CAST & CREW



CAST:
      Lindsey: Victoria Schwarz
      Scott: Christopher Beier
      Charlie: Joe Sevier
      Casey: Nell Casey
      Homeless Man: Craig Anthony Grant

Victoria Schwarz (Lindsey): Victoria is a recent graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Favorite roles include “Perdita” in an off Broadway production of “The Winter’s Tale,” “Monica” in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” and “Kathy” in “Company.” She would like to thank her mom and dad for their never-ending support, Robin, Gary, and her roomies for keeping her sane and a very special Brit across the Atlantic.

Christopher Beier
(Scott): A senior at NYU’s Tisch School of Drama, Chris recently appeared in Fat Men in Skirts (Howard) and in The Castle (K) through Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he is currently a student. He has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and this summer he will be studying at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Film-wise, Chris recently starred in Bubble Dourbon Studios’ Laceration Lane, directed by Kennon Hulett. He is eager to confront the challenge of acting in his own play, and excited to be working with so many talented people. He is pleased to be working with William Balzac again, who directed him in The Laramie Project, spring of 2005. Other favorite credits include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Rosencrantz), Key Exchange (Phillip), and Moon over Buffalo (Howard).

Joe Sevier (Charlie): A native of Tennessee and a graduate of The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance, Joe has worked with a number of companies since moving to New York; most notably Manhattan Children's Theatre, Adam 2K Productions & RadioTheatre. He has also toured with the Hampstead Players and originated the title character in Love, Joel for the 2005 Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source. Most recently he enjoyed a stint at the Looking Glass Theatre, playing Gawaine in Avalon, directed by Glory Sims Bowen of FHB Productions. As always, thanks to Chickie Baby, Pops & the sibs. To learn more about Joe or, just to say you've done it, please visit home.nyc.rr.com/joesevier

Nell Casey (Casey): Nell is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. While at NYU she performed in Lorca's Yerma, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Miss Mackay), Redemption (dir. Anna Strasberg) and Sondheim/Furth's Company (Marta). Film credits include Lullaby and Walls.

Craig Anthony Grant (Homeless Man): This is Craig’s first performance with Small Pond, but he considers the Sanford Meisner one of his favorite stages. Past performances at Meisner include Carmen Moorer’s “Last Chance Planet” (in which Craig originated the role of Kurt from Dirth), Memory Innararity’s “South and Easy” and Elias Tannenbaum’s “The Impositioner,” among other pieces performed with Lou Rogers Theater 22 which used the Sanford Meisner as their home stage. More recent credits include “The Mayor Who Would Be Sondheim” at last year’s Fringe Festival, in which Craig played the role of Hubert. Craig also does voice-overs and has appeared in national commercial campaigns.



CREW:
      Director: Bill Balzac
      Assistant Director: Brandon Scott
      Assistant Director: Brendan Bradley
      Stage Manager: Turner Smith
      Set Design: Jessie Moore
      Lighting Design: Dan Waldron
      Sound Design: Ryan Maeker
      Costume Design: Jessica Prudencio
      Assistant Costume Design: Tanya Edmunds
      Assistant Lighting Design: Sanaz Ghajarrahimi

William Balzac (Director): William has been an actor, director, producer, and teacher over twenty years. He teaches at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Insitute and for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After being inspired by the teachings of Lee Strasberg, William co-founded the Hyperion Theatre Group, Soul Productions, and the Hyperion Children’s Theatre. He then formed and directed the Mixed Nuts Improv Company, which performed throughout NYC. Willima has been a member of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company under the direction of Geoffrey Owens and appeared as Gately in the New York debut of the two-act version of James McLure’s Pvt Wars directed by Gene Frankel. William most recently directed Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia with the PossEble Theater Company, Israel Horovitz’s The Indian Wants the Bronx in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the New York premiere of Horovitz’s Sins of the Mother, and The Laramie Project for NYU/Strasberg.

