Rosalind Thomas-Clark continues to work professionally as an actor and director for stage, radio, and film. Committed to theatre for social change, she runs her own theatre company, TC Squared: New Theatre Outside the Box, which produces Staged Readings of original work, often created in the TC2 Play Lab, and addressing relevant contemporary issues. As director of The Great War Theatre Project, a multi-media piece, which commemorates the centenary of World War One, she has been invited to tour schools and to perform in Boston, New York, London and South Africa. Her most recent acting role in Boston was as Hecuba in Trojan Women. She co-teaches Company One Theatre’s Acting Class for professionals, and headed the team for the prestigious, experiential summer program, British Cultural Connections, which, after eighteen inspiring years of working with student and educators, ended operations.
A life-long teacher of literature, theatre and the arts, Ms. Thomas-Clark received her undergraduate degree in theatre from the Guildhall School in London, and her master’s degree at Brown University. Involved in several start-up arts organizations, she was the founder and director of the Theatre Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland; the South Island Workshop and the Music Theatre Group in London, England; the Open House Community Arts in Yorkshire, England; the Watershed at the Bristol Arts Centre in England; and The Maidment Arts Centre at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Her work with the urban community has included founding TOY (Theatre Outreach for Youth) during her time at Brown University. She was a founding faculty member and Chair of Theatre at the Boston Arts Academy for ten years. The recipient of a SURDNA Arts Teacher’s Fellowship in 2003, she studied with Augusto Boal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed, working in prisons, favelas, and with other community organizations. In the summer of 2006, she traveled with ten BAA students to perform at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in Scotland, UK. She was awarded Boston’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, and a SURDNA Artist Colony Grant in 2008. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near her three children and five grandchildren.
Milourdes (Mimi)’s previous experience with writing is in poetry and short stories, and she made her playwriting debut in TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Festival and Playwriting Lab. She hopes to find the time and the sanity to continue down this journey! As an actor, Mimi has performed in several shows, including Reflections on Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre and Hookman at Company One.
Kadahj is a graduate from Hamilton College and is currently a theater instructor and alumnus at the Boston Arts Academy. He is no stranger to the stage. Recent credits include directing and performing selections from 365 Days/365 Plays in NYC; participating in Orestes 2.0; The Last Minstrel Show; Woyzeck; Slaughter City; Fires In The Mirror; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s 2010 presentation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and in 2006 of A More Perfect Union by Kirsten Greenidge. In 2012, he opened for Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia, and he participated in staged readings for Jesse Tolbert’s Tale of a Lonely Recluse at W.H.A.T. Kadahj played he lead role in Company One’s production of How We Got On. Kadahj is open to whatever opportunities TC Squared will provide.
Elle holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied with the Atlantic Theatre Company. She worked on the ABC pilot “Boston’s Finest” (2010) and was featured in the short film “Sung” (2012). Her most recent credits are Actor 6/Black Woman in We are Proud to Present a Presentation… (Company One), First Voice/ Sweet in The Purple Flower, and She in 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues with Sleeping Weazel Theater Company. She was excited to embark on an adventure with The Great War Theatre Project.
Tory is a native of Boston, and graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2006. He was seen in Company One’s The Overwhelming and in their controversial production of Neighbors, playing Jim Crow Junior in blackface. While at Boston Arts Academy, Tory began to develop his idea for ARTiculation, the spoken word and music phenomena that has taken Boston by storm. Whether he is writing, singing, or presenting poetry with ARTiculation, or improvising with Boston Improv, Tory never fails to try new things. He works as a Teaching Artist in the Boston Public Schools. He is excited to be a part of TC SQUARED.
Zadina (Boston Arts Academy ’03) is now a wife and a mother who will be welcoming a newborn baby girl this fall with her husband and one year old son. Formerly, as a middle school geography and civics teacher in Boston, Zadina has finally pursued her vision of becoming a history teacher and will now pursue her dream of attending law school next Spring. Raised in Roxbury, and a former theatre student at Boston Arts Academy, Zadina looks forward to exploring what it means to be a student of the law who will integrate her skills from teaching, history and the arts to explore the field of Real Estate with an emphasis on helping to create change in Boston and within the greater Boston communities.
