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Ensemble Blog

AshleyRose Bailey

Shannon Flaherty

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 co-founded New Orleans Box Office, a promotions and marketing company dedicated to raising the profile of locally-developed work in New Orleans, and is a collective member of The Radical Buffoons. She enjoys comic books, dance parties, and radically dismantling capitalism.

William Bowling

Shannon Flaherty

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.

Leslie Boles Kraus

Shannon Flaherty

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 ChroniclesBoy's LifeMauritius, 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

Shannon Flaherty

Joshua Courtney is a New Orleans based artist who received his B.A. in Theatre and Film from The University of New Orleans in 2014. He is a freelance lighting designer who has designed for local theatre companies including Southern Rep, NOLA Project, Goat in the Road, Cripple Creek, and many others. He is also a member of IATSE Local 478 and is a lighting programmer for film and television.

Todd d'Amour

Shannon Flaherty

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

Shannon Flaherty

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

Shannon Flaherty

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, including Les Cenelles and The Ramshackle Revival.

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. 

Darci Fulcher

Shannon Flaherty

Darci Fulcher is an actor, deviser, movement coach, director and professor. 

GRP Credits: Haydn Seek, Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis, Foreign to Myself & Distance of Sound
BODYART Credit: Maison
Radical Buffoon(s) Credit: Balloonacy

Darci spent 2007-2011 working for Epic Theatre Ensemble, where she taught, performed, and produced theatre off-Broadway. Her original work has been accepted by the Madlab Series as part of the Mad River Festival in Blue Lake California, the Fury Factory Festival in San Francisco and the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland Oregon for her original play La Fenetre

Darci teaches at Tulane University and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts introducing students to clown, mask, devising, movement & physical theatre. MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre 2014, and a BA in Theatre and BS in Business Management from Fairfield University 07. 

Jeremy Guyton

Shannon Flaherty

Jeremy Guyton is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist currently pursuing his MFA in Dance at Florida State University. A Los Angeles native, he attended Georgetown University where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2012. Prior to returning to graduate school, Jeremy served as the Youth Programs Director at Dancing Grounds. He has a third nipple.

Ian Hoch

Shannon Flaherty

Ian Hoch has enjoyed playing a diverse range of characters since coming to New Orleans in 2002 to study drama at Loyola University. He is a six-time Big Easy Award nominee, and winner of "Best Supporting Actor in a Play." He has appeared in numerous films and television shows including "Nashville," "Cloak and Dagger," "Zoo," "22 Jump Street" and many more, but his real love is for the stage. Favorite roles with Goat in the Road include Dr Thomas Beddoes in "Numb," Joseph Mathis in "The Stranger Disease," and Bobby Jindal in "Major Swelling's Medicine Salve Salvation Show."



Dylan Hunter

Shannon Flaherty

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 magazineHe 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? 


April Louise

Shannon Flaherty

April Louise, an actress and singer, is a theatre teacher at Young Audiences Charter School. She first worked with Goat in the Road productions on The Stranger Disease. Recent credits include The Henchman and Stockholm Syndrome - The NOLA Project, Nunsense - The National WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen, and The Mutilated - The Tennessee Williams Co. Her most humbling accomplishments include performing in the 24 Hour Musicals in New York, being crowned Stage Door Idol at the National World War II Museum, and celebrating the win of 4 awards with the cast and crew of The Stranger Disease including Best Original Play and Best Ensemble. 

Jessica Lozano

Shannon Flaherty

Jessica Lozano is a theatre artist, arts educator and graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Moved by the powerful city that surrounds her, she strives to create work for the community that fosters awareness of social injustices, awakens critical consciousness and engages audience members to become active citizens in a multicultural world. She is a 2019 recipient of the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award.   

Francesca McKenzie

Shannon Flaherty

Francesca McKenzie is a theatre maker, educator, community organizer and yogi originally from California and now based in the Bronx. She has performed with numerous New Orleans companies such as Junebug Productions, Le Petit Vieux Carre, The NOLA Project, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and was also a company member of Cripple Creek Theatre Co. Past credits include Anna in Numb, 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. Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life (Daryl Roth Theatre), Kenny's Tavern (59E59). Regional: Good Person of Szechwan (CalShakes), Sheddin' (Horizon Theatre), Twelfth Night (Mu Performing Arts). She has written blogs on New Orleans theater for ArtsFwd ( and HowlRound ( Francesca is a graduate of Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Acting. McKenzie believes in theatre as a tool for relationship building and liberation. Follow her @cheskamckenzie.

Kiyoko McCrae

Shannon Flaherty

Kiyoko McCrae is a theater maker and filmmaker, currently developing Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever with Leyla McCalla, commissioned by Duke Performance. She recently co-directed Landscape with Figures with Andrew Ondrejcak for its regional premiere at CAC New Orleans and co-directed and co-wrote The Stranger Disease with Goat in the Road Productions. She is former Managing Director of Junebug Productions where she directed Lockdown and produced Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue. Her short documentary Artist in Exile premiered at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival where she also won the Audience Award for Best Louisiana Short for her film Black Back. She is currently developing the short documentary Within, Within, supported by the Center for Asian American Media. Kiyoko received her BFA in Theatre Arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

Kyle Sheehan

Shannon Flaherty

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

Shannon Flaherty

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.