"Innocence ends when we are stripped of the delusion one likes oneself."
- Joan Didion
A recent transplant to LA via New York,Victoria Ratermanis is an actor, writer, director and theater maker. Born in Baltimore, and brought up overseas, her childhood as a perpetual new kid taught her adaptability and strengthened her imagination, and now she's made a career of the tendency. She is Meisner trained thanks to Playhouse West Brooklyn, and graduated with a BFA in acting from Pace University before that. BIG THANKS to Whit for trusting me with Nova, and to Polina for thinking of me for the role. It's been a whirlwind experience and I am beyond thankful to be doing theater, especially this kind of theater, again! Also big thanks always to my skater boy Vogue Giambri for making me cold read her poetry and giving me the space to be a relentless actor, I got this role with your help. Updates via @tozr and www.victoriaratermanis.com
John Ross Bowie
TV: The Big Bang Theory, Speechless, a couple of CSIs, others. FILM: Jumanji; The Next Level, He's Just Not That Into You, Road Trip, The Heat. THEATER: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Garry Marshall Theater), Creature by Heidi Schreck (Bootleg Theater). John lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids, and is excited to be making his Riot Act debut.
Riot Act: Poor Bastard, Houses, An Enemy of the People, Mopey Wrecks, The Anatomy of Arithmetic, Off-Broadway: Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan (Lynn Redgrave), Other NYC: Midsummer (Shrunken Shakespeare), The Orphan (The Tank), Freedman (The Actors’ Studio), Virtue (The Wilson Theatre at Juilliard). Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company. Film/TV: Disney’s Dadnappedand Minutemen, 17 Miracles, One Good Man. Training: University of Utah, BFA. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
a graduate of The Juilliard School and has performed with: The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Lincoln Center (NY), The Ford's Theater (D.C.), The Blank, Paper Mill, North Coast, The Delaware REP, Interact, CVrep, Goodspeed Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse, and in the National Tour of the Broadway musical, "Cabaret.” T.V. credits: “Gravity" for starz and “That Guy” for FOX, as well as "Law and Order True Crime," "Cristela," "N.C.I.S.," "The Defenders," "Invasion," "The Closer," "Angel," "The Strand," "N.C.I.S. L.A.," "Starved," "LAX," and 45 national commercials. Film credits: Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" (opposite Bill Murray), “The Celestine Prophecy," "Beau Jest,” and "Road Hard" (with Adam Carolla). As a Director and Teacher, Robyn founded THE COHEN ACTING STUDIO in Burbank, CA., and is a contributing writer to Jon Jory’s handbook, “Tips on Auditioning: Ideas for Actors.” Robyn thanks GOODNESS for all things RIOT ACT and sends her deepest Love and Thanks to the BAD PERSONS Team & 2 D.J.B.D!!!
Ali is thrilled to be returning to Riot Act with such an incredible ensemble. Other theatre credits include Mercutio in Houses (Riot Act), Twelfth Night (Pioneer Theatre), The Crucible (BYU). TV credits include Marvel’s Runaways, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Yellowstone, All Rise.
“You meet people to meet people.”
Austin was last with Riot Act in Anatomy of Arithmetic and Annie Baker’s The Aliens. He’s been in a shit ton of plays at a shit ton of theatres, a few tv shows and movies, and he’s actually pretty TikTok famous. @yourpal_austin on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram if you want to see him embarrass himself for likes & views on the daily.
Dominique is very happy to be making her return to the stage with Riot Act. TV credits include Criminal Minds, Snowfall, General Hospital, Scorpion. Theatre: One Act Festival (Atwater Playhouse), And This I do for Love (Off Broadway, Actors' Temple Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Babcock). Dominique is a member of Amnesty International and also started an apothecary line during the early stages of the pandemic. www.latemporadashop.com
WRITER / DIRECTOR
Lindsey Rose Naves (Nah-vez), originally from Sin City, is a classically trained actor and filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be assistant directing her first production with Riot Act. She previously directed various one acts for Tiny Rhino Theatre and John Logan's Red at UNLV. She can be seen in several commercials, television shows, and independent films such as: Criminal Minds, The L Word: Generation Q, Shonda Rhime’s For the People, CW’s Containment, and the feature Poor Boy which had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. She took home the award for best actor for her work in the horror comedy Pig at the Chicago Comedy Festival. For a good laugh check out her series, Feelin' Myself, that aims to destigmatize and empower female self-love.
Born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Polina Ionina is a Russian-American director, actor and mover. Classically trained at Pace University BFA Acting program in lower Manhattan, Polina has also studied abroad in Kyrgyzstan and at the Grotowski Institut in Poland. In NY she’s worked with Interactive PlayLab led by improv pioneer and master clown Jeff Wirth, and with the experimental theater group Dzieci. Polina is a founder of The How Theater Co, an international movement theater ensemble. She has performed with and directed the company at celebrated venues in New York such as IRT, The Tank NYC, Dixon Place, Culture Lab LIC where The How is now a resident artist, and others. Previous work with The How include: My Favorite Person, The Vyuga Project, Vandals, Hunger, What We Do, and I Am the Wind. Polina has also worked with up and coming film-makers in NYC such as Alex Blackstorm, Sonoko Ogata, and Steve Perterson as well as industry giants such as Bob Balaban, and Lisa Robinson.