A part we have played is like a person we once met, grew to know, became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away from. Some of these characters remain friends, others are like ex-lovers with whom we no longer have anything in common. All of them bring something out in us that will never go back in the box."
Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles For Women
Macbeth (Weyerd Sister) /
Karla is happy to be a part of this year’s Performance Salon! Her theatre credits include Performance Salon’s Macbeth; Detained in the Desert; Hoop Girls; (Casa 0101) Los Illegals; (Armory of the Arts); Demeter in the City (Disney Red Cat) and Blood Wedding (Cordova Theater). She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of Red Cup Theatre Company.
Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret) / Three Sisters (Olga) /
Death Of A Salesman (Linda) / Homeless (Randy) /
As You Like It (Celia) / Macbeth (Lady Macbeth & Porter) /
Protected Class (Colleen) /
Mary Carrig is a classically trained actress, director, producer and teacher. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communication as a theatre major at Bowling Green State University and has trained extensively with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Television credits include the recurring role of Natalie on the Young & the Restless, Passions, the Bold & the Beautiful, Criminal Minds, Make it or Break it for ABC FAMILY and Just Add Magic for Amazon. Mary can be seen as Principal Hilda in the dance feature, Stepping High and Ruth in The Escort. Stage credits range from Arthur Miller to Neil Simon, Commedia dell'arte and world premieres of new works. Recent roles include Minnie in Leaving Home at the Ruskin Group Theatre, Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Louise in After the Fall at the Lillian Theatre, Lindy McDaniel in Stuck in Neural at the Secret Rose, Rose Seiler in the World Premiere, TALHOTBLOND at the Ruskin Theatre Group, Emily in the award-winning Reborning for the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mary played Dr. Hecate Porter in Macbeth at the Archway Theatre and Gertrude in the Archway’s recent production of Hamlet. Ms. Carrig served on the production staff of the World Premiere Blues BioDrama, Original, The Musical, written by Rachel Nee Hall, based on the life of Blues Artist Janiva Magness. Mary enjoys serving as Alumni Chapter Leader of the Los Angeles Chapter of her alma mater, Bowling Green State University.
Medea (Chorus) / As You Like It (Narrator) /
Summerfolk (Marya Lvovna) /The Exonerated (Sunny) /
A More Perfect Union (Pamela) /
Pam has been involved in theatre for over 25 years as an actor, director and producer. Having founded 3 theatre companies in North and South Carolina, her most recent company, Threshold Repertory Theatre will enter its 8th Season this Fall. Most memorable performances include Molly in "Molly Sweeney", Actor's Theatre of Charlotte; Jesse in "Benedictions", Charlotte Repertory Theatre; Sunny in "The Exonerated", Charlotte Repertory Theatre; and Anna in "Boston Marriage", Threshold Repertory Theatre. Pam is delighted to be working with The Performance Salon enjoying one of her favorite pastimes, reading plays. Pam is a member of Actors Equity Association and a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Charleston, SC.
Much Ado About Nothing (Antonio) /
Roberto Garza is a professor at Pasadena City College and an actor who has worked in a number of local productions. On campus he has been a guest artist in campus productions, most notably Don Juan and The Winters' Tale.
Macbeth (Malcolm) / Protected Class (Farhad) /
An Enemy of the People (Captain Horster & Morton Kiil) /
Dean Ghaffari began acting in 1993 when he appeared in the film Stranger By Night playing a young Steven Bauer (Scarface). He began studying acting in 2001. Dean studied Sanford Meisner’s Technique, Strasberg’s Method and On Camera Technique with Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba). He took classes at The Actor’s Gang workshop founded by Academy Award Winner, Tim Robbins. Dean also attended The Actor’s Gym workshop founded by two-time Academy Award winner, Bobby Moresco (co-writer of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby). Dean has acted in over a dozen plays; some of the roles include Rudy in the war drama Loyalties, Polo in A Hat Full of Rain along with the theater production Eight Story Hotel which he co-wrote with an ensemble of actors produced by Studio C Artists. He also featured in an El Torito commercial as well as playing the lead role in the horror short, Devil’s in the Details. Dean wrote and performed a one-man show called Rebel With A Cause – The Sal Mineo Story (below) which debuted at the MACHA theater in West Hollywood. Since then he has performed it as a number of venues throughout L.A. including the world famous Ice House In Pasadena and most recently made its Off-Broadway debut at the St. Luke’s Theater. And his show will be making its Off Broadway return at The United Solo Festival September 2017.
