MARIAH SAGE, “Diane,”is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and has performed in theaters across the country and in Europe including: The Public Theater, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Trinity Rep, Imago, and The Apollo in Dusseldorf, Germany. Mariah earned her BFA in drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is Co-Founding Artistic Director of New Haven’s Theatre 4. Mariah has taught acting and coached actors at Brown University, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University. Through her company Present & Perform she coaches actors who are preparing for college admission auditions as well as presentation skills for business people. www.presentandperform.com
JAMES LEAF, Director & “Tom” has directed Samuel Beckett’s “Catastrophe” for The Young Mechanics and Clifford Odet’s “The Big Knife” for Eastbound Theatre. He has acted in productions at Square One Theatre, New Haven Theater Company and Long Wharf Theatre. At the American Repertory Theatre’s Loeb Drama Center, he directed productions of “Danton’s Death,” “Marat/Sade,” “Lysistrata” and “Cloud 9.” He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Harvard College, and has taught theater at University of Michigan, Amherst Summer, Harvard Comenius Project, Elm Shakespeare and Barnard College.
IRINA KAPLAN, “Ruth,” is delighted to be part of “The Specials.” She is in her third year of training at The Actors Studio Drama School, where she will graduate in the Spring with her MFA in acting. Recent New York credits include “Eat the Chicken” at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and “Black Milk” at Classic Stage Company. Before moving to New York, Irina was a kindergarten teacher in Austin, Texas (a job that taught her a lot about patience and a lot about puppets). In 2010, Irina graduated with her BA in American Culture from Vassar College.
DANIEL J. WHITE, “Ivan,” is excited to be performing in “The Specials.” White has acted and directed in more than 20 productions at the Downtown Cabaret Theater and the Polka Dot Playhouse in Bridgeport, the Westport Community Theatre and elsewhere. He studied acting at the Strasberg Institute in New York. He thanks Lance Corporal Michael Nachin, USMC, for his insights on being a marine.
STEVE BELLWOOD, Playwright and Co-Producer, is renowned for his poetry, plays and improvised musical monologues he calls ‘stand-up storytelling.’ He is a veteran of the London Fringe and NYC Off-Off Broadway. He is devoted to the New Haven Fringe and is an active member of Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk. Recently, he performed solo shows at theater festivals in London, Boston, California and northern UK. Nine years ago he founded underground theater group Jackdaw-Pike. www.stevebellwood.com
DAVID PILOT, Producer and Assistant Director, is a writer, director and filmmaker whose plays have appeared at the Collective Unconscious, New York International Fringe Festival, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Women’s Project, The Religious Society of Friends and elsewhere.
He has written more than a dozen plays, including “Hans: A Case Study,” “Rebecca Bonnie Bob,” “American Slave Code,” and “Malleus Maleficarum.” He is currently screening two films: “Saving Manhattan,” a feature series (w/ Amy Poehler) & “Skin In The Game,” a documentary about the rise of internet adult star, Raven Riley.
ANNIA BU, Co-Producer, received her BFA in Acting from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba. She held leading roles in major Cuban films,“Los Dioses Rotos,” “El cuerno de la abundancia,” & “Larga distancia.” She received Best Actress awards in important international film festivals, GIFF, USA; Ceará, Brazil and Premio Llauradó, Havana, Cuba. She is a graduate of the Escuela Internacional de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she studied the Meisner Technique and collaborated on several films. In theater, she acted in “Fedra,” at Teatro El Público (La Habana, 2009) and in “Una Caja de Zapatos Vacía” at the University of Miami.
MARGARET CARL, Co-Producer, is pleased to be working again with Steve Bellwood after a long hiatus. She was a founding member and production stage manager of Algonkuin Players Theater Company in Hamden, Connecticut. She has stage managed for Yale Baroque Opera Project Cheshire Youth Theater, Cornerstone Productions, the Arts and Ideas festival in New Haven, the Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, Elm Shakespeare Co., Projects for a New Millennium, Jackdaw Pike, Puppetsweat Theater and many other theater and dance companies, and special events over the last 25 years.
BEATRIX ROELLER, Stage Manager, grew up in East Germany where she gained a respect and love for the arts as a form self-expression and freedom. Over the past 10 years, she has used her background in engineering and passion for the arts to benefit various community productions. From creating elaborate props and scenes, helping countless children get their cues on time, to production fundraising and marketing, Beatrix has proven to be an asset to New Haven’s art scene. Beatrix is a professional photographer for Yale University. For the past two years she has served as president of Art Centered Education at Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven.
LISETTE LUX, Asst. Stage Manager, Set and Costume Design. Lisette is a clothing designer best known for her wedding dresses. Trained in couture houses in Europe, she became a sensation in Houston where she long maintained her studio. There she caught the eye of Town & Country Magazine, among others, and won several design awards. Her creations are renowned for their exquisite construction and fabrics. www.lisetteluxcouture.com