Acting, BA Biographies

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Brandon Adam — @BrandonAdam

Brandon Adam is an actor, playwright, and librettist. Originally from Montreal, Brandon has performed at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and the Varna
Summer International Theatre Festival. Plays include “Nice Jewish X” (Theaterlab, Manhattan), "In
Rotation" (St. Paul’s Church, Brooklyn), and an upcoming play for Doghouse Ensemble Theatre. His
musical “Not Quite Extinct” is currently in development and has been previewed at Feinstein’s/54


Essence Brown

Essence Brown is a half Puerto Rican, half Black actor from Miami, FL. She has collaborated in
the creation of various projects including full length productions and adaptations. As a
collaborator, you can expect focus, adaptability, a playful and energetic spirit, critical listening,
inventive offerings, and efficiency from Essence. She has performed at 3-Legged Dog
(Lysistrata), played in Central Park (All One Forest), and created new work abroad (Seven
Floors), amongst others.


Rachel Confrancisco — @rachelconfrancisco

Rachel Is a NJ/NY based actor, playwrite, poet, director and divisor. Rachel’s first Short Film,
“Happy Birthday Rachel Confrancisco” which she wrote, directed and acted in, is making its
rounds at film festivals right now. This past January she performed in an original devised show,
Sun(Day) at the Lionheart Theatre in Georgia. In the past she has performed original works in
the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and the Varna Summer International Theatre Festival. She
is trying her best to be instagram famous.


Hannah Doyon

Hannah Jane Doyon is a New York City actor originally from Boston Massachusetts. Hannah
started dancing at the age of two and her love of performing has grown ever since. Hannah also
enjoys working in comedy and continues her work with the Upright Citizens Brigade and making
her own original comedic content. Having both training on stage and on camera, Hannah has
worked with directors such as David O’Russell, cinematographer Roy Wagner ASC, Amy
Schumer, and more. Hannah hopes to have a career full of new and exciting work that pushes
the envelope of storytelling. Hannah is currently working on a full length screenplay and a miniseries.


Sarah Hurley

Sarah Hurley will receive her degree in acting from the PACE School of Performing Arts
International Performance Ensemble Program in May 2019. Sarah grew up in Peterborough, NH
and moved to New York City after completing a year of acting school at the University of New
Hampshire. There she studied Lessac Work with Deborah Kinghorn and worked with the Paper
Moon Puppet Theatre Company. Sarah has extensive experience working in devised processes
and with Shakespearean text. Sarah’s other interests lie in art history, modern art, and the study
of classical literature, the influences of which often appear in her work. In addition to acting
Sarah is a director and dramaturg who approaches storytelling as a team sport.


Brianna Janoczkin

(Website coming soon)

Brianna Janoczkin, is a bold and firey NY based actor and a graduate of the Pace International
Performance Ensemble. Proficient in both Russian and French, Brianna is passionate about theatre
all over the globe and has been able to perform original work in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria, as well as
Sibiu, Romania. Brianna has also written two musicals that were featured at 54 below here in NYC.
Eager to tell unconventional stories and expose the truth, Brianna approaches her work in a way that
is both raw and honest, letting the story be what it needs to be.


Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson is a trained actor, musician, deviser, and visual artist based in New York City,
originally hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She has a passion for deep
character exploration and world building, and developing work that inspires social change by
catalyzing changes within individual audience members. When she’s not producing new
theatrical work, she’s playing gigs and writing new tunes with her folk and jazz duo Willowdell,
creating scores for plays and films, and drawing intricate doodles.


Gracie Kennedy

Gracie is a Cape Cod, Massachusetts native who has a special passion for Shakespeare, comedy,
text analysis and dogs of most kind. From an early age, she began her singing career with hit
originals based off of the animals in her house. This developed into a strong love and talent for
musical theatre and eventually, Shakespeare and tv style comedy. Gracie is also a writer, and a
makeup artist. Gracie has completed training at Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, Barcelona
Institute of the Arts, and the Grotowski Institute. In addition to graduating from Pace University with a
Bachelor's in Acting, she has completed internships at Carson Kolker, Calleri Casting and will
complete one more at Telsey + Co in the Spring. Gracie also studies voice with Drew Gasparini and
Louis Sacco in NYC.


