The Lodgers are Black Lodge Theater members who have been involved in any number of productions with the company. For more information on how to become a Lodger, or if you have a project to propose, email us at blacklodgetheater@gmail.com

ALEXANDRA SILADI

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Alexandra is a half-Iranian theater director, designer, producer, and collage artist. She studied theater at UCLA and has worked with The Wooster Group, Incubator Arts Project, and the Wesport Country Playhouse, to name a few. She's also developed, directed, produced and designed productions at theaters all over NYC including The Flea, The Collapsable Hole, Access Theater, The Bleecker Street Theater, JACK NYC, Galapagos Art Space, and more. Awards include Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production of a New Play at the 2012 Planet Connections Theater Festivity. She can also train horses.

ALEX VLAHOV

Alex is a writer, actor, director, ensemble member with the New York Neo-Futurists, theatre curator for The Tank, and co-founder of Cliff House Arts. LAMDA (BA 2012), UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television (2007-2009), SF Bay-Area native. Has toured with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and has interned with The Wooster Group. 

SHANE JENSEN

Shane comes from Minnesota, a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. He made a movie at the old homestead in August 2013 called THE WAY THE CROW FLIES. He really loves PTA and being on set. Lately he's been working on indie films in the NY area in a variety of roles. Shane also loves building things and has designed and built sets for many of the BLT productions, in addition to starring and co-directing. 

TYLER MCCLAIN

Tyler studied theater with Alexandra at UCLA. She came to New York as an actress, which lead her to an interest in many other areas of production. She starred in an award-winning short The Bunglers, and produced, co-wrote and stared in the independent feature film The Way the Crow Flies. She is currently working in television production. 

REMY BENNETT

Rémy is a New York based writer, director, and actor. Rémy trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she received at BA in drama. she has directed music videos for musicians such as Skaters, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fall On Your Sword, and artist Mike Viola. Her acting credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, and HBO's The Leftovers and Boardwalk Empire. Rémy recently co directed, wrote, and starred in the feature film Buttercup Bill that is now on the festival circuit.

SONIA OLENIAK is a cross-disciplinary director and writer. A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, she produced and directed many of her own live original works in LA before moving to NYC. Most recent creation is writing and directing the short film Color My Gum. Sonia is also a freelance creative director for music videos, commercials, and film. She speaks several tongues.

 

RYAN CASTALIA Ryan is an American theatre artist. He is currently a part of the Brooklyn-based ritual performance company Theatre Group Dzieci. He has worked as the co-creator and one of the chief collaborators of The Free Theatre, with whom he produced and performed several experimental Shakespeare productions and a lo-fi tour of the United States. Since his first encounters with Black Lodge artists Alexandra Siladi and Sonia Oleniak at UCLA, he has been involved in many works of sacred, debased, or otherwise iconoclastic performance.

EMILY FLEISCHER Originally from Valencia, California, Emily Fleischer moved east to train in the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase. She left the city for Vermont in 2012, hired as an artist in residence for an outdoor theatre on an organic vegetable farm. Once her residency was over, however, she couldn't leave and became passionate about the slow-food movement. She worked throughout the winter producing the next season's play for the outdoor stage, traveling back to NYC for short stints to film Glass Chin, Fall to Rise, and The Grind, to name a few. She also moved back briefly to work in Frank Winter's On the Head of a Pin at 59E59. Now, officially a city-dweller once more, she is studying herbal medicine and beginning production on her passion project: a Shakespeare on film series.

CRISTINA LIPPOLIS Italian. Moderately crazy. In love with the world.  Cristina Lippolis is an actress, writer, producer and not a fan of conventional bios. But she'll tell you all about herself if you dare to ask. Selected credits include: NEW YORK; The Window, The Deep North (Cherry Lane Theater);The Motherfucker With The Hat, Hurly Burly (Stella Adler Studio); A Theory of Perpetual Motion (The Tank Theater); The Patron Saint of Plants (La Mama). ITALY: A Doll's House (FAP).TV: Unforgettable (CBS); Distretto di Polizia (Canale 5); The Sonnet Project. FILM: La Malaerba (Giffoni Film Festival 2015 Official Selection);  Lucid Dream; Day Into Night; Le Notti Bianchewww.cristinalippolis.com

 

CECILIA LYNN-JACOBS does the art thing, usually dancing or acting. She is the voice of Captain Lovelace on the scifi podcast drama Wolf359 and has performed in works by Andrew Schneider, Zoe Beloff, Marlieke Burghouts, and Jamie Poskin. She has worked with the Wooster Group, Zara Aina, and Gallim Dance. Cecilia makes a mean brisket and occasionally writes mundane songs. She trained with The Studio/New York and the Freeman Studio (acting) and has studied at Gibney Dance (contemporary dance). She received a degree in theater from Wesleyan University, and currently preempts the inevitable NYT feature off the Halsey stop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

 

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