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Stage presence, comedic timing, and a smile to light up the room, Amy Rutberg is a performer to go see! From television to film to theatre, Amy has conquered them all!

She has delighted theatre audiences in New York as well as regionally throughout the US. NY credits include “Perfect Harmony,” “The Jazz Age,” “Our Leading Lady,” “Ostrovsky,” “The Civil War,” “The Night They Raided Minsky’s,” “Bat Boy The Musical,” “The Grave White Way,” and the current Off-Broadway smash hit “The Divine Sister” (click here for my review). Regionally, Amy has lit up the stage in “Dracula,” “Dracula The Musical,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Man of La Mancha,” “My Fair Lady,” “Porkbroker’s Daughter,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “The Pajama Game,” “Into The Woods,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Lysistrata,” “Evita,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Two Gentleman of Verona,” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”

In Film and Television, Amy has been seen in HBO’s “Recount,” “Inside Out,” “Camp Summer Stage,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Unusuals,” “As The World Turns,” “Everwood,” “Broken Record,” “Pacific Blue,” “Fourteenth,” and “Emma & Lorraine.”

Amy’s comedic strengths have been showcased in “Gravid Water” with Upright Citizen’s Brigade and “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” at HA! Comedy club and are currently being featured in Charles Busch’s “The Divine Sister” at the SoHo Playhouse in NYC (15 Vandam Street, between Varick Street & 6th Ave), where she is making audiences laugh out loud hysterically 8 times a week!

For much more on Amy, be sure to visit http://www.amyrutberg.com.

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? There was never a moment when I thought “I want to be a performer” I just WAS a performer. I had no fear as a child. If there was anything that resembled a stage in my proximity I was climbing onto it and singing. I would come home from school and tell my mother that I had a class assignment where I was supposed to dress up as a character from a book. She knew this wasn’t true but would indulge in my fantasy. She would help me put together a costume and then I would come to class dressed up as “Romona the Pest” and insist on singing “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles in front of everyone…dressed as Romona the Pest. I think everyone else knew I would be a performer way before I did. I was lucky to have encouraging parents and teachers. Well, maybe not always encouraging but at least tolerant.

2. Who is the one  person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I’d love to work with some more fabulous theatre directors like Jack O’Brien or David Cromer. I love their work.

3. What is your most embarrassing on-stage moment? This is an easy one! I did a play called “Perfect Harmony” Off-Broadway last year and I accidentally called an actress by her real name in a scene. That was humiliating. Not sure anyone noticed but she sure did!

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Running a Hedge Fund.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Better to Loose the battle and win the war” and “Look at your career as a marathon not a race.” They probably came from the same person.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I have a big time sweet tooth and I love coffee, so both make me happy. Not crazy about the donuts at Dunkin. I’m from Southern California. Nothing beats a Winchell’s donut. I like that banana coffee cake thing at Starbucks.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Oy. I like the classes at “Crunch,” it’s motivating. I also like biking. Anything to avoid cutting out sweets.

8. Favorite skin care product? Kihels “Brightening Botanical Moisture Fluid.” It’s so refreshing after I take of the lbs of makeup I wear for “Divine Sister.” I have a fab dermatologist Dr. Geyer. He gives me free samples and laughs at my jokes. I love him!!

9. Favorite website? www.travelandleisure.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Charles Busch.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Dr. Geyer- I mean, um.. world peace!

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I’m really good at brain teasers and games of skill like card games. Backstage I’m often playing word games with my brother on my iphone between scenes.  Also, I once discovered I have an unusual affinity to Bocce ball. Wonder how that can be monetized? I love to gamble. Acting is really the perfect profession for me.


