The StageAgent Team

StageAgent's staff consists of theatre industry experts including actors, directors, dramaturges and educators

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 12 years after finishing 2 years in the National Tour of Mamma Mia! I'm the current editor of StageAgent, and I also work with kids and adults as an 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 classical mezzo, singing teacher, and opera director based in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Her operatic repertoire includes Zita / La Principessa (Gianni Schicchi / Suor Angelica), Erda (Das Rheingold), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Olga Olsen (Street Scene), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Signora Guidotti (I due timidi), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), and Florence (Albert Herring). On the concert platform Wendy has performed with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, St. Mary's, Maldon and the Pegasus Baroque Orchestra, as well as supporting charities like MIND and The Stroke Association. Wendy has also directed and produced several operas, including Dido and Aeneas, The Magic Flute, and Suor Angelica.

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.

Alyssa Yates

Alyssa Yates is a performer with big dreams! She has been performing since the age of eight and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Alyssa has performed in over 30 musical productions over the last 12 years. Her personal favorites include Emma in “Jekyll and Hyde”, Lucille Frank in “Parade”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, and Cosette in “Les Miserables”. She is also very excited to be an intern with StageAgent for the summer of 2019! Alyssa is ready to put her heart out on the stage for all to see, so look out for her in the years to come! She looks forward to meeting many of you on her journey to “ The Great White Way!”

Chloe Wintersteen

Chloe Wintersteen is so excited to serve as an intern at Stage Agent this summer! Hailing from the Bay Area, Chloe grew up seeing and participating in many musical theater productions. She now attends Stanford University, where she pursues a double major in Theater and American Studies. Tap dance is her not-so-guilty pleasure.