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ADAM BELVO (Executive Producer) Adam Belvo is a Brooklyn based actor and theater producer. Recent New York acting work includes John Polidori in Mary's Little Monster, Azra Todd in The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, Danny in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Father Nathan Shourd in the NYIT Award winning IN VESTMENTS, K.Bus and Muskie in Aztec Economy's Butcher Holler Here We Come! (NYIT 2016 Outstanding Lead Actor nominee), Jack in Over, Georges in Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connections Festival 2014: Best Actor Award Winner), Jaques in As You Like It, El Spectro in Color TVs in Tijuana, Ryszard in Pontiac Firebird Variations (Ice Factory 2011) and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Regionally, Adam has toured and performed as K.Bus in Butcher Holler Here We Come (Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2013, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2013, Out-of-the-Loop Festival 2014-Dallas, Revolutions 2016-Albuquerque, NM), he has worked with MTB productions to produce and star in HELPLESS DOORKNOBS (New Orleans Fringe 2012) and as The Stranger in My Aim Is True (New Orleans Fringe 2011). He is Executive Producer of the Brooklyn based theater company spit&vigor (www.spitnvigor.com), which has produced three major plays in the past year; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, and Mary's Little Monster. He was a collaborating member of Working Man's Clothes Productions and Aztec Economy, and his work has been showcased at The Tank, 3LD, The Ohio Theater, The Davenport Theater, WestPark Presbyterian Church, The Abingdon Theater (Dorothy Strelsin and the June Havoc,) American Place Theater, Under St. Marks, and IRT Theater, among others.
SARA FELLINI (Artistic Director) is an award-winning playwright, actress, and skilled artisan whose work has been featured at The Davenport Theater, The Players Theatre, Paradise Factory, IRT Theater, and various other locations in NYC. She has written and performed her own pieces and has starred in various classic stage productions. She has also created roles for new productions in New York City, such as Daisy in THE SILVER SCREEN PARADE (*winner Best Ensemble at the 2013 Chain Theater Festival). She has performed musical cabarets at The Metropolitan Room and at the Laurie Beechman Theater alongside Broadway performers. Her play HAZARD A LITTLE DEATH was nominated for six awards at the 2014 Planet Connections Theater Festivity including Best Production of a New Play and Best Lead Actress (Sara Fellini), and won Best New Script. She performed as Nannerl in the monodrama THE OTHER MOZART written by Sylvia Milo at the Players Theater in New York City and toured the production through the Southern US (*winning Cat5 magazine’s Best Theater Production of 2015, “the voice of a crystal bell, Fellini is captivating” –NOLA Defender), and created the role of Maeve Shourd in a site-specific production of IN VESTMENTS, a play of her own writing (*winner of two NYIT awards, nominated for Outstanding New Full-Length Script, earning her theater company the prestigious Donn Russell grant, and acclaimed by the NY Times as "wrenching and visually eloquent"). She has appeared as the titular character in another play of her own writing, THE EXECUTION of MRS. COTTON (called "darkly humorous" and "deliciously ghoulish" by the NY Times) at IRT Theater as part of their 3B Residency, she played Mary Shelley in MARY’S LITTLE MONSTER by Thomas Kee at the Mudlark Public Theater in New Orleans and then brought the role to the Davenport Theatre in NYC as part of the Davenport space grant, and played Artemisia Gentileschi in her play NEC SPE / NEC METU at The Tank’s July 2017 DarkFest and at Theater Row as part of the United Solo Festival. She is the Artistic Director of the theater company spit&vigor and designs costumes and props for various theater companies in and around NYC.
