Bob Rusch: Producer
Bob is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew and to be in his pal Adam Hahn’s terrific play. Some of his favorite theatre roles are Mountain McClintock in REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT by Rod Serling, The Driver in HELLCAB by Will Kern, The Partner in DETECTIVE PARTNER HERO VILLAIN by Brett Neveu, Bernie in SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet and Ross in the 2014 World Premiere of RESET by Samantha Macher (break a leg Aaron!). While working in Los Angeles, Bob worked on such classic shows as WILL AND GRACE, ER, CROSSING JORDAN and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Bob is most known for playing Doyle McPoyle on the cult classic ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA and the recuring character of Skeeter on the huge hit SONS OF ANARCHY. He also worked on many films including SAVING MR. BANKS, CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY, WIDOW’S POINT and the critically acclaimed TOM OF YOUR LIFE directed by Jeremy Sklar. He also began teaching scene study and audition technique at Acting Studio 716 which he founded in 2016 right here in Buffalo. Bob is the founder and former artistic director of SkyPilot Theatre Company in Los Angeles and is a co-founder and current artistic director for First Look Buffalo Theatre Company.
Mike Doben: Director
Mike is the Co-Artistic Director of Buffalo United Artists, Buffalo’s only exclusively LGBTQIA+ theater company. He is also the Executive Director of 1666 Theatrical Productions. Mike has worked at Subversive Theatre Collective where he directed FAHRENHEIT 451 and MERCURY FUR. For the latter he garnered an Artie nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Mike has also worked on the Road Less Traveled production staff in the capacity of Stage Manager and Assistant Director. He is thankful to be a part of First Look Buffalo’s first full season of theater, owing special thanks to Bob Rusch and Drew McCabe for the opportunity.
Becky is delighted to be working with First Look Buffalo in OVERLAY. Favorite roles include Martin Goldsmith's DETOUR (Sue/Vera) with Torn Space Theater, along with many of their site-specific works and RESPONSE Theater Festival; BUFFALO QUICKIES with Alleyway Theater; THE HOMOSEXUALS (Tam) with BUA; MEDUSA UNDONE (Stheno) with Post-Industrial Productions; ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Inspector Pissani) and MARAT/SADE (Herald) with Subversive Theater; TONY N TINA'S WEDDING with Actors Anonymous Theatre; and many new works with Buffalo Writers' Theater.
Becky also performs as a dancer, simulated patient, improv, clown and a fairy. Many thanks to Drew, Bob and John for this opportunity and Sara Elena and Gracie for all of their support.
Samantha Macher Actor
Samantha is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker based in Washington, DC. Since beginning her career in 2011, she had over 70 productions of her written work both in the US and abroad. Her play "Reset" was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2015) and her play War Bride was the winner of the StageScene LA Play of the Year (2012). Her award-winning documentary "Last Pyramid" (2015) was accepted into several festival and her newest film "To The New Girl" is now available on Amazon Prime. Her scripted podcast "St. Mary's School (for Children with the Stigmata)" has charted internationally for audio dramas on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and has reached over thirty-thousand listens since it launched in 2021. Samantha is also a theater educator, and was a Visiting Professor in the Hollins MFA Playwriting Program and was also the Keenan Lecturer for the UVA Drama Department while her play "The Arctic Circle *and a Recipe for Swedish Pancakes" was in production (2016). Samantha is resident playwright at First Look Buffalo, a resident playwright emeritus at SkyPilot Theater in Los Angeles, a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, and the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University.
Kayla V. Reumann - Actor
Kayla is a Buffalo actor and director who graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater Performance. Kayla is a resident director with First Look Buffalo. Some of Kayla’s favorite past work includes directing Sylvia by A.R. Gurney and The Exorcism of Princess Bubblehead by Maddison Sedlor as well as playing Rose in FALL FROM THE GRACE OF GOD with A.R.T., Holly Seabe in Anton in Show Business at Niagara University and performing throughout England as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kayla would like to thank family, friends, and Amanda Garry.
