Artistic Director

Adrienne Doucette

Adrienne Doucette has been priviledged to work in the Theatre these past 35 years. She has appeared in National Tours of Fiddler On The Roof as Yente,  Annie as Miss Hannigan, My Fair Lady as Mrs Pierce and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood as Helena along with understudying Jean Stapleton as Princess Puffer. Ms Doucette has had the honor of working with Theodore Bikel, Angela Lansbury, Arte Johnson, Michael Moriarity, Sheena Easton, John Schuck and the late Marsha Lewis. She has also worked with a variety of Directors and Choreographers including, Rob Marshall , Kathleen Marshall, Larry Carpenter and Norb Joerder. She has worked regionally with The Fulton Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, The Phoenix Theatre Company as well as The Barter Theatre. Roles include Emma Goldman Ragtime, Reno Sweeny Anything Goes, Mother Abbess The Sound Of Music, Mama Rose Gypsy, Maggie 42ND ST, Mae West Ziegfeld, Clelia The Nerd, Trudy Steel Magnolias, Madam Pavlenko in A Day In Hollywood A Night In The Ukraine and Charlotte in Flora The Red Menace.  Her Directing credits include Annie, Fiddler On The Roof, From Broadway To Hollywood, The Gin Game, Lil Abner and I Ought To be In Pictures. In 1989 she won South Florida’s Carbonnell Award for the role of Maggie in 42nd ST. Ms Doucette is a proud member of  Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, Aftra, and local 764 Wardrobe Union.

The Company

Bob Ader

Bob Ader is very proud to be a member of Project Rushmore Theatre Company. He began his professional career over 40 years ago as a child actor. Broadway Credits include, All The Way Home with Colleen Dewhurst and The King and I. Pre- Broadway Credits include Rainbow with James Rado, and A Matter of Position, with Mike Nichols. He was featured in Olympus on My Mind at the Florida Studio Theatre, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, at the Cleveland Play House, Groucho, A Life in Review, with Gabe Kaplan, Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Most recently he appeared at The Kassr theatre in several roles in Shlemiel The First. Television Credits include Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Unsolved Mysteries, and Saturday Night Live. As a child he also performed with Judy Garland in a concert at Madison Square Garden. Bob is also a playwright and has had two of his plays produced Off Broadway: Stop Time in which he also co-starred with his wife, MarilynSpanier, and Shivah (now entitled, The Perfect Egg Cream) in which Ms. Spanier was also featured. Bob just finished a successful run of The Golden Land Off Broadway for the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre.

Jill Ahrold Bailey

Jill Ahrold Theater credits include: Present Laughter, Holiday, Fallen Angels (Gotham Radio Theatre); Feign’d Courtesans, Anthony & Cleopatra, Much Ado about Nothing, School for Scandal (Queen’s Company); Twelfth Night (Jean Cocteau); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Schools); As You Like It (Spontaneous Shakespeare Sundays); as well as many staged readings with Instant Shakespeare. TV/Commercials: BP International LTDNickelodeon; Contracted script doctor for Green Light Productions. Jill is the Director and Founder of Imagine Me Kids, a theatre, media and film education organization for youth.

Emilio Aquino

Emilio Aquino earned his bachelors in acting at Drama Centre London and studied with Veniamin Mikhailovich at the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in Russia. Notable Credits Doctor Who (BBC 3), Well (West-end Apollo Theatre), Lower East side (Qi Films) and 4-1-9 (A.E Films).




William C. Bailey

William C. Bailey appeared in NYC in Folding Chair’s Titus Andronicus and Gotham Radio Theatre’s Present Laughter and No Time for Sergeants. NYC readings: Ella Minnow Pea directed by Joe Calarco; Dark of the Moon, King Lear, All My Sons for Project Rushmore; Julius Caesar (Casca) for Hudson Warehouse; Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) for Spontaneous Shakespeare; Tempest (Stephano), Winter’s Tale (Autolycus) for Instant Shakespeare. Regional: Damn Yankees, Dial “M” for Murder, Sound of Music at John W. Engeman Theater; Music Man (Harold Hill), 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), Crucible (Hale), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Bus Stop, Peter Pan, Floyd Collins. Directed: Lovehandles, NYC; Project Rushmore readings of Arcadia, Six Degrees of Separation, Tempest, New York Idea, Pavilion, and Eleemosynary. Assistant directed Vermont Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. DeSoto Family Theatre artistic director, 2003–2005.

