JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR- ACTOR BIOS
Hilary Adams (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the LTA mainstage! Her most recent performance was as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol in 2016. Previous roles include Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire (LTA), Karma in Laughing Stock (LTA) and Guildenstern in Hamlet (PCP). Earlier this year, Hilary directed a one-act as part of LTA’s New Voices series, and enjoyed the opportunity to work on the other side of the production table. Hilary would like to thank her family and boyfriend for their enthusiastic support of all of her artistic endeavors.
Rishabh Bajekal (Jesus of Nazareth) is thrilled to be making his LTA debut with this talented ensemble. Rishabh’s big break occurred in first grade as the titular role in Christopher Columbus Gets His First Compass. The school newspaper raved, “We loved the tunic and tights” and “He did indeed get that compass.” His favorite roles include Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (VLOC), Camille in The Merry Widow (VLOC) and Chuck in Footloose (Loudoun Centre Theater). When not performing, Rishabh works as an analyst, making fancy slides with a variety of charts and graphs. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Cody Boehm (Simon Zealotes) is thrilled to be making her LTA debut! She was last seen on the D.C. stage in Spring Awakening (Thea) at the Keegan Theatre. She has since been in NYC performing at such venues as Lincoln Center, 54 Below and Joe’s Pub. NY Theater: See What I Wanna See (Kesa/Wife/Actress), The Danger Year (Jill), JCS (Priest). Cody is a proud Pace University MT alum! She would like to thank her fabulous cast, as well as her family and friends! @csboehm
Tyrone Brown Jr. (Ensemble) is a native of Chesapeake, VA. He has a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, where he started pursuing acting, appearing in many shows including Dreamgirls, A Musical Tribute to Whitney, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Brother Size, Black Nativity, Kansas City Review and Road Less Traveled. Tyrone is excited to make his debut with LTA and looks forward to seeing what the future holds!
Peter Curtin (Ensemble) is thrilled to debut at LTA with a company of such wonderful performers and people. He has recently appeared as Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (DS) and as an ensemble member in She Loves Me (TAP).
Alyssa DeGrace (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her community theater debut in LTA’s Jesus Christ Superstar. After spending the last 20 years of her life watching productions in New York, Baltimore and the DMV, she is excited to share the stage with this talented cast, crew and production team. She would like to dedicate her performance to her friends and family, especially the newest addition.
Hans Dettmar (Pontius Pilate) was last seen at LTA in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). More recently he appeared as Sir Robin in Spamalot (RMT) and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (TAP). Favorite shows include: A Little Night Music (TAP), Stalag 17 (American Century Theater), The History Boys (ESP), The Elephant Man (College Community Theater with 2nd Flight), The Underpants (College Community Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SMP), 1776 (LTA), South Pacific (SP) and The Music Man (SP). As always, thanks to his best friend, Marianne.
Ryaan Farhadi (Caiaphas) is so thankful to be making his LTA debut in one of his favorite roles. Recent credits include Mereb in Aida (RCP), Woof in Hair (VYP), as well as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Leaf’s Dad in 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Black N Red in Deadwood Dick and others. He would like to thank his family, his wonderful friends, Babs, and the entire cast and crew at LTA for their hard work and love.
Michael Gale (Peter) is grateful to be performing in his sixth LTA musical. Most recently onstage as the Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Dominion Stage’s Assassins, he appeared at LTA as Malcolm McGregor in The Full Monty, Tateh in Ragtime, killer-rabbit puppeteer in Spamalot, a community member in In the Heights and Purser in Anything Goes. Offstage, Michael works for an international development nonprofit. Love to Sarah and Calvin.
Andy Izquierdo (King Herod) is excited to be back at LTA, where he has recently appeared as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Favorite credits include LTA’s Rabbit Hole and Chicago; RCP’s Twilight of the Golds and Moonlight and Magnolias; KAT’s A New Brain (WATCH Award), Assassins, Kiss of the Spider Woman (WATCH Award) and The Rocky Horror Show; ESP’s Blood Brothers (WATCH Award); and TAP’s Noises Off and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A huge thank you to the amazing cast and crew. For Maddie and Riley.
Emmy Kampe (Priest) is ecstatic to be making her LTA debut. She has returned to the stage in the U.S. after years of performing in Germany and was most recently seen locally in RMT’s production of Shrek: The Musical. Favorite roles include Little Red in Into the Woods, Faith in Kindertransport (KMC) and, offstage, rescue dog mom. A small-town Midwesterner, she is enamored with the opportunities afforded in the DMV and grateful for the wonderful people she has met here, though she is considerably less enthused about the traffic.
Katie Kellenberger (Ensemble) is delighted to join the Jesus Christ Superstar cast for her second LTA mainstage production. Most recently, she appeared as Ruby in Anne of Green Gables and Louise/Kathy in Amityville. Katie is a musical co-chair with NextGenLTA and works as a journalist with a local publishing group.
Amy Lapthorne (Annas) G’day mates! Hailing from Australia’s Gold Coast, Amy has previously been involved in a number of Australian musical theater and cabaret performances (which her mum swears were quite good) and currently stars (unofficially) as Australia’s National Anthem singer. Until now, she has considered forcing Americans to try (and inevitably hate) Vegemite to be her greatest achievement in the States. Amy is thrilled to be performing in her first production with LTA and expects that this experience can only surpass that! Hooroo!
Alex Lopez (Ensemble) is delighted to be in his first LTA show. He has been performing locally for the last eight years. Previous credits include The Regulars (Capital Fringe Festival); Pas de Deux and The Jacqmin Family (Source Festival); If/Then, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fabulation, Chess, Titanic, Lungs and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. He has been honing his acting skills at Teatro de la Luna and more recently at the Theatre Lab Honors Acting Conservatory.
Tracey Lucas (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her LTA debut in Jesus Christ Superstar with such a heavenly cast! Favorite roles include Frenchy in Grease (Erie Playhouse), Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie (Mercyhurst Prep), The Bogle in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Roadhouse Theatre), Sister Hubert in Nunsense (Mercyhurst Prep) and Nancy Twinkle in Little Mary Sunshine (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Offstage, Tracey is one half of D.C.-area PR firm Nardi Media, and cat-mom to Rosaline and Macbeth.
Rosemarie O’Connor (Ensemble) is making her LTA debut. Previously she has worked with Port City (Tangled in the Tinsel), Encore Stage & Studio (Once Upon a Mattress) and Marymount Actors’ Guild (Ordinary Days, Next to Normal, etc.). Big thanks to the Sunday Dinner Family, her dear friends who know too much, and the cast, crew and production team. Love from Little Bittie!
Carlos Antonio Ramirez (Judas Iscariot) spends the majority of the week reporting traffic conditions around the D.C. and Baltimore areas on numerous radio stations, most proudly on the iHeart stations he’s listened to since he was a kid. Since high school, Carlos has loved performing in musicals and has been featured in the likes of 24 Words, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance and Release: A Rock Opera. In his second time appearing in his all-time favorite musical, Carlos is proud and honored to be playing the complex and challenging role of Judas Iscariot.