The Complete Theatre Welcomes You
We meet, every week, in the theatre, to act and to write.
And we keep our dues low so actors and writers can make a long-term commitment.
Our company is open to all styles and approaches that help the members reach their full potential.
Our philosophy is that 'we learn by doing.'
We believe that a well-functioning community is vital to the development of talent and an excellent theatrical experience.
Just as great individuals make for great groups, so great groups make for great individuals.
Our company is dedicated to artistic self-expression and creative interactivity.
Painting by Nicholas Wolfson
The Complete Philosophy
It is our belief that we learn by doing and not through notes given by company members telling us what they think went "right" or "wrong" about a particular performance.
Writers and Actors have the option to receive feedback so long as they ask for it. We recognize that what is Constructive to one person may be Destructive to someone else.
All feedback is delivered with love and respect.
We bring our own art to the table, every Wednesday, and discuss it. These discussions stem from a Q & A between company members following a performance or reading.
The Company Workshop
Every Wednesday, all members attend The Company Workshop from11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Membership benefits include a two and a half hour, weekly workshop created to provide a haven where actors and writers can feel free to explore their talent through scene study, improvisational techniques, writing prompts, and cold reads.
We provide a safe non-judgmental environment where actors/writers need only be concerned with the work.
We practice and expand our skillsof collaboration and mutual support in order to develop as actors, writers, and directors.
Painting by Nicholas Wolfson
Complete Company Members are encouraged to develop the feeling that they belong to a group and have a strong sense of community.
Members are part of the creative team of the theater and are NOT required to clean the space on a weekly basis or do any day to day administrative work at the theatre.
It costs less than $500 for the entire year to be a part of our company. Membership dues are paid in four installments per year and are payable in advance. Dues pay for the workshops, website, and any marketing materials.
This amount comes out to $120 paid every three months.
So for approximately $10 a week you receive a two-hour and half weekly workshop, a venue to bounce off ideas, and the opportunity to collaborate with a talented group of artists.
Painting by Nicholas Wolfson
The Barely Dressed Show
Hey, what are YOU doing this Monday night?
Come out and see our groundbreaking variety show; which includes both scripted and un-scripted material
Monologues. Music. Improv.
A totally unique assortment of entertainment; featuring original songs, dramatic monologues and zany Improv.
The cast uses improvisational acting techniques to perform spontaneously. Audience suggestions are used to guide the performance as the actors create dialogue, setting, and plot extemporaneously.
Like as seen on the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It,Anyway?”
Experience the simple joy of being entertained as you watch different acts, musical performances, and Improvisational comedy.
The variety format made its way from Victorian era stage to radio to television. Variety shows were a staple of television from its early days into the 1970s. In several parts of the world, variety TV remains popular and widespread.
The Complete Theatre Company is bringing the variety show back and in a big way.
Get there early, this Monday, to grab a drink upstairs and bring it into the theatre with you!
Directed by Annie Ward & Will Storie
November 15th, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Adam Lebowitz-Lockard, Andrew Houlihan, Amanda Sawyer, Ashley Hamilton, Einar Gunn, John Mulcahy, Kate MacLauchlan,Katherine Scott, Kelly Hadous, Lauren Hennessy, Linda Creamer, Martin Cohen, Michael Galante, Nicholas Wolfson, Noelle Fair, Rachel Loebs, Starsha Schiller, Victoria Weinberg
Producer: Annie Ward
Box Office: Alexandra Hynes & Gabriela Marcus
Lights & Sound: Joe Carr
Tickets are only $15!
Based on the story by Yakup Almelek
Written by Annie Ward
Directed & Produced by Annie Ward
July 7th - July 18th, 2010
Gabriela Marcus, Sandra Coelho, Jo Anne Sellers, Rachel Loebs, Linda Creamer, Maria Smith, Bill Drain, Joe Carr, Michael Livingston, Jon Vane, Edward Snyder, Donna Stearns, Alexandra Hynes, Katherine Scott, Victoria Weinberg, Steven Tylor O'Connor, Joe McKernan
311 West 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
July 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m.
July 11th, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m.
July 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 2010@ 8:00 p.m.
July 18th, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m
Ayla has lived half of her life as an outsider blaming herself for a tragic accident at sea.
She has never been free from the effects of this trauma until she starts working at a clinic and gets to know the people there. As Ayla's story unfolds It's impossible not to root for this endearing heroine.
The play reveals the lighter side of despair and self-doubt while satirizing what it means to grow up.
