The NOLA Project is an ensemble theatre company composed of theatre artists with a wide variety of backgrounds and training. The ensemble is composed of actors, directors, writers, designers, and theatre technicians. They reside both in New Orleans and all over the United States. Each considers The NOLA Project an artistic home.
Originally from Chicago, A.J. Allegra is the current Artistic Director of The NOLA Project. A.J. is an original member of the company, along with original Artistic Director, founder, and friend Andrew Larimer. He moved down to New Orleans after graduating from NYU with other members of The NOLA Project in 2007 and has resided in the city since that time. He has over thirty credits with the company as a director and actor and has been nominated for several Big Easy Awards and has won two, for directing Assassins (2008) and acting in Mr. Marmalade (2009). Under his leadership, the company has formed many important cultural partnerships with area organizations, the most significant being The NOLA Project’s unique partnership with The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). In 2012, he was named to Gambit Magazine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 List. He currently teaches theatre at Lusher Charter School and previously taught in the NOCCA Theatre Department for seven years.
Alex Ates is the Education and Engagement Director of The NOLA Project. He is the conceiver and director of The Shakespearean Jazz Show – a traveling ensemble of music-theater artists. In New Orleans, Alex grew up performing with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. He is the director of Chasing Ballerinas: A Coming of Gay Story with MTV’s Quinn Marcus. For The NOLA Project, Alex has directed the regional premiere of Shiner and Sive. As Education Director, he organizes The NOLA Project High School Intensive – the region’s most comprehensive summer training program. Alex has written articles for Howlround.com and studied Acting and Directing at Emerson College (‘13). He also teaches theater at Lusher Charter School.
Alex Martinez Wallace grew up in and around Boston, Massachusetts, where he began acting professionally for stage and film at the age of five. He honed his craft through the north shore’s professional and most cutting edge theatres, such as The North Shore Music Theatre, The Sugan Theatre, and The Gloucester Stage Company. His craft was then further refined through NYU’s Tisch Acting program, whereupon he met his NOLA Project cohorts and began performing in what would be the most enjoyable theatre experiences he has ever had in his entire life. Previous NOLA Project shows include The Cripple of Inishmaan, Cloud Nine, Get This Lake Off My House – Our Tempest, Assassins, Sideman, Poona the F**K Dog, With A Bang, Art, Is He Dead?, and Romeo and Juliet. For a good time, check out www.alexmartinezwallace.com.
Andrew Larimer was the founding Artistic Director of The NOLA Project, but has since enjoyed settling into the more leisurely role of company member. With the company, he has acted (The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Wind in the Willows, Cloud Nine, The Misanthrope, How to Draw the Sun, A Kingdom of Statues, What Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight?, Side Man, Romeo and Juliet), directed (Get This Lake Off My House, J.B., A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adventures in Wonderland), written (Get This Lake Off My House, contributed to Lakeviews, The Beignet Plays, and Root Cel.lar), and done many other company duties (unclogging toilets at fundraiser parties, attempting to explain Caryl Churchill to overzealous NOPD officers, etc). A New Orleans native, Andrew is also an organizer in the local entrepreneurial and tech communities and operates FatHappy Media, a web video production company.
A native New Orleanian, Ashley has directed Taste and A Behanding in Spokane with The NOLA Project. On stage, Ashley appeared in the company’s co-production of Side Man, for which she won the Big Easy Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Ashley has directed and appeared at many local theaters including: Southern Rep, Mid City Theater, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Rivertown, and The Marigny Theater. Recently, Ashley was seen as Molly in Le Petit Theatre’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Ashley is a theatre teacher in St. Charles Parish.
