Howard Meyer

Howard Meyer is a playwright, director and founding Artistic Director of Axial Theatre and Howard Meyer's Acting Program. Howard’s plays include The Kiss, All That’s Fair, The Contract, Lost in Paradise, AngelBeast, Cherrie & Jerry, the monologues Calculus and Horus, WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community, Radiance, Maybe Never Fell,(Roundtable readings at Lark Play Development Center, May and October 2013, directed by Lisa Rothe), the ‘Number Trilogy,’ a collection of one acts (Three, Five, Twenty) and Paint Made Flesh, (Roundtable reading at Lark Play Development Center, April 2014; semi-finalist for the 2015 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference). Radiance was produced at Axial Theatre in spring, 2013 featuring Obie award-winning actor Chris McCann. Radiance was a two time semi-finalist (2011, 2012) at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist (2012) at the Hormel New Works Festival at the Phoenix Theatre. Lost In Paradise is under an option for a motion picture. WELCOME, This is a Neighborhood Watch Community was read at The Barrow Group, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at 9 and Pacific Resident Theatre and was presented at Axial Theatre in November, 2010 directed by Drama Desk award-winner, Josh Hecht. The production featured LABrynth Theater Company co-founder, David Deblinger, and Emmy-nominated actor, Jon Lindstrom. Howard was recently selected as one of the 50 artists to be honored as a part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 1998 Howard co-founded Axial Theatre, now in its 16th season developing and presenting new and classic plays in Westchester County, NY. Under his artistic direction, Axial has produced over 50 premieres of one-act and full length plays since the theatre’s inaugural performance in the winter of 2000.


Rachel Jones 

Rachel Jones is a member of Actors' Equity and Screen Actors' Guild. She toured the US and Canada with the first national tour of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly and has acted in several films and commercials.  Rachel was a founding member of New York's Avalon Repertory Theatre where she both acted and directed.  She has studied the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen. Ms. Jones currently acts with and directs for The Axial Theatre.

Brenda Hettmansberger

Brenda Hettmansberger has been a member of the HM Acting family since the 1990s, having studied with both Howard Meyer and Rachel Jones; she appeared in numerous one-act and monologue showcases through the program. A trained singer and dancer as well, Brenda has performed lead or featured roles in local productions including Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and West Side Story. She has also taught adults and teens how to sing with greater freedom and enjoyment. Professional acting credits include educational videos, web promos, infomercials, and a Febreze ad. Brenda works for medical schools as a Standardized Patient, acting in training simulations for students. She is also an actor and writer with the Westchester Collaborative Theater in Ossining. 

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Perryn Pomatto

Perryn Pomatto wrote his first play at the age of 7, a pirate fantasia starring many of his favorite stuffed animals including Sugar Bear and Fuzzy Wuzzy. Perryn also designed and created all of the costumes, and was the "puppeteer" behind all of their brilliant performances. His next great work was the one man, plus a few extra characters, autobiographical show Sin, Sex and Sacrilege which was presented as part of his thesis at the University of Montana. Upon arriving in New York, Perryn became involved in several theatre companies devoted to developing and creating new work, most notably The Woodstock Fringe, The Negro Ensemble Company, Shades of Truth Theatre and, most recently, The PlayGround Experiment and The New Ambassadors Theatre Company. It was in conjunction with these last two companies that Perryn developed his latest opus, the web series This Encounter May Now Begin, a raucous comedy based on his experiences working with medical students as a Standardized Patient. In October of 2021, Perryn co-produced a live reading of This Encounter with New Ambassadors which aired on the NATC YouTube channel. Perryn was also the Artistic Director and head writer of the sketch comedy group The Grease Monkeys, which aired on the website. You can view some of those sketches, and some of Perryn's work as an actor, on his website