The Company











Nicole Stodard                                                                                      
Producing Artistic Director
nicole@thinkingcaptheatre.com


Nicole is founding Artistic Director of Thinking Cap Theatre and founding Executive Director of The Vanguard, an award winning performing arts venue located in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Most recently, Nicole earned a Carbonell Nomination for Best Director of a Play for MUD by Maria Irene Fornes.  She is a Silver Palm Award recipient for her adaptation and direction of The Rover by Aphra Behn and a three time recipient of the NEW TIMES "Best Director" Award for Cleansed by Sarah Kane (2012); The Rover by Aphra Behn (2013); and A Map of Virtue, Or, & The Importance of Being Earnest (2015/2016).  Recent directing credits include MUD by Maria Irene Fornes;  Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney & Kathy Najimy; Or, by Liz Duffy Adams; a disco adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest; Erin Courtney's A Map of Virtue; Eileen Atkins' Vita & Virginia; Ted Swindley's Always...Patsy Cline; the Florida premiere of Young Jean Lee's Church; the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kosar's Hot Dog; the Florida premiere of Mark Ravenhill's Pool (No Water); Nick Mwaluko's Waafrika; Aphra Behn's The Rover; Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy; Mariah MacCarthy's the all-american genderf*ck cabaret; the Florida premiere of Sarah Kane's Cleansed; the world premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler's dark comedy, Death for Sydney Black; the Florida premiere of Nick Mwaluko's transgender drama, S/HE; and Joshua Conkel’s Off-Off Broadway comedy MilkMilkLemonade at Empire Stage.  Nicole earned a B.A. in English from Lafayette College, a M.Phil. in Theatre from Trinity College, Dublin, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida (USF). Her research areas include early modern and Restoration drama; feminist and LGBTQ issues in drama and theatre. She has published articles and reviews in journals such as Restoration and 18thCentury Theatre Research and Shakespeare Bulletin. From 2004-2009, Nicole taught literature and writing at USF and the University of Tampa.  Nicole has also worked as a drama teacher, writer, and editor for Treasure Coast Hospice for whom she led youth drama and playwriting workshops on the use of theatre as a tool for valuing life and coping with loss.  Nicole is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Read her theatre blog: http://dramadaily.wordpress.comFollow her on twitter: http://twitter.com/DramaDaily 













Mark Duncan                                                                                        
Managing Director/Associate Producer

mark@thinkingcaptheatre.com


Mark earned an M.F.A. in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Coastal Carolina University and is a graduate of Chicago’s Second City Conservatory. Regional and international acting credits include: Thinking Cap Theatre's Waiting for Waiting for Godot, Hot Dog, and The Rover, Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre's A Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night; Broward Center for the Performing Arts' A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Promethean Theatre's Cannibal the Musical, Still the River Runs, Cyrano, and Boeing-Boeing; Georgia Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet; New American Theater's Holiday O’ Henry; Wing and Groove Theatre Company-Chicago's Taming of the Shrew; Theatre Virginia's A Much Ado About Nothing, Hay Fever), Rude Mechanical Production's The Reindeer Monologues; Richmond Shakespeare Festival's Two Gentlemen of Verona; Blue Ridge Theatre Festival's Loves! Labours! Lust!; and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival-Romania's Sleepers and Catastrophe. Directing credits include: A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath (TCT at The Vanguard), Hamlet (NSU), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare at Castle, Ohio), The Book of Liz (TCT at The Vanguard), New American Theatre, Shockoe Slip Theatre (Chicago), Hollywood Shakespeare Festival, Miami One-Act Festival at New Theatre, and the Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre. Mark is Associate Professor/Chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Nova Southeastern University. Mark is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.



Carey Hart                                                                                           
Production Stage Manager

carey@thinkingcaptheatre.com 

Carey Brianna Hart is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts and Chicago's Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. She is a member of the South Florida Theatre League and the Screen Actor's Guild. Carey has appeared in several Thinking Cap Theatre productions, including Mary in S/HE, Callis in The Rover, Mama Mugabe in Waafrika, Sister in Church, and Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. She has also worked with AAPACT, Area Stage, M Ensemble, Mad Cat Theatre Company, New Theatre, and The Women's Theatre Project. Carey is a South Florida native.


Scott Dougas Wilson                                                                            
Literary Manager/Associate Producer

scott@thinkingcaptheatre.com


A native of Columbus, Ohio, Scott is an award-winning actor, writer, teacher, and director. Currently based in South Florida, has lived and worked professionally in New York City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. In 2009 he graduated with an M.F.A. in Acting from the Ohio State University and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Otterbein University. Scott has performed with several national touring companies, appeared in the awared-winning film Glass City (Best Actor, 2009 Naperville Independent Film Festival), and co-founded the NYC-based sketch comedy troupe, the Scallywags. Since arriving in South Florida, Scott has worked as an actor and educator with numerous theatre companies, including Thinking Cap Theatre's productions of Church (Reverend Jose), Pool (No Water) (Ensemble), Milkmilklemonade (Nanna), The Drawer Boy (Miles), and The Rover (Willmore). He is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc.), a 2011 Carbonell Award nominee for Best Actor (The Pillowman, Infitie Abyss), and currently serves on the faculty of New World School of the Arts.




