company members 2015-16
Charles Munn [Actor], BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, has been seen in Polaroid Stories (D) The Three Sisters (Kulygin) and Romeo and Juliet (Romeo). He is also 2015 Core Company member at The Orchard Project.
Max Lehman [Actor] A graduate of Hofstra University's drama program, spent 10 months as a writer/actor with the On the Rocks comedy troupe in 2014, and studies with UCB and Actor's Alliance Studio. Max writes/acts and hopes to make comedy a career. Past credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (Billy Bibbit), "Farragut North" (Tom Duffy), and "Much Ado About Nothing"(Antonio).
Chelsea LeSage [Actor] is happy to be back on the Gorilla Rep stage after playing Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Mermaid in the one-woman mermaid musical The Mermaid Project. Favorite roles: Henry V(title role) with Creatively Independent in Remscheid, Germany (Rotations Theater), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Stag and Lion) Hamlet (title role) with CI (MAC), and the Witch in Into the Woods (Barrington Stage Company). Television: The Following, Discovery ID's Mind Of A Murderer, Alpha House. BFA Marymount Manhattan College.
Madeline Adelle Phillips [Actor] is delighted to return to Washington Sq. Park this summer with Gorilla Rep. as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream after playing Quince/Cobweb in last year’s production. Recent Theatre Credits: Witch 3 in Macbeth (South Dakota Shakespeare Festival), Lilly in the national tour of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Omaha Theater Company), Cult Girl in Spoon Secret Show (McKittrick Hotel). Film: Nacht Der Damonen (PugLife Pictures), The Fairies’ Child (NYU Thesis), Halloween Promo (Mckittrick Hotel). BFA in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College.
Greg Petroff [Actor, Manager] received his BA from Case Western Reserve and his MFA in Acting from Rutgers. He has been involved in over 35 productions and workshops with Christopher and Gorilla Rep, including MacBeth, Henry V, One-man Hamlet Uncut, and this past summer returning as Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Leajato Amara Robinson [Actor] SAG-AFTRA, AEA (Off-Broadway) "Storyville" The York Theater Co., "Philosophy for Gangsters" The Beckett Theater. (regional) "The Old Man and The Sea" Long Wharf Theater, "Vices: A Love Story" The Caldwell Theater, "Crazy for You" North Shore Music Theater, "Where I Come From" Kentucky Repertory Theater. (TV appearances) "Boardwalk Empire" HBO, "666 Park Avenue"ABC, "Alien Dawn" Nickelodeon, "Orange is the New Black." Psalm 28:7.
Heather Lee Rogers – Previously with Gorilla Rep: Peer Gynt in Central Park and understudying Midsummer in 2014. She can often be seen playing Nurse Constance in hilarious, serial-theater, soap opera episodes of It’s Getting Tired Mildred at The Brick. Other recent roles include Cheryl in The Church of Why Not with Theatre 167, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale and Adriana in The Comedy of Errors both with Hudson Warehouse, and Lulu in Bromance of the Exes at Planet Connections Fest. She first experienced the magic of a Gorilla Rep Midsummer as an incoming NYU freshman in 1993.
Jonathan Reed Wexler [Actor] is a native New Yorker. Performed in Gorilla Rep's Hamlet and is eager to take on the role of Demetrius after playing Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream last summer. Film: The Stand Up, Evil Weed. Television: The Mysteries of Laura. New York Theater: Paradise Now (directed by Judith Malina), Sex Encounters of a Disturbed Mind (International Cringefest). Regional: A Tale of Two Cities. Member of SAG-AFTRA.
Roger Yeh [Actor]. Upcoming: 210 Amlet Avenue at NYMF. Off-Broadway : Alls Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure (French Gentleman/ensemble) with Shakespeare in the Park, Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius) with Gorilla Rep, Macbeth and Richard II (Bloody Captain/Bushy) with the York Shakespeare Co, Twelfth Night (Fabian/Valentine) with Leviathan Lab. Film/TV: Gotham (FOX), Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List. New York University BFA: Meisner Studio, Classical Studio, Experimental Theater Wing.
Robert Steven Ackerman [Playwright] has been Playwright-in-Residence for Gorilla Repertory Theatre since 2007. Inspired by Gorilla Rep’s commitment to provide free theatre to those who cannot afford it, Robert wrote a verse play, Joan of Arc, which was performed at the Cloisters and directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson. His most recent play, Light, Bright, and Airy, is in development. He began his career in writing by studying poetry under the tutelage of Reed Whittemore, who twice served as Poet Laureate. Robert subsequently made what he considers a logical leap from poet to playwright. In 2006 he won the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Playwright.
Matthew Gasda [Playwright] graduated from Syracuse University in 2011 with a BA in Philosophy. He is currently a University Fellow at Lehigh University, pursuing a Master's in English Literature. He has published two novels, Moon on Water and Sonata for Piano and Violin, and a book of poetry, The American Sublime. His first play, Messages, was staged in early 2015 as a workshop production by Gorilla Rep NYC and will be appearing this summer in NYC's Midtown International Theater Festival. An established journeyman screenwriter, Mr. Gasda attended the Cannes Film Festival this May as the writer of the short film, Pale
Christopher Carter Sanderson [Producer & Director] is the founder and director of Gorilla Repertory Theater since 1992. Author, Gorilla Theatre (Routledge 2003). Fulbright grantee to Norway for Spring 2011; collaborated with Ensemble Free Theater Norway.