Andy Arena is a New York City based actor, singer and accompanist. He studied at Wagner College and received a Ba in Theater Performance. Off – Broadway: The Awesome 80s Prom (Beef). Other NY credits include: Cocktales (Joe #2), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Rugby), Holding Out For a Hero (Andy), The American Clock (Musician), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (Ensemble) and Twelfth Night (Malvolio). He is a company member of Brave New World Repertory Theatre, reaching out to under-served audiences at unique and historic Brooklyn venues. Proud member of AEA. Thank you to the cell for opening new doors!
Directing and assisting credits include Metropolitan Opera, The Flea, NY Fringe, NYU Grad, Walkerspace, The Tank, The Access Gallery, Midtown Festival (award winner), and Planet Connections. Jeremy is an alum of Northwestern’s Performance Studies program and a resident artist at the cell and Evenstar Films. Original works include Leaves of Grass, Peter~Wendy, The Wendy Complex, and (Spoken) La Boheme.
Born and raised amidst the modern day Irish “Troubles,” Ciaran fled academia as a young teen to pursue a life in the trades. It was a decision which would one day find him and his chosen trade, plasterer, carving out a life on idyllic Nantucket Island. Here his journey took a turn toward Dreamland. In the winter of 2005 he walked in from a snowy Nantucket street to his very first acting class and has never looked back. Roles include Father Brendan Flynn in John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan’s “My Left Foot,” and James Connolly in The Cell’s production of Larry Kirwan of Black 47′s “Blood.” Ciaran resides in Manhattan with his beloved wife and daughters, with whom he continues to live his dreams, today and every day.
Philip Callen is an actor, performer, and singer based in New York City. He was most recently seen at the Cell Theatre in Terry Quinn’s play Bad Evidence, in two different roles…although not at the same time. He was recently named the Cell’s newest Artist-in-Residence.
Philip was also a long-time resident of Minneapolis, and still appears in productions in that city. He has appeared at the Guthrie Theater in 1776 and Pen. Recent work in NY includes Dinner and Delusions at the Cell Theatre, Troilus and Cressida with the Shakespeare Society, Runway 69 with New Dramatists, Behind The Eye at The Lark and Romeo and Juliet and The Secret Life of the Office Worker (Columbia Stages). Minneapolis credits include Bill W and Dr. Bob (Illusion Theater), Falsettos (Outward Spiral), Never The Sinner and The Substance of Fire (Minnesota Jewish Theatre). This winter he will return for a 6th season as George Bailey in the Twin Cities newest holiday tradition, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the historic Saint Paul Hotel. He is also one of the organizing members of Thirst Theater, which has produced more than
100 new plays performed by Equity actors in a bar setting in Minneapolis. Past playwrights have included Alan Berks, Jeffrey Hatcher, Melanie Marnich, Bill Corbett, Dominic Orlando, Tom Poole, and Craig Wright.
Almeria Campbell is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts, MFA program and a Texas native. Her film / tv credites are: Baby Mama, Law and Order C.I., Person of Interest and Guiding Light. Some of her theatre credits are Little Shop of Horrors, Shakespeare’s, The Tempest, 1940′s Radio Hour, Met’s, Blackout, 10 minutes Deep and her one woman show, Warriors Don’t Cry. Almeria is grateful to be a resident artist of the cell, thanks ladies!
As an actress Charlotte has appeared in: Broadway – La Boheme (Musetta) dir. Baz Luhrmann; Coram Boy. Regional – A.C.T.: Happy End (Hallelujah Lil); Centerstage: The Boys From Syracuse (Adriana); The Murder of Isaac (Talia). The Prince Music Theater: A Night in the Old Marketplace (Gargoyle); North Shore: Nine(Stephanie Necrophorus). Walker Art Center: Uncivil Wars- Moving with Brecht and Eisler (Nana/Isabella) Film/TV – Dandelion Man; Little Kings; The Danish Play; God in the Machine; Guiding Light.
