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A Midsummer Night's Dream



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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Directed by Jack Stehlin
Dramaturg Alfred Molina
Produced by Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Four young lovers, a traveling troupe of actors, and the mystical fairies who manipulate them all - in one wild night of mischief.

Nadia Benavides, Brendan Brandt, Robert Cicchini,
Paulina Gamiz,
Adam Gentzler, Joseph Gilbert, Steve Gustavson, Josh Heine,
Noah James, John Kassir, Ruman Kazi, Floyd Lewis, Jordan Lund, Lily Marks,
Bart Myer, Kate Parkin, Chelsea Povall, Anastasia Roussel, Jack Stehlin,
Carly Waldman, Vanessa Waters

original music by Roger Bellon
lighting design Derrick McDaniel
scenic design Kitty Rose
costume design Barbara Little
dance choreography John Farmanesh Bocca


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Jordan Lund, Adam Gentzler, Jack Stehlin, Floyd Lewis, Joseph Gilbert and Brendan Brandt
Jordan Lund, Adam Gentzler, Jack Stehlin, Floyd Lewis, Joseph Gilbert and Brendan Brandt
ack Stehlin, Floyd Lewis, Brendan Brandt
Jack Stehlin, Floyd Lewis, Brendan Brandt
Kate Parkin, Josh Heine
Kate Parkin, Josh Heine

John Kassir

Robert Cicchini, Vanessa Waters
back: Paulina Gamiz, Chelsea Povall

Noah James, Lily Marks
Chelsea Povall
Chelsea Povall
Jack Stehlin, Brendan Brandt, Floyd Lewis, Joseph Gilbert, Adam Gentler, Jordan Lund
Jack Stehlin, Brendan Brandt, Floyd Lewis, Joseph Gilbert, Adam Gentler, Jordan Lund
Nadia Benavides, Paulina Gamiz, Vanessa Waters, Chelsea Povall, Carly Waldman
Nadia Benavides, Paulina Gamiz, Vanessa Waters, Chelsea Povall, Carly Waldman

Bart Myer, Anastasia Roussel



Nadia BenavidesNADIA BENAVIDES Cobweb
Nadia Benavides is thrilled to be part of The New American Theatre. Though new to the theater world, she’s no stranger to Hollywood. Nadia has appeared in several independent films, web projects, and over a dozen commercials. Her most recent creation is the sketch comedy group “Kingdom JunkieZ”. Nadia feels more than blessed to share the stage with such a talented group of actors for the second time. You can see more of Nadia at or check her out as “Rosa the Imposer” at




Brendan BrandtBRENDAN BRANDT Francis Flute
A NAT/Circus member for 5 years, previous work with NAT includes Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Getting Out, Tennessee Williams’ 5 Beauties, and six original one acts for three of NAT’s festivals (favorites are Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby and The F*#king Neighbors). Other LA Theater includes the premiere of Wild Geese at the Skylight, Godspell in Glendale, Miss Margarida’s Way at the Odyssey, and Twist at the Avery Shreiber. TV-Criminal Minds:Suspect Behavior, Working Class, Close To Home. Film-Starla, Life Tracker, Mob Rules. Brendan is the author of “Waiting Tables, Dodging Bullets” which can be found anywhere books are sold.




