Meet the Collective


Christina Rose Ashby

Christina is an Alaskan theater artist living in Brooklyn. She specializes in new work creation and the reimagining of classics. Select past credits include “Lack of Milk,” “Lost Sock Laundromat Astoria Queens” and “Suspicion Obsession Paranoia Marriage,” all by frequent collaborator Ivan Faute; “Living With an Angel,” a semi-autobiographical clown fantasia by Catherine Restivo-Romito; “Life is a Dream: a New Vintage” by Calderon and adapted by Annie R. Such; and “A Bright Room Called Day” by Tony Kushner. MFA in directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. Follow her on Twitter @tvschristina or Instagram @christinaroseashby

Kayla Prestel

Kayla Prestel is an actor, puppeteer and teaching artist. Off Broadway: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Theater Row), The Death of Balder (St. Ann’s Warehouse - Labapolooza), Food for the Gods (La Mama), Puppet Playlist (The Tank/Sinking Ship Prod.), Women of Puppetry (NYC Puppet Fringe/Teatro SEA) The Morningtime of Now (FringeNYC) Regional: The Tempest (Touchstone Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Diary of Anne Frank (Riverside Theater), The Museum of Music, (Mock Turtle Marionette Theater). She recently performed as a mime at The Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL) in Davide Balula’s conceptual project, Mimed Sculptures. Kayla completed a year-long apprenticeship in physical theater with Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem, PA and studied puppetry with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater. Currently, she performs and teaches puppetry with Puppet Kitchen (NYC) and is a private Pilates instructor and the owner of Feel Good Pilates.


Samantha E. Turlington

SAMANTHA E. TURLINGTON is an actor and vocalist currently living and working in New York City. Along with her performance career, Samantha also works as a director, educator, and production consultant. As a grounded member of both the commercial and independent theater communities, Samantha enjoys working on both established and new works with a concentration on productions that explore and support socially conscious issues. A few of Samantha's favorite theatrical roles include Ophelia in The Ophelia Theater Group's production of Rockabye Hamlet, the vivacious Gloria in Soldiers & Other Living Things by Michael Boyd, Mama in Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, Katherina 'the Curst" in Taming of the Shrew, a gender-swapped Leonato(a) in Much Ado About Nothing, and Barker in Ashley Lauren Rogers' body horror play Oddity. In late 2017, Samantha decided to dip her toes into the film and television world. Her favorite television experiences so far have been dawning those blue crime scene gloves as a CSI Agent in Pandora's Box: Unleashing Evil and sharing the heartbreaking story of Dorothy Hajdys and her son on Deadliest Decades: 1990s; both shows aired on the Investigation Discovery channel. For a full resume, biography, and media please visit


Charlotte Vaughn Raines

Charlotte Vaughn Raines is currently a student at the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University where she will receive her MFA. She most recently appeared in their winter production of Two Gentlemen of Verona as Lucetta and Thurio. Prior to school she was a member of Long2, the pre professional division of the Vanessa Long Dance Company. Her previous credit with Christina as director was playing Rosaura in EagerRisk Theater's production of Life is a Dream. Other credits include the world premiere of a new play Rational Creatures where she originated the role of Hazel (HMTCA Theater), Marie Antoinette in Marie Antoinette (HMTCA Theater), Desdemona in Othello (Gene Frankel Theater), and Daisy in Rhinoceros (Onomatopoeia Theater Company). Other training: William Esper Acting Studio and University of Michigan.

Shelley Franklin

Hailing from Texas, Shelley holds a BFA in Performance from UT Arlington, and has been in multiple productions across the country. Some of her favorites include the national tour of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Dallas Children's Theater), Spamalot (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), and TEXAS in the Palo Duro Canyon amphitheater. Shelley is a founding member of The Chameleon Fools Theatre Troupe ( who’s recent presentations include Through the Cracks (HERE Arts Center) and Lenny Bruce is Back (Daryl Roth, D Lounge).

Thomas Burns Scully

Thomas Burns Scully is a British born musician, writer, and performer. He can been seen playing across NYC, including such locations as the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square. He has worked with Christina on numerous occasions (As You Like It, Life is a Dream, Proof, Joe Egg) and always finds it to be an enriching experience. He is also an award-winning playwright, actor, and a designer of Room Escapes, including Fortune 500 Company Anheuser-Busch's "15 Minutes to Make History" experience (SXSW and Campus Tour). You can learn more about him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and listen to his music on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.


Nola Hayes

Nola Hayes is from Boulder, Colorado and grew up traveling the world, learning languages, music and dance. She graduated with a degree in Chinese and Minors in French and Japanese from the Universita’ Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Italy, and lived in Shanghai for a period of time. Nola moved to New York two years ago to pursue musical theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she studied under Evan Pappas, John Znidarsic, Ray Virta, Gail Dennison, and Serena Berne. Nola speaks six different languages at varying levels and is passionate about Social Justice and Women’s Rights.


Jo Cutrona

Jo Cutrona is an actor, singer, stage combatant, and genderqueer renegade. They began working with Permafrost during the What I.F. residency and are thrilled to be a collaborative member of the collective! Favorite credits include Susan in [title of show], and 1/3 of Shakespeare's canon (as Daniel) in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Their artistic interests also include singing, playing ukulele and guitar, and fiber crafts including crochet and macrame. Jo earned a BA in Theater from Muhlenberg College and received training from Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA and the Accademia dell’Arte in Italy. Instagram: @jocutrona


Amelia Cain

Amelia Cain is an actor, director, and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Last spring she directed Carolyn Gage’s play Easter Sunday at the International Dublin Gay Theatre festival. She puppeteers for Brooklyn munchkins with Puppetsburg and at PS.3 with ShadowBox Theater. Recent credits include the Verity in Rising Sun Performance Co.’s To Suffer a Witch, Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s all female production of Henry the Fifth, and Rebbeca in Ashes to Ashes with the Invisible Girls Theatre co. Directorial credits include We ReMember and 50/50 with Eastern Bridge Theatre, The Zero Hour by Madeline George, and Passing by Haley Jakobson. Many thanks to all the members of our Alice pack, such joy follow these humans around.


Marth Brown

Marth Brown is so happy to be a part of the Permafrost Theater Collective and their production of “What I.F”. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Marth is a dedicated theater maker excited about building an artistic life here in New York City. She is a proud UofI, NMTI, Open Jar, and Stella Adler Alumni. Her Recent credits include: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Flute/Thisby), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) and Cabaret (Rosie). Currently Marth is playing Laura in Laura Ingalls Wilder “Growing up on the Prairie” through Artspower. Last but not least she would like to thank her family and friends for all their support as she peruses a creative life here in New York City. @smart_h and @smwritingphotos