Romeo & Juliet

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Hypokrit Theatre Company’s inaugural production Romeo & Juliet, directed by Arpita Mukherjee, opened in the spring of 2015 (February) at the Access Theater. It ran for three weeks to sold-out crowds and received rave reviews.

You can read more about the production here:

THE BOLLYWOOD AESTHETIC 

Bollywood is a term commonly used to refer to the Hindi film industry located in the city of Mumbai. Reaching over two billion people around the world, Bollywood is one of the world’s largest film industries. Characterized by high drama, a variety of intersecting themes, and song and dance sequences, Bollywood films continue to generate interest and excitement around the world. Yet, very little is known about the aesthetic that continues to shape the cultural language of the world’s largest democracy. With roots in classical drama of the South Asian subcontinent, influences from folk song and dance, as well as globalization, the Bollywood aesthetic conveys universal themes through an eclectic mix of styles.

ARTISTS 

Romeo & Juliet brings together a group of diverse artists to explore the classic through a Bollywood lens. Our artists, that come from a variety of backgrounds are engaged in a multicultural dialogue, working together to create a unique re-telling of the world’s greatest love story.

Main Cast | Second Cast | Dancers| Crew

Main Cast

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DeAndre’ Baker as Lord Capulet

DeAndre’ M. Baker is ecstatic to be making his New York debut with Hypokrit Theatre Company. Recent/favorite credits include Macbeth (The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and The People’s Republic (The DC Black Theatre Festival). DeAndre’ holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles and has also trained with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C. and Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, Washington D.C. DeAndre’ aspires to help other inner city youth, like himself, find positive outlets and define their individuality through the arts.

Kabir Chopra

 Kabir Chopra as Paris

Kabir Chopra is an actor and filmmaker based in New York. He has  appeared in numerous movies and TV shows such as The Reluctant  Fundamentalist, Royal Pains and Madam Secretary, and will be starring  in the upcoming feature film Mirage. He has also written and directed  several short romantic comedies that have screened at film festivals  across New York. He recently published his first book POKE ME!, a no-nonsense Guide to Online Dating & Offline Loving which is now available on Amazon. Kabir is inspired by dating culture and love stories, and believes that exploring the never ending search for love is the key to creating great art.

 

Morgan DeTogne

Morgan DeTogne as Juliet

Morgan DeTogne’s first production was at age 5 in Arlington Heights, IL where she played an orphan in a production of Annie. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and has since then studied in New York City with The Barrow Group and with Anthony Abeson. Her favorite roles include Julie Zeller in Liliom (Celebration of Whimsy Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Milburn Stone Theatre) and her most recent role as Bernadette in a premiere production of Little Wars at Roy Arias Theatre. Morgan is thankful every day that she gets to create and tell stories with such inspiring friends and performers.

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Aizzah Fatima as Nurse

Aizzah Fatima’s solo play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been produced at The Flea Theater (NYC), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Pakistan and Turkmenistan. Her play Google, It’s Complicated! had a workshop at Pan Asian Rep. Her select acting theatre credits include Half Hearted (Cherry Lane Theater), Circumcaedere (LABrynth Ensemble), Play by Play: Rendezvous (Stageworks Hudson), and The Vagina Monologues (Abingdon Theatre, NYC). Her TV credits include The Good Wife (CBS), Patrice O’Neal’s Guide to White People (Comedy Central), Food Detectives with Ted Allen (Food Network), Mata-e-jaan (HUM TV) and Cinematherapy with comedian Chuck Nice (WEtv). She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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Anand made his comedy debut at Caroline’s on Broadway in 2014 where he was part of a sketch comedy segment of International Incident: Evolution of Dancing Girls. He has trained at Terry Schreiber Studios, Bova’s Actors Workshop and People’s Improv Theater. He recently completed a series of short indie films directed by Anthony Vincent Bova in which he played six different characters. Anand is thrilled to make his first dramatic theater debut Romeo & Juliet. Anand believes acting is one of those mediums where you can live many souls in one lifetime and at the same time show the humanity of those souls to the world like no other medium.

