OUR COMPANY

KAREN BELASKA  Karen Balaska has been in community theater longer than she cares to say.  Mostly because she can't remember. Recently she appeared as the much-bruised and abused Suzy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark.  She claims to still have a limp. Karen has worked with Howie before in a hilarious production of Isn’t It Romantic and is pleased as punch to be doing so again.  She thanks her husband and son for their forbearance.

CHRISTOPHER BERRIEN   Christopher is pleased to be part of the Farmington Valley Stage Company's inaugural season. Most recently, Christopher has appeared with The Little Theater of Manchester as Father Flynn in Doubt and as Lenny in Rumors. Favorite past roles include Charles inBlithe Spirit and Robert in Don't Dress for Dinner, both with the Suffield Players, Frederick/Florian in the Park Road Playhouse production of Enchanted April, and Senator Chad Throbbingwood in the the video production "How to Make a Public Apology."

ROSMARIE BESKIND  Playing Fannie in Bermuda Avenue Triangle is Rosemarie's first appearance with Farmington Valley Stage Co. and she is delighted to be cast as Fanny in this production. She is an active member of Theatre Guild of Simsbury, wearing many hats as actress, director, producer, and prop mistress. Favorite roles include The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Man 2, Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate, and Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap.  Directing credits for TGS include Over the River and Through the Woods, The Foreigner, and Our Town.  Appearances in NY community theatre productions include Maggie in The Shadow Box, Alice in I Never Sang For My Father, and Signora Signorelli in Right You Are If You Think You Are.  Rosemarie is a retired West Hartford elementary school teacher with many years of experience in directing children's theater.

McKARI DAUCH  McKari has played Professor Marvel in The Wizard of Oz as an eighth grader and then in freshman year played a "gangstah" in All Out.   Currently she is working out of The Looking In Theatre of CREC from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. As a 17 year old a senior at Newington High. this is her first experience in a play outside of high school.  She loves every minute of it and thanks the cast and crew for making this a wonderful first experience!  McKariI looks forward to acting professionally.

TERRI D’ARCANGELO    Terri is glad to be making her return to the Collinsville stage, formerly known as her second home when it was hosted by the Acts Factory Players.  She was previously seen here as Mathilde in The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl.  Some of her favorite roles include Jackie O inThe House of Yes and Bogie in the Hole in the Wall production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.

SHIRLEY DePHILLIPS  Shirley appears in her first performance at Farmington Valley Stage Company  as Tess in Bermuda Avenue Triangle.  She has performed at Hole In The Wall Theater as Felicity in The Shadowbox and as Constance in The Madwoman of Chaillo.  At Playhouse On Park she played Grandma Kurnitz in Lost In Yonkers and as Mrs. Hobson in The Scarlet Letter. At Hampton Playhouse she played Gypsy, Socialite in Cabaret, Wardrobe Mistress, Aviator in Burlesque.  Shirley earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts in English at Trinity College, Hartford.  She received Technical Training: H/B Studio, NYC. 

ROY DONNELLY  Roy has been acting in Connecticut community theaters for the past few years, most recently seen in last year's production of Whacked at Hole in the Wall theater.  This is his first time joining Farmington Valley Stage Company.  When not interacting in the theater he does time in the corporate world, dreaming of his next vacation.  He thanks Howard Hirsch and the entire cast and crew for bringing together this production of Brighton Beach Memoirs.

VANDA DOYLE    Vanda is a youngest sister in real life and fully relishes this opportunity to torment two older sisters.  Vanda most recently performed in Criminal Hearts and Enchanted April with the Suffield Players, her current theatrical home, and I Hate Hamlet with The Windham Theatre Guild.  She has also enjoyed a variety of characters in musicals and plays including Black Comedy, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.  Vanda is delighted to be a part of this new theatrical venture and thanks the production crew and audience for their support.

