June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11
Chris Valenti – chrisvalentimusic.com
– While acting is Chris’ first love, stand up and musical comedy are a close second. Chris has performed in dozens of independent films, TV shows, plays, and web series. He’s also toured comedy clubs, colleges, and military bases, including a USO tour through Afghanistan during the war in 2013.
– Bonnie is so grateful to have the opportunity to sing and play with this amazing original cast of talented goofballs in Narsociety! She previously had the opportunity to be in the original cast of Funny Business, a musical about stand-up comics. Bonnie holds a double BA in Theatre and Communication from UC San Diego and has studied Shakespeare and classical text with the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. As the co-artistic director of Rooftop Theatre Company, she produced, directed, and acted in a number of new play readings and staged productions. She was recently seen on ‘Jane the Virgin’ and the comedy short ‘Apartment Detectives.’ IG @bonstance78
Sarah Spiegel – sarahspiegel.com
– Sarah has been working in show business since the age of 5. Throughout high school, she worked extensively as an actress on the Nickelodeon channel. Other credentials feature guest star TV roles on Navy NCIS, Samantha Who?, King of Queens, Boston Public and Living With Fran.
Sarah toured with Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses for several years. Her appearances on Access Hollywood and debut CD “Return of the Wildest!” (Universal Music) were met with much acclaim. She left the Prima band in 2013 to pursue a successful solo career. Since then, she has opened for Frank Sinatra, Jr., Nancy Sinatra and has appeared in concert with Jeff Goldblum and Donny Most. She also tours with her band “Sarah Spiegel & The Nice Guys.” Inspired by her love of the big band standards, Sarah has written a heartfelt one woman show that features established and original songs. The show, “Through the Perilous Fight (We Never Stopped Singing)” is a tribute to the beautiful and heroic music of World War II. Sarah’s record label (Spiegel Music Group) has released the first three singles from the show including “I’ll Be Seeing You” on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play Music. Sarah is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP.
C. Brian Smith – cbriansmith.com
– Brian studied the Meisner technique under Bill Esper in New York and is a regular performer at Sit n Spin at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood. He sang in the Whiffenpoofs and Baker’s Dozen at Yale and was also the lead singer in the band Brown Couch. Currently a staff writer for MEL Magazine in Venice, Brian’s writing has also been published in The Advocate, Huffington Post andVanity Fair.
– Larisa is an actress, singer and producer based out of Los Angeles. She received a degree in Theatre from the University of Washington and spent time studying abroad in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where she focused on the fundamentals of acting, singing, fencing, acrobatics and mime. She is a founding member of the LA-based sketch comedy group “4Play” and spends her days working creatively in commercial production. When not creating art Larisa enjoys tacos, beach days, and brunch.
William Gabriel Grier
– Hey there, it’s me again, Program Biography. While I have you, let’s take a second to talk about Gabe behind his back. I’ll tell you some things I know, and you can chime in with things like: “He’s handsome. A super talent! Gabe is moderately funny. I want to cast him in everything!” Colorado native William Gabriel Grier (Gabe), is a professional Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, and International Acting Teacher. He teaches acting technique and Comedy improv at Playhouse West (L.A.) and The Shanghai Theater Academy (China). Gabe’s appeared in a multitude of National commercials for Toyota, Mountain Dew, Call of Duty and Geico. You HAVE TO see him in the films “Promise”, “Conspiracy Connection,” “May”, the series “Rider”, “Timeout”, The Well”, and the upcoming “Dobo McMuffins.” For three years he has hosted a weekly, standing room only, Improv show in North Hollywood with his Improv Group “Gibbon’s Tail!” Let’s speak candidly, we are friends now. Gabe LOVES to laugh, smile and hug. He’s a creation machine: Plays, films, art, poetry, comedy, (not babies. In case that is what you were thinking.) He spends a lot of time with family, Stephanie Carpentieri, and at climbing gyms. Three things he loves a lot. Go talk to him.
