NYC PERFORMERS
The multi-talented STOMP performers often play different roles throughout the week. Read below to get to know about each of them and a character they portray!

JESSE ARMERDING
Originally from the north shore of Massachusetts, Jesse grew up playing classical piano and drums. He explored the relationship between music and story through studies in theater at Wheaton College and then moved to Boston, expanding his musical knowledge of flamenco, Afro-Cuban and second line drumming with local teachers. Jesse discovered Tom Waits, New Orleans music and blues dancing while in Boston, which led him to get involved with street bands, circus bands and theater productions as a drummer, bandleader, actor and director. He is honored to be a member of the Stomp clan. Endless thanks to the fam, HONK! fest, the blues dancers, Workout and all his dear friends near and far. Your love, support and inspiration are everything!


ONE OF JESSE'S CHARACTERS: RINGO
Like his namesake, musical and laconic.

ALAN ASUNCION
Alan is a Filipino-American who was born and raised on Long Island and grew up the youngest of 5 children, being the only one bold enough to take the artistic career route. He taught piano and drums for many years and performed professionally in various bands since the age of 14. He performed and toured with the Off-Broadway aerial show, De La Guarda (NYC, Korea, Israel). Since 2007, he has been thrilled and thankful to be performing in his favorite long running Off-Broadway show! Passions/addictions include espresso, pastries, juicing, words with friends, trivia crack, reptiles and, of course, you! Special love to Danielle, Mayah and Alana!


ONE OF ALAN'S CHARACTERS: MOZZIE
Ever-present and acrobatic. You can't get rid of him.

MARIVALDO DOS SANTOS
From Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Dos Santos has taken his eclectic talent all over the world, traveling throughout Europe, the U.S, Latin America and Asia. As a composer, musician, percussionist and producer, Dos Santos has contributed to some of the most recognizable artists, shows, music, festivals and movie productions of the past decade, such as the legendary Sting, The Fugges, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras, Joshua Bell, Steve Coleman, MD MC’S, Beetroot, Daniela Mercury, Vinicius Cantuaria, Margareth Menezes, Ogans and the Rock in Rio Madrid Festival. His own music projects like electronic recycle, Brazil Underground and Quables bring a vibrant mix of live and electronic new sounds and performances. Film and TV credits: the Emmy®-winning Brazilian soap opera India: A Love Story/Caminho das Indias, the movie Get Him to the Greek, the IMAX film Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey and Sesame Street. He is proud to be part of such an amazing production as Stomp.

ONE OF MARIVALDO'S CHARACTERS: POTATO HEAD
The rock steady rhythmic center of the show.

DUSTIN ELSEA
Dustin is honored to be performing in one of the longest running shows in New York in one of his favorite theaters. Many thanks to Hugh, Polly, Mrs. Jamison, Mr. Panoff, Luke, Steve, and most importantly, Mom and Dad.


ONE OF DUSTIN'S CHARACTERS: DOCTOR WHO
Wild, crazy and likely to do unexpected things -- but only once you get to know him.

FRITZLYN HECTOR
Born in Brooklyn; raised in "Haitian Love!" Erasmus Hall graduate (dance major). As a youth, she was exposed to hip-hop, steppin', drama, music and dances from West and Central Africa taught by master dancer/drummers at the DeeperLite Youth Ensemble directed by Enoch and Ephraim (her mentors/dance fathers). Also joined Batoto Yetu directed by Julio Leitao and was one of the youngest principal dancers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Co. Has traveled worldwide for a diverse range of directors/artists and has been performing for over 20 years. Much honor to God and my ancestors. Lots of respect and thanks to Lucy (mom) and big sis for inspiration. To Assane and Amantery: I'm your BIGGEST FAN!!

ONE OF FRITZLYN'S CHARACTERS: BIN BITCH
Tough, no nonsense, and wields hammer handles like drum sticks.


