MEET THE CAST: LA MIRTILLA
We are honored to bring together some of LA’s finest theatrical talent to present—for the first time in this staged reading—Isabella Andreini’s La Mirtilla (1588). Visit our 2018-19 Season page for event details. This event will be directed by Artistic Director, Dr. Marylin Winkle and will include music by L.A. Camerata players.
Jim Boelsen (Gorgo)
Jim has over 40 years of diverse performance experiences. In addition to acting in various television, radio and movies, he has performed stand-up comedy in Las Vegas, as well as in Los Angeles at such venues as Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store. You can also hear his performances on the Dr. Demento Radio show. Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Illinois State University. His Los Angeles theatre credits include his work as Chief Curry and FBI Agent Bookout in two Gangbusters Theatre Company world premiere productions of Sunny Afternoon. As a company member at Rogue Machine Theatre, he has performed in I Might Do and is an enthusiastic participant in their Around-the-Clock Play festivals. Television credits include: Matlock, V, RideShare Confessions, and Chickleberry Jam. He also starred as “Moose” on both the ABC Saturday Comedy Special and The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show. Feature film credits include Honkytonk Man, The Hazing, Strange Behavior and the recently completed The Last Frankenstein. Jim is a member of SAG/AFTRA.
Jim is proud and grateful to be a part of L.A. Camerata and looks forward to be a performer and supporter of this wonderful production.
Corryn Cummins (Producer/Filli/Tirsi)
Corryn is a Chicago native Actor, Director, Producer and Photographer, now based in Los Angeles. On-stage credits include work in both cities with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Rogue Machine, Theatre @ Boston Court, Skylight, The Blank, The Odyssey, Padua Playwrights, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Timeline, Famous Door, Mary-Arrchie, A Red Orchid and Sacred Fools among many others. She received an L.A. Weekly Award for her work in the West Coast Premiere of David Harrower's Blackbird (Rogue Machine), a Joseph Jefferson Award for The Hot l Baltimore (Mary-Arrchie, directed by David Cromer), and multiple Ovation Awards for The L.A. Premiere of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe (Lost Angels). She also received Ovation, L.A. Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly Awards for her work as a Producer on the World Premiere of Small Engine Repair (Rogue Machine). Directing credits include the L.A. Premiere of Sunshine at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Corryn holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the School of Theatre at Illinois State University and also works in film, television and voiceover. Her work centers around a particular emphasis on brand new, world and regional premieres, as well as work that illuminates complex female characters and the voices of women.
Burt Grinstead (Amore/Opico/Igilio)
Burt is an actor/writer/producer who has appeared in many television shows and movies including NCIS, Criminal Minds, 9-1-1, The Car: Road to Revenge, Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, etc. Grinstead’s favorite theatre roles have been in Deathtrap, Fool For Love, Rope, and Dying City. More info at www.BurtGrinstead.com. Burt is currently writing, producing, and starring in several projects with his company, Blanket Fort Entertainment (www.BlanketFortEntertainment.com).
Matthew Hancock (Ardelia)
Matthew is elated to be a part of L.A. Camerata. Matthew is a LADCC award winner for Hit the Wall (Carson). Favorite credits include: the Los Angeles premiere of the NAACP and Ovation Award nominated The Brothers Size (Oshoosi), I and You (Anthony). While not on the stage or in front of the camera, Matthew enjoys musical endeavors as Michael Siren. Matthew holds a BFA from Adelphi University (cum laude). To his incredibly supportive Family, Thank you. Follow Matthew on Twitter: @therealmatteo and instagram: imatthewhancock
Amy K. Harmon (Mirtilla)
Amy is thrilled to be making her L.A Camerata Debut. LA Stage credits include: A Night of Grand Guignol ( Schuyler Helford), Lord of The Underworld's Home For Unwed Mothers (Skylight Theatre ), Nice Things ( Rogue Machine), Dirty ( dir. Shannon Cochran), All Your Hard Work (dir. Michael Matthews), Summer in Hell ( BSTC) Leiris/Picasso ( BSTC) TV/ Film credits include: Suit Up ( FOX), Scandal (ABC), Castle (ABC) Private Practice (ABC), The West Wing (NBC), American Splendor ( HBO). Amy is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf ( Chicago, IL) & Emerson College. She is a member of Rogue Machine & Brimmer Street Theatre Co. and also an active Los Angeles Theatre Director. More at www.amykharmon.com
Donnie Smith (Producer/Uranio/Satiro)
Donnie is co-founder and Production Manager for L.A. Camerata. Mr. Smith is a classically-trained film and theatre actor, acting coach, and advocate for the arts. As an actor, he recently starred in Patrick Hamilton’s Rope at Actors Co-op Theatre Company. He also performed the critically-acclaimed and award-winning (LADCC and Stage Raw - Ensemble & Production, Ovation nominated Ensemble & Production) West Coast premiere of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall (LA LGBT Center). Other Los Angeles credits include the West Coast premiere of Daniel MacIvor’s House (LA Weekly nomination - Solo Performance) and Small Engine Repair (Ovation, LADCC, Backstage Garland & LA Weekly awards) at Rogue Machine Theatre, where he has been a company member for seven years. He also starred in William Mastrosimone’s Sunshine (Gangbusters Theatre Company at Hollywood Fringe) and was featured in the world premiere of Sunny Afternoon (Gangbusters Theatre Company at Hollywood Fringe & Theater Asylum).
For more, visit www.donniesmith.org .
Anna Stromberg (Venere/Coridone)
Anna is an actor/director/writer/producer. She’s worked Off-Broadway with Daniel Aukin, Adam Rapp, and Lyle Kessler. She’s a two-time Wilmington Theatre Award Winner, and won Best Actress at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival (Well Wishes on Netflix). She voices a character in Netflix’s Super Drags. Anna is currently writing, producing, and starring in several projects with her company, Blanket Fort Entertainment (www.BlanketFortEntertainment.com).