Nadia Marina – nadiamarina.com
– Nadia graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Nadia stays busy singing opera and honing her craft with scene study, improv, and voice lessons. She is a member of the Theatre of NOTE and The Echo Theater Company.
Morgan Smith – ThatMorganSmith.com
Morgan is thrilled to be on stage with the talented Narsociety cast in her first Fringe show! A UCLA grad, Morgan is excited to jump back into the theater scene after taking a short break for mommyhood. She has performed at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Edgemont Center for the Arts and in many a staff benefit at YADA – The Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she is a director. Morgan is currently seeking theatrical representation. Love to Jordyn!
Alyssa Barrett Jackson – AlyssaBJackson.com
is delighted to be making her LA theatrical debut in Narsociety. She is a comedian, actor, and snack enthusiast recently on the scene from Philadelphia. As a member of the Philly Improv Theater, she co-hosted/wrote/produced Lady Bits a monthly all lady, late night, panel show and performed weekly with Harold house team Masher. When she’s not rummaging through the actor food cabinets at Lesly Kahn & Co or eating Cashew Cookie Larabars during break at Groundlings, you’ll probably find her in a park, looking for cats, looking for macarons or bubble tea, or hosting her podcast Quitters!
– Christine Anatone is a versatile actor and singer with experience performing in both comedic and dramatic projects. She is excited to join the “Narsociety” cast and perform for the first time in The Hollywood Fringe Festival. She made her West Coast Theatrical debut as the lead (Mama) in Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. She can be seen in the short films “Lullaby” and “He’s Not Real”, the series “The Leslie” and “Awkward Ali”, and the upcoming feature film “There’s No Such Thing As Vampires”. Love to Zack. Christine is currently seeking representation.
– Vincent is super excited and proud to be a part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in the production of “Narsosciety.” Vincent is a Chicago transplant where he performed in various productions of “Grease,” “Hairspray” and “the Incredible Ice Cream Suit.” Most recently Vincent was in the award winning production of “The Basement” as a part of the LA Theatre Festival. Vincent would like to thank his friends, family, and especially Craig, for all their love, support, and constant motivation.
– Tom is an actor and animator from Denver, Colorado. He has studied for four years a Playhouse West under the tutelage of Robert Carnegie and Holly Gagnier and is thankful for every moment spent there. He has been in multiple plays, films, and shows over the past few years including “Stuck”(feature film), “Betrayed” (TV series), and “Hank & Barry” (self made animated pilot). You can also enjoy examples of his illustration in this rendition of “Narsociety”!
– Theatre credits include Let’s Dance For a Little While, So You Want to Be a Vampire, Pitch Me, Frankenstud, Last Temptation of Paula Deen, Minister’s Black Veil, Miss Julie Dream Project, 3am in the Morning, Cabaret, & The Swan. Films/Web Series include Knocking On Doors, Sleep When You’re Dead, Backdoor to Hollywood, I Want the Dandelion & more. Future Project: Jeremy Kehoe’s Shamamonica opening July 10th at Son of Semele. If you’re reading this, thank you. Onward.
Chris Valenti – chrisvalentimusic.com
– Chris has directed over 20 award winning short and feature films. His latest film, SubText, will be premiering at the Dances With Film film festival in June during the run of this play. Many of his films: Sensitive Johnson, The Exchange, Direction, 800 CDs, The Honesty Trial, Singletown, Tech Support, GRRRRRR, and others have screened at numerous film festivals domestically and internationally.
– Michelle performed the role of Hope Harcourt in the Tony award-winning Broadway revival of Anything Goes, and has also performed the role of Ariel in the original Broadway cast of The Little Mermaid, as well as lead roles in various other Broadway shows. Michelle has also received a Richmond Theatre Critics Circle best actress nomination for her portrayal of Judy Haynes in White Christmas. She also produced and starred in SubText alongside Chris.