The Cast

Directed by Jessica Jennings

Featuring Bob C. Armstrong*, Cristina Carrion, Ray Crisara, Tim Dowd, Aiden Eastwood, Logan Ford, Jack Horton Gilbert, Jonathan Grunert, Daniel Hainsworth, Ben Kaufman, Ian Koranek, Thomas Leverton, Alex Levi-Gardes, Kathleen Locklar, Graciany Miranda*, Terrance Montgomery, Ian Novick & Renée Petrofes.

Fight Choreography by Tim Dowd

*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Jessica JenningsJessica Jennings (Director) has played 18 Shakespearean leads including Ophelia (Hamlet) Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Actress, 2005. Received  BFA in Dance from University of the Arts, and co-founded Elojes Dance Theatre.  Jessica was a dancer and off-camera dance coach for M. Night Shymalan’s The Village. Directing premiers: Touch & Go (ATA); Variance (Manhattan Rep); Dance McCabe (Manhattan TheatreSource) – a TestoGenius Festival winner, 2011; The End of Innocence (Snorks & Piñs, Nicu Spoon); Classics: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet (ATA) – Princess Grace Award nominee for Directing, 2011.  Thank you to Graciany & Cristina; to my family & friends for your love & support; and to this talented cast & crew for your contributions and for creating a world in our sandbox!!! She’s directed Object’s Objection, by Nicholas Walker Herbert now playing with Full Circle Theatre Co. at the Triple Crown; also currently working on The Tragedy of Tupac…or Who Shot Me? re-opening at the Triad in Nov. Contact:  I love you h.b.!

Coral Cohen (Stage Manager & Board Operator – Richard II) is a current student at Pace University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a focus in Directing and a minor in Women’s Studies. Coral has been involved in many theatrical productions recently, including The Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency (Lincoln Center Festival/Park Avenue Armory); We Couldn’t Call It What We Wanted to Call it, So We Called it Holy Crap! (La MaMa, E.T.C); The Group! (Pace University), and The Tempest (Stand Up Productions). She would like to thank the producers, director, and actors for all their hard work, and her parents for their support.

Seth Duerr* (Lighting Designer) works primarily as an actor/director. He has appeared in 32 Shakespeare productions. Roles include: Iago, Claudius, Talbot, Margaret, Chorus, Leontes, Antonio (The Tempest), as well as directing and playing the title role in CoriolanusTimon of AthensKing LearMacbethTitus AndronicusRichard IIHenry IVHenry V, and Richard III. He is the Founder/Artistic Director of The York Shakespeare Company and was the Assistant Artistic Director of the Jean Cocteau Repertory, playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet; The Cook in Mother Courage; Lexy in Candida; and Cléante in The Miser. For The Public Theater he has twice appeared in Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth directed by Moisés Kaufman and Romeo and Juliet directed by Michael Greif. He wrote and directed the first author-approved adaptation of one of Ian McEwan’s novels, In Between the Sheets. Recent performances as Captain Ahab in Orson Welles’ Moby Dick—Rehearsed, touring the country with The Acting Company, Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle for Sonnet Rep, John Proctor in The Crucible for manhattantheatresource and Tupolski in The Pillowman at APAC as well as directing and playing Jamie in YSC’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and directing/starring in the World Premiere and subsequent Off-Broadway premier of four-time Emmy-winner and NY Times ‘Ethicist’ Randy Cohen’s The Punishing Blow. Film: The Summoning of Everyman (Death), The Kindergarten Shuffle and the forthcoming The Jew of Malta (Barabas). He is the lead vocal actor in the new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Dramatists’ Guild and serves on the Advisory Board of Wingspan Arts with Donna Murphy and Scott Schwartz. He can currently be seen in the title role of Titus Andronicus at Folding Chair Classical.

Turquoise Olezene (Board Operator – Richard III) is a senior acting major at Pace University. She has enjoyed listening to the rich language of William Shakespeare, and getting to know the cast and crew.

Bob C. Armstrong*Bob C. Armstrong* (RII: John of Gaunt, Carlisle, Keeper/ RIII: Lord Stanley)  The King, All’s Well That Ends Well and Duke Senior, As You Like It, New York Classical Theatre; Henry, The Lion in Winter, Attic Ensemble; Borgen, Ordet, Handcart Ensemble; Rev. Davidson, Father, Son & Holy Ghost, Surflight Theatre; Alonso, The Tempest, Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard, Our Town, American Globe Theatre; Aegeon, Comedy of Errors, Duke Senior and Duke Frederick, As You Like It, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival; John of Gaunt, Richard II, Duncan, Macbeth, York Shakespeare Company; Sagot, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hudson Theatre Ensemble. Bob has studied with John Basil at the American Globe Theatre and Rochelle Oliver, William Carden, Laura Estermann, Joe Daly and Sandy Morris at HB Studios. Thanks to all who have supported this endeavor.


