Meet Axial's Company Members
We are an ensemble of professional actors, writers, and directors, representing all ages, who meet weekly as a group to build and strengthen the fabric of our unit and to collaboratively create original theatre material.
Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco has worked and trained with Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and Centro Teatro, as well as working extensively with the Mamadou Dioume, Yoshi Oida and the great Peter Brook. He moved to New York city in 2006 continuing his director’s training under Robert Ellermann at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Insitute. Since 2008 Francesco, together with Anatol Yusef, is the artistic director of FIXITSOLIFE theatre company. In 2010 they produced Jason Odell William’s The Science of Guilt which had a successful run at the DR2 Theatre in NYC. Other Off Broadway credits include: Proof by David Auburn, Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, William and the Tradesmen by Eli James, American Addict by Ricky Butler and Nineteenhundred by Alessandro Baricco. Francesco is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Directors LAB.
Laura Credidio began as a student of Howard Meyer's acting program nine years ago. She went on to study at Circle in the Square in NYC, Shakespeare's Globe in London, and finally graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in acting and a concentration in directing. This past June she completed a 10-month long children's tour as an actor with George Street Playhouse. She has directed for Small Pond Entertainment, Collaborative Arts, and The Ridgefield Theater Barn. With Axial Theatre Company Laura has directed Girl's Lunch and Mondays at Eight. She's also had the pleasure of spending the last four years, alongside Rachel Jones, playing director, stage manager and vocal coach for HM Acting's performance workshops. She's thrilled, as always, to be a part of the Axial community.
Michael Raymond Fox
Michael is a graduate of Emerson College where he received his BA in Film Production. Michael has studied with both Howard Meyer and Rachel Jones. Recently, Michael played the lead in Ronnie’s Charger by Lawrence Kessenich at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. He is currently an Actors Equity Membership Candidate. Some of the favorite roles he has played include; a one man play, Extraordinary Rendition, by James Balestrieri at the New York International Fringe Festival., Lt. Byrd in Charles Fuller's A Soldiers Play, Leonard in Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, and Vinnie in Neil Simon's the Odd Couple. Michael has done dinner theater, live theater training, and commercials. Michael is currently studying at the Terry Schreiber Studios in New York and resides in Tarrytown with his wonderful wife Mary and their beautiful children Ethan and Ellie.
Linda Giuliano is a co-founder & member of WritersGroup. Her past theatre works have been performed at: The Chocolate Church Annex, Grace Institute, HERE, The Grove Street Theatre, Playwright's Horizons Summerfest, Toronto Fringe Festival and The 78th Street Theatre Lab. Linda has collaborated as a writer for the film short by Nicole Gunther, "Domenica Mattutina". She is a writing mentor for The Trigorin Project in Bath, Maine. Her full length play, Crossing Over is to be produced by The Lanyard Theatre Company in Bath in December '06.
As an Axial Theatre member, Gail has performed as Inez Pierce, in Peter Kelly’s “Windows on the World” at the Schoolhouse Playhouse in Croton Falls; as the nurse in Brian O’Neill’s “Grass Island” at HERE in NYC; twice as Stella in Linda Giulani’s “Shroud of Turin”, once at HERE in NYC and then again at Axial’s “home” in Pleasantville; as Miriam in Tony Howarth’s “Vigil” at the American Globe Theater in NYC; as Nancy in Gabriella Fox’s “Freedom Towers” in Pleasantville; and triple roles in Ryan Mallon’s “Woes of the Unwittingly” in Pleasantville.
Way back when, Gail was in many Westchester productions, including “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, “Mame”, “Sweet Charity”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Westchester Broadway’s “Damn Yankees” which also toured throughout the Northeast United States, as well as an extensive United States tour of “Stop the World---I Want to Get Off!”. A former member of the Westchester Ballet Company, Gail has also choreographed and been dance captain for many shows.
Gail has studied acting at the Warren Robertson Acting School in NYC and with Howard Meyer, Rachel Jones, and Melanie Noblit- Gambino for the past seven years, and voice with Sloan Wainwright and others. Love you, my Axial Family.
Ann has been a member of Axial Theatre Company since 2008. Axial credits include Bessie Berger in Awake and Sing! (Axial Theatre Company); Lorraine Campbell in Welcome:This is a Neighborhood Watch Community (Axial Theatre Company) and Carol in Indian Guys. Non- Axial credits include Dorothy Wordsworth in The Ring (Arts on the Lake Theatre Company) and Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (Snapped Productions). Film credits include Angela Harding in Sex and Spaghetti (Winner of SW Film Festival) as well as commercials. Ann is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music and a published songwriter.
