Artistic Collective

Artistic Collective

Pallas Theatre Collective stands in the gap for artistic individuals with a unique perspective, by mentoring early- and mid-career artists who seek to cultivate their artistic potential. We provide them with access to artists and creators from around the country, and Collective members play a major role in the selection and development of new works.

ZACH BREWSTER-GEISZ
Zach Brewster-Geisz 5-2012 StandardZach Brewster-Geisz has been active in the Washington, DC theatre community, onstage and off, for over twenty years. He first came to Pallas as an actor in She Stoops to Conquer, and has also performed in code name: CYNTHIA and Lost in Wonderland. He’s also recently appeared at such theatres as WSC Avant Bard, Unexpected Stage Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and NextStop Theatre Company. His award-winning short films have screened at multiple film festivals around the country, as well as the occasional cable channel. In addition to being a working actor, he is also on the faculty of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Washington’s only accredited professional actor training studio.
CHRISTINE CALLSEN
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Christine Callsen is thrilled to join the Collective! Recent local credits include Taming of the Shrew (Kate u/s -performed) and Queen of Hearts in Lost in Wonderland with Pallas Theatre Collective, Domestic Animals (Lori) at the Capital Fringe Festival, Swing Time (Betty) at the U.S. Navy Memorial, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) with St. Marks Players. She also appeared in a staged reading of Perfect Arrangement with The Wild Root Company in NYC, and in the Netflix original series House of Cards. She has worked with numerous theatre companies in the Midwest, where she served as the Artistic Director for Isadoora Theatre Company and a company member at Four Seasons Theatre Company, where her acting credits included Chicago (Roxie), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby), The Sound of Music (Maria), and Side by Side by Sondheim.  Her directing credits include  Sweeney ToddAssassins, and The King and I.  Christine holds a B.A. in Acting and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin.
JUSTIN CALHOUN
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AMY CONLEY
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Amy made her first appearance with Pallas in the staged reading of code name: CYNTHIA and then in Fall of the House of Usher. She then served as music director for the full production of code name: CYNTHIA and Lost in Wonderland. Amy has also been seen on the stages of Signature Theater (Company – Joanne and Susan u/s – performed both, Threepenny Opera – Mrs. Peachum u/s, and Beaches – Leona u/s – performed), The American Century Theatre (One Touch of Venus), and Little Theatre of Alexandria (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cabaret (WATCH nomination), The Full Monty), among others. Music direction credits include: Creative Cauldron – Marry Me a Little and Thunder Knocking on the Door; The Keegan Theatre – Man of La Mancha; Foundry Players – Company (WATCH nomination); St. Mark’s Players – Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Secret Garden. Amy is also frequently seen on cabaret stages throughout the area.
DAVID DUBOV
039_David Dubov, color, webDAVID DUBOV, BA Drama, Bennington College, is a seasoned performer with more than 30 years of stage experience. His first role was a solo bit of singing as Count Cascada in The Merry Widow at his all-boys school in Bedford, England and he swore that he would never do that again. But, one thing led to another, and he has now been in more productions than he can count. Highlights include some of the Shakespeare canon (including Lysander and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jacques from As you Like It and even Lady Macbeth in Farndale…Macbeth [a spoof of the Scottish play]), Nicky Giblin in The Seafarer by Conor MacPherson and Andrei Prozorov in Afterplay by Brian Friel. He last appeared with Pallas in various roles in The Tragical Mirth of Marriage and Love, 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. He is now especially excited to be working with this wonderful, vibrant company!
ERIN GRANFIELD
