MONICA SHEA GIORDANO -- Founding Company Member
As an actor: International: Marta the Divine* (Marta). Regional: The Tempest ft. Olympia Dukakis, Tartuffe (Shakespeare & Company), Othello (Real Live Theater), King Lear (Serious Play!), Die Klienen (Gan e Mead Theatre). Educational: Closer (Anna), Suitors* (Rosaura), Midsummer…Dream (Titania), How He Lied to Her Husband (Her), Urinetown (Ensemble), Love the Doctor* (Estefania), Twelfth Night (Curio), Night on the Galactic Railroad*(Giovanni’s Mother/Conductor), House of Bernarda Alba (Maid). *Original English Cast
As Director: Romeo & Juliet, Stop Kiss, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Casanova (asst. Director), Machinal (asst. Director).
Monica has worked as a costume designer and sound designer both regionally and in New York.
For more information about Monica as a playwright, please visit sheagiordano.com. She’s really much more eloquent when not writing a biography. Real Live Theatre produced staged readings of her scripts The Great Adventures of Samson and From the Sea, To Somewhere Else. RLT also brought a production of her play Hand Grenades to the Ithaca Fringe Festival in 2014 where it won Audience Favorite.
Monica is, as always, constantly thankful for her wonderful and patient teachers, her wonderful and even more patient friends, and her incredible family. She enjoys adjectives.
LUCY GOUVIN -- Founding Company Member, Company Administrator
Lucy Gouvin is a general art enthusiast, maker, and facilitator. Theatre has been a consuming passion since she was twelve. Since then, she has tried to experience as many aspects of theatre as possible, and fell in love with Stage Managing. Lucy has worked in a variety of theaters as a Stage Manager, including the Ogunquit Playhouse, the Drama Studio, Smith College, Serious Play!, and the Ensemble Theatre Community School. She has also interned with the Majestic Theatre, and been invited to Stage Manage in The 24 Hour Theatre Project twice. Additionally, Lucy trained extensively with Dan and Ellen Morbyrne at the Drama Studio for six years, and spent three summers at the Ensemble Theatre Community School in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. During her time at the Drama Studio, Lucy appeared in several productions; her favorites include Antigone, Comedy of Errors, The Less Than Human Club, and Ascension Day. In her continuing exploration of theatre, she has also directed, light designed, and been a light and sound operator. She was honored to be asked to join Real Live Theatre in 2013, and feels incredibly lucky to be working along side so many artists she deeply admires. Lucy graduated from Smith College with a double major in Studio Art and Economics and has relocated to Pittsburgh for a career at Schell Games.
KATE HARE -- Governing Member
Kate Hare's preoccupation with theater was passed down genetically by a beautiful line of compulsive actors and goofballs. Originating from New York City, she received a BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She became the Communications Director of the All For One Theater Festival in New York, working with a wonderful team there to build the company in its inaugural years. She was a proud member of Real Live Theatre 2014-2018. Theatre: The Life and Death of Queen Margaret, The Lion & The Clown (Real Live Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (Hampshire Shakespeare Company), Variations of Emily (The Emily Dickinson Project), The Reason for Play (The Secret Theatre), By the Light of a Match, Romeo and Juliet (Snorks & Pins Productions), My California (The Drama League). Film: Hank (Say It Loud Productions), Sitters (BrickBurns Productions). She has also performed several solo works at the Fresh Fruit Festival, Emerging Artists Theatre, the Estrogenius Festival, The Wild Project, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Kate is currently pursuing an MFA at The New School in NYC.
EMMA JIMERSON -- Founding Company Member
Emma Jimerson majored in Theatre at Smith College, where she graduated Magna cum Laude. She also spent a semester in London studying acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. At 14 years old, she was introduced to theatre by the amazing Ellen Morbyrne, and formed part of Ellen's young actors troupe, the North Star Players. Emma also attended youth workshops with Hampshire Shakespeare Company and the Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble. Emma has appeared in a number of plays in the Pioneer Valley, playing the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and Shen Teh/Shui Ta in Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, both directed by Ellen Morbyrne. She also appeared in a Smith College Theatre Department production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. In addition, Emma has performed in two radio dramas for Old Deerfield Productions: Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and an adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun, both directed by the awesome Kevin Maroney. Emma has trained in a variety of acting techniques including the Suzuki Method, Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, Laban, Commedia dell'Arte, and stage combat, and has also studied Contact Improv, Tai Chi, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, and Ballet. Emma played Desdemona in Real Live Theatre's exciting and moving debut production, The Tragedy of Othello, and was thrilled to continue working with this hugely talented company before pursuing her graduate degree in England.
