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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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Lee Rosen

Theatre, Film, and Television star Lee Aaron Rosen is delighting audiences in “A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 at the Actors Playhouse in Soho until September 27. Other New York theatre shows: “Wet” (Summer Play Festival, Samuel Beckett Theater) and “Frankenstein” (La MaMa ETC).  Regionally, Lee has been seen in “The Matchmaker” (CenterStage),  “Mary’s Wedding” (Westport Country Playhouse), “The Member of the Wedding” (Ford’s Theatre), “The Game” (Barrington Stage), “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Loot and G-d of Vengeance” (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  On television, Lee has been seem in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,”  and “Guiding Light.”  He has also lit up the big screen in such films “Company K,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”  You can hear his voice in several Rockstar Games titles, including “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “The Warriors.” When Lee is not performing, he can be found volunteer hist time at New York’s 52nd Street Project.  He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Honestly, it’s impossible for me to pick one single person.  There are, of course, many famous people who’ve inspired me over the years, some more famous than others…and just as often, the people who inspire me are actors who aren’t famous at all, but stun me always with the quality and beauty of their work.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? That no one knows about…?  Not really, but people who don’t know me well may not know that I’m pretty good at crossword puzzles.  New York Times puzzles, no matter what day of the week, are almost never a problem, but I particularly love cryptic crosswords—they’re more of a challenge.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I’d probably be writing and/or drawing comic books.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve given someone,  but not taken for yourself? “Don’t buy trouble from the future.”  I got that one from Richard Feldman, one of my acting teachers at NYU.  Why worry about a problem that hasn’t even arisen yet?  It’s easy to say to other people, but not so easy to practice (for me, at least).  I tend to worry a lot about the future, though I try not to.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love rock climbing and yoga.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Actually, boxer briefs!

7. Starbuck’s or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks always…the words “tall skim chai latte” just roll off the tongue at this point.

8. Favorite website? www.avclub.com.  Comprehensive pop-culture criticism.  There’s a certain “house style” to their criticism…I love the way most of them write over there.  I don’t always agree with their reviews, but I respect, and can relate to, the way they think about their subjects.  They do great interviews, too.

9. Books or Magazines? Books!

10. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? Transformers!

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OrfehOrfeh, a Tony Award nominee, is a voice to be heard. She started her career in the 1990s as the lead singer of the dance group “Or-N-More”. The group’s self-titled album went gold and their single “Everyotherday” climbed to #1 on the club music charts. Orfeh made her Broadway debut in 1998 in “Footloose” as the understudy to every female role in the show. She then went on to star in the ten-member company of “The Gershwins’ FascinatingRhythm” in which Orfeh belted out modern interpretations of Gershwin classics, alongside Adriane Lenox, Sara Ramirez, & Patrick Wilson. Even though it closed after 17 performances, Orfeh’s next shining moment was just around the corner in Broadway’s “Saturday Night Fever”, not only did she receive rave reviews from critics, she also won the rave review her co-star and now husband, Andy Karl. After “Saturday Night Fever”, Orfeh and Andy both starred in quite a few of shows together: “Me & Mrs. Jones”, “Bright Lights, Big City” (both at the Prince Theater in PA), and “Legally Blonde” which garnered Orfeh a Tony Award nomination for Beast Featured Actress. Off-Broadway, she has starred in “Janis Joplin in Love” & “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” as well as the Actor’s Fund of America benefit concerts of “Dreamgirls” & “Hair”. In addition to theatre, Orfeh has found time to guest star on such TV shows as “Sex and the City”, “Chappelle’s Show”, & “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. Her latest project is the release of her solo debut album “What Do You Want From Me” which can be found online and in record stores around the country. Be sure to catch Orfeh this Wednesday, August 12 in New York City at 8pm, at Ars Nova in in “Remember The Time: The Music of Michael Jackson”. For tickets visit: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/7404395 and for all the latest and greatest on Orfeh, check out www.orfeh.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I don’t know if it was a specific performer that inspired me, there were many in all genres. Going to the movies, or listening to the radio, that inspired me and I knew that whatever it was that those people were doing (making movies, making records), that’s what I wanted to do. I have had a life long devotion to Prince, if I had to mention someone by name specifically.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? I think I was about 6 years old and started to sing every song I heard anywhere. Taking a road trip with me was always an interesting experience for my family because there was the car radio and then there was ME 🙂

3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I’m not sure what the lowest note is but I have been told by Seth Rudetsky that I have belted an F# 2ce over middle C.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I am apparently a good make-up artist. In addition to having done my own, at times rather garish “beat” for all the Broadway and off Broadway shows I’ve been in, I’ve done much subtler and more appropriate make-up for a bunch of my friends on several important occasions. I learned the skill from some excellent make-up artists throughout the years and my friend and make-up artist Isabel. If all else fails…

5. What defines good theatre? That’s a more involved answer than a sentence or two can give it justice but to put it simply, I think if you leave the theatre feeling better/moved/different in any way than when you came in, you’ve had a good theatrical experience. Especially with regards to musical theatre.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dreams are really lucid and complicated as they are so I don’t even want to guess.

7. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? I don’t drink coffee, never have but I love, love Dunkin’ donuts toasted coconut donuts.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

9. What skin care products do you use? Foaming cleanser, astringent, eye cream and a really great face cream with SPF.

10. Describe your worst shopping experience? I don’t think you can have a bad shopping experience, at least I haven’t.

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