Eve began her theatre training at Boston Arts Academy, where she graduated in 2002. Favorite roles include Lady in Yellow from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf and Tituba from The Crucible. She also stage managed the original ensemble piece Xcentricity. After graduating from BAA, Eve moved to New York City where she worked as a producer and field producer for local production companies. Eve also modeled, recorded and performed electronic dance music. Returning to Boston in 2010, Eve joined Company One’s Professional Development for Actors class, led by Rosalind Thomas-Clark and Victoria Marsh, where she played the Cat from Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Susan from David Mamet’s Race. Most recently she participated in TC Squared’s staged readings for Jesse Tolbert’s Tale of a Lonely Recluse at W.H.A.T., and Natalie Nayman’s Old Ship of Zion for Company One. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jamila (Boston Arts Academy ’05) is a theatre artist, community organizer, and youth worker who grew up in Roxbury, MA. She attended Boston Arts Academy as a theatre major and received a full scholarship to Howard University’s theatre department, where she developed her skills as an artist, then transferred to Temple University to major in African American Studies. Here she began her journey as an artist/activist by starting Raw Fruit Theater Troupe. She has acted in and directed several shows, including For Colored Girls… by Ntzoke Shange and a series of short plays called Learning To Swim, which was part of the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival. Jamila was the co-writer and director of Raw Fruit’s first original piece, Love, Queens Who Suffer From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a choreopoem inspired by her own life experience, and the work of great female literary artists like Ntzoke Shange. Excerpts from this piece were featured in the NEXT STAGE reading by TC SQUARED.
A graduate of the BA Theater Education and Acting program at Emerson College, Maria works as both an actor and instructor in the Boston area. Recent acting credits include Top Girls (Bad Habit Productions), Now the Jerk is Somewhere Else (German Stage), and A Winter’s Tale (Emerson Stage). Maria has also taught acting classes with Newton Community Education and John Robert Powers Talent Agency of New England. She was an understudy for The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth.
Alexander graduated as a theatre major from Boston Arts Academy in 2008. His Boston theatre credits include The Sing Song Show; Romeo And Juliet; House Of Blue Leaves; Ring Round The Moon; Blues For Mister Charlie; Pink Panther Strikes Again, and Angel Academy for the Berubian theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Film credits include Broke; By Chance, for Beyond Measure Productions, and as co-host in Lights, Camera, Action a Latin American reality segment show. He has been involved with TC Squared since its inception, producing the trailer video and offering technical assistance. He has recently worked with TC Squared during a November workshop for W.H.A.T, and has joined other BAA alumni in staged readings.
Christina is a member of SAG. Her passion is telling the stories of Asian American women and immigrants. Christina is the recipient of numerous artist fellowships and artist in residencies. She has created, performed and produced several highly acclaimed solo and ensemble performance pieces. She received her acting training at Trinity Rep. Conservatory in Rhode Island and The Royal National Theatre in London. Christina is the co-founder of The Breaking Silences Project (www.thebreaking- silencesproject.com). This multi-faceted artistic project seeks to raise awareness and educate about the alarmingly high suicide and depression rates of Asian American girls and young women. She has participated in TC Squared’s Playwriting Lab and Ten-Minute Play Festival at Boston Playwritght’s Theatre.
Raiza (Boston Arts Academy ’05) is a Founding Board member of TC Squared, and has been instrumental in building the launch of this new BAA Alumni Theatre Company. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in Finance, and a minor in Economics. While at BAA, she won the Technical Theatre Award, and was credited as Production Manager for several shows. She has produced all the Staged Readings to date with TC Squared. Her play Voice In Her Head was performed as part of the TC Squared One-Act Play Festival at the Boston Centre for the Arts in 2013. Her Ten-Minute play Marriage For All was performed at the Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. She is developing more work in the TC Squared Playwrights Lab with dramaturg Marty Kingsbury.
Gabriella (Boston Arts Academy ’05) studied theatre in London at the E15 Acting School. She has been involved in several of the Next Stage readings, as both playwright and actor. In Boston, she was a Board Member with the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. She was the executive producer of Oleanna by David Mamet, being produced this summer by Can’t Wait Productions. She traveled to South Africa and Swaziland, gaining inspiration and material for the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Gabriella would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support, as well as the families she works for, and Tavolo for letting her take the time she needs to commit to her art.
