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BEVIN BELL-HALL (Ensemble Member & Co-founder of Name of Bird) is an Acting and Movement Instructor from Northern CA with 15 years experience teaching in studios, schools, universities, at conferences and through outreach. She holds a BA in Film from University of CA, Santa Cruz, an MFA in Acting from Wayne State, 2 certificates in Acting from Moscow Art Theatre School and is a certified teacher through the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Bevin is a prolific professional actress with Regional, NYC and Film/Video credits and has received awards for her directing, playwrighting and choreography. She has acted as Managing Director for two children’s theater companies in CA and helped to develop and run numerous performing arts programs, performances, screenings and festivals. She is currently the Puppetmaster at The Shadow Box Theatre and acts and teaches out of NYC. 

TIM WELSH (Ensemble Member & Co-founder of Name of Bird) is an actor born and raised in Youngstown, OH. Tim earned his BFA in musical theater from Kent State University and became a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique in 2016 through the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Learn more at timwelshacting.com.

OLIVIA HARDIN (Ensemble Member & Development and Outreach Admin) grew up in the lovely small Southern town of Columbia, Tennessee, aka “The Mule Capital of the World” (yes, seriously...look it up).  She attended the University of Texas in Austin where she earned her BA in Theater & Dance and a BS in Film Production. Afterwards she worked primarily as an actress and sometimes make-up artist on several short and feature films (Z: A Zombie Musical, GDMF, The Grift, etc.) in Austin, Los Angeles and New York. She is a proud founding member of ‘The Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue,’ still based in Austin, TX, now performing worldwide.

Later she spent time in Boston and Moscow working with the brilliant minds of the Moscow Art Theater (also the place she met the beautiful & talented Bevin Bell-Hall). Most recently she earned her MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. She is currently a finalist to become a Lifetime Member.

Some of her most recent theater work includes No Exit (Inez) Twelve Angry Women (Juror #3), Ubu Rex  (Mama Ubu) at Theater for the New City. Most recent film credits include: Broken Toys, UPSTREAM 3D, GDMF.

OliviaHannaHardin.com

JENNIFER TUTTLE (Ensemble Member) is a professional actor, director and teaching artist.  She is an Assistant Professor of Acting, Voice and Directing at The City College of New York.  She received her MFA from the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, a Certificate in Acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, and Certification as a Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, where she is now a Certified Associate Teacher.  She is a member of ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and AEA (Actors’ Equity Association). Regional acting credits include Milwaukee Rep Theatre, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, The Wild Project and The Theatre at Lime Kiln, among others. Directing credits include: The Seedling Project for Partly Cloudy People Theatre Company (NYC), This is My Last Attempt at Fame at Dixon Place NYC, REDlight for the NYC Fringe Festival, We Must Work for the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival at HERE Arts NYC, Arsenic and Old Lace, SHOUT!, The Music Man and The Sound of Music at Straw Hat Players in MN, Hamlet, Tartuffe, Cabaret and Three Sisters at Minnesota State University, and Macbeth, Working, Top Girls, Hay Fever and The Arabian Nights at CCNY. 

EMILY KLINE (Ensemble Member & Executive Admistrator) is an actor and poet originally from Northeast Ohio. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University and embraced Chekhov upon moving to New York. NYC: Riley: The Series Staged Reading. Regional: The Musical Theatre Project, Blue Gate Musicals, The Huron Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Company, and Porthouse. Learn more at emily-kline.com. 

MARGUERITE VIRGINIA (Ensemble Member & Social Media Admin) is an NYC based actress from the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University and studied Drama for a time at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

TIMOTHY ALLEN (Ensemble Member) is a New York based actor and teacher. He has an MFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.  Having obtained his Michael Chekhov certification through GLMCC, he is a professor of Acting at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has taught for CUNY York College. As an active professional, he has performed Off-Broadway, National Tours, and various Regional Houses around the country. His most memorable characters include Harold Ickes/Rooster u/s ​ (National and International Tours of Annie) directed by Martin Charnin, Papa Who (The Grinch that Stole Christmas) at the Grand Ole Opry, Scarecrow (Wizard of OZ) at Surflight Theatre, and Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors) at Beck Center for the Arts.

DEAN COUTRIS (Ensemble Member) is a 1st Year MFA student at the University of Houston’s Professional Actor Training Program. He previously lived in Akron, Ohio, and performed through-out the Northeast Ohio region at such venues as Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Actors’ Summit, Coach House Theatre, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and Rubber City Shakespeare Company. Favorite roles include Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Mendoza in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, Christopher Wren in Mousetrap, Slim in of Mice and Men, and Petruccio in Taming of the Shrew. He holds a certificate from GLMCC as a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov technique.

GISELLE M. CHATELAIN (Ensemble Member and Fight Coordinator) is an Actor and Fight Director who has worked professionally in NY, KY, LA, and PA. Film: Lt. Sandra Parker-Necrosis Incorporated: Requiem. Webseries: Jamie, Guest Star-American Kirare-Yaku. Off-Broadway: Carny-Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal. NY credits:Mrs. Cratchitt-A Christmas Carol; Val-An Impossible Love; Mrs. Codier-Close it Down; Sally December/Lady Snowflake-Soul Samurai; Wife-Collision with Cake; Tilly-She Kills Monsters; Attendant-Iphigenia in Aulis; Aellin-First to Draw Blood. She is recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors as an advanced actor/combatant proficient in all 8 weapons https://www.safd.org/. Giselle has choreographed fights for Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal, and I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway. She is also a member of The Complete Theatre Company http://www.completetheatre.net/#about. Giselle has a B.A. in Theatre and English from LA Tech University. 

