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Zoë Kim

Class of 2021, MFA

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Zoë Kim (she/her) is a classically trained Actor and Filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from South Korea, she left home at sixteen to pursue an acting career in America. Her recent work includes Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe in London), 4000 Miles, The King’s Language (world premiere at Hollywood Fringe), and No Returns (AFI Film). She also hosted a popular YouTube show, K-POP PLZ, on the channel AsianCrush (3 million subscribers). As a Filmmaker, her film Meet Me at a Funeral became an official selection at various film festivals and won her the honorable Emerging Filmmaker Award at DisOrient Asian American Film Festival. She was the Founder of Seoulful Films, the Asian-American Filmmakers Meetup in L.A., and Blue Match Productions. She is proficient in Muay Thai and can speak Korean and Japanese. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA. 

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Slater Ashenhurst

Class of 2021, MFA

"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."

Oscar Wilde

Slater is from a small Wyoming village called Wheatland. He comes from a long line of farmers. He grew up painfully shy but joined theatre his freshman year of high school after some coercing by some upper-classmen. He NEVER LOOKED BACK, BABY.⁣

Slater received his BA in Musical Theatre from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, after which he immediately was accepted to his dream school, Mason Gross School of the Arts.⁣

Slater has his toes dipped in many genres of theatre, including Shakespeare, TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences), Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. He has spent the last 7 summers at various regional theatres in the U.S., doing summerstock musicals.⁣

Some of his favorite past credits include: Willy in Willy Wonka, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, and Lucas in The Addams Family.⁣

He is just a little country boy who can’t wait to set up camp in the big citay.⁣

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Robert Patricio Spellman

Class of 2021, MFA

"Every step we take on earth brings us to a new world."

Federico Garcia Lorca

Robert Patricio Spellman calls both Orlando, Florida and Chicago, Illinois home. Robert played Soccer his entire life and went on to play Division I soccer at Stetson University with hopes of playing professionally. With a feeling of longing for something more fulfilling to him personally, Robert instead decided to take the plunge into the arts where he is now committed to a career of artistic expression. Along with completing his Actor training at Rutgers University, Robert has worked as a faux finisher, model, coach, shoe salesman, and English teacher. His hobbies include hiking, fitness, boxing, poetry, and occasionally dabbling in some axe throwing. His most recent credits have been the neon demon in an untitled film written by himself, Leontes/Polixenes/Clown/Bear in the Winter’s tale, and Drawcansir the Hero in The Rehearsal. Roberts next venture and passion project will be in writing a horror series set in and based on the folklore of Colombia he grew up hearing from his mother.        

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Petey McGee

Class of 2021, MFA

“I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dream”

Petey McGee is an actor and creator born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised partially in New Jersey. Before coming to Rutgers for his MFA he attended University of Missouri Kansas City(UMKC)  to obtain a bachelors in Theatre Performance. He has performed on stages locally in Kansas City and all over the US, including; New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, and New York. Most recently he has set his sights on the world of filmmaking with an emphasis on directing, writing, and acting. He was in U Shoot Videos which won big at Tribeca Film Festival last year and Skin Deep which he wrote, directed, and starred in.

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Lazarus Simmons

Class of 2021, MFA

"There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow man, True nobility comes from being superior to ones former self."

Ernest Hemingway

Lazarus Simmons was born in Missouri, but has bounced around all over the United States and London. He would describe himself as a super-nerd and dreams of being
Blue Marvel in the MCU–or any character when the West Wing eventually reboots.

 
He has been in theater since six when he was in Fairy Tale Remix in elementary school.  He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Dramatic Art and Political Science. While there he competed in collegiate level fencing.  After graduation he worked in the North Carolina regional theater scene. Without a doubt, his
driving force is the love of creating work with his theater tribe.  

He owes any successes of character to his father. 
Some recent credits include: Bad American Dreams, The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, The Rehearsal, Dead End, The Typographer’s Dream, The Nether, The Creature, Brabo,
Brownsville Song, The Shipment, and Recall.

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Gloria Cardona

Class of 2021, MFA

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Gloria Cardona is a Puerto Rican actress from Miami. She received a BFA from NWSA, had privilege of training at BADA and Springboard NYC and pursued her MFA at Rutgers MGSA, becoming the first person in her family with a graduate degree. Some of her past credits include “Sonia Se Fue” as Jenny/Pilar, “Winter’s Tale” as Hermione, “The Rehearsal” as The Physician, “Dead End” as Kay and “Los Libres Cautiverios de Ricardo y Leonisa” as Colaborador.

“Al mal tiempo buena cara.”

Gloria Cardona es una actriz puertorriqueña de Miami. Adquirió su BFA de NWSA, entreno con BADA y Springboard NYC y obtuvo su maestría de Rutgers MGSA. Gloria está orgullosa de ser la primera en su familia en obtener una maestría. Créditos anteriores incluyen “Sonia Se Fue” como Jenny/Pilar, “Winter’s Tale” como Hermione, “The Rehearsal” como The Physician, “Dead End” como Kay y “Los Libres Cautiverios de Ricardo y Leonisa” como Colaborador.

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Aline Stokes

Class of 2021, MFA

“I am extremely excited to be entering the industry as it is redeveloping. I can’t wait to add my voice to the exploration of the new ways of storytelling.”

Aline hails from New Iberia, Louisiana. Coming from a long line of storytellers, she had the bug from a very young age. Then she was introduced to theatre by her father and there was no turning back.

Since then she has been on a life-time learning mission to deepen her craft and explore the different avenues of tale telling.

She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in performance and directing. She has studied and taken master courses in multiple physical theatre techniques including Alexander, Dah, and Williamson. She has also performed and travelled all over the world in search of art in all mediums that speaks to her.

In the future, she’d love to have an opportunity to return and perform in some of her favorite cities such as Berlin and London.

Currently you can catch Aline in the SyFy original film “Ozark Sharks” as well as hear some of her voice work in the video game “Red Dead Redemption II”.

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Candace Grace

Class of 2020, MFA
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Tshiwela Maangani

Class of 2020, MFA
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Matthew Petrucelli

Class of 2020, MFA