Jamie Lowenstein — @rumchoke / @not_jlo

Jamie Lowenstein is an actor and theatre-maker (whatever that means) based in New York City
with interest in devised, classic, and queer works (sometimes all at once!). Jamie is a founding
member of the ensemble Rum & Choke, whose work has been featured at The PIT & Square1
in Brooklyn. Most recently Jamie was featured in “Salome” (dir. James Rutherford) at Irondale


A.J. Newman

A.J. Newman is an Actor/Musician currently living in Brooklyn, New York. A.J. is a senior in Pace University's International Performance Ensemble acting program, through which he has had the opportunity to study theatre abroad at the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona, and The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw. A.J. has performed/devised original works as an actor on the stage at: Theatre Row, Dixon Place, IofA Barcelona, and Pace University; and on films directed by: Jacob Kessler, Aly Brier, Mark Gallo, and Garrett Stivers. He has performed original music (vocals/saxophone) with bandmate Ray Johnson, under the name Willowdell, in Central Park, Coney Island Baby, and Arlene's Grocery. As well as produced original music (accessible via music streaming apps), utilizing his skills in singing/rapping, composition, lyricism, songwriting, and multi-instrumentalism under the moniker, Elijah Would.


Chad Nowlan

Chad Nowlan is an actor and writer currently living in New York City, originally hailing from
Massachusetts. He has spent a significant portion of his career creating theater for children and
families with performances throughout New England, New York, and Europe. Chad’s first fulllength
musical, Murder Pass, is currently being workshopped throughout New York City.


Stephanie Orta-Vazquez —

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Stephanie Orta-Vázquez is a New York based actor,
combatant, theater-maker and collaborator. Stephanie is a passionate, energetic asset to new
and old work anywhere. Her past work includes Polaroid Stories (mainstage at Shaeberle
Studio), Warning! Contents May Be Hot! (Theater Row), Dead Man Cellphone (The Producer's
Club), What You’ve Done (NY Summerfest), and Locker Room Talk (Dixon Place), among
others. Follow her on instagram! ( "Para mi isla, siempre."


McLain Powell

McLain Powell was born and raised in Northern Virginia, to a family full of performers.
She is a triple threat with a passion for musical theater, dance, and also winning any
time of competitive game. McLain received a BA in Acting from Pace University’s
International Performance Ensemble. She has training in devising and has collaborated
on many short pieces and full length plays. Her creating also extends to writing! Mclain
has written a short musical (Ripple Effect) that debuted at 54 Below. She has extensive
dance training, and a background of being a dance competition kid. She doesn’t
remember a time not surrounded by dancing, music, and constant rehearsals. She has
had the opportunity to use her skills in many productions from A Chorus Line (Judy) to
Pippin (Fastrada). Whether it be a play or musical McLain is an energetic performer who
loves a collaborative process, and the power and joy that can be found in theater!


Rory Spillane

Rory Spillane is a Long Island born, New York City based actor, collaborator, and theatre
maker. Rory fell in love with acting at early age, and in 2015 he moved to learn everything he
can about his passion. He is about to complete his B.A in Acting in Pace University’s
International Performance Ensemble. Rory has been very busy making Theatre with his
classmates these past few years, appearing in productions at Pace as well as outside of Pace,
performing at Venues such as The Hive and St. Paul’s Theatre. Additionally, in 2017 he Co-
Created “SadDude Productions” a YouTube Sketch Comedy Chanel. As an artist, Rory is drawn
to stories that explore the awkward, uncomfortable aspects of the human experience- the things
that everyone goes through but no one wants to talk about- in a thoughtful, clever, and
humorous manner.