Alya Adelman (Cast)
- was born in buy Tether
Kharkov, Ukraine. Her acting career launched in her living room during
frequent gatherings of family and friends. After moving to the U.S., she worked with talented director,
Simon Rivkin, who led a Russian acting studio in Boston.
In New York, she continued advancing her career at HB and Terry Schreiber studios,
as well as learning modern dance techniques with legendary Mary Anthony. She is looking forward to her debut in the Lost & Found Project!
Boris Zilberman (Cast)
- is a stand-up comedian, improviser, and writer from New York City who absolutely loves an audience
and who once opened for Professor Alan Dershowitz. Boris appeared as a comedian iq options
on MTV, New York Comedy Club, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater,
and the People's Improv theater, and as a spoken word performer in Birthright Israel Presents:
Monologues, a spoken-word/hip-hop show directed by Def
Jam veteran poet, Vanessa Hidary. He's very excited to be part of the very unique Lost & Found production, and can't wait for people to experience it.
Jane Tuv (Cast/ PR Director )
- immigrated to New York from Odessa, Ukraine. She is a freelance writer and editor with a big passion for child education
and fine and performing arts. She co-founded Arlekino Theater Troupe to invest in Tether in South Africa
instill an appreciation for the arts and Jewish heritage in young children through art,
dance, music, and drama workshops.
She currently teaches pre-school age children about Jewish traditions and practices at the JCC in Manhattan and serves as
Communications Manager at the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene. Jane
is thrilled to be part of the Lost & Found Project and to have the opportunity to unearth her rich Jewish history and share it with the public.
This is her first stage experience.
Jordan Elizabeth Gelber (Cast) -is an actress, graphic designer, and writer from New York City, currently residing in Brooklyn, who has always been a lover of the
performing arts--from putting on shows in her parents' kitchen when she was a kid to playing Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in NJ over the summer.
She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2010 with a B.A in Graphic Design and Communication Arts and has been working as a professional actress since 2007.
Her recent projects include One Life to Live, Play Hooky, The
Merchant of Venice, and Cold Blue Eternal. She is very excited to be a part of the Lost & Found Project and connect to her roots
while forming new friends within her community.
Mariya King (Cast)
- Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, is a graduate of the studio program at The American Musical and Dramatics Academy in NYC.
She is the co-founder and artistic director of Nunya Productions, LLC; a company dedicated to using proceeds from each production to benefit vital non-profits.
She is currently producing and originating the role of Reggie in Nunya's production of Neil LaBute's newly republished version of Some Girl(s).
This is her second time performing LaBute's writing, as she was Woman in the one woman show, Madea Redux. Mariya played the lead in Nunya's
previous production of Gina Gionfriddo's U.S. Drag (Angela).
T.V. credits include Investigation Discovery's I Married a Mobster (Big Linda, episode lead) and IFC's The Whitest Kids You Know (Sheila, season 5).
Web credits include CollegeHumor.com (The Problem With Jeggings Continue, Showering With Girls) and Amazon.com (The Miles Between, Mortal Coils, both book trailers).
She was also a featured actress in Hardcore Boris' and Rob Cantrell comical music video Smoke Joint, which was featured on Laughspin, High Times, Celebrity Stoner,
and was on the front page of FunnyOrDie.com.
Mariya is beyond ecstatic to be part of the Lost & Found project. Not very often do you come across a project that combines art and family in such a personal way.
"This is the kind of art I live to create, and the kind of love I crave to partake in."
For more information, please go to www.NunyaProductions.com
Ruvym Gilman (Cast)- was born in New York City to a proudly anti-Soviet family hailing from Ukraine and Lithuania.
With Russian as the only language spoken at home during his childhood, Ruvym's English skills languished until the third grade.
Making up for lost time, Ruvym went on to get his BA in English Literature from NYU and then his JD from NYU Law. Today, Ruvym is an
attorney working as in-house counsel for Birthright Israel NEXT, the organization that engages young Jewish adults returning home from
their Birthright trips. When he's not writing contracts and using Latin words to describe simple ideas in unnecessarily complicated ways,
Ruvym drinks coffee, writes short stories, expounds on the virtues of Brooklyn, and acts. Most recently, Ruvym appeared in Birthright
Israel NEXT's spoken-word show Monologues and the webseries Krazdale, as well as in the film “Know Your Logic" now in post-production.
