Artists Bios

ORLANDO PABOTOY

Recent works: adapting and directing The World In The Moon at Juilliard, choreographed The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage Company (with John Turturro). Pabotoy co-created and directed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Creation, directed Scapin at Juilliard (with Bill Irwin as adaptor/choreographer), choreographed Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, choreographed Andrei Belgrader’s production of Pericles at UCSD and USC, and directed a revival of "Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me" for the Sounding Theater Company. He has taught for the Juilliard School, the Graduate Programs at Tisch NYU, the University of Texas in Austin, Bard College, The Old Globe, UCSD, Cal Arts, and has served as faculty for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Summer Lab. He is currently a faculty member of NYU's Drama Department. Pabotoy is a co-founder of The Clown School in Los Angeles, CA.  He has performed in such venues as: The Met Opera House, The Public Theater, NYTW, CTG Kirk Douglas, Old Globe, Yale Rep. His T.V. credits include, Whoopi on NBC, Strangers With Candy for Comedy Central, JAG on CBS. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the recipient of a Fox Fellowship and John Houseman Award.



ALAN WRAY

Alan Wray is an independent business man who has previously never produced anything. Accumulating his substantial wealth as a vulture capitalist, Mr. Wray's life's work has been the dismantling of companies to sell off their pieces to the highest bidder.  A recent near death experience in November while competing in the Annual CoCo Beach Thanksgiving Golfing for Pie tournament has inspired Alan Wray to reexamine his life.  Now, Alan has dedicated himself to supporting tax exemptions that provide help to his fellow man while spreading joy as far as the federal not-for-profit deductions will allow him.




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ALAN TUDYK (Flan)

Currently stars on the ABC television series “Suburgatory.” His theater credits include Broadway productions of Epic Proportions, Prelude to a Kiss and Spamalot, and his Off-Broadway credits include The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Wonder of the World, Bunny Bunny, Misalliance and Oedipus. Alan’s film credits include 28 Days, 3:10 to Yuma, Dodgeball, Hearts in Atlantis, I Robot, A Knight’s Tale, Knocked Up, Meet Market, Serenity, Transformers 3, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Wonder Boys, the original English production of Death at a Funeral and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. His other television credits include “Arrested Development,” “CSI,” “Dollhouse,” “Firefly” and “Strangers With Candy.”


CARLTON WARD (Ian)

Carlton Cyrus Ward is a dancer, circus performer and actor from the

woods of northern Vermont.  He moved to New York City 13 years ago to study theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He currently works with Phantom Limb, Circus Amok, Becky Radway Dance Projects, El Gato Teatro and 3rd Rail Projects.  In the past he has worked with Christopher Williams, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Ateh Theater Company, Proto-type Theater Inc., Freefall, Alex Bag, Maureen Fleming, and Gary Indiana. He has also been known to direct and choreograph.


JULIA OGILVIE (Darla Waffles Something)

Julia Ogilvie was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is currently in her 4th year at The Juilliard School.  Her New York Theater credits include the Chautauqua Theater Company (You Can’t Take it With You, An Incident, Macbeth) and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Comedy of Errors). At Juilliard, her work includes The Tempest (Stephano), Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea ( Simone), Uncle Vanya (Yelena), Top Girls (Joyce), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), David West Reade’s The Great Pretender (Zoey) and The World in the Moon (directed by Orlando Pabotoy). She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and at the President Polisi 25th Anniversary Gala hosted by Laura Linney.  She is the author/performer of a solo play, Freckle and Burn (directed by Vivienne Benesch), which will be produced at Juilliard this May.




