Say Hello to Our Cast and Crew!

It's been a long haul, with many ups and downs, but we are pleased to announce the team of amazing people working on this year's production of For a Life in the Strawberry Theatre Festival.

We've found the best people to bring this show to you in May - OK, maybe a few of them found us - but no matter! Check out the who's who below and remember these names!

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Meet the Creative Team

Playwright - Cody Buser

Cody Buser’s plays include For a Life, Let’s Dig Up Dad!, How to be a Successful Super Villain, Remission, and Crazy in Love. Cody’s work has been produced at Sebsi Studios in Saugerties NY, as well as at the Hudson Guide Theater in Chelsea NY as part of the 2016 and 2017 NY Summerfests, where Let's Dig Up Dad! was nominated for Best Play. In 2017 he founded Second to the Right Productions, in continuation of producing new works. Cody earned his B.A. in Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz where his work was published in the school’s annual Stonesthrow Review Literary Journal.

Director - Phil Setren

Phil most recently directed the new play Reprehensible Men (Camden Festival/Tristan Bates Theatre/London). Regional Theatre Credits: Maiden's Prayer ( Waterfront Playhouse, Florida), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Source Theatre, Washington, DC), Lady (Terry Schreiber Studios, NYC), Sleeper Hold (ATA, NYC), The Light (Washington Theatre Festival), Beyond Therapy (Source/International Tour), Temporary Girl (Theatre Project Baltimore), Miss Diagnosis (Chicago Filmmakers).

London Directing Credits: Jack the Lad (Soho Theatre/Dublin Festival), Lovers From Hell (Oval House), Julie Johnson (Gate), The Cezanne Syndrome (Old Red Lion), The Very Nearly Love Life (Finborough), Red Light Soho (Greenwich Theatre), Hard Shoulder (Riverside Studios), Miss Julie (Cafe Theatre) and Gay Marriage in Suburbia (Young Vic.) Edinburgh Festival: Below The Belt (Assembly Rooms), Soap Crazy (Gilded Balloon). Australia: Pretext/Smooth (You Are Here Festival, Canberra.) Plays Phil Directed with name performers for the money: Popcorn with Kelly McGillis (Waterfront Playhouse, Florida), The Tooth of Crime with Jack Bruce (Bridge Lane Theatre, London).

It is Phil's fondest dream to direct new plays in all of the small and mid-sized theaters of New York City.

Assistant Director/Stage Manager - Caroline Ragland

Caroline Ragland is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. During her time at school, she took a great interest in stage management and is now pursuing a dual career in acting and stage management.

Recent credits: Camelot, 9 to 5 (The Encore Musical Theatre Company); Dogfight, Godspell, Hair (ASM), The 39 Steps (ASM). Caroline moved to New York in September and is excited to be a part of The Strawberry Theatre Festival and For a

Assistant Stage Manager - Karen Yoon

Karen Yoon is a freshman at Barnard College majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Translation Studies. In her first year of college, she has taken an enthusiastic role in student theatre, working as the props and lights designer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2017 and the head lights designer for But I’m a Cheerleader the Musical this past winter, as well as serving on the Student Government Association Committee for Arts and Culture as a board member. Other than her role as Assistant Stage Manager for For a Life, she is currently working on a proposal to produce Ragtime next fall through the Columbia Musical Theatre Society.

Composer/Sound and Projection Design - Gavin Heaney

Gavin is a popular music composer and was a member of the bands The Revengers, Ten Kingdoms, November Station and the Rim Shots. He has composed theatre soundtracks for the new plays Red Light Soho and Smooth, and has directed pop videos for "Don't be so Serious" and "I am in a Teepee." Songs in progress include "Gemini Four" and "This Side of the World."

Costume Design - Keturah Thorpe

Keturah Thorpe is a graduate of Suny Purchase at which she costume designed Rapture (2014), Blues for Mister Charlie (2015), Serious Money (2016), and Dolls of New Albion (2016). She has been an assistant costume designer for Macbeth with the New York Classical Theatre (2017), and Desperate Measures at The York Theatre Company (2017). She makes her living by working wardrobe on various off-broadway productions, most recently The Low Road at the Public Theatre (2018). She is so very excited to be part of the incredible creative team of For A Life this spring.

Light Design - Alexandra Christie

Set Design - Ann Beyersdorfer

Ann Beyersdorfer is a NYC based visual and environmental storyteller. Her set designs have been featured across NYC, off-broadway, regionally and on television with Optimum tv. Select Design work includes: AFTERGLOW (Davenport Theater), A REAL BOY (59E59), JONAH AND OTTO, TRIAL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT (Theatre Row), THE NIGHT ALIVE (Guild Hall, NY), THE DODGERS (Hudson Theater, LA), GHOST (White Plains PAC), A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Nat'l Tour, Gershwin Entertainment), THE BOX SHOW (Regional Tour). Select Associate Design: JITNEY (Broadway-Tony Award Nom.), PHISH NYE CONCERT ’16/’17 (Madison Square Garden) (des. David Gallo), THE CHILDREN (Broadway) (des. Miriam Beuther), ANASTASIA (National Tour) & the upcoming production of SAMSON ET DALILA (Met Opera) (des. Alexander Dodge). She is a Syracuse Alum & a proud member of United Scenic Artists local 829.

Meet the Cast

Chris Sherwood

Christopher Sherwood


Christopher trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and makes his New York debut in this show. Theatre: Little Revolution (The Almeida), Where Will We Live? (Southwark Playhouse, Camden People's Theatre), Reprehensible Men - Part II (The Tristan Bates), Border Control (Theatre503, Norwich Arts Centre, Camden Roundhouse), Christmas (Theatre N16), Road (The Bridewell Theatre), Foxfinder, The Last of the Haussmans (Theatro Technis), Orpheus in The Underworld (Oxford Playhouse), Salome (Barons Court Theatre). Film: More Strange Than True, Our Little Haven, The Chain, Ergo, Starling Murmuration. TV: Tripped (E4), Conspiracy (Channel 5), Urban Myths (Sky).


Emma Clare O'Connor


Emma is a Manhattan-based actor with a background in classical and contemporary theater. Originally from Portland, OR, she is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She also studied for a year in London at the British American Drama Academy. Since graduating she has performed at the Actors’ Temple on 47th Street and in multiple short films and pilot episodes.

James Meyer

James C. Meyer


James trained at UC Berkeley, UCB, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and is an alumnus at Atlantic Acting School. Theatre: Conversations with an Average Joe at Davenport Theatre, The Proposal with Love Creek Productions, Houdini at the Secret Theater Festival, A Sketch of New York at the Producer's Club, The General of Hot Desire and Sick at Atlantic Acting School, and The Loop. Film: White Lies and A Husband's Lethal Intentions. TV: Shadow of Doubt and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones.

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Lisa Forrell

The Doctor

Lisa was born in Manhattan but has lived in Europe most of her life. She studied acting as a child at the Stella Adler Theatre Academy and the HB Studios. She then became an ‘aspirant director’ at the Berliner Ensemble and Weimar National Theatre in (East) Germany. Since then she has directed over 30 productions in London and Paris, as well as written several produced plays. She is a translator of plays and a screenwriter. Her film The Journey Home will be produced by True North (Iceland). She has acted for director Phil Setren in several rehearsed readings and performances and is delighted to be back for the first time, with him, as an actor in her hometown.
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For a Life is presented as part of the Strawberry Theatre Festival with only four performances! Don't miss out on this provocative show that challenges our notions of what it means to be human.