CAST & CREW BIOS
Gillian Shelly (Edna Pontellier): Frederick Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana); Romeo and Juliet (Nurse); Hamlet (Gertrude); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page). World Premieres: Audrey Cefaly’s Maytag Virgin (Lizzy - Quotidian), Richard Byrne’s Nero/Pseudo (Chrysis – WSC Avant Bard), and Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Review’s critically acclaimed production of The Brontës (Gypsy) at DC Fringe and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regional credits include: Private Lives (Sybil) - Olney Theatre; A Man of No Importance (Lily) - Bay Theatre Company; Rapunzel (The Witch) [Helen Hayes Award nomination] - Imagination Stage; Shear Madness (Barbara) - Kennedy Center; Grease (Rizzo) - Toby’s Dinner Theater; and the area premiere of The Rough Guide to the Underworld (Rita/Stacy/Medea) - Riverrun Theatre Co. NY/DC Fringe appearances include: Landless Theatre’s Diamond Dead (Pussy), ClassiqueNouveau’s One Thousand and One Days (Scheherazade), and the award-winning premiere of Super Claudio Bros. Gillian was Helen in the original concept album cast of Night of the Living Dead (The Musical). AEA and Factory 449 Company member.
Joe Waeyaert (Victor Lebrun) has been performing in the Frederick area for the last ten years, appearing most recently in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at MET and ESP's production of Hamlet last summer. Favorite credits include Jesus in Godspell and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Enjoy the show!
Joseph Baltz (Alphonse Ratignole, Announcer): This is not only my first show with ESP, but my first show in Frederick since moving here from Pennsylvania in 2020! My previous credits include Juror Number Eight in 12 Angry Men, Karl Linder in Raisin in the Sun, and Berthe in Boeing Boeing. I also do voiceovers and audiobooks, which you can hear on josephbaltzvo.com
Matt Baughman (Robert Lebrun) is excited to be making his debut with The Endangered Species Theatre Project. Recent credits include Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (Joe Pitt), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Max Prince), August: Osage County (Bill), Closer (Dan), and Meteor Shower (Gerald)., Next up he will be appearing in Perfect Wedding (Tom) with the Cumberland Theatre and in the Fall, Angels in America Part II: Perestroika (Joe Pitt) with the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Olivia Ercolano (Adele Ratignolle, Miss Mayblunt) is a Baltimore, Maryland native and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. Credits include: Everyman Theatre: An Inspector Calls (Edna); Classic Theatre of Maryland (formerly Annapolis Shakespeare Company): Three Sisters (Masha); Romeo & Juliet (Juliet); Twelfth Night (Olivia); My Fairy Lady (Eliza Doolittle); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena); Our Town (Mrs. Webb); Richard III (Lady Anne); The Tempest (Miranda); Alice in Wonderland (Red Queen). Compass Rose Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird (Mayella); Edgar Allan Poe National Theatre: Blood, Sweat and Fears (Berenice).
Ray C, Shaw (Male Voice of the Sea, Dr. Mandille) His favorite roles include El Gallo in "The Fantastics" and Oscar in "Sweet Charity". His directing career includes an award winning production of "Nunsense II". As choreographer, Ray C. has won numerous awards and recognition for his work with children, adults, and the professional genre.
Ray C. has holds a Master of Fine Arts in Pedagogy, Somatic Science and Choreography and a Masters of Acupuncture. He earned his BA in Directing and Dance in Cleveland, where he trained and worked, eventually finding his way to Phoenix and DC.
He works professionally as director, producer, performer, choreographer and professor of the performing arts as well as holistic medicine. He has served on the faculties of several universities and colleges.
He is currently performing/directing with MAD Dance Theatre, a Frederick, MD based performance art company and fosters for Frederick Lonely Hearts Animal Shelter.
Sasha Carrera (Mademoiselle Reisz, Jo) has been in a number of ESP productions, perhaps most memorably as a Rooster in Civil War Christmas, Ginger in Becky’s New Car and Lady Canterville in The Canterville Ghost. She is excited to be filming her third season as Petra Antonelli in the Baltimore web series Thespian, now streaming online.
