Sophia Aranda is an actor, singer, writer based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of the NYU Tisch program and an alumnus of Atlantic Acting School. Previous credits include: “The Good Person of Szechuan” (Directed by Zi Alikhan for Atlantic Stage 2), “A Year of Light” (Directed by Maya Quetzali, NYU Playwright Horizons), “Dickheads!” (Directed by Geoff Bulled, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and “Fefu and Her Friends (Directed by Anna Needham, NYU Playwright Horizons). In her free time Sophia is an active volunteer for Sing for Hope and an avid knitter. Sophia is excited to continue honing her craft as an actor with the Latinx Artists Collective, a media company promoting the works of Latinx Artists globally. www.sophiaaranda.com
Cristiano Benfenati is an Italian actor, writer, aspiring director, and combatant in training based in New York. He discovered acting late in high school, and decided to pursue it after graduation. After being accepted at NYU and moving to the City, the years at Atlantic gave form to the artist he is today, eager to learn and create with the powerful minds he is lucky to be surrounded by. You can find him on Instagram @sbrenfy or visit www.cristianobenfenati.com
Zoé Bourdin is a French actress, born in Paris and living in New York City. She’s currently pursuing a BFA in Drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, having trained at the Atlantic Acting School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her most recent credits include playing Wang in The Good Person of Setzuan (Dir. Zi Alikhan), Cordelia and the Fool in King Lear (Dir. Gary Lagden), and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Dir. Leandra Ashton). She’s also been in numerous indie films, such as Roman Fusco’s Murderer. Zoé speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and is currently teaching herself Italian! If you’d like to learn more about her or connect with her, you can find her at www.zoebourdin.com or at @badgirlbaguette on Instagram.
Kris Bramson is an actor, singer, and writer. Proudly Salvadoran, Jewish and queer, Kris is a SoCal native born and raised currently living bi-coastally between LA and NYC. She is in her final year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and studying abroad in Madrid to begin her senior year. Favorite roles include Ellen in Disassembly(Atlantic Acting School), Maria in West Side Story (Conejo Players), and Maria inLove’s Labour’s Lost(Atlantic Acting School). She originated the role of Ada Altmann in the world premiere of Mea Culpa with NYU Shmutz, as well as the role of Miss Feldman in The Linkwith Lamplighters NYU. She is extremely grateful for her journey through the Atlantic and is always looking to collaborate and grow. “Nothing to prove, everything to give.” Ig: @krisbramson Website: www.krisbramson.com
Emily Combs is entering her final year of training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she is earning a BFA in Drama. Hailing from Northeast Georgia, Emily has sought different environments to train in, for she studied for a semester last year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her most recent credits include Tessa in Disassembly (Atlantic Acting School), Richard III in Dickheads! (RADA), and Regan in King Lear (RADA). She is insanely grateful for her time at Atlantic and hopes to stay involved as her career evolves. Overall, she has a passion to work creatively to explore and empower humanity and all of the stories it holds. You can learn more at: emilyhcombs.com.
Cristina D’Anna is just a human who is trying her best. She is a firm believer that art has the power to change the world and hopes to be at the forefront of that change. At a young age she experienced the incredible power that art has in regards to making a difference. With hopes of becoming a Drama Therapist in the near future, she makes the active choice to be an artist every day because she simply cannot conceive a better way to create change than to create art, nor could she possibly do anything else. For more about Cristina follow her on social media or checkk out her website! IG: @_cristinadanna Website: www.cristinadanna.com
Sarina Freda is currently completing her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts at the Atlantic Acting Studio. Recently she played Medea in the mainstage production of Medea and Brandi in Horse Girls at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. She also attended the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam where she had the privilege of working with many incredible directors and teaching artists from around the world. She has a passion for human connection in any artistic form whether that be theatre, film, music, or dance. www.sarinafreda.com
Daniel Hancock is an actor, writer, and combatant in training based in New York. He is originally from Brisbane, Australia but moved to Houston, Texas at the age of twelve. Throughout his high-school career, Daniel took part in numerous in school productions but also developed a strong interest in Shakespeare. He took part in the Houston Shakespeare Festival as well as the ESU National Shakespeare competition as a semi-finalist. Daniel studied at Atlantic Acting School for the first three years of his BFA in Drama and is now moving to the Stonestreet Studios for his senior year of university. Throughout Daniel’s time at NYU he has taken part in a number of amazing productions, his favourites are Love’s Labour’s Lost (Atlantic Acting School), The Tempest (NYU CAST), and Dissassembly (Atlantic Acting School). To find out more or to get ahold of Daniel, follow him at @handydancock or visit www.dannyhancock.com.
