December 20- 22, 2013
16 Playwrights, 16 Directors & over 45 Actors & Crew
$12 per program or $20 per 2 program pass
HAPPY HOUR an hour before shows
DJ spinning ** Mingle with Theatre Folks
Beer @ $2.50* Sangria & Wine @ $4.00*
Program A: Friday, Dec 20 @ 8 pm & Sunday, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm
(in no specific order)
- Who Shot Julio Vasquez? by Catherine Bush, Directed by Monica Rosell
- Once, I Had Love, Then It Broke by Will Cabrera, Directed by Kenya Anthony-Moore
- Into Wishin' by Todd Caster, Directed by Jair Bula
- There Was Nothing We Could Do... We Just Drifted Apart by Vanessa Garcia, Directed by Stephanie Sandoval
- 17 Likes by Ivan R. Lopez, Directed by Melissa Almaguer
- Pact by Jonah Moberg, Directed by Susie Taylor
- The Catch by Erik J. Rodriguez & Charles A. Sothers, Directed by Stephanie "Quills" Rodriguez
- Brunch Soon by Marla E. Schwartz, Directed by Eileen Suarez
Program B: Saturday, Dec 21 @ 8 pm & Sunday, Dec 22 @ 1 pm
(in no specific order)
- El Odio De Un Pais by Raquel Almazàn, Directed by Ivan R. Lopez
- Are You Santa? by David Jay Bernstein, Directed by Steven A. Chambers
- Suspension Of Disbelief by Brian Cohen, Directed by Erik J. Rodriguez
- Social Drinkers or The Humanists by Matthew P. Garcia, Directed by Francesca Toledo
- Dissemination Upon the Gay Male Ego by Stephen McIntyre, Directed by Andrew Rodriguez-Triana
- Bonds by Kaley Rose, Directed by Kimberly Polewski
- A Fine Arrangement by David Victor, Directed by Teddy Harrell, Jr.
- Tuition by Thomas Daníel Valls, Directed by Harold Clinton Archambault
New Theatre at Artistic Vibes
12986 SW 89 Avenue, Miami, Fl 33176
Melissa Almaguer (Director) is a Miami-based theatre artist. She loves Miami, her family, and following her creative path. She is co-Creative Director of White Rose Miami. Her interests include creating artistic events, storytelling, and film. She is thrilled to be part of New Theatre's M1A line-up. Lots of love to all!
Raquel Almazan (Playwright) is a writer/ performer/teaching artist for television, film and theatre. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida and New World School of the Arts Conservatory. M.F.A. Columbia Playwriting Candidate. Theatre Productions in New York City, Miami, Colorado, Sweden, Greece and upcoming Rome, Italy. www.raquelalmazan.com
Kenya Anthony-Moore (Director) is a 20 year old student at Miami-Dade College. Kenya is actively involved in Miami-Dade Theater Department, and Miami Children's Theater. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of New Theatre's Miami 1-Acts again! She thanks the New Theatre family, Will Cabrera, and her cast for an amazing experience!
Clinton Archambault (Actor) is very excited to be Acting in Brunch Soon, and working with the very gifted members of New Theatre. He can currently be seen on a Web Series, Angelica and has just won a Best Supporting Actor Award at The Bright Minds Film Festival, for his work in The Perfect Stroke. He was last seen at New Theatre in the role of Jim in LA MIGRA TACO TRUCK. Recent Film credits include Professor Cole Parrish in Summoning, Richard Morris in Mind Balance and The Rabbit in Frank & The Rabbit where he won The Best Actor Award for The 48 Hr. Film Project. He was recently seen on Stage as George in Til the End at New Theatre, Warren in The Mystery of Attraction and Leo Davis in Father's and Other Strangers. He has studied with Tom Todoroff, William Esper, and at The Juilliard School in NYC.
Robert Ayala (Actor) This is Robert's first time performing in the 1-Act Festival. He is extremely excited to be working again with New Theatre and Andrew Rodriguez-Triana. His past productions were shows such as Wild Party, Rent, and Sweeney Todd. He would like to thank his parents and his close friends for continuously supporting him throughout his acting career. He would also like to give a special shout out to the Roxy Performing Arts Center. Let's do this people!
Carlos Banos (Actor), 22, left his native Cuba at the age of twelve, has always been a performer, even as a child. Although he was not involved in theater throughout high school, he took up acting in college: improv with Just The Funny Theater and pursuing a theatre degree from FIU, where he has trained in Stanislavsky, Meinser and other methods.
