COMPANY BIOS

 

NATASSHA AMAILA "Cousin Nat"

After studying Film and TV in Melbourne, Australia, Natassha decided to move to NY and study method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She has recently been seen on stage in “Time Stands Still,”  in "The Null Hypothesis" a web series , and in Short Film’s "The Friend' and "Ruthless". 

 

MOMOYO ARAI "Cousin Momo"

Momoyo started dancing at the Hayami Ko Dance Company at age 13 in Japan

and sincehas played in numerous musical theater productions. After graduating as a musical theater major, Momoyo came to New York City for study at 18 where she encountered gospel music.She currently sings with the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir appeared in numerous concerts including a Christmas Eve broadcast nationwide on CBS.

SARAH BIALKIN  "Cousin Sarah"
Sarah is from The SF Bay Area where she trained at Marin Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, and UC Irvine.  A recent graduate
of Marymount Manhattan College in Musical Theatre, Sarah is currently doing graduate study at UCB and Steps.  Recent performance credits include Hersheypark, Surati Touring Indian Dance Company, and 92Y’s “Little Red.”

CORA JEAN-BAPTISTE "Cousin Cora"

A graduate from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Cora has always lived
by the moto “Life should be a musical,” she feels there is no emotion, thought, or feeling
that cannot be expressed through song and dance. Inspired by actress Sanaa Lathan,
Cora realized that performing and acting was something she would love to do for the rest
of her life. Cora landed her first professional role while still in High School and joined the
St. Louis Black Repertory Theater. 

 

JENN NICOLE KEANINI "Cousin Jenn"

Formally trained, Jenn has played roles from Seussical to Sondheim, working in community theatre since high school, as well as several children's theater productions with The Rainbow Company in Las Vegas. Her recent roles include Beggar in "The Threepenny Opera;" Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd;" Ida Duck in "Honk! The Musical;" and, Mayzie La Bird in "Seussical."  Jenn earned her BFA in Musical Theater at Santa Fe University, did Improv workshops and recently appeared in the 2019 film "Final Cutz.”

LEICA LUCIEN  "Cousin Leica"
A classically trained actor, Leica graduated form College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Theater and Studio Art and has performed in multiple theater productions, commercials, and short films. 

REFILWE MAITISA "Cousin Refilwe"

A South African-born performer, Refilwe graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles in 2018 and is currently pursuing her education at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has trained with eminent vocal coaches in South Africa and the U.S. In 2014, Refilwe was named a “Top 10 Vocalist” in the 2014 South African Talent Championship and chosen to attend the 64th AMTC SHINE Conference in Orlando, Florida where she received awards for “Overall Female Teen Actor” and “Overall Teen Singer.” Refilwe is also an in demand model, making made her runway debut at the 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week .

KEENA McDONALD "The Giver" 
(Also: Director/Choreographer/Co-Producer) 


Keena is a poet and playwright with a B.A. in Theatre with a Dance minor from Barnard College/Columbia University.  Her belief that reminding humans about their connections to each other is an effective means to bring about positive change is what fuels her passion for the performing arts. A dedicated collaborator, her theatrical, film and dance experience ranges from performer to production to stage crew, and she brings the same gusto to sewing costumes, hanging lights, directing, choreography or playing a lead role.  Building on early training in African and Caribbean folk dance traditions, she danced in the International Dance Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street as a principal with VANICH Multimedia Dance, an Afro-Peruvian company.  Keena was a principal with Nommo Contemporary Dance Theater and was also a featured dancer on the PBS Series, "The Electric Company".  In addition to supporting roles in features and short films, she appeared as God in "Noah and his Sons” and held an ensemble role in the American premiere of the controversial play, “A Touch of Brightness” by Partap Sharma, both of which were staged at Harlem’s Aaron Davis Hall.

GENEVIEVE INEZ McCARTHY "Cousin Genevieve"
[Alternate: Humanity's Child]

“Genevieve is a actress, singer, dancer originally from Boston, MA and is thrilled to be working on a new musical for the first time! She recently graduated from AMDA´s NYC campus as a Musical Theatre major, and since then has participated in various shows and cabarets in the city. She also worked on Disney Cruise Line last year as a Character performer and ensemble dancer.  Some of her favorite musical theatre credits are Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Shrek The Musical (Donkey), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca Salt). She credits her amazing family and Wil for their                                                   endless support to help her get here today!”
 

 

SAVANNAH McMANUS "Cousin Savannah"

Savannah has portrayed multiple lead roles from Shakespeare to Tennesee Williams
while working with Donna Haley of the MCC Actor Training School. She has performed
in multiple productions including the Off-Broadway Musical “Hip Hop High,”
the film “Renaissance Man” and lead roles in “Spike Heels, and “Getting Out.”
Savannah recently performed at Dutchess County Stadium for more
than 2500 teens in support of a health and drug advocacy program.

LIZZY MORENO "Humanity's Child"

Lizzy recently graduated from Connecticut College with a BA cum laude in Theater and Economics. She has appeared in “A Therapy Session with Myself” at NY Theater Winter festival. as Maya (In the Spotlight) at the Davenport Theatre, Holly (Uncommon Women), Dauber (The Cradle Will Rock) and Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall. She has studied with One Year Lease, Pig Iron, Matt Farnsworth studios, La Olla in Santiago, Chile and David Dorfman. 

 

HANAKO MORIKAWA "Cousin Hanako"

Hanako is a graduate of the Tokoyo College of Music (Tokoyo, Japan)and has honed
her skllls in New York at the School of Ballet Arts and Steps on Broadway.  Hanako was
a featured performer in the 2015 Tokoyo International Forum production of Anne of Green Gables.

ANNIE RACZKO  "Cousin Annie"
A theatre-maker and teacher who sees theatre as a mirror to society, Annie has performed
a wide variety of lead roles in productions of
“Frankenstein Rocks!,” “The Sacrifice,” “Doubt,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “The Somewhat True Tale Town’s Girl Montclair Studio Players’ Robin Hood,” to mention a few. Annie earned her Master’s Degree in Theater Studies
from
Montclair State University and has done graduate study in in Educational Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Annie has had intensive training in Shakespeare, Improvisation,
Musical Theater, Voice, Acting for the Stage, and Broadway Dance.

 

JOHN McDONNELL TIERNEY, ComposerLyricist
“Jack,” as he prefers to be called,  holds a master’s degree in Music (UMass) and a PhD in Educational Psychology (UConn) and has held college faculty positions in both fields. An an early pioneer in computer-assisted music composition, he was one of the first to use computers as a composition and teaching tool. Since retiring in 2012, Dr. Tierney has published a novel (The Book now on Amazon) and produced his original musical Peacemaker (2016) where Jack introduced the character “Humanity’s Child” as a teen. 

 

PATRICIA TIERNEY, Managing Director/Co-Producer

Patricia was born in Argentina and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She earned her BA in Elementary Education (CCSU) and her master’s degree in Multi-Cultural Education (UConn). She’s been a happy kindergarten teacher for the last 30 years.

In Humanity’s Child,  a
s in her teaching, Patricia works to share the vision of empowerment and loving energy. She focuses all her efforts on promoting a world that respects all life on this beautiful and mysterious planet.

MADISON WYATT "Cousin Maddie"
A multi-talented actor, singer, dancer from Florida, Madison moved to
New York to study Musical Theater at the New York Film Academy.
Passionate about new works, she has been apart of numerous readings, including, “Three Times Fast” and “Anne of Green Gables.” Madison has toured with  children's show, “Pinkalicious,” and has most recently performed, as Rapunzel in “Into the Woods” with Tony-Award Winner, Alice Ripley.