Meet the ArtStream Theatre Company and Cabaret Actors
Silver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Alex LightfootSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Andrew is a guitarist and composer from Crownsville, Maryland. He has been the Music Director with Silver Spring Company A for many years! He enjoys composing music, traveling, and performing live with his theatrical musical group, Night Watch Paradox.
Andrew StainerMusic Director
Anisa Zaman is a 25-year-old mentor from Silver Spring, Maryland. She is trained as a user experience designer. She is a creative type who enjoys music, art, film, and literature. She is happy to mentor at ArtStream and is looking forward to many more shows in the future.
This is Ann’s first-year volunteering with ArtStream. She recently moved to the area after retiring to be near her children and grandchildren. Over the course of her counseling career, Ann worked in community mental health centers, and was a case manager and supervisor for a disability management company. For the last 15 years, prior to her retirement, she worked in the school system in Pennsylvania, teaching students with disabilities, socialization and work skills, out in the community. Ann wants to give a shout out to all her new friends at Art Stream and her family for supporting her in her first acting debut.
Becky Birch is a 43-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. She started acting when she was 12 years old at Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts, now Imagination Stage. She does custodial work daily at NIST, a U.S. Government agency in suburban Maryland. She is employed by Didlake Contractors. Her fiancé, Max Rubenstein, is teaching her how to become a deejay. They enjoy travel, sports events, musical theater and being with their friends.
Becky BirchSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Becky is from Huntington Beach, California. She is excited to be back this year with the Silver Spring Company B family. Becky earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater from UC, San Diego and is currently earning a master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Maryland. Besides working on theater shows, she also loves to travel and watch TV. “I am impressed by the dedication, flexibility, and perseverance of our actors. It is a blessing to work with this extraordinary team. Thank you for providing the best job ever!”
Becky WebbTeaching Artist
Benjamin is a 32-year-old Rockville resident. This is his seventh year performing with ArtStream’s Silver Spring Company B. Ben is proud to be back with ArtStream and excited to be in Company B’s latest play. He thanks his family and friends for supporting him and says, “ArtStream and my fellow actors and mentors are the best!”
Benjamin GlantzSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Caroline is a 26-year-old actor from Darnestown, MD. This is her sixth year acting on the ArtStream stage! Caroline previously performed in ArtStream’s Shakespeare for All class. Caroline is creative offstage too. She does artwork and art sketching. She enjoys cooking and often prepares meals for her family. Caroline also enjoys reading.
Caroline GrabowSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Charlie Van Kirk
This is Charlie’s first show with ArtStream. She is 23 years old and got interested in acting in high school doing musi- cals and plays and got into the tech side of theatre while studying at Knox College. She directed Jimmy’s Space Drama (Knox College, 2020), stage managed Sorry, Wrong Number (Knox College, 2019), The Last Nickel (Silver Spring Community Theatre, 2022), Shakespeare in Love (2022)
and acted in The Laramie Project (Knox College, 2019), Almost Neverland (Knox College, 2018), Top Girls (Knox College, 2017) When she isn’t or stage managing, she’s enjoy playing DND or embroidering while listening to one of the many podcasts they follow. When she’s not stage managing for ArtStream, Charlie teaches at imagination stage, works as a standardized patient at GWU, and works in audience services at STC. “Thank you to my friends and family who came to see the show.”
Charlie Van KirkStage Manager
Chris is a 31-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his sixth year acting with ArtStream. Chris is a supply clerk at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends, watch movies via streaming, and play video games. He is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals and Formula 1 racing. “To my parents and friends, thank you for all your support. I could not have done it without you! And a big THANK YOU to ArtStream for making it possible for the show to go on!”
Chris PagonisSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Christoper “Kit” Sudbrink
Kit is a 24-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. Kit joined ArtStream in 2014. He took classes at Imagination Stage and performed at the Ivymount School and the Katherine Thomas High School. Kit especially enjoys musicals and Shakespeare. He volunteers at the Smith Environmental Education Center, taking care of the animals and their exhibits. Kit organizes hikes with his high school alumni group and loves to be outdoors in nature, exploring, swimming, hiking, or running. Kit also loves museums, history, and getting friends together to play games (card, board or video). “Live long and prosper.”
Christoper “Kit” SudbrinkSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Diana is a playwright, screenwriter, essayist, theatre critic, and creative writer from Silver Spring, Maryland. Diana has been a teaching artist with Round House Theatre since high school. Round House commissioned and produced Diana’s play “Beach Week” with their teen performance company. Diana wrote for the MTV scripted series “Faking It” and worked on the ABC Family show “Greek.” Diana was a finalist for the Humanitas New Voices writing award two years in a row for both comedy and drama writing. Diana received her MFA in Creative Writing at American University and her BS in Communication (Theatre Major with a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media) from Northwestern University.
Diana MetzgerAssistant Director
Eli is a 32-year-old actor living in Rockville, MD. He grew up in North Chevy Chase, MD. Eli has been acting with ArtStream for thirteen years and served as the client repre- sentative on the ArtStream Board of Directors from 2016 to 2017. Eli also performed with Imagination Stage and at summer camp. He works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a supply clerk. Eli enjoys collecting movie tickets and Special Olympics medals. “Thank you to mom, dad, Natalie, and all my friends from ArtStream.”
Eli LewisSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Elle Marie Sullivan
Elle is an actor, teaching artist, director, and intimacy direc- tor based here in DC. She has performed with Washington National Opera, National Ballet of Canada, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, Stillpointe Theatre, and others. She is a Shakespeare in Schools company member with Educational Theatre Company. She also teaches with Round House Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, and Imagination Stage. Some directing credits include Round House, Best Medicine Rep, and George Mason University. Elle is also on the leadership team for Voices Unbarred, the primary programing for Ally Theatre, and is a registered yoga instructor.
Elle Marie SullivanStage Manager
Eric is a 30-year-old actor from Takoma Park, Maryland. This is his eighth performance with ArtStream! Eric also performed and assistant directed with Lumina Studio Theatre, was an actor in the Blair High School Theatre Program, and was stage manager for The Nether and The Burn at Montgomery College. In addition to acting, Eric plays the guitar. Eric is also going to Montgomery College for his Associates of Arts. “Thank you for your support! Glad to be performing on-stage in front of all of you!!”
Eric EdwardsSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Faith is a 27-year-old Washington, D.C. native. She performed with ArtStream since 2019, after many years as a member of the Imagination Stage Pegasus Ensemble. Faith is an artist at the VisAbility Art Lab in Rockville, an active member and part-time employee at Main Street, a Special Olympics athlete, and avid dancer. Faith says, “Thank you to all the staff and mentors for making ArtStream so much fun!”
Faith McLuckieGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Ivy is a 24-year-old actor, who hails from sunny Rockville, Maryland. This is her fifth year with the company. Her favorite character to play so far was Anna Seattle, and her favorite ArtStream class was Comedy. Her other credits include acting and set crew for The Addams Family Musical at Damascus High School. She loves to act, dance, and sing. Ivy plays soccer and enjoys meeting new friends. She currently works at the Aspen Wood Senior Center.
Ivy GilatSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Jamie is a 31-year-old actor from Kensington, Maryland. He has acted with ArtStream for 12 seasons. Jamie performed on stage with St. Columba’s Players at St. Columba’s Church in Washington, DC. He also appeared in the 2017 short film Doctor Who: Village of the Daleks with J. Billian Productions. Jamie loves to read books about theatre and cinema history. He is also interested in politics and he volunteers with the campaigns of his favorite candidates. In January 2020, he was a member of Washington Revels’ King’s Court at their 12th Night celebration. Before the pandemic, he worked for Dogtopia. He looks forward to getting a job with dogs again sometime this year. “ArtStream is AWESOME!”
Jamie VeerhoffSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Jason is a 39-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. He joined ArtStream in 2016, this is his fourth performance with Silver Spring Company A. Jason works a main- tenance job at Planet Fitness. He enjoys comic-cons, sports, music, and movies. “Thanks to all my family and friends for your support!”
