SITI Company Presents:

SITI Company Presents:
This is How I Don’t Know How to Dance
Cast Bios
Broderick Ballantyne has worked in professional theatre in both California and Colorado, and is
excited to be in this production with these talented collaborators. Previous experience includes
Cinnabar Theater, Avenue Theater, Paragon Theatre, Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare
Festival, Spark Theater, and working on a collaborative ensemble called Collective in Denver.
Broderick enjoys being involved in every aspect of creation from backstage, onstage, and
Alanna Coby is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer, director, teaching artist, and creator of Ugly
Comics, an online comics series. Originally from San Francisco, Alanna studied at Sarah
Lawrence College and American Conservatory Theater’s Studio A.C.T. before moving to New
York to participate in SITI Company’s inaugural Conservatory Program. While in San Francisco,
Alanna performed with the Literary Death Match and worked as an actor and director with Shotz
Play Festival. She is also a teaching artist, having worked with the Eileen Fisher Leadership
Program for young women in Irvington, NY. You can find some of her written work published
online on The Rumpus and The Art of Hustle, where she is a contributing writer. Her comics can
be found online at
Janouke Goosen is from The Netherlands. She finished her BA in Music (Performer) at the
Conservatory of Rotterdam in 2009 at the Music Theater Department. She met the SITI
Company and its training in 2009. Janouke performed as a singer/dancer/actor in the following
productions: City of Angels, Romeo & Julia,Ik heb me ondertussen toch maar door je laten
kussen, Whispering Whishes, Susse Madchen, Natalee-the musical, A Streetcar Named Desire,
Toneel! Ik ben een duif en ik ben hier, The Wild Party and The Last Five Years. She created and
performed two solo performances: Ontglipt & Morgen is er weer een dag. Festivals include:
Parade (Netherlands) & Scheldapen (Belgium). Besides performing, Janouke works as a
teacher in singing, theater, dance and composes music.
Leigh Hendrix is a Brooklyn based performer and theater maker. Leigh tours her solo show How
To Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less, developed at Emerson College and in residence at
Perishable Theater in Providence, Rhode Island. She created and performed Leigh and Melissa
Present: Hamlette! with Melissa Bowler in residence at Providence’s 95 Empire and Get Away
From Me I Love You with Stephanie Turner for the HOT Festival at Dixon Place. Leigh has
performed in Casey Lewellyn’s Zaide! A Desperate Stab (MC) at Brown University, Matt and Ben
(Matt Damon) with Theater of Thought, The Golden Lasso (Sadie) at Perishable Theater, and 29
X/Y at the Wild Project.
Daiva Johnston is from Toronto. She is also the co-founder of The Playwright Project, and
Written On Water theatre. Daiva first trained with the SITI Company at the University of Windsor
where she graduated with a BFA in Acting. Favorite theatre roles include: Olivia in Twelfth Night,
Detective in EDGE (Written On Water); Madge Owens in Picnic, Ellie Dunn in Heartbreak House,
Brooke Ashton in Noises Off (University Players). Film/Television roles include: Eva Pearce in
Murdoch Mysteries, Tuesday in Tuesday, and Eleanor in Paradise Falls.
Ali Kennedy Scott is an actor, writer and graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (UK).
Recent Theatre credits include: NEW YORK – Gertrude Stein in Serious Banquet (NY Theatre
Workshop); Pool Play (Waterside Plaza); The Day the Sky Turned Black (Soho Playhouse &
IATI). UK – Dream Plays directed by David Greig (Traverse Theatre); Mrs O’Dowd/Crawley in
Vanity Fair (Bristol Old Vic). SYDNEY- Blanche in the sold out season of the Thank You For
Being A Friend (Darlinghurst Theatre). Prior to moving to NYC, Ali toured her self-penned, solo
show, The Day the Sky Turned Black throughout her native Australia and to Edinburgh. Her
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awards for this performance include: Excellence in Solo Performance (NY International Fringe &
Sydney Fringe); People’s Choice for Best Show (Sydney Fringe); Best Theatre Show Nominee
(Fringe World Perth). She is also a grateful recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia
Council Emerging Artist Grant and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund.
