Jose Solís is a Honduran critic based in NYC. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, TDF Stages, Backstage, American Theatre, 3 Views, America Magazine, and more. He’s also the co-creator and co-host of Token Theatre Friends. He wanted to become a critic since he was 10 and became obsessed with classic Hollywood movies. He began writing professionally at age 16 when he started his first website. After moving to NYC he fell in love with theatre and sees around 300 shows a year. He’s a member of the Drama Desk, the Online Film Critics Society, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association.
Victor Almanzar, is a New York based actor who came from the Dominican Republic at an early age. He appeared as Oswaldo in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Between Riverside And Crazy in both The Atlantic Theater and Second Stage Theater (NYC) and the Steppenwolf Theater (CHICAGO). He also appeared as Oscar at The Steppenwolf Theater production of Grand Concourse. He has completed a lead role in the feature film 11:55 (INDEPENDENT), a recurring role in the series Homeland as lieutenant Wenzel (Showtime), a recurring role in the series Power as Arturo (STARZ), a recurring role in the series Empire as Big Heavy (FOX), a supporting role in the feature film Brawl in Cell Block 99 (XYZ FILMS), a guest star role in Blue Bloods (CBS), a guest star role in Chicago PD (NBC), a guest star role in High Maintenance (HBO), and a role in LFE (a pilot for CBS). Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was in the United States Marine Corp, where he served in Kosovo and Iraq. Since then he has worked on the New York stage, Regional Theaters, and in London. He was nominated for The Lucille Lortel Award for his role in Between Riverside And Crazy. Victor is a proud lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
Alice Kremelberg: Actor. Alice is currently shooting Season Four of The Sinner. She is in The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Netflix/Dreamworks. She recurred as 'Nicole Eckelcamp" on the last two seasons of Orange is the New Black. She was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Kat in The Feels, which she co-wrote. She can also be seen in Doomsday (ITV Fest, Brooklyn Web Fest + HollyWeb Fest winner of Best Series) On stage she originated the role of Reba in Dry Land at NYSAF + HERE and she played Cassandra opposite Austin Pendleton in Dress of Fire at the Abington. Alice trained at The Atlantic Acting Conservatory.
Kelly AuCoin (Actor) Showtime series Billions, where he plays 'Dollar' Bill Stearn. Pastor Tim on FX's The Americans. House of Cards, he played Doug Stamper's brother, Gary. AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies, playing Hercules Mulligan. Recently in Donald Marguiles' play, Long Lost, at Manhattan Theatre Club. It was directed by Daniel Sullivan and co-starred Annie Parise, Alex Wolff, and Lee Tergesen. I played Ted Caccioppi in HBO's The Wizard Of Lies. Signature Theatre's The Wayside Motor Inn, which was honored in 2015 with a special Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Ensemble." played Octavius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of Julius Caesar. He is from the great state of Oregon and is a RABID Portland Trail Blazers fan.
Abby Marcus is a producer, teacher, and consultant. Current projects: producer for The One You Feed, an immersive dance theater production with Witness Relocation; consulting producer for BigBlackOctoberSurprise by Paul Outlaw at REDCAT. Abby was the Managing Director/Lead Producer for the OBIE Award winning “geek theatre” company, Vampire Cowboys where she produced The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G; Alice in Slasherland; Soul Samurai (GLAAD Media Award nominee); Fight Girl Battle World (NY InnovativeTheater Award nominee); and more. She has served as the Managing Director for the Orchard Project, General Manager/Interim Managing Director for the Playwrights’ Center, the Managing Director for the Dramatists’ Guild of America, General Manager for HERE Arts Center, Company Manager for LAByrinth Theater Company, and the Director of Finance for Baryshnikov Arts Center and St. Ann’s Warehouse. She served as Chair for the Honorary Awards Committee for the NY Innovative Theater Awards and was a founding Board Member for the League of Independent Theatre, New York and re-envisioned the MFA Producing program for California Institute of the Arts.
