Bad Neighbour Theatre
Charlotte Day | Director
Charlotte Day hails from Sydney, Australia, and is a graduate of Oxford University. She spent 2014-15 at the Russian State Theatre Arts Academy in St Petersburg studying theatre direction, and her past productions include BNT's Dickinson's Room, The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Emily Triptych and Measure for Measure; The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman and The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. She is a former technical intern at The Wooster Group, and makes most of BNT's costumes.
Vyacheslav Komarnitsky | Director
Vyacheslav Komarnitsky was born in Arkhangelskaya oblast', USSR. After finishing technical college, he studied psychology at Lomonosov Pomorskii State University. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Saint Petersburg. He currently studies at Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, under Anatolii Praudin. His past work includes Strindberg's Samoom/The Stronger, Filth Can't Love Filth, based on Jean Genet's The Maids, and adaptations of Saint-Éxupery's The Little Prince, Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes, Daniil Kharms' The Old Woman, and Nikolai Leskov's The Toupee Artist.
Pirina Dzhupanova | Performer
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Pirina grew up surrounded by art in all its forms. After graduating from high school she moved to Milan, Italy and got her bachelor degree in Fashion Design. She speaks fluent Italian and is currently advancing in French and Spanish.
Her love for acting and the arts brought her to New York City where she studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Pirina graduated playing the lead role in the production of “In The Boom Boom Room” by David Rabe. Other past productions include Cold (short), Feels Like Euphoria (short), The Old Woman (theatre of the absurd). She is currently working on the web series Perspective and the short film Measure The Earth.
Pirina is also a writer and a model. More info here.
Amanda Friedman | Designer
In 2016 Amanda Friedman completed her MFA in Painting from Bard College, where she was awarded the Hartog Travel Grant. She has exhibited at: Regina Rex, NY, NY; Essex Flowers, NY, NY and Redling Fine Art, LA, CA; among other venues. She has been a resident artist at Frontispiece, NY; The Shandaken Project, NY; The Millay Colony for the Arts, NY and Vermont Studio Center, VT and was nominated for the 2016 Rema Hort Mann New York Emerging Artist Grant. In 2013 Peradam published her artist book, Because Nothing Ends and in 2014 Miniature Garden published her artist book (in collaboration with Ariel Dill and Denise Schatz), Drawing Hilma Af Klint.
Yanina Hope | Performer
Yanina is an actress based in New York City and London. Born in Moscow, she received her education at Moscow State University and Science Po in Paris, FR. After an early career in journalism in Paris an Geneva, she moved to New York where she transitioned to acting full time. She graduated from Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in 2011 and attended many other stage and screen workshops including Labyrinth Acting Intensive and Kevin Spacey Acting Camp.
Yanina Hope has developed a varied resume, including feature film (i.e. Loveless, 2017; The Runner, 2015; Coming to You, 2016) and short films (i.e. Marmalade, 2014) as well as commercial (Coca-Cola Switzerland, 2015) and TV work.
Jazz Jackish | Performer
Jazz Jackish recently moved to New York City after living in Los Angeles for several years. He has acted for TV and film, and his most recent work, "Falling in Love", was presented by National Geographic in tandem with the show Genius. He is also involved in several upcoming projects.
Jazz studied acting and music at HB Studios in NYC. He recently took the stage as Geronimo in How The Westons Won (musical), and the Writer in BNT's The Old Woman. He is well known for "his jazzy moves in hips and hands." He may be the only active Kazakhstan-American actor in the U.S.
Nastassia Maltsava | Performer
Nastassia Maltsava is a Belarusian-American actress based in NYC. Her first production with Bad Neighbour Theatre was Vyacheslav Komarnitsky’s production of The Old Woman. Nastassia recently graduated with an M.F.A. in acting from the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard University, where she performed in Dying For It, A Big Mess in Cambridge, MA and in A Lonely Voice, A Profitable Position in Moscow. After graduation she spent another month in Moscow studying acting with Konstantin Raikin at his International School of Acting. Before pursuing her degree in acting, Nastassia worked in a Silicon Valley tech startup, performed in multiple plays with the Generation Theatre in San Francisco (Audition, The Provoked Wife, BooKKeepers and Marius) and studied dance at the Ariel Dance Productions. Nastassia believes that theater should be a safe space in which to speak our minds.
Miranda McCauley | Performer
Miranda is a New York-based actor, originally from Texas. She has trained extensively in Grotowski and Meisner technique, and now teaches at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio.
Her recent work includes Bad Neighbour's The Emily Triptych and Measure for Measure, as well as The "Naked" Tempest (dir. Pitr Strait). She appeared with BNT at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Anuj Parikh | Performer
Anuj is from Vancouver and is a graduate of The William Esper Studio. He thoroughly enjoyed playing Rousseau in BNT's The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Anuj has a PhD in experimental nuclear astrophysics from Yale University, was a professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, and is an expert on thermonuclear stellar explosions. He is particularly interested in developing theatre that explores the interface between physics and poetry.
Sarah Paton | Performer
Sarah Paton is an actor and teaching artist based in New York. She has an MFA from The American Repertory Theater/MXAT Institute for Advanced Actor Training at Harvard University. She has most recently been seen in Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) with the Shakespeare Theater of NJ's NSE, and The Hummm at OBERON. www.sarahpaton.com
Sharlee Taylor | Performer
Sharlee Taylor is originally from Atlanta, GA. After studying Theater and Linguistics at UC Berkeley, she received her MFA from the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard University - there, she understudied as Flo in Mark Rylance's Nice Fish, as well as performing in Young Jean Lee's The Shipment, and Dying For It.
After graduation, Sharlee moved to New York to pursue Acting. She has developed a diverse and exciting resume, including Host work with Skillsoft (Industrial), starring in the Russian television series "How I Became Russian" (Television), and working as a model with well known brands, such as Maybeline, Long Horns, and Satva (Print/Commercial). Sharlee has most recently been seen theatrically with The Plunge, and is as a regular participant with The Playwrights Loft. Sharlee is also developing a web series - for more information, click here.
Irina Thompson | Performer
Irina Thompson is a Russian-born actress who is currently based in New York. She graduated from Circle in The Square Theater School in the summer of 2015. Past productions include Sophocles' Oedipus The King, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, Shakespeare's Macbeth and Eve (A Dance Theater Immersion Experience) which premiered Off-Broadway in September 2015. Irina also holds a master's degree in linguistics and intercultural communication. She is fascinated with language and the power of words which actors are blessed with. She believes that art is the key to uniting people and also a way to discover yourself.
Jaya Tripathi | Performer
After working as a human rights professional in over 20 countries, Jaya found a new joy in performing and trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent credits include Medea in Euripides’ Medea, Suleika in the Strindberg Repertory Theatre’s production of Abu Casem’s Slippers, and various roles in Bad Neighbour’s adaptation of The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Hailing from California, Tennessee and Virginia, Jaya resides in New York. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University and is passionate about using theater to examine social justice issues.
Ty Turley | Performer
Ty Turley is an actor and writer from Arizona. He has studied acting in Utah and in New York, and long form improv comedy in Chicago, Boston and New York. He has worked in documentary film, and is interested in creating hydrid documentary/narrative films, theater, and virtual reality/augmented reality experiences. He is also an economist who studies international development.