Beau Bratcher might best be described as a professional student, having received undergraduate degrees from Grayson College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Texas Woman’s University as well as graduate degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of New Orleans. He owes many thanks to The NOLA Project for allowing him to put all that education into practice and giving him something else to do besides going to school, that is. He has been a resident of New Orleans since 2007. Some of Beau’s favorite shows with the company include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Robin Hood: Thief/Brigand, She Remembers, Is He Dead?, and A Truckload of Ink, for which he won a Big Easy Award. Some other favorite shows that Beau has directed around New Orleans include: Peter and the Starcatcher for Le Petit Theatre, The Night of the Iguana for Theatre UNO and the Tennessee Williams Festival and The Gingham Dog for The Elm Theatre. Beau also teaches at the Lusher Charter School, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Orleans, and is on the Board for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Cecile Monteyne is a New Orleans native who attended Tulane University, where she majored in Theatre. After graduating, she spent several years in New York where she trained with the SITI Company, Upright Citizens Brigade and the Atlantic Theater Company. Happy to have returned home, she has had the privilege of appearing inMarie Antoinette, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Shiner, Twelfth Night, Balm in Gilead and more with The NOLA Project. She is an improviser around town with the duo machine A, which recently won NPR’s nationwide Morning Edition promotional competition. She is the creator and producer of the popular theatre/improv hybrid, You Don’t Know the Half of It, which is currently in its fifth season. Her latest producing credit is By Any Scenes Necessary, the NOLA Project’s new theatre/improv comedy show. In 2015, she was named New Orleans’ Big Easy Awards Entertainer of the Year.
Claire Gresham is a native Arkansan and graduate of Tulane University. Her credits with the NOLA Project include: What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight (The Text), Poona the F*ckdog (TV/Suzy-Suzy), and Taste (Jeanette). New Orleans regional credits include: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Princess of France), As You Like It (Audrey), and Vote Lear: A Theatrical Manifesto (Cordelia) with the Shakespeare Festival Tulane, Crimes of the Heart (Chick) at Le Petit, Brian and Shevat (Shevat) with The Alamo Underground, and a wonderful summer as a member of the children’s improv ensemble The Patchwork Players, spearheaded by Buzz Podewell. She is currently living and working in New York, where she has most recently performed in GORMANZEE and Other Stories (The Flea), Awesome Bear (EST), Love and Laughter (The Abingdon), How to Think for Yourself and Others (New Georges), Comedy of Errors (Truffle Theatre Company), and Man & Coconut (IRT Residency). She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Ten Bones Theatre Company in Brooklyn, where she regularly performs in the Entirely from Memory Series.
Gabrielle Reitman is a playwright and director based in New Orleans and New York. Writing credits for The NOLA Project include Taste and Catch the Wall. She directed Finer Noble Gases and designed costumes for James Bartelle’s A Kingdom of Statues. Besides her work with The NOLA Project, Gabrielle is a founding member of the immersive theatre collaborative, Underbelly and the director of Brooklyn Yard. Gabrielle was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep in New Orleans. She’s taught playwriting and theatre-making at UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and in New Orleans’s public schools. Gabrielle is a Macdowell Colony and Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow. She was the recipient of a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center for Catch the Wall, and has developed work with Page 73, The Orchard Project, and New Victory LabWorks among others. She received a BA from the University of New Orleans and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her first four full lengths are published in the anthology More Pepper by Hot Lead Press.
James Bartelle is the current Associate Artistic Director and a founding member of The NOLA Project. A multiple Big Easy Award-Winning actor, James’ onstage credits with The NOLA Project include Get This Lake Off My House, The Misanthrope, Cloud 9, The Wind in the Willows, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Beignet Plays, J.B., Side Man, Taste, Almost an Evening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Art, Is He Dead?, A Behanding In Spokane, As You Like It, Balm in Gilead, A Truckload of Ink, Oregon Trail, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Twelfth Night, Robin Hood(Thief, Brigand), Marie Antoinette, The Winter’s Tale, Sive and many others. Writing credits include A Kingdom of Statues and She Remembers. Directing credits include Romeo & Juliet at the New Orleans Museum of Art. James is a frequently featured actor with The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2012, James has been the Voice & Speech teacher for The NOLA Project High School Intensive.