BRADFORD SADLER (Ensemble Member) is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Ohio Wesleyan University. He holds an MFA from Florida Atlantic University, and is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique through the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium Teacher Certification Program. The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique has been the single most powerful discovery of his artistic career, and is extremely grateful to be associated with a company devoted to Michael Chekhov's pursuit of the ideal theatre of the future.

FRANK LEONE (Ensemble Member) is a New York City based actor, writer, singer/songwriter, and producer. Frank is a graduate of Wayne State University in his native state of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance.  Frank has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) in Moscow, Russia, as well as at Studio 5 Conservatory in Brooklyn, New York studying Balinese Mask and Michael Chekhov technique under the instruction of Per Brahe and Aole T. Miller.  Frank has appeared on numerous stages in New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, and is the creator and writer of the Indie Series Award nominated musical web series "In Retrospect."  www.frankvleone.com

MAX AMITIN (Ensemble Member and Resident Designer) has been an ensemble member of Name of Bird since March 2017. He is very excited to explore through movement and philosophy of Michael Chekhov technique and has seen great benefit of this practice in his professional career. He is currently a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 as a Scenic Artist. Past show credits include: Gotham season 4, Jessica Jones season 2, Mr. Robot season 3, The Opposition with Jordan Kleppar and the 2017 Tony Awards. He has an MFA in Scenic Design from Wayne State University. He is also a fight consultant for the company with 20 years of martial arts experience in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido.

SHANNON QUAN IRIARTE (Ensemble Member and Resident Designer) was born and raised in the island of Guam. In May 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a focus on Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is particularly interested in puppetry and plans to use this style of performance to help reinforce Guam's indigenous Chamorro culture and language to the people of Guam. She currently works with The Shadow Box Theatre, a children's puppetry theatre company in Brooklyn. Show credits include: The BFG (UHM), Gorilla (UHM), 

Wayang Listrik: Battle of the Monkey Kings 

(UHM), Zahaak: The Serpent King (Honolulu Museum of Art), Tobias Turkey (SBT), and African Drum (SBT). Learn more at www.shannonqiriarte.com

KATHRYN METZGER (Ensemble Member) is a New York-based actor and teaching artist, having recently graduated with her MFA from the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. Originally from Seattle, WA, Kathryn’s training has taken her to Chicago (NHSI Cherubs Program), London (The British American Drama Academy), and Kent, OH with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov technique and an alumnus of the Chautauqua Theater Conservatory. She has been seen on New York stages and bar tops with Guerrilla Shakespeare Company, Hunger and Thirst, and New York Shakespeare Exchange’s ‘ShakesBEER.’ If you can’t find her right now, she’s probably in a park with a great cup of coffee and an even better book.

MICHAEL GLAVAN (Ensemble Member) creates as a writer, a script editor, a director, a teacher, and chiefly as an actor.  A native of Cleveland-ish, Ohio, he studied at Kent State University where he received his BFA dabbling fluidly in acting techniques relating to or explicitly Michael Chekhov, Meisner, Laban, Viewpoints, and Linklater. After moving to NYC, he continued study with the Barrow Group. NYC: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Ultimate Man! Development Workshops of American Hero, There is Something I Should Tell You, and Ethel Merman a Play with Music. Regional: Fireside, Mason Street Warehouse, Engemen, New Harmony, Gretna, Zach-Scott, Main Street Musicals Inc., Westchester B'way, New Stage, Palo Duro Shakespeare, and Porthouse. Most recently he's appeared on Bravo's Shahs of Sunset and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.  Proud member of Actors Equity Association. 

AMANDA TIDWELL (Ensemble Member) is a singer and actress from Cleveland, currently based in New York. While starting her career as a singer, she quickly fell for acting and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. Her latest credits include Godspell ("Bless the Lord") at Medina Cameo and The Bridges of Madison County (Marian) at Lakeland Civic Theatre. She continues to learn with Name of Bird. Check her out at amandatidwell.com

ALAN MATTHEW MILLER (Ensemble Member) is an actor currently living in New York City. He holds a teacher certification from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium in Alliance, OH and a MFA in acting from The University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Alan has also trained at the Globe Theatre in London. His acting credits consist of the Investigation Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Decade (Detective Curtis Wells), Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum (Joe Louis) and Lion Heart Film’s Up From Slavery. He has worked professionally with Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC and Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC.

RYAN HAUENSTEIN (Ensemble Member and Resident Designer) is currently serving as Technical Director at The Shadow Box and has recently designed lights for Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail, and A Christmas Carol (No. 11 Productions), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (KRT), Aida, Our Lady of 121st St., Soul Samurai, She Kills Monsters (York College), I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway By: Tucker Max, Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal (Gorilla Rep), and the U.S. premiere of Scandalous! The Musical: The Life and Times of D.H. Lawrence (JPAS).  He has served as Technical Director for Kentucky Repertory Theatre. Ryan holds a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre from Western Kentucky University.

MICHELLE IRETON (Ensemble Member and Stage Manager)  is a New York based actor originally from Centerville, OH. She attended Kent State University where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre and was lucky enough to befriend many of her fellow Name of Bird members. Some of her most memorable roles include Abigiail in Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg which played at the HERE Arts Center, Linda (The Wedding Singer), and Maggie (Lovers: Winners). When not on stage Michelle can be found baking unnecessary amounts of cupcakes, breads, and cookies.