The Exonerated (David) /A More Perfect Union (Barack Obama) /
Eddie Goines hails from Lakeland, Florida by way of New York City, where he built his foundation as an artist. Through an insatiable passion and work ethic, he's making his mark working with luminary figures like Denzel Washington, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, and more. Goines currently studies at The Actors Gym, which is run by two-time Oscar winner Bobby Moresco, and also honed his skills for 15 years at his own acting workshop: Diligent Actors Workshop. Recently, he has stepped into the creator world as a screenwriter and wrote two different short films (Blood Divided; Empty Frames) that were accepted into Academy Award nominating film festivals. A short film (12 Days of Christmas) also earned Eddie a Best Writer award for his work. The film aired on national television, Additionally, a short film (ALI SPEAKS!) on Muhammad Ali, was honored and screened at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. His next giant step is his full-length feature version of 'ALI SPEAKS!', for which he is currently raising funding and gathering the artistic team together to bring the project to life.
Pride and Prejudice (Mrs. Bennett Sasaki) /
Fumiko, a native of Japan, is a versatile actress who has worked in professional theatre, film and television in both Japan and the United States. Her theatre credits include Performance Salon's Pride and Prejudice; The Artists' Collective's Mine: A Name For Herself (Los Angeles Theatre Center; Performance Riverside; The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. for the Day of Remembrance); and Glendale Centre Theatre's The King and I & The Teahouse of the August Moon. Television credits range from HBO Comedy Hour; Long Shadows; and C/Net. Voice Over credits include Sex And The City; Tales Of Despereaux; Into The Sun; and Animation Celebration. Film credits include Actual Practice; Seafari: Red Steel; and Star Trek: The Next Generation, among numerous other performances in the US and in Japan. Ms. Hamada is also an accomplished martial artist in Karate (3rd Dan). She is a Gold Medalist (Te Kenjitsu Kan & IKA All Star); Silver Medalist ( IKA All Sta ); and Bronze Medalist ( Ozawa Cup ). BA in Psychology from UCLA.
As You Like It (Duke Fredric / Charles / Touchstone / Sir Oliver Martext) /Macbeth (Duncan) / Protected Class (Finnegan) /
Much Ado About Nothing (Benedict) / Macbeth (Macbeth) /
An Enemy of the People - Flint (Dr. Marc Edwards) /
Stuart W. Howard
Theatre: Los Angeles: Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet (Lovers & Madmen); Various Shakespeare monologues with orchestra in Glories of Shakespeare (Disney Hall); Bernard in Arcadia (CSU-LA); Tom in Skylight (Fremont Centre Theatre) (Stage Scene LA award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama); Capt. Keller in The Miracle Worker (Matrix and Edgemar Theatres); George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Hollywood Court Theatre); Menelaus in Trojan Women (Getty Centre); Herald in Marat/Sade, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Soldignac in There's One in Every Marriage, Shawn in The Playboy of the Western World, Stephen in Otherwise Engaged (Pacific Resident Theatre); King Charles II in The Libertine, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, various gods and heroes in The Iliad, Mr. Wintershul in The Rehearsal, Iago in Othello, Sen. Chalmers in Theft, Glendower in Henry IVx4, Alceste in Misanthrope, Friar/Palamon in Canterbury Tales, Master Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor (Classical Theatre Lab); Napoleon in Back to Methusaleh (LA Rep); Duke of Dunstable in Patience (Antaeus); Sir Robert in An Ideal Husband (Met Theatre); Capulet & Friar in Romeo and Juliet (Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum); more. New York: Jeffrey in Hideaway Hilton, Chairman in The Resurrection of Jackie Cramer, Vindice in The Revenger's Tragedy, Charles in The Lucky Chance, Laurence in 'Sarse: A Farce, Fairfield in Hyde Park, The Man with the Flower in His Mouth (The Beacon Project); Cassius in Julius Caesar, Him in Loveliest Afternoon of the Year (ESP); many more. Regional: Capt. Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore (various ports aboard the H.M.S. Rose); Smirnov in The Brute (Pittsburgh Playhouse Festival); Charley in Annie Get Your Gun (Lutcher Theatre); Cootie in Moonchildren, Sparger in Kennedy's Children, Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Center Stage, Austin TX), etc. Film/Video/Online: Back Bench Bard: Shakespeare monologues; Pawn to a King (with Ron Canada); Afternoons with Lou; Days of Our Lives (recurring); The Man with the Flower in His Mouth on PBS. Radio: several dramas, including Playboy of the Western World for LA Theatreworks. Also director, playwright, teacher, coach, dramaturg, and fight arranger.
