Artist Bios: WE READ BOOKS Round 1—Beowulf!

  • Calley Anderson

    Calley Anderson (writer, "Unfinished Business") is an up-and-coming playwright from Memphis, TN. Her ten-minute plays have received three festival productions (Emerald Theatre Company, TN 2016; Pride Theater at Chandler, VT 2017; Stable Cable Lab Co., NY 2017). Awards include: the Vereen Bell Memorial Award for Creative Writing in Playwriting (2014) and the Charles E. Lloyd Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2014). Anderson is a graduate of Davidson College, where she received her BA in English with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. She currently lives in New York City as an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at The New School – School of Drama.
  • Whitney Biancur

    Whitney Biancur (actor, "Pawn") is a classically trained, Brooklyn based stage & film actor. Credits include: Lola in Phoenix Rising (Off-Broadway at Theatre Row), Isabella in Measure for Measure (The Brick), Sad Americana by Julia Doolittle (Samuel French OOB Festival & The Tank), Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Gallery Players), Lady MacDuff in Macbeth (Madison Lyric Stage), & more. She is a series regular in the new comedy web series "Footprints in the Sand" & can be seen in Tiffany Trent's new indie film Consequences. whitneybiancur.com.
  • Michael Calciano

    Michael Calciano (actor, "Unfinished Business) is a New York based actor and writer. Recent acting credits include REEFER MADNESS (The PIT; Barwine Productions), RICHARD III (4th St. Theatre; Bridge Production Group), GREGOR (Access Theatre; InVersion Theatre), ANOTHER FACE IN THE CROWD (Dixon Place; Oh Force! Theatre Company) and upcoming Web-series SPACE AVAILABLE co-created by himself. BFA: UNC School of the Arts.
  • Shelley Farmer

    Shelley Farmer (writer, "Morning Came and the Light Broke") is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Brooklyn. She has performed at JACK, Dixon Place, HERE, and The Metropolitan Room, and her writing has appeared in Slate, RogerEbert.com, Paper Magazine, Indiewire, The Museum of the Moving Image's Reverse Shot, and FilmLinc Daily. She recently appeared in the film-theater hybrid piece You Can't Kiss a Movie, which she also co-wrote, at HERE Arts Center.
  • Ben Ferber

    Ben Ferber (writer, "Artifacts") is a playwright/director who focuses on the Internet and technology. His plays include: I'm Very Online, (semifinalist, Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award; Dramatists Guild/Friday Light Footlights Reading); Let's Play Play (The Brick/GamePlay; Horse Trade/Frigid); For the Lulz (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Portland Stage Company/Studio Rep; PowerOut); and Aliterary Reading, a sort-of-play about fanfiction (the Shed). He's also written work that's been presented by The Tank, UglyRhino, New York Madness, Portland Stage Company, Horse Trade, and BrainMelt Consortium. He's a founder of PowerOut. You can find out more about Ben and his work at benferber.com.
  • Blaze Ferrer

    Blaze Ferrer (actor, "Artifacts") is an interdisciplinary performer and maker whose work is situated between experimental theater and contemporary dance. Blaze has made work for AUNTS, chashama, HERE Arts Center, Movement Research Open Performance, Dixon Place, and other various DIY events. Blaze has performed for and helped generate pieces with The Drunkard’s Wife, Radiohole, Ilan Bachrach & Robert M. Johanson, minor theater, Sophie Weisskoff, The Pack Theater and Built For Collapse.
  • Robert A. K. Gonyo

    Robert A. K. Gonyo (director, "Asking Permission" is a theatre director, actor, podcaster, sound designer, voiceover artist, musician, and tour-guide residing in Queens. He is the producer of Go See a Show!, New York City's independent theatre podcast (goseeashowpodcast.com), as well as the producer of "Apparitions," a podcast of new radio horror plays. robertgonyo.com
  • Alex Hare

    Alex Hare (director, "Morning Came and the Light Broke") is a director/writer investigating what it means to be a citizen-artist. Recent: You Can’t Kiss a Movie (HERE Arts Center), a multimedia play inspired by the French New Wave; Chains Don’t Rattle Themselves, a song cycle about youth incarceration; and Walt Whitman BodyJolt (upcoming, Barn Arts Collective), a play/fitness class. Alex is the Associate Artistic Director of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a summer festival for early-career artists. Assistant credits: School of Rock (Broadway), Side Show (Broadway, Kennedy Center), The Yacoubian Building (in development). Alex studied American Studies at Columbia University. alexhare.nyc.
  • Teresa Langford