MELANIE ROSE MAGRI (Frequent Collaborator) is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 at Five Towns College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz/Commercial Music with a concentration in Music Business. As a trained vocalist and instrumentalist, Melanie teaches, performs, and writes. She listens to and has an appreciation for all different genres of music, but the way they are used in musical theater inspires her the most. Melanie does freelance theater work in many different areas such as marketing and stage management, she’s a dog walker, and works on the Puffs the play street team. Credits include: Performance: Siren’s Den the Musical BCEFA Benefit Concert (Keys 2); International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella-ICCAs (Dominance A Capella Group Alto); DCINY Total Vocal A Capella Concert at Carnegie Hall (Alto). NYC Theater: Nailed (Production Manager/Board Op); Against the Wall (ASM/Props/Marketing/Sound Board Op); Next to Normal JED Foundation Benefit Concert (Producing Assistant); Trinkets the musical (ASM); Endangered the musical (Marketing/Outreach); Walker International Communications Group Inc. marketing show’s such as Once on this Island on Broadway (Marketing Intern/Assistant) A Piece of My Heart (ASM); Blood Boundary (Crew); Siren’s Den the Musical (ASM); College theater: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Music Director); Little Shop of Horrors (Ensemble/Street urchin understudy); Film: Lily (Production Assistant/Extra).
JESSICA MASTRONARDI (Press) is an aspiring writer who graduated from LIU Brooklyn with an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television. Born and raised on Long Island, Jessica cannot recall a time when she wasn’t intrinsically drawn to the theater. No show ever being too big or too small. Venturing outside of New York during her young adulthood to live in Providence and even Paris expanded Jessica’s perception of what it truly means to “put on a show”. Each city injecting its own personal flair to the hall, stage, and even crowded street. Jessica is very excited to serve as the press contact for spit&vigor; a group that reminds her, everyday, why she fell in love with theater in the first place.
NICHOLAS THOMAS (Associate Producer) is an actor, writer and director from Melbourne, Australia. As an actor/producer he has has studied at HB Studios has self-produced three full length plays, two of them written himself. He produced The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley at the PIT LOFT, and his sketch comedy troupe has produced two web series and multiple television shows at MNN Studios. He also writes, produces and directs original online content with his company Blunderbuss. Phoenix Reign: Nominated Best Dark Comedy Screenplay, Oregon Short Film Festival (2019); Nominated Best Comedy Television Episode Screenplay, Portland Comedy Film Festival(2018).Return Of the Green Dragon: Semi Finalist The Comedy World Network International Film Festival, (Las Vegas 2018) Businessman ShowdownNominated New York Indie Film Fest 2016. He was the Director of Operations at the Peoples’ Improv Theatre (The PIT) for six years, working as the senior house manager, stage manager, head of Intern program, and a little bit of everything else. He also taught intro-level improv classes and was a member of multiple PIT House Improv Teams.
SAMUEL ADAMS (Frequent Collaborator) Born in Manhattan and raised on a farm in the Catskills, he trained at Adelphi University and studied classical theater at the London Dramatic Academy. As a director, he has worked with many New York City theater companies that focus on experimenting with the boundaries between audience and actors, such as Island Shakespeare, Rapidfire Bootleg, and the Ophelia Theater Group. As an actor, he has performed off-broadway at Theater Row and The Symphony Space, in productions regionally, and across NYC (including the award-winning 2015 production of In Vestments, written by Spit&Vigor’s artistic director Sara Fellini). With a special love of the classics, Sam has performed in over a dozen plays of Shakespeare, including leading roles in Hamlet, As You Like It, King Lear, and The Taming of the Shrew. Film work includes starring roles in several indie films, several national commercials, as well as supporting roles in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Mildred Pierce. Most recently, he did voice-over and motion-capture for a featured character in an upcoming video game, which he’s eager to play once it’s finally released. For the past several years, Samuel has worked as a teaching artist with Stages on the Sound, teaching theater arts to students at Catholic Schools across Queens and Brooklyn. Samuel is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and is represented by Atlas Talent.
KAITLAN EMERY (Frequent Collaborator) has been living and performing in New York City for seven years and spit&vigor's Mary's Little Monster was her co-directing debut. Alumni of New York Film Academy's Musical Theater Conservatory, Kaitlan is currently in school finishing her undergrad at BMCC. Some of her favorite acting credits include: Lily in Sara Fellini's HAZARD A LITTLE DEATH, ensemble member in Robert Honeywell's MASS, and many unique and creative characters written by children in the Worldwide Pants Writopia Play Festival for four consecutive years.