Fiona Robberson (Wynnie) is a proud Texas native, having just returned to New York after playing Juliet in Shakespeare Dallas’ summer 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet. Recent credits include the American premiere of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (dir. Robert O’Hara), Trojan Women: A Love Story (NYU Meisner Studio), Timon of Athens (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (NYU GAP), and Easter (Undermain Theatre). She is currently a senior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a graduate of Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Fiona is a 2011 recipient of the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Award, and has acted professionally at Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theater, and Shakespeare Dallas. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Shout Alone Theater Company and is incredibly honored to have the opportunity to tell the heartbreaking, beautiful, and necessary story of Only A Paper Moon.
Cody Buege (Tommy) is making his FringeNYC debut in Only A Paper Moon. He is a recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he trained in acting at the Atlantic Acting School, the Experimental Theatre Wing, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. It was in London where he first became involved with Only A Paper Moon and performed in a dramatic reading of the playat the Jermyn Street Theatre. Some of his favorite university credits include Harold Gorringe in Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, and Harlequin in a translation of Marivaux’s Changes of Heart by Stephen Wadsworth. He then worked under Stephen Wadsworth’s direction at the McCarter Theatre in his new translation of The Figaro Plays: The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville, as an assortment of characters. He sends love to his family who he adores, friends, and two dogs that he obsesses over. RIP JRRW, he wishes you could be here.
Danny Zuhlke (Christopher) is thrilled to make his debut performance with FringeNYC and Shout Alone Theater Company. A Manhattan-based artist, Danny is currently a senior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has trained at the Meisner Studio under Vicki Hart, the Experimental Theatre Wing, and Stonestreet Film Studios. Danny’s favorite credits include Ren in Footloose at Lake George Youtheatre and Ben in the American stage premiere of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville directed by Robert O’Hara. Other NYU acting credits include: Lad/Young Man in Driving out the Devil/A Respectable Wedding, Bill/Jim in Trojan Women 2.0: A Love Story, and Howard/Bomber in Picnic, as well as prevalent roles in two devised movement-based independent projects at ETW. Danny extends a huge thank you to all those who help and support him, especially his family, blood or not. Thank you Maddie for writing this beautiful play, and thank you to the audience for hearing these characters’ different, difficult needs for love. And a special 'thank you' to my mother for her strength and inspirational faith – Love You Ma.
Jillian Smith (Amber) is extremely excited to be working on this debut performance of Only a Paper Moon. Classically trained, she recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead. She was a lead actress in Cold Feet, a Cannes Short Film Corner selection this past year. Throughout her time at the Classical Studio she played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Hostess Quickly, Queen Isabel and Constable in Henry V. She also enjoyed playing Iphigenia in the Meisner Studio’s production of Good Breeding written and directed by Robert O’Hara. Jillian is an avid reader and enjoys darkroom photography (when she can find access to a darkroom), and she absolutely loves going home to visit her wonderful family in Texas. She is honored to be here at FringeNYC with these amazing people working on this wonderful script.
Arsalan Akhavan (Co-Director, Co-Producer) is a New York based actor, director and producer. Directing credits include "Metamorphoses" (2014) and "Awake and Sing!" (2013) at Atlantic Acting School. Producing credits include "Richard II" at the Robert Moss Theater (Associate, September 2015). He is a BFA graduate of NYU-Tisch and Atlantic Acting School. It took him less than a second to agree to co-direct this play. Affiliated with: Shout Alone Theater Company, Shakespeare in the Square, Cue for Passion Collaborative.
Maddie Hill (Playwright, Co-Director) is a senior at NYU, pursuing a B.F.A. in Drama. She has studied the Meisner technique under Vicki Hart at NYU’s The Meisner Studio and playwriting in London under Roy Kendall. Her playwriting has been staged in London at the Jermyn Street Theatre, New York City, Mexico, and Texas, as well as recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her prose has been published in FORTH Magazine and the Mercer Street textbook. Recent acting credits include: Trojan Women: A Love Story, Picnic, and Playwright’s Horizons Theatre School’s production of Clockwork. She is Co-Artistic Director of Shout Alone Theater Company.
Ashil Lee (Design) is thrilled to be part of the incredibly talented design team for Shout Alone Theater Company's inaugural production. Design credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cue for Passion Collaborative), On The Highline (NYU), The Maiden and the Tyrant (NYU Florence). Ashil has most recently appeared onstage in the American Premiere of Dogville, Trojan Women 2.0, and Unity (1918).
Tung Jit Yang (Design) is finishing his BFA in Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and will be spending his last semester focusing on directing at Playwrights Horizon's. He has also designed lights for the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center in Malaysia. His KL lighting design credits include Steve Yockey's Cartoon (dir. Kelvin Wong) in which he won the Boh Cameronian Award, Malaysia's only theatre award, for best lighting. He has also designed lights for several Cantonese Opera shows in Kuala Lumpur.
Madi Wittstock (Co-Producer) Madi is excited to be a part of Shout Alone’s production of Only a Paper Moon. She is currently studying Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with training in the Meisner Technique, Suzuki Movement, the Alexander Technique, Williamson Movement Technique, Clowning and various other areas. This production marks her first as a producer, but she has recently performed with The Simletons, a NYC clowning group, in Trojan Women 2.0: A Love Story, and The Love of the Nightingale.
Molly O'Brien (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of Shout Alone's inaugural production at FringeNYC. Molly has worked backstage at The Public Theater and The Duo Theater, and she has also stage managed many productions at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Some of her favorite projects include: The Winter's Tale, The Chekhov Project, Blasted, The Children's Hour, Into the Woods, and Peter Pan. Love to her friends and family for keeping her grounded.