2017-2018 U.S. National Tour
William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
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Lewis Brown is a London born actor of dual British and Caribbean heritage. He moved to Manchester to train at the Manchester School of Theatre, UK, where he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Bursary Award, before returning to his hometown to work as an actor. Lewis has worked across the UK and Europe. Most recently he joined an international cast in an exciting piece of new writing, The Legendary Children in the House of Fierce (Stitching Art.1/Team Angelica) a story of the homeless LGBT community in New York. This will be Lewis’ first time ‘treading the boards’ across the pond in the United States and is both honoured and excited by the opportunity. Other recent credits include; Nataniel, At the Feet of Jesus (Theatre Royal Stratford) and Pericles, Pericles (Uncanny Arts/Titchfield Festival Theatre). Credits whilst training include; Jacob, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, Sister, Breznev’s Children and Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Lauren Drennan studied at the University of Exeter gaining her BA in Drama. She then went on to train for her MA at East 15 Acting School. Since graduating in 2015 she has been working with the Young Shakespeare Company touring both The Tempest, where she played Miranda/Ariel and Hamlet, playing Ophelia. Lauren is delighted to be joining Aquila Theatre for their Fall tour. @ljdrennan
Tyler La Marr served as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps from ’04-’10 and served two tours in Iraq (’06 – ’08). He began pursuing his acting career in 2009 while still in the Marines by taking classes and acting in multiple independent films in the Maryland area. After finishing his contract in the Corps he then headed to New York City for his BA followed by London for his Masters. Credits - Off-Broadway: Shakespeare in the Park’s Julius Caesar (Lucilius), Our Trojan War (Odysseus) at BAM Fisher, Basetrack Live (AJ) at BAM Harvey. International: The Big Knife (Charlie Castle) London, Uncle Vanya (Astrov) Moscow. Film: Two Days Back, The Dark Knight Rises, Halo: Helljumper. Education: Drama Centre London, MA Acting; Marymount Manhattan College, BA Theatre Performance. www.tylerlamarr.com
James Lavender trained at Rose Bruford. For Aquila Theatre: The Tempest, Wuthering Heights, Philoctetes, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, & An Enemy of the People. Theatre credits include: Henry V (Antic Disposition); Cinderella, Peter Pan & Jack & The Beanstalk, (Sheringham Little Theatre); Adventures in Wonderland & Supermarket Shakespeare (Teatro Vivo); Aladdin (Hazlitt Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors & The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Jack and the Beanstalk (Millfield Theatre); Headlines (Battersea Arts Centre); Sleeping Beauty (Georgian Theatre Royal); Jack and the Beanstalk (Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock); The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Greenwich Playhouse); Plebians Rehearse the Uprising (Arcola Theatre); Macbeth & The Taming of the Shrew (British Shakespeare Company); Hamlet & As You Like It (Groundlings Theatre Company); Scar Tissue (Man In The Moon Theatre). Television: The Golden Hour
Emma Naomi is a recent graduate from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Theatre Credits include: "Don Juan in Soho" Wyndam's Theatre, "The Dead Don't Floss" The National Theatre, "The Crucible" Bristol Old Vic, "This Man Right Here", Hen and Chickens, and "Deathwatch" The Print Room. Film credits include: "Housegirl" Directed by Koby Adom
Rebecca Reaney is thrilled to be back with Aquila Theatre after playing the role of Lady Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’ and Cecily Cardew in ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ for their 2011-2012 US Tour. Other notable theatre credits include ‘Blood Brothers, ‘Fame’, ‘The Mousetrap’ in London’s West End and while living in Germany for 5 years, Rebecca worked extensively with The English Theatre Frankfurt performing in productions such as ‘The Full Monty’, ‘The Fox’ and working as their resident director and choreographer for ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Film credits include Mariposa in the award winning film ‘The Kids From 62-F’ which won Best Family Film at both Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival in 2016. Other selected movie credits include Margaret in ‘Flight WWII’ with Faran Tahir (Netflix), ‘Dementamania’ with Kal Penn & Vincent Regan (iTunes), the lead role in ‘Deadly Intent’ (Amazon) and provided the motion capture for the role of Jane in Constantin Films animation epic ‘Tarzan 3D’ which was released worldwide. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, Rebecca also began teaching performing arts to the students at Temple Israel Of Hollywood and developed her love of making the arts a crucial part of a students learning experience. www.rebeccareaney.com
Michael Rivers trained at East 15 Acting School. In 2011 he founded the acclaimed theatre company d'Animate. Recent theatre credits include: Continental Fist Fight (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre), Dear Darwin (National Theatre Madrid), Samuel Beckett's Rough's (The Phoenix Theatre), Bitesize Chekhov (The Courtyard Theatre), Richard the III (Rosemary Branch Theatre) Super Tramp (One Man Show at Edinburgh Fringe), A Mid Summer Nights Dream (Shakespearence RSC), and The Green Room (The Mill Arts Centre). Television Credits include: Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Shameless (Channel Four), The Cafe (Sky One), Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic /Raw TV), and Of Gods And Mortals (Sky Pilot). Commercials include: Heineken, Oral B, HTC and UBS. Michael is also a freelance Director and Writer. He is currently working on The Land Doth Sing And Cry with d'Animate.
