Friday, November 13, 2015

Barefoot Studio Pictures

Barefoot Theatre Company's sister co., Barefoot Studio Pictures launches Crowdfunding Campaign via Seed & Spark to help with Post Production costs on As Constant as the Northern Star written and directed by Francisco Solorzano, starring Lynn Cohen and the Barefoot Theatre Company ensemble. 
Most recently, the short screenplay of As Constant as the Northern Star was acknowledged as a semi-finalist at the 2015 Hollyshorts Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.   The crowdfunding campaign for Post Production cost is now LIVE via Seed&Spark:
Founded by a small group of Ensemble Members from New York City's critically acclaimed Barefoot Theatre Company, Barefoot Studio Picutres is an LA & NYC based independent company dedicated to the production and development of feature, short and viral films. Francisco Solorzano (left) & Christopher Whalen (right) are the Co-Founders and Executive Producers.

Reminiscent of the gritty, visceral and character driven pictures from the late 60's and early 70's era, we explore stories from a truthful place that ignite passion, incite laughter, and provoke discussion. As bold, commanding and powerful as its theatrical partner, Barefoot Studio Pictures promises to take artistic risks to bring a memorable cinematic experience to life.

Completed Debut Short Film: Floating Sunflowers, winner of several awards including Best Short, Best Director & Best Actress for lead Anna Chlumsky (Nashville Film Fest, Newport Beach Film Fest, Big Apple, Hollyshorts Film Festival, and many others) with follow-up short film, The Girl With The Jacket written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex, It's Complicated) soon to be released.  Several projects in development including the feature film version of As Constant as the Northern Star and the screen adaptation of a play by Barefoot Theatre Company ensemble member, Jennifer Skura to be directed by Francisco Solorzano starring Christopher Whalen.

Collaborations with Broadway, Film and Television stars include Jesse Eisenberg, Annabella Sciorra, Gina Gershon, Bobby Cannavale, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, John Doman, Mickey Sumner, Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen, Richard Kind, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Caitlin FitzGerald and many others. 

Photo Credit: Stefan Blomquist.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

bareNaked Reading Series 2015-2016

Now that Submissions are officially closed and we've spent several months reading the wonderful plays submitted - Barefoot Theatre Company will finally be announcing the official selection for the 2015-2016 bareNaked Reading Series this Fall.  We are proud to be presenting new, unproduced plays that are ready for an audience. Barefoot plays offer a multicultural perspective and are truthful, raw and entertaining. Since its founding in 1999, Barefoot has produced over 75 productions, workshops, and readings, with collaborations from some of the world's most esteemed actors, directors, and artists.

The bareNaked Reading Series has taken place monthly at the West Beth Artists Community in the West Village for the past couple years as well as at the Art Of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The event includes live music, free drinks, and a professional presentation of the play directed by a notable director and performed by the Barefoot Ensemble and special guests.   Keep an eye out for plays from last season's readings to come back this year as workshops and full productions!!!  We will also be announcing our new Literary Team & Producers - most recently introduced Shira-Lee Shalit as our Associate Artistic Director and we couldn't be more thrilled about the news...

Previous series collaborators include Adam Szymkowicz, Kristoffer Diaz, Israel Horovitz, Greg Paul, Mariah MacCarthy, Ben Snyder, Amina Henry, Mike Reiss, Richard Kind, Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen, Colbie Minifie, Hilary Bettis, Mel Nieves, Mando Alvarado, Jose Rivera, Jennifer Skura, Craig 'muMs' Grant, Jesse Eisenberg and Joe Pintauro, among many others. 

Photo Credit: Bully by Amina Henry and directed by our Associate Artistic Director, Shira-Lee Shalit.  

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HOROVITZ/SOLORZANO (The Collective NY's C:10)

Please join us at The Collective NY Ten Minute Play festival including a special event featuring ensemble members HOROVITZ & SOLORZANO collaboration: BREAKING PHILIP GLASS by Israel HOROVITZ and directed by Francisco SOLORZANO.  Ensemble Member/Associate Director, Joli Tribuzio is also on board as assistant director featuring the cast: Nina Mehta and Marcus Naylor.  

