Joel Asher has been Artistic Director of Arena Fair in Ohio, N.H. Shakespeare Festival and the L.A. Shakespeare Company. In addition to his theatre directing he has produced documentaries including his “Actors At Work” series, a series of “Period Movement For Actors” plus explorations of the acting teachings of Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler for Insight Media. Joel also teaches acting at Joel Asher Studio.
Member of the CTL since 1997. Theatrical roles include Richard III, Iago in “Othello,” J. Thomas Ismay in the world premiere of “The Last Lifeboat” by Luke Yankee and Jean Valjean in the LA premiere of Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation of, “Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.” . Film credits include “Happy Hunting,” directed by Louis Gibson ( son of Mel Gibson ), and the title role in the upcoming indie feature, “The Haunted Man.”
Christine Avila is an award-winning actress. Her credits include ZOOT SUIT (original cast), MERCHANT OF VENICE (LAWS), COYOTE CYCLE (Padua Hills), AGAMEMNON (Olympics Arts Festival; Stephen Berkoff, Director). Christine is a seven-time participant at the Sundance Playwrights Festival. Screen: BOSCH, 24, HOUSE, LIAR LIAR. Voice: UNKNOWN AMERICANS (2014-Random Hse awd), 1992 Teacher/Year Award, UCLA . AEA – 1967. www.christineavila.com.
A former Division 1 tennis player and BFA recepient at Loyola Marymount University Beau continued his education at the internationally renowned Actors Studio Drama School graduating with an MFA in 2010. Since then Beau has been seen Off-Broadway in NYC as Frankenstein’s Monster as well as in numerous TV shows and Movies some of which included HBO’s True Detective, Law and Order SVU, and Broad City. He currently resides in Los Alamitos with his wife Toni and his dog Bee.
Theater: Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe, The Seagull, MacBeth, Three Sisters, Antigone, Double Play, Iphigenia At Aulis, Sister Cities, The Heiress, The Balcony, Savannah Bay, Garbage, the City and Death, The Little Red Hot Man, Over Nothing At All, Journey Among the Dead, Medea, Doll's House, Landscape, The Shawl, The Possibilities, The Unreasonable Are Dying Out. TV: Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, Port Charles, General Hospital. Film: Unspeakable Act, Just My Luck, Brewster's Millions.
Began acting professionally in the original company of the American Conservatory Theatre. Has performed off-Broadway, and regionally, including 34 productions at A Noise Within. Accolades L.A.D.C.C., Ovation, Garland, LA Weekly and Dramalogue honors, a 2013 Audie nomination. Film and TV: Star Trek (2009), Vanilla Sky, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Nip/Tuck, Weeds, 24, ER, and Alias. VO/animation: Steamboy, Guild Wars and Call Of Duty, Black Ops. Harvard, UC Berkeley, LAMDA (Fulbright Scholar).
Virtic is a proud new member of the Classical Theater Lab. Theater: No Word in Guyanese for Me (Ensemble Studio Theater), Supernatural: The Play (Chromolume Theatre) The Human Spirit (The Odyssey). Film, TV: Jacob Stone, Open Session, Without a Trace, The Shield, My 2 Black Girlfriends, All That. Producer: Will Unplugged, Redemption, Mission in Kosovo, Minutes ‘till Tomorrow. Directing: On Tour (in 70th Venice International Film Festival library.) Also a member of The New American Theatre Co.
CTL member since 2003. With CTL: The Seagull, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Night of the Iguana, The Wild Duck, A Doll House. Other theater work on both coasts includes leading roles in works by Shaw, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pinter, and Stoppard. A graduate of Brown University and UCLA, Chris’ directing work includes cludes the acclaimed 2006 L.A. production of Pinter’s “The Hothouse” and the Lab’s 2013 staged reading of “John Gabriel Borkman.”
Carolyn played Mildred in the Laguna Playhouse production of Eugene O’Neil’s Ah, Wilderness. She has also performed at The Boston Court, The Odyssey Theatre, EST LA, & The Celebration Theatre. Carolyn played Mrs. Lance Ito in the Emmy winning TV miniseries The People v O.J. Simpson; American Crime Story, and has co-starred on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, and in Showtime’s Shameless, & Masters of Sex. She had supporting roles in the feature films Merrily, Shiner, & A little Inside.