James Yeargain has been with The NOLA Project since J.B. (2007). Since then, he has worked on A Kingdom of Statues, Taste, Mr. Marmalade, Almost An Evening, Romeo and Juliet, and Balm in Gilead. He has worked with Shakespeare Festival at Tulane on Coriolanus, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Julius Caesar. While obtaining his M.F.A. at UNO he worked on Katrina’s Path, The Three Sisters, and Much Ado About Nothing. After graduating he continued on as an alumni in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Night of the Iguana. So far, his biggest credits in film include ‘Treme’ and ‘Cigarettes and Nylons’. He holds a B.F.A. in acting from NYU When he is not acting or directing, he teaches at various colleges in the New Orleans area.
Jason Kirkpatrick is an Actor and Director and the Director of Theatre at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. He has a BA in Drama Communications from the University of New Orleans. Originally from Oklahoma, he has been in New Orleans since 1998. Jason started his professional acting career at the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival where he spent four summers there before doing three National Tours with Repertory Theatre Of America. He worked at the Roxie Regional Theatre in a production of The Grapes of Wrath before moving to New Orleans in 1998.
Joan Long is a New Orleans-based scenographer creating costumes, sets, and lights for The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, Goat In The Road, New Noise, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Tsunami Dance, The New Orleans Ballet Association, The New Orleans Opera Association, Tulane University, Patchwork Players, Le Petit Theatre, and Delgado. Recent Nola Project credits include the Set Design for Camille, Lighting Design for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, and Catch the Wall. Currently, she is the TD for New Orleans Ballet Association and the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance. She holds an MLA from LSU, an MFA from Tulane, and a BFA from Kent State.
Kali Russell is an actress/performer who is proud to call New Orleans her hometown. She was trained in Musical Theatre at NOCCA Riverfront and has studied at NYU Tisch in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting as well as Loyola University where she received her BA in Theatre Arts. Kali’s journey with The NOLA Project began as an intern several years ago. Kali’s favorite roles (to date) are Little Becky Two-Shoes in Urinetown (NOCCA), Elvira in Blithe Spirit (Loyola), Candy in the Big Easy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NOLA Project), Linda in the regional premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical (See’Em On Stage: A Production Company), and Candy/Loretta in Zanna, Don’t! A Musical Fairy Tale (See’Em On Stage) which earned her a Big Easy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. As a choreographer, Kali has worked with several private schools and theatre companies in the New Orleans community on Zombie Prom, The Little Mermaid Jr., Once Upon A Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (NPHSI) and All That Fosse. In addition to working with The NOLA Project, Kali is also a company member of See ‘Em On Stage.
Kathlyn Tarter has been with The NOLA Project since its birth, and she has enjoyed her time with the company immensely. A fellow graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kathlyn received her primary training through the Stella Adler Studio. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the Stonestreet Film and Television Studio. You have seen her in various New Orleans productions – from her very first, The Cripple of Inishmaan, to her most recent, Much Ado About Nothing. Although she is currently living and working in Hong Kong, her heart will always be in the South.
Hailing from the mean streets of Metairie, Keith Claverie made his NOLA Project debut in the spring of 2012 as Le Beau and Corin in As You Like It. He liked his first Shakexperience so much, he returned to the company for the remount of Romeo & Juliet later that year. He was voted into The NOLA Project in April of 2013. Keith is the recipient of two Big Easy Entertainment Awards, both for NOLA Project productions – Oregon Trail: The Play (2013) and Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (2014). Some favorite past (non-NOLA Project) projects include Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, All Shook Up, Altar Boyz, Once Upon a Mattress, Damn Yankees, [title of show] and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (last three directed by A.J. Allegra). Off the stage, Keith has directed successful productions of Godspell, Oklahoma!, and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound at Archbishop Rummel, his alma mater, and a sold-out run of RENT: School Edition at Southern Rep in 2011. Keith serves as the Digital Communications Coordinator for The NOLA Project. A 2008 LSU graduate (Journalism), Keith works in Marketing for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Originally from New Jersey, Kristin has been an ensemble member of The NOLA Project since moving to New Orleans in 2009. She studied for four years at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC and graduated from New York University in 2007. NOLA Project productions include Mr. Marmalade (Sunflower, Sookie, Emily), Taste (Jeanette), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Adventures in Wonderland (Duchess), Twelfth Night (Viola), & Darlene in Balm in Gilead (Best Lead Actress in a Drama Big Easy nomination). She originated the roles of Melonie/Ms. Dyer in Gabrielle Reisman’s Catch the Wall and Gracie Heeler in the world premiere production of A Truckload of Ink. Other New Orleans credits include Grey Gardens (Young “Little” Edie), Julia Sullivan in The Wedding Singer (Best Lead Actress in a Musical Big Easy nomination), and Pride & Prejudice (Jane Bennet). Other favorite roles include the Rabbi in Angels in America: Part I and Hannah Pitt in Angels in America: Part II at the Stella Adler Studio. Kristin has studied Shakespeare at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ, and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently serves as The NOLA Project’s Volunteer Coordinator.
