Cast

Welcome to The Zeitgeist Chronicles 'Cast' page. Here you can learn about our native New Orleans cast and their contributions to the arts. ​

The Zeitgeist Chronicles is a multimedia theatre production premiering in New Orleans that will be showcasing professional talent. After the premiere in New Orleans, The Zeitgeist Chronicles will move to New York City making NOLA "Broadway South" for real!

Meet our cast

Spencer Howard  (Terrence Thompson)

Multi-talented artist, certified theatre teacher, playwright, actor, director, producer and the author of "Theatre in the Classroom", written to help teachers integrate theatre into their curriculums.  As CEO and Artistic Director of LearningTree Productions: develops theatre programs for youth and was co-founder of BREC (Baton Rouge Parks & Recreation) Belfair Free Dreams Teen Center, the first ever full-service teen center in Baton Rouge, LA and founded the Belfair Free Dreams Theatre Company after school program.  Participated in the Kennedy Center's “Artist as Educators” seminars. As Community Organizer in a four year partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation school based health care advocacy project, designed a model for using theatre to involve teens in community advocacy.  Following Hurricane Katrina, served as artistic director for the Save The Children sponsored community-building project and stage production Remembering The Gift, to create a bridge between New Orleans and Baton Rouge teens.  As a founding member of the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ (now in its 40th year) he was featured in: Home, Simply Heavenly; The Mighty Gents; Sizwe Banzi Is Dead; Ceremonies In Dark Old Men.  A writer for PBS children television and has written several plays including: Black Cat Walk Inn; The Spirit of the Drum (which earned him a playwriting fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts).  Performs a one-man show Ain' Scared of Your Jails, about the music and experiences of young people during the civil rights movement.

Damien Moses  (Jackson Thompson)

 Native of New Orleans, discovered his talent on the speech and debate team in High School (St. Aug). As a local and national champion, he continued through scholarship with success at both Bradley University (IL) and Southern University at New Orleans. His portrayal of (Hedley), August Wilson’s“Seven Guitars” directed by Tommye Myrricke, afforded him the privilege to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. Afterwards, he spent nearly ten years in California honing his craft while working as a voice over artist. His recent return home has been rewarding in radio (WWOZ / WBOK), television (Arachnaquake), film (Baytown Outlaws), and theatre (The Good Negro / Blues For An Alabama Sky / Fishers of Men). He humbly thanks God, his family, and the creative artists / producers of “The Zeitgeist Chronicles” for yet another opportunity.

Martin "Bats" Bradford (Miles Thompso)

Native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard University where he studied Mass Communications and Theatre Arts. Credits include: "Macbeth" in Macbeth; "Sporting Life" in Porgy.  Performed leading roles in: ArtSpot Production's Rumours of War; Chakula Cha Jua Theatre Company / Poetic Panther Productions' The Angola 3; "Booth" in TopDog/UnderDog and "Lyons" in Fences. Last seen as "Dabarrow" in Fishers of Men at Dillard University.  Recently signed with the Louisiana Talent Agency in hopes of finding future success in the film industry. Co-founder of the entertainment blog site WWW.GUMBOMONSTER.COM (JOIN THE MONSTER!) a collective of local artists showcasing original movies, music, editorials and more.  Thanks his family and friends for their continued support!

Kari Cojoe (Simone Thompson / Carina Thompson )

Kari Cojoe is a native of New Orleans and graduate of Dillard University where she received her BA in Theatre Performing Arts.  Some of her credits on stage include Macbeth, Crowns, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She also has some experience in television and film. Her most recent film credits include Runaway Hearts and Big Easy Brides. Kari has graced the stages of New Orleans performing not only as an actress,  but as a singer--performing as a solo artist: with her mother Janice Cojoe as the dynamic gospel duo and with Naydja Cojoe and the Jazz Experience , model --she has graced the pages of local and regional magazines , comedian--she is a member of New Orleans own raw improv/sketch comedy troupe Young Funny and host (Hollywood Ree).  When  Kari isn't on stage she is making sure her boutique keeps up with the latest fashions. She is the owner of Kleaux Kouture. She is also a tax preparer, bookkeeper, and marketing manager for Cojoe's Tax. Her most important jobs are being a woman of God, a mother to her son, and mentor to youth girls and boys. She is dedicated member of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church (Rev Dr. Richard A. Keller) . "There is no mountain I can't climb and no river I can't cross because I have God on my side, for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"