Erika (Boston Arts Academy ’01) graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Emerson College and taught Spanish and Theatre at English High School in Boston. She is a member of the Founding Board of TC Squared and helped to define the mission statement and launch The Next Stage. A member of Company One’s Professional Development for Actors class, Erika was seen in their Showcase on stage at the BCA, in scenes from Anthony and Cleopatra and A Bright Room Called Day. Onstage roles include The Colored Museum (BAA) and Twelfth Night (Emerson Stage). Erika is an alumna of the first BAA Class of 2001, and was chosen to speak at graduation on the stage of the Shubert Theatre. She is now married and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and daughter.
Taoe was the recipient of the Franklin Worthington Taylor Award when he graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2008. His play Dead Friendship was showcased that year, and received great reviews. Taoe is completing a degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and was seen as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A member of Company One’s Professional Development for Actors class, Taoe was seen on stage at the BCA, in scenes from Orphans and Gruesome Playground Injuries. Taoe continues to develop his writing and acting for both film and stage, and was thrilled to be a part of the launch of TC SQUARED.
Blyss feels most at home when she’s on stage because it’s the only place where all the nonsense in her head can be put to good use. When she first came up with the name in 2007, she has been passively trying to recruit members for her band, The Shapely Bolsheviks. Blyss’s limited musical ability has proved a hindrance to this recruitment. Her other hobbies include baking, adorning herself in fine neckwear, lip-synching to girl group songs, and fighting the power. She typically limits herself to a maximum of two of those activities at a time. She has participated in TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre in 2014.
Jahcobie (Boston Arts Academy ’08), a Writer, Director, Filmmaker and Bi-Coastal Artist, based in Los Angeles, is a native of Boston, MA, and was raised in the Dorchester/Roxbury communities. Jahcobie is a high school graduate of Boston Arts Academy, where he studied Theatre Arts and became the school’s first Media Arts Major. He holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. His work has been featured across America and abroad, including Germany, the MFA Boston, Los Angeles RedCat Theater, Dallas, and Philadelphia. He has also worked for The City of Santa Clarita Heroin Kills film campaign. Jahcobie is the founder of CoCo Chic Productions. His poetic writing METEMPSYCHOSIS was featured in Psychic Outlaws, at CalState University/ Los Angeles Luckman Arts Complex. He is an active playwright for TC Squared, and his play, Qui’ Mo Chic, was developed in readings at The Boston Playwrights Theatre, WHAT, and the Boston Centre for the Arts Plaza Theatre. His play Chasing Gratitude was performed at TC2’s Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. JahcobieCosom.com
Yolandi was a junior at Boston Arts Academy when she was selected for the chosen spot offered by TC SQUARED to promising current BAA student playwrights. As a sophomore, Yolandi was part of the Emerson Theater Festival, performing in The Color Experiment directed by John ADEkoje, in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream directed by Jason Bowen, and, this year, in The Waiting Room written by John ADEkoje. Yolandi is an aspiring playwright, poet, actor, and filmmaker, and is pleased to have her work showcased in The Next Stage. Her play Samson was performed as part of the TC Squared One-Act Play Festival at the Boston Centre for the Arts in 2013. Yolandi is a published poet.
Inés de la Cruz hails from Boston and is of Dominican origin. She has received training from Company One’s Professional Development for Actors program, The Actor’s Workshop, and Boston Casting’s Media Performance Institute. She is featured in various MassArt student films, ESL, and Spanish language educational videos. Inés has been a member of Escena Latina Teatro (ELT) since 2006, and has performed in various company productions. She is currently cast as Anyula in ELT’s production of the Argentine play, La Nona by Roberto Cossa. Inés is excited and proud to work with TC Squared and form part of the amazing cast of The Great War Theatre Project.
After graduating from the Boston Arts Academy with awards in Technical Theatre, Natasha (’04) went on to study Film and Photography at Emerson College on a full scholarship. In 2005, she decided to leave Emerson and move to Australia. In the past six years she has completed two degrees in Australia and recently applied for Permanent Residency there. When not working as a Primary School teacher, Natasha spends her time studying fire twirling, rock climbing, writing, and working on intimate/confronting self-portraits. She is currently studying Afro-Colombian dance and training with the Australian Women’s Circus, developing her skills in trapeze, Chinese pole and acro-balance. On her 23rd birthday, Natasha flew a plane. She is hoping to learn how to drive soon.
