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Behind Us Is Noise

Poems Written and Arranged by Anna Fofana

Directed by Alyssa Bernstein

Staged Managed by Molly Mead


Reina Lebron / Herself
Skylar Hertz / Herself
Anna Fofana / Herself

Creative Team Profiles

Molly Mead (she/her) is a third year Theatre and Performance Major with a focus in Production Stage Management from Danbury, CT. Some of her credits include The Nutcracker (2019-present) The Silent Observer (2022), and Piñata(2022). While she is focused on Stage Managing she is interested in all aspects of the theatre. From load in to acting, she loves it all. She has been Stage Managing since 2018, and is excited to continue expanding her repertoire in her college career.

Reina Lebron (She/Her) is a senior. Reina is a Theatre and Performance Major. Throughout her time at Purchase she has gained experience stage managing, filmmaking, and has acted in many of her classes. She has also played Purchase College Basketball for two years while modeling on the side. Behind Us Is Noise will be Reina’s first on stage performance, and she is excited to be sharing this with everyone!

Skylar Hertz (She/her) is a fourth year Theatre and Performance Major with a Psychology minor. She has appeared in numerous on-stage productions, and is looking forward to a career in film and television after she leaves Purchase. Skylar would like to thank everyone who has supported Behind Us is Noise including her collaborators, Anna and Reina, and her miniature schnauzer Leah!

Playwright Profile

Anna Fofana is a fourth year double major in Theatre & Performance and Journalism, double minor in playwriting and screenwriting. Post undergrad, Anna would love to explore being an interdisciplinary artist and create her own platform to be able to work on. She would like to give special thanks to her collaborators, close friends, and family for keeping her focused during this semester.

Director Profile

Alyssa Bernstein (She/they) is a third year playwriting and screenwriting major with a double minor in psychology/theatre and performance from Long Island, New York. Purchase credits include No Longer Human (Director) and Marisol (Assistant Stage Manager). She’d like to thank her family and friends for continuing to support her, as well as this crazy talented little cast for providing such an amazing experience.

About the Conservatory of Theatre Arts

In our teaching and art, the Conservatory values inclusiveness, equality, and excellence. Upholding all of our training is our aim to train and graduate citizen artists: multifaceted people with a strong sense of purpose in approaching an arts education.

What is a citizen artist? Citizen artists seek to discover how their unique voices can contribute to our world. They understand what it means to be an artist, and what they are here on earth to say and do and make.

The Conservatory trains future citizen artists in three degree programs:

+ BFA Actor Training. The BFA is an intensive professional training program offered to a highly select and diverse group of students. The professional training is anchored in four years of study in acting, voice, speech, and movement, complemented by offerings in dramatic literature and analysis, history of the theatre, stage combat, improvisation, mask work, acting for the camera, and the business of acting. As one of five schools in the Consortium of Professional Theatre Training Programs, Purchase is one of a handful of colleges in the world capable of training artists at this level—and of drawing a faculty from the ranks of professional theatre

+ BFA in Theatre Design/Technology. Emphasizing studio and classroom training, our professional training program in theatre design/technology gives students the guidance and support of established and theatre industry professionals. Many of our alumni are recognized at the top of their field, and have received Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards, among other honors. Quite literally, Purchase grads are working in or have worked in every theatre on Broadway, in all tristate venues, and with countless touring productions

+ BA program in Theatre and Performance. From traditional theatre to cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, the theatre and performance major encourages creativity, intellectual curiosity, social engagement, and critical thinking. The core requirements combine scholarship and practice to provide students with a strong foundation in theatre history and dramatic literature, with mandatory stagecraft/production courses. Theatre and Performance majors are encouraged to expand the scope of their education by studying abroad, as well as pursuing coursework in other programs of study within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Purchase College