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Yvonne Hartung in Astoria Park

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Yvonne Hartung in Astoria Park
Yvonne Hartung in Astoria Park

TitleOccupation
Managing Director for Team Awesome Robot. Stage Manager, Director, Producer, Helpful Theater Hands

Where were you born?
I was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and grew up in the woods of Ormond Beach.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve lived in Astoria off of the Ditmars stop for four years (with a brief intermission in Harlem for one year).

How did you get involved with Team Awesome Robot?
Christopher Diercksen (Artistic Director) and I have been working together for the past three years in various working relationships (director-stage manager, director-assistant director, producer-director) and realized we wanted to have more agency in the projects we were working on and wanted to build on our collaborative natures within our own theater company. Thus, Team Awesome Robot was born.

 

What do you love most about Queens?
Queens feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but you’re still able to find anything and everything you could possibly need or want.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
One day I was at a grocery store off of Ditmars, across from an Orthodox church, minding my own business when a nun mutters something to me and does the sign of the cross towards my face. I must have looked startled so she leans in and asks with a deep voice, “Are you Greek?” I say, “No, I’m not.” She replies, “Ah, must be Russian then. The Lord’s Blessings to you,” and then left the store without another word.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:
Queens has the best food and there’s always something new! Alright, so if you’re in my neck of the woods, you have to try SingleCut Beersmiths for beer and barbeque. Then head to QED on 23rd Avenue to see a storytelling show or stand-up (or anything really, check their website for whatever you might be into). And if you have a sweet tooth like me, get some gelato or pie to seal your evening from Martha’s Country Bakery. Perfect night without even leaving the stop.

Current/Upcoming projects?
Team Awesome Robot is holding a fundraiser tonight called Drinking and Dragons.

Drinking and Dragons is when we get playwrights together to play dungeons and dragons live on-stage for you. There is also drinking, and opportunities for the audience to affect gameplay, Hunger Games style. It’s going to be supremely silly and a great great time.
Our playwright adventurers are:
Berlings Beard wrote an original dungeon module for us,
Ross Wade will be acting as our Rules Wizard
And our Dungeon Master is none other than Daniel John Kelley, playwright to our next production in the Spring.
Tickets are $20 and all drinks are suggest donation.
7pm, tonight, at the Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street, Manhattan.
If you can’t come, but would still like to support us, you can always donate through Fractured Atlas.

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Nat Cassidy (Astoria)

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Nat Cassidy (Astoria)
Nat Cassidy (Astoria)

Title/Occupation
Actor, writer, director, musician, job security eschewer.

Where were you born?
I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but we moved to Phoenix, Arizona a few years later, which is where I was raised, FORGED BY THE HEAT OF THE DESERT SUN.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I live in Astoria. I am a trailblazer.

Actually, my girlfriend and I just moved to the neighborhood (and the borough) about six months ago. Before that, I was all over Brooklyn for about 12 years – Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bay Ridge, Lefferts Gardens, Midwood, Ditmas, you name it (provided you just name those neighborhoods).

How did you get involved in theater?
I started acting around 5 years old, first in some school stuff and then community/regional type stuff. I became obsessed with Shakespeare in first grade (no kidding: he was introduced to me by my teacher in an effort to try to stem my class-interrupting, curse-shouting, fire-starting tendencies) and made the decision to dedicate my life to theatre around that time. Once I started producing my own work and realizing how little money was to be made in the medium, however, the curse-shouting and fire-starting tendencies started to come back.

What do you love most about Queens?
Ugh. It’s just so goddamned nice. Across the board. It’s so friggin nice it actually makes me mad. I spent so much time fighting the idea of ever moving to Queens. I mean, most of my family is from Queens (my mom was born in Astoria and raised around Deepdale), so it never felt exciting to me. And I always felt a much more visceral connection to Brooklyn–I think because I was young and thought that being angry and miserable all the time somehow validated one’s city living experience.

No one wants to visit you when you live in Brooklyn, it takes 45 extra minutes to get anywhere from Brooklyn (including other neighborhoods in Brooklyn), the landlords are all faceless monsters, you’re essentially stranded wherever you are on the weekends, rents explode so exponentially that the only way to find a place you can afford is to move farther and farther out and keep displacing others who are worse off than you, everything you love is taken away from you, and your joy turns to ashes in your mouth (served to you out of a mason jar in your paleo coffee shop that just kicked out a family restaurant that had been there for 9 generations).