Brian Cheng

BRIAN CHENG – New York Theatre: The Awesome 80’s Prom (Off Broadway), Island; or To Be or Not to Be (New York Shakespeare Exchange), You for Me for You (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), Around The World in 80 Days (Gotham Radio Theatre), B*tch (The Theatre Project and Theatre for the New City), The School For Husbands (New York Classical Theatre), The Goonies: The Musical (RASH! Theatre Co.).  Tours: Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Max and Ruby (TheatreworksUSA). Film/TV: Backwards, Director’s Cut, The All For Nots (HDNet). Training: Stella Adler, BFA Acting, New York University.

Sarah Elmaleh

Sarah Elmaleh 
is an actor and voiceover artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her NYC theater
experience include productions with the Flea and the Brick theaters, as well as with collectives Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Truffle Theatre Company, and Gotham Radio Theatre. She has voiced commercials for such companies as Sodastream, Puma, and Tanger Outlets, and she is a proud member of the Game Audio Network Guild Voice Actor’s Coalition (credits include critically acclaimed indie game Skulls of the Shogun.) She trained for a summer at the British American Drama Academy, and she has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University.

Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans is an actress, playwright and teaching artist. Her one woman show, which she wrote and performed in, Jew Wish,was part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival, and received rave reviews. Past Off-Broadway credits include:The Blue Bird (Urban Stages), and Macrune’s Guevara and Richard and Anne (Mirror Repertory Company). Other New York and regional credits include: The Silkie (Urban Stages Library Tour), 365 Days/365 Plays (Clubbed Thumb), Someone Borrowed, Someone Blue (NJ Repertory Company), Bridal Suite (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Vagina Monologues(Millbrook Playhouse), and The Trojan Women (Oval Theatre, London) among many others. Her play, Waiting, premiered in 2006 at Elevator Up Theatre Company’s Summer Shorts Festival. Rachel was a writer/performer of the episodic sketch comedy, The Eddie Fitzsimmons Show, and a member of the Improvisational comedy Group, Top Heavy, which performed regularly around New York City. She has studied improv at the People’s Improv Theater and is a teaching artist with Making Books Sing and The Women’s Project, among others. She holds a BA in Theater and English from Tufts University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theater at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a proud member of Project Rushmore. FInd more info on her and her show here:

Samantha Gass  was the Scenic Designer, Charge Artist, and Prop Master for Rushmore’s 2014 summer showcase. Last summer, she served as the stage manager for The Quality of Life at Project Rushmore. NYC credits include Pinkalicious for Vital Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Gotham Radio Theatre, and the critically acclaimed production of Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects. Sam is an honored alumna of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Love and eternal gratitude to her family, friends, the man in plaid, and Joe.

Cynthia Granville

Cynthia Granville

Cynthia Granville is known for her work as an actress with the Onion News Network, as the daycare-outsourcing mom (CBS News Sunday Morning) and the Damaged Women’s Spokeswoman (IFC).  Onstage roles include Sally, Talley’s Folly; Lane, The Clean House; Melissa, Love Letters; Carol Cutrere, Orpheus Descending; Shelly, With and Without; Lizzie, The Respectful Prostitute; Violet, Small Craft Warnings/Confessional; the NY premiere of The Quality of Life for Project Rushmore; numerous world premiere plays and musicals Off-Off B’way and regionally. She is the Artistic Director of The Supporting Characters, a writers’ lab-based professional theatre company in Pelham, NY. Cynthia has directed both world premieres and classics, including Moon for the Misbegotten and NY (Wakefield) Cycle; she has taught and directed actors of all ages, in elementary through high schools and at theatres including Hudson Guild and NYU’s Gallatin School. Her production company disOrienting Stage and Film works with artists initiating their own projects, has produced award-winning shorts for the festival circuit, and is in post-production with her own feature film. Member Advisory Board, Project Rushmore. AEA SAG-AFTRA

