NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL
BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Talking Heads (Obie Award), Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). LONDON & LOS ANGELES: Ovation Awards for Wit and Red Dog Howls. FILM: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts. SELECT TELEVISION “High Maintainance,” “The Affair,” “The Strain,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “The Book of Daniel,” “One Life to Live”; “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary. AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women, and the 2018 Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. She received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.
Broadway: Fun Home, Wonderful Town, The Green Bird. Off-Broadway: Cradle Will Rock (Classic Stage), America Is Hard To See (HERE), The Light Years (Playwrights’ Horizons); Plenty, Fortress of Solitude, February House (Public Theater); Too Much Sun (Vineyard); La Ronde (HERE--Best Actor, Fringe Award); Debbie Does Dallas (Jane Street); The Whore of Sheridan Square (La Mama—NYIT Award nomination). Regional favorites: The Waves, Private Lives, True West, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (CT Critic’s Circle Award/San Diego Critics Circle Nomination), Next Fall, Burn This, Merrily We Roll Along. TV roles include "Godfather of Harlem”, “The Good Fight”,“American Crime Story: Versace”, Christophe on “Mozart in the Jungle”, “House of Cards”, “High Maintenance”, “The Knick”, “Mad Men”. Films include Lavender (Sundance & SXSW 2019, acquired by Fox Searchlight), Friends With Kids, People Like Us, Puccini for Beginners. www.kenbarnett.net & @kbnyc
Haitian-American artist Goussy Célestin interchanges the roles of pianist, composer, vocalist, dancer, and arranger with ease. She is a faculty member at Jazz at Lincoln Center, a mother of two sons - her "greatest creative compositions,” and is honored to reprise her role in Novenas for a Lost Hospital.
Off-Broadway: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons); Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public); Measure for Measure (TFANA). Regional: Skeleton Crew (Westport Country Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival); Protect the Beautiful Place (McCarter Theatre Center); Seven Guitars (Yale Rep); The Taming of the Shrew, Tiny Houses (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Songs to Grow On and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Alliance Theatre). TV: “City On A Hill.” BA: Morehouse College. MFA: Yale School of Drama
This is Justin Genna’s Rattlestick and Off Broadway Debut. Genna holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Regional Credits: Marie, Dancing Still (5th Avenue Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed, Rock of Ages (Summer Repertory Theatre), On The Town (San Francisco Symphony Broadway Cast), The Boy From Oz (Theatre Rhinoceros), A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater). TV/Film: Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (2019). He has worked with Milwaukee Ballet Company and Oakland Ballet. Genna is part of the local film collective Bad Guru Productions. @jgenna13 justingenna.com
BROADWAY: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. NEW YORK: Apollo Theater, New Worlds Theater, New Federal Theater, Primary Stages. REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theatre Company - The Orestia (dir. Michael Khan), Arkansas Rep - Windfall (dir. Jason Alexander), Cincinnati Playhouse, Wooly Mammoth, St. Louis Rep, Swine Palace, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Guthrie Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. FILM: Last Fair Deal, Ambition’s Debt, If You Could Say It In Words, Kinsey. TELEVISION: Fosse/Verdon, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, Trial By Jury. TRAINING: Alabama Shakespeare Festival/UA - MFA Classical Acting; Morehouse College; Public Theater - Shakespeare Lab (dir. Barry Edelstein).
Steven Jeltsch is a NYC based artist with a strong foundation in dance/movement and performance art. Along their journey, they've created and performed for international choreographers from Times Square to the ADF stage. As a budding artist, they hope to investigate, dissect, and patchwork an essence of performance, often citing its enigmatic relationship to the present-day interactions of the world.
Shayne Lebron-Acevedo (Cellist) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a Brooklyn-based cellist and teaching artist. After partnering with the Department of Education for his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2016, he has taught and performed as a teaching artist in various public schools throughout NYC. Shayne went on to earn a B.M. from CUNY Brooklyn (2012), where he studied with Dr. Frederick Zlotkin. He was then awarded a full-tuition Graduate Assistantship for his M.M. at Ball State University (2015) in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied with Dr. Peter Opie. Shayne also maintains a performance schedule with several ensembles of varying styles.
Kelly McAndrew was privileged to be a part of Novenas as a workshop production last Spring at Rattlestick and is honored to be a part of it once again. New York Theatre: Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb , Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages, Abundance at The Actors Company Theatre, Almost, Maine at Transport Group, Good Television at Atlantic Theatre Company. Still Life at MCC Theater, The Cataract at The Women’s Project, Book of Days at Signature Theatre. TV: Daredevil (recurring), New Amsterdam, The Sinner, The Good Fight, Orange is the New Black (recurring), House of Cards, Elementary, Law & Order: SVU, Smash, Law & Order and Gossip Girl. Film: A Kid Like Jake (Sundance 2018), When the Moon Was Twice as Big (due out 2020), Island Zero, Appropriate Behavior (Sundance 2014), In the Family (2011 SPIRIT nomination), Everybody’s Fine (with Robert DeNiro) and Superheroes.
Noriko Omichi is a New York based musician and dancer who received years of professional training in Chinese Classical Dance before becoming a flautist. Noriko studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College under Judith Mendenhall. She gained experience in modern dance through strong involvement with the Dance Department. She has put her multi-arts performance in theater play with Cornerstone Theater Company. Noriko frequently holds solo recitals with the purpose of combining different art forms, performing the standard flute repertoire while incorporating her own choreography—a fusion of classical and modern dance—into collaborative performances with live musicians.
Rafael Sánchez is a New York City based artist. Recent shows include Life of a Flower, Rafael Sánchez with Ellen Cantor, Jim Fletcher, Gail Thacker, Mark Morrisroe at Galerie Max Meyer, Düsseldorf (2019); Tree of Heaven at Marlborough Contemporary (2018); For A Reading Yet Unread for Visual AID’s Last Address Walk at St. Vincent’s Triangle Park, May, 2018. Visual art and performances have been presented at Artists Space, ICA Boston, Jackie 60, Thread Waxing Space, Participant Inc, MoCA North Miami, El Museo Del Barrio. He was a patient of St. Vincent’s HIV Clinic from 2002 until it’s closing in 2010.
LAURA VOGELS is classically trained in London at Italia Conti, LAMDA and RADA. Laura has enjoyed performing roles from classical texts such as Shakespeare & Coward to original works of established playwrights & fresh new voices. Grateful to have worked on both London & New York stages, on cable TV & Independent Film, and in VO (in both English and Dutch), Laura is focused on ethical storytelling that brings to life stories & experiences that feed the mind, thrill the body and elevate the soul.
Natalie has most recently completed her third run of the original production of Tiny Beauty Things directed by Tommy Kail at The Public Theater and Pasadena Playhouse directed by Sherri Eden Barber. Other Public Theater Credits include Mobile Unit’s Hamlet, Directed by Patricia McGregor, and A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Jenny Koons. Shakespeare in the park credits include Comedy of Errors directed by Daniel Sullivan, the all female Taming of The Shrew directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and Julius Caesardirected by Oskar Eustis. Film credits include Farewell the most recent feature film directed by actor Chris Chalk. TV credits include Difficult People and HBO’s Room 104. She attended SUNY Purchase Theater Arts and Film.