JILLIAN GEURTS, co-founder
Jillian is an Australian actor and producer who began her performing career with acclaimed physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a co-founder of The New Natives Theatre Company. For theatre she originated the role of Lady Anne in Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane's Hood: The Musical and has worked frequently with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival where her credits include: Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Geminae in A Funny Thing Happened... and Isabella in Measure for Measure.
NY theatre includes: Miranda in The Collector (59E59), Louie in Camel, First Woman in The First Man (Under St Marks), Polina in Red Winter (Ophelia Theatre Company), Ophelia in Kill Hamlet (Signature Theatre) and Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Hypokrit / Access Theatre). Upcoming film projects include: Catching Up (dir. Bill Crossland), Play (dir. Jay Palmieri) and Hell House II (dir. Stephen Cognetti). Jillian is represented by Affinity Artists and Avanti Talent Management. www.jilliangeurts.com
CHARLY CLIVE, co-founder, writer
Charly's first rehearsed reading was put on at The St. Helen's Studio Theatre in Abingdon, Oxford (UK), a reading of the multifaceted drama Blue on Blue - a play centered around and arms dealer in London and a female fighter pilot in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Following this reading Charly became affiliated with Cassarotto Ramsey Literary agency in London and as such was approached by the BBC to write a short radio play, Many Hundred Miles was submitted and shortlisted for broadcast. Charly then moved to New York where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Here she originated the role of Marian in Douglas Carter-Beane's new musical Hood. Charly also worked closely with Douglas Carter-Beane as his Associate Playwright for his play Shows For Days starring Patti LuPone and Michael Uri at the Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theatre.
Charly made her New York writing debut with On Prosperity, a play centered around a small town in the wake of a school shooting. Following this she created the comedy sketch show What’s Your Fracking Problem? which went up at Kinfolk 94 in support of The Pituitary Foundation. She later returned with a run of her play Camel at Under St Marks Theatre and a one off performance of Britney.
MICHAEL BRADSHAW FLYNN, Director
Michael directed the premieres of The First Man and Camel with The New Natives.
He is the founder and producing artistic director for The Scranton Shakespeare Festival - a not for profit theatre that offers professional theatre free of charge to the public. Michael can also be found associate directing for Broadway legend Jack O’ Brien on projects like the starry, Broadway satire, It’s Only A Play and this season’s The Front Page revival, produced by Scott Rudin. Michael also assisted Broadway and Television Director, Scott Ellis on his new play DADA WOOF PAPA HOT and has worked alongside Broadway and Hollywood writer Douglas Carter Beane.
As well as this, Michael spends his time directing at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Sophia Grasso, production manager
Having grown up in Saratoga Springs, Sophia Grasso is a New York native. After graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sophia has gone on to work as an actor, director, producer and production manager.
She has previously worked with The New Natives as producer for The First Man and assistant stage manager for Camel. As an actor Sophia can be seen in LGBTQ+ web series Queering. Her recent directing credits include Imagination and Hunt, both plays by Wil Hart. She is also stage managing Abnormal at the Alchemical Studios, written by Scott Miesse and directed by Michael Bradshaw Flynn.
Ali Hall, Lighting/Production Design
Ali Hall is a Brooklyn based theatre designer and architectural lighting designer. In the architectural world she works on boutique hotels and restaurants all over the world. In the theatre and performance art world she writes, lights, and production designs new and experimental work all over NYC, with many exciting companies - The New Natives being one of her favorites!
She has previously worked with The New Natives on The First Man and Camel.
She has been a member of the Design Wing at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and has her MFA from Virginia Tech.
JASON EDWARD FREY, costume design
From Houston, Texas; Jason most recently can be found on the sets of CBS’ Madam Secretary, backstage at Lincoln Center with The Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre, and designing for The New Natives (The First Man, Camel). He has also been associated with Norwegian Cruise Line Productions, Netflix’s The Get Down, ABC’s Time After Time, New York Stage and Film, Broadway Bares, and many other various films, television shows, and stage productions.
Awards: Nomination for Best Costume Design for Hedda Gabler with Wandering Bark Theatre Company by NYIT Awards.
Insta: @jayfrey7 - facebook.com/frey1642 - www.jasonedwardfrey.weebly.com
MOLLIE DOWNES, stage manager
Mollie is a performing artist in the worlds of theater, dance, music, and modeling. She is a native of NYC and proud alumni of Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts. Mollie is passionate about the creation of new work, and loves to be involved in the process in whatever way she can, be it performing, choreographing, or calling cues as a stage manager. Some of her favorite credits include the role of Brooke Wyndham in the International Tour of “Legally Blonde,” and Lola in “Damn Yankees,” at Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Previously for The New Natives she has stage-managed The First Man, Camel and the staged-reading of their upcoming production Holy Day.