BRAD HOLLAND
Brad Holland has been inspired by the arts his entire life. He started playing drums in middle school and went on to become one of the top Alabama all-state percussionists in high school. Gershwin and Sondheim sparked his musical theatre interest and moved him to study acting at the University of Montevallo, near Birmingham, AL. After a chance audition for Stomp in 2002, Brad joined the cast. He is currently an aspiring producer, musician, actor and chef in NYC. After working with elephants in northern Thailand, he and his wife have started PeaceForElephants.com as an effort to raise awareness of animal cruelty around the world. Brad is extremely happy to be a member of the Stomp family and thanks Meghan, his parents, Pike brothers and friends for all their love and support.


ONE OF BRAD'S CHARACTERS: RINGO
Like his namesake, musical and laconic.

AARON MARCELLUS
Aaron Marcellus the singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, tap dancer, and actor from Atlanta. In 2011, he auditioned for American Idol. As "Top 24" he traveled with the “Idols World Tour” US Armed Forces to England, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Korea, Kuwait and Japan. Aaron was featured in a Chapstick commercial, a pilot for NBC. He currently hosts a weekly musical at NYC’s Duane Park and can be found all over New York City directing showcases, tap dancing, acting, and serving as a vocal coach.


ONE OF AARON'S CHARACTERS: PARTICLE MAN
A warrior with stamina and a sharp sense of detail.

JASON MILLS
Jason Mills was born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, and moved to New York City in 1994 at the age of 22 to pursue a career in the arts. Initially working for clothing designer Nicole Miller as a graphic artist, he was hired in 1995 to perform in the original touring company of Stomp. Over the next four years work with the show included a 1996 Academy Awards performance, an appearance in the Stomp IMAX film Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, and global touring. After a six-year hiatus from the show he is once again a part of the New York cast. Jason is a multi-instrumentalist, a producer, a composer, and a bandleader. He performs regularly with his six-piece soul band BEETROOT, whose debut album 13 was nominated for Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards in 2005.


ONE OF JASON'S CHARACTERS: SARGE
Precise and determined, the leader of the group.

MANNY OSORIA
Manny is a classically trained drummer who later began to specialize in world percussion and hand drumming. He founded Momentum Live Entertainment in 2009, with whom he performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the US Open, and Beakerhead. His work at MomentumDrums.com includes advocating for arts & music education by producing workshops and fundraisers in marginalized urban communities.


ONE OF MANNY'S CHARACTERS: POTATO HEAD
The rock steady rhythmic center of the show.

KRYSTAL RENÉE
A New York native and LaGuardia High School alumna, Krystal has worked intensively in the theater, dance, and music fields. She trained as a theater major at California Institute of the Arts, studied classical voice abroad at Florence University of the Arts, and graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase. Among others, Krystal has worked under the coaching of Ben Harney, Michael Cassara, Charles Tuthill, Craig Derry, Ankh Ra, and various instructors at Broadway Dance Center and KMA Studios. She is extremely grateful for the blessing of this role in Stomp. Special thanks goes to her mom and supportive friends. Find out more at www.WhoisKrystal.com


ONE OF KRYSTAL'S CHARACTERS: CORNISH
Comedy is her middle name.

INDIGO SMITH
Indigo Smith is a Multi-Percussionist from Los Angeles, California. Starting out in the Marching Percussion world, Indigo was a member of the 2012 WGI Championships percussion ensemble OCI. As Indigo began to specialize in World Music and Hand Percussion, she studied under various Afro-Cuban musicians such as Yagbe Onilu, as well as studying orchestral and pop percussion with Pete Korpela (Lion King). As a freelance percussionist, Indigo has performed with production outfits and recording artists such as Street Beat and Miki Howard. When not performing or studying, Indigo enjoys composing instrumentals and creating visual art pieces. Indigo is excited to share her passion for music and sound as a member of STOMP.

ONE OF INDIGO'S CHARACTERS: BIN BITCH
Tough, no nonsense, and wields hammer handles like drum sticks.

CARLOS THOMAS
Carlos Thomas was born in a small town called Sodus, NY. Drummer, percussionist, music producer, dancer. He first started playing music in church – and constantly finds himself banging on trash, more than his own instruments. Then came Stomp. “From 199***** I’m still here and love it!” Thanks to God, mom, Bill, Robyn and my close friends.

ONE OF CARLOS'S CHARACTERS: RINGO
Like his namesake, musical and laconic.

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