ALBERTO CARLOS PEART -- Associate Member
Alberto Carlos Peart was happy to be part of Real Live Theater. Alberto has trained with Shakespeare & Co, Serious Play!, and Mimoda Dance Co in Los Angeles CA. He graduated from Westfield State University in Mass Communications and co-founded the film production company, JYA I AM Productions (jyaiamproductions.com). Alberto has been involved in various dance, theater, and film productions in the Valley, New York, California, and Spain. Alberto has relocated to Florida to pursue his career in film.
MICHAEL PRAY -- Founding Company Member
Michael Pray is a resident of Chicopee, MA who first took interest in theater at the tail end of high school. Performing in an abridged version of A Midsummer Night's Dream was enough to inspire him to pursue the art, and he is now an actor, teacher, and former student of Holyoke Community College and Quinnipiac University's theater programs. He is a Teaching Artist with Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble where he teaches workshops in Suzuki, Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, and stage combat. He has also taught at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, Holyoke Community College, and in residence at various schools as well as CT-based Performing Arts Programs and abroad in Nicaragua. Some favorite roles include Cassio (RLT’sThe Tragedy of Othello), Fencer (Commedia dell Smartass), and Moritz (Spring's Awakening). He most recently appeared in Stageloft Repertory Theater's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Billy Bibbit.
NIA STEINER -- Founding Company Member
Nia Steiner has been acting since 2004. She trained under Ellen at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, where favorite roles included The White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass and Tilly in Melancholy Play. Nia has been co-director of the North Star theatre program with Ellen since 2010. She has co-directed many productions with the North Star Players including Shakespeare's As You Like It, and her original adaptation of Dr. Seuss' s The Lorax. She also loves dance in all its forms, and has choreographed dances for many North Star Players productions including As You Like It, The Skriker, and The Lion and the Clown, as well as for RLT’s debut production The Tragedy of Othello, in which she also played the role of Bianca. To support her artistic habit she is a baker at Hungry Ghost Bread. Nia felt so blessed to be part of Real Live Theatre, and is honored to have shared this experience with such a gifted group of artists.
past GUEST ARTISTS
SARA BERLINER -- Stage Manager for The Lion & The Clown, 2014
Sara Berliner is a student at Hampshire College, where she studies Theater Education and Nonprofit Management. She originally became immersed in theater at the Drama Studio, where she spent most of her adolescence and now serves as a member on the Board of Directors. Sara has also stage managed with Teatro V!da, Hampshire Shakespeare Company, the Drama Studio, and the Amherst College and University of Massachusetts Amherst theater departments. In addition to stage managing, she enjoys playwriting, directing, and trying to answer the question of what makes a meaningful and educational theater experience.
JAZ BLAIN -- Intern for The Lion & the Clown, 2015
Jaz Blain has loved every second of interning with Real Live Theatre! Through their time there they have learned important and useful information not only about the business we call show, but life lessons of love, friendship, and the importance of art in the world. When Jaz is not interning with awesome local theater companies they love to act, draw, paint, sculpt, and create art using a variety of mediums. Real Live Theatre has allowed Jaz to exercise all these passions and more. Jaz highly recommends Real Live Theatre to any and all youth looking to experience what it is like to be a part of a professional theater company because it is a loving and safe environment filled with people who truly care about what they do, and what they create.
SOMMER MAHONEY -- Assistant Stage Manager for The Tragedy of Othello, 2013
Sommer has been working in various capacities in the theatre world since she started training at the Drama Studio in Springfield, MA, in 2004. At the Drama Studio, she received an extensive background in stage management, acting, and teaching theatre. She spent the past year as the Development Director at the Downstage Theatre Company at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY, where she is currently in her junior year. She has taught in the Sarah Lawrence Theatre Outreach Program, served as the Drama Studio’s Teaching Assistant, and interned as an Assistant Teaching Artist for the Enchanted Circle Theatre in Holyoke, MA. Being a part of Real Live Theatre, particularly watching Ellen direct and Lucy stage manage, has helped her grow significantly as an artist, and she is so appreciative of the gift that is working with this incredible ensemble.
JULIANNE McGOURTY--Queen Margaret Artist-In-Residence
Julianne McGourty is a Worcester, MA native; she seriously got involved in theater over a decade ago in the Burncoat High Theater Magnet program. She's a 2012 graduate of Quinnipiac University where she holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Theater and was also an active member and officer of the Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society. In addition, she has studied theater abroad at Richmond- The American International University in London. Over the years she has studied a multitude of theater styles, such as Lecoq, Viewpoints, Comedia dell'arte and stage combat, to name a few. She also has experience in Film acting, competitive Ballroom Dancing and is currently training as a voice actor in Albany, NY. She has worked at theaters such as Long Wharf Theater (New Haven, CT), The Abingdon Theater (NYC), and very often at Stageloft Repertory Theater (Sturbridge, MA) in various capacities both on and off the stage. Not only an actor, she's also directed and taught Stageloft Repertory Theater's Summer Youth Workshops and traveled to Nicaragua to work with and teach theater to children. Having co-founded Tieline Theater with Michael Pray and fellow QU alum Jessica Otterbine in 2014 and cutting apart and reworking A Midsummer Night's Dream for their premiere production, she was excited for the chance to work with and learn from RLTs unique style. Combining this with being an extreme Shakespeare fan both in the classroom and on-stage, Juli found the prospect of The Margaret Project especially intriguing. Some favorite shows include The Complete Works of W. Shakespeare Abridged, The Grapes of Wrath (Rose of Sharon), Beverly Hillbillies (Elly May), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), Othello (Roderigo), As You Like It (Rosalind), Midsummer Lovers (Hermia), and Twelfth Night (Olivia).
