Artists in Residence

David Palmer Brown first appeared on stage with the Hudson Warehouse, as Polonius in the 2009 production of Hamlet. Since then he has appeared as De Guiche in Cyrano, Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Sorin in The Seagull and Baptista Minola in The Taming of the Shrew. Also in New York, he has been seen as Sir George Crofts in Boo Arts' production of Mrs. Warren's Profession, Frank Elgin in The Country Girl at The New Actors' Workshop, Thomas Becket in Theatre St. John's production of Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, and Trigorin in One Chair Productions No Weddings or Funerals at the End.

Regionally David has appeared in the title role in Dracula, with The National Players, Max Dupree in Knuckle with the Source Theatre, Agamemnon in Orestes' Trial with the Washington Shakespeare Theatre and Branch Rickey in The Most Valuable Player with The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young People. He is also a member of The Workshop Theater, where he has played Arthur in Sunday Afternoon, Richard Grayson in Moonlight & Love Songs, and the Son in The Antique Shoppe.

David has years of experience in stage combat, with rapier, rapier and dagger, small and broad sword. David has directed and also taught acting working primarily with high school and junior high school students and hopes to do more of that anon. David received his MFA from Catholic University.

Tom Demenkoff has appeared twice with Hudson Warehouse, as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream and in the title role of Macbeth.  Mr. Demenkoff has also worked as the Assistant Director and Musical Director for Hudson Warehouse’s 2010 production of Cyrano.

A graduate of Ithaca College, Mr. Demenkoff debuted in NYC with the original Broadway productions of both Godspell and Grease and has worked as an actor in over 100 productions regionally as well as in New York and Los Angeles.  Television and film credits include: “General Hospital,” “Law & Order,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight is Enough,” “Ed,” “100 Centre Street,” and, of course, the Troma cult classic “Surf Nazis Must Die.”  He directed Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, won regional honors for A Few Good Men, 1776 and Equus; and received three international film festival awards for his documentary “The Children of Izieu,” which aired on PBS. 

Mr. Demenkoff is the Artistic Director of PossibleArts Theatre Project, creating interdisciplinary playwriting and performance workshops for schools, correctional facilities and therapeutic communities.  He also teaches at The Apollo Theater, LaGuardia High School and serves as the Artistic Director for arts programming at Harlem's A. Philip Randolph Campus School.  Mr. Demenkoff helps spearhead the Education and Outreach program of Hudson Warehouse.

Jared Kirby is usually busy as a Fight Director, but also finds time to act, direct, and teach Historical/Classical fencing. Most recently, he was seen on stage as Banquo in Macbeth with the York Shakespeare Company on Theatre Row.  He was directed by Alan Cohen as Hamlet in Hamlet, and Jonathan Harker in Dracula with the New Vic Theatre of London.  Other favorite roles include Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, MacDuff in MacBeth, George in Same Time, Next Year and Richard in The Lion in Winter.  As a director, memorable work includes a “historically accurate” production of Antigone and an eerie, unique production of the Woman in Black.  As a Fight Director, Mr. Kirby has choreographed numerous shows with Hudson Warehouse over the past several years.  Some of his other work includes Company at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Macbeth at Theatre Row, A Dating Story for The Learning Channel, and Hamlet with the New Vic Theatre of London. For a full list of Fight Director credits click here.

Mr. Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for over fifteen years.  He has taught a variety of workshops across the US and around the world including Canada, England, Scotland, Finland, and Italy.  He has taught at the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop, the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention (ISMAC)Rapier Camp and the Western Washington WMA Workshop.  He is the co-coordinator of the International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention in Detroit, MI.  This workshop, created in 2000, brings together the finest instructors from around the world for one of the largest annual Western Martial Arts workshops.  Mr. Kirby coordinates the annual AOC Fight Directing Workshop in New York City. For one intensive week, this workshop brings together participants from all over the US and abroad to train in the skills needed to create extraordinary fights for stage and screen.  Mr. Kirby is now planning Combat Con in Las Vegas June 24-26th, 2011.  This event will bring together the traditional WMA classes with a FanCon to serve as a national platform for Western Martial Arts.  Mr. Kirby is an Instructor of Spanish and Italian Rapier as well as French foil and is currently the fencing instructor at SUNY Purchase and also teaches in New York City.