Jaakko Kiljunen is a Finnish actor with an international acting career. After graduating from
St.Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in 2009, he has worked in Finland, Russia, Lithuania,
Poland and Portugal. Kiljunen has worked on various productions, including classics such as
Divina Commedia (Dante Alligieri), Three Sisters (Anton Tsehov), Tango (Slawomir Mrozhek),
No Exit (Jean Paul Sartre) as well as contemporary devised work. In Finland, he is best known
for his Russian Mafioso character Volkov in a popular TV show Devil’s Field. Kiljunen is very
grateful for the conservatory program with the SITI-Company and would like to thank all the
Company members from the bottom of his heart. He would also like to thank his Buddhist mentor
Daisaku Ikeda for all the guidance and support he has received for his professional and personal
Shin Rock Kim lives and works as an actor in Seoul, Korea. As a member of Dream Play
theater company, she performed at Arko Arts Theater, Daehangno Arts Theater, Seoul Arts
Center, Doosan Art Center, LIG Art Center, Namsan Arts Center, Gwangju Culture & Art Center,
Seoul Theater Olympic, Seoul Marginal Theater Festival, Seoul Fringe Festival, etc.
Internationally, she performed at New York Live Arts (USA), Dongfang Xianfeng Theater (China),
and has participated in actor training workshops at Grotowski Institute (Poland), Odin Teatret
(Denmark), SITI Company (USA), Action Theater (USA). After earning an MFA in Acting (Korea
National University of Arts), she was selected for Young Art Frontier (Arts Council Korea, 20112012). Currently, Kim leads actor-training workshops, and teaches acting in universities as a
Koh Wan Ching is a bilingual performer from Singapore who has worked with several theatre
companies including The Theatre Practice, Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble, puppet theatre
companies The Finger Players and Paper Monkey Theatre, as well as dance company ECNAD.
She is an Associate Artist with Drama Box and a founding member of A GROUP OF PEOPLE
(AGOP). She has performed in the International Theatre Festival 2010 in Beijing, the Zuni 2011
Theatre Season in Hong Kong, Suzuki Company of Toga Summer Season 2012 in Japan as well
as Macao Arts Festival 2013. Besides creating and devising with collaborators, Wan Ching also
directs, teaches and designs costumes. She has trained with SITI Company as well as the
Suzuki Company of Toga.
Anita Ostrovsky is a Ukrainian American originally from Tennessee. She holds a BA from Wake
Forest University where her thesis examined the state of contemporary Ukrainian theater. She
graduated with honors in May 2013. Stage credits include: Wizard of Oz, Beauty & the Beast, A
Modern Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol (Barter Theater); Sonnets for an Old Century,
Almost Maine, Smash (WFU).
Dance: Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive with NYCB faculty, Philadelphia's Rock School of
Ballet, Ukrainian National Opera and Ballet; accepted to intensives at Miami City Ballet and
Nutmeg Conservatory. This Is How I Don't Know How To Dance is her New York City debut.
Clara F Pagone Italian/Australian based Artist and recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
for Excellence in the Arts. Her work began in Melbourne 2007, performing self-devised piece
Susan Who? on Arts Centre’s Fairfax Stage, winning best actress, which propelled her into the
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vibrant entertainment industry. The next seven years included: sell-out directorial debut at La
Mama, touring guest artist at Penang's George Town International Arts Festival, touring Australia
with bilingual Italian-English Children's one-woman show-musical Spectacular Spettacolo, guest
adjudicator for the Mildura Bilingual Speech & Drama Eisteddfod, co-lead at the notable
Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and playing Robyn in award-winning Feature Film Johnny Ghost.
Arriving in NYC, highlights include not only training with SITI Company, but also collaborating
with Erin Mee’s This is Not a Theatre Company as both a voice and performance artist (Staten
Ferry Podcast & A Very Serious Banquet), actor for Gabriel Barcia-Colombo & Benita de Wit’s
site-specific exhibition The Secret Society of Forbidden Literature in the Mid-Manhattan Corner
Room playing Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Improv Comedian for Mary Fe’s Google Made Me Do
It at The Silent Barn Theatre.