MARK ENGLEHART  Mark has been in local theatre for the past 20 years.  Some of his favorite  plays include:  Jeffery; Tracers; 1776; Rosenkrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; The Night of the Musical Dead; The Boys Next Door; and The Lion in Winter.

LIZ ENRIKI   Elizabeth is very excited to make her debut with the Farmington Valley Stage Company.  Past credits include Corrie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park with the Goshen Theater, Alice Ayers inCloser at the Richmond Shepard Theater in New York City, and Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Ernest at the Tishman Theater in New York. She is very grateful to the cast and crew of Regrets Only.  The process has been invigorating as well as an invaluable learning experience.  She would also like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support.  Especially, Ruth, Phillip, Alec, and Michelle for their constant encouragement and understanding.

STANLEY FELLMAN    Ah, to have Stan back on stage with us is a pleasure. His acting career began when he got his big break playing with Sarah Bernhardt in a 1905 production of Tosca.  He went on to star in numerous Broadway shows and Hollywood movies.  Here at home he has been featured with The Mark Twain Masquers, The Producing Guild and The Park Road Playhouse in productions of The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, Mary, Mary, Wait Until Dark, Broadway Bound, Any Wednesday, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Rumors, and many more. And believe it or not, with all this going on he managed to conduct a brilliant dental practice in West Hartford for fifty years.

CLARE FRAVEL Clare's debut performance to the Farmington Valley Stage Company was in Embraceable Me though she was familiar with many of the Company's players. She studied acting at UConn's Department of Dramatic Arts and has performed in Connecticut area theatres since 1998. Favorite roles have been Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Little Theatre of Manchester), Abigail Adams in American Primitive (Hole in the Wall Theatre), Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Park Road Playhouse) and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Clare is grateful to be a part of the local theater community that provides entertainment, opportunities for artistic expression and most importantly, endless friendships.

VIRGINIA FREESE   Ginny's first show in Connecticut was on this stage in Crimes of the Heart with Canton Benefit Productions.  Among her favorite roles are Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Boo Levy in The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Alice in A Love Affair; and Kate in Sylvia.  Ginny has also been featured in other regional theaters where she delighted audiences as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire; Bessie in Marvin's Room; Ouiser in Steel Magnolias; Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie; and Barbara in Social Security.  Most recently, Ginny and Chris Berrien played Claire and Lenny Ganz in LTM's production of Rumors.

IAN GALLIGAN  Ian is delighted to be making his debut with Farmington Valley Stage Company in this incredible role.  Favorite credits include Princeton & Rod in Avenue Q, Bud Frump in How To Succeed… (–BroadwayWorld Award Nomination), 15+ characters in Forbidden Broadway, Pippin inPippin, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Barnaby in Hello Dolly, Val in Babes in Arms, Judas in Godspell and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  A graduate of Pace University in New York City, with a degree in Directing & Theatre Management, Ian currently works at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater.

BARBARA GALLO  Playing Angela in Bermuda Avenue Triangle is making her debut with Farmington Valley Stage Company, although she has worked with all but one of her cast mates previously. Barbara has appeared at theaters throughout the state, including Hole in the Wall Theater, Repertory Theatre of New Britain, Chester Meeting House Players, Flock Theatre, Little Theater of Manchester and Mark Twain Masquers. Recent roles include Beverly in The Shadowbox<Countess Aurelia inThe Madwoman of Chaillot, Gorgeous Teitelbaum in The Sisters Rosensweig,Goneril inKing Lear,Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being EarnestDorine in Tartuffe,Paulina inThe Winter's Tale,Feste in Twelfth Nightand a whole bunch of people in A Civil War Christmas. Howard first directed Barbara a long time ago inAgnes of God,and she's glad to be working with him again.

