Company Members

Evan ArnoldSteve ChabonJason DuplisseaGibson FrazierRon GarciaMichael GoorjianErin KaufmanBrian KiteBeth KennedyJordan L. GurnerJeff MaynardLaurel MoglenRenée RidgeleyMarco SanchezLorin ShapiroMaury SterlingKevin WeismanEthan LiptonJami RudofskySarah HutchinsonJennifer LaneCraig PierceDick MagnantiAlanna FlanaganDiana GeorgerEvie PeckKaren TuckerKara Zediker
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photospacer Evan Arnold

Evan Arnold was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has acted in seven Buffalo Nights Productions: Anatol, The Apollo of Bellac, The Madman and the Nun, Problem Child, The Firebugs, Salomé, and Incident at Vichy. He also works with the Troubadour Theatre Co. all over Southern California and has acted in numerous national television commercials (recently, IBM), on television (recently, The West Wing, Six Feet Under and Angel), and in film (recently, Garfield and Spiderman).

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photospacer Steve Chabon

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photospacer Jason Duplissea

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Gibson Frazier

As a filmmaker, Gibson Frazier co-wrote, produced, and starred in Man of the Century, which won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1999 and was later cited by the National Board of Review for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking.  Gibson directed the world premiere of Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, written and performed by Christopher Titus which was developed into the FOX Television show Titus and was later taped for Showtime.  He also co-wrote and directed Out of Line, Cate Cohen's one-woman show which was developed as a television pilot for ABC.  His directorial debut, the short film Yellow, aired on PBS’s Channel 13.  He is currently raising financing for a new movie musical called Floating Underground.

As an actor, Gibson Frazier has performed with such distinguished Off-Broadway theatre companies as The Vineyard, 13P, Les Freres Corbusier, The Foundry Theatre, The Barrow Street Theatre, New Georges, and the Cherry Lane.  He is an Associate Artist of The Civilians and Clubbed Thumb.  After graduating from UCLA with a degree in theatre, Gibson co-founded Buffalo Nights Theatre Company where he directed the west coast premiere of Sophistry by Jonathan Marc Sherman and produced and acted in over twenty other productions earning both a Drama-Logue Award and a Backstage West Garland Award for his performances.  Regionally, he performed in Changes of Heart at the Mark Taper Forum, Rough Crossing with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall at The Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Death of a Salesman with Jack Klugman at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre.

Other film credits include Illusion opposite Kirk Douglas, and The Bliss Virus opposite Rosario Dawson.  Television audiences may recognize him from his work on all three Law & Order programs, Ed, and Titus.  He can also be seen in the web-based comedy series, ViralCom.

Gibson was named one of the best off-Broadway actors by both The Village Voice and Time Out New York.

Updated information can be found at www.gibsonfrazier.com

 

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photospacer Ron Garcia

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Michael Goorjian

Born in Oakland, California, Michael Goorjian started his acting career by going to an audition for a local community theater company; at the time thinking it was a cool way of getting out of class. After landing the lead role in a not-so-cool play called Computer Crazy, Michael then learned the play was going to be performed at schools around town, including his own, and that the rest of the cast would be comprised of senior citizens. Despite what, at fourteen, seemed like a humiliating experience, Michael stuck with acting and eventually ended up at UCLA's theater department.

Michael's first big Hollywood acting job, was as a dancer in the Disney musical, Newsies, (starring Christian Bale and Robert Duval.) From there he continued to work as an actor, and eventually won an EMMY AWARD for playing a young autistic boy in the television movie David's Mother, (with Kirstie Alley).Michael is probably best known as "Justin" (Neve Campbell's boyfriend) on the hit series Party of Five. Some of his other acting credits include starring roles in the films: SLC Punk!, The Invisibles (opposite Portia DeRossi), the Oscar nominated Leaving Las Vegas, Hard Rain (with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater), Chaplin (with Robert Downey Jr.), Forever Young (with Mel Gibson), Broken (with Heather Graham), and Conversations With God.

Michael started dipping into directing in his mid-twenties. With the help of friends in his hometown of Oakland, he made a few independent short films, a music video or two, and a mock-documentary called Oakland Underground. Eventually this led Michael to devote about 4 years of his life to making his first major independent film, Illusion, which stars Kirk Douglas.