Ruvym was drawn to participate in the Lost & Found Project because it was an opportunity to give voice to the stories he has been
collecting from his family over the last several years. He is excited to be a part of the talented cast and crew and hopes the show
can inspire conversation about Russian-Jewish identity both within the greater Jewish community and society at large.
Russell Verkhovsky (Cast)- was born in Siberia on an Army base in the town of Chita.
Later, moved to Bryansk with his mother, where he was raised. The two immigrated to the U.S. in 1987.
Russell's interest in acting came at the early age of 5, when his mom would to take him to the movie theater
once (or even twice) per week. After taking various acting classes and working with an acting coach on his
craft, Russell had the pleasure of starring in independent films, as well as in music videos of well known and up-and-coming artists.
Russell is extremely happy and proud to be part of the Lost & Found Project troupe. This is a great opportunity
for him to be in a play about something so personal to him. It's been a great experience so far, he is looking
forward to working with everyone, and has great expectations about this project.
Sergey Aleksandrovich Nagorny (Cast)- was born and bred in Kiev, Ukraine. He moved to the States with his family in
1999 and spent his high school and college years pursuing education and training in the craft of acting. After successfully
completing his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Sergey embarked on his journey as a professional actor.
He has been featured in both Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions, as well as in numerous short films.
Sergey is very happy to be a part of Lost &Found ensemble, and is looking forward to sharing his story and the stories of the cast with a world-wide audience
Marina Reydler (Co-producer/Cast) - Raised in Brooklyn, NY since the age of 6, after immigrating with her family from Kishinev,
Moldova. Her interest in acting began at the very young age of 10, where being on TV was the biggest dream for a little girl!
Of course, then, only school plays were on the horizon, but with some years and much support from her parents, she attended various
acting classes, and also graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Evening Division. A year later, in Israel, she had the
wonderful opportunity to revive the role of April in Before: RENT, a cast-written production based on the Broadway Musical, and featured
in The Jerusalem Post. Some theatre credits include, playing the lead in C.P. Taylor's And a Nightingale Sang (Helen), as well as Eric
Bogosian's SubUrbia (Erica).
Soon, after moving to LA, Marina began work with Int'l students at UCLA Film School, acting in short films including Eye where she portrayed a
blind girl, and a Voiceover short film.
Her latest feature film, Double Play (Julia) ,is currently in pre-production and will be circling the festival circuit, shortly.
Back to NY, Marina was humbled by Anna Zicer's offer to partake as co-producer in such an incredible opportunity to share in the vision and be
part of the Lost & Found Project, where she not only gets to explore her love for theatre, but also her inner search for her family history, and
to create a new one with the cast.
"Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are." ~Marsha Norman
Anna Zicer -Founder/Producer- of the Lost & Found Project. Anna is a drama instructor, Jewish educator, producer, and an actor.
Born in St. Petersburg and raised in Israel, she moved to NY in 2007 as an emissary of Taglit Birthright Israel and continues working as a consultant
in the field of Jewish education. A daughter of a theatre director and having a close relationship with the Mihoils family, naturally Anna was passionate
about theatre arts from a very young age.
She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and soon after, decided to form a group of Russian Jewish
actors living in NY who share similar stories and past experiences. Anna very much believes in ensemble work and the field of experimental theatre. Some of her
favorite roles were "A Dolls House" (Nora), "Crimes of the Heart" (Babe), "Chanoh Levin" (Chefetz), "Yom Yavo-The Musical" (Mamochka) and "As You Like It" (Rosalind).
By forming the Lost & Found theatre project, Anna hopes to create the first young Russian-Jewish ensemble troupe in NY working on original materials based on the verbatim
technique. Anna is grateful to East End Temple, Cojeco and The Yiddish Theatre--Folksbiene for all their support and collaboration.
Through this project, Anna hopes to create a dialogue between the past and present. With the help of the wonderful actors in her project, she wants to bring back stories,
which already ceased to exist and make them relevant to today.
Ben Sargent (Director Doroga) - trained in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theater School-Studio (MHAT), receiving his Master of Acting degree in 2005.
He's been directing, acting and teaching theater in New York City since 2006. His most recent directorial work was seen in July 2011 at The Chelsea Art Museum
with a piece titled La Cueca. Ben's other directed works include I Chekhov and The Gogol Project. As a company actor with Studio Six, he performs in New York,
Moscow, Boston, Montreal, Baltimore, and Bridgeport. He also taught Movement for the Actor at The Lee Strasberg Institute for Theater and Film from 2008-2011.