Caroline Payton Parker is a plus sized actress, writer, and director based in NYC. After completing her training with the Atlantic Studio, she will head into her final year of acting training at NYU Tisch with the Classical Studio. Her Recent Credits include: Disassembly (Atlantic Acting School, Dir. Reggie White), Loves Labours Lost (Atlantic Acting School, Dir. Shariffa Ali), Vinegar Tom (NYU Tisch), Lobby Hero (NYU Tisch), Midsummer Nights Dream (NYU Shakespeare in the Square), and Killers and Other Family (One Dollar Theatre Company). Caroline would like to thank her family and friends for their never ending support, all of her teachers and collaborators for helping her grow and learn as an artist, and that girl in High School who accused her of practicing witchcraft because it really has influenced her life and art.
Jack Petersen (he/him/they/them) is a New York City based actor and writer originally from Berkeley, CA. In his work, he is deeply invested in finding intersections between art, queerness, and sustainability in any and all capacities. Recent theatre credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (holy smokes! Theatre Company), The Good Person of Setzuan (Atlantic Acting School), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Atlantic Acting School). Jack is also pursuing a career in literary fiction and nonfiction, and his first published essay, “Boys (A 7-Part Dance about Queerness)” will soon appear in the inaugural issue of the literary magazine, The Galvanist. He makes kombucha biweekly and dill pickles every now and then. To keep up with his work, go to jackpetersen.com and follow @asparagus.jpeg on Instagram.
Amber Sosa is an actor, singer, director based in New York City. Latina and proud, Amber is a native of Houston, Texas. She is in her final year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she is finishing up her training at Stonestreet Studios. Her favorite roles include Shen Te/Shui Ta in Good Person of Setzuan (Dir. Zi Alikhan, Atlantic Acting School), Danny in In Residence (Webseries she created and directed!), and Jolene in history of colors (Dir. Taylor Reynolds, Tisch Drama’s Festival of Voices). She is forever grateful to all her instructors, collaborators, and family for all of their support throughout her time at Atlantic! If you want to get in touch or learn more, you can follow her @theambersosa or visit www.ambersosa.com. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship”- Louisa May Alcott
Jesse Aftel is an actor, singer, instrumentalist, ASM, and writer interested in theater, film, TV, web series, and voiceover. He was most recently seen as Leo in Big Love at Atlantic Acting School, 2018. When he isn’t acting, Jesse likes to play cello and piano, sing as often as possible, sew, knit, crochet, cook, and dream about the day he can finally adopt a dog.
Cameron Bell is an actor and musician born in Chicago, and reborn in New York. Proud member of the Floor Five Theatre Company. Upcoming work; Hephaestus in zounds! Recent roles include; Nikos in Big Love, and Edgar in King Lear. He is grateful to his family, and his company members for getting him this far.
Alannah Ada Bloch
Alannah Ada Bloch is a Canadian actor, writer and director. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria with a double specialization in acting and directing. She’s studied at NYU (Tisch Summer High School 2010), Atlantic Summer Conservatory (2011), and RADA Acting Shakespeare (Summer 2013). She’s the founder and producer of DamnSpot Theatre and their premier show, “The Wyrd Sisters” won a Pick of the Fringe Award in Victoria, BC. Past notable productions include: The Visit (Atlantic Acting School, 2018), Summer and Smoke (Phoenix Theatre, 2016), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Phoenix Theatre, 2015), and Footprints (UVic SATCO, 2011). After graduation from the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory Alannah hopes to continue her career as a self produced actor, writer and director as she begins to work on her webseries “Misrepresented.”
Akili Brown is an actor, writer and producer from Washington DC. Credits include: originating the role of Zeus in “zounds!”, written by Veronika Gribanova (Dir. Kevin Mejia, Atlantic Stage 2 for Atlantic Acting School), “The Visit” (Dir. Taylor Reynolds, Atlantic Stage 2 for Atlantic Acting School), “Everything Must Go: A Shotz! Border Play” written by Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Dir. Lauren Miller), “The Philadelphia Story” (Dir. Chris Overly, Bowie Playhouse), and “Winnie the Pooh” (Dir. Kevin Daly, Children’s Theater Association). He has a BFA from Howard University and an MS from Pratt Institute in Visual Communications. Akili will continue self producing work through his production company The Universal Fresh. He is a founding ensemble member and graphic designer of Floor Five Theatre company. You can always find him at www.akilibrown.com
Avigaïl Bryger is an Israeli actress and writer. Graduate of the On Camera acting program with casting director Galit Eshkol (Israel 2016), the Chubbuk Technic for acting (Israel 2014) and the Youth intensive program at Nissan Nativ school of acting (Israel 2012). Among her recent work: Theatre: The Visit (Atlantic Acting School, 2018), A Sketch of New York (the Producer Club, 2018). Film /Video: Danse Russe (NYU Tisch, 2017), Passion of Joan (Brilliant Earth productions, 2017) Jimmy musical videos (Joe Vilardi and Brian Hose, 2017), Be’Zalma (Sam Spiegel School of Film, 2016). Excited to graduate the wonderful conservatory training she had in the Atlantic Acting School, Avigaïl is excited to continue refine her work as an international actress and writer in New York City. Avigaïl is grateful for having her life long dream become a reality and would like to thank all who had contributed to this process.
