Hansel, Hansel & Gretel (& Minna)
Henry studies theater, music, art and dance at his school in Racine, Wis. He enjoys playing video games, designing things to be 3D printed, hanging out with friends and reading graphic novels. This year he helped build props and managed the props table for the fifth grade performance of an adaptation of Pirates of Penzance.
Rose Red, Future Snow, Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Leila Ben-Abdallah is an actor, comedian, puppeteer, writer, and associate producer for The Box Show. A graduate of the William Esper Studio, Leila is a company member at The Flea Theater, and has created four original solo plays. Check out ScaryMommy.com for her upcoming appearance in Preggo Nancy, a comedic series about pregnancy.
Pinocchio, A Real Boy
Lexie Bean is an actor, writer, and curator. From writing for Teen Vogue, to documentary making, to performance tours, much of their work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and queer foreshadowing. @oklexiebean
Orange Orange, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Geri Brown is storyteller and business owner living in NYC. AEA. “We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Arthur O’Shaughnessy
Erin Healani Chung
Snow White, Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Erin Healani Chung is a Hawai’i-born, New York City-based actor and collaborator. She has developed new work with Pipeline Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, New Georges, Capital Repertory Theatre, UglyRhino, Sticky and New York Madness among others. Most recently, she graduated from the Evening Conservatory at the Atlantic Acting School. www.erinhealanichung.com
Merga Bien, Hansel & Gretel (& Minna)
Cole is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Previous experience there includesAngels In America (Prior), Midnight and Moll Flanders (Preacher), Macbeth (Ross), A Christmas Carol: On the Air(Scrooge), The Government Inspector (Doctor), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), among others. He has worked at American Players Theatre as a Production Assistant.
Creepo / Marvin, The Literate Mermaid
Joseph Cordaro is a NY-based actor of stage, screen, and, now, podcast. He has performed at the Signature Theater, the Abingdon Theater, Theater for a New City, The Ivoryton Playhouse, and many others. He is proud to join this group of talented fellow artists in promoting literacy among young women.
Marie, Marie the Nutcracker Prince
K. Dawn-Dumas is thrilled to lend her voice to this episode of Girl Tales. She is a native of Detroit, MI, and received her BFA at Wayne State University. K. is currently based in NYC as a producer, writer, and actor. Recent performance credits include AFLIC (The Wild Project), The Decline and Fall (Jersey City Theatre Center), and Love Me Tender (The Wild Project).
Father, Hansel & Gretel (& Minna)
Hailing from Milwaukee, Samuel has been involved in theater for almost ten years and has worked for theater companies such as Skylight Music Theatre, Next-Act Theatre, as well as Theatre Gigante among others. He is currently holds resident artist positions with Theatre Gigante (WI) I Am My Own Wife, Metamorphosis, Tarzan (U.S. premiere), Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell (Midwest Premier) Three Crows Theatre (IL), Our Country’s Good, Trojan Women, These Shining Lives, and Open Door Theatre (VT), Proof. Upcoming productions include Macbeth, with Three Crows. He is currently a Senior at UW-Parkside where he is the audio engineer for the universities flagship ensemble: Parkside RANGE. You can find out more of Sam’s current projects at SFBaudio.com
Carol Claus, Mom, Dasher, Cupid, Rudy the Female Reindeer
Rose, Mrs. Thompson, Beauty and Bea
Tessa Flannery is an actress, improviser, photographer, and voiceover artist based in Brooklyn. She is thrilled to be working with the Girl Tales team! Tessa writes and performs feminist theatre in collaboration with Rebecca Cunningham as a Voyage Theater Company Artistic Associate. Favorite voice roles include Princess Diana in Diana: Tragedy or Treason (TLC). Tessa also can’t stop impersonating Katharine Hepburn. www.tessaflannery.com
Niko, The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses
Candy & Producer, A Real Boy
Jean Goto is a native New Yorker HAPA (half Japanese) who is passionate about yoga, fighting climate change, creating films and acting. Highlights include: The Blacklist, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blue Night (a Sarah Jessica Parker film), and Bruce!!! (winner of Best Director at ABFF). She is a proud founding member of the theater company The Anthropologists!
