Ilya Kozadayev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to a family of ballet dancers. He received his dance training from Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, The School of American Ballet in New York City, Academy of Colorado Ballet and graduated from the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Kozadayev has danced with numerous prestigious ballet companies in the United States including Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, as a soloist with Colorado Ballet, a principal dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet and a soloist with the Houston Ballet. Throughout his career Mr. Kozadayev has performed works by such choreographers as Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, Kenneth McMillan, Fredrik Ashton, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Mathew Borne, Jorma Elo, Aszure Barton, Christopher Bruce, Cho San Goh, Rudi van Danzig, Donald McKayle, Michael Pink, Christopher Wheeldon and many others. Mr. Kozadayev has toured nationally and internationally and has performed in the US, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Spain and Japan. As a dancer Mr. Kozadayev was the winner of the New York International Ballet Competition in 2000.
Mr. Kozadayev’s choreographic credits include works for Boston Ballet’s Raw Dance project, Houston Ballet, Houston Ballet II, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence, and the Salt Creek Ballet. In the Fall of 2015 Mr. Kozadayev created a work for Milwaukee Ballet II and won the Ballet Arkansas Visions Choreography Competition. In the Spring of 2016 Mr. Kozadayev is returning to Festival Ballet of Providence to create ‘Hansel and Gretel’ as well as creating a new work for Tulsa Ballet II. Mr. Kozadayev serves as an Assistant Professor of Ballet at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance where he teaches courses in ballet technique, Character, Partnering, Pointe, Choreography and Understanding Dance. Mr. Kozadayev holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from Jacksonville University in Florida.
Tony Estrella has been artistic director of The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre since 2002. He began working with The Gamm as an actor in 1996 as Octavius Caesar in Antony ;& Cleopatra and since then has appeared in more than 30 productions including Hamlet in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Macbeth in Macbeth, Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing and most recently as Teach in American Buffalo and Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia. He has directed over 20 shows for the company, including Romeo ;& Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hedda Gabler, Festen, Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis and the U.S. premiere of Howard Brenton’s Paul. He also teaches Acting Shakespeare at the University of Rhode Island, where he has been on the theater faculty since 1997. His film credits include Martin Scorsese's The Departed and, most recently, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea. In 2013, Tony received a Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Jeanine Kane is a resident actor at the Gamm Theatre. She has performed in many of Shakespeare’s plays, including playing Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, Gertrude in Hamlet, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Cordelia in King Lear at the Gamm Theatre; Bianca in Othello at NH Center for Performing Arts; and Regan in King Lear at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Some favorite roles include Hannah in Arcadia, Nora in A Doll’s House, Maureen in Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Margie in Good People. Other theatres include Trinity Rep Company and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Jeanine is a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory. She teaches acting and speech classes at Massasoit Community College and speech communications at Emerson College.
Since coming to Providence in 1990 to make his living as a rare book librarian at Brown University, Richard has acted in roles of various dimensions at Alias Stage (now the Gamm Theatre), Perishable Theatre and the Brown University Playwrights' Festival. Most recently, at the Gamm, he has appeared in Hamlet, Festen, 1984, Anne Boleyn, Macbeth, Morality Play and Arcadia. He first appeared as an actor 42 years ago, at Wesleyan University, and continued with productions of The Dartmouth Summer Repertory Company and the Parish Players of Thetford, Vermont. He is deeply grateful to the Gamm and to Festival Ballet for this, his ballet debut.