Welcome the 2018/19 JOURNEYMEN!

Perhaps it's no coincidence that these seven talented actors have taken on the title of Journeymen... 

...they have, indeed, journeyed far and wide in their pursuit of theatre; from California, to Seattle, to Louisiana, they have varied, deep and interesting roots from all over the country.  But their journeys have all led them here, to Queens, New York City, and TITAN'S 2018/19 Journeymen Company.

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With the prerequisite of either a Masters of Fine Arts or two years experience in the New York theatre scene, these seven individuals bring with with them experience, commitment, and talent... and some you even may already have seen on the TITAN stage! 

Over the course of the season you'll be seeing a lot more of these seven talented individuals:

  • The Journeymen will be involved in several of TITAN's new AMERICAN CLASSICS reading series in partnership with the Queens Library system.  
  • They will perform various roles – from leads to invaluable understudies – in Titan’s Mainstage shows.
  • They will have the opportunity to continue their study with Titan resident artists and visiting artists.

So, before they dive in and these Journeymen get too busy to chat . . .

. . . I got to ask them a few questions about the JOURNEYS that led them here.

 LAURA MENZIE

LAURA MENZIE

LAURA MENZIE

Where are you from?

I'm originally from Peekskill - a small city an hour due north of NYC by way of the Hudson River.  Now I live in Queens.

What was the first play you were ever in?

Its a toss up between a guest spot in my older sister's girl scout productionof A Play About Felicity from the American Girl theatre kit or a townsperson in a Peekskill Community Theatre Production of Oklahoma!  I was equally thrilled for both.  

How would people describe you in three adjectives? 

Depends on the person...I would say grounded, sensitive, and honest.  

Where have you gone to school or trained?

I went to Clark University for my BA and the University of Houston for my MFA.

What is the favorite role you played or role you've worked on?

Roseannah from Brilliant Traces because she is all over the map.  Her mix of volatility and fragility was so fun to play.  Also, Emily from Our Town because it is one of the most beautifully written shows I have ever worked on. 

What actors do you most admire?

Laurie Metcalf.  Her simplicity, depth and comedic timing is otherworldly.   

What excites you about joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

I'm excited to have an artistic home in New York City.  I'm excited to work with a talented, dedicated, fun group of people and learn from them.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

This is tough.  Othello is up there along with Twelfth Night.  But, I'm a sap, so I would have to sayRomeo and Juliet takes the cake.   I still get gushy every time I read it.  

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Captain Planet!  Can you tell how into super heroes I am? 

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

I am...Romeo.

 EVAN WILBERG

EVAN WILBERG

EVAN WILBERG

Where are you from?  

Anoka, Minnesota: The Halloween Capital of the World (no, seriously).

What was the first play you were ever in? 

A production of Godspell when I was in the 8th grade. I had a little stage experience before then doing stand-up in my elementary school talent shows. I've continued to tell jokes of a similar caliber to this day.

How would people describe you in three adjectives?

Steadfast, affable, nerd.

Where have you gone to school/trained?  

I received my Bachelor's in Music from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, receiving classical training as a baritone while minoring in theatre.

Since graduating, I have studied with the Guthrie Theatre, the Patrick Page Studio, and a little old company called Titan.

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

My favorite role I've played was Leo Bloom in The Producers, my favorite show overall I've worked on was The Laramie Project

What actors do you most admire?  

Mandy Patinkin has always been a career idol of mine. His rendition of Georges Seurat in Sunday was so resonant that it instantly became a dream role of mine. He is the master of telling you everything you need to know with just his eyes, or with a lilt in his voice.

Similarly, Bernadette Peters because she is always the hardest working person onstage.

Finally, Dame Judi Dench because anyone who has attempted to perform Shakespeare should admire one who commands it like she does.

What excites you about joining The Journeyman Company with Titan?  

