Aaron Ballard (Brigid)
Aaron is a NYC based actor and writer with South Carolina roots. She got her MFA from Rutgers University in the garden state, where she only saw one garden in the three years she was there. Most recently, she appeared as the female lead Off Broadway in the New York premiere of Men and Women Talking Love and Sex at The Davenport Theatre. Before that, she starred opposite Boyd Gaines in George Street Playhouse’s production of Our Town. When she’s not acting, she enjoys writing sketch comedy. Her comedy short, “Now, That’s Cute” was an official selection of The Chicago Comedy Film Festival, as well as The Over the Fence Comedy Festival in Australia, where it toured across the country. She’s currently in pre-production for “Brokers,” a web series she co-wrote with “Precious Cargo” writer Dano Madden. Her favorite food is snacks. She never met a chip she didn’t like. www.aaronballard.org.
John Gardner (Aaron)
John Gardner has lived and worked in New York City for over ten years, during which he has appeared in shows for The Artful Conspirators (Leaving IKEA, Brooklyn Underground), Prospect Theatre (The Dome, Danton’s Death), Theatre Askew (I Google Myself), and Oberon Theatre Ensemble (Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor). Favorite roles include Macbeth in Macbeth, Dave in Anton Dudley’s Slagheap, and The Buccaneer in Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum’s The Buccaneer. He has a BA in Drama from the Catholic University of America.
Karl Gregory (Jan)
Previous NYC credits: From White Plains (Fault Line Theatre, GLAAD Media Award), FROGS (Fault Line Theatre), Mother’s Day (FringeNYC Encore Series), BecauseHeCan (Personal Space Theatrics), and The Servant of Two Masters (PS122). Regional: Ever So Humble, The 39 Steps (Hangar Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (SFSTL), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep). Karl was a Resident Company member with Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca NY for five seasons, favorite shows include: Gutenberg! The Musical!, After Ashley, Fully Committed (SALT Award), SantaLand Diaries, Swimming In The Shallows, and The Drunken City, as well as title roles in A Perfect Ganesh, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Servant of Two Masters. TV: “Alpha House.” Karl recently wrapped filming on season one of “Nightcap” starring Ali Wentworth. “Nightcap” premieres June 1st on PopTV - check it out! Karl is an award-winning actor, as well as an award-winning bartender. Go figure. BFA- Syracuse University, MFA- Brown/Trinity Rep. He lives in NYC with his husband, Andrew. www.karlgregory.com
Kevaughn Harvey (Casting Director)
Kevaughn is a native New Yorker. He represents Brooklyn but was raised out in Queens. Although he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in psychology he spent countless hours holed up in the Cornell Theatre Department, much to the chagrin of his law school dreaming parents. Kevaughn played Lucky in Waiting for Godot directed by Richard Schechner. The production toured to the Theatre Confrontations Festival in Lublin, Poland. He also had the honor of playing Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun opposite the late Yolanda King, the eldest daughter of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Mama. Kevaughn has worked with Trinity Repertory Co., Yale Repertory Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Target Margin Theatre, and the Hangar Theatre. He performed in and assistant directed Civic Ensemble/JACK’s production of O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun’ Got Wings. He has directed Brough Hansen's Nightvisions for The Writing is Live Festival, and Charlie Thurston's Empire at Brown/Trinity Rep. MFA: Brown/Trinity Repertory.
Mark Hattan (Dane)
Mark Hattan has been a professional actor since 1975. He never went to private school. His daughter goes to an exclusive private school. He had three toys when he was a kid and one Christmas his parents gave him a double-barreled cork-shooting shotgun (Oh, joy!) that his dad accidentally broke playing on Christmas day and never replaced. His daughter has five Monster High Dolls, fifteen Barbies, three American Girl Dolls, one-hundred-eighty-five stuffed animals. three rubber band looms, ten thousand rubber bands, etc. , etc., etc.
Bob Jaffe (Butler)
Stage: Recently played six characters in Mariah MacCarthy’s Honors Students at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Solo plays: Willy Holtzman’s The Real McGonagall; performer/adapter of ...and then you go on, an Anthology of the Works of SAMUEL BECKETT at the cell in NYC, Off-Broadway, on tour; solo play about hunger, But for the Grace...Other Stage: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Queens Theater; Berkshire Theatre Festival, the cell, HERE, Theater for a New City, La MaMa E.T.C., The Brick, Amios, FringeNYC, Trinity Rep, Providence Black Rep, Perishable Theatre, others. Film/TV: Showtime’s “Brotherhood,” “Law & Order: SVU,” many independent films, including award-winners Imagine I’m Beautiful, Water Dogs, The Offering, and Crazy Famous (soon to be released); Ensemble Artist of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Artist-in-Residence at the cell.
Heather Lupton Rasche (Monica)
Heather Lupton Rasche’s theatre credits include The Crate by Shel Silverstein, Down the Tubes by Brian McConnachie, Eclipse by Joyce Carol Oates, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady, Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing, Rapid Eye Movement by Susan Kim, Hot Season by Evan Mueller and many other plays. She appears in the HBO series "Mildred Pierce" and the film The Bourne Legacy. Rasche is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and is on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Robin Virginie (Theatre Girl)
Robin Virginie is thrilled to be a part of “Precious Cargo!” She was most recently seen as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RedHouse Arts Center. Other regional theatre credits include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, the national tour of Alexander and the...Very Bad Day and The Magical History Tour. Film credits include the short films Naked and Lifeless. International credits include Spring Awakening, Annie, Disney’s The Lion King and The Sound Of Music. She is a voice actress for Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Nintendo. NYFA Musical Theatre Conservatory graduate. www.robinvirginie.info
Addie Walsh (Bettina/Producer)
Writer/Performer That’s All I Got (Project Y ; UNITED SOLO FESTIVAL 2014 AWARD); Writer/Performer The Lala & Mummo Show (Project Y, Planet Festivities 2014); Writer/Performer Before & After (Project Y); TV Writer for just about every soap opera. Emmy Award & four Writers Guild Awards for Outstanding Writing. Acting: Three Tall Women, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, The Clean House (Kitchen Theater Company). Back in the day… Member of St. Louis Repertory acting ensemble. Also served as the theater’s dramaturg, resident playwright.
Antu Yacob (Florence)
Antu Yacob is an Ethiopian born American raised actor. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Film and Television credits include: “Law & Order: SVU”, Walking In Circles and Inspiration. In the New York theater scene she's worked with Primary Stages and Project Y Theater. Regionally she's worked at the Goodman Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Co., Mixed Blood Theatre, Crossroads Theater Co., Pangea World Theater and Pillsbury House Theater. She's excited to be a part of the “Precious Cargo” experience! Follow her on twitter @AntuAbdi to find out what's new & poppin' with her!