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Deborah K BjornstiIn July Deborah is appearing in the title role of Emma, based on the works of Jane Austen. She also understudied all the women's roles in the March production of Pride & Prejudice. Deborah’s debut with HCTC was in the 2016 original adaptation of Lysisarah: Make America Great Again! She has since appeared as Princess Henrietta in the 2018 production of The Three Musketeers: 20 Years Later and the 2019 production of The Man in the Iron Mask in which she played Queen Anne of Spain. She then appeared in the 2020 production of Sense & Sensibility. In the 2021 season Deborah appeared in The Count of Monte Cristo as well as the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Deborah appeared as army nurse Eddie Meeks in the HCTC documentary "Vietnam: Personal Stories of War," and in the 2021 documentary "What They Said."
David Palmer BrownDavid is playing the role of King Duncan in the August production of Macbeth. He first appeared with Hudson Classical Theater Company as Polonius in the 2009 production of Hamlet. Among other roles he has appeared as De Guiche in Cyrano, Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Sorin in The Seagull, Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew, and in the title role of King Lear as part of HCTCs 2013 10 th Anniversary Season. He also appeared as the Ghost in the 2018 production of Hamlet, adapted by George K. Wells. David appeared as Porthos in the 2018 production of The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later, and reprised the role the following year in The Man in the Iron Mask.
Bryan BrykBryan Bryk serves as the Hudson Classical Theater Company Archivist. This season Brian has appeared as Denny, Percy and Cecil in the March production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. He will also appear as Malcolm in the August production of Macbeth. Bryan appeared as Costard in the June 2021 production of Love's labour's Lost and as Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo, August 2021.
Ben FarmerBen played Marc Antony in HCTC’s 2019 production of Antony & Cleopatra. This summer Ben will be playing Macduff in the August production of Macbeth. For HCTC Ben has appeared as George Seacoal in 2016's Much Ado About Nothing. He also appeared in 2015 Veterans Day Commemoration reading Civil War: Letters and Stories from the New York Regiments, in honor of the 150 anniversary of the end of the war. He also appeared in 2020 documentary "Vietnam: Personal Stories of War."
Aya IbarakiAya’s first production with HCTC was Same River Twice in 2014. She was also in the 2018 production of Trojan Women, the 2021 documentary "What They Said," and as Caroline Bingley in the March production of Pride & Prejudice. This summer she is playing the Queen and the Keeper in Richard II.
Travis JamesTravis James played both Mr. Phillips and Mr. Reynolds in Pride & Prejudice. Travis first started with the Hudson Classical Theater Company in Romeo & Juliet in 2018. He returned in 2019 for Antony & Cleopatra, and most recently, as Sir Nathaniel in the July 2021 production of Love's Labour's Lost.
Roxann KraemerRoxann Kraemer has been with the company since her debut as Arcadia in the 2011 production of The Sea Gull, adapted by company member Tommy Demenkoff. This season she is appearing in Richard II as John of Gaunt, the Duchess of York, and the Welsh Captain. She has appeared in more than 15 roles over the years including Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Decius Brutus inJulius Caesar, Kent inKing Lear, as well as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, both roles opposite her husband Greg Horton.
Susane LeeSusane Lee has adapted two Jane Austen novels, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility, for the stage, and her third adaptation of an Austen novel, Emma, will be this season's July production. From five books of Alexander Dumas Susane took on the Herculean task of adapting 'The D'Artagnan Romances'. Beginning with The Three Musketeers in 2017, The Three Musketeers: 20 Years Later in 2018, and the final episode The Man in the Iron Mask in 2019. She completed her four year project of ‘The Dumas Adventures' in 2021 with her adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. Susane also adapted for the stage His Girl Friday in 2017, and Lysisarah: Make America Great Again! in 2016 both of which she also directed. Her directing debut with the company was the 2012 production of Wm. Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.
Nicholas Martin-SmithNicholas Martin-Smith founded Hudson Classical Theater Company in 2004 and served as its Artistic Director for 18 years. This season he will be directing Pride & Prejudice in March, Richard II in June, and in August Macbeth. Also for the Hudson Classical Theater Company he has directed, an original adaptation of Cyrano by Joseph Hamel, Romeo and Juliet (twice), as well as Julius Caesar, at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center for the Arts where HCTC is the resident theater company. Mr. Martin-Smith had the pleasure of directing the world premiere of a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's "The D'Artagnan Romances" which included The Three Musketeers in 2017, The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later in 2018, and The Man in the Iron Mask in 2019, as well as Dumas's classic, The Count of Monte Cristo. All novels were adapted for the stage by his long-time collaborator Susane Lee.
Nathan MattinglyNathan Mattingly serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the Hudson Classical Theater Company as well as the Musical Director. This season Nate will appear in the title role of Richard II in June. Among other roles Nathan appeared as Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra, Agis in Triumph of Love, Aeneas in Trojan Women, and Horatio in the 2018 production of Hamlet.
Vince PhillipVince Phillip is a long standing Hudson Classical Theater Company Member first appearing in their 2010 production of Cyrano. He has also appeared in the title role Richard III in 2012, as Iago in their 2016 production of Othello and in 2018 Vince appeared as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet . This season Vince is helping behind the scenes as a member of our Production Crew, and the resident "IT Guy."
Austin ReynoldsAustin will appear as Thomas Mowbray, Sir Stephen Scroop and Lord Ross in the June production of Richard II. He will also appear as Macallan in the August production of Macbeth. Earlier in the season he understudied all the men's roles in the March production of Pride & Prejudice. Austin’s first appearance with the company was Count de Guiche in The Man in the Iron Mask in 2019. In March 2020 he appeared as Willoughby in the original adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. In the 2021 season Austin played Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Fernand Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo. Austin appeared as marine corporal Abraham Rodriguez in the HCTC 2020 documentary "Vietnam: Personal Stories of War."
Theresa SaganTheresa Sagan was the Assistant Director as well as both the Sound and Lighting Designer for the March production of Pride & Prejudice. Theresa is also the Director of the July production, of Jane Austen's Emma adapted by Susane Lee. Theresa is a Production Manager with the Hudson Classical Theater Company, and her other credits include Stage Manager and Sound Designer of The Count of Monte Cristo, Stage Manager, Sound and Lighting designer, for Sense & Sensibility, as well as Stage Manager of The Man in the Iron Mask.
Paul SingletonPaul Singleton serves as the Equity Liaison for the Hudson Classical Theater Company and appeared as Mr. Bennet in the March production of Pride & Prejudice. He is following that up with the Duke of York in the June Production of Richard II. Paul's past roles include Enobarbus in the June 2019 production of Antony & Cleopatra, King Henry in Henry 4.1, and Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet. He also appeared as the Chorus in Henry V, and Don Pedro in their 2018 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Grace TerdoslavichGrace Terdoslavich is a Production Manger with the Hudson Classical Theater Company and will be the Assistant Stage Manger on Pride & Prejudice in March. This summer she will serve as the Stage Manger for Richard II in June. Grace will also be the Dramaturge on both Emma and Macbeth, and she'll be the Prop Mistress for the entire four show 2022 season.
Grace has served as Prop Mistress on six productions, she has been the Assistant Stage Manager on three productions, she has Stage Managed four productions and was the Blood Technician on Henry V in 2017. This summer Grace will also serve as the Blood Technician on Macbeth. Grace first started with the Hudson Classical Theater Company in 2016 as an Assistant Stage Manager on Lysisarah: Make America Great Again!