“Fortunate Son: A Faust Myth” Cast Info

Leve Ross

Faust

Leve Ross is a 2016 graduate of University of Southern California’s MFA Acting program. He is honored to be apart of this production which will be recorded as his first Theatre production upon graduation. TV Credits include: Teen Wolf and Wisdom of the Crowd.

Alex Demers

Mephistopheles

Alex Demers is an actor and theater maker originally from the Boston area. He is cofounder of the New York City-based company, The Circle Theater of NY and founder and director of the Los Angeles-based performance ensemble, Things From Before. He is also a frequent performer and collaborator with The Speakeasy Society, creators of some of LA’s most exciting Immersive theater experiences.

Demers is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at CalArts and holds a BS from Skidmore College. He has studied and trained abroad, including time at the Moscow Art Theater School (Moscow, Russia) and under master theater practitioner Tadashi Suzuki and his Company (Toga-Mura, Japan.)

Many thanks and congratulations to Coin & Ghost and the CalArts Mafia.

Alex Demers is an actor and theater maker originally from the Boston area. He is cofounder of the New York City-based company, The Circle Theater of NY and founder and director of the Los Angeles-based performance ensemble, Things From Before. He is also a frequent performer and collaborator with The Speakeasy Society, creators of some of LA’s most exciting Immersive theater experiences.

Demers is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at CalArts and holds a BS from Skidmore College. He has studied and trained abroad, including time at the Moscow Art Theater School (Moscow, Russia) and under master theater practitioner Tadashi Suzuki and his Company (Toga-Mura, Japan.)

Many thanks and congratulations to Coin & Ghost and the CalArts Mafia.

Elisa Rosin

Gretchen / Margaret, Director of Music

Born in Seattle into a family of theatre gypsies, Elisa Rosin is an actor, vocalist, composer, and teaching artist. She is a founding member of Coin & Ghost, where she co-created and performed in OLYMPIA, Too Faust, and LEAVES. Elisa has also performed at RedCat, The Odyssey, Seattle Opera, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre, as well as with LA-favorite companies like Salty Shakespeare, Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, The Speakeasy Society, and Shakespeare Santa Monica. She composed part of the original score for NMA’s Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny, and produces/performs in burlesque shows under the stage name, “Cookie St. Cream.” Elisa studied vocal performance at California Institute of the Arts.

Dan Stevens

Valentine

Dan is overjoyed to be joining Coin and Ghost to help tell this beautiful story.

Dan moved to LA three years ago to begin his Master’s training in Acting from UCLA, training he completed this year.

Since leaving UCLA, Dan has been enjoying the haphazard life of a periodically working commercial performer, while also taking every opportunity to collaborate with companies like Coin and Ghost.

Later this year, Dan will be appearing on the LATC stage with his UCLA colleagues in the Southland Company’s ‘Queen of Califas’ for LATC’s Encuentro festival.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Dan worked with such companies as The American Shakespeare Festival, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Nebraska Theater Caravan, and Dollywood!

Love and gratitude to Jonathan and Amani Stevens for insisting I audition for the school play because “it might help you make friends.”

Dan is overjoyed to be joining Coin and Ghost to help tell this beautiful story.

Dan moved to LA three years ago to begin his Master’s training in Acting from UCLA, training he completed this year.

Since leaving UCLA, Dan has been enjoying the haphazard life of a periodically working commercial performer, while also taking every opportunity to collaborate with companies like Coin and Ghost.

Later this year, Dan will be appearing on the LATC stage with his UCLA colleagues in the Southland Company’s ‘Queen of Califas’ for LATC’s Encuentro festival.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Dan worked with such companies as The American Shakespeare Festival, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Nebraska Theater Caravan, and Dollywood!

Love and gratitude to Jonathan and Amani Stevens for insisting I audition for the school play because “it might help you make friends.”

Will Rothhaar*

God

Will Rothhaar is thrilled to be a part of the Coin & Ghost’s maiden voyage of Faust. Born in New York City to actor/directors Michael Rothhaar and Nancy Linehan Charles, he’s been acting since he was 4 years old and has accrued numerous television and film credits including all of the CSI’s, Castle, Grimm, Sony’s Battle: Los Angeles, and most notably portraying JFK Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy. He will be appearing as the Villain in the upcoming reboot of BENJI, set for release sometime in the spring.

Will is also an upcoming singer. Going by the name Willy Lamar, he released an album in September of 2016, and is currently on a mini Los Angeles tour until January. Show details are at WillyLamar.com and album is up on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon titled, “That Good Love EP.”

