The Drafts are a non-equity ensemble of actors who are relatively new to the New York theater scene. The mission of The Drafts is to develop new plays. Like their namesake, The Drafts are a group of versatile actors from largely varied backgrounds and experiences. They are the most talented New York actors you've never heard of!

Horse Trade Presents

presenting The Drafts

Laurabeth Breya

Laurabeth Breya is excited to be a member of The Drafts! She was born and raised in New York City. She attended Brown University where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts. After graduating from Brown, she studied intensively at the Dell'Arte International School for Physical Theatre as part of their Professional Training Program, studying Clown, Mime, Melodrama, Acrobatics, Voice, and Commedia Dell'Arte.  She is currently enrolled in CUNY's M.A. in Applied Theater Program. In addition to acting professionally, she hopes to use Applied Theatre to politicize and empower marginalized communities.

Reiss Gaspard

Reiss Gaspard is a South Florida transplant and a long time New Yorker who has a great respect for the craft of acting and thought provoking theatre. He is a long time company member of the critically acclaimed Ground Up and Rising theatre and is excited to be working with such dedicated actors and writers here at the Drafts. He received his B.A. at Florida State University and continues to study his craft at the historical HB Studios.

Reynaldo Piniella

Reynaldo Piniella is a New York native representing East New York, Brooklyn. He has performed recently with the Castillo Theatre, New Federal Theatre and Primary Stages. He has also appeared in film projects with the Discovery Channel, Pearson Education, New York Magazine and Chai Lifeline. Reynaldo is looking forward to his journey with The Drafts!

Penny Pollak

PENNY POLLAK’s work described as “dark and a little creepy” by reviewers “brings a physicality to her roles that make her captivating to watch ( “Pollak is an assured performer – powerful, physical and fragile all at once.” (Kate Copstick) Penny is  “an actress who can flip from funny to tragic in one scene, often in one line”  “Penny earns major points for her creativity in her dark and fascinating No Traveler” ( that she both wrote and performed in receiving glowing reviews in this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival and NYC Frigid Festival. “This is a clever piece of theatre by an impressive performer, the kind of show that the Fringe should be about.” (The Scotsman) She recently starred in ‘Broken Dog Legs’ a one-woman play by Emily Conbere where “Pollak’s shadowy voice is creepy enough to feign tales of sorrow, often spooky with her brooding eyes and dark locks”( mixed with her odd sense of humor had the audiences in tears of laughter. For almost three years now she has hosted and produced Penny’s Open Mic, (featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine,, The NY Press and Time Out NY) a weekly show located at Under St. Mark’s Theater. A resident of Horse Trade Theater Company she has produced and performed in just about every performance venue, bar and street corner in the east village since she moved here about three years ago. She graduated with a degree in Theater and a minor in Sociology. After graduation she studied at the London theater intensive program at Rose Bruford College, UK. She has won awards for her writing as well as been featured in a number of readings in NYC.

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Yesenia Tromp
Yesenia is so excited to be a part of "The Horse Trade Theatre Group."She holds a B.F.A in acting from Long Island University, C.W. Post. She was most recently seen in a reading at The Lark Play Development Center. Previous NYC credits include "The Tenth Man" (Viking Theatre Company), "Bluff" (Rapscallion Theatre Collective), "Sweet Love, Sweet Lines, Sweet Life!" (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), "American Culture" (Quo Vadimus Arts) and "Third Child" (NYC Fringe Festival). Thanks to everyone for making this process so enjoyable!

Evan Taylor Walker

Evan Taylor Walker is fresh to the “Big Apple,” and originally hails from the Sunshine State. He has recently graduated from Point Park University with a degree in musical theatre. Past credit include: Robbie(The Wedding Singer), Black(The Wild Party), Demetrius(A Midsummer Nights Dream), Beau(Asleep on the Wind), Leo Frank(Parade; in which he was named best actor of 2009 by the Washington Observer) and many others. He is overjoyed to be a part of the Drafts and can’t want to expose the world to new playwrights and their plays on a monthly basis. He would like to thank all those who support and contribute to the arts.

Michael Weatherbee

Michael is from Byfield, Massachusetts.
Selected credits include: Fly Away (Love Creek Productions, Producers Club), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Ridge Repertory), Father of the Bride (State of Maine Theater, Lakewood), I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Touching Humanity Inc.), The Cupcake Diet (Strawberry One Act Festival, Riant Theater), and What I Like (Where Eagles Dare Play Festival).  Readings of Bookstories and The New Facts of Life (Ten Grand Productions, Algonquin Theater).  Reading of The Group (Hudson Guild Theater, Fresh Fruit Festival).  Spent a summer in college as the cabin boy in historical reenactments at Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Outer Banks.
Thanks Mom and Dad. 

Matthew Wise

Matthew Wise is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Acting School. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but is a born again New Yorker. He is excited to be working with The Drafts and the very talented playwrights involved as well. 


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Nick Maccarone
Nick Maccarone is a recent graduate of Columbia University's School of the Arts where he received an M.F.A. in theater.  In his final year at Columbia he had the opportunity to work with Diane Paulus in an adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, Another Country.  Nick recently completed a two-week workshop at La MaMa exploring an original piece by Fernando Rivas entitled Soul Ascending.  A native of Oakland, Calif. he is relieved to have his soul back and thrilled to be exploring original works with the Drafts in the greatest city in the world.

Arooj Majid
Arooj Majid is currently training at The Studio New York Conservatory (, and feels privileged to be part of such a dynamic ensemble. His New York Theater credits include: Between Static (29th Street Rep); In the Zone (Columbia University); Becket (Richmond Shepard Theatre), and regionally: Monstrosity; Almost, Maine (Williamstown). A native of Texas he received his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Other training: The Actors Center.

