Joe Paparella has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Good Vibrations. On tour, he was seen in Martin Guerre, Ragtime, and Mamma Mia. Other credits include Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall, Thou Swell at Lincoln Center, Mame at the Kennedy Center starring Christine Baranski, Lies My Father Told Me at the National Yiddish Theatre, and A Little Night Music at Baltimore Centerstage. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1995.
Katy KATY BLAKE (Woman)
Nat’l tours: Eva in Evita, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Whistle Down the Wind (World premiere, dir. Hal Prince). Off Broadway/Regional: York Theatre, Ensemble Studio theatre, NYMF productions, created the role of Pam in CATCO’s and Off-Broadway’s The Last Smoker in America, and the role of Sirroco in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Mask (dir. Richard Maltby, Jr.), Hollywood Bowl in South Pacific with Reba McEntyre. Country music singer/songwriter. Love and thanks to Barry, Mom, and Dad.
RYAN JESSE (Young Man)
COMING OF AGE marks Ryan's second production with NYMF. Previously he was seen in The Last Starfighter (Blake/Zur). Other credits include Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Cinderella (Prince u/s), and Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr./Jerry). Ryan holds a B.A. in Musical Theater from University of Northern Colorado. In August, Ryan will attempt his first triathlon in Staten Island. Wish him luck! Thanks to Adams/Murnane Casting and Jon Provan/Ryan Pifher for this opportunity.

Susanna SUSANNA RIZZO (Young Woman)
Susanna is thrilled to be among the talented cast and creative team of COMING OF AGE! She is joining NYMF for the second time having recently been a semi-finalist in their Next Broadway Sensation competition. Recent credits include: Warsaw (Pre-Broadway workshop), Children of Eden, Fiction in Photographs, The Story of Jo-Beth, and john & jen. Proud graduate of CAP21 and of Interlochen Arts Academy. HUGE thanks to Eddie, casting and my awesome voice teacher—Matt. Endless love to my family and friends for their support and to my GBF!

Maya is thrilled to work with such a talented team and to be a part of this incredible new musical. She was last seen onstage in the world premiere of Beaches, the Musical (Signature Theatre). Select credits include Appropriate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), The Big Meal (Studio Theatre), Macbeth (Synetic Theatre), Eleemosynary (Compass Rose Theater), Good Night Moon, and A Little House Christmas (ATMTC), and Annie (Toby’s Theater).

Excited to part of NYMF for the 2nd time in Coming of Age! Ethan most recently played the role of Artful Dodger in Oliver at Papermill Playhouse. He made his Broadway debut at age 10 as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. Soon after, he performed the role of Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and won critical acclaim for his performance. Other credits include "Growing Up Broadway" Concert at 54 Below and CD release party (Broadway Consortium), Scrooge in Concert (National Tour); Don Giovanni at NYC Opera. Film: Sinister with Ethan Hawke, Dovid Meyer (Indie). TV: NBC New Years Eve in Times Square with Train; Sesame Street; 30 Rock, CBS guest vocalist, Knicks 1/2 time soloist.