Meet Lauren, Magdalyn, Maxon, Rahaleh, Gillian, Megan and Teddy
Lauren Coppola is an actress and teacher based in New York. Her acting credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Truffle Theatre Company), Lydia in Charles Mee’s Big Love (The Wild Project), and Olga in The Three Sisters (The Wild Project). Other highlights include Moliere’s The Learned Ladies at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Speaking Our Minds at the Yale Drama School’s Carlotta Festival, and Nina in The Seagull. Lauren received her B.A. from Yale University and has studied theatre at The Oxford School of Drama, Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA), Interlochen Arts Center, and The Actors Center Conservatory. She has been teaching in New York for five years, and has extensive experience working with children of all ages and abilities, including students with learning and attention issues. She is also a Feldenkrais teaching assistant and a private tutor.
Magdalyn Donnelly is an actress and teacher based in Brooklyn. She has taught acting and improvisation classes through the education department of several theatre companies in the US, including at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Solon Center for the Arts, Arlene Cassandra Dance and Theatre Company, and Opera for Everyone in Philadelphia. As a performer she has played Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and Desdemona in Othello and appeared in productions of An Ideal Husband, Taming of the Shrew, Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and The Three Musketeers. Magdalyn holds an MFA in Classical Acting and is an expert puppeteer.
Maxon Davis’ professional acting credits include major regional and New York City theaters, feature and independent films, television, web-series, and national commercials. He has taught acting, Shakespeare, improv, clown, games, combat, and/or audition technique for students ranging from Pre-K to Post-Grad. His students have been accepted into leading national conservatories, and have booked work with professional theaters, films, television programs, and commercials. He is a teaching artist with Classic Stage Company and The 52nd Street Project, and a proud member of both Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theater/George Washington University, and a BA from U.C. Berkeley, and he has studied with master teachers at the American Conservatory Theater, The Actors Center, and NYU Graduate Acting.
Rahaleh Nassri is the Brooklyn-based founder and director of stage/play. She is a teacher, actress, director and writer and has worked on over 30 stage productions and many film, tv, and commercial projects. On stage she's played leading women Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream, Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter and most recently Anna Christie in Anna Christie. She's also played men Romeo and Mark Antony in all-female productions of Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. Rahaleh holds an MFA in Classical Acting and has taught students young and old and was previously faculty at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Gillian Wiggin is a teaching artist and actress whose philosophy as a teacher is based on exploration and helping young students find their own unique voice. She is a teaching artist at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and their Summer Camp program. As an actress she has toured with the Husdon Valley Shakespeare Company and the Aquila Theatre Company. In New York she has performed at La Mama, Baryshnikov Arts Center and NYU. Gillian has a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has additional training in Meisner technique and choreography training from the Experimental Theatre Wing. She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Megan Gaffney is an actress and teaching artist who lives in Williamsburg. She has taught acting in a variety of settings and for variety of young students including at Oasis Children’s Services, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Actors Shakespeare Company, Theater Arts Center, Elm Shakespeare Company, Yale University/Open End Theatre Company, City College CUNY, and West Point Military Academy. As an actress she has performed on stage at Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, and many others, as well as on screen in several film and television projects. She holds an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University and a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally she has trained at Esper Studio in their two-year conservatory program.
Teddy Alvaro is an actor and lead teaching artist at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where his is also Camp Director for their summer program. He also teaches at Opening Act in New York city. He is highly skilled at organizing activities for the kids and leading theatre exercises and improv games. As an actor Teddy has performed in The Rose Tattoo at Circle in the Square and in Catch 22 and The Elephant Man off Broadway. He has toured with the Aquila Theatre Company and the Lake George Theater Lab and done film and television work, including Law and Order. He has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with additional training from the Experimental Theatre Wing and the Meisner Extension.