Cristina CarrionCristina Carrión  (RII: Queen / RIII: Lady Anne, Margaret, Young Elizabeth) Co-founder of the Julii Theatre Company.  NY acting credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Twelfth Night, A Lesson In Blood, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Macbeth, Richard II, The Skin of Our Teeth, Your Own Private Santa, With or Without Capers?, Maybe Tuesday, A Gown for His Mistress, The Agreement, Gangplank, The Ways. London: As You Like It (Celia). Puerto Rico: Nuestra Natacha. (Natacha). Future performances: Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (spring ’12) and Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra (fall ‘12), both with Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective. She directed the Julii Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Othello in the summer of 2010. Other directing credits include Forget Me in New York City and a crossgendered Zoo Story. She will be directing A Doll House for Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective in January (’12). Graduated from Pace University, BFA Acting (’11). She was born and raised in Puerto Rico.


Ray CrisaraRay Crisara (RII: Northumberland /RIII: Brakenbury, Lord Rivers, Maior, Herbert) most recently played Banquo in Macbeth with the Gallery Players.  He has worked at The Barter Theatre, The Metropolitan Playhouse, Aquila Theatre Company, American Globe Theatre, and others.  TV credits include:  As the World Turns, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, One Life to Live, All My Children.

Tim DowdTim Dowd (RII: Sir Stephen Scroop / RIII: George Clarence, Halbred, Richmond) is an Actor, Writer, and Producer from Millbrook, New York. He is the founder of the independent film company Plan Z Productions which is currently producing their first feature length film. His previous theatre credits include: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Boys Next Door, Tartuffe, Fool for Love, and the original production of Jim Knable’s Emerson High with Half Moon Theatre amongst others. He was trained at Binghamton University and Shakespeare and Company before moving to New York City and now studies with Tom Todoroff.

Aiden EastwoodAidan Eastwood (RII: Green, Gardiner/ RIII: Prince of Wales, Messenger) is a recent graduate of New York University where he studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.  For the entirety of 2011 so far Aidan has acted solely in plays by William Shakespeare including such roles as Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet).  He promised himself he would take a break from Shakespeare, but he’s already broken that promise once in order to work with the Julii Theatre Company for the first time, and he may break it again if some kind soul doesn’t hold an intervention.

Logan FordLogan Ford (RII: Bushy, The Groom/ RIII: Prince of York, Messenger) Past credits include Machinal at Zepher Rep, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, The Seagull, Macbeth, You Can’t Take it With You, 12th Annual Flannel Shorts, The Tales of the Lost Formicians, Holiday, and Lysistrata at UNCG Theatre as well as Henry V at North Carolina Governor’s School.  Education: BFA Acting degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Jack Horton GilbertJack Horton Gilbert (RII: Willoughby/ RIII: Tressel, Murderer, Lord Grey, Norfolk) received his BFA in theater performance from Ohio University in June 2010 and moved to New York shortly after. Recent stage credits include Mount Carmel theater company’s production of Rumors and A Christmas Carol and Regroup theater company’s productions of Gentlewoman and Paradise Lost. Jack would like to give an incredible amount of thanks to the amazing cast, director, and crew that’s made working on this production so memorable. He hopes you enjoy the show.

Jonathan GrunertJonathan Grunert (RII: Bagot/ RIII: Buckingham) is excited to return to the Julii Theatre Company after playing Don Pedro in their production of Much Ado About Nothing.  He recently completed The Bardy Bunch, a smash hit at the NY Fringe Festival, in which he played a murderous Peter Brady.  He can next be seen in the premiere production of The Odyssey, an epic new musical from The Araca Project.  Past shows include Wuthering Heights (Mint Theatre), Highway Blue (Players Theatre), and All Shook Up.

Daniel HainsworthDaniel Hainsworth (RII: Lord Marshal, Captain, Gardiner, Exton/ RIII: Hastings) recent New York credits include A Personal Appearance and Much Ado About Rocking at Wings Theatre and True Love with Variations Theatre Group which received the “audience favorite” award in the Avante Garde Theatre Festival. He is also a company member and co-artistic director of The Midnight Society Theatre Company.

Ben KaufmanBen Kaufman (RII: Henry Percy/ RIII: Catesby) grew up in Columbus, Ohio.  He Interned with Shadowbox Cabaret of Columbus, and then went on to graduate from Ohio University’s School of Theater with a BFA in Acting.  Following graduation he accepted an Internship with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati where he served as an understudy for regional premieres of Michael Hollinger’s Opus, and Steven Dietz’ Fiction.   He is a current member of The Drafts, a non-equity ensemble hosted by HorseTrade Theater Group.  He is happy to join Julii Theatre Company for these productions, and has enjoyed working with all of the immensely talented folks involved.

Ian KoranekIan Koranek (RII: Mowbray, Salisbury/ RIII: Marquess Dorset, Oxford) grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia where he attended thirteen years of Catholic school. In 2002, he enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Theater Performance major. He performed in numerous school productions such as Our Town and Zoo Story and also wrote and staged three original plays. Koranek honed his skills as a stand-up comedian alongside a group of comics known as the 955 club. He graduated in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  The following October, Koranek moved to New York City. He began performing stand-up all over Manhattan in places such as The Village Lantern, The Playwright Celtic Pub, and Comix Comedy Club. He has performed numerous times in the show Sunday Night Improv and once had the honor to do so for legendary comedy team Stiller and Meara. He played the leading role in the independent film, Troublesome Man.  Koranek was featured in the promo Man Oh Man, Driver Digital’s Joke of the Day Show, the College Humor Video Five-Second Talent Show: Part 3, and as a cop in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories.


