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.

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 Isocolese Triangle.

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

But one thing they all have one thing in common...

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

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"Experience is the teacher of all things" - Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar said "experience is the teacher of all things."

If Caesar was right, then Jack Young has certainly earned his title as Master Teacher.

Jack Young
Jack Young

His experience abounds:

Young is the Head of the Professional Actor Training Program at The University of Houston where he is a Professor of Acting and Movement (and the recipient of the University of Houston Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award).  He is currently the Artistic Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival.  Prior to HSF, he served as Executive and Artistic Director for other successful theaters across the country, has worked with 10 different Shakespeare Festivals, is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director for the Society of American Fight Directors, has choreographed violence for over 100 productions, has Directed over 120 productions, and is a celebrated actor in his own right.

He is also happens to be the director of Titan Theatre Company's final production of the 2015/16 season, Julius Caesar.

With such a prolific professional resume, I was curious to talk to Jack Young about his personal thoughts on the theatre.  He graciously obliged.

Check out his interview below!

Theatre is where I can blend my love of history, art, music, people, language, logistics and transformation.
  • Let's start at the beginning: what lead you to a life in the theatre?

Southern upbringing blended with Irish gift of the gab--family gatherings were telling family stories--add in, as a kid, listening to comedy recordings, creating "haunted houses" in neighborhood garages to scare the younger kids, being lousy at sports in a neighborhood full of All-Stars (made me work harder in movement classes), playing piano competitions and flute in the school band, and working in a high school drama group that raised $ for our shows by serving as the tech/production team for a ballet company--theatre is where I can blend my love of history, art, music, people, language, logistics and transformation

  • So - what was your first experience with Shakespeare?

The first I can remember is my mom dragging my siblings and I in to watch the Bill Ball TAMING OF THE SHREW that was broadcast on PBS--none of us had any interest in coming indoors to watch some dumb play, but then the language and the physicality grabbed us all--

I didn't get to perform any until way late into graduate training--I spent much of my early time doing new plays (apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville) but working with living playwrights gave me insights into the crafting of dialogue, character and structure. I figure BillyBard must have brought the same attention and drive to his work.

Jack Young as Shylock

Jack Young as Shylock

  • Since then you have worked at over 10 Shakespeare Festivals, and directed and acted in so many of his plays – what is it that still draws you to Shakespeare's work?

Good plays attract good artists--the actors, directors, designers, voice/text, movement coaches who are ready to take on the challenge of a Shakespeare are fun to work with. The fun of working in a variety of places and companies is discovering how the plays bloom in different soil.

  • As a director, artistic director, actor, fight director and teacher you wear many hats.  Is it difficult to switch from one to another? Or do they inform each other?  

They feed each other--all in the process of Sharing the Truth.  As an artistic director, choosing the play is choosing which set of Big Truths the company is going to attempt to share.  As an actor or a fight director or director, it's contributing a different part of shaping the Truth.  As a teacher, I help hone my students' skills and challenge their courage to share Truths worth witnessing.  The vantage point of each helps give me a more nuanced sense of what may be going on in any given moment in the process.

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  • In regards to that -- the process of Sharing the Truth -- Why Julius Caesar? Why now?

An election year is always a good time to remind ourselves of the Power of Rhetoric to stir emotions and steer groups of people in ways that we might not if we took a moment to think on our own. Plenty of excitement about HOUSE OF CARDS- We live in Elizabethan times.

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  • What is your preparation process like as a director approaching a play?  What sources do you draw from?  Has anything particularly informed your approach to Titan’s production of Julius Caesar?

Hearing the text is just as important as reading it.  As much as can be found in making sure I know what the characters mean when they speak, there is just as much in sensing the Onomatopoeic  event that will fill the audience's ears when they hear it.

Going along with that is music--finding the pitch/volume/rhythm that is going to support and shape the play.  As a physical performer, I watch a lot of dance, martial arts, and sports to find iconic shapes and gestures that can populate the work.

In this production of Julius Caesar, given that the actors play major characters and Citizens of Rome, a lot of work has gone in to create a heightened physicality and vocal work to make them into a Crowd, a Mob, and an Army.

Then there's loud and ever present Media Feed of the current electoral process.  Every rehearsal there's a line in JULIUS CAESAR that could have been a headline in the paper.

  • You have worked with Titan Theatre Company before (Hamlet 2010).  From your experience, how has the company changed in the past six years?

The rehearsal space has given the company a good Kitchen to create in.  The company's rising profile has attracted Guest Artists with deep background and serious skills.  What hasn't changed is the drive, the energy and the smarts of the company--those are core parts of TITAN.

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  • Lenny Banovez, Laura Frye, and Michael Thatcher, who are all in the company of Julius Caesar, are all former students of yours.  What is it like working professionally with actors you have helped to train and develop?

First off, there is an efficiency in working with people who share a common language.  Adjustments and improvements can be implemented so much quicker.  The shared history also means I can draw on the strengths I know they have.  What's great now is that they've all matured in beautiful ways; they've worked with a great range of people since their training days, and are bringing even more experience and nuance to their work.

  • If you had one piece of advice for new actors approaching Shakespeare – what would it be?

See it.  Hear it.  Very few people sit down with a Mozart score and read it--you LISTEN to it.  As much as this may upset the English teachers, BillyBard didn't write these plays to be read--he wrote them to be HEARD (Hamlet asks if the royals will HEAR his play--not see it).  There is so much video out now--RSC, The National Theatre, film versions, youTube--see as many different versions as you can--none of them are perfect (well, with the possible exception of Adrian Lester's OTHELLO--it's mighty damn fine) but there's much to be gained in seeing the different ways different productions Share the Truth.

See it.  Hear it. ... there's much to be gained in seeing the different ways different productions Share the Truth.

Get to know the newest Titans!

In the midst of New York's Midsummer heat wave, Titan Theatre Company is already thinking about the Fall (and not just for the obvious, temperature related reasons).  

Titan's greatly anticipated 2015/16 season threatens to be our most exciting year yet -- featuring new directors, a ground breaking reading series, and captivating and compelling playwrights .

But perhaps the most exciting thing about Titan's 2015/16 season is remarkable new artists joining the Titan team to make all these projects come to life!

Each season, Titan brings in 5 to 8 of NYC's brightest young talents to join the company through Titan's Young Company.  The Young Company helps these up-and-coming artists gain valuable experience, develop relationships and networking experience, and find an artistic home in the world's most competitive market while spending a season with one of New York's hottest young companies.

We asked the new Titans a few questions to get to know who we'll be sharing "the boards" with this year!

MAGGIE WETZEL

MAGGIE WETZEL

MAGGIE WETZEL - Acting

Where are you from/where is your home town? I was born in Louisville, KY but it was too big of a city for my parents (if you've ever been to Louisville, you will know why this is funny) so they moved across the Ohio river to an old farm house in Southern Indiana. 

What was the first play you were ever in?I went to a Presbyterian preschool and got to play Mary in the Nativity scene for our Christmas Pageant. My boyfriend at the time, Evan, was my Jesus. We had an African American baby doll for Jesus. My preschool rocked.

What is the most recent play you have been in?  I had the honor of being an understudy for the roles of Cassio, Gratiano and The Messenger in Titan's all female cast of Othello.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Ha, I love this question. I'm vegan, so for me, it would be every vegetable imaginable, some super chunky tomato sauce and lots and lots of vegan cheese. Ugh, great. Now I'm drooling.

Where have you gone to school/trained?  I attended a public high school with an incredible arts programs. That's what sparked the performing fire in me. After that I attended Webster Conservatory for my B.F.A. in musical theatre and moved to NYC shortly after that. In the city, I've trained with various voice teachers, dance at Steps on Broadway, and improv training at UCB. I also take classes with Lenny. He knows how to get that super actor out of you. It's amazing.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  Oof, so many. The Tempest has a very special place in my heart due to an amazing production that I saw at Actor's Theatre Louisville. But I also love Hamlet. It's so damn depressing.

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?  Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Gilmore Girls. The list goes on and on. There's also this series on Netflix about an animal shelter in upstate New York. It's dangerous for me to watch, because it makes me want to adopt a thousand dogs, but I love it.