I debuted as a guest artist with Titan in last spring's Much Ado. It was my first time performing Shakespeare for an audience in 7 years. As I rehearsed with these equal parts crazy and talented professionals, I learned an incredible amount and fell back in love with the language. I soon discovered that my work on the Friar was having a positive impact across my entire arsenal. "Hitting the gym" is what Lenny called it. Here's to hitting the gym with Bill and friends for a year!

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

Macbeth

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Nightcrawler. Highly underrated X-men.

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

I got PUCK!

 WESLEY CADY

WESLEY CADY

WESLEY CADY

Where are you from? 

Right here in New York City. Can’t say I’ve strayed too far other than getting my masters in Detroit.

What was the first play you were ever in?

A truly awful middle school rendition of Jekyll and Hyde. It was set in the 1980s and the brothel changed to CBGB. So you can imagine the horror show we inflicted on our poor parents. Thankfully I only had three lines as Andy Warhol. Yes, Andy Warhol indeed made an appearance in this.

How would people describe you in three adjectives?                                                              

Sharp, Dedicated, and Adaptable

Where have you gone to school/trained?

I have a BA in Theater and Biology from Hobart and William Smith in upstate New York and an MFA in acting from Wayne State in Detroit. I was also lucky enough to have studied at the Mekar Bhuana conservatory in Bali briefly as well as the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia.

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

Betsy and Lindsey in Clybourne Park or Kent in King Lear.

What actors do you most admire?

Marion Cotillard and Sutton Foster.

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

I have such a huge place in my heart for classical theater since that’s what drew me to acting in the first place. Plus, I’m excited to be a part of a theater community who support and help each other grow.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

Henry IV part one or Much Ado About Nothing.

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Hawkeye. Hands down. He’s just a normal guy who worked hard to be able to fight alongside people with actual superpowers. Plus in the comics he’s a bit of a hot mess, which I relate to.

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

Desdemona. Oh dear... It says "he knows how to stay the course," but I'd like to think there are some limits to that!

 KEVIN STANFA

KEVIN STANFA

KEVIN STANFA

Where are you from?

Born in Elmhurst, IL but grew up in Salt Lake City, UT.

What was the first play you were ever in?

I was a Christmas Genie in an elementary school musical review, of sorts, that took a pair of children on a history tour of Christmas. On a magic carpet, of course.

How would people describe you in three adjectives?

Serious. Thoughtful. Genuine. Passionate.

Where have you gone to school/trained?

BFA from the University of Utah

MFA from Florida State University at the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

Playing the French King and Pistol in a production of Henry V was pretty fantastic. It took something I was super comfortable in and paired it with another role I was not.

What actors do you most admire?

Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw to name a few…

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

I am stoked to continue working with a dedicated group of artists over a long period of time to not only create new connections, but to further develop my working relationship with them so that we all can work bolder, riskier and get to the work faster without needing to go through a “getting to know you” period every show/project.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

To watch and be in, I’d have to say Romeo and Juliet. I think it’s been with me the longest and having done two productions, so much about this play resonates with me across multiple characters.

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

If I had to choose, I’d say Spiderman. Or maybe the X-Men. Can I say an entire Superhero Ensemble?

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

I am Prospero! (I took another before that said I was Beatrice. Who knows!)

 SARAH QUIGLEY

SARAH QUIGLEY

SARAH QUIGLEY

Where are you from?

Originally I’m from the suburbs of Seattle, Washington—a little town called Woodinville. I’ve been in New York for six years and live in Brooklyn.

What was the first play you were ever in?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Woodinville Rep. I was 8 years old and if I remember correctly I played an angel.

How would people describe you in three adjectives?  

Independent. Passionate. Intuitive.

Where have you gone to school/trained?

I went to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where I got my BA in Theatre and Spanish, I also studied in the classical program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Additionally, I spent several seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey both in training programs and on the main stage, the folks I met there really lit the fire of my Shakespeare obsession.

