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Meet the cast of Julius Caesar...

Anna Lewein

Anna Lewein is super excited to be in her first Shakespeare production since moving to NYC! Ms. Lewein is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's BA Theater Arts program, and has performed in everything ranging from the classics to new works. She is grateful to be part of Julius Caesar, and promises she doesn't stab people in real life. Much love to her family and husband Joseph.

Casca / Lucilius / Varos

Dylan Hale

Dylan Hale is humbled by the opportunity to return to Classics on the Rocks, the company that gave him his first NYC gig back in 2013. For more info, visit (he'll buy a shorter domain when the recession is truly over, y'all)  BFA, UCSB.


Jessica Golden

Jessica Golden is so excited to be back with Classics on the Rocks after performing in this year's Shakesday celebration. A recent graduate of the New Studio on Broadway at NYU, some of Jessica's favorite past roles include Petra in A Little Night Music, and Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 

Marrelus / Ligarius / Lepidus / Volumius

Kata Stevens

Kata Stevens is thrilled to be making her Classics on the Rocks debut!  She is entering her senior year at Fordham University, where she is a BA Theatre-Performance candidate, after recently returning from a semester at the London Dramatic Academy.  Past New York: Once in a Blue Moon, The Buck, The Pocket Universe Trilogy (Fordham), Filthy Paws and The Cosmo Diner (Semicolon Theatre Company).  Regional: Our Town (Emily, ArtWorks), Rent (Mimi) and Les Mis (Eponine, Southeastern Summer Theatre).  Kata is a proud alum of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Flavius / Pindarus / Clitus / Cinna the conspirator

Kate Dylan

Kate Dylan is excited to be back with Classics on the Rocks after appearing in The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa) and the staged reading of Much Ado About Nothing (Friar Francis).  Favorite credits include:  Evil Queen in Snow White, (Steamer 10 Theatre), Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Adirondack Shakespeare Company), Katherina in Amadeus (Geva Theatre Center) and Arthur in King John (Shakespeare & Company).  Film roles include Virgin Alexander (Orlando Film Festival: Best Ensemble).


London Griffith

London Griffith is excited to be a part of such a wonderful group of people, who love the bard and magic of his verse. Favorite roles include: Friedrich Nietzsche/Set Yet In Motion; Hecate & Lady MacDuff/Macbeth; The Player Queen/Hamlet; Nela Moore/WHY WE FALL; Doreen/After Tartuffe; The Widow/The Taming of the Shrew. London is a graduate of the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts,an active company member of MTWorks, associate member of Original Binding Productions, as well as Social Media Director of BOO-Arts. Love to my family, friends, and fellow cast mates! Follow her antics on Twitter @LondonGriffith.

Carpenter / Cicero / Messala / Artimidorus

Madeleine Saidenberg

Madeleine Saidenberg is so grateful to work with Classics in the Rocks! A recent graduate of Davidson College, her New York credits include Viola in Twelfth Night and Matilda/Mrs. Walstrom in August Strindberg's Burnt House, as well as assistant directing Taming of the Shrew with the Queen's Company. 

Lucius / Cinna the poet / Servants

Matthew Dean Wood

This is Matt's first production with Classics on the Rocks and he is thrilled to be working with this group! He received his BA in Drama (Class of '09) and Theatre from Queens College, where he was lucky enough to receive the Robin Hirshfield Miller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. He also trained at NUI (University of Galway) in Galway, Ireland where he studied Irish Theatre. More recently, he is an alumnus of T. Schreiber Studio in their Six-Week Conservatory where he trained with Robert Verlaque, Carol Reynolds, and Page Clements. He also had extensive training with Peter Jensen in scene study. His recent credits include The Hot L Baltimore at T. Schreiber, Variations on a Cat Call at the Bridge Theatre, Farewell To Sanity at the Gene Frankel Theatre in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival, and Your War'try Grave at La Mama Theatre Company. This August he will be appearing in The Lottery Play, by Sam Graber in the Thespis Theatre Festival at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

Cobbler / Cimber / Plebeian / Poet / Soldier

Monica Ammerman

Monica Ammerman is a recent transplant from the SF Bay Area and is stoked to be working with Classics on the Rocks for the first time, and on such a formidable show! New York: Lucy, Soulmates or Nada (LaTea); Jane, It Runs in the Family (Gallery Players); Allegra, Breaking Cover (Open Hydrant). Regional: Thomasina, Arcadia (Pear Avenue Theater); Cordelia/Fool (u/s), King Lear (California Shakespeare Theater); Catherine, The Foreigner (Contra Costa Civic Theater). IMDb. Twitter: @monicaammerman1

Trebonius / Claudius / Young Cato

Patrick Marran

Patrick Marran is thrilled to return to Classics for this production! Many thanks to John, Sam, Victoria Will and Sharon for their joyous choice to murder him vicariously :-) When not in a director's chair Patrick can be found playing with the Rogue Diplomats---and often, as he will be strumming and singing on the Music Festival circuit this fall.

