CHRIS SPEZIALE (Dante) - is thrilled to be making his Rapscallion stage debut in The Inferno
Project. Chris is a founding member of the company and is thrilled to see this work get the
credit it's due. He is a graduate of C.W. Post, Long Island University and has been making
NYC his home for the last 4 years. You may have seen him in The Runaway Birthday
produced by The Gallery Players in Brooklyn. He has also done film work and is currently
developing a web series which can be viewed at www.myspace.com/hellegatproductions.
Hope to see you at the show!!
HARLAN SHORT (Virgil) was born in Texas , where he studied at McLennan Community College
and Texas State University, where he received his BFA in Acting. This is Harlan's New York
stage debut. In Texas he has appeared in the roles of Shannon ( Night of the Iguana ), Rocky
( The Rocky Horror Show ), Wilmore (The Rover), Banquo ( Macbeth ). He would like to thank
his friends and family, all of whom have been a constant support.
LAURA GALE (Beatrice) has appeared in New York productions including and...and...and...
(Suzy), FEUD: Fire on the Mountain (Roseanna), The Long Christmas Dinner (Leonora), A
New York Christmas Carol (Scrooge), and Fallen (Layla). Other credits include the eastern U.S.
tour of Halfway There (Karen), The Crucible (Abigail), The Love of the Nightingale
(Philomele), The Misanthrope (Eliante), Closer (Alice), Anton in Show Business (Joby), and
Chekhov's The Proposal (Natalya). Laura holds degrees in Theatre and Sociology and has
studied at The Actors Center and Circle in the Square. She is the Executive Artistic Director of
New York Theatre Experiment (www.newyorktheatreexperiment.org), now in its fourth
season. Laura was recently proud to serve as Assistant Director to Anne Bogart on SITI
Company's World Premiere production of Radio Macbeth.
MICHELLE BURNS (Chorus One/Elizabeth) is a Phoenix native with a B.A. in Theater Arts from
the University of Arizona . She is a graduate from the acting program at the Pacific
Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and served as a directing and choreography intern there
as well. Credits include Company (Amy), Urinetown (Soupy Sue), Brigadoon (Maggie), Kiss Me
Kate, Beauty and the Beast , SubUrbia (Bee Bee), Love's Fire (God, Esther, Holden), Giants
Have Us In Their Books (Yvette, Daysi).
MEREDITH DILLARD (Chorus Two) is delighted to be making her Rapscallion Theatre Collective
debut. New York Credits: Ikki in Byuioo in the New York Fringe Festival, Hudsonia Easton in
Creatures of the Cabaret , Jo in A Christmas Carol . Favorite roles elsewhere: Archbishop of
Winchester in Edward II , The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods , Bo in Criminal Hearts , and
Shelia Kelly in Annie Warbucks . She holds a B. A. in Dramatic Art from UNC- Chapel Hill. She
would like to thank her family and the Lavins, as always, for their love and support.
THOMAS ROTHACKER (Chorus Three) is thrilled to be working with the Rapscallions again and
his dear friend Lauren. Past credits include Before God Was Invented at Theatre for the New
City, The End of the Known World Plays at The Tank, Two productions of Macbeth , one at the
Impact Theatre, Brooklyn, and one at the Sanford Meisner Theatre , Andromache with the
Illyria Theatre Company , A Midsummer Night's Dream , The MONA LISA, Approximately,
Cloud 9 and The Bakkhai which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the ITI
Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus. Many thanks to family and friends in NJ for their
constant support. Stay?
JESSICA NEWTON (Chorus Four) is thrilled to be involved with such a inspiring production. She
is a Graduate from Long Island University where she received a BFA in acting. Her favorite
past roles include; Andromache from Trojan Women 2.0, Patsy from Perfect Pie, and Mary
Branham from Our Countries Good. She would like to thank Lauren for this amazing
opportunity and the cast for reminding her what an ensemble really means.
RACHEL MARTSOLF (Chorus Five) graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis , TN with a BA
in theatre performance and religious studies. She is now based in New York and living as an
actor and a dancer. Her New York stage credits are Julie in Propinquity Productions' Tall Tales
of True Stories , Emma in Count's Media's The Field of Mars: Chapter 1 , and Woodstock in
Brooklyn Family Theatre's Snoopy the Musical . She has also performed regularly as a dancer
with Amir Levi's company, The Poisonous Ladies. Her favorite playwrights are Tom Stoppard
and August Strindberg and her favorite director is Anne Bogart.
