LEADERSHIP

Shea Elmore

Shea Elmore, Executive Director

Shea studied interactive performance at University of Central Florida’s Interactive Performance Lab. Shea formed Playing with Reality in spring 2010 and has worked in both New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Shea is the Creative Development Manager for Blue Man Productions.
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Jeff Wirth

Jeff Wirth, Artistic Director

Jeff is the President of Wirth Creative. Jeff has consulted for Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Disney Imagineering, wrote the book Interactive Acting, and has designed over 100 interactive performance experiences for entertainment, simulation, and research.
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Naomi Moore

Naomi Moore, Assoc. Producer

Naomi is excited to be working with such a talented group of people at Playing with Reality. After growing up in the Netherlands, working in theater tech during high school, and then graduating Rutgers University a decade ago, she is excited to once again put on her creative hat and play (when she’s not busy being a project manager at an investment bank that is).
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THE TEAM

Alexandra Gutierrez

Alexandra Gutierrez, Inter-actor

Alexandra Gutierrez is very excited and grateful to be a part of this amazing company. Alexandra is an Actor and Commercial Print Model with a dance background. She studied acting at Harlem School of the Arts and from Lehman College. She continued honing her craft with Sande Shurin at the Sande Shurin Acting Studio. Alexandra has various Theater/Film/Commercial and Print credits. Alexandra is also a graduate of Chica Luna’s 3rd Cycle of the F-Word: Media Justice Film/Video Lab, where her talent behind the scenes has expanded working on various indie projects as Production Manager, Director and Assistant Director.
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aLyssa Kim

Alyssa Kim, Inter-actor

aLyssa is an actor/director/writer/singer/dancer/musician. She continues to help develop PwR’s late night series and directing program. She has directed/written a number of shows for the company, including a full length workshop of Cirque de L’Amour, a piece which she also conceived. You may spot her (if you don’t blink) in a couple of episodes of “High Maintenance”, a critically-acclaimed web series on Vimeo; perhaps doing some readings or full productions of new works; directing music videos or film shorts; producing dance shows (check out ThePulseProject!); throwing back one (or two or more) at a local bar; hanging out with her cats and watching Netflix; enjoying and loving and being grateful for this life.
Benjamin John Burbidge

Benjamin John Burbidge, Inter-actor

Benjamin is ecstatic to be involved in the innovative form of theatre Playing With Reality presents. Raised in Greece, he graduated the Contemporary Theatre course at East 15 Acting School, London, and is continuing his career here in New York. He celebrated his New York Debut in “Ahoy, Abel Brown!” by Tyler Grimes.
Chris Wren

Christopher Wren, Inter-actor

A 2008 graduate of AMDA in New York City, Chris is also a professionally trained saxophonist, guitarist, drummer, harmonica player, puppeteer and touring stand-up comedian. Some favorite credits include “Aladdin The 3D Musical Adventure”, “Sound of Music”, “The Civil War”, “Chuckleball”, “Fame: The Musical” and “God Loves My People Best”. You can also catch Christopher on the Investigate Discovery channel in an episode of “Dates From Hell”, the political viral video series “Dumb Ass”, the web series for Shopbop.com and the new SAG web series “Subway: The Series” coming out in late 2013. Christopher is super excited to be apart of Playing With Reality and very excited to be playing with all the brave audience members who step into the box.
Erin Timony Bump

Erin Timony Bump, Inter-actor

Erin is thrilled to be a part of PwR. A graduate of NYU Tisch/Atlantic, Erin acts onstage and onscreen, directs, and choreographs. She is also a cofounder of the all-female production company Binah Films. In addition to her passion for interactive and immersive theatre, Erin’s interests include traveling too much, dancing, and (really good) coffee.
Ines Lucas

Inês Lucas, Inter-actor

Inês is an actor and improviser from Portugal. She studied in London, Berlin and is currently studying at the Improvisation News Conservatory in NYC. Some recent projects: award winning film “Red Tulips, A Story About Forgetting” by Shanti Thakur; and “The Balcony” with The Horizon Theatre Rep. She’s excited to join this incredible company!
Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent, Inter-actor