To make reservations call: 646.784.3571
Tickets are $22
The Original One-Act Festival
Produced by Annie Ward
Thursday, January 7th, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 8th, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 9th, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 10th, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m.
Amanda Sawyer, Susan Burns, Rachael Palmer Jones, Charles Hinshaw, Meredith Edwards, Linda Creamer, Edward Snyder, Bob Brown, Julie Allen, Cody Steigerwald, Aaron Frank, Kelly Hadous
Winter Reading Series
by Susan Burns
Monday, December 7th, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m.
At a torture tribunal in medieval Spain, an Inquisitor's daughter falls in love with a prisoner. His ultimate betrayal causes her brutal death. 500 years later, both souls will have the opportunity to make things right.
The Complete Showcase
Directed & Produced by Annie Ward
A terrific production of scenes.
Featuring a fantastic evening of diverse and talented performers.
Amanda Sawyer, Jessie Losch, Susan Burns, Dawn Rene Fowler, Racheal Palmer Jones, Michael Arena, Charles Hinshaw, Meredith Edwards, Linda Creamer, Edward Synder, Bob Brown, Julie Allen, Cody Steigerwald, Marvin Telp
Saturday September 26th, 2009 @ 5:00 p.m.
The Complete Mixed Bag Show
A two-act assortment of entertainment
Material written and performed by members of The Complete Theatre Company
Directed & Produced by Annie Ward
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 29thth, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
We are always seeking submissions for original plays.
Please, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Us / Company Members
Founder & Artistic Director
She has both produced & directed the following NYC shows:
The Cream of The Crop One-Act Festival, The Big Bad Variety Show, The Keagan One-Act Festival, Cut From The Same Cloth, A Writer's Imagination, The Players Showcase, The Complete Mixed Bag Show, The Authentic Showcase, The Businessman, The Complete Showcase, The Original One-Act Festival, The Awakening & The Barely Dressed Show.
Annie wrote and directed The Last Stop; which was produced byThe Directors Company in 2007. She also wrote, directed, & produced The Best Party Ever; which ran in New York from 2006-2009.
She has acted and directed Improv/Sketch Comedy Shows at The Impact Theatre, St. Marks Theatre, The New York Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club & Carolines Comedy Club.
She lives in New York City and Puerto Rico.
Co-Creator of the Manhattan Monologue Slam & co-host to brother Philip. He is the host and creator of CBS Digital's "Robert Galinsky's Reality Wanted" and his work in the entertainment industry has been featured on: The VIEW, ABC Nightline News, The Today Show, E! Entertainment News, BBC, TV Guide Channel, and media outlets world wide. He is the founder and "Principal" of the world's only school for Reality TV - New York Reality TV School and is a founding member of the 3 Dot Dash International Peace Initiative. Galinsky has been nominated for a Gold World Award at the New York International Film Festival & Back Stage has called his acting "extraordinary & effortless" while High Times Magazine says Galinsky is "manic, deadpan & takes aim with psychotic precision." He has appeared on stage throughout New York. Galinsky freelances as a producer and director with the National Geographic Channel, Time Out Magazine, and The Ford Foundation among others. Member of SAG, Directors Guild & Dramatist Guild.
An Austin native and NYU graduate, Will has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for five years, where he has performed on two house teams and coached dozens of student improv groups. Credits include several College Humor and Landline TV videos, segments for The Colbert Report and NPR, and the renegade talk show Late Night Republic, for which he also wrote. Will contributed illustrations to the book Things Stoned People Say, and he will appear in the next Whit Stillman film, currently in production.
He thanks the UCBT for launching his improv & acting career, and encourages everyone at the Complete Theatre Company to continue their studies there.
Nicholas Wolfson has traveled and explored in more than forty countries. Upon graduating from Columbia University, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Nick has designed several book jacket covers; and his illustrations regularly appear in magazines. He’s had one-person shows at The Lowenstein Gallery and The Nicholas Roerich Museum. Nick has sold paintings to celebrities such as Carly Simon and Adam Mayfield. His work hangs in private and institutional collections.
For more information on how to buy Nick’s paintings go to: www.nicholaswolfson.com.
Company Members 2010
Studied acting with several accomplished teachers in New York and New Jersey. He has appeared Off-Broadway (including the New York Musical Theatre Festival). Other theatre credits include “Memos From Allen Ginsberg” (Manhattan’s Howl Festival) in 09’ and a regional production of “Moon Over Buffalo” in 2010. Television credits include “Rescue Me” and “One Life To Live.”
