Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Stephanie Youell Binetti back at Fulton!

Stephanie Youell Binetti was last seen as the beautiful and spunky "Grace" in the Fulton Opera House's production of Annie, directed by Marc Robin, who just directed Active's production of Romance, Romance. Stephanie's beautiful smile, stunning stage presence and gorgeous voice made her a stellar choice for the role. In addition to performing on Broadway and regional theater stages, Stephanie plays an integral part in the workings of The Active Theater as its Secretary and interim General Manager.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Heather Lee Harper a Manson girl???

This fall, Heather Lee Harper brought new life to the character of Patricia "Katie" Crenwell in the cult hit Manson: The Musical. Though the show was born in Chicago, End Times Productions remounted the dark and biting satire in New York City to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the events that led to the family's infamy. She is currently involved in the world premiere of When We Have Gone Astray at The Seeing Place Theater, where we see her as Cassie, a broke, alcoholic actress who moonlights as a call girl, desperately searching for success in life and love. For tickets and show information, visit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sarah Shahinian stars as "Jo March" this Holiday Season!

Sarah Shahinian will be at Syracuse Stage for the holidays, helping to bring Louisa May Alcott's time-honored classic Little Women to life. She will be playing the unruly, creative, and unconventional sister "Jo"... not too much of a stretch there! She will then be going straight to Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma for a new Stephen Schwartz project called Snapshots, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. Click either logo for more details!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Eric Percival as Rosencrantz...

Eric Percival will be dazzling audiences as Rosencrantz in Tom Stoppard's brilliant metaphysical comedy classic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the prestigious T. Schreiber Studio, winner of the 2009 Backstage Reader's Choice Award for Best Off-Off Broadway Theatre. The show will be running October 15 through November 22 and tickets are going fast. Eric's emergence as a new leading man on the New York theatre scene, including an award win for Outstanding Lead Actor in last year's Midtown International Theatre Festival, has made him one to watch.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Stephanie Youell Binetti does double duty!

Stephanie Youell Binetti spent a good deal of her summer soaking up the sun at Cape Cod while bringing audiences to their knees with her smooth sounds and shimmying as DeLee in Cape Playhouse's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe. Now that she's returned to New York City, she'll be performing the lead role of Meg in Marrying Meg in the New York Musical Theater Festival with Broadway greats Michael McCormick (Curtains), Lisa Howard (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

See Raissa Dorff in Terranova

Raissa Dorff is being recognized and acclaimed for her work both on the stage and behind the scenes. She is currently reprising the role of Dorothy Dix, the famed woman reporter and advice columnist in Terranova, playing now through September 22 at The Actors' Playhouse. It is the true story of the 16-year-old Italian immigrant Josephina Terranova, who in 1906 killed her aunt and uncle to free herself from their abuse and was acquitted for the murders. Terranova appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival and was one of 20 shows out of the 200 chosen to continue in the Fringe Encore Series. For tickets and show times, visit And because of her outstanding work with The Active Theater Company, Raissa was also recently selected to be the Assistant Artistic Director of the organization.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

House of Blue Leaves stars Active's own David Ojala

David Ojala keeps a lot on his plate. He was instrumental in bringing to life a new piece by Jonothan Lyons at the Here Arts Center titled The Tenement, the dark and poignant story of a six-foot rat looking for love in a world of people; eventually and ironically finding work as an exterminator. For more information on this groundbreaking production visit He also opened The Gallery Players' House of Blue Leaves on September 12, running through September 27. In this hilarious piece by John Guare, he plays an MP officer who inadvertently saves the Pope from being blown up. For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit And, closer to home, David is working side by side with Glory Bowen, the director of Active Theater Company's upcoming Two Rooms, as the Projection Designer. Keep a close eye on this website for ticket information and show dates.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nathaniel Shaw at Sacramento Music Circus

Nathaniel Shaw summered at Sacramento Music Circus playing Caleb in the American musical theater classic, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Nathaniel's experience with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and his extensive resume of leading roles in regional theaters all over the country made him a standout in this time-honored favorite.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Amy Miller Brennan in Marvelous Wonderettes

Amy Miller Brennan has been baring the darker side of her soul at the Midtown International Theater Festival in the Active Theater Company's production of Body Language by Jennie Contuzzi. Brennan's portrayal of the young masochist Mary earned her a best actress nod, one of four festival award nominations the show received. Her next endeavor takes her to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum as she charms and delights audiences as Cindy Lou in a musical as sweet as cotton candy, featuring the rock stylings of yesteryear with a Sweet Adeline twist in The Marvelous Wonderettes at Actors' Playhouse in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida, playing September 30-November 1.