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We remember those members of the NJ Rep community whom we have lost, and miss dearly.
 

Raymond Schmoll

Raymond was a graduate with a Master of Drama in Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. While in Scotland, he appeared in an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Glasgow his favorite roles were Chiron in Titus Andronicus, and Othello in Othello. In June of 2000, he was graduated from Harvard University with a Masters Degree in Biology. During his time there he managed to slip out and appear in several productions including Gerardo in Death and the Maiden; Bernardo and Fortinbras in Hamlet; Paul Sheldon in Misery; Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth; and six rowdy, comic characters (three of whom were a disturbing variety of female) in A Tuna Christmas. At NJ Rep Raymond appeared in Maggie Rose.



Chris Sena       

Chris Sena had worked regionally throughout Southern California playing comedic roles in Artists and Criminals at the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival in LA, lead roles in the Streisand Festival of New Plays in La Jolla, Roderigo in Othello, the Emcee in Cabaret, Vittorio and Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Adi in Milk and Honey for composer Jerry Herman. NYC credits include Carol Hall’s Tapestry of Dreams, Liz Swados’ Swing, and New Dramatists’ Captive with Camryn Manheim. He had toured nationally with The Me Nobody Knows, Free to be You and Me, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. TV includes All My Children, The Tonight Show, and Daybreak for HBO Pictures. Indie films include playing Jesus Christ in Life Script and a lead role in the comedy feature Titillating Steven, which won top awards at four film festivals. He has created voices for documentaries, CD-ROMs, audiobooks, and radio and TV comercials, and often read aloud to local classrooms. Chris was originally from Boston where he was twice a National Anthem soloist for the Celtics. He was a former student of the late great Uta Hagen.


Kelsie Chance

Kelsie (playwright Chekhov's Mistress) began his opera theatre studies at Northwestern at age 15 where he would soon discover Chekhov and Williams and has studied both extensively.  As a conductor, he has conducted  Eine Deutsche Requiem in both San Francisco and Chicago and plays the trumpet, piano, baritone, and the oboe.  He has lived in Belgium where he became a student of Dutch and Flemish and researched his novella, Kortrijk.  He has studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and at The Stella Adler Conservatory.  His first play Swamp Redemption is currently in development at NJ Rep.  He has recently finished four new plays including With No Creature To Pity Me, Chekhov’s Mistress (full length), My Summer in Yentaville, and Coffee and Fig Newtons with Betsy Palmer.  He spent many years helping to execute The Roy W. Dean Documentary Film Grant and his first short film The Milk-Carton Murder will debut in a new film festival in New Orleans of which he is also a founding board member/grant writer. He has recently joined the faculty and staff of Columbia U. where he was actively involved in grant programs for South Africa.  A skilled pyro-technician and battle-field effects specialist, Mr. Chance worked with the US Government and trained the US Army for two years prior to the invasion of Iraq and said of his endeavors that they, “shall remain unsurpassed”.


Photo: Kelsie with one of his favorite actresses, Betsy Palmer

Stewart A. Fisher       Article

Stewart has been a denizen of the theatre since childhood and is equally at home both on stage and behind the scenes.  Some favorite roles include Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon, Det. Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap, Will Parker in Oklahoma, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, the title role in Candide and the boyishly evil real estate developer, Geoffrey Bishop, in the critically acclaimed Book of James.  Stewart is also a noted cabaret performer and jazz vocalist. On the production side, Stewart served as Associate Artistic Director for Evergreen Theatre in Seattle, producing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Company and directing Is There Life After High School? Stewart was also Production Director for FantastiKids, an educational theatre company, in both Seattle and Los Angeles.  Stewart's directing credits included the company's inaugural production, Ends by David Alex, Adult Fiction by Brian Mori, The Girl with the High Rouge by Vincent Sessa, and many staged readings.  Stewart held a degree in Humanities from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was awarded the Libby Caine Scholarship and the Joan Harrison Scholarship.  He was a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.