Jason HarttSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Jeffrey is a 32-year-old actor who recently moved into a townhouse in Germantown with a roommate. He is very excited about this! He joined ArtStream in 2013. Prior to performing with ArtStream, Jeffrey was part of the Pegasus cast at Imagination Stage. Jeffrey enjoys working at his job. He does data entry and filing at a financial services company. He also volunteers at a nursing home a few days a week. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys watching sports, swimming, music, surfing the web on the computer, and ArtStream classes. “Thank you to the ArtStream staff and cast members for making this a great show! I love being part of this group! Thanks to my family and friends for watching the show and for always supporting me!”
Jeffrey KeyserSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Jennifer is a 26-year-old teacher from Alexandria, Virginia. This is her third year & show with ArtStream, and first year as Assistant Director! She graduated from George Mason University in August 2021, and is currently working as a Lead Preschool Teacher in Springfield, VA. She is a fan of most genres in music, preferably pop. “I have been a huge fan of Michael Jackson since I was 12. He has been my idol ever since.” She loves shopping, being with family, and just doing what she loves. She is a huge football fan, especially when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens! “Whenever I’m at a football game, I always feel like I’m home, and in my element.” Being with ArtStream has given her a better understanding of what it’s like to be an actress, maintain focus at rehearsals, and just having a fun time! This is her first official show as an actor on stage with the Silver Spring Company B at ArtStream, and has enjoyed every bit! “It has been such an honor working with everyone at ArtStream these past few years! Thank you to all the staff and actors for making every experience one for the books!”
Jennifer PollardAssistant Director
JP is a 48-year-old actor originally from New York City, living in Bethesda, MD. JP started acting with ArtStream in 2007, one of the very first Theatre Company shows! JP began his acting career while in elementary school, playing various parts in productions by the Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts (BAPA). When he’s not on stage, JP is an usher at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Thanks to my family and friends.”
JP IllaramendiSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Kathryn is a Montgomery County native who is also a beloved Teaching Artist at ArtStream. Most recently she was the Assistant Director in Silver Spring B Theatre Company’s production of “Game Overboard,” which was her fifth production with ArtStream!
Kathryn LodgeTeaching Artist
Katy is a 35-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. She has been acting with ArtStream for seven years. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. Katy works as an archivist aide for the Archives of American Art. She enjoys painting, horseback riding, reading, and spending time with her cat, Leo. “Special thanks to my family and friends for all their love and support.”
Katy DonahueSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Langston is a 30-year-old actor who lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his mom. This is his sixth year performing with ArtStream. He was born in New York City and moved to Maryland at only two months old. Langston loves to dance, go out to dinner with his family and friends, travel, and watch movies with his buddies! “Congratulations to all my friends at ArtStream! You guys rock!”
Langston CaldwellSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Maggie Cammaroto is a DC-based actress, choreographer, and theatre educator. She is also a recent graduate of Georgetown University where she studied psychology, theatre, and theology. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a career in the healing modalities of performance, movement, and herbalism.
Mark is originally from Buffalo, NY. He started at ArtStream in 2018 as a volunteer mentor with the Gaithersburg Theatre Company. Mark recently directed the Alexandria Theatre Company. He is also served as Music Director for the Virginia Cabaret Company. Mark enjoys writing, performing, and experiencing live music. He loves writing everything from screenplays to inspirational text messages. Mark wishes “The biggest of leg-breaks to the cast and fellow creative team!”
Mark MummMusic Director
Michael is a 32-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. He has been with ArtStream since 2015. In addition to ArtStream, Michael also plays percussion instruments with the InterPLAY Orchestra. Michael enjoys hiking, playing Monopoly and checkers, and helping with trail maintenance at Woodend Nature Center. He also attends classes at Montgomery College. Michael is an accom- plished sailor and is looking forward to getting back out on the water this summer. The Lautenberger family is very grateful that Michael has been able to continue his connections with his ArtStream friends.
Michael LautenbergerSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Michael is a 42-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. His first ArtStream show was The Wizard of Ooohs and Aaahs. He also was in Shops and Robbers, Til Death Do Us Part, Camp Tumblesteed, A Tempest Tale, and Once Upon a Time in Egypt and Game Overboard. Michael appreciates being part of ArtStream. He loved working with Music Mike, and now loves working with Music Mark. In his spare time, he loves to play his electric bass guitar along with country and country gospel music. Every St Patrick’s Day, he is part of a band called the Lucky Charms that plays for a neighborhood party. He also enjoys watching movies, going for walks, visiting with family and friends, and reading the Boxcar Children books. He is delighted to be a part of Forcey Bible Church. Michael is great at communicating with everyone by email.
Michael PicconeSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Nadia lives in Rockville in her own apartment and works for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability. Her childhood friend, Josie Campbell, gave her the idea for her char- acter. Josie is a screenwriter in Los Angeles who wrote the miniseries The New Champion of Shazam. Nadia was selected for The Arc of Maryland Partners in Policymaking 2020. She joined ArtStream in 2013, first backstage, then onstage, with both Cabaret and Theatre Companies, and also volunteers with Silver Spring Stage. Nadia worked as a Production Assistant in the MD Cabaret.
Natalie is a writer, director, and actor. She is thrilled to be the director of ArtStream Silver Spring Theatre Company A since 2010. She began teaching classes for ArtStream in 2006. In 2009, Natalie created an original inclusive show for the Glebe Elementary S.M.A.R.T. program based on a classic children’s story. She developed the Cabaret Program for ArtStream in 2017 and directed the first Maryland Cabaret in 2018. In 2011, Natalie performed in the original ArtStream touring show “Pursuing the Runes” which toured area hospitals and bereavement camps. Outside of ArtStream she is a licensed tour guide and a tour developer and in 2001 she launched Historic Strolls, a company that combines historical walking tours with theatre to create a unique experience. She is the author and director of The Ghost Story Tour of Washington. She has been a guest expert for C-SPAN3 American History TV, The History Channel, Travel Channel and Canadian and French television, WAMU The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WUSA9 and NPR, CNN Radio and in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Politico, Roll Call, DCist and others. Natalie researches and writes original histor- ical theater pieces. She trains and costumes actors for museum events such as: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and for the National Archives Sleepover at the Archives. She created an historical three-character drama for the hip-hop theatre artist, Holly Bass.
Natalie ZaninTeaching Artist
Norah Juzenas is an assistant director from Silver Spring, Maryland. She just graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School and will attend Macalester College this fall. She plans to major in Psychology and Spanish and is on the Varsity cross country and track team at Macalester.
Norah JuzenasAssistant Director
Patrick is a 32-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. He is one of the original members of Silver Spring B. This is his twelfth year performing. Patrick works for Sodexo and is an administrative member of the Rockville VFD. For 22 years he has been a Special Olympic athlete in basketball, soccer, and track and field. He loves music, movies, dancing, and is looking forward to getting back to all these activities! He is a wonderful uncle to Jamison and Olivia. He is proud to be living in his own apartment at Main Street.
Patrick JonesSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Ravi is a 42-year-old actor from Burtonsville, MD. This is his eleventh year acting with ArtStream! Ravi can’t wait to go back to volunteering at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Bethesda, MD. He loves to watch sports and movies from India.
Ravi JesraniSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Robin is a 22-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. He is thrilled to be in his second ArtStream production, having acted in Munch Ado last year. Robin also acted previously with the Pegasus Ensemble at Imagination Stage, Prospero in The Tempest and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Robin is in Kennedy Krieger’s Meaningful Community Services program, loves jokes, and loves all kinds of music. He is having a great time using his musical skills in Football! Finals! Finances! He also likes to share his love of music on his radio show on Takoma Radio, and he has had a great time getting to know all his new ArtStream friends!
Russell is an actor who lives in Germantown, MD in his own apartment. He is a veteran of the ArtStream stage for over 12 years. He also acted at Imagination Stage, Montgomery College, and in high school. During the day, he does accounting. Russell loves to cross-stitch, do jigsaw puzzles, and watch TV. “I always look forward to seeing what the ArtStream world has in store for me next year.”