Recordings – La Boheme original cast recording; Happy End A.C.T. cast recording. Charlotte has directed plays and operas at Primary Stages,The Baltimore Playwrights’ Festival, The New School for Drama and Liederkrantz Opera. Most Recently, she directed ‘Baltimore in Black and White’ at MTC and ‘Emancipation’ on Theatre Row. Charlotte is an Ovation Award Winner and was nominated for the Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award for her performance as ‘Hallelujah Lil’ in Happy End at A.C.T. Next up, she will be performing ‘A Night in The Old Marketplace’ at Mass Moca and you can catch her cabaret ‘Simply Complicated – the elegant escapades of a Danish-Israeli opera-singing tank commander’, at the Cell Theatre in NYC and Centerstage in Baltimore. Charlotte was born in Denmark and was raised in Israel.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband, playwright Jason Odell Williams, and her daughter, Imogen.
Lila Donnolo is an actress and a writer. Her BFA in Drama is from NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing, where she received an Outstanding Achievement Award her final year. She won the Young Playwrights Inc. national competition with her short one-girl show "glass and pubic hair". She is currently at work with her writing partner, Stephany Yantorn, on a play about two magical guardian crones from Long Island, and on a feature screenplay, about a time-traveling camera crew from Portland, Oregon. At the cell, she has been seen in the readings of "Cowboys", "Bully", "The Death of Fine Dining", and Shakespeare in the Rear's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" (as Hero). Upcoming, she will originate the role of Lady Anne in the November production of Amina Henry's "An America Family Takes a Lover", directed by Kira Simring. She is deeply grateful to have an artistic home at the cell. www.liladonnolo.com
ensemble mise-en is an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective striving to bring challenging yet beautiful sounds to a wide range of listeners. The ensemble consists of over 15 talented musicians who are led by composer Moon Young HA. The ensemble endeavors to impart an experience simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing (“mee” in Korean means “beauty”, and “zahn” means “to decorate”). Last year, their diverse repertoire featured unique music rarely performed in NYC, including works by Charles Ives, Kaija Saariaho, and Claude Vivier, as well as premieres by many ambitious young composers. During the upcoming year, ensemble mise-en will present four season concerts in addition to collaborating on special projects, which include ten commissions and more than twenty US and NY premieres. These performances are supported by New York Foundation for the Arts, the Issue Project Room, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and Austrian Cultural Forum New York. ensemble mise-en has been performing at various exciting venues such as the Tank, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, and the cell theatre, where the ensemble is a 2012-2013 artist-in-residence.
Tjase was born and raised in Slovenia. She studied at the prestigious National Acting Academy (AGRFT) receiving a Vesna in 2006 (Slovenian National Film Award), the Sever’s price for her acting achievements in classical roles in 2005/6 and a Special Mention from the jury for Best Actress in the Film Festival FF600 in 2007. In 2007 she moved to the USA. She has played many leading and principal roles in feature films; Revolution of Everyday Life-Tribeca’s permanent collection, Who’s the Midnight Girl, shot in Rio De Janeiro, Two Pints Lighter, Errand Boys and Dutch Kills. Tjasa performed on the stage in Slovenia in the blockbuster musical Cabaret as naughty Helga/Brunhilda, in an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard: Smole’s Orchard and an adaptation of Medea at the National Theatre Drama. She also toured with worldly sough Via Negativa in their Incasso, She appeared in the groundbreaking Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (directed by Jeremy Bloom, produced by The Cell Theatre), Makbeth (Dzieci) and more. Tjasa wrote and performed two one woman shows Adventures of a Slovenian in New York (The Cell Theater) and Cocktales. Her short film Ophelia’s Flip (director and lead actress) premiered in Cannes Film Festival this year. tjasaferme.com
Amina Henry is a playwright and teaching artist based in New York City. She was a Resident Teaching Artist at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for three seasons (2009-2012). She is a graduate of Yale University (BA English) and has an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Currently she is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College under the guidance of Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.To date, produced works include: The Student and the Actor with Sticky Productions (Ashland, OR), The Paper Swan in the InspiraTO Festival (Toronto, CA) and the One-Act Play Festival at Towne Street Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), The Bride at Midnight in Sticky at the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), My Beautiful Grandmother in the Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source (NYC), Thumbsucker in the Brief One Acts Play Festival with Love Creek Productions at The Producers Club (NYC), and, most recently, Chalk in the 2012 Tiny Theatre Festival at The Brick (Brooklyn, NY). Her work has been developed by: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the cell, The Hive, Shakespeare’s Sister Company, HERO Theatre and The Brick. She is a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. For information on her upcoming projects, go to aminahenry.wordpress.com.
