Fito Alvarado (Heracles), born and raised in Ecuador, is about to start his Senior year in the BFA Acting program at Brooklyn College. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Memoriam team, as well as making his debut in the NYC Fringe Festival. Some of his credits include: Mechanic in Middletown and Vinnie "The mouth" in The Lombardi Case 1975.
Benjamin Bercot (Gus): Benjamin has his BA from Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has recently been in productions of Othello, Into the Woods, and Our Town which was directed by and starred Dan Butler. Benjamin also plays the piano, and served as Music Director for a production of Nunsense in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Bryce Crumlish (Spiros): Bryce is an actor living and working out of New York. Originally from Massachusetts, he received his B.A. in Radio/TV/Film at Marist College. He is currently working on his MFA in Acting at LIU Post. Selected acting credits include Othello (Montano), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), Our Town (Mr. Webb), And Then There Were None (General Mackenzie). www.brycecrumlish.com
Katherine Farrell (Avra): Katherine is a NYC-based theatre artist with credits extending to her home in Portland, Oregon. She is an MFA candidate at Long Island University Post and received her BA in Acting from Willamette University. LIU Post: Uncle Vanya, Othello. Willamette University: The Country Wife, Helen, Top Girls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Proof, The Conference of the Birds, and Measure for Measure. Clackamas: The Crucible, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Flu Season, and Leading Ladies.
Jeremiah Maestas (Admetos): Broadway: Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater). Off/Off Broadway: Gluten! (59E59), Pterodactyls (Teatro Circulo); Questa (Wings Theatre Co.), The Minervae (OTSP), A Lesson in Art (Artful Conspirators). Regional and other credits: Earthquake Sun (San Diego Rep.); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (The Warner); The Elephant Man, Suddenly Last Summer, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Shape of Things (TheatreWorks); Love! Valour! Compassion! (Diversionary); Jesus Hopped the “A” Train (LPT); Macbeth (Sledgehammer); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Aspen). Film: The Canvasser, Jukka, The Tea Party. TV: “The Following”, “Madam Secretary”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, "Person of Interest". Education: MFA, Brooklyn College; BA, Univ. of San Diego. Thank you Steve, Liz, Hypnic, our lovely ensemble for this wonderful adventure! Proud member of AEA. www.jeremiahmaestas.com.
Matthew Mastromatteo (Pavlos): Matthew is a theatre artist and student in New York. Matt transplanted to New York following years working in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) region as an actor, director, technician and stage manager. Acting credits include Othello (POSTGrad Theatre Company), Uncle Vanya (POSTGrad Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rainbow Theatre Project), West Side Story (Way Off Broadway DT). Matt is pursuing his MFA Theatre: Acting at Long Island University - Post Campus. He received his B.A. Fine Arts: Theatre and Music from Mount St. Mary’s University.
Lizzie Thompson (Death): Lizzie is an MFA candidate at LIU Post and an alumnus of Allegheny College and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute. Past credits at Long Island University include Othello (Iago) and Uncle Vanya (Sonya). Allegheny College Playshop Theater credits include A Dream Play (Agnes), A Flea in Her Ear (Eugenie), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park). She is thrilled to be making her NYC Fringe debut with Memoriam and would like to thank her family, friends, and fellow cohort members for always loving and believing in her.
Kenny Wang (God/Servant): Kenny is an actor and West Coast transplant. Regional credits include Mary Poppins and Shrek the Musical (Wolf) with Berkeley Playhouse. LIU Post: Othello (Desdemona), Uncle Vanya (Yelena). Student theatre: Macbeth (Messenger), Death and Other Hobbies (Erik, supporting), Once Upon a Mattress (Jester), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Jacob). Kenny is an advocate for the arts, education, and equality. BA Theatre: UC Berkeley, MFA Acting: LIU Post 2017. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @iamkennywang
Ioanna Zafiropoulos (Alcestis): Born in Forest Hills, Ioanna moved to Athens, Greece at a young age. Her studies included a classical Greek elementary education and high school at The American Community Schools of Athens, where her passion for acting and cinephilia manifested themselves leading her to study Theater Arts at Deree, the American College of Greece. She received her Bachelor in Theater Arts in 2014 with honors. Performances included Estelle in No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, and the Lord of the Underworld in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. She moved back to her native New York to study Acting at Brooklyn College CUNY and completed her MFA in June 2016. BC credits include: Desdemona in Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief, Mary Swanson in Middletown by Will Eno and Marie Curie in Kate Benson’s Radium Now.
