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David Beach 

Westport Country Playhouse: Room Service (directed by Mark Lamos), and Script In Hand play readings: Social Security, The Supporting Cast, You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Broadway: Something Rotten, It’s Only a Play, Fish in the Dark, Mamma Mia!, Urinetown (original cast), Moon Over Buffalo. TV/Film credits include Steven Spielberg’s The Post, “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” “VEEP,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Submissions Only,” “Delocated,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “[Untitled],” “Firetrap” (HBO), “I Have Valentine’s Day”, “Rescue Me,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “Ed” among others. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include Damn Yankees and The Great American Mousical (directed by Julie Andrews) both at Goodspeed; the NY premiere of Michael Hollinger’s Opus at Primary Stages; Rattlestick; Drama Dept., EST; Alabama Shakespeare; the Walnut Street; Adirondack Theater Festival; the Kitchen Theater; the North American premiere of Ying Tong at the Wilma Theater; The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Pioneer Theater Company; and Art at the Cape Playhouse. His essay “Just Don’t Call Me Mom” appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column and was recorded for their podcast by Gideon Glick. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Deena Burke

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Tartuffe (Dorine), To Kill a Mockingbird (Rachel Harris), Wait Until Dark (Susan), The Patsy (Clotilde Pontagnac), Faust (Earth Spirit/Ensemble), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), The Servant of Two Masters (Singer/Townsperson), The Night Of The Iguana (Miss Fellowes), Fever – World Premiere (Sam), The Threepenny Opera (Polly), Anything To Declare? (Paulette), Our Country’s Good (Liz Morden), The Cripple Of Inishmaan (Helen), Noises Off (Brooke), O Beautiful (Arlene), The Good Doctor, Private Lives (Louise), The Homecoming (Ruth), Death Of A Salesman, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Hostage. Regional: The Old Globe Theatre, The Pacific Theatre Ensemble, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Tacoma Actors Guild, The Group Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Intiman, The Chautauqua Theatre Company. Deena’s voice has been heard on numerous radio ads and in video games. Deena is a founding member of the REP and taught in the PTTP from 2004-2011. Training: The Julliard School.

Hassan El-Amin
Dr. Finache/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: From the Author Of (Dax Davis), The Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.), Tartuffe (Officer of the King), The Elephant Man (Dr. Carr Gomm and others), The Bells (Jim), Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), God of Carnage (Michael). A native of San Diego, CA, Hassan has worked extensively as a regional Equity actor. For the past eight years he was a company member of the Regional Tony award-winning Brierley Resident Acting Company, and a Community Outreach Artist at Dallas Theater Center, where his acting credits include: Dream Girls, The Mountaintop, All the Way, Colossal, Stagger Lee, Driving Miss Daisy, Les Misérables, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Fly, The Odd Couple, King Lear, A Christmas Carol, God of Carnage, The Wiz, Henry IV, Death of a Salesman. Regional credits: Fences, Seven Guitars, Radio Golf, Jitney, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Lion King, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Othello, Stick Fly, The Whipping Man, A Soldiers Play. Theaters: The Alley, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman, Arena Stage, Guthrie, Alliance, Huntington, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Trinity Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Penumbra, Colorado, Oregon, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals. Training: Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.

Lee E. Ernst
Victor Chandebise/Poche/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Director: Clybourne Park. Actor: Dial “M” for Murder (Max Halliday), From the Author Of (Richard Tuttle), You Can’t Take It with You (Mr. De Pinna), Tartuffe (Orgon), The Elephant Man (Pinhead Manager and others), The Bells (Mathias), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), Things We Do for Love (Gilbert Fleet), To Kill a Mockingbird (Associate Director and the roles of Nathan Radley/Bob Ewell), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Heartbreak House (Captain Shotover), The Patsy (Maurice Vatelin), The 39 Steps (Clown), Juno and the Paycock (Joxer), The Millionairess (The Doctor/the Shop Owner), Macbeth (Macbeth), Angels in America (Rabbi Chemelwitz, Henry, Martin, ‘Medieval’ Prior), Wit (Dr. Kelekian), The Mousetrap (Mr. Paravicini), The Servant of Two Masters (Truffaldino). Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Resident Actor, Resident Fight Director, Makeup Design. Roles include: Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Cabaret (The Emcee), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), The Crucible (John Proctor), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), Assassins (Sam Byck), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Holmes), Lombardi (Vince Lombardi), Of Mice and Men (George), The Norman Conquests (Norman), Cyrano De Bergerac (Cyrano), Richard III (King Richard), Work Song (F.L. Wright), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), The Seafarer (Sharky), Barrymore (John Barrymore). American Players Theatre: Founding Acting Company Member: Cyrano, Hamlet, Benedick, and King Lear. Other credits: Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Rep, New American Theatre, Peninsula Players, American Conservatory Theater, Tokyo’s Institute of Dramatic Arts. Texas Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet (director), The Nerd (director). Awards: AriZoni and Shepherd – Express “Best Actor” awards, The Minerva Laureate (presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Letters, Arts, and Sciences), Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, by the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Training:  Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.    

