A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
Now in its seventh season as one of Two River’s most popular programs, A Little Shakespeare introduces the works of Shakespeare to hundreds of youth and adults each year. Through this program, Two River produces a 75-minute abridged version of a Shakespeare play, performed and supported backstage by high school students, and directed and designed by theater professionals.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Natasha Allen (Antonia) is thrilled to be returning to Two River Theater for this year’s production of A Little Shakespeare. Natasha’s previous work at Two River includes her as one of the witches in A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth and her participation in the theater’s Summer Intensives program. In her free time, Natasha enjoys writing and dancing. She’d like to thank Em Weinstein, Kate Cordaro, the cast and crew, her friends and her family for their support!
Dariel Angeles (Flora) is delighted to be given the chance to work with Two River again. Her recent credits include an immersive theatre exploration of Julius Caesar with MCVTS School of the Arts, a translation of The Other Shore with the NHSI, and A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth with Two River Theater (Costume Assistant). She also recently worked on The Education Project, a student-written musical. She studies theatre at MCVTS School of the Arts and has also trained with National High School Institute at Northwestern University.
Matthew Blankley (Fabian, keys) is so excited to be doing his first show with Two River Theater! A third-year drama major at RBR, Matthew has appeared recently as Ishmael (Moby Dick Rehearsed) and Tommy Djilas (The Music Man). Matthew is also a member of the 2019 NJ All State Choir and the 2019 Papermill Broadway Show Choir. He would like to thank his family and friends!
Jack Cusick (Malvolio) was previously seen on the Two River stage in A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (Duke Solinus) and is a 2019/20 Metro Scholar. Past stage credits include Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl), The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Michael Kelly), and Capital Production’s Peter Pan (John). Jack dedicates this performance to all his family and friends. Except you, Johnny.
Abigail Gilder (Dorset, bass guitar) is delighted to be performing in her first production, A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. She is a student in the Law and Public Service Program at Colts Neck High School and a jazz enthusiast. She has participated in the WorldStrides Onstage Music Festival for two years and won gold in Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Congrats to the cast and crew, break a leg! Thank you to my family and friends for all their love and support.
Jesse Kodama (Valentine, drums) is very excited to make his debut with Two River Theater. He is a Junior drama major at Red Bank Regional High School and a member of the RBR Theatre Company. He has been in many RBR productions including Into the Woods, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Music Man, and Moby Dick – Rehearsed. He has been playing the drums since he was eight years old. Jesse is thrilled to be a part of this production of A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night.
Julian Lavarra (Sebastian) is excited to be a part of A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. He is a Senior at HHRS. He served as a Metro Scholar at Two River Theater last year. Some past credits include Pippin (Pippin), Peter (Peter and the Starcatcher), Baker (Into the Woods), and Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid). He won the 2019 Basie Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his work in Peter and the Starcatcher.
Ashley Moshett (Olivia) is thrilled to be doing her third Little Shakes performance at Two River Theater. She’s especially excited to be working with the director Em Weinstein for the first time. Her previous credits include A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth and A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors at Two River Theater, and Love/Sick at Howell High School.
Megan Mulroy (Viola) is ecstatic to be making her Two River Theater debut under the direction of Em Weinstein. She is a currently a junior in Howell High School’s Fine and Performing Arts Academy, and studied this summer at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Megan has performed various roles in the Playground Theater Project, an Actor’s Playground Theatre Company, focused on social issues impacting adolescents.
Dylan Pitanza (Sir Toby) is proud to be in his first performance at Two River Theater in A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. He is a Sophomore in the VPA Drama Program at Red Bank Regional High School, a student at Actors Playground School of Theatre, and an alumni of Young Actors at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. His previous credits include Peter Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank at RBR, Young York in Richard III with Shakespeare Downtown NYC, and various independent films.
Lily Grace Riddle
Lily Grace Riddle (Maria) is thrilled to be returning to the Two River Theater stage in her second production of Little Shakes! Recent credits include Sabine in Seraph Players’ The Three Musketeers, one of the three witches in last year’s A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth, a co-starring role in the Netflix series, Maniac, and reprising her role as Baby Louise in Gypsy at Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Other credits include Phoenix Productions’ Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Story and Gypsy, KOTA production of School of Rock and LPAC production of God Lives in Glass, Jr. productions of Hairspray (Penny), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Lion King (Rafiki), and Annie (Annie). Ensemble work includes Broadway Youth Ensemble in NYC and Seraph Players chorus. Lily Grace would like to thank her family, David Meenan, and Kate Cordaro for their endless support and believing in her! Break a leg to the entire A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night cast and crew!
Kaelan Roberts (Duke Orsino) is ecstatic about returning to Two River Theater. Some of his previous credits include: Bystander Blues, Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights, and She Kills Monsters with Arts High School, Adam Roebuck’s After School Special (Off Broadway), My Shot (Census 2020), Immigrants (Census 2020 Hispanic Heritage celebration), and A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth with Two River Theater. He completed a feature film, Tanisha Fordham’s “Go Black Boy Fly”. He is currently attending Arts High School with a major in Drama and has trained with acting coach Adam Roebuck and vocal coach Joanne Robertozzi.