Ben is part of the Lost & Found Project because it's about the creative process of building an ensemble, writing a play, and artistic collaboration. The nature of
the project is discovery not only in the research the actors collect but also artistically because we don't have a play, roles or text to guide us. We must develop
it together and therefore, create a common language as well as a strong group dynamic to solve the problems we encounter along the way.
Opening ourselves to the
experiences of immigration by deeply exploring the circumstances of it will help us discover the natures of the stories. Lastly, it will be the audience and the
experience of performing that gives us a true understanding of the material. Ultimately, Ben's role will be to ensure that all of that comes together.
Bryna Wasserman (Honorary Artistic Director) -
Bryna Wasserman, the recently appointed Executive Director of the National Yiddish Theatre- Folksbiene, graduated with an MFA
in Directing from New York University. Born in Vienna, Bryna grew up in the theatrical milieu of her mother, Dora Wasserman,
a student of Mikhoels at Moscow's GOSET Theatre and the Founding Artistic Director of Montreal's Yiddish Theatre. In Bryna's
15-year career as Artistic Director at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal, she brought the English theatre to
national prominence, designed and shepherded in a new, multi-faceted performing arts centre and modernized the Yiddish Theatre.
Among her other accomplishments are building ties with French theatres, developing national and international theatre tours and
continuing her mother, Dora Wasserman's, legacy with the first-ever Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival and the revival
of her youth theatre, YAYA (Young Actors for Young Audiences), which won a 2008 YMCA Peace Medal for promoting tolerance.
Some of Bryna's
more recent directing credits at the Segal include: Houdini, The Musical for The Festival International de Jazz de Montr?al, Man of La Mancha,
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The Jazz Singer, The Pirates of Penzance, God of Vengeance, Fiddler on the Roof, Double Identity, The Dybbuk,
Those Were the Days, Lies My Father Told Me, and On Second Avenue, the Drama Desk nominated co-production with the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene
of New York. The theatres under her wing garnered many Masque and MECCA awards while her contribution to Montreal's English theatre was recognized with
a Special MECCA of Distinction in 2000. More recently, Bryna was named Outstanding Citizen of the C?te-des-Neiges/Notre Dame de Gr?ce and received the
Mlotek Prize (New York) for her contribution to Yiddish culture. Prior to her outstanding career at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Bryna worked
at the American Place Theatre, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Centre, the Mercer Street Theatre, the Vancouver Opera Company, and the Folksbiene
Dmitri "Zisl" Slepovitch, Ph.D. (Score Composer)
Dmitri Slepovitch is a clarinetist, pianist, composer, singer, ethnomusicologist and educator; Artistic Director of Litvakus and Minsker Kapelye bands, Yiddish Language and Culture instructor at The New School. He has worked/recorded with Zalmen Mlotek, Frank London, Paul Brody, Hankus Netsky, Yale Strom, Psoy Korolenko, Michael Alpert, and One Ring Zero, to name a few. Zisl has worked as Musical Consultant and Music Director in several shows by the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, Castillo Theatre, and New Yiddish Repertory Theatre; performed and arranged music for various productions at The Folksbiene, Montclair State University, and Harvard Yiddish Players (Gimpel Tam, Shlemiel the First, Shulamis, The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer), as well as films, Defiance and The Burning Land; wrote original scores for The Two Brothers ballet, The Learning Play, and Agents (Agentn); taught at seminars in Jewish studies and Yiddish music worldwide, including BIMA at Brandeis University
Evgheni Goncear (Lighting Designer)
Born and raised in Moldova, Evgheni experienced a strong influence of theater and music productions. He was one of the founders of the International Live music festival "Vadul lui Woodstock" (Moldova 2006). His experience in sound and lighting led him to freelance in various NYC productions. Currently, Evgheni is majoring in Lighting Design and Technical Direction at New York City College of Technology.
