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Nick Linnehan

Nick is an avid director, actor, and writer. Previously, he has been busy writing five new original works; His first play, The Real Story was produced in 2001 by The Post Theatre Company. His second play, Identity (award winning), was produced twice by Queens College in 2005, once by Manhattan Repertory Theater in 2006, and by Nicu’s Spoon Theater in 2007. His last original work, Erosion: Life on Life’s Terms premiered in January 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater. He has worked as a director for many children’s shows and taught several drama classes for children over the past 14 years. Nick graduated from CW Post at Long Island University with his BA in Theater and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Queens College. Nick founded Identity Theater Company in 2011, and is looking forward to making  great theater with great people.

Ian Wehrle

Ian Wehrle, Associate Executive Director

Ian is an active composer and arranger and a founding member of the Ultrasonic rock orchestra. He has recently finished work for the 2010 Olympics and opened a new musical this spring. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and NBC Sports and is continually in development of new musicals and television music. He can be reached at ianwehrle@gmail.com

June Rachelson (OSPA), Artistic Director

June is the Academy Director of Amas Musical Theatre (www.amasmusical.org). June was the art/drama teaching specialist for the Vanderbilt Y in NYC creating Musical Programs performed by the children for their parents. As an Educator, June co-wrote with her son Jonathan, and her writing partner Daniel Neiden, a musical play about Tourette syndrome called WELCOME TO TOURETTAVILLE.  It won the Very Special Arts Playwright Discovery Award and was performed for Congress at the Kennedy Center in DC.

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Nicholas Linnehan, Executive Director

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Emanuel Pinkhasov, Company Member

“I am so excited to work at the Identity Theater. I have been in a couple of plays before working

here. While in high school, I joined the drama club and in the spring of 2009 performed in the musical The Wizard of Oz and played the Wicked Witch of the West. A year later,in the spring of 2010, I played Mr. Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then at Nicu’s Spoon Theater in the summer of 2010, I played King Thaddeus in an adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin. Then I performed in the musical adaptation of Cinderella. I played Little Blue, the fairy godmother’s assistant. I performed in this musical,

winter 2010 at Nicu’s Spoon Theater and summer 2011 with Identity Theater Company. Fall 2011, I played B-Flat (Bernard Flatt) from Second Samuel in Identity Theater’s Identity Crisis Festival. This whole time I have enjoyed being on stage. I love to be different characters from different plays. Acting makes me feel happy and excited. It’s a very fun thing to do and I’m glad to be a company member."

Estelle Olivia

Estelle Olivia, Company Member

Estelle made her NYC stage debut in Kitchen at NY New Works Fest and has taken on such varied roles as Peter Pan, Ophelia, Wasserstein’s Susie Friend, and Ionesco’s Father Jack. She is a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She plays a terrified citizen in the upcoming Ninja Turtles 2 movie. She sends all her love and gratitude to her mom and brother.

Rachel handler

Rachel Handler, Company Member

Rachel is an actor/singer based in NYC. Favorite roles include: Marian in The Music Man; Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse…; Carly in Reasons To Be Pretty; and Chunks in the feature film, Smothered, to be released in February. Her solo show, Inspiration Whore, has been praised for its exploration of the label, “disabled.”

Ian Gregory

Ian Gregory Hill, Company Member

Off-Broadway: The Butterfly Girl at Vital Theatre Company (Andy). Regional: The Pokemusical (Professor Oak/Giovanni), Carrie at Beck Center for the Performing Arts (Mr. Stevens), Helly Dolly (Ambrose) and Damn Yankees (Bryant). Proud Baldwin Wallace Grad. Special Thanks to Melissa, Anthony, KJB, BWMT14, Leeds, Mama, Papa, Luedtke, and BRE.

stephanie gould

Stephanie Gould, Company Member

Favorite theater credits include The Boys Next Door (w/ Identity Theater), Agnes in Ludlow Fair, Trailerville (NYC premiere). Film: Extra Dark (upcoming), Fixers, Snow, and the title role of Crystal in On Crystal.  A member of both SAG-AFTRA and AEA, Stephanie holds a B.A. in English from Saint Anselm College, and has trained at Circle in the Square Theatre School and The Peoples Improv Theatre.

guy ventoliere

Guy Ventoliere, Company Member

Guy has a specialized BA Degree in Shakespearean Theatre and has studied with Ruby Dee, Eve Adamson of the Jean Cocteau Repertory Company, The Actor’s Studio, and the American Academy of Dance and Drama.  Guy has also been a dramatic instructor to both adult and children for over 15 years at various organizations. As the Director of Development for Children and the Classics, Guy brought programs and support to children and organizations with little exposure to the arts throughout the 5 boroughs. He also developed the Classic Theatre Collaborative, which introduced classical theatre to children & youth. Guy currently advises several arts organizations on technical and scenic elements of production, curriculum development and instruction, administrative and artistic vision, budgeting, and arts fundraising and is the Managing Director of Hip to Hip Theatre Company.

