We're thrilled to announce the following Guest Artists, who will be joining our ensemble for our upcoming production of 'by wing, fin, hoof or foot.'
Raphael Anastas is a current senior at New York University, pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communications. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Raphael is a versatile performer with a passion for theatre, social justice activism, health and wellness, and youth development. He believes in using his education in the performing arts to drive sustainable positive impact and is very grateful for his opportunities to travel to Europe, Africa, and Central America to engage in various volunteer and leadership programs. Favorite past NYU Steinhardt performances include Men with Money (Frenchy), The Boys From Syracuse (Duke/Tailor), The Secret Garden (Major Shelley), Grand Hotel (Rohna), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and Man of La Mancha (Juan). He has also been featured in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Valletto), and Loft Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Chorus). When not on stage, Raphael enjoys practicing yoga, watching Seinfeld, and eating all types of delicious foods.
Fiamma Piacentini is a New York City based Actress, Performance Artist, Director and Photographer from Mexico City, Mexico. She received her core acting training at the prestigious Maggie Flanigan Studio in NYC under Maggie Flanigan and Charles Sandlan, and trained in Lloyd Williamson Movement Technique under Nate Flower and Julia Crockett. She has appeared on stage in various Off Broadway productions, including Through the Looking Glass, Symphony of the Fourth Dimension, Andromache, and The Insanity of Mary Girard. She has also appeared in various short and feature length independent film projects. Fiamma is thrilled and grateful to be a new Guest Artist at the Ume Group!
Samantha DeSimone is a graduate of Wagner College with a BA in theatre and speech. While in college Samantha studied commedia dell’arte and masque work with Teatro Punto and established a relationship with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids through the production and direction of cabarets on behalf of the school. Post-graduation Samantha has done work with the Rising Sun Performance ensemble, performing in numerous devised works all over Manhattan, one that won her a best supporting actress award at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. In addition, Samantha also works with abunDANCE with Keo, a brooklyn based "twerk out" company that promotes self love and empowerment across the boroughs.
Angela Bilkić is so excited to join the Ume Group as a Guest Artist this season. Angela is an acclaimed theatre and film actress and has recently moved to NYC to have a go at it. Selected regional credits: Masha in Three Sisters (Independent Reviewers of New England Nomination for Best Actress in a Play), Myra Arundel in Hay Fever (IRNE Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play), and Linda Seton in Holiday (IRNE Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play). Angela is originally from northern Serbia and grew up in Boston, MA. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Theatre Studies and Anthropology.
Andrea Aranguren has recently joined The Ume Group as a Guest Artist. Andrea’s theater career includes, in New York, Marisol and Suburban Motel, both Brooklyn College productions; in Washington DC, As If It Were Tonight, Teatro de la Luna; in Buenos Aires, Yerma, Enrique Larreta Museum, The Moon is Looking for Him, tribute to Federico Garcia Lorca, Teatro Picadilly, The Future is in the Eggs, Escuela Municipal de Artes Dramaticos; Rise and Shine, solo performance, Universidad de Belgrano; Death and The Blacksmith, Universidad de Belgrano. Andrea graduated as a Master in Fine Arts in Theater/Acting at CUNY, Brooklyn College. She is also a Teaching Artist devoted to youth empowerment through education and arts, utilizing drama methods to bridge compassion, understanding, self-confidence, respect and authenticity. Andrea teaches Acting, Theater and Theater for Social Change to undergraduate students at Brooklyn College. She is also a teaching artist at ENACT INC., facilitating workshops through a unique method that combines drama therapy and interactive theater. Andrea has over fifteen years of management experience, leading international social initiatives in non-profits in education. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Universidad de Belgrano, a M.B.A. in Social Enterprises/Non-Profit Management from the University of Cape Town/New York University.
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