Jair Bula (Director) is a first time participant in the festival. He is an FIU graduate with a BFA in Theatre. He is grateful to the New Theatre family for this opportunity, to the cast for their hard work, and to his family and wife, Vanessa Elise, for their support.
Shawn Burgess (Actor) is thrilled to be back on stage working with New Theatre for the first time. A resident of Miami, he is excited to be apart of the great talent pool that is located in South Florida. He was last seen on stage playing Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet at Barry University. Some of his previous credits include, Anne and Emmett, A Man Puts on a Play, Unleashed, and The Facts of Life. Thank you Ricky and the New Theatre family for the opportunity, My fabulous director Melissa, My co-star Laura Pons, and everyone who made this production possible...
Catherine Bush (Playwright) lives in Abingdon, Virginia where she is Barter Theatre's Playwright-in-Residence. Her produced plays include: The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin' Up A Storm, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again (book and lyrics), Wooden Snowflakes, Tradin' Paint, The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, Where Trouble Sleeps, The Road to Appomattox, The Frankenstein Summer, Walking Across Egypt, A Jarful of Fireflies and unhINGEd. Another play, Just a Kiss (produced at New Theatre) was a finalist for the 2007 American Theatre Critics Association's Steinberg Award. She is proud to be a New Theatre Company Member! www.catherinebushplays.com
Todd Caster (playwright) is a local playwright who co-founded Theatre Arts Group (Hudson Valley) and The Palm Beach PlayMakers (Delray Beach). His plays Northbound and Down and From Across a Crowded Room were seen at past M-1-A's. Todd lives in West Palm Beach.
Steven A. Chambers (Director) is Literary Manager at THE NEW, where he previously directed A Bicycle Country, Twain & Shaw Do Lunch, Jack Goes Boating, Co-Directed (with Artistic Director, Ricky J. Martinez) Keeping A Breast
and appeared in Fill Our Mouths, Equus and A Streetcar Named Desire. Last year, he adapted and directed a portion of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream which THE NEW produced in partnership with the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center as part of the All Kids Included Festival. Steven has been a part of the South Florida theatre community since 1999. He has worked as an actor, director and stage manager and was for two years the Associate Artistic Director for the Public Theatre of South Florida. He would like to thank everyone involved with Educating Rita for all their hard work -- in particular, the 'dead good' actors Dawn Plummer and Peter Haig. He sends his love to his mate, best friend and personal sound designer.
Brian Cohen (playwright) Brian is a native of Miami. After obtaining degrees in Business and working as a marketing manager for several years, he has transitioned toward helping tell stories on screen and stage. Brian would like to thank G-d for everything, including the gifts of ideas and inspiration, and his family and friends for their continuous support.
Vanessa Elise (Actor) recently graduated from New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre. This is her first time participating in the festival and she is thrilled for the opportunity! She'd like to thank her cast mates and director for the fun journey. To her amazing mother, Carmen, and brilliant husband, Jair, "I LOVE YOU!"
Karen Figueredo (Actor) is delighted to be performing in the Winter Session of the Miami 1-Acts. She attends Florida International University as a major in B.A. Theatre Performance. This summer she stage managed one of the Alternative Theatre Festival shows, Bachelorette and recently assistant stage managed Sleeping Beauty for FIU's 2013-2014 season.
Cheryl L. Frazier (Actor) grew up in Rochester, New York and moved to Miami in 1986 to continue her education. Although she pursued a career in law enforcement, Cheryl's true passion was acting and modeling. She has appeared in several short films, Zandra, The Therapist, It Happens and X yes X which was selected to be part of the Caans Film Festival. Cheryl has appeared in up and coming artist Dayo Julius Nightmare music video. In 2010, Cheryl appeared on the MoNique Show on BET modeling the Tina Knowles (Beyonce's Mother) clothing line. Most recently Cheryl had a small speaking role in the feature film BACK COURT. The film stars veteran actors Clifton Powell, Noel Guglielmi, Omar Gooding, Antwan Tanner, JoJo Simons. Cheryl's future plans are to retire from the police department and pursue acting full time.
