Writer - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Directing: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D!, Bent, Friends of Dorothy (Diversionary Theatre); [sic], Bronze (Sledgehammer Theatre); American Buffalo, Medea, Come Back to the 5-and Dime, Jimmy Dean (Compass Theatre); The Threepenny Opera, Cuatro Corridos (UCSD School of Music); Brooklyn Boy, The Sunshine Boys (Scripps Ranch Theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); Prom Night, Trevor, A Man of His Word (Playwrights Project); Macbeth, Night of the Iguana, The Laramie Project,RENT, Balm in Gilead, Twelve Angry Men, You Can’t Take it With You (Southwestern College). Produced Plays: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D! (New York International Fringe Festival), Bronze (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Friends of Dorothy, Oedipus in the Tragicomic Bathtub, Cool as We Fly, Dance on the Sun, Come to Life! Not-So-Tiny Tim’s Great Big Musical.
Will Cooper is a playwright based in San Diego and Chicago. His plays Book of Leaves and Jade Heart received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Jade Heart was last produced at San Diego’s MOXIE Theatre in 2014. Will is a member of the Dramatists Guild and has been a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2006. A founding partner of The Roustabouts, his drama Margin of Error opened for previews on April 19th and ran through May 7th, 2017.
Co-Director - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Phil Johnson is a proud partner in The Roustabouts Theatre Co. As an actor/ writer, his latest solo show, A Jewish Joke (co-written with Marni Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein) won Best Drama at 2016 United Solo Festival NYC, and has been on tour this year regionally: Chicago’s Victory Gardens, New Haven, St. Louis and San Diego’s Lipinsky Jewish Festival (AJewishJoke.com). His two-man comedy, Withering Heights, written and performed with Omri Schein and directed by Ellenstein, produced last year by TRTC, starts travelling the Fringe circuit next year. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Two years ago, he performed in his She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, at the NY Fringe Festival; it has since been published by Stage Rights LA. He played in Les Misérables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the 1st National Co. of Miss Saigon. Phil was a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grantee for his original treatment of Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles at North Coast Rep in 2012. So. California theatres include: North Coast Rep (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spelling Bee), Old Globe (How the Grinch...), Cygnet Theatre (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant) and Diversionary Theatre (The New Century). PhilJohnson.net
Omri Schein is a San Diego based performer/lyricist/playwright. As a writer: Withering Heights (2017 Premiere) with The Roustabouts Theatre Co., Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Published by Steele Spring Stage Rights and winner of the 2013 New York Musical Festival Award for Best Lyrics), Mambo Italiano, a musical based on the film of the same name, The Grotesques (based on internationally renown author Aharon Appelfeld's novella The Retreat), as well as other projects in various stages. Recently as a performer he has been seen at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Around The World In 80 Days, and at Lamb's Players Theatre in The Explorer's Club. He has toured internationally, and has been seen on stages in New York City and regionally. MFA in Musical Theatre. www.omri-schein.com.
Marni Freedman (BFA, LMFT) is a produced, published, and award-winning writer. After graduating as an award-winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, Two Goldsteins on Acid, which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for top film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, Playing Mona Lisa, and was produced by Disney. Marni has written for Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein, Academy Award-nominee Elliot Gould and Emmy Award-winner, Johnny Galecki. Marni teaches at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension, The Center for Creative Aging, runs the successful San Diego Writers Network and produces a yearly theatrical Memoir Showcase. Last year, Marni and her husband Carlos edited the Anthology, The Literary Vine, which was published by Wolfheart Press. This year they will be editing and publishing the First Annual Memoir Showcase Anthology, published by MCM Press. Marni is also a therapist for artists and writers. Her welcoming, easy-going nature and solid background are the underpinnings of what makes her such a popular writing coach across the country. Marni is a unique writing coach because she has a tool for almost everything. She has a way of taking complicated information and translating it into easy-to-grasp, step-by-step information. Her character worksheets and plotting devices have been met with rave reviews. Her first book on writing, 7 Essential Writing Tools: That Will Absolutely Make Your Writing Better (And Enliven the Soul) is an Amazon Bestseller. Her next two books, Permission to Roar, A Handbook for Thought Leaders Who Want to Write, and The Memoir Map will be out in 2018. You can also find Marni on Facebook or at thefeistywriter.com, a writing hub to help writers find and believe in their authentic voice.