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

Actually, I just worked with Titan on a touring production of Midsummer, I played Hermia/Snug and I’ve honestly never had more fun or laughed harder in a rehearsal process. But in college we did a double billing of Albee’s The Sandbox and The American Dream, I played Grandma. As an actor I tend to be fairly text-focused, and working on a role that required so much physical transformation actually changed my approach to the work as a whole.

What actors do you most admire?

I always find this question so difficult, there’s a sea of people from whom I borrow ideas and admire—too many to choose just one. I still think about Katrina Lenk’s performance in Indecent. I just finished a Spanish tv series on Netflix called Cable Girls, and the lead Blanca Suárez is supremely talented.

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

Several years before I even got in a room with anyone from Titan I had worked with a few people who had done their infamous “out of a hat” Midsummer. I thought, these people are insane—and I want to be on that level. 

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

The Henry VI pt I, II, and III. You have everything you could ever want! A weak and hapless king, a powerful Queen (Margaret has my heart forever), Joan of Arc, Richard (and therefore several questionable murders), massive speeches, powerful lady parts, sexy time/jealousy/armed conflict. It’s very Game of Thrones. A very very close second would be Cymbeline! (How can I pick just one?!)

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Honestly, I didn’t have a reason to care about super heroes until recently. I am thrilled by everything that is Wonder Woman. I cried almost the entire movie.

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

I got Romeo.

 DAVID HUYNH

DAVID HUYNH

DAVID HUYNH

Where are you from? 

I’m from Lafayette, Louisiana. My parents were part of the Vietnamese refugee community that moved down South after relocating to America.

What was the first play you were ever in?

A Christmas play in Ms. Albert's kindergarten class. I was Tree #3. 

How would people describe you in three adjectives?   Kind, focused, goofy.

Where have you gone to school/trained?

I went to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for my undergrad and then the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program for my MFA.

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

Quang in VIETGONE. I've done it twice and it was a dream each time. I got to play a character with an origin story so much like my father's and it's one of the finest plays about the Asian-American experience to be written. 

What actors do you most admire?

I’ve been an admirer of Randall Duk Kim since right before I started grad school. I think it’s incredible how much talent and craft that man had and how he was able to transcend racial barriers in the business back in the 70s by sheer determination.

I also love his flexibility. He played Pericles at the Public Theatre, Hamlet at the Guthrie, and Falstaff at the American Players Theatre, a company that he started. Seeing his transformation from a regular guy into Falstaff is incredible. #goals

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

TITAN does great work, I don't think I'll find anyone that disagrees. But what continually draws me in is the fantastic community of artists working there. Some of my best friends in this city are all a part of TITAN. 

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

I really love ROMEO AND JULIET. It's such a dashing, sexy, and passionate play that highlights the best and worst of what's inside us. To quote the excellent Slings and Arrows, "“I think it’s painfully accurate. Two idiots meet, they fall in love, they're happy. Briefly. Then all hell breaks loose. Happens all the time.”

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Spider-man. I'm thrilled the MCU has so many Spider-man films coming out. 

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

I got Juliet!

 KIRSTEN EGENES

KIRSTEN EGENES

KIRSTEN EGENES 

Where are you from?

I'm from Riverside, California. And now live in Washington Heights.

What was the first play you were ever in?

I did a Disney revue when I was five. The children's theatre group was supposed to do a production of Pinocchio, but they were caught breaking a bunch of copyright laws, so they threw this revue together instead. I loved the drama onstage and off.

How would people describe you in three adjectives?

Muppet-y (that's a word, right?). Compassionate. Devoted.

Where have you gone to school/trained?

I went to Gettysburg College. And have continued my training in the city, including with the Titan Training Program.

What is your favorite role you’ve played or show you’ve worked on?

Probably Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. Our director had been a part of the Broadway production and it was incredible to learn from her (and terrifying to follow in her footsteps). And I loved playing this woman who finally starts to let go of her fears and insecurities.

What actors do you most admire?

I love Katharine Hepburn, Emma Thompson, Laurie Metcalf — these bold, brassy women. 

