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Join us for the Premiere of (DE)CODED on October 12

Grimmy and Elyse fall in love in the Houston Fringe version of (DE)CODED

Meet the Cast of NYC Fringe (DE)CODED

*denotes AEA Member

Lily Donahue

Lily Donahue (Lily Chalk) is thrilled to be involved in such an innovative and playful new piece. A recent graduate of Skidmore College, Lily's favorite credits include “Lungs,” “The Penelopiad,” and a devised “Three Sisters” at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Much love to friends and family.

Melissa Mowry

Melissa Mowry (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director, actor, and teaching artist. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa has a BA in Music Industry and Drama from Randolph-Macon College and MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School.

In 2016, Melissa co-founded Secret6Train Productions, where she directed the 5iveSenses Short Film Series. She has also worked with The Lower Eastside Shakespeare Company, The WP Theatre, The Tank, Women of Color Productions, and The Ume Group in New York, and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and Gurukulam in Tamil Nadu, India.

Recent projects have included: “The Slave” (ASDS Repertory Season), “The Audition” (ASDS Repertory Season), “Proof” (ASDS Repertory Season), “North of Providence” (ASDS Repertory Season), “Bee” (Lower Eastside Shakespeare Co.), “The Journey” (Actors Studio Drama School), “Welcome to The Moon” (Actors Studio Drama School), “Screaming Fire” (Actors Studio Drama School), “Rest in Pieces” (Secret Theatre), and “Lack of Milk” (Hudson Guild).

Xandra Schultz

Xandra Schultz (Casey) is thrilled to join this amazing cast! She got her degree in Musical Theater from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and lived in NYC for two years. 

Recent credits include Kitty in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Vivienne in “Legally Blonde,” Puck in “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” and multiple cabarets and readings here in the city. Her original play, “Clinical,” premiered at Theaterlab NYC in 2016 and is available for viewing on YouTube.

Just like her character Casey, her dream in high school was to be Glee's Rachel Berry. Thanks to friends and family for the constant love and support! 

Jake Phillips

Jake Phillips (Denny) is thrilled to be a part of (DE)CODED at The New York International Fringe Festival.

Credits: “Case Study” (Theatre for the New City), “Dry Land” (NYU Tisch), “Time and a Half” (PHTS), “The Messenger” (Clubbed Thumb), “This Property is Condemned” (PHTS), “Equus” (Palm Canyon Theatre)

Film: Imitate the Sun, A Beautiful Distraction, Interaction

BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Cynthia Whitman*

Cynthia Whitman (Townie): I tell stories with big laughs and big heart. I’m an actor and legit soprano based here in NYC. Whether in the theatre or on camera, I bring positivity, enthusiasm, and fun to all my work.

I loved the original “The Sims” game, and as a scared, confused kid in San Francisco, sent home from school on 9/11, I was so grateful to escape into that digital world for a while.

Now I’m happy to be returning to the cyber suburbs under much more enjoyable circumstances. Big thanks to Lizzie and Melissa for bringing me on board for my first professional non-musical play!

Last week, I performed in another new show, the world premiere of “Playground” the musical at the New York Theater Festival. And next month, I’m heading to Baltimore for a concert of Arthur Sullivan’s “The Rose of Persia.”


Sofia Riba

Sofia Riba (Elyse): Born in Mexico City and raised in Miami, Sofia got her start in musical theatre and directing her sister and cousins in devised plays in her family's living room.

She graduated from Emerson College in Boston before moving to NYC to complete the Meisner program at Maggie Flanigan Studio. She made her Off-Broadway debut last summer as the goddess Iris in “The Madness of Hercules” at Roy Aria Stages.

Fluent in Spanish and French, Sofia has worked on productions and workshops with New Dramatists, Hispanic Theatre Group, Actor's Playhouse, and Israeli Stage. Sofia is passionate about new play development, quality Mexican food, Shakespeare, improv, and all things Bill Hader. Follow her at @sofia_riba.

Steven Gamble

Steven Gamble (Skip) is originally from Charlotte, NC and graduated from The University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Film Studies and minor in Theater. He moved to Brooklyn, New York shortly after graduation with focus on his acting career.

Steven has been in featured, supporting, and lead roles on stage, film, television, web series/commercials, and independent films. He enjoys singing and playing the guitar, along with many other hobbies.


Steven has previously been accepted into the North Carolina All-State and Mars Hill College choir. Currently, he is the lead of a comedic play titled “O.M.G.,” running out of the Broadway Comedy Club. He is a member of The Complete Theater Company, performing frequently in improv shows, one-act festivals, and showcases. 

Spencer Perlman

Spencer Perlman (Reese) is gleeful about playing the most egotistical and outrageous character in (DE)CODED! A special thanks to Lizzie Guest for writing such a fun play. He is honored to appear at the FringeNYC Festival.

Spencer recently graduated from Pace's BFA Acting for Film/TV Voiceover and Commercials program and had appeared in both short films and plays. He is moving to Los Angeles in January to further pursue his career in film and television. Spencer would like to express his gratitude to his parents for their unflagging, unconditional love and support. 

Sam Swanson*

Sam Swanson (Townie): Hailing from Dallas, TX, Sam studied Drama at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Currently, he studies and performs improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in their Academy program, and performs all over NYC in his indie improv group, KAFKA.