Laura Frye

Westport Country Playhouse debut.  NYC Credits: Iago in Othello, Regan in King Lear, Maria in Twelfth Night, Chorus in Henry V, Elizabeth in RIII, Ophelia in Hamlet (Titan Theatre Company). Regional: Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Forward Theatre, First Stage, and internationally as Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream at Teatro Franco-Parentti in Milan. Laura was awarded Best Actress in Queens, NY for her various roles in Titan Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol. She holds an M.F.A from the PATP program at the University of Houston. She sends love to her husband and dog for their constant support and to Sandy and Sandy, for this amazing opportunity. Instagram: @laurafrye_nyc.

Michael Gotch
Don Carlos de Histangua/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Actor: Dial “M” for Murder (Tony Wendice), You Can’t Take It with You (Tony Kirby), The Elephant Man (John Merrick), Clybourne Park (Karl/Steve), Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Red (Ken), The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Hamlet (Hamlet,winner of 2013 BroadwayWorld Best Actor, dir. Mark Lamos), Angels in America (Prior), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cripple Billy), O Beautiful (Jesus), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), The Homecoming (Lenny), Death of a Salesman (Biff),  I Am My Own Wife, also at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.  Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience: Svejk (U.S. Premiere); The Acting Company: Richard III, Murder by Poe.  Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Armadale (World Premiere), I Am My Own Wife. South Coast Repertory: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon). Actors Theatre of Louisville: Amadeus (Salieri). Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Shakespeare’s R&J (Jeff Nomination & After Dark Award). American Players Theatre: Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing (Falstaff Award Nomination). ACT Seattle: World Premieres of The Piano Men, Daisy. Training:  Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.

Robert Adelman Hancock

Westport Country Playhouse debut. London: Daddy Long Legs. National Tour: Mamma Mia! Regional Theater: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Northlight Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Geva Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, La Mirada, Skylight Music Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Laguna Playhouse. TV: “Royal Pains,” “True Blood: Postmortem,” “Guiding Light,” and the leading role in “Greenport.” Education: University of Tennessee. Other: soloist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Japan, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore), Evergreen Symphony (Taipei); Instagram/Twitter: @boorobbie.

Wynn Harmon

Westport Country Playhouse: A Christmas Carol (2006, 2007). On Broadway, he played The Detective in Porgy and Bess (also telecast “Live from Lincoln Center” on PBS). Off-Broadway appearances include: The Lucky One (Mint Theater Company), As You Like It (The Pearl Theater Company), and The New Yorkers (Musical Theater Works). International credits include: Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss in Candide, both at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Opéra National de Bordeaux; The Music Man at Royal Opera House Muscat, in Oman. Regional: Lost in the Stars; Showboat; Candide (upcoming) at The Kennedy Center; and shows or seasons with: Arena Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Alley Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, The Glimmerglass Festival, multiple Shakespeare festivals; and The Constant Wife plus ten Shakespeare productions at The Old Globe in San Diego. TV: The Chaplain on this season’s “Madam Secretary,” Trevor Babcock on “All My Children” and Mayor Robert Van Wyck on “The Knick.” Film: Paper Cranes. Training: BFA from Boston University, MFA from American Conservatory Theatre. He is a proud recipient of a Helen Hayes Award nomination and The Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in the Arts.


Elizabeth Heflin
Raymonde Chandebise/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Dial “M” for Murder (Margot Wendice), From the Author Of (Meredith Renner), You Can’t Take It with You (Penelope Sycamore), Tartuffe (Elmire), The Elephant Man (Mrs. Kendal and others), God of Carnage (Annette), Things We Do For Love (Nikki Wickstead), Heartbreak House (Hesione Hushabye), The 39 Steps (Annabella Schmidt/Margaret/Pamela), The Millionairess (Epifania), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), The Threepenny  Opera (Pirate Jenny), The Skin of Our Teeth (Sabina – Barrymore Award Nomination), The Little Foxes (Regina), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), among others. Broadway: The Government Inspector (Avdotya). National Tour: The Odd Couple—with Tony Randall & Jack Klugman (Cecily). Regional: Alley Theatre—company member 13 years; Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Bad Dates (Haley); The Old Globe: The Taming Of The Shrew (Kate); Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Play’s the Thing (Ilona); Paper Mill Playhouse: The Dinner Party; Dallas Theatre Center: Dancing At Lughnasa. TV: “The Guiding Light,” “New York News,” “Days Of Our Lives,” “As The World Turns,” “The Pretender.” Training:  Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.

