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Clayton Raithel

Clayton Raithel is an actor, comedian, writer, and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC. A proud member of the Advanced Study sketch and improv programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Clayton has performed throughout New York at UCB, The People’s Improv Theater, and The Magnet Theater. Outside of New York, Clayton’s comedy performances and writings have been seen at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and in front of thousands opening for Steve Carell. Clayton is also an accomplished sound designer and has worked on the Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Clayton is a recent graduate of Princeton University. 

Rick & Jeff Kuperman

Rick and Jeff are a directing and choreography team for stage and screen. Their theater and dance works have been seen across New York City at HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova (ANT Fest), the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the New Ohio Theatre (Ice Factory), Steps on Broadway, Dixon Place, The Living Theatre, FringeNYC, Theater for the New City, The Cutting Room, and Symphony Space. They've also directed and choreographed regional productions in Princeton, NJ (PST) and Cambridge, MA (American Repertory Theater). They are both resident artists with Sightline Theater Company. Their award-winning films have been screened internationally at venues ranging from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC to festivals in Helsinki and Buenos Aires. The brothers are recent graduates of Harvard and Princeton, respectively.

Calla Videt

Calla is Creative Director of Sightline, a New York company committed to creating original, interdisciplinary performance work. As a producer with Sightline, Calla has worked on two ANT Fest shows: the Kuperman Brothers' Roll! and Hold Music. Calla most recently directed My Machine is Powered by Clocks at Ice Factory 2013. With Sightline, other writing and directing credits include: Convergence… (soloNOVA Arts Festival/New Ohio Theater), that time… (Dixon Place), Hold Music (ANT Fest/Culture Project), One Arm and a Leg (HERE/Theater for the New City) and The Untitled Project (Gene Frankel Theater).  In 2013, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, collaborating with geneticist Jon Beckwith to create original performance works about social issues in Biology. In December 2010, she directed The Citizens Band’s The Past is A Foreign Country in conjunction with UNHCR’s campaign to raise awareness for human trafficking. In 2009, she worked on Complicite's West End production of Endgame. She holds a BA in physics and theater from Harvard University, where her final directorial project and senior thesis—The Space Between—premiered on the mainstage of the American Repertory Theater in April 2009.  Calla is the recipient of Harvard’s Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and an Artistic Development Fellowship. Person of the Year, 2011,  2011 Artist in Residence, Watermill Center. Member of Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Calla is currently pursuing her MBA and MFA in filmmaking at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts.

Natalie Gershtein

Natalie Gershtein is working toward her MFA in Theatre Management & Producing at Columbia University. She is the co-founder and Artistic Producer of Beautiful City Theatre in Montreal. In New York, Natalie has worked with Lincoln Center Festival; The Public Theater on the Under the Radar Festival; Ars Nova Theater; Joey Parnes Productions as the Company Management Assistant for Here Lies Love; 101 Productions on the Broadway openings of Annie and The Heiress; and Snug Harbor Productions during the Off-Broadway opening of Emotional Creature, Eve Ensler's (The Vagina Monologues) new play. Natalie is currently the Company Manager at Bucks County Playhouse.

Mary Ellen Stebbins

Mary Ellen Stebbins is an NYC-based lighting designer.  Recent NYC credits include work with Sightline, Atlantic Arts Foundation, Columbia Stages, Target Margin, Waterwell, Heiress, Royal Family and Ritual Theater.  Regional credits include eighth blackbird (tour), New Repertory Theater, Peabody Essex Museum, Bristol Valley Theater, UCSD Dept of Music, Princeton University, and Interrobang.  She is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Encounters Ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum and for Sightline Theater.  The former Lighting Director for Monica Bill Barnes & Co., she is also the Resident Lighting Designer and Co-Founder of Helikon Rep and a founding member of HOWL ensemble.  She received the 2011 USITT Barbizon Lighting Design Award and was a 2009 Hangar Theatre Lab Company Design Fellow.  Mary Ellen holds an MFA from Boston University and an AB from Harvard College.

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Caroline Banks

Caroline Banks is an actor, singer, writer, and director based out of NYC. She graduated from Princeton University in June where she was an English major and Theatre minor. At Princeton, she performed in over a dozen productions most recently as Velma in Chicago (dir. Susie Agins) and Estella in Great Expectations (dir. Tim Vasen). She has performed multiple times in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theater Center.



Oge Ude

Oge is a director/choreographer currently majoring in English with certificates in Theater and Dance at Princeton University. Her recent work includes directing Arthur Miller's All My Sons for Princeton's Theatre Intime and choreographing the musicals RENT and The Drowsy Chaperone for the Princeton University Players. Oge has worked on McCarter Theatre's production of Fences directed by Phylicia Rashad and with the musical improv troupe Baby Wants Candy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. She is currently working with the Public Theater's Public Works program on their upcoming production of The Winter's Tale.

Smile also features the voices of

Becca Foresman | Catherine Cohen | Doug Shapiro | Miyuki Miyagi

Director of Photography: Dylan Steinberg
Camera and Sound: Anthony Morotta, Chelsea Killea, Dave Russo, Eric Teti
Assistant Producers: Ogemdi Ude, Caroline Banks, David Lombroso
Sound and Video Design: Jeff and Rick Kuperman, Clayton Raithel
Voices: Becca Forseman, Catherine Cohen, Doug Shapiro, Miyuki Miyagi
Editing: Jeff and Rick Kuperman
Mastering: Clayton Raithel
Finishing: Steven San Miguel, Daniela Medina
Art Work: Jon Lavalley

Special thanks to

Chloe Angyal, Angel Lam, Heather McAllister, Tom Dunne, Zhan Okudo-Lim, Daniel Yankiver, Michelle Ow, Mary Ellen Stebbins, Jamie Besant, David Drew, Dan Abromowitz, Suzie Agins, Carmelita Becnel, Luke Bradford, BGBG, Clinical Group 4D, Daily Dollar Billz, Sea Bass Franco, Kristin Frasier, Geoff Garlock, Rachel Mason, Phoenix Gonzalez, Arlo Hill, Amy Kacprowicz, Ariana Kuperman, Jesse Lane, Kevin Laskey, Robert Sandberg, Bryan Logan, Daniella Lukashok, The Midwife Block from CUSON, Halcyon Person, Quipfire!, Keith Shaw, Sara Shaw, Brittany Stanley, Darryl Waskow, Jonathan Weed, Tim Vasen, Zach Zimmerman, All Nighter With David Drew, The Crew of Barrel Me II, Holly Linneman, The Crew at Richardson Auditorium, Richard Shadick, Brittany Stanley, Jesse Kolber, Lindsay Tanne, Adrian Michael Ash, Kuperman Family, Raithel Family, Richardson Staff

Presented at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University. October 10, 2014.

Presented by:
Princeton Mental Health Week
Princeton USG
Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

SMILE was presented by The New York International Fringe Festival, a production of The Present Company