Julius Caesar

Rachel Purcell

Rachel Purcell is thrilled to be working with Classics on the Rocks once again this season after having performed as Gobbo in last summer's production of Merchant of Venice. She previously spent three years with the Stanford Shakespeare Company, where she served as Artistic Director and performed in Julius Caesar (Portia), Othello (Desdemona), and Love's Labour's Lost (Boyet, Holofernia), among others.  By day, she works in digital marketing for arts organizations at Capacity Interactive.

Calphurnia / Octavius

Sarah Oravetz

Sarah Oravetz is an import from Detroit and is very excited to be making her Shakespeare debut with Classics! An enthusiastic nerd with stakes in the Doctor Who and Sherlock fandoms, among others, she is very happy to have found a nerdy home with Classics. Past favorite roles include Lulu in Cabaret, Diane in bare, and as a member of the hippy ensemble in Hair. "Though she be but little, she is fierce." Enjoy the show!

Soothsayer / Poplius / Dardanius

Steven Martin

Steven Martin graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Recent credits include Suffolk, Warrick and Richard III in The Gallery Players reading of King Henry 6 Part 1, 2 and 3, Adrian in ‘Beast of Both Worlds’, Nick in ‘Mourning Glory’, Guildenstern/Fortenbras in ‘Hamlet’, Turkle in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, Basil/Papa Pittman in ‘Blackfootnotes’, Master Chavros in ‘The Renaissance Dueling Play’, Cornwall and other multiple roles in ‘King Lear’ Homey 2, and Brother 2 in ‘The Tragedy at Hood 14542’. Steven would like to thank God, his friends and the cast for making this production an amazing experience

Decius / Titinius / Strato

Victoria Gomez

After graduating with her BFA from Emerson College, Victoria returned home to New York to be a part of the classical theatre scene. After playing such roles as Viola (Twelfth Night), Mistress Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Lady MacDuff (Macbeth), Nerrissa (The Merchant of Venice) and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), she is now pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at Baruch College. Victoria has been doing Shakespeare shows with Will and Sharon for the last 3 years. Now being on board with Classics, she hopes to help the company grow and fulfill it’s mission to the fullest extent. Victoria would like to make a special thank you to Richard Harden, who has given her the tools and the confidence to endure this endeavor with all of her heart.


Patrick Taaffe

Patrick would like to thank Classics on the Rocks for the opportunity to be part of this season's Julius Caesar! Recent shows with the company include Merchant of Venice (Aragon/Duke/Old Gobbo), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry) and As You Like It (Charles/Corin). "Friends, I am with you all and love you all..."


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Meet the Production Team...

William Downes

Before becoming the founder and artistic director of Classics on the Rocks, William Downes spent years honing his craft in and around New York City. He's had the honor of playing some of Shakespeare's most delightful clowns such as Dogberry(Much Ado About Nothing) Dromio of Syracuse(Comedy of Errors) Touchstone(As You Like It) and Launce(Two Gentlemen of Verona) and  on the more serious side, he's played such intricate roles as Macbeth(MacBeth) Othello(Othello) Roderick(Double Falsehood) and Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew) As artistic Director of Classics on the Rocks, his goal is present the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as they are, not what we think they should be. With no hidden agenda, we focus on the characters, and relationships that are at the core of these plays, that continue to resonate with us and remind us of what it means to be human.


Samantha Ryel

Resident stage manager and associate producer for Classics on the Rocks, Samantha takes pride in keeping this lovable group of actors in line, on time, safe, and organized. Originally from Massachusetts, Samantha transplanted to NYC a few years ago and quickly found a her place within the theatre community stage managing for companies such as Onomatopoeia Theatre Company and Strindberg Rep - but Classics on the Rocks will always be home.  In her spare time she enjoys baking tasty cookies and hanging with her cat Travis. 

Stage Manager

Sharon Stevens

While Sharon’s love for performing began with a passion for musical theatre, in college she developed a profound love for classical works spanning from the ancient Greeks through the works of that well-known man from Stratford. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Theatre in 2005, packed up her bags and moved to the Big Apple. She then spent her time traveling around with a few children’s theatre tours and various odd productions in NYC. Most recently she could be found performing as Rosalind in Classics on the Rocks production of As You Like It. Prior to that she worked extensively with the Oxford Shakespeare Company in some of Shakespeare’s finest female roles; Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Gertrude in Hamlet, and Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra. She is thrilled to be a founding member of Classics on the Rocks and share her passion and knowledge with others.

Production Manager

John M. Kollmer

John is a passionate fan of Shakespeare and fight combat. He's proud to be supporting Classics on the Rocks this season with Julius Caesar. 

Fight Director and Assistant Director

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