Matthew P. Garcia (Playwright) is a locally based writer whose work has been featured in both local and nationally celebrated magazines. Recent publication credits include poetry in Miambiance, Caliban Issue #12 and forthcoming in Skidrow Penthouse Issue #16, due out in the spring of 2014. Production credits as playwright include, First Man/First Woman, produced by The JQ Studio at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in the summer of 2012. Excerpts of his play 14 Bones 32 Teeth and selected poetry have been performed by The JQ Studio artistic director, Jesus Quintero, as part of his one man show, Hour of the Wolf. He was last seen on stage performing the music for The JQ Studio production of Woyzeck in the winter of 2011.
Randy García (Actor), born and raised in Miami, made his first foray into acting with the JQ Studio's production of The Sorrows of Young Werther in 2008. He continued to train and perform under Jesús Quintero for the next 5 years. The last few years he has also been involved in various White Rose Miami productions. Since 2010 Randy has been doing stand-up and performing as two of his alter egos: Rapper and Miami Heat Superfan, Bonzi Chillups and Belgian Dancer Extraordinnaire, Ruudy van der Hol. He is thrilled to be participating in the latest installment of Miami 1-Acts and sharing the stage with such an eclectic and talented Miami contingent.
Vanessa Garcia (Playwright) is a playwright and multidisciplinary writer/artist. In addition, she is founding artistic director of The Krane, also a multidisciplinary arts company. Currently, she is writer-in-residence at Girls' Club Ft Lauderdale, where she's got a lot of fun stuff up her sleeve for the duration of her term there. In 2010, she was named one of Miami's 20 under 40 for her work in the theatre. She is currently completing a PhD in English with a focus in Creative Nonfiction at UCI, where she is a Schaeffer Fellow (done in March,that's right folks, soon she'll be Doctah V -- wink). Her work has been produced in Miami, Edinburgh, New York, LA, and Amsterdam, among other places. She also writes for a number of publications like the LA Times, The Miami Herald, has reported for the New York Times, and is a Huffington Post Blogger. Her CV can be found here: www.vanessagarcia.org/about.php ... She adores New Theatre, is so grateful they exist, and so happy to be a part of Miami 1-Acts.
Shana Goldman (Actor) is a 19 year old theatre major at Miami Dade College. She has been Letta in Death of a Salesman, Jessica in Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple. This is her first time being in Miami 1-Acts and she is very excited to participate.
Joel Kolker (Actor) is delighted to be working again at New Theatre. Recent roles: Shelly Levine in Glengarry, Glenross, Willie Clark in Sunshine Boys and Oscar Madison in Odd Couple.
Monica Leon (Actor) is 19 years old and has previously played Debbi in Serial Killer Barbie, Alice in Alice the Musical, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray the Musical, and Abuela Claudia in In the Heights. She also has done a commercial for Baptist Hospital. She is thrilled to be a part of the festival and looking forward to all her future endeavors.
Alexander Gerard Machado (Actor) is 23 years old and is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at Florida International University. His most notable roles include Action in West Side Story, Dr. Givings in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), and El-Fayoumy in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He has worked with the Roxy Theatre Group and has performed on both main stage and student made productions at Florida International University. Outside of performance, his skill set includes screenwriting, playwriting, filmmaking, and video editing. His goal, upon completing his theatre studies, is to press on into the performance field and earn work as a film actor or voice actor (video games and animation).
Joanne Marsic (Actor) is very pleased to be working with such a creative and talented group of people. She was trained at the American Academy OF Dramatic Art in NYC. she has created many interesting character roles here, in NY. and the eastern U.S. Her last appearance for New Theatre was in the summer session 1-Acts Festival as Sally in Bens Key along with her better half Joel Kolker. Mr. Chambers thanks for asking!
Francisco Martinez (Actor) is a Braddock High School Alumni currently working on his associates degree at Miami Dade College. He's worked on shows such as Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party to Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.
Ricky J. Martinez (Playwright, Director) is a Miami-born Cuban-American proudly residing and working in South Florida. Schooled at the New World School of the Arts, he studied with Jorge C. Guerra, Richard Armstrong, Lee Michael Cohen, Richard Janaro, Carol Cadby and Clay James. His acting credits include roles in West Side Story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Chorus Line, J & J's Wedding, Lenin's Omelet, 4 Guys Named Jose, The King and I, Steel Pier, Don Quixote in Miami, Isadora Libre, Something Cloudy... Something Clear, Bent, Marat... de Sade, Cries and Whispers, The Balcony, Balm in Gilead at Creative Arts, Broward Stage Door, Miami Light Project, Dreamers Theatre, Actors' Playhouse, Cuban-American Rep, Jugerknot, Off Broadway at HERE, Horizon's Rep, Akropolis Acting Company and Acme. In addition, he has appeared in King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Twelfth Night, On the Verge and Clarence Darrow's Last Trial, all at New Theatre.
