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Jesse Gruberg

Jesse has been performing for the 'History of Toys' for over two years and is thrilled to continue his performance with them.  A graduate of SUNY Purchase College he started his career in the city of Philadelphia where he performed for a number of independent films before making his way to NYC.  Jesse continues to perform for both theater and film with works such as 'One Drop' (NYC Strawberry One A), 'Where Are All The Good Black Men' (Director Jawanzi Bakari), 'OSS' (Lloyd Banks LIU), 'The Art of The Perfect Shave' (William Grodnick).

Samantha Turret

Samantha Turret is an actress, comedian, improviser, and voiceover artist. She’s excited to be joining the cast of “The History of Toys” as Rosie Rascal. She has also had the opportunity to work with some amazing groups in New York City and regionally. Most recently seen in The Diary of Anne Frank- Anne (Open Stage of Harrisburg), Woyzeck- Doctor (Philadelphia Fringe Festival), and doing stand-up at Greenwich Village Comedy Club.

​​Crysta Watson
Crysta moved to New York in August 2014 to continue pursuing her acting career. Shortly after relocating she landed a contract with Wilhelmina Models as well as a supporting role in a thriller featuring Al Sapienza (House of Cards). Crysta is currently cast in the lead role for a film due to premier at major African and African American film festivals next year as well as recurring roles in the upcoming web series Tough Love (Season 2) by Ronnie Smith and Lab Cats by Stephanie Ogeleza. Crysta can also be seen in a recurring role in the television series Kine La Star by Jollywood Studios, aired weekly on cable television networks in Senegal and Italy. 

Founder, Marlene Hochman

Marlene Hochman is the Founder and Director of The Toy Museum of NY.  She considers herself a cultural arts entrepreneur as she created The Toy Museum of NY and the Museum's theatre company. All of the theatre shows performed at the Museum have been written, produced and co-directed by Ms. Hochman. Much of the lyrics for the music she wrote as well. She has a starring role in the shows as her Royal Highness Queen Marlene.  She has received several “Business Women of the Year” awards for her work in Brooklyn. She is grateful for the collaborative support she receives from the cast of the show.  Their talent, experience and love for the stage help to make each performance memorable. She has been married to her husband Ken for almost 30 years, has three grown children and graduated from New York University.

 The Cast

Federico Mallet

Originally from Mexico City, Federico came to New York to study the “Acting for film” program in the New York Film Academy. Before that, he got his BFA in “Media and Communications” and will complete his MFA in Acting in LA later this year. He’s currently collaborating as an actor, writer and director with the Toy Museum of NY in the show “History of Toys”. He’s also a member of Teatro SEA and Village Playback Theater. Previous work includes productions of “Rent”, “Almost Maine”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “The long Christmas dinner”, “Venus in Fur” amongst others, some of which he directed and produced.

Deanna Schwartz

Deanna is thrilled to be part of the Toy Museum of NY. She was last seen with the Children Theater Company Production of "Queen Kunka Bunka and the Rotten Royal Rascals," playing the part of Petra. Previous New York Credits include: "Samantha"  (La Strada Ensemble), “Henry Box Brown” (Children Theater Company). Cherish Every Precious Moment (Producers Club),  The Tree Army: The CCC Project (Warner and Shaw), Never Sleep  Alone (Joe's Pub, The Public Theater), and Displacement (La Mama ETC). Deanna has had a guest starring role on the Travel Network show "Mysteries at the Museum."

Kirk Bixby
Nearly two decades in children’s entertainment has lead Kirk into many fields of performance. He originated the Puppeteer roles of 'Mr. Conductor' on  Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live!, as well as Howard the Hog/Pinchy the Crab in Bronx Zoo’s Reusable the Musical - both directed by John Tartaglia. Kirk also freelances in the tri-state area as a clown, puppeteer and variety entertainer. Select other TYA credits include: Tom the Teacher - School House Rock, Live! (Surflight Theatre).

Luke Bond

Luke Bond is an actor who is honored to be working with The Toy Museum of NY. He has worked with the Cortland Repertory Theater (Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily), The Heights Players (The Long Christmas Dinner), The St. Jean Players (The Diary of Ann Frank), and The Ritz Company Playhouse  (The Drowsy Chaperone, High School Reunion, Clever Dick). Luke trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Chris Palmieri

Chris Palmieri has been instrumental as a puppet builder and puppet show developer since fall of 2012. He has appeared in their show “The History of Toys” as well as helping to develop and perform in The Toy Museum of NY's Puppet Theater. Chris' puppetrywork has also been seen at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus NJ, Dante's Inferno at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn and in the HBO/Columbia University short film First Prize. Chris' next puppeteering adventure will be portraying King in the international tour of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! His favorite toy as a child was Teddy: his stuffed bear, best pal and likely the first thing he ever puppeteered.