Robert CicchiniROBERT CICCHINI Oberon
Bob is an associate artist with NAT and has a proud 24 year association with the company. Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, The Job (Garland Award Winner, performance), Three Sisters, No Exit, Man.Gov, and Bedfellows, are just a few of the plays he has acted in for NAT. He has directed numerous productions here as well, including: The Heiress, Antigone (Anouilh), Getting Out, The Lower Depths, and The Maids, among others. Bob has a very active film and television career and has acted in over 30 feature films and about 65 TV episodes. Film includes The Godfather III, War of the Worlds, Primary Colors, Light Sleeper, Path to War, Dreamgirls, and most recently California Solo (with Robert Carlysle) and the provocatively titled CHINK. He has worked with Francis Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Mike Nichols, John Frankenheimer, Spike Lee, and many other celebrated film directors. TV includes Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI, CSI/NY, Law and Order, The Closer, Without a Trace, Desperate Housewives, The Soprano’s, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Frasier, ER, The Practice, 24, and many more. He recently directed and starred in the feature film Waterwalk, which won a 2013 Eclipse award from The Michigan Film Society. Bob especially enjoys teaching acting with New American Theatre. He has taught improvisational acting techniques, on-camera acting techniques, and is now teaching an acting/scene study class based on the collected works of Constantin Stanislavsky, whose profound and useful principles are the guiding philosophy of acting study and performance at NAT.

Paulina GamizPAULINA GAMIZ Moth
Originally from Mexico, Paulina is a graduate from Stella Adler Acting Studio in New York. Plays include: August: Osage County (at Stella Adler), Hurlyburly (at Stella Adler) Something Outrageous ( at The 45th street Theatre NYC) , Much Ado About Nothing (at The Fringe Festival Edinburgh). Films include: Cochinita (Short FIlm), Private Parts (Short Film), El hijo del Sur (Short Film), Fugitivos de la Ley (NBC/Mund2) Dance includes: Dance for me (music video), Juego de Azar (music video) as well as winning some National dance competitions in Mexico.



Adam Gentzler ADAM GENTZLER Snug
Adam is making his theatre debut in Los Angeles. Originally from Ohio, he has performed in numerous plays from ages 12-20 before moving to New York and then to Los Angeles to pursue a film acting career. He also enjoys improv comedy and has performed on the Upright Citizen’s Brigade stage. He is proud to be a part of the cast and is excited to return to the theatre.



Joseph GilbertJOSEPH GILBERT Robin Starveling
Joseph is proud to make his inaugural appearance with The New American Theatre. Recent favorite roles include: Edgar Allan Poe in the world premier of Nevermore, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tommy in Normal Heart and the musical comedy The World’s Worst Play. Joseph received his professional acting training at The Second City Chicago, Atlantic Theatre Company and SITI Company in New York, and with professionals from the Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. Joseph has appeared in features, television, festival shorts, and national commercials.




Steve GustafsonSTEVE GUSTAFSON Egeus
A former member of both the Actor’s Co-op and The Colony Studio Theater, Steve is delighted to now be a part of the New American Studio Ensemble. Steve’s past theater work includes: And Then There Were None, 1940’s Radio Hour, King Lear, God’s Favorite, The Philadelphia Story, The Crucible, Sherlock’s Last Case, The Elephant Man and many others. Steve has also appeared on Broadway and in Las Vegas as well as having many numerous Film and television credits. He is a proud recipient of both Emmy and Grammy awards for his work on the PBS series The Electric Company.




JOSH HEINE Demetrius
Josh is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he studied at Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Stonestreet School of Film and Television. Theater credits include the world premier of My First Time, the co-lead in Jewtopia, Diving Normal at Fringe NYC (Outstanding ensemble award for 2006) and IAMA Theater Companies Production of The Accidental Blond by Lesley Headland. Josh understudied the title character in Wendy Wasserstein’s last play, Third, at Lincoln Center, and starred in Sick opposite Andre DeShields at the Summer Play Festival. Regional credits include Picnic (Baltimore Centerstage) and Women and Wallace (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He played Benjamin in the national tour of The Graduate (Las Vegas). Film: Nice Knowing You, Manslaughter, Exposed, A Night in the Hill. Television: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday, Without a Trace, Law & Order: CI, Off The Map, The Exes.