MICHELLE THOMAS (Chorus Six) - Michelle Francesca Thomas is overwhelmed with gratitude
for the opportunity to perform with the cast of The Inferno Project. Originally from Montclair ,
New Jersey , Michelle Francesca graduated from William Paterson University with a B.A. in
Psychology and a minor in Communications; after transferring from Seton Hall University .
While in attendance at Seton Hall, Michelle Francesca participated in two seasons with the
Theatre in the Round; where her credits included Sister Anderson in Whose Life is it Anyway ,
by Brian Clark and Fanny in Wedding Band , by Alice Childress. Upon transferring to William
Paterson University , Michelle Francesca was as an ensemble member of the Students in the
Arts festival. Shortly thereafter she officially began studying hip- hop and ballroom, and
returned to ballet at various studios in New York and New Jersey, such as Manhattan Motion,
Broadway Dance Center, Sharon Miller and Starlight Dance Center; all prior to graduating. Her
recent credits include an ensemble member of the cast of Teaching: A Futility in Four Marking
Periods (The West End Theatre) and Fran in Sugar in Rice ( Winsomme Cultural Center ), as
well as various other work in commercial print. Michelle Francesca is indebted to the director
for the opportunity to be cast in The Inferno Projec; as it is one of the first physically creative
and dynamic roles she has participated in, during her short career. She later plans to return to
The People's Improv Theater and Manhattan Motion for further study.
SARAH BURNS (Chorus Seven) originally hails from Niagara Falls, NY . After the community
theater of her high school days, she attended Long Island University 's CW Post Campus,
where, in 2001, she attained her BFA in Theater Arts, with a concentration in acting. She has
since been working in the various mediums NYC has to offer. Credits include:
stage; The Prince in The Little Prince (The Tilles Center), Lesly in The House of Yes (Theatre
Rats), Pieweasel in In A Roundabout Way (The Puppetry Arts Theater), film and tv; Fred Ott's
Sneeze (featured at the Galopogos Art Space), and Holly in Innocence Lost with Al Roker
Productions. She can also be heard currently as the voice/puppeteer of Scooter for the Faith
and Family Value's Channel Scooter's Space segments.
NICKI MILLER (Chorus Eight) is an actor and a mover making her NYC debut with Rapscallion
Theatre Collective. Originally from Northampton, Massachusetts, Nicki earned her degree in
Acting from Syracuse University where she also studied and performed at Shakespeare's
Globe in London. At Syracuse she discovered her love for quirky and dynamic movement
under the guidance of Kathleen Baum as well as her passion for activism and working with The
Syracuse Student Peace Action Network. In New York she has continued her acting work with
Josh Pais at the Atlantic Theatre's Committed Impulse Workshop. As well as regularly
practicing yoga, Nicki is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports
Medicine. She likes big earrings, cheap glamour, her guitar, her cat Moony, coffee, and most
characteristically Trident Tropical Twist gum.
KENNETH L. NAANEP (Chorus Nine) - is thrilled to be working with Lauren again making this
his fourth production. He hails from Des Moines , Iowa and moved to New York to attend C.W.
Post Long Island University where he received his BFA. He was last seen at The Kirk Theatre at
Theatre Row in the original play "Always Family". Kenneth has had the opportunity to work on
several original pieces such as Trophy Thieves with the Gallery Players, Itadakimasu with
Multi-Soup Productions and Dangerman with Project D. Some recent favorite credits include
Talthybius/Eddie in Trojan Woman 2.0 (Milk-Can Theatre Company), Madmen/Pedro in The
Changeling (TheatreRats), and Paris in Romeo and Juliet: Jerusalem (Genesis Theatre
Company). Too, Kenneth has traveled to both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and
the International Festival of Greek Drama in Paphos , Cyprus , as a performer in Euripides' The
Bakkhai . Much Love to his family and friends.
JESS CASSIDY WHITE (Chorus Ten) is honored to be a part of The Inferno Project. He was
most recently seen as Lawrence in Couples at the WorkShop Theater Company. Jess hails
from Iowa and received his BA in Theatre Performance/Costume Design from the University of
Northern Iowa . Previous credits include: Intellectuals , The Changeling, The Wastes of Time,
Avalon, Measure For Measure, and Angels In America . This one's for Buddy!