Matt Myers , Set Design
Matt (SET DESIGN) is thrilled to be working with First Look Buffalo! Design credits include: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 1776, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, NUNCRACKERS, MEMORIES & MARTINIS, AN ACT OF GOD & A FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL with O’Connell & Company Productions. Matt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Niagara University. Favorite design credits include: MAMMA MIA! (2020 Kenny Award-Winning Production), THE ADDAMS FAMILY, MEN ON BOATS, RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS, CINDERELLA & ANYTHING GOES. Matt is the resident set designer for Lewiston-Porter High School. For more of his designs: www.matthewcmyers.com
John Patrick Patti: Producer
JOHN also recently returned home to WNY. Prior to relocating to Hollywood and working in the world of Independent Film, John lived in New York City where he trained at the Actor's Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, and HB Studios. He acted in numerous Off-Broadway and regional stage productions throughout the Northeast United States. In Los Angeles, he studied with Joe Santos, Jeffrey Tambor, and Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and was a founding member of the Write Act Repertory Theatre Company in Hollywood where he acted, produced, and served on the original Board of Directors for several years. John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served as the president of the Undergraduate Management Student Association.
Drew McCabe - Director
Drew (director) - an multiple Artie Award nominee for both directing and writing, over the past 13 seasons he has directed 49 productions across WNY. A 2007 graduate of the University at Buffalo where he studied Japanese and Theater, Drew is happy to be returning to First Look where he previously directed COPS AND FRIENDS OF COPS. Other favorite regional productions under his directorial eye include IT'S ONLY A PLAY, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE PRIDE, CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL and ORGAZMO. It is widely speculated that Drew has one of the largest retro videogames collections in WNY, in fact, when he’s not directing, he is religiously practicing on his Dig-Dug arcade machine for high scores. He would like to thank his cast and crew for their hard work, his wife Jenny for her love and support, and his emotional support soccer team, the New York Red Bulls.
Madeline Allard-Dugan -Actor
Madeline is so excited to be making her First Look debut in RESET and OVERLAY. Born and raised in rural Corning, NY, Madeline grew up performing in Church, School, and Community Theater plays. She came to Buffalo after High School to study Television Film Arts and Dance at SUNY Buffalo State. Since her graduation in 2018, she has worked very intently with the Dance, Theater, and Film Community in Buffalo. Theater credits include the following. For Paul Robeson Theater; NATIVE SON (Mary Dalton), and THE SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY (Becky/White Woman). For Aurora Players; DEARLY DEPARTED (Lucille), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Doris Walker), and AMATEURS (Mona). For Alleyway; FACTORY FOR MURDERERS (Hadassah). For 1666 Productions; THE RAVEN (Lenore/Raven/Choreographer) and THE BLIND AUDITION (Jane). Madeline also was cast in the pro-roster of Comedy Sportz this year. For Film, she has been in a few commercials and was the main actress's stand-in for the independent film, CABRINI, last summer. When she's not on set or stage, she works as a baker for Kaylena Marie's. She would like to thank Drew, Bob, John, and Mike for this amazing opportunity. "Thank you Mom, Dad, Linda and Mike Dugan for your continued support. And thank you to my wonderful husband, Trevor. I would be nothing without you. Enjoy the show!"
Kaylie Horowitz, Actor
Kaylie (she/they) is a professional actor and voice actor originally from central Florida. Kaylie holds a BFA in Performance and is currently pursuing her Masters in Theatre and Performance Studies at The University at Buffalo. She directed 0° ALCESTIS (SUNY Buffalo), served as assistant director for TWELFTH NIGHT (SUNY Buffalo), and has recently worked as an actor with Green Buffalo Productions on multiple projects. Florida credits include EXHIBITS IN THE ZOO (ThinkTank Theatre), MAMMA MIA (American Stage), CROSSING THE BAY (Palladium Theater), as well as roles in Christmas Town at Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium. Kaylie is ecstatic to be making her debut with First Look Buffalo, and she hopes that more new plays can make their way to the stage thanks to this fantastic company. Insta and TikTok @ginger_menace
Steven Maiseke - Actor
Steven is a classically trained actor. Some of Steven’s favorite roles have been Corey Maxson in FENCES by August Wilson, Provoloney in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY by Charles Busch and Creon in ANTIGONE by Sophocles.
He received a Theater minor from SUNY College at Buffalo and continues his training under Bob Rusch. He enjoys working with the student film community and most recently completed a series of four short films which are making their rounds in local and international film festivals. One of his other most notable achievements was being selected to take part in the 2021 Shaw Festival Monologue slam.
When he is not on stage (or in front of a camera), he works as an IT specialist. He is excited to be a member of First Look Buffalo and looks forward to participating in the seasons to come.