Liz is excited to work with TC Squared and the talented writers, cast and directors. Liz is a SAG-AFTRA actress who also enjoys producing films. Liz has appeared in Chinglish at the Lyric Stage, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to the Heavens with Apollonaire Theatre Company. In her free time she loves running international marathons. She played the role of Kim in Shameless Breathing by Milourdes Augustine as part of TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2014. Special thanks to Ros and Victoria who made this possible.
Jadira’s love of theatre began when she was a theatre major at Boston Arts Academy. Acting credits include Escena Latina Teatro, Underground Railway Theatre, and TC Squared. Her recent stage managing credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Hidden Faces of Courage, and Stage Manager for Vinegar Tom, TC Squared’s Qui Mo Chic and The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth. She was happily back on stage for multiple roles in TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2014.
Gianella is a graduate of theatre from Boston Arts Academy where she was the stage manager for the production, A More Perfect Union, which traveled to Scotland for the Fringe Festival. She went on to study theater at Salem State University. While a student at Salem State, she was involved in creating a student group dedicated to exploring the connections between spoken word poetry, hip hop, and theater, Urban Arts Theater. She has also been pursuing being a spoken word artist. She is a part of a spoken word group Writers Block along with Matt Ganem, Kimo Hill, and Dana Ruff. Recently, she had the honor of playing Astro Boy in Company One’s production of Astro Boy and the God of Comics written and directed by Natsu Onda Powers. She happy to be along side her mentor TC doing such important work with the Great War Theatre Project.
Brandon’s previous acting credits include: Lloyd Boateng in One Man, Two Guvnors (Cape Rep), Marty in ..U.M.. (Brandeis) which he also wrote, and Actor 2/Black Man in We are Proud to Present a Presentation… (Company One). He holds an MFA from Brandeis University and a BA from Alabama State University.
After 27 years working in the Cambridge Public Schools, Lynne is embarking on a new venture: acting. She has taken the Company One Professional Development for Actors course twice and has appeared in two showcases. She played Edna, a 74 year old working prostitute, in Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession; Mama in ‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman; Miranda in The Devil Wears Prada by Aline Brosh McKenna; and Eleanor in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. She was delighted to be a part of TC Squared’s Staged Reading at the Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2014. Lynne looks forward to many more roles and theatrical challenges ahead.
Sam graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2012 and debuted his play here at TC Squared. Film and Theater have always been passions of his since he was a kid. He has performed in productions at Boston Children’s Theater such as Templeton in Charlotte’s Web. At Boston Arts Academy he was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Jason Bowen, and Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Maura Tighe. He is studying filmmaking and writing at college.
Ely Harris is a recent graduate from Bucknell University where he appeared in many of the university’s theatre and dance performances. He studied political science and education at Bucknell before becoming a first grade teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2009 as a theatre major. Some of his acting credits include: Night Train, Bolina, Macbeth, No Exit, and Pride and Prejudice. Ely was a featured dancer in two Bucknell Dance Company Concerts where he performed Choreographic Offering by José Limón. He’s so pleased to be a member of the cast of The Great War Theatre Project.
Benito graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2012, having distinguished himself on stage in several productions, including Marisol, Giants, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Soul Element’s original piece The Worst Days of Our Lives. A member of Company One’s Professional Development for Actors class, Benito was seen in the last Showcase on stage at the BCA, in scenes from Orphans and Ruined. He appeared in Company One’s Fringe Wars in J.C. Tolbert’s A Lonely Recluse. Benito is a student at Mass Bay Community College, and plans to transfer to a school where he can pursue his love of theatre. He has contributed over several years to the growth of TC Squared.
Originally from Costa Rica, Emilia (Boston Arts Academy ’02) is fluent in both English and Spanish. In 1996, when she was eleven years old, her family migrated to the United States. With only one suitcase each, they traveled for almost a year. She met Mickey Mouse in Orlando, went on her first date in Oregon, and saw her first snowfall in New York. Finally, her family settled down in Boston, where she attended the Boston Arts Academy and graduated as a Theatre Major. In 2005, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She joined the Actors’ Gang early upon arrival and performed in several plays, one of which won the LA Weekly award for Best Revival Play of the year. She has had intensive training in Improvisation, Clowning, and Commedia, and has been a principal performer in a number of national commercials.
