Jeff wrote and directed two of the Houses touring plays, BUILDING HOUSES ON THE MOON (Lucille Lortel, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, Winner: Best Play for an Ensemble, Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival) and DE NOVO. (59E59 St. Theaters, Americas Off Broadway Festival, Tour of El Salvador) He is also the author of TARA’S CROSSING, which appeared at the Queens Theatre’s Immigrant Voice’s Project and its world premiere run at the Tenement Theatre in New York. DE NOVO and TARA’S CROSSING are presented widely in Law Schools as a training tool on asylum and refugee issues. As a solo performer and playwright Mr. Solomon’s MOTHER/SON premiered at HERE Art Center in New York and he received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Best Actor for the same performance in Chicago at the Bailiwick Rep. The play has toured the U.S., U.K. India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Australia and is used widely as a diversity training tool at colleges, universities, houses of worship and corporations. MOTHER/SON won the Audience Favorite, Best Playwriting and Best Male Solo Performer at the National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival and Mr. Solomon won Best Male Performance at the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland. His other solo play SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT premiered at the Bailiwick in Chicago, ran Off Broadway the Kirk Playhouse and has toured nationally including the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego where it won a StageSceneLA’s Best Of 2010-2011 Award for Best Solo Performance. The play also received the Best of the National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. As head-writer for the CityKids Foundation in New York his theatrical works for young audiences appeared on Broadway at the St. James Theater, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, community settings nationally and on the Oprah, Donahue and Arsenio shows. Jeffrey Solomon created an issue-based Saturday morning television program on A.B.C. called “CityKids” for Jim Henson Productions, and was also a staff writer for the same series. His pilot episode was nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Children’s Special as well as winning an Ollie Award for excellence in Children’s Programming and a Golden Rose Award for Human Values.
ANDREW INGKAVET – (Composer-in-Residence) composes for film, television, theater and new media. He is an NYU grad and has studied at Juilliard and Mannes. His music has been heard on stages, screens and even the United Nations. Andrew has created much music with Mr. Solomon and was one of the original founders of Houses On The Moon. Andrew is Head Monk for 300 Monks, a royalty free music agency
PAOLA is an actress, singer, and voiceover artist and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Her career began in Mexico at the Theater Company of the State of Puebla in classics like Fuenteovejuna, Otelo, and The Would Be Gentleman. Other favorite credits include: Fame (Serena) and Notredame de Paris (Fleur du Lys). Paola has starred in original new works like the opera rock Amusia in Salamanca Spain, and the experimental plays Esperadoras and Losers.
In New York she has participated in numerous theater projects including: De Novo (Kim Salinas), Cinderella (Cinderella), Interpreting a Dream (Ivania) and Rosa de Dos Aromas (Gabriela) . Overseas productions include: El Sexo del Che in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Spanish version of De Novo in San Salvador, El Salvador.
After several short films, her feature debut Ilegales premiered at the 2010 HBO Latino Film Festival to great reviews. The film is now available on DVD, Netlix and Amazon. After a sucessful run in the festival circuit, her most recent shortfilm Text Amy (which she starred and produced) is part of the rotation of the “Emerging Latino Filmmakers” at FUSE TV.
Furthermore, Paola has developed a distinctive voiceover career working for brands such as Kmart, Aveeno, TD Bank, Nickelodeon’s Dora and Friends, Dora the Explorer, Payless, Cricket Wireless, Neutrogena, Nintendo, Subway, DSW, Publix and Microsoft.
Paola is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, IFP, and NYWIFT.
Dashiell Eaves – Broadway: A Time To Kill; A Behanding In Spokane; Coram Boy; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; James Joyce’s The Dead; 1776; The Sound of Music. TV: “Gotham,” “Limitless,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch.” www.dashielleaves.com
Elaine Lane is founder of David’s Shoes A NJ Non Profit Corporation. Elaine’s son was killed as a result of teen gun violence. The year in which her son was killed 3, 792 youth under the age of 19 was killed. One of her goals is to collect just that many shoes representing children and teens who have been killed to create an exhibit, hopefully to impact the lives of youth. In the meantime, Elaine uses the shoes already collected as a visual when she gives presentations to children and teens. She shares her story as an introduction of a conversation about honoring life. She believes that we must honor ourselves so that we can truly honor the lives of others. It is her hope that children and teens recognize their own value, thereby giving them the opportunity to see the value in others.
Kenzy Forman was Houses’ first intern. With HOTM she was a Community Liaison and production assistant/stage manager. She is a senior studying Theatre Arts at Virginia Tech, and there has performed in OperaCRAFT, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the U.S. premiere of The Divine, A Play For Sarah Bernhardt. She has also served at VT as assistant to the director and stage manager for various productions. At the 2014 DC Fringe Festival she was the stage manager for Bitch: A Play About Antigone with the Naked Theatre Company.
Emily Joy Weiner
Co-Founder, Artistic Director
EMILY JOY WEINER is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. New York theater includes OTHELLO at the West End Theater, COMING THROUGH at the American Place Theatre, TARA’S CROSSING at the Lower East Side Tenement Theater, FINDING THE WORDS at the Lucille Lortel, HENRY V at the Bank Street Theater, AN EPIDOG with Mabou Mines, and DE NOVO at 59E59th St. Theaters. Selected regional theater includes THE CRUCIBLE at Madison Repertory Theatre and FEFU AND HER FRIENDS and THE THREEPENNY OPERA at Williamstown Theater Festival. She was awarded the Craig Hardesty Best Female Actress award for her performance in Houses on the Moon’s pilot play, Building Houses on the Moon. She recently developed and toured a one woman adaptation of William Faulkner’s AS I LAY DYING. She is currently directing Houses on the Moon’s new play in development, THE ASSIGNMENT, which will be premiering Off-Broadway next spring. Emily studied in NYC with Wynn Handman. She has also been working for the last many years with NYC public school students, teachers and parents designing and facilitating creative workshops using drama and drama therapy techniques to teach social/emotional skills.
