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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Co-Directed by Brett Elliott and Caitlin Arndt

Produced by Kingsmen Shakespeare Company

Costume Design by Hilary Hayes

Scenic Design by Joshua Christ

Lighting Design by Leigh Allen

Music Composition by Doug LeBow

Stage Management by Daniel Trostler

Assistant Stage Management by Brayden Galante

Prop Design by Clayton Curry

Choreography by Jules Weiss

Cast: Seta Wainiquolo; Charlotte Munson; Dane Oliver; Marc Silver; Michael Faulkner; Luke Wizniewski; Erica Malachowski; Bianca Akbiyik; Jillian Henry; Jason Rennie; Taylor Marr; Sara Wisner; Cassie Martin; Abby Cardenas, Shireen Heidari; Joey Grimaldi; Emma Mansfield; Grant Hill; Riley Thompson; Dani Tran; Hadley Julca

In our rendition of Two Gentlemen, we altered the ending by rearranging and adding text from Shakespeare's other plays. This allowed us to achieve an ending that felt more satisfying and empowered while also leaving audiences a bit conflicted. Forgiveness is only given after the women abused deem it so. 

Director's Note:

Our play is a wild ride from the Catskills to Hollywood, from a sleepy small town to the glitz and glamor of the big city. Simple boys with big dreams heading off to find themselves and not liking what they find. This early work of Shakespeare is about young love and a lifelong male friendship. Often lost in the tapestry are the perspectives of his women. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is arguably one of the most joke-heavy plays in Shakespeare’s canon.  It’s unrivaled comic soliloquies and tightly woven webs of dramatic irony are some of his most finely-tuned bits of stagecraft. However, the treatment of the women in the play’s final scenes have puzzled and troubled scholars and audiences for centuries, earning this comedy a reputation as one of the Bard’s “problem plays.” Wanting to highlight the joy and fun of Two Gents while not minimizing the erasure of women’s voices, we’ve set our production in 1930’s Hollywood. The entertainment industry has consistently reflected society’s habit to idolize women but not listen to them. Sylvia is one of the play’s integral characters, a paragon of virtue and an object of desire.  Yet, she loses her voice at pivotal moments of the story. We decided we wanted better for her. In our rendering, Shakespeare’s women connect with and support each other, and pave the way toward reconciliation, healing, and hopefully, love. Through this, the story isn’t just about the boys but also about the women who love them.

Something Else by Tomantha Sylvester
Leo Rising Company Short Play Festival

Something Else is a short play about an incarcerated indigenous woman on death row, named Lucy. Instead of a last meal, she decides to have an audience as her last request. Lucy discusses her life and her view on topics such as love, music, colorism, being indigenous, the rich, being mixed race and many more. The play has some audience participation and music throughout. 

Something Else

by Tomantha Sylvester

Directed by Caitlin Arndt

Lucy played by Tomantha Sylvester

Peter played by Zach Doyle

Produced by Leo Rising Co.

Costumes by Caitlin Arndt


Music copyrighted -- Chris Hoag



Directed by Brett Elliott

Assistant Directed by Caitlin Arndt

Costume Design by Chris Allen

Stage Management by Daniel Trostler

Assistant Stage Management by Hannah Nguyen

My responsibility as assistant director was to be a second pair of eyes and help with split scene work. My primary focus was on the witches-- helping with movement, choreography and character development. 

Cast: Amanda Pajer, Caroline Kinsolving, Chloe Baldwin, Jason D. Rennie, Matt Orduña, Michael Faulkner, Seta Wainiqolo, Ted Barton, David Newcomer, Benjamin White, Shyendra Chandasena, Martha Thatcher,  Elissa Wolf, Ja'el Thomas, Jules Weiss, Naomi Kalter, Rylee Smith,Timothy Frangos, Kaila Pelton- Flavin, Kiki Ragland, Taylor Marr, Logan Chase, Will Peña, Zach Hessmer, Anna Demaria, Clayton Currie, Dale Adrian, Grace Phenicie, Bianca Akbiyik, Hadley Julca

Produced by Kingsmen Shakespeare Company

Composed by Christopher Hoag

Scenic Design by Erik Diaz

Lighting Design by Leigh Allen

Footage by Zach Hessmer and Emmalee Villafonte

As You Like It

Directed by Warren Bowles

Assistant Directed by Caitlin Arndt

Costume Design by Noelle Raffy-Porter

Stage Management by Heather Bennett

Assistant Stage Management by Kira Daehlin

I acted as text support for the actors, giving them clarity in what they are saying and what the words meant.


Titanic by Christopher Durang

Directed by Caitlin Arndt

Stage Management by Teya Duncan

The Raven Theatre, Los Angeles

I started this production as an actor, but halfway through rehearsals one of our actors dropped the play. The solution we came up with was to have me fill in for the role of Victoria. It was a deeply challenging and rewarding experience to direct and act with very talented improvisation based artists. 


Director's Note:

What do you think of when you hear Titanic? Do you have it in your brain? Well, get rid of it because this is the titanic like you’ve never seen before. Our play centers around a, to put it lightly, dysfunctional family aboard the Titanic. Through the course of the play we see just how terrible Victoria and Richard are at being parents to their son Teddy. They are constantly distracted by their own dramas and desires, neglecting their grown son and perhaps a daughter?? A woman of different identities interacts with the family while waiting for the ship to sink. Meanwhile, Sailor Higgins keeps telling the Captain that they are going to sink, which the Captain ignores completely. 


It is a tale of bad parenting and longing for better. Teddy, Lidia and the Sailor approach the ridiculous world of the play with their different coping mechanisms, all hoping to end up in a happier place. We as a cast found similarities to our current world, trying to cope in an unfathomable reality. 

That being said, this play is not meant to be taken too seriously. Allow yourself to laugh at the vulgarity and obscene reality. We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it! 

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