Actors: Andrew R. Butler, Tanya Dougherty, Amelia Grossman, Rob MacFadyen, Tom Marion
Musicians: Edward RosenBerg III, Dennis Sullivan
Andrew R. Butler is a writer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch where he studied at the Experimental Theater Wing. Since 2009 he has been writing and performing weekly for musical-sketch comedy group Political Subversities. (www.politicalsubversities.com) Selected credits: TROIKA (Bushwick Starr), The Three Seagulls (HERE), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova), Folk Wandering (Ars Nova), These Robes Those Robes (Dixon Place), Drums on the Dam (ICA in London), The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp (The Brick). You can follow him on twitter at: @andrewrbutler
Tanya Dougherty was a company member of the Mettawee River Theatre Company for the 2011 summer tour of The Old Boat Goddess: Songs of the Ainu. Regional theatre credits include The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Endgame (Nell) and Shakespeare and Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nym).Brandeis Theatre Company credits include The Three Sisters (Masha), Sunday in the Park with George (Yvonne/Naomi), Funnyhouse of a Negro (Queen Victoria), Everything in the Garden (Jenny), Siddhartha ( Sarasvati) and Hecuba (Polyxena). She holds an MFA from Brandeis University and a BFA from The University of Southern Queensland in Australia.
Amelia Grossman is a composer, musician and performer living in Manhattan and Los Angeles. She recently created and composed an original piece titled WOKE for the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is very honored to be working this summer with Ralph, Neal, Casey and the rest of the cast on Communications as a stage manager and double bassist.
Rob MacFadyen is a New York City based actor, fight choreographer, and voice-artist. He has performed in New York City with Primary Stages (Little Monsters) and in regional theaters such as the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Macbeth, Candide, A Christmas Carol), the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well that Ends Well, Henry V), Brandeis Theatre Company (Love’s Labours Lost, Three Sisters, Sunday in the Park with George), Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre (Tartuffe, Medea, Lady Windermere’s Fan), and Performance Network (Candida). He holds an MFA from Brandeis University.
Tom Marion has been with Mettawee every summer since 2004. Earlier performances included: The Wildman (1987), Barnacle Bill the Husband (1989), and Persephone (1996). He teaches Theatre Arts at CUNY York College in Jamaica, Queens. He is also a Designated Teacher of Linklater Voice, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has created several original performances based on heightened American text including Gwendolyn Brooks: The Warpland, and SpeakOUT at the Bowery Poetry Club, Istwa! at the New York International Fringe Festival, and Langston Hughes in Harlem which was featured at BAM’s Expression in the Right Direction hosted by Will Powers.
Edward RosenBerg III is a composer/performer living in New York City. He attended the Eastman School of Music and received a BA in Saxophone/Jazz. He also attended Queens College and earned an MA in Music Composition. Edward performs regularly with a variety of groups that range in style from Modern Classical to Jazz to Heavy Metal (and back). He is a founding member of the prog-jazz outfit, Jerseyband, that toured Europe in 2010 and recently finished their 7th album. Edward’s other bands, Heart Of Barf and Glue Gun Optimism, are both active in New York City. In addition to his own groups, Edward’s compositions have been performed by the Second Instrumental Unit, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Anti-Social Music, and the Tokyo Brass Arts Orchestra, among others. He is currently working on several large-scale projects including a new musical and an opera. Edward is the founder of SongBaby, a company that creates homemade songs for the ones you love! More info and music at http://wetdryvac.virb.com
Born in Akron, Ohio, Dennis Sullivan is a percussionist, performance artist, and composer based in Brooklyn NY.As an artist, Dennis puts forth a nonpareil product rooted in the intersection of music, theater, and analog electronics. It is his intent to create a product devoid of genre classification that will appeal to ears of any level. As a percussionist focusing on new and contemporary music, Dennis is a founding member of the percussion duo, Radical2, as well as his own personal solo project, ObTuse AbsurdiTies. Dennis has also been heard around the globe with the likes of Newband, John Eaton’s Pocket Opera Players, The Argento Ensemble, Tactus, The Lugano Percussion Group (Lugano, Switzerland), the Darmstadt Preistrager forum, Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, Sequitur, Mantra Percussion, The 7 Mile Isle Steel Drum Band, The Perceval Duo (co-founder), The Cleveland Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout New England and the Mid West. In 2004, Dennis was awarded the grand prize at the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, and in 2008 he received the Stipiendienpreise at the Darmstadt International Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany). His festival appearances have included Darmstadt (2006, 2008, 2010), The Klangspuren Festival (Ensemble Modern Academy 2007), ACA Festival of American Music (2007, 2010), Make Music New York (2009) and the Woodstock Fringe Festival (Perceval Duo, 2005).