Here are the talented ladies and gentlemen who reanimated Austen's classical characters...bringing them into the modern world for you!
Lori Kee- Jane Austen
Lori Kee: (Jane Austen) “Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” Upcoming: performing live at Super Bowl XXXXVIII this February. Recent acting work: According to the Chorus (TBG), Hungry, Zarps &Sexual Perversity in CT (Nylon Fusion), & she received critical praise for her portrayal of the Seagull in Sisters Grimm: Pointy the Starfish.
Laura Riley- Anne Elliot
A Virginia Girl, she made her way to NYC by way of Kentucky, where she was an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her theatrical resume mainly consists of classics, original productions, and interactive improv. Some of her favorite roles have been: Beth in Fast and Loose (Humana Festival), Puck in Shakespeare in Hollywood, Joan La Pucelle in Death of Kings , and Laura in Winterland. She studied Shakespeare at RADA and was a founding member of [By The Mummers] where she helped to create several productions. If you'd like to watch more of her film work you can find her in: Cans, Camping Out, Lost Time, House Broken, & The Ticket Seller.
Kristie Wortman- Cat Morland
Kristie is loving working on The Jane Games! She is a NYC-based actor/singer/boardgame enthusiast. Past favorite roles include Sheila (Hair), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Megan (FullStop Collective's Spring Fling '98). Kristie's favorite Jane Austen book is Sense and Sensibility, her favorite boardgame is Bananagrams, and her favorite Doritos flavor is Spicy Nacho.
Elizabeth Devlin- Emma
Elizabeth Devlin (Emma) has been lucky enough to spend her last three summers performing improv at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, and was able to use her Elizabethan language skills when she recently portrayed Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet at the Little Secret Theater. She had a recurring role in SeaDog Productions' "Group: The Webseries". Other favorite credits include Sister James in Doubt, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Alice Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You.
Jennifer Teska- Lizzie Bennet
Jennifer is so excited to be playing Lizzie Bennet, one of her favorite literary heroines! Recent credits include Marcy in I Love You Because (a modern day musical adaptation of Pride & Prejudice), Elaine in the web series Math Warriors, Nicole in the upcoming indie film The Soulless, and the Vestal Virgin in the world premiere of the opera-infused play RISE. She also recently debuted a cabaret series entitled Shakespeare's Playlist, in which Shakespearean characters tell their stories through his language and modern music, the first of which was Much Ado About Hero & Beatrice. You can keep up with Jennifer on her website: JenniferTeska.com.
Nora Munde Gustuson- Marianne Dashwood
Nora Munde Gustuson is a proud Montana Gal who lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA in Acting and Costume Design from the University of Montana. She was most recently seen on stage on the National Tour of Biloxi Blues as Rowena. About once a month you can hear her sing with The Love Me Kindly's at the Path Cafe. Check out her website for all her upcoming events!
Visit Nora's Acting website: www.noramundegustuson.com.
Or Her Knitting Page: https://www.facebook.com/NorasKnickKnacks
MaryLane Townsend- Mary Crawford
You can also find her performing interactive dinner theater at The Jekyll and Hyde Club in Times Square. Check out her original pirate music video on youtube: The Ballad of Consequence Wailes
Patrick Daniel Smith- Captain Fredrick Wentworth
Patrick Daniel Smith is an American actor based out of New York City. He is known for his roles in the films Bare Knuckle and V.I.P.S, the web series Shinobi Girl and Flesh for the Beast: Tsukikos’ Curse, as well as television roles on Law and Order: SVU, The Carrie Diaries, and Smash. Patrick got his professional start doing voice-over work for children’s books when he was a teenager, and was active in theatre and improv groups through college. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Patrick moved to Chicago, where he performed in a variety of theatrical productions and local commercials, as well as several improv groups. Patrick took a break from acting to go back to school in Washington, DC, where he earned a Master’s in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University. But, the acting bug would not go away, and he ventured back into theatre and film in the nation’s capital, performing A Soldier’s Play at Howard University, The Mousetrap at 1stCompany. Patrick also did a variety of industrial films for the military while in DC, working with the USMC, Dept. of Defense, Kansas National Guard, and The US Army, among others. After relocating to New York, Patrick began to take on more TV and commercial roles, as well as continuing to perform theatrically. He resides in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Stage, and Night and Day by Tom Stoppard at Washington Shakespeare
Ryan Farley- Colonel Brandon
Ryan Farley will be playing the ever patient Colonel Brandon.
