Heath Allen has been an active musician, composer, bandleader and theater worker in Philadelphia since 1975. He was a co-founder/music director for Big Small Theater in the 1970/80's and has written or co-written over 30 plays and musicals. Musical highlights include performing with numerous jazz greats including Cecil Taylor and Philly Joe Jones; composing and performing the music for many choreographers including Karen Bamonte (Red/Blue...shift, Landscape of Love) and Melanie Stewart (The Gathering) and music directing Warren Muller's Patsy's Living Room.
Besides serving as music director and pianist for the Bearded Ladies, Heath continues to lead one of Philadelphia's premiere party bands--the Heath Allen Band; serves as accordionist/arranger for the French music band Philly Musette, keyboardist/music director for the Ken Ulansey Ensembles, keyboardist/music director for the children's music band The Cats Pajamas and conductor/music director for the annual musical at Germantown Friends School. Over the span of his career, Heath has released 7 well-reviewed CD's of his original jazz. More info can be found at www.heathallen.com.
Kristen Bailey is a proud member of the Bearded Ladies and Applied Mechanics. She has pursued her own education in experimental theatre by apprenticing inspiring theatre artists like Lucidity Suitcase International, Pig Iron, Elastic Theatre Company, and Makoto Hirano, where she discovered an affinity for set and prop design. She also directed “Checkers” a piece that appeared in the 2011 Fringe Festival.
She holds a BFA in Theatre from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Past training includes Circus Street Training in Paris, where she learned to walk on stilts, and trained in Butoh and Lecoq. She is delighted to be a part of the ensemble devised work theatre scene in Philadelphia, and continues to explore ways to rejuvenate and expand the role of theatre in our culture.
Liz studied Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan, and went on to train in Commedia dell'Arte with Antonio Fava; Physical Theatre and Theatre of the Grotesque with Pig Iron Theatre Company; Classical Voice with Simone Luti; and Directing with the Cape Town Opera Company in South Africa. She has had the opportunity to travel and perform in India, Japan, Russia and Italy, and to work
locally with some of Philly's finest, including 11th Hour Theatre Co., Act II Playhouse, the Arden Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, and the Wilma Theater. Liz has also worked as a teacher, writer, composer, recording artist, and a host for PBS Kids Sprout. She appeared as Private Stew in the Bearded Ladies' BACK IN THE ARMY and as Jeanette/Edith/Ensemble in NO REGRETS: A PIAF AFFAIR.
Jessica Hurley is a Philadelphia-based theater artist. She trained at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and works primarily in collaborative devised theater. In the UK she has appeared in devised work at the Edinburgh Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival, the Oxford Playhouse and the Battersea Arts Centre. In Philadelphia she is a member of Applied Mechanics and The Bearded Ladies, and has worked with Anthology Project and InterAct Theater Company. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford, an MA in Twentieth Century Literature from the University of Sussex, and is currently working towards a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, John Jarboe is now a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. He most recently played Horatio and Amiens in Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's Hamlet and As You Like It, respectively. Other recent credits include Marley in A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre) and Bloody Sergeant/Seyton in Macbeth (The Wilma). He is a member of Applied Mechanics Theatre Company with which he most recently performed Jan in Portmanteau (Philly Fringe, Frontera Fest).
Some favorite work includes turns as Julia Child in Inside Julia Child (Philly Fringe) and as the title role in The Green Fairy Cabaret (Phiily School of Circus and Kimmel Center) which he wrote and performed in as part of the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. He is the artistic director of The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret group with which he created Back in the Army Cabaret (Society Hill Playhouse) and No Regrets: A Piaf Affair (The Wilma).
Rebecca Kanach is proud to be resident costume designer of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. As a graduate of Philadelphia University in Fashion Design, she received the Good Lad Award for Excellence in Children's Wear and went on to complete the costume apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre.
Rebecca has worked with Bristol Riverside, Drexel University, Interact Theater Company, the Lantern Theater, Philadelphia Theater Workshop, Rutgers- Camden Campus, Temple University, the Walnut Street Theatre, the Wilma and various Philadelphia Mummers groups. She divides her time between freelance designing, stitching, and running wardrobe. Rebecca's favorite beard is called the Hulihee
Sally Ollove is a local freelance dramaturg. She is the resident dramaturg at Azuka Theatre and has worked locally with Arden Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Gas & Electric Arts, and Philadelphia Theatre Company among others. She is a graduate of the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.
Daniel Perelstein is a freelance sound designer, composer, and musical director in Philadelphia. As resident sound designer for The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, he has been proud to have designed all of the Beard’s cabarets since 2010’s Back In The Army, and designed or mixed many of their events. Recent designs at Wilma, Arden, Live Arts, Walnut, Peoples Light, Kimmel Center, PlayPenn, Azuka, Lantern, Theater Horizon, Flashpoint, others. Outside of the theater, Dan is a senior mixer for the performing arts department at Longwood Gardens.
Education: B.S. Engineering, B.A. Music, Swarthmore College. In 2012, Daniel’s work was recognized with three Barrymore Award nominations in the categories of outstanding sound design and best original music. His collaboration with Christopher Colucci, Knives In Hens, won the 2012 Barrymore Award for sound design. Thanks Chris, Nick, Rob; Mom & Sarah. Every moment is in loving memory of Dad.
Samples at www.danielperelstein.com