Cast Biographies

Ashley Adelman
received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, and her BFA from NYU Tisch. Most recent credits include The Dante Festival at the Manhattan Theatre Source, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Thersites in Troilus and Cressida and the original works, Tea For Father at the Tank Theatre and Prescriptions at the Strawberry One Act Festival. Check her out in her next project, 4.48 Psychosis, at The Red Room July 29th-31st. In her free time she trains in Mixed Martial Arts and seido karate. Thanks to her amazing cast of warrior women. And a special thanks to Larissa and Sam- “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”(Goethe) -no matter what life throws at you, you keep on your path towards greatness!

Larissa Dzegar
holds an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. As a radical feminist and long-life lover of theater, creating and being part of "Leading Ladies" is a dream come true. Past credits include: Majorie in Extremities , Roz in Abortive, Poverty/Old Woman in Plutus , Helena in Look Back in Anger , Marie in The Lesson, Katrin in Loyalties , Miranda in The Tempest , Mother Hicks in Mother Hicks and Lady Amaranth in Wild Oats among others. 

Kerri Campbell Evans grew up in Red Hook, NY. She received her MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She received her BA in Communications and holds a Minor in Theatre from The College of St. Rose. Some of her credits include: Sylvia in The Women, Simone in Misreadings, and Terry in Extremities. She is currently working on her own original screenplay, which she hopes to see brought to life in the near future. Kerri has always realized the value in training and she credits a number of wonderful teachers for their guidance and help along the way; Susan Aston, Stephany Hitchcock, Elizabeth Kemp, Dr. Kenneth Krauss, Angela Ledke, and Virginia and Joseph Mazzello. She would not only like to thank these wonderful teachers but also thank her amazing family and friends for their endless love, support, and inspiration.

Geiselle Nix-Fauntleroy
Is grateful for every opportunity to pursue her passion. She is a proud member of the "Leading Ladies" Family! 917-309-1214

Portia Lee Rose was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She's also had training at Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, England. Shakespeare's Globe Theater credits include Hamlet directed by Tim Walker. Rutgers Theater Company credits include Hamlet directed by Barbara Marchant and Kevin Kittle, The Crucible directed by Randal Myler, Quick and Dirty directed by Shawn Renfro, (dei-GAH) directed by Kevin Kittle, A Social Event directed by Melissa Firlit, and The Actress directed by Matthew Singletary.

Molly McAdoo is a recent grad of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where she trained at Cap21, the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam and the Experimental Theatre Wing. She was last scene in a very exciting production of Charles Mee's Fire Island at the Monroe Theater Space in Hoboken and is currently in rehearsal for a workshop of a new musical called Sometimes in Prague at The Tank in August. She is thrilled to be a part of this powerful piece. Thanks to all the beautiful ladies involved and as always love to M, D, and brother C.

Shubhra Prakash is a recent transplant from San Francisco Bay Area where she completed two educational theater tours at New Conservatory Theater and Bay Children's Theater.  In New York, Shubhra is busy taking classes in dance, commedia, voice and auditioning for everything from musical theater, plays and film. She enjoys working with artists from various cultures and communities and would like to be part of touring productions.

Rebecca Smith is a recent transplant from Missouri. It was in Missouri that she had the opportunity to perform many of the great repertory roles such as Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa, Mama in Getting Out, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Frankie in Frankie and Johnny at the Clare de Lune, Trude in Steel Magnolias, and Maudie Atkinson in To Kill A Mockingbird. Since moving to New York she performed and produced a solo show, Women on Fire by Irene O’Garden at Michael Howard Studios, where she studies with master teacher Michael Howard, as well as working extensively with Patsy Rodenburg. Most recently Rebecca was seen in When Joey Married Bobby in the role of Viola at the Roy Arias Theatre. She was also seen in the New York premiere of Praying Small at the Producers Club, a staged reading of The Man in the Newspaper Hat, portraying poet Elizabeth Bishop, and in The Deadly Chill of Winter at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She will soon be seen in the upcoming 2010 Fringe Festival in the production of How Alfo Learned to Love Women at the Connelly Theater. Her

Rashida M. Stewart comes to New York by way of Chicago and is certainly not a newcomer to the stage, as she has graced many as an actress, dancer, and model. Rashida first appeared in the limelight of the stage at the age of three when she fearlessly recited a poem for a program at her preschool.  Rashida has always had an affinity for the arts and she received her first taste of “big-screen” action with a minor part in MGM® Studios 2002 feature, Barbershop; that is when acting became a stronger focus for her.  Since then, she has appeared in various independent films and stage productions  in New York and Chicago. Rashida is a classically trained dancer, choreographer and model.  In the vein of sharing what she’s learned, Rashida teaches dance and modeling to kids; as well as being a mentor to at-risk teens.  She's also a burgeoning violinist; presently, re-exploring the instrument she first trained on in her youth. Rashida is very excited to be a part of Leading Ladies; showcasing strong, smart, sexy and beautiful women. "I'm a woman / Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That's me." - Maya Angelou