Mr. Kirby handles Rare Fencing Books as a dealer and collector.  He is the Director of the Historical Fencing Translation Project for the Association for Historical Fencing.  Mr. Kirby is the editor and one of the translators of “Italian Rapier Combat,” the first complete, professional translation of Capo Ferro.  He is also the editor and wrote the introduction for “The School of Fencing,” by Domenico Angelo, annotated by Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez.  For more information, see Martinez Academy of Arms or  His third book “A Gentleman’s Guide to Dueling: a 16th century manual for 21st century living” will be available November 2011.

Roxann Kraemer first had the privilege of appearing with Hudson Warehouse in the role of Arkadina in their 2011 production of The Seagull. She has since then appeared with Hudson Warehouse as Queen Elizabeth in Richard III and as Kent in King Lear. Ms. Kraemer has also appeared in a number of staged readings for Hudson Warehouse's 'W.A.G.G' (Writers-a-Go-Go) and 'Shakespeare in the Bar' series.

Ms. Kraemer grew up in the small town of Plain, Wisconsin - population 688. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin School of Music in Madison. Ms. Kraemer was also a member of the acting program at Circle-in-the-Square in New York City. While pursuing her degrees at the University of Wisconsin School of Music, Ms. Kraemer appeared in a number of productions in the area including The Fantastiks, Celebration, Godspell, Ardele and The Matchmaker. She also performed in a number of operas and toured in the University's opera outreach program in Così fan Tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro. While at the University, Ms. Kraemer was also selected to be an apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, working with distinguished coaches and conductors. Ms. Kraemer's performances have allowed her to travel extensively throughout the United States. She has now travelled through all 50 states. Ms. Kraemer spent four years sailing the mighty waters of this great nation for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, where she performed in a vocal quartet and debuted her one woman show - Come Rain or Come Shine. Ms. Kraemer spent a semester as an artist-in-residence at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia where she taught acting, voice, and additionally, coached and performed in their production of Nunsense. She has also worked as a teacher and coach for young actors at the Beginnings Workshop in New York.

In addition to roles performed with Hudson Warehouse, some of Ms. Kraemer's favorite roles include Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Pam in Baby, Sr. Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Delphinia in Babes in Toyland, and Amanda in For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls. She recently completed filming "Blind Date: What Happened", a sequel to "Blind Date" - both filmed for PATV's award-winning playwright's series in Great Neck, NY. Ms. Kraemer is a member of Actor's Equity Association.

Jonathan William Minton holds a Bachelors in Theatre from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While matriculating, he worked as an actor, writer and educator in Anchorage, teaching a Drama class for two years at Steller Secondary School, which included two productions, The Iliad, The Odyssey & All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less (Winter 2009) and Every Seventeen Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy (Spring 2011), both at Out North Theatre. His Alaska acting credits include Torvald in A Doll's House, Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer, Bob Cratchit in Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, Common Man in A Man For All Seasons, and Katurian in The Pillowman (all at UAA); Ivan in The Seafarer, Nursie & Loan Shark in Camino Real, Jacques in As You Like It, Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar, and multiple characters in Red, White & Tuna and The Laramie Project. Alaska directing credits include Hedwig & The Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Show, Closer, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, the live camp soap opera Midnight Soapscum: Goes to Hell!, and the late nite sketch comedy show The Pogo Stick, Go-Go Dancer Company, of which he was also a founder, head writer, producer and performer. The back of his head is also visible in the film The Frozen Ground. Since moving to New York City, Jonathan has appeared both in the short film What About Me? and the comedy pilot Fluff as Marc. Other credits have included Crito in Socrates on Trial (Educational Theatre of New York), Mr. Gabor in Spring's Awakening (AlphaNYC Theater), Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Mad & Merry Theatre), Soliony in Three Sisters (Modern Theatre Project), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Millbrook Playhouse; Summerstock), and Trinculo in The Tempest (Mad & Merry). He is also a company member of The Night Shift, with which he has led & hosted Drunken Shakespeare. With Hudson Warehouse, Jonathan has appeared as the Jailer & Balthazar in Comedy of Errors, Philip in The Rover, and Rivers in Richard III. He has worked as Stage Manager for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and has appeared in numerous 'Shakespeare in the Bar' readings, as well as the 'Writers-a-Go-Go' reading of Through Andrew's Eyes

