Meet Axial's Company Members

We are an ensemble of professional actors, writers, and directors, representing all ages, who meet weekly as a group to build and strengthen the fabric of our unit and to collaboratively create original theatre material.

Rofa Abayon                             

Rofa began acting with Howard Meyer’s Acting Program in 2013 under Rachel Jones to try to relieve the boredom she found herself coping with in her mid-twenties.  In fact, life was purposeless for Rofa during this time with nothing glowing except for the Excel spreadsheet color she filled in for the weekly report she was required to produce. Acting showed her the beauty of her own inner life, imagination, and the ability to be compassionate towards people through the characters in plays. She fell in love and has been with the HM Acting Program and Axial Theatre ever since. 

 

Catherine Banks

After a long hiatus, Catherine returned to acting by taking classes at Howard Meyer’s Acting Program which provided a pathway back to the stage.  She has recently become an Axial Company member. She has worn many hats, from actor to producer, and has recently been the co-director with Rachel Jones in the HM Acting Program workshop, Misfits. She is thrilled to be part of Axial Theatre and the HM Acting Program.

Michael Boyle


Michael Boyle, Jr. has been an Axial Company member since spring 2015 and is now an Axial Company liaison.  He has performed with Axial in:  The Seagull, Dead Man's Cell Phone, A Doll's House (Understudy for four performances), Doctor! Doctor, Welcome to Norway, and Double Date. He has also performed with Aery Theatre Company’s 20/20 Festival in St. John, by Axial’s Lloyd Pace. Outside the theater, Michael teaches social studies and is the Social Studies Department Chairman at Eastchester High School. He also was an elected member of the New Rochelle City Council from 2000-2008. His acting training from 2008 to the present has been with Howard Meyer’s Acting Program, including Howard's Master Class, and study with Rachel Jones. He graduated with a Theatre Minor from SUNY Albany.

Pamela Brokaw

Pamela started with Axial Theatre as a student of Rachel Jones in 2012. After immediately falling in love with acting, she performed in several student performance workshops and moved on to study with Howard Meyer in his Advanced and Master classes.  Her latest work includes Maria, in Evelyn Mertens play, Words, part of Twisted Valentines 2017 and Betsy, in Gabrielle Fox’s play, A Day of Beauty, part of the 2016 production, Gaslight Tango.  Pamela is honored to be a Company member and continues to enjoy working on her craft and performing with Axial Theatre. 

 

Francesco Campari

Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco has worked and trained with Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and Centro Teatro, as well as working extensively with the Mamadou Dioume, Yoshi Oida and the great Peter Brook. He moved to New York city in 2006 continuing his director’s training under Robert Ellermann at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Insitute. Since 2008 Francesco, together with Anatol Yusef, is the artistic director of FIXITSOLIFE theatre company. In 2010 they produced Jason Odell William’s The Science of Guilt which had a successful run at the DR2 Theatre in NYC. Other Off Broadway credits include: Proof by David Auburn, Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, William and the Tradesmen by Eli James, American Addict by Ricky Butler and Nineteenhundred by Alessandro Baricco. Francesco is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Directors LAB.

Marilyn Collazo  

                                    
Marilyn is an Axial Company member and serves as one of its liaisons.  She has been a student of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program for several years, studying with both Rachel Jones and Howard Meyer through the Master Class. She has performed in several monologue and performance workshops.  Axial Theatre credits include the role of Lisa in Gin Joint in the 2017 production of Twisted Valentines and as Maria in Words in a “Book in Hand” reading of Evelyn Mertens’ plays.  She has also appeared in Westchester Collaborative Theater’s (WCT) mainstage production, Your New Neighbors, and in several WCT staged readings. 


Laura Credidio 

Laura Credidio began as a student of Howard Meyer's acting program nine years ago.  She went on to study at Circle in the Square in NYC, Shakespeare's Globe in London, and finally graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in acting and a concentration in directing.  This past June she completed a 10-month long children's tour as an actor with George Street Playhouse.  She has directed for Small Pond Entertainment, Collaborative Arts, and The Ridgefield Theater Barn.  With Axial Theatre Company Laura has directed Girl's Lunch and Mondays at Eight.  She's also had the pleasure of spending the last four years, alongside Rachel Jones, playing director, stage manager and vocal coach for HM Acting's performance workshops.  She's thrilled, as always, to be a part of the Axial community.

Patrick Davin


Patrick is an Axial Company member and has been a part of numerous Axial productions for many years as either a writer, director or actor. He wrote Balls, They and Missing Parts, and directed Doctor, Doctor and The Woes. He acted in Cheri and Jeri, Twenty, Marrow and In Between Stops. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studio and the NYU Film School of Continuing Professional Studies. His first feature film, Lonely Boys, which he co-wrote and co-produced will be distributed by Candy Factory Productions and available for streaming through VOD, Amazon, Hulu, and various other platforms.  

 

Gabrielle Fox


Gabrielle is an award-winning playwright. Most recently, she won the Planet Activist Award for her fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Her play, The Home, also won awards for outstanding playwriting and overall production. After studying with Erik Ehn in La MaMa Umbria, her play was presented in the La MaMa New Playwright Marathon in New York. Gabrielle teaches playwriting for Howard Meyer's Acting Program and the Young Author's Conference. She founded the Theatre Revolution, LLC, on Facebook and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

 

Lori Franzese


A SUNY Purchase graduate and former student of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program, she is now the program’s Student Relations Manager. She has performed with many area theaters, as well as producing and co-hosting the local cable show, "Lights Up!"  Numerous theatre roles include:  Charlotte, Moon Over Buffalo; Lois, Wonder of the World; and M'Lynn, Steel Magnolias; countless episodes of "The Play's the Thing" on Cablevision; and a featured role on the Canadian paranormal series, Creepy Canada.  She has also done radio spots for Gold's Gym, a LanguageMate infomercial, and had film roles in Runaway Overture and Wandering Off, among others.

 

Linda Giuliano

Linda Giuliano is a co-founder & member of WritersGroup. Her past theatre works have been performed at: The Chocolate Church Annex, Grace Institute, HERE, The Grove Street Theatre, Playwright's Horizons Summerfest, Toronto Fringe Festival and The 78th Street Theatre Lab. Linda has collaborated as a writer for the film short by Nicole Gunther, "Domenica Mattutina". She is a writing mentor for The Trigorin Project in Bath, Maine. Her full length play, Crossing Over is to be produced by The Lanyard Theatre Company in Bath in December '06.

 

Albi Gorn


Albi has been doing theater for nearly 40 years as an actor/director/producer but chiefly as a playwright. His plays have won numerous national playwriting contests and theater festivals and have been produced all over the U.S., in England and Mexico. His signature work, It’s About Forgiveness, has won several playwriting contests and was one of four finalists (and the only original script) in the 2014 All-England Theatre Festival. Axial has produced several of his short plays including It’s About Forgiveness, Girl With Guitar and Double Date.  Albi is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson with his wife, Robin Anne Joseph, also a director/actor/writer (and cantor at the local synagogue), his son Kobe, currently studying writing at Emerson, and his daughter Jennie. albigorn.com


Gail Greenstein

As an Axial Theatre member, Gail has performed as Inez Pierce, in Peter Kelly’s “Windows on the World” at the Schoolhouse Playhouse in Croton Falls; as the nurse in Brian O’Neill’s “Grass Island” at HERE in NYC; twice as Stella in Linda Giulani’s “Shroud of Turin”, once at HERE in NYC and then again at Axial’s “home” in Pleasantville; as Miriam in Tony Howarth’s “Vigil” at the American Globe Theater in NYC; as Nancy in Gabriella Fox’s “Freedom Towers” in Pleasantville; and triple roles in Ryan Mallon’s “Woes of the Unwittingly” in Pleasantville.

Way back when, Gail was in many Westchester productions, including “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, “Mame”, “Sweet Charity”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Westchester Broadway’s “Damn Yankees” which also toured throughout the Northeast United States, as well as an extensive United States tour of “Stop the World---I Want to Get Off!”. A former member of the Westchester Ballet Company, Gail has also choreographed and been dance captain for many shows.

Gail has studied acting at the Warren Robertson Acting School in NYC and with Howard Meyer, Rachel Jones, and Melanie Noblit- Gambino for the past seven years, and voice with Sloan Wainwright and others. Love you, my Axial Family.


Ann Gulian

Ann has been a member of Axial Theatre Company since 2008. Axial credits include Bessie Berger in Awake and Sing! (Axial Theatre Company); Lorraine Campbell in Welcome:This is a Neighborhood Watch Community (Axial Theatre Company) and Carol in Indian Guys. Non- Axial credits include Dorothy Wordsworth in The Ring (Arts on the Lake Theatre Company) and Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (Snapped Productions). Film credits include Angela Harding in Sex and Spaghetti (Winner of SW Film Festival) as well as commercials. Ann is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music and a published songwriter.

Anne Hammond

Anne Hammond has appeared in "The Forced Marriage", "The Doctor in Spite Of Himself", and "Rhinoceros" at Cincinnatti Playhouse-in-the-Park; The Playboy of the Western World, The "Tempest", and "Under Milkwood" at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; The Maids at Poet’s Theatre, Cambridge; Dos Passos’ USA at Provincetown Playhouse; the film of Tolstoy’s "Power of Darkness", and the upcoming films "Last Fall and Spotless".

 

Nancy Intrator

                   
Nancy is a member of the Axial Company.  She has performed in numerous Axial productions, most recently in the 2017 production of Twisted Valentines and as Hermia in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. She has also performed with Westchester Collaborative Theatre (WCT) and the Aery Theatre Company, as well as in numerous HM Acting Program performances.

 

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones toured the U.S. and Canada in the first Broadway national tour of David Henry Hwang's M Butterfly and has acted in several films (“Fresh Horses,” “Dracula's Widow”) and commercials. She was a founding member of New York's Avalon Repertory Theatre where she both acted and directed. Axial directing: Persephone Rising, The Kiss. Axial Acting: Today's Specials, Cherrie, All That's Fair, Billy Bubblehead, The Contract, Lost In Paradise. Rachel teaches acting technique and scene study for Howard Meyer's Acting Program.

 

Siobhan McKinley

Siobhan has been an acting student of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program for eight years and is now a member of the Axial Company.  With Axial, she has performed most recently in DVD and Chill (part of the 2017 production of Twisted Valentines), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Life on Earth. She has performed in New York at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in the full-length play, Removal, and in the New York Strawberry One-Act Festival.

 

Evelyn Mertens

Evelyn has had plays and monologues produced through Axial Theatre’s Life on Earth, Twisted Valentines, Gaslight Tango and Performance and Monologue Workshops; WCT’s one-act and monologue festivals; Irvington Town Hall Theater’s Stage Door series; the Aery 20/20 Festival where she was a finalist in 2015 and 2016; and Manhattan Rep. She has studied with Rachel Jones and Howard Meyer in Howard Meyer’s Acting Program through the Master level and is an Axial Company member.


Howard Meyer
Artistic Director

Howard Meyer is the founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre. His play Maybe Never Fell received a critically acclaimed production at Axial in November, 2016 and a staged reading at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in January, 2017. He has won recognition forhis plays Senescence (2017 semifinalist), Radiance (a two-time semifinalist (2011, 2012)) and Paint Made Flesh (2015) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The production of Radiance featured Obie award-winner Chris McCann. It also received a weeklong developmental workshop at The Drama League featuring Lou Liberatore (Tony award nominee, Burn This). WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was presented at Axial Theatre and directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured Labyrinth Theater co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. Howard’s play Lost In Paradise is under option for a motion picture. Loss was commissioned and produced by Half Moon Theatre in 2016. Plays Paint Made Flesh, Maybe Never Fell and Senescence have had readings and workshops at venues including The Lark, Naked Angels, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ArtsWestchester, and Half Moon Theatre. Howard was recently selected as a “50 for 50” award winner as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration, honoring 50 artists from different disciplines. Under his artistic direction Axial has produced over 60 premieres of one-act and full-length plays since the theatre’s inaugural performance in the winter of 2000. www.howardmeyer.info.

