- The Painted Alice Cast -
Tana Sirois (Alice)
Tana Sirois is a NYC based actor, director and producer. She is ridiculously excited to originate the role of "Alice" in this premiere production, with such a wonderful cast and crew! Tana graduated from the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts with a 1st class degree in Acting, and went on to co-found Dirt [contained] Theatre Company, which makes provocative, socially conscious theatre with an absurd twist. Tana works as the Performing Arts Director for LiC-A, and as the associate artistic director for the theatre company Stripped Scripts. Tana is a proud company member in the feminist, musical comedy troupe, “Broad Comedy,” and can be found touring the country (often in a vagina headdress) raising money for Planned Parenthood and The ACLU. Thanks to Edjo for making all of this happen! This production is for Kit. xx
Meghan Ginley (Dinah, Pratolini, The Lawyer)
Meghan is thrilled to return as Dinah this fall! Off-Broadway & National Tour: Pinkalicious, Angelina Ballerina the Musical, Fashion Academy (Vital Theatre Company). NYC: King Lear (Up Theater Company), Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Wise Fish Theater Collective). Webseries: “WINK” (Jon Saks). TV: “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel Channel). Training: Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Thank you to everyone in the cast, crew, and production team for making this happen. Enjoy the show!
Adam B. McDonald (The Voice, Dodgson, Narrator, Vermiller)
Adam is an actor that wants to make space for young bari-basses in musical theatre. A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, his recent credits include many original musicals, such as ABLAZE (New Ohio Theatre), NOISE (PHTS), and is excited to be returning for PAINTED ALICE. In his spare time, you’ll find him “riffing and running” and even singing a bass line. Or watching Bethenny Frankel on the Real Housewives. Much love to family, sister Rachel, friends, and...you guessed it...Bethenny.
Jack Bowman (Finn, Hasen, Caddie, Balif)
Jack Bowman is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists. As a recent graduate of Penn State’s Musical Theatre program, he has been seen on the Penn State stage in BE MORE CHILL (Michael). Other credits include new works such as AUNT JACK (Norman) and the workshop for LOVE IN HATE NATION (The Guy).
Molly Kelleher (Parker, Fury, Griffin, Hattie, Sucra, Grace)
After a decade of perfecting her Boston accent and convincing the locals that she could “pahk my cahr wherever the heck I want to, Guy!” she decided to change modes of transportation for the rusty-trusty MTA G-train. (Brooklyn, Baby!) Back home on NY soil, she can be found dishing out sexy-feminist musical comedy off-broadway with Broad Comedy. She is the co-creator and star of Bert and Frankie Forever (#BFFthewebseries). In 2016 her film The Catcallers was a finalist at the New York Downtown Short Film Festival and led her to do a series of videos with teenVOGUE. When she’s not performing you’ll find her writing in a Brooklyn coffee shop or teaching Yoga/Pilates/Personal Training thru her business Bumble+Flow. Molly is the soulmate to a very sassy, passionate, and hilarious french bulldog, Buzzy, (she had me at Hello).
Jamie Shapiro (The Artist, Lori, Hasen, Carol, Sugar)
Jamie Shapiro is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of Drama/Playwrights Horizons Theater School and Stone Street Screen Acting Studio. She has helped to develop roles in many original works, most recently in The Undertow written by Claire Rothrock and Ryann Weir, directed by Andrew Neisler. She currently works as an actress, writer and director and can also be found working as Associate Producer on National Lampoon’s “Radio Hour Podcast” or various odd jobs at her second theater home, Ars Nova. Jamie is thrilled to be a part of the Painted Alice family and to bring the outlandish world to life.
Follow her tweetsploits @theJamieShap.
Alex Schneidman (Swing)
Alex Schneidman is a New York-based performer and writer from Great Neck, NY. He is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. Some favorite past experiences include performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and developing new work with the American Music Theatre Project (NU). You can find him as Mr. Pinkerton in Pinkalicious the Musical with Vital Theatre Company. Thank you to his family and to Dan Tomaselli.
Chloe Howard (Swing)
Chloe Howard is so excited to be making her New York theatrical debut in Painted Alice. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Theatre Program in June before moving to New York from the California Bay Area. She was recently featured in An Evening with Adam Gwon at The Green Room 42 and starred in Legacy: A Mother’s Song at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- The Painted Alice Creative Team -
Greg Schaffert (Executive Producer)
Greg Schaffert is a Tony-Award winning producer. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); All Shook Up; Burn the Floor. Tour: The Lightning Thief. Off-Broadway: Bat Boy the Musical; Magnetic North; Sheer Madness; john & jen; Striking 12. Regional: Atlantis (VA Rep); Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas (Old Globe); Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakes); Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed); Something in the Game; Analog & Vinyl; Homestead Crossing; No Wake. In development: Singing River: The Muscle Shoals Musical.
Edjo Wheeler (Director, Producer)
As a director, producer, actor or stunt coordinator, Edjo has worked on 22 films, 17 television shows and over 80 stage productions. His projects include Court TV's Haunting Mysteries, soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light, and the Fox series New Amsterdam. Directing credits include Good Will Industries documentary Breaking the Cycle, pilot episode for The History Channel's Woman Warriors and the television pilot for The Territory. Additionally, Edjo has directed and produced over 50 documentary videos for The US Department of Energy, Con Edison, The City of New York, WX TV and others. Most recently Edjo is a founding creator of the new YouTube Originals animated series Sherwood.
