Cast and Production Members
Reading and Workshop
Previous theatrical credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Holmdel Theatre Co), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), A Child’s Christmas in Wales (STNJ), The Revenger’s Tragedy (dir. Mark Bell, RCCSD) and The Suicide (dir. Ben Naylor, RCSSD). Tess earned a BA in Theatre Performance from Rider University, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Semester Course in Classical Acting), and received an MA in Classical Acting from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. EJM & MFD
her (Reading & Workshop)
Julian Blake Gordon
When he’s not doing Shakespeare, you can probably find him in a new play reading with Writer’s Theatre of NJ, Dreamcatcher Rep., or Luna Stage. He was most recently seen in Psychodrama at Dreamcatcher Rep. (world premier, Dir. Betsy True) and on tour as Macbeth for STNJs Shakespeare Live! Julian is also a professional musician, singing and playing piano wherever and whenever.
Julian Blake Gordon
him (Reading & Workshop)
Isabel is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. There, she has played Ismenia in Lysistrata, Annabelle in Wedding Band and Florida in The Rover. Isabel was an acting apprentice at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in 2017 and has trained in a number of dance styles for many years.
her best friend (Reading)
James is a NY-based actor and writer. NY: Spinoza’s Ethics (Theatre for a New City). LA: The Lion in Winter (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Cymbeline (Theatrum Elysium), The Lady’s Not for Burning (workshop, Fountain Theatre). Regional: Much Ado About Nothing (Holmdel Theatre Company). Film: Dirty Laundry, Casey Visits LA. MA, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama; BA, Kenyon College.
her brother (Reading & Workshop)
Heidi Danae Crane
Heidi is an actress/singer/teacher regularly working across genres and performance styles. A few of her recent roles include Marna/Cassie in the new musical The First Year and Claire De Loone in On The Town. She recently finished pre-production for the lead female role in an independent feature film based in Long Island. Heidi earned a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. In her free time, Heidi teaches voice, piano, and dramatic arts. She lives in Long Island with her husband and their dog, Bixby.
Heidi Danae Crane
her best friend (Workshop)
Originally from Florida’s forgotten capital, Tallahassee, Nikki is currently based in Chicago where she regularly performs improv, sketch comedy, voice overs and voice/dialect coaches. She received her MA in Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, UK. She is delighted to be a part of this fantastic ensemble and the world premier of How it Really Happens! If you are in Chicago this summer don’t miss her one-woman show at iO Theatre.
her sister (Reading & Workshop)
Peter is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, New York and the Royal Academy of Music, London where he obtained Bachelors and Masters Degrees. He has appeared at HTC in Life Is A Dream and in Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include The Rake’s Progress, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Christmas Carol, Die Verschworenen, She Loves Me, Outside Mullingar, and Les Misérables. Concert performances include Carnegie Hall, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, David Geffen Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below and with artists such as Paul Gemignani, Marin Mazzie, and Dame Angela Lansbury. He received second place in the Harmonium Choral Society’s composition contest for his setting of Yeats’ “Wandering Aengus.” He was recently the Assistant Director for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's production of Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers.
his best friend (Reading & Workshop)
Kirk received his MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina and was a finalist in the Starz Network: Looking for Stars Reality Series. He has directed and produced theatre and film in Florida, Georgia, Southern California, and the Tri-State Area. As a writer, his work has been featured at The Queens World International Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival, GAZM.org's Emerging Filmmakers Screening at Cannes, and (most importantly) Tromadance. He was a finalist for a Disney/Touchtone Screenwriting Fellowship, a finalist for the Actor's Theatre of Louisville's National Ten-minute play competition and a semi-finalist for HBO's Project Greenlight. He lives in Scotch Plains with his wife, Jennifer and twins Maggie and Zack; he thanks them for his life.
her boss (Reading & Workshop)
Tom loves a good play and great cast with whom to explore it. Recent Regional projects include The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, Proof, The Drowsy Chaperone, 12th Night and To Kill a Mockingbird. Grateful to T-Squared for this wonderful opportunity and the cast and crew for the gift of their talent. Thanks to Dave G. for showing me how it's done.
Alicia Hayes is a production/stage manager, an actor, a director, and a teaching artist. She serves as Production Manager for TSquared and feels insurmountably lucky to partner with talented friends. Other Production/Stage Management credits include: How It Really Happens (Philly Fringe, 2019), The Boys in the Band (Studio Playhouse, 2019), Moon Over Buffalo (Studio Playhouse, 2016), and 13! (Eastern University, 2012) She is also an actor for Unidentified Stage’s monthly readings and serves on the Board of Directors at Studio Playhouse. Love and thanks to everyone who supports her in all her endeavors. Off we go!
T. Michael Vest is a playwright, lyricist and co-founder of TSquared Production Company. His work has been seen in London, New York City, and Beijing. Works include Who Are You? (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Pandora (Union Theatre), 再见 Goodbye (Tristan Bates Theatre) and ‘how it really happened’ (Philly Fringe). He is a graduate of Taylor University and Goldsmiths, University of London and a former member of Ken Davenport’s Coaching Program.