Francisco Solorzano is currently appearing in the New England Premiere of Horovitz' latest full-length play, Gloucester Blue at Gloucester Stage Company and they're both working on another future collaboration.  Barefoot Theatre Company ensemble members are proud to be among such talented playwrights, directors and actors at this year's C:10.  We HIGHLY recommend you get your tickets before they're all gone (several performances already SOLD-OUT)!!! 

This year's Collective:10 plays will be presented the week of September 29 - October 4, 2015, including a special event: BREAKING PHILIP GLASS, the newest play by award-winning playwright, Israel Horovitz ( The Indian Wants The Bronx, Line)! One additional play, Daniel Kennedy's ODD MAN OUT, will premiere in December and will be published along with the other twelve plays in third volume of The Collective:10 Play Anthology.
The plays will be presented in rep in two programs of six plays each: Program A and Program B.

PROGRAM A performs
TUE, SEPT 29 @ 8pm + talkback
THU, OCT 1 @ 7pm
FRI, OCT 2 @ 7pm
SAT, OCT 3 @ 7pm
SUN, OCT 4 @ 2pm

PROGRAM B performs
WED, SEPT 30 @ 8pm + talkback
THU, OCT 1 @ 9pm
FRI, OCT 2 @ 9pm
SAT, OCT 3 @ 3pm & 9pm

PROGRAM A - the odds
Directed by Robert Z Grant, featuring Lacy Marie Meyer and Khan Baykal

BREAKING PHILIP GLASS the newest play by Israel Horovitz
Directed by Francisco Solorzano, featuring Nina Mehta and Marcus Naylor*

DEAD MONKEY by Mark Borkowski
Directed by Richard Masur, featuring Booker Garrett and Marc Menchaca

Directed by Kevin Kane, featuring Maggie Champagne* and John Norwell

RAJA by Thomas C. Dunn
Directed by Jacqueline Knapp, featuring Chris Beetem and Francis Benhamou*

SCHADENFREUDE by Timothy Brady
Directed by Brandon T. Snider, featuring Karen Chamberlain, Swann Gruen, Josh Greenwood, Brian Hotaling*, and Rock Kohli*

Friday, September 25, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Newly named Associate Artistic Director (SHIRA-LEE SHALIT)

We are THRILLED to ANNOUNCE that Shira-Lee Shalit will be coming on board as our Associate Artistic Director.  She will join Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano in running and leading the barefoot ensemble into a bigger and brighter future.  Stay tuned for more info on what's in the works for our upcoming season including workshops, the return of our NYC/LA bareNaked Reading Series and full productions.  For the past two years, Shira-Lee has participated in several projects including readings, workshops and an upcoming full production.  Shira-Lee first collaborated with the Barefoot Theatre Company when she directed several short plays for our ROCKAWAY benefit featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Gina Gershon, Mickey Sumner, John Doman, Caitlin FitzGerald and many others.  Here's a closer look at Shira-Lee's work and be sure we have a lot of exciting new works in store for you all!!!  
SHIRA-LEE SHALIT is an award-winning director, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, "On The Lot.”  She recently directed Stephen Belber’s FAULT LINES at the Barrow Group Theatre and  has directed for the LAByrinth Theater Company, Barefoot Theatre Company, Nylon Fusion Theatre Company , The Actors Studio, NYMadness, Jewish Plays Project, Thespis Theatre Festival, Vertigo Theater Company, The Lark, and the Writers Guild Screenplay Series.  
Shira-Lee’s feature film debut, A-LIST starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, JFK) won the Audience Award at the Milan International Film Festival, and the Gold Remy Award for Best Comedy at Worldfest Film Festival. Her short film, FULL CYCLE was a Finalist in the Student Academy Awards, and her film, OPEN AIR, starring Lynn Cohen (Munich,The Hunger Games) won multiple awards at festivals worldwide.  
Winner of the prestigious Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award, Shira-Lee is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit.  She is proud to become Associate Artistic Director with the Barefoot Theatre Company after serving as an associate director for the past two years.  Shira-Lee is on faculty at Columbia University and NYU.

