What an amazing accomplishment it has been, to finish up the second season of our acting class and web series. O’TownNY is now nine, 10-15 minute episodes of collaborative dramedy! It has been a continuous joy to spend time creating with the actors, writers, and production crew. Thanks to Alan Lutwin and Westchester Collaborative Theater. Matt has had some wonderful opportunities in his wide-ranging television and film career. He’s won an Emmy Award for directing Daytime Drama, and has received multiple Emmy and Director’s Guild of America Award nominations. While wearing his DGA hat, he’s acted as Director, Associate Director, and Stage Manager for Daytime Drama (Guiding Light, Another World, Search for Tomorrow), Sitcoms (Kate & Allie), PBS specials, Cooking shows, Talk shows, Movie Channel, National Geographic, and History Channel shows. Matt began his career, operating camera, audio and editing. All of which have enabled him to wear so many hats running his own video production company, Boonedog Video and now teaching Acting for Camera Classes at Westchester Collaborative Theater. Matt grew up in Northern California and graduated from San Francisco Sate University with a degree in Television and Film. He met his wife Suzanne, “on the set”, and they continue to share a love of good visual storytelling. Boonedog Video
Christine spent a decade juggling the non-profit world of administrative work in professional regional theatre, and a few years as a production make-up artist before becoming an actor, and producer. She is so happy that O’TownNY went on to Season 2. This work is completely collaborative, which is what she loves most about it. Key collaborators are Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), the uber multi-talented Matt Lagle, our terrific writers, wonderful actors, designers, technical staff, special guests and community partners. It’s so exciting. We hope you enjoy Season 2!
Lora has been acting as much as her day job allows She was a member of Four Seas Players (a NYC Chinatown community theater) as a performer and stage manager. She can be spotted in web ads for Mass Mutual and Johnnie Walker and a TV ad for ElderPlan. A member of WCT, she performed in the Fall 2017 production of Prism and she is happy to have WCT in Ossining where she currently resides.
Betsy enjoys playing Adelaine in O’TownNY, filmed in her new hometown of Ossining. Her acting credits include Eileen in THE IMPORTANCE OF AVOCADOS (WCT), Cheryl in LOVES, LIES AND A BATHROOM (Aery 20/20), Wildflowers: SCENES AND MONOLOGUES FROM THE FEMALE PERSPECTIVE (The Actors Circle). Betsy can be spotted in the following commercials: THE PALACE GUARD, COMPUTER TECH EXPRESS, S&H BUSINESS APPAREL, MASSIMO GROUP LONGTERM HEALTHCARE and RUDY’S LIMOUSINE SERVICE. Audio: Housing Nantucket’s “What’s In It For Me?” (ACK Radio). Betsy raised her four children and assorted cats and dogs in nearby Pleasantville. Her other creative side can be seen in homes she has decorated in Westchester, Connecticut and NYC.
Eileen's credits include Tripsy Contrast in the staged reading of THE MALTESE BABKA (WCT), productions of THE SEAGULL (American Theater of Actors), WOMEN BEHIND BARS and DIVIDING THE ESTATE (The Heights Players), and Oxford Shakespeare Company's productions of RICHARD III, OTHELLO, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and AS YOU LIKE IT. Film credits include, "Keep It Kosher". Eileen has studied acting at WCT, The Atlantic Theater, the Actor's Green Room, and NYU, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Sharon's been in theatre productions and readings since 1977 from DC to NYC and Westchester. Featured on-camera roles include Nickelodeon - Don't Just Sit There and voice-overs for Mad Math with The Learning Channel (Emmy). Sharon is also an author of the non-fiction book, "The Magic of Tiny Business." Sharon's grateful to have studied and worked at The National Theatre Institute/ Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Arena Stage/Living Stage, Sande Shurin's Acting Studio, Uta Hagen's Studio, Westchester Collaborative Theatre, Frank Silvera’s Writers Workshop, Second Avenue Theatre, 42nd Street Theatre, Nancy Gabor, Lloyd Richards, Paul Sills, Michelle Best, Ales Rowe.
