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Jack Nolan Harris

JACK HARRIS* (Actor)–Mr. Harris is Ivan Curry in Conor McPherson’s THE SEAFARER, the 1st On the Town Play Reading of Tri-State’s 25th Anniversary Season. Last season he played Nick in  the New Plays Reading Series’ performance of THE RED BALLOON, by Matthew Gutschick, and again joined the cast of Tri-State’s annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL . He was a featured actor in A CHRISTMAS CAROL in 2010, and  made his first appearance with Tri State Actors Theater in several roles including Fred and Christmas Present in 2008′S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and felt very much at home for the holidays.  A veteran theater professional, Jack, has worked extensively at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, New York where he has performed in BLACK COMEDY (Harold), THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMAN (Babbybobby), WAIT UNTIL DARK (Roat), HEDDA GABLER (Lovborg), THE COMPLEAT WKS of WM SHAKESPEARE, abridg’d (Romeo, many others), LONE STAR (Roy), KEELY AND DU (Cole), and A SHAYNA MAIDEL (Duvid).  Other stage credits include Lee in TRUE WEST (Chenango River Theater), Eddie in HURLY BURLY (Passionplace Theater), Brian in YOUR FATHER OWNED A REINDEER (Turnip Festival Theater), Ishmael in MOBY DICK-REHEARSED (Byrdcliffe Festival Theater), Jake in A LIE OF THE MIND (Rhinebeck Theatre Society), Peter in ZOO STORY (American Theatre Company), Daisy in BABY WITH THE BATHWATER (New Paltz Summer Rep.)  As an actor with the acclaimed Mohonk Mountain Stage Company Jack performed in residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in such productions as THE JUNGLE BOOK (Balloo) and ANDROCLES AND THE LION (Lion).  Jack also works behind the scenes (and occasionally camera) as a director, producer, writer, etc.  He currently serves as Production Manager at the Shadowland Theater, where he is also hard at work organizing the upcoming, first ever, Ulster County High School Playwrights Festival.  He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honorary Theatre Society.

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Mary Ann Hay

Mary Ann returned to the Tri-State stage as the Nurse in 2010′s ROMEO & JULIET.  She was Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE in 2008. Audiences will remember Ms. Hay as Miss Maudie in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Sally in Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning TALLEY’S FOLLY, Maureen in THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Bessie in MARVIN’S ROOM, Marie in THE VIEW FROM HARRY’S BAR, Diane in ON THE SHOWROOM FLOOR, and Dr. Helga Van Zandt in THE PASSION OF DRACULA. Ms. Hay has appeared often in Tri-State’s New Plays Reading Series, performing in the new plays  HANDICAPPING, THE LOGIC OF REASON and NON-PROFIT. Some other credits are Gram in WALK TWO MOONS,  the first National Company of Evita directed by Harold Prince and the last National Company of A Chorus Line directed by Michael Bennett.  She played Popeye in THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST; Minnie Fay in THE MATCHMAKER and Agnes in GEORGE M! as well as many parts in many other musicals.  She just completed principal work as Myrtle in the film SHOPPING, Mary Anne in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN and has had many other roles in theatre, film, TV and commercials.  She has also recently directed ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR, MUSIC MAN, JR., GUY & DOLLS, JR, ANNIE, JR. and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR. in collaboration with ArtsConnection and Music Theatre International in New York City. She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport and Polaris North in New York City.

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Suzanne Hayes

Susan performed the role of Kit in Wesley Van Tassel’s DEEDS OF LOVE for Tri-State’s 1st New Plays Reading Series of 2009. Ms. Hayes returned to Tri-State in 2006 to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Louise Seger in the musical, ALWAYS . . . PATSY CLINE. She was the featured performer in Tri-State’s 2005 New Plays Reading Series presentation of FADING ALICE and the SANDHILL CRANES, and starred in the dual roles of Hippolyta and Titania in Season  2005′s  A MIDSUMMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, by William Shakespeare, the first professional production of the Bard ever presented in Sussex County and our region. Ms. Hayes appeared for the first time at Tri-State Actors Theater as Louise in the hit musical, ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE during Season 2003. Following her debut, she joined the company in the concert reading of Jay Boyer’s FOR SOME REASON COMMA SHE LAUGHED. Ms. Hayes was born and raised in Texas, got her acting training at Circle in the Square in New York City and now makes her home there with her filmmaker husband, Michael, and their cat, Zeke. Regional credits include Essie in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Silvia in INFIDELITIES, and Sorrell Bliss in HAY FEVER. New York credits include Trinculo in THE TEMPEST and Henry VI in HENRY VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 for Judith Shakespeare at the Jose Quintero Theatre as well as appearing recently in VITAL SIGNS, the one-act festival of plays at the Vital Theater Co., NYC. She received a Best Actress Award at the 2000 Brooklyn Film F estival for THE SPIRAL, directed by her husband, Michael. She has also been seen in numerous commercials over the years and was thrilled to do Louise again at Tri-State Actor’s Theater. Ms. Hayes is a member of Actors Equity Association.