Violeta Picayo was born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York. She received her BA from
Vassar College in 2013. Favorite roles from her time at Vassar include Eurydice in Sarah Ruhl’s
Eurydice and Leonora in Double Falsehood. Violeta has performed in the NY Fringe as
Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. She performed twice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in
The Importance of Being Earnest and Tennessee Williams’ American Blues. She participated in
the LECE workshop at the Centro Cultural de Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Violeta is also
a graduate of The National Theater Institute and The Little Red School House.
Ellenor Riley-Condit is a theater maker who came to NYC by way of Chicago, where she most
recently produced and performed in Salome and The Woods with Mechanical Advantage, and
The Tennyson Spade and The Whiskey Radio Hour, devised with Whiskey Rebellion Theater.
She has worked at Second City, Court Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, and the Powerhouse
Theater Training Program at Vassar College, and taught acting in many Chicago Public
Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and The Duke Ellington School of the
Isabel Sánchez holds a BA in Drama studies with 1st Class Honors by the University of Kent
(Madrid, Spain). Later studies include Teatro Gestual in the Real Escuela Superior de Arte
Dramático in Madrid (R.E.S.A.D.) and workshops with Owen Horsley, Declan Donnellan among
others.She has worked and toured in the most renowned theatres in Spain and abroad, such as
Teatro Español de Madrid, Mérida Roman Theater Festival and La Habana International Theatre
Festival. In NYC, she has been training with SITI Company since 2009 and is a member or the
company Sister Sylvester. She holds several awards including: Best Young Actor Ceres Award
for her role of Athenea in Áyax, by Sofocles, Best Actor in the Teatro de las Vegas Bajas
National Festival for her role of W in La Decisión de John (Cock), and two nominations as Best
Actor in Garnacha National Theatre Festival for both Athenea and W.
Daniel Leeman Smith (AEMC) is a recent New York City transplant haling from the small town
of Noble, Oklahoma. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma City University, where he graduated Cum
Laude from the School of Theatre, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and minor in
Directing. Smith holds a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology-Nonprofit Leadership also from
OCU. This is How I Don’t Know How to Dance marks his New York stage debut. Stage: The
Normal Heart (OKC Rep); Everyman (OK Shakespeare in the Park); The Last Days of Judas
Iscariot (Ghostlight Theatre Club); Cabaret, Buried Child, Measure for Measure (OKC Theatre
Company); A Christmas Carol, Puss in Boots (OK Children’s Theatre); The Laramie Project,
Kindertransport, Twelfth Night, My Three Angels, Cosi (TheatreOCU). Film: Unsolved (Dir.
Lance McDaniel, Prod. Fritz Kiersch), Here Comes Treble (OCU Student Film), Taboo (OU
Student Film). Voice Over: The Ferry Play (This Is Not A Theatre Company). Directing:
November (Assistant Director, OKC Rep); The Hospice (Theatre Collective OKC); The Laramie
Project Ten Years Later, Broadway Fun For Funds ’09 & ’10 (TheatreOCU).
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Emily Spalding is from Salisbury, CT. Recent credits in Theater: Jill in In Dream (Los Angeles
Fringe Festival), Sasha in I Should've Had a Party... (Cal Arts Collaboration), Lisa in Boy's Life
(Noho Stages), Evelyn in On Air Off (New York Fringe Festival); TV: Girlfriend on Hubworld (The
HUB Network); Web: Party Girl in PTCH Industrial Commercial (DreamWorks Animation), Gamer
in Gamer Cuddle (Nerdist). As a singer, Emily has performed on various music licensing albums
with Extreme Music and Kingdom 2 Music. Emily has trained at The Moscow Art Theater School,
Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA) and in various workshops and intensives with SITI
Company. Emily is a graduate of Skidmore College.
