Cast Biographies


Nick DeMatteo

Now living in New York City, Nick (Eric Meader) started his dual acting and music
career right here in Philadelphia, where he was born and raised. He went on to study acting & music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and now trains in NYC privately with film & TV actor, Harry O'Reilly.

In the last several years, Nick has done film, stage & television roles, and has recorded three full-length CDs of original indie rock/pop/alternative music. Though most of his recent acting work has been in New York City film and television productions, including a small role in this year's season premier of HBO's Sex & the City, the bulk of Nick's stage work has thus far been in Philadelphia. He starred in the original Philly Fringe Festival production of Final Half-Hour, was a costar in the Society Hill Playhouse production of Lafferty's Wake, and had a supporting role right here in Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, in the 2000 production of Bent.

As a singer/songwriter/musician, Nick has performed in clubs throughout Philly, New Jersey & New York, both solo and with bands. You can read more about Nick at his official website,, and listen to samples from his latest CD, The Metrogrand Sessions. Nick would like to thank all the fans, family and friends who make his pursuits worthwhile, and keep him sane when the world gets crazy. A final, special thanks to the late Mike Klein -- producer, mentor, friend.

Tom Bessellieu

Tom (Dr Hugo, Man in Black) is excited to be making his Philadelphia debut with Final Breath. Tom has been acting and directing in regional and community theatre for over 20 years. He was last seen onstage as Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical at Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre. Other recent roles include Tevye in Pierrot Production's Fiddler on the Roof, Pseudolus in the Pennington Players' A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Oscar in Pierrots' The Odd Couple and Herod in Midnight Productions' Jesus Christ Superstar.

In recent years, Tom's directing efforts include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte's Web, the New Jersey premiere of The Legend of Redwall Abbey, and most recently, The Rocky Horror Show--all with the Pennington Players at the Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, New Jersey. Tom also directed an audio production of The Importance of Being Earnest for an educational publisher, as well as many radio, television, video and multimedia projects. He is a writer for Dana Communications, an advertising agency headquartered in Hopewell, NJ.. Tom dedicates his performance to his wife Candace and sons Graham and Luke for their support and love.

Joy Orlemann

Joy (Eleena and Lisa) has had a wide variety of roles for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Montgomery Theater Project, Hedgerow Theater, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New Mermaid Players, Ft Salem Theatre, and Houghton College. She has had lead roles in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Heaven Can Wait , Anything Goes, Cowboy Mouth, Snakebit, Gingerbread Lady, and other plays. She has also appeared in commercial, film, and print media. She has been an instructor of theatre arts at the Walnut Street Theatre's Youth Program, and has trained at the Wilma Theatre Studio, Walnut Street Theatre School, Mike Lemon Casting, etc. She also worked with the American Music Theatre Festival as a choreographer--one of her favorite preoccupations.

Marjorie Goldman

Marjorie (Dr Davenport, Woman in Black, Mom) has been acting professionally in the Philadelphia area for about nine years. Venues and ensembles in which she has been seen include American Historical Theatre, Theatre Ariel, Theatrix, The Brick Playhouse, Town Crier Summer Theater, Plays for Living, and Next Line Comedy Theater. She also teaches an improvisational comedy class for adults through Main Line School Night, and is a part-time educator/naturalist at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She is enjoying the adventure of being married to a jazz-playing pathologist while raising two teen-age children.

Trevor Algatt

Trevor (Peppy) is a senior at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania, currently earning a degree in the Theatre Arts, with a concentration in performance. His past credits at West Chester include Lord Byron in Childe Byron, Jeff in The Sum of Us, Sammy in the musical Blood Brothers, Mr. Quimby in the stage-adaptation of Ramona Quimby, and Peter in The Heidi Chronicles, among others. He spent the summer at Vassar College where he studied as an apprentice to the New York Stage and Film and Powerhouse Theater Professional companies, and had the chance to play Orpheus in the new play Eurydice. He hopes that Final Breath will be the start of his professional career in film and stage acting. In his free time, Trevor enjoys writing, recording, and performing his own music, swimming, and spending time with his favorite pooch, Skye.

Zack Colonna

Zack (Jason) is a senior at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA, where he performed in Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Picnic (Alan), and Company (Harry). For the Young People's Theatre Workshop, he has portrayed Will Parker in Oklahoma, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, and Sasha in Fiddler on the Roof. He performed a variety of roles at the Strath Haven Middle School, and has also appeared in a television commercial for Dorney Park and an industrial film for Bristol Myers Squibb. He also had small roles in the short-lived TV series, Philly. He plans on attending college next year and majoring in film production and musical theatre. Zack would like to dedicate this performance to his Mom-mom for always believing in him.

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