AshleyRose Bailey is an actress, singer, and producer who loves making geeky art in her hometown of New Orleans. She once played a beeping, squeaking, soliloquy-delivering R2-D2 in William Shakespeare's Star Wars, and travels the Gulf South singing classics as an original member of The Big Easy Babes. She's worked all over this parish and a few others with The Nola Project, Rivertown, Le Petit Theatre, and Cripple Creek Theatre Company, of which she is also a member. A self-proclaimed "lady nerd," you can frequently find her on social media getting far too excited about comic releases, the entire genre of Science Fiction, and visual effects in superhero movies.
William Bowling is a writer, performer, and musician residing in New Orleans and is a co-Artistic Director of Goat in the Road. He has co-written and performed in GRP's Whatever Just Happened..., The Meese Papers, Our Man, and Instant Misunderstanding and has composed original scores for GRP's Calculus of Hope, Major Swelling's Salvation Salve Medicine Show, The Don Effect, and The Future is a Fancyland Place. Additionally, he works extensively with New Orleans ensembles Mondo Bizarro and Artspot Productions, and is in the current touring ensemble of Cry You One. Will works for the National Performance Network.
Ensemble Member, Social Media Coordinator
Leslie Boles Kraus is a performer and massage therapist from Lancaster, PA. She received her B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained in the Experimental Theatre Wing, Stella Adler Studio, and International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. Since moving to New Orleans in 2011, she has appeared in The Clifton Monroe Chronicles, Boy's Life, Mauritius, and Southern Rep's 3x3 and 6x6 play series. Other favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with The People's Shakespeare Project in PA. Last but certainly not least, she is a proud and sassy member of the Star-Steppin' Cosmonaughties dance team!
Joshua Courtney is a New Orleans-based lighting designer, general theatre artist, and aspiring personal chef. Originally from Hammond, LA, he began going to NOCCA in 2008 and graduated from the Theatre Design Program in 2010. He got his BA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans in 2014, #unoproud, and has since then been trying to build a life-long career in this crazy biz.
Todd d'Amour grew up in New Orleans and graduated from DeLaSalle High School. After graduating with a degree in biopsychology from Syracuse University, Todd then received a degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Todd spent 12 years in New York City and returned to his hometown 3 years ago. Stage credits include Southern Rep's The Lily's Revenge (The Curtain) and Venus in Fur (Thomas), which toured to the GEVA Theatre Rochester and will be remounted in Lafayette in May 2015, as well as The American Theatre Project's A Member of the White Race (Davey Caron), Goat in the Road's This Sweaty City and Numb. His latest feature film, Wendell and the Lemon (Wendell) is now surfing the festival circuit.
Owen Ever moved to New Orleans in 2009 after attending the Maryland Institute College of Art. Here, in collaboration with many, he has fostered a life as an interdisciplinary theater maker. With Goat in the Road he has contributed to This Sweaty City, Numb and Uncle Vanya Quarterlife Crisis. Ever is the properties and set designer for LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater and has performed with The Black Forest Fancies, New Noise, Skin Horse, Allways Theater and Vagabond Inventions. He is a curator and docent at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and for two spellbound weeks each summer he becomes Professor Kerfuffle of the Hogwarts camp for young wizards.
Denise Frazier: An interest in Cuban politics and African Diaspora culture within Latin America led her to New Orleans where she received an MA and PhD in Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Frazier’s graduate studies in Cuba and Brazil aligned with her interest in contemporary music, specifically hip hop, and public performance. She frequently plays violin with performance organizations and musicians around the city, and has performed with several local New Orleans musicians and performances artists.
Frazier has also worked with various advocacy groups and non-profit organizations in New Orleans, such as College Track and Make Music NOLA. She is currently the Assistant Director for the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University and manages the Music Rising at Tulane website. Foreign to Myself was her first collaboration with Goat in the Road Productions.
Ensemble Member, Goat in the Schools Project Director
Darci Jens Fulcher is a deviser, performer and producer of theatre. She received her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 2014. Darci believes in using theatre to foster empathy, create civic dialogue, and empower student voices in their communities and has worked many years as a teaching artist in New York City, and now New Orleans.
