Workshop #2: the team


the creative team


Kate Eberstadt would like to say "danke schön" to everyone who has made our workshop possible: to the Center at West Park, for providing us with this artist residency; to Tayberg Productions, for financing this stage of development; to our team, for going above and beyond in every way; to our cast, for bringing NFTB's world and characters to life; to our audience, for taking part in this story. For more information, visit


Molly Rose Heller is a multi-talented theatre-maker. Select directing credits include: Existential Questions (Green Room 42, upcoming), Olivia Harris’ Planet Joy (City Winery), Dybbuk (upcoming), Faust 2.0 (Mabou Mines, asst dir., upcoming), Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New Ohio, asst dir.), and Missing Gemini (Winner, Best Direction). Other credits include Design for Living (Berkshire Theatre Group), Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (La Mama) and book/lyrics for Plath. (FringeNYC). She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre and Drama Arts from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

FERNANDA DOUGLAS, musical director

Fernanda Douglas is a composer and music director from Goleta, California, and a graduate of Columbia University. She is an active member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and her original musical, Plath., was part of the 2015 NY Fringe Festival. Fernanda is an associate voice coach with Broadway vocal supervisor, Liz Caplan, and in her free time, she's the deputy director of The Dream Unfinished, the NYC-based activist orchestra. She recently returned from New Delhi, India where she was working on the musical adaptation of film director, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding.

TAYLOR STEELE, assistant director

Taylor Steele is an NYC-born and based writer. She has written for The Body is Not an Apology, Anomalous Press, and Philadelphia Printworks. An internationally ranked spoken word artist, she has been featured by Huffington Post, Brooklyn Poets, Button Poetry and is a 2016 Pushcart Nominee. Taylor has written and performed two solo pieces directed by Zishan Ugurlu for productions at La MaMa in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, her 10-minute play “I Tell Medusa I’m Lonely” was up at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Taylor is a triple-Taurus who believes in the power of art to change, shape, and heal.

SHAYNA PENN, stage manager

Shayna Penn– Broadway: Home for the Holidays (PA), National Tours: Anastasia (PA), The Lion King – Rafiki Tour (PA). Other credits: Jazz at Lincoln Center (SM), Whirlwind (AD/ASM, Dan Amboyer, Director), PLACE (ASM, Beth Morrison Projects) In the Name of the Earth (Associate SM, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival), Ultimate Beauty Bible (ASM). Readings: Better Than Dreaming (SM), Storming Heaven (ASM). Numerous benefit events and concerts. 


SAM BALZAC, transcriptionist/score supervisor


the cast
| in order of appearance |
*indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association


Christopher Harral is so pleased to be with such a great team on this new show! Thanks to Molly and Elizabeth. BFA Acting: Pace University.  All credit to JC. @chrisjharral.

*OLIVIA CLARI, jen (U/S, Performing)

Olivia Clari (Jen) is an actor-musician whose recent roles include Girl in ONCE (ZACH Theater, Oregon Cabaret), Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, May in Fool For Love, River in Appropriate, and Louise LeBreton in workshops of The Hello Girls. Other favorite credits include Very Serious (This is Serious) devised with Dave Malloy and Witness Relocation, and playing the dancing poop emoji on MTV. B.A. in Religion, Certificates in Theater and French from Princeton University. When not acting, she loves playing music with children. Upcoming: playing Girl in ONCE in San Francisco, summer 2019. @oliviaclari

*LILY NARBONNE, trish/mom/nick’s mom

Lily Narbonne recently relocated to NYC after living in San Francisco, where she received her MFA from American Conservatory Theater. She is thrilled to work on a musical, deep thanks to the NFTB Team! Favorite roles: Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, and Reverend Karinne in Young Jean Lee’s Church, in which she sang “Bread” by On!Air!Library!. As a singer, Lily is proud of her folk/rock sound and roots, as she grew up in an Irish American family of singers & musicians.

*CHARISE GREENE, charlotte

Charise is an actor, playwright, and coach creating works in NYC. Her play, CANNIBAL GALAXY: A LOVE STORY (previously directed by the extraordinary Tiffany Nicole Greene at Xavier) was recently seen at The New Ohio Theater, produced by Between Two Boroughs. It is being produced by San Francisco Playhouse in 2020. Her short film PUBLIC PROPERTY, in which she stars, was recently released by Smartmouth Productions. She’s currently shooting Hulu’s YOUNGER as Laurel, and will also be seen as Headmistress in Apple TV’s DICKINSON. She will be directing MEN ON BOATS at Barnard college this year. Charise has also taught acting at Barnard/Columbia and numerous other universities across the nation. She has coached actors on MADAM SECREATRY, QUANTICO, GET CHRISTIE LOVE, BLINDSPOT, THE AFFAIR, MAPPLETHORPE and more. Charise has worked as an actor at Irondale, The Flea, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theater, JACK, The Signature and others. MFA in Acting, Brown/Trinity Rep (Stephen Sondheim Fellow), BAs from UC Berkeley. (


Kelsea (Sarah) is thrilled to be a part of Notes From the Basement! When not acting, she can be found embarking in songwriting or filmmaking. She is very thankful to be a part of such an important and relevant piece of work, with an impeccable all women production team, and the most radiant cast.  @kfedup


Kyle Sherman (Lukas): recent credits include Off-Broadway's Ordinary Days (Warren), Pete the Cat (Pete), For the Record: The Brat Pack (The Geek), From Pilgrim Landing (Jacob), and Rosie Revere (Iggy Peck). Lover of NYC dollar pizza and proud Northwestern University grad. Twitter/Instagram: @kshermanatorr.