Lindsey Hope Pearlman
Lindsey loves Horse Trade and The Drafts!  Favorite projects include The Geographical History of America (Performer and Adaptor, Human Group) and The Snow White Project presented by FIAF. Lindsey is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Comparative Literature and Theater. Lindsey will be attending the London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA) in the fall of 2010. Email Lindsey at   Thanks Horse Trade!
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Jennifer Soo
 Jennifer graduated in '07 from Tisch, where she trained at the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios, and spent her last semester with the Grassroots program in New Orleans. NYC Credits include: the Kraine, CSV, Theater for the New City, and most recently The Wings Theatre in a production of MOONCHILDREN with The Attic Theater Company. She also toured regionally with the Georgestreet Playhouse, where she may have been the first Chinese girl to play Anne Frank.

Sarah Babb

Sarah is a native of Canada.
Selected film credits include: Wonder Love, Seven Hours, Calendar Girl and Spademeadow (MTV Spoof finalist.) Selected Stage credits include: Erica in The Water’s Edge, Woman in Purgatorio (New York Premiere) and Claudia in Honour. Sarah is very excited to be working with such a talented group of actors. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their support.

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Patti Murtha
Patti Murtha studied acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.  Past roles include Katherine in Taming of the Shrew, Agnes in Ludlow Fair, Geronte in Scapin, Pulcheria in Crime and Punishment, and local and international tours with The Shoestring Players.  Directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Once on this Island, Godspell, and several tours for Shoestring.  She is also a master ensemble theater teacher and conducts workshops with students aged preschool through adult at schools and organizations throughout New Jersey.  She currently works with McCarter Theatre as a teaching artist and will be reprising her role as Telemachus in their tour of The Odyssey Experience in the spring.
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Brittany Bellizeare

Brittany Bellizeare is a recent graduate of The New School for Drama and is now a “Master” of Acting!!  At least she hopes to think she is.  Some of her favorite roles include Amita in I’d Do Anything by Rebecca Stokes, Maggie in Den of Thieves, Rosa in CHAIN,Lona Hessel in The Pillars of Society, and Juniper in Juniper; Jubilee, a now published play and 2008 Samuel French Festival Winner, by Janine Nabers.  Other theatre credits include All’s Well That Ends Well, Private Life of the Master Race, Lysistrata, 365 Days/365 Plays, (Princess) Escalas in Romeo & Juliet: Jerusalem, a different yet enlightening take on the Shakespearean classic, The Colored Museum: Symbiosis, and Woman + War with The Synchronicity Performance Group at 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta.  She was blessed with the opportunity to be apart of the summer long Shakespeare Lab Intensive at The Public Theatre in 2008 where she performed in the a collection of scenes and sonnets in Nights, Fights, Schemes, Dreams arranged and directed by Barry Edelstein.  She was also a member of The Bridge Program 2007 at One on One Productions.  She is truly grateful to those who continue to mentor and enlighten her along the way.  She sends love and thanks to God and her family and friends!  She is ready to simply “live her magic.”   

Erin Burns

Erin Burns is excited to be a member of The Drafts!  New to NYC, but no stranger to the stage, Erin's regional credits include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, Squeaky Fromme in Assassins, The Fantasticks, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress, Jekyll & Hyde, The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Peter Pan, and Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera, among others.  While earning her BA in classical voice and theatre, Erin competed in the Miss GA Pageant and opened for country singer Tracy Lawrence!  Thanks to God, her folks, and her lil' sis!  

Stephon Pettway

Stephon Pettway is originally from Bridgeport Ct, but is a native of Durham N.C. He is a Sophomore BFA-Acting major in Pace Universities Theatre Arts department. New York credits include: Osage Avenuereading (Slick Willie, Birdie) at The Algonquin Theatre, Cold Water Flatreading (Eric Burns) & Comes A Pausereading (Narrator) at Under St. Marks. Five Seconds to Air (Charles Kingston) at Theatre Row, and Angels As We Fall (God) at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Pace Credits include: A Heartbeat to Baghdad (Dwayne), Tribute: A Black History Month Cabaret (Preacher, Walter Lee Younger, Ensemble), and Hard Times (Boundarby). Outside credits include: Two Trains Running (Sterling) & Tunnels (The Man) at North Carolina Central University, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Villager 2 Male) which he performed in London, England, Perilous Times (Robert) at The Carolina Theatre and One Voice (Michael Lamar Jenkins) which he wrote and performed in Kenya East Africa. Film/Television credits include: Bushwick League, The Roe Effect, 100 Faces, Law & Order, Gameboyz (Mario) and One Man, One Sound which he directed, produced and edited. I would love to give all praises to the God for allowing me to work with a fantastic group of artist. I would also like to thank my friends & family for the continued sacrifices that they make on a daily bases and I would also like to dedicate this performance to my mother Patricia Pettway, who continues to love and support me.

Nicholas Wilder

Nicholas was born and raised in Philadelphia.  He is thrilled to be returning to the draughts for a second year!    New York Credits: Breaking In (Strong Kids Playwriting Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Bare Shakespeare/Manhattan Rep), Free Country (Strawberry One Act Festival) Regional: Trio Sonata (Women’s Theater Company) Pericles, Romeo & Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival), The Shape of Things (SCO Productions), U.S Drag, Autobahn (Flashpoint Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing  (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), and Baby with the Bathwater (Allens Lane Theater).  Tours: Richard II, The Learned Ladies (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) One Night (Equalogy), and The Seeds of Freedom (Family Stages).