ALBERT GEETTER Albert's passion for acting has spanned forty incredible years onstage. Musicals include The King in The King and I, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Bellomy in The Fantastiks, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes and Pseudolus in A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.Numerous dramatic roles include, Mordecai Weiss in A Shayna Maidel, Carlino in Wait Until Darkand Harry Brock in Born Yesterday. Among his many roles as a comic actor he has been seen as the Father in Come Blow your Horn, Hamlet in Hate Hamlet, Arthur Kirk in Nuts and Claude in An Empty Plate at the Cafe Du Grand Boeuf. He has recently appeared on this stage as Rabbi Levine inBermuda Avenue Triangle and as the Funeral DIrector and as Rabbi Baumel in Relatively Speaking.

LINDA HIRSCH  Lin has been our costumer for as long as we've been a theater company.  This keeps her very busy and doesn't allow for something else she loves very much....to be on stage herself!  Every once in a while however, an opportunity presents itself as when she played featured roles in our productions of Picnic and Lend Me A Tenor.  Well we're excited and delighted because one of those special times when we can put her front and center in a play as she plays the Nanny inRelatively Speaking.

IAN KAMINSKI   Ian has performed in Give My Regards to Broadway and Little Orphan Annie.  He is a Connecticut School of Broadcasting graduate, specializing in studio engineering.  He is also an expert in the culinary arts and is currently the Head Cook at LaSalle Market & Deli.  A Burlington native, Ian currently resides in Collinsville, CT.

MARSHA HOWARD KARP Marsha's theater credits include The Hartford Stage, Brookfield Theatre Of The Arts & The Tiffany Theatre (Los Angeles). She can be seen on NBC's "Disappeared" and cinema features, such as The Demon Of Lataren and Devil In CT.  She was honored last month as a producer and host of WHC-TV's Cameras Rolling for 10 years of programming.  Special thanks to her hubby Billy for indulging her theatrics off the stage and her kids, Jake & Ava, for enduring her "mama drama."

BEVERLY LAVENDER   It is with great pleasure that we welcome Beverly back to one of her greatest places of joy....behind the footlights! As she says, “she has been in many plays over the years, but the role of Marietta is giving her the most fun and deepest pleasure she can recall.  She has played many roles in life including wife, mother, teacher, school psychologist and actor. The latter being ours and our audience’s good fortune.

DOUG LeBELLE   After spending the last 15 years in Austin Tx. Doug is returning to the CT. stage. Last year he won Best Actor in a Musical for the state of Ct for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Chicago. In Tx. he was nominated for the Biden Payne Award for his performances in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and When Pigs Fly. He appeared in the Equity productions of Annie and Fiddler on the Roof at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, as well as Extremities, Sordid Lives, Psycho Beach Party, and the world premier of Cellbloc Q. Prior to moving to Tx, Ct audiences may remember Doug for his performances in A Chorus Line, How To Succeed, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, George M, Sugar, Grease, and Amadeus. Doug is thrilled to be back home and thanks Kevin and his family for making that all possible.

STEVE LISKOW  has acted (Proof, Hamlet, Keely & Du), directed (Burn This, The Merchant of Venice, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), produced or designed for nearly 90 shows in central Connecticut, mainly at Hole in the Wall in New Britain.  He has also written several award-winning crime stories, and his fifth novel will appear later this spring. Check his Web site: http://www.steveliskow.com

ERIC LITSKY  Eric is one of the founders of The Farmington Valley Stage Company.  He has appeared on stage in a variety of roles including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Mortie in What’s Wrong With This Picture, George in Don’t Dress for Dinner and  Timber Tucker in An American Daughter.  When not on stage he works in commercial real estate and plays the Tuba in the Simsbury Community Band.

RAYAN MARTIN  Before we relocated our company to Collinsville, Rayah was featured in many of our productions including Millie in Picnic and Rose in Dancing At Lughansa.  She also was our first guest Director with a stunning production of Reckless.  Among her other favorite roles are Phebe in As You Like It; Elvira in Blithe Spirit; Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; and Viola in Twelfth Night.  Rayah recently directed The Lion in Winter for The Suffield Players and will be directing Jar the Floor right here in April of 2014.  In addition to theater, Rayah enjoys doing film, commercials and voice-over work.