Mark is a transplant from the Midwest where he performed extensively for the Theatre Exchange, History Theatre, and Theatre in the Round. In LA, he's performed with A Noise Within, and the Classical Theatre Lab.
For CTL: The Night of the Iguana, Sweet William; Sacred Fools: Richard III, Endgame; ICT: The Clean House (StageScene LA Award) Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara: The Aspern Papers, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; The Gem Theatre: And a Nightingale Sang..(DramaLogue) Sierra Rep: Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves; The Mayfair Theatre. Education/Training: MFA UCLA. SAG AFTRA AEA.
An award-winning actress, theatre credits: Old Times, Hedda Gabler, A Flea in Her Ear, A Woman of No Importance, Don Juan in Hell, Hamlet, Winter’s Tale, Underground Woman, Indulgences in the Louisville Harem, Cocktail Party, The Tempest, Orpheus. Television credits, a year on The Young and the Restless and a variety of guest appearances.
Carlo Figlio is a Peruvian Actor. THEATRE: Don Juan in The Last Days of Don Juan (CTL); Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Stella Adler Lab Theatre); Palabras Ajenas (REDCAT); Durango 66 (REDCAT); Caught (Firefly Theatre); Warsaw Uprising (CalArts CNP); Arturo Ui in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (CalArts). EDUCATION: California Institute of the Arts (BFA) & Stella Adler Academy of Acting (Alumnus).
A long UK/US career in theatre, ranging from the RSC to the Edinburgh Festival & plays in rep, in the West End and on tour. LA credits include plays at the Odyssey, Matrix, Coronet, Stages & many other venues – most recently, A STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF BEES and THEATRE IN THE DARK. (GREEK – BATCC award / DANCE WITH ME – LATCC nomination) Extensive voice credits.
With CTL: Blithe Spirit, Misalliance, The Country Wife, John Gabriel Borkman, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Regional Los Angeles: Steel Magnolias (The Rubicon), Surviving Sex (The Falcon Theatre), The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles). Various national commercials. B.A. - Michigan State University. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA. www.amyhandelman.com
Carly Hendricks is a former engineer with a passion for performing. She studied Meisner technique at the Baron Brown Studio in Santa Monica and will begin training in classical acting at LAMDA this fall. Some of her favorite roles include Desdemona (Othello), Carol (Oleanna), and Maddie (Making God Laugh).
STUART W. HOWARD (Milton). Recent: Friar Laurence in Lovers & Madmen’s Romeo and Juliet. Los Angeles: Classical Theatre Lab: “Othello” (Iago), “Canterbury Tales” (various), “Theft” (Sen. Chalmers), “The Liars” (Freddie), "The Iliad" (various), "The Libertine" (King Charles II), “The Rehearsal" (Mr. Wintershul); Hollywood Court: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (George); Pacific Resident Theatre: "Otherwise Engaged" (Stephen; Garland Award), “Playboy of the Western World” (Shawn), "Marat/Sade"
Giri in The Resistable Rise of Artura Uli; Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor; Dr. Daubney in A Woman of No Importance; Staged reading of The Cherry Orchard, The Lark, King Lear, The Seagull, Small Craft Warning, and Ben from Death of a Salesman.
Suzanne is an Artistic Coordinator and Board Member at CTL. For the company she has directed staged readings of Chekhov’s The Seagull and Turgenev’s A Month in the Country. Suzanne is also a company member of the Road Theatre where she has directed and produced several highly praised productions of new plays. In 2012 she received awards from StageScene LA for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Play for the new work, Finding Fossils. Suzanne began her career as an international model and has a
"Walking to Buchenwald”: Open Fist Theatre,”Over the River”: Old Globe, San Diego, “Measure for Measure”: Brick Top Theatre, “Irma & Emma”: Met Theatre, “Romeo & Juliet": Shakespeare & Co, Maine, "Destruction of the World & All that": Zoo District; One woman shows: “Virginia Woolf, in her own Words”, “Monologue” (Simone DuBeauvoir): Theatre West; “Ms Furr & Ms Skeene” (Gertrude Stein): John Anson Ford Theatre: Directed: “Petrified Forest” “Skin of Our Teeth"
NANCY JERIS longtime CTL member now residing in New Mexico: Fusion Theatre Company: Escaped Alone, Outside Mullingar and The New Electric Ballroom, the National Hispanic Cultural Center as Georgia O’Keeffe in Still Life. LA: The Devils, Tales from Hollywood (Mark Taper) Name Day and Richard III (The Odyssey), Goneril in King Lear (John Houseman’s UCLA THEATRE GROUP), also, Ariadne in Heartbreak House, Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Toured with Henry Fonda in The Time of Your Life.
