Producing Artistic Director
For two years, Stuart Meltzer was the Artistic Director of City Theatre in Miami, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. New York credits include Romulus Linney's Gint, Harold Pinter's One for the Road, Aristaphanes' Lysistrata, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls... as well as Morzek's Striptease. Upon his return to South Florida, where Stuart was raised, he was Head of Theatre at Gulliver Preparatory and then part of the Full Time Faculty at New World School of the Arts for two years. At New World, Stuart directed Brecht/Weill's The Threepenny Opera, Weiss' Marat/Sade and Tony Kushner's Angels in America staged at The Colony Theatre. South Florida directing credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Painted Alice, Barefoot Boy With Shoes On, and Everything Will be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy at Mad Cat Theatre and in the Winter of 2010, Melt at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. He received his M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio in 2002 and B.F.A. from the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Irene is a long time member of the South Florida regional theatre community. She is a ten-time Carbonell award nominee and has won the award three times for Funny Girl, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Blood Brothers. She has worked at most of the professional theatres in South Florida from Jupiter to Coral Gables. Some notable appearances include 1776, Full Monty and Annie at Actors' Playhouse, Benefactors and Smell of the Kill at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Talk Radio at Mosaic, Summer Shorts for City Theatre, Mack and Mabel and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the Royal Palm, Adding Machine and The Dead at GableStage, and At Wits End, Sisters of Swing, Some Kind of Wonderful, and most recently the World Premiere of Dr. Radio at Florida Stage. She is also the Chair of the South Florida Equity Liaison Committee.
STEPHEN G. ANTHONY*
Steve is well known in South Florida for his Carbonell-winning portrayals of Man #2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and Tom/Phyllis/Leslie in Sylvia. Since that time, Steve made his Broadway debut as Hoss in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which also toured nationally. Most recently, he has appeared in Mosaic's Dirty Story, GableStage's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and was nominated for a Best Actor Carbonell in InsideOut's Faith Healer. Other local appearances include: Dream a Little Dream, Misery, The Real Thing, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Game Show, and the world premiere of The Boy from Russia.
National tours: How to Succeed (Finch standby/performed), Camelot (Mordred), Music Man (Tommy) and Flower Drum Song (Wang San). Regionally: The Neil Simon catalogue as well as Forum (Pseudolous), Two for the Seesaw (Jerry), Boys in the Band (Harold) and Peter Pan (Captain Hook). Television: Permanent guest host (21 years) on television's Kelly & Company (Detroit). Nothing compares to the excitement of being asked to be a member of Zoetic Stage!
Christopher Demos-Brown is a playwright whose most recent play, When the Sun Shone Brighter, won the 2011 Carbonell Award for Best New Work and a 2010 Silver Palm Award. His other work includes Our Lady of Allapattah, which will receive its world premiere at The Caldwell Theatre Company in April of 2012 and Captiva, which will open Zoetic Stage's 2011-2012 season.
A BFA graduate of New World School of the Arts, past credits include: Cuba Libre -LaJolla Playhouse, Arsht Center and Marjorie Little Theatre; Dr. Radio (World Premiere)- Florida Stage (Carbonell Award- Best Supporting Actor in a Musical); Farragut North and Masked -GableStage; A View From The Bridge- Gulfshore Playhouse; The Whipping Man and Secret Order- Caldwell Theatre; The Color of Desire (World Premiere)- Actors' Playhouse, Why Torture is Wrong...- Mosaic Theatre; The Glass Menagerie- Broward Stage Door; Everything Will Be Different- Mad Cat Theatre, and Summer Shorts- City Theatre, among others. Nick is a recipient of the Carbonell Award and Silver Palm Award. TV credits include: USA Network's "Burn Notice", Univision Interactive, as well as numerous commercials. Nick is also an accomplished singer, and has sung the national anthem at numerous events,and most recently, was a vocalist on Ricky Martin's latest album Musica+Alma+Sexo (Desmond Child, Producer). Proud AEA member. For more info: www.nickduckart.com
Lela won the Carbonell Award for Best Actress for In The Continuum at Gablestage and is a four-time Carbonell Award Nominee. Regionally, she has worked at Gablestage, New Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company, The Waterfront Playhouse, The Women's Theatre Project and Mosaic Theatre, to name a few. Her most recent work was in The Caldwell's production of Distracted as well as GableStage's encore production of her tour-de-force, one-woman show (in which she played sixteen characters) No Child.
