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Meet the Cast and Crew of

William Shakespeare's
The Tempest

Friday July 28th - Meadowlark Vineyard / 24385 Main Road, Cutchogue
Wednesday August 2nd - Port Jefferson/Chamber of Commerce Terryville Train Car Park 
Thursday, August 3rd - Patchogue Shorefront Bandshell / 1 Smith Street, Patchogue
Friday-Sunday August 4, 5 & 6 - Mitchell Park / Front Street, Greenport Village 

Charles Lehner (Boatswain) is honored to be in this show and to serve as a board member; previously performing with Northeast Stage in Twelfth Night, and with North Fork Community Theatre in The Laramie Project and The Producers. "Thanks to all my friends and mentors!" celehner.com.


Brian Mott (Alonso) is delighted and a little nervous to be back on stage after a 15-year hiatus. In Memphis TN, he was active in regional and community theater. His favorite roles include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Matt in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Ganesha in A Perfect Ganesh and Doctor Royer-Collard in Quills. His favorite directing assignments include Eleemosynary, Cloud Nine and Sherlock's Last Case. He lives in Southampton with his husband Jimmy and their one-eyed doggo named Mylo. He works as the Cultural Arts Coordinator at Peconic Landing in Greenport.



Stuart Whalen (Antonio) Previous Northeast Stage credits include Senor Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew and Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Stu also performs with the North Fork Community Theatre  (NFCT) in Mattituck.  Recent NFCT credits include Sunday in the Park with George, The Drowsey Chaperone, The Laramie Project, and A Christmas Carol. Stu also sang 8 seasons with the Amore Opera in NYC, singing Angelotti in Tosca, Baron Duphol in La Traviata, Valentine in Faust, Captain in HMS Pinafore, and Schnaurd in La Boheme.  



Suzette Delia Reiss (Gonzala) is happy to be back on the boards with Northeast Stage. Most recently she was in The Taming of the Shrew directed by A.D. Newcomer and Colin Palmer, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors directed by James Pritchard, The Laramie Project directed by Huck Hirsh at NFCT, and It's A Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play directed by Michael Disher.  Suzette is an international fine artist, practices real estate on the North Fork, and is a board member of Northeast Stage.


Michael Colt (Sebastian)  Michael would like to thank Northeast Stage and the theatre going community of the North Fork for its continued support of live theatre in the area.  Over the last couple of years Michael has appeared in The Laramie Project, Dolls house Part Two, and It"s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play. He greatly appreciates his cast members' and director's faith and encouragement in this production.



Alexander Rowsom (Mirando) is going to be a freshman in Greenport High School. He is looking forward to playing Mirando in the The Tempest. In eight grade, Alexander played Eugene in Grease. In seventh grade he played Weselton in Frozen Jr. He also took on the supporting roles of Townspeople, Oaken’s Family, Hidden Folk, and Summer Chorus. In Elementary school, Alexander was in Aladdin, Peter and WendyGulliver's Travels, King Arthur's Quest and Pied Piper. Alexander enjoys Boy Scouts, sailing, scuba diving, playing golf, baseball and also spending time with his family, friends and dogs.



Julie Marden (Prospera) first worked on one of Prospero’s monologues for a course in Shakespearean acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 1985. A graduate of Barnard College and the Manhattan School of Music, Julie has worked as professional violinist, writer, and high school English teacher. But her pursuit of theater has persisted, starting in the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s with performances with a small amateur troupe, The Sapphire Players as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hermione in The Winter's Tale, and continuing more recently with training at The Barrow Group in Manhattan, where her principal teachers have included Sidse Ploug, Seth Barrish, and Lee Brock. Julie is thrilled and deeply grateful to be able to join the Northeast Stage for this production. 



Alison Pensa (Ariel) is a senior at Hofstra University pursuing a BS in Music Education.  She has always had a love of theater & performing and was a member of the Thespian Society during her years at Hampton Bays High School.  Ali was selected to be a talent judge for the East End Arts Teeny Awards for two seasons, having been nominated herself during her senior year of high school.  Additionally, she is a current member of numerous music ensembles at Hofstra.  “Thank you Tony and the Northeast Stage crew for putting on a fantastic show!”



Alaina Manzo (Caliban) is a graduate of The City College of New York with a B.A. in theater arts, minor in music. In addition, she has an A.S. in theater arts from Suffolk County Community College. She was a nominee and finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Her representational roles include Fritzie in Cabaret, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Meredith in Bat Boy. Alaina has sung in the Masterworks Chorus Festival Concert at Carnegie Hall for the past two years. Awards include: Best Female Actor SCCC, Outstanding Performance in Contemporary Acting Scholarship SCCC, and Excellence in Performance Award CCNY. She would like to thank her family for their endless love and support in all of her endeavors. 



Tatyana Poland (Ferdina) is 16 years old, and a rising junior in Saint Anthony’s High School. She does theater all year. During the school year she does theater at From Stage to Screen and during the summer she attends Usdan. She is super excited to be playing the role of Ferdina. Tatyana would like to thank all her directors, friends and family, especially the cast and crew of The Tempest!



Liam Glueckert (Trinculo) Liam is extremely giddy to be part of this grand production in this Shakespearean classic! Earning a general theatre arts major from SUNY New Paltz, he has been pursuing acting for most of his years of schooling. He is always eager to audition for any production he can get his hands on, just recently being cast in North Fork Community Theatre's 2023 production of The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui! As the acting industry slowly started opening up after these past couple years, he’s been thankful to friends and family for encouraging him to keep looking for opportunities to show people his talents and abilities, and he is proud to be here!



Amie Sponza (Stephania/Producer) 

Amie Sponza (Stephania/Producer) is an actor, producer, filmmaker, and Certified Life Coach at www.ActNowLifeCoaching.com.  She is the co-founder and Executive Director for Northeast Stage, celebrating 40 years as a non-profit theater in 2023. Favorite roles: Beatrice (Much Ado...), Lady Macbeth, and Jessie (’night, Mother). She enjoys clowning with actors, serving up entertainment and coaching creatives to live the life they love. Thanks to her patient husband and family these many years. 
This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing. - Stepania



Deanna Andes (Costumer) designs costumes for theatre and film. She has designed costumes for several of NFCT’s productions such as: Little Shop of Horrors, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Moon Over Buffalo, Carousel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Over the River and Through the Woods, First Date, The Boy Friend, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pippin, and most recently, Ripcord. She has also worked with Playcrafters Theatre Company's production of BornYesterday and Northeast Stage productions of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.


Tony Tambasco (Director) holds an M.F.A. in directing from the American Shakespeare Center’s partner program with Mary Baldwin University, and is a proud associate member of SDC, the union of professional stage directors and choreographers. Some of Tony’s favorite Shakespeare directing credits include Romeo and Juliet with the Sheboygan Theatre Co, Hamlet: The First Quarto with Bad Quarto Productions, and Julius Caesar with Sweet Tea Shakespeare; his directing work has recently been seen on Long Island with production of Larry Rinkel’s Capriccio Radio at BACCA and Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home at the Studio Theatre of Long Island, both in Lindenhurst, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Co. of L.I.’s 2022 tour of The Mikado: A Long Island Fantasy. An independent scholar focusing on the staging of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Tony has been published in Theatre Symposium, Shakespeare, Renaissance Quarterly, Borrowers and Lenders, and elsewhere. Learn more at www.TonyTambasco.com.



ASL Interpreters for Patchogue performance 

Lisa Denison
Alyssa Lardi