Bernard Pomerance Playwright (1940-2017)

Bernard was born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago; Mr. Pomerance moved to London in 1968. His first play, High in Vietnam, Hot Damn was performed at the Interaction Almost Free Theatre in 1972 and directed by Roland Rees. Along with Rees and David Aukin, Bernard helped to found the theatre company Foco Novo in 1972. The name was taken from Pomerance’s play of the same title, the company’s inaugural production (Oval House, 1972). Others include Someone Else is Still Someone (Bush Theatre, 1974), Melons (RSC 1985-86) and an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man's A Man (Hampstead Theatre, 1975). His best known play The Elephant Man premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1977. It was performed in repertory at Britain’s National Theatre and several times off and on Broadway. For The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance won a Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics’ Award, an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award. Of the many revivals worldwide this play has enjoyed, the most recent, directed by Scott Ellis and starring Bradley Cooper, transferred to Broadway from Williamstown in 2014 to great acclaim. The production subsequently transferred to the West End in 2015 and garnered 4 Tony Nominations including Best Revival, Best Leading Actor and Best Featured Actor and Actress.

Ron Cananada Director/Executive Producer

Also born and raised in NYC, Ron's directing credits include The Invested (4th Street Theater, NY); Lights Up on the Fade Out (Lillian Theatre, CA); The Maids (CAP Theatre Company, CA); Split (Independent Production/Elephant Asylum); Nobody (Ace Theater Company, CA); Soap Opera (Poet & Peasant Theatre Company, Wash., DC); Beyond Your Command and Mash Note to an Old Codger (New Playwrights Theater, Wash., DC); Bus Stop (The Old Opera House, Charleston, West VA); Guido Girl (TADA Theatre, NY); and Associate Director of Divinity of Hell  (Theatre for the New City, NY). A noted actor, Ron has been working on stage, in film and television for over 47 years. Ron was Iago to Patrick Stewart’s Othello at The Shakespeare Theatre in DC and Ron is the second man in the country to play Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences. His most recent role in the theatre was Simon in The Whipping Man at The George Street Playhouse. Ron has guest starred on scores of television series. Most recently, Ron completed episodes of "The Orville" "Seven Seconds", "Jack Ryan", "Madame Secretary" and the "spin off" "The Good Fight".  Ron's film credits include The Discovery with Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, Wedding Crashers, Cinderella Man,The Human Stain, The United States of Leland, The American President, and The Hunted.  Ron received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention for his performance as “Otis Payne” in Lone Star. Ron has worked twice with director Chris Columbus in Adventures in Babysitting and Home Alone 2. Ron is also an Emmy winning television newsman. Founder and Director, The Acting Department NYCRon Canada on IMDB

 

 

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Kevin Rico Angulo  Off Broadway: Othello (The Public Theater-Shakespeare In the Park) Regional: As You Like It (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), The San Patricios (PCPA Theaterfest); Romeo & Juliet, Cyrano De Bergerac, As You Like It, Macbeth, She Stoops to Conquer, (Independent Shakespeare Company); A Christmas Carol, Cymbeline (A Noise Within Theater Co.) TV/FILM: The Last O.G. w/ Tracy Morgan.  Training:  California State University, Chico
Megan McQueen is thrilled to be part of the Spin Off family and honored to be working with wonderful Ron Canada.  Born and raised in Southern California, she moved east to attend NYU and went on to receive her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.  Megan has played roles from Shakespeare to John Patrick Shanley, working both on stage and in front of the camera.  Film: Christmas Camp, Noise, Brilliant Mistakes.  Theatre: Almost Finally, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Eurydice
Thomas Hildreth* Thomas Hildreth* (Carlos) is an actor/producer and owner/founder of Sternman Productions. He seeks out original material from screenwriters and playwrights for Film/TV development. He is currently producing new scripts by director Eddie Alcazar (Tapia (HBO) and Perfect (Steven Soderbergh exec prod). Hildreth and Alcazar are also developing Alcazar’s Vandal and Jeff Johnson’s The Kinjiku. Sternman is producing several scripts by acclaimed Amazon #1 crime noir novelist Jeff Johnson (Deadbomb Bingo Ray, Knottspeed, Lucky Supreme) including Short Bus, Millinocket and The Kinjiku as well as a new feature film,  Santer, with exec producer Sienna Miller. Thomas played the lead role John Johnson in Sternman’s latest feature, award winning Child of Grace (Lifetime premiere) with Ted Levine and the lead role of Eben Cole in Islander (Showtime) nationwide theatrical release with Philip Baker Hall. Hildreth played lead roles in the world premieres The Invested (NYC) and Lights Up On The Fade Out (LA). Theatre credits include over a dozen productions with The Williamstown Theatre Festival including the world premiere of The American Clock directed by Austin Pendleton and Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Michael Greif. Thomas appeared extensively with The Classical Theatre Lab (LA) in productions and readings of Shakespearean, Greek and contemporary classic texts. He received an MFA in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University and lives in NYC and LA with his wife Noël and their five small curled darlings.