Mic Matarrese
Camille Chandebise/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Dial “M” for Murder (Captain Lesgate, Thompson), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), The Elephant Man (Dr. Treves), The Bells (Baptiste), Waiting for Godot (Pozzo), Wait Until Dark (Mike), Angels in America (Joe), Faust (Mephisto), The Night of the Iguana (Shannon), The Threepenny Opera (Mac the Knife), Anything to Declare? (Robert De Trivelin), among others. Regional: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors (Solinus, Pinch); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon); Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet); Alley Theatre: Noises Off (Garry); Artists Repertory Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski); Chamber Theatre: Crime and Punishment (Raskolnikov); Milwaukee Repertory Theater: A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley); In Tandem Theatre: My Dear Dorothea (G.B. Shaw); Renaissance Theaterworks: Trojan Woman (Talthibius); Skylight: The Fantasticks (Henry Albertson). Training: Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), University of Delaware.

Carine Montbertrand

Westport Country Playhouse debut. Off-Broadway: Soho Rep, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Acting Company. Regional: Arkansas Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alley, Denver Center, UDREP (company member for seven seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Acclaim Award, Emilia in Othello), Pioneer Theatre, Capital Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, and more. She is an award winning audiobook narrator for companies such as Recorded Books, Audible, and Penguin Random House. Carine is also an accomplished teacher specializing in neutral and Commedia Mask. Her original solo show, Seven Devils and A French Nun was developed with a grant from Amherst College and has performed in numerous venues. 

Stephen Pelinski 
Romain Tournel/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: Director: All in the Timing; Actor: Dial “M” for Murder (Inspector Hubbard), From the Author Of (Tom Foley), You Can’t Take It with You (Paul Sycamore), Tartuffe (Cléante), The Elephant Man (Ross and others), The Bells (Charlie), Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Waiting for Godot (Estragon), Red (Mark Rothko), To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), Wait Until Dark (Carlino), Heartbreak House (Hector Hushabye), The Patsy (Eugene Pontagnac) Angels in America (Roy Cohn), Faust (Faust), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy), The Imaginary Invalid (Argan). Regional: Alley Theatre: Born Yesterday (Harry Brock); Guthrie Theater: over forty roles including: Three Sisters (Vershinin), Iphigenia At Aulis (Agamemnon), The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), A Doll’s House (Torvald); Chautauqua Theatre Company: You Can’t Take It With You (Mr. Kirby). Other credits include: Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, Citadel, The National Theatre in Ottawa, Atlantic Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway: Theatre for a New Audience. Film: Sweet Land, Wooly Boys, Factotum, Irv De Toilette, Killer Movie. He was recently awarded a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship by The Ten Chimneys Foundation. Training:  Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).

John Rensenhouse 

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: You Can’t Take It with You, The Millionairess, Hamlet, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage (D.C.), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare, Heart of America Shakespeare, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Kansas City Rep. National Tours: The Lion King, Noises Off.  TV: “The Edge of Night,” “L.A. Law,” “thirtysomething.” Film: Candyman.  Mr. Rensenhouse makes his home in Kansas City where he serves as the Artistic Chairman of Kansas City Actors Theatre ( Training: Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).

Antoinette Robinson 
Lucienne Homenides de Histangua/Ensemble

Westport Country Playhouse debut. REP: The Mountaintop (Camae). Antoinette was recently seen as Flavius (Timon of Athens) and Celia (As You Like It) at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. Other Credits include: Lucretia (Sir Patient Fancy), Perdita (The Winter’s Tale) and Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew) with The Queens Company in New York City; Phoebe (As You Like It) with New York Classical Theatre; Celia (As You Like It), Emily (Our Town) and Isabella u/s (Measure for Measure) at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) and Gertrude (Hamlet) at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Juanita Lee (Becoming Something) with Esperance Theatre Company; Alma (Edge of Peace) at The Seattle Children’s Theatre; Mother Earth (Time Sensitive) at The Guthrie; Victoria (The Mother***ker with The Hat), Lucy (Mr. Marmalade) and The Ocean/Rebecca (Spirits to Enforce) at Hyde Park Theatre. Antoinette can also be seen in the films Ol’Daddy, 9 Actors, and the hit web series “The Great Black Way.” MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.



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