Paolo Andino (Eduardo)

Paolo is thrilled to be making his Fringe Festival debut in HERMANAS.  A first generation Cuban American from Miami, Paolo has done Shakespeare plays from Utah to New York.   Most recently he was seen as Choking Man in the Tribeca Film Festival’s official selection Choking Man directed by Steve Barron.  On stage as Orpheus and Ceyx in Metamorphoses (Pioneer Theatre), Esteban in Cusi Cram’s Fuente (Barrington Stage Co.), Palomo in Anna In The Tropics (Seattle Rep.) and as Serge in The Food Chain (The Old Globe).  In New York he played Felix in Suite In Two Keys - Off Broadway, Sam in Earthquake Chica at the first annual Summer Play Festival, and Macduff in Macbeth as part of Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artists Program.  Other regional favorites are Chato in Venecia with Chita Rivera directed by Arthur Laurents, Orestes in Agamemnon And His Daughters (Arena Stage), Nikos in Big Love (The Wilma Theatre), Lillas Pastia in Carmen, and Rodolpho in A View From The Bridge.  Paolo has appeared on "Ed"," As The World Turns", "Guiding Light", "Law and Order" and has just completed shooting the independent film Shut Up and Do It.  He can be seen and heard in spots for Old El Paso, United Way, Verizon, the video game True Crime II and the audiobook Heat.  Paolo holds an MFA in theatre from UMKC’s Professional Actor Training Program and runs Leroy Street Reels (a 'reels for actors’ business) in New York City’s Greenwich Village.  http://web.mac.com/paoloandino

Ryan Duncan (Danny)

Ryan's national touring credits include Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof and he was in the pre-Broadway company of I'm Not Rappaport with Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  In New York; Ryan created/originated the role of Juan in the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz (Drama League nom., cast recording) as well as theAtrainplays, The Ritz, Movie Lover: Dancing Straight, and the title role in Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (TW/USA).  Regionally he has appeared in 1776 and A Christmas Carol (Ford's, D.C.), Side Show (Signature, VA), Hair (Studio, D.C.), The Harvey Milk Show (Source, D.C.) and Forever Plaid (Temple, NC).  Ryan has done readings/workshops with the York Theatre, Stageplays Theatre Co., EAT, Boston Playwrights Theatre Co., Genisius Guild, Musicals Tonight! and the New Group.  TV/Film credits include: Stand By, Sentience, Same Difference, "Lower East Siders" (pilot), "SNL" and "Celebreality" campaign on VH1.  !Gracias a Adri! www.ryan-duncan.com

Adriana Gaviria (Claudia)

is “muy encantada” to be making her FringeNYC debut with HERMANAS.  She recently appeared as Pilar in Sam’s Coming at the NYSAF 20th Anniversary Powerhouse Season Readings Festival.  Regional Credits: Ana/Lily/Juan, September Shoes (Denver Center); Marela, Anna in the Tropics (Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse); Beatriz/Others, Juanita’s Statue (Hartford Stage"VOICES!"); Ms. Jekyl/Iris, The Birds (Yale Rep); Echo, Eleemosynary (Ft. Lauderdale Main Theater); Marisol, Marisol (Wertheim Performing Arts Center).  New York: Immigrants’ Theatre Project; Young Playwrights Inc.; Juggernaut; Black Cat Group; Working Theater; Repertorio Español; Pregones.  Other: NHFA Scholarship Recipient 1998-2001; Fox Fellow 2001.  Training: Florida International University, BFA; Yale School of Drama, MFA. 

Kathryn Kates (Telma)

has just returned to New York after working for over 25 years in Los Angeles. She was a Founding Member and, for many years was the Co-General Manager, producer and acting member of The Colony Theatre, which began as a 99 seat theatre and is now a 276-seat fully operational Equity Theatre in Burbank. As a member of that group, she appeared in many productions including the World Premiere of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles with Ed Harris. She was honored with many acting awards including several for her performance as Ruby in Getting Out. She has worked in films opposite Bette Midler (as Miss Nina in Jinxed) and Carol Burnett (in Beatrice, The Life of the Party). She has many television credits including Guest-Starring roles on Judging Amy, Caroline in the City, and a recurring role on Lizzy McGuire as Mrs. Carrabino. However, Kathryn is probably best known for her recurring role on Seinfeld as The Babka Lady. She is a member of SAG and AEA.

