Clio Contogenis was born and raised in NYC. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University, and has also studied acting at the British American Drama Academy and with the Stella Adler Studio. She has appeared in King John (Fools and Kings Project), Much Ado About Nothing (Soho Playhouse), and #romeojuliet (Yale University), and is thrilled to be working with so many other talented performers at Humanity Studios.
Lauren Muller is a director turned successful working actor.
Sonja Chung, is an artist born in Kingston, Jamaica, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA from Rutgers University. She has danced for 18 years, and is currently performing with Jennifer Muller/The Works as a concert dancer. She has recently appeared as a featured actress in an ad for Degree Women, performed in a Wiz Kid music video entitled "Closer" as a featured commercial dancer, and enjoys modeling for runway and print.
Ms. Chung is an artist, with a great respect for the arts, and an eagerness to discover, collaborate, and create. She is now receiving acting coaching under Shae D'lyn.
Kelvin is a Latino actor from New York City who is honored to have launched his theater career in the one-man play The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a show in which he plays 10+ characters from Junot Diaz's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. He's also known for the leading roles in the film A Nice Guy (8 official festival selections) and in the TV pilot Guap, and has been featured on Mitú, MasMejorTV ('Latino Vortex' sketch), and on the Gente of Thrones parody video with Room28 Comedy (which made headlines on HuffPost & Buzzfeed for its social satire). He received his actor training at Humanity Studios, where under the guidance of acting coach Shae D'lyn, he developed a strong acuity for playing impassioned leaders and tragic heroes.
Xavon Ross recently graduated from Humanities and the Arts High School where he starred as Tory in the theatrical production of “Fences” for which he got rave reviews during its presentation at the “Second Annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival” at the Winter Garden. Xavon attended Stella Adler studio before coming to Humanity Studios where he finds the instruction and comrades very gratifying.
Chelsea Lee Wheatley is a New York actress, and a recent graduate from the Circle in the Square Professiona Theatre Conservatory. Most recent credits include What I Learned in Fallsburg (OFF-BROADWAY), The Importance of Being Earnest as Cecily, Dancing at Lughnasa as Kate, The Life as Mary, and Les Miserables as Cosette. Her film credits include Deadly Weekend The Movie, Two Days, and The Whisper Home. Chelsea has recently made solo debuts at NYC venues including 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, and The Town Hall in Broadway's Rising Stars.
"Hannah Harding is a British actress and singer who graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City with a certificate in Acting and Musical Theatre. Hannah has appeared on Network Channels such as A&E Lifetime and MTV in leading roles as well as in independent films and commercials. Hannah is also a stage actress and a member of the Mischief Makers Theatre company in Brooklyn and has also appeared in numerous stage productions both in New York and England including."
Originally from London, Phillip Mossman came into prominence during the UK's post rave era as a member of Andrew Weatherall's Sabres of Paradise, then later recruited by Belfast's David Holmes to collaborate on a slew of productions for the likes of 'U2, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 'Holmes' cinematic influences soon caught the attention of Hollywood's heavy hitters and the Holmes team were whisked off to LA to score Stephen Soderburgh's Out Of Sight and later Oceans 11. When Phillip chose New York as his home in 2001, James Murphy invited him to join the newly minted outfit, LCD Soundsystem. After six years with the band, Phillip made the tough decision to quit touring but was invited to rejoin for the band's now legendary epic finale at Madison Square Garden, which was filmed and released as the full length documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits. A prolific film composer, Phillip has scored a multitude of full length features, including Jim Mikel's Sundance hit We Are What We Are, Jon Watts's Cop Car, which premiered at Sundance 2015 and sold to Focus, starring Kevin Bacon, Michael Thelin's Emelie, which premiered at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Bradley Kaplan's Stealing Cars, Mike Cahill's Another Earth and I Origins.
Scott originally hails from Atlanta, but is now based right here in NYC...the South will always be in his hip pocket though. He's been fortunate enough to work in theaters both in Oregon and New York, developing his love of performance in modern and classical works. When not acting, he is usually attempting to play drums whenever and wherever allowed.