Anne Hammond has appeared in "The Forced Marriage", "The Doctor in Spite Of Himself", and "Rhinoceros" at Cincinnatti Playhouse-in-the-Park; The Playboy of the Western World, The "Tempest", and "Under Milkwood" at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; The Maids at Poet’s Theatre, Cambridge; Dos Passos’ USA at Provincetown Playhouse; the film of Tolstoy’s "Power of Darkness", and the upcoming films "Last Fall and Spotless".
Nancy Intrator has studied with HM Acting for many years, and she is thrilled to be joining this incredibly talented group of actors. She has participated in numerous Performance and Monologue Workshop performances for HM Acting, and she has acted in a number of productions throughout Westchester. Nancy is also a member of Westchester Collaborative Theater.
Rachel Jones toured the U.S. and Canada in the first Broadway national tour of David Henry Hwang's M Butterfly and has acted in several films (“Fresh Horses,” “Dracula's Widow”) and commercials. She was a founding member of New York's Avalon Repertory Theatre where she both acted and directed. Axial directing: Persephone Rising, The Kiss. Axial Acting: Today's Specials, Cherrie, All That's Fair, Billy Bubblehead, The Contract, Lost In Paradise. Rachel teaches acting technique and scene study for Howard Meyer's Acting Program.
Evelyn Mertens has had plays and monologues produced through Axial Theatre’s Life on Earth, Twisted Valentines, Gaslight Tango and several Performance and Monologue Workshops; Westchester Collaborative Theater’s (WCT) one-act and monologue festivals; Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door series; the Aery Festival where she was a finalist in 2015 and 2016; and Manhattan Rep. She has studied acting with Rachel Jones and Howard Meyer in Howard Meyer’s Acting Program through the Master level.
Howard Meyer is a playwright, director and founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre and Howard Meyer's Acting Program. Howard’s plays include The Kiss, All That’s Fair, The Contract, Lost in Paradise, AngelBeast, Cherrie & Jerry, the monologues Calculus and Horus, WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, Radiance, Maybe Never Fell, (Roundtable readings at Lark Play Development Center, May and October 2013, directed by Lisa Rothe), the ‘Number Trilogy,’ a collection of one acts (Three, Five, Twenty) and Paint Made Flesh, (Roundtable reading at Lark Play Development Center, April 2014; semi-finalist for the 2015 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference). Radiance was produced at Axial Theatre in spring, 2013 featuring Obie award-winning actor Chris McCann. Radiance was a two time semi-finalist (2011, 2012) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist (2012) at the Hormel New Works Festival at the Phoenix Theatre. Lost In Paradise is under an option for a motion picture. WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was read at The Barrow Group, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at 9 and Pacific Resident Theatre and was presented at Axial Theatre in November, 2010 directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured LABrynth Theater Company co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. Howard was recently selected as one of the 50 artists to be honored as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 1998 Howard co-founded Axial Theatre, now in its 16th season developing and presenting new and classic plays in Westchester County, NY. Under his artistic direction, Axial has produced over 50 premieres of one-act and full length plays since the theatre’s inaugural performance in the winter of 2000. www.axialtheatre.org, www.howardmeyer.info
Aisling Mulhern hails from Dublin, Ireland and took her first step on the American stage at the ripe age of eight. From that moment on she was hooked. A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, her favorite roles include Ménage in TheA-Train Plays Vol 1 at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater (NYC), the Nanny in The A-Train (re) Plays at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (NYC), and Martha in A Piece of My Heart at Theater 54 (NYC). Aisling is ecstatic to be an apprentice with the Axial Theater Company and to be working alongside a talented and determined group of performers.
Lloyd is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His plays New Orleans and The Meeting with Stanley were produced Off Off Broadway by Supporting Characters and Edge in Motion Theater respectfully. His play Hong Kong was produced by Blueberry Pond Theater in Ossining. He's also had one acts produced by The Actors Theater of Vermont and The Geneva Theater Guild. Axial has presented his one acts The Wedding Duel and Gone.
Ward James Riley’s career has spanned over thirty years as a working actor, writer, producer and director, working in all phases of the business including stage, film, radio, commercials and educational and industrial video. His favorite credits include writing the screenplay for the award winning short film MY LETTER TO THE WORLD, co-starring with Emmy Award winner Theodore Bikel in the NPR production of AUGUST COUP, directing EXTREMETIES for the Westchester Showplace, and appearing Off-Broadway as identical twin brothers in SECOND SIGHT.