Stephen McIntyre (Actor) has a degree in mass communication from UNC Asheville. He has been in over 30 productions including plays, films, and musicals. Stephen also welds and sculpts steel and ceramic. Please visit his sculpture website: stephenmcintyre.artspan.com
Kimberly Polewski (Director) teaches and directs at Olympic Heights as well as Showtime Theatre in Boca Raton. She has recently directed The Drowsy Chaperone, In the Heights, Picnic, and Lost in Yonkers which she was fortunate enough to tour to the Tampa Theatre. She'd like to thank Ricky, Steven, and her cast for such a great experience!
Laura Pons (Actor) is making her second appearance on a professional stage, being previously seen in The Alliance Theatre Lab's Lab Project and City Theatre's Shortz 4 Kidz. Laura is a senior pursuing a BFA in Theatre at Barry University where she has performed in By Any Other Name... Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Godspell, Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), Extremities (Marjorie), Rimers of Eldritch (Lena), Talking With..., and Three Sisters. Ms. Pons is delighted to be a part of the Miami 1-Acts Festival! She would like to give a special thanks to New Theatre, her professors, and to her family and friends.
Laura Ruiz (Actor) was born in Cuba, and raised in Miami. Currently an Anthropology and Biology student at Florida International University. Laura is humbled and thrilled to be working with New Theater in her first acting position.
Kitt Marsh (Actor) is happy to be back again performing at New Theatre. She was last seen here in A Streetcar Named Desire. Originally from the NYC area, where she studied at HB Studios, Kitt has been acting and directing for the last thirty-eight years. Favorite South Florida performances include parts in Necessary Targets and Bold Girls for The Women's Theatre Project as well as The Shadow Box at the Vinette Carroll Theatre. Kitt has a master's degree in theatre and currently added theatre reviewing for EDGE MIAMI to her resume.
Stephanie Sandoval (Director, Actor) is excited to be back for yet another Miami 1-Acts session. However, she is changing it up this time around; back to direct a third time AND finally making a stage presence. She recently performed as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show and soon commences rehearsals for the role of Fraulein Koste in Cabaret opening in March.
Marla E. Schwartz (Playwright) is a Senior Writer for Miami Living magazine and freelances for Lighthouse Point magazine and AroundWellington.com. Her photographs have appeared in these publications and the Miami Herald, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post. Her play, HOLD ONTO YOUR DREAMS was produced at New Theatre's 1-Acts Festival Winter Session 2012; her play BRUNCH SOON, appearing in this round of New Theatre's 1-Acts Festival was co-produced by White Rose Miami/PAX and produced/directed by Wendy White/New Light Foundation, Miami. Her play, America's Working? was produced in Los Angeles at the First Stage and Lone Star Ensemble theater companies, in Florida at Lynn University and then Off-Broadway. Her script, The Lunch Time Café, was a Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her full-length play A PART OF THE FAMILY was part of the South Florida Theatre League's/WLRN’s SUMMER PLAY READING FESTIVAL, 2013. She's a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the South Florida Theatre League.
Eileen Suarez (Director) Miami-born and bred, Eileen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, with an emphasis in stage management, from Florida State University. After graduation, in 1996, she joined the New Theatre staff, first as stage manager and box office manager, then as production manager and director of operations, later going on to become New Theatre's first Managing Director in 1998. In her capacity as New Theatre's "second in command", Eileen oversees all the fiscal, managerial, administrative, and staffing aspects of New Theatre. Most significantly, Eileen shepherded the company in its challenging transition from its two former locations.
Jaedon Taylor (Actor) is thrilled to be making his New Theatre debut. He was last scene as Rafael in Miami Shores's production of RIO and he also played the Snoozing Pilot in Cheese Topia AT MTC. Jaedon loves his family and his cat and he is excited about being in this production!
