BrianBrian Gillespie (Director) has directed in New York City for Primary Stages, Boomerang Theatre Co., New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Samuel French Short Play Festival, AMIOS, Distilled Theatre Co., The Internationalists, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Anthem Theatre Co., Planet Connections, and Pull Together Productions. As an actor, Brian has worked in New York with such companies as Elephant Run District, CEO Theatre, Other Side Productions, and Classical Theatre of Harlem and regionally with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, 42nd Street Moon and the Dayton Opera. He is the Artistic Director of Pull Together Productions, a member of Directors Lab Chicago, Directors Lab North, Actors’ Equity and the League of Independent Theater and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Brian was also a 2-day champion on the game show, Jeopardy!

BPetty2Brandon Petty hails from Seattle, where he performed on both screen and stage. Film and television credits include Knights of Badassdom, a feature-length horror-comedy and the syndicated show Leverage among others. His most recent NYC stage appearance was as Caliban in Eureka Suitcase’s production of The Tempest. Regional theatre credits include work with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Wooden O, and Harlequin Theatre, Montana Shakespeare Co. and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Brandon received his MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

GIOLZETTI-headshot2Julia Giolzetti is a San Diego native with a BFA from NYU/Tisch, where she trained with the Stella Adler Studio. She has since appeared in Bank of America and Windstream cable commercials, Spike TV shows, and her voice was used in a multimedia ad for HBO’s Big Love. Julia has acted with: Theater for the New City, HERE Arts Center, Under St. Marks & the Workshop Theatre Company, as well as 2 tours in Istanbul, Turkey with the Tempest Ladies, an all-female Shakespeare company. She was nominated for a NY Innovative Theatre Award for PINK!, a hilarious yet terrifying thrill ride into the dark and dangerous world of 12-year-old girls. She also performs unrehearsed Shakespeare productions with the Accidental Shakespeare Company. Julia is lucky to have performed in two short play series with LRR and has a major crush on all the playwrights.

gabby hsGabby Sherba still has dreams of one day becoming a sitar but, so far, has found herself collaborating with people she adores on bringing to life characters and songs within the realms of theatre, film, and music. Growing up in (and revisiting) Rhode Island, she has experienced the joy of working with such troupes as 2nd Story Theatre, The Colonial Theatre, The Manton Avenue Project, and Aurea Ensemble. In New York, she has had the honor of performing in productions and workshops with such companies as Adaptive Arts Theatre Company, Boomerang Theatre Company, and Blackfeet Films. Musically speaking, she has composed, sung, and instrumentalized with projects including The Morrow, Robin Bacior, and Bright Brown. She is currently devising two pieces of theatre with two different bunches of dears, loving the Newark ESPerience you are witnessing, and is grateful for the intriguing mystery that is You.

Heather Lee RogersHeather Lee Rogers – Recent performances include Olga in Three Sisters (Modern Theatre Project), Lulu in Bromance of The Exes (Planet Connections Fest), Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Hudson Warehouse) and Maura in Freezer Dreams (White Horse Productions).She also does voice overs and shot a principal role last Fall in the indie feature Leaving Virginville.  She regularly helps develop new plays with Flux Theatre Ensemble and is happy to be working with LRR for another cycle!



Savant_Anna email bOriginally from San Francisco, Anna Savant has lived and performed in Munich, Tokyo and in various cities around the United States. New York credits: Gertrude in Hamlet, Lily in Song of Extinction, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hecuba in The Trojan Women Redux, Dr. Jolene Shatila in Decadent Acts (Outstanding Actress nomination, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity). Favorite regional credits: M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Ruth inBlithe Spirit and Mme de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She studied classical theater at ACT in San Francisco, is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop in New York and is a member of the ensemble of Co-op Theater East and the Killington Shakespeare Retreat.


head shot- LAUREN ROTHLauren Roth is a New York City based actor.  NYC credits include: Play Nice!(59E59), Reckless (Gallery Players), Sex & Violence (Mint Theater), Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream (New Federal Theater), Land Escaping (The Flea), Tape (Medicine Show Theater), Billy Carver and the Children in Mind (Manhattan Theater Source, 2011 NYIT Best Performance by a Supporting Actress nod). Lauren is a co-creator of Missed Connections: An Exploration Into the On-Line Postings of Desperate Romantics which enjoyed an extended run at the Laurie Beechman Theater (, an Associate Artist for Brooklyn based theater company UglyRhino (, and is a “Regular” company member/ writer for Project: Theater’s monthly show OUR BAR ( MFA: University of

Avella_Patrick_0097_xretPatrick Avella is an actor, writer, and musician born and raised in Queens, New York. Contrary to what most people think, Queens is very close to Manhattan and his commute to midtown is much quicker than that of people who live in Washington Heights. He began his acting career after shooting a music video for his band and hasn’t looked back. He studied The Meisner Technique at The Acting Studio, Inc. under the tutelage of James Price and John Grabowski. He is obsessed with Bob Dylan and most of his writing has been conceived and done in the hopes that Mr. Dylan will somehow see it and want to do a guest appearance. Other than his belief that Dylan is the Messiah, or an alien, Patrick believes the best way to make it in the entertainment industry, and the world, is to create your own opportunity.

Steve-Viola-headshot-300dpi-BWSteven Viola has had the pleasure of appearing as Iago in a Village Voice acclaimed production of “Othello”, directed by Elfin Vogel, and working with the Rebellious Subjects Theatre Company in Hamlet asPolonius,  the roles of Henry IV, the French King and Canterbury in their productions of Henry IV & Henry V at the Music Pagoda in Prospect Park and as Chebutykin in Three Sisters at the Lefferts House. Other favorite roles include Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Rankin Doll’s House, Albert in A Thousand Clowns. Steve is also a performer & founding member of the Cranston & Spade Theatre Company performing old-time radio shows at The Little Church Around the Corner the first Saturday of the every month.

laura__0022Laura Gilreath is excited to work with LRR for the first time!  She can be seen in music videos on MTV and in running wear ads at The Time Warner Center.  Check out her website: