Creative Team

NY Premiere


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jessie Austrian and Ben Steinfeld

Featuring Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Paul L. Coffey, Zachary Fine, Andy Grotelueschen, and Emily Young

Sets: Derek McLane; Costumes: Whitney Locher; Lights: Tim Cryan; Vocal Coach: Andrew Wade; Production Stage Manager: Shane Schnetzler

Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience/Barrow Street Theatre), Twelfth Night (Access Theater), Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center and The Old Globe) and Measure for Measure (New Victory Theater).

Actors and Stage Manager appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

BSteinfeld_web BEN STEINFELD (Co-Director). Ben is an actor, director, teacher, and musician who is co-director of but not appearing in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Mr. Steinfeld has been seen on Broadway in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  He has acted in and co-directed Fiasco Theater’s acclaimed productions of Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre) and Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre and The Old Globe).  Other regional acting credits include: Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), Design for Living (Williamstown), Room Service (Westport), and ten plays with Trinity Rep. Mr. Steinfeld’s television and film work includes: HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and the only film adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.  Mr Steinfeld co-authored an essay for the book Living With Shakespeare (Random House) and is an artist-in-residence with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is co-artistic director of the celebrated Fiasco Theater and is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Program.
JAustrian_web JESSIE AUSTRIAN (Co-Director/Actor). Jessie is co-director of and performing in The Two Gentleman of Verona and is a co-artistic director and founder of Fiasco Theater.  Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Company), Fiasco’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theatre), Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre For a New Audience and Barrow Street), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout). Regional credits include Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre Center and Old Globe; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Folger Theatre; Jane Eyre, The Guthrie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Trinity Repertory Company; My Fair Lady, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Virginia Stage Company; Cabaret & Main, Williamstown. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Made in Jersey.” Adjunct faculty at New York University Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown-Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program.
NBrody_web NOAH BRODY (Actor). Noah is an actor, director, writer, and teacher. He is a co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Mr. Brody has co-directed Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off Broadway Award for best revival.  He has acted in all of Fiasco’s productions including the Two Gentlemen of Verona.  He has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes.  He teaches acting, voice and text through Fiasco and the NYU Gallatin School summer Shakespeare Intensive.  He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity M.F.A. Acting program.
PCoffey_web PAUL L. COFFEY (Actor). Paul has appeared Off-Broadway in Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, and Cymbeline; and in Theatre for a New Audience’s recent production of The Taming of The Shrew. Regionally he has appeared in Fiasco’s Into the Woods at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ, as well as in Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC. Other regional credits include work with Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, BoarsHead Theater, The Theater at Monmouth, The Peterborough Players and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Paul is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow.
ZFine_web ZACHARY FINE (Actor). Zachary appeared in Fiasco Theater’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theater where he won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play; Manifest Destiny (IRT Theater) Creator Performer; Julius Caesar (The Acting Company); The Seagull (New York Classical Theatre); A People (Terranova Collective); Walled In, a clown show based on Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, creator/performer (IRT Theater); All Day Suckers (New Feet Productions); Two Noble Kinsmen (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project). Regional: theaters include Folger Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Asolo Theatre Company, Franklin Stage, Fulton Opera House, Great River Shakespeare Festival (2 seasons), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Off-Square Theatre Company. Television and Film: Person of Interest, Blackbox, Heartland, One Life to Live, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NewBookPress), Z-Rock.
AGrotelueschen_web ANDY GROTELUESCHEN (Actor). Andy has appeared in Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Company),  The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Into the Woods (Old Globe, McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, and Cymbeline (Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre). He made his Broadway debut with Roundabout in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York City credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Balm in Gilead with Michael Shannon, Monstrosity (13P), The Scariest (The Exchange), and The Glass Contraption’s The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova). Regionally he has appeared in The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Heart of Robin Hood (American Repertory Theater), and Noises Off (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His other regional credits include Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, The Broad Stage, Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, Arizona Theatre Company and Trinity Repertory Company. His film projects include Still on the Road (PBS), American Gladiators, and the upcoming Geezer. On television, he appeared on “Elementary” (CBS) and “The Good Wife” (CBS). Mr. Grotelueschen is a graduate of the Brown-Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program, an apprentice to Christopher Bayes, and a Fiasco Theater company member, and he is from Iowa.
EYoung_web EMILY YOUNG (Actor). Emily is a Fiasco Theater company member. Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway with Fiasco Theater: Into the Woods, Roundabout Theatre Company; Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater; Cymbeline, Theater For A New Audience/Barrow Street Theater. Other off-Broadway credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Theater Breaking Through Barriers; Colorado, SPF ’04. Regional: Into the Woods, The Old Globe, McCarter Theater Center; The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline, The Folger Theater; King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labor’s Lost, Henry V, and Much Ado About Nothing, Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Cherry Orchard, Trinity Rep; Emma, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: Sundance Theater Lab, New York Stage & Film, ADP at TFANA, dirs. Cicely Berry and Andrew Wade. Film: God of Love (winner of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short 2011), Manhattan Melody (official selection at Telluride, Atlanta, and Woodstock film festivals), Natives (Winner Best Short Seattle LGBT Film Festival, official selection SXSW, The East Village Film series, New Orleans Film Festival, et al). Training: Brown-Trinity; B.A. Brown University.