Born in the Philippines, Kenny Prenksamar first entered the acting scene as a frantic POW that won 2nd prize in a high school drama competition. His passion for acting was re-ignited when came to Beijing and played the role of Ed Carmicheal in Beijing Playhouse's production of "You Can't Take It With You" in September of 2010. Often heard playing his jaw harp and banging away on djembes, he's always on his motorbike for nature-trips. Outside the theatre, you'll see him peddling his coconut sugar and oil as well as working as a Waldorf teacher in Beijing.
Rebecca Parr as Rebecca
Rebecca Parr is a professionally trained full time working actress from England who has been living and working in Beijing as an actress and voice actress since August 2007. Having graduated from Bath Spa University in England in 2007 with an Acting BA, Rebecca has had leading and supporting roles in virtually every Western production performed in Penghao theatre in the last 4 years with the Beijing Actors Workshop and Beijing Innovative Theatre Experience, about 20 productions and counting. She was also Mrs Kirby in Beijing Playhouse’s “You Can’t Take it with you” and 5 roles in the recent festival ‘It Comes Naturally”. In love with accents, gritty drama and characters, she throws herself into her roles with passion and enthusiasm. “Rebecca” is the last role she will perform in Beijing. Acting is her life and in light of this she is moving to New Zealand in September to develop her acting career.
Dave Cooper as Gerald
Since leaving the music scene in the UK two years ago, Dave has become the front man for Red Pirates (http://site.douban.com/redpirates), a Hard Rock n' Roll band in high demand around Beijing. He is a keen singer/songwriter and has performed around the UK and China. Dave is first and foremost an entertainer, always playing with the audience as much as he is playing for them. Returning to acting in 2011 after a 15 year hiatus, he has achieved success in several plays in the Beijing theatre scene, most recently MCing "It Comes Naturally" a theatre festival about identity. For the last 2 years Dave has been studying improv and has become the most recent addition to the Beijing Improv Main Stage Players (http://www.beijingimprov.org/). He also performs and teaches with Beijing Jugglers (http://beijingperformers.net/).
Elizabeth Ashforth as Beth
Writer/director/actor Liz Ashforth wrote her first play ‘The Date’, at very short notice, for the Beijing International Short Play Festival in 2011 and decided it was so much fun she’d do it all again. After a 12 year break she returned to acting in 2010 in an experimental drama production ‘Facehook’, which explored the dangers of privacy, social isolation and addiction to online social networking, inspired by the controversial 1994 poem File Zero. She makes money working as a marine microbiologist at the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on a fellowship for visiting post-doctoral researchers. But don’t call her a science geek!; she is a red belt black tag in the Korean martial art of taekwondo.
Christina Liu as Operator
Christina is from the US and has been in Beijing for about a year and a half. She's been working in TV production but has recently gotten into the theater scene. She has done a bit of theater and the odd student film in the past, but this is her first full length production in Beijing. She's excited to see Monster Down! bring some new flavor to Beijing and hopes everyone enjoys the ride!
Charlotte Dowling as Uta Newmark
Lottie Dowling is a founding member of Beijing Improv, Beijing’s oldest and biggest improvised Theatre Company. She has performed in countless Improv Shows since 2006 in Beijing and recently performed, with Beijing Improv, in the Hong Kong Improv Festival. She has taught and developed the curriculum for both the English Mainstage Player’s, BIG (Bilingual Improvisation Group) and BJI’s weekly public Bilingual Improvisation Classes.
She has taught at an international school since 2005, and was the Drama Coordinator for the Junior School for the last four years. She has directed and produced several productions in this role, with up to 80 students per show, including ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Oliver Twist’.
She, additionally, had a leading role in the 2008 production; ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and directed the short play ‘Relativity’ in the ‘It Comes Naturally’ Festival which was also at Peng Hao Theatre in late August.