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The Tea Party
Cast and Creative Team


Tess Ammerman

Thomas Crafts/Producer

Previous theatrical credits include Perfect/Imperfect (TSquared Production Co), 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 trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, earned a BA in Theatre Performance from Rider University, and received an MA in Classical Acting from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. MFD & EJM

Donniee Barnes

Donniee Barns

Charles Connor, Martha, Tavern Owner

Donniee Barnes is a New Jersey based Performer/Director/Writer & Teaching Artist all focused on presenting theatre and other expressions of art that heals what appears to be the broken pieces of our development. Her artistic mission is to show that even though life can be a scary, sloppy, hurtful ride, with a change of perspective, it can be beautiful and well worth the journey.

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Madison Couture

John Crane, Peter, Man

Madison graduated with their Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from Drew University in 2018. Most notable appearances since include an apprenticeship with The Orchard Project; Performer role at Field Station: Dinosaurs; and two would-be performances of Romeo and Juliet with Titan Theatre Company cut short by a pandemic. Madison's current performing stint is as a General Manager for an escape room so, this opportunity to perform again could not have come at a better time and they thank you for being part of it.

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Jackie Matthews

Benjamin Edes

Jackie is excited to be working with TSquared Productions and to be back on stage after zoomtown-2020. Jackie has trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in improv and sketch comedy, as well as at the People’s Improv Theater in NY. She is currently on the sketch comedy team, The Ruse.

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Emily Miller

Henry Bass

Emily Miller is so excited to back performing with two theatre companies she loves! She recently made her Off Broadway Debut in Chasing Jack (Rebecca) at the Jerry Orbach Theatre. Regional Theatre Credits include: Loretta The Yodeling Cowgirl (Young Loretta) at Centenary Stage Co, Flowers: A Thorny Romance (Diana) at The Paterson Performing Arts Development Council & multiple shows with Speranza Theatre Co including their touring production and film version of Votes For Women (Lucy Burns). At Chatham Playhouse she has appeared in The Importance of...(Cecily), The Humans (Brigid) and Time Stands Still (Mandy) She graduated Cum Laude from Drew University where she holds a BA in Theatre Arts and History. For LM & TA. 

Jessica Pendleton

Jessica Pendleton

Henry Wells

I'm a Sagittarius Sun/ Aquarius Moon, my passion has always been in the creative field, most especially theater and film. I love donating to bunny shelters, reading books and having deep discussions surrounding society, philosophy and ways to combat the oligarchy.

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Alicia Whavers

Samuel Adams

Alicia (EMC) is an actress, singer and playwright, who was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Honors English from Drew University. Alicia has performed along the East Coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Some of her favorite past credits include Julius Caesar, Canarsie, Murphy’s Law, Macbeth, Paterson Falls, Measure for Measure, and You Can’t Take It With You.


Angelle Whavers

Director and Playwright

She has co-written for the show 4320p: Immersion with the Tectonic Theater Project, had her ten-minute Does Not Translate performed by the Vulcan Theatre Company, as well as her play Incubator by the New York Theater Festival.

She recently had her children’s play, Boogie, read in the New Works Festival with the Growing Stage, and is a recipient of The Chauncey Lester and Elsie Steward Benedict Memorial Prize for playwriting. She has worked as a writer and performer with Parody in Blue for: Year of Woman 3, Grab Them By The Parody!, 19th Amendment: 100 Years of Suffrage, and How to Succeed in Politics Without Even Leaving Your Couch! She is the co-founder and Director of Social Media for Unidentified Stages. Her acting credits include: Performer, Actor’s Hour; Sapphire, 4320p: Immersion: Nell, Haiku; and Florence, Poof!


T. Michael Vest


T. Michael Vest is a playwright and lyricist with a penchant for humor and provocative theatre. His works have been performed in London, New York, Beijing and Quebec. Plays and musicals include: Perfect/Imperfect (Philly Fringe), Who Are You? (MITF), 再见 Goodbye (Tristan Bates Theatre), Pandora (Union Theatre), Foreign Exchange ('My Fengcai' Intl. Partners’ Dance Showcase). Mr. Vest is a founding member of the London-based Divergent Theatre Collective. He has a MA from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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