John is a veteran actor who has appeared on many stages, including most of South Florida's stages. A few seasons ago he had the great pleasure to create the role of Isaac Chasen in the world première at New Theatre of Michael McKeever's Melt (The Miamians), a part he reprised in two subsequent productions. He has performed many times at the Caldwell Theatre, most recently in the drag role of Lady Throckmortonshire in Chemical Imblance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play. Some other appearances there include Something's Afoot; My Three Angels; Fortune's Fool; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Lying in State; and three world premières - Himself! (with Len Cariou); The King's Mare; Suite Surrender (another McKeever triumph!). Other theatre credits: Nixon's Nixon; The Play about the Baby; The New Century at GableStage; Amadeus; The Seafarer; Guest Artist at Mosaic Theatre; ART; God's Favorite; Welcome to Mitford at Blowing Rock Stage; The Mystery of Irma Vep at Blowing Rock Stage/Actors' Playhouse; The Foreigner; Breaking Legs; Greetings!; Moon Over Buffalo at Florida Rep; The Illuminati...; Below the Belt; 2 (Goering at Nuremberg); The Good German at Florida Stage; and Seascape at Palm Beach Dramaworks. He has been honored with the Curtain-Up Award and multiple Carbonell Awards, John is a long-standing member of Actors' Equity; the union of stage professionals, and sits on the South Florida Equity Liaison Committee.
ELENA MARIA GARCIA*
Holding an MFA in Acting and Directing, Elena is the Artistic Director of Underdog Productions, Inc. She is also the co-founder and Artisitic Director of Bluedog School of Acting for Kids. She has appeared in numerous national commercials (Amdro, Nestle Water, Mr. Clean, DiGiorno, McDonald's, Wendy's, Home Depot, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Scott's Lawn, Bounty, Florida Citrus, Florida Lotto), feature films (Promises, Cook Out 2, Loving a Bad Man, Out of Time, There's Something About Mary) and television (CSI Miami and Showtime's Dexter). She is the recipient of two prestigious Carbonell awards, for Best Supporting Actress and Ensemble. She has written and produced her one person show, Do You Speak Mexican?
Maribeth is an actress, singer, songwriter who divides her time and toothbrushes between South Florida and New York City. Off-Broadway: Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (two year run /RCA cast recording), Romantic Fools at Lion Theatre; workshop of The Witches of Eastwick at Manhatten Theatre Club. Favorite Regional: Sisters of Swing at Florida Stage, The Rothschilds at Coconut Grove Playhouse, Women Who Steal at Key West's Red Barn Theatre, Ruthless at Hollywood Playhouse, The Dead at Gablestage, I Love You... Now Change at Florida Studio Theatre, Pump Boys & Dinettes at Pa. Centre Stage and A Funny Thing... Forum at New Vista Theatre. A six time Carbonell nominee, she has received the award three times; most recently for best actress in The Adding Machine at Gablestage. Maribeth (book / lyrics) and collaborater Dana Rowe (book/ music) are putting the finishing touches on their new musical See Jane Run! www.seejanerunthemusical.com/content.
Amy's directing credits include I'm Not Rappaport, Funny Girl, and The Sunshine Boys at New Vista Theatre Company; Pump Boys & Dinettes (Best Ensemble nomination/Carbonells and Best Director of a Musical Award/Curtain Up Awards), Brilliant Traces, Prelude To A Kiss and Song Of Singapore for Actors Project, and the world premiere of Michael McKeever's Open Season at Hollywood Playhouse. As an actress, some of her favorites include Sexy & Miggs, Love's Fire, Girl Talk, and Massage Therapy. She recently stage managed Lansky starring Mike Burstyn, and toured South Florida with Tovah Feldshuh. Amy is a proud member of the Equity Liaison Committee. She is the Executive Director for the Carbonell Awards, Inc. Her proudest productions are her children Emily, AJ and Jake and she is the widow of the brilliant actor, Bruce Adler. Amy recently directed Speech & Debate at GableStage (she is the first outside director in the theatre's history).
Margery has performed regionally at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Caldwell Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, The Parker Playhouse, Actors Playhouse, Florida Shakespeare, American Stage, and Stage Door, and has been honored with numerous Carbonell Award nominations. She was a company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where she received a Tyrone Guthrie Award, and has performed in New York and across the country in national tours, as well as at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The MUNY, The Fox Atlanta, Theatre Off Park, Sanford Meisner Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of Maine, Kansas City Starlight, Stages St. Louis, Maine State, Stage West, to name a few. She is thrilled to be a member of this exciting new company and to be working with these great artists! Margery most recently appeared as Cinderella in Into The Woods at Caldwell Theatre and can be seen this Fall as Prossy in Candida at Palm Beach Dramaworks.
With wit, insight and a healthy dose of his quirky sense of humor, Michael McKeever continues to entertain audiences throughout America and Europe. Incorporating a wide variety of styles and subject matter, McKeever's plays explore every aspect of the human condition. From deep-rooted prejudices of small town America to the delicate dysfuntion of society's wealthiest homes, McKeever creates stories that entertain and enlighten. He has been honored with an NEA Residency Grant (New Theatre, Miami) and has been a 3-time finalist for Humana Fest's nationally renowned Heideman Award. He is the proud recipient of three Carbonell Awards; four Curtain Up Awards; and two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. He has been a finalist several times at both the Key West Theatre Festival and the Sarasota Festival of New Plays. He is also an award-winning actor and designer. He resides in South Florida and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity. Please visit www.michaelmckeeverplays.com.
