MEET THE CAST
Emily (Gonzalo/Iris) is honored to be a part of The Penny Stinkards’ debut production. She has a BA in Theatre from Muhlenberg College, has studied acting at Goldsmith’s University of London, and as an apprentice at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Some of her favorite Shakespearean credits include Lady Macduff in Macbeth (Shakespeare 70’), Constance in King John (STNJ Apprentice Co.) and Eleanor in Glory (an adaptation of the Henry VI tetralogy, Muhlenberg College).
Kevern (Prospero) has served as director, actor, set designer, and builder for several Northern NJ theatres. He recently directed King Lear at Chester. NJACT has flattered him with several Perry nominations, most recently for directing To Kill a Mockingbird at Summit last summer. His set designs with Steve Catron have also gotten nominations for Harvey, Doubt, and Trip to Bountiful. He is delighted the wonderful Penny Stinkards asked him to join them in their first but certainly not last production.
Eric (Sebastian/Ceres) is an actor, director, and playwright from Bernardsville, NJ. His recent onstage credits include France in King Lear (Chester Theatre Group) and Leo Bloom in The Producers (Readington Community Theatre). Most of his work for the past few years has been in teaching and directing at The Allegra School of Music and Arts in Hillsborough, NJ, where he has directed plays and musicals such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, and 13 the Musical. He has also written plays for his students, including the one act plays The Struggle Bus and Finding the Root. His writing spreads into the musical world with his original musical The Blank Page, which he wrote the book, lyrics, and self-produced at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. He is a graduate of Montclair State University with a BA in Theatre Studies. He sometimes gets tired just thinking of all the opportunities he's been blessed with over the past few years, and looks forward to more projects on the horizon!
Derek Egidio (Trinculo/Master) is the Vice President of The Penny Stinkards and studied acting at HB Studio in NYC. Past credits include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Main Street Theater Company), Laertes in Hamlet (Dover Little Theatre), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Castle Shakespeare Repertoire), Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Lord Sterling Theatre Company), and Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Dover Little Theatre).
Elizabeth (Miranda/Boatswain) is an actor, musician, and teacher, as well as a (practically) lifelong fan of Mr. Willy Shakes. A few favorite previous Shakespearean roles include Adriana, Juliet, Isabella, and Kate "the Shrew" Minola. She has also performed in the occasional non-Shakespeare play, such as Doubt, The Runner Stumbles, The Learned Ladies, and The Heiress. When not acting, she is also a singer and oboist, and has worked as a history teacher and English tutor. Many thanks to the Engelberth clan for running lines and to the whole Penny Stinkards crew for making this 'Tempest' a delight!
Garrett (Ferdinand/Caliban) is extremely honored and humbled to be in The Penny Stinkards’ flagship production. Having once been called both a hideous monster and hopeless romantic over the course of a singular, though moderately high brow dinner event one evening (all before the soup no less), he is excited to once again be exploring the duality of man – though this time with significantly less clam chowder in his face. His past Shakespeare credits include the title role in Hamlet (Dover Little Theatre and Fearless Productions), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Pax Amicus), Macduff in Macbeth (Circle Players), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Main Street Theater), Lucius in Titus Andronicus (Hudson Shakespeare), and ensemble in The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theater of NJ). He’d like to thank the cast, crew, his family, and Shakespeare for making this production - as Caliban would say - a dream full of riches.
Sarah (Stefano) holds an MFA in Shakespeare Performance from Mary Baldwin University. She teaches and directs at Northampton Community College and Montclair State, has directed at Dover Little Theatre, and is the President of The Penny Stinkards. Sarah most recently played the Fool in King Lear (Chester Theatre Group). Other favorite roles include Gertrude in Hamlet, Feste in Twelfth Night, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stage Manager in Our Town, Constance in King John, Marina in Pericles, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Steve (Antonio) has theatrical experience that dates back to high school, but it wasn’t until he met Sarah many years later that he returned to the stage. He has performed in several different venues and genres: college, outdoor, community, and children’s theatre. Favorite roles include Mr. Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor and Reverend Parris in The Crucible (a role which he has played multiple times). Even though Steve enjoys his time onstage, he also excels offstage, fulfilling roles such as stage manager, and set and prop design and construction. The challenge of taking an empty space and fitting it to the world of the production is what excites Steve the most. His favorite challenge was building a collapsible dagger from scratch for a production of Romeo and Juliet. In his spare time, Steve is active in the Boy Scouts, serving as a leader, merit badge counselor, Eagle Scout mentor, and camp leader. His favorite quote is “All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” (As You like It -2.7)
Allegra Mroz (Ariel/Juno) is excited to be taking the stage with The Penny Stinkards in their inaugural production. Previous credits of hers include Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ophelia in Hamlet, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She has also appeared as Johanna in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Bad Idea Bear and Arm of Nicky in Avenue Q. She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication, and hopes you will enjoy The Tempest!
Jack (Alonso) is proud to take part in The Penny Stinkards' inaugural production. Previously he was seen as Cornwall in King Lear (Chester Theatre Group), Ben Gunn, Captain Smollet, and Black Dog in Treasure Island (Lord Sterling Theater Company), Lindstrom in Mister Roberts (Westfield Community Players), and Patrick in Lafferty's Wake (Smoke Rise Players). It has been wonderful to work and play with such talented castmates old and new. Long may The Penny Stinkards travel light and play hard!