MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Cast & Creative
In Alphabetical Order
AMANI HUELL (she/they)
Amani is an actor and director based in Brooklyn, NY and she is originally from Georgetown, SC. She is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner and recent works include the workshop Muffled Voice designed to educate participants about the sexual assault crisis in Egypt. In the fall she will begin her M.F.A. training at New School.
ANDREW R. COOKSEY JR. (he/him/his)
Mr. Cooksey is an native Ohioan, and a veteran actor/singer in theater, as well as film and television. During this past year and a half of the pandemic, he's written two full length one act plays, that will hopefully find their way to a live indoor theater. Broadway: The Ritz Off Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird, Britannicus, The Boy's Next Door Regional: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Midsummer's Night Dream, Twelfth Night.
Mr. Cooksey can also be seen in a number of commercials and upcoming Independent films. He thanks God for the gift, and his family and friends for love and support.
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BRITTANY MCDONALD (she/her/hers)
ROLES: DON JOHN/DOGBERRY
Brittany Lee McDonald is an actor, writer, and comedian based out of Brooklyn, NY. She produced/wrote/ performed in the original HGTV Parody series, "Home Sweet Home" as well as, "Potato Girl" (where she finally got to star as a, potato.) Some of Brittany's credits include 'Mr. Robot', and award winning indie films such as 'Legs’ and ‘Breaking and Entering’. She is also part of the first all female UCB NY Maude sketch comedy team, 'Grown Ass Women'. Brittany holds a BFA in Acting at UW-Milwaukee-Wisconsin, which means she has an irresistible Wisconsin accent. She's grateful to the Vainglory team for bringing her on board to play a goof and a doof in this production, making this her NY Shakespeare debut. Visit her website at www.BrittanyLeeMcDonald.com
CHARLES PANG (he/him/his)
Charles Pang was born and raised in Hong Kong. He is thrilled to work with Vainglory again! Selected credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Vainglory Theatre Team), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA! Theater), The Monkey King: A Modern Musical (NAAP/Actors Temple Theater), The Story of Yu-Huan (Yangtze Rep/Theater for the New City), Pornography for the People (Spookfish Theatre Company/HERE Arts Center), Made in China (Wakka Wakka Productions/59E59), The Empress Dowager (Yangtze Rep/Theater for the New City), The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Drilling Company/Bryant Park Shakespeare), Hamlet (Allentown Shakespeare in the Park), Richard III (Gallery Players), Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), An American in Paris (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Catch Me If You Can (Arizona Broadway Theatre), and for 5 holiday seasons, A Christmas Story: The Musical (National Tour). Website: www.charlespang.com IG: @charlespang.hk
CHRISTIE MARIE CLARK (she/her/hers)
Christie Marie Clark is a Brooklyn-based creator, educator, and advocate of social change. In 2013, she received her MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. Christie was chosen as a 2016 Drama League artist in residence for her project L’appel Du Vide. NYC credits include: The Great Somewhere, The See Throughs, and Untied: An American Story (Asterism Theatre Co.), Venus von Merkle (Open Source Gallery), The Mermaid Won't Sing and The Skull Beneath The Skin (440 Gallery); G Train Exodus (Estrogenius Festival); They All Know Me (Thespian Production Slam-a-Thon); Clown Love (Strawberry One Act Festival); Clean; The Spider and the Wasp; Marlee Saves the World; An Office Called Eden; Ruins and Radical Methods for Radical Heartbreak (at NSD). As Assistant Director: Trojan Women and Execution of Justice (NSD). Christie is the co-founder and artistic director of Asterism Theatre Company. She is most drawn to theatre that is bottomless: plays that reveal more with each reading, rehearsal or performance. Most of all, she is endlessly fascinated by theatre's capacity to prompt social epiphany and change.
Justin Choi is thrilled to join The Vainglory Theatre Company for Much Ado About Nothing! He has previously performed with HVSF in Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II, The Heart of Robin Hood, and The Sea Maid’s Music. Other previous credits include Pleasure Men (Hook and Eye), The Rocky Horror Show (Mountain Rep), Hand to God, The Pillowman, The Imaginary Invalid, and In The Heights. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. www.justin-choi.com
NICK SOLON CHRIS (he/him/his)
Nick is thrilled to be back from semi-retirement. Favorite Shakespeare credits include King Lear (Edgar), Julius Caesar (Brutus), Love’s Labours Lost (Don Armado), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and Twelfth Night (Feste). For free fitness and nutrition advice follow @nicksolonchris or book a free personal fitness consultation at www.nickchris.com
NOA EGOZI (she/her/hers)
Noa Egozi is an Israeli director based in New York. Recent directing projects include an original one-woman adaptation of Taming of The Shrew which received an award for best adaptation from the United Solo Festival. The world premiere of Sylvia Khoury's An Inferno, the world premiere of Lorne Svarc's Chained Woman, Mud by Maria Irene Fornes, and Noa's original five-person adaptation of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar which was produced at The Brick Theater . Noa received her MFA in directing from The New School for Drama, where she was a teaching assistant for Stephen Brown-Fried’s MFA directing class as well as a teaching artist in the BFA program’s 24-Hour Play Festival. Noa was an Artistic Intern at The Play Company where she is now a member of the literary group and recently assisted Guillermo Calderon on his production of Villa and Dan Rothenberg on his production of Time’s Journey Through a Room . She was a part of the SDCF observership class and is a proud Drama League Classical Directing Fellow. As part of her fellowship she has worked with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare and Company , where she has since trained as a teacher. worked in the education department and was assistant director of founding artistic director Tina Packer.