Cast Bios - DISGRACED
Alexander Salamat (AMIR) is thrilled to return to his hometown of Kansas City. He was last seen on the KC stage in Richard III (HASF). Residing in Brooklyn, NY, he's had the pleasure of working in TV: Person of Interest, Elementary, Madam Secretary and Film: Price for Freedom (w/Paul Sorvino), Dust, and Satori. His voice has been heard worldwide in campaigns for Jack Daniel's, NASCAR, HBO Boxing, Crayola, and the FIFA World Cup among others. He is a proud Jayhawk and received his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program (2013).
Molly Denninghoff (EMILY) is so happy to be back at the Unicorn! She was previously seen here in The Way We Get By, Heathers, and Cock. Select credits: You Can't Take It With You, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre); The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe (TLR); Carousel (TLR / KC Rep); A Christmas Carol (KC Rep); The Sound of Music (Starlight); A Little Night Music (Spinning Tree); Gypsy (MTH); Seussical, Frindle, James & the Giant Peach (Coterie); Camelot, Boeing Boeing, The Unexpected Guest, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Arrow Rock Lyceum); Quilters (Avalon Theatre - Kevin Kline Award Nomination, St. Louis). Molly has had the pleasure of touring western Canada with the Legends of Rock n Roll and is a proud founding member of the 1940s-style trio, the Star Spangled Betties. Thank you Cynthia, Sid, and the ever-amazing team at the Unicorn.
Matt Rapport (ISAAC) is always delighted to return to the Unicorn. Matt was most recently seen in How to Use a Knife. Other recent Unicorn credits include Mr. Burns, Cock, and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. In addition to his work with the Unicorn, Matt has appeared at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Actor's Theatre, the Coterie, New Theatre, KC Rep, Theatre for Young America, and others. Matt is also the Director of Education for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
Shawna Peña-Downing (JORY) is excited to be making her debut at the Unicorn with Disgraced. Shawna was last seen in Gem of the Ocean (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre) and Rachel (KC MeltingPot). She loves to spend her time, energy and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating and giving back. She'd like to thank Sidonie and Cynthia for this wonderful opportunity and her friends, family, and Davis for their love and support.
Michael Thayer (ABE): is thrilled to be working with the Unicorn Theatre again. Local: An Octoroon, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Unicorn); Our Town (KC Rep); Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns  (Coterie); Immeasurable Heaven, The Learned Ladies, Freedom Riders, Mere Mortals, Troilus and Cressida (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Children of Hercules (American Thymele Theatre); Arsenic and Old Lace (Wayside Theatre). Education: MFA in Acting, UMKC; BA, Theatre, University of Maine. Michael would like to give a special thanks to his partner Greg for being his rock and for the countless hours spent helping him learn his lines. Hug someone today, we need each other!