 Photos: Top - Shira-Lee Shalit with Francisco Solorzano at Barefoot Theatre Company's SPRING GALA 15 and VASSALLO AWARDS; Middle - Shira-Lee Shalit; Bottom - Liza Colon-Zayas, David Zayas, Mel Nieves and Shira-Lee Shalit at the most recent SPRING GALA and VASSALLO AWARDS in New York City.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TOWER V; bareNaked Reading Series

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2014-2015
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

proudly presents
written by
Michael Reyes
directed by
Scott Illingworth

June 9, 2015

Pfc. Jackson…….…………..……………Mike Carlsen*
Spc. Cruz……………………....…….…..John Concado*
Lieutenant Jones………….........……Craig muMs Grant*
Ali……………………....……..……………Alex Flores*
Radio…………………………...…….….John Harlacher
Stage Directions…............…..........…Patrick McCormick
*Appearing courtesy AEA

Musical Guest: Susan Hwang
Artwork by Jennie West

West Beth Artists Community (55 Bethune Street)

Thank you so much for an incredible
season of new plays! The 2015-2016
bareNaked Reading Series line-up
will be announced soon. Wishing
you a fun and inspiring summer!

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director

WHO's WHO (in the cast & crew):

MIKE CARLSEN is an actor based in New York City and associate artistic director of Sponsored By Nobody an international theatre company based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the Acting conservatory at Purchase College-SUNY,   He has been seen on broadway in Tom Stoppard's  The Coast of Utopia . (TONY Award Best Play 2007) Off broadway credits include  The Wood  at the Rattlestick Theatre,  WTC View  at 59E59; L(Y)RE  at ARS NOVA and most recently Michael Puzzo's  Spirits of Exit Eleven  at the Lion Theatre in Theatre row. TV- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Good Wife, Law and Orders and some more. Film- A Walk Among The Tombstones, Laugh Killer Laugh as well as the upcoming Custody with Viola Davis, Lost Cat Corona with Ralph  Macchio and 11:55 Holyoke opposite Julia Stiles.

--> JOHN J CONCADO - John is a native New Yorker & son of Argentine immigrants. A bilingual actor & voiceover artist who can currently be seen & heard in commercials for Verizon, Norelco & The US Army. Recent theater credits: Rosario and the Gypsies written and directed by Eduardo Machado, Bamboo in Brooklyn by Ed Cardona. Look out for 42 Seconds of Happiness at a film festival near you in 2015. Training: Actors Studio Drama School, LAByrinth Theater Co., INTAR Theater Co. & the streets of NY.  Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Clips: Tweet me: @212Actor  Thank you all for the love and support. 

-->My name is ALEXANDER FLORES. I was born and raised in the Bronx NY. I've worked on stage, T.V. and Film. My latest project is a film from 20th Century Fox called The Maze Runner. 

-->CRAIG muMs GRANT is an American Actor. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best known for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show “OZ.”  muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, debuting in such productions as the critically acclaimed Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, A View From 151st and Penalties and Interests, all performed Off-Broadway at the NYC’s Public Theater. muMs was last seen in his own production of A Sucker Emcee and Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents. Some of muMs’ other acting credits include: "Birdman", "The Knick", "Nurse Jackie", "Side Effects", “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order,” “Cold Case,” “Blue Bloods,” “Boston Legal,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “The Sopranos,” amongst others. 


JOHN HARLACHER  is an actor and director. Acting work includes the indie feature  Love Simple ; the web series Cat Planet. many appearences with the Barefoot Theatre Company (of which he is a member), and the bar-theatre project Dialogue with Three Chords.   Directing work includes  Penetrating The Space  and  Callous Cad  at The HERE art center,  and the feature film  Urchin , which he also wrote. John also makes theatrical events, such as  NYC's long running Halloween institution  Nightmare Haunted House,  the twisted Christmas show  The Experiment , Easter's Full Bunny Contact, and most recently Ninja Escape, a live adventure game in Seattle. 

--> PATRICK McCORMICK is a recent graduate from the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College.  He is from Beverly, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Recent productions:  R+J: An Uncivil Tale (World Premiere, Rebel Theatre Company),  Slouch (Theatre for a New City),  Black Metropolis (F.I.G. Theatre Group),  Lux In Tenebris (Bleecker Street Theatre),  The Gingham Dog and  Featuring Loretta(Brooklyn College).

MICHAEL REYES (playwright) lives in New York, where he writes plays and short fiction. He is an Iraq War vet and currently works at a bookstore. He was a member of Castillo Theatre's young playwrights group and The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre writing workshop. His play Over There/ Over Here was produced in New York and L.A. Press in New York Times, Backstage and American Theatre Magazine. Former resident artist at The Bowery Poetry Club. His play Park Slope was read at Cherry Lane Theatre and was later given a workshop production by Barefoot Theatre Company. He has been published in Weird Tales Magazine, Dark Eclipse, 31 More Nights Of Halloween by Rainstorm Press and Twisted Boulevard by Eletrik Milk Bath Press. Currently a member of Barefoot Theatre Company and The Dramatist's Guild. 

SCOTT ILLINGWORTH (Director) is a Member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio, serves as Associate Director at Barefoot Theatre Company, is an Artistic Advisor for The Farm Theater, and was one of four Founding Members of The Passion Play Collective (along with Keith Reddin, Sarah Ruhl, and Mark Wing-Davey). Recent directing credits include the Off-Broadway World Premiere and ongoing tour of Beyond Words with Bill Bowers (Urban Stages, All for One Theatre Festival), the premiere of Girl on Girl by Lucas Hnath (NYU), Deadpan Melodrama by Bob Glaudini (Collaboraction), Waiting for Lefty (NYU), the premiere of Across the Water by Mona Mansour (NYU), Termination of Species by Ken Urban (Collaboraction), Springtime by Marie Irene Fornes (Marymount Manhattan), Leaving Iowa (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (The Theatre School at DePaul University), Refugee Girls Revue (Fringe NYC), and Chicago Summer (Collaboraction at Steppenwolf). Focused on developing new work, Scott has worked on readings and workshops of dozens of new plays. Some highlights include The Vote in Orange by Israel Horovitz for the French Embassy in NYC featuring Kevin Kline, Deep Trees by Andrea Ciannavei with Lili Taylor and Bobby Cannavale (LAByrith’s Barn Series), The Absence of Weather by Ken Urban and Some Brighter Distance by Keith Reddin (TimeLine Theatre), Israel Horovitz’s short plays Inconsolable, Just The Way You Are, The Vote in Orange, and What Strong Fences Make (Gloucester Stage and LAByrinth’s Barn Series), Lake Effect by Padraic Lillis (Geva Theatre Center and Alchemy Theatre), The Hard Sell and The April Hour (LAB’s Barn Series at The Public), and A Taste of Sunlight in December (Victory Gardens Theater). He served as Associate Director to Mark Wing-Davey on the Off-Broadway productions of Passion Play (EPIC), UNCONDITIONAL (LAByrinth), The Singing Forest (The Public), and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth). Regionally Scott worked with Mr. Wing-Davey on Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl (Goodman and Yale Rep) and served as Assistant Director to Philip Seymour Hoffman on The Long Red Road (Goodman). Previous directing credits include Love Letters starring Patty Duke, Cloud Tectonics, Stone Cold Dead Serious, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Caryl Churchill’s A Dream Play. Scott is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and is a regular teacher of Masterclasses for LAByrinth Theater Co. He holds an MFA in Directing and a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

