Gabi Albu (set designer, RO) is a graduate of “Ion Mincu” Architecture Institute- Bucharest, Romania (2002), earned scholarships in Italy at Università degli Studi di Palermo – Facolta di Architettura (2000) and Cheltenham College - Art Department – Gloucestershire, U.K. (1996). Owner at Tom Fingerprint Studio Architecture Company developing residential, comercial and industrial projects, free lance set designer, member of Replika Center for Educational Theatre (RO) and producer at the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest. With PopUP: The Museum of Lies
Meggan Dodd (Actor) With PopUP: Broken City Wall Street. Having recently retired after 30 years working as a prosecutor with the Manhattan DA’s Office, Meggan has now turned her full attention to her first love, theatre. She is actively using her CUNY MA in Applied Theatre to create theatre for social change. She first worked with Tamilla at the Library of Performing Arts pop-up play evening, and promptly volunteered to come on board with PopUP Theatrics. She also creates theatre with the devised theatre folks at Honest Accomplice Theatre and with DreamStreet Theatre Company, whose participants are adults with developmental disabilities.
Andreea Duță (Choreographer) is based in Bucharest, Romania.
With PopUP: Long Distance Affair, Inside, The Museum of Lies.
She started as a ballet dancer, winning 4 national prizes in 1991 and 1993, for both classical and modern dance at the National Dance Contest. In 1994, she started choreography studies at the University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, and her career in contemporary dance. Being part of many theatrical projects, as a choreographer, she was involved in state theatre, which made her part of a team that won UNITER prize for Best Theatrical Play of 2006, but most of it, in independent theater, that never brought any prize but changed the perception about contemporary theatrical stage in Romania.
Since 2005, she is teaching choreography and composition at the University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest, and enjoying every moment of this journey of teaching young people to become....
Sita Johnson (Ensemble Member) With PopUp: Broken City: Harlem, Wall Street. Education: State University of New York, Purchase College BA. Recent Credits include: (The Turn Up Crew (WOW Café Theatre) The Human Trash Can (Tamilla Woodard) Seagull (Dir Diane Dowling) Woyzeck (Dir Alkis Papoutsis) Breath Boom (Dir Kate Powers).
Edna Lee Figueroa (Actor)
Theater, Film, TV and Voice Over New York based actress born in Puerto Rico. STAGE: More than 40 plays between Puerto Rico, Colombia, North Carolina and New York. Some credits in NYC: “Santa Bárbara is a Femme Fatale” (performance, co-production and co-direction); with PopUP Theatrics: Broken City: LES; with Teatro Círculo: “Los titingós de Juan Bobo” (ATI Award), “Láyel" (performance and co-direction; HOLA Awards nomination), "Carmen Loisaida" (HOLA & ACE Awards) & "The House of Bernarda Alba" (ATI Awards nomination); with Repertorio Español: "The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife" & "The House of Bernarda Alba"; Fringe NYC: "Julian and Romero”; with Boundless Theatre Company: "Forty-three" & "7Days/7Plays"; with The Internationalists: "Oh De Sea"; Andy Cofino, Fresh Fruit Festival: “Out in the Open". FILM: "Medardo" (ACE Film Award); "Maldeamores" (Benicio Del Toro, prod.), "Main Street" (John Doyle, dir.). NEW MEDIA: “Mad Dogs” (Amazon). SAG-AFTRA & HOLA member, Associate Artist of Boundless Theatre Company & Teatro Círculo, Repertorio Español company member. BA in Theater from the University of Puerto Rico and MA in Arts Administration from Turabo University in Puerto Rico. #ActingIsMyThing
Kanae Miyahara (actor) is from Japan, and recently graduated from SUNY Purchase College and where she received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance. She is thrilled to be part of PopUp Theatre company and take a journey with people from all over the world.