Elbert (Boston Arts Academy ’01) is proud to be an ASL Interpreter for TC Squared. He is an actor, playwright, tech crew member, American Sign Language coach, and theatrical interpreter. His acting credits include: Hysteria at Nora Theatre; Peter Pan at Wheelock Family Theatre; Ryan Landry, American Repertory Theatre; Ensemble, The Whizz, Dust Orphan Theatre; Harwich Junior Theatre; and Project Shakespeare, Lyric Stage. His ASL coaching and interpreting credits include: The Lion King; Wicked; Mary Poppins, Boston Opera House; Fences, Huntington Theatre; Road to Mecca (coaching) at Boston University; and many shows at Wheelock Family Theatre. His next ASL coaching project is West Side Story at the Colonial Theatre. EJ believes the arts inspire and transform lives! He thanks TC and her company for making him feel welcome!
Michael grew up and currently resides in Dorchester and graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2003. Formally an instrumentalist at Berklee College of Music, he became hooked on theatre at an improv class, and now continues to be in most TC Squared performances while continuing his work as an actor on the Boston stage. His recent credits include Our Town (Huntington Theatre); Splendor and Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo (Company One); and References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre). He directed Gideon Bautista’s play How I Became a Saxophone for the TC2 Ten-Minute Play Festival.
Katie graduated with High Honors from the Boston Arts Academy in 2003, where she majored in Theatre. While at BAA, her primary focus was on Stage and Production Management, and she was Stage Manager for the 2002 production of The Laramie Project. Katie continued her pursuits in theatre for several years at Hampshire College, where she designed her own course of study in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature. She was Stage Manager for One Flea Spare (2003) and Producer for The Swan (2004). She was also a contributing performer and writer in the ensemble-based production, Other: A Play By and About Multi-Racial Asians. Her monologue from Other was featured in The Nexus, a student publication at UMass Amherst. Katie’s material was presented in a TC2 Staged Reading at the BCA. Since graduating in 2007, Katie has worked as a teacher at schools and afterschool programs in the Boston area, but has recently committed herself to her career as a full-time writer. She is currently working on her first novel.
Sabina, born in Boston, MA, discovered a passion for the arts at a young age, attended Boston Arts Academy, and is now at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, majoring in theatre. Acting credits at BAA include Caucasian Chalk Circle, Saint Joan, The Wedding Band, Rent and Beyond Therapy. Sabina participated in the METG, playing Angel in 3014. One of her proudest moments as an artist was having her play Circus of Nightmares produced for her Senior Showcase. At UMass, Boston, she was cast in The Vagina Monologues. Her play Lost Connections was performed as part of TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Festival in 2014. Her belief is that performing is not only about entertaining an audience, but also about taking them on a journey.
Laura is thrilled to be a part of such a unique theatre piece as The Great War Theatre Project. Some Boston credits include Soul Mates with Boston Actors Theatre, Songs of the Dragons Flying to the Heavens with Apollonaire Theatre Company and the IRNE nominated Nina Variations with Brown Box Theatre Project. This summer Laura will be devising a piece with Brown Box and Icaro Teatro. She holds a BA in theatre from Clark University and studied at the Accademia dell’arte.
James (Boston Arts Academy ’03) is a devoted thespian who was nominated in 2012 for Best Actor in his role as Ochoosi Size in the Brother/Sister plays at Company One. Other credits include Splendor, In Our Name, A Clockwork Orange, 103 Within The Veil, Den Of Thieves, Six Rounds Six Lessons, The Gibson Girls, The Good Negro, The Emancipation Of Mandy And Miz Ellie (Company One); Trajectories (Chicago); Shoeshine Safari (Huntington Theatre); The Emperor Jones (Commonwealth Theatre Company); Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); Zooman & The Sign, Feathers On My Arm, Bess The Brave (African American Theatre Festivals). In 2010, James was awarded the David Wheeler Award for Best Emerging Actor by Company One. James performed for TC Squared in several Stagad Readings as well as at WHAT (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) in Cosom’s Qui’ Mo Chic. He currently teaches theatre in schools and community centers across the Greater Boston area.
A Boston native and Boston Arts Academy alumnus, Danny made his professional debut in the 2003 Boston Fringe Theatre Festival, performing in Inner City Blues. Other credits include Clara’s Old Man (African American Theatre Festival 2005), and THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT and SPLENDOR at Company One. Danny has performed with TC Squared since 2009 in several Staged Readings, including a performance at WHAT, and is part of the ensemble for The Great War Theatre Project. He thanks his grandmother and the rest of his family for their love and support.