James Burgin is a recent graduate of Atlantic Acting Conservatory. Born and raised in Miami Florida he hates the winters in New York. James is excited to create work with floorfive theatre Co. globally, along with other friends he meets along the way. Peace to all.
Luke Condzal is a sixth generation New Yorker. He feels very connected to his City roots, and channels that connection through his acting and writing. In 2018, he officially founded his production company Mystery Primate Productions after a successful merger with Baldasano International, a cross-species hair and skin transplant foundation. After graduating from the Atlantic Acting School, Luke was immediately summoned for Jury Duty where he will serve his city fearlessly and indefinitely.
Arielle Freedman is a born and raised New Yorker and has done in various commercials/voice overs/television/movies. She would like to give a special shoutout to her Grandma Sherry for being such a positive and supportive light in her life.
Daniel Ganze is a founding member of the Floor Five Theatre Company and attends the Atlantic Acting School’s Full-time Conservatory program (class of 2018). Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Daniel holds a B.A. from Bishop’s University and a D.E.C. from John Abbott College, where he performed in plays including Richard III (dir. Jesse MacLean), Pandemonium (dir. Michael Kennard) and The Skin of Our Teeth (dir. Andy Cuk). In New York, Daniel performed in the world premiere of Captain Filthy Fred (dir. Timea Szedely), as well as in The Visit (dir. Taylor Reynolds). During his second year of training at the Atlantic Acting School, Daniel performed in projects including an abridged version of Waiting for Godot (dir. Daniel Ganze), and the short plays Everything Must Go (dir. Lauren Miller) and Dish War (dir. Allison Karman).
Veronika Gribanova is an actor, playwright, director, and producer. She is a Russian-born Canadian based in New York and Toronto. Recent writing credits include zounds!, an ensemble comedy about the Greek gods (Atlantic Stage 2 for Atlantic Acting School), RUN (Manhattan Rep), Lover Lover (a site-specific play at The Duplex and The Toronto Fringe Festival), and the web series Art is Dead. Recent acting credits include The Visit (Dir. Taylor Reynolds), Theodore Roosevelt and The Night I Lost My Innocence (Dir. Peter Kuo), and Lover Lover (Dir. Derek Nicoletto). Directing credits include Asuncion by Jesse Eisenberg (Toronto) and Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans (Toronto). She founded the production company Subverting Something and serves as the Artistic Director of Floor Five Theatre Company, formed out of Atlantic Acting School. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @veronika38
Ellen Ko is an actor and improvisor based in New York City. Ellen gravitates towards comedy and is heavily influenced by physical theater such as clown, mask, and mime. At Atlantic Acting School, her stage credits include originating the role of Hestia in zounds! by fellow ensemble member Veronika Gribanova, as well as performances as Butler in The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, and Tracy in Peabrain by Jacob Marx Rice. On camera credits include the award-winning series and short films We Speak NYC by The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and The City University of New York, Seeing Glory by MorPi Productions, and Dearie by Eyes That Can See Entertainment. Ellen is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School (Full Time Professional Conservatory), Improvisation News Studio Conservatory (Improvisational Theater, Sketch Writing), and Oberlin College (BA Dance Performance). Please visit EllenKo.com for more info!
Tim Laschkolnig is a New York-based swiss actor, writer and director. He is currently completing his training at the Atlantic Acting school in their full time conservatory program. Being part of the Floor Five Theatre Company, he is the assistant director as well as sound designer in their first production; the world premiere of “zounds!” by Veronika Gribanova. Recent acting credits include “The Visit” (Dir. Taylor Reynolds), “Theodore Roosevelt and The Night I Lost My Innocence” (Dir. Peter Kuo).