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Kathryn Hayzer
Actor/Stage Manager

Kathryn is pleased to return to Tri State this summer (2009) after managing their season in 2003.  Recent New Jersey credits include managing Centenary Stage Company’s 2008-2009 season including Bekah Brunstetter’s YOU MAY GO NOW,  A LAUGHING MATTER and …AT THE SMALL ENGINE EMPIRE HALL. Highlights of her New York City Stage Management credits include: NOON DAY SUN (Theatre Row), PIZZA MAN, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 29th Annual One Act Festival, the Brits Off Broadway Festival (59E59 Theatres) and many collaborative moments with Kristin Marting, Artistic Director for the HERE art space.  Kathryn also spends a considerable amount of time behind the wheel precision driving on sets such as THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, THE TAKING OF PELHAM  1 2 3 and LAW AND ORDER to name a few.  Her favorite production to date, however, is the almost five-year-old work-in-progress, Olivia. Kathryn holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, and is Adjunct Faculty at Centenary College. She remains eternally grateful for the support she has and continues to receive from Casey and Olivia and anticipates a wondrous future with Jason Namaste. http://www.kathrynchinahayzer.com

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Robert Hefley

Robert returns to Tri-State in 2011 to perform the role of Sid and other roles in New Plays Reading Series production of THE RED BALLOON, a new play by Matthew Gutschick. He was featured in  MERCY MILD, by Deborah Finkelstein, the 2nd in the 2010 New Plays Reading Series. Mr. Hefley first appeared with Tri-State in Season 2010 as Lord Capulet in Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET. He recently played the title role in NATHAN THE WISE for the Pearl Theatre Company in New York City. Regional credits include the Alley Theatre, Houston; Tennessee Rep, Nashville; Theatre Virginia, Richmond; New Harmony Theatre, Indiana; Florida Shakespeare Festival, Miami; California Repertory Company, Los Angeles; Banyan Theater Company, Sarasota, Florida, and Classic Theatre International in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He received the Detroit Free-Press Best Supporting Actor Award for playing Ralph Nickleby in NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Television credits include UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, the title role in SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE, and voiceovers for ABC SPORTS. Member of Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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Ian Heitzman

Ian joins Tri-State for the first time as Friar Lawrence in 2010′s ROMEO & JULIET.. Mr. Heitzman has been acting since high school. A graduate of Le Moyne college in Theatre Arts, he has performed in New York for the past three years. His performances include Elbow in Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE and a recent reading of a new version of DRACULA. He is proud to be working with the acting company and looks forward to a great run.

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Rick Hite

Rick Hite makes his appearance at Tri-State as actor and translator in a reading of Juan Pablo Heras’ Your Average Jose’ (El hombre probable) for Season 2009′s final NEW PLAYS READING SERIES. Rick is a friend of Paul Meacham going back to their graduate school days at Michigan State U where they both endured and learned from the rigors of winter touring with the Performing Arts Company. He now ranks among those unfortunately referred to as veteran actors and directors having trod the boards for over fifty years. Among his many roles he would mention King Lear, Prospero, Alceste, Vershinin, Tevia, Hamm, and Albee�s George. He has acted and/or directed at Dartmouth College, Michigan State U, Virginia Stage Company, Wayside Theater of VA, Tidewater Dinner Theater, Virginia Wesleyan College, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Madrid Players (Spain), etc. He has also appeared in more than a a dozen film and television roles and more commercials than he would like to admit. He hold degrees from Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and MSU and was Professor of Theater for thirty years at Virginia Wesleyan College. In his retirement he writes and translates (from Spanish, six different writers) both plays and poetry and has had the good fortune to see six plays and numerous poems published and seven productions of plays in NYC, Michigan, Virginia, and Northern Ireland. His translation of a play by Juan Pablo Heras (Marilyn’s Mustache) will be published in late 2009.

