graduated in 2020 from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama under Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

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Chris Emanuel (Derek, Deafening Silence) is an actor based in NYC and an alumni of The Stella Adler Summer Conservatory class of 2018. Originally from Lancaster, PA where he developed an interest in acting during his senior year in high school, for 3 years he participated in the Fulton Theatre’s YouthTheatre summer program. He has done various works in local plays, stage readings, student and short films. Recently he appeared as The Duke of Burgundy/Doctor in The Royal Social Distancing Company’s virtual reading production of King Lear. He has also appeared in Little & Fierce Theatre Company’s virtual production of Aztec, or The Proper Way to Maim a Crocodile.

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Danielle Edmonds (Woman, Deafening Silence)(she/her) is an actor and educator in NYC and Southern California. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch and an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. Danielle is the co-founder of Little & Fierce and is so grateful for all the amazing artists and collaborators participating in and supporting this festival. Without all of you this wouldn’t be possible. Snaps and love to all! 

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David Mackler (Jeff, Deafening Silence) has appeared on various stages in and around New York City, and looks forward to doing so again in the not too distant future. 

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Emma Mueller (Sarah, 39 Revolutions) (she/her) is an actress, writer, producer, and teaching artist in NYC who is ecstatic and grateful to be bringing CREATE II to a screen near you! Emma holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Applied Theatre. Emma has starred in several of her own works, including stage play Taboo (Olivia) and short films Antonia and Vinyasa Flow. Selected Zoom credits include Blue Baby (Thera), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Prince Hal), and The Women (Little Mary). Emma’s play “judy, or i think sophomore year is trying to eat me” was featured in Imaginarium Theatre Company’s Women’s March Series. Emma is also a co-founder of Little & Fierce Theatre Company, where we create collaborative spaces fueled by compassion for ourselves, others, and the art we create. www.emmarosemueller.com

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Giuliana Mancini (Jessa, Boy Crush) (she/her) is an actor, writer, & podcaster currently based in Rhode Island. She is so thrilled to be joining the Little & Fierce Create Series again, and to be a part of the Boy Crush Team! You can find the fun stuff on any social media platform, @giulianamanc, and the professional stuff on her website, www.giulianamancini.com 

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Izzie Nadah (Teagen, Deafening SIlence) is an Arab-American actress in her third year at New York University. In addition to her BFA in Drama, she is pursuing minors in both Film Production as well as Philosophy. She is a proud multi-hyphenate, an artist-actor-producer-writer-filmmaker-director (also major nerd) who loves to use her training and experience to lift up and amplify unheard voices, and to tell marginalized stories. Her study in NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing as well as the Lee Strasberg Studio has taught her the importance of creative and honest storytelling. She's so excited to share the beautiful story of Teagen from Deafening Silence with you, and wants to send a big thank you to all of her collaborators, especially Mary, her amazing playwright/director. 

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Josanna Vaz (Daniella, Deafening Silence) is a Brazilian actress, visual artist and writer, graduated in performing arts from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She started her career in Brazil when she was 10 years old in theater, working since then. After her graduation, she moved to Rio de Janeiro where she worked mostly in TV and film. She was also an acting teacher and actress of The theater company Nós do Morro. Josanna is currently living in NYC, where she’s been working predominantly in theater. Select Credits: Water, Water Everywhere, Over the Leaves Of Grass, I Still Have To Rise, Ribeirão do Tempo (Brazilian Telenovela), Os Mutantes (Brazilian Telenovela), A Guerra dos Chefs(Brazilian Food Contest TV show pilot) 5X Favela (Brazilian Feature Film ‘O Globo’ named Josanna Vaz “‘The Muse’ of the 2010 Cannes Festival.”)

