MEET THE CAST
(Lucy, White Witch and others) Off-Broadway: The Boychick Affair (Penny u/s) Favorite Stage Credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Chorus Line (Connie u/s), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes (Bonnie/Dance Captain), Crazy for You, How to Succeed..., and The Sound of Music (Liesl). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. She is pleased to be joining the magic of Narnia! Thanks and love to Maman for her constant support. For Michael.
(Peter, Aslan and others) Off-Broadway credits include: Pageant Princess, Home. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Jara is also a poet/singer/songwriter and his work appears on his site: Odes and Nonsense (www.21stcenturynonsense.blogspot.com )
(Understudy) This is actor/playwright Steve Brady's first show in Narnia by way of NYC and he is thrilled to be here. Among other plays, Steve was recently Guil in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Alonso in The Tempest, and Grandpa Joe in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Steve has also written two full-length comedic plays and avidly participates in improv and standup comedy at The UCB and The PIT NYC. He is also currently studying with The Barrow Group.
(Understudy) Abigail Taylor-Sansom has always dreamed of visiting Narnia. Some favorite credits include: Mary in Babes in Toyland (national tour), Mina in Dracula (Cohoes Music Hall), April in Company (Little Firehouse Theater), Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Company Carolina), Cathleen in Long Day's Journey Into Night (TheatreVision), and the title role in The Bully (national tour). Love to the family in Knoxville, TN, and to Rocky. www.abigailtaylorsansom.com
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Julia Beardsley O'Brien
(Director) NY directing credits include “The Rise of Dorothy Hale” (Assistant Director); the National Tour of “Gilligan's Island, the Musical” (assistant director); “Mad Forest” (QED Productions), “True Story Project: Faith” (Visible Theatre), and “Clucky, the Brave Little Hen” (Visible Theatre/Stone Barns Center). She has also worked as the Education Director for a non-profit theatre, a teaching artist for various organizations, and is an Off-Broadway Producer and General Manager with Jessimeg Productions. Julia studied theatre at Temple University (B.A.) and Indiana University (MFA program). She was recently directed by Ed Sherin and has trained with, Fay Simpson, Krista Smith and Jean-Rene Toussaint among others.
(Stage Manager) Recent credits include: Hush the Musical, Bird Brain (Drilling Co.), Happiness (Drilling Co.) and One Upon a Time in New Jersey. She graduated from Rider University with a Bachelors in Theater. Samantha is ecstatic about working on Narnia and thanks Julia and the cast for making this a great experience.
(Sound Design, Percussionist) A native of the woods and lakes of Northern Wisconsin, Jim Woolf is a well versed percussionist and audio technician currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Jim completed a Masters in Percussion Performance at New York University studying under Mr. Jonathan Haas, Mr. Simon Boyar, and Mr. James Saporito. Prior to attending NYU, Jim earned a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Recording Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While at UW-Oshkosh Jim studied percussion under Dr. Alison Shaw and recording technology with Mr. Wally Messner. As the culminating project of his undergraduate degree, Jim served as a recording studio intern at Studio X in Seattle, WA. Jim has performed with the Wisconsin Symphonic Winds of Oshkosh, WI and also the New York Repertory Orchestra and Samba New York! Brazilian batucada ensemble of New York, NY. Previously Jim performed in many NYU ensembles including the Marimba, Steel Drum, Percussion, and African Ensembles. In June 2011 Jim traveled abroad to Brazil to study its native musical styles and cultures. While in Brazil Jim studied with Brazilian percussionist Vina Lacerda in Curitiba, Parana as well as visited several other Brazilian cities including Salvador, Bahia. Jim is also currently the manager of operations of Gallant Entertainment Inc., a unique company offering drum-line entertainment for a variety of sporting and corporate events. Notable clients include the New York Knicks and the New York Football Giants.
(Scenic and Lighting Design) Josh Iacovelli is originally from NJ just outside of Philadelphia. He has a BA from Stockton College with focus in Acting and Directing. He later attended the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in acting. Josh has successfully produced for television, theatre and film. He has Production Managed such hits as Michael Birbiglia's Sleep walk with Me (Bleeker St Theatre) and most recently, the smash hit Silence! (Theatre 80). He has also designed sets and lights for numerous Off-broadway shows. His most recent designs include:The Big Bank (St Clements Theatre) Teeth of the Sons (Cherry Lane Theatre) One Night With Fanny Bryce, (St Lukes Theatre) Zero Hour (St Clements Theatre & DR2) Deitrich and Chevalier (St Lukes Theatre) Black Angels over Tuskeegee (The Actors Temple) and the long-running hit, Danny and Sylvia.
(Mask and Costume Design) Tom Long is the director, playwright, and chief storyteller for Friends of the Groom Christian Theater Company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a performer for Public Educational Television, and has served as a consultant in youth work and theater for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, the Cincinnati Library, and a number of schools and social agencies throughout Ohio. Tom has an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Cincinnati. His religious plays and musicals have been published by Baker's Plays, Chorister’s Guild, Hal Leonard Publishing, Hope Publishing, and the National Christian Education Council of Great Britain. His work has won the Christians in Theatre Arts sketch writing and one-act play writing competitions, two Telly Awards, and a Dove Award nomination.