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If you are looking for a performer with strong vocals, good looks, and most of all talent, then Curtis Holbrook is your guy! A performer on the definite rise, Curtis has delighted Broadway audiences in “Xanadu,” “Follies,” “All Shook Up,” “The Boy From Oz,” “Taboo,” “Fosse,” and “Footloose,” and the current Broadway revival of “West Side Story.”  His Off-Broadway credits include “Saved!” at Playwrights Horizon and “Radiant Baby” at the Public Theater. Curtis has also lit up the screen in such films and television shows as “Hairspray,” “Across the Universe,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sesame Street,” “All My Children,” and “As The World Turns.” Curtis can currently be seen in “Frog Kiss” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kate Pazakis) produced by Brierpatch Productions as part of the NYMF festival from September 30-October 11 at the Theater at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? First, I would have to say my mother…Because she put in me in tap class at the age of 2 🙂 But when I was old enough to know what being inspired was, I saw Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain. That moment was truly magical for me. I was hooked.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I don’t actually read sheet music…I do everything by ear. I try not to think about what notes I am singing because it can mess with your head, ya know?…But I think when we filmed Across the Universe I sang a high D.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Just one? There are so many!!! Well even though it isn’t possible…Bob Fosse. His way of storytelling is like no other.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Marine Biology.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? Depends on the show… Usually, I listen to music that could be the soundtrack of the characters life… That helps to get me focused and fired up. How do you decompress after a show? An adult beverage.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Hand Farting.

7. Favorite ride at an amusement park? All of them! The X Factor @ Magic Mountain might be my favorite though.

8. Favorite way to stay in shape? Really just by doing what I do…and Yoga. I don’t do gyms.

9. Boxers or Briefs? Really??? If you must know…square cut boxer briefs. So both!

10. Favorite website? YouTube.

11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My Grandfather always told me…”Think For Yourself.”

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My wife 🙂

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Best known for his role as “Jonathan” on “The Guiding Light,” Tom Pelphrey is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner who has crossed many genres from television to film to theatre. His other film and television credits include “The Good Wife,” “As The World Turns,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Numbers,” “The Last Note,” “Seven Hours,” “The Laws of Motion,” “CSI Miami,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “Birds of America.”

Tom is one of the founding members of the Apothecary Theatre Company, a New York City based, not-for-profit ensemble which develops original plays and offers a platform for emerging American playwrights to hone and cultivate their work through their Development Series. He’s starred in their productions of “Wonders of the Invisible World,” Crazy Sexy Dead,” and “Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer.” Regionally, Tom has been seen in “My Italy Story” (MST), “Bash” (Amphibian Productions), “The Subeject of Roses” (Penguin Rep), “Crazy Eights” (EST) and “A New Television Arrives, Finally” (Shetler Studios). Tom can currently be seen in The Apothecary Theatre Company’s production of “In God’s Hat” (click here for my review) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City (416 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Ave) through August 7. Tickets are $18.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Steve Kazakoff who was my high school drama teacher.

2. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Jack Nicholson.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’d love to dream about my first dog Lassie.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? I’d love to build things. I’m no good at it, but maybe I can learn.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No, I don’t.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Dunkin’ Donuts morning. Starbucks mid-day. Americano with vanilla bean powder.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running and lifting weights.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs.

9. Favorite webiste? Apothecarytheatrecompany.org and The Quotations Page

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The way I’m feeling that one, I’d say Wonder Woman.

BONUS QUESTION:

11. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve read about yourself and where did you read it? There’s been a few. I read once that I was quarterback of the high school football team which I found interesting because I played football for like a week.

