Meet Titan's 2016/17 Young Company

They hail from as far away as Japan, and as close to home as Titan's very own Queens.

They got their start in the theatre by playing everything from a Jumping Bean to an Isosceles Triangle.  

Their current specialties range from Acting, to Stage Management, to Design.  

But they all have one thing in common...

they are all Members of TITAN'S 2016/17 YOUNG COMPANY!

Say "Hello" to the nine newest Titans!

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Erika Toderic

Where are you from?Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, lived between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Huntington, West Virginia, and now back in Staten Island (for good)! 

What was the first play you were ever in?"Into the Woods" as Little Red Riding Hood. 

What is the most recent play you have been in?A workshop production of an upcoming musical, "The Last Adam."

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?ALL THE VEGETABLES (and sausage... and fresh mozzarella... and sometimes pineapple but only when I'm feeling extra squirrelly). 

Where have you gone to school/trained?I graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Marshall University in 2015.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?It's a tough toss-up between "Richard III" and "Macbeth" (which is funny because I'm actually super bubbly and pretty far from dark and angsty in real life)

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? Mad Men, Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad (or it seems any show with an alliteration). 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? Titan is doing really exciting work. It's evocative and raw and weird or classic & traditional. New York (and the world) needs a theatre like Titan to ruffle its feathers. I could not be more honored or ecstatic to be joining this company and become part of the team by working with all the skill and talent it houses. LET THE GAMES BEGIN. 

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?Gertrude from "Hamlet" (#regal). 

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Tonae Mitsuhashi

Where are you from?I'm from Sasebo, Japan. I came to United States in 2009, my American hometown is Jonesboro, Arkansas! 

What was the first play you were ever in?  The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. I played Loby - alcoholic, blind, younger one of clown brothers. Of course I had great fun! 

 What is the most recent play you have worked on? The last thing I designed was A Flea In Her Ear, originally written by Georges Faydeau and adapted by David Ives. It was French farce involves two completely different locations and a revolving bed. It was extremely challenging to design the sets for the Hilberry Theater, where there is no wing space and fly space, but it turned out to be one of my favorite sets I designed. It was nominated for 2016 Wilde Awards for Best Set Design.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza? Green peppers, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, olives, pepperoni... everything!

 Where have you gone to school/trained?  I went to Arkansas State University for BFA in Theatre Technology and Design, and I went to Wayne State University for MFA in Scenic Design. Had great fun to be a part of Hilberry Theatre Company for the three years of grad school!

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?Tempest. I love the fantastical quality of the play. That is my dream play to design sets one day! 

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?I don't watch TV so much... I binge-watch Facebook newsfeed... (Trying to change it for something better!) 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I am so excited to be working with such talented and enthusiastic artists through productions of this company. I am so thrilled and appreciative for couple design assignments in this season. Big thanks for Titan Theatre Company for this amazing opportunities!!!

Who did you get on the “what Shakespeare character are you” survey?  I got Horatio! 

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Samantha Burkard

Where are you from?I grew up in Hales Corners, Wisconsin! Then, after my brother graduated high school, my family and I moved to Wauwatosa.

What was the first play you were ever in?I was in School House Rock, Live! Jr. when I was six years old.  I had one line. "Hey, you're kinda cute!" :)

What is the most recent play you have been in?The last play I performed in was A Midsummer Night's Dream. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater performed the Titan cut of Midsummer, and the school brought in the guy who made the cut to direct it! His name was... Lenny Banovez I think? He was pretty cool and so was the show!

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?I like my pizza plain, but I like to eat a lot of it. 

Where have you gone to school/trained? I have a Bachelor of the Arts in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I also minored in theatre.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?As You Like It will always hold a special place in my heart. That was the first Shakespeare play I read without any prompting from a director or teacher. And isn't everything more enjoyable when you're just doing it because you feel like it? 

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?The Office. If you know me at all, you'll know my obsession. 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I am moving to New York to be a part of this company. I was very excited by everything Lenny was teaching us while visiting Wisconsin, and I felt very inspired by his story and the story of Titan. I can't wait to learn everything I possibly can from him and all of my fellow Titans. I am making a huge leap in my life, and I don't think I could have picked a better company to make that leap with. 

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?  I got Lady Macbeth!  "Screw your courage to the sticking place" ;)

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Rachel Winfield

Where are you from?  My hometown is Davis, California, about 2 hours north of San Fransisco, although I've spent most of my career working in the bay area.

What was the first play you were ever in?  I began my career as an Isosceles triangle in the fourth grade. My mother tells me that I was charismatic, hilarious and totally stole the show.

What is the most recent play you've worked on?  I just finished working for the Texas Shakespeare Festival as a Stage Manager for both the Merchant of Venice and Carousel and as the Production Stage Manager for Henry V and Blithe Spirit.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Black olives and vegan cheese. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!

Where have you gone to school/trained?  I got my BA at Santa Clara University in California, and then my MFA at the University of Iowa, both in Theater Arts with an emphasis on Stage Management. I hope at some point to continue learning more about theater history, perhaps even go get my PhD!

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play? My favorite Shakespeare play is definitely Twelfth Night, since Viola and Olivia are both such cool characters. I also have begun to love Merchant of Venice, but I think I'd fall for any Shakespeare play if I got to spend a lot of time with it!

What TV show are you most likely to binge-watch?  Oh I'm definitely binge-watching Friends or 30 Rock.