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company in the capacity in a Young Company Member?  Titan reignited my love for performing. The work they do is so invigorating (as a performer and audience member.) It is innovative as heck, and gosh darn exciting. I love that they push boundaries and always strive to find a new creative nugget with shows that have been done and exhausted time and time again. They always find a way to bring something new to the table. It is such a joy to be joining this company. 

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" surveyI got Lady Macbeth (????????) Not too sure about that one.

BRANDON GRANTZ

BRANDON GRANTZ

BRANDON GRANTZ - Acting

Where are you from? I am from Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  A small suburb of Detroit.

What was the first play you were ever in?The WIZ! Emerald City Patron and Spot Light Operator.

What is the most recent play you have been in? “An Enemy of the People” the Arthur Miller Version in the role of Peter Stockmann. Coming up in September I will be in the play “Foursome” by Norm Foster.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?All the meats (except ham) and banana peppers.

Where have you gone to school/trained?  BS in Theatre from Eastern Michigan University and MFA from Wayne State University!

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  Titus Andronicus is my favorite Shakespeare.  So many other classics to choose from that I cant narrow it down.

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? Binge-Watch is what I do.  Currently watching “Sons of Anarchy”

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? Titan is a theatre that lives on making good theatre.  It sounds funny, but so many theatres appeal to the masses to get by.  Titan makes bold choices and runs with it.  I love that about Titan.  You guys are very creative and take classics to a whole new level.

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:I  got MACBETH!  Not sure if thats good or bad lol!

ANNIE KERIS

ANNIE KERIS

ANNIE KERIS - Acting

Where are you from? I grew up in Anderson, Indiana.  I then went to the Boston area for undergrad (and called the area home for a couple of years after that).  Then I moved to Detroit for grad school.

What was the first play you were ever in? I think I may have carried a cheese sandwich across the stage in an elementary school play I vaguely recall being about Mozart (though as to how said sandwich and classical composer were dramatically related, I am unsure).  Regardless, it was probably my best work to date.

My first play was actually La fuga de Acapulco - a 25 minute Spanish language farce at the Universidad de Córdoba.

What is the most recent play you have been in?I'm currently in 3 shows in rep at at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival: The Rivals, Henry IV (parts 1&2 abridged and combined), and Midsummer. 

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Um..feta, herbs, and spices  - along with any number of other delicious things (such as olive oil in lieu of tomato sauce, perhaps?)...  Then again, the classics aren't to be cast aside so lightly...  Can there be multiple pizzas?   Aaaand now I want pizza.

Where have you gone to school/trained? BA in Spanish from Wellesley College, spending 1 year at the Universidad de Córdoba in Spain.  Grad: MFA in Acting from the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, with a month spent at the Moscow Art Theatre School.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  I'm terrible at picking a favorite - I seriously still have way too much to learn/explore before I could responsibly choose just one (...spoken like a true commitment-phobe...).

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch: I have what some may call an unhealthy relationship with 30 Rock, but I regret nothing and refuse to let you shame me for it.

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company in the capacity in a Young Company Member? I would be an idiot not to leap at the chance to somehow be a part of an ensemble-driven group of insanely skilled and committed people who consistently do bold, uncompromisingly good work.  It's kind of a no-brainer.  What's more, it's an absolute luxury to be moving to New York with an artistic home of sorts ready and waiting at all, much less one that is doing such exciting stuff on a regular basis.  I really couldn't be more thrilled to be joining the ranks.  Plus, ya'll really know how to pick a name to be worn with pride.  TITAN?  I mean, come on.

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:Beatrice, apparently.  I shall take it and wear it with the feistiest of pride.

IAN O'BOYLE

IAN O'BOYLE

IAN O'BOYLE- Acting

Where are you from?Floral Park, NY

What was the first play you were ever in?The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

What is the most recent play you have been in?  The Drowsy Chaperone

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

Where have you gone to school/trained? Floral Park Memorial High School/Titan Academy

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play? Julius Caesar

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? Breaking Bad

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company?  I am extremely excited! I absolutely love Titan and what it offers to aspiring actors and I am honored to be apart of it!