Other recent directing works include a short film called Players' Club (which swept the 2006 Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles, including Best Director), Mark Twain's The War Prayer (starring Jeremy Sisto), and the documentary You Can Heal Your Life (starring metaphysical lecturer and teacher, Louise L. Hay.)

Goorjian is a founding member of Buffalo Nights Theatre Company. Shows with the company include: the West Coast Premiere of Dennis McIntyre's powerful drama Modigliani, which earned him an L.A. Weekly Theatre Award Nomination for acting and show was winner for Revival Production of the Year. Jean Giraudoux's, The Apollo of Bellac (Garland Award-Production of the Year, nominated for six LA Weekly awards-ceremony April 22.)

 

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photospacer Erin Kaufman

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photospacer Beth Kennedy

Beth has performed in the following Buffalo Nights' productions: Anatol, The Apollo of Bellac (2000 Back Stage West award: Best Production; 2000 LA Weekly award: Best Ensemble), The Madman and The Nun, and Firebugs. She also works regularly with Troubadour Theatre Co. and was most recently seen in their production of A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream at the Falcon Theatre and before that in Twelfth Dog Night. Beth has appeared in numerous commercials and television shows which include The Practice, Party of Five and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, among others. Her film credits include the Tomorrow Man, opposite Corbin Bernsen, Jerome, produced by David Spade, and Phenomenon with John Travolta. Beth is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.

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Brian Kite spacer Brian Kite

Brian Kite has directed several Buffalo Nights' productions, including "J.B." by Archibald MacLeish and their first production, "Hope on the Range", over 14 years ago. He spent seven years as the Director of Theatre Programs at French Woods Festival in New York, where his credits include over 20 productions ranging from the New York debut of Steven Schwartz's "Children of Eden" to Jason Robert Brown's "Songs for a New World" and "Parade". He directed the Philadelphia production of Glenn Wein's "Grandma Sylvia's Funeral" and has directed in many Los Angeles theatres. Recent credits include the critically-acclaimed revivals of "Proof" and "Driving Miss Daisy" starring Michael Learned at La Mirada Theatre and "Cabaret," in Hamilton, Bermuda, under the patronage of the Queen's Governor. He worked with Tony Award winning director Daniel Sullivan on The Geffen Playhouse's production of "Hedda Gabler" starring Annette Bening and also worked on their production of "Wit" starring Kathleen Chalfant. Brian has served on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Stage Alliance. He is currently on the faculty of U.C.L.A.'s School of Theater, Film and Television, where he teaches Directing, is a member of the SSDC, and is the Producing Artistic Director of La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. He is a founding member of Buffalo Nights.

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photospacer Jordan L. Gurner

Jordan Leigh Gurner is a founding member of Buffalo Nights and a graduate of UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television. BNTC shows include "Incident at Vichy" and "Salome". He is currently starring in the regional premiere of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at the Tony Award-Winning Denver Center for the Performing Arts directed by Broadway veteran and associate director to Susan Stroman, Ray Roderick. Other regional theatre credits include: "A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine", "Working", "The Gondoliers", and the regional premiere of "Young Man from Atlanta". His voice can be heard all over the radio dial as well as on the television series, "Warren Miller's Global Adventures". Film credits include "Men" starring Sean Young.

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photospacer Jeff Maynard

Jeff Maynard was seen on Broadway, at the Ahmanson/Doolittle Theatre, and in the First National Tour of Neil Simon's Pulitzer prize winning Lost in Yonkers, directed by Gene Saks. Other theatre credits include Enter Laughing at the University of Judaism, Biloxi Blues at both the Court and Hudson Theatres and Michael Sargent's When Esther Saw the Light at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Buffalo Nights shows include the world premiere of Suburban Motel: Featuring Loretta at the Falcon Theatre, the Los Angeles Premiere of Sophistry and Incident at Vichy. Recent film and television credits include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer","Diagnosis Murder", "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Seinfeld", the ABC/DISNEY MOW "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" and the series "Madman of the People". Jeff is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater and proud to be a founding member of Buffalo Nights Theatre Company.

