THE RESIDENTS OF CRAIGSLIST: ARTISTS
Cara Barresi (performer)
Cara is ecstatic to be making her debut with ERA, and even more so to be here with YOU, sharing the Residents of Craigslist. When Cara is not prancing around on stage or subtly seducing the camera, she is a health educator by day. Her hobbies include listening and moving to music, playing her clarinet, being outdoors, hangin' with the hubby, and annoying her cats. She is a Leo and enjoys long floats down the river. Most importantly though, she'd like to thank you for coming tonight.
Will Bonfiglio (creator, performer)
Will first started working with ERA last spring as a performer in Make Hamlet. Other recent credits include Ragtime (COCA Presents), Assassins (November Theater Co.), and Disney's The Little Mermaid (Variety Children's Theatre). Additionally, he works as a Summer Arts Educator for COCA. After completing his BA in Theatre from Vanderbilt University, he developed and implemented a specialized bilingual theatre curriculum for a secondary school in Cantabria, Spain through the Fulbright fellowship. When not on stage, Will enjoys traveling and eating his way through Saint Louis. A huge thanks to Lucy for everything, and to the audience for supporting local arts and artists!
Mitch Eagles (performer)
Mitch is really glad to be working with ERA again, after appearing as Horatio in their premier production of MAKE HAMLET. He would like to thank everyone involved with The Residents of Craigslist, especially Lucy, Melissa, and stlouis.craigslist.org. In addition to scripted acting with ERA, he spends time exploring and creating improvisational theatre and dance, including productions in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, North Carolina, and (of course) St. Louis. He graduated from Washington University with a degree in physics and math, and is now a proud resident of South St. Louis City.
Ellie Schwetye (performer)
Ellie is a performer, director, and producer, primarily with Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble. She has appeared in six of SATE’s productions, including “Bachelorette”, “Macbeth”, and an original play, “Mary Shelley Monster Show”. Ellie has also performed with the Black Rep, New Jewish Theatre, and Black Cat Theatre/Piwacket Theatre for Children. Ellie won the 2014 Theatre Circle Award for Sound Design for her work on SATE’s production of “The Woman in Black”. Along with being a theatre-maker, Ellie is an avid theatre-goer (she’s seen over 70 live performances in 2014) and is proud to be a part of such a vibrant, arts-supportive community. Thanks to the artists and audiences who help tell these stories. “Wasn’t I lucky to be born in my favorite city?”
Natasha Toro (performer)
Natasha Toro is very excited to be a part of The Residents of Craigslist List and participating in her first ERA production. You may have seen her working with other companies such as HotCity, Mustard Seed Theatre Company, Nonprofits, Stray Dog Theatre Company, Dramatic License Production and many more. She would like to thank the cast and crew for such an amazing experience, and she would like to give a special shout out to Bug for all his support and helping with lines.
Ryan Wiechmann (performer)
Ryan Wiechmann is happy to make his debut at ERA and join the community that is Craigslist. Ryan recently graduated with his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Theatre Performance. Select credits: And Then There Were None (Marston),The 39 Steps (Hanny), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Coneybear),Beyond Therapy (Bob), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), and a collegiate rendition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Having been the president of his university’s experimental theatre organization, he is very excited to be a part of such an interesting and bizarre show. Always having a soft-spot for nontraditional shows, he would like to thank everyone responsible for putting this show together – including the original authors for each posting. He would like to thank ERA, all of the ROC team, and his amazing family and friends. Let's get weird...
Lucy Cashion (creator, director, designer)
Lucy is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and founder and artistic director of the experimental theatre company ERA. St. Louis: Make Hamlet (adaptor, producer, director, designer); The K of D (Assistant Director); The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (assistant director); Schneewittchen, a German-language adaptation for kids of the Grimm fairytale (playwright, director). NYC theatre credits: AK-47 Sing-Along, a play by Samara Weiss about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, at HERE Arts Center (director, sound designer, co-composer; New York International Fringe Festival award - “Excellence in Directing”); De Sous (now called Latino), a new, bi-lingual work by Camila Le-Bert about the Latino experience in the US (director, sound designer); a dance-theatre interpretation of Otso Huopaniemi’s play Snow Fleas (co-director, sound designer). Lucy is a teaching artist with Shakespeare Festival St Louis. MFA: Columbia University; training: l’École d’art dramatique Eva St-Paul, SITI Company.
Melissa Blair (stage manager)
Melissa hates writing bios, but loves working on new plays with great people! Past stage management credits include, Ragtime(COCA), In TheHeights(COCA), The Probe(Hot City Theatre), Backwards In High Heels(The Cleveland Playhouse), My Name is Asher Lev,(Cleveland) Dracula(Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Kite Runner(ATL) A Tuna Christmas(ATL), and several Humana Festivals(ATL). By day, she “stage manages” Schnarr’s Hardware, where the script is never the same twice, and no one knows their lines. Melissa holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance with an Emphasis in Design and Technology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
Gabe Taylor (assistant director)
Gabe is elated to be working on his first ERA show. He is currently the Resident Stage Manager at New Line Theatre, and serves as the Artist Services chair with St Lou Fringe. Gabe was involved in stage management with The Theatre Lab’s inaugural production of The Sunset Limited and the 2012 Summer season at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI. He directed a successful production of the Neo-Futurist piece Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind with the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Theatre Department in October 2012, which was remounted for SIUE’s 2013 X-FEST, in partnership with the Student Experimental Theatre Organization. Some of his favorite performances include Narrator in The Colored Museum, Husband 1 in The Frog and the Scorpion, Philostrate in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. He thanks you for choosing live theatre over yet another movie about vampires.
Erik Kuhn (lighting designer)
Erik has worked both on and off stage, including dabbling briefly in design. Most recently, he's worked with St Louis Shakespeare as an actor and fight choreographer and with groups such as Shooting Star Productions and Max & Louie Productions on carpentry and lighting. He last worked with ERA on "Make Hamlet" and is thrilled to be given another chance to play and explore with such an exciting group creating unique works such as this.
Katrin Hackenberg (photographer)
Originally from Berlin, Germany, Katrin left a predictable career in banking to move with her husband to St. Louis, USA. She combined her previous love for capturing a moment in time through photography with her newfound spare time as she explored her new environment. She began a new, unpredictable life of creative work. She enrolled in the art classes at St. Louis Community College. She began working with ERA, which has provided her with a phenomenal opportunity to photograph and engage with unique, creative people. Katrin won first prize in the International Student Photo Contest in Missouri in April 2014.
Mollie Amburgey (press contact)
Mollie Amburgey is graduate from Saint Louis University ('13) with a double major in theatre and journalism/marketing. Theatrical credits: R-S Theatrics (Lizzie Cherry, The Cherry Sisters Revisited), Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (Stage Manager, Nine/Sketch, The Woman in Black, and Bachelorette), Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis (Assistant Stage Manager, Old Hearts Fresh), and independently produced and directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Shake38 Festival, Saint Louis. Recently, she performed as Lauren Vail in the local production of The Violinist, and the role of Letta in Death of a Salesman with Insight Theatre Company. Mollie is now newly an EMC candidate.
Kevin Arkell (ERA managing director)
Kevin Arkell joined ERA in the fall of 2013, taking on the responsibilities of Managing Director. He oversees ERA's financial and marketing activities. Outside of ERA, Kevin Arkell is an Assistant Brand Manager with Nestle Purina, working on product development for the Friskies brand. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Skidmore College and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.