Noah JamesNOAH JAMES Lysander
Noah James attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at The Meisner Studio, The Experimental Theatre Wing, Stonestreet Studios, and abroad at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Television: 90210. Film credits Include: Dog it Down, In Development, Goodbye Simon, and Breaking & Entering. NYU Theater credits include: Spring Awakening, Pericles, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Nine, Blue Window, and Three Sisters. Represented by Cavaleri & Associates,




John KassirJOHN KASSIR Robin Goodfellow / Puck
Known for unique roles like: The Crypt Keeper on HBO’s Tales From The Crypt; Shemp in The Three Stooges Movie and Ralph in Reefer Madness, Movie Musical, John was Star Search’s $100,000.00 Standup Champion. John’s theater credits include: Dottore in The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center); Ralph in Reefer Madness (Winner Ovation / Garland awards); Kenny in Three Guys Naked.... (Drama Desk / Outer Critics Circle award nominations), and Silence! The Musical, LA. (winner LA Weekly Award). Currently Starring in Bryan Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer. Twitter, Facebook,



Ruman KaziRUMAN KAZI Zoltan
Kazi has the typical Hollywood story. Raised to be a theologian and a surgeon from Pakistani immigrants in southern Illinois, leads to life as a professional drummer, actor, and certified public accountant. Textbook tale. Having recently graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting professional conservatory, he is honored to join The New American Theatre Company ensemble of players and to continue his development amongst such a decorated and dedicated group of artists. Midsummer marks his first production with the New Americans.




Floyd LewisFLOYD LEWIS Tom Snout
With The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals: Sam I Am,The Man with the Tiny Head, Getting Out, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Test (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Joey (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of The Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (Great Scenes from Classic American Plays), Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov), Norman in Boys Next Door (Ten Great Scenes). Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate and proud member of the New American Studio Ensemble.




JORDAN LUND Peter Quince
Appearances for NAT/CT include: Julius Caesar, More Lies About Jerzy, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Man.Gov, and As You Like It. Broadway: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival). NY: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, The Golem, Twelfth Night, King John (NY Shakespeare Festival in Central Park), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (LaMama) Regional: Ahmanson, Portland Stage, TheatreWorks, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland PlayHouse. Over 80 film and TV appearances include: The Bucket List, Doc Hollywood, Speed, The American President, Species, Lonesome Dove, The Stand, Without A Trace, Cheers, Frasier, Firefly, Law & Order, Star Trek DS9, TNG & Enterprise. Jordan received his training at Carnegie-Mellon University. Jordan is an N.A.T. Associate Artist/ Teacher.

Lily MarksLILY MARKS Hermia
Lily Marks, an LA native, recently graduated from The University of Michigan with a BFA in acting, and spent a semester studying in London at BADA. Favorite theater credits: Pride and Prejudice (dir. Timothy Douglas), As You Like It, Wanton Displays of Affection (NYC Fringe) and Team Starkid’s A Very Potter Musical trilogy (over 100 million YouTube channel views). She performed in the Festival of New One Act Plays last year.



Bart MyerBART MYER Theseus
This is Bart’s first appearance with New American Theatre. Originally from New Mexico/Texas, Bart has been performing on stage across the country for 20 years. New York credits include Betty’s Summer Vacation(Rattlestick Theatre), Grease (Lincoln Center), The Foreigner (Outcast Theatre). Other credits include Beast on the Moon (Stage West), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Circle Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Swine Palace), Broadway Bound (Water Tower Theatre), A Soldier’s Play(Jubilee Theatre). Bart was the voice of several characters for the cartoon Dragon Ball Z , and he has appeared in several films, TVshows, and commercials.




Kate ParkinKATE PARKIN Helena
Kate is thrilled to be making her company debut with the New American Theatre. Previous roles include: Rosalind (As You Like It, Damned Spot Productions), Tricia (Dog Sees God, No Bucks Theatre), Catherine (Proof, Ithaca Underground Theatre). Film: Love & Teleportation. When she is not speaking in iambic pentameter, she enjoys writing and performing Harry Potter musical parodies on her YouTube channel (weasleysweaters). She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.A in Drama, and an alumni of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute.