Michael Martinez is proud to be General Manager of Floor Five Theatre, the 2018 Atlantic Conservatory Company. Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Michael has been involved in theater since high school. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, performing in Of Thee I Sing, Ragtime in conjunction with the Black Rep, Alice in Wonderland, Urinetown, and Peter Pan while getting his BA in Architecture. An artist and designer, Michael plays the flute, dances, and does technical theater. In Omaha he worked with SNAP! Theater, appearing in MilkMilkLemonade, Christmas With The Crawfords, and Next Fall for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Theater Arts Guild. In New York Michael has acted in Lenin’s Embalmers, the premiere workshop production of The Trial Of Mrs. Surratt by Lanie Robertson with The Wandering Theater Company, the web-series Art Is Dead, as well as Like, Big Love, and the world premiere of zounds! at the Atlantic Acting School.
Kevin Mejia was born and raised in Colombia, at nineteen he came to the States to study acting. He completed the Hagen Core training at HB Studio, and later attended Atlantic Acting School. Theater: Balm In Gilead, Lady From The Sea, Beach Trip, The Visit, Antigone. He will be directing Floor Five Theater Company’s C5 show zounds! He is grateful to his family and friends for all their support!
Sofia Mirpuri is a NYC based actress and producer from Lisbon, Portugal. A graduate of The Atlantic Acting School Full-Time Conservatory, she is a founding member of Five Floor Theatre Company. Sofia is currently producing and starring in “Tales From The Rabbit Hole – A Curious Kitsch Novel”, an international indie feature produced between Europe and U.S. Dynamic and relentless, Sofia invested in her acting training from a young age. Her stage experience with classic and contemporary work has provided her with the skillset to work in several national tv shows and commercials in Portugal. Sofia then pursued her passion for TV and Film production in a competitive internship as an assistant producer in one of the most prominent TV production companies in Portugal, Plural Enterteinment SA. Recent acting credits in theatre include The Visit (Dir. Taylor Reynolds), Postmark The Night (Dir. Kimille Howard), and zounds! (Dir. Kevin Mejia). Sofia is committed to the continual investment in her career in film, TV and theatre, in both the US and Europe.
Turner Morehead is a member of Atlantic Conservatory Class of 2018. He is actively pursuing experiences in acting, writing, and directing. While attending the Atlantic Acting School, Turner acted in The Visit & Wolf Play. He also directed, produced, and performed in an abridged version of The Night of the Iguana and Yerma. Turner received his B.A. in Theatre Performance from High Point University ’13. During his time at High Point, he acted in productions of Picnic, Our Town, The Dining Room, Twelfth Night, Throughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate and Urinetown. He was nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship for his performance as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Turner furthered his acting training at the Annoyance Theater Improv program in Chicago. His acting credits in Chicago include Warner in Legally Blonde, Barrel in Urinetown, and Chad in All Shook Up.
Natalie Neckyfarow is a multi-disciplinary artist who acts, produces, writes, and directs. Acting credits: Theatre: Big Love & Wolf Play (Atlantic Acting School), Boys’ Life & Gidion’s Knot (The Seeing Place), Deb in Ordinary Days (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Love’s Labours Lost & Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Valley); Film/TV: Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical, The Duel, Time Trumpet; Audiobooks: Love Edy. Passionate about new work, Natalie also regularly appears in readings organized by The Playground Experiment, The Greenhouse Ensemble, and many independent playwrights and composers. She co-produced the award winning first season of web series Redheads Anonymous. Natalie is also currently writing a web series loosely based on her experiences teaching Pilates, and a new play that explores climate change. Additional Training: SITI Company, Frantic Assembly, Smith College (BA Dance). Member of Atlantic Conservatory Class of 2018. Proud member Actors Equity Association & SAG-AFTRA.
Berenice Odriozola is a New York based actor/producer who grew up between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. Select credits include: FILM: What We Meant at Dinner (Dir. Liana DeMasi), Art is Dead (Dir. Veronika Gribanova), sad girl (Dir. Dolan Chorng). THEATRE: originating the role of Demeter in zounds! (Dir. Kevin Mejia), The Visit (Dir. Taylor Reynolds), Miley Cyrus is Still Twerking, or I Know You (Dir. Allison Karman), Right You Are, If You Think So (Dir. Dr. Adolf Shapiro). Berenice also recently produced zounds! (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Lover Lover (The Duplex NYC) & directed RUN (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). She is a proud member of the theatre & film production companies Subverting Something, and Ambiguous Films, as well as founding member & Marketing Director of Floor Five Theatre Company, formed out of Atlantic Acting School. Follow her on Instagram: @bereodri
Camila Osorio is a Colombian actress. She studied English Major with dramatic arts at Tennessee Tech University (2014). She is currently in her final semester at Atlantic Acting School full time conservatory program. Past notable productions are: The Visit (Atlantic Acting School, 2018) Cleopatra Under Water (Atlantic Acting School, 2018) . Short films: Colisión ( by Andrea Vaca, 2018) Contento (by Sacha Perez, 2017). After graduating from Atlantic Acting School, Camila is excited to start pursuing her career as an actress and start with her career as a singer.
