Class of 2004
Sam Deutsch is a 2008 graduate of California Institute of the Arts, currently based in Chicago. Recent puppetry credits include the world premiere of The Astronaut’s Birthday (Redmoon/MCA), The Cabinet 2010 (Redmoon and subsequent Brazilian Tour), the world premiere of Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright (A Red Orchid Theatre), world premieres of Erik Ehn’s Invisible Glass (REDCAT, Los Angeles), and The Saint Plays (Son of Semele, Los Angeles; Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis), he also guest starred in Cherrywood (Mary-Archie Theatre Company/Dir. David Cromer). He is a resident and company member of The Inconvenience, a multidisciplinary artistic syndicate.
He portrayed the role he designed, built, and originated, Denise (the fish), in Mistakes Were Made, Off Broadway 2010 at The Barrow Street Theatre along with original cast members Mierka Girten and Michael Shannon.
Jesse JP Johnson
Jesse JP Johnson is currently on the Broadway National Tour of Wicked as Boq, after three years on Broadway in the Ensemble/Boq Understudy. Other credits include: Broadway/Off-Broadway – Xanadu (Swing/Sonny cover), Glory Days (Jack), Altar Boyz (Luke) National Tours – 9 to 5 (Violet’s son), Grease revival (Doody), Altar Boyz (Luke/Dance Captain), Oklahoma(Jess/Principal Dancer), Grease w/ Frankie Avalon (Doody).
Interview about Wicked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz0mRH82yRU
Ashley Kleinman, MA, LCAT, RDT
Ashley Kleinman, MA, LCAT, RDT graduated from Denver School of the Arts as a Theatre Major in 2004. Since then, she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2008 where she received my Bachelor of Arts in a Theatre and Psychology double Major with a minor in Drama Therapy.
According to The North American Drama Therapy Association, “Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.”
In 2012 Ashley received her Master of Arts from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s Drama Therapy Program. Upon graduating, Ashley work at HeartShare Human Services of New York’s Creative Solutions for Families Program, where she was conducting home-based drama therapy sessions with families in crisis, with the ultimate goal of preventing the separation of children from their families. Ashley is now a Registered Drama Therapist with The North American Drama Therapy Association and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with The State of New York and is currently working as a Creative Arts Therapist at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, working in acute mental health on both adult and child inpatient units.
Briana Pozner is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. In NYC she has acted in productions at 59 E. 59th, Rattlestick, Theater for the New City, The Flea Theater, Incubator Arts, Abingdon Theater, Teatro Sea and Theater Row. In London the performed as Hekabe at the Oval theater directed by Mark Wing Davey. Regionally she has performed at Arkansas Rep, Shadowland and the Berkshire Theater Festival. Recent workshops include: the Claque (“January 2nd” dir: Liz Calrson) and Barrow Group (“Labor Days” dir: Austin Pendleton w/Jessica Hecht and Len Cariou). Film: “Real Life Mallory” (Miami and LA Women’s International Film Festivals, and the Action on Film Festival) and “Meet my Boyfriend” with John Slattery and Callie Thorne (Manhattan Film Festival.)