Bob Jaffe is an actor-director based in New York City with roots in Providence, RI. He originated …and then you go on. An Anthology of the Works of SAMUEL BECKETT at various theaters, Off-Broadway and at the cell, where Bob is honored to be an Artist-In-Residence. He is a founding Co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Recently, Bob toured to standing ovations in a one-man show about hunger in America, But for the Grace…, by writer-director David Eliet. He has performed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., the NY Fringe Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, the Providence Black Repertory Company and Perishable Theatre, among others. Bob has appeared in the Showtime series Brotherhood, and Law & Order: SVU as well a number of independent films.
Pat Jones started telling stories at young age. Now, as an adult with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, that ability has spread to many mediums giving her a multi-media career that includes theatre, television, fiction and marketing. Throughout Pat’s years of experience that spans multiple platforms, she has mastered the art of how to tell the stories of people and brands. Through a combination of her marketing experience, coupled with her creativity and production background, Pat is able to create unique experiences for her clients.
New York City based pianist Eunbi Kim is known for producing modern interdisciplinary concert experiences. She thrives in collaborating with other art forms to present classical and contemporary music in unique settings. Her most recent project “Murakami Music”, a series of multi-disciplinary presentations based on the writings of novelist Haruki Murakami, was incubated and presented here at the cell. Last season, she produced the multimedia concert “The Third Hand” at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn in which piano works were performed alongside projected visual images created by video artist Pyeunghun Baik. Ms. Kim graduated with her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She is grateful to the cell for the opportunity to be a Resident Artist. www.eunbikimmusic.com
Larry Kirwan is leader of Black 47. He has written a dozen plays and musicals, five of which were collected in the book Mad Angels. He is a novelist, hosts and produces Celtic Crush for SiriusXM, and writes a weekly column for The Irish Echo. In 1995 the Daily News named him one of the “Top Fifty Most Interesting New Yorkers,” several places ahead of Madonna. Since then he has lost considerable ground to the blonde seductress but like Mr. Micawber is hourly waiting for something to turn up.
Carmit Levité has returned to NYC from Los Angeles. (As Neil Simon wrote “We Jews always end up in the desert somehow…”) Since her return she has played Leah Chase in Bad Evidence by Terry Quinn at The Cell Theatre. Prior to that: the femme fatale in the two hander noir play The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein at NJ Rep (Nominated for The Edgars 2011) just after wrapping Noir Film by Allan Knee (Finding Neverland,) yet again playing the fatale dame.
Other favorites include Beverly Moss in Abigail’s Party, (Odyssey Theater) Various roles in Gulu Monteiro’s The Good Soul of Szechuan (The Electric Lodge,) Bobbi Michele in Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Odyssey Theater,) Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oats (Actors Studio,) Audrey in As You Like It (Storm Theater,) Celiméne in The Misanthrope, Harper in Angels in America (Adler Theater) and various roles in the on-going Soho Shorts (Soho Playhouse.) Films: The Englishman (w/ Velibur Topic and Branka Katic,) The Martyr (CINE Masters’ Series Award,) Covert and Cross Eyed, (Solstice Film Festival Grand Jury award.) In both coasts, Carmit is an avid follower of Larry Moss and Joyce Piven.