Gerrard Lobo

Gerrard Lobo as Romeo

Gerrard Lobo is psyched to be a part of the amazingly talented Hypokrit Theatre team, and is honored to be cast as Romeo in Hypokrit’s inaugural production of Romeo & Juliet. An NYC based film and theater actor, Gerrard recently played Imran Koreshi in the Feature Film Mirage (currently in post-production) and the title role of Liliom in Beautiful Soup Theater’s production of Liliom at the Celebration of Whimsy Theatre in NYC.

Ashton Muniz

Ashton Muniz as Benvolio

Ashton Muniz is thrilled to be joining Hypokrit’s Romeo and Juliet in one of his favorite roles. He has recently joined The Flea Theater resident company of BAT actors. Ashton is a proud Ithaca College and NTI (Moscow Arts School) Alumni.

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Prakash Patil as Lord Montague

Awarded Mr. India Galaxy 2014 and “International Model of the year” from New York Fashion Awards, Prakash Patil is an experienced model who has walked in major fashion weeks like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, NYC Fashion, IIFA awards and Delhi International Fashion Week. He has also been featured in magazines like Vogue, Floss, Sain City, Stage N Style, Elucid, So Sexy and Vicissitude. Prakash has acted as a Lead Actor in the film The Other Side Of New York which won two Awards in Colorado and Toronto International Film Festival.

Shubhra Prakash

Shubhra Prakash as Mercutio

Shubhra Prakash is a writer, Director and Performer has lived in Kolkata, New Delhi, San Francisco Bay Area and now resides in New York City. As an actor, Shubhra was last seen in The Tempest Ladies’ Taming of the Shrew. Shubhra recently wrote, directed and produced a play For Our Own at the Planet Connections Theatre Festival 2014 for which she received the Activist Award for getting a great deal of involvement from the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters. Her short film, Three Dates – a short film, which she wrote, directed and produced, was screened at New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 13′ and WILLiFEST 13′.

Deaon Griffin-Pressley as Tybalt

Deaon Griffin-Pressley is an actor and a playwright who has studied at British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England (BADA). His playwrighting credits include Valentines Night (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Satan VS God (Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2014) and The Tragedy At HOOD:14542 and Hoodsical (Fringe Festival NYC 2014) in which he featured as Yellow Man. His other acting works include Paul Henry in Painted Red (Sacred Ground Productions), Cab Calloway in LENA (Josiah Theatre Works), Macbeth in Macbeth, Clarence in Richard III and Roderigo in Othello (Oxford Shakespeare Company) as well as Banquo in Macbeth (American Globe Theatre Tour) among many others.

Xiomara Rolon

Xiomara Rolon as Lady Montague

Xiomara Rolon grew up in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania and is a recent graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. Along with Hypokrit’s Romeo & Juliet, she is also working on her first industry showcase with TAPNYC. Using theatre as a powerful medium for expressing deep thoughts and emotions is what attracted her to the performing arts.

Elizabeth Wessa

Elizabeth Wessa as Lady Capulet

Elizabeth Wessa, a native Wisconsinite, has been loving living and performing in New York City for the last five years. She is excited to be a part of such a dynamic and diverse cast of Hypokrit! Elizabeth is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has a background in improv and historical theatre. Acting is important to Elizabeth because it provides an outlet for the energy and life that can’t be contained in the day to day, and allows her to explore people and worlds with whom she might never come into contact.


Second Cast

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Eusebio Martin Arenas as Prince

Eusebio Martin Arenas is an actor and has starred in several movies such as Drama, Instrucciones Para Mi Funeral, La Comodidad En La Distancia, Silencio, Juan In A Million and his most recent one The Green Inferno. He has also starred in the popular soap opera Soltera Otra Vez. He studied at Pontifial Catholic University of Chile, continued his studies at Teatro La Memoria in Santiago and further at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He is currently participating in various theatrical projects including Verta And Linus and Romeo and Juliet.

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Nikita Chaudhry as Benvolio

Nikita Chaudhry is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and an activist. She moved to New York City from her hometown Baltimore, MD to study and train at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduating in 2012. Nikita has trained in acting, specifically the Meisner technique, dance, and voice. Her dance training includes contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, jazz, ballet, modern and tap. Her movement training includes Williamson, Suzuki and Alexander techniques. She has also choreographed both solo and group pieces for dance repertory and local musicals. She believes that by exploring the boundaries of the human body, the arts can deepen and expand universal communication.

