Mariah Freda (Ensemble) holds an M.F.A. from the New School for Drama. Before earning her Masters, she worked as an actor, collaborator and producer in an all female theater company, Groove MaMa Ink, aiming to generate and produce original theater written and created by women. Recent NSD credits include Atalanta K.O. (Atalanta), The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Nanny), Henry VI (Bolingbrooke), and Uncle Vanya (Yelena).
Jenna Bosco (Ensemble) is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied primarily at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, receiving a solid training in both classical and contemporary work. She is currently a member of the Flea Theatre’s resident acting company, The BATS, where she is frequently seen performing in the late night episodic play competition, #Serials. Notable roles include Costanza, the Italian speaking maid in Enchanted April, Pope Joan in Top Girls and Marshael Foster in The Wake of Jamey Foster.
Pooya Mohseni (Ensemble) is a stage and film actress. After spreading her wings in projects ranging from an interactive improv show at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe to student films with some of the most talented people from NYU and SVA, she decided to go back to school and all the roads led to a life changing experience at Maggie Flanigan Studio. This spring she was in a festival with Nylon Fusion Collective at Gene Frankel Theatre and a one act competition at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Most recently, Pooya was in the short film The Word Trader which was presented at The Cannes Film Festival and the Manhattan Film Festival.
Rafael "Valentino" DeLeon (Ensemble) is excited to make his debut on this theatrical stage. Rafael has done several other theatrical performances since moving to New York City in 2011. Commercial credits include: Levi's (Go Forth 2012), Modelo Especial (2013), and Cole Haan (2013). Rafael is currently a student in Penny Templeton's Master Class for the Professional Actor. He enjoys politics and music. He would like to thank The Anthropologists, Melissa Moschitto, Penny Templeton, and his acting mentors.
Melissa Moschitto (Director/Conception) is the Founding Artistic Director of The Anthropologists. Projects with The Anthropologists include Another Place (HERE), For the Love Of... (The Flamboyan/CSV), Give Us Bread (Milagro Theatre/CSV), Falling (4th Street Theatre/Flux Theatre Ensemble), The Columbus Project (KNF/Directors Company), Potatoes! (One Million Forgotten Moments) and The Potato Play (Milk Can Theatre Company). Other directing credits include: Daddy’s Black & Jewish by performance artist Lian Amaris (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), The Developer (Brooklyn Playwrights Collective), Walkabout or Reverse Continental Drift Syndrome (The Flea), Lola Got Bite (Gene Frankel Underground). As a playwright, her full-length play When Santo Domingo Isn’t Enough won Best Play at the 2006 Downtown Urban Theater Festival and was a Top Ten Finalist in Repertorio Espanol’s 2006 Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition. She holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has studied with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Tina Landau, Ping Chong, and SITI Company. Melissa is an associate member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is also a frequent arts writer for publications like the Brooklyn Rail.
Jesse Freedman (Dramaturg) is a theater, performance, media and teaching artist. He is co-founder of Meta-Phys. Ed. Performance Collaborative and has directed shows for Jewish Theater Workshop, 24/6, Eschatological Theater and Lang Arts. As a teaching artist, he has performed taught and designed curriculum for JCC’s, Siegel College, Jews For Judaism, Black Box Studios, The Retreat Institute and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence Colleges’ Interdisciplinary Theater program. JesseFreedman.com
Andy Cohen (Sound Designer) has written music in a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of media. He has composed classical instrumental works for orchestra and chamber groups, jazz pieces for radio airplay, music and sound design for dance and theatrical performances, and songs for rock and pop bands. His compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra and he has written music for PBS TV and United Nations Radio. He has also written music for symphonic band and Jewish-themed works for performances in Synagogues. In addition to composing music, Andy also music directs plays and musicals, and performs on piano, synthesizers and other electronic keyboards (including the Lumiano), guitar, bass, mandolin, trumpet, bagpipes, percussion, and more unusual instruments like bamboo flutes and vintage 1980's drum machines.
Sarah Edkins (Set Designer) has been designing sets in the NY area for over 25 years, primarily in experimental venues such as The Ohio, The Kitchen, HERE and PS122. She studied Fine Art in Falmouth UK, and Set Design at NYU. In 1991 she was awarded an NEA TCG designers fellowship. She also works as a teaching artist/resident designer at various schools around the city helping kids create their own sets . Recently, she worked with the Faculty at Siena College on a student production of Hedda Gabler. She has also created original installation work, provided sets for events and painted murals. Her main passion is collaborating with adventurous theater groups and individuals on work that aims to provide an exhilarating shared theatrical event, that engages and its audience fully. www.sarahedkinsdesign.com
Kathleen Doyle (Costume Designer) is a visual story teller - a costume designer working in theater, opera, dance, film and television. Kathleen graduated from N.Y.U. with an M.F.A. in Theatrical Design For Stage & Film, and holds an additional Master of Arts in Dramaturgy from Villanova University. Doyle also designs and creates puppets, marionettes, silhouettes and stop-motion animation films. She is a proud member of USA-Local 829 and the resident designer at Opera Hub. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to Japan. In 2005, she was awarded another Fulbright grant, this time to China and Hong Kong. In 2012, she traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil where she attended a retrospective of her art and design work at the “Casarao de la Cultura.” Based in New York, her ebullient, expressive designs have been seen all over the city, from The Second Avenue Dance Company to The 52nd Street Project, from Off-Broadway to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Kathleen has traveled throughout the world, to dozens of different countries, served as an International Goodwill Ambassador in Peru in 2004, and speaks three languages. Her designs have been featured in The Boston Globe and The New York Times. http://www.kathleendoyledesign.info/
Porsche McGovern (Lighting Designer) is a New York based lighting designer. Selected designs include Twelfth Night on a Brooklyn rooftop, Orpheus Descending in a Greenwich Village church, and the 6th Annual Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Blood Festival. Some of her honors include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Richard L. Hay Fellowship in Lighting Design, an ETC-LDI Sponsorship, and participating in the USITT Young Designers’ Forum, and Clambake. Porsche holds an MFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from St. Lawrence University. www.PorscheLighting.com
Dahlia Azama (Contributing Artist) was born in Manhattan, NY but grew up in Cairo, Egypt. She attended university at The American University in Cairo where she studied Theatre and Acting. She graduated with honors and was cast in major productions. Those include: Agnes in The School for Wives, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and Masha in Three Sisters. She is also an environmental and animal rights activist and was the recipient of the prestigious Ahmed Zewail Prize for Excellence in the Sciences and Humanities for her essay on Eco Therapy. She is based in both NYC and Cairo and has recently appeared as Scheherazade in a production at Columbia University.