Sasha Olinick (Leonce Pontellier, Mr. Merriman) Performs frequently in the DC area, credits include Hub Theatre (company member), Arena Stage, ExPats Theatre, 1st Stage, Folger Shakespeare Library, Imagination Stage, Kennedy Center, MetroStage, Mosaic Theater Company, Olney Theatre Center, Rep Stage, Round House Theatre, Spooky Action, Solas Nua and Studio Theatre. Regional Credits: American Shakespeare Center, Bald Mountain Theater, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Trinity Rep Company, and Vermont Stage. Film and Television Credits: Enemy of The Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, Minyan Duty, VEEP. Sasha holds an MFA in acting from The Trinity Rep Conservatory and teaches acting at Montgomery College, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, and with the Educational Theatre Company.
Stephen Kime (Alcée Arobin, Baudelet) This is Stephen’s third show with Endangered Species, having played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and the Duke in the Comedy of Errors at the 2021 Frederick Shakespeare Festival. Recent credits include Shakespeare in Love at the Keegan Theatre in DC and Frankenstein at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, VA.
Victoria Causey (Female Voice of the Sea, Mariequita) is twenty-one and was born in Frederick, MD. She graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School and this is her second show with ESP. She has previously appeared in The Benevolent Sheva. She has attended Frederick Community College and also Marymount Manhattan. Victoria is very excited once again be working with The Endangered Species Project.”
Zoé Badovinac (Celestine, Mme. Antoine, Lady in Black, Mrs. Merriman) is a British-French actor, known as the voice of Jasnah Kholin in the GraphicAudio recordings of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Stormlight Archive”. In December 2022, she made her professional stage-acting debut off-Broadway starring as elderly choreographer, Astana in Trap Ist with Felice Lesser Dance Theater, and has played in three other New York City productions. Zoé’s short play, “Differently Abling”, about a date between an autistic man and a woman with Charcot Marie Tooth - the neuro-muscular condition Zoé has – had four performances at Greenwich Village’s Players Theatre in February 2023. Zoé is a media spokesperson on CMT. This Spring, she has professional stage roles in Washington DC and Manhattan, and will be in 13 episodes of an upcoming BSK Studios TV series.
Christine Mosere (Director) is a director, producer, and actor. She was a founding member of the Lucille Lortel award-winning NYC Peccadillo Theatre Company. She originated works in NYC with LaMaMa, BAM!, and Woman Seeking... a theatre company. In Seattle, she directed shows all over town including at ACT Theatre's Buster's Cabaret. She was a Director at Book-It Repertory Theatre where she discovered this adaptation of The Awakening and put it in her mind to one day direct the piece. Upon moving to Frederick, she formed Endangered Species theatre Project (home of the Frederick Shakespere Festival) with the goal of getting more women (CIS or TRANS) working. After The Awakening, Christine will direct Twelfth Night with Deaf/hearing integration on the campus of Hood College. Christine is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
Marci Shegogue, (Music Director) (she/her) has music directed hundreds of professional, community and educational theatre productions in the DC area over the past 40 years. She is the Managing Director and Board President of The Free Theatre, a tuition-free student-led teen theatre company, and the Resident Music Director for Free Range Humans, a professional immersive theater company in Frederick, MD. Marci has worked extensively with educational arts, theatre and music programs, including American University, University of MD, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, Imagination Stage, Levine School of Music, and BlackRock Center for the Arts. Favorite productions include Once (American Univ), Little Women (Univ of MD and Montgomery College), Jekyll and Hyde, Murder Ballad, Always Patsy Cline, Striking 12, 35mm (Free Range Humans), Double Trouble (Imagination Stage), Infinite Future: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Monumental Theater), Newsies and Anastasia (Quince Orchard HS), Aida and In the Heights (Northwest HS), Spamalot and Forever Plaid (Rockville Musical Theater). Marci is also a collaborative accompanist, mentor, audition coach, music educator, and freelance musician.