Directed by Gianna Cioffi
Sindy Castro: Ariel/Miranda
Amelia Huckel-Bauer: Prospero
Marisa LaRuffa: Caliban/Alonso
Lily Lipman: Ferdinand/Stephano/Sebastian
Nicole Orabona: William Shakespeare
J.F. Seary: Trinculo/Antonio
Jasmine Aurora Thomas: The Bard
Stage Managed by José Noel
Music by Jasmine Aurora Thomas
Videos edited by Emily Banks
Accessibility Consultation by Lily Lipman
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Bios and Identity Descriptions
Sindy Isabel Castro (Ariel/Miranda)
Sindy Isabel Castro is an actress, educator, and theatre artist. She is co-founder of Jugando N Play. She is a graduate of CUNY's MA in Applied Theatre. Sindy is a teaching artist with Arts Connection, New York City Children's Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and the People's Theatre Project in NYC. Sindy strives to use theatre as a tool for creating multilingual and multicultural spaces where young people are empowered to embrace their home languages and cultures. Recent credits: The Neighbors - Los Vecinos - Las Vecinas (Jugando N Play), Reprise (Adventure Stage/National Theatre of Scotland), La Canción en la Tormenta: The Coquí's Quest (Emit Theatre).
Identity Description: Sindy is a light-skinned Latina woman in her early 30s. She has long brown curly hair and brown eyes.
Amelia Huckel-Bauer (Prospero)
Amelia is a New York City based actor and teaching artist with a BFA in Acting from Tisch, NYU and a MA in Ed Theater from Steinhardt, NYU. Past Emit work includes Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Cap in Romeo and Juliet, Lysander/Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sebastian in The Tempest . She teaches acting at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Amelia is grateful to be back at work with Emit and sends thanks and love to the ensemble.
Identity Description: Amelia is a tall white woman in her 30’s. She has green eyes and her long blonde hair is pulled back in a ponytail.
Marisa LaRuffa (Caliban/ Alonso)
Marisa LaRuffa is a New York based actor/singer/dancer/Scorpio. She is a company member of Emit Theatre, where she played Olivia in the recent virtual Play Along production of What You Will (based on Twelfth Night). She is also a company member of This is Not a Theatre Company, where she has performed/devised in Readymade Cabaret 2.0, Cafe Play, Theater In The Dark, Play In Your Bathtub. NY work: Stand Up and Cheer... (The Paperbag Players, performer), Oasis Time Travel (Silver Dreams NYC, performer/devisor). Film/TV: Maya (Rebel Media), Road Comics (LOL Network). You can see her playing different gods/monsters with Camp Halfblood (Plato Learning LLC). Marisa also has an immense passion for teaching and animals/the planet, and hopes to cultivate some empathy for what’s left of our future. Education: BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway (Class of 2018).
Identity Description: Marisa is a woman in her 20s with olive skin, brown hair, brown eyes, and a gold nose ring.
Lily Lipman (Ferdinand/Stephano/Sebastian, Accessibility Consultant)
Lily Lipman is an NYC based actor, educator, and accessibility consultant. She was initially trained at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in acting. She's studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Experimental Theater Wing, and Stonestreet Studios. She enjoys working on stage and screen in everything from Shakespeare to new works. She is also the Director of Education at Kaiser's Room and the Access Coordinator at New York City Children's Theater. Emit is one of her favorite companies to work with and she's thrilled to join them again as Ferdinand, Stephano, and Sebastian in the Tempest.
Identity Description: Lily Lipman is a young white woman. She is five feet tall and has dark brown hair that's cut very short and brown eyes. In her headshot she wears a green shirt and smiles widely in front of a yellow background.
Nicole Orabona (William Shakespeare)
Nicole Orabona is a collaborative theatre-maker with a passion for interactive, immersive, and devised new works, and is pleased as punch to reprise the role of Billie Shakes for the 3rd time. In addition to receiving a BA from Boise State University, Nicole has trained with the SITI Company, Frantic Assembly, and The Interactive PlayLab. Nicole is a company member of Emit Theatre, as well as This is Not a Theatre Company and spit&vigor. Recent credits: Midsummer, Romeo & Juliet (Emit) Cafe Play, Theatre in the Dark, Play in Your Bathtub (TINATC), Luna Eclipse (spit&vigor), Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (Bated Breath, original devising member), meg jo beth amy & louisa (Tier5/Hollywood Fringe). nicoleorabona.com
Identity Description: Nicole Orabona is a light-skinned Puerto Rican American woman in her 30's. She has brown eyes and very short brown hair. During the performance, she will be wearing a black sweater with an Elizabethan ruff 'round the neck.
J.F. Seary (Trinculo/Antonio)
J.F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor who has toured nationally NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Grand Rapids, Atlanta and Orlando. She has also performed in San Juan, PR, London and Seoul. She has performed in King Lear, Is there Room in your Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vivisection, Soledad Speaks, Of Mothers and Men and HerStory. J.F. Seary is currently writing for the web-series The New York Effect and was recently cast in two plays: Is There Such a Thing as Love and Twelfth Night. She is humbled by and eternally grateful for the continued love and support.
Identity Description: J.F. Seary is a woman with brown skin and dark brown curly hair and she wears light blue glasses.
Jasmine Aurora Thomas (Original Music/The Bard)
Most recent credits include Esmeralda in Dancing Girl (SheNYC Festival, Prelude Festival) and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Match:Lit Productions). She graduated last year from Brown University. When she's not performing, she's either reading, practicing ASL, or crocheting.
Identity Description: Jasmine has brown skin, brown eyes, and curly black hair that’s pulled back in a ponytail.
Gianna Cioffi (Director) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Emit Theatre. She works in NYC as a director, actor, producer, and educator. Gianna is a NYS certified theatre teacher and holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York.
José Noel (Stage Manager)
José Noel (he/him/his) is a Director, Stage Manager and Set Designer. He recently got his B.A. in Theatre and FS: Africa,PR/Lat Studies at Hunter College. This is his third production working with Emit, and he’s very excited to be working again with them. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support. Thank you!
Emily Ann Banks (Video Editor)
Emily Ann Banks is a jack-of-all-trades theatre artist based in NYC. Credits include: Contagio(Us) (Editor), Cry, Don’t Sing (Writer/Star) and Bizzie Bee: Another Web Series (Writer/Producer). Emily is so honored to get to continuously work with Emit during this time!