Bridget Moloney (Angie)

is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University where her credits included Betty's Summer Vacation, Fifth of July, Mud and Brother's Comedy. You may have seen her in MTV's Gamekillers, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Conviction or Maria Maggenti's romantic feature Puccini for Beginners.  At Northwestern Bridget was both a Writing major and a Theatre major as well as a three year member of The Mee-Ow Show, Evanston's world famous sketch and short form improvisation group.  She also had the honor of having two of her plays produced at NU.  She is very excited to be making her New York stage debut with HERMANAS.  Love and thanks to her family, friends, Dan and Nicolosi & Co.

Denise Quinones (Gabriela)

Considered one of the “50 Most Beautiful” by People en Español, crowned Miss Universe in 2001 –the first Puerto Rican to win the contest on her homeland.  She also won the prestigious Most Photogenic award at the pageant.  Television: The CW pilot "Mercy Reef" based on the Aquaman comic book series, "Freddie" (4 episodes), "Smallville", "Love Monkey", "Bedford Diaries".  Theater: Dona Rosita la soltera (Repertorio Espanol Theater), Ana en el trópico, (World Premiere, the Spanish-language version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz.)  Denise’s outstanding performance won her significant Anglo and Hispanic press accolades and as result, received an ACE award as “New Female Revelation of 2005”.  In 2004, Denise participated in the workshop of Mambo Kings –a musical based on the award-winning book and popular movie with Antonio Banderas.  During her yearlong reign as Miss Universe, Denise traveled the world as a goodwill ambassador in the fight against HIV/AIDS and this year became the spokesperson for LA Fitness thanks to her commitment to Health. Denise has had extensive training as a dancer, singer and actress, and studied Journalism and Communications at the University of Puerto Rico.  Denise currently lives in New York City.

Monica Yudovich (Lisette/Playwright)

HERMANAS - Finalist in the 2005 MetLife Foundation’s Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition. She has performed solo material at such venues as Rose’s Turn, Dillon’s and Stand-Up NY, has translated copy for the Hispanic advertising market and has written an original sitcom pilot, Juana y Diana. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times. As an actress, she has originated various roles in new productions, such as the world premiere of the Mexican play La Habitación (Kraine), the musicals Ferdinand the Bull (by the writers of Avenue Q) and Election Day (ATA). Other NY credits include: Like You Like It (NYMF), Extremities (Flamboyan), Fashion (Looking Glass), among others. She works extensively as a voice-over artist in both English and Spanish and can be seen on numerous commercials in both languages. B.F.A. University of Michigan, BADA in London.

Creative Team

Michael Cassara (Producer/Casting Director)

is a Director, Casting Director and Producer based in New York City and dedicated to developing and fostering the growth of new plays and musicals.  He presently serves as the resident casting director for the Epic Repertory Theatre Company, the Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory and the Kitchen Theatre Company.  NYC Casting credits include NYMF (8 shows since 2004), The Gig (York Theatre Concert/CD), Joy (off-Broadway) and numerous readings, workshops and recordings.  Before opening his own casting office, Michael had worked in casting with Johnson-Liff Casting Associates, Ltd., Cameron Mackintosh, Inc. and the Paper Mill Playhouse.  A native Clevelander and a graduate of Otterbein College, Michael regularly teaches and lectures on musical theatre and entertainment industry topics in New York City and throughout the world.   http://www.michaelcassara.net

Chloe Chapin (Costume Designer)

In New York, Chloe has designed costumes for Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (The Culture Project), Harvest (La Mama), and Oh, No You Don’t! and Another Country Heard From (The 52nd St. Project). Recently, she has designed Romeo & Juliet (Princeton University), The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Yale Repertory Theater); Uncle Vanya, The Lonesome West, Love’s Labours Lost (Yale School of Drama); and Ophelia, Funeral Games, The Water Engine, Phaedra’s Love, Unwrap Your Candy (Yale Cabaret).  A native of Santa Cruz, CA, Chloe has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. In Seattle, she designed costumes for The Empty Space, Book-It Repertory Theater, the Seattle Film Festival, Northwest Asian-American Theater, Freehold Theater Lab and Theater Schmeater. Chloe has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Chloe’s designs can also be seen in the FringeNYC show The Delicate Business of Boy and Miss Girl.

