meet our team...

an ever-growing list of artists we've collaborated with

MICHELLE CICCOTELLI

co-founder | producer | actor | writer

Michelle is a founding member of Amateur Hour and graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a BFA and a long to-do list. Her most recent projects include the NYC production of Gutenberg! The Musical! (Deb Simon), and the podcast “someone hang out with us!” which she produced and hosted with the effervescent Haley Milano. Michelle has a passion for television and works as an Associate Producer for CNN's HLN Network. She would like to thank everyone who has ever supported Amateur Hour financially, emotionally, or with their talents, and she is thrilled in a very mischievous way about Amateur Hour’s future endeavors. Stay tuned! 

instagram @savedbymichelle

STEPHANIE OCCHIPINTI

co-founder | producer | actor | writer

Stephanie is one of the co-founders of Amateur Hour and loves all things comedy (and making opportunities for herself and others to create + perform). She graduated from Boston University’s School of Theatre with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Music Theatre, and also studied Physical Theater at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Stephanie has taken Sketch Comedy Writing classes at the UCB Training Center and is excited to create the silliest characters, shows, and experiences for Amateur Hour audiences. Thank you to all who have helped us along the way!

www.stephanieocchipinti.com

instagram @stephocchipinti

MADELINE SOSNOWSKI

sketch writer | actor

Born and raised in the midwest and (cringe) south, Maddie is now happily an east coaster living and working in New York. She attended the Boston University School of Theatre where she received her BFA in Acting and minor in Arts Leadership. After spending most of her time as an artist thus far in very serious plays and emotional acting classes, she is grateful to have the opportunity to put all of her weird thoughts about the world to good use. Maddie looks forward to learning and laughing with these badass women over the course of this process, and can't wait to see what this group cooks up!

www.madelinesosnowski.com

SYDNEY HOLMES

sketch writer | actor

Sydney is a comedian hailing from Houston, Texas. She has produced, created and starred in her own sketch show, "The Male Gauze," and studied both sketch and improv at UCB. She was a part of the Reckless Theatre Instant Sketch Teams, and is a founding member of the indie improv team, Hot Cousin. She performs standup around the city where she primarily makes fun of her grandma and herself.

instagram @allthingsconsydered

twitter @holmesaintloyal

LINDSY M. BISSONNETTE

sketch writer | actor

Lindsy is a freelance director and writer in NYC. She loves directing new ensemble works, writing parody digital shorts, and performing improv and sketch comedy. In her free time, she can be found cooking and baking, keeping up her correspondence (she is a big fan of hand written letters), bingeing films and TV, and fighting the patriarchy. 

instagram @istanduponmydesk  @lmb_in_nyc

MICHELLE FARHANG

sketch writer | actor

Michelle Farhang is a writer and actor based in New York. She originates from San Francisco and graduated from Chapman University in Southern California. Michelle has since been studying at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Magnet Theater and HB Studio. She most recently wrote for the sketch comedy show Remix 3.0 and performed in the sketch comedy show Ringers, both at the Magnet Theater. In her free time, she volunteers at Best Friends Animal Society. Her dream is to be a writer and actor on a Michael Schur workplace comedy. 

instagram @michellefarhang

twitter @michellefarhang

LYDIA UTTER

director

New York run of Gutenberg! The Musical!

She Makes Me Laugh Festival

NYC SketchFest 2019

Lydia Utter was born on a dark and stormy night in November, and has really never been the same since. Her first ever Halloween costume was a clown, so apparently her mother could see into the future. She graduated in 2017 from the Boston University School of Theatre with a BFA in Tomfoolery and Mischief. Her greatest joy in life is making others laugh- whether it’s with silly faces, crude puns, or jokes she’s spent three weeks perfecting in the shower. 

instagram @utterly.dia 

JULIE CAVALIERE

sketch writer | actor

Originally from Queens, NY, Julie Cavaliere is an actor, writer, producer as well as several other hyphenates. She has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade and The New School for Drama. Some recent credits include a recurring role in Colin Quinn's Cop Show, Blindspot, and Person of Interest as well as performing sketch and improv around the city. She is obsessed with animals (but not in a creepy way), and pushing elevator buttons (totally in a creepy way). One day she would like to figure out how to make rice like a grown-up.

www.juliecavaliere.com

instagram @juliebcavaliere

twitter @juliebcavaliere

ABBY HEROLD

sketch writer Womedy 2019

Abby is a New York based comedian, actress, and singer originally from the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI.  She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and is currently an Academy student at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Abby attended and completed the improvisation and sketch writing program at the Second City-Chicago, and her original one-woman show, Here and There, has been featured at the United Solo Festival in New York City; the largest solo theatre festival in the world, amongst other performance venues around the country. Abby also enjoys running, lipstick, and soft serve ice cream.

www.abbyherold.com

instagram @abbyherold 

ELIZABETH CALLAHAN

director

New York run of Womedy: An Original Sketch Comedy Show

Elizabeth is a New York based Director, actor, and comedian. She received a dual degree in Theater and English from The University of Vermont  and has also trained at The Studio Theater, The Peoples Improv Theater, and The Magnet Theater. Most recently she directed the new play, “Late Night at the Serpent” for The New York City Fringe Festival, and co-produced and co-wrote the sketch variety show “AmericaLand!” at the PIT. Elizabeth is also a teacher and works with children in Manhattan and Brooklyn to devise theater, and direct productions. She is so excited to represent women in comedy with what she loves most, sketches!!!!

instagram @elizabeees

BO KRUCIK

graphic designer | actor SketchFest 2019

Bo Krucik is our fearless graphic designer and is the coolest cat around. He is not an actual cat, he is a man. But he has been a go-to for all our Amateur Hour graphic needs, whether its poster design or illustration, After Effects, or letting us borrow his camera, and he's excellent at what he does. Go Bo!!!!

JOE BOYCE

actor Womedy 2019

Joe Boyce is a New York City based actor, comedian, and classically trained barista.  He studied acting at the Boston University School of Theatre where he was lucky enough to become friends with some funny ladies who would later let him be a part of Amateur Hour shows. He enjoys reading books and watching The Bachelorette (find me after the show and talk to me about Luke P). 

instagram @j0eboyce

twitter @J0E_B0YCE

JUHI SHARMA

director of photography

Juhi Sharma is a New York, Dallas and Chennai based filmmaker working in documentaries, fiction films, music videos and branded content. She has an MFA in Cinematography and a Diploma in Digital Photography. Her work in documentary and AD films has taken her all across the world and won her multiple awards for the same. Her focus drives her to understand the universal thread of emotion that unites us all. When she is not on set, she is often found petting random dogs.

www.juhi-sharma.com

instagram @jusharma

JESSICA MALONE

director/choreographer

Boston run of Gutenberg! The Musical!

Jessica Scout Malone is a director, actor, and movement enthusiast with a passion for puns and intersectional feminist theatre. She is currently based in Boston, MA. She is an Actor Combatant certified by the Society of American Fight Directors, and fervently believes that more people should play with swords. She graduated in 2017 her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. She has also trained in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Jess believes in active listening, self-evaluation, and the rule of threes. She believes in believing in people, loving things loudly, and using the arts to bridge the gap between who we are and who we want to be.