We believe than an ensemble that works together, trains together and breathes together is the key to making meaningful theatre. So that's just what we do.
Hedgepig: The Women of Williams County (Blanche), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly), Interior:Panic (Blanche), Tiny Tempest Workshop (director), Turbo Twelfth Night Workshop
Born in sunny Austin, Texas, Gwendolyn left her homestate to attend the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in Saint Louis where she received a BFA in Acting. After working regionally in Saint Louis, Chicago and Pennsylvania, Gwendolyn attended the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy of Classical Acting where she earned an MFA in Classical Acting. Gwendolyn has worked with the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Austin Shakespeare, Saint Louis Shakespeare Company, Gamut Classic Theatre and Austin Playhouse. Favorite roles include include Mistress Quickly/Merry Wives of Windsor (Saint Louis Shakespeare Company), Portia/Merchant of Venice (Gamut Classic Theatre), Helena/Midsummer Night's Dream (Austin Shakespeare), Kate/Taming of the Shrew (Austin Shakespeare) and Princess/Love's Labors Lost (ACA)When not acting, Gwendolyn is a teaching artist specializing in acting and movement. Gwendolyn is a founding member of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. gwendolynkelso.com
Hedgepig: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford), Interior: Panic (Grace), Mini Macbeth Workshop (director), R&J: 15-Minute Traffic Workshop; Midsummer: Tedious & Brief Workshop (director)
Originally from that tiny state that no one remembers, Delaware, Mary left home to become a Blue Devil at Duke University where she studied music and theatre. After working regionally, primarily in Chicago, Texas, and Orlando, Mary returned to school earning her MFA in Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theater Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Favorite roles include Armande/The Learned Ladies (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Viola/Twelfth Night (Austin Shakespeare), Audrey/Little Shop of Horrors(Quest Ensemble), Juliet/Romeo and Juliet (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Amalia/She Loves Me (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Emily/Our Town (Great Plains Theater), and Rapunzel/Into the Woods (Orlando Shakespeare Theater). While not acting nor raising Hedgepigs, Mary can be found at The Pearl Theatre Company. Mary is a founding member of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. marycandler.com
Hedgepig: Aria Di Capo (Corydon), Talk To Me Like The Rain and Let Me Listen (Director)
Ever since being cast as Viola in her 7th grade drama club’s production of Twelth Night, Nazlah has been enraptured by the theatre. After growing up in Atlanta, Nazlah went in search of cooler climates and bluer skies to Seattle in order to further explore the magic of playing make believe. There she studied acting, directing, and playwriting in Cornish College of the Art’s Original Works BFA program. Her wanderlust also took her abroad for a semester to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where she discovered her love of deep fried Mars Bars and Robert Burns poetry. After graduating from Cornish, she moved to NYC and joined the Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre in order to further expand her career as an international theatre artist. For more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hedgepig: The Women of Williams County (Laura), R&J: 15-Minutes Traffic (workshop)
Having lived half her life in the heart of New York City and the other half in a suburb of Los Angeles, Danielle likes to think that she has both the no-nonsense intellectualism of a New Yorker and the sunny optimism of a Californian (though perhaps all she truly inherited was a great love of both pizza and oceans). She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan in 2015 (Go Blue!), and has been “doing the thing” ever since. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Narrator, Children’s Concert), Santa Rosa’s Summer Rep Theatre (Dorine/Tartuffe, Miss Bates/Emma, Lead Nurse/South Pacific), Wyldewood Players (Columbina/Commedia), Midtown International Theatre Festival (Camel/Animal Story, NYC Premiere), and more. She is a current proud member of Broad Comedy, a feisty, feminist sketch comedy group, and (as you probably deduced from her presence on this page) the Hedgepig Theatre Ensemble. http://daniellecohn.wix.com/actress
Hedgepig: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Master Page), Interior: Panic (Telephone Man), World's Fastest Hamlet, Mini Macbeth Workshop, R&J: 15-Minutes Traffic Workshop, Midsummer: Tedious & Brief Workshop
Andrew grew up in Houston, Texas, but often claims to have grown up in Austin, Texas, because he’s desperate to fit in and wants people to think he’s “cool”. He did, however, live in Austin for several years while earning his BA in Theatre & Dance from the University of Texas. Despite the name of the degree, Andrew is not only untrained in “dance” but in fact grows terrified if someone even says the word out loud (in any context.) One of his greatest passions is Shakespeare: studying him, performing him, marveling at how amazing normal thought sounds the way he puts it, etc. Andrew’s been performing Shakespeare—various other things—around the country for the past ten years or so. He received his MFA from the Old Globe/USD program in San Diego and tries to bring it up as much as possible because it’s like this really prestigious program. As a Shakespeare nerd one of his biggest thrills was getting his name in the latest edition of the Arden Shakespeare’s Richard III (pg. 120) from a unique NYC production where he co-played the title role. He’s incredibly excited to join Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre—a passionate, professional and creative theatre company with a very bright future.
