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Freddie Maas
Actor

Freddie returned in 2009 to perform the role of Randy Gunderson in Wesley Van Tassel’s new play, DEEDS OF LOVE for the 1st New Plays Reading Series presentation. In 2007 he appeared with Tri-State as George Mudd in Andrew Shafer’s THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES, one of the new plays in Tri-State’s 2007 NEW PLAYS READING SERIES.  Mr. Maas made his main stage debut  in the 2004 production of THE PASSION OF DRACULA. He is currently entering his eighth year portraying mob boss Johnny Scudato in the off-broadway production of MURDERED BY THE MOB in NYC. Other New York stage credits include THE DINING ROOM and SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY for the MCC Acting Company and the off-broadway production of DISORGANIZED CRIMES. Mr. Maas has appeared on such television shows as THE SOPRANOS, LAW AND ORDER, ED, and SEX AND THE CITY. He has appeared in many independent films including HORROR, LALEGGENDA, and CODENAME: SELL, winner of the 2006 Accolades Film Festival. He would like to thank Federico Castelluccio and Cherie Avolio for the motivation and Donna Haley and Tara Bowles for their guidance. Thanks most of all to his family, wife Debbie and son Dante for their love, understanding and support.

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Paul Mantell
Actor

Paul is pleased to be appearing for the first time at Tri-State Actors Theatre in the 2008 New Plays Reading Series’ MISSING PAGES. Mr. Mantell’s most recent stage appearances include Victor in Arthur Miller�s THE PRICE at 12 Miles West Theatre Co., and as George in Neil Simon�s CHAPTER TWO at Bickford Theatre. Other regional credits include COMMUNICATING DOORS (Bickford Theatre,) IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (What Exit? Theatre Co.,) A DOLL’S HOUSE (12 Miles West,) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Mill Mt. Playhouse.) New York credits include THE FRANCIS DAY (La Mama ETC,) NEW LIVING NEWSPAPER (Ensemble Studio Theatre,) and THE SPANISH TRAGEDY (Riverside Shakespeare.) Paul is also the author of over 100 published children�s books, including novels, biographies, and activity books. He would like to thank wife and partner Avery Hart, and sons Clayton and Matthew, for their constant support

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John Manzelli
Actor

John portrayed Sam (and 40 other characters!) in Tri-state’s 2005 production of FULLY COMMITTED. A member of Actors Equity Association, Mr. Manzelli is an acclaimed comedic actor who has performed throughout the United States from New York through the Midwest and South to Pennsylvania and down to Florida.  His credits include playing Yvan in the hit play ART (Dixie Theatre-Florida); Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Northeast Theatre Ensemble–Pennsylvania); Norman in AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG, Jeremy in THE SPIDER WEB (Horsecave Theatre–Kentucky); the Lead (many roles) in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, Macduff in MACBETH, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET (Florida Playwrites Theatre); Richmond in RICHARD III (Illinois Shakespeare  Festival); the Lead in the musical, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (Public Theatre of Ft. Lauderdale–Florida); and starred as Sam and the other forty characters in FULLY COMMITTED at the New Stage, Jackson Mississippi. Mr. Manzelli is a recognized Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (1995), and has choreographed  various types of fights and combat in over twenty-five theatrical productions. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Illinois State University.

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Barry Marino
Actor

A New Orleans based actor, Mr. Marino made his debut with Tri-State as the Doctor in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 2006. He moved–temporarily–to New Jersey from New Orleans, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina and the flooding in 2005.  He has performed as an actor and stand-up comic for twenty years.  His credits include TONY ‘N TINA’S WEDDING, Tennessee Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, PINOCCHIO, and WHERE Y’AT, a New Orleans-style staged sit-com, which he wrote.  His television credits include RESCUE ME and CONVICTION.

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Brian Maslow
Actor

Brian returned to Tri-State Actors Theater in Season 2005 to play the dual roles of Peter Quince and Cobweb in A MIDSUMMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, by William Shakespeare, the first professional production of the bard ever presented in Sussex County and our region. He was last seen in Season 2004 as Renfield on the main stage in THE PASSION OF DRACULA.  Earlier in the season he played Peter Van Daan in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and appeared as Andy in the new play, NONPROFIT in Tri-State’s New Plays Reading Series.   Mr. Maslow made his first stage appearance with Tri-State Actors Theater as Bob Ewell in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in 2003. He recently appeared in Centenary Stage Co.’s Production of ANOTHER ANTIGONE.  He graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BM in music performance. Mr. Maslow also studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservtory and The School for Film and TV in NYC. Most recently, he worked in the feature film MONA LISA SMILE starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles as well as the STEPFORD WIVES with Nicole Kidman. He is a native of Byram, NJ and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

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Dan Matisa
Actor

Made his debut at Tri State as Jim in the 2005 production of  THE WEIR.  A member of Actors Equity Association, Mr. Matisa is happy and proud to be performing for the first time with Tri-State Actors Theater. A native of Iselin, NJ, he has performed at a number of theaters in New York City (John Houseman, Public Theatre/Joe�s Pub, NY Fringe Festival, The Belt, American Globe, and others). Mr. Matisa has performed regionally at Tennessee Rep., Asolo Theatre company, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and American Stage, among others. Some of his favorite roles include: Jane/Edgar in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, Marco in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Haskell in THE IMMIGRANT, and many Shakespearean character roles including Bottom, Tranio, Sir Hugh Evans, and Autolycus. He recently completed a four-month World Cruise contract aboard the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity, performing the one-man play FULLY COMMITTED.  Mr. Matisa is a graduate of Hofstra University and the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He is a proud member of Actors� Equity Association. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Amy for all their support and love.

