Curious Frog's mission is to present new, modern and classical works with the goal of showing a new, multicultural perspective through non-traditional casting that does not hinder understanding or believing a work, but rather enhances the work in an innovative manner and fosters fresh perceptions.
Reneé Racan Rodriguez, Director
Curious Frog is another step forward in a journey of acting, directing and producing for Reneé that stretches back over a decade. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, she started in the performing world as a runway model. Moving from there to commercial acting, her interest then expanded into all areas of the theatrical arts.
Reneé’s acting experience encompasses plays in Los Angeles, Idaho, Chicago, Indiana, North Carolina, and San Francisco, where she earned nominations for two of her favorite roles, Vera in Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and Elvira in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.
She is also an award-winning director, with critical acclaim for her production of Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley, earning several prestigious awards including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Production. She apprenticed with Robert Hamm and assisted in directing Marvin’s Room at Ross Valley Players in Marin and Our Town at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, and also directed the critically-acclaimed Turn of the Screw in Alameda. Her most recent productions were our inaugural production of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors last fall and McGurk’s Suicide Hall, an original work written by Josh Rozett, staged by the ReddMask Theatre Company here in New York City in the spring of 2007. While in San Francisco, she helped start the Act Now! Theatre Company, and helped rebuild and market CTA Crossroads Theatre. Both theatres are thriving today with full seasons and subscription rates.
Reneé earned her MFA in Acting at Indiana University, where she focused not just on the program and its mandates, but produced and directed plays, and privately coached, and taught both privately and academically at the university level.
Nic Musolino is the proprietor of Frank Mikus, a design consultancy offering a wide range of creative and strategic services. Trained as an architect, he has also worked as an architectural designer, winning several national design awards, been a member of a collective operating an alternative art space, and freelanced for Marvel Comics as a member of the art team responsible for a full run of a Star Trek-branded comic. In 2004 he collaborated with Alexander Gelman of Design Machine, editing Infiltrate: The Front Lines of the New York Design Scene (DAP, 2005).
His experience in the arts and non-profits include current clients jen bekman gallery (as designer-of-record) and The New School, as well as previous client relationships with WNET/Thirteen, Dress for Success, the Museum of Arts and Design and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has previously served on the board of Silver House Gallery in Savannah, GA.
Our Current Company Members
Gargi Shinde, Literary Manager
Hailing from the bustling city of Bombay, India, Gargi Shinde is a theatre scholar, actress and musician. She has taught courses on Theatre History, Contemporary World Drama and Theatre Appreciation at the University of Albany, Indiana University at Bloomington and the City University of New York's Borough of Manhattan Community College. Gargi was featured in the 2009 Academy Award nominated film Frozen River. As a sitarist, she has collaborated with pianist Adam Klipple, Flamenco danseuse La Conja, singer songwriter Sean Rowe and playwright-composer Peter Dizozza.
Marie Morrow, Movement Director
Marie Fairbanks Morrow has been working as a professional actor since the age of 12, starring in over thirty regional and professional productions to this date. In 2006 she got her BFA from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Acting. In 2006 she was in the short play premiere series at Signature Theatre in New York City, and traveled to France to exhibit her multi-media performance art piece "Perspectives", an exploration of gender bias and the over sexualisation of women in the media. She collaborated with Ofelia Loret De Mola in the spring of 2008 on "The Seams: Am I that I Am", premiering at the Joyce SoHo theatre in New York City. Also in 2008 she traveled to Kosovo to teach voice to modern dancers as a representative of danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola. Most recently she performed with Wally Cardona Quartet in the Brick showcase of Really Real in Brooklyn, and is continuing on with the cast to perform the piece in the BAM New Wave Festival at the Harvey Theatre. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Blackbird Dance Theatre with Colleen Cintron.
Rocio Mendez, Development – Grant Writer
Rocio is very excited to be a part of Curious Frog Theater Company and help fund their mission of casting nontraditionally in very American and Classical works. Rocio grew up in an activist household heavily influenced by her mother, Zenaida Mendez.
Rocio has participated in NOW Women’s Conference, The National People of Color Environmental Leadership, The National Dominican’s Women’s Caucus and Sinergia, Inc. As an actor she trained at the American Musical Dramatic Academy and studied with Vampire Cowboys and Swordplay. She is very excited and dedicated to the mission of Curious Frog.
Patrick Doolin, Marketing – Publicist
Patrick Doolin served as Curious Frog's publicist from September 2007 to September 2009. His work for Curious Frog includes social media development, media writing, and liaising with press. His communications expertise also extends into corporate communications, most recently as a communications coordinator for Preferred Hotel Group. There he developed internal and client-facing communications, as well as wrote and edited consumer brand e-newsletters. As an actor, Doolin has worked in and around Chicago with companies such as Festival 56, the side project, New World Repertory, and A-Squared Theatre. He also recently appeared on Discovery Channel's FBI's Ten Most Wanted. He will rejoin Curious Frog after he completes graduate study at LAMDA.
Alvin Chan, Ensemble – Actor
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i; Alvin studied Theatre at the University of Hawai'i Manoa. Past credits with Curious Frog include Don John/Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Austin in True West. Apart from Curious Frog, Alvin is also a member of The Lelund Durond Theatre Group, and a co-founder of Gadfly Theatre, and is thrilled to be doing interesting creative work in and around NYC.
Chelsea Chorpenning, Props Designer
Chelsea Chorpenning is a prop designer, set decorator and stage manager. After receiving her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder last year, she moved to New York. She is currently the Resident Props Designer for the Curious Frog Theatre Company and Prop Master/Set Decorator for Black Bag Pictures. Recent credits include: CFTC's Romeo and Juliet, True West, The All Stars Project's A Season in the Congo and MTWorks' The Oath.
Laura Gomez, Stage Manager
Laura is the Resident Stage Manager for Curious Frog Theatre Company and has been a member of the company since June of 2009. She stage managed their productions of Plutus this past summer and True West in the spring.
Other New York credits include Mustard Seed, Mika and Atomic. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts and Communications from Whittier College where she worked as a stage manager and master carpenter and was a member of the Magic Beans Children’s Theatre Group. During that time she stage managed The Elves, Division Street, How the Other Half Loves, Berlin to Broadway, Antigone, and several student-directed one-acts. She would like to thank her family for always believing in her and all the Frogs who rock her world.