ADAM LAW (Chorus Eleven) is thrilled to work with Rapscallion for the 1st time on "The
Inferno Project". He is originally from Massachusetts where he received his B.A. in theatre.
Since living in the city Adam has performed with 13 Street Repertory Theater, Milk Can
Theatre Co. , Common Thread Theatre Co. and Robot Vs. Dinosaur, as well as performing in
many short films. He has also studied with Sally Dunn at the T. Schreiber Studio and would
like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
REYNOLD MALCOM HEWITT (Chorus Twelve/Martin) is a founding member and the Financial
Director of the Rapscallion Theatre Collective. NYC credits: 4.48 Psychosis and RTC's 1 st
Annual “Salute UR Shorts” New Play Festival . Regional: Godspell , Twelfth Night , You're a
Good Man Charlie Brown , and Joseph and the Amazing … Other notable credits include
Damnee Manon Sacree Sandra , Skin , and the world premiere of The Second Death of Priscilla
. Reynold would like to give it up to the amahhhzing cast and crew, and also thank Lauren for
allowing him to take part in this journey that is now four years in the making. And much love
to his friends, family, and Chris!
LAUREN REINHARD (Director)
Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lauren is a graduate of Long Island University, and is
now happy to have made her home in New York City since 2004. Since graduating Lauren has
directed for several companies in and around NYC and is an audition coach for actors in the
city; she is now thrilled to have found a home with Rapscallion Theatre Collective.
Directing credits include: House of Yes (TheatreRats) Trojan Women 2.0 (Milkcan Theatre
Company), The Changeling (TheatreRats), The Book of Spells (Midtown International Theatre
Festival), The Paperback Musical (Milkcan Theatre Company), La Lecon de Musique, Damnee
Manon Sacree Sandra, 'night Mother , Journey Through Self, and The Vagina Monologues.
She has Assistant Directed such shows as: Peace, Our Country's Good, An Enemy of the
People and Unearthing Lilith. Lauren is happy to be working on her third of many future
productions with the RTC and is overjoyed at seeing this piece come to fruition after five long
years in the making. www.laurenreinhard.com.
STEPHEN DUNFORD (Costume Design)
This is Stephen's second time being a costume designer. His first adventure into the “Theater
world” was in 2006 where he collaborated with Lauren Reinhard, the director, on a wonderfully
updated production of The Changeling. He is excited to be working on The Inferno Project
and enjoys exploring the creative process that that this production entails. He would like to
thank "Rapscallions" for this opportunity and is looking forward to joining them again on future
RYAN METZLER (Light Design)
Ryan is the Lighting Designer in Residence at the Looking Glass Theatre, where he designs the
semi-annual Writer/Director's Forum. Productions in New York include: Spring's Awakening,
Odyssey, Lesbian Bathhouse , and Baal (LGT); Stone Cold Dead Serious (Clurman Theatre);
Always Family (Kirk Theatre); North of Providence (Altered Stages); Eden (Chashama); Eight
Ways to Meet Your Neighbor (The Theatre-Studio, Inc.); and The End of Civilization (Locus
Theatre Company). His work includes the recent design for the charity production of Hear Our
Song, a new musical revue, staged to benefit the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation.
NIC NEIPERT (Set Design)
Coming directly from the Midwest, studying at the University of Iowa Theatre design program,
Nic is excited to be working for the first time with Lauren Reinhard, as well as making his
designing debut in New York. Design credits include works from the University of Iowa New
Play Festival : Militant Language and PIGHEART.
RAPSCALLION THEATRE COLLECTIVE (Producer)
Currently in its second season, other producing credits include 4.48 Psychosis (workshop) and
the 1st Annual “Salute UR Shorts” New Play Festival. It is the Rapscallion Theatre Collective's
goal and desire to evoke change, educate, and learn through our journey of performance art.
To establish a community where fellow artists can feel a sense of freedom to pursue and
conquer their artistic endeavors. To return to a time when theatre was not only viewed for its
entertainment value but, also lead our audience toward a vision, thought, or memory; one
that would support and guide them into making changes in their lives and/or surroundings. To
use theatre not only as an art but, as an aid to better the human race and develop stronger
relations within our communities.