Jacob Applegate - Actor
As a Buffalo Native, Jacob is extremely excited to be making his debut within the
Buffalo Theatre Community as Alex Teagan in FirstLook Buffalo Theatre’s premiere play RESET! Recently graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a BFA in Theatre and Acting, Jacob has performed in a variety of roles in plays and musicals such as Cliff Bradshaw in CABARET, Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN, and George Lewis in ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Having also minored in Creative Writing, Jacob loves to write poetry and fiction, and aspires to publish his own collection of poems and short stories. Jacob would like to thank his family, friends, and his co-workers who all continuously show active support of his accomplishments. He would also like to extend a special thanks and dedicate his performance to a fellow co-worker and mentor, Jack Do, who consistently challenges Jacob to be a better bartender, writer, actor, and man.
Susan King - Actor
Susan is delighted to be a member of First Look Buffalo and to be taking on her first stage manager position. Susan has long list of theatrical credits from the NY area and is now enjoying being part of the Buffalo theatre community. Recent credits include SOMETHING WICKED and FALL FROM THE GRACE OF GOD at the American Repertory Theatre; SISTER ACT and THE MOUSETRAP at the Lancaster Opera House; PRESENT LAUGHTER and MIRACLE ON 34th Street with the Aurora Players and “Diva By Diva” with O’Connell and Co. Susan is currently performing her cabaret show, “Send in the Sondheim” with Charlie McGregor and Claudia Andreas. She has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie Miller, Actor
Jessie is an actress, dancer, singer and artist and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from SUNY University at Buffalo. Jessie was last seen with First Look Buffalo as Zoe in To The New Girl. Recent credits also include: Peasblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in Delaware Park), Ensemble in Damn Yankees (O’Connell and Company), Columbia/Trixie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dr. Nation Mckinley in Shock Treatment (The Francis Bacon Experiment), Angelika in All Through the Night (The Brazen Faced Varlets), and more. Jessie continues to work with various theatre companies throughout Buffalo and also works as a teacher. Jessie is thrilled to be part of First Look Buffalo and looks forward to seeing the amazing work from her fellow company members
Kathleen Rooney: Actor
Kathleen most recently played the four nasty Fraus in the Brazen-Faced Varlets’ production of ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. Other roles include Donna/Shura in THE ANASTASIA TRIALS IN THE COURT OF WOMEN, also with the Varlets; Lucy/Lucille in SCOTCH AND MADNESS at Alleyway Theatre; Mother in Post-Industrial Productions’ AFTER THE FALL; Helga ten Dorp in the Lancaster Opera House production of DEATHTRAP; Edna in THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE with the Carriage House Players; and the title role in GRANDMA SPOKE TO ME OF SIDHE with Writers’ Theater Festival. At the New Phoenix Theatre, Kathleen played Eve in IN THE BEGINNING and Sarah in WAY BACK WHEN. She has also appeared in commercials and has done voiceover work. Training includes The Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studio.
Veronica Rozler - Actor
Veronica is an actress out of Buffalo, New York. She has trained at The Acting Studio 716 and has starred in local films such as MOON RIVER, ONE NIGHT ONLY, and BIG BROOD. This is her first time heading costumes and is very excited to be working in a new department. In her spare time, she is a dancer as well as an aerialist. Veronica would like to thank the cast and crew of OVERLAY and RESET for their dedication and her family for their endless support.
Kurt Schneiderman, Lighting Design
Kurt is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Subversive Theatre Collective and is happy to be doing lighting design again for the first time since Covid hit. The winner of an Artie Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for the New Phoenix Theatre's production of METAMORPHOSIS back in 2006, Kurt has worked for a long list of area theatres including Studio Arena, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Kavinoky, New Phoenix, and the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre. Kurt is thrilled to be working for First Look Buffalo Theatre Company, for the first time, and thrilled to see live theatre coming on strong after the pandemic.
Weston Young - Stage combat coordinator
Weston received his BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia. He is originally from Jefferson County, NY and he now resides in Buffalo, NY where he pursues his career in acting. Weston works in Film, Theatre, Stage Combat, and Social Media. Weston can be found on TikTok, Instagram, and other socials: @the_westonyoung. Weston’s film projects include Goldenrod, My Neck, Bloodfly, Paladin: the Brotherhood, and Turn up the Night.