Russell LeFurgySilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Rye is a 27-year-old currently residing in Olney, MD with his partner, Haley, his dog, Kiko, and his two cats, Gretl and Stevie. Rye is thrilled to be returning to the Black Box for his ninth season with Silver Spring B and fourth year as a director or co-director. Rye began volunteering in ArtStream classes in summer of 2014 after seeing the Gaithersburg productions of Great Scott! The Scottish Musical and My Big Fat Greek Myth at Olney Theatre Center. Rye was delighted to be invited to join Silver Spring B as a mentor that fall and has been busy on Tuesday nights ever since. Rye has always been deeply involved in the arts and passionate about promoting inclusivity and self-expression in everything he does. He credits his family and the ArtStream community for inspiring him to pursue his work as a teaching artist and direct support professional. Rye is looking forward to many more magical years with ArtStream. “I would like to give a huge thanks and congratulations to the amazing cast and crew for all of your hard work, dedication, and creativity this season. Gardeners of the Galaxy: A Superfoods Musical! truly would not be possible without you and I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished together. A special shout out to the Silver Spring B families, friends, and staff for all that you do behind the scenes. I hope you enjoy the show!”
Rye EllisTeaching Artist
Sabrini is a 31-year-old actor from Potomac, MD. This is her fourth show with ArtStream! Sabrini began performing in high school, where she worked with other students on the Daily Morning Show. During her junior year, Sabrini also performed in a talent show. Sabrini is active with Spirit Club and ArtStream. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, watching movies, dancing, and cooking. “Thanks to my family for supporting my dreams!”
Sabrini BabuSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Sandra is a choreographer and dancer and has been work- ing and teaching dance to older adults and special needs populations in the Greater Washington D.C. area for more than 25 years. She has worked with Artstream since 2010 and is a Master Teacher for dance/choreography. Sandy performs with Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group and works with The Atonement Project, a group of per- formers from Philadelphia, PA (Go Birds!) She has a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory of Music and a MA in dance from The American University. “ I am excited to continue working with Silver Spring Co A for another AMAZING Season.”
Sandra RoachfordTeaching Artist
Steve is a 31-year-old actor, originally from Silver Spring, MD. He now lives in his own apartment in Rockville, MD. Steve has performed with ArtStream for 12 years. Steve has a lot of interests, including listening to music, watching movies, singing, dancing, and writing speeches. He also works at a medical office in Silver Spring. “I want to give a shout out to my family and other fans.”
Steve SabiaSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Steven is an actor from Montgomery County, MD. This is Steven’s eleventh show with ArtStream. Steven works as a customer host at Walmart in Germantown, Maryland. He also provides computer support on a freelance basis to people in his neighborhood. In his free time, Steven enjoys working with computers, playing video games, constructing Lego sets, and practicing photography. He claims to have more cameras than he can count!
Steven WabikSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
This is Sylvia’s second show with ArtStream. She is 17 years old. She became interested in acting through working behind the scenes in many middle and high school productions. ArtStream helped her with that final push to get onto the stage. This is only her second time performing in a show. Outside of ArtStream, she enjoys drawing, painting, and all things visual arts. She is one of the shows volunteer mentor. “Thank you to my friends for coming to my show. Thank you to my parents for encouraging me to go out of my comfort zone and join new activities that were truly life changing.”
Torrence “TR” Richeson
TR is a 36-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. This is his twelfth year with ArtStream! TR performed in the productions of Tom Sawyer and The Wizard of Oz at Rock Terrace High School, Rockville, MD. He loves to play video games on just about every platform imaginable. TR is also a sports junkie, keeping up with numerous teams all the time. TR has always enjoyed dancing and is a third- degree Taekwondo Black Belt. He works in the Supported Employment division of CHI Centers, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland, as a custodian on municipal, state, and federal government contracts. “Looking forward to seeing all my family and friends who come every year to see me perform! Thank you for your support!”
Torrence “TR” RichesonSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Vu is a 37-year-old actor from Syracuse, NY, currently living in Silver Spring, MD. Vu has acted with ArtStream since 2017. He also volunteered as the ArtStream Board Client Liaison in 2021. Vu works in the Floral Department at Safeway making flower arrangements, flower wraps, and balloons. He enjoys half-marathons, cross country, track and field, and soccer. Vu has a second-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate. He loves listening and DJing R&B, pop, and rock & roll music. He can spin some moves on the dance floor!
Vu TranClient Liaison
Zak is a 36-year-old actor from Takoma Park. Maryland. Zak has been in twelve ArtStream plays! When he’s not acting, he is volunteering at Sligo Genesis nursing home, working at Mark’s Kitchen Restaurant, playing softball and basketball, or playing in the InterPlay Orchestra. “I enjoy ArtStream a lot. Thanks, Natalie, and everybody!”
Zak WeinsteinSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Zeev W. Gilat
Zeev is a 29-year-old actor who makes his home in a Rockville, MD apartment, part of Makom. This is Zeev’s seventh year performing with ArtStream. His favorite roles so far include playing a Lion in The Great Dames Game and Zeevoid in Once Upon a Time in Egypt. Zeev works at The Villages at Rockville and enjoys the History Channel, Sci-Fi TV, listening to classical music, collecting airplanes, and walking the treadmill.
Zeev W. GilatSilver Spring ArtStream Theatre Company
Alexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Josef is a happy, smart 34-year-old. He lives in Springfield, Virginia. Josef has performed nine years with ArtStream and works at Stuarts Medical providing medical equipment for people with disabilities. He loves music and plays banjo, mandolin, and dobro. He loves swimming and riding a bicycle. Josef loves to travel and has been to Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico. His favorite part of ArtStream is music and dance. Josef is so happy to be part of the ArtStream community and to be sharing his experience with all.
Josef NewtonAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Amy is a 29-year-old actress from Vienna, Virginia. This is her fifth season with the ArtStream Alexandria Theatre Company. Amy also enjoyed improv and Shakespeare classes with ArtStream. She also does ballroom dancing with the Dancing Stars of Northern Virginia. They performed at a TED Talk at the University of Maryland in College Park and at Elegant Dancing. In addition, Amy enjoys basketball, cooking, baking, swimming, and helping teach the 5-year-olds at her church. Until the pandemic, Amy worked at Wildflour Caterers. During the pandemic, she did lots of bike riding, hiking, reading, and cooking. She now works at ECHO. “Thanks to my parents and friends for their support and to my new friends at ArtStream for their wonderful friendship.”
Amy MerrellAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Andrew has been with ArtStream since 2019 in their Improv class in Reston. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Andrew has been performing since 2nd grade when he lived in San Francisco, and it was in his West Portal Elementary School performance of “Peter Pan” in fifth grade where he got bit by the performance bug and shined in his performance of Captain Hook. During High School, Andrew lived in Moscow, Russia and performed with the US Embassy Youth Drama Guild’s productions of “Much Ado About Nothing” Andrew was Don Juan. Andrew says, “I love to perform and pretend to be other people and I love to make people laugh.”
Cassie Rennie is a 26-year-old performer from Arlington, Virginia. She performed with ArtStream’s Alexandria Company A for five years and has taken many ArtStream classes. This is her second time performing with the Cabaret. Cassie is a student at Northern Virginia Community College. In her free time, she enjoys puppetry, reading, writing stories and scripts, and juggling. She is an active member of Cool Aspies and Best Buddies Citizens.
Cassie RennieAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Chelsea Murray is a 33-year-old actor from Great Falls, Virginia. She has been acting with the Alexandria ArtStream Theatre Company since 2010. One Small Step is her eleventh show with ArtStream. Chelsea has always loved the theatre. She loves to act, sing, dance, and listen to music. She began her career at age five with Chris Collins Dance Studio where she performed for 12 years. She acted in school plays in middle school and at Paul VI High School. Chelsea currently works at “Charming Concepts” in The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virgina. In her spare time, she spends time with her brother Brady, her cat Misty, and her dog Raffi. “Thank you ArtStream, the directors, the mentors and my fellow actors for the opportunity to live my dream.”
Chelsea MurrayAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Chris Mannix is an assistant director and stage manager. He’s been involved in theater and cinema since middle school, both performing and behind the scenes. He began his career in the performing arts in 2016 with Shakespeare Opera Theatre. He’s worked on a few indie movies as a production assistant. Other stage credits include Loudon Lyric Opera and Opera Nova. He lives in Northern Virginia. In his free time, he enjoys taking walks with his dog Ellie and playing virtual reality.
Christie DiPlacido is a 39-year-old actor from Arlington, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Mason LIFE Program at George Mason University. Christie started taking classes with ArtStream in 2008 and is appearing in her fifth show with the Alexandria Inclusive Theatre Company! She works at Safeway. Christie is a very creative artist. “Love to all my ArtStream friends and thanks to my mom for always helping me.”