Ryan Bender - Edmund Burturm
Ryan Bender graduated from Young Harris College in Young Harris with his BA in Musical Theatre. After graduating, he directed and taught drama for a year at The Learning Center! Charter School in Murphy, NC. He is currently pursuing a career in film acting. Previous performances include A Detective Story (Jersey City, NJ), Alice in Wonderland: A Journey (Hoboken, NJ), The Last 5 Years (Andrews, NC) The Fantasticks (Hayesville, NC), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Young Harris, GA) and The Shape of Things (Young Harris, GA). Directing experience: Waiting for Godot, The Princess & the Pea, and Law & Order: C- Rhyme and Pun-ishment
Michael Lawrence Eisenstein -Elton Collins
Michael is originally from Evanston, IL. where he trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop until he left to attend NYU’s Tisch. After receiving his BFA, he as worked with New York Classical, Boomerang Theatre Company, Impetuous Theatre Company, Xoregos Performing Company and was Arnold Epstein in the National Tour of Biloxi Blues with the Montana Repertory Theatre. He has worked on student films with The New York Film Academy, The Art Institute of New York, Brooklyn College, School of Visual Arts and NYU. He is in the soon to be released horror film Jersey Shore Massacre and can be seen on Discovery’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching. Thanks to Mom and Nora.
Luke Wise- Fitzwilliam Darcy
Luke Wise is an actor and playwright from Madison, Indiana. NYC: Proof, The Taming of the Shrew, The Sandman's Coming, Hamlet and A Frog in Boiling Water. TV/Film: "The Brain Games" (National Geographic) and "Pristine and Abraded." His play, The Stand-Ins received it's premiere this fall and his play, Manere Fortis, can be seen in NYC this spring. He will also be appearing in Beautiful Soup Theater's production of Liliom this spring.
Logan James Hall- Frank Wickabee
There's one in every story, ladies, steel yourselves against the charms of "The Player" Mr. Frank Wickabee, played by Logan James Hall.
Paul Corning Jr.- George Knightly
Paul is currently appearing on The Heath at Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Other New York credits include Euripides, Shakespeare, Albee, Churchill, Coward, MacCarthy, and Sachar (at the Atlantic, NYC Fringe, NYMF, Manhattan Rep, & The Pearl). In Athens, Greece: an Ilias Rafailidis world premiere (PRAKTIKAL). Film: Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, Matt Herron's Audition, Lauren Heirigs' Pinched. He has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube and is the oldest of four.
Will Cooper- Henry Tilney
Will Cooper is an Alabama native up in New York acting all over the place. He originated the role of Critter in the Off-Broadway show Superhero Celebrity Rehab: The Musical as well as being seen in a few national commercials and short films. He also is in an indie film coming out next year (title tbd) and is active in the improv scene in NY. For fun videos and other credits, visit www.WillGCooper.com.
Jake Ottosen- Ben Crosby
Jake is an actor and music maker. He has written songs for himself, audiences, and musicals. His favorite sitcom theme song is probably from "Maude" starring Bea Arthur.
Amy Frances Quint- Catherine de Bourgh
Amy Frances Quint is an actress, voiceover artist and co-founder of Quattro Gatti Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre group dedicated to producing original, ensemble-based, genre bending work for performance in the US as well as abroad. Amy is American but was born and raised in Rome, Italy. She considers herself an Italian girl in New York or an American girl in Italy (depending on the day!) She has performed, produced and written for venues in New York, regionally and internationally including The Cherry Lane Theatre, LaMaMa, The Ohio Theatre, 59E59, Baltimore Arts Project, The Dublin Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Amy is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and of the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. She is a member of the Frog and Peach Shakespeare Company, where she has appeared as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Rosencrantz in Hamlet. Amy can be heard as the narrator of the audiobook “Family Pictures” by bestselling author Jane Green and is the voice of Kayak.com spots in Italy.
