Company Members

Company Members

Allison Lane

Lane Allison (SAG-AFTRA)  is an actor, producer, writer, director, who recently launched the Pilot of her new web series, After Pluto on YouTube. She has appeared on BET's Vindicated, the short films The Deserted with NYFA, Kidnapping with Ion Films, and Gloria for Reese’s Puffs Extraordinary Cinema/Dreaming Tree Films, as well as the web series Room For Shenanigans with Asta Forever Films and the fake/mock trailer Deleted (co-producer,

Avila Christine

Christine Avila is an award-winning actress. Her credits include ZOOT SUIT (original cast), MERCHANT OF VENICE (LAWS), COYOTE CYCLE (Padua Hills), AGAMEMNON (Olympics Arts Festival; Stephen Berkoff, Director). Christine is a seven-time participant at the Sundance Playwrights Festival. Screen: SSBOSCH, 24, HOUSE, LIAR LIAR.  Voice: UNKNOWN AMERICANS (2014-Random Hse awd), 1992 Teacher/Year Award, UCLA .

Brown Timothy

Timothy P. Brown is a versatile trained thespian with many credits on the stage under his belt. With an M.F.A. in theater [S.M.U.], Timothy is proficient with dialects and improv skills. Timothy’s vast Shakespearean versatility stretches from the dark depths of Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus to the love-sick Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Bruno Emma

Emma Bruno was born in southern California and raised on a steady appetite of good TV and movies. Since she was little, she recalls watching all the greats, from “The Godfather,” to “Friends,” to “Harry Potter,” and so much more. She hid under blankets during the really scary parts, mesmerized by the amazing actors and

Burck Sandra Kate

Sandra Kate Burck spent her formative years growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii as a member of the the Aloha Performing Arts Company. She is overjoyed to now be working with the Open Fist Theatre Company as her new second home here in Los Angeles! Sandra’s most recent theatrical credits include The Middle

Cappiello Christopher

Christopher Cappiello is an actor and director who joined Open Fist in November 2015. Recent work includes playing Sidney Bruhl in the Sierra Madre Playhouse’s acclaimed  production of Deathtrap. Prior work on both coasts includes leading roles in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Stoppard and Pinter. Chris was privileged to work often with

Crothers Stephanie

Stephanie Crothers is an actor and painter, and has been performing on stage as a dancer since the age of 5. She cut her teeth as an actor at the age of 10 playing a saloon whore in the rip-snortin, rootin-tootin musical spoof “Wagon Wheels West.” After finding her footing at the age of 21

Demson Martha

Martha Demson (Artistic Director) believes passionately in the voice and role of theatre in our communities. Highlights of her award-winning career with the Open Fist Theatre include: As a producer: THE GARY PLAYS (Mednick), THE COSMONAUT'S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WOMAN HE ONCE LOVED IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (Greig), HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM

Gironda, Jr. David

The internet's best kept secret. David Gironda, Jr. is what happens when you combine computers, music, and dice rolls. This ex-Apple Genius, ex-touring musician, ex- ... actually, he still plays Dungeons & Dragons regularly ... crossed over into the world of acting, where his passion for the reality of a scene has earned him critical

Green Syanne

Syanne Green is an actor born and raised in Florida. Recently graduated from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts she is now a new member of the Open Fist theatre company and looks forward to many endeavors with the company the first being “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. She prides herself in making people

Hall Art

Art Hall’s high school production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” introduced him to thrill of live theatre. He went on to appear in nearly every production at Chesapeake High until his graduation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance at the University of Maryland while appearing in many of the department’s productions including

James Laura

Laura James Recently, Landscape (Pinter), Walking to Buchenwald, Open Fist Theatre. Films: Raging Bull, Losin’ It (w.Tom Cruise), TV: C.S.I., And the Band Played On, General Hospital, Y&R, The Bold and the Beautiful, etc. Europe: Italy (film), London (Peter Cook’s ‘The Establishment’), Hong Kong (Civic theatre/clubs, E. Africa (British Equity theatre)Stage: Old Globe, SD, Shakespeare

Jenkins Carmella

Carmella Jenkins is an actor, singer, storyteller. Since third grade, she has been captivated by the magic of theatre and storytelling. She is happy to call OpenFist her theatrical home. Long live “Live Theatre”.