Chelsea PovallCHELSEA POVALL Peaseblossom
With New American Theatre: Julius Caesar, I Never Sang for My Father, Macbeth, The Women, The Festival of New One Act Plays, and 365 Days/365 Plays. She stepped in as Juliet for two performances of Romeo and Juliet this summer with Shakespeare by the Sea. Other credits include The Night of the Black Cat, Brigadoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, Brighton Beach Memoirs, AnnieGet your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Oklahoma!. She was also a Lead Singer/Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines. Chelsea is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. New American Theatre Company Member.



L Hippolyta
Anastasia holds an MFA in acting from CalArts and has an extensive theatrical resume. Some favorite roles are Kate in Shrew, Abigail in The Crucible, Cynthia in The Real Inspector Hound, and Corie in Barefoot In The Park. In 2012, Anastasia was awarded ‘Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy’ for her portrayal of Rosemary opposite Oliver Muirhead in Bullshot Crummond and The Invisible Bride of Death. Film/TV credits include A Murder of Crows and a recurring on Y&R. She won BEST ACTRESS at The Baltimore Film Festival for Aimée Price.




Carly WaldmanCARLY WALDMAN Mustardseed
Carly was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area. She recently graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting. She also received a certificate of Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Some of her favorite Boston credits include Mary’s Wedding (Mary), The Imaginary Invalid (Angelique), Arcadia (Chloe). LAMDA credits: Julius Caesar (Cassius) and The Country Wife (Lady Fidget). Carly is a recent member of the New American Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be working with such a wonderfully dedicated team.




Vanessa WatersVANESSA WATERS Titania
As a long time company member, plays with The New American Theatre include: Julius Caesar, As Is, The Women, Three Sisters, Macbeth, and five different productions of One Acts. With Shakespeare Santa Monica, The Merchant of Venice and Vanessa recently starred in the premiere of Blind Spots by Colette Freedman. She has appeared on the television show House, numerous independent films, and is also a voice over actress. She is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest) and holds a B.F.A. in theater from Ithaca College.




Roger BellonROGER BELLON Composer
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the seventh collaboration between The NewAmerican Theatre and Roger Bellon. His latest feature, 186 Dollares to Freedom, premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Roger attended The Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition andcompleted post-graduate studies in composition and conducting at The École Normalede Musique, Paris.He has scored over three hundred television episodes and numerous award winning television movies and mini-series. Bellon received an Emmy Nomination for his scoreto the CBS television movie Frankenstein.


JOhn Farmanesh-BoccaJOHN FARMANESH-BOCCA Dance Choreographer
John Farmanesh-Bocca is the Founding Artistic Director of both Not Man Apart - Physical Theatre Ensemble and Shakespeare Santa Monica. & Winning Directing Credits include ‘Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath’ (Edinburgh Fringe - Fringe First Award), ‘Pericles Redux’ (The Kirk Douglas Theatre) ‘Titus Redux’ (LA Radar Fest) and ‘AS/IS’ (New American Theatre). Other Directing Credits include ‘Hercules Furens’ for The Getty Villa TheatreLab and most recently John directed a radical adaptation of LYSISTRATA for the villa, starring Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis . New York directing credits include: Woyzeck, Closer, and Fortinbras (Juilliard/Lincoln Center). Farmanesh-Bocca trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before serving as Directing Fellow at The Juilliard School’s Drama Division (2003-2005). John is very pleased to contribute as always to dear friends Jack Stehlin and the New American Theatre.



Derrick McDanielDERRICK McDANIEL Lighting Designer
Derrick has designed lighting for this group that include, The Misanthrope, Iphigenia in Aulis, Man.Gov, More Lies About Jersey - and at least a dozen others. And all of them for Circus Theatricals, which is now known as The New American Theatre.When Derrick is not collaborating on lighting with Jack Stehlin, he fills his time with other projects. Recently winning the LA Weekly 2012 award for lighting Mercy Seat at the Inside the Ford Theater. And has been nominated for Ovation Awards for “The Shelter” at the Odyssey Theater and “Lady” at the Road Theater.




