2019 Professional Acting Company
...in alphabetical order...
Maya Bhagwat Bassuk (Miranda, The Tempest)* is an NYC based actor and musician, and she is excited to be making her Saratoga Shakespeare Company debut! Recent theatre credits: Once (Pioneer Theatre Company), meg jo beth amy & louisa (Hollywood Fringe Festival), Immigrant Son (Hudson Guild Theater), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University of Iowa). Maya has BAs in Theatre Arts and Music from the University of Iowa. Love and gratitude to Will and the fam! www.mayabassuk.com
Emily Raine Blythe (Regan, King Lear) is a recent college graduate from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film with a BA in Theatre Performance. She is thrilled to be back with SSC for her second season playing Regan in King Lear! An Austin, Texas native, she enjoys nature walks, breakfast tacos, and warm starry nights. She would like to thank the Saratoga Shakespeare Company for this exciting opportunity to share her undying love of Shakespeare and all things dramatic. Her previous work includes: Dutchman (Lula), Mother Courage (Kattrin), Midsummer Night’s Dream(Starveling), and Hamlet (Hamlet).
Kent Burnham (Antonio, The Tempest)* is a director, actor, educator, and theatre maker. Selected directing credits include Southwest Shakespeare Company, Shaker Bridge Theatre, Chenango River Theatre, and Theatre at Monmouth. Selected regional theatre acting credits include Arvada Center, Ford’s Theatre, Oldcastle Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, Shaker Bridge Theatre, Western Stage, and Capital Rep. Currently, he is the Director of Theatre Arts at Trinity-Pawling School and the co-artistic director of the Pawling Theatre Exchange. He holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre/Academy for Classical Acting in DC.
Louis Butelli* (Prospero, The Tempest) was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Off-Broadway includes: Sleep No More, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, ARS Nova, New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regional includes: Folger Theatre, South Coast Rep, ART, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Alabama Shakes. TV includes The Knick, Law & Order, L&O Criminal Intent, Benders, All My Children. Recipient of Helen Hayes and NYMF Awards, jury-nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. For Antoine.
Mark Cryer (Gloucester, King Lear)* is excited to return to the Saratoga Shakespeare Company! His previous company roles include, Prospero in The Tempest, Claudius in Hamlet among others. He lives in Syracuse NY with his wife Kim and cat Tiger. He can be found on the golf course when he’s not in rehearsal or on stage! Peace & Love!!
David Girard (The Fool, King Lear)* is a native of Troy, and an Associate Artistic Director with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company where he has frequently directed for the company, including adapting and directing last season's innovative 8-person production of Henry IV. Most recent acting efforts with the company: Louis de Rougement in Shipwrecked!, Custard in Love's Labour's Lost, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. David is also the Artistic Director for the Troy Foundry Theatre, just coming off producing back-to-back world premieres – The Prohibition Project: Illium Was, a devised piece co-created with Philly's Die Cast Co., and Richard Dresser's 100 Years – in addition to directing Krapp’s Last Tape and Act Without Words I in their innovative staging of Catastrophe Carnivale: An Evening of Samuel Beckett Shorts in the historic Troy Gasholder Building. David also works extensively with The Rep in several capacities, most recently playing the role of Burbage in Shakespeare in Love, as well as serving as fight choreographer for their world premiere of Red Maple. In the next year, David has a lot more up is sleeve:) David is a Proud Member of Actors’ Equity Association; MFA in Directing, Temple University. @troyfoundrytheatre www.davidmgirard.com
LeeAnne Hutchison (Caliban, The Tempest)* Off-Broadway: God in God Shows Up, by Peter Filichia; A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Dir. Austin Pendleton); Ellen McLaughlin’s Septimus and Clarissa (Dir. Rachel Dickstein); Alternating Currents; Sam's Romance; Alas The Nymphs (BAM). Regionally: A Streetcar Named Desire (with Joe Manganiello); August: Osage County; Sex With Strangers; Clybourne Park; Frankie and Johnny; The Underpants. Off-Off-Broadway: Nomad Theatrical Company's The Third Policeman (La Mama); Orpheus (with Taylor Mac) Film: One Fall (Dir. Marcus Dean Fuller); Brewsie and Willie. Television: "Jessica Jones" (Netflix); "The Other F Word"(Amazon). Bowden Award Recipient from New Dramatists.
Matt Lytle (Edgar, King Lear)* is thrilled for his second summer with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company! Last seen in the 2017 productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale. REGIONAL THEATRE: Romeo & Juliet and Our Town (Romeo/Sam Craig; Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Death of a Salesman (Biff; Trinity Rep), Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Nashville Shakespeare, Cincinnati Shakespeare and Kentucky Shakespeare. TRAINING: LAMDA (Semester Program). BFA: Boston University. MFA: Brown/Trinity Rep. Love to my Family and Ori.
