Ocean Troupe

Film and Theatre Company


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Artistic Director James R. Gibson

OceanTroupe was a non-union membership ensemble of actors, directors, writers, singers, dancers and other performing artists and creators who presented stage productions in a variety of locations. They produced workshops, documentary and educational videos, films, and live presentations.

One of their projects was the feature-length movie adaptation of Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, in which I had a lead role (and a grueling 19 days on set). I also collaborated with the troupe on the documentary called Performer, a music video for a classical piano piece titled "Threshold". Sadly, the company went under before these projects made it out of post-production. I was also cast for a movie adaptation of MacBeth which was in pre-production when Ocean Troupe shut down.

Ocean Troupe had a diverse range of fully staged productions each season, performing sometimes in theatres, sometimes outdoors, sometimes in other types of venues. Some productions were centered in one city or state, others were presented in hub cities with different casts. They presented a mixture of Shakespeare and other classical theatre, contemporary plays, and other types of productions such as one-acts, improv shows, dance, opera and musical theatre. It was active in New York, Hollywood, Washington, and Atlanta before folding in 2010.

2009 News

"CAFE PLAYA MOON" in Atlanta !! Academy Theatre, Avondale Estates March 10, 11, 13,14 Tickets are just $15 ! Students $10 ! Ask about group discounts! "Cafe Playa Moon" is a warm and wonderful comedy with a serious theme which recently concluded a successful run in New York! The play is set in a tropical oceanside cafe, complete with romantic music and an international cast of eleven fascinating characters, each of whom is in search of his or her next path in life. Love, conflict, jealousy, ambition and caring surround these characters as their lives become intertwined. You will love this play!

Congratulations to Brian Barnett and the cast of "Cafe Playa Moon" for a wonderful New York production ! And a big thank you to all who made our New York City showcase a success and a wonderful evening to remember !!

Chekhov's "Three Sisters" in California!!! March 27,28,29 & April 3,4,5 at NoHo Actors' Studio This is one of those plays everybody talks about! Ocean Troupe is excited to open our California season in Hollywood with a beautiful production directed by Pamela Burrus.

SHAKESPEARE SMORGASBORD DC, Maryland, Virginia Coming in April !! Scenes both tragic and hilarious from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Titus Andronicus", "Comedy of Errors","Henry VI Part 1", and "Merry Wives of Windsor"

2009 Productions

Production Calendar for 2009

Shakespeare Smorgasbord April DC, MD, VA Cafe Playa Moon (by James Gibson) March 10-14 Atlanta April Los Angeles May, June New York, Ithaca July Philadelphia, Maryland August Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Chicago

Three Sisters (by Anton Chekhov): March 27-29,April 3-5 Los Angeles April New York, Connecticut May Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia June Memphis, Chattanooga, Atlanta July Chicago, Minnesota

Jack's Cottage (by James Gibson): April Chattanooga, Atlanta May Ann Arbor, Chicago June Los Angeles, Monterey July Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont August Virginia, Maryland

Il Viaggio a Reims (opera by Gioacchino Rossini): This rare event features a lavish seldom-heard opera!!! July Washington DC August New York City September Seattle October San Francisco November Atlanta

Taming of the Shrew (play by William Shakespeare): June Ann Arbor, Chicago July Monterey, San Francisco August New York City, Ithaca, Rochester September Washington DC October Atlanta, Memphis

Lower Depths (play by Maxim Gorky) July New York City

Macbeth (play by William Shakespeare): August Austin, Fort Worth, Atlanta September Chicago, Ann Arbor October Los Angeles November New York City, Philadelphia December Baltimore, Washington

A Doll House (play by Henrik Ibsen): September New York City October Washington November Atlanta December Chicago, Ann Arbor January '10 Los Angeles, San Francisco

Summer & Smoke (play by Tennessee Williams): September Memphis, Atlanta, Jackson October Ann Arbor, Chicago November Los Angeles December New York City

Riders to the Sea (opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams): November Ann Arbor December San Diego

2009 Members

Ocean Troupe members have been seen often on television including All My Children, American Idol,  Bold & the Beautiful,  College Hill,  Dawson's Creek,  Days of Our Lives,  General Hospital,  Miss America Pageant,  Nickelodeon,  The Sopranos.....we have worked with every major film company in Hollywood, many theatres On and Off Broadway, and appeared at places like Sundance, Royal Shakespeare Company, Moscow Art Theatre and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. As of 2009 the members included:

Mikhaila Aaseng
Christy Adams
Angela Afentakis
Amber Aime'e
Chris Alan
Michelle Alexandra
LaDonna Allison
Jennifer Alston
Erica V. Ambrose
Nikki Arbiter
Tad Atkinson
Maranda Banks
Brian Barnett
Timothy Bartlett
John Beck
Tawney-Joy Bedkober
Hannah Benage
Albert Bendix
Victoria Bennett
Josh Beresford
Christine Bermudez
Julie Bersani
Liz Biro
Melanie Booth
Ashley Beth Cantwell
Sylvia Castro
Billie Colombaro
Megan Cone
Katie Crabb
Craig Crumpton
Turiya Dawn
Cameron Denny
Stephanie Dinkmeyer

Don Di Paolo
Christina Di Salvo 
Brian Doyle   
McCall Noelle Doyle
Martyn Dove
Malik Downey
Daniela Dragomir
Ashley Edmiston
Jonathan Emerson
Eric Esquer
Violet Esteppe
Vincent Farrell
Jen Faulconer
Rasheed J. Fayall
Kar Fearon
Mark Fernandes
Jan Forbes
Steve Fortuna
Carla Francischetti
Jeannine Frumess
Jason Gadino
Allison Galen
Grace Gasner
J.R. Gibson
Olivia Gilliatt
Eric Gold
Jacqueline Grabois
Maura Hashman
Kitty Hendrix
Susannah Hoffman
Jeff House
Linda Johnson
Lauren Jones
Lisa Karr

Dowd Keith
Andrew Kimler
Kaira Klueber
Keith Kraft
Corey Latta
Frosty Lawson
Steve Leventhal
Dorothy Loechel
Iris Longmore
Harriet Malkin
Mary Martinez
Nadir Mateen
Logan McCoy
James Mcguire
Zach Miko
Micah Miller
Sara Minerd
John Minton
Ella Mische
Kati Grace Morton
Carolyn Myers
Carson Myers
Sergey Nagorny
Julie Nelson
Paige Nichols
Lauren Norman
Klemen Novak
Bill Pacer
Catalina Parks
Veronica Pearman
Suzan Perry

Dave Pileggi
Irina Plechun
Alionka Polanco
Reiner Prochaska
Juli Raymond
Kevin Reed
Fernanda Ribeiro
Andre Ross
Susan Ross
Mary Russell
Leslie Sago
Teresa Sanson
Joanna Schubert
Kelley Selnick
Madeleine Shapiro
Ed Sheldon
Lauren Sieczkowski
Josie Smith
Nathan Dean Snyder
Evan Sokal
Lindsay Stuart
Johnny 3 Nutz
Diana Toussaint
Malonei Turner
Jessica Wanamaker
Andrew Wassenich
Dean Waters
David Wenzel
Felicia Wheeler
Tiffany White
Johnna Wickstrom
John Tyler Zivku