MELISSA FRIEDMAN is co-Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Ensemble and has performed in numerous Epic Off-Broadway productions including Hannah and Martin with David Strathairn, Einstein’s Gift with Aasif Mandvi, A Hard Heart with Kathleen Chalfant as well as Habitat, A More Perfect Union, Time and The Conways, Othello, Little Eyolf, Macbeth, and Born with Teeth. Other Off-Broadway & Regional credits include An Ideal Husband (Tennessee Rep), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Fulton Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Degenerate Art (Irondale), and Substance of Fire, Macbeth, and Henry IV directed by Jack O’Brien (Old Globe). MFA in Acting from the University of San Diego. Other credits include AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Tennessee Rep, LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO at Fulton Opera, Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Irondale, a witch to Victor Garber’s MACBETH and Lady Mortimer in Jack O’Brien’s production of HENRY IV at the Old Globe. Melissa has directed 13 Shakespeare Remix productions for which, on behalf of Epic, she received the 2009 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Before co-founding Epic, Melissa worked as a Lead Teaching Artist with many NYC theatres including Roundabout, BAM’s Shakespeare Teaches program, and Theatre for a New Audience. She co-developed Epic’s Citizen Artist curriculum and currently acts as a Lead Teaching Artist in Epic’s partner schools and outreach programs. Melissa received her BA from Oberlin College and MFA from the Old Globe University of San Diego.
FRANCE-LUCE BENSON Playwright and Community Engagement Coordinator with The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Named “Someone to Watch ” in 2019 by American Theatre magazine, she is a recipient of a Miranda Foundation grant (DETAINED), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commission (DEVIL’S SALT), and a Princess Grace Award runner up (BOAT PEOPLE). Additional honors include: Zoetrope Grand Prize (CAROLINE’S WEDDING); Dramatists Guild Fellow 2016-17, Sam French OOB Festival Winner, NNPN Award for Best Play, and three time Kilroy List Honorable Mention. Residencies include Djerassi, the Camargo Foundation in France, and Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil. Her plays have had productions, workshops, and readings at Crossroads Theatre New Jersey, City Theatre of Miami, The Playwrights Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre of Miami, Loyola Marymount University, Global Black Voices in London, and in New York The Lark, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre where she is a company member. She’s been published by Sam French and Routledge Press. She earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Theatre from Florida International University. Teaching appointments include UCLA Extension, St. Johns University, Columbia University, Girl Be Heard, and P.S. Arts/Inside Out in L.A. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Inc.
Juan Francisco Villa is an actor, playwright and teaching artist currently residing in Los Angeles. He has worked nationally with both his acting and writing being performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Syracuse, and Chicago. His credits include numerous theatres, including New York Public Theatre, the Goodman, Rattlestick, television including Madame Secretary and The Blacklist, and film. He has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, 3 New York Theatre Innovation Awards, won ITBA Patrick Lee Award, and performed in all three of Luis Alfaro's Greek trilogy plays Elictricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada. Juan's play, Empanada for a Dream, was named best show in Chicago and Los Angeles. Juan did VO for an animated pilot for FX called Little Demon with Aubrey Plaza, Danny Devito and Lucy Devito. He shot an indie called To Leslie with Allison Janney, Marc Marron, Andrea Riseborough, Andrea Royo, Stephen Root. I'm sure Fall of 2021 it will be released. Around that time. Maybe we can see it in theaters then :)
Purva Bedi A 2019 Drama Desk Award winner for her work in Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Purva is an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater and a member of the Actors Center. New York theater credits include: Wives (Playwrights Horizons), Passage (Soho Rep), India Pale Ale (Manhattan Theater Club), An Ordinary Muslim (New York Theatre Workshop), Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project), The Idiot (Here Arts Center), Veil'd (Women's Project); Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, Reread Another, The Tempest, and Second Language (Target Margin); There or Here (Hypothetical Theater), The Rise of Dorothy Hale (St. Luke's); East is East (Manhattan Theater Club & New Group); and many others. She recently shot the NBC pilot One Of Us Is Lying. Her guest and recurring appearances include Billions, High Maintenance, She's Gotta Have It, The Code, Madam Secretary, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Nurse Jackie, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, A Gifted Man, Gossip Girl, House, Boston Legal, Alias, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Drew Carey Show, ER, Strong Medicine, and The West Wing. www.purvabedi.com
Florencia Lozano is an Actor and Writer. Florencia can be seen on Netflix's show Narco. She has worked extensively on T.V. and in theatre. She has worked at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Company, and LAByrinth Theatre Company. On T.V. she has been seen on numerous shows: Narco, Madame Secretary, Kevin Can Wait, The Blacklist, and What Am I Doing Here. She played Téa Delgado on One Life To Live. She is also a writer. Her play Underneath My Bed premiered at Off-Broadway Rattlestick Theatre. Her film that she stars in and co-wrote Life After You will be screening in festivals this upcoming season. Flor has an MFA from NYU and is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company.