Is a Boston native and Harvard graduate. She fell into acting just before graduating college and soon after went on to study Meisner at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in Manhattan. She completed her training in June 2009. Her acting credits encompass TV, Theatre and Online work, including NBC’s Friday Night Lights, College Humor, and The 45th Street Theatre.
Is thrilled to be making his Complete Theatre Company debut in The Barely Dressed Show. Originally from Philadelphia, Adam has trained at Boston University where he is a recent graduate, Williamstown Theatre Festival with Amanda Charlton, Atlantic Theater Company with Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf, The Barrow Group with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, HB Studio with Carol Rosenfeld and Trudy Steibl, and recently with UCB's Ryan Karels and Neil Casey. You can see Adam this winter in the upcoming plays Cinderella, The Frog Prince, and Snow White, all with Galli Theater. Past credits include Prom Night of the Living Dead with the Brooklyn Innovative Theater Experience, It Beats the Darkness with Moses Mogilee, and Christmas Present at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Adam loves blues music and if you talk to him about it he will be your friend forever.
A native of the state of Washington, Kristin is very excited to be a part of the Complete Theater Company and to call New York her new home. Kristin received her BA in Communications and minored in Theater and Dance at the University of California in San Diego. After graduation, Kristin moved to New York to pursue her passion for acting at the New Actors Workshop where she did extensive scene work under the direction of Mike Nichols. A fluent Spanish speaker, Kristin recently participated in the First International Festival of Acting “Actuando Sin Actuar” in Mexico where she performed Shakespeare for the first time in Spanish. When she isn’t busy working in theater and film, Kristin is dedicated to helping people reach their fitness goals as a personal trainer, and to impacting her community in a positive way, as a volunteer drama teacher in the Bronx.
Originally from Suffern, New York, Michael was in graduate school for medicine when a chance encounter with a film director helped him realize his true calling. After a few months of intense scene study work, Michael left school and moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. Within months Michael was training with Terry Schreiber of the TS Studio and it was under his guidance that Michael went on to book roles in several award-winning independent short and feature films includingFrat House Massacre and 44’. In addition to his film work, Michael’s television credits include a recurring role on ABC’s ‘All My Children’ and most notably a principal role on NBC’s ‘Law and Order’ alongside Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson. His most recent work includes a national Applebee’s commercial and a theatre production called Snapshot. Michael currently resides in Manhattan and in his spare time enjoys playing soccer, spending time with family and having barbecues on his roof. www.michael-galante.com
Is a proud 2010 graduate of New York University/Tisch School of the Arts in the CAP-21 Conservatory. Victoria hails from South Florida where she first started studying dance, voice and acting. She is also excited to be delving into the world of modeling and on-camera, as well. Some of her most recent and favorite shows include: Kiss Me Kate (dir. Tony Spinosa), The Boys from Syracuse, South Pacific, Closer than Ever, Everyman: The Musical, and Twelfth Night. Visit her website at www.victoriaweinberg.com!
Recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Theatre and Robert Crosby, Jr Service Award in Theatrical Arts Honors. Andrew was born and raised between New York City and Stonington, CT where he has sailed since birth and acquired a US Sailing Level I Teaching License. He has spent the past few summers teaching thousands of children and young adults sailing, while racing himself. He has five years of acting experience during his undergraduate years and two years of singing experience in his alma mater's acapella group. Andrew's most favored roles in the past include Peter in "The Zoo Story" and Arthur Roeder in "Radium Girls".
Hawaii bred, wannabe break-dancer and future TONY winner, Lauren Hennessy was recently featured in the short film, 'Clean' which made its way to film festivals throughout the world. She recently received accolades at the Looking Glass theatre for her portrayal of 'Romeo' in the lesbian rendition of Romeo and Juliet entitled, 'Ampersand'.
She can be heard frequently on the award winning, international, free hit comedy talkshow, KeithAndTheGirl.com. Check her out at www.LaurenHennessy.com
Is and actor/comedian from La Crosse, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a major in Theatre Performance. Since moving to New York he has been in many off-off broadway productions and even earned a best acting nomination for his performance of Eddie in Pizza Man at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. He was also a founding member of the Improv/sketch group Do You Like This In Your Face?.
A recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Drama Program, having studied in the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios for Film and Television, where she appeared in numerous plays and film projects. Gabriela has recently starred in The Complete Theater Company’s summer production of “The Awakening.” She performed in a showcase with The Actors Project NYC, and has been working with two improv groups, Cherub Improv, a non-profit organization committed to performing improv for underserved communities and The Red Tie Mafia Improv Group. She has also been studying improv at the Peoples Improv Theater. Gabriela has shot a number of short films, most recently, for the City College MFA program and has assisted in writing a book with her father, titled Theater as Life; Practical Wisdom Drawn From Great Acting Teachers and Actors (Marquette University Press, 2011). Gabriela continues to pursue her career and hone her craft.
