Olympus Cast & Bios
Michael Bauer (Director, Costume Design, Apollo) is grateful to be making this piece into a reality. Recent credits include “The Working Dead,” with New Perspectives theater in New York, Javert in “Les Miserables,” and cyr wheel performer in “Barnum.” Michael is an artistic director of the NYC circus group, Svindelic Circus troupe and holds a BFA in drama from New York University. He is a founding member of Loom Ensemble and has performed with them in every show since their inception. www.svindelic.com
Sasha Bogdanowitsch (Composer, Hermes) – is a composer, vocalist & multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from music for theater, dance and film to interdisciplinary performance and original songs. He is a co-founder of World In One, a non-profit arts organization, and Loom Ensemble. Sasha has worked with many artists and companies such as: Meredith Monk, Lou Harrison & the American Festival of Microtonal Music and has performed worldwide and throughout the New York City area. www.sashabmusic.com www.worldinone.org
Courtney Giannone (Artemis) earned her BFA in dance from Fordham University and Alvin Ailey. She has performed with companies including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Company XIV, Buglisi Dance Theater , Kazuko Hirabayashi, STREB, Diavolo, Svindelic, and Spinnovation. Courtney is a Roué Cyr artist and world competitor in wheel gymnastics for Team USA. Her work has been recognized internationally, including Burgundy Dance Festival, Napoli Danza and more. www.svindelic.com
Madeline Hoak is a NYC based aerialist, dancer and teaching artist. She is the Aerial Acrobatics professor at Muhlenberg College and teaches for Upsidown Productions (founder) and The Muse in Brooklyn. Madeline performs internationally with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Kinesis Project, Grounded Aerial, Helium Productions, and Cirque-tacular. Madeline’s own choreography has been seen in Ychoux, France, at Dixon Place, BAX, Circus Warehouse, Abron Arts Center, Times Square, The Flea, STREB, Galapagos, and The Muse. Check out madelinehoak.com
Randy Kato is a founder and principal performer of Svindelic Cyr Wheel Troupe, and has been immersed in circus arts, flow arts and object manipulation for many years. His specialties include the Cyr Wheel, (hula) hoop, and various fire props. He has performed internationally with productions of all sizes, including an audience of 50,000 in the Burning Man Fire Conclave. www.svindelic.com
Autumn Kioti (Aphrodite) has been seen from Miami to Indonesia as an actress, dancer, fighter, and circus artist. She originated the role of Cassandra in THE HIVE, based on Euripides’ TROJAN WOMEN, has performed at La Mama, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and more, and has appeared in award-winning films worldwide. As a kinetic artist: NYFA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Streb, and more. Fight choreography: FringeNYC, the Wild Project, teraNOVA Collective, and more. She is currently a stunt woman on POWER, a STARZ Original Series. www.autumnkioti.com
Harold Moeller (Dionysus) holds an MFA in acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Fun Arts from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College! He toured with the likes of The Greatest Show on Earth, Britney Spears’ ‘Circus’ tour, Royal Carribean and Hersheypark. Harold is a member of Svindelic Cyr wheel troupe and he currently teaches circus skills with the Big Apple Circus ‘After School Program’. www.svindelic.com
Benjamin E Oyzon (Prometheus, Ares) is an aerial acrobat, dancer, martial artist, firespinner, surfer, Pilates instructor and is known on the playa as MaKaKo. He has had the pleasure of performing with AIRealistic, the Kinesis Project, the BM Fire Conclave, the Metropolitan Opera, Grounded Aerial, Gabrielle Roth/5RhythmsRO, 2nd Species, Red Dive, Forces of Nature, Groove Hoops, and Exploding Moment. LOVE. ALWAYS.
Thomas Schario (Hephestus) is very excited to be playing Hephestus in Olympus! Regional- Lombardi (Jim Taylor), Kiss Me Kate (Fred), Producers (Franz)…T.V- Deadly Devotions, D.O.A. Thank you to my family for their ever ending support. Thank you to Michael for casting me in this role to be part of his amazing creation. A special thank you to my beautiful wife Kristen for your unwavering support and love! You bring so much joy to my life!
Sam Stage (Zeus) is an aerialist, dancer, actor and model. An alumnus of University of New Hampshire where he studied business and dance, Sam has performed locally at The Muse, Circus Warehouse, Dixon Place, Alvin Ailey Studios, and The Brooklyn Lyceum. He has doubled for actors such as Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and modeled for designers such as Joshua McKinley and Five Chambers. Follow Sam at Facebook.com/sam.stage.7
Kyra Bromberg (Stage Manager) is an actor/singer who has toured the country with the shows Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Alice In Wonderland, and has previously stage managed the showWilliam for FringeNYC. She is an artistic partner of Village Playback Theatre in NYC, where she performs playback improvisation. She earned her BFA in Musical Theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.