Kaye Kittrell studied acting with Wynn Handman in New York as well as at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She’s performed in commercials, theatre, film and TV including Cheers, Wings, General Hospital, Gilmore Girls, Alias, and Saturday Night Live. Kaye has written and directed two award-winning short films. In 2012, she created the urban garden web show Late Bloomer on YouTube. With CTL, Kaye played Ustinya in A Family Affair in the summer production in the park, as well as numerous staged readings.
The School for Scandal. LA THEATER: Somewhere in the Middle (Crown City Theater Company), Twelfth Night (Hollywood Fringe), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival). EDUCATION: BA in Theater from UCLA's School of Theater Film & Television (cum laude). AWARDS: Rod Steiger Award for Excellence in Acting, BroadwayWorld Award Nominee (Best Leading Actress in a Play - Local Production)
Miss Lewis has trained in both the U.S. and U.K. and is the proud owner of The Paper Crown Theatre Company. Some of her more memorable theatre roles include London Assurance (Lady Gay Spanker), Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler), The Importance Being Earnest (Gwendolyn Fairfax), Twelfth Night (Olivia), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Lord Edgar, etc) and The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine). As a member of the Air Rep Players, Lauren has worked on numerous radio plays for the BBC.
JAMES LOREN Board of Directors/Co-Artistic Coordinator Recent LA roles: Cadmus - Tony Tanner’s The Wine God; Andy - Pinter’s Moonlight; Quack – The Country Wife; Chaplain – The Lady’s Not for Burning; Dr. Chasuble – The Importance of Being Earnest. Directing projects: Orpheus; The Tempest; Much Ado about Nothing.
Jessica Ma is a recent graduate of SMU’s BFA program and Milwaukee Rep’s Acting Residency and a newcomer to Los Angeles. Favorite roles have included Bethany, Judy Chen (u/s) in Junk, and Afong Moy (u/s) in The Chinese Lady. You can see her as Tamsin in Sacred Fool’s production of Antigone: Presented by the Girls at St. Catherine’s or Teruko in HERO Theater’s production of Tea.
Maggie Palomo has co-starred in Close to Home, Ladies' Man, Once & Again and the award winning ER. Critical accolades have followed her performances in Anna in the Tropics at Sierra Repertory, Dreamlandia, at the Dallas Theatre Center, Ten Tiny Love Stories at the Strasberg Center in Los Angeles, and Arizona Theatre Company's production of Death and the Maiden. In film, she has been seen in Crazy on the Outside, Rivals, Darkman, Navy Seals, Radio Days and The Amytiville Horror. She has been a me
Elliots, Blood Relations, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, The Trouble in Chiozza, Our Town, Dissonance, Bleak House, Black Coffee, R&J, Twelfth Night, Richards II and III, Midsummer , The Tempest, Old Globe, Theatricum Botanicum, Boston Court, Falcon Theatre, A Noise Within, Grove Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Shakespeare, Odyssey Theatre. TV/Film: Honeymoon in Vegas, Lobster Man from Mars, You Talkin’ to Me, I’ll Do Anything and Out at the Wedding, Mama’s Family, Murphy Brown, and Murder, She Wrote
Max Pescherine attended Kenyon College where he received a BA in theater (2017). He has received additional training at New York’s Public Theater (2011-2012), Stella Adler (2016), and at Topanga’s Theatricum Botanicum. Recently Max has portrayed leading roles at Theatre 40, The Blank Theatre, and the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival. Max is also a filmmaker, and a new transplant to Los Angeles from New York City. He has been obsessed with classical theater and art since he was a child!
Mary Linda Phillips Worked in NYC at: Harold Clurman Theater, New Dramatists, Manhattan Punchline Theater, and Bruno Walter theater at Lincoln Center. Regional favorite roles: Frances in Light Up The Sky (NC), Dinah in South Pacific Lulu in Pinter's "The Birthday Party, U.K.: Maria in "Twelfth Night, L.A.: Peggy in A Late Snow (Robby Award winner), Kate in Dancing At Lughnasa (Theatre West), 14 characters in Spoon River and Mrs. Malins in James Joyce's The Dead (Open Fist Theater Company).