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Erin Granfield was introduced to the magical Pallas Theatre Collective when she stopped in for tea as the March Hare in Lost In Wonderland and is thrilled to have been invited to the party long term. She has appeared on stages across the country. Favorite credits include the first national tour of the Stroman-helmed Broadway revival of The Music Man (Marian Paroo u/s/ performed), The Secret Garden (Martha), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Brigadoon (Fiona), and Into the Woods (Witch & Baker’s Wife). A New Yorker for over eight years, Erin produced and performed her own one-woman cabaret shows and has sung in clubs and cabaret rooms throughout Manhattan (Laurie Beechman, Metropolitan Room, Birdland, Iridium, among others). A National YoungArts Foundation award winner and a Presidential Scholar of the Arts semi-finalist, Erin grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Opera and a certificate from Northwestern’s Music Theater Program. She’s ever grateful to her family and friends for their steadfast support. www.eringranfield.com
WILL HAWKINS
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Will Hawkins is thrilled to be a part of the Pallas Theatre Collective after appearing as Stephen Undershaft in Major Barbara, John Noyes in a reading of Oneida, and in the Ensemble of Code Name: Cynthia. Originally from Alexandria, Va, Will spent four years at UNC-Chapel HIll earning degrees in Music and Dramatic Art, fled to Cape Cod for a summer to perform with the College Light Opera Company, and finally landed in the DC Area again! He has had the pleasure of playing such roles as Reverend Bullworthy in Truth: the Musical, Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business…, Bertie Bassett in Lady, Be Good, Hunter in [title of show], Rod in Avenue Q, and Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore. I’d like to give a tremendous thanks to my parents. I could not do this without their unending support!
JON JON JOHNSON
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Jon Jon Johnson is a DC Based Actor, Writer, Poet, Musician, Composer, Fortune Teller, Art Addict, etc. He has worked with many of the DC Area’s fine theatre companies, including 1st Stage, Forum Theatre, Flying V, Pinky Swear Productions, Doorway Arts Ensemble, WSC Avant-Bard, Spooky Action, and many more. He co-founded Avalanche Theatre Company, a fringe-based company, and is also a family member with LiveArtDC. He fancies himself a mystery, but will happily answer questions asked of him. He has aspirations to be a novelist and a playwright, as well as a general artistic jack-of-all trades.
KAREN LANGE
11707493_994955957204539_6966333643497311844_nKaren is a proud DC actor, singer, improviser, and producer. She is Artistic Director of Pinky Swear Productions, an award-winning woman-focused theatre company in DC.Selected acting credits: Henry IV Part 1 & 2 (Brave Spirits Theater’s re-gendered repertory, role of Falstaff); Happy Days (Flashpoint Theater Lab); code name: CYNTHIA (Pallas Theatre Collective); The Carolina Layaway Grail and Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy (The Welders); Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival); Cabaret XXXmas, Cabaret XXX: Everybody F*cking Dies, Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are?, Bleed, Cabaret XXX: Love the One You’re With, Killing Women, Carol’s Christmas, Cabaret XXX: Les Femmes Fatales, Be Here Now, and Freakshow (Pinky Swear Productions, where she is also Artistic Director), A Killing Game (dog & pony dc); Romeo and Juliet (Red Eye Gravy Theater Company); A Bright Room Called Day (Nu Sass Productions). Additionally, she has been with Washington Improv Theater’s iMusical: The Improvised Musical for ten years and Vox Pop, a three person musical improv troupe which has been darling of festivals across the country.Karen is thrilled to join Pallas Theatre Collective and be a part of another group that includes powerhouse women!
KATHLEEN MASON
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Kathleen is a DC area native, and holds a B.A. in Theatre from George Mason University. She joined Pallas Theatre Collective after playing Duke Solinus in The Comedy of Mirrors, Stephano in The Tempest, and a scullery maid in She Stoops to Conquer. Favorite past roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cathy in The Last Five Years, and Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon: A Musical. She is also a company member with Now This! Improv. Kathleen also has experience working in film and television. In 2011 she starred in the feature-length film The Long-Term Side Effect with LIV Creations, LLC. She then appeared in the pilot episode of the DC-based sitcom H Street, and as victim Nikki Ansley on House of Horrors: Kidnapped with Investigation Discovery. In addition to performing, Kathleen also enjoys teaching, and works as a Lead Teaching Artist with Acting For Young People, Inc. With AFYP she has taught Voice and Speech, Shakespeare, Improv, and Film. She is very excited to finally join the Collective!