Laura Ramadei is a founding member of Red Elevator Productions, The NOLA Project, and now Lesser America. An alum of Denver School of the Arts and NYU, Tisch, she’s produced and performed at The Public Theater, Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, the Pearl Theater, HERE Arts Center, and Theater 80, among others. Ramadei has also worked extensively with the LAByrinth Theater Company as a performer, and behind the scenes; she assisted on the play production of Jack Goes Boating, and went on to work with Bob Glaudini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John Ortiz on development of the screenplay for the recently released film. Despite all this, she’s probably most widely known for her work with viral web comedy greats BriTANick and Joey and David on such films as “Laundry Room Girl” and “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses.” www.lauraramadei.com
Leslie first worked with The NOLA Project in 2014 when she assisted with makeup design for the award-winning production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She went on to design wigs and/or makeup for several more productions including Shiner, Clown Bar, Sive and Flood City before appearing on stage in the company’s production of Don Quixote. Leslie has worked with many local theatre companies including Le Petit Theatre, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane, Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Rivertown Theatres and See ‘Em On Stage. Leslie was the recipient of the 2016 Big Easy Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Once Upon a Mattress at Summer Lyric. Leslie is a stylist at Paris Parker Prytania.
Mark Routhier’s NOLA Project directing credits include Marie Antoinette, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Production and Best Director of 2014, Times-Picayune. And winner of five Big Easy Awards including Best Director of a Drama) and a co-production of Landford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead with The NOLA Project and Cripple Creek Theatre Co. (Best Production and Best Director of 2012, Times-Picayune. And winner of 2 Big Easy Awards including Best Director of a Drama). Other New Orleans credits include Orange Flower Water at the Elm Theatre (Big Easy Award for Best Director of a Drama, 2011), Cat’s-Paw with InsideOut Prod. at The AllWays Lounge and Theatre, The Santaland Diaries with A.J. Allegra at Le Chat Noir. He was Associate Artistic Director at Southern Rep in New Orleans where he directed The Piano Teacher, Opus, and The Seafarer, as well as Zombie Town: A Documentary Play and Love Child for Southern Rep @ Le Chat Noir. He directed the world premieres of John Biguenet’s Mold, the third installation of his Rising Water Trilogy, and Freedom by Joyce Pulitzer, Sean Patterson, David Seelig and Kitty Greenberg at Southern Rep. Mark was the Director of New Play Development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, where was a tenure-tracked Assistant Professor in Directing and Acting. Mark has directed productions of Bad Dog, The Best of Enemies, Pluto, The Cortez Method, Sense and Sensibility, God of Carnage, Opus, and Charlotte’s Web for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He runs PlayFest! presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, OST’s new play festival. Pluto by Steve Yockey was part of an NNPN Rolling World Premiere. At Theatre UCF, he directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up (KCTCAF Excellence in Directing) and Kelly Lusk’s (a love sotry). Mark served as the Literary Chair and Vice President on the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network over five years. He helped oversee and directed in five NNPN MFA Playwright Workshops at the Kennedy Center. He was the Literary Manager and then the Director of Artistic Development at Magic Theatre in San Francisco. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.
