Holding Up the World
written by Nora Sørena Casey, directed by Gineiris Garcia
Britney Abrahams is honored to play Nikki in Holding Up The World. Recently her love of performing led her to New York, where she has had the joy of starring in new upcoming works throughout the city. Other roles she’s portrayed include: Antigone in The Burial at Thebes, TiMoune in Once On This Island, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Mother Abess in The Sound of Music. When she’s not on the stage, you can find Britney behind the scenes as a writer and director – and co-Founder of a storytelling podcast called You Had Me at Black. She is a proud Alumna of the Illustrious Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
Amara Janae Brady is a playwright, actor, and producer from Chicago. “The crux of my artistry is uplifting Women of Color, especially Black women and connecting underserved communities with stories about them that subvert genre.” Past credits include Andrea Sharpe in the one woman show Jumping From Rooftops & Other Ways to Cure Depression, Spring Awakening (Martha), Bring It On: the Musical (Ensemble) directed by Tonya Pinkins, and more. Resist, check your privilege, & then give some space to Women of Color & Trans Folx. All love to the family she chose and the ones who got her. Ashé to her ancestors.
Simone Policano is a native New Yorker who has never had the pleasure of performing in a garden, so thank you for this! Her acting work has been seen in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, on IFC, and The New Yorker. Theatrically, she has performed at the Yale Repertory Theater, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, The Tank, and in the NY International Fringe Festival. Yale ’16. Shoutout to all the womxn holding up the world in this unnerving and uncertain time. Upcoming: Auggie, playing Richard Kind’s daughter.
Makaela Shealy is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She and her cat hail from a field in Gilbert, South Carolina. Select credits include: Gorilla Repertory’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia); Pericles (Marina) NYU & Polaroid Stories (Eurydice) with Madcap Rep. She can also be seen on the most recent season of A Crime To Remember, if anyone still has cable. IG:@makaelamshealy www.makaelashealy.com
written by Catherine Weingarten, directed by Kate Hopkins
Sabina Friedman-Seitz was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Theater and English and an MFA in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School. Film and TV credits include The Florida Project, Book Club, The Boy Downstairs, The Blacklist, and the Facebook series Turnt, as well as the upcoming feature film Fingers.
Bradley McKelvey-Askin is thrilled to be performing in #blessed and to be involved with Communal Spaces for her first time. After getting a BFA in Acting from Ohio University in 2017, she packed her bags and made the move to NYC to pursue her dreams as an actor. Her most recent credit was with Tantrum Theater where she played Natalie in Next to Normal. She is so thankful to have the opportunity to play in this outdoor space and create new work with awesome people!
Stephanie Rocío is excited to make her Communal Spaces debut! Recent credits include: Helps to Hate You a Little at Wild Project, The Sarah Play at the 14th Street Y, and Dreamgirls at Cape Fear Regional Theatre (for which she won BroadwayWorld.com award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical!). She studied theater at Yale where some of her favorite roles include Jeanie in HAIR, Timoune in Once on this Island, and Saint Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. More at http://www.stephanierocio.com
For the Love of Natalie Wood
written by Matthew Barbot, directed by Dalia Sevilla
James Buhse is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt, where he studied in the studio of Dr. Scott Murphree. NYU credits include: Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Guillot in Les Mariages aux Lanternes, the Representative in A Game of Chance, a Sword Dancer in Brigadoon and Bernstein in Dogfight the Musical. Other credits include Bernardo in West Side Story and Safarov in, a new musical workshopped with Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.
John Cruz is an Ohio native, graduating with a BFA in Musical Theater from Youngstown State University. His favorite roles include Henry in Next to Normal, Francis in Gemini, Fabian in Twelfth Night, Matt in Dog Sees God, and Biff Baker in 1940s Radio Hour, among others. John has also appeared in a number of Musical Theater cabarets such as The Cranky Cabaret, Crazy in Love, and Performance Now!
Frances Viviana Ramos, proud Boricua; Started her theatre studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School (2016). Theatre credits include Broken Pieces (Happily Bohemian), Little Shop of Horrors (9to5), Godspell (What Dreams May Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (CITSTS), Uncommon Women and Others (CITSTS), Sweet Charity and Legally Blonde (Dramadanza). Stage readings of Hielo, The Vagina Monologues and live Audio Reading of Timestorm by Dania Ramos (Cocotazo Media). Stage management credits Mr. Mr. & Dr. Dr. (Winner of Fuerzafest 2018), Julius Caesar (CITSTS) and A Night of Durang (9to5).
Edgard Toro graduated recently from Lehman College with a Multi-Media Performing Arts BFA. He placed second alongside his best friend Fé for the KCACTF Irene Ryans in 2016. Being blessed to work on shows such as Bring It On (Black Spectrum Theater), Passing Strange, Romeo & Juliet and etc at Lehman College. He’s been able to show case his choreography & dancing abilities at Dixon Place & BAAD. His upcoming Performance will be at Laguardia Community College for an original place called My My Name is September 20th and 21st. Follow him at IG: Blueprintecstasy https://m.facebook.com/edgardtoro
Me Gusta Así
written by David M. de León, directed by Lillian Meredith
Julian Garcia was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He went to college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA where he had many wonderful opportunities to work on plays like, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Honey Brown Eyes, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and more. He also got to study abroad in Germany and in Russia at the Moscow Arts Theatre school. Post college, Julian has worked on TV and Film projects, such as, 20th Century Fox’s Fantasy Life with Mark Cendrowski, Kevin Connolly and Jamie Lynn-Sigler, The Night Stalker with Bellamy Young and Lifetime’s Killer Kids. He’s now lived in NYC for two years where his Clark Kent job is bartending and serving. He has an undying love and passion for Elvis Presley, physics and is a mediocre trumpet player at best.
Schon Gonzalez is a college freshmen attending Brooklyn College, majoring in the BA Theater program. Previously in spring, he performed multiple roles in the verbatim theatre piece Shadows Among Us, at the Harry Warren Theatre.
Daniela Gonzalez y Perez is excited to participate in this garden party for the next few weekends. She just graduated Brooklyn colleges BFA Acting Program and is exploring what it means to be a queer woman of color in theater and creating spaces where new stories could be told. Thanks Lillian!
Camila Perez is a Boricubana actor based in New York City since 2013. She holds a BFA in Acting from Pace University where she got to perform in many different productions ranging from Juliet in Romeo and Juliet to the Moon in Lorca’s Blood Wedding, but her favorites are always original works that she got to see grow. She’s also gotten the opportunity to Assistant Direct several site specific productions with Pop Up Theatrics, one of which was Broken City in Harlem. I’m honored to be back, performing new work that speaks to my heritage.