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Nikki Chawla as Lady Capulet

An actor and a standup comedian, Nikki was a finalist at the Actors Studio and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Actors Studio Drama School. Her theatre credits include For Our Own (Planet Connections Festival), The Graduate (ASDS), Where Children Play (Berkshire Fringe Festival) and Vagina Monologues (V-day Union City). Her TV & film credits include Redrum (Investigation Discovery ID), Blemished Light, (Portland Film Festival), Here and Now, Daniel & His Tools, Superhero Me, A Distance Between Us (Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival) and Refugee (Big Apple Film Festival).

Brinda S Dixit

Brinda Dixit as Juliet

Brinda Dixit is a 2014 graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch, she was selected to study Shakespeare in Performance at RADA in London and Commedia Dell’Arte in Florence, Italy. For the past 13 years, she has trained in Bharatanatyam, a classical dance of South India – she performed a Devi-themed Arangetram dance in 2011. Brinda comes from a family that includes almost four generation of professional dancers and artists; her mother is a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and an owner/teacher at Kalaikoil Dance and Arts of India.

Dyalekt

Dyalekt as Friar

Dyalekt is an MC, Hip Hop educator, actor and a playwright who has performed from  Summerstage to La Mama to warehouse parties, and is on the theme song (Spectacular Failure) of MTV’s Wait til Next Year. He is a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, and his play Sound is Vibration was read at the Public Theater’s EWG Spotlight Series. Dyalekt performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show with his band Deathrow Tull, where they led Lincoln-Douglas D’Bates using freestyle rap. His first album, Square Peg Syndrome, is also a one-man (+1 DJ, whatup MINDSpray) play that debuted in Prague, CZ at Divadlo Archa and a curriculum that was piloted for over 400 students in St. Croix, USVI.

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Siraj Huda as Lord Capulet

Born in Orissa, India, Siraj Huda considers himself an accidental actor. He took an unconventional path to his acting career, milking cows in Nepal and teaching ice skating in Dubai on the way. After immigrating to the United States to pursue an MBA, Siraj moved to New York City where he has worked in publishing and as a software engineer. When the recession hit in 2008, Siraj discovered acting and never looked back. His varied life experiences contributed to his ability to get under the skin of the characters he portrays.

Deaon Griffin-Pressley as Mercutio

Deaon Griffin-Pressley is an actor and a playwright who has studied at British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England (BADA). His playwrighting credits include Valentines Night (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Satan VS God (Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2014) and The Tragedy At HOOD:14542 and Hoodsical (Fringe Festival NYC 2014) in which he featured as Yellow Man. His other acting works include Paul Henry in Painted Red (Sacred Ground Productions), Cab Calloway in LENA (Josiah Theatre Works), Macbeth in Macbeth, Clarence in Richard III and Roderigo in Othello (Oxford Shakespeare Company) as well as Banquo in Macbeth (American Globe Theatre Tour) among many others.

 

 

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  Brent White as Romeo

Brent White is an actor/musician born and bred in Oklahoma. He is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, where he found his love for classical theatre. He has appeared on stage with the Rapidfire Bootleg Theatre Company in Brooklyn and recently played Adrian while understudying Caliban in “The Tempest” as part of the Hamptons Independent Theatre Festival this past August. He is super excited to be playing one of the “Star Crossed Lovers”

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Elizabeth Roberts as Lady Montague

Elizabeth Roberts is a New York City native and a recent graduate of Oberlin College. After leaving Oberlin, she worked with Shakespeare & Company for six months, training in classical text, Linklater technique, clown, stage fight, dance, and movement. While there, she developed a passion for classical theater and a particular love for Shakespeare. She also loves playing with long-form improv, clown, and screenwriting.

Monique Sanchez

Monique Sanchez as Nurse

Monique Sanchez was recently seen in the experimental collage play, 29x/y, for which she was nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards. Her favorite credits include Proof (Catherine), Macbeth (Lady Macduff), Kennedy’s Children (Carla-Love Creek Award winner), Flea in Her Ear (Lucienne), Hamlet (Gertrude), Romantic Laughter (Rita), and Uncommon Women and Others (Rita). She can next be seen in the award winning web series, Going Up? and the new TNT drama, Public Morals, starring Ed Burns and executive produced by Stephen Spielberg.

