Created in November 2009 by the members of Project: Theater, OUR BAR has drawn some of New York's finest theater artists through its doors. With a new cast every month, this show has had the honor of working with many more collaborators than this list can hold. Here's a collection of the folks at the heart of OUR BAR (click photo for full bio):
Jessi is an actor/writer/bar goer from West Virginia. She dreamt up the idea for OUR BAR in the fall of 2009 and is consistently floored by the creativity that springs from the minds of her friends and colleagues. BA: Greensboro College. MFA: FSU/Asolo Conservatory.
Joe is the Artistic Director of Project: Theater and has been involved with OUR BAR since its inception. P:T credits include "My Custom Van", "Shel's Shorts", "Language of Angels", "The Great American Desert", & "Unity: 1918". On & Off Broadway, he performed in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson". Regional credits include Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's "Bright Star", "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County", "Assassins", "Siddhartha", "Floyd Collins", "Red Noses", "Midsummer...", and "Translations".
Jennifer is an Executive Vice President of Working Voices, and has been performing in NYC for 11 years, from her stand-up career at Caroline' s on Broadway, Gotham, and Stand Up New York, to the Fringe Festival in "Musical Chairs" and "Two Chairs and a Table." Regional: "Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress", "Blue Window", "Midsummer...", and "Occupation". Jennifer has an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. She loves whiskey, diamonds and Shakespeare.
THE OUR BAR-BARIANS:
Lindsey is an NYC-based actor from the Sunshine state. She's been working with Project: Theater for five years and has loved every minute of bringing original works to life with this ridiculously talented group. Some NYC credits include "Portrayed" and "Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood." Selected favorites are "Into the Woods" (Baker's Wife) and "Twelfth Night" (Viola).
New York: Twelfth Night, Love's Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, Pericles, Hamlet, The Tempest, Trojan Women, Taming of the Shrew, The Rover (The Hudson Warehouse), Pick Your Poison, Understudy for Henry IV Pt. 1 & Twelfth Night (Pearl Theatre Company), Aida (Met Opera), The Proposal & The Bear (Byronic Women), Dumbya 's Rapture & Happy Hour. Regional: The Sunshine Boys, Doubt, & Roger is Dead (George St Playhouse, NJ). Chris is a full time OUR BARbarian and enjoys a nice glass of scotch!
Joe is extremely honored to share the "Bar-Stage" with brilliant actors in OUR BAR. Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree concentrating in classical voice. Some of his previous roles include: Javert in "Les Miserables", Bob Cratchit in "3 Ghosts", J. Pierre Pont Finch in "How to Succeed...", Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd", and Rapunzel's Prince in "Into the Woods."
Kaelin is an actor/writer/musician based out of Brooklyn. She grew up around an abandoned psychiatric center in Long Island. Boo. Kaelin can be seen in the short film "You're Not That Crazy", which won the Friar Club Comedy Film Festival. She loves OUR BAR and Billy Joel. Duh.
Some might say sharing a name with a beautiful Colombian model is rather intimidating. Karen says it helps her get more blind dates. You can see her around town singing hilarious songs with “The Dreamstalks.” Karen has been performing and writing with OUR BAR since July 2012.
Alicia has been a proud member of OUR BAR since 2012, along with her marvelous husband Adam. She holds her MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and has been seen regionally in Texas, Florida, and New York. Recent projects include Project: Theater’s "Unity:1918" and Ken Ferrigni’s "Bang-Galore!" . Alicia also works off-Broadway as a prop designer and is grateful that OUR BAR provides the opportunity to create things like wormholes, Squid boy, and the wig of "Khal Brogo."
OUR BAR’s Starting Left Tackle. 3 time Pro Bar selection. Career Scene Stats: 7 writer and 30 performer... roughly. Ben performed college ball for the University of Albany, but calls Queens his locker room. Founding coordinator, Ben creates the play book for various film projects with the coaches at “I Can Siu Productions.” Cheer Ben on in the upcoming Poorductions Productions pilot "Mix and Master" and New Needle/Bradco feature "Case at Midnight."
Brendan is a writer, collector and student of myths and tall tales from around the world. He is a two-time finalist for Best Original Screenplay at the International Sci-Fi and Horror film Festival ("Bayou Dark" and "Brimstone"), does freelance script coverage for various groups, including "The Black List" and "Legendary Pictures", and is a contributing writer to "The Escapist". Currently, he commutes to work on a unicorn named “Sparkles.”
