Elisabeth Gray (Astoria Bagg-Buggett, female understudy)
Elisabeth Gray made her Broadway debut two years ago in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; she understudied Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, played a collection of one-line characters and started work on this web series. Gray has performed on professional stages from California to England, New York City to Japan, winning international acclaim for her one-woman performance Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. On film, Gray has recently appeared in the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated The Voorman Problem, and SXSW- selected Big Significant Things, and on TV in Showtime's The Affair and ABC's Forever. When not acting or writing, she serves as Artistic Director of the multidisciplinary arts non-profit New Umbrella.
If Elisabeth Gray could understudy anyone, she would understudy Katharine Hepburn.
Alison Fraser (Betty Buggett, Astoria's mother)
Ms. Fraser is a two time Tony Award nominee for “The Secret Garden” and “Romance/Romance”. Also on Broadway, she was Dorine in “Tartuffe; Born Again”, Helena in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, and most recently, Tessie Tura in Arthur Laurents' acclaimed production of Gypsy starring Patti Lupone. She co-starred with Nathan Lane and Marion Seldes in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s "Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams". Other Off Broadway roles Alison has created include Arsinoé in “The School For Lies, Sister Walburga in “The Divine Sister”, and "Trina in “March of the Falsettos” and “In Trousers”. Film and TV credits include “Happyish”, “Smash”, “It Could Be Worse”, “Between the Lions”, “Law & Order: SVU”, and, "The Thing About My Folks” opposite Peter Falk and Paul Reiser. She has be heard on thousands of radio and television commercials, “Grand Theft Auto 3 and 5, and innumerable audiobooks.
If Alison Fraser could understudy anybody, she would understudy Ethel Merman, because she never missed a show. Alison would be a terrible understudy.
Henning Hegland (Knut Balke, Twilight at Tiffany's director)
Henning has been working as an actor and director since 1997 in New York and Europe. As an actor Henning has been featured in various independent films as well as TV shows on Discovery Channel and National Geographic. He was recently Swedenborg in Ping Chong’s production of Angels of Swedenborg in a revival of the BAM production. As a director his work has been presented from Alaska’s Perseverance Theater in Juneau to New York’s Theater Row to the UK. Henning has an MFA in directing from Columbia University where he trained under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. He holds an MA in devised theatre from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and a BA in theatre from Middlebury College in Vermont. He is a founder and Artistic Director of the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in NYC. Henning is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Guild and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
If Henning could understudy anyone, he would understudy Tilda Swinton -- and learn how to be larger than life itself.
Neil D’Astolfo (Clark Nugent, Astoria's Agent)
Neil is a New York-based actor and writer, and is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Acting Program. His theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Classic Stage Company), Family (Pershing Square Signature Center Studio) as well as workshops at New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Women’s Project Theatre. Neil has also voiced campaigns for ExxonMobil and Ford.
If Neil could understudy anybody, he would understudy Judi Dench (in her everyday life).
Jesse Liebman (Dr. Eric Fried, Astoria's therapist)
Jesse Liebman is an actor and writer, born, raised, and still living in NYC. He made his film debut in Did You Hear About The Morgans?, in which he co-starred with Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Elisabeth Moss. He is also a lead in the HBO/Cinemax series The Girl's Guide To Depravity and can be seen in NBC's Taxi Brooklyn and in the movie Percentage. He recently toured North America with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage, in which he played Neil Kellerman. Through his theater ensemble, HedgeHog * Theater Project, he is currently developing a one-man show, FRANK, and an adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia, called Mass Mass Mass. Jesse studied at The New Actor's Workshop with George Morrison and Mike Nichols and currently studies with Michael Howard.
If he could understudy anybody, he would understudy David Bowie in Labyrinth.
David Pengilly (Darren Peeklay, Astoria's Manager)
David has been a teacher of Latin and French, an advertising exec in the Mad Men era, and a magazine editor. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, Oxford University, and London Business School. David has precious little experience with actors and had never managed anyone's career before Astoria's.
If David could understudy anybody, it would be Maggie Smith in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brody."
Aaron Costa Gains (Adrian Noshy, male understudy)
Aaron Costa Ganis will be seen running with a gun(s) in the upcoming international action feature bonanza "Blood, Sand, and Gold," standing with a gun in the indie hit 'Straight Outta Tompkins' with Whoopi Goldberg, and he can be found walking slowly with a gun in "Price For Freedom" alongside Homeland's Navid Negahban. Aaron will be guest starring (and likely holding guns) on the TV this season in American Odyssey (NBC), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), and the new Marvel series A.K.A. Jessica Jones (Netflix). He’s also performed theatrically in New York and around the world and was selected as Huff Po's Top 10 Performances for last year's "Mnemonist of Dutchess County" which premiered Off Broadway. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
If Aaron could understudy anyone, he would understudy Christian Borle's arms. He's seen them in the flesh and they deserve their own understudy.
