actors & poets group, inc.

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." Mark Twain

THE COMPANY
Our company is a constantly growing and changing entity with new actors, stage managers and directors joining ranks all the time. Below is a list of our current members whose vital work is indispensable.

BOARD:

Duane Mazey

Executive Director, member of the board, founder of Actors & Poets Group, Inc. 

Actor and playwright, he is currently appearing in the Mark Twain play and working on the Guantanamo project. Attended Denison University in Ohio. After a season at the Chicago Lyric Opera as assistant to the technical director, Duane moved to New York were he designed the lights for The Oscar Brown Jr. Show and worked as technical assistant at the American Place Theatre in its early days. Joe Papp hired him as assistant tech director with the New York Shakespeare Festival where he helped to build the theatres on Lafayette Street. Duane appeared on Broadway in Mourning Pictures. He conceived and developed a musical review "Broadway Tonight" in which he was a featured singer and toured internationally, including to Vietnam with Martha Ray and the USO, the Stardust in Las Vegas and the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico. In New York he stage managed the Open Theatre: Medicine Show's production of Edward II at Westbeth Theatre. Off-Broadway he designed the lights and stage managed Fernando Arrabel's And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers. He was a technical assistant to Jean Louis Barrault for a production of Happy Days with Madeline Renaud, stage managed and appeared in Richard Foreman's Dr. Salevy's Magic Theatre and was technical supervisor for Hotel For Criminals. At the Village Gate he stage managed Sunset with Tammy Grimes, The Sid Caesar Show and One Mo' Time, which toured to the West End in London and Hamburg, Germany. He was stage manager and production coordinator on Staggerlee at the Second Avenue Theatre starring Ruth Brown with music by Allen Toussaint. Duane directed several plays at Wings Theatre on Christopher Street, including Walkin After Midnight, a play he co-authored with John Stell from New Orleans and A Season In Hell, an adaptation of Arthur Rimbaud's poetry. Other stage managing credits include the San Diego Old Globe Theatre and Marc Salem’s Mind Games. He holds a Master's degree in theatre from Hunter College where he also taught for three years. Currently he is performing as Mark Twain in his own adaptation of Samuel Clemens’ autobiography with Actors and Poets Group, Inc. 

Andrew Marvel

Secretary of the company, member of the board, writer and director. 

He is the director of the Mark Twain play and currently working on the Guantanamo project. Andrew Marvel is a Senior Copywriter with 10 years’ experience working for New York ad agencies including Wunderman/Young & Rubicam, CementWorks and Emerge Partners. Clients include T-Mobile, AT&T, Citibank, Pfizer, UCB, Nationwide, and IBM. Andrew got his professional acting training in New York at the William Esper Studio. He performed at the McCarter Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Gas Lamp Quarter Theater in San Diego and with TheaterWorks/USA. Andrew has worked with Duane Mazey and the Actors and Poets Group as an actor, director, stage manager and producer. He received a B.A. in English literature from Cornell University.

Leslie Wright

Assistant secretary, member of the board, grant writer.

After graduating from The University of Georgia with a degree in Art History, Leslie worked at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta in the Photography Department and the Public Relations department. Upon returning to Athens, her work was devoted to artistic endeavors for nine years until her move to New York brought her into the world of nonprofit. For the past four years, Leslie has worked at ENACT, an arts-in-education 

theater-based organization focusing on underprivileged youth. 

Fred Walker

Member of the board and producing adviser.

Managing director for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre for fourteen years which produced Judgment at Nuremberg, Night Must Fall, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, Inherit the Wind, The School for Scandal among many other productions. He also produced Lena Horn: "The Lady and Her Music" on Broadway, as well as The Music Man and The King and I and other productions for the Nederlander Organization. 

Prudence Holmes

Member of the board, actress and consultant.

Prudence Wright Holmes has taught at NYU Drama Department, Carnegie Mellon University Drama Department, The Strasberg Institute, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Actor’s Studio at The New School. She has given workshops at The Screen Actors Guild, The Actor’s Connection and The Lee Strasberg Institute. She has worked as a private audition coach for actors over twenty years. She is the author of the books VOICES OF THINKING JEWISH WOMEN (Biblio Press 2003) MONOLOGUE MASTERY, and the solo play BEXLEY, OH! she performed at NY Theatre Workshop this year. She has read her work at KGB Red Room, The Living Room, and the Cornelia Street Café. She has performed on and off Broadway and in many regional theatres. On Broadway, she appeared with Meryl Streep in Happy End, Maggie Smith in Lettuce and Lovage, George C. Scott in Inherit the Wind, The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and on the National tour. She also had featured roles in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson and In Dreams with Annette Bening.

STAFF:

Carlo D'Amore

Actor, director of the Guatanamo play.

Carlo is a Peruvian Italian actor, playwright, director and educator with over twenty years of experience in the theatre. He most recently premiered his autobiographical play “NO PAROLE” at the San Francisco Playhouse. “NO PAROLE” was named one of the top ten plays of the year in the San Francisco Bay Area back in 2007. As an actor Broadway credits include the Round About Theater Company’s production of Tennessee William's "Summer and Smoke" directed by David Warren, and most recently “Latinologues” directed by Cheech Marin at the Helen Hayes Theater in which Carlo played seven different characters. Off and off-off Broadway venues include The Lark, Urban Stages, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Playhouse, Nada 45, The Theater at Riverside Church, and Saint Veronica's Theatre. Regional acting credits include: San Diego Repertory Theatre, The San Francisco Playhouse, two seasons with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare in the Park), three productions at the Magic Theater, including two collaborations with Pulitzer winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Four productions at Theater Rhino, including solo work on "Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown" by Guillermo Reyes. Film and Television credits include being directed by Spike Lee for a project at “Forty Acres and a Mule”. “When In Rome” an Angelica Houston project soon to be released by Disney. "I the Sinner” (Yo Pecador) in Bogotá, Colombia. Principal parts in two of Miles Khan's films: "The Tool" and Cannes Film Festival award-winner, "Fly Trap", both of which played to international audiences. He played the principal role of Mario in Lion's Gate feature film "State Property 2" directed by Damon Dash. His television debut was in the series “OZ”, directed by Tom Fontana. Carlo is also a member of “Building Houses on the Moon”, a social action theater company whose mission is to present socially conscious material in an effort to elicit discussion and awareness on a variety of relevant issues. With this company Carlo has traveled nationwide, and was awarded The Craig Hardesty Award for best male ensemble performance at the Columbus Ohio Theater Festival. 

Ben Nathan-Serio 

Member of the advisory board, actor and writer.

Benjamin Nathan-Serio was born in Manhattan and raised in Albany New York. Since his consciousness, theater and literature has been an integral part of his self-identity. In 2004 he graduated from CUNY's Hunter College with a B.A. in theater. Since then he has dedicated his life and livelihood to the arts through performance and writing. He currently resides in Barcelona where he is involved in both the English and Spanish theater scene. He is a contributing writer for BCN Week.

Brian Taylor: Stage manager.

Ken Berman: Member of the advisory board, director, consultant.