Meet the ArtStream Actors
ArtStream believes in Theatre for an Inclusive World. Here are the amazing actors and volunteer mentors who perform, learn, and belong.
Inclusive Theatre Companies
Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Sabrini BabuSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Vadim Baryshev has been with ArtStream since 2007. He started performing at Imagination Stage and joined ArtStream later. Vadim loves to participate in ArtStream productions and enjoys working with ArtStream’s cast. Vadim is a member of a Public Policy Committee at Arc of Montgomery County. He is a relentless advocate for people with disabilities. He attended numerous Maryland Legislative meetings, met with Maryland’s Senators and Representatives, and attended public rallies in Washington, D.C., advocating for the rights and needs of people with disabilities. Vadim likes reading and listening to classical and contemporary music. Vadim also enjoys bowling. He hopes to one day fulfill his destiny to find an ideal companion. He loves to work with Natalie Zanin – his favorite director. “Very thankful to Natalie Zanin for being my long time tutor no matter what.”
Vadim BaryshevSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Becky Birch is a 40-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is her fourteenth ArtStream show! She started acting when she was 12-years-old with Bethesda Academy for the Performing Arts, now Imagination Stage. She works at NIST, a U.S. Government agency in suburban Maryland. She is employed by Didlake Contractors and does custodial work. She and her fiancé, Max Rubenstein, enjoy attending music/theater performances in the area. The pandemic has caused everything to stop so she looks forward to its end very soon.
Becky BirchSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Langston Caldwell is a 27-year-old actor from Gaithersburg, MD. This is Langston’s third year performing with ArtStream! He was born in New York City, and moved to Maryland at only two months old. Langston works as an office assistant at EMMES Corp. He loves to dance, play laser tag, run track, and go to the movies with his buddies! “Congratulations to all my friends at ArtStream-you guys rock!”
Langston CaldwellSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Katy Donahue is a 32-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. She has been acting with ArtStream for four years. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Eric Edwards is a 27-year-old actor from Takoma Park, Maryland. This is his fifth performance with ArtStream! Eric has also performed and assistant directed with Lumina Studio Theatre, and was an actor in the Blair High School Theatre Program. In addition to acting, Eric plays the guitar. “Thank you for your support!”
Eric EdwardsSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Caroline Grabow is a 23-year-old actor from Darnestown, Maryland. This is her third year acting on the ArtStream stage! Caroline previously performed in ArtStream’s Shakespeare for All class. She did Ariel’s “Three men of sin” monologue from The Tempest. In Shops and Robbers, she played the role of Suzy Fox as the head detective. Last year, she was Valerie Auteur in That’s Show Biz. Caroline is creative offstage too. She does artwork and art sketching. She enjoys cooking and often prepares meals for her family. Caroline also practices martial arts and enjoys reading. “To my friends in troupe, I’ve enjoyed our Zoom meetings this year to film A Tempest Tale. I can’t wait to get together again next year.”
Caroline GrabowSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Ivy Gilat is a 21-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. This is her second year with ArtStream. Last year, she played Anna Seattle, and has previously taken classes. She acted in high school, and her favorite show is The Addams Family. This year, Ivy will graduate from Community Career Connection in Silver Spring. She likes to act, sing, dance and do whatsapp!
Ivy GilatSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Zeev W. Gilat
Zeev Gilat is a 26-year-old actor from Omaha, Nebraska. He now makes his home at the Kay House in Gaithersburg, Maryland, part of the Jewish Foundation of Group Homes. This is Zeev’s fifth year performing with ArtStream. His favorite role was playing a lion in The Great Dames Game. Zeev volunteers at The Village at Rockville. Zeev enjoys listening to classical music like “The William Tell Overture” and anything by Wagner. He also enjoys walking on the treadmill and watching science fiction on TV. “I love being part of the ArtStream company. Thanks to my mom, dad, Naomi, Ivy and everyone at Kay House for their support.”
Zeev W. GilatSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Benjamin Glantz is a 29-year-old Rockville resident. This is his fourth year performing with ArtStream’s Silver Spring Company B. Benjamin volunteers at the Jewish Community Center and the Treatment and Learning Center. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys swimming, bowling and following national sports teams. “I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me. ArtStream and my fellow actors are the best!”
Benjamin GlantzSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
John Gould was born 75 years ago in New York City. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has lived in Silver Spring and Rockville as a client of the Arc of Montgomery County. Until he joined ArtStream in 2012, John had no experience in theater. He has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ArtStream group and participating in the creative process. Before the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, John spent his days at Arc of Montgomery County’s day vocational program. He also enjoys bowling, listening to radio, dancing, and reading. “Fond greetings to all my ArtStream friends – I appreciate your concern and caring.”
John GouldSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Jason Hartt is a 36-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. He joined ArtStream in 2016, this is his second performance with Silver Spring Company A. Jason works a maintenance 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Sean Hume is a 31-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. His first performance with ArtStream was Mission: Environment in 2008. This is Sean’s twelfth show! Sean volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and Silver Spring YMCA. He enjoys dancing with friends at Upcounty Community Resources and exercising at Spirit Club. Sean loves everything Disney! “I would like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me! A special thanks to “Miss O” for believing I could become an actor!”
Sean HumeSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
JP is a 45-year-old actor originally from New York City, living in Silver Spring, Maryland. JP started acting with ArtStream in 2007, one of the very first Inclusive Theatre Company shows! 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Ravi Jesrani is a 39-year-old actor from Burtonsville, Maryland. This is his eighth year acting with ArtStream! Ravi can’t wait to go back to volunteering at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Bethesda, Maryland. He loves to watch sports and movies from India.
Ravi JesraniSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Patrick Jones is a 29-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. He is one of the original members of Silver Spring Company B. This is his ninth year performing. Patrick works for Sodexo and is an administrative member of the Rockville VFD. His job is to fill the vending machines for the firefighters. He has been a Special Olympic athlete for 19 years. He loves music, movies, dancing, and his nephew Jamison and he is going to be an uncle again in August! He really misses seeing all his friends and fellow workers and can’t wait to get back to work.
Patrick JonesSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Jeffrey Keyser is 29-years-old and lives in Silver Spring. He joined ArtStream in 2013. Prior to performing with ArtStream, Jeffrey was part of the Pegasus cast at Imagination Stage. Jeffrey works doing data entry and filing at a financial services company. He also works for a vending machine company. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, swimming, and taking cooking, music, and ArtStream classes. “Thank you to the ArtStream staff for making this a great show! Thanks to my family and friends for watching the show!”
Jeffrey KeyserSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Michael Lautenberger is a 28-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. He has been with ArtStream since 2015. The ArtStream experience is Michael’s first involvement with acting; however, Michael also plays percussion instruments with the InterPlay Orchestra; they have three or four performances yearly. Since the pandemic, Michael has been going on a lot of hikes, playing monopoly, checkers, and helping to build a fence for our vegetable garden. Prior to the pandemic, Michael attended classes at Montgomery College, volunteered at the Audubon working to maintain the trails. At the Humane Society, he gave cats and dogs some special time, and at Food and Friends, he assisted in meal preparation for people in need. Michael is an accomplished sailor, he has been sailing independently for five years. Mike also enjoys both XC and Alpine skiing, hiking, horseback riding, painting, working in the yard, working on puzzles, and playing games. “Thank you ArtStream and Natalie for offering and adapting this awesome experience during this difficult time.I feel grateful to be able to continue my connections with my ArtStream friends. Thank you to my family for supporting and encouraging me in all my activities.”
Michael LautenbergerSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Russell LeFurgy is an actor who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his mom and stepfather. He is a veteran of the ArtStream stage for over 10 years. He 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Eli Lewis is a 29-year-old actor living in Shady Grove, MD. He grew up in North Chevy Chase, MD. Eli has been acting with ArtStream for ten years and served as the client representative 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Alex Lightfoot is a 32-year-old actor from Washington, DC. He has been acting with ArtStream since 2009, playing all kinds of roles. Alex also performs with Imagination Stage and the interPLAY Orchestra, where he plays harmonica and percussion instruments.
Alex LightfootSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Chris Pagonis is a 28-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his third year acting with ArtStream. During the day, Chris is a supply clerk at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, go to the movies, and play video games. He also plays in a pool league and is a huge fan of the Washington Capitals and Formula 1 racing. “To my parents and friends, thank you for all your support. I couldn’t 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Michael Piccone is a 39-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. His first ArtStream show was The Wizard of Ooohs and Aaahs in 2013. Michael is also a musician. He plays the trumpet and the bass guitar at his church. In his spare time, he likes to play music and watch movies.
Michael PicconeSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Torrence “TR” Richeson
Torrence “TR” Richeson is a 33-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. This is his ninth year with ArtStream. TR performed in the productions of Tom Sawyer and The Wizard of Oz at Rock Terrace High School, Rockville, Maryland. He loves to go to the movies, especially those featuring Marvel Comics superheroes. Currently, he is making very good use of Disney Plus. TR also enjoys dancing, swimming, sports, 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. “Thanks to all my family and fans who come every year to see me perform.”
