Meet the Cast – Danielle Burning

Next is the beautiful chameleon, Danielle Burning!

This is Danielle’s first in-person show with Inclusive Theater of WNY. In 2020, she was a part of ITOWNY’s Zoom Short Play Reading Series, playing Barbie in Dry Rub. Other favorite shows include: Falsettos (Trina) with Bellissima Productions, Murder on the Orient Express (Countess), The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Friends (Beatrix Potter, 2019 BroadwayWorld’s Best Actress in a Play, Local), and Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte) with Rocking Horse Productions, as well as Bright Star (Alice Murphy, Aurora Players’ Best Actress 2019/2020) and Dearly Departed (Delightful) with Aurora Players. When not on stage, she can be found working as a Collection Development Librarian for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library or with her nose stuck in a book. Come see Danielle transform from a Marvel loving Phase to a mysterious and ancient man this weekend! Tickets only $10 at the door! Friday and Saturday at 730 and Sunday at 2! #itowny #inclusivetheaterofwny #inclusion #inclusionrevolution #wnyplaywrights


Meet the Cast – Jesse Zappia

Let’s welcome another new member to the #itowny family – Jesse Zappia!

Jesse Zappia is excited to be performing his first show with the Inclusive Theater of WNY playing Krung in I Just Want To Be Held. Jesse is a graduate from SUNY Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Theater Arts. He has played Max In Cabaret, Ensemble in the production I Am A Man by OyamO, and Timothy in Hand to God at Daemen College, including various short films. In his spare time Jesse continues to push himself as an actor, writer and teacher by training everyday. He also enjoys traveling the world, hiking and camping, reading and spending time with his family. Heis eternally grateful and would not be anywhere he is today without the love and support of his family and friends along his side throughout his journey. Special thanks to his Mother and Father David Zappia, and Michelle Rorick including Michael Rorick, and sisters Savannah and Haley, and cousins. Three more chances to see the show! Tonight and tomorrow at 730 and Sunday at 2pm! Tickets only $10 at the door! #inclusivetheaterofwny #inclusion #inclusionrevolution #wnyplaywrights


Meet the Director – Aimee Levesque

And the last bio of the night is for Director – Aimee Levesque! Aimee M. Levesque is the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Inclusive Theater of WNY. She received her PhD from the University of Buffalo and her dissertation focused on empowerment through the arts for persons with disabilities. Aimee grew up in Charlotte, NC and now resides in Western New York. She is a writer of all things and loves to be creative! She is a big fan of Halloween, horror movies, Christmas and pizza and her daughter is the reason behind all that she does!

Aimee directed “Paisley, Fire, and Stone” as well as co-director of “Pandemic Grief in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” “Ronnie Audition Slayer,” and “Therapy.” Aimee also acted as consultant on all of the plays.

Join us tomorrow as we share the remainder of the cast AND did we mention it is OPENING NIGHT?!!

ITOWNY’s one-act play festival featuring WNY playwrights. August 4-7 at St. Mary’s High School, Tickets only $10. #inclusivetheaterofwny#inclusion#inclusionrevolution#itowny


Meet the Director – Virginia Brannon

Next up is the extraordinary Director Virginia Brannon! Virginia Brannon Since graduating in 2004 from Niagara University’s BFA Theatre Program, Virginia has stage managed, directed, and appeared in numerous shows and readings in the Western New York area. Virginia was a member of the Ujima Company Inc theatre project, “Free Fred Brown!” She was in Subversive Theatre’s production of Angels in America: Perestroika, and Torn Space’s Uncle Vanya. She was also in Subversive Theatre’s glorious production of Grapes of Wrath, American Repertory Theatre’s The Crucible and House of Blue Leaves. She is a member of Playback Theatre of Buffalo. She first worked with ITOWNY directing the exciting play by Baroness Von Smith, “And Where Will You Put the Things You Save?”

This time around, Virginia is directing “Between Two Worlds” and acted as a consultant director for all of the plays. We love you, Virge!

ITOWNY’s one-act play festival featuring WNY playwrights. August 4-7 at St. Mary’s High School, Tickets only $10. #inclusivetheaterofwny#inclusion#inclusionrevolution#itowny


Meet the Cast/Director – Dallas Taylor

The debonair Director Dallas Taylor is up next! Dallas Taylor, a Buffalo native, serves as the Artistic Director of Inclusive Theater of WNY. He is also a weekend host on WBFO and a youth coach-mentor for Algonquin Sports for Kids where he coaches tennis and soccer to underserved youth in the community. The retired track & field athlete from SUNY Buffalo State College with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Philosophy now spends his free time writing, creating, playing tennis, and performing with WNY Improv. We are so grateful for you, Dallas! ❤️ Dallas is directing “Laundro’s Mismatch Plight” and will also be starring in the show as Laundro himself!

ITOWNY’s one-act play festival featuring WNY playwrights. August 4-7 at St. Mary’s High School, Tickets only $10.


Meet the Cast/Director – Umar Azam

Let’s say hello to the multitalented Umar Azam!

Umar Azam is excited to be working again with inclusive Theater of WNY as a first time director of three of the plays and as Eron (Ronnie the Audition Slayer) and Laundro (Laundro’s Mismatched Plight). His past work includes the 48 hour film festival with green buffalo productions (GBP), “As You Like It” (Charles/ Jaques de boys) via Inclusive Theater, Drake in the musical “Annie”, and Beads in “everything’s groovy” . He also wrote “Turn me in” which won GBP’s quarantine quarters writing challenge, in addition to handful of other plays and screenplays. Currently, he is also working as an assistant director for “Look Up” short film under GBP. Thanks for all of your hard work, Umar! Show runs August 4-7. St Marys High School in Lancaster. Tickets only $10! #itowny#inclusivetheaterofwny#inclusion#inclusionrevolution