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photospacer Laurel Moglen

Laurel Moglen attended UCLA and majored in History. Her several film credits include: Ron Howard's EdTV and the Sundance affiliated independent film, Kat and Allison. Her television appearances are numerous and include: the NBC miniseries- The 70's, Larry David's- Curb Your Enthusiasm, Chicago Hope, and JAG. Her short film, Call Waiting, in which she wrote, produced, and starred won "Best Short" at the Arizona Int'l Film Festival and placed in several others. Fellow company member, Michael Goorjian, directed it. She works with LA Theatreworks, starring in various radioplays broadcasted through KCRW including The Lucky Spot and The General from America. In addition to Buffalo Nights, she is a member of the award-winning theatre company, LA Women's Shakespeare company, in which she played Ophelia in Hamlet.

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photospacer Renée Ridgeley

Renée Ridgeley has performed in six BNTC productions: Problem Child (Suburban Motel), Firebugs, Salomé, The Froegle Dictum, the LA Weekly's 1996 Revival Production of the year Modigliani, and most recently played "the nun," Sister Anna, in The Madman and the Nun.

Other theater credits include: The Country Club ( West Coast premiere of the Douglas Carter Bean play); Ancient History at the Fountain Theater (LA Premiere by David Ives, directed by Randee Trabitz); The Miss Firecracker Contest, and Holiday (American Conservatory Theater). RenČe studied at UCLA and the graduate program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Film and television credits include: Rob Reiner's The Story of Us, Angel, Judging Amy, The Ghosts of Fear Street, Everyday People, G vs. E and the upcoming HBO film Gale Force (with Treat Williams). Renee is also the effervescent veterinarian that talks to all the doggies in the Frontline commercials.

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photospacer Marco Sanchez

Raised in Palm Desert, CA, the son of Cuban immigrants, Marco received his B.A. in theater from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, and also studied at the British-American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. A founding member of Buffalo Nights, he played the affable Argentine Rabbi,"Luis" in the company's debut show Hope On the Range, the misguided idealist, "Ex" in Sophistry, the devilish "Nickles" in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize winning play J.B., and most recently played multiple roles in the Buffalo Nights world premiere production of Crazy Drunk at the John Anson Ford Theater.

His television work includes series regular roles on Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, and Walker,Texas Ranger, "Collie Whitebird" in the TV movie Gunsmoke:The Long Ride, and numerous guest and recurring appearances on shows such as 24, JAG, Providence, The Division, Party of Five, and ER. Film work includes Showtime's The Last Debate (directed by John Badham), The Illusion (written and directed by fellow company member, Michael Goorjian), The Rookie (with Dennis Quaid), and Edison (with Kevin Spacey, and Morgan Freeman).

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photospacer Lorin Shapiro

Lorin Shapiro was born and raised in New York where she started out as a dancer. She has studied acting at Northwestern University, Oxford University and Cornell University, from which she graduated with a major in theater. Her New York credits include King Lear, Othello, The Foreigner, The Royal Family, A...My Name Is Alice, Noises Off, and others. Since moving to LA, Lorin has appeared on "Felicity", "The Practice", and in several independent films. She was also a member of the sketch comedy group, "Thwank", for several years. Her Buffalo Nights credits include "The Firebugs", "Madman and the Nun", and "Apollo of Bellac". She likes chocolate.

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photospacer Maury Sterling

Maury Sterling was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, and is a founding member of Buffalo Nights Theatre Company. He has studied theatre at UCLA, ACT, and Circle in the Square Theatre in New York. BNTC shows include the character of "the madman, Alexander Walpurg" in The Madman and the Nun, Modigliani, Meat, Out at Sea, and Incident at Vichy. Film and television work includes Outbreak, Liber Nox, Cowgirl, Alright Already (series regular), The Pretender, Touched by an Angel, and G vs. E.

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Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman is recognized around the world for his work as “Marshall Flinkman” on the ABC series ALIAS. He received a BA from UCLA’s Theatre/Film/Television and studied at New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre.

A founding member of the Buffalo Nights Theatre Company, Kevin’s stage credits include the starring role in “Crazy Drunk” at the John Anson Ford Theatre, the title role in Arthur Schnitzler’s “Anatol”, the West Coast premiere of Jonathon Marc Sherman’s “Sophistry”,  “Apollo of Bellac”, “J.B”, “Suburban Motel” and “Incident at Vichy”. Other theatre credits include “Tis Pity She’s a Whore”, “The Greeks”, and “The Goldoni Trilogy” at the Mark Taper.

