Allie Gillaspie Williams, M.F.A.
Allie is a co-founder of Counter-Productions Theatre Company having served as Production Manager from 2007 to 2011. She is very happy to be back after spending the past five years living outside of New England. Previous Counter-Productions credits include Julius Casesar, Glengarry Glen Ross, Twelve Angry Jurors (Scenic Designer, Technical Director), Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead, X Minus One (Technical Director), The Mousetrap, Psycho Beach Party, Art (Scenic Painter, Technical Director), and HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical (Assistant Director, Scenic Designer and Painter, Technical Director). Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Technical Theatre at the Beaver Country Day School and an Adjunct Professor at Salem State University. During her hiatus from New England, she attended graduate school at Virginia Tech where she received her M.F.A. in Properties Design and Management. Most recently, she was the Prop Master/Prop Shop Supervisor at the Tony winning South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA (World Premieres: Of Good Stock; tokyo fish story; Mr. Wolf; OZ 2.5; Future Thinking; Vietgone; The Madwoman in the Volvo; Going to a Place Where you Already Are; Office Hour). Other credits include Prop Master at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Assistant Prop Master at the North Shore Music Theatre, and Technical Director and Prop Master at the Boston Children's Theatre. When not teaching or working in the theatre, Allie can be found working on her ‘forever project’: the 1890s house she shares with her awesome husband Steve and her super cool, born-in-a-trunk daughter Nora.
Steven Ishmael Williams, M.F.A.
Steven has been working in the theatre since he was 15 years old and it feels new to him every single day. Previous Counter-Productions credits include X Minus One, Twelve Angry Jurors, Psycho Beach Party, and HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical (Actor, Master Electrician), Journey to the Heart of X Minus One, The Mousetrap, and Art (Lighting Designer). He graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. Once he graduated, he took on an internship with North Shore Music Theatre in 2005. At that point, he knew that he wanted to expand his knowledge and develop himself to be a vital cog in the theatre world. In 2006, he began working for Advanced Lighting and Production Services (ALPS) based out of Randolph, MA. He worked there for 6 years learning about lighting equipment and how to utilize them in multiple applications such as theatre, corporate events, weddings, and parties. In 2011, Steve and his wife Allie travelled to Virginia to pursue their next dream, their MFA. Steve received his MFA from Virginia Tech in Lighting Design in 2015 where he also served as Master Electrician for all productions. He also had an internship with Thinkwell group in Burbank CA. There he designed lights for theme parks such as Disney, WB Studios, and Disney Dubai. Between 2015-2016, he was a professional programmer for multiple theatres including National Tours such as Hairspray, Tony Award winning theatres including South Coast Repertory Theatre, and award winning designers John Ambrosone and Paul Miller. Currently he works for ALPS again, as well as designs for Community College of Rhode Island and Counter Productions Theatre Company. He is excited for the next step in his life of story telling and artistic endeavors.
Rufus Qristofer Teixeira, A.A.
Rufus has worked in film and theatre arts in states throughout the northeast. This Pennsylvania native is honored to be named a Resident Artist at Counter-Productions, a theatre company that has become his creative home since arriving in the Ocean State. Rufus has worked in film as a director, writer, and collaborator on numerous projects with Philadelphia-based Digital Reality Films. He's been seen in front of the camera many times as well, including appearances for Showtime, CBS, and most notably, for M. Night Shyamalan in Touchstone Pictures' The Village. His education in film and theatre has taken him to many institutions, including Penn State, Temple University, Maine Media College, and Rhode Island College, among others. Rufus first became involved with Counter-Productions on their 2012 production of Cabaret: The Musical at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. He joined the production as an actor but was soon also assigned a behind-the-scenes role as one of the show's assistant directors. This collaboration led to CPTC inviting Rufus to direct No Contact, one of four episodes of their bi-annual science-fiction anthology adaptation, Return to Planet X Minus One. He would go on to direct future installments as well, including Junkyard in The Atomic Bride of X Minus One as well as all four episodes of The Final Voyage of X Minus One." Rufus and CPTC's greatest collaborative success came with his direction and their production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The sold-out run garnered both rave reviews as well as a number of awards from both Broadway World and Motif Magazine, including Best Costumes, Best Supporting Actress, Best Set Design, and the illustrious Production of the Year. Rufus has also filled a number of design roles with Counter-Productions. As a props designer, Rufus designed all three of the previously mentioned installments of the X Minus One series as well as Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Richard III, Kill the Virgin, and Waiting for Godot. As a sound designer, he designed The Final Voyage of X Minus One and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Rufus has appeared onstage for Counter-Productions as well. Roles include a number of parts in the X Minus One series, Hans in Cabaret: The Musical, and Steve in Kill the Virgin, a role that earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination from Broadway World. Rufus extends his heart felt gratitude to his phenomenal wife, Cynthia and their amazing son, Joaquín. Their support is the keystone in his success as a creative artist. He currently serves as CPTC's Artistic Associate and will direct our spring production of The Aliens.