Sydnie Grosberg Ronga is on the steering committee for the Project Rushmore Theatre Company. She has adapted and directed most of Gotham Radio Theatre’s productions. As a director she has worked in New York, St. Louis, and regionally directing a wide variety of revivals and original plays. Sydnie is co-founder of Max & Louie Productions, and directed their critically acclaimed productions of It Had to Be You and The Lady With All the Answers and just returned from directing Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour,which has been nominated for three Louie Awards. As Associate Artistic Director of The Phoenix Theatre Company, she directed Boy Meets Girl, Alone At The Beach, and The Nerd. Ms. Grosberg Ronga directed Branislav Tomich’s one-man plays; Blue Lanterns which had a highly successful run in New York  fall  ’09, and Café God which played in NYC, St. Louis and won a Drama Logue Award in Los Angeles. She has worked with Manhattan Class Company and The Women’s Project. As an Arts Educator Sydnie works with students of all ages, directing shows from elementary school to college and designing theatre curriculum for in-school and after-school programs. An acting teacher and coach, Sydnie was born in St. Louis.  She is a graduate of Webster University.

Al Krause

Al Krause SAG, AFTRA, AEA.  Theater credits include Oh Dad, Poor Dad (with Sylvia Miles),  A Loss of Roses at  The Actors’ Studio,  Zoo Story, Crossing Delancy and many works at The Public Theater as part of the writers workshop. Other theater credits include Remember me ( Habima Theater of Israel.) Television appearances in NY and LA include All My Children, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Sommerset , various TV pilots, Commercials, Voice Over, and most recently in the TV series Kings. Al is very proud and extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful company. For more information, go to


Anita Lento

Anita Lento has performed Off- Broadway, regionally, in cabaret and industrials.   She has played a variety of roles in such plays as, Light up he Sky, Three SistersNight Must Fall, BrelGrease, A Lady Called Jo.  Off- Broadway she created the role of “Liz” in Roleplay and in the New York premier of Narnia, shared the stage with members of the London production.  Television credits include, Law and OrderSex and the City, One Life to Live and commercials.  She appeared in the feature films, The Devil’s Own, The Interpreter, and The Stepford Wives.   Anita received a STATE OF NEW YORK citation commending her work in American musical theatre.  She is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA.

Miller Lide

Miller Lide Made his broadway debut at the Shubert Theatre in Chekhov’s Ivanov with Sir John Gielgud and Vivien Leigh; followed up by Halfway up a Tree, Who’s Who in Hell, We Interrupt This Program, The Royal Family, 84 Charing Cross Road. Off Broadway in The Heiress, The Doctor’s Dilemma, etc. National Tours: A Matter of Gravity with Katharine Hepburn, Lilliom and She Stoops to Conquer with Eve Le Gallienne’s National Repertory Theatre. Two Years at American Shakespeare Festival (Stratford Conn.) New Jersey Shakespeare Festival: A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch), Noises Off (Freddie), Tera Nova (Wilson), Translations (Captain Lancey). Two Years with Phoenix Theatre Company: The Rover, The Night of the Iguana, etc. Regional Theatre work throughout US from Northern-most Alaska to South Florida, and Maine to Southern California. Television: Mr Delehanty in ABC’s All My Children, NBC’s Tattingers, etc. Favorite roles played (to date): Dysart in Equus, and two by Simon Gray: Ben Butley in Butley and Simon Hench in Otherwise Engaged.

Nancy Lindeberg

Nancy Lindeberg has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Frantic Redhead Productions’ Macbeth, performing on the streets and in the closes of Old Edinburgh, taking the audience along on a journey through the Scottish Play. She also originated the role of President Hillary Clinton in the play, Hillary Agonistes , which premiered in Edinburgh. Nancy has many summer stock and dinner theatre productions to her credit, and has performed in numerous Off-Off Broadway productions – new plays, old plays, readings. She is very proud to be a member of Project Rushmore Theatre Company.


