“In my opinion, art is inseparable from politics, and pieces like this are so essential right now. We are still suffering as much as we were, if not worse, politically, since the election. Continuing to create and comment and discuss what our world looks like in the wake of that is more important than anything I can think of.” – Emily Claypoole

“In my opinion, art is inseparable from politics, and pieces like this are so essential right now. We are still suffering as much as we were, if not worse, politically, since the election. Continuing to create and comment and discuss what our world looks like in the wake of that is more important than anything I can think of.” – Emily Claypoole

Emily Claypoole (she/her)

Emily is a Brooklyn-based actor, singer, and comedian with a BA in Theater and Performance from Bard College. Experience includes lead roles in musicals, ensemble work in devised and experimental theater, film and television, and improv/sketch comedy. She is a student at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater’s Improv Academy. Emily is excited to be working on such a passionate, relevant project and thanks her family, friends, and boyfriend for their unconditional love and support.


“I identify with my role in WIFEY: a mature baby-boomer mom with a millennial daughter discussing the evolution of social norms. She is learning the new language of today, yet very much wants to impress upon her daughter that some traditional ways of life still have value and can stay the same. WIFEY’s message is about change.” – Tee Sudderth

“I identify with my role in WIFEY: a mature baby-boomer mom with a millennial daughter discussing the evolution of social norms. She is learning the new language of today, yet very much wants to impress upon her daughter that some traditional ways of life still have value and can stay the same. WIFEY’s message is about change.” – Tee Sudderth

Theresa “Tee” Sudderth (she/her)

Theresa “Tee” Sudderth has appeared in a number of productions such as A Raisin in the Sun, For Colored Girls…, School for Wives, and The Sandbox. Having studied under Tony Howarth and Mort Clark, Tee has acquired the ability to move smoothly between drama and comedy. Currently, she is appearing in a showcase of various monologues and scenes. Tee is a native of Westchester County.


“A woman’s life cannot be constrained to a single momentous event. Her power is in being TRUE to herself no matter the consequences.” – Jennifer Jackson

“A woman’s life cannot be constrained to a single momentous event. Her power is in being TRUE to herself no matter the consequences.” – Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Jackson (she/her)

Jennifer is eager to share her strength, warmth and light with audiences on the stage and screen. Credits include Four Characters (Gerry) Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Sketch of New York (Ensemble) The Producers Club, plus 15 indie films since September 2018. Raised in the Midwest and now a resident of Manhattan, she is also a contemporary romance author and has written nine books for Harlequin, under the pseudonym Harmony Evans. Insta: @iamjenniferjackson.


“What first drew me to WIFEY was the incredible writing. As a single woman living in New York City, I relate to a lot of the issues and conversations taking place in the piece. But I never stopped to think about how the current shift in (gender) politics has affected people who wear the label ‘wife.’ There is a difference. It’s one that I hadn’t paid attention to myself until I was given the opportunity to explore this beautiful, complicated character. The play forces us to question many of our own beliefs and behaviors. It forces us to ask about the possibilities. Can it really be this way? I say, yes, it can be.” – Jessica Soares

“What first drew me to WIFEY was the incredible writing. As a single woman living in New York City, I relate to a lot of the issues and conversations taking place in the piece. But I never stopped to think about how the current shift in (gender) politics has affected people who wear the label ‘wife.’ There is a difference. It’s one that I hadn’t paid attention to myself until I was given the opportunity to explore this beautiful, complicated character. The play forces us to question many of our own beliefs and behaviors. It forces us to ask about the possibilities. Can it really be this way? I say, yes, it can be.” – Jessica Soares

Jessica Soares (she/her)

After receiving her undergraduate degree from NYU, Jessica completed her studies at the professional conservatory at Maggie Flanigan Studio. In November 2018, Jessica completed production on her short film in which she wrote, produced, and starred. She is currently working on her first feature film, to be shot in VR. She is thrilled to be a part of this production and to help shed light on issues dear to her heart.


“From the first moment of the rehearsal process, I felt like I was stepping into one of the most challenging roles of my life. The work is both thrilling and mortifying. I am honored to be on board.” – John Paul Harkins

“From the first moment of the rehearsal process, I felt like I was stepping into one of the most challenging roles of my life. The work is both thrilling and mortifying. I am honored to be on board.” – John Paul Harkins

John Paul Harkins (he/him)

John Paul Harkins is a television, film, and theater actor. Credits include Wolf in the River, No Place to Hide, La Ronde, Sarah Flood in Salem Mass, Hamlet, Madonna and the Breakfast Club, The Deuce, Men in Black III, and Noah. John Paul is also currently writing, producing, and starring in a new series, ETA, premiering summer 2019.