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Kelvin Han Yee (Robert, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) has performed with American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Ashland, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Huntington Theater, Stratford Festival Theater, San Francisco Mime Troupe, East West Players, Asian American Theater Company and Lodestone among others. In 1986 he was cast in the first American feature film shot in the People's Republic of China, A Great Wall (Is A Great Wall), and has appeared in many films including Milk, Lucky You, The Island, Copycat, True Crime and Faith Under Fire and Destroyer among others.  His television credits include The Unicorn, 9-1-1, FBI: Most Wanted, All Rise, S.W.A.T., Westworld, GLOW, Chicago PD, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Lie To Me, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, 24, Chuck, Entourage, Accidentally On Purpose, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nash Bridges and in Soap Operas.  He has drawn from his own background as an at risk youth to mentor incarcerated youths and bring arts education to public schools.  He will be seen in upcoming episodes of Bosch (Amazon) and Kung Fu (CW).

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Kevin E. Stafford, (Jax, Deafening Silence) originally from Indian Trail, NC, is a NYC based actor. Kevin’s NYC roles include Deletion in The Four Horsemen of the Internet which was part of the 2019 Secret Theatre One Act Festival, Eugenio Montojo in the reading of The Court Martial of Admiral Montojo, Me in the reading of A Therapy Session With Myself and Kyle in the Amazon Prime video, Ricardo and Trace. Some of his roles in NC include Edward McQueen/Henry Middleton in Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama and Scarecrow/Hank in The Wizard of Oz. 

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Kiana Lum (Marlene, Deafening Silence) 

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Kiara Negroni (Stage Directions, The Birthday Cake Play

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Lauren Bourke (Rachel, Deafening Silence) is a New York-based actor and native Texan. NY Theatre: Lazarus (NY Summerfest), Den of Thieves (Duende Theatre Group), La Dispute (Everyday Inferno Theatre Company), Steel Magnolias (Stella Adler Studio of Acting). Film: BnB (now streaming on Reveel), Becka, T is For Tightrope. Lauren is a graduate of Indiana University's Theatre program and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. lauren-bourke.com

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Maia Danziger (Jane, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) is an Emmy Award winning actress whose career has spanned nearly five decades. Originally from New York, Maia has appeared extensively on and off-Broadway, in regional theatre and on film and television. She has had long-running contract roles on several soap operas, including stints as Glenda Toland on Another World, Katie Whitney on The Doctors and Judy Barclay on All My Children. Maia has been privileged to work with such actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Arkin, Oliver Reed, Stephen Lang, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Jonathan Pryce, Ann Jackson and Eli Wallach. She is a founder and former co-Artistic Director of the Actors Company Theatre (TACT) in New York, as well as a member of Rogue Machine Theatre and Theatre Tribe in Los Angeles. In addition to acting, Maia is a renowned writing teacher, having created the Relax & Write process which she teaches all over the world.

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Marina Rebecca Chan (Playwright/Lucy, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow) 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 marinachan.com.

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Misha Mullany (Stage Directions, 39 Revolutions) is super excited for the chance to perform again, as theatre has been her passion since she was 7 years old. She is grateful for the Little and Fierce Theater Company for continuing to make art and bring artists together throughout this past year and is inspired by all the ways theater creators have prevailed despite the worldwide shutdown. Misha is a recent graduate from NYU Tisch's Experimental Theatre Wing and seeks to create art that connects with others and the world. Since graduating she has been joyously creating and discovering her love of writing. Most recently, Misha debuted her new musical Infernal: The Musical that she wrote, directed, and co-composed. When not writing or acting, she can be found learning to cook (slowly) and binging Netflix. She would like to thank her partner, Aleks, her parents, and the cast and crew of this show. She hopes you enjoy!

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Olivia Grace Culp (1, The Birthday Cake Play) is currently a Junior at NYU Tisch's Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She hails from Franklin Tennessee and is thrilled to bring her southern charm to Little & Fierce. Some of her favorite credits include: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (sally), IN COMPANY WITH: A RACING BALLET (Rosie), and LEGALLY BLONDE (Pilar).  She sends thanks to her family, Austin and Lauren, Stefani, and Andrea for giving her confidence and love. She is encouraged by the ability to create art with wonderful people. Keep up with her on Instagram: @oliviagraceculp