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

I love the work that Titan does in Queens, both in the theatre and around the borough. I'm pumped to dig my hands in beside this community of talented, dedicated artists.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

Right now, As You Like It. 

Okay.  I think this is an important question for all Titan’s Journeymen, since what you contribute to the company is pretty super: who is your favorite SUPERHERO?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lois Lane. (And I'm ready to fight anyone who argues that she isn't a superhero.)

Last but not least, since Titan is a classical company, who did you get on the NPR "What Shakespeare Character are You?" Quiz?

Puck!

 KATRINA DYKSTRA

KATRINA DYKSTRA

KATRINA DYKSTRA

Where are you from originally? Where do you live now (or where are you coming to Titan/New York from)?

I am from Grand Rapids, MI, and am leaving Hope College in Holland, MI, to join Titan for a semester!

What was the first play you were ever in/worked on?

In 2nd grade my class did The Shoemaker and the Elves. I was the Shoemaker’s wife
and carried around a cabbage the entire show. I loved every second.

If your friends/colleagues had to describe you in three adjectives – what would they be?

Optimistic! Laid-back! Reliable!

Where have you gone to school/trained?

I am a current student at Hope College!

What is your favorite role you’ve played/favorite show you worked on?

I played Miranda in a production of The Tempest my freshman year of college. I learned so much over the course of that production. I will always be thankful for The Tempest.  

What actor/actress (or designer/director - depending on your field of focus) do you admire most?

Judi Dench.
Judi Dench.
Judi Dench.

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

Theatre is my favorite thing in the world, so getting the chance to do what I love in New York City is a dream come true! I am excited to learn and grow and become a better actor and better human in the process.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

It’s a hard tie between The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing.

What is your favorite Super Hero?

I’m not a huge huge superhero fan but I recently found out about Squirrel Girl, a Marvel superhero who can communicate with squirrels, has her own Great Lakes Avengers squad, and can take down any villain you throw at her. A feminist icon.  

What Shakespeare character are you?

I am Juliet.  “You are driven by pure love and operate with strong moral compass. The ones you love are the most important to you—which sometimes comes with a cost.”

 BENJAMIN LOHRBERG

BENJAMIN LOHRBERG

BENJAMIN LOHRBERG

Where are you from originally? Where do you live now (or where are you coming to Titan/New York from)?

I born and raised in Danville, Illinois (by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois), but have been based in Minneapolis, MN for the past 4 years.

What was the first play you were ever in/worked on?

My first play was “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at my hometown community theatre. I was 9 years old, and I played an very ornery schoolchild. I distinctly remember my director instructing me to stick my tongue out at Ichabod Crane whenever he wasn’t looking. I think that was when I fell in love with acting.

If your friends/colleagues had to describe you in three adjectives – what would they be?

Thoughtful, Playful, Brave.

Where have you gone to school/trained?

Interlochen Arts Academy (High School) and University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater B. F. A. Actor Training Program (Undergrad)

What is your favorite role you’ve played/favorite show you worked on?

Truffaldino in A Servant of Two Masters

What actor/actress (or designer/director - depending on your field of focus) do you admire most?

Laurie Metcalf, Tom Hanks, Bea Arthur, Ralph Fiennes, and Viola Davis. I am also proud to call myself Patti LuPone’s number one fan.  

Why are you excited to be joining The Journeymen Company with Titan?

I met Artistic Director Lenny Banovez working with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in his first season as Artistic Director there.  If my few months working with him at Hope bears the slightest resemblance to working with TITAN, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will be artistically fulfilled!  In addition for that, I am extremely passionate about heightened text and classical theatre.  I’m thrilled to be joining a community of artists who share that love and who will ask the most of my artistry.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare.  

What is your favorite Super Hero?

Batman.  Batman.  Batman. 

What Shakespeare character are you?

I am HAMLET! But who knows if that’s accurate — I was pretty indecisive with most of my answers.  

Check back at TITAN'S Website and Facebook page to see exactly what these Shakespearean Superheroes are up to as TITAN's 2018/2019 season unfolds.