Special thanks to his lady Jess… You’re the Champion. 🙂

Alexander E. Garland*

The Witch

A multifaceted professional and visionary, Alexander’s works have been exploring what it is to be a well rounded performer and producer. Remembered most as Young Simba in the The Lion King, his other musical appearances include Aida, Parade and most American Idiot. Originating a handful of roles in world premiere’s, one of note, being “The Denver Project” by Universes Theater Company, a globally recognized, innovative and electrifying theater ensemble. He’s shared the stage and worked with artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Janet Jackson, and Neil Patrick Harris. Television Credits including FOX’s Mobbed, Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, ABC’s Modern Family, and last but not least producing and being a professional dancer for Flash Mob America. Alexander had the privilege of working with the one and only Prince, on one of his last music videos, “Breakfast Can Wait” as a model and producers asst. In March of 2017, he did his debut with Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble (NMA) in Paradise Lost, noted as the leading physical theater ensemble on the west coast. His most recent success consists of 2 multi-award winning short films “Shattered Pitch” and “22 Years”   we’re he’s credited as a producer for the first and producer, production designer and makes a cameo in the latter film along side Dawn Noel. He is newly the PR and Marketing director of B. Dunn Movement, A dance performance art collective under the supervision of founder, Brigette Dunn-Korpela.

A multifaceted professional and visionary, Alexander’s works have been exploring what it is to be a well rounded performer and producer. Remembered most as Young Simba in the The Lion King, his other musical appearances include Aida, Parade and most American Idiot. Originating a handful of roles in world premiere’s, one of note, being “The Denver Project” by Universes Theater Company, a globally recognized, innovative and electrifying theater ensemble. He’s shared the stage and worked with artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Janet Jackson, and Neil Patrick Harris. Television Credits including FOX’s Mobbed, Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, ABC’s Modern Family, and last but not least producing and being a professional dancer for Flash Mob America. Alexander had the privilege of working with the one and only Prince, on one of his last music videos, “Breakfast Can Wait” as a model and producers asst. In March of 2017, he did his debut with Not Man Apart Physical Theater Ensemble (NMA) in Paradise Lost, noted as the leading physical theater ensemble on the west coast. His most recent success consists of 2 multi-award winning short films “Shattered Pitch” and “22 Years”   we’re he’s credited as a producer for the first and producer, production designer and makes a cameo in the latter film along side Dawn Noel. He is newly the PR and Marketing director of B. Dunn Movement, A dance performance art collective under the supervision of founder, Brigette Dunn-Korpela.

Joseph Baca

Fate 1

Joseph Alfred Baca III is a theatre artist based here in LA. He spent the past few years training intensely in Massachusetts with Double Edge Theatre, in Japan with the Suzuki Company of Toga and the Imada Puppet Troupe, and in Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte. When writing original work and developing characters his aim is to prioritize the physical as opposed to the cerebral. He also loves making a fool of himself.

Ashley Angione

Fate 2

Ashley Angione, a scrappy blonde, is elated to be doing what she loves in a theater company made up of her talented friends.  Although she enjoys living the LA dream—auditioning for commercials, TV and Film—theater will always have her heart. Since graduating from California Institute of the Arts (BFA Acting ’15), Ashley has performed on stage with Colonials Shakespeare Company as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Celia (As You Like It) and Rosencrantz (Hamlet); and with Shakespeare Santa Monica as Lady Abbesse/Dr. Pinch (Comedy of Errors).

During her four glorious years of training at CalArts, Ashley’s favorite roles have been Paula Strasberg (Nobody Dies on a Friday), Cassius (Julius Caesar), and Marcia (The Misanthrope). Since graduating, Ms. Angione has taken classes within Los Angeles since moving to the “big city”. These include Killian’s Commercial Workshop, Groundlings (Basic, Intermediate), and classes at Annie Grindlay’s Studio: The Audition Experience. When Ashley isn’t acting her face off in plays she enjoys belly laughing, traveling the world, studying people and writing (in that order). One of her current works is a film about the men in her life. “One day it will be a feature,” she says. Her dream roles include King Richard III, Violet Weston (August: Osage County), and Medea.

Ashley Angione, a scrappy blonde, is elated to be doing what she loves in a theater company made up of her talented friends.  Although she enjoys living the LA dream—auditioning for commercials, TV and Film—theater will always have her heart. Since graduating from California Institute of the Arts (BFA Acting ’15), Ashley has performed on stage with Colonials Shakespeare Company as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Celia (As You Like It) and Rosencrantz (Hamlet); and with Shakespeare Santa Monica as Lady Abbesse/Dr. Pinch (Comedy of Errors).