Now I’m in Astoria, where the buildings are nowhere near as tall so I actually get to see the sky, there are trees everywhere, there are restaurants and museums and parks, everyone doesn’t act like they’re auditioning to be on GIRLS all the time, I’ve actually had conversations with my landlord, and my commute went from sometimes 90 minutes to usually 30 or under. I mean, no neighborhood is perfect (living in NYC is still an insane thing to do), but so far I’ve just been able to relax more in Queens.

It’s almost … it’s almost like when I switched from an Android phone to an iPhone. I realized that almost the only things I really liked about the former where the things that were trying to mimic the latter. Queens is the Apple Products of New York City boroughs. There are just fewer bugs. (Unless you live off the 7 train, which I hear is like still having an iPhone 3G or something.)

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Not gonna lie, in the six months I’ve lived in Astoria, I have run into SO MANY people I know that I’m actually starting to think that maybe I died and my life is just slowly flashing before me. Over a decade in Brooklyn, I think I unexpectedly ran into maybe three people TOPS. I run into that many people in Astoria DAILY. It’s like the freaky flash-sideways final season of LOST. I run into best friends. I run into people I did shows with a thousand years ago. I run into people I just met the week before at a reading. It’s insane. Seriously. Did I die? Is Astoria actually some sort of purgatory? Is it like Down Town in Monkeybone?

(Do you know where I got that reference? WHEN I RAN INTO A FRIEND OF MINE ON THE STREETS OF ASTORIA THE OTHER DAY AND HE REMINDED ME ABOUT THAT MOVIE. HE DOESN’T EVEN LIVE IN QUEENS AND YET I RAN INTO HIM IN QUEENS. R.I.P., ME HE DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED: NOT COMMUTING FROM BROOKLYN)

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:
There are so many restaurants and places I want to try that I actually get a little bit of a panic attack thinking that I’ll never get to try them all. The Sparrow Tavern (http://thesparrowtavern.com/) and The Bohemian Beer Garden (http://bohemianhall.com/) are essentially our downstairs bars, so we go there a lot. Mosaic is also great (http://www.mosaicastoria.com/). I’m in love with Astoria Park. We also walk over the Kaufman Astoria movie theater when it’s nice, as well as the MoMI (http://www.movingimage.us/). Off the Hook (http://www.offthehookastoria.com/) is a fantastic raw bar we like to go to. Bubba’s Bistro is my preferred Southern joint (http://www.bubbasbistroastoria.com/). QED is also fantastic (http://qedastoria.com/) and I want to start spending more and more time there, ’cause they have a ton of storytelling/open mic things. And speaking of open mics, I’m in the process of producing/writing/directing a webseries all about people who play at open mics and the amazing folks at Albatross Bar (http://www.albatrossastoria.com/) has been invaluable making that a possibility–everyone should go there and buy many, many drinks so they stay in business forever.

Oh, and the Guitar Center (http://www.guitarcenter.com/) on Northern Boulevard is really nice.

Current/Upcoming projects?
At the moment, nothing too specific. I’ve been working a lot more on film/TV projects lately as an actor–I just went through my first pilot experience, which was wonderful and super fascinating. Besides the webseries I just mentioned, I’m also working on a serialized radiodrama project that I’m really excited about, as well as starting my first novel in like 15 years (so, hopefully, my first one that isn’t terrible). I just finished my newest playscript, too, which I’m very happy with. For those that don’t know, I mainly write horror and, based on the reaction this script has gotten so far, I think I might have topped myself a little bit. Appropriately enough, the script is based VERY loosely on our experience moving to Astoria. See? Moving here has paid off already.  Nat Cassidy can be seen in our upcoming Launch Pad Reading All Systems Go: Mission 4

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Christine Zagrobelny

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Christine Zagrobelny
Christine Zagrobelny

TitleOccupation
Director, freelance

Where were you born?
Austin, TX

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, 3.5 years

How did you get involved in theater?
In high school I was cast in a community theater production of selected scenes by Shakespeare.  I played Lady Anne in Richard III (the scene where she’s following the coffin of her dead husband and Richard III stops the procession to try to woo her).  The tears were real, which made me feel like a ‘real’ actor, but when I walked offstage on opening night, I realized that the mascara I had put on was dripping down my face 🙂

What do you love most about Queens?
The community, being a regular at coffeeshops and bars, and the food.  Astoria Ditmars has a ton of street fairs during the summer, and seeing all of the Astoria families out having fun makes me smile.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Near where I live, there is a Greek Orthodox church next door to a mosque.  For a weekend during Ramadan, they will rent tents and string lights and block off the street.  During the afternoon, the Greek Orthodox community holds a street festival, and, at night, the Muslim community celebrates Ramadan.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:

Current/Upcoming projects?

