Kayla Friend (Audrey Dupree) Kayla is an actress, singer, and director in New York City. Kayla originally hails from California, and received her B.A. in Theatre and Anthropology from California Baptist University. Some of her favorite roles to date include Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Lucy (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz). Kayla was the resident director of the Incirlik Fine Arts Society in Adana, Turkey from 2014-2015, and has most recently worked as a stage manager locally for Calendar Boys Productions and Born Entertainment here in NYC.
Kevin Martinez (Ron Edelman) Kevin is happy to be a part of the cast of Waste Fraud and Abuse. He is an alumni of the NYFA Musical Theatre Conservatory, whose most recent shows include: A Mermaid’s Tale (Off Broadway), Broken Moments: A Bar Musical, Dead End (NY Workshop), and Enter Singing: A New Musical (MIT Festival). Chasing his dreams every day, he would like to thank his family and friends. Dare to Dream!
Kacey Willis (Willa) is excited to join this amazing cast. She is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory and has spent the last 8 months working for Disney Cruise Line. Favorite roles include Marcy Park in The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Sid in Toy Story the Musical. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support. 143!
Tyler Begnoche (Peter Tagonich) Tyler Begnoche is stoked to reprise his role for this production of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse after the workshop performance last fall. Tyler is a recent graduate of Hofstra University and has been working in the city for a year now. He was most recently seen playing Aegeus in the Onomatopoeia Theater Company's production of Medea this past summer. Other credits include Salome with the Alpha NYC Theater Company, Carrie with Theater Now New York, and "Disposable Teens" with Outlicious TV. Thank you so so so much to everyone who supports him and makes everything thing possible.
Clare Solly (Senator Melanie Strombach) Clare Solly is excited to play a role where she is definitely, and finally type cast! Currently she spends her spare time watching all the Donald Trump video she can in order to prepare for this role of a lifetime. She is a proud registered voter, absentee of course for the most important thing an American can vote for: The People's Choice Awards. Clare looks forward to proving that politics isn't just a popularity contest, but it's about things that matter like seduction, persuading people to conform to idiotic ideas, and the necessity for personal baby walruses. Please stalk her at http://actinglikeclare.wix.com/clarevsolly
Benjamin Culpepper (Dougie) This is Benjamin’s second show in New York City, and was previously seen in Yosef at the Master Theatre in Brooklyn. He is excited to be part of such a fun project, led by passionate individuals. Benjamin is currently attending the Barrow Group Acting Conservatory. A special thanks goes out to his parents, his phenomenal girlfriend Kaitlynn, and all of his support staff back in Texas.
Alexander Carroll (Bobby Che) A 2016 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Alex has been singing and acting since the age of 6. Most recently he appeared in a number of Shakespeare readings at the Gallery Players and South Brooklyn Shakespeare Theater in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. He was featured in a number of productions at Sarah Lawrence College most notably as Katurian in The Pillowman, Axel in David Ajami’s Marie Antoinette, and Randy Curtis in Lady in the Dark. Originally from Boston, Alex is an avid Red Sox and Boston Bruins fan.
David Bertoldi (Governor Hubbard Hamilton Prudblood) E. David Bertoldi is excited to join the Waste Fraud and Abuse cast as Governor Prudblood. As a Clark University undergraduate, musical roles included Emcee in Cabaret, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening; also at Clark, as Tartuffe in Moliere's Tartuffe. With the Town Players of Pittsfield, he appeared as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and with the Berkshire Children's Theatre as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. David was a proud member of Clark's improv comedy troupe, The Peapod Squad.
Georgia Fender (OFFICER WOJCIEHOWICZ) is thrilled to join the cast of Waste, Fraud and Abuse and make her post grad musical theatre debut! Georgia is a 2016 graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School’s 2-year musical theatre conservatory and also received her BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. Some upcoming work of Georgia’s will include Buffy: Once More With Feeling at The West End Lounge and New Generation Theatre Company’s Nothin’ But A Good Time at The Duplex. Favorite past roles include Susie Friend in Uncommon Women and Others, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, Claire in Proof, Casca in Julius Caesar and the Wolf in Into The Woods.
David Salyers (ELLIOT ‘FATS’ HOOVER) is delighted to play Fats in W, F & A! (Heh heh, he said “F-in’ A”.) Off-Off-Broadway credits include John Proctor in The Crucible, and Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Rooster in Annie, Jesus in Godspell, and nearly an entire Texas town in Greater Tuna! David was recently seen as a used car salesman in the Netflix series, Gringolandia. Now he’s a corporate fat cat trying to convince America he could be president. Typecasting? Hmm...
Becca Shulbank-Smith (Maid) Becca Shulbank-Smith is absolutely thrilled to be involved in this production of Waste Fraud and Abuse. Most recently, she was seen as a Group Leader in The Public Domain (Lincoln Center). Other New York appearances have included The Christians (Playwrights Horizons), The Events (New York Theatre Workshop), numerous cabaret performances around the city, and a solo show at Tavern on the Green this past February. Favorite roles include Diana (Next to Normal), Sara Jane Moore (Assassins), and Mrs. Mister (The Cradle Will Rock).
Madeline Grace Smith (Maid) is thrilled to be making her NY Debut with the WFA team! Madeline is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University and the Broadway Dance Center Training Program. Favorite credits include: Singin' In The Rain (Kathy Selden), Evita (Peron’s Mistress), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Beatrice, Drood u/s) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Follow her at www.madelinegracesmith.com!
Morgan Wright (Maid) Morgan is a New York based actor/singer with a nerdy, quirky sensibility and a fresh-faced classic look. Raised in Baltimore she spent many hours in the theatre before going on to Davidson College and training at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Recent credits include Bacon in April is Poetry Month, Juror 12 in 12 Angry Jurors and Chloe in the award winning short film "What's Eating Dad?". While acting and singing are her two biggest passions, she also has a serious love for traveling, TV pop culture and can often be found cheering on her hometown sports teams. www.morgan-wright.com
Silvia Nicoloso (Ensemble) Silvia Nicoloso was born and raised in Sicily, Italy, where she trained in Musical Theatre since she was 16 and has been in love ever since. Credits: “In the Heights” (The Gallery Players, Michael Bello), Carousel, The Wedding Singer (Chad Austin), Viva Camila! (Chad Larabee), “Once Upon a Mattress“ (Thom C. Warren), Commercials: San Pellegrino, Cinque Stagioni. Training: Broadway Dance Center. Silvia is so passionate about her love of performance and believes in the beauty of pursuing your dreams. Dedicated to Mom.
Kat Anderegg (Ensemble) Kat Anderegg recently moved to NYC to pursue her career in acting. She most recently stared as Syro in the all female cast of Machiavelli’s The Mandrake at the Cellar Theatre in Georgia. Kat received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Georgia. She is thrilled and thankful to join the ensemble of WFA.
Lindsay Ortmeyer (Ensemble) Lindsay Ortmeyer is very excited to be making her New York debut after graduating from Syracuse University last spring. Regional Credits include: Fiorello! (Berkshire Theatre Group), Me and My Girl, and Singin' in the Rain (Reagle Music Theatre). Lots of love and gratitude to all her friends, teachers, and directors, but a special thanks to Mom and Dad: This one's for you.