Off-off B’way: “Uncle Rooster” (The Brick Theatre), “Male Gauze”

(The PIT)

Regional: “My Name is Asher Lev” (Circle Theatre), “A Wrinkle in Time” (Dallas Children’s Theatre), “Assassins” (Theatre Three)

Television: “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan” (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim), “Queen of the South” (USA Network)

Represented by Stefanie Talent & Entertainment and Grit Talent Agency 

Jake Roberson

Jake Roberson (Johnny): Jake Roberson is an acting student at The Atlantic Acting School in NYC and previously studied at UCB in Los Angeles. He has been given the opportunity to perform in several shows, local plays, and films.

Some of his favorite performances include Elias in “John” by Annie Baker, Guy in “Rest in Pieces,” and Jack in “Controlling Interests.” Jake also thanks his parents and his sister for the endless support over the years.

Lizzie Guest

Lizzie Guest (Hannah, Playwright): Lizzie is thrilled to be making her FringeNYC! Special thanks to Melissa Mowry, a great director, and the entire cast and crew of (DE)CODED for making this piece of imagination into a living, breathing show.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, some of Lizzie's favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in “Urinetown,” Heather in “American Idiot,” and Bethany in her short play “Rest in Pieces.” Love to Mom, Dad, family, and Robin Cotton Cobb for their unwavering support.

Instagram: @starchildnewworks

Email: [email protected]

Mary Berko

Mary Berko (Hannah 2): Oh my plumbob!!! Mary is so excited to be a part of (DE)CODED. This is her first experience with FringeNYC and performing in the city. She has appeared in shows throughout NJ as a performer and choreographer and loves traveling with Lead U, inspiring kids to become better leaders.

She currently works here in the city at a luxury travel agency, Indagare. Mary graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Journalism and Media Studies, Music, and Dance.

She has definitely appeared on your television screen for about two seconds if you watch the show Younger! Mary would like to thank Lizzie and Melissa for this amazing opportunity, and her friends and family for all their love and support.

Rosharra Francis*

Rosharra Francis (Rochelle)

Broadway and Nat’l Tour: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Off-Broadway: “The Tempest” (Shakespeare in the Park), “The Events” (NYTW)

NY: “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” (A.R.T. Workshop), “Parade” (The Secret Theater, NY)

Regional: “Gateway,” “Ogunquit,” “Disney Cruise Line”

TV/Film: One More Time (Starz)

B.M. SMU; M.M. NYU/Steinhardt

Instagram: @rosharrafrancis

Twitter: @Sharra37

EP Album: I’m the Girl available on iTunes/Spotify

Joshua R. Pyne

Joshua R. Pyne (Perry) has been a proud member of the audience-interactive Live In Theater troupe since 2011. In addition to cutting his teeth in Michigan regional theaters, Josh was baptized early on as a passionate acolyte of DIY & independent (markedly -- though not exclusively -- horror) film, hailing from a suburb of Flint, Michigan.

Two of Josh's favorite past roles are Staff Sgt. Thomas Dixon in Phillip A. Korth's premiere of “The War Wound,” a semi-autobiographical work about his first tour in Iraq with the Marines in 2003; and the foppish Fyddler's bassist Lovis Bevill in James Manzello's 80's rock-opera adaption of George Etherege's “Löve in a Tub.”

Josh enjoys history, comparative religion, geopolitics, language acquisition, world travel, playing and consuming music, watching improv and stand-up comedy, and a Cuban cigar. Josh would like to take this time to reaffirm his allegiance to our Dark Lord, Baphomet, through which all things are possible.

Melissa Eddy Quilty*

Melissa Eddy Quilty (Susan), a Jhelinger Award winning graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, is thrilled to be back in New York Fringe. She just completed a run as Madama Pace in “RAISON D’ETRE: An Evening of Pirandello,” directed by Patrick Mulryan and produced by Jennifer Jewell.

She’s excited to be working with this young playwright, Lizzie Guest. She’s especially psyched because she always wanted to be in a computer game and to spend some time in VR!

Some other favorite roles of hers: Kate, “OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY” and Sarah, “BEAU JEST” - Kansas City debuts; Vi, “FOOTLOOSE,” Bucks County Playhouse; Ismene, “PHEDRE,” The Public Theater; Viola, “TWELFTH NIGHT,” NC Shakespeare Festival; Natasha, “ROUGH CROSSING,” Delia, “BEDROOM FARCE,” Ivy, “CRITIC’S CHOICE,” Mountain Playhouse, “PA,” Rosalind, “AS YOU LIKE IT,” New Stage, Jackson, “MS,” Queen Elizabeth, “THE BEARD OF AVON,” Princeton Rep. and Molly, “AUGUSTA,” Montgomery Theater.

Thanks to Lizzie and Melissa Mowry for making this project happen and including her. Gratitude always for her amazing husband’s love and support and for her kids who, even in these dark times, fill her with hope for the future. Please register and vote - it matters!

Carlos D. Garcia

Carlos D. Garcia (Skylar) is a theater nerd who perpetually plays video games, so he is ecstatic to be playing a nerd in a show about a video game! Some favorite acting credits include: “Occupation” (Jobsite Theater), “Nothing Happens” (Antbear Productions), and “Rhinoceros”

(University of South Florida.)

This is his first NYC play, and he couldn’t be happier/more grateful for the opportunity! He’d like to thank his family and friends for their support and unrelenting patience; he knows it’s not easy knowing someone that is essentially a cartoon character. If you think he’s funny, follow him on Instagram: @cdgacting. If you don't think he's funny, that's very unfortunate.

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