Susie Taylor (Director) last seen as Strictly She in My First My Fist... at New Theatre; Summer Shorts at City Theater; One flew over... at Actors' Playhouse; Detective Sue ShowTime's Dexter; Claire - Year of Getting To Know Us at Sundance; Rene Bergman - Eagles Gathering - ABC's SHARK TANK. Susie studied at NWSA - Penn State - Webber Douglass. She is thankful for her family and happy to be part of New Theatre's community!
Francesca N. Toledo (Director/Actor) is a proud member of the New Theater Company and is grateful to be back with the New Theater family. She was last seen with New Theater's World Premiere of My First, My Fist, My Bleeding Seeded Spirit. She participated in the Summer of 2012's Miami 1-Act Festival and is thankful to be part of 2013's Winter Festival Miami 1-Acts as a director and actor. She made her onstage professional debut with New Theater playing Kathleen in Long Day's Journey into Night (2003). When she is not onstage she is the Associate Director, teaching artist and actor of the JQ Studio, adapting literary works to create theatrical compositions, www.thejqstudio.org/. Her directorial debut of First Man/First Woman by Matthew P. Garcia was performed at the South-Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center in Summer of 2012. She attended the Actor's Movement Studio in NYC and holds a BFA in theater from FIU. Her past roles include: Zoe in an adaptation of a Cuban novel, La Nada Cotidiana (2013), She Doctor & multiple roles in A Thousand Years Later (2013), the Nurse in Orchestra Miami's A Soldier's Tale (2012), Rebecca in Ashes to Ashes (2012), Marie in Woyzeck (2011), Olga in an adaptation of Three Sisters (2008), Verther in The Young Sorrows of Verther (2008-2009), Lady Anne in The Shadows of Richard (2007). She follows her bliss working with beautiful artists who inspire and give her splendid memories. Thank you a thousand times over!
Sterling Tribue (Actor) From Georgia, Sterling was heavily active in the theatre programs at his high schools performing in such plays as A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Cobb County Center Of Excellence), A Grimm Night For Hans Christen Anderson by Sue Gordon, Beauty & The Beast. Currently attending Miami Dade College where he's majoring in Drama, Sterling has been in the productions of Sarah Rule's Dead Man's Cell Phone, Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, Six Characters in Search Of An Author and Neil Simon's Odd Couple.
Samuel Umoh (Actor) is thrilled to be in the role Larry in David Victor's A Fine Arrangement. Samuel had his first taste of theatre in high school when he played a leather jacket wearing kid whose girlfriend committed suicide. Recently, Samuel appeared in Pillowman at White Rose Theatre, King Hedley at the M Ensemble, Dutchman at AAPACT and the productions of Macbeth, Miss Ever's Boys and The Miracle Worker. He is a graduate from Barry University's Theatre program.
Fidel Urbina (Actor) is a BFA Student at FIU. This is Fidel's second production with The New, Bird in Hand being the first and he's beyond thrilled to be participating in his first M1A! Fidel has taken various types of dance and has competed in regional and national competitions. He would like to thank his director for the opportunity, Stephan for the incredible written piece [hope we do justice], and his partner, friends and family for the support. Some previous productions include The Wild Party, Tarzan, Bird in Hand, Sweeney Todd.
Thomas Daníel Valls (Playwright) lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a writer for television and theater. Produced plays include Miami is Sinking, Pastelito Guerreras (Nuyorican Poet's Cafe), Daddykins (Public Theater,NYU), Gentlemen of Kentucky (Dixon Place, premiering Off-Broadway in 2014), Tunisia. (Ensemble Studio Theater), Lambskin (Cherry Lane Theater), Daddykins (Public Theater, NYU), Notes from the Underground Boy (Labyrinth LAB), BamBam (NYU, New Theater), and Crayons (Roxy Theater, Lakeland Center for the Performing Arts). Television credits include American Genius and Wars. He is a graduate of NYU's B.F.A. program in Dramatic Writing and has been mentored by Eduardo Machado, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Edward Albee. He is the co-creator of the new web-series Art as a Hole, and is premiering his one-man performance, If Not For The Law I'd Still Be Biting Your Cheek, December 27th at Artistic Vibes before an ongoing performance series in New York City. thomasdanielvalls.com
David Victor (Playwright) has had readings at Caldwell Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse, Mosaic Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse and Broward Center. Thrilled to be part of his third M1A festival, his play 75 Cents from the July M1A was shot as a film and won Audience Choice Best Drama at the Lake Worth Film Festival in September.