Sofiya Cheyenne is a recent graduate of the Brooklyn College BFA Acting Program as well received a BA in Psychology. Her performance credits include Miss Julie (Miss Julie), Swimming In The Shallows (Carla Carla), Rimers of Eldritch (Wilma Atkins), Angels in America (Angel), Dog Sees God (Matt), and the Gi60 One Minute Play Festival. She has originated the role of Perla Ovitz in the Off-Broadway show The Lilliput Troupe (2015) and played Perla before that in a show entitled Zwerge (2014). Sofiya has over 20 years of dance experience, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, modern and lyrical. You might have caught Sofiya in her most recent docu-series “GET REAL” episode with Refinery29. Sofiya strongly believes in using the arts as a way to challenge the norms of our society. She hopes to continue to perform and follow her passions in an effort to open people’s eyes to see that people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage, television and film. To see more of Sofiya visit www.sofiyacheyenne.com
Andy McCain (Writer) is thrilled to be making his debut with the Frigid Theatre Festival in The Golden Smile. He is currently studying the core improv levels at UCB and is in the One Year Conservatory at T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre. Favorite credits include Sir Robin (Spamalot), Clown #1 (The 39 Steps), Leo Bloom (The Producers), Bottom (Midsummer), Porter (Macbeth) and Matt (Dog Sees God) Many thanks to this talented cast and crew, Yaakov, Joey, Zack, Flynn, the parental units and the older brother. www.andymccain.com
Jody Doo (Sarcastic Actor) graduated from Circle in the Square's Musical Theatre program in June 2015. She worked as a full-time performer at Universal Studios Singapore before relocating to NYC. Since graduation, she landed the lead role for a pilot, The Internet Ruined My Life, which will premiere on SYFY in early 2016. A big kid at heart, Jody is embracing her role in The Golden Smile with the goal of portraying an absurd and outrageous “Sarcastic Actor”– her audience, however, should know that beneath the surface is a poised, demure and arguably decent human being. Jody is most thankful to live her dreams out loud. www.jodydoo.com
Flynn Harne (The Messenger) is a Baltimore native who spent his childhood playing pretend and avoiding any body of water larger than a puddle. He turned down an offer to play college football in favor of getting a BFA in Dramatic Performance and a Minor in Dance from Hofstra University. He is the founder of Ampers&, a theatre and film production company based in NYC. He won back-to-back awards for Best Directing as well as Best Performance in 2015's Midtown International Theatre Festival. Nowadays you can find Flynn playing with swords in his downtime, writing sci-fi, or riding his bike to work – where he manages an Olympic sized swimming pool.
Robert DiDomenico (Loathing Actor) is a graduate of East Carolina University where he received his BFA in Theatre Arts with a dual concentration in Acting and Musical Theatre. Prior to moving to NYC last September, he was involved in various collegiate and regional productions in the NC area. Favorite roles include Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, and Aufidius in Coriolanus. Robert is also an Actor Combatant with the SAFD, and an amateur Tuba player. Special thanks to my family and friends for the incredible amount of love and support they have shown me.
Isaac Boorstin (Angry Actor) is a NYC actor who has performed in Queer Monologues at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, The Tempest as Caliban at Sarah Lawrence College, and Orin the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors at the Churchill School and Center. Has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and enjoys tv shows, graphic novels, and video games.
Yaakov Bressler (Playwright) is an artist, writer, and student of the sciences. Bressler holds a degree in Chemistry from Brooklyn College and is a researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. A founder of Brooklyn College’s creative writing magazine Stuck in the Library, he describes his work in fiction as “his dissertations.” The Golden Smile is his first play.
Joey Stamp (Director) is a director, cinematographer, photographer, and writer. In 2012 he formed a production company with his brothers aptly named: Stamp Brothers Productions. Originally from Iowa, he moved to NYC to pursue theatre and film. His recent works include: Marley: A Musical Tragedy, Official Selection at the Cabrini Theatre Festival 2013, and performed at the Waterloo Community Playhouse in 2015; Eightball, a short play, performed at The Dirty Blondes play festival 2013; American Dream, a short play selected to be performed at John Chatterton's Short Play Lab 2014; and Psychosis, a short film, Official Selection at the 2015 World Music and Independent Film Festival. Currently he is Co-Writer of the film CHARLIE which is set to premiere in July 2016. Check out www.thestampbrothers.com to see more of his work.
Zach Stamp (Musical Director) is a musician, composer, director, and USMC veteran. In 2012 he formed a production company with his brothers aptly named: Stamp Brothers Productions. Originally from Iowa, Z Stamp moved to NYC after his service to pursue music, theatre, film, and stand-up comedy. His recent works include Psychosis, a short film, Official Selection at the 2015 World Music and Independent Film Festival and Badass, a short film produced in 2015, currently being considered for multiple festivals. Z Stamp is also Director of Veteran’s Day Narrative (work in progress). Check out www.thestampbrothers.com to see more of his work.