Christie DiPlacidoAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Frank Stephens lives with a thought from Mahatma Gandhi foremost in his mind, “My life is my message.” That thought is at the heart of Frank’s statement, “I am a man with Down syndrome, and my life is worth living.” Frank describes himself as an Actor, Author, and Advocate, and he is truly all of those. He has appeared in feature films, work-shopped plays in New York, developed a recurring role in the Emmy-winning “Born This Way”, appeared in documentaries, like “The R Word” and “Upside Down”, related to intellectual disabilities, and has been a member of the ArtStream troupe since 2005. He has written op-ed pieces published all over the world. He is an articulate advocate, best known for his impassioned defense of the value of life with Down syndrome in testimony to the US House Appropriations Committee and the United Nations Committee on Human Rights. Frank logged over 70,000 miles, in 2018 alone, addressing audiences large and small, including students from middle school to Harvard Law School. All of Frank’s acting, writing, and speaking is in furtherance of the single objective of convincing a skeptical world that individuals born with Down syndrome are fully human and are capable of full, satisfying, and worthwhile lives. Frank serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Frank StephensAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Greg Hoppe has been performing since age 3. Greg’s first mainstage production was at Lake Braddock Secondary, where he received the eighth grade Outstanding Drama Student Award. At Saint Paul VI High School, he was in musicals all four years, earning a Cappies Director’s Commendation and membership in the International Thespian Society, returning for seven additional musicals as a guest alumni actor. Greg began his association with Artstream in 2008, joining Alexandria Company B in 2013. In 2018, he helped launch Heart House Inclusive Productions (Woodbridge, Virginia), appearing in their first 2 shows, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Addams Family. This summer will appear in HHIP’s SpongeBob Squarepants, the Musical. Greg works on the GMU campus and enjoys yoga, dance, biking, live theater, movies, and Jeopardy! “On with the show!”
Greg HoppeAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Jennifer (Jenny) Holden is a 34-year-old actress from Springfield, VA, who’s been with ArtStream since 2009. In 2019, she even performed a scene with ArtStream at the Kennedy Center! Jenny loves musical theater, and she performed in Anything Goes and The Boyfriend at Paul VI Catholic High School. She works with children with/without disabilities in preschool and recreation programs, and she volunteers for Best Buddies, writing and illustrating letters to contributors. In her free time, Jenny advocates for people with disabilities. She also loves sports, reading, and visiting friends. “My thanks go to the production staff and mentors, and especially to Mark, Barbara, Chris, Lia, Nikki, and also to my Mom and Dad.
Jennifer HoldenAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
This is Joe’s second show with Art Stream. Since being inspired by a friend of his brother’s to get involved in theatre, Wilkinson has taken to the stage and has discovered a newfound passion. This past August, Joe starred in an art stream short production of Pyramus and Thisbe as Pyramus. Joe is thrilled to star in Outta Time in his first feature length production with Art Stream.
Kelly DeRoy is a 38 year old actor from Arlington Virginia. She has been performing with ArtStream for 13 years. She is happy to be working at Jake’s Ice Cream in Barcroft Plaza. Kelly has always loved performing. She enjoys going out to eat with her friends, playing softball, going to Spirit Club and living at her L’Arche house. Hobbies include bingo at Jake’s, bowling, softball, acting, working on the computer and taking classes. She thanks her friends and family for their continued support and encouragement.
Kelly DeRoyAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Kerry is a 31-year-old actor, born in Bethesda, Maryland. After living in California, Massachusetts, Italy, and for 20 years in Annandale, Virginia, she now resides in Fairfax City, Virginia. Kerry started acting at Annandale High School in Ms. Eagle’s class and has been part of ArtStream’s Company A since 2009. This year marks her 14th show with ArtStream. Kerry loves her job at Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates in Fairfax, she loves singing, dancing, acting, sports, and her family. She is grateful to her parents, sisters Jules and Erin, brother-in-laws Chris and Brandon, her feisty niece Annabelle, her nephew and godson Logan, and her many family members and friends across the country, who support her many interests and especially, her acting career!
Kerry O’BrienAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Laura Sullivan is a 29-year-old actress from Alexandria, Virginia. She made her ArtStream debut as a time-traveling archaeologist in Oh My, An Invasion! in 2011. Laura is a summa cum laude graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. She enjoys the performing arts and she is fairly fluent in Spanish. For many years, she sang with the Arlington Children’s Chorus, including two productions with the Wolf Trap Opera Company “Thank you to everyone in the cast for making this such a wonderful experience!”
Laura SullivanAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Laurie Ann Kehoe
Laurie Ann is appearing in her fourteenth ArtStream musical. Her characters have ranged from being a singing alleycat to a “we-are-bad” alien to a trusty sidekick, through which she brought her quiet joy to each production. Before the pandemic, weekends for Laurie Ann were frequently filled with Special Olympics practices and tournaments, in snowshoeing, basketball, soccer, softball, and golf skills. A highlight for her and her family was being included on the Virginia Special Olympics golf team in 2010 for the Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska, at which she won a silver medal in the golf skills competition. Laurie Ann attended school in Arlington, Virginia, and spends her workdays at MVLE in Springfield, Virginia.
Laurie Ann KehoeAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Lukas Antony McCormick
This is Lukas’ 13th year performing in an ArtStream production. Lukas’ favorite musical is The Pirates of Penzance. After watching this Gilbert & Sullivan classic, Lukas knew he wanted to be a singer and dancer on the stage. He was cast in Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago when he was a student at T.C. Williams High School. With the support of his mother, Lukas can learn his lines, scenes, and songs. When Lukas is on stage, he feels a bit nervous, yet completely confident the show will be wonderful. Lukas would like to thank his family and friends for all their love over these years and his Cool Aspies family of friends who have come to every ArtStream performance. In the words of Max, the Magician “Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it!”
Lukas Antony McCormickAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Merry Jayne Casillas is a 39-year-old actor from Arlington, Virginia. Since joining ArtStream in 2007, Merry appeared in 16 ArtStream musicals and invited other actors to join the company, many of whom are still company members. She is happiest when the group is writing plays, rehearsing, and performing. Merry fell in love with acting while performing with the Phoenix Company at Imagination Stage. She has also appeared in church Roadshows, The Order is Love with McLean Stage, and The Music Man at Stratford High School. Merry is a graduate of The Stratford Program. She likes to write poetry, paint, make jewelry, and have fun with her 37 nieces and nephews. “My big family and lots of friends are my cheering fans every year and I love them!”
Merry CasillasAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Nick Kramp has been acting with the ArtStream Alexandria Theater Company B since 2011. He has enjoyed performing in live and virtual productions, including The Vegas Way, The Heist at Harrington Manor, and Happily Ever After. Nick has also participated in the Shakespeare class. Nick will be moving to Virginia Beach in March and will greatly miss performing with his ArtStream friends.
Nick KrampAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Pete Scampavia is a 33-year-old actor from Arlington, Virginia. He has acted with ArtStream since 2014. Pete attended George Mason University in Fairfax. He has worked at Safeway for 17 years and lives in his own apartment. When he is not working or acting, he is zooming in social groups, bible study, and a book club. He likes to hang out with his friends and play with his matchbox cars. “Acting is my passion!”
Pete ScampaviaAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Peter is the proud parent of actor Laurie Ann Kehoe and was thrilled to be asked to join ArtStream. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Speech and Drama program. And he has maintained his love for performance through a variety of amateur theatre productions and fraternal ceremonies.
Peter KehoeAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company (Mentor)
Ricky Kuron is a 31-year-old actor living in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been in ArtStream for 3 years, starting with ArtStream’s Improv Comedy class where he met his friends Dave and Jaxson. Other than exercising and playing video games at home, Ricky writes poetry and spends some quality time with his family. He graduated from Tarboro High School in 2011. He moved to Virginia three years later and worked at the Fort Belvoir North Post Exchange Express. He won an award for Service Source’s 2018 Job Placement Employee of the year and volunteered at the Mount Vernon adult health day care center. He now volunteers as a writer for a women’s pro wrestling news company called Women’s Wrestling Talk. At his church in Springfield, he is a Knight of Columbus doing charities for people with disabilities. Once a month on the weekends, he and his friends go to see Independent Wrestling shows in Fairfax, Annandale, and Washington D.C. “I want to thank ArtStream for getting aspiring actors like myself to achieve and excel in their goals and dreams. I also want to thank my family and friends for supporting me in everything I do.”
