Mandy Bruno: Artistic director
Mandy Bruno is co-founder of the Foundry Theater Company. She began acting at the age of 6, a shy girl, who hid behind her mother's legs, and got involved in an acting class, in hopes it would encourage her to "come out of her shell a bit." What that first class led to was a professional life in the arts, garnering a Emmy Nomination during her seven years playing Marina Cooper on the soap opera Guiding Light, starring on Broadway as Eponine in Les Miserables and Louise in Gypsy, shows off broadway, and working in regional theaters across the country, earning a Carbonell Nomination for her role of Marian in The Music Man. She has written and produced several independent films, earning a Northeast Film Festival Win for Best Film and Best Writing for the film Rock Story.
In addition to her on stage and on camera work, she has worked as a voice over artist for countless TV and radio commercials as well as served as a voice over artist for Sesame Street, and several ESL companies. Throughout this whole journey, Mandy has always continued her own personal love, teaching.
“I'm lucky, because through teaching, I get to live my passion. I love working with kids. I love their unbridled inspiration. And I love the results. There's no better feeling than watching one of your students open up and play.”
Creative lesson plans and boundless energy are her hallmarks. She had the privilege of launching an entirely new curriculum at Swift Elementary School in inner city Chicago. “It was certainly a challenge, but in one semester, I launched an after school acting program for 5th-8th graders, where we delved into the world of improvisation, introduced basic acting terms, created new characters, and even wrote and performed our own adaptation of Maniac McGee, presenting it for a weekend of performances for family and friends.”
Following her time there, she was courted by several other schools to start programs, but ultimately decided to take an amazing opportunity to finish her BFA in Musical Theater with a minor in Dance at Otterbein University.
While in college, Mandy continued to teach summer camps with The Young People's Theater Project in Portland, Oregon, working with Kindergarten-12th graders.
She has continued to teach one on one sessions, coaching children of all ages for their theater and film auditions, as well as being asked by New York's top casting agents to be a guest teacher for their TV/Film seminars.
Most recently She was employed by The Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, where she served as the Head of the Theatrical Department. In addition she wrote all of the curriculum for their Theatrical Education. While at CaPAA, Mandy served as the Director for all Middle, High School and Adult productions.
“To watch someone of any age, much like I was, blossom from shy and introverted, to confident and expressive, is the ultimate fulfillment.”
Cooper Boone: VOICE
Cooper Boone is the owner of Foundry42 and co-founder of the Foundry Theater Company. He is an award winning singer/songwriter, clinical child psychologist and televised cook. Music accolades include: 2 Hollywood Music Awards, an Independent Music Award (IMA), an Independent Singer-Song Writer Award (ISSA) and a roster of impressive credits to his name. He has shared the stage with Kelly Clarkson, Gavin Degraw, Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Angela Kaset, Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors), Bucky Covington, and The Bacon Brothers to name a few. He has worked side by side with Paula Dean, has been featured on Good Morning America and ABC TV’s nationally televised Nashville Christmas Special and ABC TV’S NASCAR. Cooper attended North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a BA In Theater Arts from St. John’s University and a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology.
Robert Bogue: ACting
Robert played Detective Mallet on The Guiding Light from
He has made several TV appearances on such hit series as Sex in the City, The Sopranos, Ed, The Education of Max Bickford, Third Watch, The Americans, The Following, Homeland and Bull.
He also played the recurring role of Jason Cramer on HBO's Oz. Bogue co-wrote and starred in the independent film Backseat, which received the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and was released in theaters.
His last film, Rock Story, he co-wrote with his wife Mandy Bruno. Rock Story, was nominated for Best Feature, Best Screenplay and was awarded Best Story at the Northeast Film Festival 2015, acquiring domestic distribution.
On stage, Bogue has appeared on Broadway in Chekov’s Three Sisters and the Olivier award winning production of Burning Blue on London's West End.
He is also one of the original co-founding members of The New Group Theater Company.
Michael Worden: FX Make-Up
Michael is an FX Make Up Artist who resides in Port Jervis, NY. When he’s not applying mind blowing make up he’s investigating the paranormal, a passion fueled by his own experiences in a family owned haunted house. Since 2000, he has been investigating the paranormal as a respected researcher—working closely with author and paranormal investigator Linda Zimmerman. Together they have investigated well over a hundred haunted locations, including the infamous Lizzy Borden House in Eastern State Penitentiary. Michael has a background in exercise science and is a twenty year veteran of the Port Jervis police department, where he presently serves as a sergeant. He is an author of historical true crime books, and an avid traveler. Michael has provided Make Up demos for Foundry42 for the past two years and is thrilled to be part of the Foundry Theater Company Faculty.
KENNY MORRIS: ACTING
5-time Broadway Actor KENNY MORRIS was directed on Broadway by Tony Award Winning Directors JACK O'BRIEN (Wilbur in HAIRSPRAY) and twice by TREVOR NUNN (Thenardier in LES MISERABLES and Sheldrae in SUNSET BOULEVARD). He also starred in the 20th Anniversary production of JACQUES BREL...with Karen Akers on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center, and appeared in A NEW BRAIN Off-Broadway at LINCOLN CENTER (also in the LTC Broadway Production of THE TENTH MAN). He was cast as the original MR. PRICE in the First National Co. of KINKY BOOTS, as well as JACOB in the First National Companies of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with David Cassidy. Kenny recently performed in the widely acclaimed production of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE that was the cornerstone of the KUSHNER FESTIVAL at the GUTHRIE THEATER. He has twice played Herr Schultz in CABARET, the first starring DEBORAH GIBSON; and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for his performance at the Arden Theater in Philadelphia.
Besides many dramatic and musical Regional credits such as DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, BROADWAY BOUND, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, GYPSY, CITY OF ANGELS, RAGS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and the Public Theatre of Maine's acclaimed production of VISITING MR. GREEN, Kenny just shot a Guest Star role on BLACKLIST (NBC) and had a large RECURRING GUEST ROLE on the new DirectTV/AT&T series ICE, directed by ANTOINE FUQUA (Exec. Producer). He also recently Guest Starred on THE KNICK (dir. Steven Soderbergh). Other TV appearances include Law&Order: CRIMINAL INTENT and THIRD WATCH (both NBC). Some of his film credits include NOUS YORK, RADIO DAYS, BRIGHT LIGHTS/BIG CITY and BIG.
Kenny's love of teaching started when he began giving "master classes" to junior and interning colleagues on various productions entitled, "What the #%$# I Wish I Had been Told About Auditions When I was 21!" He is an acting and audition coach who specializes in both dramatic and musical theater performers, with an eye on the very practical and technical aspects of acting and auditioning -- in other words, a VERY practical and manageable approach which has historically resulted in very big advances and strides in an actor's sense of their self and their material in a VERY short amount of time! Kenny is very much looking forward to joining the team at Foundry Theater Company!