Ben Warwick trained in acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London having previously studied English Literature at The University of Glasgow. He has worked in British theatre, film and television for 17 years. Notable theatre credits in London’s West End include the title role in Hamlet, the British premier of Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger, Pentecost, Jimmy Porter Look Back In Anger, Pip in Great Expectations, Rochester in Jane Eyre, Painted From Memory, Miss Julie and The Deep Blue Sea. He recently played the lead in the highly acclaimed The Trench with Les Enfants Terribles theatre company (Edinburgh Festival and national tour) and Victor Frankenstein for Blackeyed Theatre. He has toured Russia as Constantin in The Seagull, Sweden as the lead in Cock by Mike Bartlett, The U.S. with Macbeth and Italy as Dorian in a radical adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other theatre includes seasons at The Royal National Theatre, Theatre Royal York, Theatre Royal Northampton, The Orange Tree and Watford Palace. Ben was also co-artistic director of Farnham Repertory Theatre for 9 nine years. In 2008 he created and directed the online TV series Five Years which went on to be a finalist in the best web series category at the Vimeo Awards in New York City the following year. TV credits include Mary Queen of Scots (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV) and feature film work includes Blood Moon and Canakkale Yolun Sonu.
Desiree Sanchez (Director) Directed and adapted Much Ado About Nothing for Aquila’s national tour. Past productions include: Romeo and Juliet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Philoctetes for the 2015/2016 season; The Tempest and Wuthering Heights for the 2014/2015 season; Twelfth Night and Fahrenheit 451 for the 2013/2014 season; A Female Philoctetes at BAM Fisher's Hillman Studio, The Taming of the Shrew, and Cyrano de Bergerac for the 2012/2013 season; Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest for the 2011/2012 season; and Six Characters in Search of an Author for the 2010/2011 season. Other productions include Herakles at BAM in March 2013 and the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens in July, 2012. She created movement for Aquila's A Very Naughty Greek Play (Aristophanes' Wasps), Catch-22, Julius Caesar, The Iliad: Book One, and The Comedy of Errors; performed in The Iliad: Book One at the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; and was the lead teaching artist for Aquila's Shakespeare Leaders program in Harlem. Desiree had a twenty-year dancing career including working as a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet where she worked under the direction of numerous directors and choreographers including Francesca Zambello, Mark Lamos, Doug Varone, John Dexter, Franco Zeffirelli, Julie Taymor and Andrei Konchalovsky. Other companies and choreographers she has worked with include the Boston Ballet, Neo Labos Dancetheatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, Sean Curran, Gelsey Kirkland, Bill T. Jones, Heidi Latsky, Eun Me Ahn in Korea, and Robert La Fosse. She performed for the Papermill Playhouse as a featured dancer in the musicals Carousel and The King and I. She has also taught at Long Island University as a visiting associate professor of dance, and has a Certificate of Movement Therapy from The New School.
Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Designer) has composed music and designed sound for theater productions all around the world. Credits include NYC off-Broadway In Bed With Roy Cohn, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Ay Carmela!; The American Soldier (Edinburgh Fringe, US Tour, Kennedy Center); The Hungry Hungry Games (US and Canada Tour); and multi-media installations at Werdenberg Castle, Switzerland. Recent work includes scores for the indie film Show & Tell Tango and a performance piece in New Zealand. Education: Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music.
Dana Gal (Company Stage Manager) is happy to be back with Aquila this season after working with them last Spring. Besides touring she has spent the last four years working with Third Rail Projects on Then She Fell, Roadside Attraction, The Grand Paradise and back to Then She Fell. Outside of New York worked in Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area and several summer stocks along the East Coast. In her spare time she enjoys travel and attempting to cook.
Joshua Shain (Production Manager) works with a wide variety of artists; recent collaborators include: Perry Street Theatricals, The Battles Musical LLC., BEDLAM, Working Barn Productions, New Light Theater Project, LiveSource, Pipeline Theatre Company, Colt Coeur, New Saloon, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Chautauqua Theater Company and BAM. Joshua is currently the Assistant Production Manager at BRIC, where he facilitates multidisciplinary work at BRIC House and, in the summer, advances the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Robert Rogers (Technical Director) has been involved in Technical Theatre for over ten years. His most recent endeavors include Production Manager/Technical Director for Penobscot Theatre, Technical Director for Gretna Theatre, and Technical Director for Aquila’s 2016 Spring and 2014-15 Tour Seasons. He has also been involved with everything from Assistant Tent Boss for the Zerbini Circus to a Chief Pilot of Maintenance at a $2.5 million dollar helium balloon in Tennessee. Additionally, Bob spent time in Qinhuangdao, China where he was Technical Director for an international cooperation project for the theme park show Snow White’s Birthday Adventure!
Perry Street Theatricals (General Management) David Elliott, Martin Platt, Lorna Isaac, and Jonathan Gelb. Perry Street Theatricals is a multi-award-winning producing and general management company. General management: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly (Fall 2017); Georgie (Davenport Theatre); Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (The Gym at Judson); Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan (Lynn Redgrave Theater); New York Animals (New Ohio Theatre); That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody (DR2); Missed Connections (New Ohio Theatre); My Life is a Musical (Bay Street Theater); In Bed With Roy Cohn (The Lion Theatre); Ethel Sings (Beckett Theatre); WikiMusical (NYMF); Mapmaker’s Opera (NYMF); White People (Atlantic Theater Company). As producers, they have won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, NY Theatre Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award, as well as being Olivier Award nominated on London’s West End.