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company?I'm thrilled to join the Titan Theater Company to work on Shakespeare in a new and fresh way and help produce theater that strives to be different. Titan will be a great place to get to know Brooklyn and my peers in the area as well!

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?Marina from Pericles!

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Braden Spear

Where are you from?I am originally from North Smithfield, Rhode Island. A small town in the smallest state.

What was the first play you were ever in?Like so many awkward high schoolers before me, I was in the Wizard of Oz and played the Tin Man.

What is the most recent play you have been in? I last seen in Titan's production of Julius Caesar as Octavius Caesar.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?Easy. Buffalo chicken and onions.

Where have you gone to school/trained?I have a B.A. in Theatre from Taylor University, and have also studied at the Stella Adler Studio here in NYC.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?My favorite Shakespeare play is Hamlet. 

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? Peaky Blinders! Although I am also easily addicted to shows where people hunt for treasure that may or may not exist. 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I am so excited to have the opportunity to work again with the high quality artists and people that Titan attracts. It has been a joy to work with them on challenging and inventive interpretations of classic works in the past, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the company.

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ? Macbeth

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Grae Greer

Where are you from/where is your home town?Owensboro, KY

What was the first play you were ever in?Jack & The Beanstalk with Missoula Children's Theatre. I played a Mexican Jumping Bean. My only lines were, "Tacos, enchiladas, and refried beans. Ole!"

What is the most recent play you have been in?I just finished playing Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at Marshall University. 

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?Mushroom, tomatoes, and lots & lots of olives. 

Where have you gone to school/trained?  Marshall University

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play? It's hard to narrow this down, but I have a current obsession with Titus Andronicus. I'm dying to be in a gender reversal production of it. 

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?  Oh no, I can't pick one. Broad City or True Detective! 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I'm excited for the environment and the community! Lenny guest directed a production of Three Sisters that I was in a while I was at Marshall University. His energy and passion for the work was contagious and i've gotten the Titan bug ever since. I can't wait to work with other passionate, hard working, and dedicated people who want to create something unique on the stage! 

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ? "Thought and affliction, passion, hell itself, she turns to favor and to prettiness." I got Ophelia! 

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Gregory Couba

Where are you from/where is your home town?  I'm a Queens native. Born in Elmhurst, and raised in Queens Village.

What was the first play you were ever in? I was a late bloomer. I was cast in my first show at 19--a children's theater piece called The Commedia Pinocchio. The same year I had my legit stage debut as the Deaf-Mute in Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot.

What is the most recent play you have been in?An original play called Dividing Lines.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?Pepperoni,  Sausage, and Green Peppers

Where have you gone to school/trained? I went to St. Francis Prep High School in Fresh Meadows. I have a BFA in Theatre Performance and Production from Hofstra University, and currently study at the Larry Singer Studios, where I also teach in the summers.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?The Merry Wives of Windsor

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? I finally caught up with Game of Thrones, and it took me three nights to finish the latest season of Orange Is The New Black.

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I think the company structure is the best way to do theater and create an artistic community, and judging from the Company members I've met and the quality of work that I've seen, I'm thrilled at this opportunity to work with Titan!

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?  Dromio (The Comedy of Errors)

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Alexandra Bonesho

Where are you from?Brookfield, WI.

What was the first play you were ever in?DEAD END at Marquette University High School…I played the “Little Girl”…I was 8 and it was a thrill!

What is the most recent play you have been in?12th NIGHTed in NYC as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival at All Out Arts Center…it was my NYC debut and I portrayed Viola/Cesario. Prior to moving to NYC this past January, I played all the women, Shelly/Beth/Jean, in BACK OF THE THROAT and Wendla in SPRING AWAKENING.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza? As many vegetables as possible and extra cheese.

Where have you gone to school/trained?Marquette University--majored in Theatre Arts, minored in Broadcast and Electronic Communication.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  HAMLET and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? Sex and the City

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company?I am very excited to work with this company and continue learning and refining my skills as an artist. I have long admired the work of Titan and am eager to get started and help in as many ways as possible. It’s a great place to be a sponge and soak up as much as I can from top notch artists.

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?  Beatrice

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Harry McEnerny V

Where are you from? I was born in Virginia, but moved to the great state of Vermont when I was 12.  Since then it's been all skiing and maple syrup for me. 

What was the first play you were ever in? My dad is a theatre professor, and he made me play Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol from just about the second I could talk.  I said my ONE line "and god bless us, everyone" from the age of three until I was no longer...tiny.

What is the most recent play you have been in?I just finished a run at the Houston Shakespeare Festival where I played The Duke of Exeter in Henry V, in rep with Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.   

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza? Everything.  Seriously throw it all on there.  I'm not picky.

Where have you gone to school/trained?I have a bachelors from the University of Vermont, and an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston.  I also went through the training program at Improv Asylum in Boston.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?This question is like making me chose my favorite child... I cant just pick- its Othello.  

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?Futurama.  Its cooky and hilarious.  There's a half human half lobster quack doctor.  Who comes up with this stuff.  

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company in the capacity in a Young Company Member? I'm so psyched to get to be a part of an ensemble that takes bold chances with a company that does the same.  I'm ready to push some boundaries and tell some really fascinating stories.  Lets do this!

Who did you get on “what shakespeare character are you” survey ?I got Macbeth. I'm not sure what that means. It says I'm a "strong, powerful, charismatic personality" but that I should beware of my ambition.  I'll take that to heart!  

Watch Titan Theatre Company Website and Social Media Pages to see what these awesome artists are up to this season!