David J. Valentin
David is a playwright, actor, and director. His playwright/director credits include Neighbors, which was produced by Rather Dapper Productions at Artists' Exchange in Cranston and The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, several one act-plays in Rather Dapper's short play festival, Flux 13, and Isabella which was produced as a staged reading and will receive a world premiere in April of 2018 with Counter-Productions. Acting credits include Mr. Forbes (Wreck On The 525), Roger Osterman (Cement Hands), and Driver (Bernice) in the Seven Deadly Sins and Malvolio in Twelfth Night or What You Will with the CCRI Players, Creature in Frankenstein and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Mixed Magic Theatre, Dad in We Might Be Heroes with Epic Theatre Company, and Harry Berlin in LUV and Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog with CPTC, the latter for which he received the 2015 BroadwayWorld Award for best actor in a semi-professional play. He is currently enrolled at Rhode Island College as a Nursing major. David's most cherished role is that of Father to his two amazing daughters Olivia and Jazzlyn.
Valerie Remillard, B.A.
Valerie has been working in theatre for over 20 years and she is excited to be working with Counter-Productions Theatre Company on several meaningful projects this season. She earned a degree in Theatre/English Dramatic Literature from Wheaton College. She spent three years after college working in New York City and training with opera singer Ruth Hennessy Williams and in acting at HB Studio. Upon returning to her native state of Rhode Island, Valerie began pursuing a career as a teaching artist which led her to establish Experiments in Theater, a sole-proprietorship through which she teaches, directs and produces semi-professional and children's theater in Rhode Island elementary schools and community arts organizations. Her most recent acting roles include Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady and Yenchna in Fools with Ocean State Theater Company, Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Elizabeth in Richard III and Caroline in Frost/Nixon with Counter-Productions Theatre Company and Joan in The Guys with Epic Theatre Company. Ms. Remillard has also been featured in commercials for Sweet Twist, Job Lot, The Rhode Island Lottery and Bernardi Toyota and Bernardi Volvo. Valerie will direct our fall production of 'Night, Mother.
Dr. Geoff Leatham, Ph.D.
Geoff has been performing with Counter-Productions Theatre Company since 2014 and has performed on Rhode Island stages since 2002. During the daylight hours, he is an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, focusing on leadership and organizational communication. He received a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies. Prior to joining the URI faculty, he was a member of the faculty of Southern Oregon University, Arizona State University and the University of Hawaii- Manoa. He received his theatrical training, as he puts it, “In the gutter,” having learned by doing and reading on his own rather than through formal theatrical education. Geoff has been involved in Rhode Island theater as an actor, educator and director. Counter-Productions acting credits include Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Buckingham in Richard III, Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, The Narrator in The Final Voyage of X Minus One, and Renzo in Choke. This season he will appear as Estragon in Waiting for Godot and Robert in the world premiere of Le Dernier Repas: A Love Story. Other acting credits include Montague in Romeo & Juliet and Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing with the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre; Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew and Koenigswald in Happy Birthday Wanda June with Burbage Theatre Company; Max in The Homecoming with Epic Theatre Company; Drew in Tyranny of Love, Willoughby Drake in It Runs in the Family, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Theo Maske in The Underpants, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol with Granite Theatre Company; and Reverend Parais in The Crucible, Joshua Hempstead in The Holly and the Ivy, Belarius in Cymbeline, Macbeth in Macbeth, and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Flock Theatre. Geoff's directing credits include Social Security with Granite Theatre Company and Baking Sode, The Debt, and American Holding Pattern with the Sandra Feistein-Gamm Theatre Lab.
Trey Hendley, A.F.A.