KRIS MURPHY

KRIS MURPHY

KRIS MURPHY -   Acting and Stage Management

Where are you from?  My hometown is Brooklyn, but I now hail from the great borough of Queens.

What was the first play you were ever in?  The first play I've ever been in was when I was 10 yrs old, I landed the title role in Annie Jr.

What is the most recent play you've been in?  The most recent play I performed in was for a SING! competition in my school, which was student written/directed, "Rules to Becoming a Legend".

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza? My go to pizza topping is- of course- bacon!

Where have you gone to school/trained?  I'm going to begin my freshman year of college at CUNY Hunter with a theatre major, I've also trained with the Secret Theatre academy and Titan's school for acting and musical theatre as well as various summer camps and school activities.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  I can't quite say which Shakespeare play is my favorite, but I'm in the middle of reading Twelfth Night which so far has been a blast!

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?  I binge watch a LOT of shows but I'm still on Friends and the Powerpuff girls (got to love the classics!) but I'm not forgetting Orange is the New Black!

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company?  I'm SO excited to be joining Titans Young Company because its such a wonderful opportunity for a young actor like me who's still trying to learn the ropes of the industry, its the perfect starting point, and the Titan company is such a welcoming family I'm sure to learn a lot and have the most fun here!

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:-Out, damned spot, out I say!- I got Lady Macbeth, haha!

DYAN WITTROCK

DYAN WITTROCK

DYLAN WITTROCK- Acting

Where are you from? Tough question. I was born in Pittsfield, MA. My parents lived in Lenox and my Dad was an actor at Shakespeare & Co. Then I lived in Evanston, IL until I was 7, after which we moved to Glendale, CA, which is close to Los Angeles. So I'm kind of from all over, but L.A. is really my home base. 

What was the first play you were ever in? Love's Labour's Lost. I was five years old and played one of the students. My only line was "Hercules, Master!" I've been hooked ever since. 

What is the most recent play you have been in?  A collection of Tennesee Williams' short plays produced by Animus Theater Company and directed by Mathew Lillard. It was an awesome production. I played a small part in a one act called The Long Goodbye. The character's name was Bill, and he was a really terrible guy. It was fun. 

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Sausage, pepperoni, olives and green bell peppers. 

Where have you gone to school/trained?  I went to the L.A. County High School for the Arts in L.A. Now called Arts High. After high school I thought about trying something new and I wound up studying Spanish at the University of San Francisco. I'm proud to say that this fall I will be studying with Atlantic acting school in the Evening Conservatory Program. 

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play? A Midsummer Night's Dream

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? That 70s Show. Can't get enough of it. It reminds me of home. 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a member of the Young Company? I'm very excited to be a Young Company Member with Titan mainly because they're doing awesome work. And it's all about the work. We're young, fierce, hungry, and dedicated to making great theater. That just makes for all around awesomeness!

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:         I got Lucentio! Figures...

SOPHIA WATT - Directing and Artistic Associate

SOPHIA WATT

SOPHIA WATT

Where are you from? Seattle

What was the first play you were ever in? The story of saint Odilia

What is the most recent play you have been in? Last show acted in King Lear.  Last show directed Dracula

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Buffalo chicken pizza  or minimal cheese, basil, onions, tomatoes and anchovies 

Where have you gone to school/trained? The Hartt school 

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  I am cheating as I can't pick one. I love the Henry the Sixth trilogy into Richard III ............and Richard II. I love the histories. 

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch? I have a dark unhealthy love for the real housewives franchise 

Why are you excited to be joining Titan Theatre Company as a Young Company Member and Artistic Associate? I am excited to work with such fantastic artists and to be a part of such a creative and determined team. 

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:        Beatrice 

BAILEY SEEKER

BAILEY SEEKER

BAILEY SEEKER - Newest member of Titan's RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY

Where are you from/where is your home town?  I was born in Southern California, but I grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington.

What was the first play you were ever in?  When I was four years old I played a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz.  I was a soldier munchkin, which basically means I was the star of the show... obviously.

What is the most recent play you have been in?I am currently playing Rona in a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

If you got to pick any toppings, what would you order on your pizza?  Mushrooms, prosciutto, goat cheese, and olives.  No question.