Tricia Mancuso Parks* is an actor, theatre director and creative professional. Tricia is thrilled to be part of the Spin Off  family with Ron Canada directing. Selected TV and film credits include: “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU,” ShuffleThe Family Fang, and June. Selected theatre credits: Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Tribeca Lab's POE House (live and new media), Tricia was a principle in the long running Los Angeles production of Tamara and an original member of The Actors' Gang.  Selected theatre directing credits include: Divinity of Hell, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, an adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre's short story, Intimacy, and original theatre/dance pieces CageDancers and The Kollwitz Project. Tricia is the founding director of Creative Women. She is also the founding President of BurritoBoards Creative, Inc. (mancusoparks.nyc)

 

Chad Restum* is an actor, director and playwright. He is happy and proud to be returning to New York to work with Ron Canada and the rest of the Spin Off team.  Los Angeles: Julius Caesar in Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, Enobarbus in Anthony and Cleopatra, Papa Joe in the Premiere of the musical Jack @ the Sacred Fools; with the Classical Theatre Lab:  The Libertine (the Strasberg), Hamlet (Actors' Gang), Dumas (the Hudson Guild), Deaf West Theatres' Romeo and Juliet (the Odyssey), Twelve Angry Men (the Complex), Double Play (the Matrix) and Girders (Coast Playhouse). NYC:  From the Neighborhood (Irish Arts Ctr.), Chantecler (47th St. Theatre), The Wisteria Trees (York Theatre Co.).  Regional: Working (American Stage Festival), Malice Aforethought (Bristol Riverside), Brigadoon (McCarter Theatre). Television:  "Relativity", "In the House" and "Days of Our Lives", and sundry commercials, Film: Only in L.A., TNT’s James Dean.  He is currently writing Blind Man's Bluff, the third play in his Levant Cycle.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Circle-in-the-Square Professional Actor’s Program. He has a Masters degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles.

 

Najla Said* is an actress, playwright, and author.  Selected theatre credits: A World I Loved with Vanessa Redgrave (Public Theater; Brighton Festival), Nine Parts of Desire (Seattle Rep),Palestine (NY Theater Workshop) and Prophecy (New End Theatre, London; NY Theatre Workshop), Broken Stones (Interact), Passengers (Second Stage), The Merchant of Venice (Fractured Atlas), Salome (Lincoln Center Directors Lab), The Beekeeper’s Daughter (TNC), and Divinity of Hell (CWNY/Unshout the Noise Theatre).  She is one of New York Theatre Workshop's "Usual Suspects.” Film/TV:  Noora Saadi in “NCIS:NOLA”, “Party of Five” Conversations with My Ex, The Contestant, and The Siege. Her memoir, Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family was released by Riverhead Books in 2013.  Najla studied at the Actor’s Center Conservatory, The Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theatre, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

 

*Member Actors' Equity Association [AEA]

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