Larry Coen* Larry first appeared with Beau Jest in 1994 as Officer Pupp in Krazy Kat. Since then he has appeared in Beau Jest productions of 8 1/2, War of the Worlds, Last Resort, Motion Sickness, Samurai 7.0, Outward Bound, and Remarkable Rooming House of Madame LeMonde. He is the recipient of three Elliot Norton Awards from the Boston Theater Critics’ Association: in 2007 “Outstanding Actor” for his performances as Laura in The Plexiglass Menagerie, Santa in Silent Night of the Lambs (Gold Dust Orphans); Gandalf in Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage Co.); Biondello in Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Vin in Samurai 7.0 (Beau Jest Moving Theatre); in 2009 as a member of the “Outstanding Ensemble” for The Seafarer (SpeakEasy Stage Company); and in 2010 as “Outstanding Director” for Phantom of the Oprah (Gold Dust Orphans). With David Crane he wrote the play Epic Proportions, which had a Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Tudyk. His play 9 Circles of the Inferno was commissioned by Emerson College for the 2010 Opening of the Paramount Theater Center. Larry is Artistic Director of the Elliot Norton Award-winning City Stage Co. of Boston, which provides free arts education programs and performances for low-income urban youth and families.
Robert Deveau has appeared with Beau Jest in War of the Worlds (as Orson Welles), The Last Resort, Samurai 7.0, and Outward Bound, as well as two Boston Theatre Marathons. He was nominated as Best Director by the Boston Theatre Critics Circle for his production of Wait Until Dark. He can be seen in the cult film fave THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (as The Farmer) and in its sequel THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, as well as the mystery/comedy DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, all three written and directed by Larry Blamire, the last two available now on DVD from Shout! Factory. Bob designed this website, and more of his work can be seen at rdeveau.com
Elyse Garfinkel is one of the creative founders of Beau Jest. I studied corporeal mime from the age of 13 to 17 at the South Carolina School of the Arts. In 1984 Davis Robinson was my professor at Emerson College; he said "I want to start a company that goes from small to big" - the rest is history. I've acted in all of Beau Jest's shows except for Cardiff Giant and Last Resort (but I helped write that one). I've always been a working actor, from Boston to L.A. to New York. I never wanted to be rich and famous, just to make a difference. I also need to say to one of my greatest supporters, who gave me everything in life, I mean everything -- Father, I dedicate this to you: Philip Garfinkel 1931-2005. You are missed. To my dearest Wendy and Irene... there are no words. Let the show begin!!!!
Lauren Hallal has been a member of Beau Jest since 1992, first appearing in The Cardiff Giant. Also with Beau Jest, she has appeared in Motion Sickness, The Last Resort, 8 1/2 and as Mrs. Kwakk Wakk in Krazy Kat. Lauren is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and enjoys working and learning with her students in her private practice in Newton. She also enjoys playing and singing in her rock band with her husband. Lauren is grateful for the loving support she gets from her two children, husband and her wonderful friends.
Jordan Harrison joined Beau Jest in 2005 after studying with Davis Robinson at Bowdoin College. He has since appeared with the company in Samurai 7.0 and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. Le Monde (IRNE award, Best Visiting Production). Jordan's work as a video artist can be found at www.jordanharrisonprojects.com.
Kathleen Lewis is thrilled to be collaborating on her second Beau Jest show, having first worked with BJ on last year's PTW Theater Festival production of American Gothic. She is a recent Bowdoin Graduate and student of Davis Robinson. Kathleen's performances at Bowdoin include Isabella in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Hamlet in Müller's Hamletmachine, and for the Islesford Theater Project she played Laura in Williams's The Glass Menagerie. She is heartily thankful and excited to be working with this zany company.
Davis Robinson (Director) is founder and artistic director of Beau Jest, a group he is proud to be associated with for the past 25 years of collaboration as an actor/director. He frequently directs at the Theater at Monmouth in Maine and for Bowdoin College, where he is a professor of theater. He has directed Shakespeare, Chekov, opera, new works, and original projects, and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and commercials. He also teaches physical theater and improvisation each summer at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine, where he studied with Tony Montanaro. Davis trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and is author of "The Physical Comedy Handbook".
Nick Ronan first performed with Beau Jest as the Son in The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde. As one of the newest members of the company, he is thrilled to have played Amadee in the World Premiere of American Gothic. Recent stage credits include: an IRNE nomination for his portrayal of Danny in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea with Zerega Avenue Productions; Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, and the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade. Nick wishes to thank Beau Jest for giving him a place in their wonderfully outrageous company.
Robin JaVonne Smith Robin made her Beau Jest debut in Samurai 7.0. Other roles include The Vieled Lady in Phantom of the Oprah with Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Newsboy in The Time of Your Life with Fort Point Theatre Channel (with whom she is also a member), and Blanche/Pembroke in King John with Actors' Shakespeare Project. She received her A.B. in English and Theatre from Bowdoin College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy in London.
