The COTE Ensemble
What would Co-Op Theatre East be without a company of amazing artists work collaboratively? We'd have to change our name.
About the COTE Ensemble
The COTE Ensemble are the resident artists of Co-Op Theatre East. The company membership is by invitation only and exists to develop and expand both the performance technique and social consciousness of the individual artist, provide a supportive and safe atmosphere to create new work and present new theatre that challenges the stories being told in dominant culture. The COTE Ensemble members meet regularly for workshops, rehearsals and performances. Company members are also invited to request time during meetings to develop and experiment with personal pieces and rehearse/present new work in front of an audience.
Kerrie Bond is honored and excited to be a part of the COTE company. Native to the entire east coast (just about!), she found her way to New York City and graduated in 2009 from Pace University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Though she has a long history working with Ashley Marinaccio, she first worked with COTE in 2009 in the one-act festival Questionable Content, performing the role of Elaine in the play Smooth Criminal. Favorite credits include a workshop of the new musical Crossing Brooklyn (Des), Medea (Medea), Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte), Luck! (Ensemble), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Judith), Proof (Catherine), and Carousel (Ensemble). She is also a performer with the NYC based sketch comedy group Think Pound. kerriebond.com
Mike Callahan, a native New Yorker since 1939, has recently reinvented himself once again by appearing as the "bigoted but lovable" Roger White in COTE's production of Decadent Acts. He began his "career" as a voice actor upon retirement from a thirty-year job selling ad space for Time Magazine. He considers himself primarily a voiceover guy but is now hooked by the challenge of walking and talking at the same time. He would have made this transition earlier, had he and his families not become addicted to food, clothing, and shelter. He also is in awe of being surrounded by the talented young people of Co-Op Theatre East who apparently are in need of an old person. Everybody has to be something.
Tyrus Holden A graduate of NYU's Tisch Film program, Tyrus first appeared with Co-Op Theatre East in Documentary: A Suicide Narrative. Tyrus's other acting endeavors include the titular role of Arthur in the short film series The Boy King, Will Trap the Rat Catcher during the 2009 season of the New York Renaissance Fair, and playing Corey Feldman in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories. (Really? I don't see it.) Tyrus is looking forward to the awesome projects ahead in COTE's new season!
Anna Savant originated the role of Dr. Jolene Shatila in COTE's production of Decadent Acts (April and June 2010) for which she received critical acclaim and was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Most of Anna's theater credits are with the Tokyo International Players where she played M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Mme de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler On the Roof, Ruth in Blithe Spirit and Hannah in California Suite. In New York she has performed in Edward II, A Midsummer Night's Dream and several short play festivals. She studied classical theater at ACT in San Francisco and is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop in New York.