Jeremy Guyton is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist currently serving as the Youth Programs Director at Dancing Grounds. A Los Angeles native, he attended Georgetown University where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2012. Prior to joining the Dancing Grounds staff, Jeremy taught Kindergarten (2012-13, 2013-14) and K-3 Dance (2014-15) at Success Preparatory Academy. He is obsessed with cheese.
Ian Hoch has enjoyed playing a diverse range of characters since coming to New Orleans in 2002 to study drama at Loyola University; everything from a singing, dancing Bobby Jindal to a strung-out, life-weary junkie in a New York City gutter. He is a veteran improviser at The New Movement - New Orleans, appearing most often in the hybrid improv/theater send up "You Don't Know the Half of It." On screen, he has appeared in minor roles on "Treme," "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," "Hours," and "22 Jump Street" but his real love is for the stage. He has two Big Easy Award nominations to date and was named "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama" for his work in 2012's "Balm in Gilead." Ian is also a member of the Cripple Creek Theatre Co.
Dylan Hunter is an actor and a musician originally from Birmingham, Alabama. In his past three years in New Orleans he has appeared on the stage numerous times, most recently as Macbeth in Skin Horse Theatre's production of, you guessed it, William Shakespeare's Macbeth, being called for his part "a young actor to watch" by New Orlean's Gambit magazine. He has worked with Goat in the Road on their Sweaty City City podcast series, playing the piano and a variety of colorful characters, including a drunk or two. Other parts include the Cheshire Cat in NOLA Project's Adventures in Wonderland, Alder in Cripple Creek Theatre Company's Possum Kingdom, and Jim, Tom, and Kenneth in Clybourne Park (Cripple Creek). In addition to his time on stage, he also pursues his passions for collage and Peruvian hang-gliding. Or does he?
Francesca McKenzie is a theatre maker, educator, community organizer and yogi originally from California and now at home in New Orleans. She has performed with numerous local companies such as Junebug Productions, Le Petit Vieux Carre, The NOLA Project, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and is also a company member of Cripple Creek Theatre Co. Past credits include Bride Love in Southern Rep's Lily's Revenge, Titania in Tulane Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and direction for Cripple Creek Theatre Co.'s Clybourne Park. She has written blogs on New Orleans theater for ArtsFwd (artsfwd.org) and HowlRound (howlround.com). Francesca is a graduate of The New Movement improv school and a member of the improv troupe Horse Cops. When she isn't performing or producing theatrical work, you may find her teaching playwriting classes through GRP's Play/Write program or teaching yoga in the greater New Orleans area. McKenzie believes in theatre as a tool for relationship building and liberation. Follow her @cheskamckenzie.
Kyle Sheehan is a sound and graphic designer in New Orleans. He has been a part of several amazing projects since moving to New Orleans, including This Sweaty City and Shipwrecked! Storytelling Showcase. In addition to his work with Goat in the Road, he is the artistic director for Neutrons Protons magazine. Kyle studied filmmaking in Colorado, philosophy in Maryland, and plenty of other things here in New Orleans. He is thrilled to be a part of this ensemble.
Kit Sternberger is a stage manager, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and a graduate of the University of New Orleans. She has worked with The NOLA Project, Cripple Creek Theatre Co., The Theatre at St. Claude, and Le Petit Theatre, where she once made a rare onstage appearance as Pikachu.
Kaci Thomassie is a New Orleans native costume designer, stylist, and jewelry maker. She recently designed the costumes for Goat in the Road's production of Foreign to Myself and Snowman, Monster, Dog (Goat in the Schools.) She has costumed locally for The NOLA Project, Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carre, Melange Dance Company, Big Deal Burlesque, Rivertown Theater, and Lusher Charter School. Nationally, she has worked at the prestigious Stage Door Manor where she costumed several large-scale musicals, and interned in the fast paced environment of Martin Izquierdo's costume production company in NYC. She holds a degree in Theatre and Dance from Samford University.