IAN BLACKWELL RODGERS
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Ian Blackwell Rogers most recently played the Duke, Panthino, and the Host in The Two Gentlemen of Verona with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Also with BSF, he has played Macbeth in Macbeth, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Touchstone in As You Like It, and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. In Washington, he played Stanley, Tyrrel, and the Lord Mayor of London in Richard III, and Launce, the Duke, and Antonio in The Two Gentlemen of Verona with Brave Spirits Theatre. He played Bertie Wooster in What Ho, Jeeves!, and Tom Jones in Tom Jones at Lumina Studio Theatre. He played many characters–Athos, Cardinal Richelieu, the Duke of Buckingham–in a speedy four-actor adaptation of The Three Musketeers written and produced by Bette Cassatt. With Scena Theatre, Ian has played Robert in Public Enemy, the Orator and the Old Man’s understudy in The Chairs, the Prefect in The Plague, and Otakar, Parasite, and an Ant in The Insect Play, along with lots of readings. He also does 19th-century plays in 19th-century style (footlights!) with New Old Theatre.

RUSSELL SILBER
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Russell Silber has appeared in Pallas Theatre Collective’s production of The Fall of the House of Usher (Elistan Usher) and the TableRead performance of code name: CYNTHIA. LOCAL: Rick/Lorraine/Pan in Bat Boy (1st Stage); Sonny Malone in Xanadu (Reston Players); Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Topper in A Christmas Carol (Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre); CPT. Christopher Robinson in Saving Private Poo (Landless Theatre); Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (Little Theatre of Alexandria); Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (McLean Community Players); Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Franz in Sunday in the Park with George (Kensington Arts Theatre); Bobby in A Chorus Line (The Arlington Players); Dido and Aeneas, La Clemenza di Tito (The In Series). EDUCATION: BA James Madison University. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me, taught me, and showed me support along the way. Always love and thanks to the parentals.

ANNETTE MOONEY WASNO
Annette.WasnoAfter graduating from Loyola, Baltimore (BA’83/MBA’84) Annette worked locally on stage and TV for a decade.  She spent the next 20 years raising kids, running a tax prep business, advocating for children in foster care and volunteering, but doing very little acting. Since mid-2013 she has made up for lost time appearing in musicals, Shakespearean rep, dramas, children’s theatre, staged readings, training films, background film roles, and an episode of Evil Twins.  She has worked with Molotov Theatre Group, Brave Spirits Theatre, Red Branch Theatre, The Puppet Co., GALA Hispanic Theatre and The Theatre Lab. Annette’s affiliation with Pallas began with her portrayal of Britomart Undershaft in Major Barbara. She is excited to be able to offer both business and artistic experience to support this dynamic and talented collective.  For more information visit www.annettewasno.com.