A native of Long Island, NY, and is ecstatic to be a new member of The Complete Theatre Company. Martin recently graduated from Pace University with a BFA in Acting, and also studied at the Stella Adler Studio, Lee Strasberg Institute, and Upright Citizens Brigade. Past credits include: No Exit (Garcin), See What I Wanna See (Janitor/Priest), and Anton Chekhov's A Marriage Proposal (Lomov).
Broadway: ensemble of Doug Hughes’ A Man for All Seasons (Roundabout). Other NYC: Dr. Weitzner in We Call Her Benny (John Montgomery Theater Company); Barsinsky in Two Detectives (The Cameron Company); Uncle Murray in Moonchildren and Dead Horse Driscoll in Behold – The Bowery! (Attic Theater Company). Regional: Marshall in The Little Foxes (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); John in Lips Together, Teeth Apart (4th Wall Theatre); George in The Actor’s Nightmare; Randy in A Chance Meeting; Paul in Born Yesterday. Einar learned the basics for his craft at New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts. He has since trained with Casey Childs, Steven Williford, Mary Louise Wilson and Harriet Harris, at Primary Stages; Jordan Lage and Tamara Lovatt-Smith at Atlantic Acting School; Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group; and Bill Esper. www.einargunn.com
Received her BA in Theater and a minor in dance from the University of Maine, Orono. After college she continued her training with a year residency at Penobscot Theater, participated in the Hangar Theater’s Lab Company, and studied at the Stella Adler Studio here in New York. Favorite roles include; Suzanne in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Bell in A Christmas Carol, Amanda Gronronich in The Laramie Project and Elizabeth in Laundry and Bourbon. www.starshaschiller.com
Is pumped to be working with The Complete Theatre Company! Rachel just relocated from Cincinnati after graduating from Ohio University’s B.F.A. Performance Program. At Ohio University, she created a one-woman show, Let Me Be Veiled comparing gender inequality in Iran and the U.S. Regionally, she has acted at the Hangar Theatre with Robert Moss, Monomoy Theatre, and Clear Stage Cincinnati. When not onstage, Rachel finds much joy in practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga.
Ashley Lauren Hamilton
Received her BFA in Acting from The University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2010. Ashley was raised in Houston, Texas but finds her true home to be in New York City. Ashley has ten years of dance training, has spent time studying with Catherine Fitzmaurice, and interned as an actor with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Ashley's past favorite roles include Olivia in "Twelfth Night", Mother in "Blood Wedding", Sarah Millwood in "The London Merchant" (Irene Ryan Nominee), Maud/Betty in "Cloud 9", and Louka in "Arms and the Man" (Irene Ryan Nominee). www.AshleyLaurenHamilton.com
Is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts here in New York and has studied at the Studio Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Recent roles include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing with Queens Shakespeare and Ginger in the Panicked Productions premiere of "Whiskey Beer and Apple Pie" at MITF. A founding member of CryOutOlivia Productions, she is currently working on Jane Martin's "Talking With..." which she hopes to have produced in the New York area this summer.
Has had a long and varied career in film, television, and theater. In addition to his role as Det. Rick Suttler in Amongst the Living, film credits include Cain’s Dinner, Gem Mint Kings, 15 Minutes, Copland, Ransom, Peacemaker, and Broken Dreams. Theater credits include Open Call, The Autumn of Frank Byrne, Joseph Pilates in Pilates—The Musical, and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. Recent television appearances include The Good Wife, Important Things with Dmitri Martin, All My Children, and As the World Turns. A life-long athlete and coach, Joe is a certified personal fitness trainer whose high-profile clients have included comedian Graham Norton, SyFy Channel President David Howe, and NBC News reporter Melissa Russo. He has also served with the Cardiovascular Fitness Unit of the NYC Police Department. When he gets the chance, Joe enjoys running, weight training, skydiving, horseback riding, and golf. (SAG/AFTRA)
A new resident of New York City. She is a recent graduate of the BFA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There she started a student group called Performers Without Borders and took the group on a trip around Guatemala, using theatrical techniques to create social change. She was also awarded Summa Cum Laude Honors for her self-authored play Skin Deep. Chelsea was last seen in the Colorado Shakespeare's productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Our Town, and King Lear.