Alex Goldberg (Producer, Changuitos Productions)

is glad to be back at FringeNYC after acting in This Isn’t Working with Rule of 3 Productions (FringeNYC 2005).  Other acting credits include WIT (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Macbeth (Arena Stage), I Am At My Best… (AndHow! Theatre Co.), and Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Hudson).  Writing credits include the musical Election Day (book and co-lyrics, American Theatre of Actors) and the new play I’m In Love With Your Wife which will run in the fall of 2006.  He directed the feature-length film Today Will Be Yesterday Tomorrow featuring Billy Dee Williams.  He continues to write and perform improv with Kundalini Komedy and sketch with FEARSOME, winner of the Vital Funny Sketch Comedy competition,  and performer at comedy festivals in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon.  www.fearsomecomedy.com

Amanda-Mae Goodridge (Stage Manager)

AEA, is very excited to be a part of both the NYCFringe and HERMANAS.  A member of the theatre community for the majority of her life, she began acting at the young age of 8.  After graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she continued to work as an actor for a couple of years while slowly finding here way back stage. Once on the dark side, she has stayed. She has Stage Managed national tours of A Christmas Carol and Play to Win:  the Jackie Robinson Story for Theatreworks/USA, and was the spot light operator for their award-winning off-broadway  production of Junie B. Jones at the Lucille Lortel. She has also worked as a board operator for productions with Roots and Branches, a theatre company that joins together senior citizens and young, graduating acting students here in the city where they annually collaborate and create a production. Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and inspiration.

Carl Hurvich (Assistant Director)

recently returned to New York after serving as Dramaturgy Intern for the Goodman Theatre and Production Assistant for About Face Theatre, both in Chicago. Carl is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in English and LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, where he was the recipient of the Daryl Roth and Jamie Leroy Award for achievement in theater. 

Melissa Jernigan (Assistant Director)

graduated from California State University, in June 2005, with a degree in Technical theatre and recently relocated to New York City.  She worked for California Musical Theatre for three years as the head sound assistant and was also lucky enough to be a Production Assistant for the Pre-Broadway tour of Lennon in April 2005.  She stage managed and designed for over 15 shows while at Sacramento State and most recently, in New York, worked as a Production Assistant for MTC's production of Beauty of the Father.

Bryan Keller (Lighting Designer)

Recent designs include Blood Wedding with Woodshed Collective, Two Rooms with Checkpoint Productions, The Cherry Orchard with CaracasNewYork, Lobby Hero at Portland Stage Co, Comedy of Errors at Yale Repertory Theatre,  Trojan Women at Dryfoos, Romeo and Juliet at SPI,  Arms of Baby Jesus at Abingdon, The Skin of Our Teeth, at YSD, and many premiers including Dance of the Holy Ghost, Alice Eat Your Words, Mirror, Mirror, and Jesus Moonwalks on the Mississippi, Psyche in Love, The Home, Klytemnestra’s Unmentionables, and others by playwrights such as Marcus Gardley, Wendy Wasserstein, David Henry Hwang, Alena Smith, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michele Rittenhouse, Bradford Louryk, and Jamie O’Brien.  Recent assistant work includes Michael John LaChiuisa’s Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center and Paul Taylor at City Center.  Bryan dance credits include the Resident Associate at Kaatsbaan Center for International Dance.  Bryan received his MFA from Yale University.

Robin Vest (Set Designer)

NYC Credits include:  Mario and The Magician with Center for Contemporary Opera, Acts of Mercy and God Hates the Irish with Rattlestick, The Darker Face of the Earth at ATA with TWAS, The Penetration Play with13P, Get What You Need with Atlantic 453/Atlantic Theater Company, Of a White Christmas with Clubbed Thumb, The Tempest, The Cherry Orchard, at Columbia University,  Regional Credits: God's Man in Texas, String of Pearls, and Yellowman at Playmaker’s Repertory Company, Brother Wolf, Dracula, The Rainmaker, Mirandolina (Triad Stage),  Resident Designer of Janiec Opera Company for four seasons, Also Yale Rep, Dallas Theater Center, and Williamstown Theater Festival, Upcoming projects include a new co-production of Ariadne auf Naxos with Utah Opera and Vancouver Opera. www.robindvest.smugmug.com

Claudia Zelevansky (Director)

recently directed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, having just moved back to New York after teaching at Oberlin College, where she served as a both a Visiting Professor and Guest Director. Previous to that, she enjoyed a three-season stint as Associate Director of Dallas Theater Center, where she directed productions of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Be Aggressive by Annie Weisman, and Blur by Melanie Marnich. While at DTC, Claudia produced a play development series called Fresh Ink, for which she also directed work by playwrights Brighde Mullins and Hilary Bell. Claudia directed The Laramie Project for Actor’s Express Theatre (Atlanta) in and its remount at The Alliance Theatre the following season. She was the 1996 Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, and has worked at The Public Theater, Ars Nova/Underwood, the 52nd Street Project, Dixon Place, and The Flea Theatre in New York City as well as at the Echo Theatre Company in Los Angeles. In addition to Oberlin, Claudia has taught at Yale University, Northwestern University, Dallas Theater Center and as a Teaching Artist for Theatre for a New Audience. Education: Northwestern University (BSS, Performance Studies); Yale University (MFA, Directing.)