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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. 

David Adam Gill

David Adam Gill is a Brooklyn based writer. His first full-length play, Providence, was originally produced at Transient Theater in Chicago, and made its New York premier at Roy Arias Stages in October 2015 where it played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim. The Roly Poly’s also presented a reading of Providence in December 2017, directed by Janet Bentley. His next three plays, Experimenting with Katz, Irregulars, and Unfinished constitute his F*cked-up Family Trilogy! Irregulars was given a staged reading in September 2016 at the Playroom Theater, and was part of the PlayGround Experiment’s inaugural First Reads play festival. Experimenting with Katz was given a staged reading in November 2017 and will premiere at Theaterlab NYC in September 2018. Other short works include California, Fault Lines, Wendell Rose, Eleanor & Martin, Born Again Merman, Event Horizon, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and a web series (Scavengers). Most recently, his short play More Myself Than I Am debuted as part of Shiyr Productions’ Shiyr Terror: Terrifyingly Funnyshort play festival, as well as Axial Theatre’s Twisted Valentines Festival. Additionally, David co-authored two television pilots with Tony Nation, of which Fully Furnished was shot this past Spring.  David is the Artistic Director and co-founder of New Ambassadors Theatre Lab, and a regular voice at The PlayGround Experiment and NY Madness. David is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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.

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.

Catherine Banks

Catherine began acting with her local award-winning children's theater at the tender age of 11. She continued acting with the local children's theater, musical theater, and high school productions through graduation. She is a proud graduate of the Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, KY.  She continued her theater studies at UNC Chapel Hill where she received a BA in Theater and a BA in Film Criticism.  After graduating college she lived and worked in Chicago, studying the Stanislavski method of acting and then moving into intensive Meisner work. She then moved to New York City where she founded Bombshell Productions and produced 2 main stage shows, Hamlet and Escape From Happiness, in the heart of New York City. Catherine was most recently seen as Audrey in the world premiere of Katie Baldwin Eng's Nectar at Axial Theatre. She is currently a student of Howard Meyer's Master Class, directs the student workshop series with Rachel Jones for HM Acting and is proud to be a member of Axial Theatre.