About the Performers

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Stan Baker

Stan Baker is an actor, comedian, musical book-writer and lyricist. His work includes productions, workshops, readings, commissions, and/or solo performances at venues such as The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama E.T.C., Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, P.S. 122, The Lark, The York, HOME, Columbia U., Cornelia St. Café, The Bitter End, Catch a Rising Star, Studio 54, and many others. 


Stan started doing his act The Human Television as a street performer in Washington Square Park. 


"Clever, subversive, and gut-bucket funny." - The Village Voice "Voice Choice"

"Hits close to home." - WCBS-TV 

Mariah Bonner, singer and actress

Mariah Bonner

Mariah Bonner’s stage debut as a mouse in The Nutcracker with the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis sealed her desire to pursue a career as a performer. At ten, she and her family moved to Paris, where she continued to study classical dance and acting, and played her first commercial role in a French television film.

Graduating from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Mariah has worked as an actress in film and television, and has also developed a number of cabaret shows. Her first show, Natural Woman, had musical direction by Steve Rawlins. 

 

"Mariah’s performance stole our attention and our hearts. She had a commanding presence that captivated her audience." Daniel L. 

"Mariah’s performances are electric!" - Jennifer D.

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Michael Lydon

Michael Lydon, a composer known to millions as the Handsomest Man in the World, is a pioneering rock writer and a founding editor of Rolling Stone. His eyewitness account of the Stones’ 1969 tour, The Rolling Stones Discover America, is an Amazon Kindle Single. Lydon has written Rock Folk and Ray Charles: Man and Music, and he often performs as a singer-songwriter with the jazz combo on his CD, Love at First Sight

Ellen Mandel, celebrated composer and songwriter

Ellen Mandel

Ellen Mandel has written music for over eighty plays at the Antaeus Theater (Scenie award: music for Top Girls) and Actor’s Co-op in LA, plus in NYC: Phoenix, Mint, Jean Cocteau Rep (Resident Composer), Pearl, and many regionals, received numerous best music nominations, and performed in Savvy Secrets of Successful Mistresses with Lisa Faith Phillips at the Edinburgh Fringe. 


The NY Times calls Mandel’s songs to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Charlotte Mew, and others “ardent, spiky, and refreshingly organic.” Her theater music is “remarkable for consistent invention, compositional resource, and apt theatricality,” Village Voice. Dizzy Gillespie called Ellen a “wonderful musician.”

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Lisa Faith Phillips

Lisa Faith Phillips has toured with her original comedy shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Washington D.C.’s Capital Festival, Dublin, Ireland, Los Angeles, New York and Findlay, Ohio. She has been a Participating Artist at The Cherry Lane Theater and Manhattan Punch Line’s Comedy Corp in New York as well as theater companies in Barcelona and London. Her plays At All Times and All-Nude College-Girl Revue had extended runs in New York. She is currently writing her first novel The Russian Tea Room


Phillips holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and studied music theory at Juilliard. 


Five Stars and Best of the Fringe!  An incredible storyteller her show is fascinating to watch and to listen to. - DC Metro Theater Arts  

Wildly funny…mixes absurdism and social satire to hilarious results”- Jaime Lubin, The Huffington Post

Outrageously funny…devilishly clever and wildly entertaining” - Newyorkcool.com

Natalie Smith is a singer, songwriter, actress, and playwright

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith is a singer, songwriter, actress, and playwright. A lifelong New Yorker, she draws on the energy of the city to inform her work and performs regularly in the five boroughs and beyond.

Natalie's original music blends pop, rock and American folk influences and is rooted in her classical and jazz piano training. She released her first studio album, “Take My Piano,” in the fall of 2015, available on iTunes.


Natalie made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed, Tony award- winning production, One Man Two Guvnors. She is currently developing a one-woman show with a series of deeply imagined characters who tell a contemporary musical fairy tale for all ages.


Natalie earned her BFA in acting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and has studied voice, classical piano, and songwriting.