Cast and Crew Bios

Leo Giannopoulis
Romeo & Juliet: Romeo

Leo is happy to be making his debut with Curious Frog. Credits include Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), Malcolm in Macbeth, Young Edgar in The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Gary in I Hate Hamlet.

Elizabeth Spano
Romeo & Juliet: Juliet

Elizabeth is currently completing her final year of study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Recent credits include two collaborative original works, Subsistence (a dance/movement piece) and The Devil, Talahassee and Mae (NYU/PHTS, Spring '09). This is her first outdoor theatrical production and she's thrilled to be part of it.

Nick Maccarone
Romeo & Juliet: Benvolio, Paris, Balthasar
Plutus: Youth, Dishonest Man
Shannon Pritchard
Romeo & Juliet: Nurse, Tybalt

Shannon is a Los Angeles native about to enter her final year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her Curious Frog debut crowns an entire year of Shakespeare at Tisch’s Classical Studio and the New York Classical Theater. Many thanks to this wonderful company, her family, teachers, and Billy Shakespeare, himself.

Reneé Rodriguez
Romeo & Juliet: Lady Capulet, Mercutio

Renee is happy to have her onstage debut for her own theatre company! Along with over ten years of teaching and directing Shakespeare (as well as other plays), her favorite onstage Shakespeare roles include: Ophelia (Hamlet), Mercutio (R&J Shakespeare in the Gardens), Maria (Twelfth Night), and Peaseblossom (Midsummer Night's Dream). Renee's family hails from Yabucoa Puerto Rico,
and good ol' Ohio. MFA.

Allen Sermonia
Plutus: Plutus
Romeo & Juliet: Escalus, Pastor Laurence

Jodie Pfau
Plutus: Cario

Jodie was last seen in Inwood Shakespeare Festival's The Merchant of Venice as Nerissa. Other favorite New York credits include Juliet in Romeo & Juliet and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors. She spent her first year in NYC warming up audiences at "The Late Show with David Letterman" and is now a teacher and resident performer at Manhattan Children's Theatre in TriBeCa. Jodie is a trained improviser and performer at Armando Diaz's Magnet Theatre. BA Theatre, Fairfield University.

Derby Thomas
Plutus: Chremylus

According to Wikipedia, Derby has Roman, Saxon, and Viking connections dating back over 2,000 years. During the Industrial Revolution, Derby saw the first water powered silk mill in Britain, built using reputedly stolen secrets of silk-throwing from Italy. Other famous 18th century figures with connections to Derby include the creator of the English dictionary, the painter Joseph Wright, and Charles Darwin's grandfather. For some reason, it does not include that Derby is extremely excited to be making his Curious Frog and New York debut.

Larissa Dzegar
Plutus: Old Woman, Poverty

Larissa holds an MFA from The Actor's Studio Drama School of Pace University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been an actress since the age of ten. Her theatre experience has included Extremities (Marjorie), Abortive (Roz), Look Back in Anger (Helena), The Lesson (Marie), Loyalties (Katrin), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), The Tempest (Miranda), Mother Hicks (Mother Hicks), Wild Oats (Lady Amaranth), Hamlet (Ophelia), among others. She is grateful to her family and teachers.

Sergio Castillo
Plutus: Blepsidmus, Hermes, Honest Man

This is Sergio's debut on the New York stage. Originally from California, he is a graduate from UCLA where he earned a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre-Directing. He has studied directing with Jose Luis Valenzuela, Henry Goodman, Michael Hackett, and Delia Salvi. He is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University where he is studying acting with Susan Aston and Andreas Manolikakis. While in California he was a leading member of The Company of Angels and is continuing to pursue a career as an actor, writer, and director in New York.

Lauren Ashley Smith
Plutus: Wife, Lead Singer in Chorus, Oracle, Cassandra

Lauren Ashley Smith is thrilled to join the cast of Plutus for her second production with Curious Frog. New York credits include The Comedy of Errors (Curious Frog), Romeo & Juliet, and Fin & Euba. She currently studies improv comedy at The Magnet Theater and performs with her improv team, DONNA, around New York City. Her voice can be heard occasionally on VH1's news segments and she is a proud company member of The Striking Viking Story Pirates. Lauren would like to thank God for his many blessings and her family for their love and support.

Reneé Rodriguez
Production Manager/Director, Romeo & Juliet

Renee is pleased to be directing the last show of Curious Frog's third season. Shakespeare Directing Credits: (for CFTC) Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing; (regional/compilations) The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry IV. Non-Shakespeare directing favorites include (regional): Don't Dress for Dinner, The Credeaux Canvas, Shephard's Red Cross, Marvin's Room and Our Town.


Whitney Aronson
Assistant Producer/Director, Plutus

Chelsea Chorpenning
Stage Manager, Romeo & Juliet

Chelsea is a prop designer, costume designer and stage manager. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder and moved to New York last year. She was recently appointed Resident Properties Designer for the Curious Frog Theatre Company. Recent credits include: Props Maven and Costume Assistant for CFTC's True West, Costume Design Assistant for The All Star’s Project's A Season in the Congo, Assistant Stage Manager for MTWorks' The Oath. Wardobe credits include: Cloud 9 (Asst. Costume Designer), Disney’s, The Little Mermaid, Machinal, She Loves Me and Sacred Water. She also designed set and costume pieces for The Pueblo Zoo and The Museum of Outdoor Arts in Colorado. She is very happy to be part Curious Frog’s Summer in the Parks!


Laura Gomez
Stage Manager, Plutus

Laura is the Resident Stage Manager for Curious Frog Theatre Company and stage-managed their production of True West in the spring. Other New York stage management credits include Mika and Atomic. She earned her BA in Theatre Arts and Communications from Whittier College where she worked as a stage manager and 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. Laura is a credentialed elementary school teacher and has spent the past three years teaching in California. She would like to thank her family for always believing in her and all the Frogs who rock her world

Anna Ng
Assistant Stage Manager, Romeo & Juliet

Michael Collins
Assitant Stage Manager, Plutus

Michael hails from the union hall of I.A.T.S.E Local 604 in Corpus Christi, TX. He is thrilled to be working with Curious Frog Theatre Company as Assistant Stage Manager for "Plutus." Michael previously worked as the Assistant Carpenter and Head Loader for Sesame Street Live! For the past three years he toured the country, from the west coast to the eastern shore. Michael has finally settled in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City. Michael thanks his family and friends for their love and support, without which, none of this would be possible. Especially without the love and care of his Mother, Ginger Collins, and his Fiance Rachel.

Eric Loscheider
Assistant Director, Romeo & Juliet

John Kollmer
Assistant Director, Plutus

Rebecca Frey
Costume Designer, Romeo & Juliet
Costume Designer, Plutus
Jessa-Raye Court
Assistant Costume Designer, Romeo & Juliet
Assistant Costume Designer, Plutus
Kelsey Taunt
Props Design, Romeo & Juliet
Props Design, Plutus
Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum
Fight Director, Romeo & Juliet

Rocio Mendez
Fight Director, Plutus

Marie Morrow
Movement Director, Romeo & Juliet
Alvin Chan
Music Composition
Patrick Doolin