Since moving to Miami from NYC in 2008, Amy has appeared at the SoBe Comedy Festival in Mad Cat's Shepherd's Pie; SoBe Arts in Twelfth Night; Promethean Theater in A Report on the Banality of Love; the Gulfshore Playhouse in Tartuffe and readings at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Stage, and Caldwell Theatre. In addition to various NYC credits, she has worked regionally at Houston's Alley Theatre in Travesties and Angel Street; The La Jolla Playhouse in Boy, directed by Michael Greif and The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor); Florida Studio Theatre in A Marriage Minuet, Tacoma Actors' Guild in No Exit; Centennial Theatre Festival in Bedroom Farce and Love's Labour's Lost and Houston Shakespeare Festival in King Lear and Two Gentleman of Verona. You may have caught her two seconds of glory on Burn Notice as the realtor Tiffany Ward or heard her braying in a Miami Heat radio spot earlier this season. She got her MFA in Acting at UCSD and a BA in Romance Linguistics at the University of Washington in her native Seattle. In her spare time she dubs various characters in gloriously ridiculous telenovellas.
David is a South Florida-based, award-winning actor, who has been a part of more than fifty productions over his short but exciting professional career. Favorite roles include; Luis Ribada in The Miamians; the world premiere cast of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning Drama Anna in the Tropics; Lefou in Beauty and the Beast; Robby the Stockfish in Urinetown; Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman; Davis in Red Light Winter; Michal in The Pillowman (Carbonell Nomination for Best Supporting Actor); The Professor in Tracers (Carbonell Winner for Best Ensemble). In addition to theatre, David has been seen in several national commercials, award winning shorts, and two feature films. David Performed with Advanced Event Productions in the musical revue Broadway Sizzles in May and will appear in an upcoming episode of The Glades, a new show premiering on A&E this summer.
Jerry has performed the solo works of Eric Bogosian throughout south Florida and in Orlando with his production company, Underdog Productions. He has also performed on stage in other plays and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films. Jerry currently teaches at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.
KIM ST. LEON
A 25 year veteran of film, television and theater. Beginning as a Fosse Girl, on stage and screen, Kim has worked with the likes of Jackie Gleason, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Fosse, Don Johnson, Eric Roberts, and Mariel Hemingway. Most recently, Kim co wrote and directed the multi award winning film Lost Everything which will be released in theaters in fall of 2010. Winner of Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival's "Florida Favorite" award, she is currently writing several projects to be produced in 2011- 2012. Other stage directing credits include the original award winning festival City Theatre - Summer Shorts at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the acclaimed productions of The Memory of Water and 9 Parts of Desire at the Mosaic Theater. Other directing credits include the world premiere of Men Don't Go to Heaven for the Alchemy Theater Company in Miami, Zombie Prom and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at the Broward Center, the award winning regional production of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, and other productions. She has worked as Director, Producer or Casting Director on many films including Sunday Morning, Tour Rats, Body Story 2, Golf Balls, Landfall, and the award willing short film, The Best Man.
BARRY J. TARALLO*
Barry has been a professional actor/musician for over 25 years and a member of both Actors' Equity and The Screen Actors Guild. Barry lived and worked in New York City for 19 years appearing on Broadway in Grease and Joseph... Dreamcoat (original cast/original cast album) and Off-Broadway in The Pirates of Penzance. He has appeared in top regional theatres throughout the country including: Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Pa. Centre Stage and Goodspeed. Favorite South Florida work: 1776 at Actors Playhouse, Glengarry Glen Ross at Mosaic Theatre (Carbonell Award Best Ensemble), Enchanted April at Caldwell Theatre, Wait and See at New Theatre, Forum at New Vista, The Spitfire Grill at Florida Stage and The Red Barn and Pump Boys & Dinettes at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Hollywood Playhouse. Nominated for 5 Carbonells, Barry won the award for his performance in Harry Chapin's America at The Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Laura's recent credits include: Equus, New Theatre; Distracted and Chemical Imbalance, Caldwell Theatre Company; and Rock 'n' Roll, Mosaic Theatre. She's also worked at Actor's Playhouse, Florida Stage, GableStage, Hollywood Playhouse, New Vista Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Shores Performing Arts, and Women's Theatre Project. Laura has also toured nationally, appeared regionally and performed on both Broadway and Off Broadway. Laura recently her third year performing in City Theatre's Summer Shorts at the Arsht Center in Miami and will appear this fall in a brand new show, Motherhood, the Musical at the Miniaci Theatre in Davie.
Tom has worked at The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Geva Theatre Center (New York), Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (North Carolina) Blowing Rock Stage Company (North Carolina), and Harrisburg Opera (Pennsylvania). In Florida he has appeared at Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage, Actors' Playhouse, City Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, Waterfront Playhouse, and Red Barn Theatre. Tom originated roles in the world premiere productions of Michael McKeever's Don't Tell the Tsar and The New Orleans Story. Tom's film and TV credits include New In Town with Renee Zellweger, Ace Ventura, Plato's Run, Big City Blues and he was a recurring guest star as Hunt Pelham on ABC's Moon Over Miami. Tom is a recipient of the South Florida Theatre Critics Carbonell Award and the Curtain Up Award.
* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association.
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