Virginia Gray (Veronica Chassee, Leading Lady)
Virginia Thomas Gray's path to the internet screen began on the catwalks of Paris and Milan as a teenager. Sadly, her career was cut short by an embarrassing backstage fall and broken limb at a lingerie show in Paris, after which she earned a BA and MA in International Business and German from the University of Edinburgh and the Economics University of Vienna. Since then, she has embarked on her life’s work as a Jill-of-all-Trades: actress, cowgirl, writer, and entrepreneur. She is currently developing a digital magazine, The Brandy Alexander, set to launch Summer 2015.
If Virginia could understudy anybody, she would understudy Ewan McGregor... just to be close..
Austin Mitchell (Craig Fogg)
Austin is an actor, writer, and host of the Broken Legs Podcast (www.BrokenLe.gs). Favorite stage productions in NYC include Electra in a One-Piece (Wild Project), Intimacy Idiot (Ars Nova), The Blue Balloon(NYTW), and I Am A Moon (3LD). He can be seen as a lead in the indie features Before, Struck, and Consumers, and has shot on dozens of shorts and commercials.
If Austin could understudy anybody, he would understudy Nicolas Cage in a musical about the life of Nicolas Cage.
Abdiel Vivancos (Dean Marsh)
Abdiel recently starred as young philosopher Baruch Spinoza in GableStage's Production of David Ives' New Jerusalem. Before that he played Perchik in Goodspeed Opera House's 50th Anniversary Production of Fiddler on the Roof and Baboosh in the world premiere adaptation of the revolutionary farce Pantagleize at Quantum Theatre. He was born and raised in Miami and trained in Acting/Music Theatre at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama.
If Abdiel could understudy anybody, he would understudy Daniel Day-Lewis... duh!
Lauren Ford (Lilah Biggins, Actors Equity Rep)
Lauren hails from the weirdo-mecca of Asheville, North Carolina, where she was lucky enough to cross paths with the inimitably talented Ms. Gray. She is a writer, singer, booze nerd, and floral designer who delights in performing whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can follow her acting career on her website: laurenford.com, at least until she figures how to rebrand all of her many pursuits into one tangible "product."
If Lauren could understudy anybody, she would understudy Amy Adams (however she has been told that she is most fit to understudy Lea Thompson...circa 1985).
Clem McIntosh (Shep Daly, Rabie the Werewolf)
McIntosh has been seen on television in Boardwalk Empire, The Lottery, Person of Interest, The Blacklist and more. He is best known for Alpaca Man (2013), Three Guys and a Witch (2012) and Revolutionary Road (2008).
If Clem McIntosh could understudy anybody, he would understudy Ian McKellen.
Henry Packer (Chip Smith)
Packer was a child actor who retired at the age of 12 and returned to acting at the age of 55. Since returning, he's done TV, Theater, and Film, including student films.
If Henry Packer could understudy anyone, he would be Richard Burbage.
Dan Hodapp (Matty, Set Designer)
Dan is an actor, improviser and writer based in New York City. He performs sketch and improv at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater was the co-host of the long-running improvised one-act play show The Scene at The People's Improv Theater. Dan has appeared in videos from CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, Fast Company Studios, Internet Action Force, My Damn Channel, Above Average and many more. Notable stage credits include the FringeNYC production of "Tail! Spin!" alongside Rachel Dratch and Mo Rocca and "Bob Odenkirk & UCB Pals: A Load of Hooey."
Michelle Miller (Business Investor)
Michelle is a writer a producer. Her debut novel, The Underwriting, a satirical corporate thriller about Wall Street and Silicon Valley which she initially self-published as an online serial, hits shelves May 26, 2015. In a past life, she worked in finance, and way before that she and Elisabeth spent high school lunch hours in Asheville discussing Jane Eyre. www.hashtagmm.com
If Michelle could understudy anyone, she would understudy Edith Wharton.
Domenica Yasmina (Costume Designer)
Domenica is graduating this month from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Acting. While at school, she had the immense pleasure of playing Lil in John Gould Rubin’s Kindertransport, Val in Fen, Henriette in The Learned Ladies, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Lady Macbeth. She is incredibly excited to begin the next chapter of her journey.
If Domenica could understudy anybody, she would understudy Bernadette Peters at every point in her career.
Jack Noble (Dudley Bonaparte, Pleasure Seeker)
Jack is a bicoastal actor and writer. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studio where he studied for two years under Bill Esper. His theatre credits include: In the Summer House and The Mutilated (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival), Twelfth Night (The Tank Theatre), and Marry, F**k or Kill (The Players Theatre). TV/Film Credits include: “Good Bones” (Summer 2015) “It Could Be Worse”, and “2nd Avenue”.
If Jack Noble could understudy anyone, he would understudy Paul Newman.