Garth was born and raised in New York City where he attended the High School of Performing Arts, on which the film FAME was based. Broadway: Ivanov (directed by William Ball), Caligula. Regional: Come Back Little Sheba (opposite Joan Blondell). Garth has also been seen in summer stock productions on both coasts throughout the years, including numerous Shakespeare Festivals at Ashland, Oregon, Burlington, Vermont and Stratford, Connecticut. Los Angeles Theatre: The Goddess, Sticks and Bones, Anna
LA: THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Colony Theatre and Laguna Playhouse (Ovation award); A SHAYNA MAIDEL, THE CLEARING, THE LIVING, (Colony Theatre); JOHNNY BOY (Falcon Theatre). Member, Interact Theatre Company. NY: Elise in THE MISER (Lincoln Center), Inez in COAL DIAMOND (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional: North Carolina Shakespeare Festival: Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, Isabella in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Roxanne in CYRANO DE BERGERAC among others. TV: FRIENDS, TWO AND ½ MEN, THE PRACTICE, MAKE IT OR BREAK I
Sara Shearer got her BA in Theatre from UCLA and then completed a 2 year course in London at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. For CTL: "A Woman of No Importance," "Anna Christie," "An Ideal Husband as Victorian Noir," "The New York Idea, "A Pair By Moliere," among many others. Sara has appeared in numerous productions in LA and has been active with Theatre 40 and Theatre West. Her recent roles include Vera, the youngest of five prostitutes in "The Oldest Profession" at the Odyssey, Ph
Favorite regional credits include 12 Angry Men, Twelfth Night, Stage Door, Fiddler on the Roof, The Crucible and Dupe. Studied at LACHSA and UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. Scholarships from the Ahmanson Group and Norris Foundation. Member of SAG-AFTRA. www.lonnisilverman.com
With CTL – Sweet Williams, Exit The King. Regional Los Angeles: Mrs. Warren's Profession (The People's Theatre), We'll Never Be Young Again (The Kirk Douglas Theatre and Theatre 40), Apple (Theatre 40), Rumors (Theatre 40), Blood Wedding (Theatre 40), Chinamen (Theatre 40), Two Noble Kinsmen (The Globe Playhouse), Killing Sister George (Scorpio Rep), Natural Affection (Actors Forum), Cabaret (Scorpio Rep) TV: Milk and Honey (milkandhoneyseries.com), General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Santa Bar
A career in television, film, stage, voiceover and singing, in the United States and the British Isles. Karen has been a member of CTL since 1990. With CTL: Duchess of York in Richard III, Bea in View from the Bridge, Agrafena in A Family Affair, Mrs. Tarleton in Misalliance, Constance in Madwoman of Chaillot, Andromache in Trojan Women, Emilia in Othello, Goddess Thetis in The Iliad, Volumnia in Coriolanus, The Wife in All Over, Klytemnestra in Elektra.
Trieu has appeared in numerous theatrical productions through the years. Notably, the role of Alan Strang in Equus (LADCC Nomination) with George Takei @EWP, the title role in Oedipus The King (Portland), The Legacy Codes (Dean Goodman Award) with TheatreWorks. Other favorites include: Rashomon, As You Like It, Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part One, Richard III. Film: Tropic Thunder, Trade of Innocents, How High, Hancock, Desperation, Last Call. TV: Currently a series regular on Netflix’s Alt
Donald Wayne is a Broadway, film, television and commercial actor,voice over artist, singer and spokesman based in both New York City and Los Angeles. He is the recipient of two Clio awards for his commercial work. Among Donald's film credits are Funny Lady, Deadly Intentions, Coma, April Fools, Past Imperfect and the HBO movie Path to War. TV credits include: The Practice, Dark Shadows, Dynasty, Medical Center and One Life To Live. Donald had played nationally in more than a dozen classical pla
At the Lab: Pinchwife in The Country Wife, Bottom in Midsummer and King Berenger in Exit the King. 2008 LA Weekly Award for Best Male Comedy Performance for “Fatboy.” Son of Semele Ensemble member Regional: NJ Shakespeare Pericles, Titus Andronicus, As You Like It Radio: KABC news anchor