Lisa K. Blythe has had a blast stage managing The Tournament. Recent Stage Management credits include The Tragical Mirth of Marriage and Love for Pallas Theatre Collective, Madame for FourPence Theatre, The Teachers Lounge and Busted Jesus Comix for The Washington Rogues, In on It for Theatre Alliance and Mistakes, INC, for VSA Arts at The Kennedy Center. Assistant stage management credits include Les Justes for WSC Avant Bard, Fat Pig, Hilda, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants all at The Studio Theatre. Love and stars to Hillary White for being my inspiration in courage.
Ashley Byrd can fly! See!?
Lex Davis recently performed in Live Action Theatre's The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy, as Troy. He has also performed with Pointless Theatre, Impressionable Players, and Infinite Stage. He recently directed Imagination Meltdown Adventure for Pointless Theatre and has also directed and fight directed for Impressionable Players, Flying V, American Ensemble Theater, as well as others. Lex is Technical Director and a founding company member of Pointless Theatre, who received the 2014 John Aniello Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company Award.
Kyle Encinas is an playwright, advanced actor-combatant, and actor who cut his teeth in the DC theatre scene but now currently resides in Chicago, IL. He, along with Chris Niebling and Amie Root, founded Live Action Theatre. His deranged mind bore the strange child that was Live Action Theatre's last production,The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy. He has acted and choreographed fights for Flying V Theatre, Studio Second Stage, Imagination Stage and the Source Festival.
James Finley is excited to debut with Live Action Theatre in THE TOURNAMENT. He is a company member with WSC Avant Bard, and has also worked with Keegan Theatre, The American Century Theatre, Scena Theatre and Ganymede Arts Theatre, among others. Thanks to Kyle, Chris and Lex for including me in this crazy adventure, and especially love to Kari for always being there.
Jake Guinn is ridiculously excited to be joining Live Action Theatre for this summer adventure! He joins the DC community having spent the last 9 months in servitude as an Acting Intern at Florida Repertory Theatre where he would fight alligators and old people in the great pursuit of artistic awesomeness. Fighting tooth and nail to escape the paradise vortex that is Florida, Jake couldn't be happier throwing down with the cast and crew of The Tournament.
Robb Hunter is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, AEA and SAG/AFTRA and is one of only thirty Fight Directors in the world certified by the Society of American Fight Directors for whom he is also a certified teacher. Mr. Hunter’s work has been seen in venues all around the DC area including The Shakespeare Theatre (Measure for Measure, Winter’s Tale, The Alchemist, Hamlet at CB and As You Like It coming in the fall of 2014), the Kennedy Center (Moby Dick, Don Giovanni and Hamlet), Arena Stage (Ruined, Frankie and Johnny, Stick Fly, The Heidi Chronicles, et. al), The Studio Theatre (Red Speedo which received a 2013 Helen Hayes nomination for outstanding choreography, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Invisible Man, Superior Donuts, American Buffalo, Reasons to be Pretty and The Walworth Farce which also received a 2011 Helen Hayes nomination), Olney Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Rep Stage, and The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. He is currently Choreographer in Residence at American University where he teaches stage combat, acting, movement and theatre history. Mr. Hunter also teaches privately and for programs all over the region such as the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Training Program, The Shakespeare Theatre and Studio Theatre’s acting conservatory, to name a few. As the founder and CEO of the theatrical weapons company Preferred Arms, Robb literally faces each day, “sword in hand.” Thanks LAT for making this show possible and for bringing the action to Fringe!
Craig Lawrence is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and a lifelong fan of martial arts epics! He's thrilled to be brought in on this production to help fuel that fire for others. Craig was seen last year in the title role of LAT's The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy as our titular hero. This year he's happy to turn the tables and see what it's like on the other side.
Stowe Nelson is a sound designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Recent designs include: Artist Descending a Staircase (Harbor Stage); Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater Co.); Buyer & Cellar (Barrow Street Theatre, National Tour); 16 Words or Less (Clubbed Thumb); Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva); Crimes of the Heart (Everyman); A Civil War Christmas (Center Stage); Cafe Variations (SITI Company). As a company member of the Mad Ones, he has designed sound for The Tremendous Tremendous, The Essential Straight & Narrow and Samuel & Alasdair (NY IT Award, Drama Desk Nom). More info: www.wingspace.com/stowe
Maria O'Connor is thrilled to light her first Live Action show. She's appreciated working with such a talented, fun group of people. She's also light designed for Fringe, Joy of Motion, Forum Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, and Northwestern University. She also directs at Somerset Elementary and Blessed Sacrament School and ADs at ArtStream, teaches at Imagination Stage, and acts - see her be a super angry lady and a monkey the first week of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival. Thanks to Kenny, her family and friends for their constant support.
Kelsey Painter is supremely excited to be working with Live Action Theatre for the first time. Some recent area credits include Jack and the Beanstalk (Daisy) with Pumpkin Theatre, Mr. Marmalade (Lucy) with Stillpointe Theatre Initiative, Grieving for Genevieve (Angel) with Venus Theatre, and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse (Lily) with Pumpkin Theatre. She has trained locally in stage combat with such wonderful teachers as Lewis Shaw, Jenny Male, Robb Hunter, and Casey Kaleba. Kelsey holds a Bachelor's in Theatre Arts from Towson University. Upcoming: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peaseblossom/First Fairy) with Chesapeake Shakespeare.
Peter Pereyra is a Synetic Theater Company Member, where he has performed in The Three Musketeers, Jekyll & Hyde, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear (2012 Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Ensemble), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mexico & Massachusetts Tour), King Arthur, Othello (2011 Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Ensemble), Host and Guest (New York Tour), Antony and Cleopatra. Other regional credits include: GALA Hispanic Theatre: Living Out, Lucid. MadCap Players: A Midnight Clear; The Studio 2ndStage: Fucking A; Teatro de la Luna: I Want Them Both, Frida Kahlo the Passion, and others; Washington Shakespeare Company: The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Waiting for Godot. Peter was one of the founding members of the Fingers & Thumbs Theatre Group in his native Paraguay, playing leading roles in both Spanish and English. He holds a Performing Arts Diploma from Trinity College, International Division and has also been featured in a number of videos/films, TV commercials and voice-overs.
Kristen Pilgrim is an actor combatant with the SAFD. She is a local director, actor, fight choreographer, and camel jockey. She also teaches children to hit each other.
Keanu Ross-Cabrera is a rising junior at Columbia University studying Theater, Military History, and Russian Language and Culture. Keanu is happy (and excited [and thrilled!]) to be a part of his first Fringe show and the opportunity to work with so many wonderful and talented people. After closing night he'd like the cast/crew-peoples to know that he'll be very sad to no longer see them every day, although it will be nice to finally allow his adrenaline glands a chance to relax and take a break from the whips and punches and what not.
Matt Strote is a DC area actor, teacher, and dramaturg. He has performed and taught at / with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, The Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Faction of Fools, Red Knight Productions, Field Trip Theatre, and The Impressionable Players.
Christian Sullivan is an actor/carpenter/fighty guy who has been kicking it in the DMV area since 1984. Having worked for almost every major theatre in the area, Christian is honored to once again be rocking Fringe with his LAT family. He will next be seen building things, then destroying all he creates. Acting-wise, he can be seen this fall in Hedda Gabler at Quotidian Theatre playing Lovborg, the sex-robot.
David Van Tassell hails from Wheaton, Maryland. He received his B.F.A in Cinema in 2011 where alongside his four years of focus on Screenwriting and Production, he pursued training in a variety of martial arts from Kali to SRT/CQB Marksmanship. Combining his passion for film and combat David's been doing fight coordination since 2007, directed his first martial arts short “The Legacy of Dog” in 2011, wrapped stunt coordination for the web series “Shotgun Mythos” this past spring, and is currently in the middle of producing the Dark Action Comedy “Bad Dogs”.
Pam Weiner is the Assistant Prop Master at Signature Theatre. She uses her powers for good. Most of the time.