Ryan Wesley Stinnett is a New York based actor, comedian, and writer. He was a member of The Bats from 2012-2019. At The Flea he has worked with Jim Simpson, Niegel Smith, Elizabeth Swados, Erin Courtney, and countless others. Performances at The Flea include: The Nomad, Take Care, The System, and LOCKED UP BITCHES. Ryan recently made his Commercial Off-Broadway debut as Narrator in the long-running hit play Puffs at New World Stages. He is the co-writer/creator of LIZ & RYAN: NEED HELP? which finished it’s first full season at The People’s Improv Theater in summer 2019. Other full-length comedies include The Ryan Wesley Stinnett Show: The Greatest Television Show Not On Television and Courtney, Ryan & The Great Ham Factory Fire Of 2012 (co-written/performed with Flea Artistic Associate Courtney Ulrich). He holds a BA in Theatre as well as a BSBA in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also has an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia, which he holds with his third hand. @ryanstinnett
At The Flea: A.R. Gurney’s O, Jerusalem. Born in Kolkata, India. Training: Royal Court Youth Theatre, London. U.S. theatre credits include Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at NYTW, Mark Taper Forum and BAM. David Greig’s The American Pilot for MTC (Drama Desk Nomination) and Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba at Mark Taper Forum. In addition she has worked in several Lincoln Center Director’s Lab seasons and is a frequent reader at Symphony Space. In 1990 she and writer Rukhsana Ahmad co-founded Kali Theatre company in London whose goal is to encourage, develop, produce and promote the work of South Asian women playwrights. Kali recently celebrated it’s 20 year anniversary and has produced countless new plays in that time. Rita is a Manhattan veteran and has raised her two children, Kiran and Anjeli in the city.
Gary Winter is a member of OBIE award winner 13P. From 1998-2008 Gary served as Literary Manager of the Flea Theater, where he currently helps organize Pataphysics, workshops for playwrights. His plays include Cooler (Chocolate Factory; defunktheatre); At Said (PS 122-13P #4); Golem and Dead Reckoning (Cherry Lane Alternative); Ominous Bastard of Czsherpishnek(HERE); The Lake and Aeneas (The Flea); Jigsaw Nation (South Coast Rep, Curious Theater Co. and 2005 New York Fringe Festival). Short plays at Sticky, Little Theater and Brick. I Love Neil LaBute was published in the 2009 edition of the New York Theater Review. Gary recently completed the libretto Carnival of Souls for composer Jonathan Newman. The White Roomwas a finalist for ATL’s 2009 Heideman Award, and was published in Eleven Eleven Journal #8. He has also received readings/workshops at NYU, the Long Wharf, Playwrights Horizons, E.S.T. and Geva Theater. From 1984-1989 Gary directed the legendary Scott & Gary Show for cable television, which featured live performances by experimental bands, such as The Beastie Boys, Shockabilly and Butthole Surfers. In 2008 the program was acquired by NYU’s Fales Library Special Collections. Recipient of The Goldberg Award, Lark Theater Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Dasha-Epstein Fellow, John Golden Award, and support from MacDowell Colony and YADDO. Awarded a Spielberg Foundation Righteous Persons Fellowship to study Eastern European Jewry in Krakow. Gary occasionally reviews plays for the Brooklyn Rail. MFA-NYU.
Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash. Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi’s World Village label, Catherine has been making new fans and friends. Four acclaimed and chart topping albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The Year) by the Jazz Academy in France and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording, followed by Bring It Back in 2014. Catherine has been a guest on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS-TV and Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Will Friedwald writing in The Wall Street Journal, calls Catherine Russell “one of the outstanding singers of our time.” www.catherinerussell.net
José Rivera’s The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005. His film On the Road, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. In theatre, Rivera has won two Obie Awards in playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. Cloud Tectonics, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Sueño, Sonnets for an Old Century, School of the Americas, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), Brainpeople, and Adoration of the Old Woman have been produced in theatres across the country and around the world. New plays include Human Emotional Process, The Last Book of Homer, The Hours are Feminine, Another Word for Beauty (a musical), and a new translation/adaptation of The Kiss of the Spider Woman. For television he co-created and produced Eerie, Indiana for NBC as well as The House of Ramon Iglesia for PBS. In the works is an untitled HBO series with Tom Hanks, producer. Films in development or in production include Three Apples Fell from Heaven (about the Armenian genocide, Shekhar Kapur, director), The 33 (about the rescue of 33 Chilean miners, Patricia Riggen, director), John Brown (about the famed abolitionist, Giancarlo Esposito, director), Vincent (about Vincent Van Gogh), Even Silence Has a Name(about Ingrid Betancourt), Deity (a remake of the Indian film Kahaani, Neils Arden Oplev, director), and an adaptation of Jack London’s White Fang for Disney (Lance Accord, director). Celestina, based on his play Cloud Tectonics, featuring Sona Tatoyan and Raul Castillo, will mark his debut as a feature film director. Love Makes the City Crumble is his first novel. Rivera runs a writing workshop in New York and has been a mentor/advisor for the Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India.