Current Show Artists
Actor - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Brian Mackey was last seen in The Explorers Club at Lamb’s Players Theatre. He’s also appeared in Silent Sky, The Angel's Arms, Equivocation, Dinner with Marlene, The Nerd, An American Christmas and Twelfth Night at Lamb’s. Elsewhere: The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, The Glass Menagerie, History Boys, Christmas Carol (Cygnet – Resident Artist); Abundance (Backyard Renaissance Theatre); All My Sons, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical, An Enemy of the People (Intrepid Theatre); In the Heat of the Night, The Woolgatherer, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Jack Goes Boating, All in the Timing, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath (ion theatre); In the Next Room, The Vibrator Play (San Diego Rep); The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, Baby with the Bathwater, As Much As You Can, Corpus Christi (Diversionary); A Christmas Carol (’07, ’08, ’09), Little Women (North Coast Rep); Born Yesterday (AVO Playhouse); Night Sky (Mo’olelo); The Heidi Chronicles, Julius Caesar (New Village Arts); Side Man (BANG!). Brian was awarded the 2011 Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year. Brian has also appeared in the readings of The Little Foxes and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge with The Roustabouts Theatre Co.
Actor - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Michael Silberblatt is excited to return to his hometown to make his San Diego theatre debut! Regional: King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Six Americans (The Kennedy Center), The Exonerated (Next Theatre). TV: Time After Time (ABC), Shadow of Doubt (Investigation Discovery). Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and graduate of the Coronado School of the Arts. MichaelSilberblatt.com | Instagram: @MichaelSilberblatt
Co-Director - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Directing credits include 8 Songs For A Mad King (2017 Best of Festival-San Diego International Fringe Festival/Bodhi Tree Productions); The Woman In Black with Jason Heil (CSU San Marcos): Sunday In The Park With George with Glenn Paris (2017 Craig Noel Award-Best Direction of a Musical), Master Class, Passion (Nomination-2014 Craig Noel Award-Best Direction of a Musical), Grey Gardens, Gypsy with Claudio Raygoza (Nomination-2011 Craig Noel Award-Best Direction of a Musical) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Ion Theatre); A Civil War Christmas, A New Brain (Diversionary Theatre); Gutenberg, The Musical! (Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company) Seascape (New Village Arts Theatre). Recent acting credits include The Moors (Diversionary Theatre) and The Normal Heart (Ion Theatre) (2017 Craig Noel Award-Best Featured Actress in a Play). Kim is a graduate of Catholic University of America, studied at LAMDA, and is a 2014 member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She also teaches Drama at the Coronado School of the Arts.
Actor - Romeo, Romeo & Juliet
Michelle Marie Trester is thrilled to be making her The Roustabouts Theatre Co. debut! San Diego credits include: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Cygnet Theatre), 4000 Miles (ion theatre), Hand to God (u/s) (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Hackathon (Playwrights Project at The Old Globe), Same Time, Next Year (Oceanside Theatre Company), Noises Off (Premiere Productions at Welk Resort), and Flemming (An American Thriller) and On Air (Scripps Ranch Theatre). Elsewhere: Fight Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The XYZ Files (Off-Broadway), Little Piece of You (NYC International Fringe Festival), and the title role in Henry VI (The New School for Drama). She has also toured with her solo theatrical clowning show TO DO: to various festivals including the NYC International Fringe Festival. Film/Television credits include: Deadly Devotion (Discovery ID), Mary Pillard 2016 (Safe Circle Productions). Michelle has also served as a teaching artist at San Dieguito Academy. MFA, The New School for Drama. MichelleMarieTrester.com
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