Veronique Ory (President)
Actor, Producer and Founding Artistic Director of Athena Theatre. www.VeroniqueOry.com
Mateo Moreno (Communications Director) is proud to be the newest member of Athena Theatre’s board. He has long supported indie theatre and is proud to share Athena’s powerful vision. This past Spring, Mateo was brought on as one of 10 Playwrights for Athena’s “Athena Writes” program and through the year-long workshop he wrote Paper Airplanes (which was staged by at Symphony Space this past May and starred Matilda The Musical’s Honorary Tony Winner Sophia Gennusa) and the still in development Fairground Attraction, featuring music by Gabby Sherba. Mateo is an actor and playwright, and this past year he starred Off Broadway in Edward Einhorn’s NYIT nominated play City of Glass and sang at Lincoln Center for the 2016 “Mostly Mozart Festival.” Beyond his Athena work, he has also written the full length plays Happily After Tonight (music by Daniel A. Weiss), Bohemian Valentine (music by Daniel A. Weiss), Within Our Walls, and the short plays Loves Me Like a Rock, Eighteen, & Morning Song. When he’s not acting or writing he works on Broadway and Off Broadway shows for the advertising agency AKA. He also writes film and theatre reviews at The ArtsWire Weekly. No, he doesn’t sleep. He resides in Brooklyn, NY. www.Mateo-Moreno.com, www.TheArtsWireWeekly.com
Marilyn Oran (Literary Manager) is pleased to be a new member of the Board of Directors for The Athena Theatre. She is an actor and occasional writer and has worked Off Broadway, in regional theatre, film, television, and on the web. Recent stage credits include Bitter Better for Communal Spaces/The Motor Company; Shut Up and Dance and Resistance Training for The Athena Theatre and W.I.T. Festival; The Bluest Sky and The Incident at Sirius D for The Athena Theatre at The Symphony Space; The Hag, The Slag and the Scarlett Faerie at the Signature Theatre; The Great Pie Robbery at Theatre 80 Saint Marks Place; and Open Rehearsal at Theatre for the New City. She has filmed major roles in The Impending City; D’Urn It!; If Truth Be Told; The Hunter’s Anthology; The Big House; and on TV, the lead in an episode of Roseanne Barr’s Momsters: When Moms Go Bad. Still in post is a twelve part comedy series, Casting Calls and Watercooler Madness. AEA/SAG-AFTRA. www.marilynoran.com
Chris Roe (AEA Liaison) is an Actor, Director, and Producer originally from Indianapolis, and has performed Shakespeare in New York City, Chicago, and Alabama. He has played Hamlet, Dromio, Edgar, and Puck among others, and can also be seen in JC Penney’s short “Return to the Doghouse.” He is the founder and producer of NYC-based Sexy Dirt Productions, and has toured the award-winning, internationally produced one man show Whales & Souls around the globe, having previously directed the NY premiere of Whales & Souls at The Flea Theatre, starring Monica Wyche. Chris has worked with BAMA Theatre Company, New Light Theatre Project, The State Theatre in New Jersey, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. MFA: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama. BA: Ball State University. Proud member of Actors Equity.
Kateryna Turkalo (Secretary) is a freelance stage manager based in NYC. Recent SM credits: TALES OF LIFE AND DEATH by Craig Lucas (59E59 and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), SUB BASEMENT (Athena Theatre), THE VANITY (Theatre Row), IT’S ALL ABOUT LORRIE (American Theater of Actors), and ACCUMULATED HEARTBREAK DISORDER (Randomly Specific Theater). Other credits include: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (2nd National Tour), WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF (New World Stages), and THE SURGEON AND HER DAUGHTERS (Cherry Lane Theatre).
Advisory Board of Directors
Army Brat; University of Tulsa Theatre graduate; Actor, singer, and blossoming writer of plays, screenplays, and poetry. Currently writing and co-producing a web series due to be released this fall. Works as a certified professional life coach to artists with personal and professional blocks. www.wynoami.com
André Revels has had the pleasure of working on a number of professional productions since moving to New York in the fall of 2013. He has gained extensive technical and performance experience within the New York City stage and screen community. He is thrilled to serve on Athena’s board hoping his insight will assist Athena’s growth. He has the continual privilege of working with the Tony award winning office of Martian Entertainment LLC. He is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and aspires to have an ongoing career in performance and creative production.
Perri Yaniv is an actor born and raised in New York City who has performed in over 20 theater productions locally, regionally, and internationally. Recent credits include the world premieres of Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Vestments of the Gods (Winner Outstanding Ensemble at the New York International Fringe Festival), and revivals of A Man’s World (Nominated for Outstanding Revival at the NYIT Awards), Julius Caesar, Red Noses, and the title characters in Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell and S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk. Film work includes Al Qarem, The Wolf of Wall Street, and the forthcoming feature Delivery Hour. Short films include The Boundary, Street Pillow or, the Sidewalk Sleep (Audience Winner at HollyShorts Festival), Chinese Rocks, and web series such as Common Ground.
Morgan Zipf-Meister is an actor and lighting designer. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has studied mask and dance work in Bali. During the past decade she has found a home in the New York Indie Theater scene working with companies such as Gideon Productions, Theater of the Apes, Athena Theatre, Dreamscape, Gemini Collisonworks, Boomerang, Piper McKenzie, and Old Kent Road among others. Currently she is a member of the New York Madness acting company, and also can be seen in the monthly soap opera for the stage It’s Getting Tired Mildred as Charmaine Milton, the villain of Mildred Springs. In 2015 she received an “Outstanding Lighting Design” New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for her work on The Temple, or Lebensraum by Nat Cassidy. Morgan is also a Moth storyteller who has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and mainstage shows in Tarrytown, New York City, Boston, and her hometown of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit www.morganzipfmeister.com
Emeritus Board of Directors