Aisling Mulhern

Aisling Mulhern hails from Dublin, Ireland and took her first step on the American stage at the ripe age of eight.  From that moment on she was hooked.  A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, her favorite roles include Ménage in TheA-Train Plays Vol 1 at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater (NYC), the Nanny in The A-Train (re) Plays at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (NYC), and Martha in A Piece of My Heart at Theater 54 (NYC).  Aisling is ecstatic to be an apprentice with the Axial Theater Company and to be working alongside a talented and determined group of performers.

 

Lloyd Pace

Lloyd is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His plays New Orleans and The Meeting with Stanley were produced Off Off Broadway by Supporting Characters and Edge in Motion Theater respectfully. His play Hong Kong was produced by Blueberry Pond Theater in Ossining. He's also had one acts produced by The Actors Theater of Vermont and The Geneva Theater Guild. Axial has presented his one acts The Wedding Duel and Gone.



Mickey Pantano
 

                                   
Mickey has been an Axial Company member for several years. She trained with Robert Neff Williams (Voice and Diction), William Esper (Meisner Method and Master Class), Nikos Psacharopoulos (Williamstown Theater Festival), Joanne Zipay (Shakespeare), Deena Kaye (Singing), and Lloyd Williamson (Actor's Movement Studio). NY credits include:  Hamlet (Nuance Theater); The Comic Artist (June Havoc Theater); The Skin of Our Teeth (Playwrights Horizon); Agave (NYC Fringe Festival); The Inner Circle (Sande Shurin Theater); Measure for Measure, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Trick or Treat (Kraine Theater); Burnt Sugar Cake (The Triad); The Secret Language of Circumstance (Ensemble Studio Theater); Court of Two Sisters (The Belt); Sin Chronos City (Raw Space). Regional credits include: Mame; Snow Angel; Anything Goes.  Film:  Return; Happy Birthday Lady; and, The Little Man of the House.


Duane Rutter

Duane rekindled his love of acting in the summer of 2012 when he became a student in Howard Meyer’s Acting Program.  A graduate of the University of Evansville theatre program, Duane has always worked on both sides of the curtain.  He hails from Ohio, where he worked in production at the Cleveland Play House and Cain Park for three seasons before moving to New York as the Production, Stage and Operations Manager at Eisenhower Hall Theatre.  Duane is also an avid musician, singing and playing throughout the region at clubs and weddings.  Thrilled to be an Axial Company member, Duane was most recently seen as Michael in Albi Gorn’s Double Date, part of Twisted Valentines 2017.

 

Susan Ward

                                          
In addition to being an Axial Company member, Susan has been an Equity actor since 1984.  She has appeared in numerous musical and non-musical productions in NYC, Westchester County, Florida, Georgia, and Massachusetts. With Axial, she has performed in several plays and other productions, including: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Life on Earth, the 2016 Benefit where she performed songs from Company, and, most recently, the 2017 production of Twisted Valentines.  She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Florida State University.

 

Dan Walworth

                                       
Dan is a Connecticut native who first joined the Axial community as a student of Howard Meyer’s Acting Program before becoming a member of the Axial Company in 2015.  His most recent stage performances include Axial's productions of A Doll's House, The Seagull, and the 2017 production of Twisted Valentines.  Dan is now a resident of South Salem, where he resides with his wife and two children.  He is a graduate of Yale University and Northwestern University.