The Ensemble

CARA SCARMACK is a theatre-maker and musician living and working in New York City. As a theatre-maker, Cara is the director of the theatre ensemble The Roadsters. She had the great fortune to direct her original work What Happened in Ohio with The Roadsters at the New York Theatre Workshop 4th Street Theatre and its second iteration Ohio, Revisited at Dixon Place. Prior to that, she directed her original work BETTER NOT TOUCH THAT in a site-specific warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn. In addition, Cara has presented work in NYC at The Kitchen, Triskelion Arts, Cornelia Street Cafe, the YWCA of Brooklyn, Cherry Lane Theatre, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, and the Brecht Forum. Cara was a participant in The Field’s Winter 2010 Emerging Artist Residency. She has received funding from the Puffin Foundation and the LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund. She has served as an assistant director to Gisela Cardenas and Erwin Maas. As a musician, Cara sings and plays guitar with mandolinist Kate Prascher in their bluegrass duo The Wildwood Sisters. The duo plays regularly in NYC in venues including the Parkside Lounge, the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall, and the Jalopy Theatre. A native of Ohio, Cara has studied at Denison University, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Odin Teatret, and the LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors. Cara has taken workshops with playwright Karen Hartman, biomechanics master Kathleen Baum, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, and is currently a student of bluegrass aficionado Michael Daves. Cara is a member of The Field’s Sponsored Artist Program, an Affiliate Artist of New Georges and a proud staff member of New Dramatists.

PRISCILLA HOLBROOK began her collaboration with Cara Scarmack in
BETTER NOT TOUCH THAT. She has many diverse New York theatre credits, with productions at P.S. 122, LaMama, E.T.C., the Kitchen, the Ontological, and countless other sites. She has worked with distinguished directors, including Reza Abdoh (Walker Arts Center, European tours), Pavol Liska, Mike Taylor, Kevin Cunningham (3-Legged Dog), Vera Beren, Renee Philippi, and Edward Elefterion. Her first feature film was Lila Yamtoob’s High Life. She is in a band called Susan Jane with Peter Raucci and Brit Till.

Ashley NeaseASHLEY NEASE is a theatre practitioner, singer and instrument learner with The Roadsters and a producer with The Rogoff Theatre Company.  Her credits include Firs in The Cherry Orchard, Nurse in Tantalus, Miss Watts in The Women, and Helga Ten Dorp in Death Trap.  She studied theatre at Emerson College and can be seen inserting her favorite geeky science fiction references into monthly Instideogram(s) at Triskelion Arts. 

NATHAN RICHARD WAGNER is an actor, musician, teacher and puppeteer. Past work includes the Hobo Grunt Cycle with the Brooklyn-based puppet company Lone Wolf Tribe. Nathan helped Lone Wolf develop Hobo for nearly two years, and traveled with the show to the Festival Internacional de Teatro de Brasil (Brasilia & Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the
Internationaal Poppentheater Festival (Dordrecht, Holland). Other New York work includes multiple roles as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer in GORMANZEE & Other Stories, and Mason in the Brooklyn Heights Players’ production of Take Me Out. Regional work includes Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amiens in As You Like It (Lexington Shakespeare Festival) and Joshua in Corpus Christi (ActOut, Lexington, KY). He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and an MS in Teaching from Pace University.

STEPHANIE VIOLA is a co-artistic director of the Riot Group, a critically acclaimed experimental theater company founded in 1997 at Sarah Lawrence College. The Riot Group have collaborated with Collapsible Giraffe, National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Applied Mechanics, The Roadsters, Swim Pony Performing Arts and New Paradise Laboratories. Riot Group is the four-time recipient of the Scotsman Fringe First Award and our plays have been produced and performed all over the world. Riot Group, in collaboration with New Paradise Laboratories, was the recipient of the Atelier Artist in Residency Program at Princeton University in 2009. Riot Group is currently creating Poet Laureate of Capitalism at Drexel University and Sophie Gets the Horns in association with the Incubator Arts Project in NYC.


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