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.
Director of Performance Education
Alexandra Gellner (Anne Frank) is an actor, collaborator, and teaching artist who hails from Northern California and is now based in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Ever since Alexandra first read Anne Frank’s diary at a young age, she has endeavored to spread the practice and importance of empathy through theatre and film. She is delighted and humbled to now be working alongside the team at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to carry out their mission and honor Anne’s legacy. New York City credits include As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet (The Cradle Theatre Company); Pericles (The New Ensemble Workshop); Pants & Skirts (The Barrow Group); Coffee & Biscuit (HERE Arts SubletSeries, NYC Fringe); Family Business (HB Studios); Hamlet, Chained Woman, The Spider & The Wasp, The Trojan Women, Execution of Justice (The New School for Drama). Other credits: Same Time Next Year, Wait Until Dark, Crimes of the Heart (Ferndale Rep); Oleanna (Article 19: Birmingham, UK). Film: Adherence (Best Actress in a Short- FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia), Turnings, Turncoat, Escape in Time. New Media: Brooklyn: For Real brooklynreally.com Alexandra is also a puppeteer and co-founder of New Dance Theatre, a movement-based theatre collective. For more, visit www.alexandragellner.com
Wesli Spencer (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) is a classically trained actor who studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A school in which 4,000 applicants apply for 25 spots a year and who’s alumni include many of the UK’s top actors (Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Lilly James), this extensive training brought him to New York city to develop his acting career. His range includes stage, television, independent films, and high drama realism film. He is sharp, witty, professional, and a pleasure to be around when not “intensely” focused on his work. He recently had a film premiere at the Carmel International Film festival in Carmel, CA called “Brian Mickler” of the short film series “Harlemites” www.harlemites.com. Wesli is honored to be playing the iconic Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in “Letters.” Commercial credits include: Bank of America, Stacey’s Pita Chips. Theatre credits include: “The Addicts” (Theatre for the New City), “White Dresses” (The ReGroup Theatre). Film credits: “Plurality,” “Harlemites,” “Virgil,” “Brian Mickler.”
Helen Laser (Anne Frank) is honored to have the opportunity to portray this Jewish female icon who means so much to her, for people of all ages across the country. Helen has been working as an actor in NYC since graduating cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Theatre and English. Favorite roles include: Smeraldina (Servant of Two Masters), Cassandra (Agamemnon), Laura Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie), Jean Fordham (August Osage County), The Village Idiot (Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play) and puppeteering for Doppelskope in various performances including the world premiere “Growl!” at MSMT. Helen has also been pursuing on-screen roles—keep an eye out for her in Season 2 of Billions on Showtime, a promo for The Tonight Show: Starring Jimmy Fallon airing on NBC, Seventeen Magazine’s Youtube Channel, and tune in to Discovery ID this January to see her as Kate in “Evil Lives Here.” Helen would like to thank Alex, David, and everyone at the Anne Frank Center. For more about Helen, check out www.HelenLaser.com