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Zombie Strippers

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark LaPierre

Zombie Strippers

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

They only want you for your Brains...

What do you get when you mix the Undead, Strippers, a horrible boyfriend, a Banshee, and a pop/dance score? ZOMBIE STRIPPERS! Part fast-paced farce, part sweet friendship story, all sexy and hilarious, this musical takes place in one wild night in a graveyard where one has come to mourn, one has come to murder, and many have come back from the dead.

Running Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission

Mark LaPierre

Mark LaPierre (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Mark’s musical Heart Failure (later Heart Beatings) received a reading at the York (Off Broadway). His Off-Off Broadway productions include Grimm Late Night, Pinokenstein, Bitterella, and Zombie Strippers with NY Artists Unlimited. Heart Beatings received Best Score and Best New Musical from the Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards when produced by CoHo Theatre. Mark created and curated 4x4=Musicals, a project where new musicals are written to be performed on a four foot by four foot platform, which has enjoyed two sold-out seasons and returns in 2014. Contributed three pieces to 4x4=Musicals: New York Minute, Tech Booth, the Musical (viewable on YouTube), and co-wrote The Adventure of the Case. He wrote book and lyrics for Cinderella, commissioned by puppet theatre Tears of Joy, that has toured the country for fourteen years. Other commissions include scores for Aristophanes’ The Birds and Peace, both produced at Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, songs for a tv pilot The Other Sock, and a score for Kaiser Permanente’s touring health show The Amazing Food Detective. Pinokenstein was workshopped at the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference and won a Best of the O’Neill Award. Other productions include music for As You Like It, book and lyrics for The Tinderbox, and lyrics for Out of Hand. He attended the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Ellie Bensinger

Ellie Bensinger (Tiffany)

Ellie's most recent credits include Cunegonde (Candide, Theatre 2020) and Jackie (The Blacklist, NBC). Before that, she attended Northwestern University for Theatre and Geology. Favorite Northwestern credits include Brooke Windham (Legally Blonde), Susan (Tick...Tick...BOOM!), Julie (After Miss Julie). Ellie grew up in Los Angeles, California where she acted professionally before taking time off to go to school. Favorite childhood credit is Tea Room Girl (Titanic, 20th Century Fox).

Wendell Bullen

Wendell Bullen (Bret)

Wendell was born in Grenada, West Indies. Wendell has been dancing since the age of 4 and is now an up-and-coming versatile dancer and choreographer in styles like dancehall, hiphop, breaking, etc. Worked with Seth Stewart, Lin Manuel, and others from the cast of In the Heights Broadway musical.

Ryan Farnsworth

Ryan Farnsworth (Playya)

Ryan graduated form the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and honors in Acting as well as Musical Theatre. He has performed all over the world in various productions in theatre, film, and recording. His recent credits include playing the title roll in Theater 2020's Candide. This is Ryan's first performance with NYMF. Ryan is proudly represented by KMR talent.

Celeste Hudson

Celeste Hudson (Lexxie)

Celeste is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut after graduating from the inaugural class of NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway for Musical Theatre this May, where she last was seen as Queenie in LaChiusa's The Wild Party. She also studied at Stonestreet Studios for film and TV, and has performed in numerous cabarets at Joe's Pub and on pointe at Radio City Music Hall. Love to my family and friends!

Megan Misslin

Megan Misslin (Amber)

Megan returns to New York after several years away for her NYMF debut! A native of Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. Some favorite recent credits include Cats (Demeter), Legally Blonde (Laker Girl/Chutney/Dance Captain), Sweet Charity (Nicki), and several iterations of 4x4 Musicals, the brainchild of ZOMBIE STRIPPERS creator Mark LaPierre, as part of Portland's Fertile Ground festival. Huge thanks to Mark and Diane Englert for including her in the journey, and love to family and friends both here and at home for continuing to encourage that it's "never too late!"

Laura Otremba

Laura Otremba (Bambi)

Laura graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Having performed in a multitude of productions all over the world, her favorites include the Sydney Olympics, The Producers (Ulla), The 25th… Spelling Bee (Logainne), and Chicago (Roxie). Laura is overjoyed to share her passion with the community here at NYMF. She would like to send thanks and love to her family, friends, and Christopher.