Torrence “TR” RichesonSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Andrew is a guitarist and composer from Crownsville, Maryland. This is his fourth year with ArtStream. He enjoys eating, traveling, and performing live with his theatrical musical group, Night Watch Paradox. “I am very proud of the entire cast. You all rock!”
Andrew StainerSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Christopher Sudbrink is a 21-year-old actor from Silver Spring, Maryland. Chris has been with ArtStream since 2014. Chris has taken classes at Imagination Stage, and has performed at the Ivymount School and the Katherine Thomas School. He volunteers at Locust Grove Nature Center as an Assistant Naturalist and at William Tyler Page Elementary as a Librarian Assistant. He has finished the Graduate Transition Program at Montgomery College Rockville Campus. This fall, he will be an intern with Project SEARCH. Chris enjoys running, hiking, reading, playing with LEGOs, playing board games, card games, and of course, video games. “Live long and prosper.”
Christoper SudbrinkSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Steven Wabik is an actor from Montgomery County, Maryland. This is Steven’s seventh show with ArtStream. Steven works as a computer specialist at Aquas, Inc. in Kensington, MD. 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, and practicing photography. He claims to have more cameras than he can count! “I hope you enjoy this year’s play, I’ve enjoyed being a part of creating it!”
Steven WabikSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Zak Weinstein is a 34-year-old actor from Takoma Park. Zak has been in ten 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Thomas Vanderslice is a 29-year-old actor from Montclair, New Jersey. This is his fifth year acting with ArtStream. Thomas works as a Merchandising Execution Associate at the Home Depot in Bethesda. He starts work at 5:00am so everything is set for when the customers arrive. He enjoys traveling, exploring, practicing photography, and acting with ArtStream. “Thank you Artstream actors, director, and mentors for giving me this wonderful opportunity to act and express my true talent. I always enjoy coming to rehearsal. ArtStream has made me a happier person. Thank you to my family for all the encouragement and support you’ve given me these years. Stay happy, stay positive, and be your true self.”
Thomas VandersliceSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Jamie Veerhoff is a 29-year-old actor from Kensington, MD. He has acted with ArtStream for nine 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 volunteers with the campaigns of his favorite candidates.
Jamie VeerhoffSilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Ana Bradley is a 31-year-old actor from Bethesda, MD. She has been acting with ArtStream since 2010. She also performed 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. She likes to read and dance. “Thanks to my family and friends who have encouraged and inspired me.”
Ana BradleySilver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company
Alexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Suzan Basoglu is a 36-year-old actor from Clifton, Virginia. She has been with ArtStream for 13 years. Suzan also performed at George Mason University as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and as a Lion in The Lion King. Before the COVID-19 layoffs, Suzan worked at Dave and Busters as a hostess and volunteered at Fairfax City Department of Parks and Recreation. During the pandemic, she continued to participate in her book clubs, weekly exercises, and meetings with friends via Zoom. She also reads, works out, and plays video games. “All the best to my cast mates on this year’s production.”
Suzan BasogluAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Allison Bozniak is in her second year as a mentor with ArtStream, though has been a long-time fan of the shows and has attended many ArtStream Galas. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Corporate and Regional Communications at the international non-profit, FHI 360. She supports the organization’s global portfolio, promoting the non-profit’s work across health, education, economic livelihood, agriculture, and environmental sectors. She is the mother of two great kids, Siena and Shaun.
Allison BozniakAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Merry Jayne Casillas is a 37-year-old actor from Arlington, VA. Since joining ArtStream in 2007, Merry appeared in 14 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 34 (soon to be 36!) nieces and nephews. “My big family and lots of friends are my cheering fans every year and I love them!”
Merry CasillasAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Paige Coffey is a native of Virginia, currently living in sunny Florida. Paige has had the honor of working with ArtStream from 2008-2010. She was an active Cast Member of the Alexandria Company, Development Director, and Teacher. She is thrilled to have been asked back as a Cast Member, compliments of Zoom and her friend and mentor, Patti Woolsey. Paige’s life has been filled with Theater and the Arts as well as being Pookie Bear’s Wife and Chloe’s Mom. Her hobbies include surfing, dancing, and befriending critters like racoons and possums. Paige wants to thank the Cast for accepting her with virtual open arms.
Paige CoffeyAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Savannah is a senior at George Mason University pursuing a career in Special education. This her first year and performance with ArtStream’s Alexandria B and Gaithersburg A Companies. She is thankful for the ability to learn from outstanding teachers and talented actors. She looks forwards to continuing with ArtStream in the future.