Elisa, Brian, Matthew, Chris Elisa and the Swans
Sophie is an actress and comedy writer. She’s recently performed in Bright Half Life (Erica) in Sun Valley, Idaho and is currently producing a web series about Customer Service she co-wrote and taking improv (!). Sophie holds an Acting BFA & Feminist Studies BA from UC Santa Barbara and is represented by Synergy Talent. SophieHassett.com
Yalda, The Mayor The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses
Lisa Hickman is a NYC based actor/singer/voiceover artist and author of Ordinary Magic. Thrilled to work on Girl Tales, some of her favorite credits include, Bathtub (The Tank), Hal Hartley’s Meanwhile and Orange is the New Black. MFA Acting: Brooklyn College. More at www.lisahickman.com
Rabbit, The Princess Musicians of Maple Street
Polina is a Kazakhstan-born actor and director. She is a graduate of Pace University BFA Acting program. In NY, Polina has performed extensively with the Grotowski-based theater group Dzieci, the immersive theater workshop PlayLab with Jeff Wirth, Concrete Timber co, and others. Polina is a co-founder of a Brooklyn-based collaborative performance ensemble, The How (www.thehow.nyc), dedicated to bringing diverse, international theater to adventurous NY audiences. www.polinaionina.com
Amina, Joss The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses
Bonita Jackson is a NYC based actor who is all about using this craft for shaking thangs up. Her calling is to help give voices to minorities and the underserved. To the dope Queens and unheard Kings. All for the betterment of humanity. Wanna know more: Bonitacjackson.weebly.com
Sunny Yellow, Queenie,Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Dorothy is a Brooklyn-based actor and puppeteer. Credits include: Made In China (Wakka Wakka, 59E59), The New York Spectacular… (Radio City Music Hall), The Pact (Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse), The Poofs (Kate Brehm, imnotlost), and Patriot (AmazonVideo). www.dorothy-james.com
Santa Claus, Dad, Donner, Drummer Boy, Rudy the Female Reindeer
The King, James, Peter, Mark, Elisa and the SwansRussell Jordan is a two-time Planet Connections Theatre Festivity outstanding actor award recipient. He has appeared on Billions, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and Dangerous Book for Boys. Recent NY Theater credits: Doric Wilson’s Street Theater (The Other Side of Silence), HARAM! IRAN! (Emerging Artists Theatre), A Touch of Cinema (The Wild Project). TwitterInstagramwww.russelljordan.com
Jenna Eve Kleinoden
Mother, Dortchen Wild, Hansel & Gretel (& Minna)
Jenna is a senior at UW-Parkside. Previous credits include TheBanderscott and Far Away (stage manager) and James and the GiantPeach (assistant stage manager). Her onstage credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Nellie) and The Cherry Orchard (Dunyasha), for which shereceived an Irene Ryan Nomination. She is a double Theatre and History Major and is working to be certified in Sustainability Management. Last year she was involved with Don Juan and One Man Two Guvnors.
Graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Laureen has performed for the stage in Chicago, has done commercials in Los Angeles, and has now launched her own web series in New York called #WhineWednesdaze.
Jessica, Beauty and BeaAlexandra has a BFA in Acting from Pace University. Recent tv/film credits: Evil Lives Here, Comedy Central, Teach with Reggie Watts. Recent NYC theater credits: Twelve Angry Women, Getting There (NY premier), As You Like It (Phoebe), Into The Woods (Witch). Much love to all the Girl Tales folks!