Haulston Mann (Edmond/ Fight Choreographer, King Lear)* is an actor based in New York City. He recently wrapped his principle photography as Rick the Middie in the feature length horror film, Guys at Parties Like It. More of his recent work includes Greg in the web series “Hooked” and Brandon in season 3 of the web series “History”. After King Lear, Haulston will be heading to the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma to play Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show this fall. If you want to keep up with Haulston’s work, you can find him on Instagram @haulstonmann and at haulstonmann.com
Tracy Liz Miller (Alonsa, The Tempest)* has produced, directed, acted, and taught theatre based out of NYC as well as Arizona and happy to be newly relocated with her family to the lower Hudson Valley. Selected Directing: The Moors at Bridge Street Theatre, Gidion’s Knot at Stray Cat/Tempe Center for the Arts, Much Ado About Nothing at Southwest Shakespeare. Selected Acting: Titania in Midsummer at Southwest Shakes, Dora in The Swan at Chester Theatre, Dusk Rings a Bell at Shaker Bridge.www.tracylizmiller.com. www.pawlingtheatreexchange.org
Chris Naughton (Ferdinand, The Tempest) is excited to return to the Saratoga Shakespeare Company for his third summer. Previous work with SSC includes: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Moth), Macbeth (Donalbain and Young Siward), and Comedy of Errors (Emilia). Other credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius and Snug), The Red Letter Locker (Arthur Conan Doyle), and Every Brilliant Thing (The Narrator). He hopes you enjoy the show, and that it doesn’t rain.
Grant Neale (Gonzalo, The Tempest)* is making his Saratoga Shakespeare debut. New York--Is Life Worth Living (Hegerty) The Mint, Misalliance (Gunner), Mary Stewart (Mortimer), Julius Caesar (Casca) Jean Cocteau Rep, Brother Truckers (Leck), Midsummer (Puck) Ridiculous Theatrical, Marriage of Alice B. Toklas (Hemingway) HERE, Conquest Of The Universe (Tamberlaine) La MaMa, Polanski Polanski (Roman Polanski) PS122, Scapin (Scapin) New York Classical. Tours-- Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge/Fred) Germany, Waxing West (Ceausescu) Romania/Sweden, The Fools Lear (Fool) East Coast. Regional-- Antigone (Creon) Baltimore Center Stage, Winter’s Tale (Leontes) Milwaukee Shakes, Frankie and Johnny...Shaker Bridge NH, August: Osage County (Gilbeau) Arkansas Rep, The Underpants (Theo) White Heron MA. TV-- Nurse Jackie, Damages, Good Cop. Next-- Porgy And Bess (The Detective) Metropolitan Opera. Artistic Director-Nomad Theatrical.
Vivian Nesbitt (Kent, King Lear) The Barnstormers, Advice to the Players (NH), George Street Playhouse (NJ), The Pittsburgh Public (PA), Roundabout Theatre, Gallery Players, United Solo (NYC), Mother Road Theater Company (NM). TV: The Night Shift, Breaking Bad, Longmire, Manhattan, The Messengers, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, In Plain Sight. Film: Good Guys With Guns, I Am That, Crossed Lines, Leverage. Awards: United Solo Best Documentary Play, Best Lighting Design; NMWIF Fiesta: Best Performance; NHTA Finalist.
Lary Opitz (King Lear, King Lear)* A founding member of Saratoga Shakespeare, Lary was last seen on the SCC stage as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has been actor, director, playwright, designer, producer, stage manager, technician, and consultant on countless Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional opera and dance productions throughout the world, including many premieres. A proud member of Actors´ Equity, United Scenic Artists, the Dramatist Guild, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, his many Shakespearean roles include Shylock, Falstaff, Sir Toby Belch, Gonzalo and Polonius. He’s had film roles in Seabiscuit, The Skeptic, Disoriented, and The Damned McMarters. Lary has written and directed a number of his own adaptations and has edited and directed many other productions, including Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, and Saratoga Shakespeare’s 2015 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Lary is a Professor and former Chair of Theater at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he directs and teaches Shakespearean acting.
Dennis Schebetta (ASM & Stephano, The Tempest)* is an actor, director, and writer new to the area and excited to join Saratoga Shakespeare. Recent local credits include Northeast Theatre Ensemble’s immersive An Ideal Husband and the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Stranger at iTheatre. Off-off Broadway and regional credits include Ensemble Studio Theater, Vital Theater, Pulse Ensemble, Pittsburgh Playhouse. Notable shows: August: Osage County, Shining City, Peter and the Starcatcher. He will join Skidmore College as assistant professor this fall.
OLIVER WADSWORTH (Trinculo, The Tempest)* appeared last season at Saratoga Shakespeare in As You Like It. NATIONAL TOUR; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. OFF BROADWAY: Endpapers (Variety Arts); Well (The Public Theater); REGIONAL: Mystery of Irma Vep (Arizona Theatre Company, Fulton Theater), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fulton Theater); Misalliance (Old Globe and Seattle Repertory); An Enemy of the People (Long Wharf Theatre); Santaland Diaries, Dracula and Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peter Pan (Denver Center Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage); Fully Committed (Metroland Best Performance), Red Maple, The Taming of the Shrew, Take Me Out and Art (Capital Rep.); Noises Off, Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theatre Festival), Shipwrecked, (AriZoni Award Best Supporting Actor), Angels in America Part l and ll (AriZoni award, Best Actor), Pillowman, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nickel and Dimed (Actors Theatre Phoenix). Stones In His Pockets (Metroland Best Performance), (Adirondack Theatre Festival); The Art Room (Woolly Mammoth). TV & FILM: “Deliver Us from Evil” with Eric Bana, “Dotty Gets Spanked” and “Law and Order SVU”. OliverWadsworth.com.
Leah Walton (Goneril, King Lear)* Off-Broadway: Ars Nova with Berserker Residents. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, InterAct, Theatre Horizon, Lantern Theatre, Pig Iron, Montgomery Theatre, 11th Hour, Orbiter 3, among others. Philadelphia Barrymore Award Recipient 2015: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Professor of Acting at University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Training: National Theatre Institute, Moscow Art Theatre, Michael Chekhov Association, MFA Temple University. www.leah-walton.com
*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.