Company Bios


Company Members

Jessie AustrianJESSIE AUSTRIAN
is one of Fiasco Theater’s co-artistic directors and founders. Broadway: The Importance of Being EarnestLend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s CymbelineThe Marriage of Bette and Boo. Regional favorites include Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre; Jane Eyre, Guthrie Theater; Is He Dead?, Pioneer Theatre; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Trinity Repertory Co; My Fair Lady, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Virginia Stage Company; and Cabaret & Main, Williamstown. Adjunct faculty at NYU’s Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program.

Noah Brody

NOAH BRODY
is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He is co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. He has co-directed and acted in Fiasco’s productions of CymbelineTwelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Into the Woods, and their upcoming Measure for Measure. He has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice and text through Fiasco and the Gallatin School summer Shakespeare intensive, and choreographs fights for money. He spends that money on singing lessons, horn lessons and cat food. Not for him. For the cats. Noah writes plays, including The Vexed Question, currently under development with Fiasco, he enjoys long, complicated novels and histories and being in physical peril. He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting

Paul CoffeyPAUL L. COFFEY
Off Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline TFANA/Barrow Street Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew, TFANA. Regional: Fiasco’s Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre; various shows with Trinity Repertory Co., Pig Iron Theatre Co., The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, The Theater at Monmouth, BoarsHead Theater, The Peterborough Players, Berkshire Theatre Festival. Training: M.F.A. from the Brown/Trinity Graduate Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow.

Andy GrotelueschenANDY GROTELUESCHEN
has appeared is Fiasco’s Cymbeline, TFANA/Barrow Street Theatre, Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre, and Twelfth Night. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac. Off Broadway: Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, TFANA; Henry V, The Acting Company. Regional: The Heart of Robin Hood, A.R.T.; Noises Off, Actors Theater of Louisville; Servant of Two Masters, Yale Rep/Shakespeare Theatre; Mrs. Smith Presents…, A.R.T.; The Moliere Impromptu, Moon for the Misbegotten, Trinity Rep; Ivanov, Lake Lucille Chekhov; Broad Stage; Guthrie; Arizona Theatre Company; Sundance Theatre Labs among others. Additional NYC: Balm in Gilead (with Michael Shannon), Monstrosity, 13P; The Scariest, The Exchange. Film: Still on the Road for PBS and American Gladiators. TV: Elementary. Andy is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep. MFA Brown/Trinity, Ecole Phillipe Gaulier. Apprentice to Chris Bayes, and he’s from Iowa.

Ben SteinfeldBEN STEINFELD
is an actor, director, teacher and musician. He is Co-artistic director and Head of Artistic Development for Fiasco Theater. Ben has co-directed and acted in Fiasco’s productions of CymbelineInto the Woods, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night. He co-directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  He has been seen on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway work includes: Barrow Street Theatre, TFANA, The Public Theater.  Regional acting credits include: McCarter Theatre, Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Westport Country Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and ten plays with Trinity Repertory Company. Ben’s television work includes “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.  He was recently featured opposite Christopher Plummer and Benjamin Walker in the HBO film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Ben is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has narrated several Young People’s concerts as an artist-in-residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ben is a graduate of Brown University (B.A.), and  the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program.

Young_Emily_781EMILY YOUNG
Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off- Broadway: Fiasco’s Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater, Cymbeline, TFANA/Barrow Street Theater; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet,Theater Breaking Through Barriers; ColoradoSPF ‘04. Regional: Into the Woods, Old Globe; King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Cherry Orchard, Trinity Rep; Emma, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: New York Stage and Film, Sundance Theater Lab; Film: God of Love, Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short 2011, Manhattan Melody (Telluride, Woodstock, Atlanta), Natives, SXSW. Training: MFA – Brown University/Trinity Rep; BA – Brown University.

 

Associate Artists

Kathryn Armour PhotoKATHRYN ARMOUR
(M.A. University of Chicago), studied voice in Florence, Italy for 5 years, and then returned to study voice and acting in New York City. She was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and Pavarotti Competitions and has extensive performing experience in all genres from opera to cabaret. She taught voice at New York University for 17 years (in the CAP21 Music Theater Studio.) She also has a studio in mid-town Manhattan, where she teaches voice (for classical and Broadway singers) together with the Alexander Technique. She holds intensive summer courses in Voice and Alexander Technique at Lake Como, in the Italian Alps, and in late August she runs a VoiceCamp in New Hampshire. (www.KathrynArmour.com) Kathryn Armour is a certified Alexander Technique teacher, and is a member of ATI. She has been a performer at the last 3 international Alexander Technique Congresses, in Oxford, England, and Lugano, Switzerland. This season she has presented workshops in Voice and Alexander Technique for the University of Wisconsin Medical School Voice Clinic; the Sinclair Alexander Technique Training School in Toronto, and the Freedom to Act Conference in New York City. In April 2013 she will be a visiting professor at Wheaton College (MA) Drama and Dance Dept. Kathryn Armour is delighted to be working with the members of Fiasco Theater to prepare for their upcoming production of Into the Woods for the McCarter Theater.

MichaelPerlmanMICHAEL PERLMAN
A New York based director and writer, Michael has directed at Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Creede Repertory Theater, Swine Palace, Boise Contemporary Theater and the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs as well as workshops with The Playwrights’ Center, The Magic Theater and Young Playwrights, Inc. Assistant Directing credits include the Public Theater, Roundabout Theater Company. Michael’s play, From White Plains, is the recipient of a 2013 GLAAD Media Award. In addition, Michael’s one-person show Flying on the Wing was presented at the New York Fringe Festival, where it was the winner of Outstanding Solo Show. Michael is an Artistic Associate with both Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre. Michael is proud to be a member of SDC, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and holds a BA and MFA from Brown University.

Resident Designers

Tim Cryan PhotoTIM CRYAN (Lighting Designer)
With Fiasco Theatre: CymbelineTwelfth Night and Into the Woods. Additional collaborations with Paul Bargetto The Magnificent Cuckold, Carborca Theatre Co Open Up HadrianLas minutas de Marti, & El medico y su honrra, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma Poetics-a ballet brut, Erwin Maas Welkom in het Bos, Isabel Milenski Woody Guthrie Dreams, Virgine Mecene Graham II, Deb Meunier Fusionworks Dance Co., Pedro Salazar, Dario Vaccaro Dance Company, & Jeramy Zimmerman Flicfest. Adjunct Faculty: Dance Department, Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), & Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Guest Artist: the Berkshire Fringe & Department of Theatre Dance and Film at Providence College. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. TimCryan.net

WhitneyLocherWHITNEY LOCHER (Costume Designer)
Recent Off-Broadway credits include Henry IV Part 1, Pearl Theatre Company; Nymph Errant, Prospect Theatre Company, Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline, TFANA/Barrow Street; Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis, At Play Productions. Other credits: Venus in Fur, Cleveland Playhouse; Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre; Standard Time, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre; And Miles to Go, The Bereaved, After., A Bright New Boise, Partial Comfort, NYC; Jubilee, The Merry Widow, Silk Stockings, The Fortune Teller (Ohio Light Opera). Companies include: The Kansas City Rep. (MO), Pig Iron (PA), Hanger Theatre (NY), Northern Stage (VT), The Flea (NYC), The Drama League (NYC), Sierra Rep. (CA). Associate Costume Designer for The 66th Annual Tony Awards. Resident Costume Designer for Fiasco Theater, Partial Comfort Productions, member of United Scenic Artists. WhitneyLocher.com

Founders

Jessie Austrian
Noah Brody
Megan Ketch
Ben Steinfeld