The StageAgent Team

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

Laura Ware

Laura Ware arrived in Astoria, NY, in 2007 with 2 suitcases after spending 2 years out on the National Tour of Mamma Mia! where she played the role of Rosie. Laura is currently the Editor of StageAgent. Laura is an actress and singer and has appeared on As the World Turns and on the Nickelodeon kids' show The Naked Brothers Band as well as in the World Premiere of Things As They Are in the New York Musical Theater Festival. Some of her favorite stage roles include Miss Hannigan in Annie, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, and Reverend Mother in Nunsense among others. Laura works at Art House Astoria, where she coaches acting for kids and adults and recently directed The Wizard of Oz. Laura holds a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Musical Theater, and she is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

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.

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.

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

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

Wendy Silvester

Wendy Silvester is a freelance classical mezzo, and singing teacher, 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.

Alyssa Yates

Alyssa Yates is a performer with big dreams! Alyssa has performed in many musical productions throughout her life, and her personal favorites include Emma in “Jekyll and Hyde”, Lucille Frank in “Parade”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, and Cosette in “Les Miserables”. In addition to performing, Alyssa is also a children's musical theatre instructor, teaching kids between the ages of 4 and 12 at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts. Alyssa was an intern with StageAgent over the summer of 2019 and is now a proud member of the writing staff. If you want to learn more or get in touch feel free to check out alyssayates.com for more!

Emma Houlahan

Emma Houlahan is a Toronto based vocalist, actor, and voice over artist. A graduate of York University's Classical Performance Voice program, Emma made her European debut in 2015, performing in several concerts across Western Germany. Emma has also performed in the USA (Ithaca, NY), England (Doncaster, Yorkshire) and across Canada. She is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for her MFA in Musical Theatre.

Val Duncan

Val is a performer and theatre-maker based in Alberta, Canada. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary, where she specialized in early Renaissance dramatic texts. Her passion for classic plays lead her to become an artistic associate and later artistic producer for Theatre Encounter, a company specializing in alternative interpretation of classical texts. She produces and performs in up to two productions per year with Theatre Encounter, while also making time to play well with others in the Canadian theatre community.

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.