Maya Sta. Ana
Maya Sta. Ana (Feste, guitar) is thrilled to be in her first A Little Shakespeare production at Two River Theater! A Junior/Level III Actor at HHS FPAC and a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in Theater, Maya has previously been a part of Two River Theater’s Summer Program, and most recently completed a Screen Acting Course at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She is a member of All Shore Chorus, NJ All-State Mixed Chorus, HHS Chorus, and Carnegie Hall HHS Chorus Ensemble for Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation. Other theater credits include: Love/Sick (Liz), Summer Brave (Madge), Runaways (Jackie), Grease (Rizzo), Bye Bye Birdie (Alice). Maya thanks Two River Theater, family, friends, and the amazing cast/crew.
Hunter Thomas-Burgos (Sir Andrew) is looking forward to performing his first production at Two River Theater in A Little Shakespeare: Twelfth Night. Most recently he has been seen as Athos in The Three Musketeers and Hugo Jackson in Tuck Everlasting at Mater Dei Prep, as well as Will Bennet in Blue Stockings with Trinity Hall. He has been studying extensively with David Meenan to pursue acting and tap dancing. Previously Hunter studied with LakeHouse Music Academy to debut at the Stone Pony with ToggleSwitch. A special thanks to Lily Grace Riddle and Em Weinstein for the opportunity to perform with such a talented cast. Of course, endless gratitude for his parents’ constant encouragement and years of love and support!
Em Weinstein (Adaptor/Director) is a writer and a director of new plays, films, musicals, and interactive installations. While getting their M.F.A. in Directing at Yale School of Drama, Em directed numerous stage productions such as the first workshop production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris and Arden, an immersive musical co-written with Michael Breslin that explored queer utopias and featured original songs by Julian Hornik. Em’s short film Candace has played at festivals worldwide including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Em has developed and directed work with companies such as Rattlestick Theater, New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts, the Prototype Festival and the Museum of Ice Cream. B.A. Smith College, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama 2019 www.emweinstein.com
Gerardo Díaz Sánchez
Gerardo Díaz Sánchez (Scenic Designer) is a NYC-based scenic designer from Guayama, Puerto Rico. His theater credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf Theatre), El Huracán (Yale Repertory Theater), For Carmen in San Sebastián(Merry-Go-Round Theatre), Tent Revival and Romeo and Juliet (Yale School of Drama). Other recent credits include Novios Part 1, Yale Dragball, It’s not about my mother, Mud, This American Wife, Re:Union, Yale School of Drag 2017 (Yale Cabaret); and The Trojan Women (Yale Summer Cabaret). He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and his BA in environmental design from the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico, with a double major in theatre design and techniques.
Krista Smith (Lighting Designer) is a New York based theater and visual artist. Recent credits: Dido and Aeneas (Purchase College), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Triad Stage), Twin Size Beds (Public Theater), At Black Lake (The Tank), Sense and Sensibility (Rutgers University), Good Person of Setzuan (Atlantic Theater Company), Machinal (Lee Strasberg Institute), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), This American Wife (NY Theater Workshop Next Door), A Doll’s House, Part 3 (Ars Nova), An Enemy of the People (Yale Repertory Theater), Everything That Never Happened, Bulgaria! Revolt!, The Merchant of Venice (Yale School of Drama). Originally from California, West Coast regional credits include: The Marriage of Figaro, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Cinnabar Theater), Little Brother (Custom Made Theatre), The Great Tragedies by Mike Daisey (California Shakespeare Theater), Anatol (Aurora Theatre), Fire Work (Theatre FIRST). MFA Yale School of Drama. www.KristaSmithLD.com
Michael Costagliola (Sound Designer) is a New York-based sound designer and composer, and is thrilled to return to Two River after designing Sara Holdren’s A Little Shakespeare: Macbeth last year. He studied music at Brown University where he received the Weston Award for Music Composition, and Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama where he received the Shaw, Mason & Suttor Prize in Sound Design. He is a Teaching Artist in Sound Design for the Roundabout Theatre Company and is the resident composer for the AntiGravity Performance Project. His work has been heard in New York at La MaMa, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, Ars Nova, and Dixon Place among others, as well as at various theaters across the U.S., Europe, and India. michaelcostagliola.com
Jessica Parks (Prop Master) has been the resident prop master for the NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch since 2003. NYC credits at 59E59 St. Theaters include: Michael Tucker’s Fern Hill, Butler, The Housewives of Mannheim, Jericho, A Stool Behind the Bar and Poetic License. Other credits include: Dan Lauria’s Dinner with the Boys at The Acorn Theater. Recent New Jersey credits include: Bone on Bone, Lily, and Voyager One for the New Jersey Repertory Company. Other work can be found at JessicaParksDesign.com
Andrew John Kosinski
Andrew John Kosinski (Music Director) is a pianist, conductor, and composer who is excited to make his music director debut at Two River Theater after serving as a pianist since 2017. He has worked with Broadway actors from shows including; Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Hairspray, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon. Andrew is a staff pianist for the Royal Academy of Dance, and instructor of piano and theory at the Monmouth Conservatory of Music. Recent musical theatre credits include Music Director of Holmdel Theatre Company’s next to normal, and Assistant Music Director of Waxler Productions’ On The Town. Andrew is a substitute organist for St. Clements Church in Matawan, and previously served as music director at the First United Methodist Church of Asbury Park. Professional inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cole McCarty (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer originally from Texas. Recent credits: Read to Me (Portland Stage Company), Circle Jerk (ArsNova Makers Lab), This American Wife (Next Door at NY Theater Workshop), A Doll’s House, Part 3 (Ars Nova), Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre). Upcoming Associate Design: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opera Australia), Lempicka (La Jolla Playhouse). MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.colemccarty.com