Robert DoQui (Ronald Thompson / Ghost of Abraham Lincoln)

Born in Los Angeles, CA to veteran actors Robert DoQui and Janee Michelle.  At the age of six, relocated to New Orleans where he graduated from St. Augustine High School.  While still in high school, discovered his passion for performing and became a model for Benetton International appearing in commercials and earning the title of two-time national champion in speech, debate & drama. While attending Loyola Universityquickly became a leading man for the Southern Repertory Theater acting in: To Kill a Mockingbird; A Raisin In the Sun; Joe Turner's Come & Gone and Athol Fugard's NONGOGO.   Regular member of Tulane University Summer Lyric Shakespeare Program performing in: King LearThe Merchant of Venice;The TempestMuch Ado about Nothing; Macbeth and Othello.  In 1996, relocated  to Los Angeles where he began studying acting under the tutelage of Producer / Director / Acting Coach Chip Fields-Hurd.  Guest starred in several television series, including: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Dr. Vegas and Robert Altman’s Gun: The Series.  Most recently was featured in the American Novella: Wicked, Wicked Games.

 Jarrell Hamilton (Shauna Carriere)

Jarrell Hamilton (Shauna Carrie), has worked as a professional actress, dancer, and choreographer for American Repertory Theatre, Uptown Music Theatre, Chard Gonzales Dance Theatre, Prophecy Dance Works, D'Project, Crescent City Choreographers and S.M.U. / Meadows School of the Arts. A 2005 graduate of N.O.C.C.A. and S.M.U. / Meadows School of the Arts in 2009 and a native of New Orleans, LA, Jarrell has had the priviledge to work with reknown directors such as John Grimsley, Robert Battle, Delfayo Marsalis, Gloria Van Scott, Troy Powell, Michelle Gibson an Arthur Mitchell.  As an actress she has performed lead in the stage play "How to Love?" and "Mama" with Class Act Entertainment under the direction of Keshia Caldwell, the role of Baby's Breathe with Southern Repertoire Theatre play "The Lily's Revenge" under the direction of Pamela Davis Noland and in Essences Music Festival My Black is Beautiful short film under the direction of Pete Sastagnetti.

Matthew Rimmer (Dr. Holcombe / Jamie Edelstein)

Began his career on the stage while attending Berry College in Rome, GA.  In Atlanta,  performed many roles including: "Robin Hood" (Georgia Renaissance Festival) and "R.P. McMurphy" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Marietta's Theatre in the Square).  Moved to Los Angeles for 12 years performing in roles primarily at Hollywood based: Elephant Theatre.  Last May, moved back to New Orleans to follow the influx of film and TV crews and the growing production opportunities in "Hollywood South".   Thrilled to be making his return to the stage after a year and a half away from it!

Stephen Montagne (Jamie Edelstein)            (*Playwright / Producer)

Graduate of The Idyllwild Arts Academy as a theater major.  B.A. from Principia College with an emphasis on theater, screenwriting, journalism and global studies. Studied improvisational and traditional acting at: The Muny Student Theater Project (St. Louis); The Second City (Chicago); Chicago City Limits, The American Musical & Dramatic Academy and HB Studios (New York City); The American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco); The New Movement Theater (New Orleans). Notable stage performances: Actor’s Theater of San Francisco’s premiere of Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia in the role of “Buff” (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble); “Stephen” in The Shadow Box; “Tybalt” in Romeo & Juliet; “Gary Lejeune” in Noises Off ; “Pippin” in Pippin and “Seymour” in Little Shop of Horrors.  *Playwright of The Zeitgeist Chronicles and serves as a co-producer of this production.

Ray Vrazel (Eddie 'Hell Raiser' Haynes / Ghost of Joseph Smith)

Assistant professor of Theatre at Dillard University and resident director, has been a drama / acting teacher for over 30 years.  For Dillard University Theatre, has directed Euripides Medea; TopDog/Underdog; Gem of the Ocean; Macbeth; Miss Evers Boys; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Fences; Homegirls and The Piano Lesson.  His professional directing credits include: Hamlet for Merely Players at Southern Repertory Theatre; Pink Collar Crime at JAPAS’ Teatro Weego and most recently for Cripple Creek Players We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!  which won an Ambie Award for Best Comedy as well as a nomination for Best Director of a Comedy by the Big Easy Awards.  His Dillard Theatre production of Fences received a Best College / University Production nomination from the Big Easy Awards.  Acting credits span a wide range from the stage to the screen.  He was last seen as the old man in Du Fu Mississippi for the Artspot Productions and as Alan Archdale in Porgy for the American Theatre Project.  A leading expert in the improvisational acting based Spolin Theatre Games Workshops.