Trey holds an A.F.A. Technical Theatre degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and is a former President of the CCRI Players. He has previously served as Costume Designer with Counter-Productions Theatre Company on Waiting for Godot and The Final Voyage of X Minus One, as well as Dramaturg for Le Dernier Repas: A Love Story and Assistant Director for the world premiere of Isabella. His other credits include producing the CCRI Players’ inaugural summer repertory season in 2017, and serving as Wardrobe Supervisor at Theatre By The Sea in 2016. He has appeared on stage as Claudius in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Orsino in Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet, and Claudius in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead with the CCRI Players. His costume design work can be seen this Fall in CCRI Players’ Green Day's American Idiot, and in CPTC's mainstage productions of 'Night, Mother, The Aliens, and Gidion's Knot. He will direct our fall staged reading of The Married Name, a new play Kevin Broccoli.
Victoria Ezikovich, A.F.A
Victoria holds an AFA Theatre Performance degree from the Community College of Rhode Island. She appeared previously with Counter-Productions Theatre Company as Ali in Kill the Virgin, for which she was nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Actress, and Elsa, Marty, and Lt. Collier in The Final Voyage of X Minus One. She also appeared as the title character in the world premiere of Isabella with CPTC. Other acting credits include Lady Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth , Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night or What You Will, the Player Queen in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, and Jess and Mindy in Pardon the Interruption (Irene Ryan nomination), and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Irene Ryan Alternate) with the CCRI Players; Julie in Women of Ararat at Scottish Rite Auditorium; and Ariadne in Bone to Pick with Festival 51. Victoria is the President of the CCRI Players. Victoria will perform in our spring production of Gidion's Knot.
Ronald K. Lewis, B.A.
Ronald is a theatre artist, teacher, writer and arts administrator, originally from Jacksonville, FL. As an actor, dancer, and director, Ronald has worked with Counter Productions Theatre, AS220, Strange Attractor, The Wilbury Group Theatre, Rites and Reason, Brown University, among others. Ronald is co-creator of the film festival, The Wandering Mercuries, which toured from Providence, RI to Chicago, IL in 2012 - via bikes - making stops at libraries and communities centers in 11 cities. Ronald’s first devised-theatre piece, God Made Me Queer, debuted in 2015 (AS220) Heurisko: a play about found things, was featured in AS220’s Modern Movements Festival in April 2016 and toured to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Ronald co-founded the interdisciplinary Providence-based collaborative The Low Mountain Top Collective with whom he has devised 3 new works. Ronald also collaborated on We Made This, the prize-winning entry in the 2017 RI Devised Theatre Festival. He is currently producing a solo dance theatre work and directing Counter Productions reading of Manhood by Dennis Allen. He works as the Dance Program Manager at AS220 and is a 2015 graduate of Rhode Island College. Ronald will direct our fall staged reading of Manhood, a new play by Dennis A. Allen.
Audrey Lavin Crawley, A.F.A.
Audrey is a BA in Theatre Performance program student at Rhode Island College. In addition to acting, Audrey has also done stage/house management, sound design, props design/coordination, light/sound board operation, assistant directing and has worked as a shop technician. She has had the pleasure of working both on and off the stage with theatre companies all across Rhode Island, including the CCRI Players, the Rhode Island Stage Ensemble, Counter-Productions Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Company, Bristol Theatre Company, the Players at Barker Playhouse, The Community Players and Left of Center Stage Players. In 2015 she was afforded the opportunity to train as an apprentice with The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston and during that same year she was the President of the CCRI Players. She has also studied under the instruction of such local theatre professionals as Casey Seymour-Kim, Tom Gleadow, Theodore Clement, Fred Sullivan, Tyler Dobrowsky and Steve Kidd. Some of Audrey’s favorite acting credits include Maria in Twelfth Night and Marty in Circle, Mirror, Transformation. In 2013 Audrey was nominated for an Irene Ryan award with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her portrayal of Shelby in The Spitfire Grill. Audrey will perform in our fall production of 'Night, Mother.
Shoshana Adler is a theatre student at the Community College of Rhode Island where she has stage managed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Zanna Don`t, A Midsummer Night`s Dream, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Green Day’s American Idiot and assistant stage managed The Haberdasher, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Romeo and Juliet. She has served as Assistant Stage Manager for CPTC on Lonely Planet and the world premieres of Le Dernier Repas: A Love Story and Isabella. She currently serves as CPTC’s Associate Production Manager and will stage manage our spring production of Gidion’s Knot.