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Patrick McAndrew
Actor

Patrick is excited to be making his Tri-State Actor�s Theatre debut as Benvolio and the Apothecary in 2010′s ROMEO & JULIET. Some previous credits include work with Red Bull Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and The Folger Theatre. Patrick would like to thank Paul for this opportunity.

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Randall McCann
Actor

Makes his third appearance with Tri-State as Paul in MERCY MILD, by Deborah Finkelstein, the 2nd presentation  of the 2010 New Plays Reading Series. In 2009 he performed the role of Carl Carlsson in Wesley Van Tassel’s new play, DEEDS OF LOVE for the  New Plays Reading Series. Mr. McCann joined Tri-State for the first time in 2007 as Victor Franz in Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE. Theatre Credits:  Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN, Morgan in THE DRAWER BOY, Bob Ewell in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; Lenny in Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN; Mick Dowd in McConagh’s A SKULL IN CONNEMARA; Corvino in Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE; Stu in TALK RADIO; Paul in LOOSE ENDS; Lorenzo Miller in GOD; and many more. Mr. McCann has also worksin set design and construction, lighting and other tech theatre areas.  He holds a B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is a member of Actors Equity Association.

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Patricia Meacham
Managing Director

Patricia has served as TAT’s Managing Director since 1988. She began her theatrical career as a walk-on and stage hand in dinner theatres. Mrs. Meacham entered arts management through the box office/administrative staffs of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Carnegie Hall, Mercer Arts Center, the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, as Assistant to the Subscription Office Manager for NY City Opera and NY City Ballet, also at the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra. She honed her management and marketing skills as an Administrative Assistant for five years at the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. Ms. Meacham returned to the stage in season 2006 as the Matron in  A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and serves as resident costume consultant and designer for Tri-State.

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Paul Meacham
Artistic Director & Actor

 directs Tri-State’s  holiday production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and appears as Scrooge every season, for which he received the Times Herald-Record’s Best Actor Award. Mr. Meacham’s New York credits include Arthur Miller’s AFTER THE FALL with Frank Langella and Diane Wiest, as Teddy Roosevelt in FIGHTING BOB, Dr. Seward in THE PASSION OF DRACULA and as Judge Hathorne in THE CRUCIBLE. He was  a member of the acting company of the acclaimed Classic Stage Company for two years playing featured roles in TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TEMPEST, THE HOMECOMING, THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING, WOYZECK, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERNSTERN ARE DEAD and others. He was a founding member of the innovative WPA Theater, where he acted and directed for five seasons including directing the musical, CHARLATANS, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and Tevia Abrams’ AND NO CEREMONY.  He has performed in regional theaters including Milwaukee Repertory Theater  (FIGHTING BOB, the premiere of David Mamet’s LAKE BOAT, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, BORN YESTERDAY); Barter Theater (YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU); Pennsylvania Stage (EQUUS); Cohoes Music Hall  (LIFE WITH FATHER, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, OF MICE AND MEN, BLITHE SPIRIT, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST); George Street Playhouse (COUNT DRACULA, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION); Virginia Stage (THE CRUCIBLE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL); Missouri Repertory Theater (SIXTEEN STRINGS OF CASH) and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, HENRY VIII). His Tri-State roles include John Barrymore in I HATE HAMLET, the Narrator and Scrooge in  A CHRISTMAS CAROL,  and Stanley in the world premiere of ERICA’S LAST MISSION  by Tevia Abrams.  He  began TAT’s New Plays Reading Series in 2000. He adapted Edgar Allen Poe’s WILLIAM WILSON for public television. He has appeared  on TV (ONE LIFE TO LIVE,  ALL MY CHILDREN;) and in films (HOODLUMS; PRINCE OF THE CITY; THE EYES OF LAURA MARS, and THE GATE.)   As founder and artistic director of TRI-STATE ACTORS THEATER he has guided many productions including ROMEO & JULIET, PROOF, TWELFTH NIGHT, GREATER TUNA,  ROUNDING THIRD, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE , A MIDSUMMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE WEIR, THE 39 STEPS, and the world premieres of Sean O’Leary’s RAIN IN THE HOLLOWS , Judilee Oliva’s ON THE SHOWROOM FLOOR, and Tevia Abrams’ THE VIEW FROM HARRY’S BAR. He has staged many children’s musicals, including WINNIE THE POOH, CHARLOTTE’S WEB,  THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and THE JUNGLE BOOK.  Mr. Meacham is a member of Actors Equity Association, and AFTRA-Screen Actors Guild.