Ricky KuronAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Suzan is a 37-year-old actor from Clifton, Virginia. She has been with ArtStream for 15 years. Suzan also performed at George Mason University as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and as a Lion in The Lion King. Suzan is currently working at Auld Shebeen as a hostess. She continues to participate in her book clubs and Zoom meetings with friends. She also reads, works out, and plays video games. “All the best to my castmates on this year’s production.”
Suzan BasogluAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Tammy Kiser is a 30-year-old actor from Lorton, Virginia. She has been acting with ArtStream for 12 years. She also performed with Center Stage competition teams and continues to perform with an adult tap class. Tammy works at Kingstown Safeway, and she enjoys Special Olympics sports. “Best wishes to all my cast friends.”
Tammy KiserAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
William, age 25, is a serious ArtStreamer, wanting to take every class offered. This is William’s second year with ArtStream’s Alexandria Theatre Company under the direction of Elizabeth Cronin. Last year (2021), William played Giovanni Bonarelli in The Haunting of Rosecliff Manor. He is a bit shy but once he passes over his threshold of anxiety, he shines! William looks forward to meeting again in person with his ArtStream mates and for all the fun to come!
William WardAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Xandra Martel is a 45-year-old who has been acting since she was 15. Xandra has been an ArtStream actor since the very beginning at Imagination Stage. This is her sixteenth show with ArtStream. During the day, she attends the Challenge Program at Montgomery College and takes violin lessons. She has a dog named Maisy, who will be 5 on August 18. She also has two brothers, Peter and Michael, and her niece, Cecelia Jane, just turned four! Xandra is a poet and a dog-lover. “Thanks to my whole family for their support — my brothers Peter and Michael, my sisters-in-law Katie and Carolina, my baby niece Rosemary, my mom and stepdad, and my boyfriend Andrew.”
Xandra MartelAlexandria ArtStream Theatre Company
Gaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Adam is a 35-year-old actor from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has performed with ArtStream since 2007. Adam has also performed with the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts (now Imagination Stage) and in the Summer Theater Arts for Youth Program at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. In his spare time, Adam participates in Special Olympics swimming, basketball and tennis. Adam also en- joys watching the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals. “Thanks for coming today. Be sure to applaud loudly, or I’ll make you walk the plank! AARGH!”
Adam TepperGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Adrian Forsythe ỹ Korzeniewicz
Adrian is currently leading a hangout for middle school kids. His ambitions are to be an advocate for people with disabilities, create his own business, and be an actor. He graduated from the George Mason LIFE Program with concentrations in theater and communications. At George Mason, Adrian appeared in plays, worked back- stage, and joined several student theater groups. Adrian has extensive work experience, ranging from interning at the Smithsonian Institution with Project Search to a Congressional internship on Capitol Hill. Adrian is a trained peer mentor with Project STIR. Adrian works for TerpsExceed as a peer advocate specialist. With ArtStream, Adrian was a client liaison on the board, participates in the Gaithersburg Theater Company A, and leads communication and community workshops.
Adrian Forsythe ỹ KorzeniewiczGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Alexander (Al) Richardson has performed with ArtStream for seventeen years. Born in Washington, DC in 1981, Al lived in Switzerland, Zambia, and Australia before settling in Rockville, MD where he now makes his home. Al works with St. Coletta and Jubilee. He maintains an active life that includes music with the InterPLAY Orchestra, sports with Special Olympics and the Montgomery County Road Runners (MCRRC), art and crafts with UCR, as well as acting with ArtStream. He enjoys travel, movies, and fishing.
Al RichardsonGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Andrea is an ArtStream actor. This is her eighth show! Andrea works at Giant. She has been there for 18 years and loves her job. Andrea is a dedicated actor. She reads her script every day because she loves being in the play. Andrea also enjoys dancing and Zumba. “ArtStream helps make me feel proud of myself! It’s fun to act on stage and screen!”
Andrea SolteszGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Benjamin is a 56-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his seventeenth show with ArtStream! Before ArtStream, Benjamin acted at Rock Terrace High School and Imagination Stage, he met ArtStream co-founder Nicolette Stearns. Benjamin works as an operations spe- cialist at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. He is also a Special Olympics athlete in bocce and powerlifting, and he loves to participate in the annual Super Polar Bear Plunge with the organization. Benjamin has a great memory and loves trivia. “I love being with everyone in the company. Congrats to the cast!”
Benjamin CollinsGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Cecelia Ann Pauley
Cecelia Ann is a 43-year-old actor. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Cecelia now lives in Silver Spring, MD. She has been an ArtStream actor since the beginning – this is her seventeenth show with the Gaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company! Cecelia has been a performer since fourth grade, performing at Cabin John Middle School, Churchill High School, Imagination Stage (formerly Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts), and Potomac Community Theatre. Professionally, Cecelia works with the Arc in vocational services. She enjoys singing, music, dance, theatre, and cooking. “Thanks to my parents and family for all their support.”
Cecelia Ann PauleyGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Conor O’Shaughnessy is a 35-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. This is his thirteenth show with ArtStream! Conor performed in plays while attending the Harbour School in Baltimore. He also performed with Dawn Productions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Eubie Blake Center, and Martin’s West. Conor works delivering mail at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. His hobbies include ballroom dancing, karaoke, guitar, hiking, fishing, and bowling. “I appreciate my family and friends for their support.”
Conor O’ShaughnessyGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Cynthia is a 55-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. She originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Rock Terrace High School. Cynthia has acted with ArtStream since the first year of Theatre Companies. This is her seventeenth show! She is a proud part of the Best Buddies program. Cynthia loves attending social dances and going out with friends. She is grateful that her sister comes every year to watch the shows. “Thank you to my sister and her husband and my nieces.”
Cynthia RingGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Jackie is a 17-year-old excited to be working with ArtStream for the first time! She has never really considered herself an actor, but she enjoys supporting other people in pursuing their passions, especially creatively. Jackie does a lot of digital art and cheer. She enjoys psychology, and she loves socializing! “I would like to thank ArtStream for giving me the opportunity to volunteer for them!”
James is an actor who resides in Clarksburg, MD. He joined the ArtStream family while he was still a senior in high school. Since joining, his love for acting has given him the confidence to explore and perform in other plays. James is currently attending Montgomery College. When he isn’t acting, taking classes, or working, James enjoys movies, video games, music, swimming, exercising, traveling, volunteering, social dances, gardening, drawing, the park, church, the beach, and cooking with his family. “I am so thankful for the support of my Gaithersburg Company A cast members, ArtStream staff, volunteers and my family.”
Javi the superstar has been performing for almost 15 years now! His interests include cars, trucks, motorcycles, and music, particularly punk, metal, hip hop, and rap. He also loves to play sports, and his favorites are hockey and wrestling! “I’d like to thank my parents, friends, family for everything they do. This would not have been possible without everyone’s support. I hope everyone is ready because it is almost show time. Break a leg!”
Javier RequejoGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Jessica Laura Grossman
Jessica is an ArtStream actor living in North Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to ArtStream, Jessica appeared onstage at Rock Terrace High School in The Secret Garden (Mary), The Wizard of Oz (Ms. Gulch, the Wicked Witch), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), and Annie (Miss Hannigan). This is Jessica’s ninth ArtStream show! Her experience with ArtStream has been very good. She learns a lot about herself while having fun. “I want to thank Mom, Amy, Andrew, and Liz for their support and encouragement throughout my ArtStream experience.”
Jessica Laura GrossmanGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Joe is a 37-year-old actor from Kensington, MD, currently living in Rockville, MD. Joe has been an actor with ArtStream since the beginning, making this his seventeenth ArtStream show! Before that, Joe was an actor with Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts (now Imagination Stage). Joe is the front desk receptionist for Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC). Joe really enjoys his art class at VisArts and he is a member of the SPIRIT Club.
