NSYPF 2023 Actors

2023 Actors

*member of Actors Equity Association

CYNTHIA D. BARKER* Regional: Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous (Hartford Stage) Uprising (Metro Stage); Paradise Blue, for colored girls, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Black Nativity (True Colors Theatre); The Royale (Theatrical Outfit); The Mountaintop (Aurora Theatre); Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project, Women+War (Synchronicity Theatre); Citizens Market, How To Use A Knife, Uprising, Elemeno Pea, Third Country , Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Horizon Theatre); Macbeth (Georgia Shakespeare); Flyin’ West (Theatre in the Square); A Raisin in the Sun, Lakebottom Proper, Hamlet (Springer Opera House); A Christmas Carol, Honk! The Musical (Alliance Theatre). Film/ TV: The Game (Paramount TV) Rectify (Sundance TV), Ir/Reconcilable (HBO), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS). 


KELLY CRISS is thrilled to work with this fantastic ensemble and happy to be back at Horizon, where she previously served on staff as Artistic & Education Manager. She was last seen onstage at Horizon in understudy performances as Haley in Designing Women 2020: The Big Split. Atlanta stage credits: Alliance, Atlanta Shakespeare Co., Aurora Theatre, Georgia Ensemble, Stage Door, Synchronicity, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit, Weird Sisters, and 7Stages. Next up: a brand new work for the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, performing in July and August. 

MARCUS TURNER-HOPKINS* is an Atlanta native, a proud father of two and Morehouse College graduate. Regional Credits: Prince of Egypt (Tuacahn), Fences (Springer Opera House), and Porgy and Bess (Red Mountain Theatre). Atlanta Credits: Hands Up and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Shakespeare Tavern), Tarzan the Musical (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Once On This Island (GET), I’m Not Rappaport and Mary Poppins (Aurora Theatre), Father Comes Home… and Intimate Apparel (Actors Express), Black Nativity (Dominion Ent.), 1776 the Musical (The Legacy Theatre), and Assassins (Jennie T Anderson Theater). TV/Film: Young Dylan (Nickelodeon), 61st Street (AMC).

ENOCH KING* is proud to be back on the Horizon stage! Previous Horizon credits include THE LIGHT (Suzi Bass Nominee), CONSTELLATIONS, THE SANTALAND DIARIESUPRISINGSHEDDIN’THE WAFFLE PALACE,  EVERY TONGUE CONFESS, and A COOL DRINK A WATER. Recent credits include: HANDS OF COLOR (Synchronicity Theatre), SKELETON CREW (True Colors Theatre), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Shakespeare Tavern), BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, A RAISIN IN THE SUN (American Stage – St. Petersburg, FL), THE MOUNTAINTOP (Heritage Theatre Festival – Charlottesville,VA), ANNE AND EMMETT (Amsterdam, VA, NY. NC), THE CHRISTIANS (Suzi Bass Award for Best Supporting Actor) (Actors Express). Film/TV: Atlanta, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Thanks to my family and friends for the love and support and GOD for everything., The OvalThe Founder, The Good Lie, NoelleI, Tonya, and moreBFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. imdb.me/caramantella

MATT MERCURIO is a proud son of immigrants and a theatrically trained, award-winning actor known for playing Miguel Cordosa in the World War II miniseries The Liberator (NETFLIX), Asher in the film Hellfest (LIONSGATE) and as Colby on the final two seasons of The Have and the Have Nots (OWN).  Other recent TV credits include playing Will on this season of Magnum PI (NBC) and recurring roles on hit shows such as FBI: Most Wanted (CBS), Black Lightning (CW), The Resident (FOX), and MacGyver (CBS) with over 50 appearances of major episodic television on networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, AMC, STARZ, & HBO. Matt has had the honor of working alongside the likes of Tom Cruise, Joel Edgerton, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Helen Mirren & Rami Malek as well as such esteemed filmmakers like Ang Lee, Doug Liman and Paul Schrader. You can see Matt upcoming in Master Gardener in theaters this spring. He is an acting nerd and is delighted to help craft this story with these artists. @yomattymerc •

BRAD RAYMOND has performed as an actor, singer or conductor at some of the art world’s most esteemed institutions including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Theater Emory, The Arena Stage and Spivey Hall. Some of Brad’s favorite roles include: Homer in Lilies of the Field, Fetch in Fetch, Clay Make Man and his Suzi Bass Award-winning performance as Blue in Chasin’ Dem Blues. Be sure to get your DVD copy of the motion picture Joyful Noise to see Brad “bust-a-move” alongside Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.


JASMINE THOMAS is excited to be back at Horizon for another year of YPF! She was a member of Horizon Theatre’s 2015-2016 Acting AppCo and graduated from UGA with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in French. Atlanta credits:  The Wolves and Citizen’s Market (Horizon Theatre); MAC | BETH and Nell Gwynn (Synchronicity Theatre); Beautiful Blackbird and Waiting for Balloon (Alliance Theatre); The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatrical Outfit); Cinderella the REMIX (Aurora Theatre); Macbeth (Serenbe Playhouse); Le Petit Prince (Théâtre du Rêve); Space Girl (Weird Sisters Theatre Project). Represented by Alexander White Agency. IG: @jasmibella.mp4