Brandon Scott (Assistant Director): Brandon completed his BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. His primary training has been with the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute (where he sacrifices his Saturday mornings to help teach young 7-9ers), and additional training was with the NYU Classical Theater Studio. He's proud to be Co-Founder and Vice-President of The PossEble Theater Company (www.possEbletheater.com) which just completed its second production and raised money for the Celia Rose T. Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship Fund (www.celiarose.org). Favorite credits include: originating the role of John in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Whipping Man at LunaStage, Officer Derek in Welcome to Arroyos' in the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Roger in Streamers, Paul in Den of Thieves and Six Degrees of Separation, and LeRoy in the indie film Aftermath (http://www.aftermathexperiment.com/home.html).

Brendan Bradley (Assistant Director): Brendan started his career behind the scenes as a stage manager and scenic designer. Since moving to New York, he has produced, managed, and designed over two dozen Independent Theater projects including Saved By The Bell, the Musical; Asassins, Goonies, the Musical, the original production of Out of Orbit: a choose your own adventure play and We Won't Pay! He has also worked extensively as a founding member of RASH! Theater Company and Impetuous Theater Group. Brendan made is Assistant Directing debut with Mr. Balzac on The Laramie Project and is honored to join him again. Endless love and thanks to his family and mentors for their unyielding support and understanding. For more information, please visit: www.brendanbradley.net

Turner Smith (Stage manager): Turner is entering his second year of study at the Tisch School of the Arts and as an Actor/Director at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Assistant stage management projects at PHTS include “Black Girl” and “Fat Men In Skirts.” He is also the director of the Downtown Player Theater based in Richmond, KY. This is his first production with Small Pond Entertainment.

Jessie Moore (Set Design): Jessie is currently pursuing her BFA in Scenic Design at NYU. Recent productions include Reefer Madness(The Looking Glass Theatre), Fat Men in Skirts, Hedda Gabler, Medea and The Most Massive Woman Wins at PHTS. As well as The Maltese Bunny (Experimental Theatre Wing) and BatBoy! The Musical as an NYU Gap Production.

Ryan Maeker (Sound Design): Ryan Maeker graduated from the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has produced off-off Broadway theater including Ambulance dance. Ryan has designed sound for numerous shows within the Tisch School of the Arts as well as many shows in the New york off-off broadway and off broadway theaters. Ryan designed sound for Den of Thieves, by Stephen Adley Gurgis, The Roof by Suzanne Bradbeer, The Exonerated by Jessica Blank among many more. Ryan is currently in production for four shows in New York, including, Much Ado About Nothing at the J.J. Bryne park, "Nerve" for the Packawallop theater co. and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Ryan is Happy to be working with such great people on this production.

Jesca Prudencio (Costume Design): Jesca has been beautifully overwhelmed by the passion, art, and culture of New York City since the day she arrived two years ago. Raised in central PA her work in the arts started as an actor, dancer, and violinist. She went on to perform in plays and musicals in her community as well as take the role of Director for a middle-school drama program. She went into college wanting to focus on directing and accidentally fell in love with designing (and several other art forms) along the way. Jesca is now entering her third year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts concentrating on directing and design in the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School Studio. She has been assistant/seamstress for Tisch’s PHTS productions of ‘Dentity Crisis, The Circus Project, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All and cannot wait to finally the costume designer for a production such as Proof by Disproof. She plans on pursuing her work as an artist into the world of community-based theatre in the city and eventually around the world.

Tanya Edmunds (Assistant Costume Design)
: Tanya is a junior at NYU and is currently studying theatre at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. This summer she is also Assistant Directing and Stage Managing The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told at The Looking Glass Theatre. She is very honored and happy to have worked on this show with such talented people.

Sanaz Ghajarrahimi (Assistant Lighting Design): Sanaz is currently pursuing a BFA at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and concentrating on Acting, Directing, and Design. Her most recent theater venture was a production of Floyd Collins at Tisch School of the Arts as producer and assistant director. This summer she is working on a few productions including: dramaturg for Most Fabulous Story Ever Told at the Looking Glass Theater, associate costume designer for the Fringe Festival production of Something More Pleasant, stage manager and assistant director for Hearts and Minds at Cherry Lane Theater, and some film costuming stuff. She also currently working on creating a dance piece with a company of vampires…