Savannah DennisonAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Kelly DeRoy is an actor from Arlington, Virginia, and has been with ArtStream for eleven years. She has loved performing on stage since she was very young. In a normal year, she enjoys going out with her friends at L’Arche and traveling with her parents. Her prepandemic hobbies include bowling, softball, and working on the computer. During the pandemic she has been keeping busy with online classes like art, dance, yoga, and Artstream. She looks forward to being back on the physical stage again next season and and thanks her friends and family for their continued support during this difficult year. “Your supportive emails and cards are as precious as flowers to me.”
Kelly DeRoyAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Christie DiPlacido is a 38-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. She creates paintings that are often sold at auction to benefit various charities. “Love to all my ArtStream friends and thanks to my mom for always helping me.”
Christie DiPlacidoAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Jenny Rae Goldman
Jenny Rae Goldman is a graduate student at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is currently applying to medical school. She joined ArtStream this past September and has been loving every moment since! She has previously worked in musical theatre in high school and studied theatre while living for a year in France. She hopes to finally meet everyone in person someday very soon!
Jenny Rae GoldmanAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Kristhy Gutiérrez is a 25-year-old mentor who lives in México. In her country, she was part of musical theater productions, such as The Sound of Music and Fame at Anahuac Mayab University. Her passion is working with people with special needs, and she enjoys helping them to bring out their best. Kristhy´s second passion is the arts. She enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. Kristhy´s dream is starting to become real by being the director of an inclusive arts school where she can merge her two passions. This year will be her second performance with ArtStream and she cannot wait for it! “Thank you ArtStream for letting me live my dreams and for being my inclusive and musical family at distance!“
Kristhy GutierrezAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Jennifer (Jenny) Holden is a 32-year-old actress from Springfield, Virginia, who’s been in ArtStream since 2009. In 2019, she even performed a scene with ArtStream at the Kennedy Center! Jenny loves musical theater and acted in Anything Goes and The Boyfriend at Paul VI Catholic High School. She works as preschool teacher’s aide, and she volunteers for Best Buddies, writing and illustrating letters to contributors. In her free time, Jenny advocates for people with disabilities. She loves sports, drawing, reading, and getting together with friends. “Thanks to Elizabeth, the mentors, and my Mom and Dad for believing in me.”
Jennifer HoldenAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Greg Hoppe, 30, lives in Fairfax, Virginia. Greg discovered a love of performing at age three. His first mainstage production was in 8th grade at Lake Braddock Secondary, where he received the 8th grade Outstanding Drama Student Award. At Paul VI High School, he acted in musicals all four years, earning a Cappies’ Director’s Commendation and membership in International Thespians Society, and returned for seven more musicals as a guest alumni actor. Greg took ArtStream classes on the GMU campus for several years and joined Alexandria Company B in 2013. In summer 2018, he helped launch Heart House Inclusive Productions (Woodbridge, Virginia), appearing in their first show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Greg works at Home Goods in Fairfax and enjoys yoga, dance, biking, live theater, movies, and “Jeopardy!” He is grateful for his director, mentors, and all the people who make ArtStream his favorite night of the week. “On with the show!”
Greg HoppeAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Haley Hubbard is a 23-year-old mentor, originally from the Big Island of Hawaii. She now resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her fiancé Rye and their cat, Gretl. Haley has been involved with theatre since preschool, participating in every school play and even a few shows with the local community theatre. This is her first season with ArtStream, and she already can’t wait for the fall!
Haley HubbardAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Laurie Ann Kehoe
Laurie Ann is appearing in her thirteenth 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 snow-shoeing, 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, NE, at which she won a silver medal in the golf skills competition. Laurie Ann attended school in Arlington, VA and can’t wait to return to her work days at MVLE in Springfield, VA.
Laurie Ann KehoeAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Tammy Kiser is a 28-year-old actor from Lorton, Virginia. She has been acting with ArtStream for 11 years. She has 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Nick Kramp is a 33-year-old actor from Vienna, Virginia. Nick starred as the Big Bad Wolf in his first ArtStream play, Happily Ever After, in 2011. This performance was a real life-changer for Nick. Acting with ArtStream has become a big focus of his time each year as he concentrates on learning the lines, songs, and dances. Nick works at Wildflour Bakery during the day, and in his off-time, he enjoys seeing movies with his friends and swimming. Nick hopes the cast will have a great time this year.