Originally from Connecticut, Katherine studied Theater and English at Wake Forest University. Her roles there included Sandy in Woody Allen’s Old Saybrook and Nansen in Miller’s adaptation of Enemy of the People along with numerous eccentric characters in her sketch comedy troupe’s annual shows. Her study included a semester abroad with Fordham’s London Dramatic Academy. Upon returning to her home state, she had a lead role in Melanie Rosenberg’s short film ‘Every Five Minutes’ and participated in the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program. Since moving to New York, she has become a member of the Complete Theater Company and has taken classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
Recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009) with her BA in Theatre performance and a Minor in Communication Studies. She moved to NYC August 2009 and has worked in short student films and also works as a musician playing the guitar and writing music. Rachel is excited to be working with the Complete Theatre Company.
Started his professional acting career playing Mr. X alongside Warhol film legend, Jackie Curtis, in the Westbeth Theatre production of "Tyrone X" in 1980. Since then, he has been seen on the stages of La Mama, ETC and Theatre for the New City in addition to studying with William Hickey and James Bonney. Edward is also an accomplished visual artist ( gallery: www.ebsnyder.com ) and proud member of the Complete Theatre Company, led by Annie Ward, since June 2009.
Indianapolis native and a proud graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy here in New York City. She has also trained under renowned acting coach, Bruce Ornstein and has since appeared in a variety of student and independant films as well as various workshops in the city.
Comes directly to you from The Lone Star State. She is a quirky character actor, dancer, singer and voiceover talent. Kate recently graduated from Manhattanville College with her B.A. in Dance and Theatre and her B.A. in Spanish. Some of her favorite credits include the role of Paquette in Candide and Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She also worked at New York Stage and Film with choreographer, Peter Pucci, to develop Burnt Part Boys, a new musical. Kate believes, for better or worse, that she is a gourmet chef and regularly cooks up a storm in her kitchen.
Is pleased to be working with the Complete Theater Company. This Baltimore/DC native graduated from Towson University and has since been working in NYC, Regionally, and Off-Broadway. Some favorite credits include Eleemosynary (Artie), King Lear (Regan), Hecuba (Chorus), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Proof (Catherine), Othello (Desdemona), and Julius Caesar (Cassius). WORLD/NYC Premiere’s of All the Word’s a Grave (Guildenstern) – get it at Barnes and Noble!) and Fat Kids on Fire (Bianca) published by Playscripts, Inc. Regionally Noelle has worked with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Theater Under the Stars (NH), National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped, and Round House Theater of DC. Much love and gratitude to her loving fiancé and supportive family.
Is a proud native of Las Vegas, where she began her theatrical career. She is a graduate of the acclaimed School for Film and Television, where she studied under Jay Goldenberg and Pete Mattaliano. Recently she was featured as a lead in the U.S. Army Industrial 'Against Sexual Harrassment'. Favoite Indie films: Peace of Mind, Ethical Grounds. She is a veteran member of The Complete Theatre Company (recently Covered by NY Public Television) and starred in The Original One Act Fest, The Winter Reading Series and The Mixed Bag show where her writing took flight, thanks to Annie Ward. She also had the honor of starring as Medea in the Xoregos Performing Company's MEDEA-the show ran in Central Park, Thompkins Sq. Park and various other Manhattan locations. www.aesawyer.com
Pleased to make her debut as new member of the Complete Theatre Company. She has a B.A. and M.A. from NYU, and is a classically trained, and has performed a wide range of roles from Shakespeare to Modernity. Kelly recently completed a lead role in "Business Man", under the direction of Annie Ward. In addition to acting in several films, commercials, and music videos, she has been bitten by the social media bug; she is producing an internet show, "Buzzing Grapes", where hosts buzz about hot topics. Kelly is currently looking to become hugely successful and famous, or at the very least, gainfully employed.
Most recently Linda played Iona in “Something More Than This” at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Off Broadway, Ms. Creamer appeared in the premiere production of Tennessee William’s “Will Mr. Merriweather Return From Memphis” at the CBT Theatre. Other favorite roles include Karen Nash in Plaza Suite, Pam in Baby, Mrs. Hardwick Moore in Lady of Larkspur Lotion, and Dora in Stripper Mom, a play written and performed by Ms. Creamer. Ms. Creamer has appeared in many commercials, and played Eleanor in Outbound Productions. Linda completed the two year program at William Esper Studio and has done extensive sensory work with Marcia Haufrecht and Susan Batson. She is happy to be working with The Complete Theatre Company under the direction of Annie Ward and has already appeared in two company showcases.