Matt Jackson is a designer and technician based in New Orleans. Thus far with the NOLA Project, he has worked as sound designer on TWELFTH NIGHT, MARIE ANTOINETTE (Big Easy Award Nominee), CLOWN BAR, THE WINTER’S TALE, and SIVE. Additionally, Matt functions as the Technical Director of The Art Klub, a new performance venue in the St. Roch neighborhood, as well as working as a carpenter, lighting designer, and sound designer on numerous other productions. A native to Reston, Virginia, he moved to New Orleans in early 2014 to pursue a career in stagecraft after receiving a BFA in Design & Technology from Longwood University. Previously, he had worked at The Santa Fe Opera and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Michael studied theatre and speech at Texas A&M University before moving to New Orleans in 2002 for his MFA in Performance at The University of New Orleans. He currently serves as a Department Chair in the Arts and Humanities Division at Delgado Community College. As an actor, he has performed in The NOLA Project productions of Side Man, Poona the F*ckdog, Art, As You Like it, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A playwright as well, Michael’s produced plays include: Thick as Thieves, Victim of Circumstance, Outcast, Neither Here nor There, Eve’s Misbegotten or So… Socrates, Voltaire and Jean-Paul Sartre Walk into a Bar…, and Path to Citizenship… or, The Universe is a B-Word… or, Plato Called, he Wants his Allegory Back. His children’s plays include: The Race through Darkwood Forest and The Little Lamb Who Cried Wolf.
Natalie Boyd is one of the few company members actually from NOLA, and she is very proud to represent. She is also the Associate Managing Director for the company, and has been the Administrative Coordinator for the Education Program since its inception. Favorite NOLA Project credits include: A Behanding in Spokane (Marilyn), Is He Dead? (Cecile Leroux), Mr. Marmalade (Lucy), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), She Remembers (Agatha), Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), and most recently Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand (Scarlet). Some non-NOLA Project credits include: The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy (Annie) and Speech & Debate (Diwata) at Southern Rep, Zombie Town: A Documentary Play at Le Chat Noir, Damn Yankees and The Night of the Iguana (Maxine Faulk), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), and Metamorphoses all at UNO. She has been nominated for five Big Easy Entertainment Awards and has won two for Best Actress in a Comedy and one for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Natalie works during the daylight hours as a licensed Esthetician.
Pete McElligott lives in New York and is an original member of The NOLA Project. In fact, had Pete not ventured down to New Orleans, he would presently have no friends and no wife. NOLA Project credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Misanthrope, Cloud Nine, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Beignet Plays, What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight?, Poona the Fuckdog, and Love’s Labor’s Lost. Pete is also the author of the NOLA Project’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as the upcoming production of Don Quixote. When he is not busy writing shows about young British girls and old Spanish men, Pete helps run Ten Bones Theatre Company, a company he formed with his wife, Claire Gresham. And when he’s not completely buggered by all of that, he teaches at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Pete is the owner of Big Easy Awards for his acting and writing, but is most proud of his Storer Boone Award for Best Sound Design. He’s weird like that.
Philip Wingerter is a native of New Orleans and graduate of Holy Cross School as well as New Orleans Center for Creative arts. Over the past seventeen years he has worked with many local theaters and production companies including Le Petit Theatre, Rivertown Theatre, Southern Reparatory and Jefferson Performing Arts Society in such jobs as master carpenter, deck chief, and stage manager. He received his BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. Philip first worked with The NOLA Project serving as technical director on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and has since served as the technical director on Marie Antoinette. Prior to his acceptance as a company member, Philip served a two year term as a member of the Board of Directors for The NOLA Project. For the past several years Philip has been working at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts serving as both a member of the Theatre Design Faculty as well as the Technical Director for the campus.
Richard Alexander Pomes was born and raised in New Orleans where he acted in local productions and attended NOCCA as a musical theatre student. As a member of The NOLA Project, he has appeared in Get This Lake Off My House, Assassins, Taste, A Kingdom of Statues, J.B., Mr. Marmalade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Poona The F*ckdog, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. After working as a performer at Walt Disney World and as the National Brand Ambassador for Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, he co-founded RapJab, a branding and marketing strategy agency. When not acting Richard also serves as the Marketing Director for The NOLA Project.