DAWN MASELLI  If truth be told:  “We are not what we seem.  We are more than what we seem.  The actor knows that.  And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself  there’s a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he’s playing himself in his daily life, he’s playing a part, he’s performing, just as he’s performing when he plays a part on stage.  He knows that when he’s on stage performing, he’s in a sense deceiving his friends in the audience less than he does in daily life, not more, because on stage he’s disclosing the parts of himself that in daily life he struggles to hide.  He knows, in fact, that the role of himself is actually a rather small part, and that when he plays that part he must make an enormous effort to conceal the whole universe of possibilities that exists inside him.”   From Why I call Myself a Socialist by Wallace Shawn

 BOB McGOWAN  Bob has been active in community theater in the greater Hartford area for the last 15 years, appearing in over two dozen shows.  His appearances have included stints at the Warner Theatre, Park Road Playhouse, Meeting House Players, Clockwork Rep, Thomaston Opera House and the Cheshire Community Theatre to name a few.  Favorite roles:  Doug in Mr. Roberts, Max inSound of Music, Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, Actor 3 in The Dining Room, Ken in Rumors, Issichar inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miles in The Crazy Time. He has studied at the New England Academy of Drama.  In his other life, he is married, father of two and works in the extermination industry. Much love to the girls for their continued love and support. 

DOROTHY McKEON    Dorothy and Mr. Hirsch have enjoyed a highly successful working relationship over a number of season’s that have included Proposals; Lend Me A Tenor; American Daughter; andDon’t Dress For Dinner.  Prior to that Dorothy was featured in the superb Sal Marchesi Producing Guild productions of Jerry’s Girls; Mr. 80%; Bermuda Triangle; They’re Playing Our Song; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; George M; and Sweeney Todd.

MIRIAM NEIMAN  has performed with Hole in the Wall, Park Road Playhouse, Little Theater of Manchester, Mark Twain Masquers, Repertory Theater of New Britain, and Theater Newington. Favorite roles include Agnes in The Shadow Box, Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa, EM in Wit, Sylvia inSylvia, Sheila in The Boys Next Door, Popeye in The Miss Firecracker Contest, and Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. She was lured to FVSC and into playing Rita in Bermuda Avenue Triangle because it reunites her with so many people she's greatly enjoyed working with in the past and she didn't want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy their company again. 

EMILY NYERICK  Emily is thrilled to be part of Farmington Valley Stage Co. once again and is so grateful for the opportunity to be on stage. She recently played Nina Roth on our stage in Relatively Speaking.  Her love of theater was born when she joined St. Paul Catholic High School's award winning performing arts department in her sophomore year.  She has performed in several plays and musicals including Alabama Rain, Beauty and the Beast, The Witches, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, John Lennon and Me and in a staged reading of Little Sisters of the Frontstalag in the Phoenix New Play Series at Eastern CT State University.  Emily most recently performed on our stage as Nina Roth inRelatively Speaking.  Emily is currently a sophomore biology student at Eastern and hopes to pursue a career in nursing.  Finally, she would like to thank her family for being so supportive in all she loves to do.

MARK OHANESIAN    Mark Ohanesian is an actor, writer and singer/song writer.  He has acted in numerous productions at several playhouses in CT where he has portrayed diverse characters such as Prospero in The Tempest, Billy Bigelow in Cabaret, and Charlie in The Foreigner.  He has appeared in a number of feature films, regional commercials and print advertisements.  He is grateful for the love and support of his wife Gina and their two children Olivia and Peter.  Lastly, thank you Howie for including me in your latest endeavor!

