NIKOMEH ANDERSON is super excited to be working with Kaiser’s room as she loves working with kids and celebrates diversity, neurodiversity and that spirit of safe space! She has a BFA in Theatre from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam, and Stonestreet Studios for Film and TV. Last year, she directed her debut of Titus Andronicus with Golden Nugget Theatrical while working with The Lark as a Development Apprentice. As an Ensemble Theatre Artist she wears many hats: actor, director, choreographer, artisitter, self-producer and teaching artist. See more at nikomeh.com.
Get to know Genevieve
GENEVIEVE BEDDINGFIELD is pursuing her dream of teaching young people with art. She has worked as a freelance theatre teaching artist in NYC public schools and as an Artisitter for Sitters Studio. Currently, Genevieve is a head teacher at Cassatt Studio, an arts-based curriculum preschool. Genevieve graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Education. She is trained in the Jacque Lecoq style of clowning, a movement based style that is all about play. She has experience working with children who have Downs Syndrome and autism. She worked with several Children’s Theaters: Nashville Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, and Lexington Children’s Theatre. With her passion for working in the arts with young people, Genevieve loves jumping into their imaginations to create a new worlds and tell stories.
Get to know Elizabeth
ELIZABETH DUNN is a New York based freelance performing artist. She attended Marymount Manhattan College and graduated with a B.F.A in Dance. Since her graduation she has performed in projects varying from immersive theater to film and concert dance work. Most recently she performed in the Fringe Festival here in New York and is in contract as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera for Spring 2017. She is absolutely thrilled to be joining the artists of Kaiser's Room in their mission of utilizing theater as a platform for connection and interaction with children on the spectrum.
Get to know Hunter
HUNTER JOHNSON is a New York based performer and director. NY Performing Credits include: Death of a Shoe Salesman (Cop 1), Electro Danse Stop Erryting (British Prime Minister), and [The Show] (The Man). Hunter is also currently curating and developing his clown, Unplanned Dennis Surprise. Other credits include: Small Town Story (The Barn, Assistant Director/Stage Manager), For Tonight (NYMF, Associate Director), Bacchae (Envelope Ensemble, Director), Him (Primary Stages, Production Assistant). He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in Theatre Performance concentrating in Directing and Speech Therapy. @hunterstreisand • www.hunteralanjohnson.com
Get to know Susaye
SUSAYE LAWSON is thrilled to be performing with the cast and crew of Treasure in NYC. She recently completed a national tour of Hair, playing a featured ensemble role and understudying Hud. Other theatre credits include: The Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Singer); Hairspray (Dynamite/Ensemble); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck); Jungalbook (Kaa/Grey). For the past several years, she has worked in New York City as an actress, singer, and teaching artist.
Get to know Alissa
ALISSA MANOCHERIAN SCHWARTZ is thrilled to be making her theatrical debut with Kaiser's Room! She has a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University and has experience working with kids of all ages. She is a stay-at-home mom of three and would like to thank her kids (and husband) for sharing her.
Get to know Arif
ARIF SILVERMAN graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in theater this past May. His film Bless Me, Apollo recently saw its premiere at Dixon Place in January. Other recent credits include: All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare on the Sound), Nolie Min Tangible (Dixon Place), Spirits to Enforce (Cleveland Public Theater), The Bacchae (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Taming of the Shrew (Pulse Ensemble Theater) & Heart to Heart (American Globe Theater).
Get to know Chris
CHRIS STECKEL is the Technical Director of Kaiser's Room and is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he majored in Stage Management and Lighting Design. AT MMC Chris worked on Betty's Summer Vacation (ASM), RAGS (ASM), The Arsonists (PSM), Triumph of Love (ALD), Columbinus (LD), and Footloose (LD). Chris also has had the opportunity to work with Second Stage; The Bad Guys, The Other Thing, King Liz (Lighting Crew), and Warrior Class (PA). Chris has had the opportunity to work with Hip to Hip Theatre Company on The Tempest/Love Labour's Lost (SM) and the York Theatre on Once Upon A Mattress (LD). As a resident artist of the cell, Chris has worked on such productions as McGoldrick's Thread (ASM), Hard Times: An American Musical (ASM), and An American Family Takes A Lover (PSM), The Biscuit Club (ASM/Asst. Production Designer). www.chrisdsteckel.com
Get to know Laura
LAURA VOLPACCHIO has been a dancer and creative her entire life. She grew up training extensively in dance and has danced and modeled professionally in NYC since coming to the big apple to attend NYU Gallatin in 2007. Credits include regional shows, national tours, Film/TV and commercial work. For more about that, visit www.lauravolpacchio.com. Laura is passionate about using dance & art to heal and realized she needed to work regularly with kids after spending a few weeks volunteering in Vietnam. She taught English, danced around in the dirt, sang songs, and made lots of little friends by communicating with hand gestures. Laura currently teaches dance to preschoolers at Hudson Guild and is an assistant teacher for KR Dance. She is proud to be a part of The Global Dance Initiative, a new non-profit aiming to support dancers who are using their art to heal.
Get to know Jason
JASON WILLIAMS is beyond excited to be joining the Kaiser's room company! He is a NY based actor and is a veteran of kids entertainment. He has performed in mutiple live musical versions of kid's cartoons including, Dora the Explorer Live! As "Boots the Monkey", Go Diego Go Live! as "Rescue Pack" and Madagascar Live! as "Skipper the Penguin." Currently, he teaches tumbling and fitness at a gym for kids called My Gym and also teaches cooking classes for kids with the company Kulinary Kids. Special thanks to Stephane Duret for telling me about the wonderful work done at Kaiser's Room!
Get to know Corbitt
CORBITT WILLIAMS is so proud to be a part of the incredible and inspiring Kaiser's Room. Corbitt originated the role of Dan in the first workshop of Treasure in NYC. A New York-based actor, singer, and early childhood music specialist, Corbitt received a degree in musical theatre from Boston Conservatory, performed in regional theaters, and toured internationally with Disney and Theaterworks before settling in New York. Since 2011, Corbitt has performed in musicals and cabarets and worked as an early childhood teacher in Soho and the Upper East Side. His alter ego, Mr. Corbitt, can be seen rocking out in concerts and music classes around the city. This performance is dedicated to my godson, Aubrey.