BARBARA LITTLE Costume Designer
Barbara Little is a costume designer who enjoys working in both film and theater. This is Barbara’s first year in Los Angeles, having recently relocated here from her native Chicago, Illinois where she studied costume and art history at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Barbara’s design credits include Howard Zinn’s Emma An American Anarchist, the AFI thesis film Revenge Against the Mop Bucket Mastermind, and the Jeff Award nominated world premiere play “Savage Lands”. This is Barbara’s first production with The New American Theatre and The Odyssey Theatre.

Alfred MolinaALFRED MOLINA Dramaturg
Alfred Molina is an accomplished and versatile actor with over seventy, film, television and theater productions to his credit. He has appeared on Broadway in Red, Fiddler on the Roof and Art, earning Tony nominations for all three roles. His many film and TV credits include Chocolat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spider-Man 2, An Education, Monday Mornings, The Da Vinci Code, Coffee and Cigarettes, Bram and Alice, Ladies Man, Magnolia, The Man Who Knew Too Little and Enchanted April.With Circus Theatricals (now The New American Theatre), he played Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard (directed by Jack Stehlin) and as Buckingham in the Circus Theatrcials and Odyssey Theatre co-production of Richard III. Alfred Molina tag-teaches scene study and technique on Saturdays with Jack Stehlin for The New American Theatre.



Jeannine Wisnosky StehlinJEANNINE WISNOSKY STEHLIN Managing Director, The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals, Producer
Jeannine has produced over 80 plays for The New American Theatre (Circus Theatricals), including; the recent productions of Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, Festival of New One Act Plays, As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, the co-production of Titus Redux with Not Man Apart at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA, Davey Holmes’ More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), (LA/Off-Broadway) Harm’s Way (LA/Off-Broadway/2008 Pen USA award), Sister Cities (world premiere), The Job (LA/Off-Broadway). LA Weekly Award nomination for “Best Sound Design” for The Circle. As a film producer: the short Game 7. Also an actor, stage credits include many plays in LA and Chicago. Film/TV: Watch It, Rancho Cucamonga. She made her TV deput as a pre-schooler in the popular children’s program Romper Room. Jeannine earned a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the Illinois Institute of Technology.



Jack StehlinJACK STEHLIN Tom Bottom / Director
Founding Artistic Director, The New American Theatre

Jack founded Circus Theatricals in 1983. The company changed its name to The New American Theatre in 2011. With his wife and partner Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, he has produced more that 50 plays in Los Angeles and New York. An award-winning actor/director, Jack is perhaps best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the popular Showtime series Weeds. As a director, Jack has directed over 20 stage productions in Los Angeles and New York, including Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, The Cherry Orchard (starring Alfred Molina, Jill Gascoine and Stephanie Zimbalist), Auto De Fe, Gibberish, A Man Who Knows How to Hold a Baby, Three Sisters, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Complexity, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, As You Like It, True West, Scapin, Danton’s Death and Macbeth. Regionally, he directed Speed-the-Plow (Alley Theatre, Houston), Driving Miss Daisy (Stages Rep. in Houston), and My Sister in This House at The Juilliard School. This past year, he directed the short film Game 7. He has had many guest-starring roles on countless TV fan favorites, such as NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS, The Event Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, JAG, The Practice, ER, NYPD Blue. Recent films include Chicago 8 and Wilde Salome starring and directed by Al Pacino. Jack has extensive Los Angeles, New York, Regional and worldwide stage credits, including nine productions at New York’s Public Theatre, Salome (Los Angeles w/Al Pacino), and Titus Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (co-production with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble.) Jack is an alumnus of John Houseman’s The Acting Company and a graduate of The Juilliard School.


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