Public presentation for Everyday Inferno Theatre Company’s Developmental Lab on May 28th.  Details: http://www.everydayinferno.com/Lab2016/

I am assistant directing Rizing (Flux Theatre Ensemble), which runs May 20-June 4.  Details: www.fluxtheatre.org/rizing

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Eliza Simpson (Astoria)

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Eliza Simpson (Astoria)
Eliza Simpson (Astoria)

TitleOccupation
Actor, Creator and Co-Producer of The Mother Line Story Project

Where were you born?
Nyack, NY

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, 2.5 years

How did you get involved in theater?
My parents were both performers. Theater was just part of growing up in my house.

What do you love most about Queens?
The people. Queens holds amazing communities of grounded, look you in the eyes kind of people.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
There’s a woman on my block who walks a tortoise on a leash.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:

My whole life orbits around Vitality Market https://m.facebook.com/Vitality-Health-195941731782/
Queens Kickshaw http://thequeenskickshaw.com
Queens Comfort

 

Current/Upcoming projects?
Come see “The Woodsman” at New World Stages. Must close May 29th! And visit www.motherlinestoryproject.com for video, podcasts, and more. Then look for us at The People’s Improv Theater this August!

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Alisha Spielmann

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Alisha Spielmann
Alisha Spielmann

TitleOccupation
Actor; Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble, Company Member for Retro Productions

Where were you born?
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve been in NYC for over 10 years but only moved to Astoria this past September, so…. 9ish months new!

How did you get involved in theater?
My mom always said that I knew how to sing before I knew how to talk, lol – apparently my cousin has a vivid memory of me singing along to the radio before I could talk too. I was definitely into plays at any early age, and my aunt and uncle use to take me to shows at The Children’s Theater and the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. My first play I was a part of was in 2nd grade where I played a magic broom that saved the day (sidenote: so my mom made me a really great broom costume that apparently made a lot of noise, and I had the young acting smarts to know that when I wasn’t talking I should be doing something else (LOL), so I’d be dusting and “brooming” the room whenever I didn’t have a line, and my teacher made me stop because apparently my broom outfit was too loud and the audience couldn’t hear the other students…!!!) It wasn’t until 7th grade, though, when my middle school principal Dr. Young took my mom aside and told her that he thought I had that “something” worth giving to the world artistically that I started to really think that maybe this could be something that I could actually do for the rest of my life.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love that Queens is not Manhattan – it’s like the tiniest breath away from it though! Such a friendly and approachable neighborhood. The people, though, and the incredibly delicious food (as you’ll note down below) have a lot to do with why I love Queens – as well as Astoria Park!

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Here’s one for the books: I had been working in Long Island City babysitting for a family every Monday from 8-5 for probably 3 years a bit ago.  I’d get on the train at around 5:10pm or so and the MTA guy who was working the booth would always wave to me, and being from Minnesota, I naturally waved back.  Cut to about 2 years after that and I’m hopping into the subway at 42nd Street after a show and my metro card has expired. I look at the ticket booth and there’s the same guy! We both recognized each other for the same reason: he would always wave and I would always wave back…. That for me is most definitely a NYC moment and a Queens moment all in one. 🙂

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:

Best bagels: Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company http://www.brooklynbagelandcoffeecompany.com
Best fried pickles: Sweet Afton http://www.sweetaftonbar.com
Best burgers: Bareburger http://www.bareburger.com
Best sliders: Snowdonia http://snowdoniapub.com
Best Greek: Taverna Kyclades http://www.tavernakyclades.com
Best BBQ: The Strand Smokehouse http://www.thestrandsmokehouse.com
Best cheese shop: Astoria Bier and Cheese http://astoriabierandcheese.com
Best panini’s: Il Bambino http://ilbambinonyc.com
Best coffee: The Queens Kickshaw http://thequeenskickshaw.com
Best bakery: Martha’s Country Bakery http://marthascountrybakery.com
Best cocktails: The Astor Room http://www.astorroom.com
Best wine: DiWine http://www.diwineonline.com
Best BINGO night: Blackbirds http://blackbirdsbar.com
Best outdoor hang: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden!  http://bohemianhall.com
Best museum: The Museum of Moving Image http://www.movingimage.us

Current/Upcoming projects?
I’ll be performing in Flux Theatre Ensemble’s upcoming play RIZING by Jason Tseng from May 20th – June 4th at the Access Theater, and you can find all sorts of information about that at fluxtheatre.org/rizing and alishaspielmann.com ! 🙂

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Matthew J. Nichols (Astoria)

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Mathew J. Nichols (Astoria)
Mathew J. Nichols (Astoria)

TitleOccupation
Actor, Director, Producer

Where were you born?
I was born in Atlanta, but mostly I grew up in the small village of St. Simons Island, GA.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria for over 10 years! Near Broadway station.