Film credit; Byron Jesus Riviera in THE OVERTIPPER (Eric Busey). Himself in HEY STEVE (Steve Harvey)........Theatre credits include; William Rodriguez, THE LEGEND (WCT), Raphael, GLASS CEILING BREAKERS 2019 (Gojo Clan Productions), Kevin, THE SPOILER (AERY FESTIVAL 2019), Dave in LIKE A VIRGIN and Walter in LOVE LIES AND A BATHROOM in 2 seasons of Aery Theatre company's 20/20 (Depot theater), Thomas Putnam in THE CRUCIBLE (Muscoot Farm Theater), Brody in CITY ISLAND (OAC & WCT 2018 Living Art Event), Harry In TO GIVE A DOG A BONE & Krok in DARK FRIDAY MARKDOWNS (Westchester Collaborative Theater), Tom in GONE, Fred in THE GREAT THING ABOUT ME, Tony in SAVAGE AND LIMBO Richard in DICK Jim Garrison & Mr X in JFK monologue George inGEORGE Andrew in 2019 Twisted Valentine's (Axial Theatre)....... Writing credit; George Training credits include; vocal workshop with Mickey Patano, Stage to screen workshop with Terry Synder, Sound and Technician (Axial Theatre). Jeff continues to study acting in the Howard Meyer Acting program. Jeff wishes to thank WCT Executive Director Alan Lutwin, the entire O’TownNY cast & crew, including the actors, writers, and director Matt Lagle. Special thanks to his wife Anita, Jeff Jr, Julianna and Anthony Callan
Andrea's favorite roles include; Gina in FIRST BLUSH, Ellen in WINDFLUENCE, Silda in OTHER DESERT CITIES, Lauren in HOSPICE FISH, Wishgal in WISHES, Jill in I ATE MY DIVORCE PAPERS and Heather in SHOES (Axial Theatre). On Camera; Secretary in THE AUTOGRAPH. Andrea is a member of Axial Theatre Company and Westchester Collaborative Theater. Andrea continues to study acting at WCT. She enjoys playing Meg who is such a quirky and surprising nun, and discovering Ossining with her web series posse. When Andrea is not acting she can be found in her favorite Zumba class!
Transitioning from stage to film, O'TownNY is Susan’s foray into the “wild world of the web series”. She has also acted in several independent shorts with Burning Hearts and Husky Productions. Seen recently in STILL LIFE at the WCT One- Act Festival, Susan has performed with a number of Westchester Companies throughout the years. Favorite stage roles include Bunny in HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES , Rose in GYPSY , Reno in ANYTHING GOES and Kate in BROADWAY BOUND : (kudos, NS for the assist with comedic chops!) and of course, Ms. Irma! Studied at WCT (Camera/Scene Study) - at Howard Meyer Acting (Scene Study/Camera) Actor Connection- (VO Commercials/AudioBook), HB Studio(Scene Study/Voice), Febbrario Conservatory (Voice) Thank you to Alan, Matt and Christine and the writers for the wonderful ride!
Local NY credits include Patti in THOUGHTS FOR A LOST FRIEND (Demitasse Players), Beyond the Pronoun: An Improvisation Troupe (The Loft & Veracity Acting Studios), Christine in THE SUN ROSE QUICKLY (Tall Nose Productions/Vimeo), Sheila in ALMOST NOBLE (Aery 20/20), Mo in MO AND MAY and Joyce in THE REVEAL (LAE WCT). Some other favorite roles include Lady Paradise in LUCY which she wrote, Grace Sherwood in CRY WITCH! (Colonial Williamsburg), Ginger in BECKY’S NEW CAR (Virginia Rep.) and Il Dottore in TALES OF LOVE AND SAUSAGES (Faction of Fools). Christine is a graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory, where she also completed Life Stories, a therapeutic arts program. Christine thanks everyone involved with O'TownNY, plus her family and friends for their constant support, inspiration and encouragement. ChristineFonsale.com
Tommy has appeared in shows throughout Westchester since 1977. Select favorites include Renfield in DRACULA, Billy Bibbit in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Tom in THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON and recently as Doc in WEST SIDE STORY (ACT). Tours: GODSPELL and FALLING ROCK ZONE, an improv troupe. Tommy has appeared in a smattering of student films. A member of WCT, he enjoys working on the original works of the many talented writers in the area. He is proud to be in O’TownNY The Web Series. “Looking forward to many more "favorite parts" to come!”
