Shakespeare: We are committed to exploring how we can re-envision Shakespeare’s works to communicate to new generations, and new communities both inside NY and worldwide. Our Shakespeare focuses on gender constructs by asking the question: What does it mean to use an all-female cast with scripts and characters that were originally written for all-male casts? (Besides who can resist chicks with swords?)
Manhattan Shakespeare Project presents:
All Performances are FREE!!
MSP is very excited to announce our entire, extraordinarily talented Henry V team!!
- Tiffany Abercrombie: Gower, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nym
- Patrina Caruana: King of France, Boy, Montjoy, Scroop
- Sarah Eismann: Harry King of England
- Clemmie Evans: Fluellen, Erpingham, Bourbon, Burgundy
- Amy Owen: Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor
- Norma Perez-Hernandez: Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor
- Christy Richardson: Westmoreland, Dauphin
- Anna Smith: Katherine, Constable, Bardolph, Grey, Bates, Peasant
- Elizabeth Strong: Exeter, Williams
- James Parenti: Musician
- Director: Reesa Graham
- Assistant Director: Rebecca Maxfield
- Producer: Karly Fischer
- Advertising: Itohan Aghayere
- Publicist: Alessandra Alma
- Fight Choreographer: Alicia Rodis
- Dramaturg: Chelsea Phillips
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Tiffany Abercrombie (Gower, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nym) Credits include–#serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), Henry IV parts i &ii, Under Milkwood, Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Rebellious Subjects Theater), Letters to the End of the World (At Hand Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Training: BFA-NYU, RADA. For my mother.
Patrina Caruana (King of France, Boy, Montjoy, Scroop) just received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2011. While at NYU, she trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has recently appeared as Hermia in Midnight’s Dream, Bianca/Jane in Edges and Ledges, Passenger #2 in Croatia, and Lindy in Rebuilding. She has also had the pleasure of working as an acting apprentice at the Powerhouse Theater, The Broadway Theatre Project, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She would like to thank all of the lovely ladies at MSP for this incredible opportunity as well as her family and friends for all their love and support.
Sarah Eismann (Harry King of England) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. An MFA Acting candidate at Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com
Clemmie Evans (Fluellen, Erpingham, Bourbon, Burgundy) Born and raised in South Wales, Clemmie immersed herself in all things outdoors, climbing mountains in Morocco and Argentina, involving herself in everything from sports to choirs to military pursuits before accepting that acting was her true passion. With an English degree under her belt and a love of travel she headed to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she remained as part of the 2011 Academy Company. Favourite roles include Lenny (Crimes of the Heart), Leontine (The Triumph of Love) and Susan (Woman in Mind). Clemmie is thrilled to be part of MSP especially playing a Welshman! Much love to all friends and family on both sides of the pond, without whose support none of this would be possible.
Amy Owen (Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor) Amy is excited to join director Reesa Graham for their second Shakespearean adventure together. Amy has studied extensively at the William Esper Studio, with Joel Rooks, Suzanne Esper, Nancy Mayans, and Bill Esper; the University of Houston, where she was lucky to participate in several Shakespeare workshops with Sir Peter Hall; and she studied Improv at the PIT with Matthew Love. NYC Theatre Credits: Welcome to the Mercy Seat (Ethyl) at the National Black Theatre, Views (Sophie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Widow/Lord Dumaine). Commercial Work: TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, AOL How-to videos.
Norma Perez-Hernandez (Warwick, Orleans, Pistol, Governor) is a recent graduate of The City College of New York (CCNY). Her CCNY credits include Grandmother in Woyzeck, Catherine in Boston Marriage, Lady Harriet in The School for Scandal, and Luce in The Comedy of Errors. She was featured in the Stage of Fiends cabaret If IT Had a Voice at the Duplex, and she is performing in UNBURDENED, a new play premiering at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Summerfest 2011. Special thanks to the wonderful women in this production and her family and friends for their constant support.
Christy Richardson (Westmoreland, Dauphin) is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of women at MSP. She was recently seen as Maria in Twelfth Night with Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective and playing a Nurse in The American Globe Theater’s One-Act Festival. Check out http://web.mac.com/christyrichardson for updates on projects in the works for Fall 2011! This one is for my incredible brothers– you sat through far too many ballet recitals, so here’s a show you might actually like.
