The Hotel Colors features Christine Holt, Alessandro Magania (The Wooster Group’s Hamlet), Linda Mancini (Vision Disturbance), Federico Rodriguez (The Record), Kourtney Rutherford (Ich Kurbisgeist, In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL), Howard Thoresen*.

Christine Holt  (Christina) is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. She hails from Las Vegas which explains her affinity to feathers and shiny objects. She’s worked with Penny Arcade, Moises Kaufman, Hal Hartley and a chicken named Nelly Starshine. She is very excited to be making her debut at the Bushwick Starr and to be collaborating with the cast and crew of Hotel Colors. She can be seen weekly doing improv at the PIT with either Grey Area (Monday @ 8pm) or Bartenders.

Alessandro Magania (Irish Nick) comes back to The Bushwick Starr and to working with Eliza Bent after appearing in last year’s Karma Kharms (Target Margin Lab). He’s also performed for other theater “ragazzi”, like The Wooster Group, The Operating Theater, Animals, Sibyl Kempson, Andrew Onderjack, Tereke Ortiz, and Peter Petralia. For film credits: He’s also a director and visual artist. There Were Always Dogs Never Kids, a documentary he co-directed about NYC’s video legend Alan’s Alley (Special Mention Award, Milano MIX Festival 2012) will be soon released online ( He also illustrates the graphic novella series The Forsakens

Linda Mancini‘s (Aging Vagabond) solo works have been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and in New York at various theaters including PS 122, HERE, LaMama, The Kitchen, Caroline’s, Dixon Place, DTW, NYTW, Whitney Museum. They include Bone China, Angelina, Glances (BESSIE Award), Blanche Tomate, Not Entirely Appropriate, Tip or Die (HBO Writers Series), BIKINI. Her short film This Is Not About You (American Playhouse) was screened on PBS nationwide. She has performed for various artists including Amos Poe, Ain Gordon, Woody Allen, Yoshiko Chuma, and appeared most recently in New York City Players’ productions of Christina Masciotti ‘s Vision Disturbance (dir. Richard Maxwell), Julia Jarcho’s Dreamless Land, and Richard Maxwell’s 2012 Whitney Biennial Project.

Federico Rodriguez (Bill) is a theater artist living in Brooklyn. Recent credits include THE RECORD (600 Highwaymen), A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company, UK Cultural Olympiad), A Thought in Three Parts by Wallace Shawn, Love in the 7th Kingdom of Wrath (FRANK Theater Co). This summer he can be seen in Pygmalion with Robert Sean Leonard at Williamstown Theater Festival, and is working with performance artist Ann Hirsch on a collaboration at the New Museum in September. BA, Brown University.

Kourtney Rutherford (Paola) has appeared with the performance groups Half Straddle, Radiohole, Witness Relocation, and Big Dance Theater In 2010 she received a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance award for her work in Big Dance Theater’s Comme Toujours Here I Stand. She will be working with Big Dance again in the upcoming Emmett Smith, premiering in the BAM Next Wave Festival in 2014. Kourtney teaches drama and English at The High School for Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry, as well as the teen acting lab The Westside Experiment, which she co-founded last year. She and Christine Holt are close friends in real life.

Howard Thoresen* (Clementino) has been an actor and director in New York for many years. He most recently appeared as the Old Man in L’Chaim (written and directed by Talya Chalef), The Crucible with Sink or Swim, Hamlet at the Hudson Guild, and The Boss, One Third of a Nation and The Drunkard at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Other recent credits include Schigolch in Lulu, directed by Osheen Jones, and Glagoyev in Platonov, directed by Raymond Zilberberg. He is delighted to be working with such a delightful group of theater artists here at the Bushwick Starr.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


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