MEGAN McGRATH--Queen Margaret Artist-In-Residence
By way of central Massachusetts, Canada, London, and New York City, Megan found her way to the Pioneer Valley two years ago. A lifelong Shakespeare/British history aficionado, Megan is thrilled to be a guest artist with Real Live Theatre for The Margaret Project. Working with RLT has been fantastic: her love of the Bard together with working with an amazing ensemble of actors makes for a wonderful theatrical experience, and she cannot wait for the finished product! She attended Stonehill College for undergrad, and LAMDA for her post graduate degree in classical acting. When in New York City, Megan was a company member of the Dark Lady Players - an experimental Shakespeare company, and taught 2 after school theatre programs to middle school aged kids. Locally, she has performed with A Shot of Theatre, and is a docent at Wistariahurst museum. A girl with many passions, Megan is also a reiki master, runs a women's group, is a diehard Bruins fan, and has a dog named Tonks.
DEBORAH BANKS McINTOSH--Stage Manager, Queen Margaret reading
Deb is a stage manager, science educator, journalist and general creatrix of adventure and opportunity. She is utterly entranced by theater’s power of story and the way it engages people to remember details, laugh at life and struggle to understand the world around them. She prefers to be behind the scenes where she can use her creative skills organizing, communicating, and schlepping. Deb’s recent stage management credits include Merry Wives of Windsor (Hampshire Shakespeare Company), 4,000 Miles (Pauline Productions), Safe Lodging (Northampton Playwright’s Lab), An Iliad (Pauline Productions), and When the Rain Stops Falling (Holyoke Community College). Deb was recently honored with two awards for stage management at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She is very excited to be working with the great folks at Real Live Theater!
REBECCA PAUL --Montana in The Tragedy of Othello, 2013
Rebecca Paul was thrilled to be a part of RLT's introduction to the world. Rebecca is a Drama Studio alum and active in local theatre. Recent roles include "Joy" in Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, "Cook" in Sara Crewe: A Little Princess, and "Gertrude" in Hamlet. Rebecca notes that working with such an amazingly talented group of people on The Tragedy of Othello was awe inspiring and an experience that she will treasure.
JOSHUA PLATT -- Roderigo in The Tragedy of Othello, 2013
Joshua Platt lives in Northampton. He has worked as an actor with Ashfield Community Theater, the UMass Renaissance Center, the Northampton Center for the Arts, Old Deerfield Productions, Smith College and the New Renaissance Players in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Arthur Kopit, Thornton Wilder and Sarah Ruhl. He has a BA from Yale University in English Literature.
ARNALDO ANDRE RIVERA -- Othello in The Tragedy of Othello, 2013
Arnaldo Andre Rivera has been performing for audiences since 1995. He started training at The Drama Studio in Springfield, Mass, under the teaching of Steve Hays. At The Drama Studio he met Sheryl Stoodley, Artistic Director of Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble with whom he worked for several years. He has been in over 20 productions, most notably as the lead in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, which was invited to perform in Athens, Greece at the 5th International Women Playwrights conference in 2000. In 2013, he won an award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Zoser in the musical AIDA, which opened at Exit 7 Players in Ludlow, Mass. The award was given to him by the Massachusetts Critics Circle, which recognizes talent in the Western Mass area. He's trained with Shakespeare & Company, Universes, and Will Bond of SITI Company. He was recently seen in Of Turlygods & Time: The Tale of King Lear, under the direction of Toby Bercovici, playing the Earl of Gloucester, and also in A Chorus Line under the direction of Mark Giza, playing the heart-wrenching role of Paul through The Theater Guild of Hampden. Other recent projects were with Panache Productions at CityStage playing the role of Clifford Anderson in Ira Levin's Deathtrap and also with Malonte Entertainment playing the role of Steav Sablan in Adam & Steav's Comedy Wedding Experience, which opened at Yankee Pedlar Inn in Holyoke, Mass and through popular demand, continued to The Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee, Mass. Playing Othello in RLT’s debut production The Tragedy of Othello was a wild ride and Arnaldo would like to thank everyone involved with Real Live Theatre for helping their shared dream come to fruition.