Thomas LevertonThomas Leverton (RII: Aumerle/ RIII: Lord Vaughan, Messenger) trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and the University of Utah. Regional theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Peter (Peter Pan), Midsummer Nightʼs Dream (Puck), Pericles (Pericles), Deathtrap (Clifford), Dracula (Johnathan Harker). Love to my foundation, my heart, my Nyas.

Alex Levi-GardesAlex Levi-Gardes (RII: Ross/ RIII: Ratcliffe) was born and raised in Washington DC and moved to New York to pursue a career in performing arts in January of 2007. Alex has since found his niche as an improv comic and currently performs with the Long Island City based troupe, Improv Nation. Nevertheless, Alex loves Shakespeare and is very proud to be a part of this production. He credits Patsy Rodenburg for giving him the tools to work with heightened language. Past credits include Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wide Eyed Theater Company), and the Second Merchant in A Comedy of Errors (The Michael Howard Studio). Alex received a BA in History from McGill University, and studied acting at The Michael Howard Studios Conservatory. He currently studies improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Kathleen Locklar,Kathleen Locklar (RII: Duchess of York/ RIII: Duchess of York) is thrilled to be performing Shakespeare for the first time with the Julii Theater Company. She was last seen in Cat-Astrophe at the Midtown International Theater Festival, which just won the nomination for Outstanding Production of a Short Subject. This spring Kathleen was featured in the documentary, Get Real! Wise Women Speak, starring Jane Fonda and Della Reese. Other New York productions in which Kathleen was featured are Hot L Baltimore (HB Studio), Play Dead (Stage Left), and Yellow Skin (Wow Café). Kathleen does print and commercial work. She is a student of Austin Pendleton.

Graciany MirandaGraciany Miranda* (King Richard II/ Richard of Gloster – later King Richard III) Off-Broadway: La Barberia. NY credits include: Othello, LoyaltiesThe Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing (3x), Double Falsehood (US Premier), The Servant of Two Masters, Dead White Males, Kill the BidSaint JoanTwelfth Night, The Bohemians, “Shakespeare Quaffers” (Richard III), Macbeth, Hamlet (2x), A.D. 33, On Baile’s Strand. UK: As You Like It. Boston University BFA in Acting (’09) and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Spring ’08). He was born and raised in Puerto Rico.


Terrance MontgomeryTerrence Montgomery (RII: Duke of York/ RIII: King Edward, Halbred, Ghost of Henry VI)  has acted and directed in Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Republic of Georgia’s GIFT Festival, and Off-Broadway in NYC. Terrence is owner of his own production company that develops new plays, and currently has several projects in development including a world premiere of The Story of My Father by Romanian Senator Radu F. Alexandru, This Life a new musical by the incomparable Deb Silver. Recent stage roles include: RJ in Dream House by David Lally, Sheriff Ward in Reginald Edmund’s Southbridge and Dr. Sheridan in The Fourth State of Matter at Theater for the New City. Television roles: Celebrity Ghost Stories. Films include: Awake by Lucille Hansen, Molly by Chris Stetson, My Russian Wife (web series), A Separate Peace by Hind Metwalli and Sonic by Eddie Lebron. Terrence works as theatre teacher and private acting coach and his new play The Way inspired by the Tao Te Ching will premiere in New York in December 2011; Mr. Montgomery is represented by Karen Gunn of Soiree Fair. Links:


Ian NovickIan Novick (RII: Bolingbroke – later Duke of Lancaster – later King Henry IV/ RIII: Berkley, Tyrell, Cpt. Blunt) received his training at the Barrow Group Theater in NYC; he has done big roles in small films such as The One, Conquering the Rose, and small roles in big films He’s Just Not That Into You, Surrogates, and Love and Other Drugs. Ian would like to thank his director and the Julii Theater Co.  Now sit back and enjoy the treachery.


Renée PetrofesRenée Petrofes (RII: Duchess of Gloster/ RIII: Queen Elizabeth) recent stage credits include her critically acclaimed role as Ma in Down the Road at the ArcLight Theatre; Mrs. Samsa in ETNY’s stage adaptation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis; Teacher/Reporter in a highly-praised production of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, New York; the lead in the off-Broadway production of Tom Sime’s Bloodletters (Grace/Sandy) in its extended run at the Bleecker Street Theatre; appearances in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, at the American Theatre of Actors, and in The WorkShop Theater Company’s Will-A-Thon as Mistress Ford (Merry Wives of Windsor), Portia (Julius Caesar), and the Fairy (Midsummer Night’s Dream). Renée was a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s 2010 Intensive Ensemble, has studied with Austin Pendleton and Carol Rosenfeld at HB Studio, and at T. Schreiber Studio. Much love to my family for their continued support.

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