Jesse Michael Mothershed’s debut with the Hudson Warehouse was in the August 2010 production of Romeo & Juliet, where he gave an unforgettable performance as The Prince.  Other recent New York credits include Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and Pilia-Borza in The Jew of Malta, both with York Shakespeare Company.  He also directed Lost Wisdom with the Short Play Lab and operates his own private acting studio offering acting classes and private coaching. 

Prior to his recent theatrical work in New York, Mr. Mothershed split his time between his home in Harlem and Madison, Wisconsin where he was working on his MFA in Acting at UW-Madison, completing his formal training in 2009.  While training in Madison, Mr. Mothershed appeared in the following roles:  Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire, Zangler in On the Razzle, Andrei in Three Sisters, and Jafar/Jester in Arabian Nights.  Also while in Madison, he was cast as Talthibius/Priam in The Greeks and as Mr. Kraler in The Diary of Anne Frank with the, sadly now defunct, Madison Repertory Theatre.

A bit of a gypsy, Mr. Mothershed has lived and acted in Arizona, Hawaii and Northern and Southern California.  Among his favorite roles were Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Joe Pitt in Angels in America – Perestroika; Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap; Bud Frump in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; Doc in Crimes of the Heart; and Hiram Spane/Dr. Toynbee in Bad Habits.

In addition to his MFA, Mr. Mothershed also earned his BFA in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Arizona in 2004.  It was during his time at the U of A, that he also realized his love for teaching and directing theatre.  While in school he co-chaired the Theatre in Our Schools campaign in 2004; served as the co-coordinator for the Southern Arizona Actor Festival in 2004; was a workshop leader for the English Speaking Union’s annual high school Shakespeare Competition for 2003 and 2004; and was a workshop presenter and adjudicator for the Arizona State Thespian Conference in 2003.  He also was the lead teacher for Camp Wildcat in 2004, a two-week long theatre summer camp for middle-school aged children.  During the U of A’s 2004 One Act Play Festival, Mr. Mothershed won an “Alphie” award for Best Director and Best Play for his production of Safe Sex by Harvey Fierstein.

Mr. Mothershed is an actor, director, and educator and helps spearhead the Education and Outreach program of Hudson Warehouse.

Ruth Nightengale is a Midwesterner at heart, despite having lived in NYC since early 1992.  Ms. Nightengale attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and received her Masters Degree in Arts Administration in 1994.  During the two-year program, Ms. Nightengale interned at a variety of New York arts organizations including The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Liz Dunn Production Management, and Manhattan Theatre Club.  She also managed the 75-year-old Goldman Memorial Band in a series of free concerts through the city June-August.

In 1994, Ms. Nightengale joined her husband, director Eric Nightengale, at the 78th Street Theatre Lab and for twelve years produced plays, readings, musicals, showcases, comedy nights, classes, workshops. They labored to make the Lab a creative workspace for a close group of actors, directors, designers, and playwrights, including Hudson Warehouse Producing Artistic Director Nicholas Martin-Smith.  Listing all of the work developed and performed over that time is impossible.  At the Lab, Ruth originated the role of Mrs. Brummett for Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City and Gulf View Drive which were both workshopped at the Lab and presented as part of the 78th Street Theatre Lab’s The Nibroc Trilogy in 2007.  Ms. Nightengale also appeared in other Lab productions including The Packwood Papers, The Frog Prince, Lynette at 3 A.M., as well as creating the role of Betsy in Hutton’s As It Is In Heaven.  She also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in As It Is In Heaven and The Water Engine.