Casey Dressler                                                                                     
Production Manager
casey@thinkingcaptheatre.com


Casey is an Actor/Playwright who grew up on the tiny islands of the Florida Keys. She trained at New World School of the arts in downtown Miami and is a conservatory graduate of the Acting School of South Florida. Casey is the founder of Fly Away Balloon Theatre Co., a traveling band of theatre artists, dedicated to producing original work. Her one woman show, The Wedding Warrior, has been staged at The Alliance Theatre Lab in Miami, BLUEDOG Acting company in Fort Lauderdale, 59E59 Theaters in NYC and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. 
 
South Florida Theatre Credits include: A Map Of Virtue (Thinking Cap Theatre), Pool (No Water) (Thinking Cap Theatre), The Originals (The Alliance Theatre Lab), Composition Notebook (Fly Away Balloon Theatre Co.), The Jewish Nun (New Light Theatre), Model City (The Krane),  Tamed: Tales of Mayhem, Motion and Malarky (Square Peg Productions), The Whole Caboodle (Parade Productions Florida Theatre), Girl Play (The Women's Theatre Project).





Leah Barsanti

Director of Community Outreach

leah@thinkingcaptheatre.com


Leah is a dramaturg, playwright, and educator from Chicago who now resides in South Florida. She has worked with many lovely theatre companies, including Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Minneappolis’ Playwright’s Center, and Miami’s City Theatre.





Emma Magner

Director of Audience Relations and Social Media

magneremma@gmail.com


Emma first worked with TCT last season on the U.S. Premiere of Hot Dog.  She has since worked with the company on and off stage, as Stage Manager, Front of House, Dresser, and Actor. She is a Nova Southeastern University Alumni, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Marine Biology. At NSU, she appeared in The Importance of Being Ernest as Cecily, Wonder of the World as Brenda and Clown/Therapist,Tartuffe as Elmire, Everyman as Angel and The Trojan Woman as Cassandra.




Alyiece Moretto

Resident Scenic Artist


A South Florida native, Alyiece works locally as a set and scenic designer. While at Nova Southeastern University, Alyiece got to work closely with the company members of The Promethean Theatre, receiving professional credit even before graduating. Over the past 6 years she has continued to work with both educational and professional theaters. Her most recent set design credits include Waiting for Waiting for Godot, Book of Liz, Vita and Virginia, and Always Patsy Cline with Thinking Cap, Seussical the Musical with Unity School of Delray, In the Cafe with Crashbox Theatre Company, High School Musical with Rising Starz Music Academy, Once Upon a Mattress with American Heritage School in Plantation and Visiting Hours with New Theatre.




Kati O'Hearn

Company Member


Kati O'Hearn is an actress, writer, & teaching artist from Massachusetts. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Kati has an extensive background in Music, Theatre, and Comedy. She has worked/performed at a variety of theaters & organizations including Actor's Playhouse (FL), Lincoln Center Theatre (NY), Upright Citizen's Brigade (NY), The Birdland (NY), Telsey & Company (NY), The Naked Stage (FL), Cape Playhouse (MA), and the Promethean Theatre (FL). Thinking Cap shows include- A Map of Virtue (2015) & The Importance of Being Earnest (2015). Kati also currently works at Muse Center for the Arts in the Musical Theatre Department.


Niki Fridh

Company Member


An actress, theatre educator, and photographer, Niki has appeared in several TCT shows, including Pool (No Water), Hot Dog, Vita & Virginia (Carbonell Award Nominee, Best Supporting Actress in a Play), A Map of Virtue, and OR,. 




Mariah Busk

Company Member


Mariah has worked onstage and offstage in theatre since earning her BA in theatre from Nova Southeastern University.   


Desiree Mora                                                                                       
Company Member

desiree@thinkingcaptheatre.com


Desiree has studied acting under such luminaries as Sebastian Ligarde, Anna Panaro, Tom Todoroff, and Timothy O'Keefe.  Her acting credits include Cheerleader 2/Daddy in the world premiere of Death for Sydney Black, Woman in Cleansed, and Lucetta in The Rover, all directed by Nicole Stodard. She also performed in the 1st South Florida One-Minute Play Festival and appeared in the short film Citrus Soulmates. She believes in Thinking Cap's mission to produce works that are honest and bold, knowing that our reaction to such works can say more about ourselves than the works themselves.  "Like" her actor page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Desiree-Mora.  In addition to her training and work in theatre, Desiree holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University and holds an A.A. in Logistics from Central Carolina Technical College.



Gretchen Porro

Company Member






Ensemble Members                                                                           

Casey Dressler

Mark Duncan


Niki Fridh

Carey Hart


Noah Levine

Emma Magner


Desiree Mora


Gretchen Porro


Kati O'Hearn

Scott Douglass Wilson