During her four glorious years of training at CalArts, Ashley’s favorite roles have been Paula Strasberg (Nobody Dies on a Friday), Cassius (Julius Caesar), and Marcia (The Misanthrope). Since graduating, Ms. Angione has taken classes within Los Angeles since moving to the “big city”. These include Killian’s Commercial Workshop, Groundlings (Basic, Intermediate), and classes at Annie Grindlay’s Studio: The Audition Experience. When Ashley isn’t acting her face off in plays she enjoys belly laughing, traveling the world, studying people and writing (in that order). One of her current works is a film about the men in her life. “One day it will be a feature,” she says. Her dream roles include King Richard III, Violet Weston (August: Osage County), and Medea.

Devin Holliman

Fate 3

A proud graduate of the UCLA Department of Theatre, Film, and Television, Devin is an actor, dancer, and vocalist. Her regional credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Green Grow the Lilacs (Theatricum Botanicum), How to Succeed… (GCT), Nine (DOMA Theatre Co.); University: Spring Awakening, Guys and Dolls.

Devin also works as an instructor and administrator for youth performing arts organizations throughout Los Angeles. Her diverse educational résumé includes directing and choreographing primary school musicals, leading youth Shakespeare classes at regional theaters, and teaching ballroom dance to 5th graders in South Central. She is proud to work for programs dedicated to bettering the lives of young people through arts education.

Adam Lebowitz-Lockard

The Drifter

Adam Lebowitz-Lockard (The Drifter) has loved New Orleans and the blues since before he could talk, and he’s thrilled and grateful to be able to play with this wonderful team at Coin & Ghost. Los Angeles/Regional credits include: EST LA, Chance Theater, LATC, The Troubies, Thin Air Shakespeare in beautiful Jackson, WY, McCarter Theater, A.R.T., Montgomery Theater, PA, and WTF. NYC credits include: Whitney Museum, Primary Stages, The Flea Theater, Jimmy’s No. 43, The Brick, NY Fringe Festival, Soho Playhouse, Smith St. Stage, The PIT, and UCB. MFA: USC.

Adam Lebowitz-Lockard (The Drifter) has loved New Orleans and the blues since before he could talk, and he’s thrilled and grateful to be able to play with this wonderful team at Coin & Ghost. Los Angeles/Regional credits include: EST LA, Chance Theater, LATC, The Troubies, Thin Air Shakespeare in beautiful Jackson, WY, McCarter Theater, A.R.T., Montgomery Theater, PA, and WTF. NYC credits include: Whitney Museum, Primary Stages, The Flea Theater, Jimmy’s No. 43, The Brick, NY Fringe Festival, Soho Playhouse, Smith St. Stage, The PIT, and UCB. MFA: USC.

Cecilia Fairchild

Playwright, God Understudy

Cecilia Fairchild (playwright) is an L.A. native. This past June she premiered her play Talking Blues at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In 2015 while living in New Orleans, she was named a semifinalist for the New Millennium Award, for excerpts of her upcoming novel.

Fairchild was conceived on a moving train in a thunderstorm outside Marfa, Texas. She grew up with popsicle juice running down her chin in the hot, dusty, Coppertone-smeared San Fernando Valley. She fell in love with New Orleans at age sixteen.

She holds an MFA in Acting from USC

Zachary Reeve Davidson

Director

Zachary Reeve Davidson is an actor, director, writer, and teacher, known for his bold characterizations and dangerous, imaginative original works. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, with whom he creates preposterous things. Other favorite theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and What the Thunder Said (Rebel Mars Co.), Ajax in Iraq and Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny (Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble), Hamlet (Miles Memorial Playhouse), The Johnny Cycle (Speakeasy Society), Green Grow the Lilacs (Theatricum Botanicum), and two full repertory seasons with Shakespeare Santa Monica. Film credits include the Ron Perlman/Amazon series Hand of God, the mini-series I Don’t, and the short film Jeffrey, in which Zach played a young Jeffrey Dahmer. His first original digital work, Gramlet, was met with critical acclaim and large-scale bewilderment.

In his “spare time,” Zach is a company member with Not Man Apart, Salty Shakespeare, and Theatricum Botanicum. He is also a sought-after Arts Marketing expert, consulting and creating with non-profit organizations all over Los Angeles. Zach produced over 125 projects as a curator for the CalArts New Works Festival, was a Young Playwright’s National Finalist for his play Amsterdam; or Loving George, and served as Shakespeare Santa Monica’s youngest-ever Associate Artistic Director. He was born and raised in Denver, CO, and is a proud graduate of the CalArts BFA Acting program.