Additional TV credits include CSI: NY, NUMBERS, THE X-FILES,, CHUCK, OCTOBER ROAD, MOONLIGHT, GHOST WHISPERER, FELICITY, ROSWELL, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FRASIER, JUST SHOOT ME and, E.R.

Weisman produced and acted in the 2006 release, ILLUSION, starring screen legend Kirk Douglas and fellow Buffalo Nights member and Emmy Award winner, Michael Goorjian, who also directed.

Other film work includes Disney’s recently released SPACE BUDDIES, Kevin Smith’s CLERKS II, B.O.H.I.C.A., (Winner of Special Jury Award at the WorldFest-Houston Intl. Film Festival and Audience Award at the Newport Intl. Film Festival), and the 1998 Slamdance Audience Award winner, MAN OF THE CENTURY.

 

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photospacer Ethan Lipton

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photospacer Jami Rudofsky

Jami Rudofsky has been working with Buffalo Nights since 1994 mainly as a stagemanager. Last year she ventured into new territory and created masks and wigs for "The Apollo of Bellac." As a result she was nominated for a LA Weekly award. Aside from her foray into the design world, Jami spends her days working as a casting director. Currently she is casting the critically acclaimed "Gilmore Girls" with her partner Mara Casey.

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photospacer Sarah Hutchinson

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photospacer Jennifer Lane

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photospacer Craig Pierce

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photospacer Dick Magnanti

Dick Magnanti (Resident Costume Designer) is a graduate of The Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandising with degrees in both fashion and theater costume design. Mr. Magnanti has worked extensively on theatre productions around Los Angeles, most recently Buffalo Nights' The Madman and the Nun, King Levine (Odyssey Theater), Reefer Madness and Mamet Matters at the Hudson. Buffalo Nights productions also include The Firebugs (Drama-Logue Award), Modigliani, Featuring Loretta, and Problem Child (Suburban Motel at the Falcon theater). Mr Magnanti is currently on staff at UCLA as Sr. Wardrobe Technician in the theater department, and teaches period costume construction at F.I.D.M.

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photospacer Alanna Flanagan

Alanna Flanagan is a farm girl from New Hampshire who knows how to drive a tractor and sometimes sports pigtails. In an attempt to get out of the sticks, Alanna moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where she majored in Theatre. Since graduating, she has appeared in television shows such as "Opposite Sex" and "The Naked Truth," a couple of commercials and some independent films. Anatol marked her first Buffalo Nights appearance.

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photospacer Diana Georger

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photospacer Evie Peck

A UCLA Theater Department Graduate, Evie Peck is best remembered, by Buffalo Nights' audiences, as "Evelyn" the gazel in Ethan Lipton's MEAT. She is also a member of Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang Theater Company and has received three ovation award nominations for Gang shows HYSTERIA, EUPHORIA and FOUR ROSES. Other favorite roles include "Queen Marie" in EXIT THE KING with John C. Reilly and "Cinderella" in the Cornerstone/Actors' Gang Production of MEDIA/MACBETH/CINDERELLA. Evie has appeared in television and film including; SEINFELD, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, TENACIOUS D, THE BIG TEASE, MUSIC FROM ANOTHER ROOM.

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photospacer Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker is from Greensboro, North Carolina. Favorite shows include: Buffalo Nights Theatre Company's production of Jean Giraudoux's The Apollo of Bellac, winner of a Garland Award for Production of the Year, and nominated for six LA Weekly awards. Also, Tennessee Williams' American Blues (Hudson Theatre), William Inge's Bus Riley's Back in Town (Lillian Theatre), The Greeks (Odyssey Theatre, 1999 Production of the Year, LA Weekly), F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon (Fountain Theatre) Mary Barnes (Odyssey), Arthur Miller's All My Sons (Attic Theatre). Film/TV credits include Angel, After Sex, indies Cowboys Christmas, Shooting Creek. Karen is currently working on the feature, The Illusion, directed by company member, Michael Goorjian.

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photospacer Kara Zediker

 

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