Sophie Traub is an actor and performing artist from Toronto, now living in Brooklyn. She first
trained with SITI in the Spring of 2013, and felt at home in the rigorous and philosophical
methods, and in the marriage of classicism and post-modernsm as a framework for collaborative
theatre making. Her growing film career has included roles in the Interpreter, Tenderness and
Thou Wast Mild & Lovely. In 2013, she had her directing debut of the Beach Eagle (an
adaptation of The Seagull by Matheson Westlake) at the Works in Development series at Dixon
Place. Her explorations as a performance artist have included pieces in the DUMBO Arts
Festival and at the Norman Felix Gallery and ARTSCAPE in Toronto. She also performs as a
musician and is an alumni and facilitator of the artist's residency program, The School of Making
Andrea Tzvetkov was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA the land of fruits and nuts. Most
recently, she Co-Directed Bobrauschenbergamerica with Curran Russell (Emerson College). Her
favorite roles include Masha in The Three Sisters (Downtown Repertory Theatre), Wolf in My
New Friend Su: The Moon's Other Side (Robert Wilson and MIT), ensemble in Home: Student
Coda to My Parent’s Divorce (The Civilians), Lucille in Danton's Death and Marina
in Pericles (Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club). She participated in Robert Wilson's International
Summer Program at the Watermill Center in 2010 and has trained with the SITI Company since
2006. Andrea received a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and BA in Theatre Studies at
Emerson College.
Larissa (Skye) Van Rensselaer is originally from the US Virgin Islands. She has trained with the
Moscow Art Theater and was introduced to the SITI Company and their training in 2012. She
recently received a Bachelor of Science in Theater from Skidmore College. Skidmore credits
include: A Midsummer Nights Dream, Quoi: An Ensemble Moment, The Beebo Brinker
Chronicles, The Servant of Two Masters, Nunky Gruel and The General of Hot Desire.
Tina Yotopoulou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated with honors from the
Drama School of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Her New York City training includes
SITI Company and Anne Bogart as well as the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is
also a graduate of the PANTEIO University in Athens (BA in Cultural Anthropology & Social
Policy). She has studied music, classical and contemporary singing. Tina has worked as an
actress/performer and singer in Greece for 10 years, including with the National Theatre, the
National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Railway-Theatre The Train at Rouf and the Theater
Companies Lo de Elli and ODC. She is currently based in New York City where she has worked
with directors Mei Ann Teo, Aktina Stathaki at the Between the Seas Festival and with the Greek
Cultural Center, while training regularly with the SITI Company.
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Megan E. Carter (Dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg and producer. Most recently, she served
as the Associate Artistic Director of Women’s Project Theater, where she was the dramaturg and
line-producer for ten world premieres, six New York premieres, five developmental productions,
three site-specific shows, and dozens of workshops and readings. In addition to managing WP’s
new play development and playwright commissions, she also led the Lab for Playwrights,
Directors and Producers. Favorite projects include Jackie by Elfriede Jelinek; How the World
Began by Catherine Trieschmann; Or, by Liz Duffy Adams; and Freshwater by Virginia Woolf.
Faculty: SITI Company Conservatory and ESPA. Education: MFA in Dramaturgy, Brooklyn
Christine Causey (Design Associate) is originally from Virginia Beach. She has worked
professionally in New York Off-Broadway lighting for over 8 years. She is proud to have served
as Assistant Lighting Designer for The Rude Mechs recent New York production of Stop Hitting
Yourself. Lighting Designs include Breaking in the Body (YoJa Productions) and This is Our
Youth (Convergent Theater Company). Other recent credits include Library (The Public Theater),
Great Immensity (The Civilians Stage), Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), A Man’s a Man (Classic
Stage Company), Nothing to Hide (Signature Center), The Tempest (NYSF Public Works),
Pirates of Penzance (NYSF Gala). This is her first show with SITI Company.
Eben Hoffer (Sound Designer) is an actor and sound designer. He co-runs the Brooklyn based
Tugboat Collective. He is a member of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble. Recent projects
include: The Bushwick Starr's Big Green Theater Festival and John Kurzunowski's Il Regno
Malati At Dinner. He is currently creating a cover of Knights In White Satin for Big Dance Theater.
Upcoming projects include Tugboat's The What Dance at The Brick, May 15-24.
Kaitlin Springston (Stage Manager) is an alumnus of The Juilliard School's professional
internship program, and a graduate of The State University of New York at Geneseo. New York
credits include: Gloria, A Pig’s Tale (The New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Iphigenia and Other
Daughters (Juilliard), A Dancer's Dream (Giants Are Small), Lies My Father Told Me (The
National Yiddish Theatre), This Round's On Us (NyLon Fusion), Fifty Words (Golden Lasso
Productions), Spark (The Nightborn), The Woman Standing on the Moon (Urban Stages).