Nick KrampAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Ricky Kuron is a 29-year-old actor living in Lake Ridge, 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 does chores, 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 Job Placement Employee of the year and volunteered at the Mount Vernon adult health day care center. 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 Nova Pro Wrestling in Fairfax and Annandale. “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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Lucy Livingston is a Brooklyn-based performer and producer. She graduated from NYU Tisch in 2015. This is her first time working with ArtStream, and has loved every minute. Thanks to all involved for the opportunity to play!
Lucy LivingstonAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Xandra Martel is a 44-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 fifteenth show with ArtStream. During the day, she attends the Challenge Program at Montgomery College. She has a dog named Maisy, who will be 4 on August 18, two brothers, Peter and Michael, and her niece, Cecelia Jane, just turned three! Xandra is a poet and a dog-lover. “Thanks to my whole family for their support — my brothers Peter and Michael, my sister-in-law Katie, my new baby sister Rosemary, my mom and step-dad, and my dad!”
Xandra MartelAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Richard James Martin, better known to us all as RJ, is one of the original members of the Alexandria Inclusive Theater Company. He is 41 years old and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended H.B. Woodlawn. RJ is retired from working at the Arlington Central Library. The coronavirus outbreak has curtailed many of his activities. He looks forward to family visits and Special Olympics next year. Meanwhile, he enjoys playing bingo on Zoom and beating his father at the card game war. Leisure activities include listening to music, watching sports and working out at the gym. RJ is a Facebook aficionado – keeping in touch! “GOOD LUCK TO MY FELLOW ACTORS!”
RJ MartinAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Lukas Antony McCormick
This is Lukas’ tenth 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 is able to 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 Captain Scuttle “Will you be serving Birch Beer with your savory pizza pie?”
Lukas Antony McCormickAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Amy Merrell is a 27-year-old actor from Vienna, Virginia. This is her third season with Alexandria Company B. Amy has previously taken improv and Shakespeare classes with ArtStream. She also does ballroom dancing with the Dancing Stars of Northern Virginia. They performed at a TedTalk at the University of Maryland in College Park and at Elegant Dancing. In addition, Amy enjoys basketball, cooking, baking, and swimming. Amy worked at Wildflour Caterers until the pandemic. During the pandemic, Amy has done lots of bike riding, hiking, reading, and cooking. She is looking forward to going back to work once the pandemic is under control. “Thanks to my parents and friends for their support and to my fellow ArtStream actors for their wonderful friendship.”
Amy MerrellAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Chelsea Murray is a 33-year-old actor from Great Falls, Virginia. She has been acting with the Alexandria Inclusive 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Josef Newton is a funny, helpful, and smart 31-year-old. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia. This will be his seventh year performing with ArtStream. His favorite thing to do on stage is dance! Josef works at MVLE cleaning up the community, environment, and making Springfield a safer place to live! He has been described as a “Motivated Valuable Loyal Employee” by his fellow Mobile Crew 9 team members. He enjoys playing the banjo and listening to bluegrass. His biggest inspiration comes from his favorite movie, Cars. “I want to thank my friends for rehearsing and performing with me. I’d especially like to thank Barbara for rehearsing my banjo parts with me.”
Josef NewtonAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Kerry O’Brien is a 29-year-old actor, born in Bethesda, Maryland. After living in California, Massachusetts, Italy, and 20 years in Annandale, Virginia, she now resides in Fairfax City, Virginia. Kerry started acting at Annandale High School and has been part of ArtStream’s Alexandria Company A since 2009. This year marks her twelfth show with ArtStream. Kerry loves her new job at Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates in Fairfax, singing, dancing, acting, and sports. Kerry is grateful to her parents, sisters, Jules and Erin, brother-in-law Chris, soon to be brother-in-law, Brandon, her feisty niece, Annabelle, and her many family and friends across the country, for all their support in life and performing.
Kerry O’BrienAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Audrey had the pleasure of participating in an ArtStream production in 2015, and after a college hiatus, was eager to return! Having a background in musical theatre, ArtStream was a way for her to find a community and get involved with an amazing group of people that share a similar passion for the performing arts. ArtStream rehearsal every Thursday always brightens her week!
Audrey O’DonnellAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
ArtStream has changed McKenna’s life! She started working with ArtStream a little over 5 years ago and took a break to go to college. Now that she is back in the DC area working in IT consulting, she is so happy to be involved once again with such an incredible program. “ArtStream’s inclusivity and celebration of self-expression has changed my life in more ways than one!”
