ROBERT Z GRANT*
KHAN PAUL BAYKAL
brandon t. snider
LISA K. PRICE
LACY MARIE MEYER
MICHAEL ABBOTT JR.
Robert Z Grant and Kevin Kane
working Board of Directors:
robert z grant, kevin kane, sayra player, margaret champagne, lacy marie meyer, naomi warner, mike houston, nina mehta, SWANN GRUEN, BOOKER GARRETT
Robert Z Grant
Founding Member, Co-Artistic Director
Robert is an actor and improviser. He is a Founding Member of The Collective and a current Co-Artistic Director. With The Collective: Ionesco's THE LESSON, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (C:10 2013, C:10 COMEDY), CAFE D'AUTOMATIQUE (C:10 2014), SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME (NYIT nomination for Outstanding Direction), ME EQUALS THIS. Beyond The Collective, Robert tours the country with BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL, an award-winning improvised musical comedy. TV/FILM: "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central), "42 Seconds of Happiness." Robert is a graduate of the William Esper Studio where he studied with Bill Esper. He also studied dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity..
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Mike had been performing on the stage since his starring role as 'The Wolf' in his kindergarten's epic production of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. He received his B.A. in Political Science at The University of Colorado at Boulder. He moved to New York when he remembered he loved to act, graduated from the William Esper Studio and helped found, The Collective.
Mike can be found on stage 'The Ledge' (New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance), to film, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (2009) to television, Blue Bloods, The Big C, Brotherhood, The Good Wife, Mercy, White Collar and most recently as, “Ralph” on Boardwalk Empire. He still credits 'The Wolf' as the finest moment of his career thus far.
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Founding Member, Co-Artistic Director
Kevin is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and a founding member and co-artistic director of The Collective NY where he has acted in and directed numerous productions since its inception. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (NYIT) for his performance in the revival of SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME at NYTW. He served as special on-set consultant to Judd Apatow during the making of "Trainwreck." He won a Peabody Award, Television Critics Award and a Primetime Emmy with fellow Collective founding member Amy Schumer for his work on "Inside Amy Schumer." Film: Trainwreck, Uncle Silas, I'm Not Me, TV: Inside Amy Schumer, SVU, White Collar, Blue Bloods.
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Amy made her network debut in 2007 on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" where she placed 4th. Her blend of wholesome, girl-next-door looks and edgy comedy has earned her a rapid rise in the comedy world. In 2011, she filmed the feature, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" starring Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley as well as the independent feature, "Price Check" opposite Parker Posey. Amy has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, was featured in Vanity Fair’s Comedy Issue and can be seen in the upcoming season of in HBO’s “GIRLS”. In 2011, Amy also released her album "Cutting", which in its opening week was in the top 5 of the Billboard charts. But perhaps the most exciting news of all is her upcoming sketch comedy series, “Inside Amy Schumer” which will air on Comedy Central in Spring of 2013 featuring her unique sense of humor and fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams.
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An acclaimed actor of stage and screen, Karen Chamberlain holds an MFA from Rutgers University. She taught first and second year Meisner at The William Esper Studio from 2001-2009, as well as Voice and Acting for The BFA Professional Actor Training Program, Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University from 2001-2005. Karen was the first On-Site Resident Director for The Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe, London. 2002-2003. She is currently Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as active ensemble member of The Collective.
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Maggie has always had a funny bone and a love for comedy going all the way back to her roots in North Carolina and it brought her to New York. Once in New York, she found herself working in film and theatre as well as the comedy circuit all over the city including Stand Up New York, Comix, Eastville Comedy Club, Upright Citizens Brigade and Caroline’s on Broadway. At the moment, fans know and love her best as the bright and sunny “Sun Drop Girl” with the best dance moves.
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A California girl, Victoria moved to Seattle to study Theatre at Seattle University where she received her B.A. before arriving in New York in 2004. Victoria is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio where she studied under Joel Rooks, Deb Jackel, Suzanne Esper & William Esper. As a Founding Member and former Co-Artistic Director of The Collective, she has appeared with the company in Edward Allen Baker's Lila on the Wall, Mourning Lilly, and Happy Girl among others. When not acting, Victoria can be found with the love of her life and all-around cool guy, her dog Mack.
