MEET THE PLAYERS

Get to Know Us

PHILLIP T. BEATTIE

Company Member

Phillip is excited and thrilled to be returning for another season with Will Kemps Players. A Schenectady native for all his life he is proud to be bringing such an amazingly funny and powerful story to life all around New York. Previous credits include: Othello (Duke/Montano); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince); The Metal Children (Stacey Kinsella). Making theater and art a part of everyone's lives helps bring color to a grey world.

SANDRA BOYNTON

Artistic Founder | Costume Director

Sandra Boynton spends her time as a theatre maker and educator, staging plays that invite audiences to become intellectually, spiritually, and at times, physically involved in the performances. Will Kempe’s Players is the product of her lifetime interest in the ‘origin’ theaters of classical Greece and Early Modern England and their interface with their cultures. Her rich career includes directing more than 65 fully staged plays, opera, and musicals.

Victoria Benkoski is an actress, singer, and teacher from Hoosick Falls, NY. A Schenectady College School of Music and Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam Alumni, her previous credits include: Medda Larkin, Newsies; Maria, Twelfth Night; u/s Deloris, Sister Act. As a member of Will Kempe’s Players, Victoria serves as second in the merchandise circle, outreach, and publicity. Thanks, Jesus!

Senior Company Member

VICTORIA BENKOSKI

KRISTOPH "RAGS" DIMARIA

Chief Admin. | Founding Musical Director

Kristoph DiMaria is elated to be working with Will Kempe's Players (WKP). Professionally performing in the Northeast as Ragliacci- the local hobo folk clown from Troy, NY- Kristoph incorporates Pochinko method clowning, original music, and being a Virgo into his performances with WKP. Education includes studying theatre at Schenectady Community College and a degree in Ethnomusicology from Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY.

MICHAEL A. LAKE

Logistics Administrator | Production Liaison

Michael A. Lake is originally from Schenectady NY, and has been performing all over the capital district for ten years. He studied theatre at Schenectady County Community College, and Multi-media Design with the Art Institute. Michael serves as the graphics designer for WKP. He has appeared in area productions such as "The Normal Heart" (CCT), "As You Like It" (Saratoga Shakespeare), and several independent film projects such as "Bleeding Hearts" and "Welcome Home" Season 2.

Shae is thrilled to be back with Will Kempe’s Players for another season of revelry. Born and raised in Schenectady, Shae is an alum of the high school's John Sayles School of Fine Arts and the Blue Roses Theatre Company. Shae received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and, while there, completed conservatory training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Shae appeared last season with Kempe's in their productions of "Othello” (Gratiano, others), "Twelfth Night” (Antonio), and "Faustus” (Musician). Beyond performance, Shae serves in Kempe's production and wardrobe, merch, and education circles. Locally, Shae is also a member of NorthEast Theatre Ensemble, working in the acting company and administrative staff. Previous onstage credits with NETE include Miriam in "The Women,” Nina in "The Seagull," and James in “An Ideal Husband.” Shae has also acted regionally with Classic Theatre Guild, the Irish American Heritage Museum, and Noodle Pudding Players. Love to mama and the siblings, and all the bold and brave artists with whom Shae is privileged to spend many, many hours.

Company Member

SHAE FITZGERALD

MARY CATHERINE MAHONEY

Company Member

Mary Catherine aka "Katie" is a native of Hendersonville, NC. Involved in performing arts from a young age, Katie is a member of Will Kempe's Players as a performer, costume designer, and resident red head. When Katie is not on stage, you can find her listening to Drake and cuddling with Meeko, her sweet Boston Terrier Mix.

MICHAEL MCDERMOTT

Senior Company Member

Michael McDermott is delighted to join the Will Kempe's Players. Michael is a local actor, director, producer, and set designer. Favorite credits include: Madame Arcati, in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit; The Games Afoot (director) Homemade Theatre. Additionally, he most recently produced Caroline or Change at SLOC. Please support your local arts organizations with your donations- this opens up discussions of ideas and new approaches through the arts and is essential!

Jocelynn has recently returned to the Capital District after working in Northern California for the last five years. Jocelynn is a founding member of Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, a non-profit arts organization committed to the education of high school actors and community arts investment. Favorite roles include Thomasina Coverly, Arcadia (Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma CA), and Katerina Cavallieri, Amadeus (City Lights Theater Company, San Jose CA). It's good to be home.

Legal Administrator

JOCELYNN JOY MURPHY

Lore is overjoyed to work with WKP as a new company member. They interned with them last season in Happy Birthday Wanda June (sound board operator), Twelfth Night (stage, script, and properties manager), and The Tragedy of Othello (Messenger, Musician, assistant music director). They graduated from Schenectady County Community College with a Music Certificate in 2016, an Associate of Arts: Drama Concentration in 2018, and hopefully an Associate of Science: Performance Concentration in 2020. They were president of the SCCC a capella club, Totally Pitchin’, and have performed with the Albany Symphony twice as part of the SCCC Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble.

LORE POKLUDA

MICHAEL SINKORA

Michael Sinkora is a recent Siena college graduate, honored to be a part of Will Kempe’s Players’ premier performance. Previous credits include: God of Carnage (Alan Raleigh); The Painting (Servant 1); and The Glass Menagerie, (Tom Wingfield). Michael now intends to do local work with both Will Kempe’s Players and other professional companies in the capital district.

Financial Administrator

Company Member

Senior Company Member

NICK MUSCATIELLO

ANDREW VROMAN

Senior Company Member

Andrew Vroman hails from Canajoharie, New York. Andrew is a 2015 Siena College alumni, with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. He has appeared in productions at Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, Schenectady Civic Players, Confetti Stage and others. Andrew brings with him years of tech and stage management experience.

MOLLY WATERS

Fight Director

Molly Waters is a native of the Capital Region and has obtained an Associates in Drama from SCCC and a BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia. Through many hours of training she received the highest level of certification from the Society of American Fight Directors in unarmed combat, broadsword, quarterstaff, smallsword, knife, and single sword.

Nick Muscatiello is proud to be a founding member of Will Kempe’s Players. Previous theatre credits include Berger (HAIR, SLOC), Harry Percy (The Explorer’s Club, SCT) Riff Raff (The Rocky Horror Show, SLOC), Father Mark and Dominic Febrizzi (Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, Tour), and Moritz Stiefel (Spring Awakening, The Egg, TANYS award for Excellence in Performance).

ANGELINA N. CASTRO

Archival Administrator | Marketing Director | Dance Choreographer

Angelina Castro is over the moon to be one of the founding members of Will Kempe’s Players. A New York City native, Angelina moved up to the Capital Region to attend Siena College (receiving a B.A., Creative Arts, Minors in Broadcast / Communications and Marketing). This season, Angelina will play Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Guildenstern (Hamlet) & Sister James (Doubt). As a member of Will Kempe’s Players, Angelina helps with marketing, publicity, dance choreography, & social media outreach.