Jess Mullen (Boston Arts Academy ‘01) works at Harvard University and the American Repertory Theater, then spends the rest of her time writing. She has participated in the Taos Summer Writing Conference, studied with Francesca Lia Block, and taught English all over France, most recently in Lyon. She started writing Salon d’Éte as an actor frustrated with the choice of scenes and monologues that passed the Bechdel test. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Rose Red Review and the Kindred Collective.
As a Boston Arts Academy Theatre major, Jaclene, she appeared in several productions including Twelfth Night, The Laramie Project and Sabrina Fair. Jaclene won Best Female Ensemble Award at the Emerson Theatre Festival. She spent a year at American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York studying acting. Some roles she played there included Millamant in The Way of the World and Meredith in 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress. A member of Company One’s Professional Development for Actors class, Jaclene was seen on stage at the BCA in scenes from Mr. Nice Guy and Pygmalion. Her interests include student filmmaking, modern and burlesque dance and collecting old movie memorabilia.
As someone who is committed to having as much fun as possible, she reads and writes voraciously and contrives ways to travel the world with her charming husband. She is extremely interested in child protection and juvenile justice and currently earns her pittance by wrangling high schoolers. Her play Bloody Mary was performed at TC Squared’s Ten-Minute Play Lab. Thanks to Marty, Ros, and Victoria, and the fantastically creative, insightful, and supportive playwrights and actors in the Playwriting Lab.
Theresa Nguyen is ecstatic to be a new member of the The Great War Theater Project ensemble. Boston credits include Sila with Central Square Theater and Water By the Spoonful with The Lyric Stage Company. She holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. Theresa recently appeared as Orlando in Orlando with Bad Habit Productions.
Marquita Niles gained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pine Manor College, with a concentration in Adolescent Behavior. She is native to Boston, Massachusetts where acting became her avenue and focus at Boston Arts Academy. Teaching youth theatre, alongside her writing, Marquita is proud to say that she has had the opportunity of working with Boston’s own fringe theatre company, ARTiculation, and has also participated in Company One’s Professional Development for Actor’s classes. She has written for and performed with TC Squared, where she has deepened her acting and writing as a participant in the Playwrights Lab. Marquita’s biggest drive is family, youth and her community.
Catherine lives and writes in Boston. She holds her MFA in Playwriting, a BS in Communications and Journalism and a graduate Certificate in Screenwriting from Emerson College, where she currently teaches in the Creative Writing Studio Program. Her plays have been produced by Boston Actors Theater, Argos Productions and Actor’s Shakespeare Project. O’Neill is a published Smith and Kraus author; Best Male Monologues for the Stage 2012, and The Resurrections, BTM XIII. O’Neill’s full length play The Fence will run March 2015 at Boston Center for the Arts. O’Neill is a community relations consultant in Boston for real estate developers (a playwright has to pay bills). O’Neill is grateful to Marty Kingsbury, TC Squared and the Kingsbury playwrights for allowing her to be part of their creative community, and giving My Son’s Mother its first voice in the Ten-Minute Play Lab at Boston Playwright’s Theatre.
Marc was thrilled to join The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth. Boston credits include Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), I Am a Camera (Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre), A Soldier’s Play (Roxbury Repertory), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (Company One/ArtsEmerson), What to Listen For (ArtsEmerson), Now The Jerk Is Somewhere Else Again (Goethe-Institut Boston), A Raisin in the Sun (ENC
Theater), Complete Works (abridged), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Hallway Plays: Paraffin and Nursing (Emerson College). NY credits include Flirt, Sister Gladys Needs Help (Love Creek Productions) and The Imaginary Life of Millo St. Jean (Snapdragon Theatre Works). Film/TV credits include Twelve (Radar Pictures). Marc received his BFA in acting at Emerson College and is a member of Love Creek Productions and Play Club of the Unknown Artists in NYC.
A graduate of Boston Arts Academy, Nikki is a Founding Member of TC Squared and continues to be active on the Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. Emerson Stage credits include The Me Nobody Knows and The Hot L Baltimore. She was cast in John ADEkoje’s film, Knock Around Kids, and traveled to the UK with Rosalind Thomas-Clark to assist with the London Cultural Connections summer program. Nikki has performed in several productions with TC Squared, as well as facilitating the Workshop Retreats at W.H.A.T. She has performed in Company One’s Grimm, Hookman and Splendor. Currently Arts Director at Dorchester Academy, Boston, she is also an M.Ed. candidate at Lesley University with a specialization in Theatre Studies. She lives in Quincy with her husband and daughter.