Joe MyersGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Joey is a 27-year-old who attended Rock Terrace School and lives in Olney, MD. He enjoys attending classes at Montgomery College and began his experience with ArtStream in 2020. He enjoys singing and dancing and has been loving musical theater since he was a child. His interests include cartoon drawing, acting (including impressions), and he has a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo. Joey plays percussion and sings in the Neurodiversity rock band with Upcounty Community Resources. He is very excited about his performance with ArtStream!
Joey KitcheltGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Justin Hunsinger is a 31-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. This is his fifth performance with ArtStream, and he loves the experience and is very passionate about acting. Justin works at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. as the Coordinator for Health Engagement. His hobbies include sports, karaoke, dancing, and hanging out with friends. “Thank you to my parents and sisters for supporting my dreams.”
Justin HunsingerGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Kathleen is an actor from Rockville, MD. This is her seventeenth show with ArtStream. Kathleen attended Elizabeth Seton High School, where she performed with the choir. She graduated from Richard Montgomery High School and received childcare certification from Montgomery College. Kathleen served on the Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee of the ARC of Montgomery County. Kathleen is the youngest of five children. She aspires to be a professional singer or actor in Hollywood, including movies, film, and TV. Her ultimate goal is to perform with her favorite Soap Opera stars in General Hospital. “I’ll always be a star wherever my journey takes me. And I’ll remember to thank you all when I receive my award on the red carpet. Shout out to my mom and dad and my Maloney family, that gave me everything in life!”
Kathleen MaloneyGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Kirsten Davidson is an ArtStream actor from Rockville, MD who has been acting with ArtStream for 17 years. She retired from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission after 29 years. She receives residential support services from the Jubilee Association of Maryland. She is active in Jubilee and SPIRIT Club activities. Kirsten served on the ArtStream Board of Directors as Client Liaison from 2018- 2019. She enjoys Zoom Sibling Happy Hour meetings with ArtStream and other Zoom activities with Jubilee. She likes listening to music, dancing, traveling, eating out, and spending time with family and friends. “Thanks to my parents, sisters, and ArtStream directors and mentors for all their support. I LOVE ArtStream!”
Kirsten DavidsonGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Kristen is a 21-year-old student and a first-time performer with ArtStream. Kristen performed in 15 theatrical productions with West Virginia’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company and spent plenty of time working behind the scenes for various theatre companies. Off the stage, Kristen is a psychology major at Shepherd University who enjoys baking, traveling, and watching movies in her free time.
Kristen McMillionAssistant Director
Lindsay grew up in Bethesda but now lives in Rockville. While in Bethesda, she performed with BAPA (now Imagination Stage) and has been in ArtStream from the beginning. She loves singing and dancing and all the friends she has made through the years there. She went to Walter Johnson High School and then to the Vocational Independence Program at New York Tech in Long Island. During the day, Lindsay works in the Day Care Center at NIH. Lindsay is a huge sports fan. She is active in karate, both in taking classes and teaching. She now has earned a blue-belt. Her two favorite sports teams are the Nationals and the Caps.
Lindsay HowardGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Matt DiGilio is a 31-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. He joined ArtStream in the fall of 2019 and is on his third performance on the ArtStream stage/ screen! Matt works for Montgomery County Government in Rockville as an Administrative Aid. Matt serves as the Client Liaison to the ArtStream Board of Directors. He plays basketball, softball, soccer, and bowling. He also likes going to baseball games, listening to music, biking, and hanging out with friends. He is very grateful to be a part of ArtStream and appreciates all the support from his family and friends.
Matt DiGilioGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Matthew is a 44-year-old actor from Bethesda, MD. He started with ArtStream as Old Green Eyes in Saving the Starlight, performed at the Arts Barn in the 2006-2007 season. In 2009 he was James Beard-Childs in It’s a Wonderful Pie which was performed at BlackRock Center for the Arts, so he’s returning to a familiar stage. He has also performed in ArtStream plays at Rosborough Center Theatre, the Olney Theater, and Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Matthew starts each day with a 6 a.m. swim practice (butterfly is his favorite stroke) and then goes on Zoom for classes at Opportunities, Inc. Matthew loves all his hobbies, which include singing, whistling, acting, swim- ming, listening to music, and learning foreign languages (he speaks French, Spanish, and German fluently, and can order a meal in Chinese). He is happy that ArtStream is rehearsing and performing in person now. “Thanks for all the support I’ve gotten from the ArtStream directors, mentors, and fellow actors through the years.”
Matthew McMeekinGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Megan is a 39-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. She has been acting with ArtStream since the first Inclusive Theatre Companies – this is her sixteenth show! Megan’s love for dancing and acting blossomed through performances at Imagination Stage many years ago. In addition to performing, Megan is also an author. She co-authored the children’s book The Colorful Adventures of Pauline and Tiff with ArtStream co-founder Nicolette Stearns. Megan lives independently and works at Interfaith Works. She is very active in community activities, including Special Olympics. She competes in cross-country skiing, sailing, swimming, and basketball, earning medals at the Special Olympics World Games in China (sailing), Austria (cross-country skiing), and Idaho (cross-country skiing). “I am thrilled that we are in our second post-COVID ArtStream season of in-person rehearsals and performances with all of my ArtStream friends.”
Megan CooperGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Melanie is a 29-year-old actor who lives in Potomac, MD and works at Easter Seals Child Care Center in Silver Spring. In spring 2019, she participated in the ArtStream Musical Theater class. Prior to that, she had been active with the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, and was in several productions, including Once on this Island and Into the Woods. Melanie also enjoyed performing in the Summer Theater Arts for Youth over two summers. Melanie also enjoys her dog Bailey and shopping and volunteering at a nonprofit bridal boutique. Melanie wants to thank her family and two very special friends named Erika and Cherrika who have supported her and been there for her throughout her theater experience.
Melanie GrossGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Mike is a 39-year-old actor from Olney, Maryland. This is his eighth show with ArtStream. Mike attended Sherwood High School where he sang in the chorus for three years and performed in Rock-n-Roll Revival for two. Mike attends Community Support Services, where he receives job sup- port and training. Mike enjoys computers and would like a computer job one day. He loves watching football and playing video games. Every year he plays on a basketball team. Mike also enjoys bowling and is a First-degree brown belt in karate. “I have enjoyed acting with ArtStream, from the first day I started.”
Mike KrempaskyGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Nader is a 29-year-old actor from Bethesda, MD. This is his sixth year acting in an ArtStream performance, and
he has participated in several ArtStream classes. Nader works part-time at both the Marriott hotels and the Congressional Country Club. He loves his neighborhood and volunteers at the Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club. Nader enjoys going to the gym and competes in swimming, soccer, basketball, pickleball, and tennis with Special Olympics. He loves being in the company of people and enjoys talking about landscaping, reptiles, beekeeping, and politics. He spends a lot of time with his cat, Marble, browsing Facebook, caring for his yard, operating his outdoor equipment, and taking the Metro to DC. “I enjoy acting and am so happy that I made new friends at ArtStream. It’s a wonderful place, thank you!”
Nader KhalafGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
This is Nicki’s second production with ArtStream! She teaches ArtStream classes and loves working with the Theatre as well. Nicki grew up dancing and always loved to create. She comes from a Puerto Rican background that fuels her passion of dancing to many genres of music. Previously, she choreographed dance for various dance companies, dance events, and public and private schools throughout Montgomery County. Gaithersburg Company B will be her first of many productions with Gaithersburg and she is so excited to be able to create with such talented actors around her! “This has been an amazing experience. I am really proud of our ArtStreamers!”
Nmandi Thompson is a 25-year-old actor who started acting with ArtStream in 2019. Nmandi began her acting career in 2015, performing at Imagination Stage for many years during middle and high school. Favorites include Wicked, O Wonder! and A Tempest Tale. Nmandi also enjoys cheerleading, dancing, reading, singing, and writing. “I would like to thank my parents and my sister for being there for me and supporting me in my acting journey! I also thank the ArtStream staff, they are amazing!”
Nmandi ThompsonGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Peter is from Rockville, Maryland. He joined the Gaithersburg A Theatre Company in 2018. In addition to Peter’s ArtStream experiences, he served as a Party Guest for four seasons in Chamberlain Performing Arts’ Nutcracker in Richardson, Texas, plus has been thrilled to present skits in various talent shows. During the day, Peter is proud to be working part-time at TopGolf in Germantown, and participates in the Supported Employment program at the Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities in Rockville. In his spare time, he enjoys neighborhood walks, puzzles, SPIRIT Club classes, Special Olympics bowling, and movie watch parties with his sister. Peter is excited for his fourth season with ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre Companies, and is very grateful for the support of his fellow cast members, ArtStream staff and volunteers, plus his family and friends!