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Booker started her professional career at 14 as a dancer with Ballet Memphis and, after dancing with the Boston Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts and Alvin Ailey Schools she transitioned to theater at Smith College. When she moved to New York she took up with the Upright Citizens Brigade and graduated from the William Esper Studio where she studied with Joel Rooks, Karen Chamberlain, Bill Esper, Deb Jackel and David Newer. Ever the artist, in late 2008 Booker took a brief hiatus to work on organic farming, stone masonry and shadowbox artwork under pseudonym Lady Neither in her native Arkansas. She returned to The Collective in the winter of 2010 and no one has been the same since.
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Swann is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and proud member of The Collective's permanent ensemble. He has acted in a number of The Collective's productions including Gated, 360, Warning: May Contain Nuts and the company's feature film production, A LONG ROAD.
Swann has been with the Collective from the beginning and is very pleased with its growth and success. He looks forward to being of part of the company's many future endeavors but will probably not read his email.
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Nina is an actor, writer and producer in New York but a Jersey girl at heart. She has been rumored to be found on stage and screen but is probably best known to her friends and family as the surly teenager in “Finding Priya a Prom Date” (2008). In addition to acting, Nina is a regional board member for the non-profit Indego Africa. You can find her experimenting with fonts, drinking green tea and creatively named cocktails, writing about pop-culture.
A graduate of the William Esper Studio, Nina studied with Terry Knickerbocker, a decision or happy accident that she is forever grateful for.
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Lacy Marie Meyer
Lacy came to The Collective in 2014 through ensemble members and the Studio and has since been actively involved on the acting and producing fronts most recently performing in the second annual Collective:10 in Craig McNulty's "Watertown, Mass". A stage performer since the age of five, she moved to NYC to study with the acclaimed Bill Esper after finishing her BFA in Acting from Ball State University. While in NYC, Lacy has been keeping busy - acting in the 2010 Canadian International Film Festival’s Award of Excellence Winner, “Amanda” and the 2014 festival favorite SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP winning best lead actress in several festivals including the Hoboken International Film Festival.
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Khalil is a native of New Jersey and began pursuing his acting career in 2004 with his stage debut as Cougar in Happy Birthday Madam Alberta (Cherry Lane Theatre). Some of his other theatre credits include Six Degrees of Separation, A Soldier’s Play, The Religious Hour, A Soldier’s Death and Ruined. Some of his independent film roles include The Rubix, The Gallery, Gifted and A Playa’s Web . He received professional actor training from the William Esper Studio where he came upon an unlikely gang of misfits which became The Collective.
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Sayra's film and TV work includes: A LITTLE CLOSER (Rotterdam film fest '11), PAPER COVERS ROCK (IFC/ Sundance Channel), EUPHORIA, DUANE HOPWOOD (Sundance film fest '07), TROOPER, OFF DUTY, PACING THE CAGE, HOW I GOT LOST & LAW AND ORDER. As a member of the Actors Studio, she has shared the stage with Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Estelle Parsons among many other extreme talents. She also spent some time in Italy and Poland with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Since taking up with The Collective, Sayra has seen her days get funnier and her family grow larger.
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Lisa K. Price
Lisa earned a BHA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from The Actors Studio at NSU. She's traveled from Tribeca to Dublin on behalf of independent films and their stories. Lisa's many roles include, Angie in "Happy Girl," part of The Collective's IED Series, and Managing Director for the company. Lisa is also a writing consultant, Steelers loyalist, Olympics fan and believes that in the current electronic age, live, human storytelling is more important than ever to connect people.
Naomi is a familiar face, originally involved with the Collective from 2008-2011, acting and producing in some of our original productions - 360 (2008), and I.E.D One-Acts & Readings (2009). In 2011, she began a second career in veterinary medicine and after traveling to Nicaragua to volunteer with World Vets, she began work as a veterinary nurse here in New York City. Since the Fall of 2013, Naomi came back to the Collective to work on the inaugural Collective:10, appearing in David Thigpen's "Turtleface". In Summer 2014, she got to reprise her role when TURTLEFACE became The Collective NY's first film. Naomi is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and studied under Bill Esper.
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