Kim Morehouse

Kimberly Morehouse is honored and privileged to be a part of Project Rushmore.  Kim began her career in New York in the theatre performing in various showcases.  She also became involved in film and television projects, and most recently has worked on Arthur, Sex and The City 2, The Other Guys, What Would You Do, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Saturday Night Live, and One Life To Live as well as industrials, voice-overs and print work.  She is a member of Actor’s Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.  For more information, go to



Jon L Peacock

Jon L Peacock

Jon L Peacock originally hails from the Arizona desert, but has been calling Brooklyn his home for many years. He is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, having appeared in regional Shakespeare from California to New Hampshire, and is also a published author. Jon also performs in contemporary and new stage productions, and in addition to stage he is making a (small) name for himself in the tv/film world. Jon is the artistic director of Reading Plays with Friends, and he is happy to have a home at Project Rushmore.

Verna Pierce


Verna Pierce Broadway: Dolly Dimples & Loretta Carson in Side Show, directed by Robert Longbottom, Mrs. Andersen in A Little Night Music directed by Hal Prince and Catherine in Pippin directed by Bob Fosse.  Broadway tours: Petra in A Little Night Music directed by Hal Prince and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof directed by Jerome Robbins.  Off-Broadway: Some of Verna varied roles range from Miss Brady in Juno at the Vineyard Theatre directed by Lonnie Price, the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet directed by Michael Maloney of the Royal Shakespeare Co., Mrs Kendal in Elephant Man at E.L.T. Theatre directed by Bob Nigro., and Solange in The Maids at the ANA Theatre directed by Ken Eulo.  Regional & Stock: her roles range from Golde in Fiddler on the Roof at the Cleveland Opera, Mrs. Leaf in Dorian at Goodspeed Opera directed by Gabriel Barre, Lulubelle in the Pulizer Prize winning play State of the Union at Indiana Rep directed by Peter Amster, Carlotta in Phantom at Gateway Playhouse and Downtown Cabaret Theatre directed Richard Sabellico, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera directed by Charles Repole and Veta Louise Simmons in Harvey at the New Harmony Theatre in Indiana.  TV: Verna was also a long time regular on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow playing Sharon Peterson.

Josephine Rose Ronga Has stage managed both seasons fro Project Rushmore. She received her BFA in Stage Management from Webster University. She went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and attended PS 87. She has also worked with Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative, Gotham Radio Theatre, and the Mint Theatre Company in New York, as well as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She has worked with many amazing people and on truly rewarding projects. AEA

Michael Shelle

Michael Shelle appeared in the international tour of Camelot, as Merlin, and other supporting roles, (starring Richard Harris); in the first national tour of Titanic; and in principal and supporting roles in regional and stock shows such as: Park Your Car in Harvard Yard; Beyond the Horizon; A Man for All Seasons; Our Town; Shenandoah (Charlie Anderson); The Most Happy Fella (Tony); South Pacific (Emile); Brigadoon; 1776; The Radio City Christmas Show (Myrtle Beach – Santa); Captains Courageous; Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye); and many others. In guest appearances on TV: 7th Heaven, Law and Order, The Guiding Light, All My Children, and on film in Kate and Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.

Maureen Silliman

Maureen Silliman

Maureen Silliman Broadway: Shenandoah, I Remember Mama (opposite Liv Ullman), Is There Life After High School? Off-Broadway: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (NY Shakespeare Festival), Reckless, Blue Window (also West Coast — LA Drama Critics Award, Dramalogue Award). Marathon Dancing (Anne Bogart, director). Tours: Fiddler on the Roof (Golde opposite Theodore Bikel) The Gingerbread Lady, Marigolds (with Shelley Winters — NJ Drama Critics Award). Regional: Papermill Playhouse (Rags) Cincinnati Playhouse (Pure Confidence — Acclaim Award), Huntington Theater (Company, A Christmas Carol), La Jolla Playhouse (Zhivago — Des McAnuff, director), Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (To Kill a Mockingbird, I Capture the Castle), Two River Theater (The Glass Menagerie, Uncle Vanya, The Beauty Queen of Lenane, The Real Thing), Coconut Grove Playhouse (The Rothschilds, No Way To Treat a Lady), Ensemble Theater Company (Ghosts), Theaterworks, Palo Alto (Pride’s Crossing). Film & Television: Blue Window (PBS), Law and Order, Feds (NBC), Dixie:Chaging Habits (CBS), Childhood’s End, Reckless, and two years as Pam Chandler on Guiding Light. Maureen won an MAC Award for the CD “Pictures in the Hall”.