SUSAN HWANG is a New York performer, musician and songwriter. She’s toured internationally as one third of New York’s favorite accordion/cello/bari-ukelele power trio, The Debutante Hour. She founded, curates and hosts The Bushwick Book Club – a monthly series presenting new music inspired by literature. Recently, she wrote music for and performed in Yara Arts Group’s “Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine” which ran in Kyiv and also NYC's La Mama Experimental Theater. This summer, Susan will be in Kyiv with Yara Arts creating a new theater piece involving the Crimean Tatars. Her band, Soozee Hwang and The Relastics released their first recording, "Dong Peh" this year. She's also excited about her new cooking show, "Maybe Everything Will Be Fine." You can watch it on the youtubes at (WARNING: this episode not suitable for vegetarians). For more information and performance calendar, visit

JENNIE WEST studied formally as a painting major at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. She later developed her craft at the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. Influenced by primarily impressionist painters like Claude Monet and Edgar Degas,
Jennie has been painting since a very early age continuing an artistic tradition that stretches back for generations within her family.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Tixs are NOW ON SALE for our Spring Gala & 2nd annual Vassallo Awards on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at the American Ballroom Theater.  All proceeds from the event will go towards our ensemble's basic operating costs as a non-profit organization and our 2016 Full Production of a new play. 


The VASSALLO AWARDS is dedicated to the memory of Actor/Producer Ed Vasallo, a cherished member of the New York arts community for more than 20 years. A graduate of Union College and Brandeis University’s MFA program, Vassallo was an energetic and vital member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where he produced the TENN99 and NYNY festivals and served as the company appointed member to the Board. 

In addition to his work at LAByrinth, Vassallo was a dedicated volunteer and mentor at The 52nd Street Project.  Vassallo's producing credits include the short film F—K, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2010), the award winning feature film King Kelly (2012), and the IFC/Sundance Selects film Days and Nights (2014). Vassallo died in February 2014 after a 2 ½ year battle with leukemia. As an artist, mentor, educator, and friend, his passion for theater and his loving and compassionate nature was and will always be a source of inspiration. 

Each year we award a select group of artists from our community with the Vassallo Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Arts, Mentorship and Educational Outreach Program.  This year, we are excited to include the Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting.  The Honorees are individuals committed and dedicated to the arts and the support of our younger generation.  Last year, our Honorees included: Lynn Cohen with the Outstanding Achievement In The Arts award for her work in film, television and theater; Israel Horovitz with the Outstanding Achievement In Mentorship Award and Stella Adler's Outreach Program with the Outstanding Educational Outreach Program Award accepted by founder/artistic director, Tom Oppenheim.

This year we're thrilled to honor Anna Chlumksy (Outstanding Achievement In The Arts), Kamilah Forbes for her work with Hi-ARTS (Educational Outreach Program), Daniel Talbott (Mentorship Award) and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis (Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting).  

Barefoot Theatre Company
proudly presents
the 2nd annual
Hosted by VH1's Ellie Lee
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 / New York City
American Ballroom Theater
25 West 31st Street, 4th Floor
$25 in advance / $35 at the door


featuring the short play 
“Waiting For Waiting For Godot”
by Mike Reiss (Emmy Winner, The Simpsons)
directed by Francisco Solorzano
 starring Jerry Adler, Allison Anderegg, Jeremy Brena, Charles Everett, John Gazzale, Kenneth King, Margaret Ladd, Sevrin Mason, Michael Pantozzi, and Christa Wroblewski...

w/ Special Guest Speakers from Film, Televison & Broadway!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MEET The Simpsons writer/producer MIKE REISS!

Proud to introducer Mike Reiss as our guest playwright, who's short play will be featured at our Spring Gala starring Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Members alongside special guests!  Cast announcement and more coming soon...
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 @ 8pm
Spring Gala & Vassallo Awards
American Ballroom Theather (25 W 31st, Street, NYC)
Formal/Festival Attire
VIP Cocktail Hour @ 7:15pm
Live Music, Drinks and more!!!
Running Time: 75 Mins

Vassallo Award Nominees:  Anna Chlumsky (VEEP, You Can't Take It With You), Kamilah Forbes (Hi-Arts), Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner) & Daniel Talbott (Rising Phoenix Rep, Rattlestick). 

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-six years writing for “The Simpsons”.  He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.”  In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.  Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck).  “Queer Duck” was named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC.  “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006, winning awards in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sweden, Germany and Wales.Mike Reiss has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films -- including four ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $8 billion.  Reiss’ first play, “I’m Connecticut” set box-office records for Connecticut Repertory Theater.   The Hartford Courant called it “sweet and hysterically funny” and named it one of the year’s Ten Best Plays.   Broadway World Connecticut voted it Best Play of 2012. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meet ELLIE LEE (Spring Gala & Vassallo Awards Host)

On Monday, June 22nd, 2015 we will gather to celebrate 16 years as an ensemble of artists and honor a few who inspire us on a daily basis.  Stay tuned for more info on tickets, special performances and more but in the meantime, we are stoked to introduce you to our host for the evening.  We are grateful to have such an incredible talent at our event!  

Ellie Lee has been a news host for Anime News Network, MTV K, and is currently a TV host on VH1. You can also catch her every  morning  at 9AM/8c as the pop culture correspondent for VH1's " Big   Morning   Buzz   Live " hosted by Nick Lachey. Aside from TV hosting, Ellie was last seen acting in the independent film, "All the Sunflowers." It's an honor for her to be this year's host for the  Spring Gala and Vassallo Awards. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Paperless Program (Full Moon Inside A Red Sky)

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2014-2015
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

proudly presents
written by
Mel Nieves
directed by
Michael LoPorto

May 12, 2015

Maitre d’…….…………..……………Charles Everett
Anthony………………….…..Francisco Solorzano*
Lisa………………………………………….Joli Tribuzio
Sylvia……………………....………Daniella Rabbani*
Stage Directions…...........………Alexandra Slater
*Appearing courtesy AEA
West Beth Artists Community (55 Bethune Street)
June bareNaked Reading
By Michael Reyes
Directed by Scott Illingworth
Tuesday, June 9; doors at 7:30pm

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director

 CHARLES EVERETT began his acting career at the age of 9, performing in community theatre in Connecticut.  Since then, he has gone on to work in film ( Assata aka Joanne Chesimard, The Last International Playboy), television ( Law & Order, Rescue Me), theatre ( NEXT, Raft Of The Medusa, Here. This. Now.), commercials ( Wendy's, Verizon, Royal Caribbean, Red Lobster), voiceover ( Coke, McDonald's, Ford, Adidas), as well as video games ( Killzone 3).  Most recently, Charles was a co-host of the daily one-hour show "Off Par" on Back9Network.  A graduate of the 2 year Meisner Conservatory at Maggie Flanigan Studio, Charles is a proud ensemble member of Barefoot Theatre Company. 
DANIELLA RABBANI is an actress, singer and filmmaker. She has devoted much of her young career to carrying on the legacy of the Yiddish theater. A third generation Holocaust survivor, Daniella has always been passionate about stories of the past as they relate to the present. Daniella has been praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Observer, among others, for her work Off Broadway and in concerts around the world including headlining at Jazz and Lincoln Center, Town Hall in New York City and The State Jewish Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Recently, Daniella has turned her attention to television and film. As an actress, she held roles in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's  Appropriate Behavior , 2014 Tribeca Film Festival's  Be Here Now-ish,  PBS'  Triangle Fire  and FX's  The Americans . She produced and starred in the sketch  Couples Audition  which aired on FOX's  Laughs  in August 2014 and created the web series  Skirts & Ladders  which landed her a channel partnership with Broadway Video's Above Average. She is currently working on a short film project inspired by the inheritance of family trauma. For more information please check out  Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member.
JOLI TRIBUZIO first had the privelage of working with Barefoot on the critically acclaimed stage adaption of Dog Day Afternoon.  Joli played Deborah and Angie and also served as assistant director.  Most recently Joli had the pleasure of reading opposite Frank Solorzano in Mel Nieves' one act, Between a Hot Dog and A Hard Place.  They will be performing this play at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival with Barefoot Associate Director,  Shira Lee Shalit directing!  
Joli just completed work on the comedic series Thug Passion to be released in 2015 and also enjoys work as an improvisor having completed a nine year run as Tina in the Off Broadway production of Tony N Tina's Wedding and continuing to work as an actor and teaching artist in NYC public schools with the Family Life Theatre.