Klidonas Caroline

Caroline Klidonas is an actor, writer, spoken word artist, and content creator. Her TV credits include the Showtime pilot Queen Fur and Oxygen’s A Lie to Die For. Most recently, she’s been sharing sketch comedy videos on TikTok and Instagram, and even won Paladino Casting’s monologue competition with her original comedic monologue about sending nudes. At Open Fist, she played Chris in Dancing at

Kline Carol

Carol Kline started in regional theatre at PCPA/Solvang Theatrefest and by the 90’s was awarded the "Distinguished Artist Award of the Los Angeles Music Center" for her work at the Mark Taper Forum and Center Theatre Group.  Favorite work includes productions by Deaf West, OLIVER!, and BIG RIVER, at the Taper, and directed by Broadway's

Lande Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lande

Larson Sherry

Sherry Larson. An educator for most of her life, Sherry took up acting in her retirement years. Eight years of training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and 6 years with The Professional Artist’s Workshop have ignited a passion for acting and made it possible for her to participate in many plays and film projects. Sherry

Maddalena Dylan

Dylan Maddalena Dylan has been acting on stage most of his life. Mostly west-coast born and bred, theater has taken him from Alaska to Washington state to Oregon, California, New York and the UK. Dylan joined the Open Fist Theater Company in 2004 and holds a Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of

Mastain Schuyler Scott

Schuyler Scott Mastain After graduating from the UNC Chapel Hill MFA in Acting program in 2017, Schuyler returned to LA to act, write, and direct. Since then, he produced two of his original plays for the Hollywood Fringe Festival: The Sower (2018) for which he won an Encore Award in his portrayal of Vincent Van

McNeal Erica Mae

Erica Mae McNeal grew up in a small town in Colorado where she found her love for theatre. She decided to make the big move to Los Angeles where she received her BFA in Acting at AMDA LA. She studied in both Los Angeles and New York. Erica Mae is so excited to pursue her

Menzies Roderick

Roderick Menzies is an actor, director, producer, and a coach, who became a member of OFTC in 2016. OFTC: The Gary Plays (DaddyO); ANW: Oedipus (Creon); EST/LA: House of the Rising Son (Bowen). Also for EST/LA, where he is Co-Artistic Director, he directed The Many Mistresses of MLK (Ovation Nomination Best New Play) and produced Mutual

Miguel Angel

Originally from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Angel found his passion for theatre in middle school while competing within the TFA (Texas Forensic Association) and placed 31st in the nation in dramatic interpretation. His passion grew into profession while at the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and

Munroe Jan

Jan Munroe’s first show with Open Fist was 2010’s GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN directed by Charlie Otte. Several years later he played a vampire in MAD FOREST, the last piece done at the Santa Monica Boulevard space. Since then, he’s directed several productions for the company (John O’Keefe’s DON’T YOU EVER CALL ME ANYTHING BUT MOTHER

Niven Ethan

Ethan Niven

Paige Jason

Jason Paige shared the stage singing with with Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Whitney Houston, Oleta Adams, Enrique Iglesias among others and was lead singer for Blood Sweat & Tears. His singing characters are featured in films  “Annie”, “Jersey Boys”, “Muppet Movie’s” and “Sausage Party”. His most recognizable jingles include Mountain Dew’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Coke’s

Porter Katie May

Katie May Porter is an actor who doesn’t discriminate between left-brain and right-brain. Past onstage performances include A Piece of My Heart (LeeAnn), Weapons (Ellen), Sexual Perversity In Chicago (Deb), R.A.W. ‘Cause I’m A Woman (#3), Home (Michelle), Relax (Woman 1), Can You Hear Me Now? (Katie), and Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Rae). Katie has collaborated with Short Pajamas on several short films and is working with Developed Over Coffee Productions

