artists in residence

Samantha Brahms

Samantha Brahms originally hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sam is a 2010 graduate from the first ever M.A. in Applied Theatre program in the United States. She previously attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Here she was able to take graduate directing courses at TISCH School of the Arts, as well as study at the Experimental Theater Wing. During her time in New York, Samantha has been able to work on productions as an actor, singer, production assistant, sound assistant and assistant to the producer at the Public Theater, the Summer Play Festival, Gadshill Productions, the Theater Under St. Marks, the Hudson Theater and now Write Act East Side. She has been a part of TISCH Graduate School film and voice-over projects. She is a voice student of Jack Lee’s and most recently played Laine in Two Rooms and Sue/Woman 1 in BASH.

Brion Dinges
Resident Media Director

As an actor, Brion has performed at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, Arena Stage, Rattlestick Theatre, 78th Street Theatre lab, and The Lark.  He has worked with such directors as Jo Bonney (SubUrbia), Loretta Greco (Sincerity Forever, Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea), Jerry Manning (Our Country’s Good) and Joy Zinoman (Three Sisters).  As a filmmaker, Brion has directed and starred in his full-length feature documentary, “The Wizard of Wichita”, and has directed many shorts for Elephant Ensemble. You can see more of Brion’s shorts via YouTube:

Emily Fishman

Emily is overly excited to be a part of the Elephant community. She will be graduating in May 2010 from Wagner College with a Bachelor's in Arts Administration. She found Elephant after studying in Israel for 5 months where she not only went to school at Hebrew University but also worked in a community center teacher dance and theater. Emily has been a part of the theater/children's theater world for over 15 years, and dancing for 17, which gave her a true passion for children's theater and choreography. Emily also works at a Jewish overnight camp during summer as the unit head of the 3rd and 4th graders. Some favorite roles include; Frastrata (Pippin), and Ms. Pennywise (Urinetown the Musical). Emily hopes to live in Philadelphia and work in a management position in a local theater, and then open a children's theater in the inner city of Philadelphia.

Cheri Haller

Cheri Haller, a theatre graduate from Connecticut, is thrilled to be bringing smiles to children's faces once again. Children's theater credits include Queen Merry in The Kingdom of Joy, Baroness von Snigglepuss in Holiday Express and the Tree in Shell Silverstein's The Giving Tree. She's spent her summers as a camp counselor at a kid's musical theatre camp, and also has directed 5th grade musicals at Park Ave Elementary School.

Josh Hurley

Josh Hurley is excited to be working with such incredible and talented people in Elephant Ensemble Theater. He received a B.S. in Theatre from Idaho State University. He is a founding member of the improvisation group The Comedy Project in Pocatello, Idaho and can currently be seen improvising at The National Comedy Theater in NYC and The Broadway Comedy Club in the wild and crazy group ‘MacGuffin’. When Josh grows up, he wants to be a kid.

Mollie Lohinski

Mollie Lohinski began her career with Elephant Ensemble Theater playing the title role in their 2007/2008 tour of Thumbelina. She was also seen at Manhattan Rep in Pop as Lisa, The Taverner in Thirteen Clocks and the ensemble in Miss Julie, both at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Mollie played a young Victoria Woodhull in Elephant Ensemble’s Woodhull in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. Other credits include Peasblossom in Fools in Love at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre and The Wounded Woman in Kettle Dreams at the Impact Theatre in Brooklyn. Voice Credits Include The Belle Witch of Tennessee (Learning Channel), Dragon Knights (Japanese Animation Film, voice of Sayecko), and the featured voice in an instructional documentary called The Instructional Practices of Stream Channel Design. Mollie is from Baltimore, Maryland and received her BFA in acting from Point Park University, in Pittsburgh. Mollie is a nursery school teacher in Brooklyn by day and an actress by night, bringing her two loves together in working with Elephant Ensemble Theater.

Lindsay MacNaughton

Lindsay MacNaughton is thrilled to be part of Elephant Ensemble, and was last seen as “Minnie” in Liza Lentini’s play “Tiny” at Manhattan Rep.  Lindsay holds a B.F.A in Drama from Syracuse University.  Other credits include Woodhull (FringeNYC 2008) and Sick Little Productions’ The Outer Puppets.  Lindsay also teaches drama and musical theatre at the Creative Arts Studio.

Brendan O'Brien
Resident Stage Manager

Brendan J. O’Brien is a Stage Manager originally from New Jersey who now resides on Staten Island. For Elephant Brendan has stage managed Woodhull: A Play about the First Woman to Run for President and Thumbelina, both in the New York International Fringe Festival. Brendan also stage managed Elephant’s 2009 children’s tours of Thumbelina, and The Pirate and the Squid as well as LIZAFEST at Manhattan Rep. Before this he lived in London, England where he stage managed for Hillsong Church at the Dominion Theater on the West End and for the Colour 2009 Conference at the Royal Albert Hall. Brendan’s other theater experience includes Stage Manager for Hecuba, A Year in the Life, From Gershwin to Berlin, Annie Get your Gun, How I Learned to Drive, Waiting for Lefty and Beauty and the Beast. In May of 2010 Brendan will graduate from Wagner College with a Bachelor’s in Theater Tech, and he is ecstatic to be a part of Elephant Ensemble Theater!

Noah William Weary

Noah William Weary is studying to receive his BFA in Acting with a concentration in Drama Therapy from Marymount Manhattan College. Most recently, he has worked with the Surflight Children’s Theatre and the Surflight Theatre production of RAGTIME, Joe Miranda and Barry Singer’s FAME in Atlantic City, and the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE TEMPEST and THE NUTCRACKER.