Artistic Collective Emeritus

LOREN BRAY
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 ASHLEY FOUGHTY
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Ashley Foughty is a recent DC transplant who has been performing since childhood (favorite places include cities throughout Italy and sunny San Diego), and is very grateful to have played one of her dream roles, Mary Poppins, for The Walt Disney Company.  Since relocating, she has enjoyed performing with Imagination Stage, Perchance to Dream DC, Six Flags, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and of course, Pallas, during their preliminary reading of The Fall of the House of Usher.  She also enjoys writing and recording music and teaching voice lessons – find out more and hear some tunes at ashleyfoughty.com.
KELLY L. GABEL
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Kelly (SAG/AEA Eligible) has been teaching people to sing since 2001 in professional productions, schools, and in her home studio (www.kdvocals.com). It is her belief that technique alone does not make the singer. “You can lead a man to the microphone, but you can’t make him sing. Building self-confidence is the first step towards achieving your dreams.” Kelly is also a critically acclaimed Music Director, lending her expertise to various productions including The Last 5 Years, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Ragtime, the Musical. One of her former performers has even landed a role in the National Tour of Shrek the Musical.Kelly has been performing for over 25 years. She’s grateful to have performed in leading roles in a number of great productions including Songs for a New World, the West Coast Premiere of The Many Women of Troy, and Pirates of Penzance. She can also be seen and heard lending her voice to various television and recording projects. 
ELLIS GREER
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Ellis Greer is a lifelong resident of Arlington, V.A. where her interest in theatre and singing began as a child. She has studied classical music since the age of nine and continued vocal performance studies through her freshman year of college at Oklahoma City University as a Musical Theatre Major. She is currently a BFA Acting student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and plans a career in film, stage drama, and musical theatre– whichever coast calls her first! Favorite performances have been Miep in The Diary of Anne Frank and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Ellis spent an entire year interning in the Education Department at Signature Theatre and is back there this summer helping to run the Overtures and Stage One musical theatre programs. Spare time is spent enriching her relationship with Netflix, reading, doing culinary experiments in the kitchen, hiking, and killing plants despite her great interest in horticulture and geology.
TIFFANY LABARBERA
tiffany-200x300Tiffany appeared as Helen of Troy in the west coast premiere of The Many Women of Troy with Pallas Theatre.
CHELSEA MAYO
CMayoheadshotChelsea joined Pallas Theatre Collective after playing the Courtesan in Comedy ofMirrors and Sebastian in The Tempest. Locally, she has also performed with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Idly Bent, and The Federal Theatre Project. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Vanderbilt University and is an Equity Membership Candidate.
JULIA MORRISSEY
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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Julia made her way to the D.C. area in 2009 after many years in New York.  A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Julia has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in London and T. Schreiber Studios in New York City.  Recent roles include Anna in Pallas’s The Tragical Mirth of Marriage and Love, Charlotte in The Real Thing with Silver Spring Stage and Sarah in Brian Friel’s Translations with Rockville Little Theatre.  Julia is also a proud board member of the Actor’s Center.

JOEL OTTENHEIMER
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Joel was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and has only recently made his foray into the lovely DC theatre scene. He graduated in 2010 with a BA in English (with a concentration in creative writing) from the University of Delaware, and now spends his time as a professional actor and teaching artist. It was in college where he first found his love for theatre, and the rest, as they say, is history. He was most recently seen with Pallas as Tony Lumpkin in their production of She Stoops to Conquer. Other notable roles include Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Valentine in Two Gents, and Gerry Lejeune in Noises Off!

LAURA ROCKLYN
Laura Rocklyn holds an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. She is an actress based in the Washington, DC area where she has performed with numerous companies including Pallas Theatre Collective, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Imagination Stage. She has also toured with Olney Theatre Center’s National Players in The Taming of The ShrewDraculaThe Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing, and she has performed with regional Shakespeare Companies across the country including Kentucky Shakespeare, Richmond Shakespeare and Shakespeare in the Valley. She has a strong interest in history and does historic character portrayals around Washington, DC for groups such as The Jane Austen Society of North America and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She holds a Shakespeare Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

SHANNON LISTOL WILSON
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Shannon recently appeared as Kate in Pallas’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. She is the Artistic Director/Founder of Red Eye Gravy Theatre Company, whose mission is to support social causes through theatre, and a Resident Acting Company member and Teaching Artist for Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Regional Theatre: REGTC (Romeo & Juliet-Juliet, I Am You-director); CSC (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Lysistrata); Taffety Punk Theatre Company (Measure for Measure); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Fever/Dream); The Keegan Theatre (Shadow of Honor, Man of La Mancha); Lean & Hungry Theater (Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale); Imagination Stage (The Araboolies of Liberty Street); Synetic Theater (Animal Farm, The Snow Queen, Galactika, Grimm Brothers’ Tales); among others. James Madison University: B.A. in Theatre.