Alexis Macnab - Artistic Director
Alexis Macnab is an adaptor and director of new performance whose original work has been produced internationally and across the U.S. She has received funding and support from The Jim Henson Foundation, the City of Santa Monica Department of Cultural Affairs, the CalArts Center for New Performance, and New York City’s chashama arts. Her adaptations of literature for the stage include Vladimir Nabokov's Gods, (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Leo Tolstoy's Family Happiness (Chicago's Piven Theater), and multiple adaptations of Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady (New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans). Working across media in theater, dance, new music, and puppetry, Macnab fuses performing disciplines to challenge assumptions about form and genre in the live arts. www.alexismacnab.com
Nora King - Producer/Player
Nora King is living in Los Angeles as an actor/producer. Her recent theater credits include; Thirteen’s Spring and Metamorphosis (Moving Art Collective-Hollywood Fringe Festival), The Mongoose (The Road Theatre), Cem (UCLA Artist Residency/REDCAT), Johnny: The Quick and The Dead (Speakeasy Society). Nora has also founded Acting for Others, a non-profit theater company that raises awareness and funds for charity. She has a BFA from CalArts as well as training from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings School. She is so excited to be producing and acting with Chamber Shakespeare. Noraking.net
Kamran Abbassian - Player
Kamran Abbassian was born and raised in Southern California and has been acting for over a decade. A graduate of CalArts BFA program, he is active in both Film/Television and Theater projects. Kamran is very passionate about exploring the possible approaches to getting a non-thespian audience to take away something meaningful from the stories he helps to share . In performance, his highest hope is to just let a little believability creep in.
Michael Bates - Player
Michael Bates is a Los Angeles native and CalArts grad who has previously performed Shakespeare with the Sillicon Valley Shakespeare, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Theatricum Botanicum. He is both excited and humbled to be in your living room.
James Cowan - Player
Christine Harms - Player
Christine Harms is a graduate of the CalArts MFA Acting Program (CLA ’13). She is a member of The Actor’s Gang under the direction of Tim Robbins and has performed in multiple shows and readings with them including “Refugee Project”. Stage and screen credits include: Cocktales: The Series, The Johnny Cycle, and Romeo & Juliet: POKEMON GO!
Jenny Greer - Player
Tane Kawasaki - Player
Tane Kawasaki is an LA-based theatre artist and educator. Selected stage credits include: CLOUDED SULPHUR (dir. Janie Geiser, Automata); THE WASTE LAND (dir. Hilario Saavedra, Filament); TERMEN VOX MACHINA (dir. Max Truax, Filament); MY UNCLE SAM (dir. Joshua Moyse, Sacred Fools); KING LEAR (dir. Travis Preston, Center for New Performance).
Ambrose Cappuccio - Player
Ambrose Cappuccio is a LA based artist from the CALARTS Acting program. His credits include Midsummer Nights Dream (M. Rosato), The Bald Soprano (W. McGuire), A Dream Play (Y. Suk-yoo). He also wrote, directed, and acted in his own work Confetti that had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016. He is very grateful to be a part of Chamber Shakespeare.
Marina Libel - Player
Marina Libel is a performance maker, comedian, and actor, originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has a BA in Theater/Dance and Mathematics from Amherst College and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. That all means you may have seen her improvising with teams around town, dancing in a cloth house, hawking everything from cars to cold cuts on TV commercials, running a conference on the performative body, or as the witch Zaniel or the DIY guru Dodi de la Fünghi online.
Lisa McNeely - Player
Lisa McNeely is a working performance artist, musician, and craft artist based in Los Angeles. Lisa has a BA from Humboldt State University in Philosophy with a minor in Music. She is also a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater trained in commedia, mask, acrobatics, clowning, and ensemble-based original work. Lisa currently works at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits as a performing artists and full suit puppeteer. You can also find Lisa singing, running, and playing in music videos, commercials, and in dingy bars about town.
Jessica Rosilyn - Player
Jessica Rosilyn earned her M.F.A in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Some of her favorite roles at CalArts includes: Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba, Ma in Dance the Fallen, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Mary in Rabbit in the Blue. Since graduating, Jessica has had the opportunity to work with various Theatre companies in the LA area. Her most recent credit is the portrayal of Intisar in VEILS directed by April Webster, for the Road Theatre Company's "Summer Playwrights Festival". Jessica has done work at The Getty Villa, Theatre40, and with The Speakeasy Society. She can also be seen on the new CBS series DOUBT, coming out later this fall. Jessica is humbled to be a part of this incredibly talented collection of artists. She would like to thank Alexis for the continuous support she's given her as an actress over the years, and for creating this opportunity to explore Shakespeare's plays in depth and with a new, refreshing approach.
Nikhil Pai - Player
Nikhil Pai is a Los Angeles based actor and educator. He is a frequent collaborator and company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company and the Speakeasy Society. He has also appeared in several network television shows including, Selfie, Castle, Superstore and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Additionally he appeared in the feature film Miss Stevens opposite Lily Rabe. He earned his MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Michael Pignatelli - Player
Michael Pignatelli is excited and honored to be making his debut with Chamber Shakespeare. Michael is a New Jersey native who moved to Los Angeles to receive his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. When Michael isn’t expanding his sneaker collection he can be seen around Los Angeles collaborating with the Speakeasy Society developing immersive theatre. Michael would like to thank his family back in NJ for the constant and never-ending support and the CalArts Mafia for always looking out for the family.
Chris Porter - Composer
Chris Porter is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based composer of concert works, film scores, theater music, and other performance events with projects that have been seen and heard across the country and around the globe. Chris is the Associate Artistic Director for The Speakeasy Society and a frequent collaborator with Independent Shakespeare Company. www.chrisportercomposer.com
Elena Sanz - Player
Elena Sanz was born in Spain and travelled around from a very young age. She received her MA in Acting for Screen from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and continued her actor training after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Atlantic Acting School in New York. She has both film and theater credits in London, New York and Los Angeles.
Gyasi Silas - Player
Gyasi Silas is a classically trained actor residing in Los Angeles, Ca. He studied Shakespeare and Rodenburg speech technique at Guildhall School in London and in 2014 received a BFA in acting at CalArts. Notable collaborations include The Magic Tower directed by Eyal Resh and James Franco, DJ Juan Workshop directed by Deborah LaVine and James Franco, The Coloured Museum directed by James Avery and Jozben Barrett, and What to Send Up When It Goes Down written and directed by Aleshea Harris (2016 winner of The Relentless Award.)
Paul Turbiak - Player
Paul Turbiak has appeared onstage all over Los Angeles, including The Geffen Playhouse, LATC, the Colony Theatre, Actors Co-op, Rogue Artists Ensemble, A Noise Within, Sacred Fools, Not Man Apart, Theatre of Note, Son of Semele, REDCAT, and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. MFA in Acting from CalArts. http://www.paulturbiak.com/