Edjo is also a sculptor and curator whose works have been exhibited in shows throughout the US.
Edjo is currently on the board of directors of LIC Artists Inc., and is the artistic director of The Plaxall Gallery, where he oversees the many art exhibitions, theater, dance and other programming in this 12,000 square foot arts center.
He considers his five years producing and directing interactive comedy stunt shows the perfect background for this passion project, Painted Alice.
William Donnelly (Book)
William Donnelly served as resident playwright for Industrial Theatre from 1997 to 2008. His plays have been produced by Portland Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Route 66 Theatre, M&D Productions, Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative, Active Theater Company, Act II Playhouse, The Public Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Sacred Fools Theater Company, Mill 6 Collaborative and Rough & Tumble among others. He has been the recipient of a Playwriting/New Theatre Works grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an Edgarton Foundation New American Play award. Magnetic North was awarded the Clauder Competition grand prize. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Michael Mahler (Music & Lyrics)
Michael Mahler is a Jeff award-winning composer/lyricist whose work was featured on Broadway in Cameron Mackintosh’s Tony-nominated new production of Miss Saigon (additional lyrics.) Current projects include stage adaptations of The Secret of My Success (Universal; co-music & lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, book by Gordon Greenberg & Steve Rosen), Monster (co-music & lyrics by Schmuckler, book by Chelsea Mercantel), and Jonestown (book by Randall Colburn). Michael’s shows include: October Sky (Universal; book by Aaron Thielen; Marriott Theatre, Old Globe), Hero (book by Thielen; Marriott, Asolo Rep), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Fox Theatricals & Alchemation; co-music and lyrics by Schmuckler, book by Kevin Del Aguila; Minneapolis Children’s Theater), Miracle (book by Jason Brett; Royal George Theatre), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (book by Rachel Rockwell),The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (co-music & lyrics by Julie Shannon, book by John Reeger), How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (co-book, music, and lyrics by Schmuckler; premiere at Chicago Shakespeare), Something in the Game (co-lyrics by David H. Bell, book by Buddy Farmer), The Main Street Kids Club (book & lyrics by Scott Ferguson), the premiere translated production of Boublil & Schönberg’s La Révolution Française, and others. Michael’s songs have been featured in various concerts and showcases around the world, including the NAMT festival of new works and an evening at the Kennedy Center, and his work is available for licensing through MTI and Dramatic Publishing.
Conor Keelan (Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements)
Conor Keelan is a theatre musician based out of New York City. He is an orchestrator, arranger, music director, copyist, composer and guitarist.
Jonathan Bauerfeld (Musical Director)
Jonathan Bauerfeld is a New York based musical theater composer, orchestrator, and music director. As a composer, Bauerfeld has been working with his collaborator Casey Kendall for more than 7 years. Their two shows, LIMBO: The Twelve, and LEGACY: The Book of Names premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and 2019 to 4 and 5 star reviews. Bauerfeld’s 10 minute musical with Talaura Harms was recently premiered at Soundbites 6.0 in Manhattan, and he is currently also developing an untitled project with lyricist Melissa Weisbach.
Kristina Voznick ( Production Stage Manager)
Kristina is excited to bring back Painted Alice to the Plaxall Gallery. Other theatre credits include Crushing Baby Animals (Dirt [Contained]), Into the Woods and The Cradle Will Rock (Theater 2020).
Guillermo Laporta (Lighting)
Guillermo Laporta is a New York City-based flutist, designer, director, and producer. He is currently the executive and artistic director of CreArtBox, a music organization whose programs present wide-ranging multidisciplinary connections between music and other art forms.
Olivia V. Hern (Costumes)
Olivia grew up in Vermont, where she gained a deep appreciation for the handmade and the vital. She then received a BFA in Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University where she learned to refine and to look to the future. Now, she approaches her work (through the mediums of costume, puppetry, digital art, animation and sculpture) with a respect and an enthusiasm for art and life and all the things that come in between.
Charlotte Meyers (Production Manager)
Charlotte Meyers is thrilled to team up for her 4th full-scale production with The Plaxall Gallery. Her credits include Assistant Director for Funny Or Die, Stage Manager for The Greek Festival, Easy Laughter, and Pragmatic Species, and Production Manager for Garden Of Delights and Crushing Baby Animals here at The Plaxall Gallery.
Serena Aquino (Company Manager)
Serena Aquino joins the team with over 10 years of management and directing experience within various organizations and companies. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Psychology from San Francisco State University, Serena pursued her love for developing youth in the performing arts and education sectors. Serena holds a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management from The Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School. Serena has worked with a range of companies and organizations to improve programs and effectiveness. She thrives in leading peer/staff groups, managing and supporting teams, and helping others effectively solve problems within complex systems and structures. Serena is described as strong leader, supportive listener, and one who helps others reach their potential and fullest vibrancy both in and out of the workplace.
Serena currently works as a freelance Change Management Consultant, Success Coach at CreativeConnections and Company Manager for Painted Alice, Ltd.
Eileen Coyne (Original Art)
Eileen Coyne lives and works in Long Island City and has exhibited extensively in Queens and NYC, most notably at LIC-A’s The Plaxall Gallery, as well as at The Factory, The Local Project, Citibank, Astoria’s Chateau Le Woof, The Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea and with ArtHouse NYC in the Meatpacking district. Her work has also been featured in the Huffington Post and resides in many private collections.
“As a painter, I am most interested in capturing the emotional complexity of humanity. I also use my art as a means to advocate for social issues that matter deeply to me”.
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