Where have you gone to school/trained?  I went to NYU Tisch and while I was there I studied at CAP21 and Stonestreet Studios.

What is your favorite Shakespeare/Classical play?  Call me cliche, but I would have to say Romeo and Juliet.  When I was five I went as Juliet for Halloween, so I guess you could say that I was bitten by the Shakespeare bug quite early in life.  I am also a sucker for Troilus and Cressida.

What tv show are you most likely to binge-watch?   Of the shows I have binged watched recently I would have to say BBC's Sherlock.  That show is mind blowingly good.

Why are you excited to become a member of Titan's Resident Acting Company?  I come from a primarily musical theatre background but I have always loved Shakespeare!  Getting the chance to work on plays that I have been reading (and LOVING) for as long as I can remember is an absolutely dream.  I mean, it's Shakespeare for crying out loud!  Who wouldn't want to speak his words?  Also, Titan has become such a family to me over the last year and I am so excited to continue growing and spending time with such an incredible group of people.

Last but not least: Please take this "what shakespeare character are you" survey:        Beatrice!

Check back in for more on what these fierce and fantastic artists are going to be up to this year.

Titan's 2015/16 Young Company seems to consist of 2 Lady M's, 1 Macbeth, 1 Lucentio, and 3 Beatrice's!!! We could do one heck of a Much Ado About Mabeth's Shrew!

And if you're interested in finding out "What Shakespeare Character You Are" you can at: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/quiz/

First Rehearsal

The first day of TITAN Theatre Company's Othello is here!  

Everyone is eager to get into rehearsals and sink our collective teeth into this delicious, heartbreaking, mind-bending tragedy.  But, don't be fooled, the work has long since begun.  The cast and creative team have been preparing for this day for quite awhile.  And everyone readies themselves a little differently.  So we thought we'd get this blog rolling by asking some members of this fiercely female cast: How in the ot-hell-o do you get ready to tackle a play like Othello?

or - in other words

"How do you memorize all those lines!?!" - asked someone at every talkback ever.

Check out what the Bard's broads have to say in response.

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"If I have to memorize quickly, I record the lines and listen while strolling or jogging.  In this instance...

...I wound up across from Shakespeare's Globe."

Deanna Gibson - Emilia

"I like to memorize lines by recording my cues into my phone with little pauses where my lines are and then play the tape back and say my lines to it. I also like to do an activity, like cleaning the dishes or folding the laundry, because if you move while you memorize something you work both the left and right sides of your brain and the material sticks better."  

Erica Knight - Lodovico

"I memorize the lines in many different ways, but my one top method is to write the lines over and over again. I have notebooks filled with lines from every show I have been in."

Laura Frye - Iago  

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"In the warmth of sunny Austin, Texas, I've been reading the text, re-reading the text, looking up the roots of words, reading the text again, and scanning. Lots of focus on departures from the iambic pentameter and going into imagination-land for the potential reasoning for it. I've also been eating a lot of tacos while doing this, as seen in the picture. Ah my two loves: Shakespeare and breakfast tacos. :)"   Sierra Thothero - Desdemona u/s

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"When I memorize a script, I start at the beginning. I memorize and say out loud little chunks of text at a time, adding another line, paragraph, scene until I know it all. I like to spend this time in quieter places (talking to oneself in public can be a bit distracting to others I've found) like my home or a patch of grass at a park."

Leah Dutchin - Othello

"In terms of preparation for three characters, 'No Fear Shakespeare' and multicolor post-its are definitely my friends."  Molly Densmore - Montano

Osmosis. - Alyssa VanGorder- Gratiano 

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"Snow day! I've got Thai food on the way, I've got my complete works and my Othello script in hand, I've got coffee and the OED!"  - Kate Gunther – Bianca

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"A good Folio.  A good Rye.  And a good study partner."

- Emily Trask - Desdemona

"I'm a huge nerd. I gather every book, read every article, look up every word. With our current cutting, I'm looking for information about what version of Cassio will most help propel my fellow actors, and therefore  the play, forward. They have harder journeys than mine; I'm seeking ways to make their jobs (as characters) harder, and their jobs (as actors) easier."

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Abbey Siegworth – Cassio

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