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STEPHEN CROCE (“Bridget”)

Stephen is happy to be reprising the role of Bridget in his home country. A veteran of stage and screen, he lived in Paris for 15 years where he caught the eye of Hazis Vardar during the auditions for the original English translation of Le Clan des Divorcées which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. While living in France, Stephen toured extensively with the Oz Theatre Company, performing various roles in original musical comedies including Dracula Rock, Melody for Murder and Trouble in Cactus County. He also lists European tours of Hair as Woof and The Rocky Horror Show as Eddie/Dr. Scott. Stephen also enjoyed a run of many years as Jake Blues with The French Connection Band playing all over France, Italy and Switzerland to great acclaim. His film credits include Transporter 3, La Mome and Arthur in The War between the Worlds. He has written and recorded music for TV and Film, and worked as a voiceover actor for documentaries and cartoons.


AILEEN GOLDBERG (“Bethany”)

A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Aileen is thrilled to be a part of the U.S. premiere of The Divorcees Club. Theatre credits include: Smitty in How to Succeed... (Olney Theatre Center), Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (Storybook Musical Theatre), Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (City Theater Company), Gloria in Damn Yankees (Three Little Bakers), Babette in Beauty and the Beast (New Candlelight Theatre), and Lizarda in The Pirate (Prince Music Theatre). Aileen is also a member of the renaissance singing group Chaste Treasure. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Aileen thanks her friends, family and husband Mark for their continuous love and support.


KELLIE COOPER (“Marie”)

Kellie has played roles from Tennesee Williams to David Ives, working in and around the Philadelphia area theatres, as well as appearing in several independent films and webisode series. Her most recent credits include: How to Succeed... (Hedy LaRue), A Few Good Men (Joanne Galloway), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella) and Alone at the Beach (Molly). She has trained at the Walnut Street Theatre, building up her vocal chops with Brian Kurtas and has multiple years of training in improvisational theatre with Without a Cue productions, where she performed as Lucille Ball, among other iconic characters. She can been seen as a stunt double in an upcoming feature film, The Devil’s Tree, along with a Philadelphia based Indy film, Café Artist, both being released this coming spring. Kellie is looking forward to being a part of what she is sure to be an incredible experience with the talented cast and crew of The Divorcees Club.

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ALIL VARDAR - THE AUTHOR

Born in Belgium in 1970, Alil showed great interest in the theater in his early years. He created his first acting duo at 20, Les Fous Alliés (“Two Crazy Allies”), and his experience on stage took off. He later moved to France where he became a stand-up expert. From 2000 to 2003, Alil improved the writing on his play, Le Clan Des Divorcées, and acted on a risky idea: to play Brigitte, one of the three divorcees, himself. Thanks to the success of Le Clan, Alil and his brother Hazis own and manage four theaters in Paris including the mythic 1,000-seat Le Palace, and three theaters in the French provinces of Nice, Strasburg and Lille. Alil continues to write and produce, and three of his shows are currently playing in Paris: 10 Ans de Mariage (“10 Years of Marriage”), Familles (Re)composes (“Reconstructed Families”) and Le Clan des Divorcées.


MICHAEL KATIMS - TRANSLATION & ADAPTATION

Michael Katims is a New York writer who has lived and worked in Paris for years. His credits include the play Homesoft West, which won the 2004 Julie Harris Playwrighting Award. His subtitle adaptation of Dany Boone’s 2008 blockbuster hit Bienvenue chez les ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks) was hailed by The Guardian as a “tour de force… that deserved a whole new category of Oscar’s”. He collaborated with Roman Polanski to bring Yasmina Reza’s Parisian play Dieu du carnage to Brooklyn and the big screen, in the four-hander Carnage, starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. The Divorcees’ Club is his first adaptation for the American stage.


HAZIS VARDAR - DIRECTOR & CO-PRODUCER

Since their childhood, Hazis’s career has been linked to his brother Alil’s. When Alil started his stage career, Hazis was there to manage the business, and to run the theaters they opened together. They started with The Comic’Art in Bruxelles (1994), then Les 3 T in Toulouse (1999), then Le Paris and Le Capitole in Avignon (2001), then La Comédie Republique and La Grande Comédie in Paris (2004 and 2006). In 2008, they became owners of the mythical Palace in Paris, followed by theatres in Nice, Strasbourg, Angoulême. Today Hazis is managing 9 theatres and a total team of 130 employees, promoting mainly Alil’s plays but also the most successful comic plays in France. Hazis lives in Paris with his two daughters.


