▲ Adam Belvo is a NYC based performer and producer. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in theater performance, he and several friends founded the Tampa Bay based Hat Trick Theater Company, and was involved in their inaugural season. In his time in Tampa, he was also a part of the Best of The Bay Award winning production of Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, playing the role of the Orator. Since moving to New York City in the winter of 2005, he has immersed himself in the off and off-off-Broadway theater community, actively participating in over 50 productions, both onstage and behind the scenes. In 2007, he joined Working Man’s Clothes Productions as the company’s finance manager. With WMC, he acted in and produced 5 short play festivals, 4 main stage shows, and organized and curated over a dozen staged readings and performance art pieces, including the NYC Fringe production of Desiree Burch’s 52 Man Pickup.  Most recently, Working Man’s Clothes’ production of She Like Girls won the 2009 GLAAD award for best off-off Broadway show. A proud member of Aztec Economy, Adam has worked with them in the Bushwick, Brooklyn arts scene for the past years as an actor, technician, and producer and toured nationally with their production of BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME. Other NYC work includes roles as Father Nathan Shourd in the NYIT Award winning IN VESTMENTS, Danny in DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Georges in HAZARD A LITTLE DEATH (Planet Connections Festival: Best Actor Award Winner), Jaques in AS YOU LIKE IT, & THE EXECUTION OF MRS. COTTON. He is also a founding Executive Producer of the Brooklyn based theater company spit&vigor (www.spitnvigor.com).

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Marilyn Mithra-Stone is a transplant from the UK and the Executive Director of the Aztec Economy. She has worked as a director, assistant director, and managing director for various underground and breakthrough performances in London including GRAFTING AND BUDDING with Sheila Ghelani at BAC, THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF (Garlic Theater), THE HOT ZONE (Conspirator’s Kitchen) and FIGHT FACE (with Sophie Woolley) at Lyric Hammersmith. She was an associate for programming for Barbican’s BITE’07 theater selections and assistant directed Fecund at the Chelsea Theater. As a director she has several shows that have premiered at Camden People’s Theater including URASHIMA TARO, LATE NIGHT’S SHIFTING SAND, TRACE [FISH] 46, and most recently, LITERATURE DO at Camden Fringe. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as an ensemble actress, she switched roads and studied directing at LAMDA. She did a year long internship for management at the Royal Court Theater and has made a career both in theater administration and music, recently recording her third album, MITHRATHOPE23, to be released in summer 2016 in the UK. After living in NYC and producing 8 Aztec Economy plays including THE BATTLEPLAYS TRILOGY, BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME, KILL DEVIL HILLS, and PONTIAC FIREDBIRD VARIATIONS, she’s now living with her fiancé and daughter in Cape Town, South Africa where she is involved in community-building arts projects funded by No Borders Coalition.

 

 ▲ Adam Laten Willson hails from all four corners of the map: an itinerant flaneur, a fleur mal, but his flame is long in expiration. Interests include literary and dramatic unconventionalities, prevail over adversity, the victory of absurdity, and the most morbid of human passions. He has been involved with Aztec Economy since 2009, collaborating on over 10 plays in capacities of assistant director, dramaturge, associate producer, actor, writer, and video editor. With AE his acting credits include The Baron in ADVENTURES IN THE OK SKIN TRADE, Carm in ALABAMA GODDAM Pascal in PSYCHOJELLY, Brackenbury in PONTIAC FIREDBIRD VARIATIONS, Assaryan in MORE SONGS FROM THE NEOFASCISTS…, The King in COLOR TVS EN TIJUANA, and Leander Pope in BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME. Adam additionally appeared in NATIONAL DIET OF JAPAN with Aztec’s undergroundzero festival show at P.S.122 in NYC. AE’s BLACK BOX project was his conception and Adam participated as one of the 5 writers on the experimental reading. He also has journalistic endeavors and after many years based in NYC, currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

 

  ▲ Michael Mason  Born and bred in Beaumont Tx Michael Mason is an Actor, Director, and Producer of Theatre. He studied theatre @ Texas State University as well as the @ Actor Studio in conjunction with the New School University of New York. While in NYC he was a founding member of two theatre groups: Working Mans Clothes and Aztec Economy. He was the a resident Artist for The Search Party in Austin Tx from 2008-2009. He has preformed @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, P.S.122, 3LD, Galapagos Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Clurman Theatre, The Brick, The Tank Ohio Theater, the Obie-Award winning Ice Factory, and American Place Theatre. He has also recently moved back to his home town of Beaumont Tx and created ‘Ad Hoc Beaumont’ a D.I.Y. Southeast Texas based theatre group the brings New Works to the area, and seeks to make theatre more accessible to a non-theatre going audience in the area. Currently Michael is in a long distance relationship with Aztec Economy and continues work with them from afar as an actor and as graphics, video, and marketing director. Recent projects include: The Klingon Opera ‘U’ produced by Zeebelt Theatre at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. ‘MY AIM IS TRUE’ produced by Ad Hoc Beaumont at the Spindletop Gladys City BoomTown Museum in Beaumont Tx, TRUE WEST, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY all with Beaumont Community Players, and YEAR OF THE ROOSTER with Ad Hoc Beaumont. He is a rep actor for Aztec’s touring production of BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME where he alternately plays Muskie Pope or Keith Busby.

