Our actors perform regularly in Conversations with Anne and Letters from Anne and Martin. Conversations with Anne is a solo show, taken directly from Anne’s diary. Letters from Anne and Martin is a unique production combining texts from Anne’s Diary and from MLK’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ Both programs are available for group tours at the Center and as a traveling show to bring to your school or community.
Hannah Vaughn (Anne Frank) is honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Anne’s Diary while developing the scripts for these programs and performing as Anne. She graduated with a BA in Acting from Christopher Newport University. In New York, she has studied with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock at The Barrow Group, with Caymichael Patten Studios and with Gabrielle Maisels.She has performed in TinyRhino, Ugly Rhino Production’s monthly show. She has worked with FullStop Collective’s ‘FOREPLAYS: Spring Fever’ at Galapagos Art Space and ‘Outfoxed’ at the Access Theatre. She was also seen in ‘Clear Cold Place’ at The Secret Theatre and ‘Decompression’ in FringeNYC 2012. She has also worked on several films and industrials. Hannah is also the lead and co-creator of the award winning web series ‘Dates Like This,’ which now has two season up on the web. For more: hannahvaughn.com
Robyn Michele Frank (Anne Frank) is honored to be working with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in educating young people today about the life and times of Anne Frank and her family. Robyn is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major minoring in Arts and Entertainment Management in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University. In summer 2012, Robyn was a performance intern at the Weathervane Repertory Theatre, NH, in 9 to 5, Kiss Me Kate, the regional premiere of Young Frankenstein, and their children’s troupe, the Patchwork Players. Other credits include Becky / Molly in The American Girls Revue (Off-Broadway), Anyone Can Whistle (Baby Joan / Cookie #3), Our Town (Emily), a singer in Rated RSO: College Edition at Joe’s Pub, and most recently Frannie in a new web series entitled Unrelated. Thanks to the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Amy Rogers for their guidance and support. Love to MDST.
Masha King (Anne Frank) is a Ukrainian born actress who attended the American Musical and Dramatics Academy and has been acting in NYC for the past 10 years. She has been seen in Theatre, Film, as well as national TV, Commercial, and New Media spots. She is a proud member of The Lost and Found Project, an award winning theatre troupe that is comprised of all Soviet born Jewish actors. She recently traveled to Russia with The L&F Project as a lead in COVERS, which won for Best Play at the 4th annual ArtOkraina Festival in St. Petersburg. Other notable projects include Campbell’s Soup,CollegeHumor.com, Investigation Discovery Network, and the IFC Network. She is immensely honored and humbled to be joining the team at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and contributing to Anne’s message of indelible hope. A million “Thank Yous” to her family and friends, and Michael- for his unfaltering support. MariyaKing.wix.com/MariyaKing, @Masha_King on Twitter.
Jamal Crowelle (MLK, Jr.) is thrilled to be working with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and bring these memorable words to life. New to the Big Apple, he graduated with a B.A. In Acting from Emory & Henry College in 2010 and since then has consistently worked for various theaters all over the south and east coasts.
He is very thankful to play MLK (for the second time!) and would like to give a shout out to: God, his family, his friends, and the adorable Robyn Frank and Hannah Vaughn for their hard work and BIG hearts! Thank you!
Rachel Neiheisel (Anne Frank) grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a stage actor, coming east to train at Marymount Manhattan College and then to England to study at The British American Drama Academy. She also completed a two year Meisner program at The Neighborhood Playhouse. For the past few years, Rachel has been working on commercials and indie films in addition to stage projects. Her most recent film, Girls Night has screened at Big Apple Film Festival, The Richmond International Film Festival and will soon screen at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Rachel first played Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Northwest Children’s Theater, providing voice over work for AFC’s traveling exhibit ‘Anne Frank: A History for Today’ which had made its west coast stop in Portland. Rachel is so very thankful for the chance to explore Anne again, to delve more deeply into the world of MLK and most of all to be a part of a project aimed at educating and promoting tolerance. For more info visit rachelneiheisel.com
Isaiah Frizzelle (MLK) is no novice to the stage, and treats every role and opportunity as a new beginning. Even though he’s been making his way through the film/television world, he always seems to find his way back to where he started, the stage. Every role is a challenge, with each character eerily resonating with some aspect of life… this role tugs at so many heart strings. To be able to portray the man, the icon, the activist, the leader that made “having a dream” something profound, brave, and inspiring is all too humbling and Isaiah and cannot thank Hannah (and the universe) enough for the opportunity to enlighten, evoke, and evolve himself as well as an audience. To his family for supporting his dream, and this project being just one more canvas to paint on, “even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” MLK
Storm Gunraj (MLK) studied theatre at Kingsborough Community College. He is continuously enrolled in classes at I The Actor under Petronia Paley. He has held lead roles in stage plays including, Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra (Off Broadway), Coriolanus, War of the Roses, One Nation Under God, and A Shadow with No Form (Finalist in the Harvest One Act Festival). He also starred in the independent films Peanut Butter & Jelly (Official Selection of the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival) and The Undetected (Official Selection of the 2013 Ocktober Music & Film Festival). For more visit www.stormgunraj.com.