What was your experience like attending All Systems Go: Mission 3?
Fantastic! For this last one, I was an audience member, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the work of both new and familiar voices, especially at the APAC which is just 10 minutes from my apartment! There’s a lot of talent that lives in the Queens community, so it’s truly great that Mission to Ditmars is making it their mission to foster support for art and artists within our borough. Also, it was great to chip in and help strike and grab a beer in the neighborhood after the show!

How did you get involved in theatre?
By getting involved in my local community theatre troupe in the town where I was raised.  They’re called The Island Players, and they are still very active.  I got started as a kid doing their summer children’s theatre with the whole canon: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, etc. Then, I graduated to their regular season shows and just kept on going!

What do you love most about Queens?
The vibe is relaxed, the people are friendly, and I’ve always felt welcome. Plus, you don’t need to schlep to Manhattan to have a great time!

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
I was jogging around the track at Astoria Park and a helicopter landed right in the center of the track lawn.  I still am not sure what that was about!

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

Most of my picks are food and drink related:
For a great sandwich and some truly excellent craft beer: Astoria Bier & Cheese.
http://astoriabierandcheese.com/
My favorite bar with roughly 25 beers on tap (I love beer): Sunswick.
Finally, I’ve had a couple epic nights out, making an absolute fool of myself with friends at Karaoke Shout.

 

Current/Upcoming projects?
I just finished acting in a play called Women & Children that performed as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  Now, I am looking for the next project and developing some material for a possible web series or short film.  Why, you got somethin’?

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Tara Pacheco (Jackson Heights)

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Tara Pacheco  (Jackson Heights)
Tara Pacheco (Jackson Heights)

TitleOccupation
Actor, Director

Where were you born?
New York, NY

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I grew up in Jackson Heights and have loved every second of it.

What was your experience like working on All Systems Go: Mission 3?
Working on All Systems Go was wonderful and crazy. There are so many artists working together to put together one night of fabulous theater – it’s a whirlwind. You’d think i’d be mayhem but the team is so top-notch and professional. Everything runs like clockwork.

Tara in All Systems Go: Mission 3
Tara in All Systems Go: Mission 3

How did you get involved in theatre?

I went to Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in LIC for high school. While there, I swapped majors from dance to theater and was hooked. I had some really supportive teachers and they really took a personal interest in helping me learn. I fell in love with theater because of them. Then Bruce Willis spoke at our graduation and was totally unprepared and awkward. It was a mess. I remember thinking – if this joker can be an actor so can I.   I got B.A.s in theater performance & psychology at Columbia University and then joined the Flea’s Resident Acting company (The Bats).

What do you love most about Queens?
It’s like a secret garden.
We have beautiful parks, historic neighborhoods, awesome beaches (none of my non-NY friends believe Rockaway is Queens), and amazing food! And until everyone else catches on, we have it all to ourselves.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
I once walked by Tina Fey and her crew filming a scene for 30 Rock and onto a subway car where a homeless man was pooping. I’m not sure if that’s an “only in Queens” or more of an “only in NY” moment but, either way, it’s definitely something.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Food:
Queens really is heaven for a foodie, you just have to be adventurous. But here are some of my staples.
Uncle Peter’s (mix of cuisine but they have amazing steaks)
Pio Pio (there are Manhattan locations now but it’s definitely a Queens thing)
Bohemian Hall (the original cool beer garden)
SriPraPhai (great thai!)

The columbian bakeries in Jackson Heights (I’m not even referring to one specific one. Some of the best cakes I’ve ever had have come from those bakeries.
Entertainment / Sights:
Flushing Meadows Park (It’s a beautiful park! take a ride on the 7 train and enjoy the grass)
PS1 (a bit of MOMA in our corner of the city)
 

Current/Upcoming projects?
I’ve been working on a show called Kapow-i Gogo at the People’s Improv Theater with a great group of people. The clearest way to describe it is as epic geek theater. It’s a completely original, live-action anime that draws on video games, and cartoons from the 90s. It’s a must see for anyone who enjoyed things like Pokemon or Final Fantasy but also it’s so accessible and hilarious that anyone and everyone will fall in love. It chronicles the story of a girl named Kapow-i Gogo and how she wants to become the worlds greatest fighter. Our next performance is August 29th.

I have a couple of other things brewing but nothing ready to be official. Check out my website for updates.