Medea (Chorus Leader) / As You Like It (Audrey) /
Pride and Prejudice (Narrator) / Summerfolk (Shalimoff) /
An Enemy Of The People - Flint (Leanne Walters) /
Holly Jeanne is a Theatre Arts faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, El Camino College and Cerritos College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. She also serves as Associate Producer for CSUF @ Grand Central Theatre in Santa Ana. A generalist, Holly teaches courses ranging from Introduction to Acting to Introduction to Theatre to Creative Dramatics in the Classroom to Drama Into Film and Cultural Diversity in Theatre. Holly is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA. Her performance credits include The Laguna Playhouse, International City Theatre, Shakespeare Under the Moon, Santa Barbara Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Old Lyric in Logan Utah, Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa and Long Beach Studio Theatre. Film credits include Distortion, Skidmarks! The Movie, Troublemaker, Two de Force, Barracuda and Bollywood’s I am Singh. She can be seen online in The Strange Life of John Perez, Nat and Olga and with Streamline Health Services. She is featured in music videos by Christian TV, SeaWolf and Bowling for Soup.
Summerfolk / (Lord Summerhays) /
Leonard Kelly Young last performed as Alfieri in A View From The Bridge at Seattle Repertory Theatre. He has performed at Boston Court Theatre in Shiv, Geffen Playhouse in Alan Alda’s Production of Radiance, Choir Boy, Mark Taper Forum in The Christians and A School For Scandal, A Noise Within Theatre in The Rainmaker, as Titus in Darko Tresjnak’s Titus Andronicus at The Old Globe Theatre. Leonard received the “Santa Barbara Independent Theatre Award for Performance” twice, once as Dodge in Buried Child at Ensemble Theatre Company and as Doc Lyman in Bus Stop at Rubicon Theatre. Also, La Mirada Theatre and Laguna Playhouse in Moonlight and Magnolias. Regional theatres include, Goodman Theatre in Assassination 1865 (Jeff Award, Ensemble), Missouri Repertory Theater in Of Mice and Men, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Premier of Treasure Island, Geva Theatre in Inherit the Wind and A Christmas Carol, Studio Arena Theatre in Man of Mode, Worcester Foothills Theatre in Hedda Gabler and Huntington Theatre Company in Cyrano, Don Juan and Twelfth Night. Performances at Shakespeare Companies include American Players Theatre, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Will Geer Theatricum playing roles in Anthony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, As you Like It, Richard II and III, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Loves Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Julius Caesar, Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, King Lear and many others. Film Credits: David Fincher’s Gone Girl, She’s Got Revenge, Karla, Falling, Evil Angel, Highway 395, Blowback, Sliver to name a few. He has performed in award Winning Indie Film Releases, including an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope (Comic-Con Independent Film Festival), My Brother Jack (Naples Film Festival), Deadheads and Looking in The Mirror. TV Credits: The Mentalist, Madmen, CSI, The Shield, Scandal, Justified, Boston Legal, The Defenders, Life, Carnival, House of Lies, Ellen, Married With Children, Star Trek Enterprise.
Macbeth (Banquo) / Protected Class (Raphael) /
An Enemy of the People (Peter Stockmann) /
(Serguey Vassilievitch Bassoff & Semion Semionytch Dvoetchie 'Colon' ) / Misalliance (John Tarlton) /
An Enemy Of The People - Flint (Governor Rick Snyder) /
A More Perfect Union (Joe) /
Joe Marinelli has worked in Los Angeles theater, film, and television for over 35 years. He has been a member of The LA Connection, Cold Tofu, the Actor’s Gym, and operated the theater company Metta. A highlight was playing Morris, in Athol Fugart’s: BLOOD KNOT, directed by Barry “Shabaka” Henley at Keck Theater. His film work includes the supporting role of Carmine in ONE LAST RIDE, produced by Ang Lee, appeared in SIDEWAYS (SAG Award for Best Ensemble), directed by Alexander Payne, and THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, directed by Niels Mueller. He received critical acclaim for playing Danny DeMarco on NYPD BLUE. He has recently appeared on AGENTS OF SHIELD, INSECURE and the upcoming Netflix series DISJOINTED. Soap Opera fans will recognize Joe for his role as Bunny Tagliatti, the gangster/ transvestite, on SANTA BARBARA (for which he won the Soap Opera Digest Award), or as the evil Sorel, on GENERAL HOSPITAL, or Pauly Hardman on GUIDING LIGHT. He has received five awards for Contributing to Emmy Award-winning shows. Joe has a degree in Theater from Loyola Marymount University. He also studied for one year at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in an honors tutorial program, and later, privately with Stella Adler and Michael Shurtleff. Joe has been happily married to Jean Marinelli, a French Hornist, for 25 years. Their love of the arts continues with their two sons: Vincent, a working filmmaker, and David, a working musician.