Sariah (Jinx)

Sariah is a Billboard charting pop artist who is very excited to be a part of this production. She will be releasing a new EP this fall! Visit her website to learn more and to see videos of her live performances:

Joshua Stenseth

Joshua Stenseth (Tim)

Born in North Dakota, Joshua fled the Midwest years ago to escape the cold and wagon trains. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, and the Curious Comedy training center in Portland, OR. He has worked in many regional theaters, on TV and in film. He moved to New York City in February this year to embrace his love of small living spaces. He is an aspiring Good Samaritan, a washed-up athlete, and an especially gifted napper. He continues to study performance and improvisation.

Diane Englert (Director)

Diane is pleased to be making her NYMF debut. New York credits: Heart Failure (workshop at the York Theatre), Pinokenstein (NY Artists Unlimited). Regional theatre credits include Lobby Hero (Artists Repertory Theatre); The Sisters Rosensweig, Angel Street, Beau Jest, Sight Unseen (Portland Repertory Theatre); selections from 365 Days/365 Plays (JAW/Portland Center Stage); Crimes of the Heart, The Dinner Party, Lettice and Lovage, The Woman in Black (Lakewood Theatre Co.), Honus and Me (Oregon Children’s Theatre), and 3 seasons as a director and contributing writer to 4x4=Musicals. Co-Founder of SPECTRE Productions and Executive Director of Staged! Musical Theatre.

Kelby Brown (Choreographer)

Kelby scored simultaneous achievements on stage, film, and in the television world. Kelby has performed with some of the biggest stars in entertainment including Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Usher. He choreographed the feature film Spring Breakdown, starring Parker Posey and SNL's stars Amy Phoeler and Rachel Dratch. Kelby's other choreography credits include: Opera Noire's homage to the legendary Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theater of Harlem. MTV's Awkward and The 20th Anniversary Kids Choice Awards starring multiplatinum selling recording artist, Justin Timberlake.

Andrew Wheeler (Musical Director)

Select NYC credits: It's a Wonderful Life (dir: Mary-Kate Burke); Failure by Philip Dawkins (w/ Max Von Essen, dir: David F. Chapman); Ligeia (Metropolitan Room); Hedwig... (w/ Jonathan Whitton); Welcome to the World (with Julie Foldesi, Chris Hanke); and Bring Back Birdie (2006 MAC Award Nominee). Regional: Sweeney Todd (Playmaker's Rep.); Fiddler... (w/ Bill Nolte, dir: Gary John LaRosa), Legally Blonde, JCS (CFRT); Hairpsray, Triumph of Love, ...Forum, Annie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, ...Spelling Bee (Millbrook); Do Patent Leather Shoes...? (dir: David F. Chapman). BFA from NYU/Tisch (CAP21).

Will Pike (Scenic Design)

Will Pike is a designer and fabricator of puppets props and sets on stage and film. He has recently designed/built for the Broadway show "Big Fish", and is pleased to be working with Diane and Mark again. The first time being on "Pinokenstein". 

Virginia Belt (Costume Design)

Virginia, a retired ballet dancer, gave up the barre for a clothing rack and has been designing costumes for the past 20 years. She has designed for Portland Rep Theater, Miracle Theater, Stark Raving Theater, and 4x4 Musicals all of Portland OR, Smokey Mt. Shakespeare Festival, Knoxville TN, and Central WY Com. College, Riverton WY to name a few. She is an instructor and co-founder of Dance for Parkinson's Oregon.

Drew Billau (Lighting Design)

Off-Broadway: Red Eye to Havre de Grace (NYTW); Regional: Cherokee, Bootycandy (Wilma Theater); Tea: A Mirror of Soul (Vancouver Opera); The Magic Flute (Pittsburgh Opera); Hamlet, The Train Driver, Henry V (Lantern Theater); Beautiful Decay, Instant God, Le Baiser Inévitable, The Last Glass, Risk of Flight, Silt, Proliferation of the Imagination (Ballet X); La Bohème, Carmen, Turandot, Fidelio, Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly (Opera Philadelphia); The Melting Bridge, Flamingo/Winnebago, Whale Optics (Lucidity Suitcase); The Abduction from the Seraglio for Teatro Communale of Treviso; Cock, Iron and The English Bride (Theatre Exile); Fatebook, Prom (New Paradise Laboratories); Charlotte’s Web, 
Frog and Toad, All My Sons (Arden Theatre).