JESSIE AUSTRIAN is a theater-maker, educator, activist and parent. She is one of Fiasco Theater’s Co-Artistic Directors and founders.Previously with Roundabout: Fiasco’s Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Other NY Theater: Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor, Fiasco’s Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (BST, TFANA, New Vic). London: Fiasco’s Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). Regional: The Old Globe, McCarter, Folger Theatre, The Guthrie, Trinity Rep, ATL and Williamstown, among others. TV/Film: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Made in Jersey, Futurestates. As a director/co-director: Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes nominee for Best Direction) at The Folger Theater and Theatre For A New Audience, Fiasco’s The Imaginary Invalid at The Old Globe, Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood at Playmakers Rep. Adjunct faculty at NYU’s Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown and the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program. Proud mom of Asher and partner of Noah.
NOAH BRODY is an actor, director, teacher and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. He co-directed and acted in Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods (Roundabout, McCarter, Old Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Co.) and Cymbeline (TFANA, Barrow Street). He appeared in Fiasco’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger, TFANA) and co-directed the national tour of Fiasco’s production of Into the Woods. Recent credits include As You Like It (CSC, John Doyle, dir.) and directing Lungs at the Wolfe Street Theatre. He loves Asher and Jessie beyond space and time, and past forever.
PAUL L. COFFEY Off Broadway: Fiasco’s Cymbeline TFANA/Barrow Street Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew, TFANA. Regional: Fiasco’s Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre; various shows with Trinity Repertory Co., Pig Iron Theatre Co., The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, The Theater at Monmouth, BoarsHead Theater, The Peterborough Players, Berkshire Theatre Festival. Training: M.F.A. from the Brown/Trinity Graduate Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow.
ANDY GROTELUESCHEN has appeared Off-Broadway and around the world in Fiasco’s Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory (London), Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Old Globe; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), Twelfth Night (CSC), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience, St. Clair Bayfield Award), Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience/Barrow Street Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre) and The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe). He also appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), the Cyclops in The Odyssey (Public Works at Delacorte Theater), and world premieres at 13P, The Exchange, and St. Ann’s Warehouse. Mr. Grotelueschen’s regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, and all across the country with The Acting Company. He has appeared on television in “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “The Good Cop” and “The Knick.” His film credits include Still on the Road (PBS), Coin Heist (Netflix), Geezer, Land of Kings, and Tumorhead. He is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company M.F.A. Program in Acting.
BEN STEINFELD is an actor, director, teacher and co-artistic director of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater. As an actor, Ben has been seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway acting and directing work for Fiasco includes: the Baker in Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) at the Roundabout and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory; Cymbelineat Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); and Measure for Measure at the New Victory Theatre (New York Times Top Ten of 2014). Co-director: The Two Gentlemen of Verona at TFANA/Folger (Helen Hayes nom.). Regional theater work includes: McCarter, Long Wharf, the Old Globe, Trinity Rep and many others. His television and film acting work includes: HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,the upcoming film Callahan, “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU’s Gallatin School, where he is an adjunct professor and artistic associate. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
EMILY YOUNG is an actress, singer and writer. She is an original company member of Fiasco Theater and lead singer of the band, The Sweet Nothing. Acting credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway); Into The Woods, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, & Cymbeline, all over the world with Fiasco; The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA). Film/TV: Living With Yourself (Paul Rudd/Netflix), The Knick (Stephen Soderbergh/Cinemax); God of Love (Academy Award – Best Short); Manhattan Melody (Telluride); Natives (SXSW). M.F.A. Brown/Trinity; B.A. Brown University.
Navarra Novy-Williams is a New York City based dance artist and teacher. Dance experience includes Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Batsheva Ensemble, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet of Difference, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, zoe|juniper, and The Arias Company et. al. She teaches Gaga, ballet, and movement improvisation across the United States, including at the Juilliard School, NYU, SUNY Purchase, Movement Invention Project, MOVE(NYC), New Dialect, The Performing Arts Project, Dance Project of Washington Heights, and Dances for a Variable Population. She received a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School in 2006 and holds a MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School.
Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Ben Steinfeld, Artistic Directors
Michael Francis, Marketing And Business Manager
Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Emily Young, Company Members
Mara Isaacs, Artistic Advisor
Michael Perlman, Kathryn Armour, Artistic Associates
Fiasco Theater Board Members
Hope Goldstein, Robert Macdonald, Derek McLane & Joanna Cole
KATHRYN ARMOUR (M.A. University of Chicago), studied voice in Florence, Italy for 5 years, and then returned to study voice and acting in New York City. She was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and Pavarotti Competitions and has extensive performing experience in all genres from opera to cabaret. She taught voice at New York University for 17 years (in the CAP21 Music Theater Studio.) She also has a studio in mid-town Manhattan, where she teaches voice (for classical and Broadway singers) together with the Alexander Technique. She holds intensive summer courses in Voice and Alexander Technique at Lake Como, in the Italian Alps, and in late August she runs a VoiceCamp in New Hampshire. (www.KathrynArmour.com) Kathryn Armour is a certified Alexander Technique teacher, and is a member of ATI. She has been a performer at the last 3 international Alexander Technique Congresses, in Oxford, England, and Lugano, Switzerland. This season she has presented workshops in Voice and Alexander Technique for the University of Wisconsin Medical School Voice Clinic; the Sinclair Alexander Technique Training School in Toronto, and the Freedom to Act Conference in New York City. In April 2013 she will be a visiting professor at Wheaton College (MA) Drama and Dance Dept. Kathryn Armour is delighted to be working with the members of Fiasco Theater to prepare for their upcoming production of Into the Woods for the McCarter Theater.
A New York based director and writer, Michael has directed at Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Creede Repertory Theater, Swine Palace, Boise Contemporary Theater and the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs as well as workshops with The Playwrights’ Center, The Magic Theater and Young Playwrights, Inc. Assistant Directing credits include the Public Theater, Roundabout Theater Company. Michael’s play, From White Plains, is the recipient of a 2013 GLAAD Media Award. In addition, Michael’s one-person show Flying on the Wing was presented at the New York Fringe Festival, where it was the winner of Outstanding Solo Show. Michael is an Artistic Associate with both Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre. Michael is proud to be a member of SDC, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and holds a BA and MFA from Brown University.