Marian Smith has written numerous works for the stage and screen.  She earned her BFA at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and currently teaches theatre and creative writing to high school students in East Harlem.

Marilyn Spanier

Marilyn Spanier is thrilled to be a member of Project Rushmore Theatre Company. Some of Marilyn’s Off Broadway and Regional stage credits include: Over The River And Through The Woods, Stop Time, Shivah, Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, and One Mad Night. Some television credits include: One Life To Live, The Guiding Light, A Current Affair, All My Children, Saturday Night Live and PBS’s, The American Experience (where she played the title role of Annie Oakley). Marilyn’s favorite film role to date was Miss Plimack in Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Vanessa Redgrave. Other film credits include Riding in Cars with Boys, When Harry Met Sally, and an Independent film, Thanksgiving Day. In addition Marilyn has performed in Business Industrials, several audio recordings for children (with Joe Raposo of Sesame Street) and several commercials. Marilyn attended the famed High School of Performing Arts and is the proud owner of two US Patents for a child’s product she created. She also authored three published romance novels. Marilyn is also a Certified Hypnotist & Life Coach practicing in the NYC area. Check out her websites: (For Hypnosis) and (Her theatrical website is:)

Vince Trani

Vince Trani  appeared in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera’s revival of Kismet and sang Faust in the First National Tour of Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera.  He has worked at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse, the New York Shakespeare Theatre and Disney Entertainment Productions, for whom he created the role of Doc in Snow White – An Enchanting Musical.  Favorite roles include Creon in Medea, the Fool in King Lear, Hogan in A Moon For the Misbegotten, Bohr in Copenhagen, Chater in Arcadia, Thersites in Troilis and Cressida, Trinculo in The Tempest, Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys, Lips in Romeo and Bernadette,  Gangster#1 in Kiss Me, Kate and Sancho Panza in twelve productions of Man of La Mancha.
A published lyricist, Vince’s Christmas songs written with composer Robert Wendel are performed on the symphony circuit.  To hear a sampling, go to
Also a composer, Vince writes incidental music for the Gotham Radio Theatre and is currently working on a new musical.

Virginia Wilcox

Virginia Wilcox

Virginia Wilcox is originally from Northern California, where she grew up with a love of tap dancing and musical theatre. She studied acting at Solano College’s Actor Training Conservatory in Suisun City, CA, then earned her BA in History from California State University Fullerton, graduating magna cum laude. Virginia proudly joined Actors Equity in 2007, fulfilling her ultimate goal of being a card-carrying-professional-theatre-actor and moved to New York to live the dream. International Theatre: Shout: The Mod Musical (Blue Girl)Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DeeLee)Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding (Sister Albert Maria)And The World Goes Round (Woman 2) on the Norwegian Jade and Hollywood to Broadway (Judy Garland) in Shanghai. New York Theatre: Incredible Things, Awful Things (Callie) with The Representatives. Regional Theatre: Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), Wonderful Town (Eileen), Into The Woods (Cinderella)Moon Over Buffalo (Rosalind)The Music Man (Marian), The Foreigner (Catherine), and Babes In Arms (Billie). She also enjoys producing theatre, voice over, improv, singing jazz standards, yoga, meditation and journaling. Virginia documented her entire process of applying to graduate school for acting on her blog, she is a frequent guest on the Dirty30Something podcast (available on iTunes) and “by-day” currently works as an executive assistant on Madison Avenue.