Gera Sandler (COVERS CAST)
- is an actor, stage director, and TV and Radio personality. After immigrating from Moscow to Israel in 1990, Gera graduated from the School of Performing Arts "Beit Zvi" in 1997, receiving six prestigious awards. Sandler played in the Gesher Theatre in "Don Juan" by Moliere, as well as, the Theatre of Young Spectators, in the play "The Last Devil", by Bashevis Zinger. For twelve years, Sandler was one of the leading actors in the Yiddish Theatre in Israel. His prominent roles, include Nathan Rothschild in the musical "The Rothschilds," Hershl in "Simple Story," Yasha Mazor in "The Magician of Lublin". Sandler also hosted TV shows on Judaism. Sandler's film credits include "Jellyfish" (winner of three awards at Cannes, including the "Golden Camera"), "Stones", "Dance Mom" (winner of first prize at the All-Israeli short film competition "Volgin") and "Children of the USSR" . Sandler is famous for his voice of Dracula in the Hebrew version of Adam Sandler's cartoon "Hotel Transylvania".
Yelena Shmulenson (COVERS CAST)
emigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1993. Film/TV: the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man", "Boardwalk Empire" ('Mrs. Manny Horvitz'), Robert DeNiro's "The Good Shepherd", "Life on Mars" (ABC), "Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish". Stage: 5 seasons Off-Broadway with the Folksbiene, 2 seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, "Enemies: A Love Story", "The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum" (Fringe/tour), etc. She's also recorded several audio books, winning three Earphones Awards.
Alexandre Marine (DIRECTOR - COVERS )
is a founding member of the Tabakov Theatre in Moscow and the founding artistic director of Theatre Deuxieme Realit in Montreal. He began his career as an actor in Moscow. Among his many roles, were, diametrically opposite parts, such as, Khlestakov in Gogol's "The Inspector General" and Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". As a stage director he has directed over 70 productions in Moscow, Montreal, New York and Toronto. His Montreal productions include: Hamlet (1999), Amadeus (2007, Segal Centre), and Mary Stuart (2008) that were awarded the Production of the Year awards by l'Association quebecoise des critiques de theatre. His adaptation of Dostoevsky's "The Possessed", entitled "...The Itsy Bitsy Spider..." (2010), produced by New York's Studio Six, won the Best Production Award in Baltimore's City Paper. His productions of "A Streetcar Names Desire" (2006) and "Blue Rose" (2011), and an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" (2006) were also recognized by the Amur Autumn festival in Blagoveshensk, Russia. His productions at the Moscow Art Theatre and the Tabakov Theatre have toured extensively in Russia and Europe.
Recent directorial credits include: J.M.Coetzee's "Waiting for the Barbarians" at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre (with a subsequent run at Montreal's Segal Centre), "Sister Hope" based on Volodin's play "The Elder Sister" and "Marriage 2.0", based on Chekhov's short works at the Tabakov Theatre in Moscow, "Transfigured Night", based on Arnold Schoenbel's eponymous work with Montreal's Orchestre Nouvelle-Generation and Theatre Deuxieme Realite and "Gorky's Vassa" at Theatre du Rideau Vert.
Marine has also taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, Harvard's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training and at the Moscow Art Theatre School, as well as at a number of US and Canadian universities. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Artist of Russia Award.
Dmitri Marine (MUSIC COMPOSER - COVERS)
is a Montreal-based theatre composer. He has composed soundtracks for over twenty productions in Montreal, New York and Moscow. Recent credits include the soundtracks for Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians (Baxter Theatre, Cape Town and Segal Centre, Montreal), Volodin's Sister Hope and Chekhov's Marriage 2.0 (Tabakov Theatre, Moscow), "...the itsy bitsy spider..." based on Dostoevsky's The Demons (Studio Six Theatre Company, New York), Noel Coward's Hay Fever (Moscow Art Theatre) and Blithe Spirit (Segal Centre, Montreal), as well as sound design for Shaw's The Millionairess (Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Brecht's A Respectable Wedding (Le Groupe de la Veille'e, Montre'al). Dmitri has also composed the music for Tetchena Bellange's documentary film BLACK HANDS: Trial of the Arsonist's Slave as well as Guy Sprung's feature film The Hat Goes Wild.
Marina Levitskaya (PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY)
started her artistic career as a pianist, performing artist, educator and a figurative sculpture.
Ms. Levitskaya entered the world of theater at the age of seven as an actress, and continued in 2001 as producer and founder of the Russian-American theatre center "Cherry Orchard," a non-for-profit organization, and becoming its first artistic director. Ms. Levitskaya is an active theatrical photographer, as well as a still photographer on the set. Recently she has become more involved in theatre portrait-style photography.