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Our Team


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Our Team


FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PLAYWRIGHT

Ana Bess Moyer Bell graduated from New York University, Summa Cum Laude, with a masters degree in Drama Therapy. She won best oral presentation for her masters thesis. She sat on the board of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s student committee and was the Editor and Chief of the student newsletter. She works as a Drama Therapy consultant for The BETES Organization creating programs and generating research for families of children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She previously worked as a drama therapist at Access Community Health Center in Manhattan, an outpatient substance abuse clinic. She also held a position as a drama therapist at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT working with patients in hospice, cancer treatment, and PTSD diagnoses. From 2013-2014 she volunteered in San Quentin Prison where she co-facilitated group talk therapy with inmates. She is trained in Playback Theater, Theater of the Oppressed, Method Acting, and Restorative Justice facilitation.

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

ELIZABETH MOLONEY comes to COAAST after working EXTENSIVELY as a stage manager on BROADWAY, off-Broadway, and regionally for more than 20 years.  She is a graduate of Antioch College and has a Certificate in Photography from RISD.

OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Rachel Bartels is a child of South Kingstown, born and raised, and recently called back after ten years in Philadelphia. She holds a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University. In Philadelphia, Rachel was a Founding Member of the Barnes Foundation and an active member of Habitat for Humanity. She was the vice president of a volunteer group and has worked in soup kitchens, addiction centers, food relief organizations, and schools. She has been playing music since the age of six and recently played piano on a weekly basis for residents in a retirement home. Rachel believes in balance, healing through music and the arts, and helping people help themselves. She is now thrilled to be involved in the community from which she came.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Lara Hakeem has been in the theater circuit for three decades acting and directing. From summer stock, national tours to now the local New England circuit. Lara’s recent roles include include Bette in the Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sylvia and Sylvia and Vanda in Venus in Fur. Recently she directed Buyer and Cellar, This and The Other Place. Thru her partnership with Inspirited Living, Lara is thrilled to connect and partner with COAAST on such a critical subject matter that will open doors for understanding, compassion and connection.

 

THERAPEUTIC PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Lindsey Snyder is the Production Stage Manager for Four Legs to Stand On as well as a Drama Therapist with C.O.A.A.S.T.  She is a recent Graduate of New York University with her Masters in Drama Therapy. At New York University she was the Production Stage Manager for As Performance a therapeutic theatre company for which she received the Presidents Service Award for her artistic and therapeutic contributions to the community. She has also interned at the speech pathology department at Langone hospital working with children working on speech, communication, and social skills.

 

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Liz Kovarsky is the owner and creator of a clothing line, which recycles vintage clothing combined with her original screen printing designs. As a small business owner Liz understands the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. She was raised in South Kingstown and is deeply connected to the other small business owners in the area. She was instrumental in COAAST’s first fundraising event called “Yoga Fundraiser” in which she led a yoga class and a silent auction with delectable items from local businesses. She holds a BA from Massachusetts College of Art in Art Teacher Education. She is currently working in an after school program teaching art to a diverse population of students.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Alex Blake is a social media junkie. You can find her glued to her phone looking up the news and pop culture and tweeting about it. She earned a B.A. in English from Providence College in 2013. She has worked for a digital marketing agency learning everything about marketing online and is now a freelance social media manager. In the future she plans to be a crazy puppy lady.

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Artistic Team


Artistic Team


SAM

Cam Torres is a recent graduate from Emerson College. He was most recently seen this summer in rep with the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company in A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Winter’s Tale. He has also performed with Cape Repertory in Jerusalem. College credits include: The Grapes of Wrath, and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. He would like to to thank his family and Ashley for constant love, and never ending support.

 

SYLVIA

Rachel Tondreault is a former student of Bridgewater State University; her credits there include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. She was awarded the Irene Ryan Acting Award and competed and placed in the finals in the American College Theatre Festival for her portrayal of Laura. Rachel’s other credits include Jerusalem at Cape Rep Theatre, The Mystery of Irma Vep at MMAS Blackbox Theatre, and Oleanna at the Fall River Little Theatre Fire Barn. She is currently a counselor of Child and Family Service of Newport County.