Stephen Kaliski (Playwright) is a director, playwright, and educator. Directing credits include Gluten! (59E59), Deadshot Mary (The Bridge), Pterodactyls (Teatro Circulo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Yale Dramatic Association), Vinegar Tom (Manhattanville College), The Minervae (On the Square; Backstage “Critic’s Pick”), This (Proprietors Theatre Company) Cardenio, The Violet Hour and The Dumb Waiter (Brooklyn College), West Lethargy (59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, New York Fringe), and His Minute Hand (Hollywood Fringe, 45 Bleecker). Playwriting credits include West Lethargy, which was published in Plays and Playwrights 2011 (ed. Martin Denton), His Minute Hand,Any May Now, and Gluten! He has worked with such directors as Austin Pendleton (Three Sisters, Assistant Director) and Michael Grandage (Evita on Broadway, SDC Traube Fellow) as well as with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Classic Stage Company, and LAByrinth Theater Company. Stephen received his BA in English from Davidson College and his MFA in directing from Brooklyn College. He’s taught acting, directing, public speaking, and master classes on leadership and joy at Fordham, Brooklyn College, NYU, LIU Post, Yale, The Professional Performing Arts School, Talent Unlimited High School, and BMCC. He’s also the co-founder of Upright // Outloud, a corporate training group that specializes in public speaking and postural realignment. www.stephenkaliski.com. www.uprightoutloud.com.
Elizabeth Ostler (Director) is a Brooklyn-based theater-maker, specializing in directing and puppetry and is a creativity coach. She is the creator of Communal Theater, an ideological approach to creating theater rooted in the belief that theater should be a communion between the audience and the theater event. She is the founder and CEO of Life’s Echoes Creativity Coaching. Liz is the co-founder of the NYC Artist Group which offers professional development workshops and networking opportunities for NYC theater artists. She has been creating theater for over twenty years with various theaters in New York and Utah. Liz holds a MFA in theater directing from Brooklyn College and a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College. www.elizabethostler.com.
Ann Beyersdorfer (Scenic Design) is a NYC based scenic designer. Select Recent Design: Forest Boy & Tink! (NYMF), The Night Alive (Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY), The Dodgers (The Hudson Theater, LA), The Black Book (American Theatre of Actors, IJB Productions, NYC), Song for a Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Urinetown & Out of the Basement (Araca Project, NYC), 50 Shades! A Musical Parody (2015 National Tour). She is a Broadway Green Alliance member, a co-producer of RADD Theatre Co. and a proud alumna of Syracuse University. www.annbeyersdorfer.com.
Alex deNevers (Lighting Design) is a New York-based Lighting Designer who recently graduated from Fordham University. Recent work includes; The 4th Street Theater, Columbia University, The Cell Theater, La Mama ETC, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Less Than Rent, New York Musical Theatre Festival, 59E59, and more that 20 shows with the Fordham Theatre Company. See more at: alexdenevers.com.
Marisa Kaugars (Costume Design) is a New York based costume and production designer who earned her B.A. at Yale University and now splits her time between architecture and theater. Recent credits include work with The Gallery Players, Adjusted Realists, NYC Fringe, and an upcoming production with The Araca Project. Marisa thrives on collaboration, is interested in material-driven design, and focuses on work that intimately engages with the human figure across varying scales and mediums. www.mzkaugars.com.
Jorge Luis Figueroa (Production Stage Manager) was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. In 2013, he moved to New York City to begin his drama studies at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). He began his involvement as part of the Conservatory, where he portrayed Oswald in Ghosts, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Dan in Butterflies are Free, among others. In 2015, he made his debut at the Hispanic entertainment market in New York City with the role of Alfredo in the play San Salvador after the Eclipse, written by the Salvadoran author Carlos Velis Benavides. This role landed him an award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors in 2015. He thanks the support of his family and friends, and is fully committed to the continued development of the Hispanic theater in New York, Latin America, and around the world. jorgeluisfigueroa.com.