John Charles McLaughlin
Originally from Hammond, IN, studied vocal performance and theatre at Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music. Recent credits include WEST SIDE STORY (Tony), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Fabrizio), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Minstrel), and MY FAIR LADY (Freddy). www.jcmclaughlin.com
Paul is an actor, producer, writer and cartoonist from Dublin, Ireland. He was delighted to make this Cell debut playing the dual roles of Padraig Pearse in Blood and McGowan in Dancing at Lunacy.New York credits include The Field (Irish Repertory Theatre), Arrah-na-Pogue (Storm Theatre), Ladies & Gents (Irish Arts Center), Venus Observed (Boomerang), Sherry Maybe (Primary Stages Detention Series), The Jungle Fun Room (FringeNYC) and Blood Guilty (1stIrish Festival). Regional:The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Miracle Worker.In Ireland, Paul co-founded the theatre company AboutFACE, and has appeared in All in the Timing, Tape, Boy Gets Girl, The Laramie Project and The Glory of Living for the company. Other Irish credits include The Little Mermaid, Never the Sinner, Hamlet and Aoife & Isabel, as well as the BBC TV show “Custer’s Last Stand-Up.”In 2011, Paul created and co-produced the inaugural NEWvember New Plays Festival in Tivoli, NY. He is an associate artist of Tangent Theatre and a member of the INKubator program, and recently narrated his first audiobooks for Audible.com. He trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. www.paulnugent.net
“I experience a sensual relationship with the blank medium as my quick hand glides graphite, ink, pastel, or oil stick.The images are high-keyed fragments of today`s world. My marks are a representation of our society from a dialoguewithin.”
Artist Member of The Center for Book Arts. Artist Member of The Art Students League of New York. Beaux-arts de Paris l`ecole nationale superieure, France www.vivianoshaughnessy.com
Elinor Renfield began training as a dancer with the Martha Graham Company in the 1950s. She attended the “old” High School of the Performing Arts, the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and earned an MA in Theater at City University of New York. She has directed over 25 new American plays since 1976 at NY Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizon, The American Place Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Theater for the New City, and Café La Mama. Her production of Johnny Got His Gun at the Circle Repertory won an Obie Award, her production of The Diary of Anne Frank won the Boston Theater Award, and her production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols at the Arena Stage in DC was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She has since again directed Passion Play, at the Minetta Lane Theater (off-Broadway), and revised the libretto and directed the Schwartz/Fields musical, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway, Ms. Renfield directed Open Admissions by Shirley Lauro at the Music Box. Since 1988, she has been on the faculty of Theater and Dance at Princeton University.
Seamus Scanlon is an associate professor and a Carnegie Corporation/New York Times awardwinning librarian at the City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education. He is a native of Galway, Ireland and a graduate of University College Galway, the University of West London, and the City College of New York. Recent achievements include a residency at the McDowell Artists Colony and an emerging writer fellowship from the Center for Fiction in New York. His latest theater project ‘Dancing at Lunacy’ ran during March 2012 at the cell theater in New York to enthusiastic reviews for example in the Huffington Post. The sequel ‘I Am Harm’ is nearing completion. His work has appeared in the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, Promethean, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Review of Post Graduate English Studies, Global City Review, Fish Publishing Anthologies, the Roanoke Review and Gemini Magazine.
Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, Sybarite5 has taken audiences around the US by storm. From Radiohead to Mozart, this group of talented, diverse musicians has changed the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment that their bows hit the strings, the audience is taken on a wild ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.
Darnell's acting career spans three decades and the three mediums: television, film and stage. In television his body of work includes guest spots on "Law and Order SVU", "NYPD BLUE", and "ER", a recurring role on "Felicity", and a series regular on the NBC prime time series "True Blue". His independent and feature films include Robert Altman's "Short Cuts", Andrew Niccol's "Simone", and most recently Lee Daniel's "Shadowboxer".
In December 2006, filming was completed on his first co-directorial effort, the independant feature film "Manhattanites" shot on location in NY.