Jennifer is honored to have been invited to collaborate with such a dedicated and talented group of people. A graduate of Oberlin College, she is looking forward to exploring the exciting new realm of interactive theater.
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Kevin Percival

Kevin Percival, Inter-actor

Kevin’s an actor, writer, and recovering Okie. He spent this last year working with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Florida Studio Theatre as both an actor and educator. He is now based out of Brooklyn, and couldn’t be happier to spend his first year in NYC as a member of Playing with Reality.
Lily Blackburn

Lily Blackburn, Inter-actor

Lily Blackburn is a recent graduate of NYU and excited to be a part of such a wonderful team.
Mary Elizabeth Gismonde

Mary Elizabeth Gismonde, Inter-actor

Mary is ecstatic to be a part of the Playing with Reality ensemble and looks forward to working with such a creative group of professional artists! She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Spanish. Her love of theatre and dance has given her an immense appreciation for alternative performance styles, including improvisation groups like PwR. In her spare time, you can find her throughout the Tri-State area teaching and performing one of her many passions: the art of Middle Eastern dance.
Mercedes Vasquez

Mercedes Vasquez, Inter-actor

Mercedes is supper excited and blessed to be a part of an inspiring and creative company. She is a native New Yorker and received her BFA in Acting from Long Island University / C.W. Post Campus.  She looks forward to going on this amazing ride with so many talented people, while she continues to live her dream to grow as an individual, actress, dancer, & producer.
Nicole Orabona

Nicole Orabona, Inter-actor

Nicole is a graduate of Boise State University and has worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Boise Contemporary Theatre.  She currently produces and acts for “On The Rocks,” sketch theatre so far off-Broadway it ended up in a bar.  She is beyond excited to be joining Playing With Reality!
Renee Myers

Renée Myers, Inter-actor

Renée Myers is a NYC based actor/singer from Vermont. She graduated from Bishop’s University in Quebec with a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Music and French. She is also a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute’s One Year Conservatory program here in the city. She loves to ski, travel, and laugh. She is very excited to be working with such a talented and creative group of people at Playing with Reality!
Trevor Buteau

Trevor Bateau, Inter-actor

Trevor is a storyteller. He enjoys reveling in the brilliance of Shakespeare and Guirgis, of Banksy and Gygax. He does not have a Facebook, and he never carries an umbrella because he prefers to get wet. He is more interested in being brave than fearless. He is very excited to play.
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Zoë Watkins, Inter-actor

Zoë is an actor, director, writer and teacher from the UK now living and working in NYC. Recent projects have included “Survive! Survive!” and “Talking Heads” for Mind The Gap. She is currently playing the role of Nadi in Wall Street English for EUX Media – due for global distribution in 2015. Zoe also stars in the web series Got Skillz http://gotskillznyc.wix.com/gotskillzwebseries
She can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/zoewatkinsnyc?ref=hl

ALUMNI

Alexandra Paddock

Alexandra Paddock

Audrey Crabtree

Audrey Crabtree

Brian Kendel

Brian Kendel

Carolyn McCandlish

Carolyn McCandlish

dL Sams

dL Sams

Emilia Aghamirzai\

Emilia Aghamirzai

Eugene Fertelmeyster

Eugene Fertelmeyster

Gretchen Barton

Gretchen Barton

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Karoline Fischer

Keith Van Doren

Keith Van Doren

Mateo Prendergast

Mateo Prendergast

Matthew Jenifer

Matthew Jenifer

Mike Wesolowski

Mike Wesolowski

Michele Vasquez

Michele Vazquez

Nico Allen

Nico Allen

Noel Salter

Noel Salter

Olivia Whelan

Olivia Whelan

Sarah-Doe Osborne

Sarah-Doe Osborne