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Chris Anthony (Rik, Danny) Chris Anthony is an ambitious actor with a passion for theatre. Originally from Connecticut, Chris moved to New York City to learn more about the craft of acting and gain further experience. He has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and The School for Film and Television. Chris is very happy to be playing diverse roles in Turbulence 2.  A new member of Millennium Talent Group, he has also worked on a commercial for the non-profit organization America Prepares. Chris is completely devoted to the arts and is looking forward to a long and successful career.

Melodye Brant (Survivor #3) is making her New York City debut with Turbulence 2.  After graduating AMDA in January she toured with Story Salad Productions' Bravo, Amelia Bedelia. Regional credits include Jan in Grease, Pandora in Impossible Marriage, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, and Kate and Bianca in two productions of Kiss Me, Kate. Her next project is a musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, performing in Pennsylvania in early December. The essence of this role is dedicated to The Magnificent Seven - thanks for your love and support.

Mickey Corporon (James, Steve) is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His New York theatre credits include: Box Men, Dido-Queen of Carthage, and the Curculio to name a few. He has also appeared on the History Channel, in the indie film, Exit Reality and was the title character in the children’s video "Kid Fitness". Mickey wants to thank his friends and family for all their support and would, especially, like to thank his mother who has never let him down!

Wind Klaison (Evolved Mutant/Zoe) This is Wind's third Cockpit production (About Christine & Turbulence).  Wind is an advocate for pet adoption and asks that you visit petfinder.com or your local animal shelter when considering adding a furry child to your family.

Marie Lazzaro (Resa, Alice) This is Marie’s second production with the New Cockpit Ensemble. She recently  completed the two year program at Circle in the Square Theatre School. Prior to that, she studied at Emerson College in Boston, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the University of Houston, where she finally graduated. Some of her earlier roles include Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ann in All My Sons, Chris Gorman in Rumors as well as Lady Macbeth.  --Ti amo, la mia famiglia. 

Nicholas Lazzaro (Mutant, Peter) is proud to be working with the New Cockpit Ensemble, his debut performance with the company. Nick has acted in many productions in Houston, Texas, including portraying Demetrius for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; Byron in Child Byron, Austin in True West; Rosencranz in Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead; Joe in Balm in Gilead; Gerry/Harry in Cloud Nine as well as many other productions in and around Houston. Nick also enjoys designing lights and has done so for productions in New York City. He would like to thank his friends and family for all the love and support which has helped him become who he is today.

Guenia Lemos (Survivor #4): USA credits include: contract role on the CBS soap “As the World Turns;” recurring role on NBC’s “One Life to Live;” guest role on NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent;” Off-off-Broadway shows such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania), Lexy (Miriam), and The Male Creature (Maria); and lead roles in films such as The Killers, Cupid, Father Son Holy Ghost, and Pretty. She has done numerous plays in Brazil as well, including a one-woman show called Waltz #6.

Allen Magnus (Sydney) was just featured as Judge Taylor in To Kill a Mockingbird for the Jenny Wiley Theatre. He has been involved in community theater on Long Island for over thirty years, most recently appearing as Inspector Paul in No Sex Please, We’re British for Lantern Theatre. Other Lantern credits: Clayton Evans in George Washington Slept Here, Walter Abramson in An American Daughter, Marty in After Play and Ken in Rumors.  He appeared, last season, as Johnny Paolucci, in Rainbow Theatre of NJ’s Bermuda Avenue Triangle and, previously, for Long Island regional theater in Fiddler on the Roof and 1776. Allen also had a feature role in Epiphany Theater Company’s production, Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson and the lead role in Jennie Berman’s Family. He has done feature work in numerous films and TV shows including: Mona Lisa Smile, Two Weeks Notice, Sex and the City, and The West Wing to name a few. Allen has played lead roles in many independent films, shot, or currently shooting in NYC & Westchester, and has worked with Columbia University and Hunter College directing and screenwriting students. 

Justin D. Quackenbush (Wanderer) goes down with the Cockpit a second time, having performed in the original Turbulence and workshops of FJA’s M4M4NOW (Tory), Unhinging (Andy) and Screw the Cow. New York: Carson Jones’ Rebecca’s Caffeinated Romance in the Key of Molly Ringwald (Randy). Regional: Chicago (Harry), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Singin’ in the Rain and Jekyll & Hyde.

Joe Pistone (Tory, Matt, The Writer) will soon be seen in the upcoming Giovanni Ribisi/James Marsden film, 10th and Wolf. He received his degree in theatre from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Joe recently performed on stage at the Sanford Meisner Theater in An Evening of Alan Ball One-Acts and this past summer at the Pantheon Theater as Macduff in Mistress Macbeth. Regional credits include: Star Cat in Psycho Beach Party; Vinny Bavasi in Proposals and a very young Harry Brock in Born Yesterday. To see Joe’s complete resume and reel, check out www.JoePistone.com.

Brian Townes (Santino, Tom, Quentin) is thrilled to once again be working with the New Cockpit Ensemble. He appeared as Survivor #2 & Tom in the original Turbulence, Tony in About Christine, Adam in Lexy as well as Robert in Michael’s #1 Fan. Other NYC credits include: work at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Abington Theatre, Co., Playwright’s Horizons and on ABC’s “All My Children. “

Frank J. Avella (Author/Director) New York stage: wrote & directed: About Christine, Lexy, Michael’s #1 Fan, 3 Cains, Unhinging and segments of the anthology productions: Screams from the Cockpit and the original Turbulence. His farce, Iris, is being produced by the Know Theatre Tribe in Cincinnati this Spring. Other plays include: the supernatural Greener; M4M4NOW and Screw the Cow. Screenplays: 3 of 10, Landslide & Unhinging. B.A. in English, Minor: Theater & Journalism: SHU. M.A. in Cinema Studies: NYU. Frank reviews films on the radio each week.  www.talkinpets.com.

Jody C. Ratti (Lighting Designer) is a graduate of Lock Haven University with degrees in Technical Theatre and Literature. A NJ native, this is his third New Cockpit production (About Christine & Turbulence). Design work includes: Crazy for You, The Music Man, Romeo and Juliet, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Annie, Same Time, Next Year, and Catch Me if You Can.  Many thanks to his family, friends and such.

David Kovach (Stage Manager) has been stage manager for the last five New Cockpit shows: Michael’s #1 Fan, Lexy, About Christine, Turbulence and now T2.