JACOB PRESSLEY (EILER)
BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Ongoing training at Working Actor Studio in NYC. Jacob performs in various concerts at Feinstein's 54 Below and The Town Hall. He was seen most recently in Puccini's La Fanciulla Del West at El Museo Del Bario, The Music in My Blood at TAMASHA Festival, and in the past playing Bobby Strong in Urinetown. In addition to performing, Jacob is a co-owner of Żabka Cafe and Coffee in Brooklyn and a youth Acting and Fencing instructor at Cresskill Peforming Arts in NJ. www.jpressley.com
JOHAH WEINSTEIN (HANS)
is honored to make his Symphony Space debut with The Tiny Mustache. This production has special meaning for Jonah as he is the grandson of two Holocaust survivors and recently traveled to Poland and Ukraine to explore family roots. Regionally, Jonah has performed at Porthouse Theatre, Cain Park, and the Great Lakes Theater. Jonah received his BA at Columbia University, where he directed The Varsity Show. Many thanks to Rick and the whole creative team. Love to family and friends for the support.
JESSE WEIL (SCHAEFER)
is honored to take part in the telling of such a powerful and important story. Having recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in political science, Jesse is humbled to collaborate with such talented artists. Some of his favorite roles include Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Bobby (Company), Jamie (The Last Five Years), and Gibson/Bart (Mr. Burns). Many thanks to his family and friends for their love and support!
ALLIE RICHARDSON (SARA)
is humbled to be involved in such a powerful piece of work to mark her New York City debut. Allie is originally from Long Island and is a recent graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Psychology. Some of her favorite past roles include Les Miserables (Eponine), Hair (Chrissy), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia), Me and My Girl (Sally), and Into the Woods (Little Red Ridinghood) Special thanks to everyone who is making this beautiful show possible.
SAMUEL DRUHORA (FRANZ)
Samuel’s diverse career stretches across continents and platforms having performed principal roles in the U.S. and Europe in theater, film and opera. Highlights include “Phantom of The Opera” with the Bucharest Musical Theater, or Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" with the Hungarian Theater of Transylvania, and the role of Captain Salanza in the award-winning WW2 short film “Elies Overcoat” premiered at Champs-Élysées International Film Festival. Samuel recently has relocated to New York City and is thrilled to be a part of “The Tiny Mustache” as Franz.
JAMES OLMSTEAD (MUSIC DIRECTOR)
is a music director currently supervising the 2016-17 National Tour of Fame. In addition to MD'ing 11 shows at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport--including the East Coast regional premiere of Mamma Mia! and the BWW Long Island award-winning production of West Side Story--he has been in the orchestra for Radio City's New York Spectacular, served as copyist for Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet, as well as synth programmer for the Off-Broadway production of Fun Home. With his writing partner Omri Schein, he is the composer of several musicals including Mambo Italiano, and Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF 2013).
CAMILO ESTRADA (ROLF)
A recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Camilo Estrada is thrilled to be making his New York City debut as Rolf in The Tiny Mustache. Recent productions include Hydrogen Jukebox (Tenor), La Calisto (Mercurio), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), Il Mondo della Luna (Cecco), Legally Blonde (Mr. Woods/ Nikos Argitakos/ Grandmaster Chad), and Assassins (Charles Guiteau).
CARA FEUER (ABBY)
Is a native New Yorker, born and raised on the Upper West Side. She is a drama graduate of Fiorello LaGuardia Performing Arts High School followed by completing her studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse, School of the Theatre.
Cara recently appeared in F$cking for Love, an original piece in the Thespis Theatre Festival that shed a light on teen prostitution. She has also been seen in Noises Off (Poppy), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) and Almost Maine (Rhonda).
She is so excited to be making her Symphony Space debut as Abby in The Tiny Mustache! A story that should never be forgotten.
Thanks to my family and friends for their forever love and support.
CAITLIN DONOHUE (HELEN)
is honored to be a part of The Tiny Mustache. Caitlin is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she majored in journalism with concentrations in sociology and deaf studies. She was most recently seen as Scheherezade in the Atlantic Theater Company's 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories (New York Times Critics' Pick, music by Robert Lopez). Recent regional credits include Chicago (June/Dance Captain, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Ensemble), Footloose (Rusty), Little Women (Amy), and the New England premiere of Spring Awakening (Wendla). Endless thanks to this awesome team, her family, friends, & MCB. caitlin-donohue.com
RICK GROSSMAN (DIRECTOR)
is a third generation thespian, who began his career at the age of six with his parents in NY's Yiddish Theatre. Rick recently was seen in the First National tour of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY as Julian Marx, and as Sancho in the 2014 national tour of MAN OF LA MANCHA. Prior national tours-- ENTER LAUGHING, COME BLOW YOUR HORN, MILK & HONEY. Off-Brdwy: THE CANARY, THE MANUFACTURER'S DAUGHTER, AWAKE & SING, FELDMAN & SONS, HARRY & EDDIE:THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL, HELLO, CHARLIE!, DAMN YANKEES (Lincoln Center Outdoors). Film/TV: DEMONS, PAPER PLANES, HOUSE OF CARDS, THE 30 YEAR OLD BRIS (Tribeca FF), THE PITCH, FINDING OSCAR. Rick has directed over 150 productions with regional theaters such as Glove Performing Arts Center, Ocean Professional Theatre, Landmark Theater on Main Street, Merrick Theater Center for Performing Arts and served as a resident director at Airport Playhouse and Hempstead Town Repertory. Rick has been thrilled to have been part of The Tiny Mustache since 2014 and wishes to thank Steve and Eliot for their continued commitment to this inspiring story and this opportunity.
The Tiny Mustache
2016 Workshop Cast
Bios and Photos
R. L. SWARTZ (KATZ)
is an accomplished character actor with experience in both the musical and legitimate stage and numerous film and television projects throughout his career. In addition to his work as an actor, he has spent much of his career teaching and introducing young people to the joys and challenges of the theatre; directing over 40 theatrical productions, including the first ever high school production of The Producers which went on to receive 7 awards from the National Youth Theatre. He also holds the honor of being the first recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. R. L.'s original solo adaptation of Death In Venice has been performed successfully at the 2012 United Solo Theatre Festival winning the Festival's prestigious award for Best Period Piece. R. L.’s book Between Two Days, about his mother’s childhood, was published in 2015 and went on to receive Honorable Mention in Fiction from the New York Book Festival.
MEGAN PETERSON (STAGE MANAGER)
Recently graduated cum laude from Pace University, receiving her BFA in Commercial Dance and Arts & Entertainment Management. No stranger to show biz, Megan is eternally grateful to serve as a dance captain, assistant choreographer, stage manager, and dance educator. National Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette) International Tours: Blast! The Music of Disney (Asst Stage Manager) Regional: The Will Rogers Follies (Z Girl) at Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, Chicago (Hunyak/Assistant Choreographer) at Potsdam Music Theatre, Crazy For You (Tess) at Ocean Professional Theatre Company, 42nd Street (Lorraine) at Smiling Rhino Theatre. www.meganpetersonactress.com