FRANCISCO SOLORZANO – SELECT THEATRE: stage adaptation of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Off-Bwy, world premiere, NYC); Horovitz's SINS OF THE MOTHER (GSC, FLORIDA STAGE) and many others.  Collaborated onstage with some of the most prolific companies including: LABYRINTH THEATER CO., RATTLESTICK, ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATER, INTAR, La MaMa, STELLA ADLER THEATER, DIXON PLACE, PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATRE, 59E59, REPERTORIO ESPANOL, GSC.  SELECT FILM:  Barefoot Studio Pictures' THE GIRL WITH THE JACKET (dir. by Caitlin FitzGerald) and FLOATING SUNFLOWERS (dir. and winner of several awards w/ Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen & Christopher Whalen).  Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed & award winning ensemble, BAREFOOT THEATRE CO. since 1999; Produced the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a year-long, worldwide festival celebrating Horovitz’ 70th birthday with 70 of his play.  Actor’s Studio PDU Member.  BFA IN ACTING: CUNY'S Brooklyn College; Recipient of CUNY's Alumnus of the Year Award.  

ALEXANDRA SLATER lives in Brooklyn with her cat Hudson and is currently in her second year of training at Brooklyn College's BFA program. Her past productions have included Camino Real directed by Laura Tessman and Quake directed by Johnathon Musser. Next up, you can catch her at Brooklyn College's production of Paula Vogel's, Baltimore Waltz directed by Noel MacDuffie. She would also like to thank Michael LoPorto and Jennie West for this opportunity! 

MEL NIEVES born and raised in NYC is an actor/playwright/teaching-artist. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studios and a long time member of the award winning LAByrinth theatre company and a member of the Actor's Studio Playwright-Directors Unit. Recently collaborated with Barefoot Theatre Company both in NYC and LA with the bareNaked Reading Series.  For more info:


MICHAEL LoPORTO - member of 2014-2015 Playwright/Director's lab at The Actor's Studio, founding member of Barefoot Theatre Company, co-creator of Dialogue with Three Chords, drummer for punk band The Deacons,  and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  Selected directing credits:    One Night Only: A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring Lea Delaria (The Loews Theatre, New Jersey), the off-Broadway world premiere of CJ Thom's Eightballs: A Cocaine Comedy (The Lafayette Theatre), the world premiere of six of the nine plays that make up Israel Horovitz's New Shorts (The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row Theatres), Fiddler On The Roof in 2004, South Pacific in 2005, Grease in 2007, Annie Get Your Gun in 2010, The Producers in 2011, Cabaret in 2012, Spamalot in 2013, and Hands on a Hardbody in 2014   (all at Park Playhouse in Albany, NY), the 35th anniversary production of The Indian Wants The Bronx by Israel Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Company) , a year-long narrative told in monthly installments entitled Shipyard Souls & A Compass Rose (The Den at Mister Dennehy’s), the world premiere of Next (HERE Arts Center) as well as its workshop production (The Sargent Theatre, American Theatre of Actors), a staged readings of The Rebel Sound of F*cking Around (Dixon Place),   a production of The Last Days of the Brave & the Bold (SOHO Digital Arts Gallery),   a staged reading of Mohammad’s Radio (Bleecker Street Theatre),  and  a downloadable radio play entitled The Marriage of a Stone to a Tree:  all written by Stephen Gracia.