Laurence Bohec (Writer)
After much praise for her writing and directing work, Laurence, a History professor developed an acting troupe, Langue Fourchue du Papillon and started writing project after project. Shortly thereafter, she worked on a professional level with many performances and continuing to develop her skills as a playwright and director. Always engaging and unique, her creations touch on many themes, ranging from tragedy to the burlesque. Her writing and directing credits include: Tu Sais Bien Que Tu L’aimes, Femmes, And So On, La Muqueuse Uterine de Madame B, Quest Ce Que Vous Voulez de Plus? Les Combats des Veuves L’Amiante, Claire de CASTELBAJAC ou Quand La Lumiere Nous Traverse, Memoires de Textes Sur Charlotte Delbo et Germaine Tillion, V, St si on Batissait La Paix Ensemble, La Verite Reste Toujours Debout, Mother of Normandy, Upstander Bystander.
Marisa Stefatos (Director)
A New York based director, producer, writer, actor, drama teacher/ therapeutic drama teacher;
Marisa is delighted to work on this unique project. With a background in theater and film ranging from the international, classical and avant-garde, she is focused on utilizing innovative techniques to facilitate the role of the theater as a platform for human inquiry, communication, change and healing. Original material and political themes in addition to classics that resonate with our time are at the top of her list. Besides developing projects for Coibri, Marisa is a theater teacher and Artistic Director of the Dalton School’s Greek Festival, Programming Director for the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center and runs her own holistic practice, Mon Asteri. Directing, producing and writing credits include: Narcisse (co-executive producer) “the actors moved as though they were unassisted marionettes”. (NY Sun) Astoria “the neighborhood -- scenery, vibe and all- gives the cinematic equivalent of a big, tender hug.”
(Newsday), La Dispute, Antigone, Rhesos, The Infernal Machine, Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Hamlet, For Better or Worse, Island Fantasy, Women on the Verge and Paradise Reimagined.
German Nazi - Geraldine Dulex*
Géraldine is a Swiss American actress praised for her “spark” and “spunk” on stage. Theater credits include: Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide (La Mama), Cosmicomics (New Stage), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Steppenwolf), and the female leads in Barker’s Minna (Trap Door) and Emilio Williams’ Tables and Beds (Chicago Sweatshop). She played the principal speaking role in the critically acclaimed opera The Passenger at Lyric Opera Chicago, Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theater, and is a company
member of NYC’s award winning Broken Box Mime Theater. B.S. Northwestern University.
German Soldier-Terence Schweizer
Growing up in Lugano, Switzerland, Terence Schweizer spent a lot of his childhood watching movies and developing his passion for acting. In 2013, he graduated as a Building Designer and decided to move to Los Angeles to pursuehis dream to become a professional, skilled actor. While in LA, he studied at Santa Monica College, and the Beverly Hills Playhouse with some talented teachers and he also had the great fortune to participate in a couple of successful short films. After two and half years, Terence decided to move to New
York to focus more on his stage career and to master the famous Method Acting technique at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Terence made his stage debut in Love Letters To My Children.
Refugee- Samantha Wendorf
Samantha Wendorf is thrilled to be making her NYC theater debut with Colibri Productions. A recent graduate of the T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre’s Conservatory, her recent credits include: La Poncia in THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, and Esperanza in POST REVOLUTION BLUES (TV pilot staged reading). She recently contributed to several student films, web series and will be the supporting lead in a short film this winter. A native New Yorker, Samantha is a graduate of CUNY with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism & Acting.
An avid traveler, Samantha credits her time abroad for expanding her awareness and compassion to issues not only at home, but also all over the world.
Jewish Survivor - Sophie Max
Sophie Max was born and raised in London, UK and moved to New York to train at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Theatre includes: Michelle in Nowhere Man, Freya in This Changes Everything. Film includes: Pamela in Health Nut Forever, Tiffany in Hunter. She can be seen next in upcoming television pilot Rockk Island. She is honored to be a part of the Up stander Bystander team and would like to thank her fellow actors, Marisa and Laurence as well as her family, friends and teachers for their constant inspiration and
*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Raffi Froundjian (providing incidental music in the form of original compositions, arrangements and improvisations)
Raffi Froundjian is an Armenian-American musician, solo guitarist and singer songwriter from Manhasset, New York who started playing music when he was five years old. His mother taught him how to play very simple Armenian and Middle Eastern rhythms on a doumbek drum. He began playing songs by The Beatles, The Who and System of a Dow and knew he wanted to be a guitar player after hearing two albums his drum teacher gave him – Led Zeppelin II and IV and has been playing since for fourteen years. At seventeen, Raffi discovered the guitarist Andy McKee, playing a piece called “Drifting,” combining two of his loves in music – guitar and percussion and played this piece for a large audience. He won first prize. This turning point in his love of acoustic guitar performance brought him to new mentors like Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, John Butler, and Chet Atkins. Ever since, he’s been, mixing percussion and guitar together. Raffi recently returned from Havana, Cuba, where he participated in a music camp led by Tommy Emmanuel and relished the opportunity to work closely alongside his creative hero. After many years of playing in bands, Raffi has decided to continue his musical journey as a solo artist and is excited to perform many concerts and events.
Lesley Wolf - Stage Manager
Lesley Wolf is the stage manager for Upstander Bystander, but she also works as a sound engineer, heavy metal musician, and graphic designer. Additionally, she's done costume design/construction for pieces used in plays, dance performances, music videos, and short films. Her skill set is highly varied, owing to fifteen years working as a freelancer in New York City. The majority of her stage managing experience is from running music performances, working with bands and music venues. She was also the head "roadie" for the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls for several years. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with Marisa and to stage manage this production.
Matthew Deinhart - Lighting Designer
Matthew Deinhart is a graduate of Queens college with a degree in drama, and philosophy. Recent lighting design credits include: the operas Pagliacci, and G-Train, the dance pieces Mind Games, and Bring on the Men, as well as productions of Pentecost, The Vagina Monologues and Queens Theatre in the Park’s Park Plays Festival. Matthew is Currently at Brooklyn College pursuing his M.F.A in lighting, and scenic design