Nick Bombicino was born and raised in Vermont and has transplanted to New York City. He spent time in upstate New York at Ithaca College getting his B.A. in Drama and Italian Studies, and then moved to Birmingham, England to get his Masters in Acting at the Birmingham School of Acting. He recently played the lead in the World Premier of Delirium’s Daughters Off-Broadway at Theatre Row. Some of his other credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Becky Shaw (Spicy Witch Productions); Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); Treasure Island (Lost Nation Theater); and in the UK: Hay Fever (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); We Are Three Sisters (The Old Joint Stock Theatre). www.nickbombicino.com
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Anthony T. Solano was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. Anthony is a strong family man who loves spending time laughing and reminiscing about his childhood. He participated in several sports during his youth years leading him to pursue college as a multi-sport athlete (Football,Track&Field) passing up football scholarships from distant colleges in order to stay near family and attend Springfield College; where he played football and studied Youth Development, completing his B.S. in 2009. Completing his degree in 2.5 short years. Anthony got his start in the entertainment industry, from all things, joking around. Typical Anthony. Early 2010 a friend was promoting a fashion show so Anthony volunteered to model. After all, collegiate football was over, so he decided to try his hand...and body in modeling. The joke turned quite serious. Shortly thereafter, his first film role in, "Your Girl...is Mine" was landed. Anthony continued to freelance as a model/actor while working as a special needs teacher and studying business MBA (2012). His passion for acting led him to putting in a 2 weeks notice as an alternative school counselor, buying a ticket to Europe (for siesta) and selling his car to move to the Big Apple. Here he played Tony the Tiger in Midcity Productions' Riff Raff with fellow Shakespeare Forum producer David Stishan and director Sybille Bruun, as well as starring in many commercials.
Born in the Bronx, NY, Jose Gutierrez has always had a passion for entertaining. Jose is a true lover of arts and the art forms he was drawn to: sketching, music, recording vocals, graphic designs, directing, small budget music videos, tattooing, video editing, comedy and acting. However Jose had an epiphany. Raised as an orphan he wanted to be sure his mother didn't pass from breast cancer at an early age in vain. He vowed to make himself the best at all his natural talents, all art based.
In this quest he found himself choosing acting as the art form he would dedicate himself to since it allowed him to use all of his creative abilities. He then found the amazing and talented Shae D'lyn owner of Humanity Studios. There he has been and still is a student of Shae D'lyn and there he has been working on his craft of acting. A NYC native and resident he is determined to become a great actor.
Mike Handelman is a Boston native and alumnus of Harvard University, where he studied Practical Aesthetics with Scott Zigler as well as the Month Long Intensive at Shakespeare and Company. He's been a principal in several feature films, including Crooked Arrows (starring Brandon Routh, streaming on Netflix) and The Forger (starring John Travolta, available on VOD) as well as numerous shorts, independents and web series. His New York theater credits include The Muse (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Bed Bugs and Beyond (13th Street Repertory Company, coming to the Unchained Festival in June), The Sex Short Play Festival (The Player's Theater) and The Currency (Midcity Productions).
Actor/ Professional Model/ Song-writer and Vocalist, David Alan Wallace was born in New York City, New York.
He is the only child of Madeline Wallace (Maddie), an office clerk, and the first son to Alan Williams (Frenchie), a musician. Raised by his single mother to pursue his dreams, David dedicated his life to the arts at a young age. He was a member of his church choir, sang in the All New York City High School Choir, and was the lead vocalist in the John Bowne High School choir.
After graduating high school, David enrolled at SUNY Oneonta, intent on a career in being a Guidance Counselor. While in his freshman year of college, David was scouted by a New York modeling agency. He walked for Malan Brenton, Telfar , D’ Angelo, Jaden Smith, and a slew ofother designers. Then he caught the acting bug and took a few independent classes under the nurturing eye of Andrew Kahl, professor of SUNY Oneonta Theatre Program. Upon graduation, he continued his career as a professional model and booked a five-season campaign with JD Sports Official UK clothing line Supply & Demand. He also became a member of the first American Kpop Boy band, named EXP, while still pursuing his career as an actor. His first paid acting role was Tybalt in a Bollywood rendition of Romeo & Juliet.
