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TYRIN NILES (Jean-Baptiste Delacroix) is making his Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. Tyrin was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been seen throughout various television shows, as well as, roles in multiple films over the last decade. While Tyrin was in Atlanta, he had exceptional training with the popular actor Greg Allan-Williams. While being a part of his Masterclass, Tyrin had acquired many skills and techniques that have propelled his acting career. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Tyrin began studying with Joshua Bitton where he spent two years training the Meisner program. Tyrin just completed a feature role in a film called Ant, directed by Misha Meyer, where it was seen in various festivals, including the Toronto film festival, the Florida Film Festival, and the LA Shorts Film Festival. He was also in a Sundance film called Burden that went on to win the Sundance ’18 Audience Award. Tyrin landed the recurring role in the hit show American Soul which airs on BET. Tyrin Niles has also been a part of the Tyler Perry Studios television show called Meet The Browns, where he played a recurring role. Tyrin Niles currently resides in Los Angeles California.
AHKEI TOGUN (Calvin Young) is making his Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. Originally from Richmond, Virginia is a soon to be graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Excited to be taking on the role of Calvin for his West Coast professional debut.
DENISE YOLÉN (Aisha Douglas) is making her Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. Denise was born in Queens New York, and raised in South Florida, Denise has been described as “Funny, passionate, a solid writer and a great storyteller.” Denise honed her skills at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Most recently she was featured in the film Sankofa City a science fiction film in which she portrayed a woman connecting the roots of her past, present, and future. The film premiered at the Pan African Film Festival. She was also featured in 1 Chance where she portrayed the fiancé of a prized boxer who has been diagnosed with a life-altering disease. The film was an official selection at The National Black Film Festival, The DC Black Film Festival, and The Everybody Digital Film Festival. She most recently wrote and co-starred in her very first feature film, entitled Sundays In July, a frank exploration of two modern lovers at different stages of their relationship. The pulse of New York thrives in all of her artistic endeavors; ultimately authenticity is key.
ASHLEE OLIVIA (Adriana Douglas) is making her Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. Awarded Best Supporting Actress by the NAACP, the Phylicia Rashaad Award at the BTAAs and Little Miss Photogenic in one of L.A.’s local beauty pageants—Miss Olivia has always been bit by the performance bug. Traveling to Chicago from L.A. she earned her BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has also worked with Mpaact, Chicago Shakespeare and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Back in L.A., Ashlee developed a strong relationship with the Robey Theatre Company and has appeared in some of their award winning productions, namely, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, Knock Me A Kiss, and her personal favorite, Anna Lucasta, all directed by Mr. Ben Guillory. Ashlee’s one-woman show, Eartha’s Kit debuted in 2015 and has also graced a stage in L.A.’s Fringe Festival in 2017 directed by the wonderful Mrs. Kellie Dantzler Davis, musical direction by Miss Cydney Wayne Davis and Costumes by the amazing Melanie Denise. Fun Fact: Ashlee did a one night only 1st run on of her Eartha show entitled Mama Eartha directed by Mr. Dwain Perry at Mpaact in Chicago as apart of their Solo Jams Series in 2013. She dedicates everything she does onstage and on-screen to her mother, her sister and her father, André Sylvester Jones.
STAN MAYER (Cop) is making his Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. Stan is an actor, playwright, and director. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, in a past life Stan was a US Marine infantryman and Intelligence Officer in special operations, serving five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stan likes theater better. Recent works include performing in Sam Shepard’s early play Back Bog Beast Bait and co-writing the play Carry Me Home, with Cecilia Fairchild, which will premier in LA this fall.
DAMON RUTLEDGE (Sebastian Winthrop) is making his Matrix Theatre Company debut with Scraps. A Los Angeles native and 6 year Navy veteran, Damon left the military to pursue his dreams of acting. Since returning to California he has captivated audiences with his portrayals of Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, Troy Maxson in Fences at The Long Beach Playhouse and a understudy role alongside Philicia Rashad in Head of Passes at the Mark Taper Forum. In addition to acting he has also earned his Masters Degree from Pepperdine University and is currently finishing up his Doctorate from USC. Forever humbled by any opportunity to step onstage Damon wishes to thank his family , friends and especially his wife for their continued support on this fantastic journey.