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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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Talented, vocal powerhouse, and booming stage presence are just some ways to describe Helen Hayes Award Winner Heidi Blickenstaff. Beautiful, kind, and personable are a few more. Heidi has brightened up the Broadway stage in “[title of show],” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Full Monty” while Off-Broadway audiences have seen her shine in “[title of show],” “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” at NYMF 2005. Regionally, Heidi has dazzled audiences in “Meet John Doe” (Ford’s Theatre) for which she won the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of “Ann Mitchell,” “The Girl in the Frame” (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre), “Bat Boy: The Musical” (Theatreworks in Palo Alto), and “Prairie” (New York Stage and Film). Heidi has also delighted audiences around on tour in “The Full Monty,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Steel Pier,” “The Who’s Tommy,” and “Dreamgirls.” In addition to theatre, Heidi is also part of the voiceover cast for the PBS kids series “Word World.” If you’ve never seen Heidi on stage, be sure to catch her in “I Love My Wife” from October 22-24 as part of the York Theatre’s Mufti Series.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I’m gonna give this one to Judy Garland. When I was a like 6 or 7, we had one of the first VCRs in the neighborhood because my uncle owned a video store, and I remember my mom sat me in front of old Hollywood movie musicals and I saw Judy in Meet Me In St. Louis, and thought, “Wait a minute, you can do this as a job?” It was over then and there.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I get asked this all the time and the answer is I have no idea. In either direction.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? EASY! Brian Darcy. James. End of meeting.

4. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? I stretch the bod a bit. I warm up the voice a little. And sometimes I drill certain parts of the show that make me nervous. (I’m trying to do better with that though, because drilling is the Devil’s work.) How do you decompress after a show? I usually eat a bowl of cereal. And it’s usually a sugar cereal disguised as a healthy cereal like Peanut Butter Puffins or Peanut Butter Pows. I like peanut butter cereal… It takes the edge off after a hard day.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?  What do you order? Neither lately. But if I have to pick, I pick Starbucks and I’ll have a grande soy misto, please.

6. Favorite skin care product? This is a hard core indulgence for me. I use La Mer face wash, moisturizing cream, and eye concentrate. Stop judging. That shiz works.

7. Favorite store to shop in? I can loose my mind in Saks, but the customer service at Nordstom is a force to be reckoned with. I also heart Rag and Bone.

8. Favorite play/musical? I was just talking about this today. I will happily never be free from The Light In The Piazza. Oddly, I don’t listen to many musicals, with the exception of Piazza. Can’t explain it. Seeing it live wrecked me forever and listening to the cast album makes me cry every time

9. Favorite website? Lately, I’ve been addicted to the NYTimes real estate website, but I just found a new apartment, so I’m going to need a new obsession. What’s a good decorating website?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Can I pick Wolverine? Wait, can I pick Hugh Jackman?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’d love to spend a little more time with my Grandma.

12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From my friend Andre Ward about me having a lot of performance anxiety – “Remember. You’re not saving France.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I think about it all the time when I’m taking things too seriously. It always makes me calm down and smile.

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Zak was born in New York and has desperately been trying to get back ever since. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, his parents enrolled him in the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) at the young age of 5 because a friend said, “he doesn’t sing like the other kids.”  Zak stayed with SPARC until he was 16, when he attended Ann Reinking & Debra McWater’s Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) in Tampa, FL. He spent the next 3 summers there learning from the best of the best. After high school, Zak moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama — where he double majored in Musical Theatre and Acting. In his senior year at CMU, Zak spent a semester studying abroad at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia, where he worked with the most wonderful, talented group of people and learned so much about life, art, beauty…and of course theatre. While he was in Sydney, he also started writing his debut album. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for that!  For the past year, Zak has had the pleasure of singing with the vocal group The Broadway Boys, performing all over New York City and on the ROSIE Cruise (if you don’t know the group, you’re missing out!). Singing Broadway standards and holiday classics in a new age way — with hot arrangements, heavy beats, and…a bit of riffing.  Zak’s favorite roles include: LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie), DON CARLOS (Lerma), ROCKY HORROR SHOW, LIVE! (Brad), INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel’s Prince), 110º IN THE SHADE (File), BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Rick & Lorraine), and GODSPELL (Jesus).

Now Zak is living in New York City, where he has so long waited to return. Life is good.  Please check out & subscribe to Zak’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/zakresnick.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well my parents put me in acting school when I was 5 when a friend advised them to…so I’d have to say Raffi was my greatest influence at the time.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh lord, who knows…and to be honest I wouldn’t be able to tell you (technically speaking). Not crazy high or crazy low.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m not sure if it’s a “talent” but I’m pretty into interior design and personal shopping.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? The best experience you can have is when everybody clicks — cast, creative, management, etc. The worst is having no professionalism between one of those two parts…but probably foremost between director and actor. To (artistically speaking) lose respect for someone is one thing, but to show the lack of respect in the room is horrible.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Treadmill, Lifting, & Bikram.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs! Need that support!

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Totally Starbucks. I always order a grande white chocolate mocha. In the summer time I just make it iced.

8. Favorite talk show host? Hmmm…I watch Leno the most, I only find Ellen truly funny, I think Letterman is pretty witty, and for the most part I don’t enjoy Conan.

9. Favorite website? YouTube? Is that lame? probably IMDB actually.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman!

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