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Laura Ware arrived in Astoria, NY, in 2007 with 2 suitcases after spending 2 years out on the National Tour of Mamma Mia! where she played the role of Rosie. Laura is currently the Editor of StageAgent. Laura is an actress and singer and has appeared on As the World Turns and on the Nickelodeon kids' show The Naked Brothers Band as well as in the World Premiere of Things As They Are in the New York Musical Theater Festival. Some of her favorite stage roles include Miss Hannigan in Annie, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, and Reverend Mother in Nunsense among others. Laura works at Art House Astoria, where she coaches acting for kids and adults and recently directed The Wizard of Oz. Laura holds a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Musical Theater, and she is a member of Actors' Equity Association.
I hold a PhD in theatre history from Royal Holloway University of London and my research is particularly focused on eighteenth and nineteenth century theatre. However, I am also passionate about modern American and British drama as both a writer and a performer. I have performed with several theatre companies across the north-west and south-east of England, and also ran an award-winning youth theatre company. Four years ago, I co-founded an independent theatre company that celebrates new writing, taking plays to the Edinburgh and Manchester Fringe Festivals.
I am a theatre teacher, director, writer, and seamstress. I have a B.A. in English, Theatre, and Education; a Master's in English Literature (focused on dramatic literature); and A.B.D. in Literature, specifically examining 20th century dramaturgy. I teach at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct professor of theatre, and work as a Faculty Specialist to support other instructors and their teaching. I have also served on the Board of Directors of BlackBox Foundation, a non-profit theatre in Casa Grande, Arizona. Recent directing credits with BlackBox include American Idiot, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Jekyll & Hyde, and Spamalot.
I'm an Oklahoma-based theatre teacher who also dabbles in acting, directing, and writing. I have a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy. When I'm not teaching speech and drama, I act and direct when I can. As a director, I'm most interested in contemporary ensemble plays and new play development (there's nothing more exciting than watching a new play come to life!). I've also written some short plays that have been seen and heard in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.
Emma Houlahan is a London based vocalist, actor, and voice over artist. She holds an MA in Musical Theatre from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a BFA in Music from York University. Originally from Canada, Emma has performed in the UK, Germany, and across North America.
Elissa Marele joins StageAgent as a Content Creator with 20 years experience as a Theatre Educator & Theatre Director. She holds a BA in Theatre Education from The University of South Florida & a MEd in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University. She has developed, grown & run middle & high school theatre programs & artistically directed productions in private & public schools in GA and FL. Elissa was awarded the Teacher's Creative Innovation Award in 2018 & her productions have been recognized with Shuler Hensley nominations, S.Florida Cappies nominations & awards, as well as FL & GA StateThespian honors. Elissa is thrilled to be continuing her work in Arts Education & have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students & teachers outside the classroom.
Alyssa has performed in many musical productions throughout her life, and her personal favorites include Emma in “Jekyll and Hyde”, Lucille Frank in “Parade”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, and Cosette in “Les Miserables”. In addition to performing, Alyssa is also a theatre and voice instructor, teaching out of her home studio. Alyssa was an intern with StageAgent over the summer of 2019 and is now a proud member of the writing staff. If you want to learn more or get in touch feel free to check out alyssayates.com for more!