AUNDRE CHIN: A graduate of C.W. Post, Long Island University with a B.A. in Theatre. He continues his education by trying to stay present and showing up everyday in the school of life. “May all being beings everywhere be at peace. May all beings everywhere be free from suffering.” – A Metta Meditation
ANTONIUS WIRIADJAJA combines new media with traditional folk arts. He teaches animation and wearable technology at NYU ITP in New York City and at NYU Shanghai in China. He is a survivor of gun violence, after becoming an innocent bystander of a shooting one block away from his home. He is blogging about his recovery athttp://gunsurvivor.antoni.us and is an advocate for universal background checks on all gun sales.
Camilo Almonacid earned a BFA in acting from Rutgers University (2008) and his MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College (2014). He is currently an adjunct lecturer in Public Speaking at HOSTOS Community College He currently lives in New York City with his wife, and continues to work as an actor and playwright in theater, film, and television.. He won the Irv Zarkower Award for his play CHECKIN’ IN and The Rita Goldberg Playwriting Award for his thesis play WEST PINE MYOPES. In the summer of 2014, Camilo’s short play AFTER THE CROWDS (part of the World’s Fair Play Festival at Queen’s Theater) was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
IAN EATON credits his enrichment in the arts beginning at Harlem School of the Arts, studying voice, violin and acting. He continued studying acting at LaGuardia High School (Fame High), and graduated with a BFA in acting from City College. He has appeared on television, independent films, and theatrical productions ranging from All God’s Chillun Got Wings to Dream Girls and has had the privilege of performing in national tours throughout the east coast. Some of his favorite roles included Esteban in Day of the Kings Agamemnon in Iphigenia in Aulis and Young Glynn on HBO’s Oz. He was recently featured on a WPBS program called Slavery and the Making of Americaacting as a freedom fighter and accompanying Morgan Freeman in voiceovers on Channel 13 for Black History Month. He is delighted and blessed to be working with such a great cast and crew. Thanks Zab!
Brenda Currin, Obie award winner (My Sister in This House by Wendy Kesselman), began her proud association with Houses on the Moon in 2011 doing a workshop (at the Flying E Ranch out west!) of Lucy Thurber’s play, Derivations. Brenda later helped gather the stories of transgender youth, TRANSformations and is one of the storytellers in gUN COUNTRY. For the Midtown International Fringe Festival she is rehearsing playing a new play Mr. Toole, playing the mother, Thelma Toole. She was recently seen as Beulah Binnings in Orpheus Descending, directed by Austin Pendleton in New York and Jef Hall- Also in New Orleans, she played Violet Venable in Southern Rep’s production of Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Aimée Hayes. Films: In Cold Blood (Nancy Clutter), The World According to Garp (Pooh), Reds, Taps, and cult classic C.H.U.D. Her many theater appearances in NYC and beyond include Mrs. Constable In the Summer House by Jane Bowles (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival); and Mother in Doubtless by Albert Innaurato (59E59Theaters). Adapted along with David Kaplan, director, Brenda performed their acclaimed June Recital and A Fire Was In My Head (adapted by Kaplan) based on Eudora Welty’s work in New York, throughout the country and in Europe. At the 92nd St. Y she, Olympia Dukakis and Estelle Parsons did Welty’s “Asphodel”. In 1996 Brenda received her Master degree in anthropology from Hunter College, and co-founded WHAT GIRLS KNOW, a national theater program for the healthy development of adolescent girls.
Erick Betancourt graduated with his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS). He is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Recently he was seen in the HENRY IV production at St Ann’s Warehouse with The Donmar Theater directed by Phyllida Llyod. His most recent film credit: “11:55” currently screening at The LA Film Festival, Culver City and other surrounding cities. He can also be seen on Amazon Prime new series “Sneeky Pete” starring Bryan Cranston. Erick is a teaching artist at Trinity Repertory Company summer youth program in Rhode Island.
Amir Khafagy I’m an Egyptian- Puerto Rican-Muslim American from Queens, NY. For over 5 years I have been a community and student organizing. I am a member of the People Power Movement who’s mission is to educate,agitate and organize working class communities of color to fight for fundamental social change. The fight for social justice has been central to my life and is reflected in everything I do. Additionally I am a punk rock listening, Salsa dancing, comic book reading, organic food eating
CARLO D’AMORE Acting credits include two seasons with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Shakespeare in the Park), three productions at the legendary Magic Theater, including two collaborations with Pulitzer winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Four productions at Theater Rhino, including solo work on the highly awarded “Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown” by Guillermo Reyes, directed by Joseph Megel. On the New York stage. Mr.D’Amore has performed on Broadway at the Round About Theater Company in Tennessee William’s “Summer and Smoke” directed by David Warren, and most recently in “Latinologues” at the Helen Hayes Theater Mr. D’Amore’s film and television credits include the pleasure of being directed by Mr. Spike Lee for a project at “Forty Acres and a Mule”. “I the Sinner” (Yo Pecador) in Bogota, Colombia. Miles Khan’s films: “The Tool” and Cannes Film Festival award-winner, “Fly Trap”. Principal role of Mario in Lion’s Gate feature film “State Property 2” His television debut was in the critically acclaimed series “OZ”.