  ▲ Karl Newman. Founding Member of Aztec Economy. Icelandic-American hybrid. Developed an unhealthy fascination with films at an early age.. Bachelor in contemporary literature, master in new media, master of arts education. Prolific creator of music videos/ advertisements/ shorts/ trailers.  Photographer.  Session musician. Sound designer. Editor/cinematographer. (motion) Graphic designer. After grad school and several years in NYC, Karl is currently based in Reyjavik, Iceland. He was most recently seen in Aztec’s productions of NATIONAL DIET OF JAPAN at P.S.122 in NYC and in the role of the Icarus in KILL DEVIL HILLS in Chicago where he acted and was a live stage musician. He provided the video editing/design for the charter Aztec production of “BRING ME THE HEAD OF JOHN FORD” which involved 4 projection screens and 2 synchronized television set feeds. He continues to assist with graphic designs. “Kalli” likes cats, puffins, chewing gum, nebulas and Angela Lansbury.

 

   Casey Wimpee is a Brooklyn-based fiction writer from Dallas, Texas, and co-founder / resident playwright of the Aztec Economy. His full length plays include LAVAMAN (Ice Factory 2009, Ohio Theatre, NYC), NATIONAL DIET OF JAPAN (P.S. 122, NYC), PONTIAC FIREBIRD VARIATIONS (Ice Factory 2011, Ohio Interrupted @ 3LD, NYC, Museum of Human Achievement @ Austin TX) THE BRUTES (a staged reading a the New Ohio), COLOR TVS EN TIJUANA (Brooklyn Fireproof Workshop production), KILL DEVIL HILLS (Collaboraction/Chicago), BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME (NYC, TX, Florida, Maryland, New Orleans) and numerous short plays. His short play ARMS & THE OCTOPUS (Ohio / Galapagos, NY), was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre award. He has had numerous short and full-length plays produced nationally by Ad Hoc Beaumont and Theatre Synesthesia in Austin, TX. Notable short plays include: KANSAS CITY BOOK OF THE DEAD, TAKE OUT CHINESE, HOT DAM, THE QUEEN IS DEAD, AMPHIBIANS, PSYCHOJELLY, BRING ME THE HEAD OF JOHN FORD, ANTIGONE WITH THE WIND, MY KIND OF BLOOD, MORE SONGS FROM THE NEOFASCISTS…, CONSTELLATION GOLF or THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY, ADVENTURES IN THE OK SKIN TRADE.

Raised in McClendon Chisholm, Texas,  Cole Wimpee’s New York directing / producing and acting credits include shows at: P.S.122, The Ohio Theatre, I.R.T., 3 Legged Dog, The Tank, The Brick, American Place Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Player’s Theatre, Jack, Silent Barn, Connelly Theatre, Jimmy’s No.42, and Abrons Arts Center. Regional Credits: The Fridge in D.C., Collaboraction Chicago, WaterTower Theatre Dallas, DiverseWorks Houston, the Mudlark New Orleans Fringe, Tricklock Revolutions Festival at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Columbia Festival of the Arts in Maryland, Know Theatre Cincinnati Fringe, Ad Hoc Beaumont, EMP Collective Baltimore, Mid American Arts Alliance in Kansas City, and Glasbox in El Paso, Artist’s Lab Theatre at Crystal Bridges, Arkansas Staged at 21C Museum, TheatreSquared and Classical Edge in Fayetteville. An associate member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, Cole is also a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Chicago Director’s Lab, Director’s Lab West (L.A.), and since 2008 has served as the artistic director of Brooklyn-based theater co. Aztec Economy. BFA /Acting earned at Texas State University where he was a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Acting Finalist. Cole is also the recipient of numerous acting honors including 2 for Best Supporting Actor from Austin Critic’s Table and the Molly Rizzo Classical Acting Award. Currently Cole is a 2nd Year MFA Candidate at the University of Arkansas where he recently directed HEDDA GABLER and will be directing ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES this fall.

Ryan Dorin is a pianist, composer, sound designer, animator, and music producer. Currently based in his home town of Santa Monica, California, Ryan spent twelve years in New York City completing his Ph.D. in Music Composition at NYU, teaching, performing, producing, music directing, and doing sound design for numerous theater productions productions. Ryan has created music and sound design for nine Aztec Economy productions, most recently being KILL DEVIL HILLS which was presented at Collaboraction in Chicago. Other theatrical collaborations include sound design for Matthew Hancock’s MY AIM IS TRUE  which was performed at the New Orleans Fringe Festival and the Crown Point Festival in New York City, and the Working Man’s Clothes production SHE LIKE GIRLS, which was awarded the 2011 GLAAD award for an off-off Broadway play. As a pianist, Ryan has performed extensively with the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, as well as other venues and festivals around New York City and up and down the East coast, and has twice been a featured performer at NYU in Florence, Italy. Most recently, Ryan filled in at the last minute performing Gershwin’s RHAPSODY IN BLUE with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Matthews in the Pacific Palisades, California. Ryan’s animated alter ego, the RAYBOY GENIUS has a loyal internet following, as does his animated rock opera, THE ADVENTURES OF HAPPYMAN ON THE RED PLANET, which has also been heard on the radio.