Richardson Laura

Laura Richardson is an actor, writer and producer. As an actor, Laura’s recent film credits include, Troubled Child, Decomposed, Good-bye, Simon, Give up the Ghost, Go North, and Shattered Illusions. Her latest television roles, Monday Mornings, Criminal Minds, Law and Order L.A., The Event, and Desperate Housewives. A few of her favorite stage credits include

Robbins Beth

Beth Robbins is an Actress and Writer.  MFA from UCI.  Improv with Viola Spolin, The Groundlings and Stephen Book. Acting roles include: Karen (Everything is Enough), Estelle (Drive), Eleanor (Rock and Roll), Mrs. Shin (Good Woman of Shetzuan), Mrs. Shaw (Stage Door) at Open Fist. Sara Jane Moore (Assassins), Gussie (Merrily We Roll Along) and

Roberts Scott

Scott Roberts is an actor and writer, and a new member of The Open Fist and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. Some notable NY work includes Hurlyburly (Maddox Theatre), Beyond Therapy (Bank St. Theater), O’Neill’s Now You Ask Me (Provincetown Playhouse) and Pride’s Crossing (Bleecker St. Theater). He is thrilled to have worked

Rofheart Debba

Debba Rofheart

Scarpone Judith

Judith Scarpone has been in BROADWAY: “THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS" (BOOTH THEATRE).....over 150 productions OFF-B'WAY and REGIONALLY: The Kennedy Center, The Hartman, Pasadena Playhouse, The Paramount, Walnut Street, Marines Memorial Theatre, Syracuse Stage, GeVa, Whole Theatre Co., Bergenstage. LOS ANGELES: Boston Court, The Odyssey, The Hayworth, The Court, The Coronet, The Canon, The Hudson, The

Schofield Barbara

Barbara Schofield Performance/Production Credits include: Open Fist Directing: LA Premieres - Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Stage Door (LA Weekly Nom. For Best Director, Best Ensemble), and Dancing at Lugnasa. Open Fist Acting: The Gary Plays Los Angeles Premiere (Padua Playwrights/Open Fist), Mad Forest, Light Up the Sky, St. Joan and

Sullivan Casey

Casey Sullivan. Theater credits include the role of Gary in DADDYO DIES WELL, written and directed by Obbie award winning Murray Mednick. Variety said, Sullivan, a winning performer even at Gary’s lowest ebb, believably charts a progression from panicky dry heaves to wonder as the Quechua brew brings this modern Everyman face to face with

Venable Janine

Janine Venable has been performing on stage and in tv and film for over 20 years. In September of 2021, she won “Best Actress” at the Golden Door International Film Festival for her leading role in “Every Night and Every Day” (soon to be streaming on Amazon). Favorite stage roles include Blanche duBois /“Tennessee Williams:

Veremis Dionna

Growing up in Michigan, Dionna spent much of her childhood performing in local productions before touring internationally with The Young Americans. She carries that collaborative, playful spirit into all of her acting work, and has extensive experience on stage, film, and the 405. She is co-creator and plays Avery Stevens, a Type-A perfectionist juggling app

Weier Amanda

Amanda Weier is an actor, writer, director & long-time member of The Open Fist.  She studied Theatre & Creative Writing for the Media at Northwestern, where she was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre. Amanda also holds a Certificate in Directing from The Royal Court and is a graduate of iO, iO West

Wells Alex

Alex Wells appeared for the first time with The Open Fist Theatre Company in the Rorschach Festival: THIS IS CHAIR and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill.  Other theatre credits include, Son of Semele Ensemble: INCOGNITO,MELANCHOLY PLAY, OUR CLASS; Classical Theatre Lab: THE LAST DAYS OF DON JUAN, THE COUNTRY WIFE, AN IDEAL HUSBAND AS

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