Calaine Schafer (actor) is a graduate of NYU Tisch (Stella Adler/RADA). Recent theater credits include: Ocean Planet: Crisis (The Gallery Players), Patronage(Random Access Theatre), Broken City Harlem (Pop-Up Theatrics], and A Long Distance Affair(Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She is the co-creator/producer/actress of the web series, Be Bettina and Elaine which is currently releasing Season 2. (Watch here: www.betheseries.com) Learn more about Calaine at www.calaineschafer.com
Rafael Silva (actor) is extremely excited to be joining the incredible team of PopUP! Rafael is rising senior at Pace University's School of Performing Arts, majoring in BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voiceovers and Commercial. In his sophomore year, Rafael had the honor of working side-by-side on José Rivera's Massacre: Sing To Your Children, with visionary director, Tamilla Woodard. Rafael would like to thank everyone in the company of BROKEN CITY for endowing every little bit of knowledge he's acquired through he process!"
Bilal Walker is an actor based in New York. Most recently, he portrayed roles such as George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun at The American Theater of Actors as multiple ensemble roles Othello at the Davenport Theater. Graduating from The City College of New York with a Bachelor’s in Theater, he played roles in a wide range of productions, with Jesus Hopped the “A” Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks being among them. He also received a certificate for attending an eight-week Shakespeare intensive course in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Violet Love Tafari (Stage Manager) - with PopUP Theatrics: Long Time, Broken City: Wall St
A New York based Stage Manager with a love for all creative beings. Theater credits include: De Novo (Houses on the Moon Co.) Help Save monkey ( NYCTF), Operation Transformation (Kingston, JA), Jamaica We Salute You (Kingston, JA);
Event Credits; Afrikin ( Miami; Rockers Movement) Miami Reggae Fest (Rockers) Wine Enthusiast Awards(Frost Prod.) One Love Nutrifest (Rockers). Her love for all art is never ending in the exploration of creating the frequencies that connects us all. We are one. #wearerockers
Carly J. Bauer (Associate Producer) With PopUP: Broken City : LES, Harlem, Wall Street. Actor and techie, Carly has performed at The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Living Theatre, The Robert Moss Theatre, and The Players’ Club; has stage managed at The Barrow Group Theatre, The Connelly Theatre, and the Theatres at the Times Square Arts Center. She has studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Institute of Audio Research. Carly is currently managing over 100 volunteers for 2015’s FringeNYC festival and will be interning at Telsey & Co. this upcoming Fall. Carly looks forward to the 2016- 2017 PopUp Theatrics season!
Nicole Cardoni (Actor) is a New York based actress hailing from Toronto, Canada. She received her early training at The University of Western Ontario in Film Criticism and is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. She has worked Off-Broadway and Internationally (Signature Theatre, The Public, HERE, Artscape), with recent theatre work in "Broken City" (PopUp Theatrics), "The Good Death" (Capital Fringe), "Three Women Mourn the Apocalypse" (Theatre Centre) and "On the Flip Side" (BrickaBrack). Favorite theatre roles include Sonny Montecalvo in "Sonny Under the Assumption," a new play written by esteemed playwright Edward Allan Baker, as well as Elenor in her off-Broadway debut of Slawomir Mrozek's dark comedy "Tango." Nicole is a proud ensemble member in BrickaBrack Theatre Company since 2015. Select TV/Film work includes: Being Erica (CBC/ABC), Happy Town (ABC), On the Case (Discovery), Yonder (Oday Rasheed), Valedictorian (Matt Yaegar) and The Attraction to Nipples (Bria Cole). Passionate about creating new work, Nicole is thrilled to be an ensemble member in PopUp Theatrics!