McKenna O’DonnellAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Laurie will be celebrating her 45th birthday in March. Her hometown is Virginia Beach, but she has lived in Arlington for many years. This is her third year as an actor with ArtStream. Laurie did some dancing and acting when she lived in Holland and Norway. During the day, Laurie works at Arlington Weaves, designing weaving creations and weaving placemats, table runners, etc. As a member of Service Source she also makes soap, candles, and many more fabulous things. Her hobbies are photography, playing games, having fun with friends, cooking, and of course, acting! Laurie loves her family for supporting her and L’Arche who has helped a lot!
Laurie PippengerAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Pete Scampavia is a 32-year-old actor from Arlington, Virginia. He has acted with ArtStream since 2014 and appeared in his first show with the Alexandria Inclusive Theatre Company as Dan De Miser in Must Love Music. Pete attended George Mason University in Fairfax. He works at Safeway and lives in his own apartment. When he’s not working or acting, he likes to hang out with his friends and play with his matchbox cars. “Acting is my passion!”
Pete ScampaviaAlexandria Inclusive 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 truly is 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 StephensAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Shaun Stronach is an 8th grader at Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. This is his second season volunteering with ArtStream, but the first time with a real speaking part. Shaun enjoys movies and theater in his free time when he’s not working hard at his schoolwork. He also enjoys the Art of Gaming – not just playing, but also studying others who do. He is currently focused on video games, but has a long-standing love of chess as well.
Shaun StronachAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
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 Inclusive Theatre Company
William, age 24, is a serious ArtStreamer, wanting to take everything offered. He has really enjoyed and grown theatrically in his first year with Alexandria Company B where he acted in his first role ever as Giovanni Bonarelli “Decorator to the Stars”. He is a bit shy but made great progress this season and has a lot more to give! In 2014, William was graduated from Kettle Run High School (Fauquier County) and moved back to Fairfax County to attend Davis Career Center where he was graduated in 2018. William thanks all of his teachers and mentors for their dedication to his success. William looks forward to meeting again in person with his ArtStream mates and for all the fun to come!
William WardAlexandria Inclusive Theatre Company
Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Tyler Brown is a 29-year-old actor from Germantown, Maryland. 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Benjamin Collins is a 54-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his fifteenth show with ArtStream! Before ArtStream, Benjamin acted at Rock Terrace High School and Imagination Stage. In a production of The Big Friendly Giant at Imagination Stage, he met ArtStream co-founder Nicolette Stearns. Benjamin works as an operations specialist 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Megan Cooper is a 37-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. She has been acting with ArtStream since the first Inclusive Theatre Companies – this is her fifteenth 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 the National Capital Area YMCA. She is very active in community activities, including Special Olympics. She competes in cross-country skiing, sailing, swimming, basketball, and track, earning medals at the Special Olympics World Games in China (sailing), Austria (cross-country skiing), and Idaho (cross-country skiing). “I have enjoyed the Zoom classes and rehearsals, but can’t wait to see my ArtStream friends in person again!”
Megan CooperGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Kirsten Davidson is an ArtStream actor from Rockville, Maryland, who has been acting with ArtStream for 15 years. She has worked for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for 29 years. She receives residential support services from the Jubilee Association of Maryland and employment support services from SEEC. She is active with Jubilee, SEEC and Spirit Club activities. Kirsten served on the ArtStream Board of Directors as Client Liaison from 2018-2019. She enjoys Zoom Sibling meetings with ArtStream and other Zoom activities with Jubilee and SEEC. 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 Inclusive 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 second performance on the ArtStream stage/screen! Matt works for Montgomery County Government in Rockville as an Administrative Aid. 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 Inclusive 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 to 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 backstage, 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. With ArtStream, Adrian was a client liaison on the Board, participates in the Gaithersburg Inclusive Theater Company A, and leads communication and community workshops.
Adrian Forsythe ỹ KorzeniewiczGaithersburg Inclusive 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Jessica Laura Grossman
Jessica Grossman is an ArtStream actor living in North Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to ArtStream, Jessica has 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 seventh 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Peter Han is from Rockville, Maryland. He joined the Gaithersburg A Inclusive 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 third 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Justin Hunsinger is a 29-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his fourth year 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 Inclusive 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 Inclusive Theatre Company (Mentor)
Nader Khalaf is a 27-year-old actor from Bethesda, Maryland. This is his fourth year acting in an ArtStream performance, and he has participated in several ArtStream classes. Nader also performs as a member of the InterPlay Inclusive Orchestra. He is a student at Montgomery College enrolled in Challenge Program courses. He enjoys his volunteer position at Nourish Now and is actively looking for work. Nader enjoys going to the gym and competes in swimming, soccer, basketball, and tennis with Special Olympics. He is very sociable and enjoys talking about landscaping and politics. He spends a lot of time with his cat, Marble; surfing the internet and on Facebook; caring for his yard; and operating his outdoor equipment. “I enjoy acting and am so happy that I made new friends at ArtStream. I want to thank my family for their support.”