Kim Hunter

Kim made her Broadway debut as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, for which she won both Donaldson and Critics' Awards. She later won an Academy Award, Look Magazine Award, and Golden Globe for her performance in the film version. Other film credits include Stairway to Heaven, Lilith, The Swimmer, The Kindred, and Two Evil Eyes. Ms. Hunter also starred in three of the highly successful Planet of the Apes quintet, in which she played the chimpanzee psychiatrist, Dr. Zira. Most recently, she has performed in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and A Price Above Rubies. Still to be released are The Hiding Place, Abilene, and The Virtuoso. She also completed a TV movie entitled Blue Moon. Ms. Hunter has appeared on hundreds of television shows from the early days of live TV to the present, and was nominated for Emmy Awards for her performances on Baretta, and Edge of Night. In recent years, she has appeared on Murder, She Wrote, All My Children, Mad About You, LA Law, As the World Turns, and Movies-of-the-Week. Her numerous Broadway appearances include starring roles in Darkness at Noon, The Tender Trap, Write Me A Murder, Weekend, To Grandmother's House We Go, and revivals of The Children's Hour and The Women. Her most recent Broadway performance was as Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband. Regional theatre productions claim most of her time, some of her favorites being The Belle of Amherst, The Lion in Winter, The Cherry Orchard, Suddenly Last Summer, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, for which she won Florida's Carbonnell Award, and Love Letters, which she's performed with her husband, Bob Emmett. Off-Broadway has claimed her, too, for When We Dead Awaken, Territorial Rites, Faulkner's Bicycle, Man and Superman, A Murder of Crows, and The Eye of the Beholder. Lately she has starred in Driving Miss Daisy, All the Way Home, and The Gin Game. Ms. Hunter is also the author of an auto-biographical cookbook, Loose in the Kitchen.


Stephanie Goldman

Stephanie (SAG) received her  BFA from the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU.  NY Theatre credits include: Dominiquie in Two Girls From Vermont: A Dirty Pop Extravaganza at the NY Fringe Festival, D.C. Fontana in I Am Star Trek at the NY Fringe Festival, Sissy Lou Heshkowitz in En Garde Arts' Secret History of the Lower East Side, directed by Matt Wilder, Ida Cantor  in  Eddie Cantor: The Apostle of Pep, directed by Carolyn Cantor at Tornada, Masha in The Seagull at Expanded Arts, and Sex Work with Girl & Co.(now Collision Theory) at the New Actor's Workshop.  Stephanie has also worked with Shakespeare & Co., The NY Renaissance Festival, Florida Studio Theatre and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey.  TV: Strangers With Candy, The Job.  She was featured as Lara in the independent feature film Flushed.  Stephanie was the voice of  Maybelline cosmetics, and can be heard on their national TV commercials.


Bob Emmett

Bob learned to act under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He made his Broadway debut in Peer Gynt, starring John Garfield and directed by Lee Strasberg. Other Broadway credits include Two On the Aisle with Bert Lahr and Midsummer with Geraldine Page. Off-Broadway, Mr. Emmett played opposite Jessica Tandy in Madam Will You Walk, the first production of the Phoenix Theatre, the previous year he had played the title role in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, at the DeLys Theatre. In 1970 he appeared with Carol Channing in Carol Channing and Her Ten Stout-Hearted Men at the Drury Lane in London. Other NY appearances included Eye of the Beholder, Mother Jay, and King James and the Indian. In addition to acting, Mr. Emmett has written for television, stage, and for special appearances of such celebrated persons as Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing, Liza Minelli, Ann-Margret, Julie Andrews, Raquel Welch, Harry Belafonte, and Gypsy Rose Lee.


 
Fear no more the heat o' th' sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' th' great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor th' all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finish'd joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee!
Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!

From "Cymbeline" by William Shakespeare