Creative Ensemble


  CHRISTOPHER JAMES BAKER graduated with a Diploma in Performance (Acting), from the Actors College of Theatre and Television. Christopher co-founded Urban Tales Theatre Company, which produced fourteen seasons of original work, many of which he co-wrote and directed. He is an original member and currently on the board of State of Play, an ensemble theatre company started by playwright Nick Enright, with whom he devised and performed 5 Stories High for the Sydney Festival, Iphigenia At Aulis, and Wilde Tales, which toured nationally. He was also a core ensemble member of the Jacques Lecoq-styled company White Rhino, for whom he devised and performed an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s Madamoiselle Fifiand Don’t Stare Too Much. Christopher appeared in many other professional theatre productions in Sydney and Melbourne.Since moving to New York he has appeared in My Aim is True at the Crown Point Festival, The Lock and Door and Underland at Dixon Place. Christopher made his debut for OYL in the world premiere of Daniel Keene’s The Killing Room. Since joining the ensemble he has appeared in Man Made Mistakes and The Subletters reading series. His film and television credits include; Nim’s Island, One and Only, Ned Kelly, The Condemned, Kokoda, Kangaroo Jack, Love My Way, All Saints, Hell has Harbour Views and Changi. He was recently seen in 3D in cinemas everywhere in James Cameron’s Sanctum. He co-produced his first feature film, One and Only, in 2008, for which he also won Best Actor at the 2009 Sydney Sci-Fi Film Festival.
  ERIC BERRYMAN was thrilled to make his One Year Lease debut with POOL (NO WATER). He was recently seen in STEEL HAMMER (Humana Festival) directed by Anne Bogart. The New York Times noted, “Berryman’s spellbinding performance as John Henry, or rather many versions of him, gives the show an entrancing focus…”. American Credits: THE AMEN CORNER (Guthrie Theater); FLY (Ford’s Theater); I WISH YOU LOVE (Penumbra Theatre, Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage); MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Kennedy Center); PERSIANS (Getty Villa); RADIO GOLF (Kuntu Repertory); THE HISTORY BOYS (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater); RED, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, and A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Everyman Theatre). Eric is a Resident Company Member at Everyman Theater. International Credits: MEDEA (Zen Zen Zo, Australia);HIDAKAGAWA IRIAI ZAKURA (Iida, Japan); ELEGIES (Songtime Theater Arts, England). Education: BFA in Acting, Carnegie Mellon University; Baltimore School for the Arts. He has also trained with SITI Company, and abroad at the Korean National University of the Arts. Eric is a Practitioner of the Lessac Approach to Voice and Speech. Awards: Leonore Annenberg Fellowship; John Arthur Kennedy Acting Award
    LEAH DONOVAN is an actor and theatre maker. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she has trained and performed internationally, gaining her BA Hons in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and later attending SITI Conservatory, NYC for 9 months in 2014/15.  In NYC, she created a theatre collective - Future Husband - with 4 other SITI Conservatory alumni, performing their own devised works.  Singapore: Ringside (National Museum).  Sydney:  MilkMilkLemonade (New Theatre), Something Natural But Very Childish (The Old Fitz).  NYC: Future Husband's Wake: The List of People I Haven't Met (Dixon Place, HOT Festival), Happy Days (SITI LAB, Directed by SITI's Leon Ingulsrud).  Film: (stunt double)Battle of the Dammed (Boku Films).
    DEVIN MCDUFFEE Devin McDuffee is a New York-based actor who specializes in ensemble based work and heightened physicality/animal movement. Through his career he has portrayed the following animals onstage: a horse, Cerberus the three headed dog, a pig, a rhinoceros, an ape, a crocodile, and a magical cat named Skazka. He is a part of Convergence Theater Collective a New York company that creates new and innovative dance and theater productions. He is a core member of their dance theater show Babel, which explores the creation of language and community through movement and acrobatics. Devin graduated from Vassar College in 2014 with honors and a BA in drama. He is also a licensed personal trainer at Equinox, and specializes in body weight movement and calisthenics. He hopes to break into the world of motion capture as a way of bridging his love for acting and experimental movement work.
Jessica Kaplow Applebaum (Literary Manager / Dramaturg) celebrates twelve years of working with One Year Lease.  In 2004 she earned her Masters in Performance Studies at NYU and served as editorial assistant for TDR: The Drama Review. A contributing scholar for Columbia University Press' Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Jessica also dabbles in the blog world; you can find her thoughts on performance and everyday life at Enlightened Distraction. She will receive an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University in 2012 and is proudly a member of Network of Ensemble Theatres.
BRENDAN AANES (Sound Designer) NYC: Cowboy Bob at Ars Nova, my lingerie play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Regional: The Music Man at Sharon Playhouse, The Glass Menagerie and Othello at California Shakespeare Theater, The Unfortunates, John, The Hard Problem and Chester Bailey at American Conservatory Theater, Fire In Dreamland at Kansas City Rep, Triangle, Life Of The Party, The Confederates, and The Lake Effect at TheatreWorks, The Way West at Marin Theatre Company, and The Hundred Flowers Project at Crowded Fire Theater.
SCOTT FETTERMAN (Sound and Video Designer) is a designer of audiovisual solutions for fashion, film, and theater – he first joined OYL for its 2012 season, designing sound and projections for pool (no water) and sound for Skin Tight. He received his B.A. in Theater and B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Scott is also an active member of experimental troupe Temporary Distortion (since 2011's NEWYORKLAND), and is the Lead Videographer for Red Stiletto Media, a fashion & lifestyle media company.
James Hunting (Set Designer) Previous OYL shows include: Manmade Mistakes, The Killing Room, The Tender Mercies, Teaser Cow, The Bald Soprano, Reader, Death and the Maiden, Bed, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls..., PHAEDRA x3, Antigone, and Machinal. James has also designed sets for The Outhouse Theatre Company and Studio 42. When not designing sets, James’ day job is as a Special Effects Coordinator and Pyrotechnician at J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn where he works for clients such as NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, VH1, and on various print ads, catalogs, special events, and films.
Kenisha Kelly (Resident Costume Designer) is a costume designer and drama professor who has worked for such companies as the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. She has has been a guest artist at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and has designed for companies such as One Year Lease, Hangar Theatre as well as for Portland Stage. In conjunction with her design work, Ms. Kelly presently holds the position of Lecturer of Costume Design at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her OYL credits include; Stockholm, pool (no water), PEMDAS and BALLS.
Mike Riggs (Resident Lighting Designer) is a founding member of One Year Lease and has designed lighting for all of the productions in the company's history. He also works regularly with The Debate Society (Buddy Cop 2, The Snow Hen, The Eaten Heart, Cape Disappointment), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (613 Radical Acts of Prayer, An Act of Stitch and Stone), the Kennedy Center (The Art of Film Music, Some Enchanted Evening), and various regional opera, theater, and dance companies. Current and recent projects include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot with director Jessi Hill, The Merry Widow and La Traviata for Opera Tampa, and Vassar College's sesquicentennial celebration at Lincoln Center.
KRISTEN ROBINSON (Scenic Designer) is a NYC-based set designer. Kristen’s work ranges from experimental opera, to regional theatre, to architectural consulting. Trained both in theatre and painting she is constantly looking to re-imagine her own visual narrative of design. Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine issue 4, and her design for Rapture Blister Burn won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. She is currently completing the 3 year project of developing and designing the Wilma Theater’s new facade. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA from Yale. You can see her work at