Hedgepig: The Women of Williams County (Stella), Turbo Twelfth Night (Workshop), Midsummer: Tedious & Brief (Workshop)
Once Lebron, Chrissie Hynde, and the Black Keys cleared up some space for her, Sara burst from Akron, Ohio and onto the professional theatre scene! Well, first Sara earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University before moving on to study classical rotating repertory theatre in Detroit with Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre, where she earned her MFA in Acting. While there, Sara co-produced the Michigan premiere of Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries" while also performing the classics at the Hilberry, and spending a summer in Russia studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School. More recently, Sara worked as a company member with Great Lakes Theatre Company and NYC's Random Access Theatre Company before becoming a resident actor and education artist for two seasons with the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. In January of 2016, she co-founded Runamuck Theatre Company with fellow artists from the developing project, "Believe None Of Us". Currently, some of Sara's happy places include her cozy new Brooklyn apartment (usually filled with Shakespeare monologues and dogs on vacation), wherever and whenever she is working with Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, and especially when she is playing and creating with her fellow pigs at Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. www.SaraHymes.com
Hedgepig: Taste of Shakespeare
Jamal is a native of Centreville,VA. Raised in the suburbs and always running around through highways and creeks (despite his mother's best intentions to keep him on the sidewalk) Jamal found the magic of acting at the age of 13 and was then cast in his first play at the age of 16. The bug fully caught on then and he's been pursuing it ever since. Graduating with a B.F.A in Acting from Emory & Henry College, he's toured around the country and worked at many places near and dear to his heart. A proud member of Actor's Equity and the Hedgepig Ensemble, some of Jamal's credits include The Barter Theatre, The Barter Players, The National Theatre for Children, The Lost Colony, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Bright Star Touring Theatre, Round Barn of Amish Acres, American Actors Theatre, 54 Below, Theatre for the New City, Walt Disney World, Sharon Playhouse, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.
All the thanks to God. Catch him at thejamaljames.com
Hedgepig: Taste of Shakespeare (director), The Women of Williams County (director), Interior: Panic (director), Turbo Twelfth Night Workshop (director)
With torn home-state allegiances, Emily was born in Indiana, raised in Maryland, and received her BFA from University of Michigan. (Go Hoosiers/Vikings/Blue!) Her love of witty, thoughtful stories has lead her to: direct The Arsonists, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse and of course, Interior: Panic; become Literary Manager of BEDLAM and create their MadLAB program (bedlam.org), participate in a Royal Shakespeare Company residency; Assistant Direct at The Old Globe and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival as a Drama League Directing Fellow, and assist Michael Grief with textwork for Shakespeare in the Park (SDCF). With a thorough background in Shakespeare, she’s studied at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and participated as a Shakespeare Society Ambassador. EmilyALyon.com
Hedgepig: Taste of Shakespeare
Mike hails from Pittsburgh, the birthplace of Andy Warhol, August Wilson, and Heinz Ketchup. He had no idea he wanted to act until he was halfway through a biology major at the University of Pittsburgh, but since then he hasn’t looked back. It was here that he also discovered his love of playing with swords and now works as a fight choreographer and instructor of stage combat. Mike has worked regionally with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, City Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Repertory Theatre, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, and is a proud member of both the Society of American Fight Directors and Actors Equity Association. mikemagliocca.com
Hedgepig: Tiny Tempest (Workshop), Turbo Twelfth Night (Workshop)
Having spent his formative years in the rural mountains of Vermont, Gregory spent many a dark and wintry night shoveling the driveway, and many a sweltering summer day swatting at mosquitoes. Upon coming to the stark realization that his passion had far outgrown his skill when it came to playing basketball, he turned from the court to the other place he felt like he belonged: the stage. He went on earn a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in English from the University of Vermont, which helped to foster his love for Shakespeare. Not long after he graduated, he was fortunate enough to be hired by the American Shakespeare Center, where over the course of 12 years, he performed in over 80 productions, including 32 plays from Shakespeare’s canon. Some select credits include: Oliver in As You Like It (Snorks and Pins); Macbeth in Macbeth (Excellent Motion); King Henry V in Henry V, Proteus in Two Gents, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Pericles in Pericles, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Bassanio in Merchant of Venice, Ariel in The Tempest, Lavatch in All’s Well, Posthumus in Cymbeline, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (American Shakespeare Center). He’s very excited to now get to play with such a wonderful and welcoming group of artists as the Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre.