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Nicholas Linnehan

Max Rhyser

Max Rhyser

Max was born and raised in Europe. He launched his professional stage career as a teenager in Amsterdam, and has since graced stages in London and New York. While in New York Max has gone on to produce for stage and screen. His most recent project, IN BETWEEN MEN, is nominated for several awards including 'best ensemble' and has reached over a million viewers in a very short period of time. Season 2 is about set to start pre-production. Currently Max is involved in several projects, including 2 of his own short films, several plays and the lead role in an upcoming feature film. Directing projects currently in the works are Aja Houston's play SUPER WOMEN and his own short films TAMBA and SECRET SICK. Max is honored to be on the Creative Advisory Team for TAP't. News regarding additional credits and his latest reel are available at: www.maxrhyser.com

Stephanie Barton-Farcas

Stephanie Barton-Farcas is the Artistic Director of Nicu’s Spoon theater company, the first company in NYC history to be fully inclusive. She recently directed 'Richard III' with a disabled cast except for the title role and her company Nicu’s Spoon is the subject of the documentary ‘Two and Twenty Troubles’ which premiered in NYC  September 2014. Other NYC directing includes 'Red Noses', ‘Bad Seed’, ‘Buried Child’, ‘The Little Prince’, ‘George Orwell’s 1984’, and the OOBR winning ‘SubUrbia’. She is the creator of a new performance style called co-playing for both deaf and hearing audiences and will be guest director at The University of Hawaii in 2016. As an actress: Off-Broadway: ‘Talk Show’ (Actors Playhouse), ‘Nuclear Family’ (Abingdon Theatre) and Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Elizabeth Rex’ for which she won the 2008 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Best Actress, playing Queen Elizabeth I in both the off-off and off-Broadway premieres. Off-Off Broadway as Vivian Bearing in ‘Wit’, Miss Meacham in ‘Separate Tables’ among many roles. Recent film work was Sheriff McNulty in ‘Karkass Karts’ and Judit in ‘After Midnight, Before Dawn.’  She has been profiled in The NY Times, Variety and Playbill and written for Backstage, Howlround and many other publications as well as lecturing at SAG-AFTRA, AEA and many industry associations about inclusion in the arts. She actively assists with casting for plays, films and some TV and actively encourages disabled, women and actors of color to be cast.

Barton-Farcas_Stephanie_small Kimberly Barth

Kimberly is excited to be joining the amazing andtalented group of theatre-makers at Identity Theater Company. Kimberly hails from the Midwest, and left her home in Ohio to pursue an M.A. in Educational Theatre at New York University. She has worked as a research fellow in Accessibility at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and is now a full-timedrama teacher at P.S.195 in the Bronx. Kimberly would like to thank her theatre teachers and professors, who introduced her to the magic of theatre and helped her develop her ability in this beautiful and provocative art form.

Kimberly Barth, Company Member

Emily Schorr Lesnick

Emily Schorr Lesnick, Company Member

Emily is an improviser, writer, producer and educator living in Harlem who is passionate about social justice, equity and comedy. She and Jamila have collaborated on numerous research and creative projects in New York, Minnesota and Buenos Aires. In 2013, Emily performed her solo show, “This One Time, at Jew Camp…,”  at the Magnet Theater. For the last three years Emily has co-hosted The Soul Glo Project, a monthly variety show celebrating diversity in comedy and an accompanying weekly podcast. A graduate of UCB’s improv program, she also co-produced “Gay Bomb: The Musical” and “Pray it Away” at the Magnet and PIT, respectively. In college, Emily conducted research and interviews with female improvisers in the Twin Cities about the dynamics of gender enactment and live comedic performance. She is currently a Masters student at NYU Steinhardt in the Educational Theatre and Teaching Social Studies Departments, where she has worked collaboratively on numerous theater projects.  Emily can be found on Twitter @eschorrlesnick

Jamila Humphrie

Jamila Humphrie, Company Member

Jamila is a producer, blogger, and student. Her proudest creative endeavors include a blog about Amazonian food and culture, a research project on equal marriage in Buenos Aires, owner of a garden plot in Harlem, and serving as executive producer to Emily’s one woman show, “This One Time at Jew Camp.” Currently, Jamila is a Master’s Candidate at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her thesis is influenced by the power of ethnodrama, a technique which blends together ethnography and theatre. From this practice grew the How We G.L.O.W. Project which focuses on the themes & intersections of lgbtq+ identity, youth, schools, and communities. Her work is driven by a social justice framework to achieve equity in school experiences for all students.  

diana benigno

Diana Benigno, Company Member

Diana Maria Benigno is proud to be a member of Identity Theatre Company, especially after being embraced by and performing with Nicu's Spoon Theatre Company.  As both an actor and dramaturg, she is in the process of completing her MA in Theatre at Hunter College, and has a BA in Dramatic literature from NYU.  Favorite roles include Beatrice in Hunter College's Much Ado About Nothing, Sister James in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt for the Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts, and suffocating Clarence as Murderer 1 in Nicu Spoon's Richard III.  Previous dramaturgy includes Richard III: a dishonourable tale, at the Secret Theatre in Queens and The Brick Theatre's Shakespeare Festival workshop of Hamlet, or I Shall Mourn the Rivers.  She also can be seen in recurring roles as both Antoinette and Cookie in the Off-Broadway interactive theatre production Murdered by the Mob.  Upcoming roles include Ariel in Identity' Theatre's The Tempest with the Shakespeare Forum.