"New York City can be a lonely place, and having a community is very important for young artists trying to make it in the Big Apple. The Monsterpiece Artists Collective is not just a community; it is also a home. MPAC is a group of like minded artists who discuss, learn, and create together without the pressure of "the business". MPAC is a community that I can always come home to." -Katia Haeuser
Jacob Banser, an alumnus of The William Esper Studio, has been acting in New York City for the past seven years. He has performed in three Monsterpiece shows, and has been an active member of the company since 2012. You can also see him in an upcoming film titled The Chair. He is very excited to participate in Battle of the Bard and looks forward to the work ahead.
Vance Clemente is thrilled to be apart of this talented company! Recent theatre roles include the title role in Tartuffe, Costard in Love's Labour's Lost, Gravedigger in A Gravedigger's Tale and Joel in Beautiful Noises. (Recent Film) Lead roles, as Mr. Wheeler in Ernest Hemingway's Homage to Switzerland (Euro Film Festival, Golden Sun Film Festival), Jesus in Heysoos (Hoboken International and Golden Door Festivals) and Leo in the upcoming feature, Thorns for Flowers (facebook). Love to my beloved daughter Lana, family and friends.
Charlie Coursey is a Brooklyn based actor originally from Connecticut. Previous credits include Bacchic (In the Water Theatre Company), Boogie Club (Rhapsody Collective), Hamlet (Monsterpiece Theatre Collective), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Classic Repertory Company). Charlie has a BFA in Acting from Boston University.
Jessica Booker Detty is originally from Indiana. She attended Ball State University where she majored in Design Technology for the Theater with a Minor in Dance. Since graduating in 2012, she has been living and working in the city. Some favorite past roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and the Drunken Nurse in The Nutcracker. She sends a special thanks to her parents for always believing and her husband, John, because that is required by law.
John Detty is a monster originally from Dayton, Ohio. After earning his BFA in Acting (emphasis on musical theatre), he moved to New York in 2012. Since then, John has been working in the city on both stage and screen, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (Directed by Monster Anthony). You may recognize him from features on "Gossip Girl", "Blue Bloods", "30 Rock", and the upcoming second season of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Some other theatre credits include The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Claudio (Much Ado), Sparky (Plaid Tidings), and Captain Hammer (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). When not performing, John makes and models superhero/pop culture costumes through his cosplay page, Detty Cosplay www.facebook.com/dettycosplay. John is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and Sag-Aftra.
Clemmie Evans, a Welsh native, has been working in New York since graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some role highlights include Alice (The New Morality), Tilly(The Report), Masha (The Seagull), Natasha (Three Sisters), Fluellen (Henry V), Mrs Cheveley (An Ideal Husband) and of course Lady Bracknell for MPTC's The Importance of Being Earnest. She has performed with many companies including Punchdrunk, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, Red Monkey Theatre Group and Sink or Swim Rep and can be seen in the recently released movie Freedom, the current season of Louie on FX and in Brichbox holiday commercial airing this month. www.clemmieevans.com
Zack Krajnyak has been a very happy Monster since 2014, when he played Algernon in MPTC's production of The Importance of Being Earnest - one of his favorite experiences to date! Other credits include Titus Andronicus (Demetrius), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Candide (Don Isachaar), Oh What a Lovely War! (The Emcee), As You Like It(Oliver), and Fiorello! (Neil). Recently, Zack played Sam in the professional regional premiere of Ghost: The Musical at The Media Theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt and has sung at Radio City Music Hall and Yankee Stadium. Zack is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.zack-krajnyak.com
Aimee Marcelle is originally from Maine, but has made her way to New York via Boston, London, and upstate. She spent her undergraduate years at Ithaca College and moved to the city to attend the American Academy for Dramatic Arts. Since graduating a handful of years ago from AADA Aimee has been consistently working, predominantly in Shakespearean productions and especially with Monsterpiece. She was cast in their production of 'Hamlet' early in 2015 and has since loved working with the group. Aimee is also a member of Shakespeare Society of NYC's Ambassador program. The Society holds events / talks/ lectures that delve into all aspects of his works, from opera to literature to (of course) theatre.
In 2013 Aimee was awarded the Best Actress award for the Fresh Fruit Festival's production of 'Recruiting 101' and she premiered as the lead in a new play called 'Red Valley' at the 45th St. Theatre.
Romeo & Juliet (Juliet); Hamlet (Ophelia); Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice); Hamlet (Rosencrantz, Marcellus, 1st Gravedigger); As You Like It (Touchstone, Silvius, Charles, Amiens) www.aimeemarcelle.wix.com/aimeemarcelle www.facebook.com/aimeemarcellegerow
Sarah Quigley is an actress based in Brooklyn with a lengthy background in classical theatre. Originally from Seattle, she has lived all over the world from Spain to Oregon, speaks a few different languages, and has a deep reverence for Shakespeare's language. Her favorite Monster role was playing Brutus in the fierce all female production of Julius Caesar. To find out more, take a look at her website: www.sarahjulietquigley.com
Kaitlyn Schirard is very excited to be working in rep with such a fantastic company. A Florida transplant and graduate of Rollins College, she couldn't think of a better way to kick off 2016. By day, Kaitlyn is a passionate teaching artist with Stages On The Sound. By night, she's an even more passionate performer. Some of her favorite roles include playing Mary Shelley in the premier of Mary's Little Monster, her role in Milk Meetings where she won the award for best actress in the Ophelia Short Play Festival, as well as Rosalind in As You Like It, Richard II in Richard II, and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Robert Tarushka Born, bred, and educated in the New Hampshire wilderness, Robert has performed in a little bit of everything from Euripides to movement based devised pieces. In addition to his acting work, Robert is a performer, director, and teaching artist through mainstages as well as a freelance graphic designer and the co-founder of Dawn Overdue Productions. He also enjoys using terrible accents in everyday life just to see who he can fool. It's usually no one. www.roberttarushka.com
Elizabeth A. Ramirez Monsterpiece resident stage manager holds a B.A. in Speech & Theatre (St. Lawrence University). Other credits: Bread & Puppet Theatre, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Revels, Inc., Longwood Players, Artbarn Community Theatre, Jerie Clowes' production of Second Lady, NYC’s TheatreRats, Underling Productions, & Dysfunctional Theatre Company. Elizabeth was also a NativeAliens Theatre Collective (NYC) Board Member from 2003-2006. With Monsterpiece Theater Collective she has stage managed Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, Moldavia-on-Hudson & Hamlet. Liza is very happy to be a part of this amazing team of Monsterz and looks forward to each adventure we have planned next
Siobhan Santini has been in love with the stage and the performing arts since she was a youngin'. She danced for the School of American Ballet in her younger years and studied Theater throughout high school and college. Currently an Associate House Manager for a theater on 42nd Street. She is always expressing herself creatively whether it be on stage, through painting, drawing, or writing. Special Effects makeup, and character customization and creation is her hobby and passion, which can be seen in several Monsterpiece productions along with her set design. She is now happily a board member of this awesome collective and can't wait to see what new things she can help create.