Chavie Fleisher (Production Manager) is an actor, writer, and chef. A dental student at NYC College of Technology, Fleisher pursues her passion of the literary, performance, and culinary arts with no hamper. Her work includes co-writing as well as lead roles in Belle and the Baroness, Changed, and Alexandra from Giniger Productions. A graduate of Brooklyn College and former Vice President of its creative writing magazine Stuck in the Library as well as a USCCA certified chef, Fleisher enjoys her acting, writing, and cooking in her Brooklyn home.
Jeremy “J.T.” Footman (Director of Promotions) is a promoter, producer, and director. A certified teacher Footman spent 2 years in the classroom before pursuing his passion of promoting and directing full time. J.T.’s recent work includes Producer for the film Charlie (which is set to premiere in July 2016) and Executive Producer for the short film Wig. Footman is now Co-Founder and principal partner at New Lot Attractions LLC . When he's not working, J.T. enjoys performing stand-up comedy at local NYC clubs and watching films.
Betty Leong (Director of Marketing) is a businesswoman and marketing strategist. Leong is ecstatic to direct marketing in theatre after working as a Marketing and Visuals intern for the Career Services department at the University at Albany, from which she is a graduate of in Business and Psychology. After gaining experience and knowledge in marketing through various internships and school organizations, Betty decided it was the direction she wanted her career to take. In her free time, Betty enjoys bubble tea, dancing, a good book and “chillin” with her friends.
Gleneara E. Bates (Legal Team) is a researcher, student of the sciences, scholar, and writer. Bates is excited to be counseling legalities in theatre after holding position in University Council at Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia University’s Law School and School of Social Work, Bates is pursuing her PhD in Cellular Biology at Columbia University Medical Center. Her work in mesothelioma research has been presented at international scientific symposiums and “gives her a lot to think about.” Bates is writing a musical which is in its early drafts – her involvement with The Golden Smile, she hopes, will give her an understanding of theatre’s dynamics.
Meir S. Silver (Director of Business) is a businessman and real estate manager. After many years of enjoying theatre as an audience member, Silver is excited to manage business in theatre. Silver holds a degree in Business and Finance, as well as a Real Estate Broker’s License. Meir enjoys cycling, espresso, Italian food – all of which, he says, he can access while in Italy.
Rivkah Spolin (Costume Designer) is an award winning costume and set designer. After graduating from University of California Berkeley with a dual degree in Architecture and Theatre for Costume and Set Design, Spolin moved to NYC with her husband. Her experience includes designing costumes for an 1870's adaptation of As You Like It by The Glass Eye, Shakespeare 007 and Shakespeare in ACTion by Stages on the Sound. In May 2014, Spolin was awarded the Mask and Dagger Memorial Prize Winner. To relax, Rivkah enjoys playing tennis, watching Star Trek (and attending the appropriate conventions), and playing with other people's dogs at the dog park. Checkout www.rivkahspolin.com to see more of her work.
Shelly Ben-Yshay (Assistant Costume Designer) is a costume designer, artist, and a BFA student at Brooklyn College studying Theater and Studio Art. Ben-Yshay has previously coordinated a fashion show for the charity Save A Child’s Heart. She is also a guitarist in an all-girls band. To relax, Shelly likes to draw and paint with a good beer while listening to rock music.
Carrie Pieper (Props Designer) is a props designer, house manager, seller of bread, and writer. Pieper currently works as a house manager at Classic Stage Company. She earned her BA in theater and English from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. At Clarke, Pieper worked on many shows, holding various roles including props mistress and stage manager. Her work in props work includes shows such as The Caretaker and Oleanna, both of which were invited productions for the American College Theater Festival. Outside of her work in the arts Pieper works in a bakery selling sweets to the masses. Otherwise she can be found writing, netflixing, and napping.
Andrew Tse (Stage Manager) is a Hunter College alumnus (BA, ’15) who enjoys composition, music theory, jazz, and opera. He has worked as a stage manager in previous festivals and venues such as Rise of Mediocrity and Lame Ducks (Venus Adonis Festival 2016), Sole Mates (Bad Theatre Festival 2015), Clybourne Park (Frederick Loewe Theatre), and Merry Widow (Regina Opera Company). Andrew has performed in various operatic roles such as Raoul de St Brioche from Lehar's The Merry Widow and Charles Carter from Pasatieri's Hotel Casablanca. He has also sung in numerous choruses and ensembles for works such as Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall and Handel's Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Binyamin Bixon (Marketing) is excited to be on the marketing team of The Golden Smile as well as to be playing the role of Critic – a perpetually annoyed absurdist character. He has performed in Yeshiva University’s YCDS’ Pft. William T. Santiago/ Cpl. Jeffrey Owen Howard - A Few Good Men, Barry Klemper - The Boys Next Door, and Cody - Geography of a Horse Dreamer. Bixon has also produced and directed Dead Poets Society in a collaborative performance with Yeshiva University’s SCDS. Currently studying English at Yeshiva University, Bixon sees theatre as an opportunity for work to come alive.