Lisa Tucker* is proud to be a founding member of Beau Jest, and has co-created and appeared in all their shows. She played the title role in their production of Krazy Kat, which won an Elliott Norton Award in 1995. Other area credits include Centastage, Fort Point Theatre Channel, New Century Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Shear Madness, Stoneham Theatre, Lyric Stage, Tempest Productions, Wheelock Family Theatre, Durham Center Stage, Threshold Theatre, and City Stage, as well as voice over, commercial and industrial work.
* Member, Actor's EquityDesigners, Musicians and Technicians
Santiago Cardenas (Guitar) Born in Bogota, Columbia, Santiago Cardenas came to the United States with the folkloric music of Latin America in his veins and a family shared passion for music of all genres. Santiago started playing guitar at the age of 12 and soon began taking classical guitar lessons with Robert Ward. After a few years of classical study Santiago found a new love for jazz, and joined the Brookline High School Jazz Band. He then took his studies abroad and submerged himself in the flamenco life and music of Granada, Spain. After nine intensive months of study in Spain, Santiago returned to pursue a musical education and graduated from Berklee College of Music.
Colin Dieck (Stage Manager) Originally from Gloucester, MA, Colin has worked in technical theater since his days at Bowdoin College. This includes working as a technician during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as lighting designer and production manager for Cho-In Theatre of Seoul, South Korea. He now resides in Washington DC, and recently served as a venue manager for the Capital Fringe Festival. He has worked with Beau Jest stage managing Samurai 7.0 and both managing stage and designing lights for The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Lemonde and looks forward to working with Beau Jest again.
Judy Gailen (Set Designer) designed the sets for Samurai 7.0 and Krazy Kat. She has designed sets (and sometimes costumes) for Theater and Opera across the US. Judy also directed The Stooge: A Troubled Clown for Troubled Times and other works written and performed by her husband, Michael Lane Trautman, works as a graphic and web designer, and is an Adjunct Lecturer in design at Bowdoin College. Her work can be seen at www.judygailendesigns.com.
Tamora Gooding (Music Director/Percussion) has played with the eclectic Boston rock-electronica outfit, All the Queen's Men, and the revered Edith Piaf-tribute combo, Ziaf (featured in the French film biography of Ziaf's long-time collaborator, Marguerite Monnot, In the Shadow of Piaf). Her talents have recently taken her beyond the realm of rock into the world of theater, playing the part of Schlatko in Hi Jinx's 2011 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and keeping audiences on their feet in the Gold Dust Orphan's unique 2011 production of The Rocky Horror Show. After her theatrical debut in Samurai 7.0, she is now reuniting with Beau Jest. She also plays in the instrumental rock band, Axemunkee, lays down hip-hop grooves with EJ Labb and keeps down the beat with one of Boston's premiere rock acts, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets. Tamora is endorsed by Grover Pro Percussion.
Libby Marcus (Puppet Designer) has designed and built puppets and masks for theaters though out the northeast including productions with Beau Jest, The Theater at Monmouth, Maine; Second Stage, NYC; The George Street Playhouse, NJ; The Nora Theater, Emerson Stage, Chamber Theater Productions, and The Boston Museum of Science. Her work can be seen at www.libbymarcus.com. She lives in Portland, Maine where she teaches and designs, most recently as an adjunct instructor at Central Maine Community College.
Karen Perlow (Lighting Designer) A long-time fan of the Beau Jest aesthetic, Karen is thrilled to be accorded member status by designing Samurai 7.0 at the Calderwood Pavillion, and the subsequent Piccolo Spoleto Festival production as well. She frequently works with many Boston Area theaters including SpeakEasy Stage Company, New Rep and Lyric Stage Company. A 3-time IRNE winner for her design work, she also teaches light design at MIT (yes, we DO have a theater program!).
Here's to all the actors, designers, musicians and technicians who have made Beau Jest possible.Actors
Donna Asali | Jay Bragan | Tara Callaghan | Anthony Dinicola | Chris Doubek | Mike Farrell | Beth Goldman | Jeff Goldman | Steve Herson | Mimi Jo Katano | Nora Laudani | Mark Ness | Heather O'Brien | Ellen Powers | Scott Raker* | David Russell | Andy Shulman | Philip Smith | Patrick Sweetman | Karen (Kreuger) Tarjan | Aleks Vranic | Willi Yusah | Bates (Chris) Wilder |Musicians/Composers
Julia Boynton |
Don Dinicola |
Josh Hilberman |
Jon Hindmarsh |
Adam Schutzman |
Alfonso Villalonga and the Cabaret Rose |
Fabian Aguilar | Berg, Jones and Sarvis | Dan Brady | Seth Bodie | Erin Victoria Egan | Doug Garland | Jared Hirsch | Rafael Jaen | Nicole Jesson | Amy Lee | Yael Lubitzky | Shona Mitchell | Jack O'Connor | Michael Patterson | Deb Puhl | Susan Zeeman Rogers | Shelly Sabel | Tony Siracusa | Judy Tucker |Books by Davis Robinson
The Physical Comedy Handbook
A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising