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Meet the CYGNUS Cast and Crew!

posted Aug 10, 2011, 11:47 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Aug 21, 2011, 6:52 PM ]

LAURIE BIRMINGHAM (Mama Hansen)

Laurie moved to NYC last year and hasn't looked back. Recent theatrical work includes: Mrs. Welch in A LITTLE JOURNEY with The Mint Theatre, Reverend Mother in Danny Goggin's musical "Nunset Blvd" and Mrs. Bennet in a lovely production of "Pride and Prejudice" with Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Laurie is a narrator for Recorded Books here in NYC and can be seen on one of the Onion News Network episodes being her funny self. *AEA

HEATHER CAMBANES (Reader)

She is an actor, writer, and teaching artist with a passion for new, innovative plays. Some of her favorite roles include Carol in Oleanna, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Molly in The Smell of The Kill. She thoroughly enjoys her work as a teaching artist with Rising City Arts in Queens. She has a B.A. from Northern Arizona University and continues study with Barbara Poitier and The UCB Theatre. Look for her in the upcoming one-woman show Allie Oops' Last Fantastic Day, to be performed in The Emerging Artists' Theatre, One Woman Talking Festival in May 2012.

ERIC CHASE (Jason)

He is an actor, director and producer. Eric is also the Managing Director of Bakerloo Theater Project, www.backerloo.org, member of Emerging Artists Theatre and TheatreRats. He runs the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl and joined the Board of Directors for Literary Manhattan  www.literarymanhattan.org 
He teaches stage combat workshops for the Young Actors Guild at RPI. THEATER: Gaev in Cherry Orchard, Caliban in Tempest, Macbeth in Macbeth, Solyony in Three Sisters, and Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. FILM: Shelter in the StormDot the MovieCrooked SymphonyAlyssa, and his greatest claim to fame is being knocked out on One Life to Live. *AEA

RACHEL McKINNEY (Cydney Hansen)

Theater: NYC: Ella Downey in All God’s Chillun Got Wings for Peccadillo Theater Company, Dottie Haines in Tough Guys Don’t Shoot Blanks for Grayce Productions (Fringe NYC at the Barrow St. Theater) Regional: Kate (u/s) in Other People’s Money for John W. Engeman Theater’s, Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost for Southwest Shakespeare and Shakespeare Sedona International: Dorothy Wordsworth in Grasmere  for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Film: “Shades of Gray” and “Room for Two” Webisode Series: "Heroes and Monsters" Training: B.A. Arizona State University, Further studies with: Mimi Lieber, Peter Frechette, June Stein, Lisa Wolpe. Rachel is also theco-founder of RoaN Productions. For more information, please visit:www.rachelmckinney.com

NOËL NEEB (Director)

Began her directing and producing career at Capitol Repertory Theatre in Albany. Since moving to NYC, she co-founded RoaN Productions, and has been launching new works and classics Off-Off Broadway, nationally and internationally. She gained critical acclaim for directing the European Premiere of GRASMERE at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Scotsman put her production on their "Must See List" (one of 200 shows out of 2000+ that performed that year). She is an associate member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a Director’s Lab Alumnus, and has studied with Jean-Guy Lacat and Mary Overlie. www.noelneeb.com

KATRINA HERMANN* (Stage Manager)


Katrina Herrmann is a proud native of Illinois, and is glad to be working with RoaN Productions again.  She has worked for The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Theatreworks/USA, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, the stageFARM, Rattlestick Playwrights Company and Naked Angels.
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