David made his first small time screen success in a Samsung commercial that was being broadcast in Korean. After that, landed a Spotify commercial and an International commercial with Anastasia Vodka. He later would audition for James Franco Master Class, and study with Professor Franco over the course of six months. Which later, lead to him working under the direction of Mr. Franco in two films; High School Lover (2017, Lifetime Network) and Pretenders 2017.
David lives in New York City, and works on his craft under the nurturing eye and talent of Shae D’lyn at Humanity Studios. David is represented by Abrams Artists and managed by Gregory Alexander.
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Amilcar Javier is a New York City based actor training with Shae D'lyn at Humanity Studios.
He is passionate about drama, comedy and improv. In addition to his career in film, television and theater. Amilcar is also a software developer.
His film credits include the lead roles in the short drama You, Fatima, the short dramedy A Nice Guy, and the short drama These F**king Steps I Climb. He landed a guest star role in the comedic web series Modern Day Jesus and has featured roles in Hulu's The Looming Tower and Netflix's Orange is the New Black. His theater credits include the lead in Cheesecake! (winner of the Best Actor Award in the Strawberry One-Act Festival).
Language - Spanish (Fluent)
Accent - Pakistani
Dance / Choreography - Salsa, Step, Merengue, Bachata
Rosa Palmeri is a classically trained actor who sometimes gets antsy and will then direct, teach, write, paint scenery, and make puppets. She is currently assisting André Gregory on The Designated Mourner, written by and starring Wallace Shawn, and then, on weekends, hopping a train back to Vermont—where she grew up—to direct a commedia version of The Emperor’s New Clothes. As an actor, she most recently played Muriel McComber in Ah, Wilderness! and Beth/Mrs. Filcher in A Christmas Carol at The American Conservatory Theater. Other notable characters include: Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Dominique Lozano; Persephone, Queen of Hades, in an adaptation of Black Orpheus, directed by Stephen Buescher; and a Taoist in a workshop of The Happiness of Fish, with Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin. She has created many of her own pieces, including a round of two-person Shakespeare adaptations—Twelfth Night by Two (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Shrew by Two—and a one-woman clown show,The Deluge and Stuff. She has extensive clown training with Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, Stephen Buescher, Michael Toomey, Gabriel Levey, Bill Irwin, and David Shiner. BFA: University of Evansville, MFA: The American Conservatory Theater.
Dominique Nieves went to Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and trained in dance at The Ailey School. She started with musical theater and became interested in television and film while living in Philadelphia. Dominique enjoys writing sketches and choreographing for stage and camera. She is currently training in action combat and using her Russian accent for a feature film in which she was cast out of 70 other actresses for the starring role. TV: "Inside Amy Schumer" Film: Bar Songs: A Boozical Comedy.
photo by Kiba Alvarez
Lauren Williams received her BA in Theatre & Speech from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and recently graduated from Circle In The Square Theatre School. She most recently appeared in Circle In The Square's production of Coriolanus; Bright.Apple.Crush at Manhattan Repertory Theatre and played Bride in Exodus Theatre Company's production of Murder earlier this year. She is currently involved in a workshop/concert reading of TMNT: The Musical (A Parody) www.laurenmalissawilliams.com
Olive Glass is a model, actress, and media representative for Hombre Magazine. She recently moved from Portland, Oregon to Brooklyn to pursue her career.
Her modeling work has been seen in publications such as Alt Noir Magazine, Fuzion UK Magazine, Womanroute magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Vogue Italia, Black+Grey Magazine, and more.
She has acted in music videos and short films, for bands such as Jeremy and the Harlequins, Baby Raptors, and her most recent music video for hip hop artist "Yestirday", to be released on Bravo this summer.
Most recently, she played the lead character in Lauren Muller's short film "The Woods".
You can contact her on her website, http://www.glassolivenyc.com, for inquiries.