Anna Smith (Katherine, Constable, Bardolph, Grey, Bates, Peasant) graduated from Adelphi University a year ago and has since been working as a starving artist in NYC. She is delighted to be working with these amazing and talented women and this exciting text. You may have seen her recently as Alaya in Sold, Captain Conacious in Crook of My Dreams, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. She’d like to dedicate this performance to her Parents and Grandma. Thanks for all the support!
Elizabeth Strong (Exeter, Williams) studied theatre at Chapman University in Orange County, CA. She played Aaron in MSP’s Titus Andronicus last summer and is excited to be a part of the MSP again.
James Parenti (Musician) is proud to be working with Manhattan Shakespeare Project for the first time! Past shows with director Reesa Graham include All’s Well that Ends Well (Bertram) and Cymbeline (Arviragus). NYC stage credits: Twelfth Night (Orsino), Midsummer (Demetrius- twice), Madame Bovary (Leon), Titus Andronicus (Bassianus), The Mystery Plays (Benny), Feeding the Moonfish (Martin), An American Werewolf in Equus (Stephen), The Rose Gardener (Aron), and the films Anything You Ever (Mark), Gene’s Revolution (JP), and Danny (Danny). James is currently developing an adaptation of one of the Bard’s tragedies, May Violets Spring.
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Reesa Graham (Director) BA in Theater & Psychology from the University of Houston. With a bed in Harlem and a heart from Texas, Reesa is excited to be back to Shakespeare and with such a talented and wonderful group of ladies! As a director, some of her favorite productions include William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer, David Mamet’s Oleanna, Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, and Edna O’Brien’s Triptych. She was also Resident Director of BareShakespeare where she directed All’s Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline. Currently, she is the Head of Play Development for the Seeing Place Theater. She is the former Artistic Director of Get the Gun Productions for three years, while teaching at Main Street Theatre. She has studied with Jose Quintero and Marshall Mason, and worked closely with Lanford Wilson at the Albee New Playwrights Festival. As always, love to Mom and Daddy.
Rebecca Maxfield (Assistant Director) a New York native, is delighted to be a part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project doing Henry V the way it was really meant to be done! Recent and upcoming directing projects include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hive Theatre Company and Gianni Schicchi and Measure for Measure at Brown University.
Karly Fischer (Producer) Karly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Oklahoma School of Drama with an emphasis in Dramaturgy and a minor in English in 2009. She is the founder of Sanguine Theatre Company and her recent credits as a producer include The Laramie Project and The Drunken City. She is the winner of the Goldia Cooksey Creative Achievement Award and has also recently had her New York premiere as a playwright.
Itohan Aghayere (Advertising) is a Candian born Nigerian-American with a desire to be a part of bringing theater to the masses through dynamic graphic design. She is a recent graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and theater studies. She continues to pursue her passion for politics through her recent White House internship while pursuing her love for acting as a MFA graduate student at Columbia University currently in the process of researching and writing her thesis.
Alessandra Alma (Publicist) A New Jersey native, Alessandra began her career in the United States Air Force as a Communications and Information Officer. She served as the Unit Public Affairs Officer at Andrews AFB, MD where she was responsible for VIP visits, public relations and special ceremonies. Alessandra is a regular contributor to several online magazine websites covering events such as the Latin Grammy Awards, Latin Billboard Awards, and Latin Alternative Music Conference. She has a B.S. in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is pursing an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.
Alicia Rodis (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer that hails from the ever exotic Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at Wright State University. Recent combat credits include Young Lou, Big Love, Venus, Brigadoon, also Titus Andronicus and Taming of The Shrew here at MSP. Alicia is the resident Fight Choeographer of MSP, and is a combat teaching artist with Magical Theater Company. She is a proud member of AEA and The Society of American Fight Directors, and is thrilled to be working in the company of such fiercely strong and fabulous women.
Chelsea Phillips (Dramaturg) is a second-year Ph.D. student at Ohio State University. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy with a focus on Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College/The American Shakespeare Center. This is her first production with Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and she hopes to work with them again soon (in person, this time).