Raymond (Boston Arts Academy ‘04) has spent several years on the ever-thriving Boston acting scene. He was part of Shakespeare Now’s production of Julius Caesar, and Company One’s production of GRIMM, which presented a gritty adaptation of The Brothers Grimm fairytales from playwrights such as Gregory Maguire and John Kuntz, among others. His most notable Boston roles include Judas in The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Company One), Alex in A Clockwork Orange (Company One), Jack in Clara’s Ole Man (Our Place Theatre Co.), and miscellaneous roles including Elaine Brown in Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. (Company One). Raymond has also done background work on a couple of movies filming in the Boston area.
Josh, a Jamaica Plain native, is ecstatic to rejoin the theatre community after nearly a decade in other worlds. He began his thespian journey as a theatre major at Boston Arts Academy, where his roles included Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lt. Byrd in A Soldier’s Story; Tiger in Fresh Flags of America; Matt Galloway and Aaron McKinney in The Laramie Project; and multiple roles in Grand Magic. Whoopi Goldberg awarded Josh the accolade of Best Male Actor for his role in The Lost Elevator at the Emerson High School Theatre Festival. He was assistant to director Ros Thomas-Clark for the production of You Must Not Speak. Josh is delighted to be a member of the TC Squared Ensemble of The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth
Magda Spasiano is thrilled to join the cast of The Great War Theater Project. Boston credits include In Our Eyes, A More Perfect Union, and Last Days of Judas Iscariot, all with Company One, and Train Wrecked/a memoir and Where’d You Go with Roxbury Rep. She is a longtime teaching artist, having led programs at the Boston Center for the Arts and Strand Theater. As a teaching artist with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, directorial credits include Henry V and Romeo and Juliet (AD). She holds a degree in Drama from Tufts University.
Born and raised in Boston, Jesse has been acting since he was nine, having first appeared in The Little Prince with Boston Children’s Theatre. Jesse attended the Boston Arts Academy as a Theatre Major, performing, writing, directing and producing throughout his time there. As part of his senior thesis, he was applauded for his direction of scenes from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He was cast in Neighbors and Book of Grace with Company One. His short play A Lonely Recluse was mounted for Company One’s Fringe Wars, and later appeared as a work in progress at WHAT (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre). Jesse could not be more excited to have contributed to the TC Squared staged readings.
Paloma (Boston Arts Academy ’05) is a playwright and screenwriter, originally from the city of Boston, where she graduated from Boston Arts Academy. She studied Dramatic Writing at the NYU Tisch Summer Program, majoring in Writing for Film and Television at Emerson College, where she wrote and produced her first full-length play, RANT! In 2008. Excerpts were selected for the first Staged Reading of TC Squared at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2011. Her first short film, La Oficina, was selected for the competition in the Festival de Cine Global Domincano 2010, and Mujeres en Cortos 2011. Paloma moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to work as the Second AD for a Dominican sitcom. In the summer of 2010, she directed her first independent film, Saturday. This was showcased through the Dorchester Arts Collaborative in the Spring of 2011. Paloma has collaborated with various writers and directors both in Boston and the Dominican Republic, and has created an independent production company called La Gringa Loca Productions. A freelance Screenwriter/Script Editor, she teaches an independent Screenwriting Class through La Gringa Loca at the Cinemateca Dominicana, and works as a Drama Teacher at Saint Joseph’s School in Santo Domingo. She hopes to continue to collaborate on independent projects and grow as a writer and an artist. Her play Quesiocuanto! will be performed in Spanish by L’Escena Latina in Boston.
Veronica Wells (’06) was born and raised in Boston, graduating from Boston Arts Academy with many roles under her belt, as well as directing a piece for Senior Showcase. She graduated in Film and Video from Massachusetts College of Arts in 2010. Among her films are Mama V, Final Notice, and a video installation shown at the Artists’ Foundation and Mass College of Art. A strong supporter of and contributor to Boston’s La Escena Latina, where she played Marela in Ana En El Tropico, and was Stage Manager for La Nona. She is happy to work with TC Squared and to share it with her BAA family. Veronica is the videographer and editor for The Great War Theatre Project.
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