Ana Guzmán Quintero
Ana Guzmán Quintero is a Mexican actor, producer and singer. She’s a founding member of the NYC based Floor Five Theatre Company, formed out of Atlantic Acting School. Her recent credits at Atlantic include: originating the role of Athena in zounds! written and directed by fellow ensemble member’s Veronika Gribanova and Kevin Mejia. Lydia in Big Love by Charles Mee, directed by Estefania Fadul. Postmark the Night by Charly Evon Simpson, directed by Kimille Howard and Peabrain by Jacob Marx Rice, directed by Sam Gonzalez. She also played Jenna in Billboards Greatest Hit’s by Cecilia Copeland under the direction of Derek Nicoletto for the Open Hydrant Theater Company’s 2017 Short Play Festival. She’s a graduate of the Full-Time Conservatory program at Atlantic. Her previous training includes the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts in the UK, the NYFA in Paris, and several acting courses in her home country with renowned Mexican acting teachers and directors. She also holds a B.A. in Communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana. Always looking to expand her horizons and dreams of acting all over the world! You can contact her through Instagram: @anaguq
Jake Roberson has always loved being a performer. He previously gave up his passion for pitching as a student athlete in college. He then studied improv at UCB in Los Angeles until moving to New York City to pursue his acting career full time. His favorite recent performances include his role of Johnny in De(Coded) of the NYC Fringe Festival, Jason in Rest in Pieces of the LIC One Act Festival and the New Works Festival at TADA Theater, and Constantine in Big Love, the C5 Atlantic Acting School production. Jake will undeniably continue performing throughout the city and wherever it takes him in the future. His longtime acting career has just begun. He thanks his parents and his co acting sister Lilly Roberson for the endless love and support over the years.
Maria Isabella Rojas
Maria Isabella Rojas was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York, Maria decided to give California a try. Being spoiled by the lack of seasons, Maria attended the University of San Francisco, where she received a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice. This year she will be graduating from the Atlantic Acting School. She is undoubtedly excited and mostly proud to be an ensemble member of the Floor Five Theatre Company.
Noémi Sarog is a New York-based Hungarian-American actress, who is proud member of the Floor Five Theatre Company as well as the Pilvax Players. Her New York debut was in ‘Californian Dream’, a dark comedy from the Hungarian female playwright, Edina Tallér directed by Tímea Zsédely. Her American credits include: The Visit (C5 graduation show, dir. Taylor Reynolds), Captain Filthy Fred, the musical (Pilvax Productions), The Jungle book (West Coast Tour 2017, 2018), Aranyra hangolva (Pilvax Productions), Through Line Showcase (Floor Five Theatre Co.). Select Hungarian credits: Zserbó Kabaré (current cabaret show @zserbokabarenewyork) Hamlet- physical theater (Thália Tanoda), The Magic Flute (Erkel Opera Stúdió). Noémi is recently closed the production of The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War by Matei Visniec, produced by her, co-directed and starred with her fantastic friend, Natalie Neckyfarow. She is grateful for the opportunity to present zounds! with her friends.
Amanda Shi is an Asian-American actress based in New York City. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin. She is proud to be the Managing Director and a founding member of the NYC based Floor Five Theatre Company. Recent acting credits include originating the role of Helen of Troy in zounds! (dir. Kevin Mejia), Big Love (dir. Estefania Fadul), Art is Dead (dir. Veronika Gribanova), and Like (dir. Jillian Carucci). She’s a graduate of the Full-Time Conservatory program at Atlantic Acting chool. She also holds an MA in Economics (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. Follow and contact her through instagram @amandamshi
Kate Smithis22- years old and hails from the greater Los Angeles area, where she began landing small roles in commercials and features films at a young age. She has performed at the critically acclaimed Rubicon Theatre, where she originated the role of Amy in ‘Open Secrets’ at age 9, and continued to act in their training programs, playing Little Sally in ‘Urinetown’, the fool in ‘King Lear’, Gertrude in ‘Hamlet’, and Fabian in ‘Twelfth Night’. She additionally performed with 5 Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre’s) teen project before moving to NYC to train with Atlantic.