A R T I S T I C  &  P R O D U C T IO N  S T A F F



ORLANDO PABOTOY (Director)

Recent works: adapting and directing The World In The Moon at Juilliard, choreographed The Cherry Orchard at Classic Stage Company (with John Turturro). Pabotoy co-created and directed the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Creation, directed Scapin at Juilliard (with Bill Irwin as adaptor/choreographer), choreographed Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, choreographed Andrei Belgrader’s production of Pericles at UCSD and USC, and directed a revival of "Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me" for the Sounding Theater Company. He has taught for the Juilliard School, the Graduate Programs at Tisch NYU, the University of Texas in Austin, Bard College, The Old Globe, UCSD, Cal Arts, and has served as faculty for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Summer Lab. He is currently a faculty member of NYU's Drama Department. Pabotoy is a co-founder of The Clown School in Los Angeles, CA.  He has performed in such venues as: The Met Opera House, The Public Theater, NYTW, CTG Kirk Douglas, Old Globe, Yale Rep. His T.V. credits include, Whoopi on NBC, Strangers With Candy for Comedy Central, JAG on CBS. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the recipient of a Fox Fellowship and John Houseman Award. Thanks to Jessica, Nicholas and Olivia as always.


SCOTT TEDMON-JONES (Scenic Designer)

Scott Tedmon-Jones, from Laramie, Wyoming, moved to New York in 2010.  Credits include: ‘Harry and Pep’ (LabRats Theater Company), ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ (Pittsburgh Opera), ‘Into the Woods’ (Carnegie Mellon University), ‘Deathtrap’ and ‘Later Life’ (UW Summer Theatre), ‘Dead White Males’ (University of Wyoming).  Scott received his MFA in Scene Design from Carnegie Mellon University.  www.stjdesign.com


PETER WEST (Lighting Designer)

Recent designs: The Maids (Red Bull Theater), The Life Of Galileo (Cleveland Playhouse), Circle Mirror Transformation, My Childrem My Africa and The World Of The Moon (dir- Orlando Pabotoy) (Juilliard) and the Shakespeare Santa Cruz 2011 and 2012 Seasons.  Other New York- The Public (Neighbors) Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Fordham and Juilliard among others. Regional: Spoleto (Amistad), Opera Memphis, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, American Dance Festival, Great Lakes, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Arena, Cal Shakes, Barbican UK, etc. Proud Artistic Associate of the Red Bull Theater Company.  www.peterwestdesign.com



TILLY GRIMES (Costume Designer)

Tilly is a Costume and Production Designer for Theatre and film. Tilly currently works between London, Dublin and New York. Regional credits include: ‘Parade’, ‘Tango’ - Brown Trinity Repertory, ‘Twelfth Night’ - Westport County Playhouse (Nomination Broadwayworld.com), ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ & ‘Othello’ -Shakespeare on the Sound. ‘Antony and Cleopatra’-Stonington Opera House.

NYC Credits include: ‘Urban Dictionary Plays’, ‘Wii Plays’ - Ars Nova,  ‘The World in the Moon’, ‘Meantime’,’ Trust’, ‘ Les Mamelles Des Tiresias’- Juilliard School, ‘Empire City’ - 600 Highwaymen, ‘The Lonely Soldier Monologues’ – Theatre for the New City. ‘The Storm’, ‘Emperor Anthony’, ‘Hot L Baltimore’ NYU Graduate Acting Production.International: ‘Caligula’ [Best Costume Design Nomination 2007 Irish Times Theatre Award]. 'Vinegar Tom’ - Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin, ‘La Casa Azul’ -UK & Irish Tour. The Paris Chocolate Fashion Show 2006.

TV: ‘Martha Stewart Show’ – Hallmark Network, ‘Billy on the street’ – Funny or Die with Fuse Network.  Tilly is co-artistic director of London/Parisian Theatre Company 'SavageCharm', resident designer at Shakespeare on the Sound, CT, a teaching artist at Brown University, and an M.F.A graduate from NYU Tisch School.


HARRISON M. BECK (Original Music/Musician)

Harrison M. Beck is a music director, pianist, accordionist, and actor. He has played Cymbeline in Cymbeline (Classical Studio NYU), and Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel  (Stagedoor Manor). Music for The Word Orgy (Classical Studio NYU), and Grease (Brookline Summer Stage).   He graduates from the Tisch school at New York University with a BFA in drama and a minor in music this May. If music could, he'd have his notes wear clown noses.