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Singer, dancer, actor, and visionary are just a few words that describe LaQuet Sharnell, a performer who’s light is getting brighter. Beginning at age 14, LaQuet studied dance in her hometown of Dallas, TX at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, The Dallas Powerhouse of Dance, and The Centre for Dance learning ballet, modern, African, compositional studies, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary.  After graduation from high school, LaQuet went on to study at the North Carolina School for the Arts and has been performing ever since. Her credits include Broadway’s “The Lion King” and “Sweet Charity,” regional productions of “Candide,” (New York State Theatre), “Chicago” (Riverside Theatre), “AIDA” (St. Louis MUNY), “Ain’t Misbeahvin'” (Gateway Playhouse), “Princess-A New Musical” (Goodspeed Opera House), “A Chorus Line” (Piano Repertory Theatre), “Nights on Broadway III” (Caesars Palace: Atlantic City), and “Footloose” (Carousel Dinner Theatre). Her television and film credits include “As The World Turns” and “Step Up 3-D” (which is currently in post-production). In addition to performing, LaQuet teaches master classes around the country in jazz, theater, lyrical, modern dance, vocal technique, and acting workshops, allowing students to learn from a true working professional. As a visionary, LaQuet is the founder of STEP Theater Company, a non-profit organization set out to bridge the gap between what is commonly seen in theater and dance companies with a collaborative work environment of Musical Theater artist. Their first production was a reading of Trey Tatum, Andrew Turtletaub, David Alpert, & Bobby Cronin’s work-in-progress “Caty Bridgewater.” Currently, LaQuet can be found dancing and singing up a storm in the Broadway smash hit “Memphis” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Chad Kimball, Derrick Baskin, and James Monroe Iglehart). For more on LaQuet, be sure to check out www.laquetsharnell.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say that I was most inspired by the movie “A Chorus Line.” The “Bebe” character made such an impact on me. Also “The Lion King!” When I saw the show I knew that I could be on Broadway and become a concert dancer. The show made me feel like a I could do anything. Even still to this day when I see the movie and after doing “The Lion King” it makes me dream of the impossible and then it makes me want to accomplish the impossible.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Highest note F (all the time in my sleep) and a G on a super great day when the plants are aligned. Low note D.

3. What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment would have to be when we opened “Memphis The Musical” on Broadway!! Also when the first show for STEP Theater was complete! Both moments made me feel as though I could conquer the world.

4. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Mia Michaels! She is the the most talented woman I have ever seen. I use take her class and after every class I would want to cry with all amazing-ness that she would give the class.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can play the french horn. Most people think it’s a dorky instrument but I think its just the most amazing instrument. Also, I’m the most decorated African American cheerleader in the country.

6. Favorite way to stay in shape? Taking as many classes as humanly possible and Bikram Yoga.

7. Favorite skin care product? Anything Neutrogena.

8. Favorite play/musical? “A Chorus Line” and “The Wiz.”

9. Favorite website? steptheatercompany.com and facebook.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, mostly cause her boobs look so freaking hot in that costume.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My Girlfriend, Lauren Pringle.

12. Who do you consider to be your hero? Adonis Thompson, Sumatra Thompson, and Doris Jean Evans.

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Paul Downs Colaizzo is a versitile actor. With impeccable comedic timing and a way to reach your soul, whether it’s comedy or drama, Paul pulls out all the moves. TV audiences will recognize him from “As The World Turns” on CBS, playing the recurring role of “Van” while theatre audiences know him from the Cubby Bernstein Web Series as Cubby’s assistant “Dyllun Von Ritter“. In addition to television and the web, Paul has been seen on the New York stage in “Twilight in Manchego”, “The Brain From Planet X”, “Mabou Mines’ The Spider Operas”, “Snakebit”, “The Spickner Spin”, & a workshop of “The Yellow Wood”. Regionally, Paul has delighted audiences in “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Great Expectations”, “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Disney’s High School Musical 2”.  You can catch Paul on the new mini-tour of “Disney’s High School Musical” playing the role of “Jack Scott” through August 30 in Grand Rapids, MI & then onto Wolftrap Center For Performing Arts in Wolftrap, VA from September 2-6. For more of the genius that is Paul Downs Colaizzo, visit: http://www.pauldownscolaizzo.com

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Heather Mazur – babysitter extrordinairre – she was Annie on the national tour when I was 3 – now she’s on the showtime series CRASH.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?
Raul Esparza. Or Kristen Wiig. Or both.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can melt like Alex Mac.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I’ve been off of caffeine for about 7 years. So I’d say Dunkin’ Donuts – 1 glazed donut.

5. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Oreos. Double Stuffed.  a sleeve a night. with 2% milk.

6. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor and toppings)? Ben and Jerry’s Karmel Sutra.

7. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs but transitioning to briefs.  Except they hurt to sleep in them.

8. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Roller coasters with lots of ups and then downs.

9. Books or Magazines? Books. Usually from the self-improvement section. or new non fiction.

10. What website do you get your news from? drudgereport.com
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