Ilya is a DFA candidate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama. He is writing a dissertation about Ivan the Terrible, and has taught courses in theater history, comic theory, Shakespeare, medieval drama and Italian futurism. His translations of Chekhov and Bulgakov have been professionally produced. For fun, he recorded songs from Hamilton in Russian on YouTube. An occasional solo performer, Ilya has written and performed two storytelling shows at the United Solo Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of Williams College.
Michael (Ph.D. Harvard University: Classics, MA Harvard: Fine Arts, B.Phil. University of Oxford, BA Harvard College) fell in love with the theatre at an early age, when his parents ill-advisedly took him along to see the original production of Archibald MacLeish’s J.B. After that, he insisted on going along whenever a visit to the theatre was in the offing, and he has kept it up on his own ever since. He specialized in Greek drama during his twenty-five years as a classicist, frequenting opera houses and theatres all the while, seeing Sophocles, Shakespeare, Molière, Büchner, Chekhov, Pirandello, O’Neill, Anouilh, Beckett, and all the rest. He has been reviewing theatre (as well as classical music, art, and other fields) actively on The Berkshire Review for the Arts, of which he is editor and publisher, all as preparation to perpetrate a play. Since his high school acting career, his only appearance on stage has been as the Second Shepherd in one of the Oberufer Weihnachtsspiele. Michael has worked in curatorial positions at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has taught art history at Oberlin, NYU, and Williams, and classics at Harvard, Rutgers, the New School, and Williams.
Clyde Engle is a LA-based actor & singer. He plans on being the world’s next Stephen Colbert. He previously performed at United Solo and United Solo Europe in his solo musical parody, Don’t Cry For Me Banks of Wall St. in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He attended Williams College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His favorite credits include Hamlet, Frosh Revue, The Drowsy Chaperone, and a national commercial for the Insta360x camera sold at Urban Outfitters. Additionally, he served as a staffer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. He is repped by Tag Models/Pantheon Talent.