Adam has been a member of OUR BAR since 2012. He is an actor, writer, and producer of original theatre. He has collaborated with Project: Theater on the staged reading of "Unity: 1918" and stage managed and designed lighting for "Occupation". He also produced and acted in Ken Ferrigni’s "Bang-Galore!" and is curently co-producing the web series "Just Super!" Adam holds a BA from Hope College and an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Hailing from sunny Cleveland, Jennifer has been performing since she was younger than she is now. She has been collaborating with Project: Theater’s Our Bar since 2014. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the NYC pop ensemble Unsettled Scores and moonlights as Beezus, an elderly siren. Selected credits: “You Can’t Take It With You” (Alice), “Proof” (Catherine), “Peter Pan” (Peter), “Hairspray” (Wilbur).
Bess Eckstein is the queen of the hyphens, as an actor-singer-guitarist-pianist-songwriter-dancer-improviser. It thrills her to share the bar stage with the fabulously talented performers of OUR BAR. Bess has performed at regional theaters including Florida Studio Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival and Findlay Summerstock. She played Miss California in seasons 4 & 5 of Math Warriors, the Winnipeg FF winning webseries, & Corvette in the new musical web series, Merce.
Dave tells stories as an actor, director, writer, improviser, nature lover, kid whisperer, teacher, composer, and blues guitarist. Since graduating from Ithaca College, Dave has made theatre in Chicago, regionally, throughout NYC, and internationally. He has worked with the award winning company, Blessed Unrest, is a regular writer and performer for the monthly site-specific show OUR BAR, and has trained extensively with SITI Company and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Paul is a professional voice and on screen actor. He does lots of stuff and, if you're really interested, you can go to his website. PaulGuyet.com. Paul would like to thank.
Jordan is a recent transfer from Milwaukee, WI. He has been described as “disturbingly versatile” onstage in roles from Hedwig to Hamlet and enjoys participating in musical improvisation and new play development. For more information or upcoming projects visit: www.thebrutalkind.com - enjoy the show!
Matthew grew up in the Rocky Mountains, received his MFA in Acting in South Carolina, and then wound up in New York mentoring teens in an after-school theater program. He's grateful to OUR BAR for the opportunity to spend more time with adults.
When he teleported to New York from his home state of California over six years ago, Michael never imagined he would one day be acting in a bar. Much less OUR BAR. He's been around the theater block more times than he can count, on both coasts, and he couldn't be more thrilled to be sharing these unvarnished, beer-stained, bacteria-ridden floorboards with the performers you are about to see. Enjoy the ride, true believers.
Marcus is a native of Atlanta. GA., a proud member of Actor's Equity, and has been with OUR BAR since day one! New York: Henry V (Gallery Players), The Tempest & Love's Labor's Lost (Hip to Hip Theatre), Much Ado (American Bard), Hamlet (TITAN Theatre). Regional: A Tale of Two Cities (Broadway Tryout), Equus. The Play's the Thing, To Kill a Mockingbird (Asolo Rep), The Wiz (True Colors Theatre). MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Email: email@example.com
Janette is a graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, received training at Upright Citizen's Brigade New York and The Second City Chicago, and has taken one Soul-Cycle class. She feels all of these are great personal achievements.
Mark is an actor, a writer, a teaching artist and an all-around nice guy. He is thrilled to be a part of OUR BAR. Mark’s been in some shows that were good and he’s been in some that were bad. In all of them, his acting could be described as “not horrible.” In a few productions, if the theatre gods were particularly charitable, his acting was decent. Pray they are with us all tonight.
Rebecca is an actor and writer with a big belty voice, a heart of gold, and a scar on her face from the time she dropped a puppy on it. She has been part of this crazy team since 2011 and has loved every second of it. Other than walking the boards of various pubs throughout the city (both for OUR BAR and to enjoy a fine bourbon), Rebecca has performed in everything from downtown experimental theatre (Perfect Disgrace Theatre's A Crucible), to musical theatre, to various feature films.
Selected credits: Mein Uncle (3 Voices Theatre), Cadence: Home (co-writer. NYC and Straz Center in Tampa. FL), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq (Bleeker St. Theater), Everything's Whispered (For Now) (co-writer, Culture Project), Quake (UK Premiere. Finborough Theatre).Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio, Moscow Art Theatre, Chautauqua, BADA, graduate of Barnard College. Co-founding Member: FRESH PRODUCE'd Theater Co.