SYLVAIN MUSTAKI - CO-PRODUCER

Sylvain Mustaki has enjoyed a very successful 30 year career promoting over 6,000 shows in France and around the world selling more than 7 million tickets. Sylvain has been active across a variety of live entertainment genres including Jazz & Blues (Archie Shepp & Keith Jarrett), World Music (Johnny Clegg, Mory Kante, Mikis Theodorakis, Cheb Mami), Rock & Roll (AC/ DC, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Def Leppard), Ice Shows (Disney On Ice, Holiday on Ice), Family Shows (Cirque Eloize, Shaolin Monks, Semianyki Family), Musicals (50 Shades! The Parody), Sporting Events (WWE, NBA) and more. In 1994, Sylvain was one of the founding partners of France Billet, the first computerised ticketing network in France which is the market leader in France today. Sylvain holds advanced degrees in business administration (HEC), sociology (Institut Sciences Politiques, Paris) and econometrics (Université Paris-Dauphine). Sylvain resides in Paris with his wife.


ANTOINETTE DIPIETROPOLO - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Antoinette DiPietropolo Is currently the Associate Director for the National Tour of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Previously, she has been the restating choreographer and the character « Bugsy »/Dance Captain. Her other credits include Director/Choreographer NUNSENSE at Flatrock Playhouse and Engeman Theater; Director/Choreographer CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and ANNIE at Fort Salem Theatre; Choreographer ANNIE at the Muny in St. Louis; Director/Choreographer RAGTIME at Lyric stage nominated in 14 categories for the Theatre League Awards; RAGTIME at North Carolina Theatre where she won best Choreographer at the Triangle Theatre Awards; Choreographer for CANDIDE starring George Hearn Rita Moreno; Choreographer for A CHRISTMAS STORY, MUSIC MAN, EVITA, SOUTH PACIFIC, HAIRSPRAY and I LOVE YOU YOUR PERFECT NOW CHANGE at the Engeman Theater; Co-Creator/Choreographer of POWERHOUSE at the Joyce SoHo; Choreographer for the Off Broadway show WITH GLEE; Choreographer for the on-going bus tour "THE RIDE" in New York City; Choreographer/Associate Director for BIG APPLE CIRCUS and Director/Choreographer for ANNIE (numerous locations). www.antoinettedipietropolo.com @antoinettedip


ERIC EISLUND & RANDY BLOOM, ACT 5 ENTERTAINMENT – GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Act 5 Entertainment produces, operates and manages diverse entertainment properties on a global basis. Act 5’s foundation rests on the experience, talent, and contacts that Eric Eislund and Randy Bloom have established over the past 25 years successfully developing, operating and promoting entertainment ventures in over 40 countries. Eric and Randy co-founded entertainment company Themestar in 2002 and negotiated an acquisition of the company by AEG to form AEG Themestar in 2008. From 2006 to 2011, the Themestar entity produced over 40 tours across 35 countries in 17 languages selling over 3.5 million tickets and generating over $200 million in revenues. Prior to forming Themestar, Eric was a senior executive with Feld Entertainment where he was responsible for establishing and driving the Disney On Ice touring business across 55 international territories and promoting major productions including Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Siegfried and Roy in major cities across North America. Randy has over 20 years of experience managing global tours that range from the first ever tour of Cirque du Soleil in China to Broadway Musicals across North America. www.act5ent.com


CHRIS MCGINNIS – ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER AND COMPANY MANAGER

Chris is a director, producer and theatre administrator residing in Philadelphia and is thrilled to be working with Act 5 Entertainment on this wonderful premiere. A Philadelphia native, he holds bachelor's degrees in Theatre and Marketing from DeSales University. Since graduation, Chris has consistently worked as an actor, director, and theatre administrator throughout the Philadelphia area--most recently serving as the Company Manager/Assistant to the Managing Director of the Walnut Street Theatre. As an actor and director, Chris has worked at The Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.


BRIAN KURTAS – CASTING

Brian is resident casting director for the prestigious Walnut Street Theatre, where he oversees local and New York talent in their 10 productions annually, along with shaping their artistic programming for their 50,000+ subscribers. Brian has performed in venues across the country and Europe and has handled casting for local TV, film, and print campaigns. He immersed himself in the entertainment business at Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency and his "Broadway" debut came on 42nd street as a creative director for global brand agency-TBA Global.