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Dan Mian
Actor

DAN MIAN  (ACTOR)  Mr. Mian returns to Tri-State as Clown 2 playing nearly  50 roles in the comic thriller, THE 39 STEPS,  the season 12-13 finale in March. He joined the professional company in 2007 with his portrayal of Antonio in Wm. Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT.  He played  multiple characters in  Season 2011’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, including a wonderful character turn as Christmas Present. He studied at the Circle in the Square Conservatory in midtown Manhattan, performing in productions of LOOSE KNIT and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM on Circle’s Broadway stage. Most recently, Dan performed in the NY regional premier of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (WPPAC), and just wrapped his first full length feature, tentatively titled MURDER IN SARATOGA. Filmed by Sergei Franklin, it is slated to be released May of 2013. This  January he performed in a short film where he attempted to rob a bar at gunpoint.

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Brian Milli
Actor

Brian is thrilled to be working with TAT for the first time as Chip in MERCY MILD, by Deborah Finkelstein, the 2nd new play in the 2010 New Plays Reading Series. He just appeared as Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy at the Skyline Theatre Company, and last season, he played Robert in Skyline’s production of Proof, directed by Sam Scalamoni. He also recently played the role of Jake in the award-winning independent short film Ben Again, opposite Dan Lauria and directed by Tony Giordano. Brian holds a B.F.A. degree in acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, were he studied with William Esper.  He has performed on professional stages all over the United States, as well as Europe’s world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On television, Brian has appeared in recurring roles on Guiding Light, All My Children, and One Life to Live. His voice has been heard in numerous radio and television commercials for products such as Guinness, Foot Locker, and Listerine. Brian has taught acting classes in his own studio as well as in New Jersey’s public elementary schools, and he currently serves as a guest teacher at the Actor’s Playground School of the Theatre in Monmouth County. Thanks to Paul for the opportunity to work on this wonderful new play with such brilliant artists.

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Celia Montgomery
Actor

Ms. Montgomery returned to Tri-State in 2007 for her third season as Viola in William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT.  She made her debut with Tri-State Actors Theater in 2005 as Actor 5, playing several roles including Christmas Past and Mrs. Cratchit  in Chris Schario’s adaptation of Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and reprised her roles in 2006.  Off-Broadway Ms. Montgomery’s credits include FAIRYTALES OF THE ABSURD at the Pearl Theater; Off-off Broadway: FRANCOISE CHANGES HER MIND (Brick Theatre;) ISMENE AND ANTIGONE (Resonance Ensemble;) RHINOCEROUS; TALES FOR CHILDREN LESS THAN 3 (UTC 61;) A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Urban Muse;) THE SMALL APARTMENT (Verde;) and THREE SISTERS (Boomerang.)  Regionally, Ms. Montgomery played major roles in I HATE HAMLET and Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE at the Alley Theater.  She was seen in the film KATE AND LEOPOLD, in the independent film,, ULTRACHRIST!; and her television credits include the long-running “soap,”  ALL MY CHILDREN. Ms. Montgomery is a member of Actors Equity Association.

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P. Brendan Mulvey
Actor

Brendan returned to Tri-State in the final new play reading of season 2008: ENGAGEMENT RULES, by Rich Orloff. He portrayed George in MISSING PAGES, the first new play in the 2008 New Plays Reading Series.  He debuted at Tri-State as Gregory Solomon in Arthur Miller’s THE PRICE(2007).  He most recently played Mr. Straus in TITANIC and has appeared as Herr Schultz in the National Broadway Tour of CABARET. A member of Actors Equity Association,  his many credits include additional stints in CABARET for Bucks County Playhouse and other theatres, many appearances at the Bristol Riverside Theatre–Henry in HOLIDAY; Andrew McClaren in BRIGADOON; Peter in ROMEO AND JULIET; the Barber in MAN OF LA MANCHA; Seth Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY and others; Doctor Baugh in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (West Virginia Public Theatre); and many more. He trained with the HB Studios in New York. His favorite role is continuous: playing Pop-Pop to granddaughters, Ms. Shannon and Ms. Fiona of Easton, Pa.

 

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Philip Mutz
Actor

Philip appeared for the first time with Tri-State Actors Theater as Actor # 1 in Season 2007′s A CHRISTMAS CAROL .  However, he is no stranger to the NJ stage, having recently appeared as Horace in Moliere’s SCHOOL FOR WIVES (Centenary Stage;) and Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Orleans in HENRY V, and the Soothsayer in CYMBELINE (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ).   Other recent credits include Puck in A MIDSUMMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and The Maniac in ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Burning Coal Theatre Co., Raleigh NC;) Cliff in CABARET (Middleton Players, Madison WI) and Josh in his original play KIDNAPPING LAURA LINNEY (Stella Adler Studios, NYC). Mr. Mutz  holds a BFA in Drama from the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently resides/waits tables in NYC.