Zachary Reeve Davidson is an actor, director, writer, and teacher, known for his bold characterizations and dangerous, imaginative original works. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Coin & Ghost, with whom he creates preposterous things. Other favorite theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet and What the Thunder Said (Rebel Mars Co.), Ajax in Iraq and Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny (Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble), Hamlet (Miles Memorial Playhouse), The Johnny Cycle (Speakeasy Society), Green Grow the Lilacs (Theatricum Botanicum), and two full repertory seasons with Shakespeare Santa Monica. Film credits include the Ron Perlman/Amazon series Hand of God, the mini-series I Don’t, and the short film Jeffrey, in which Zach played a young Jeffrey Dahmer. His first original digital work, Gramlet, was met with critical acclaim and large-scale bewilderment.

In his “spare time,” Zach is a company member with Not Man Apart, Salty Shakespeare, and Theatricum Botanicum. He is also a sought-after Arts Marketing expert, consulting and creating with non-profit organizations all over Los Angeles. Zach produced over 125 projects as a curator for the CalArts New Works Festival, was a Young Playwright’s National Finalist for his play Amsterdam; or Loving George, and served as Shakespeare Santa Monica’s youngest-ever Associate Artistic Director. He was born and raised in Denver, CO, and is a proud graduate of the CalArts BFA Acting program.

Niki Armato*

Stage Manager

Niki Armato met the Coin & Ghost team while Stage Managing two critically-acclaimed productions from Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble (Ajax in Iraq and Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny). She recently PSMed Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment at the Geffen Playhouse. Niki has previously worked in theaters throughout Pittsburgh and NYC, spending two seasons with City Theatre Company and then with The York Theatre, where she stage managed a total of 15+ productions, including Anthony Rapp’s Without Youand the Off-Broadway Revival of Closer Than Ever with Jen Colella (Dir.Richard Maltby). Other favorites include: Buddy’s Tavern (Dir.Peter Flynn), The Lieutenant of Inishmore(Regional Premiere), The Gate’s Salome (US Premiere) and The House of Von Macrame at the Bushwick Starr.  Her love of the collaborative arts has also led her to moonlight as an AD and Editor.

Hannah Athena Lawton

Costume

Hannah Athena Lawton (Costume Designer) is a force of nature who designs costumes for fun, for sport, and for profit. She is a gentleman and a scholar. A graduate of CalArts with a BFA in Costume Design, she is best known for her work on American Career College commercials, music videos you’ve never seen, three movies that haven’t come out yet, and indie theater productions that usually involve gender-bending. Some of her work can been seen at www.athenalawton.com

Hannah Athena Lawton (Costume Designer) is a force of nature who designs costumes for fun, for sport, and for profit. She is a gentleman and a scholar. A graduate of CalArts with a BFA in Costume Design, she is best known for her work on American Career College commercials, music videos you’ve never seen, three movies that haven’t come out yet, and indie theater productions that usually involve gender-bending. Some of her work can been seen at www.athenalawton.com

Joey Guthman

Lighting Designer

Joey is a nationally recognized lighting designer, whose work has been seen up and down both coasts. Los Angeles: Many productions at Bootleg Theatre including the upcoming Solo Queens Festival, also Pasadena Playhouse, LA Dance Project, REDCAT, Rockwell Table and Stage, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Greenway Court Theatre, Not Man Apart Physical Theatre, Highways Performance Art Space,Theatre of NOTE, McCadden Place Theatre, Attic Theatre Collective, Inkwell Theatre, HFF Veteran. Elsewhere: Brown Box Theatre Project (Boston), Miami Light Project, Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), FringeNYC. Assistant or Associate at Kirk Douglas Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Lincoln Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Music Academy of the West, Theatre Group of Santa Barbara, USC School of Music, ArtsEmerson, Matrix Theatre. BFA: Emerson College. JoeyGuthmanDesign.com.

Kendall Johnson

Producer

Kendall grew up in Chicago, where he first fell in love with acting. He started out as a junior in college performing in small productions and that love grew as he attended USC Master’s of Fine Arts for Acting. Completing that program and doing a three play rotation repertory is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Since graduating from USC, he has worked with Black & Sexy TV on their webseries Sexless, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane, done two shows with the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and performed The Tempest at Off Square Theatre in Jackson, WY.

Kendall grew up in Chicago, where he first fell in love with acting. He started out as a junior in college performing in small productions and that love grew as he attended USC Master’s of Fine Arts for Acting. Completing that program and doing a three play rotation repertory is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Since graduating from USC, he has worked with Black & Sexy TV on their webseries Sexless, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane, done two shows with the Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, and performed The Tempest at Off Square Theatre in Jackson, WY.

*member of Actor’s Equity Association

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