Nader KhalafGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Joey is a 25-year-old who attended Rock Terrace School and lives in Olney, Maryland. 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 also plays a tuba in a rock band with Upcounty Community Resources called Neurodiversity. He is very excited about his debut performance with ArtStream!
Joey KitcheltGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Mike Krempasky is a 37-year-old actor from Olney, Maryland. This is his sixth 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 support and training. He loves watching football and playing video games. Every year he plays on a basketball team. Mike also enjoys bowling, and is a second-degree brown belt in karate. “I have enjoyed acting with ArtStream, from the first day I started.”
Mike KrempaskyGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Terrel Limerick is an actor from Bethesda, Maryland. He has been acting with ArtStream since the very beginning – this is his fifteenth show! Terrel began acting since 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 16 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Shannon Lyons is a 41- year- old actor from Rockville, Maryland. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and moved with her family to Olney, Maryland, in 1987. She has been an actor with ArtStream for fifteen 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, Maryland. She has been employed there for over 13 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Kathleen Maloney is an actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is her fifteenth show with ArtStream. Kathleen attended Elizabeth Seton High School, where she performed with the choir. She also attended Richard Montgomery High School and Montgomery College. Kathleen served on the Board of Directors at the Arc Montgomery County for several years and currently serves on their Public Policy Committee. She enjoys playing golf with Special Olympics. Kathleen is the youngest of five children and loves being the center of attention. She aspires to be a professional singer or actor in Hollywood. “Shout out to my mom and dad and my Maloney family, that gave me everything in life!
Kathleen MaloneyGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Faith McLuckie is a 25-year-old actor, born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her previous performance experience includes the ArtStream performance, Somewhere in Showtime, two years at Metropolitan Ballet with yearly performances in The Nutcracker and seven years at Imagination Stage in the Pegasus Ensemble. In addition to ArtStream, she enjoys dancing with friends at UCR and PCR events, karaoke, cheerleading, Devenio dance, ZamDance, VisArts, and Special Olympics. She thanks all the staff, volunteers, and her fellow actors for making her second year in ArtStream as fun as her first. She wants you to know, ArtStream is awesome. “Thank you for your support.”
Faith McLuckieGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Matthew McMeekin is a 42-year-old actor from Bethesda, Maryland. He started with ArtStream as Old Green Eyes in Saving the Starlight, performed at the Arts Barn in the 2006-2007 season. He has performed in ArtStream plays at Blackrock Center for the Arts, 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, swimming, listening to music, and learning foreign languages (he speaks French, Spanish, and German fluently, and can order a meal in Chinese). He is anxious to do all his activities in-person rather than online. “Thanks for all the support I’ve gotten from the ArtStream directors, mentors, and fellow actors through the years.”
Matthew McMeekinGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Joe Myers is a 35-year-old actor from Kensington, Maryland, currently living in Rockville, Maryland. Joe has been an actor with ArtStream since the beginning, making this his fifteenth 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). He enjoys dancing Zumba at the Rendezvous Studio in Rockville.
Joe MyersGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Conor O’Shaughnessy is a 33-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. This is his eleventh 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, Maryland. His hobbies include ballroom dancing, karaoke, guitar, hiking, fishing, and bowling. “I appreciate my family and friends for their support.”
Conor O’ShaughnessyGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Cecelia Ann Pauley
Cecelia Ann Pauley is a 43-year-old actor. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Cecelia now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has been an ArtStream actor since the beginning – this is her fifteenth show with the Gaithersburg Inclusive 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Alexander (Al) Richardson has performed with ArtStream for fifteen years. Born in Washington, DC, in 1981, Al lived in Switzerland, Zambia, and Australia before eventually moving to Rockville, Maryland, where he now makes his home. Al works with St. Coletta. He maintains an active life away from work that includes music with the InterPlay Orchestra, sports with Special Olympics (Alpine skiing, swimming, golf and tennis), fitness with Spirit Club, the Montgomery County Road Runners (MCRRC), and social activities with UCR.
