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Omar is a director/actor who loves creating and working in new and original art. His directing credits include the international collaborative project 3 is enough, Whale song (Dreamscape), Name and Blame Inc. (Dreamscape), and When the Penny drops (Truant Arts). He also directs numerous digital video and stage projects as a teaching artist with Artsconnection, Lincoln Center Institute, and Peoples Theatre Project. As a performer, Omar often works in new works, musicals, and improv comedy. He is a company member of Pregones Theater, and a former company trainee at the American Mime Theatre. Reach Omar at: email@example.com or visit www.omarperezonline.com.
RJ trained at The Atlantic Acting School, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Simon Studio. He just wrapped principal photography on the first ever on-camera Shakespeare project to use the original 400 year old English dialect (his tongue is still recovering). RJ is currently a cast member of Say What? NYC Comedy Improv and Accomplice NY. He's honored to work with such talented colleagues and to serve as Assistant Director for this - his first Truant Arts production!
David is a New Jersey native who studied Acting and Directing at West Virginia University. After graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he worked in Television production as an Assistant to the Director. Projects included " Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Miss Guided, Ex Men".
He has directed with numerous Theater companies including Theater of NOTE-LA, North Shore Musical Theater- MA, Left Hip-NYC, 45 St Theater-NYC and Truant Arts.
Amy is a collaborative theatre artist specializing in directing and developing new/experimental theatre works. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. She was a scholarship student of both directing and playwriting at La Mama Umbria International in 2011, and was a regular contributor to ongoing monthly experimental theatre events during her time at SLC. These formative experiences led her to begin self-producing and developing work in NYC.
As a director/dramaturg, Amy has worked alongside emerging playwrights to develop several new works which have gone on to further professional development/production stages. She was a featured amongst a collection of emerging artists at Dixon Place’s Catalyst Project, presenting a new-one act by Daniel Kessler, entitled THE NATIVES ARE RESTLESS. Her work in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, MY DATE WITH TROY DAVIS, was hailed by Backstage.com as an “entertaining, somewhat surreal fantasia” and “cleverly” directed. She recently developed a devised-theatre piece with TheatreLAB RVA: EXQUISITE CORPSE based on the Surrealist parlor game of the same name. Amy is currently in the pre-production process for a ROSEMARY ROSEMARY, a short-film in conjunction with BSD Media.
Amy teaches theatre at Westchester Community College. She enjoys Rock'N'Roll, slowly teaching herself to play guitar, the magic of theatrical collaboration, and sleeping late on Sundays. Proud to continue my work with the passionate Truants.
Frank-Thomas Grogan was born in Willimantic, CT and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Directing credits include, Sense and Sensei-bility Truant Arts, How To Win a Balcony Scene, The Many Universes of Elizabeth Brooks By the Light of a Match Festival, Fallen to the Communists with Manhattan Theatre Source, Left Hip Productions’ From the Hip Festival Finalist for Sue’s a Rival, Fake ID at the Sargent Theater, The Wild Wacky World of Waldorf Waldorsky(Playwright, Director, Producer).
Julia Goldstein is a theatre director, teacher, and academic. In addition to Truant Arts, she has worked with companies such as the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective and Theatre 167, and directed for the Secret Theatre One Act Festival, the American Globe Theatre Festival and Amios’ Shotz. Her original devised theatrical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s The Man Who Loved Islands was performed at the Secret Theater in 2011. A graduate of Oberlin College, Julia is a doctoral candidate in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Communication instructor at Baruch College, and a member of the directors’ group The Best Thing Ever!