Sam Dudley originally hails from Los Angeles and made his way to New Orleans, as many of his company members also have, by way of New York. He holds a BFA from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He appeared in The NOLA Project productions of Romeo and Juliet (Balthasar), Is He Dead? (O’Shaughnessy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute), Almost an Evening (One), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Boyet), Mr. Marmalade (Larry), Side Man (Clifford), and Assassins (Leon Czolgosz), as well as Chicken Little (Foxy Loxy), Damn Yankees (Smokey), and The Little Dog Laughed (Alex) with Le Petit Theatre. He also directed the final play in Almost an Evening and served as Lighting Designer for A Behanding in Spokane.
Sarah Chatelain grew up in the small town of New Roads, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans in 2009 for school. Sarah is a proud graduate of The University of New Orleans where she found her love of theatre. Sarah started her college career as a Film major, but quickly got sucked into the theatre world as a stage manager and hasn’t stopped since. The NOLA Project first took her under its wing as stage manager for the hysterically funny original play Oregon Trail: The Play for the 2013 Fringe Festival. Since then, she has worked with the company on: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Adventures in Wonderland, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (NPHSI), Camille, and Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand. Sarah has also worked with Le Petit Theatre on Peter and the Starcatcher, The Elm Theatre on The Gingham Dog, Cripple Creek Theatre Company on The Shaker Chair and Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts on Spamalot.
Sean Glazebrook is an educator, actor, and founding member of the NOLA Project, as well as the Director of Arts Programs for Lusher Charter Schools. He holds a dual B.F.A. in Theatre & History from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an Ed.M. in Education Policy & Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. NOLA Project credits include The Cripple Of Inishmaan (Mammy), The Misanthrope (Philinte), The Wind in the Willows (Mr. Toad), J.B. (Zuss), Kingdom of Statues (Griselda Esmerelda), What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight? (himself), Love’s Labor’s Lost (King), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Much Ado About Nothing (Boracchio). Sean has performed with Southern Rep in Speech and Debate (Solomon), Sick (Jim), The Four of Us (Benjamen), and Red (Ken), and originated roles in the world premieres of Pete McElligott’s With a Bang (Halbick) and Tennessee Williams’ The Pretty Trap (Tom). He can be seen each month in the ongoing, live-action soap opera Debauchery. Sean is a specialist in arts-integrated curriculum, the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, and professional development for educators.
Shauna Leone graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 2004, was nominated for a Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for The Possession of Mrs. Jones in 2005 then realized that a career as a costume designer for theatre did not require living in L.A. for the rest of her life. After a brief stint designing costumes at a resort in the Caribbean, she made her way to her city of choice, New Orleans. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with some of her best friends and favorite actors on The NOLA Project’s Mr. Marmalade, Almost An Evening, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and looks forward to many more. Some other local credits include The Sicilian Bachelor and Suessical, Jr. at JPAS and The Old New Orleans Little Big Vaudeville Variety Show. Shauna also designs costumes for films such as Eli Roth’s ‘The Last Exorcism’ and MTV’s ‘Worst.Prom.Ever’.
Originally from Montclair, NJ, Will is an actor and singer/songwriter. He has been a member of The NOLA Project since its first production in the summer of 2005. NOLA credits include, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Get This Lake Off My House, The Wind in the Willows, The Misanthrope, and What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight?. New York acting credits include: The Current War (MTC workshop, dir. Sam Buntrock), Spacebar: A Broadway Play By Kyle Sugarman (Studio 42), Fly By Night (Ars Nova), Firemen (The Tank). Regional / International credits include: Once: The Musical (A.R.T. dir. John Tiffany), Candida (Palm Beach Dramaworks, Carbonell Award nomination), A Woman of No Importance (Yale Rep, dir. James Bundy), Always Almost Something (Bogazici University, Instanbul, dir. Christopher Bayes), A Day In Dig Nation (Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Yale Cabaret), Much Ado About Nothing (RADA). Will is the co- author / composer of the new rock musical, Fly By Night, which received its world premiere in July 2011 at TheatreWorks (Palo Alto, CA) and later played New York City at Playwright’s Horizons. He has appeared on Broadway in the cast of Once: The Musical. Education: BFA, NYU Tisch; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Listen to songs at www.myspace.com/willconnollyep.