Ilya Gerasimenko (sax) had earned a degree in industrial design some time in the end of last century from a university that no one has ever heard of in a country, which doesn’t exist anymore. He is currently paying his bills by working as a graphic/web designer and front-end developer for an IT company in NYC. He has loved theatre since high-school (was a puppeteer for a while,) but became really involved in it during his daughter’s high-school days. His rise to a professional level should be accredited to Tamilla Woodard. Ilya is glad to be a part of this show again after a period of thespian abstinence. His former thespian achievements include (but not limited to): Valiant, We Got Issues (projection design), Here. This. Now., Youth Communication’s 25th anniversary: They Called Me Crack Baby… and Other Stories (scenic painting, graphic design), The Maids, JAZ, Broken City: Harlem (music, sax), and others. www.gerasimenko.com
Robin Johnson (Ensemble Member) With PopUP: Broken City: Harlem, The Window: 4 ALICE. Most recent credits include Comedy of Errors (Luciana) & Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade/Ursula) with Barefoot Shakespeare Company. Robin has performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, and the Robert Moss Theater. She earned her BFA at NYU Tisch and is a company member of Blue Muse Dance. Up next: performing a new play by Drew Hutcheson at Dixon Place. Robin also does a lot of film work check out her website for film clips & web series, and updates about premieres & screenings: robinjohnsonactress.net
Tjasa Ferme (Ensemble Member) First show with PopUP. Tjasa is a Slovenian National Film Award and Stane Sever classical stage award recipient. New York theater credits include the hit sex comedy Cocktales: Confessions of a Nymphomaniac (NYC and Art Basel Miami), Leaves of Grass (dir. Jeremy Bloom), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice, the cell), 400 Parts Per Million (dir. Peter Richards, Blessed Unrest) and more. She is also the creator of a short film Ophelia's Flip (Cannes Film Festival, 2012) and a new solo show directed by PopUp's director & co-founder Ana Margineanu Wild Child in the City, performed in New York & on European Tour. Her interview on Huffpost arts &culture & more can be found on her website tjasaferme.com
Cameron Mason (actor) is an actor/writer/comedian originally from Baltimore, MD. Cameron has worked with many festivals and theater institutions including NYC Fringe, Chicago Fringe Festival, The Fire This Time Festival, EnGarde Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, National Black Theatre, and Fundamental Theater Project. Memorable roles include Shakespeare's Measure for Measure @ The Drilling Company (Claudio), Crooked Parts @ BAX. (Stephen), Burnt @ Sundog Theatre (Morris), Rivers Wash Over Me (Opening Night, 2009 NEWFEST), MCEC: The 40-Year-Old Rapper. He is also a member of the AMERICAN CANDY sketch comedy troupe.
Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer and cultural worker. Screen credits include work with Disney, HBO, and lots of cool indie films. Stage credits include work with National Hispanic Cultural Center, Honest Accomplice Theater, Hybrid Theatre, Estrogenius, OmniRootz (Belize) and her original work with midNite’s cHiLd Productions in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Toronto, LA, and NYC. Her solo piece Scene/Unseen was awarded Outstanding One Act at the 2012 Planet Connections Festival. As a playwright, Riti’s work has been developed by the Women’s Project, Public Theater, PlayWrights Center, U of Hawai’i, Working Theater, MT Works, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.She is thrilled to be working with Pop Up!
Krystal Sobaskie (Actor) with PopUp: Broken City: Wall Street. Recent credits include: The Secret Garden (Rose), Urinetown (Conn. Rep. Theater), and Antony and Cleopatra (CRT: Uncommon Sense Series). She has performed with The Lark, Exquisite Corpse Company, and has collaborated on various workshops, and readings including: Dress of Fire with Austin Pendleton, Enslaved with Tamilla Woodard, and Sila with the Inkubator Residency. Krystal received a B.A. in vocal performance from UConn and continues training with Wynn Handman at his acting studio. Looking forward to further collaborating with this magnificent group of artists. krystal.sobaskie.com
Caitlin Zoz (Ensemble Member) With PopUp: Broken City: Harlem, Broken City: LES, Hotel Project. Caitlin is a New York based Actor. She graduated with Honors from NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing with a BFA in Acting. Other theatre credits: New York City Independent Theatre OneMinute Play Festival (Dir. Ana Margineanu), The Blind Trip (Dir. Ana Margineanu) I Don’t Want to Hurt Your Feelings (Dir. Emma Koenig), Dance Dance Revolution (Ohio Theater Dir. Alex Timbers). Regional: Our Town (Long Wharf Theatre), The Seven Year Itch (Ivoryton Playhouse) Riding The Turnpike, GDP (Hartbeat Ensemble). Recent Film: Roommate Wanted, Dark Haul, Straight Outta Tompkins, Bloody Mary. For more info on Caitlin check out her website www.caitlinzoz.com