Recently, Ms. Nightengale has collaborated again with Mr. Martin-Smith and made her debut with the Hudson Warehouse, appearing as Hecuba in their June 2010 production of Trojan Women

Besides her tremendous work at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, she has had extensive experience with many New York theaters, including teaching and directing at Stagedoor Manor in upstate New York in 1990 and 1991.  She also worked with Actors Repertory Theatre with whom she performed in A.R. Gurney’s The Perfect Party and helped develop or produce several other shows over a period of three years. 

As Managing Director of the American Jewish Theatre (94-95), Ms. Nightengale helped produce Have You Spoken to Any Jews Lately? by Bruce Jay Friedman (featuring Larry Pine), Hey Buddy by Brian Goluboff, and Shabbatai by Michael Schubert. Upon leaving AJT Ms. Nightengale become the Managing Director of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) and had the pleasure of partnering with Artistic Director Anne Bogart and an ensemble of incredibly talented and dedicated theatre artists.  During her tenure with the company, she managed tours to Japan, Dublin, Los Angeles, Louisville, Minneapolis, the Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta in 1996 and assisted in the development of Going, Going, Gone and Small Lives, Big Dreams.

Ms. Nightengale’s career began in Chicago where she received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.  While studying for her BFA, Ms. Nightengale got to play one of her favorite roles in literature: Ruth in Blithe Spirit.   Between years at DePaul, she also played such musical theatre gems as Hattie in Kiss Me Kate at Timberlake Playhouse in Illinois and Sally in Cabaret at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire. Upon graduation, Ms. Nightengale worked with many of the developmental theatre companies in Chicago and performed in Godspell at the Ivanhoe Theatre.  She joined the Children’s Classical Theatre and Trinity Square Theatre where she performed a rotating repertory of shows for kids K-8 and worked as an artist in the Chicago Public School system. It was during this time that she started to expand to grant writing and producing and became the Director of Development for Trinity Square in 1987.

In addition to her successful career in theater, Ms. Nightengale also works in the field of internet marketing.  After six years at Time, Inc., she is presently working at a search engine marketing company as Senior Vice President, Account Services at Reprise Media, an IPG agency.

However, her greatest role is as the proud mom of James and Thomas.

Emily Parman

A multi-faceted theatre artist, Emily has been involved with Hudson Warehouse since her 2010 debut as Lise in Cyrano and has since appeared as Tatiana in The Seagull during the 2011 season. In addition to her acting work, Ms. Parman also supplied violin and vocal accompaniment, and served as a collaborator to the music director, Artist in Residence Tommy Demenkoff.

A Kansas native, Ms. Parman attended Cowley College on a full theatre scholarship appearing in productions of Big River, All My Sons and 42nd Street, as well as Spoon River Anthology and Late to the Republique. A 2005 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Ms. Parman worked in the costume shop, honing her skills in the areas of design and construction. She has served as costume designer for Hudson Warehouse's productions of The Seagull and Taming of the Shrew and co-designer for Cyrano.

In 2004, along with Lynn Marie Macy, Ms. Parman was honored with an 'Off-Off Broadway Award' for Costume Design for Theatre 1010's production of All's Well That Ends Well. A frequent contributor to the New York opera world, Ms. Parman's credits as a designer include The Stranger, The Triangle, and as an assistant designer, Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Regional design credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, 42nd Street, Into The Woods, All My Sons, Crimes of the Heart, Big River, and Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice. Ms. Parman's directing resume includes works by Shakespeare, the Greeks, Opera, as well as contemporary drama.

Vince Phillip is a native Texan, born in Brownwood.  As an Army Brat he travelled extensively through his youth and became heavily involved in theatre through the Creative & Performing Arts Branch of the Morale Support Activities Division of the military in Ft Carson, Colorado and the Berlin Brigade in Berlin, Germany.  Upon his graduation from high school in Berlin, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre.

Mr. Phillip then relocated to Dallas, Texas where, along with working freelance in theatre and film, accepted the position of company member and business manager for The Gryphon Players, a classical theatre company.  Mr. Phillip later joined Actors Equity Association doing summer Shakespeare in Fort Worth and then packed up his ’92 Harley-Davidson and moved to New York City. 