Michael is proud to have been acting, writing, problem solving, singing, and drinking with OUR BAR since 2011! He has a BFA in Actinq from UConn and was an Artist in Residence at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. When not at Failte he roams the city playing Irish Tunes on his guitar or sits in a big glass tower. Sláinte!
Lucy is thrilled to be performing with the OUR BAR crew!
Allison is an actor/writer/director/teacher from Kansas City and loves country music and Jameson whiskey. Kansas City BBQ is the best BBQ in the country, and she doesn't want to fight about. She'd rather make out about it.
Jesi made her stage debut at the wee age of three months in her father’s arms. Graduating from the University of North Dakota - yes, people live there - she also studied commedia dell'arte and vocal performance in Italy. When not dressing up at Comic Con, she can be found embarrassing her friends at karaoke.
Kate is an actor/singer/aerialist/dancer originally from lndianapolis. She has performed regionally in a variety of shows from A Christmas Carol to Cats. Aerial work (silks and lyra) is her newest passion, and she hopes to have many opportunities to combine it with her theatre background. BA: Hope College.
Glenn Rauch is an actor, writer, humorist, and human beatbox based out of Harlem, NY. He loves Irish whiskey, games of skill, and stories about old-timey con men. Glenn started writing and performing with this group in May 2012, and is responsible for bringing "Blacula" to OUR BAR. For infrequent humorous thoughts from Glenn, follow him on Twitter @GlennRauch, or cast him in your play or film by talking to him after a show.
Lauren was a California Raisin once for Halloween, is a huge Woody Allen fan, and was devastated when she found out that the Muppets were not real. Favorite NYC credits: Play Nice! (59E59th), Reckless (The Gallery Players), Sex and Violence (Mint Theater), Land Escaping (The Flea), Billy Carver & the Children in Mind (2011 NYIT Best Performance by a Supporting Actress nod), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino). TV: 30 Rock. Lauren holds an MFA from the University of Florida.
Lauren just wanted a beer and ended up being a part of OUR BAR. In her time outside of the Bar. Lauren is an event planner (and is available for hire). She is a graduate of Indiana University where she almost minored in Theater and spent most of her time improvising with Full Frontal Comedy. Lauren's favorite acting roles include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Mary in her middle school’s nativity play.
Josh is an actor and writer. Theatre credits include Anodyne (Pig Iron Theatre Company), Mina (La MaMa E.T.C.), Midsummer & Peer Gynt (Gorilla Repertory Theatre), and The Memorandum & Cat’s Cradle (Untitled Theatre Company #61). Film: Actor Seeks Role, I’m Not Colorblind, Working It Out. Josh also writes and stars in the sketch comedy webseries Bad Auditions. Training: Temple University. Representation: CBU Management.
Peter Turo has written over a dozen scenes for the lovely weirdos at OUR BAR and even acted expertly in a few of them. His other works include All Fall Down (The Tank), Up and Down (TCTC Rep), Always Be Ready (MITF), Aerosmith for Slow-Dancing (TinyRhino), Sam Dawson and What Could Be, The Novelist, and The Bradfords. His play Salt was a Top 30 contender in the 2015 Samuel French Festival. He is an Aquarius, and enjoys long, romantic walks to the fridge.
Gus is an actor, born and raised in Brooklyn, and graduated from City College of New York. NYC credits: Theater for the New City, Clocktower Gallery, Island Shakespeare. Most recently, he originated the role of suicidal novelist Oscar in The Seven Collective's production of Benched and the role of sociopath/bomb-threat John in Denials. Though he specializes in portraying violent young men with mental problems, he is also available to perform at children's birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs.
Matthew is a native of the great state of Colorado but moved to the great city of New York two years ago. Back in Colorado Matthew was selected as the SOCOCW Star and allowed the television world to consume his life for three years. Now that he is living in the City he can get on track and get back on the stage. He was also a 2x National Mascot Champion where he embodied “Chip” (a buffalo), at many sporting and public appearances. Matthew holds a BA from the University of Colorado.
Bimini (rhymes with the famous anthropomorphic cricket) grew up in the humid tropical rainforests of Cairns, Australia -if you can’t hear the accent, get a few drinks in her and see what happens. Bim attained a double degree in Theatre and Russian Studies from Stetson University, before moving to NYC to study at the William Esper Studio. She stole her pet rabbit from an evil clown, and has no regrets. Yay OUR BAR!
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