Kitty, The Princess Musicians of Maple Street
Gulshan is a South African Actor, Director and Activist. Her New York acting credits include Acquittal (Theatre Row), The Mecca Tales (The Sheen Center) and Unveiled, a solo play about 5 different Muslim women. Gulshan is currently the Assistant Director on Aasif Mandvi’s one man show, Sakina’s Restaurant. GulshanMia.com
Myra, The Literate MermaidCaitlin is currently appearing in Drunk Shakespeare. Other NY credits: Minor Character (The Public/UTR), William Shakespeare’s Mom (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Five-Sided Triangle (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Williamstown (workshop of Love’s Labour’s Lost with Alex Timbers, Valley of Fear directed by Lila Neugebauer), Sharon Playhouse, CATCO, Arrow Rock Lyceum, and Parrish Art Museum (Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos). Co-founder of Pitch Her Productions. Creator of award-winning web series Sublets. B.F.A: Otterbein University. www.thecaitlinmorris.com
Alba, The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses
Kristina Mueller is an actress based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Munich, Germany, she grew up listening to stories on cassette tapes about 3 boy detectives solving mysterious cases, so she is thrilled to be voicing a girl detective for Girl Tales! More info at k-mueller.com & BEtheseries.com.
Sol, The Literate Mermaid
Cyclops, Patriarch The Quest of the Reed Marsh Daughter
Ashton Muñiz is an actor, artist, and activist based in NYC. Recent New York credits include Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane), Shasta Geaux Pop(The Public’s—UTR), Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann’s / Pomegranate Arts), BitterSuite (BAM), On False Tears and Outsourcing (New Museum). Ashton has recently danced with various artists such as Rihanna-Dancehall Medley(MTV VMAs), Gypija Q(Jack Fuller) & Miles Francis. Training: Ithaca College, Moscow Arts Theatre School (MXAT/NTI), S&Co-Young Company. For More info check out @arshton on Instagram/Twitter.
Mother, The Quest of the Reed Marsh Daughter
Rama Orleans-Lindsay is thrilled to have partaken in the Reed Marsh episode of Girl Tales. Rama is an actress in NYC.
Bea, Beauty and Bea
Maria Ortiz-Marquez (Bea) is making her voiceover debut in Girl Tales. Her latest project was LORDES for Columbia University. A graduate from University of Maryland, Maria has worked for the Kennedy Center, University of Maryland, and the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem in North Carolina.
Birdie, The Princess Musicians of Maple Street
Amanda is a New York based actor and singer. Credits include The Inn at Lake Devine (Tongue in Cheek Theatre), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown), and The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz (Carnegie Hall). www.amandarodhe.com
Betty the Sea Witch, The Literate Mermaid
Elise Santora appears on Netflix series Iron Fist, Orange is the New Black, and co-stars in Shades of Blue. Broadway: In the Heights, The Capeman, and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She toured with such legends as David Bowie and as a veteran teaching artist, she is also a choreographer for MTC’s Stargate Company.
Gretel, Mina, Hansel & Gretel (& Minna)
This is Madeleine’s second theatrical venture, previously she was seen in UW-Parkside’s A Christmas Carol: On the Air as the daughter. Madeleine is also a medal-winning level 3 gymnast.
Dréya St. Clair
Daughter, The Quest of the Reed Marsh Daughter
Dréya St. Clair is an interdisciplinary, Jamaican-born, transgender actor, artist, writer, activist and nonprofit fundraising professional. She holds an Honors B.A. in Sexuality and Society from Brown University, an MA and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her visual art has been seen in museums, NYC galleries and in permanent exhibits and collections. St. Clair has performed on regional and off-Broadway stages, in film and video and is SAG-AFTRA eligible. She is based in New York, NY. Reach her on Twitter and Instagram @DreyaStClair
Sorceress, Hawk, Leena The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses
Sorceress, Richard, John, Elisa and the SwansClaire is an actress with over 20 years professional experience across theatre, TV and film. With a specialism in Shakespeare, she has performed across America, the UK and Europe. She is also an Intimacy and Fight Director, as well as a teacher of Shakespeare and stage combat and an acting coach.
C. Kelly Wright
C. Kelly Wright is an actress, singer, and dancer. She has performed in Off-Broadway musicals and plays in New York City and in television and film in the U.S. and internationally.