Heather Refvem- Doctor Russell
Heather Refvem is an actor/ singer from the Seattle suburbs. Heather earned a BFA in Music Theater from The College of Santa Fe. Since moving to NYC she has gravitated towards film, television and now musical improv – full circle but slightly left of center, which is where she finds the most joy! Recent credits include: “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” “#RunawayGroom,” Let My People Come (off-off Broadway). She is represented commercially by Stewart Talent and has the coolest day job working as a tour guide for Foods of New York Tours. For more, check out: www.heatherrefvem.com
Amy Moum- Elinor Dashwood
Amy Moum has written, produced and performed her own work and others' everywhere from Las Vegas to London, but is currently proud to live and work in New York City. Amy is thrilled to join the "Jane Games" family, and is currently in pre-production for the second season of her podcast series, "24 and Ditmars". She earned a BFA in Theatre from Stephens College.
Kati Schwartz- Fanny Price
Proud member of the Bless the Mark Players at Sterling Renaissance Festival! New York/Regional theater includes: August: Osage County (Jean, Fulton Opera House), The Poor of New York (Columbia Stages/Connelly Theatre), The Tempest (Ariel, Sterling Renaissance Festival), Hair (Jeannie, AWTP), Waiting for Godot (La Mama), Two Noble Kinsmen (Oxford Shakespeare Company). Film: The Unspeakable Act, BadPuss: A Popumentary starring Dianne Wiest (upcoming), The Jane Games (upcoming). Upcoming theater: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (LABA Theatre). Founding member of the independent improv team “Elephant Kisses,” which performs around New York City.
Robert Teague- General Tilney
Bob Teague returned to theater in 2008 after a two-decade career in journalism, because theater is much more fun than news ... and he realized life is way too long to commit yourself to anything less than the work you enjoy (Thanks Jane Games for providing this opportunity to do that). He established a beachhead in Brooklyn and now takes turns as a playwright, director, stagehand, producer and occasional old guy actor. He is also co-founder and co-artistic director of Truant Arts, a collaborative theater company. If you think you could use him in any of those roles, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him The Jane Games sent you.
Christina Rodregez- Harriet Smith
Christina is a voice over artist and singer. You can find her on Pandora and voicing joke-telling stuffed animals. Here's her website! www.supervoiceovergirl.com
Leah Dowdy- Miss Bates
Leah Dowdy is a charismatic actress, singer and dancer currently residing in New York City. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Leah grew up in the theater and studying dance at The Rock School West. She later shifted her focus to film production and on-camera performance at the collegiate level and graduated summa cum laude from University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Since moving to the Big Apple, Leah has appeared in various commercials, television shows and indie films such as How To Get Away With Murder (2014), Blue Bloods (2011), Audition (2104) and Joy (2014). She is excited to continue chasing her dreams in the big city and happy to have joined the cast of The Jane Games. More information can be found on her website, www.leahdowdy.com.
Suzanne Du Charme- Mrs. Bennet
Suzanne Du Charme spent the past Spring & Summer working with Going to Tahiti Productions on their original piece, Bella's Dream, in which she played Bella's Mom and a Holocaust survivor. She is a guest Reader with the Harlem Cammerata. Trained with National Theatre of Great Britain, Riverside Shakespeare Academy and is currently a member of ATC Studios under the tutelage of Kathleen Kellaigh and Javier Molina(who is a Lifetime member of the Actors Studio) Films include "Marvelous" (Tribeca Film Festival), "Citizen" (LA Film Festival), "Keep Calm and Curry On," "A Day with Mom" (SOL Film Festival). Worked extensively in Regional and Off-Off Bdway productions. Recently did ATC Studio scene presentation from "Glass Menagerie" as Amanda. Most recent New York appearance was as Deranged Diva Vampire on Halloween.