CAST BIOS

(In Alphabetical Order)

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Alexandra Acosta* (Miranda) is an award-winning actress from Barranquilla, Colombia. She moved to the states at a young age and eventually landed in New York to attend Circle In The Square Theatre School. After Graduation, she appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, national tours, and commercials. Notable Credits include; Our Trojan War (B.A.M.), Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Video Games (Elektra Theatre), Don Quixote (National Tour), and Gender of Attraction (Julia de Burgos Performance & Arts Center). Her work in Gender of Attraction landed her the win for Best Supporting Actress, Fuerzafest. She'd like to thank the CFS family for welcoming her with open arms, especially Ellen Lieberman with all her kindness and warmth. She’s also grateful to her family for their continued love and support (including pups Lulu and Chloe). If you'd like to follow Alex through her journey, make sure to check out her website: Alexandraeacosta.com


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Craig Anthony Bannister* (King Alonso) is returning for the 10th time as an actor with Connecticut Free Shakespeare.  He was last seen as Baptista in Taming of the Shrew.  For the past 11 years has been on the acting staff of Only Make Believe, a children's theatre company, that takes interactive theatre into hospital and care facilities. Recent N.Y. credits: Joseph, Phoenix Theatre's, Judas; Holloway, Two Trains Running, JPAC.  Other Theatre Work:  Dandelion Production's - BRIDGE Program; Operation: Conversation Cops and Kids (program of the All Stars Project), SGB Generation Bridge: intergenerational theatre based workshops; Standardized Patient and Client for leading N.Y. Medical and Law Schools.  Executive/Artistic Director, Spectrum Arts Productions, an emerging arts service organization. 


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Ian Eaton* (Sebastian/Stephano) credits his enrichment in theater beginning at Harlem School of the Arts, studying voice, violin, and acting as a youngster. He continued studying acting at LaGuardia High School (Fame High), and graduated with a BFA in Acting from City College. He has appeared on television, credits include "Law and Order," and HBO's "Oz". Independent films, such as Signs He Made at Home portraying outsider artist Royal Robertson, and has had the privilege of performing national tours throughout the east coast. Theatrical roles include Charlie Parker in Flight at the Metropolitan Theatre, Esteban in Day of the Kings at INTAR, and performing Tara’s Crossing at The Lucille Lortel and Othello at The Clarion Theater. Has also spent 14 summers performing Shakespeare free of charge with Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CFS), most recently as Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew.  Ian is a proud member of Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that creates and perform interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities. 


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Mark Friedlander* (Antonio/Trinculo) is thrilled to be celebrating his 10th summer with CFS by playing both the villain and the clown! He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine and has studied acting in NYC, LA, and London. Currently based in NYC, Mark is a member of Dena Hammerstein’s theatre company, Only Make Believe, performing interactive shows with children in hospitals all around the city. When not performing, he works on staff at Columbia University Medical College, using his theatre training to teach communication skills to med students. Favorite CFS credits include: Romeo, Romeo and Juliet; d’Artagnan, Three Musketeers; Orlando, As You Like It; Grumio, Taming of the Shrew. Mark has performed on stage in NYC, regionally, and on four national tours, in addition to films, web series, and commercials. To stalk him online find out more, visit www.markfriedlander.actor.


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Uma Incrocci* (Ariel) is delighted to be back for her seventh season, and has appeared at CFS in Taming of the ShrewAs You Like ItTwelfth NightLove’s Labor’s Lost, and two productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her TV credits include “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She is also the co-author of the rock musical Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, which has had three productions in NY and NJ and is currently in fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run with Center Stage Capital.


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Alejandro Lopez* (Gonzalo, Company Manager) is thrilled to be returning to CFS for his 7th year! Previous acting credits include: National Theatre for Education and the Arts’ Don Quixote (Sancho Panza) and Mornings of April and May (Don Pedro). CT Free Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (Biondello), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Philostrate) and Romeo and Juliet (Friar John). Connecticut Repertory Theater’s O Beautiful (Saint Denis) and Dicen Las Paredes (Bernal). Current tech credits include: Play Director at Spring Glen Elementary School, Prop and Graphic design for CT Free ShakespeareScenic Charge Instructor at Hamden High School, Stage Manager for Pantochino Productions. Most recently, he had the pleasure of being one of the original cast members of the first ever show with Bridge. A new program of Dandelion Productions.  Thank you and love to his family, friends, and to Leroy who he misses every single day.


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Joel Oramas* (Ferdinand) is thrilled to be back with CFS after playing the role of Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew. Tours: The Prisoner’s Dilemma (London Tour), Oliver Twist and The Princess and the Pea (Northeast and Canada Tour). Selected Regional Credits: Pippin and Man of La Mancha (Jean's Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Burning Coal Theatre) The Rape of Lucrece (New York Shakespeare Exchange), Striking 12 (Company of Fools), Avenue Q (Hippodrome Theatre), Ugly Lies the Bone (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), Next: Emilia in Othello at The Brick Theatre. Training: MFA, University of Florida. IG: JoelOramas21


Myles Tripp* (Caliban) is happy to be back with CFS for his first Equity show. Some past credits include two National (Bilingual) Tours, and other favorites like Smokey Joes Cafe (Victor), Twelfth Night (Feste), and Into The Woods (Jack). Myles has a new Single out called Fairytale, which is available on all music outlets. Myles Tripp has always had a love for the Arts and is proud to call the stage home. 


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Channie Waites* (Prospero) is a performing artist, director, facilitator, educator and program consultant. She has worked and collaborated with youth, senior citizens and social justice leadership programs in the United States, Rwanda and South Africa. She has toured and performed professionally within the United States and abroad. She is currently performing a one-person adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, produced by Young Audiences New York and Harlem Stage, which she developed with an NEA grant. Channie recently inhabited the role of Prospero in Dandelion Productions’ BRIDGE The Tempest, where she also co-created and facilitated workshops in the two supportive housing communities, York Women’s Corrections facility and high school that the show traveled to. Channie has received several honors and acknowledgements for her audiobook narrations including most recently, A Poem For Peter, nominated for a 2018 Audie. She recently provided the video description for the James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro.

Channie was a co-founder of Capacity Arts, a theatre collective that created highly interactive historical dramas and developed tailored leadership workshops to lift up untold stories, build empathy across dividing lines, and deepen participants’ analysis of historical and present-day conditions. Channie has been co-program director for The International Theater and Literacy Project (ITLP) –Rwanda for the last four years where she has co-directed four original plays devised by youth and led professional development at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and the Rwinkwavu Community Learning Center and Library in Rwanda. Channie has a M.A. in Applied Theatre from the School of Professional Studies-CUNY and has a B.A. in Theatre from Penn State University.