Paul Ellis (Writer, Producer, Director) has worked in show business for 40 years. Trained as a theater director with Lee Strassberg, Jullian Beck, and Richard Schechner, he has directed more than ninety plays. He studied playwriting with Jean-Claude Van Ittalie at Princeton University. As a producer he is responsible for producing festivals, concerts and major events and is a long time advocate for community based arts. Ellis originated the Air Pirates in 2006 to satisfy his need to bring funny back into the theater and challenge the audience. He has since directed several plays at the Wharf Theatre and Kings Theatre Company including. The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Miss Firecracker Contest and Accomplice. He is also the director/teacher for the Young Actors’ Program, a training program for young actors. Ellis was chosen as the Best Director in the Hudson Valley by the Times Herald Record for 2010
Orange County native Kate Brannan (Actor, Writer) is the organist/pianist for New Prospect Reformed Church in Pine Bush. She discovered radio in college, and spent two decades in broadcasting as an on air personality, copywriter, and office manager. To satisfy her radio addiction, Kate joined the Air Pirates. She has become the resident lyricist for the company, helps write the commercials and has played several roles in each show. She may be best known for her stellar performance of the S & M song in the most recent Herb Marks Mystery.
A graduate of Binghamton University, Holly Gobelez is thrilled and thankful to work with such talented people right from the start. Holly studied abroad at The Total Art of Chinese Theater, where she appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Beyond Therapy. Holly also performed in the University main stage productions of Tongue of a Bird and as Catherine in Proof. Holly is best known as Tica Maroo Space Cadet.
Brian Nieves climbed aboard the Air Pirates ship in the winter of 2007 for their production of A Christmas Carol taking on five roles including Bob Cratchet, Young Scrooge and the Gentleman. Other roles include; Gary Gilberger in Enjoying Your Fame, Bernardo in West Side Story, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Meschak in Tale of The Silver Guardians. Brian is the longest member of the Pirates and hard to keep track of since he is the voice of so many characters including Smokestack El Ropo, Sonny, MAX LS and Tex Matrix. Brian was voted Best Actor in the Hudson Valley for 2010 by the Times Herald Record.
Ian Murphy joined the Air Pirates for last season’s performance of Tica Maroo: Space Cadet, which he has since recorded for broadcast. Some of his favorite roles include Horatio in Hamlet, Jerry in The Zoo Story and Vladimir in Waiting For Godot; he hopes someday to get to perform them. In real life, Ian is a mild-mannered library employee and a freelance illustrator and designer. He lives in Warwick with his wife and some children and animals that won’t go away.
Alan Andrews debuts with Air Pirates as The Kid, and also sings many of the theme songs in the Los Tres Balceneros series. Alan graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Voice, and has performed over thirty operatic roles, including the title roles in Mefistofele and Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and all four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Alan has also portrayed Emile deBecque in South Pacific and Tommy in Brigadoon. Andrews has also performed in several productions at the Wharf Theatre including The Owl and the Pussycat, Dracula the Musical and Clue Alan is now playing many roles for the Air Pirates including Sawyer in the Herb Marks Mysteries and Puntyfax Tonedef for which he created the only known accent for Esperanto. Alan was selected the Best Opera Singer in the Hudson Valley in 2010 by the Times Herald Record.
Marylee Shorr is Herb Marks among many others. She has been a part of the theatre, backstage as well as onstage, since she was five years old. Some recent shows she has acted in include: Twelfth Night, La Malinche, Reunion, As You Like It, Cecily, Steel Magnolias, Last of the Red Hot Lovers (ITC), and many others including some films. She is Co-founder of the local nonprofit group Women in Arts Inc. which holds benefit performances and art events to raise money for local charities. Marylee also played the lead in The Wharf Theatre’s opening play the Owl and the Pussy Cat where she received rave reviews.
Lindsey Graham considers herself to be an artist who utilizes whatever medium necessary to give life to a concept. She is an animator, performer, dancer, painter, sculptor and mainly a video artist. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a degree in sculpture where she discovered video while working on an installation. As an Air Pirate Lindsey not only controls the audience (Cue Card Girl), she also coordinates the sound effects and works with the director with additional materials and ideas for creating new sounds that the audience can use. I She has had video installations exhibited in numerous group gallery shows and screened at digital festivals in NYC and upstate New York including SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Purchase. Lindsey also received the first place audience award at “Bloodline: A Visual Album”, screened at The Art institute in Los Angeles. In April of 2008, I began work on FreeArtinNY.org, a web-based documentary film project focusing on Orange County artists and community.