Hedgepig: Taste of Shakespeare
Rachel is a Wisconsin woman with an addiction to travel and theatre; growing up near Milwaukee, she trained with First Stage Theatre Academy from a get 10-18, and appeared on their professional stage many times as a young performer. Rachel went on to receive her BFA in Acting from Missouri Stage University, and then took a quick jaunt to Glasgow, where she got her MA in Classical and Contemporary Text from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is brand new to NYC and the Hedgepig Ensemble, and can’t wait to start building a career here and continuing to work with this incredible group of people. Besides a passion for TYA and the classics, Rachel is training to be a yoga teacher and is a mild hippie #loveisallyouneed. She enjoys playing with every dog she comes across and singing Beyonce in the shower. More at: www.rachelschmeling.com
Hedgepig: World’s Fastest Hamlet, Midsummer: Tedious & Brief (Workshop), Mini Romeo & Juliet (Workshop)
Alex hails from the weird and wonderful Richmond, Virginia, where his acting debut was George Washington in the 4th grade spring play. Alex then fell for the Bard at countless productions by the Richmond Shakespeare company, eventually performing and teaching with them though their education department led by the brilliant Cynde Liffick. Cynde’s mentorship inspired Alex to pursue his dream in New York, where he graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch. Alex also minored there in Applied Theatre, and became passionate about arts education work as well. Since graduating, Alex’s professional credits include his twisted namesake, Alex in A Clockwork Orange (Hubris Theatre), Macbeth starring Kenneth Branagh (Park Ave. Armory), Cymbeline (Wyrd Theatre), and Aristophanes’ The Frogs (La Mama ETC). As a Teaching Artist, Alex has worked with students in all five boroughs of NYC, his hometown Richmond, and even at-risk youth in Madagascar. Alex also directs Camp Half-Blood in Prospect Park, a mythological adventure camp that inspires kids to become their own legendary heroes.
Being a part of Hedgepig reminds Alex how important being part of an ensemble and artist community is these days, and he could not ask for a better one than this fun and talented bunch of open-hearted folks.
Finally and most importantly, Alex is on a permanent quest to find the world’s greatest cheeseburger. Tell him if you find it: alextissiere.com
Hedgepig: Taste of Shakespeare, The Women of Williams County (Maggie), Mini Macbeth Workshop, Tiny Tempest Workshop, R&J: 15-Minute Traffic Workshop, Midsummer: Tedious & Brief Workshop
Olivia is a native born Texan and wild woman. She received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her MFA from the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida. She has previously been seen on the stages at Theater at Monmouth, Asolo Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Ten Chimneys, Banyan Theater, Hanger Theatre, Empire Stage, Florida Repertory Theater, and Palm Beach’s Shakespeare by the Sea.
"If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun." -Katharine Hepburn
Olivia advocates for misbehavior and as much fun as possible. She is really happy to be a part of Hedgepig and have the opportunity to amplify the voice of women in theatre.
#sisters4life #sparkles4life #loveyoupoophead www.oliviacwilliamson.com