Jake Lasser is an actor, poet, and artist based in (you guessed it!) Brooklyn. His work has ranged from playing Romeo for very vocal middle school audiences with Stages on the Sound to devising new work with Mabou Mines, Theater in Asylum, The Brewing Dept., and Dara Malina. He is humbled and incredibly grateful to be entrusted with this story. Jake is a proud graduate of The Studio / New York 9 Month Conservatory and has a B.A. from Columbia University.

SARAH HAMATY, mama aria

Sarah Hamaty is honored to be a part of this piece with such a beautiful group of people. Many thanks to this creative team for allowing her to share such an important story. Favorite credits include, A Preacher’s Wife and American Idiot. Pace MT Alum. Enjoy, Habibi!


Bradley is a an actor/writer born and raised in South San Antonio, Texas. He is a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama (c/o) 2016. He works freelance as a Physical Acting Resource. He is currently working on generating devised physical theatre works inspired and influenced by organic intelligence, psycho-somatic expression, Human Resiliency to Trauma, and Masked Physical Theatre that responds to Ancestrally inherited human behavior and responses. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.




Raquel Cockrell recently moved to NYC from Los Angeles to pursue her passion of singing. Performing as a guest entertainer vocalist for the past three years with Princess Cruises has given Raquel the opportunity to see many parts of the world. She has put her fins away to see how her land legs still hold up. Graduated from Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and favorite roles include: Sally Bowles-Cabaret, Tituba-The Crucible, Ado Annie- Oklahoma!, and Alice's Daughter- Big River. Thrilled to work on this original music with a beautiful message. Let us be light. Thank you. 

DANIEL SOTO, abdurahman/nick

Daniel Soto is excited to be returning to the NFTB Team. He is an NYC Based Actor from Poth, Texas and a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where he obtained his Associate of Occupational Studies. Selected credits include: Off-Broadway Debut: Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical (Marco); Conservatory Theatre: Coriolanus (Brutus) and A Spare Me (Sel). New York Credits: Seussical the Musical (Jojo), Hair (Tribe), In the Heights (Ensemble), Broadway Cruise (Performer), and Notes from the Basement (Omar). TV/Film: Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, HBO’s The Deuce, and Bad Education. He sends his love to his parents and family back home!

*RAJI AHSAN, papa aria

Raji Ahsan is a NY based actor and teacher. NYU/Tisch Graduate: 2013. As a communication coach, Raji is passionate about helping people, both privately and corporately, learn to speak and listen with their entire beings. @rajiahsan /


Eric Miller Rosenblatt (Otto) is a NYC/Long Island based actor, director, and teaching artist. He most recently performed as Conrad Birdie in the St. Jeans’s Players production of Bye Bye Birdie. Select credits include Candide (Dr. Pangloss), Conform (original Jeff), Moon Over Buffalo (Howard), and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play. Eric recently directed Spatial Disorientation by Lisa Soland. He graduated from Muhlenberg College (2018) with degrees in Theater and Political Science. Eric is thrilled to be working on such an important project. He thanks his parents for their unwavering support.


Tariq Malik is thrilled to be portraying Kurt in Notes from the Basement. He most recently starred as Sick Boy in the Off-Broadway run of Trainspotting Live (2018-2019). Between working on Notes from the Basement and developing other new works, he can also be seen performing in the new immersive experience, The Unbrunch, which will be running spring and summer of 2019. When he's not performing he's likely playing D&D or working on his comedy podcast, Matt and Tariq's Terrible Book

*BEBE BROWNING, german girl/ensemble

Bebe Browning is thrilled to be a part of this new work! Stage credits include: Miss Saigon (Kim), Little Women (Jo), A Chorus Line (Sheila), as well numerous new works in New York City. TV: Manifest (NBC), Succession (HBO). BFA in Musical Theater: University of Michigan. Thank you to the team for this amazing opportunity!


Christopher Ramirez is a 3D graphics artist working and living in New York. Originally from the 'burbs, he received a BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and an MFA in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Credits include: Human Male (thanks mom & dad), Cat-Daddy (to his cat-son, Frank), and Gummi Worm Eater (freelance, self-employed).

*LEVIN VALAYIL, ensemble

Levin hails from Sugar Land, TX and has been most recently seen in “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” at Florida Studio Theater. Levin has also played “Dharan Ravi” in “Poster Boy” at Williamstown Theater Festival and the Public and “Lottery” in the new musical “Monsoon Wedding” at Berkeley Repertory Theater. You can see him next in “Bhagin It” workshop produced by La Jolla Playhouse.