Actor Alvin Epstein has performed in front of audiences for the past 65 years, earning him the title of "one of the great classical actors of his generation" by New York Magazine. As an actor and director, Alvin has worked on 150 productions in theaters around the globe, some of which have included King Lear, Waiting for Godot, and The Threepenny Opera. Following his service in World War II, his acting career began after studying dance with Martha Graham and mime with Marcel Marceau.
Patricia Conolly has enjoyed a successful international stage career, performing at top theatres in the US, UK, and Australia. On Broadway, she has been seen in Is He Dead?, The Coast of Utopia, Enchanted April, Judgment at Nuremberg, Waiting in the Wings, The Sound of Music, Tartuffe, The Heiress, Hedda Gabler, The Real Inspector Hound, A Small Family Business, The Circle, Blithe Spirit, and 4 years with the APA Phoenix Repertory Company at The Lyceum Theater. In England, Patricia has performed on the West End, with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and with Laurence Olivier's Chichester Festival Theatre. In addition to performing, she directs and teaches at theatre programs around the country.
Cady is perhaps best known for her Tony winning performance as "Ulla" in The Producers on Broadway. This led to her unforgettable recurring role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, where she almost became Larry David's 10th anniversary present. This success also brought her to the Food Network's kitchen stadium, where she has judged for 10 consecutive seasons on Iron Chef America. Cady's other Broadway credits are her Tony-nominated performance as Ziegfeld's Favorite in THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and Bob Fosse's last original musical BIG DEAL. She has had several guest starring appearances on television, including Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Frasier, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: Trial By Jury and Mad About You.
Hunt Block's first big break was selling Buick Centuries at the Chicago Auto show. He made a number of short films and experimental theater pieces. Subsequently, amongst other things, he became a familiar face in the world of soap operas. He also portrayed U.S. Olympian, Robert Garrett in the 1984 NBC miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896. He has also appeared in a number of Norwegian historical recreations and Korean crime documentaries. He is a valued expert witness in the Louisiana Court system but has also made contributions to cases in Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
Alex Shimizu can currently be seen as the recurring character, Rock on the new Nicktoons Sci-Fi series, Alien Dawn. He has performed with Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute at City Center, Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and as the lead role of Sgt. Pepper in NDI's Imagine. He is a featured dancer/ interviewee with mentor, Jacques d'Amboise on the CBS Evening News (google "dancing star shows kids steps to success") and the Leonard Lopate Show with guest host, Christopher Walken. He recently participated in an exploratory workshop with Julie Taymor for her latest project. Alex is also interested in filmmaking and last spring received a scholarship to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Future Filmmakers Workshop.
Tricia Olds is a New York City based actor, dancer, improvisor and writer. She currently performs at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in the East Village on the improv team 'City Mouse'. She has done various web videos for Funny or Die, College Humor and the series 'ViralCom'. In addition, Tricia has performed physical theatre in Florence, Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal. While continuing to study and create, she teaches dance and theatre in the tri-state area. Ms. Olds holds a BFA in Drama with Honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Steven Manganaro is a Brooklyn based artist who currently works in Williamsburg for both the Art House Co-op and The Sketchbook Project, where he serves as tour manager. He received his BFA in Studio Art at Stony Brook University. When he isn't on the road in the Mobile Library, he continues to pursue his art career.