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Anshuman Sharma as Lord Montague

Anshuman is really excited to be a part of Romeo and Juliet. He is feeling lucky to be the last minute addition and to be part of this wonderful team. It’s a chance for him to be back on stage again, a chance for which he was waiting for a long time.In the US, he has played the lead role of Hanuman in Ramayana with Indianica Academy – performed at shows at Virginia, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Lincoln Centre. He is the lead in the Feature film Directed by Ajay Loka (upcoming). He has also sung, wrote and composed songs for the film. In India: he has acted in many plays and been involved since childhood. He has won best actor awards on University level, on the state and National level competitions.

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Karthik Srinivas as Paris

Karthik Srinivas is an actor, model and a trained dancer. He was educated in India and then attended the prestigious JNTU Affiliated University (Hyderabad, India) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering. It was here where his passion for acting began as he was part of the Cultural arts group at college called ‘The Euphoria’ but it would seem life had other plans for him at this point. After completing his education, Karthik appeared in a lead role for Chinna Cinema that was released in April 2013. He was born in Hyderabad, India and now resides in New York City.

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David A. Wallace as Tybalt

David A. Wallace is a native talent to the streets of New York City. He currently works internationally as a professional model, but is transitioning deeper into his passion of acting and singing. He says, “life is full of closed doors, but I always have a locksmith on speed dial. I consider art to be life and all I am trying to do is live. When I am performing, for that moment I feel seen, understood, and accepted for my talents”.

 

 

Dancers

Swarali Karulkar (Choreographer)

Swarali Karulkar is a Mumbai native currently based out of New York City. In 2013,  she entered into the reality show Dance India Dance and finished 5th, the last female in the competition. Last year she became an on-stage choreographer for Dance India Dance Lil Masters. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute while she continues to fuel her passion for dance with Hypokrit.

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Nidhi is a member of New York’s publishing world. A devotee of stories by day, she’s thrilled to promote her other love, dance, for Hypokrit Theater’s inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet. She has trained extensively in Bharatnatyam, a form of classical Indian dance, and has been dancing in Bollywood/filmi style for over a decade.

 

 

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Snehi brings more than 15 years of experience in the performing arts, which includes a unique blend of classical Indian dance styles as well as routine choreography and team management. Outside the studio, Snehi is an Invesment Analyst at a global industry leader in Manhattan. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she majored in Economics while also serving as dance team captain as well as a variety of other campus engagement activities. She is passionate about dancing and uses it as a form of creative expression.

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Tania is a professionally trained Bharatanatyam dancer who studied under the tutelage of Guru Vanitha Veeravalli of Bharatam Academy of Dance Arts in Chicago. After her 15 year dance tenure, Tania attended Saint Louis University where she founded SLUraaga, a competitive fusion dance team while studying International Business. Tania’s extensive dance career includes a versatile performance repertoire of Indian Classical dance both at the national and international level. She is currently based in New York and serves as the Co-founder of a start-up called WESTxEAST, an e-commerce that promotes a global aesthetic in fashion.

 

 

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Nikita is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and activist. In 2012, she moved to New York City from her hometown Baltimore, MD to study and train at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Most recently, Nikita performed in The Love of the Nightengale at The Meisner Studio and in devised works at the Experimental Theatre Wing.  This summer she worked on the 2015 film, Mirage as the supporting character of Samira. As an Indian-American who grew up watching Bollywood movies and falling in love with Shakespeare, Nikita is thrilled to be a part of this project.

 

 

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Pooja has been dancing since she was able to walk. Her first stage performance was at age 4 and she hasn’t stopped since. Pooja is formally trained in Bharat Natyam and finished her Arengetram (Indian Classical Dance recital) in 2003. Throughout college, she performed on award winning Bollywood and Garba/Raas (Indian Folk dancing) teams. Pooja also choreographed and performed in professional level cultural shows. Pooja is an aerospace engineer and recently moved to New York. She is thrilled to be apart of Hypokrit Theater’s Romeo and Juliet and continue pursuing her passion in dance.