    As a lover of reading books, Teresa Langford (actor, "My Ugly Kid") is so excited to be a part of this wonderful night! After receiving her BFA from BU School of Theatre and studying at LAMDA, she came to New York to build a wonderful artistic community of passionate artists doing exciting new work! Past work includes Beardo (Pipeline Theatre), Chamber Music (St. John’s), and To Kill a Mockingbird at Gloucester Stage.
  • Kelsey Lurie

    Kelsey Lurie (actor, "My Ugly Kid") is a performer, director and theater artist. Her work has been seen at The Brick, Barton Booths Make Room Residency, Dixon Place, The Exponential Festival, Interrobang New Works Festival, Piggies Amusement Complex, The Tank, Theaterlab and Vital Joint. Graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at SUNY Purchase College with a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies ‘15. cargocollective.com/kelseylurie.
  • Sebastian Pray

    Seb Pray (director, "My Ugly Kid") is a director and theatre-maker based in Brookyn. Directing credits include JFK Was Killed by the Russians (Rat Queen Theatre Collective), GREEDPLAY (After School Special), Gravity of Me Gone (ANT Fest, Ars Nova), The Yellow Wallpaper (Purchase College, SUNY.) Assistant directing credits include Haruki Murakami’s SLEEP (Ripe Time/Yale Rep/BAM Next Wave Festival), Three Sisters and Machinal (Purchase College, SUNY). Performance (Cute Activist, Bushwick Starr) Sebastian was a resident artist in Barton Booth’s Make Room residency on Governor’s Island (Minor Kerouac created and directed by Gabriel Vasquez). BA, Theatre & Performance, Purchase College, SUNY.
  • Jeana Scotti

    Jeana Scotti (writer, "My Ugly Kid") is a native New Yorker who writes plays. Latest work includes: Marie (reading, Ensemble Studio Theatre), A Holy Kiss (staged reading, Rutgers University), Like Jelly (staged reading, Dixon Place), and Baby’s Breath (Dream Up Festival, Theater for a New City). She is an MFA Playwriting candidate at Rutgers Mason Gross. Thanks to InVersion for letting me write about everyday monsters.
  • Joe Serrano

    Joe Serrano (actor, "My Ugly Kid") is thrilled to be performing with WE READ BOOKS! In NYC he has appeared in Women Behind Bars, St. Patrick’s Day at The Times Square Arts Center; Phantom Luck, Dogmouth at Theatre for the New City. Tour: How I Became A Pirate with Omaha Theatre Company; Amelia Earheart with The Seem To Be Players. Regional: Doubt with Little Theatre of the Rockies; Fiddler On The Roof at The New Theatre Restaurant. Film: Now Boarding, Big Break, and Air. Joe holds a BA in Musical Theater from the UNCO and an AA in Theatre Performance from KCKCC. joeserranoactor.com.
  • Will Steinberger

    Will Steinberger (director, "Unfinished Business") is the proud Artistic Director of InVersion Theatre, which has produced seven full-length works since 2011. Recent InVersion productions include the premiere of Johnny Lloyd’s In the Woods We Return and Gregor, a (very) free adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” More at wsteinberger.com. And for more on InVersion, visit inversiontheatre.com!
  • Susanna Wolk

    Susanna Wolk (director, "Artifacts") is a New York based director whose work has been seen at 54 Below, Theatre Row, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Access Theatre, Dixon Place, Club OBERON, The Flea, 13th St. Repertory Theater, A.R.T.’s Loeb Mainstage, and more. She is currently the Associate Director of Lobby Hero on Broadway, and has assisted on the Broadway productions of Waitress (also 1st National Tour), Significant Other, and Finding Neverland (also A.R.T., 1st National Tour). She is a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow and has assistant directed productions at MCC, Second Stage, A.R.T., Williamstown, the Geffen, and more. Susanna graduated in 2014 from Harvard University where she studied English and Dramatic Arts. susannawolk.com.
  • Marielle Ramos Young

    Marielle Ramos Young (actor, "Morning Came and the Light Broke" and "My Ugly Kid") just performed at the Tank in Special Events’ What Makes Us Feel Good. Theatre includes: Twelfth Night (dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel), The Book of Will (dir. Davis McCallum), and understudying Kate Hamill's world premiere of Pride & Prejudice at the Hudson Vallley Shakespeare Festival; Love's Labour's Lost at The Acting Company (dir. Ian Belknap). TV: Blue Bloods, Major Crimes. Upcoming: Mary in Mary’s Wedding (dir. Colette Robert) in the Berkshires at Chester Theatre Company, developing Cc: FANNY! (dir. John Kurzynowski) with Theater Reconstruction Ensemble. Thanks to Jeana/Seb/Alex/Shelley! marielleyoung.org @101marielle.