JENNIFER OUELLETTE   Jennifer’s acting credits include over 30 years of community theater appearances, as well as two off-Broadway Showcases.  She most recently appeared as Mary in the Farmington Valley Stage Company’s fall production of The Memory of Water.  She has also appeared in several award-winning independent films, local film commercials and the feature film, The Departed, and is currently cast as the female lead in Two Days To Pay (Vertex Entertainment).  She earned her B.F.A.  in theater from Central Connecticut State University in May, 2000, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with theater department honors. Following graduation, she studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.  Jennifer has taught and directed theater in multiple secondary schools across Connecticut, as well as several community theaters.  Since 2010, she has been singing with “Sign of the Times,” an acoustic duo that performs throughout Connecticut and southern Massachusetts and already has 650+ performances under her belt.  Her most important production this past year was at her wedding to her singing partner, Robert, on 12/12/12!

KEVIN REID   Kevin was born and raised in Texas where he started theatre at the age of fifteen.  Kevin enjoyed roles in The Boyfriend, CabaretHello Dolly, Man of LaMancha, Sordid Lives, Party and many others before moving to Los Angeles for ten years.  While in California, Kevin enjoyed roles inMeet Me In St. Louis, Victor/Victoria and Hair at the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs.  Kevin has also enjoyed success with his Cabaret Show, A Touch Of Broadway.  Also while living in Los Angeles, Kevin studied under Larry Goodman and Susan Ruttan.  Kevin and his partner Doug now reside in Connecticut and is happy to be a New Englander at last!

NATHAN RUMNEY  We're pleased to welcome this 27 year old theater addict with an insatiable hunger for performance rivaled only by his unquenchable thirst for coffee to our stage. Originally hailing from Belfast, Maine, he has found a great amount of enjoyment in local theater since his move to Connecticut.  Among his recent productions in Suffield is The Lion in Winter, in Putnam, Dog Sees God,in New Britain, Anything Goes, and in Norwich, Commedia Mania.  

TJ RUSH TJ is thrilled to be working with Howard again after 12 shows at West Hartford's Park Road Playhouse such as Bedroom Farce, Dying for Laughs and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.   TJ most recently performed at the New Britain Repertory Theatre in An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf and at the Playhouse on Park in Stuart Little and Mrs. Bob Cratchit 's Wild Christmas Binge. TJ teaches English and is the Director of Theatre Arts at Conard High School. He would like to thank Marguerite and his family for their support and his students for their daily inspiration.

RYAN WANTROBA  Ryan is excited to be performing with the Farmington Valley Stage Company for the first time.  He was most recently seen at Hole In The Wall Theater, playing Father Laurence in the world premiere of Whacked.  He also plays drum set in the pit for musicals in the area, most recently at Hole In The Wall and New Britain High School.  Other recent performances include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged with Cheshire Community Theater, and Arsenic and Old Laceand The Importance of Being Earnest with UConn Dramatic Paws.

VIRGINIA WOLF  Ginny was last seen at the FVSC as Ethel in The Price.  You will find her on stage anywhere in Connecticut that will cast her;  she also has a great time performing her one woman show on the Connecticut witchcraft panics (www.herstorytheater.com) and hosting "SpotLight; Radio Reveling in the Arts and Entertainment" for WLIS/WMRD.  Ginny is a voiceover artist and serves as an interpreter at the Mark Twain House.  Many thanks to Chris, Howie, Lynn, Sue, and Toby, and to a great cast… and to her husband, Steven,whose enthusiastic (and patient) support makes it all possible!

MIKE ZIZKA  Mike has appeared in or directed more than 80 theater productions in Connecticut. Most recently, he played Moonface Martin in the Warner Theatre’s production of Anything Goes. Other recent roles include George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and John Adams in 1776, both at the Little Theatre of Manchester.  Past roles also include McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Salieri in Amadeus, Franz in The Producers, and King Arthur in Camelot.  His most recent directing assignment was the complete Angels in America at LTM.  When Mike is not working on a show, often with his wife Cathy, he may sometimes be seen or heard raising funds on-air for CPTV and WNPR.  Although he has worked many times with Howard Hirsch, this is his first time on the Farmington Valley Stage Company stage.