DAD

Paul Kandarian is a writer and actor from southeastern Massachusetts who has appeared in many plays in regional theaters, as well as independent movies, web series, film shorts and commercials. He also brings his own story to this one: As the father of a recovering addict, he knows the challenge and uncertainty of being a parent in a situation that often seems hopeless, and is proud to help spread the message of this play that needs to be told.

 

MOM

Becky Minard is an actor and social worker currently living in Westport Point, Massachusetts.  She has appeared in community and professional productions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  As a social worker and a mediator in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, she has worked in schools, with families involved in the child welfare system, and has practiced and trained in the field of restorative justice in schools, the courts and in the community.  Becky is pleased to be combining her passion for social/mental health issues with her love of acting through Four Legs to Stand On.

 

SAM

Jane Bird is honored to be a part of COAAST, she is returning to drama after several years as an improv comedian. Trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she is pleased to be returning to something she so enjoys. Since leaving New York, Jane has worked as a public speaking coach in Massachusetts, incorporating theater techniques into her clients’ preparation for formal presentations. With Four Legs, she feels lucky to be a part of the conversation about addiction support, and privileged to be working with such talented and caring artists.

 

SYLVIA

Sarah Reed was born at an early age. She is going into her senior year at Rhode Island College, majoring in Musical Theatre. She’s thrilled to be involved this beautifully written, moving piece! Her favorite roles include the Player Queen in Hamlet at the Colonial Theatre of Westerly, Elaine in Arsenic & Old Lace, Mariane in Tartuffe, Jessie in ‘night Mother, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at Rhode Island College, Frenchy in Grease with Star Players of Bristol County, Schwartzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Little Theatre of Fall River, and Julia in the Terrifying Tales of the Brothers Grimm at Epic Theatre Co. She will next be seen as Allison in First Date: The Musical at Priscilla Beach Theatre. “Huge huge HUGE thank you’s and lots of love to Lara, Ana Bess, Lindsey, both of the talented casts, Mom, Chris, and my car!”

 

MOM

Emily Lewis is a Providence-based actor who has performed in dramatic and improvisational productions throughout the Northeast. Her favorite roles include Juliana in The Other Place, Abbey in The Late Christopher Bean, Molly in Love Song and Ivy in August: Osage County. When she is not performing, she works as Program Manager for the Manton Avenue Project, an after-school play writing program for children in Providence, RI. She is thrilled to be part of the Four Legs team.

 

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Beau BOOTHMAN is a graduate of Trinity International University. During his college years he participated in playlets and took on small parts for school and church. From 1980 until 2000 he traveled as half of a singing duo at churches, camps and coffee houses throughout New England. For more than 17 years he gained much public speaking experience as he worked as pastor for a local church. His first official role came in 2015 as he played Oscar Madison in the “Odd Couple” at the Buzzards Bay Play Productions Theater. This past summer he played Stepheno for the Onset Summer ShakespeAre presentation of, The Tempest. Presently, he resides in Plymouth, Ma.. Beau owns and operates his own sales and service business, Cape Cod Cleaning Systems in Carver, Ma..


 

SCRIPT COLLABORATORS
 

 

COMEDIC CONSULTANT

Jessica Schroeder is a new mother living in Santa Cruz, California with her daughter and partner. She holds a BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her thesis focused on the importance of humor and performance. She has created and written two sketch comedy performances that both played in San Francisco at the Dark Room Theatre. This fall Jess is beginning a Masters at CIIS in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry with a concentration on writing and performance. She studied Method Acting under Shelly Mitchell at the Actors Center in San Francisco and with The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She has performed on stage and also on screen in film and TV.

 

DRAMATURG

Maya Hormadaly graduated from the Drama Therapy program at NYU. She has lived most of her life in Israel, and received her acting and directing training in the beautiful city of Tel Aviv. In addition, Maya is a published playwright and musician. Her play “Concerta for Eight” is a musical about learning disabilities and is currently being preformed in Israel’s national theatre, Habima. She is currently interning at Kings County Hospital and at NYU’s Nardoff Robins center as a drama therapist.