Jennifer Schemke (Kimberly Haynes)                            (Associate Producer)

Bay-Area native, holds a BA and MFA in Acting from San Francisco State and DePaul University in Chicago, and is a graduate of B.A.D.A. Shakespeare Midsummer in Oxford program; The Second City Sketch Comedy Writing Program and The Groundlings Comedy School.  Since moving to New Orleans from Los Angeles, taught acting and theatre at UL Lafayette and Southern Repertory in addition to her private practice.  An avid improviser,  has conducted corporate improv-based team-building training for both local and national companies such as Blue Bag; The Crescent Fund; Idea Village; Tranzon and Tulane University.  On the New Orleans stage, has performed in many productions including: Wine Lovers, the Musical (Le Petit Theatre) and The Velveteen Rabbit (Southern Rep). 2010 "Honorable Mention, Best Actress" 48 Hour Film Project for Crazy Stairs.  A short film she wrote and directed, Pimp My Rascal, was an official selection of the 2009 Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Festival and was featured as part of the Rascal Scooter Company's campaign.  Her second comedy short film (writer / director) Abs Like Jesus was an official selection at the Short Toronto Indie Film Festival.  Co-founder of http://www.creativetao.com/ a start-up devoted to helping creative arts teachers and students connect on the web, officially launching in the Fall.  Honored to produce Tom Todoroff's Acting Intensive, NOLA.  

Janet Shea (Dorothy Dorchester)

Entering her 21st year on the faculty of the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts.  A member of SAG & AFTRA, she has received Lifetime Achievement honors from the Big Easy and Storer Boone Awards, as well as 5 competitive Big Easys, 10 Boonies, and 5 Marquee Awards.  She has appeared in 160 productions in her career and directed another 40.  Her films include BlazeThe Adventures Of Huck FinnKing Creole and American Violet.  In 2000, she was honored as one of Citibusiness’ Women of the Year. She has 50 years experience in drama, comedy and musical productions on stage and in film. She has starred in Gray Gardens, Beauty Queen of Leenan, Full Gallop, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Steel Magnolias and many other plays. She has directed plays for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Delgado University, Loyola University and NOCCA Stage Company, of which she is a founding member. Her background also includes her B.A. from St. Mary’s Dominican College, M.A. from University of New Orleans and Classical Theatre BADA, Oxford, England.

Chantal Koerner (Ethan's Mother)

A native of New Orleans, has been performing on stage, television and film since 1995. Her interests have led her into all aspects of the industry culminating with the writing and producing of her first film: The Bridgewater Murders. Some of her recent projects include: Runaway Hearts; Love Should and Trailer Park Jesus. After taking a 5-year hiatus from the theater, she is proud to be back on stage with such a stellar cast!

Taylor McLellan (Ethan Grey)

Born in New Orleans, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from LSU.  As an actor, has performed with the Swine Palace Theatre Company and  internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2008 & 2010).  For the past 2 years, has lived and worked in Hammond, LA as a freelance theatre artist and director creating such events as the Hammond Horror Festival and 7 Shards of Glass: An Evening of Entertainment Inspired by The Glass Menagerie.  Also served as the Artistic Director of Louisiana Center for Theatrical Arts, a non-profit children's theatre company, where he directed Robin Hood, A Christmas Peter Pan and conducted numerous acting workshops with youth actors on the Northshore.  Happy to be returning to the stage and making his New Orleans debut in The Zeitgeist Chronicles!

Devin McCoy (Carlton / Tommy / Scalper)

New Orleans native and a man of many talents. Received a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from Dillard University.  A theatre veteran, he's performed for many audiences across the South.  Some of his favorite roles include:  "Lincoln"  in Topdog / Underdog; "Emmett Till"  in State of Mississippi and the Face of Emmett Till and "Alex" in Cobalt Blue: Disaster #1604. When not acting, he enjoys being a DJ, writing, dancing and athletics. 

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Jessica Seghers (Dancer / Bartender)

Jessica Seghers is a New Orleanian. She is an actor and studies with Jerry Katz and represented by The Fame Agency. She studied theatre at Delgado Community College and has roots in theatre dating back to elementary school. She has been in the film industry since 2006. She is someone to keep your eye on in Hollywood South and has a great way of keeping evreyone around her laughing.