Peter HanGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Phyllis Kay is a volunteer mentor. She spent more than 20 years performing with community theater groups in Maryland. Now retired, Phyllis enjoys volunteering, especially with this amazing group. “What a great group of actors and staff!!! I am so fortunate to be able to work with all of them.”
Phyllis KayGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company (Mentor)
Pierre Alexandre Bouvery
Pierre (he/him), age 27, is an aspiring poet, performer and artist who is thrilled in contributing to Artstream’s production of Are You For Reels. Pierre has been training in acting both in the U.S through programs like Imagination Stage and outside of the U.S at a young age. Pierre has a bachelor’s degree majoring in Performing Arts from the Richmond International American School of London and a MFA degree in Advance Devising and Performance from Rose Bruford College in London. Pierre started being a volunteer for ArtStream for a workshop called ‘Stories Through Movement’ in the summer of 2022 and is continuing volunteering as a mentor for this season’s show in 2023. Acting has been a quintessential part of Pierre’s experience being part of the arts and hopes to contribute and assist future performers, especially in physical theater. Previous shows include: POMAD Pielian (2021), When We Dead Awaken (2019), and ‘Club Cockatoo’ (2018). Pierre enjoys traveling, writing, scuba diving, and playing music sometimes. Pierre would like to thank his family for all the support and love they provide during this strange journey known as life and allowing him to pursue his artistic interests.
Pierre Alexandre BouveryMentor
R. Andrew Hunt
R. Andrew (aka Andy) has been writing songs and performing since 1982. This is his first ArtStream show, and he has found the role of Music Director to be a very rewarding opportunity. Andy got his first guitar from a Portland, Oregon pawnshop for his 18th birthday in 1981 and began teaching himself to play. This began a lifelong journey of developing as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Over the past 4 decades Andy performed as a solo artist and with bands on the west and east coasts. He has been a registered BMI artist since 2010. Andy would have liked to explore a full-time music career, but after earning his Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1986, he chose the steady work of becoming a professional social worker. He went on to earn his Master of Social Work Degree in 1991 and joined the U.S. Public Health Service. He continued to write music and play in bands “on the side” while serving in a variety of assignments as a Commissioned Officer. In 2021, Andy retired after 30 years of service, which opened the door to spending more time on music. You can explore his music on his YouTube channel www.youtube. com/@R.AndrewHuntMusic Andy currently does part- time independent social work consulting, and also works part-time as an Usher for the Baltimore Orioles. He lives in Mount Airy, MD with his wife Teresa.
R. Andrew HuntMusic Director
Shannon is a 43-year-old actor from Rockville, MD. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and moved with her family to Olney, MD, in 1987. She has been an actor with ArtStream for sixteen years. Shannon’s love of drama began at Imagination Stage (formerly Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) where she performed for 10 years. Shannon works as a childcare assistant at The Children in the Shoe Child Care in Bethesda, MD. She has been employed there for over 16 years. Some of Shannon’s favorite activities include karaoke, dancing, Zumba, going to the movies, and swimming. She also enjoys arts and crafts projects, photography, and scrapbooking. She loves to travel and spend time with her nieces and nephews. “Thanks to my parents for supporting me through the years with my love of acting.”
Shannon LyonsGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Syra Gosh is excited to be performing in her first show with ArtStream! Syra got interested in acting in 6th grade. Her interest in music began at age 7. Previous performances include Seussical The Musical at Kingsview Middle School. Her hobbies include editing, music (Piano and Singing), drawing, acting, and volunteering. Syra would like to thank her parents and friends as well as all the other volunteers and amazing actors.
Tanya is an ArtStream veteran. Tanya loves volunteering in retail. She works at two different thrift stores and loves being able to organize the incoming donations and interact with customers. Tanya is also a Special Olympics athlete. She attended the State Competition for bowling a number of times, most recently earning a Bronze medal for her performance. In her free time, Tanya enjoys working on puzzles, going for walks, and attending activities in the community. Tanya is also a talented chef – she always shares her delicacies with her friends and staff. Additionally, Tanya enjoys creating pottery; her dishes, pots, and plates can be found in her friends’ and families’ homes. Tanya hopes everyone enjoys the show!
Terrel is an actor from Bethesda, MD. He has been acting with ArtStream since the very beginning – this is his seventeenth show! Terrel began acting when he was 15 years old with Imagination Stage (formerly Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) and believes acting is a great goal to pursue! Terrel has worked at Special Olympics International in Washington DC for 18 years. He is currently a special assistant in the business department. In July 2015, at the Special Olympics World Games in Long Beach, California, Terrel became a “World Champion,” winning a bronze medal for being the first sailor from the USA to sail a boat solo at the World Games. He is also on the Special Olympics ski and track and field teams. “Special thanks to my family, friends, counselors, sports coaches, and ArtStream staff for always encouraging me to aim high!”
Terrel LimerickGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Tyler is a 31-year-old actor from Germantown, MD. He auditioned with ArtStream after graduating high school and has had the “theatre bug” ever since. Tyler has worked at Wegmans since 2016 and enjoys his job as a grocery assistant/stock person very much. His hobbies include Lego building, traveling, golf, and swimming. “I’d like to thank ArtStream, my friends and family for always being supportive.”
Tyler BrownGaithersburg ArtStream Theatre Company
Aaron started his acting career in Kindergarten as one of the monkeys in the play, “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” He didn’t want to leave the stage after the play was over, that’s when we knew this was going to be apart of Aarons life moving forward. Aaron loves all types of music, acting, singing, dancing, and playing the drums. Aaron was a part of shows from elementary through to high school where he was part of the cast for 12 productions, 6 musicals, and 6 plays. Some of his favorites were High School Musical, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music, and Bye Bye Birdie to name a few. One of Aarons’s favorite things to do is go to NY and see shows on Broadway, typically for his birthday. Other than that, Aarons’s favorite way to spend his time is either playing ice hockey, kayaking, soccer, or basketball. Aaron adores everyone at ArtStream and says Monday nights make him happy.
Adam is an actor from Bethesda, Maryland. He has acted with ArtStream for 16 years. Adam has also performed at Imagination Stage, Adventure Theater MTC, and with the Bannockburn Spring Show. He has regularly volunteered at WAMU, Fabrangen, VisArts, SPIRIT Club, and at the ArtStream office. He enjoys using the internet, especially researching music playlists like those from his favorite restaurant, Chipotle, or on a music platform like Spotify. Adam, when there is no pandemic, is an avid public transportation user and loves exploring new areas using the bus and metro. “Love to all my friends in the cast and audience!”
Adam McCrenskyMaryland Cabaret
Amelia is a veteran ArtStream performer. She recently moved back to Maryland from South Carolina after six years of living there. This is her second year in ArtStream’s Cabaret. Amelia’s love for theater has grown over the years, and she is fond of classic movies. Some of her favorite classic movie actors are Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, The Marx Brothers, and Buster Keaton. Her other passions are cooking, tennis, boxing, and dancing. “I have grown so much as a person and made many friends throughout my time in ArtStream.”
Ana is a 34-year-old actor from Bethesda, Maryland. She has been acting with ArtStream since 2010. She also per- formed with Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts (now Imagination Stage), Stages St. Louis, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and St. Louis Ballet School. Ana works as a Library Aid at Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. She likes to read and dance. “Thanks to my family and friends who have encouraged and inspired me.”
Ana BradleyMaryland Cabaret
Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Annetta taught for ArtStream on and off since its incep- tion. She’s been a movement and voice coach, taught poetry, drama, and even yoga! Much of her teaching has been with ArtStream community partner programs at Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), the Forbush School, and The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) where she co-teaches Theater & Improvisation classes. Annetta teaches Super Social Saturdays & several Take Five classes: Practicing Performance, Storytelling, Shakespeare Clowns, & her latest offering — Embodiment & Performance. She works with Makom and gives drama and storytelling classes at the Edlavitch DC JCC. Annetta has facilitated ArtStream’s monthly Sibling Happy Hour with a focus on how theater skills help in self-expression, communication, & empathy. She’s also on the Fine Arts faculty at Trinity Washington University as well as a freelance artist for several local theater companies.