Once in New York he accepted the position of company member and business manager for the theatre group TheatreRats, Inc. and held that position for four years.  Mr. Phillip has since done numerous projects in theatre and independent film.  For the Warehouse, Mr. Phillip has appeared as Le Bret in Cyrano and Montague in Romeo and Juliet in their summer 2010 productions.

Drew Rosene

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, it was there that Drew made his stage debut as The Little Boy in The Velveteen Rabbit. Rosene graduated from the Musical Theatre Program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2005. He began working with the Hudson Warehouse as a costume coordinator on As You Like It during the 2007 season. That same summer he appeared as Donalbain in Macbeth. He has also appeared as Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Aeneas in Trojan Women, Friar John in Romeo and Juliet as well as Slender in Merry Wives of Windsor. In addition to the his work with the Warehouse Rosene works as a Co-casting Director for Way Out Worldwide Productions. Mr. Rosene writes and develops his own scripts and is starting his own independent film production company.

Sydney Stanton

Originally from Texas, Sydney has been living and working in New York City for the past six years. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2004, she turned to improv and joined the sketch comedy troupe Lunchbox Voodoo that performed throughout New York City. Sydney made her début with the Hudson Warehouse in the summer of 2007 when she appeared as Audrey in As You Like It. It was also during that season that she began her work as a seamstress and costume coordinator. Other productions she has appeared in with the Warehouse include Pericles, Trojan Women, The Taming of the Shrew and the 2009 revival of The Tempest, a musically driven piece in which as a dancer she portrayed one of Arial's "Quality's." Other work includes the role of Eva in the George Street Playhouse's touring production of And Then They Came For Me and her Off-Broadway début in Press #93 For Kosher Jewish Girls in Krakow, written by Tuvia Tenenbaum.

Roger Dale Stude is a small-town Missouri native who moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  After graduation, he supported himself by working at the Drama Book Shop and continued his interest in classical theater at the Kings County Shakespeare Company, appearing over the years in their productions of The Beaux Stratagem, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Rover, The Rivals, and Romeo and Juliet.  Roger also worked for the Pearl Theatre as an understudy in their productions of Mirandolina, The Phantom Lady, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  

He is a founding member of True North Ensemble, and appeared for them as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as Scrooge in A Bronx Christmas Carol. Also with True North he served as Assistant Director for their production of The Taming of the Shrew, and directed productions of Chekhov's The Proposal and David Ives' Arabian Nights.  

Mr. Stude’s professional relationship with Nicholas Martin-Smith began at the Objectivist Theatre Company's Production of The Night of January 16th, and he was pleased to continue working with Mr. Martin-Smith as an actor with Hudson Warehouse, having appeared as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Marcellus and Voltemand in Hamlet, and Carbon in Cyrano.

Other New York credits include Caesar in Julius Caesar and Bushy in Richard II for A Crew of Patches, Chater in Arcadia, Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Sturman in The Clearing for Phoenix Players; Sorin in The Seagull for STEPS Theatre Company; and Claudius in Hamlet at LaMama.  He also played Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels for an entire summer at the Swedish Marionette Theatre in Central Park, with puppets, but that’s redundant.  Mr. Stude is also a writer and has written short plays, sketches, and poetry.OBERTO DEFELICE

George K. Wells -- originally from the D.C. area, George studied acting at Montgomery College, but could not fight the draw of the NYC acting scene for long. It was The American Musical and Dramatic Academy that finally brought him to the city and he graduated in 2005. Shortly thereafter he met Nicholas Martin-Smith and discovered the Hudson Warehouse that has been his home every summer since. George's debut with the Warehouse was as Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost, and he went on to perform in the company's productions of As You Like It, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Richard III and as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. George was also seen in numerous readings as part of the company's Shakespeare in the Bar readings series, including Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus and Henry V. George's time with the company is among the happiest times of his life and gladly accepted one of his favorite roles, as an Artist in Residence, in the summer of 2012.
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