The brain child of designer Caitlin Cisek, Mirror Alchemy is a theatrical installation questioning how we are perceived as artists and making the impossible-possible.
Mirror Alchemy features seven actors portraying their “atypical dream role," and capture that metamorphosis. Mirror Alchemy will be documenting this project from the audition room to a special photo shoot as your “impossible” character.
Mirror Alchemy will culminate in a final theatrical installation and benefit performance on October 30th (Location TBD). The installation will include the finished photos, a short documentary video about the creation of the piece, and performances.
From creator Caitlin Cisek: “It’s about introspection; the inward examination of the field and our understanding of how we see ourselves as an artist. It’s about saying, as a community, that everyday we make the impossible, possible.”
Directed by Katherine M. Carter, Produced by Diana Zambrotta, Photography by Nick Ronan, Casting by Chelsea Ignagni
Bryn Carter received her BA in Theatre from NYU/Tisch (studios: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Stonestreet Studios for Film/TV). Since then she has had roles in multiple shorts, music videos, and contemporary plays, but has always felt a strong connection to the characters of Ibsen, Chekhov, Shakespeare, among others. Though she has been fortunate enough to play many strong, iconic roles, including Cleopatra and Richard II, and countless more in the comfort of a learning setting, she feels compelled to do her part in this project in the hopes of expanding and challenging our notions of type in classic theatre. Bryn was last seen in the Playwrights Horizon’s reading of Serial Black Face by Janine Nabers, directed by Carolyn Cantor, as well as the lead in an interactive music video directed by Michael Litwak.
Phoebe Halkowich knew she was an actress at age 7 when she played the little mouse who got shot and died in the battle scene of Magda Aunon’s School of Ballet’s Nutcracker in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Cut to 20 years later, Phoebe may be found still perfecting the art of dying theatrically in her cozy Harlem walk up apartment... which doubles as a think tank, refugee camp for tortured actors, and storage facility for her vintage hat collection. The New Yorker called Ms. Halkowich the “hilarious comic relief” in her role as the White Slave in Desiree Burch’s Tar Baby, which ran to sold out performances at DR2 last year under the direction of the incredible Isaac Byrne. Look out for Phoebe on reruns of Celebrity Ghost Stories-The Jimmy Walker Story on the Biography Channel.
Joe Galan is an actor, comedian, writer and general clown. As a member of the sketch troupe FUCT, he has performed in the Comedy Central sponsored New York Comedy Festival, as well as theaters and festivals throughout New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Austin and elsewhere. Joe also performs regularly with the clown troupe Everybody Nose NYC. Joe has garnered additional training at UCB and with the People’s Improv Theatre, where he currently teaches Sketch Comedy Writing.
Haley Traub is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer. She is a founding member of the pop-up collective Carroll Simmons, which specializes in performance art based on figures of pop culture. Most recently she was seen in Carroll Simmons' inaugural production Too Many Lenas at Dixon Place. She can also be seen in a variety of CollegeHumor sketches, as well as heard narrating audio books (of the harlequin variety). She holds a BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Currently she is studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and is thrilled to be a part of Mirror Alchemy.
Peter John Wallace
Peter John Wallace is a NYC-based actor whose work has appeared locally and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Marionette Festival in Paris. Recent credits include The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Under St. Marks) and Faith Hope and Charity (Atlantic Acting School). He is the Artistic Director of The Plinth, whose inaugural production of The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine was featured in this year's New York International Fringe Festival. L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
Jessica Zambrotta is thrilled to be a part of her very first performance with The Other Mirror. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting. Jessica is an Artistic Associate with TOM and was a part of their production team for the NYC Fringe Festival production of Bite the Apple as well as their most recent reading of Going Away. This past Fall Jessica completed Level One with Improvolution under the teaching of Holly Mandel; she is excited to complete Level Two this Spring. She also could be seen in The Cider Mill Playhouse production of Tintypes as Emma Goldman. Jessica has an affinity for the classics and is a graduate of the BADA Summer in Oxford Program. Some of her favorite roles over the years include Betty in Betty's Summer Vacation, Cindy in To Gillian...37th Birthday and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.