 

 

 

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Brinda is a Bharatanatyam dancer and actress in NYC. She has studied Bharatanatyam for the past 13 years under the tutelage of Smt. Swetha Dixit of Kalaikoil in California. On January 2, 2011, Brinda performed her Devi-themed Arangetram, or solo dance debut. Additionally, she has performed Bharatanatyam with DJ Cheb I Sabbah, at City Hall in NYC, at Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy, and at RADA in London. You can catch Brinda playing Juliet in the Second Cast! www.brindadixit.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Anitha started her dancing career at the ripe age of 3 in her living room where her family recognized her natural talent and immediately enrolled her in local dance classes. By the time she graduated Cal Poly Pomona University she was trained in ballet, tap, salsa, hip hop, Bollywood and Bharatanatyam. As Event Coordinator for the ISA (Indian Student Association) at her university Anitha organized, choreographed and participated in annual culture shows. Seven years ago she moved from her hometown Rancho Cucamonga, CA to New York City to pursue her career in Human Resources and put dancing on hold…until the production of Hypokrit’s Romeo and Juliet! Anitha is honored and thrilled to be a part of this production which has reignited her love for dancing and performing.

 

 

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Shwetha has been active dancer since she was 5 years old in Bharatanatyam, Jazz, And Bollywood. In college she widened her dance parameters to include Chinese, African, and Kathak. She belonged to a competitive Bollywood dance team, which she served as choreographer and captain for one year. She was awarded Dancer of the Year in a jazz competing team.

 

 

 

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Priya is ecstatic to be dancing with Hypokrit Theatre Company in this groundbreaking new vision of Romeo and Juliet. She has been dancing since age five in many capacities, including Bharatanatyam, ​Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre…and most recently Doonya, a Bollywood-based dance workout! She teaches Doonya today in NYC. She has also been involved in theatre in many capacities since a young age, and is most recently in producing/marketing and sales at Dodger Properties, where she works on Jersey Boys and Matilda the Musical. She is excited to also be involved as the producing consultant of Hypokrit Theatre Company.​

 

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Katlyn is thrilled to be joining Hypokrit Theatre Company in this production of Romeo & Juliet! Katlyn grew up near New Haven, Connecticut, and is a recent graduate of Ithaca College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. Currently, she works as an Education Apprentice at Roundabout Theatre Company.

 

 

 

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Shaista started her journey with the Trinity College of London in Mumbai, where she studied and co-taught Speech and Drama. At the age of 12, she did a one hour radio special for All India Radio. Her love for the arts did not stop there – she trained and danced with Shiamak Davar in Mumbai and is now an Instructor in training with Doonya in NYC. Through her time in Mumbai and London she participated and won several theater and dance intercollegiate events. She has an undying love for the stage!

 

 

 

Crew

Martin Boersma  (fight choreographer) © Ron Rinaldi Photography www.ronrinaldi.com

Martin has a passion for storytelling that has taken him all across Canada, the United States and even to China as a performer, teacher, choreographer and as a fight director. A founding member of CKT Media, an independent production company in NYC as well as a fight director and instructor in the city, Martin loves the physical aspect of storytelling and shares that as a stage combat instructor in New York City. Martin holds an MFA from the New School for Drama and is a certified Fight Instructor with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. He is thrilled to be working with Hypokrit on R&J.

 

Lucrecia Briceno (Lighting Designer)

A Peruvian artist currently based in NYC. Her work includes theatre, dance, puppetry & opera, as well as collaborations in corporate events and fashion shows. Much of her work has been in association with artists developing innovative and unique pieces in NYC and around the world.

 

Eamonn Farrell (projections designer)

Eamonn is a theater maker and video designer based in Brooklyn, NY. His company, Anonymous Ensemble creates ‘live films’ that have been presented in venues and festivals in NYC, Regionally, the UK, Germany, Norway, Australia and Greece. He also designs video extensively for Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines and for theater, opera and dance productions throughout America and the world. Eamonn teaches “Live Film: Media Design for Performance” at Princeton University. www.eamonnsgarden.com

Kyle Rosenberg (Technical Director)

Kyle is a stage manager, lighting designer, and photographer based in New York City. He started his back stage theatre career in the 5th grade with Wizard of Oz, and continued on to stage manage such shows as Three Penny Opera, Eurydice, Street Car Named Desire, A Winter’s Tale, and dozens of others. He has worked with a variety of NYC theatre companies as well as several in Cuba. Kyle’s photography includes headshots for many actors, production photos for theatre companies, and his personal photographs of a variety of subjects.