Kristen DiMercurio (Dr. Sally Grissom) just sort of “fell into” the ars PARADOXICA universe by chance. She studied Musical Theatre at Emerson College, where she’s pretty sure she had like one gen-ed class with Mischa, but they sat at the opposite end of the room and contributed in useful ways to the class dialogue. Kristen was most likely drawing a comic about polar bears and penguins getting drunk and dueling. She now lives just to the right of the Big Apple, where she spends most of her time face painting (thirdeyefacepainting.com), auditioning, and working the oddest jobs she can find. She’s also very proud to work for a consent education and sexual assault prevention company called Speak About It, traveling around the country performing at college orientations. Before getting on this show, Kristen knew very little about time travel and the laws of the universe. Two seasons later, she now knows even less.
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Katie Speed (Esther Roberts) is a Theatre Educator and Teaching Artist currently residing in Somerville, MA. She has a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a BA in Theatre Education (Acting) from Emerson College. She currently is creating the theatre program at UP Academy Oliver, a public turnaround middle school in Lawrence, MA. The busy schedule of working at a public school keeps her from returning to the stage as frequently as she'd like, but in that sense, ars PARADOXICA has been her saving grace, giving her the opportunity to act on her own schedule. Favorite past credits include Elena in A Future Perfect, Maria in Twelfth Night, and Martha in Spring's Awakening (Flyleaf Theater), and Marge in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Regatta Players). Working on ars PARADOXICA has been a joy, as she fulfills her feminist goal of playing strong female characters–and Esther definitely fits that mold. http://www.katiespeed.net/
Lia Peros (Petra) is so excited to be back for another season of ars PARADOXICA! She graduated summa cum laude from NYU, where she received her Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance. Favorite theatre credits include The Secret Garden (Ayah), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti). Lia also performs with the Yuletide Carolers by Michetti-Knowles Entertainment, and is a member of the Academy Repertory Company at New Musicals, Inc. When she's not performing, Lia loves talking to her cat, playing ARG's, and eating all the churros at Disneyland. All of them.
Reyn Beeler (Chet Whickman) graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Acting and is now an actor based in LA. He’s been so grateful to be brought aboard ars PARADOXICA and work with such a talented, passionate, and dedicated team. Reyn’s recent projects have been his voiceover work for The Bright Sessions and performing in a Facebook Live show produced by Funny or Die with his sketch comedy team Flambé!. When he is not stuck in a time loop, you can find him improvising comedy, choreographing combat, or playing video games. He is a sucker for American history, paradoxes, and general geekiness, as a result he feels right at home with the ars PARADOXICA team!
L. Jeffrey Moore (Lou Gaines) is an actor and filmmaker based in Northern CA. As a young boy, Jeff would go to see every science fiction and action adventure movie he could get himself into. His true love, was Richard Donner’s “Superman," which began his path to filmmaking. He received his BFA in theater from NCA&TSU, his M.A. in Media and Performing Artsfrom the Savannah College of Art and Design, and studied briefly at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco CA. When Jeff is not leaping tall buildings and saving cats from trees, he and his 8 year old son Banneker spend their time studying the ways of the force. ljeffreymoore.com
Preston Max Allen (Bridget Chambers) is a writer, composer, and lyricist living in New York City. Their work has been featured at the New York Musical Festival, Musical Theatre Factory, Feinstein's/54 Below, Joe's Pub, Laurie Beechman Theatre, York Theatre, Gallery Players, and Second City Chicago. Preston conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for WE ARE THE TIGERS, A NEW MUSICAL (Hudson Backstage Theatre, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition, nominee for Best Production and Music Direction), REMISSION (NYMF Developmental Reading Series), THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Feinstein's/54 Below), and MY GAY KILLER HUSBAND: A LIFETIME ORIGINAL MUSICAL (Boo Festival Award Winner). Additional projects include book/lyrics for FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER (composer Will Buck, Sound Bites 4.0 Selection), music/lyrics for BRADICAL AND THE PINK SOCKS (Diverging Elements), music/lyrics for THE HUNTED: ENCORE (LA Webfest Outstanding Score), and a collaboration with composer/lyricist Rob Rokicki. Preston is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Comedy Studies Program and alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Robin Gabrielli (Anthony Partridge) is an actor, voice artist, sound designer, musician, technologist and educator recently transplanted to the West Coast, who has been appearing on stages all over southern New England for the last twenty years. Robin can be heard an Serjeant Rook in the Colonial Radio Theatre series "Ticonderoga," Ned Land in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and Hercules/Kronos in "Wrath of the Titans." Robin is a former company member at Flat Earth Theatre and works at Sony in San Francisco, CA.
with special thanks to Isabel Atkinson