Contributors

Check out our wonderful team of experienced actors, educators and artistic staff who write show guides for StageAgent.

Jason Engleman

Hello! I am an actor, singer and founder of StageAgent.com. I created StageAgent to improve theatre education and networking opportunities. I love hearing from users, so feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or comments! I'm a graduate of Stanford University and perform throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Laura Ware

I am a California native who has been living in NY for the past 9 years after finishing 2 years touring with Mamma Mia! I'm the current editor of StageAgent.com and I also work with kids and adults as the acting coach at Art House Astoria Conservatory for Music and Art.

Alexandra Appleton

I hold a PhD in theatre history from Royal Holloway University of London and I am particularly interested in eighteenth and nineteenth theatre. However I am also passionate about modern American and British drama as both a writer and a performer. I have performed with several theatre companies across the north west and south east of England. Four years ago, I co-founded an independent theatre company that celebrates new writing, taking plays to the Edinburgh and Manchester Fringe Festivals.

Eleanor Cohn-Eichner

Eleanor Cohn-Eichner is one of Stage Agent’s most senior writers, and has been a proud member of the team since May of 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Portland State University, where she happily focused on playwriting, and has been performing in and around her lovely hometown of Portland, Oregon, since childhood. As both a performer and an audience member, Eleanor is especially fond of Shakespeare and classic musical theater, and is also an eager champion of new play development.

Marielle Renée Rousseau

Marielle is a New York City-based actress and voiceover artist. Most recently, Marielle has been seen onstage playing Hedda Gabler in Hedda, an exploration of Ibsen's classic work at the HERE Arts Center in NYC, and as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth as a part of ShakespeareLIVE!, an educational tour from the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Wall Street Journal's 2014 Company of the Year). She has appeared off-Broadway in Bill W. & Dr. Bob (college tour premiere). Marielle's voiceover work includes audiobooks, radio and television commercials. She freelances with Toni Silveri of All Coast Talent. As a model, she has been featured in Dark Beauty Magazine and Redken's 50 Years of Redken Campaign. mariellereneerousseau.com

Cindi Calhoun

I am a theatre teacher, director, writer, and seamstress. I have a B.A. in English, Theatre, and Education; a Master's in English Literature (focused on dramatic literature); and an in-progress Ph.D. in Literature, specifically examining 20th century dramaturgy. I teach at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct professor of theatre, and at Central Arizona College as an adjunct professor of English. I also serve on the Board of Directors of BlackBox Foundation, a non-profit theatre in Casa Grande, Arizona. My most recent directing credits with BlackBox include American Idiot, Cabaret, and Spring Awakening.

Wendy Silvester

Wendy Silvester is a freelance opera and classical singer based in Leicestershire. ​Recent opera engagements have included Zita Gianni Schicchi with Carlo Rizzi and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Ulrica Un ballo in maschera and La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica ​for Stanley Opera, Olga Olsen Street Scene from RWCMD, and Filipyevna ​Eugene Onegin​ with the Serenata Singers, Cardiff. ​On the concert platform Wendy has performed for MIND - the mental health charity, Newcastle University, and The Stroke Association. ​​Wendy is currently studying under Kathryn Harries at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, for the MA in Opera Performance. She is also an active singing teacher, a fledgling opera director, and a freelance writer for Stage Agent.

Nemuna Ceesay

Hey guys! My name is Nemuna Ceesay, I am a native of Sacramento, CA living in New York City! I graduated for American Conservatory Theater with my MFA in acting in May 2014. I am an actor/singer/mover/creator/sister/daughter/friend :) I am also an acting coach in the NY/NJ area, so if you want help with an audition or just want to learn some more about acting, visit my website: www.nemunarceesay.com/coaching

Lisa Cotie

Lisa Cotie is a theatre teacher at the award winning Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. She is a Dallas ISD Distinguished Teacher and a Master Mentor and serves on the high school Curriculum Team. Lisa is also adjunct faculty and a consultant at the Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center's education department. She was co-creator of their Actor Training Program, which she still co-teaches. Previously, she taught as a Teaching Artist in their nationally renowned educational outreach program, Project Discovery. Lisa has served as an Artistic Director, freelance director and producer for a number of non-profit theaters in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. She is super excited to be part of StageAgent.