Cornelia is excited to be a part of O’TownNY S2. Film Credits include: Bev (lead) in Roses in the Garden (JALF Productions); Mother (supporting) in Timelapse (JxM Productions). Stage Credits include: Kate (lead) in On Clover Road (Elmwood Playhouse, NY); Mavis (lead) in The Exes (Dramatist Guild of America, NYC); Winifred (lead) in Primer (Hudson Guild, NYC); Like a Virgin, Waiting for Dingelman’s Comet and Adrift (Aery Festival, NY); Latin Beat (Manhattan Rep, NYC). Love and thanks to all who support theatre and film. www.corneliagroeger.com
Peter is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has written and produced five short plays and has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. His feature screenplay, Fragile, made the second round for the Sundance Lab and was a 2018 selected project for Stowe Story Labs. Two of his stories have been optioned for films, and he is currently developing a fiction podcast series. Andrews has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for Westchester Community College, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers. His writing productivity blog, How to Write Fast, can be found at HowToWriteFast.blogspot.com
James has lived along the Hudson River his entire writing life. Plays: Centerline Circus (2012), Drown the Shore (2013), Aren’t We a Pair? (2014), Jib & Main (2015), Unbelievable (2016), Artifice (2018). His plays have been staged at the Depot Theater – Garrison, NY and the Westchester Collaborative Theater in Ossining, NY. Fiction Writing: Starfish (2008) a lyric novella. Music Composition: High Line at Twilight (2015) lyrics - concept – music collaboration.
C.J. is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose theatrical works have enjoyed over 200 productions around the world, in 33 states, and on five continents. Her plays are published in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Plays of 2014-15 (Applause/Hal Leonard), six of the last eight Best Ten-Minute Play annuals (Smith & Kraus), and G-Men in G-Strings: The J. Edgar Hoover Follies (Heuer). THE MALTESE BABKA, C.J.'s noir comedy, developed with WCT, won the 2018 national "Women Are Funny" award. She's grateful as well for many other development opportunities with WCT, including writing for O'Town. But perhaps C.J.'s greatest achievement has been teaching her sons the fine art of the spit take. For lots more info and some zesty pictures, please visit CJ-Ehrlich.com.
Jane Ann Valentine is a writer, actor and director. Jane’s plays have been performed at The Depot Theatre, Westchester Collaborative Theater, The Paramount Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, TheaterLab, Actors Theater of America and more. Her comedy All’s Fair was a 2017 WCT fall main stage and she directed its second production in the 2018 Ariane Original One-Act Festival. She wrote and co-directed The Container in the 2017 20/20 Aery Short Play Festival and directed her original comedy Clam Diggers and Mussel Suckers in the 2018 Living Art Event. Her debut play As I Live and Breathe won the 2016 Nor’Eastern Playwriting Contest. She developed Three Minutes Apart at WCT’s Play in the Box series earlier this year and under her direction it was a finalist in the 2018 20/20 Aery Short Play Festival. She is a member of WCT, Axial Sunday Writers Group and Shelter Sundays (NYC). She is also the writer/director of the award winning short film Portrait. O'TownNY is Jane’s first foray into web series and she thanks the producers and WCT for the experience. Jane Ann Valentine (Linked In)
Pat is an actor, writer, and director based in Westchester, NY. This is his first foray into writing for the screen and he's excited for the opportunity. Previous staged productions and readings include: All Aboard (WCT), The Loud Hours (WCT/AERY 2018 Festival), By Sand or Sea (WCT/Lincolndale Players), The Erythrosine Ballad (WCT/AERY Festival 2017/Ridgefield Theater Barn/Silent Echo Theater Company), Feedback Loop (WCT), Jesus Doesn't Live Here Anymore (WCT Play In The Box), Funhouse Mirror (WCT), Third Rail (WPPAC One Night Stand) and Z.eta O.mega E.psilon (WCT). You can find more work by Pat here: Proneill.net. Pat is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and wants to thank his friends & family for their love & support.