Joya Powell received her MA in Dance Education from NYU and her BA in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Throughout her career she has danced with choreographers Neta Pulvermacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Katiti King. Her choreography has been showcased at The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2012-2013), York College in Toronto, The Flea Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, Casa del Prado Theatre in San Diego, The Outlet Dance Project in NJ, Riverside Theatre, The Lion Theatre, Montgomery College Theater in Maryland, Schwab Auditorium in PA, Dixon Place, BAAD!, E. 14th St. Y, and the 13th St. Theatre. Her Off-Broadway choreography includes: JOB, The Minstrel Show, Are You Not Entertained?, True Bible Tales, and The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet for the The Flea Theater. She has been a guest artist at Penn State, Hobart Williams-Smith Colleges, Queens College, and Brooklyn College’s 2014 MFA Theater/Playwriting production of Amina Henry’s Happily Ever. Ms. Powell is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at The Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning at Stony Brook University. As Artistic Director/Choreographer of Movement of the People Dance Company she is dedicated to connecting cultures and finding ways for underserved communities to use dance as a means for self-empowerment. www.movementofthepeopledance.com
Originally from Arkansas, Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV writer, and all around pop-culture nerd. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the OBIEAward-winning Vampire Cowboys who are often credited as the “pioneers of geek theatre” and hold the unique distinction of being the first and only theatre company ever to be sponsored by NY Comic Con. His work, known for its innovative use of stage violence, puppetry, multimedia, and diverse casting has been praised as “Culturally Savvy Comedy” by The New York Times and “Tour De Force Theatre” by Time Out New York. His plays include The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G; Soul Samurai; Alice in Slasherland; Fight Girl Battle World; Men of Steel; War is F**king Awesome; Krunk Fu Battle Battle; and Living Dead in Denmark. His play, She Kills Monsters, was commissioned and produced by The Flea and has gone on to be produced in over 50 productions across the country. For television, he writes for the Emmy Award-winning PBS children’s cartoon, Peg+Cat. Qui is proud member of New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Ma-Yi Writers Lab.
Alfredo Narciso is a Wisconsin native (born in Milwaukee and raised in Eau Claire). Upon graduating with a degree in Theater/Sociology from UWEC, he moved to NYC where he has worked as a stage, film and television actor for the last 16 years. His first home in NYC was at the Flea theater; working with Jim Simpson and the Bats, he performed in numerous productions -namely, the OBIE-winning Benten Kozo, Bertolt Brecht’s Baal and Ajax (Por Nobody) – which also participated in the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Australia. Since then, he has worked extensively on, off and off-off Broadway with theaters like: New York Theater Workshop, Theater For A New Audience, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The New Group, Soho Rep and the Atlantic, among others. He is a member of LAByrinth, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Partial Comfort Productions. For more info, check out his website, www.site.alfredonarciso.com.
Yussef El Guindi’s most recent productions include The Ramayana (co-adaptor) at ACT and Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World also at ACT (winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” for Best World Premiere Play, 2011). Other productions include Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, produced at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, at InterAct Theater in Philadelphia, and at Kitchen Dog theater in Dallas, as part of the National New Play Network. His play Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat was produced by Silk Road Theater Project and won the M. Elizabeth Osborn award. His plays Back of the Throat, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda’s, and Karima’s City have been published by Dramatists Play Service. Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (winner of Chicago’s “After Dark/John W. Schmid Award” for Best New Play in 2006) is included in Salaam/Peace: An Anthology of Middle-Eastern American Playwrights, published by TCG, 2009. Yussef is the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. He holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright-in-residence at Duke University.
Thomas Bradshaw’s plays include Intimacy (New Group, 2014), JOB (The Flea, 2012), Mary (Goodman Theater, 2011), Burning (New Group, 2011), The Bereaved (Crowded Fire, 2013, Partial Comfort, 2009, The State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany), Southern Promises (PS122, 2008), Dawn (The Flea, 2008), and many more. Mr. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch and the Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. He has received Fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep. (Streslin Fellow), and New York Theater Workshop. He was the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009. His plays are published by TCG, Samuel French, and Dramatic Publishing. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.