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Ollie Philips (Rasputin, 39 Revolutions) is a bicoastal and biracial-American actor currently living in Pasadena, CA. With Little & Fierce, he was previously seen in the first CREATE Festival as The Trashman in Aztec; or, How to Properly Maim a Crocodile. He graduated in May 2020 with a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Stonestreet Studios. NY Stage Credits include Antiochus and Simonides in Pericles (Stella Adler), Vic in Our Lady of 121st Street (Stella Adler), Hadrian in Some Comfort (C.A.S.T.), and Egeus and Snug in an abridged cut of of A Midsummer Night's Dream (NYU/Stella Adler Company Outreach Tour). Born in Portland, OR and raised in Beaverton, his Regional Credits include Maurice in Beauty & The Beast and Florindo in Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. During quarantine, Ollie was featured in the short film 4th of July and did VO work for the upcoming video game Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong. He thanks his friends and family and sends his best to everyone else involved in CREATE II. Break legs and all that jazz.

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Paulina de la Parra (Alice, Alice & Caroline) is a Mexican actress now based in New York City, she started her acting career in her beloved Mexico City, participating in the original cast of Vive un Nuevo Musical! as well as Elphaba in Wicked, Eponine in Les Misérables and Belle in Beauty and the Beast among others. Since moving to New York some of her most recent work includes Tonya Pinkin’s Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn at the #HealMeToo Festival, Vocal Ease (Feinstein’s/54 Below) as a Lead vocalist and was part of the Manhattan Film Festival’s winning movie musical “Plus One”. Paulina is also heavily involved and passionate for charity work, traveling and making the world a more human and empathic one through art. Her goal is to portray Mexico (and Latinas!) in a positive light.

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Rachael Chau (Caroline, Alice & Caroline) (she/they) is a quarantine graduate of NYU Tisch Drama where they studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Stonestreet Studios. Recent projects include Mission US produced by THIRTEEN/WNET, Willow: A New Musical available on all music platforms, Little Things Add available wherever you get your podcasts, and Still Born by Liz Kurtz in Little & Fierce’s first CREATE! Thanks to Emma & Danielle, Tessa, and Syona! rachaelchau.com IG: @rachaelmayc

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Sammy Bluth's (2, The Birthday Cake Play) recent credits include 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and Hangar Theater's new work reading, The Inferior Sex. She has trained with Skidmore College Theater Company, Hangar Lab Company, The Drama League and Broadway Artists Alliance. Her short film, Summer Vacation, premiered at Monmouth Film Festival in 2020. Sammy is thrilled to have the opportunity to work as an artist during this pandemic and is eternally thankful to Maiya and Maguire for their work

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Tania Kass (Stage Directions, Deafening Silence) New York based actor, musician, singer-songwriter and director. Born and raised in Italy where she graduated from the Bernstein School of Musical Theater, she moved to New York to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and to continue her work as a musician and singer-songwriter. Italian credits include: Ragtime, Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Urinetown, Parade (Mrs. Phagan), Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday (Mrs. Peachum), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Mrs. Lovett), Beauty and the Beast (u/s Mrs. Potts, M.me de la Grande Bouche). New York theater credits: Come Back to the 5&Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Juanita), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Shakespeare Benefit (Joan La Pucelle), The Heidi Chronicles (Fran, Molly, Betsy, April), Midnight on a Monday (MITF), 4th Rib From the Right (Director), A Mother’s Heart (Psychiatrist/Director), Ask Joseph (Mother), Don’t Let Me Down (She), Macbeth (Lady Macduff). Web series: Oh My Godness, Perspective (Jeremy Chevilotte). Short film: The Days Before Last (Babak Mehrabi Parisiyan). She is also the drummer and backing vocalist in the lazy-punk band What Would Tilda Swinton Do, and has an ongoing collaboration with Brazilian pop artist Ma Troggian.

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Zack Palomo (Will, Deafening Silence) (he/him) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for three years. In the midst of this world-ending pandemic, Zack spends his ample free time submitting self tapes, sketching, and staring into the void. This is his first show with the Little & Fierce Theatre Company, and he couldn't be more honored to be a part of this process. He'd like to thank his family and his thousands of fans for their unwavering love.

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