About the Cast

"It was shocking to experience my reaction... it hit such a deep core...."

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Rotating Cast Members Include:

"YOUNG"

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Jessica Grové

Jessica Grové (“Young”) Jessica Grové (“Young”) BROADWAY: A Little Night Music (with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch), Sunday In The Park With George (Celeste 2), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), Les Misérables (Eponine), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) at Madison Square Garden and National Tour w/ Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt (Jefferson Award nomination). NATIONAL TOUR: The Boy Friend (directed by Julie Andrews). OFF-BROADWAY: Anne of Green Gables (Diana Barry), Illyria (Viola), and the World Premieres of Transport at The Irish Repertory Theatre and The Underclassman (Prospect Theatre Company). REGIONAL: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (dir. Glenn Casale), Eliza in My Fair Lady (Wilde Award Nomination, Dir. Tony Walton), The Witch in Into The Woods (Wilde Award Nomination, Dir. Daniel Cooney), Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse), Amalia in She Loves Me (Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nomination, Dir. Mark Lamos), Maria in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Laurey in Oklahoma! (with Shirley Jones), Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with the Nashville Symphony, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Eva in Evita. She is married to fellow Broadway Actor, Daniel Cooney, who is Head of Musical Theatre at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University and the Founding Artistic Director of The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, Michigan. They are the proud parents of Gavin and Lolly.  jessicagrove.com

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Chelsea Best

Chelsea Best ("Mid"/"Young") is a Missouri native who grew up dancing to her mother’s piano and running lines with her actor father when she wasn’t climbing trees. She came to New York in 2006 with a BFA in Dance from Stephens College where she studied with Broadway veteran, Mary Rotella, among others. As a performer, Chelsea has toured the country twice over, as well as the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, and Europe. Favorite role to date: Mona, in the National Tour of CHICAGO. Chelsea currently studies acting under the tutelage of Diaan Ainslee and she is both humbled and honored to join the Trauma Brain Project.

"MID"

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Shannon Lower

Shannon Lower (“Mid”; Producer) is a NYC-based actor, dancer, producer, director and writer who has performed in the U.S., as well as Europe and South America.  Over the past few years, Shannon has produced numerous theatrical shows and art exhibits, her current project being the original rock musical Lovington. Her company, Helluva Dame Productions, is all about “perspective,” how one views the world and, just maybe, changing that view. shannonlower.com

 

"...I was enthralled... spilling over with enthusiasm...."

"MATURE"

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Mimi Bessette

Mimi Bessette (“Mature”). Recent Theatre includes Cowgirls (Jo) Mountain Playhouse, Duck Commander Musical (Miss Kay), Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Either/Or (Edie), NY Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival (Nom: Outstanding Actress), Love In the Middle Ages (Sandy), NY International Fringe Festival. BROADWAY/OFF BROADWAY includes: Bonnie & Clyde (Emma Parker), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Dawn), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Smoke on the Mountain (Denise). First Nat'l Tours: Parade (ensemble), Big River (swing), Keep On the Sunny Side (Maybelle Carter), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Angel). Regional Favorites: Always...Patsy Cline (Patsy), Hank Williams Lost Highway (Mama Lilly and The Waitress), Cowgirls (Lee), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), Nunsense (Sister Amnesia) and Woody Guthrie's American Song (Young Woman). Mimi sang with Bruce Springsteen as part of a Woody Guthrie Celebration with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is featured on four cast albums: Woody Guthrie's American Song, Keep On the Sunny Side, Bonnie & Clyde and Bonnie & Clyde and a Whole Lotta Jazz. She is producer and singer on her album Lullabies Of Broadway ‐ Nominated for Best Children's Album ‐ New York Music Awards (available at CDBaby.com). Lullabies of Broadway: Act II is presently in the works. FILM/TV: Difficult People, guest spot starring opposite Andrea Martin; Annie, film starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. AEA, SAG‐AFTRA. mimibessette.com

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Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason ("Mature") has received four Academy Award nominations for her roles in the films The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh, and Chapter Two. She has been the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards for her film roles and received an Emmy Award nomination for her role on Frasier. TV: “The Middle”, “Grace & Frankie”, “The Good Wife”.  Broadway: Impressionism, Steel Magnolias.  Regional: Watch on the Rhine (Arena Stage)  Arms & The Man (Old Globe). Director: Chapter Two, Act of God, Steel Magnolias. She recently starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Fire And Air at CSC in NYC.