Al RichardsonGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Cynthia Ring is a 52-year-old actor from Rockville, Maryland. She originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Rock Terrace High School. Cynthia has acted with ArtStream since the first year of Inclusive Theatre Companies. This is her 15th show! She is an avid Special Olympics athlete in track and bowling. She is also a proud part of the Best Buddies program, and she goes out with ACIDD two or three times a month. 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Adam Tepper is a 32-year-old actor from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has performed with ArtStream since 2007. Adam 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. Favorite roles include Jay Bird in Honk and Agwe in Once on This Island. In his spare time, Adam participates in Special Olympics in swimming (he is a gold medalist!), and basketball. Adam also enjoys watching the Washington Capitals and Nationals. “See you all on the court!”
Adam TepperGaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company
Andrea Soltesz is an ArtStream actor. This is her sixth show! Andrea works at Giant. She has been there for 16 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 Inclusive Theatre Company
Nadia lives in Rockville, Maryland, where she works for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. She was selected for The Arc of Maryland Partners in Policymaking 2020. Nadia joined ArtStream in 2013, first backstage, then onstage, and now with Cabaret. She can’t wait to work again on sound and lights at Silver Spring Stage and usher at other theaters. Nadia plays tennis and loves reading and getting together with friends and family, who are very supportive of who she has become.
Nadia AbourayaMD Cabaret Production Assistant
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, and Shakespeare-in-Action Workshops. Ian also works with Raise the Voices, which focuses on human rights issues in the US and across the world. “It has been very rewarding to see our performers, staff, and mentors working hard to overcome the challenges posed by the Pandemic. I am proud to be part of such a fun and creative group of people.”
Ian BannonMaryland Cabaret Mentor
Rachel is a 23-year-old actor living in Montgomery Village, Maryland. She joined ArtStream in 2019 with the Musical Theatre class. She performed in the 2014 22Q Beauty Pageant. Rachel earned the Girl Scout Gold Award advocating for 22Q deletion. Rachel is a member of TLC Outcomes, where she is in an educational program to help secure a job. She also enjoys singing, taking care of her dog, arts and crafts, and watching Marvel movies! “Thank you for everything!”
Rachel CoatesMaryland Cabaret
Jonathan is a 24-year-old from Rockville, Maryland, who has performed in ArtStream’s Cabaret and Inclusive 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 High School production of Les Miserables. Jonathan currently lives on his own while taking classes, doing volunteer work, and looking for the right job. He enjoys musicals, movies and getting together with friends. “Hope everyone who comes to Cabaret loves our show!”
Jonathan FeiferMaryland Cabaret
Denise Monique Green is a 64-year-old actor (64 years young!) from Washington, DC. This is her third year 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
Pat Kearns-Michaelsen first volunteered at ArtStream in 2015, working front of house for the Silver Spring productions. This is her fourth year as an onstage mentor with Maryland’s Cabaret. Pat also acted at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Floridia. “The person that you will spend the most time with is yourself, so be nice to them.”
Pat Kearns-MichaelsonMaryland Cabaret Mentor
Adam is a 34-year-old actor from Bethesda, Maryland. He has acted with ArtStream for 14 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
Leslie Ellen Moore, 56, has been acting with ArtStream since its beginning and is a pioneer member of ArtStream’s Maryland Cabaret. Leslie loves musicals: in Cabaret, she has 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 MooreMaryland Cabaret
Charles Outlaw is a 33-year-old actor from Washington, DC. This is his third year with ArtStream’s Maryland Cabaret Company! He previously acted with the ArtStream Inclusive Theatre Company from 2005 until 2009. Charles performed at the Lincoln Theatre with the Art and Drama Therapy Inspirational Choir and Moroccan Ensemble from 2011 – 2016. In December, 2016, he performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Charles currently attends Bridgeway Community Services and is a member of the Bridgeway Choir. He enjoys singing, performing, and recording. “Peace!”
Charlie OutlawMaryland Cabaret
Elias is 24-year-old actor from Damascus, Maryland. He is in his second semester 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 is also an avid cook, and enjoys trying out new recipes with his family.
Elias TsakirisMaryland Cabaret
Christopher Famme is a 58-year-old actor from San Diego, CA, currently living in Arlington, VA. He has been acting with the Alexandria Inclusive Theatre Company for 10 years. Christopher works as a janitor and is a life-long performer. He played drums with San Diego Center’s singing group “The Sparrows,” and now plays drums with the “Spirit Band” at his church. He performs each year with The Woodmont Players at ServiceSource and attends regular music and dance therapy sessions. Christopher is also an artist. His art has been published on Christmas cards and calendars with The Arc. He loves Special Olympics (swimming, basketball, and soccer), Harry Potter, and Disney! “Thanks to all the wonderful directors at ArtStream!”
Christopher FammeVirginia Cabaret
Samara GlymphVirginia Cabaret Mentor
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
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
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 RennieVirginia Cabaret
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