Annetta Dexter SawyerTeaching Artist
Claudia Bocock was born in London and came to Washington DC when she was two. She started acting with BAPA in her teens and continued up until its last show. She appeared as the narrator in Godspell and also in Working, the iconic show at Arena Stage including both professional and amateur actors with and without disabilities. She
spent two years at Boston University’s School of Theatre and has had internships at the Kennedy Center and Liz Lerman Dance Theatre, where she managed to be a most expressive tree in The Lorax. Claudia loves theatre, dance, musicals, opera, and movies in all languages, as well as cats. She ushers whenever she can. She is returning to ArtStream after a long absence and thanks all those who have supported her on her journey.
Denise is a sixty- something-years-young actor from Washington, DC. She loves performing with ArtStream! Previously, she took a class with Annetta where she got to play the roles of a student and a mentor. Denise has performed at the Inwood Coffee House for 12 years. She attended Sharpe Health School and sang at church from ages 10 to 18. Denise is active in her church, especially the group Handicap Encounter Christ (HEC). Denise has many hobbies, including oil painting, crocheting, cooking, bingo, bowling, and karaoke. But most of all, Denise loves helping others and making people laugh. “I only have praise for ArtStream. I’ve learned so much in the last few years, and I have a lot of respect for my coworkers and fellow actors. Please remember, when one door closes another one will open, which means anything is possible with a little confidence and ArtStream to guide you.”
Denise GreenMaryland Cabaret
Elias is a 26-year-old actor living at Main Street Apartment in Rockville, Maryland. He is in his 5th year of the ArtStream Maryland Cabaret! In early 2020, Elias was selected to play in the US World Cup Special Needs adult ice hockey team in Las Vegas! He plays ice hockey for a few leagues, ran a marathon, and does Special Olympics. He also likes to bake and cook.
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Ian began as a mentor at ArtStream in 2017. He is a Senior Docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and works in various Folger education programs including Shakespeare School Festivals, Shakespeare Family Programs, and Shakespeare-in-Action Workshops. He received the 2019 Scottish Rite – Valley of Washington’s Knights of St. Andrew Outstanding Community Service Award for his work at ArtStream. “Here we go again with our talented and fun group of actors!”
Ian BannonMaryland Cabaret Mentor
Jonathan is a 26-year old from Rockville, Maryland, who has performed in ArtStream’s Cabaret and Theater Companies. He has sung solo and in duets in private recitals with other aspiring performers. He was a member of the chorus in the Walter Johnson production of Les Miserables. Jonathan lives on his own and works as an Administrative Aide in the State Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County. He enjoys musicals, movies, listening to a Broadway song playlist on YouTube, and getting together with friends. “Hope everyone who comes to Cabaret loves our show.”
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Joe Rogers retired from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after spending 33 years with the firm in multiple positions ending in Executive Vice President. Joe spent over 44 years in the industry and served as President of the Metropolitan Washington Mortgage Bankers Association twice. Currently, he is on the Board of Advisors to the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Rogers has also served on numerous other boards including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Joe graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA degree in Government and Politics. Rogers has been married to his wife Cory for over 46 years and has three daughters and now four grandchildren. He is very happy to be working with ArtStream and is excited about our upcoming Cabaret.
Leslie Ellen Moore
Leslie, 58, has been acting with ArtStream since its be- ginning and is a pioneer member of ArtStream’s Maryland Cabaret. Leslie loves musicals: in Cabaret, she performed “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, “Day by Day” from Godspell with her friend Denise Green, and “What I Did for Love,” from A Chorus Line, with her brother Ken accompanying her on flute. “I love Cabaret because I’m good at it. I feel happy when my friends see my shows and cheer me on.”
Leslie Ellen MooreMaryland Cabaret
Mark Andrist has been a professional working musician since he was fourteen years old, and he is grateful for the opportunities he has had to perform, write, teach, and direct all over the world. Mark is Music Director for ArtStream Theatre Companies and Cabarets. His younger sister is the inspiration for his commitment to ArtStream, an individual who has lived her life refusing to allow her disabilities to steal her joy.
Mark AndristMusic Director
Pamela, a veteran educator (Drama, English, Chorus, Special Education), graduated from the Interlochen (MI) Arts Academy, holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Communication Arts and Theatre from The University of Maryland. An international Gilbert and Sullivan director, Pamela is a founder and stage director of PB Theatricals, which offers performance and technical theatre opportunities for young people in the U.K. Pamela sends her love and gratitude to the actors and staff of the Cabaret family.
Pamela Leighton-BilikDirector/Teaching Artist
Rachel is a 25-year-old actor living in Montgomery Village, Maryland. She joined ArtStream in 2019 with the Musical Theatre class. She has been in the Maryland Cabaret for over 4 years. She performed in the 2014 22Q-ties Beauty Pageant for special needs. Rachel earned the Girl Scout Gold Award advocating for 22Q deletion. Rachel works out weekly with SPIRIT Club and has lost over 30 pounds! She also enjoys singing, taking care of her dog, arts and crafts, and daily phone calls with her Grandma.
Rachel CoatesMaryland Cabaret
Wendy is a Washington area teaching artist and arts in health practitioner. She is Musician in Residence at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and provides programming through several agencies including Arts for the Aging and Washington Performing Arts. Wendy is also a music director with Lumina Studio Theatre, plays bass with the band Wendy & the Lost Boys, and volunteers in hospital set- tings through Musicians on Call. She received a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Florida. Wendy is thrilled to be working with such wonderful actors at ArtStream!
Wendy LanxnerMusic Director
Alexx Kipp (Actor) Alexx Kipp is a 25 year old performer and life-long resident of Arlington, VA. This is his third time singing with ArtStream cabaret! Alexx has been performing since fourth grade and has enjoyed singing and piano ever since. Alexx is a big fan of classic rock especially The Beatles. He enjoys walking, listening to music, and going to museums. “I want to thank Emilia for believing in me and Robyn for being a good friend and Jennifer for being a rock star and Melanie for giving me some cool dance moves. Lastly, I want to thank everyone at ArtStream for supporting me in singing.”
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Anna Tiernan is a 21-year-old actor from Arlington, Virginia. This is Anna’s third performance with ArtStream. Anna is a senior in the Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP) at the Arlington Career Center, a community-based program for supported work experience and independent living. Anna enjoys music, watching The Voice on TV, riding her bike, and playing basketball and baseball. She is a huge fan of the Washington Nationals and Capitals. Anna also participates in Best Buddies and Young Life Capernaum in Arlington. “I love being a part of this great program. Thank you to the ArtStream staff and my fellow Cabaret performers. You all make the practices fun. Love to my family and friends. You’re the best!”
Anna TiernanVirginia Cabaret
Eric Niedringhaus, a 43-year-old actor living in McLean, Virginia. He started acting in school musicals while a student at McLean High School. He has been an ArtStream actor since 2007. He works for a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office contractor assembling patent grant documents. Eric has participated in Special Olympics since 1997 and enjoys Family Bowling. He is active with his church where he sings with the music group and serves as a sacristan. He also loves spending time with his little nephew and niece. “Thank you to all my family and friends who support us by coming to our plays, and to Emilia, the actors, mentors and others who help us make the plays so fun.”
Eric NiedringhausVirginia Cabaret
Mark Jones is a 34-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. His first acting experience was performing with his twin sister Emily and older brother Evan for their parents and grandparents. He joined ArtStream in 2008 and has played characters from a soccer player, to an evil prince, to a police chief. Mark is active in Special Olympics soccer and basketball. Mark works at the Blossom Café in Oakton, and on Saturdays he volunteers at the Arlington Central Library children’s room. His favorite activity is holding his new baby niece and nephew. He also enjoys watching classic movies. “Thank you to my friends and family who came to see our play.”
Mark JonesVirginia Cabaret
Stella Rose Kalb
Stella Rose is a 23-year-old actor from Georgetown. This is her fifth performance with ArtStream. Stella Rose has performed at Sense Theatre in Nashville, where she also took voice lessons, and she works with Project Most. She enjoys art, music, and movies, especially The Muppets. “Peace out, Stella Rose.”
Stella Rose KalbVirginia Cabaret