Claire Bronchick is thrilled to be making her Hollywood Fringe debut as Bonnie in Adam Peck's Bonnie and Clyde. She is currently a rising sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College, studying Theatre and French. She has most recently acted in Macbeth, directed by Will Frears, as Lady Macduff and as Marotte in Molière's The Pretentious Young Ladies. She thanks her family and friends for their continued support, and she looks forward to participating in and supporting Fringe theater in the years to come!
Joel Sutton - Clyde Barrow
Joel Sutton, Texas native, and descendant of another notorious bank robber, Willy Sutton, takes the stage as Clive Barrow in this production of Adam Peck's "Bonnie and Clyde." Joel left Texas at the age of eighteen and moved to Boston, where he studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and earned his degree in professional music and songwriting. Upon moving back to his homeland of Austin, he quickly realized that dedication to only one art form was not satisfying. So he packed his guitar, a beard trimmer, and his fanciest clothes in the back of his Honda(TM) Insight, and drove cross-country to Los Angeles, where he began to learn the craft of acting. Joel discovered early on a fascination, not just with the craft itself, but the history of the craft, which led him to seek out teachers of many different methods of acting. The teachings of Meisner, Strasberg, Spolin, and Adler are all still thriving in Los Angeles (if one knows where to look) and Joel made it his primary mission to find the proteges of these great teachers, and learn everything they had to offer. As he grew his craft, Joel found a community of young filmmakers who were similarly pursuing their passions for learning their craft while making unique and original films. In the following years, Joel has worked with these artists, playing various roles in music videos, short films, mocumentaries, and features. Joel currently studies theatre with Larry Moss, does all his own stunts, and writes all his own bios.
It is with great pleasure and humility that Joel makes his Los Angeles Theatre debut in "Bonnie and Clyde" at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Andrew Leeson - Director
Making his directorial debut with 'Bonnie and Clyde', Andrew has been working with text and drama on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy for 20 years, in both the Writing and Theatre Departments, where he currently teaches Shakespeare and Radio Drama. He gained a B.A. with Honors in English from The University of Sussex in Brighton, England, in the punk years, and more recently trained in dramatic process at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Scotland.
Deirdre Smith-Bronchick - Executive Producer
Deirdre Smith-Bronchick is an accomplished financier who has turned her focus to theatre and the arts. She has assisted in recent awarding productions of Comedy of Errors, Blood Brothers, The Crucible and Hairspray. Bonnie & Clyde is her first full Theatre Monty and she is excited to be a part of the Fringe Community in Hollywood - Edinburgh be damned!
Emily Anne McGillicuddy Keifer - Designer
Drawn to the project with admiration for the iconic couple, Emily joins the Bonnie and Clyde crew as lead visual designer. She is responsible for the look of the show, from sets, props, and costumes, to designing and illustrating the promotional material.
Emily Keifer (24) is a Southern California native and graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. With a background in film studies and production, Emily simultaneously works as a professional illustrator and graphic designer. Her work includes feature film posters, board games, and personal portraits.
Ilana Eisen graduated from the Royal Academic of Dramatic Art in 2015. She continued her career as a lighting technician and designer in London. Lighting design credits include: the Bald Prima Dona (Cockpit theatre, 2015), Day of the Dog (Et Cetera theatre 2015), Bonnie and Clyde (Et Cetera theatre 2016)
Ben Champion - Original Score
Benjamin Champion is a junior at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he studies musical composition with Mark Carlson (UCLA) and piano performance with Dr. Jeanette Yaryan. Benjamin is a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Young Composer Fellowship Program where he studies composition with Andrew Norman and Sarah Gibson. He has written chamber music for musicians of the Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the L.A. Percussion Quartet, and a piece for bassoonist Rebekah Heller of I.C.E. which premiered at the summer 2016 Ojai Music Festival. Benjamin had two orchestral premieres preformed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of the Symphonies for Schools concerts. In the summer of 2016 Benjamin studied composition at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
This summer he has plans to study composition at the Yellow Barn International Chamber Music Festival. Benjamin is looking forward to returning to both the LA Phil Fellowship program, as a Senior Fellow, and to the Idyllwild Arts Academy for his Senior year this Fall.
Karolina Naziemiec - Viola
Karolina Naziemiec is a Polish violist who has been training, teaching and performing in the United States since 2001. She was granted an artistic visa on the recommendation of the American Federation of Musicians, who cited her as being “a violist of extraordinary ability.” Ms. Naziemiec appeared with many orchestras in Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Japan, and USA and participated in numerous music festivals throughout the world. As a teacher Ms. Naziemiec was on the faculty at California State University, Northridge 2007-09 while also teaching at the Idyllwild Summer Festival as a viola coach. Now she has her private studio as well as she has been a coach to students in Santa Monica and Malibu district for over nine years. She's also performed as a jazz vocalist in Los Angeles and Poland, and has recorded in scoring sessions at studios such as Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony and Paramount.