BYRON EASELY (Choreographer)

Byron Easley – Was awarded the 2011 Society of Director’s and Choreographer’s Joe A Callaway Award and an Audelco Award for excellence in choreography for the Off-Broadway production of Langston in Harlem.  A two-time winner of Atlanta’s Suzi Bass Award in choreography for the Alliance Theatre’s productions of Sophisticated Ladies and Jelly’s Last Jam.  His work as Choreographer, Assistant Choreographer and/or Assistant Director has been represented at Ensemble Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, The Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, City Center Encores, North Shore Music Theatre, Hartford Stage, Trinity Repertory, Two river Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.  As a performer, Byron has been seen on the PBS Dance in America Special Fosse, and the series Broadway: The American Musical.  He has been a featured player in the Broadway companies of: Fosse, Play On, Oh Kay, and The Tap Dance Kid.  In addition to numerous national tours, regional productions, TV specials, commercials, industrial shows and films. Byron is a full-time faculty member at Tisch School of the Arts - NYU, where he teaches dance. 


CRISTINA SISON (Production Stage Manager)

One of the Co-Founders & Advisory Board Members of Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Cristina is also the current Resident Production Stage Manager for the Drama Division at Juilliard.  Most notable credits include: (Ma-Yi) the Obie Award winning The Romance of Magno Rubio (Original Workshop Production in 2000, Manila Tour in 2003, NY Off-Broadway Revival in 2007 & the Romania Tour in 2008); (Regional/Musicals) The Girl in the Frame and Mimi Le Duck for the Adirondack Theatre Festival; and most recently at (Juilliard) – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Raisin in the Sun, Proof, All My Sons, Broke-Ology & My Children! My Africa! to name a few.  She has worked with directors, Harris Yulin, Israel Hicks, Jonathan Rosenberg, Joe Dowling, Marion McClinton, Christopher Ashley, Tazewell Thompson, Thomas Caruso, Kent Gash, Martha Banta, Ralph Pena & Loy Arcenas.  Cristina holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and is a proud member of AEA.


LAURA PRICE (Assistant Director)

Laura Price graduated from CSU Long Beach with a degree in theatre performance. While in school, she assistant directed the graduate productions of “The World on the Moon” and “Forget My Name” at the University of Southern California. At CSU Long Beach, Laura stage managed the original production of “That Beautiful Laugh,” designed props for “Our Lady of 121st Street,” and directed “Welcome to the Moon and Other Plays.” She feels very lucky to be involved in “Laugh” again.


NINA VARTANIAN (Assistant Costume Designer)

Costume Designer Nina Vartanian, has a BFA from Parsons School of Design, where she majored in Fashion. Her costume design work is as Follows: The All American Gender F*ck caberet at Under St. Marks, Dracula at Gene Frankel, Holidelic at Joe's Pub, Class A at Gene Frankel and 80 St. Marks, Triangle at 59E59th and The Rubber Room at Teatro Latea Theater. She also assists two marvelous designers Tilly Grimes, and Ramona Ponce.  


JOHN DENION (Assistant Stage Manager/Puppeteer)

John Denion is a second year in the Production and Design studio at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has stage managed mainstage productions there such as Violet and Take Me Out. He would like to thank the cast and creative team of That Beautiful Laugh for a wonderful experience.



EUGENE MA (Production Assistant/Musician)

Eugene Ma is a Hong Kong-raised Chinese Canadian theater director / performer / musician currently finishing up part-time at NYU Tisch. He recently directed Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water) and Thornton Wilder’s Childhood as a clown piece, and is about to begin rehearsals for Moliere's The Hypochondriac to play at the Flamboyan Theater downtown this May. As a performer, he has been a company member with International WOW Company under Josh Fox, with whom he performed in Reconstruction over two summers. He can also be seen singing and playing the piano downtown sometimes, including singing in a cabaret under Sutton Foster’s guidance at Joe's Pub and providing additional accompaniment for free-Jazz vocalist Lisa Sokolov at the Stone. In addition, he can be seen in various readings, workshops, new works, student films and even a dance piece at a cemetery with Dance Theatre Etc. His work is hugely influenced by the embodied teachings at the Experimental Theater Wing and master clown teacher Christopher Bayes. Special thanks to Orlando for the privilege to join this awesome team (after I stalked him) – what a blast this process has been!