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Katharine Lerner (Astoria)

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Katharine Lerner
Katharine Lerner

TitleOccupation
Actor, Teaching Artist, Associate Company Manager (S.T.A.R. at The Directors Company)

Where were you born?
Washington D.C.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria, 8 years

How did you get involved in theatre?
I was 10 years old, and I signed up for a drama summer camp. I fell in love with being on stage immediately and I haven’t stopped.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love that moment I am on the train and it goes above ground into queens. I feel like all my problems of the day are sucked back into Manhattan and I can breathe and relax. I also love the community and the food!

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
The beer gardens in Queens are amazing. I took a friend from out of town and Questlove was the DJ, everyone was dancing and having a great time, and we could see the skyline of Manhattan. I feel like I can’t find places that have a great vibe and also a good community in the city, only in queens I find these places.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?

My favorites are

Brunch:
Sugar Freak sugarfreaknyc.com
William Hallet http://www.williamhallet.com/

Date Night: Astor Room http://www.astorroom.com/

Drinks:
Sek’end Sun sekendsun.com
Sweet Afton http://www.sweetaftonbar.com/

Pizza: http://www.sacsplace.com/

 

Current/Upcoming projects?

Looking for my next project, love collaborating on new scripts 🙂

Check out my reel at
http://youtu.be/giHC0X2iIi0

And my website www.katharinelerner.com

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Don Castro (Sunnyside)

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Don Castro
Don Castro

TitleOccupation
Actor

Where were you born?
Manila, Philippines.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve been living in Sunnyside, south of Queens Blvd., for 2 years now.

How did you get involved in theatre?
A mime came to visit my sixth grade class in Chicago.  He did the classic routines like “pulling the rope,” “invisible wall,” and “walking in place.”  Afterwards, he made us walk around while imagining we were clouds.  That was it.  That was the bait.  I then auditioned for the school play and got cast as a Lion in a not-quite-The-Wizard-of-Oz type of play.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love that Queens residents just do what they do: go to work, raise their families, live their lives.  They’re not trying to be a part of a “scene” or to be “seen.”

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Only in Queens have I seen food move on a plate.  You won’t see food that fresh in Brooklyn!

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
I’ve enjoyed going to Queens Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, and the Queens Zoo.  Going to Citi Field is also a treat.  If you can attend a wedding at Terrace in the Park, go.  That building is unique.  For food, I like to go to Ihawan in Woodside for soul food Filipino.  I also frequent a Wendy’s on Queens Blvd., mainly for childhood nostalgia because it was once McDowell’s in Coming To America.

 

Current/Upcoming projects?
Currently, I am in Don Nguyen’s Red Flamboyant with Firebone Theatre until May 16 (go see it before it closes!).  I will be starting rehearsals very soon for a play called Yes is a Very Young Man by Gertrude Stein for Target Margin Theater’s Lab series.  I also have a couple of TV appearances coming up this May: in an episode of The Following and in the season finale of Louie.

Flushing Town Hall with Pan Asian Rep
Flushing Town Hall with Pan Asian Rep
The Chocolate Factory in LIC
The Chocolate Factory in LIC

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Elizabeth Seldin

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Elizabeth Seldin
Elizabeth Seldin

TitleOccupation
Actor/ Writer/ Energy Healer/ Corporate Stage Manager

Where were you born?
Ithaca, New York

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Astoria

How did you get involved in theatre?
Wow um…. i dont know if I even started forming memories yet. Oh wait! Okay. There was this group that came to our school and they were called Beauty and the Beast and the guy was beauty and the woman played the beast and they used to tell stories and put on two person plays and I would look forward to it all year.  And finally when I reached the third or fourth grade they came and did a workshop and taught us to tell stories and put on little one and two person shows… Since then I couldn’t get enough. 

What do you love most about Queens?
That you can be right next to Manhattan, a simple fast train ride in and yet there are mansions and haunted houses and gorgeous parks and I feel like I am in small town USA sometimes. So its this incredible retreat full of unique secrets if you find them.  Also the fact that Astoria Kaufman and Silvercup studios reside right in Astoria makes me feel as if its mini Hollywood without the Hollywood.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
Walking home, I live near astoria park, I heard this crazy music and turning the corner there was a FULL carnival … just chillin in the park. Needless to say I stopped what I was doing called some friends to join me and rode the crazy rides while eating cotton candy. BOOM. Only in queens.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
BARE BURGER! Also Astoria Park and the New Solstice summer ceremony in Socrates Sculpture Park with Mama Donna.

 

Current/Upcoming projects?
Currently work on creating a new musical called ‘Shadows’ as well as a new play called “Shelter In Place” Upcoming workshops to be announced.