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Jaqueline Holloway

JACQUELINE HOLLOWAY  Actor–Portrayed Wilhelmina Murray in Season 2011-12′s THE PASSION OF DRACULA and followed with multiple roles, including Mrs. Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL–her 2nd season in ACC. Ms. Holloway  performed Actress 3 in HOPE THROWS HER HEART AWAY, the September 2011 New Plays Reading Series new play by Susan Goodell and played the title role in the new play reading of THE GIRL FROM TENNESSEE earlier that season. . She choreographed every sword and fist fight in Tri-State’s ROMEO AND JULIET and played multiple roles in 2010′s A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  She starred in the Womens’s Theatre production of THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS and CRIMES of the HEART and staged sword fights in I HATE HAMLET for The Bickford Theatre.  In 2005, Jacqueline graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC) having studied theatre, film, dance, and stage combat.  After acting in several productions in NYC, and taking on the role of Beauty in a touring production of Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline relocated to Philadelphia. Almost immediately, she became involved in companies such as Collingswood Shakespeare Co, Historic Philadelphia, Plays and Players Theater,Hedgerow Theater, and Red Light Cabaret. She also continued her study in stage combat under the instruction of Canadian fight master, Ian Rose. Jacqueline is now a certified actor/combatant in all 8 SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) disciplines and intermediate status with the FDC (Fight Directors Canada). In 2008, Jacqueline, along with a few others, founded Fortune’s Fools, a fun, fast theatre company geared towards performing condensed versions of Shakespeare’s plays to a variety of audiences of all ages.

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Jonathan Holtzman

JONATHAN HOLTZMAN  Actor– Jonathan returned for his fourth appearance with Tri-State in Mary Ryzuk’s new comedy, SUNRISE at MIDNIGHT, as part of the On the Town New Plays Reading Series.  Jonathan  made his third appearance with the Tri-State Actors Theater starring  as Count Dracula in THE PASSION OF DRACULA, having previously played Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET and Jim in in the 2011 On the Town Play Reading of Conor McPherson’s award-winning play, THE WEIR.    Mr. Holtzman recently returned from a nation-wide tour iwith the American Shakespeare Center where he played the title role in Macbeth, and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol. Off Broadway: Gloucester in KING LEAR (Theater Row). Other NYC theater: Flemming in LINE (13th Street Rep.), Winton Dean in JAMIE, ANOTHER SIDE OF DEAN (Veritas Prod.), Spartan in LYSISTRATA (45 St. Theater). Touring: Short Story Masterpices (NTAE). Regional theater: Tyler Moss in CROSSING DELANCEY (Bickford) Tony Caruso in THE GREGOR AND OLGA SHOW (Capitol Fringe Festival), Mark Antony in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (MacOwen Theater), York in HENRY VI p.iii (MacOwen Theater), Mark in THE OTHER  DAY (Blueberry Pond Ensemble). Film/TV: AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, DREAMLAND,  FUSE. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Stella Adler. Member of Actors Equity Association.

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J.C. Hoyt

JC HOYT  Actor*– J.C. performed in the 2012 On the Town Play Reading , SUNRISE AT MIDNIGHT at the Cava Winery.  He has played roles in 34 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including Theseus in GTWO NOBLE KINSMEN, many for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. He has performed in 9 productions of THE FANTASTICKS, including the Off-Broadway Sullivan St. production.  In New York he won critical acclaim in Fernando Arrabal’s ON THE TIGHTROPE. Regional credits include Andre Wyke in SLEUTH, Vanya in UNCLE VANYA, Roscoe Dexter in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Claude Monet in DEFYING GRAVITY,  Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK and Judge Wargrave in TEN LITTLE INDIANS. He has played Scrooge in A CHHRISTMAS CAROL for 8 seasons n on tour in Europe. Originally from Minnesota, he studied with Harold Clurman and Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Anything you see him do that you like, can be attributed to them. Anything you see him do that you don’t like, is his fault.

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Nora Hummel

Nora made  her Tri-State debut in ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN in season 2000 and has appeared in Tri-State’s New Plays Reading Series.. Having recently completed the role of Charlotte in a New York run of BEYOND THERAPY with AYI Productions, she was happy to be portray the calmer, saner “Nora”.  Recent roles include Mrs. Gibbs in OUR TOWN at The Bickford Theater in Morris Township, Mrs. Greenway (the witch) in RAPUNZEL with Grove Street Playhouse, NYC, Kathy Khorus in FREEZE, Elmire in TARTUFFE with Rabbit in the Moon, and Wanda in THE POWER AND THE GLORY with Bravo Theater Productions. Nora has been on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and in the pilot television show GALACTICA CENTER as Mother Nature. She would, as always, like to thank her family for their continued support and her Kindergarten teacher at Stockton School in East Orange for her hard work. Ms. Hummel is a member of Actors Equity Association.