Pride and Prejudice (Caroline Bingley Lim)
Elizabeth is an actress in film, television, theater and voiceover. Recent film and TV appearances include New Line Cinema’s “Lights Out”, “Better Half” (Best Supporting Actress nom. – Philadelphia Indie Film Fest), “Scandal”, “The Real O’Neals”, “Stitchers” and “How I Met Your Mother”. You can hear her voice on the films “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Planes”. Past theater credits include Calligraphy (Theatreworks Silicon Valley), Dogeaters (Center Theater Group/SIPA), Film Chinois (Grove Theater Center, Ovation Award for Best Play), @thespeedofjake (Playwright’s Arena), A Winter People (Theater at Boston Court) and Boats on a River (LA Theaterworks). Elizabeth debuted earlier this year as the Marvel character, Wendy Wong, in the Iron Man universe for Hong Kong Disney. She received her B.A. at UCLA in Mass Communications and has trained at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Royal National Theater in London. When she is not acting, she manages her real estate investment properties, hikes in the mountains around Los Angeles and seeks out interesting vegetarian cuisine. www.elizabethpan.com
Protected Class (Adam) / Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy Shen)
Alan Michael Rice
Alan Rice is a Los Angeles native that began studying theatre at an early age and continued that study at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, located on the campus of Cal State LA. With those years of tutelage and performance (Macbeth, Macbeth; Gaston, Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Young Odysseus, Homer's Odyssey; among others) he continued into the acting world for a few years, performing in Summer Stock Shakespeare festivals, student and feature films and a few online commercials. He has taken some time away from acting to pursue other life choices and art forms (such has RnB and Hip Hop lyricism and performance), but as he approaches 30, he has decided to dive once again into the craft.
Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) / Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) /
Protected Class (Janice) /Living Out (Linda) /
An Enemy Of The People - Flint (Dr. Mona Hannah Attisha) /
A More Perfect Union (Maria) /
Maria recently appeared in The Gamester and Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the West Coast Jewish Theatre, having previously worked with WCJT’s artistic director Howard Teichman in the award winning production of Lost in Yonkers; for her portrayal of Bella, she was named Best Actress in Beverly Hills by the BH Courier and Comedic Performance of the Year by Stage Scene LA. Also at Theatre 40: Round and Round the Garden (The Norman Conquests) Three Postcards, Escape From Happiness, Romance.com, Nicholas Nickleby (Ovation Award nominee) and Rosencrantz and Guildensternare Dead. Inspecting Carol, Rimers of Eldritch, Taking Steps and Female Transport (DramaLogue Award) with Singular Productions; Asphalt (dir. Jack Klugman) at the Jewel Box Theatre; King Lear, Henry V, Pericles with FreightTrain Shakespeare. For The Artists’ Collective Maria performed in Mine’: A Name For Herself and Neva’s Tale at LATC (dir. Ted Lange), and for Theatre for the 21st Century as an Equity Guest Artist in the productions of Arcadia, Carnival, and Working. Also, she was featured as an AEA performer in Freak of Nature at the Road Theatre; Noises Off, Twelfth Night, What the Butler Saw, Taming of the Shrew, State of the Art at Sacramento Theatre Company. Roles at PCPA Theatrefest, Fantasy Theatre, Off-off Broadway. Television: Star Trek Voyager, Oliver Beene. Film: Strangers Online. BA in Theatre, UC Irvine.
As You Like It (Phoebe) /
Janette Valenzo is a graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she received primary training at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and advance training at The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School with a focus on production and writing. Some of her credits include As You Like It(Performance Salon), MacThello (Playwrights Horizons), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Stella Adler), Macbeth (Los Osos), and Twelfth Night (Los Osos). She has worked for various East and West coast theatres as assistant stage manager (Manhattan Shakespeare Project), education coordinator (Theatre That Transcends and The dA Center for the Arts), and on several crews. She had the honor and pleasure of working for the Obama Administration Advance Office during its last year in office. She is absolutely thrilled to meet and work with people who are invested in the words of old and new playwrights!
Pride and Prejudice (Lt. Wickham Shao) /
Greg recently made his Broadway debut in Allegiance and was recently seen in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Perseverance Theater, EXIT THE KING at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and A SINGLE SHARD at People’s Light. Greg’s theater credits include the world premiere productions of THE BALLAD OF YACHIYO (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York) , BUTCHER’S BURDEN (Asian American Theater Company), THE SUMMER MOON (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre), 10,000 YEARS (written and produced by John Ridley), NO-NO BOY (adapted by Ken Narasaki), THE HAPPY ONES (South Coast Rep, L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Performance) and EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS (The Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actor). Greg also appeared as ‘DHH’ in YELLOW FACE at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play). Other appearances include GOLDEN CHILD at the Signature Theater in New York, EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS at Mo'olelo (San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Best Ensemble), MAPLE AND VINE at Cygnet Theatre, and MILVOTCHKEE, VISCONSIN at Mo'olelo. His film and television credits include Madam Secretary, Aquarius, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, Only The Brave, Americanese, and Life Tastes Good. Greg is member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. The documentary about them, ‘Mighty Warriors of Comedy’ won a Northern California Emmy.