“With a political leader who continues to commit acts of cis-hetero-white-male supremacy, I think it’s important to examine the ways in which that hate permeates our individual actions and interpersonal relationships. Art has the indelible power to heal, to inspire, and to create change. Pieces like WIFEY are paramount at times like these, having the ability to do all three.” – Julienne Jones

“With a political leader who continues to commit acts of cis-hetero-white-male supremacy, I think it’s important to examine the ways in which that hate permeates our individual actions and interpersonal relationships. Art has the indelible power to heal, to inspire, and to create change. Pieces like WIFEY are paramount at times like these, having the ability to do all three.” – Julienne Jones

Julienne Jones (she/her)
Julienne Jones is a true Gemini in the sense that she refuses to commit to just one title, is constantly working on a million projects, and doesn’t believe in astrology. Some of her current projects include editing a documentary about her father, developing a short film where New York IS NOT a character, and writing a book of poetry that is currently scattered in notes across her phone, email drafts, and little bits of paper in her tote. As an artist, Julienne loves pushing limits and questioning norms, and she is so grateful to be able to do just that with the cast and crew of WIFEY.


“I am so excited to be a part of WIFEY and cannot wait to help share its message! As an actor, my goal is to help the voices of those who are not always heard reach as many people as possible. The perspectives from this show are absolutely necessary in the current political climate. Before joining WIFEY, I had never considered the extent to which this administration has recontextualized marriage, a conservative tradition, not only for conservatives but for the whole country.” – Sevrin Willinder

“I am so excited to be a part of WIFEY and cannot wait to help share its message! As an actor, my goal is to help the voices of those who are not always heard reach as many people as possible. The perspectives from this show are absolutely necessary in the current political climate. Before joining WIFEY, I had never considered the extent to which this administration has recontextualized marriage, a conservative tradition, not only for conservatives but for the whole country.”
– Sevrin Willinder

Sevrin Willinder (he/him)
Sevrin Willinder has his bachelor's degrees in Theater and Computer Science from Umass Amherst and trained in Commedia dell'Arte under Antonio Fava in Reggio Emilia, Italy, after which he made his way to NYC. As a young lad from Plympton, MA, Sevrin is very excited to have hit the ground running in his first year in the city, with credits including Unit 52 (Intar Theatre), Camp Half-Blood (Plato Learning), and Dreams & Nightmares (Rara Avis Productions).


“WIFEY couldn't be more relevant given our current political climate. It is about challenging the idea of what it means to be a women and a ‘wife’ in our society. It combines tragedy with hilarity at the most unexpected times. I am so excited to be a part of this important and compelling production.” – Rose Cavanagh

“WIFEY couldn't be more relevant given our current political climate. It is about challenging the idea of what it means to be a women and a ‘wife’ in our society. It combines tragedy with hilarity at the most unexpected times. I am so excited to be a part of this important and compelling production.” – Rose Cavanagh

Rose Cavanagh (she/her)
Rose found her passion for acting at a young age. After school, she studied for a year at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia while completing her bachelor’s degree in law and politics. At 22, Rose graduated from law school and pursued a career in acting in New York. She graduated from the American Academy
of Dramatic Arts New York Company this year. Since then, Rose has appeared in Yendor Theatre Company’s latest production of If I Could in My Hood, I Would by David Lee White.


“For me, this Trump era is an omnipresent nightmare that I still have trouble believing we all must endure every day. Working on a piece of art that may help illuminate how we got here and provide a pathway out of this dystopia will be cathartic — as well as absolutely patriotic.” – John Torres

“For me, this Trump era is an omnipresent nightmare that I still have trouble believing we all must endure every day. Working on a piece of art that may help illuminate how we got here and provide a pathway out of this dystopia will be cathartic — as well as absolutely patriotic.” – John Torres

John Torres (he/him)
John Torres is a life-long actor (and sometimes director) who has performed across NYC and Long Island, including several appearances at Theater for the New City. He thanks Sarah and the whole WIFEY team for this opportunity, as well as this cast and crew for their time and talent. John gravitates towards theater that has something to say — never more so than during these times. For him, the themes of this play are especially well taken.


“WIFEY is the most ‘realistic’ show I have ever been involved with, as it perfectly depicts what some women go through in this era. Everyone should see this show!” – Shiho Matsuoka

“WIFEY is the most ‘realistic’ show I have ever been involved with, as it perfectly depicts what some women go through in this era. Everyone should see this show!” – Shiho Matsuoka

Shiho Matsuoka
Shiho’s name (志保) means to keep the passion in Japanese, and she lives up to her name. Shiho is honored to be a part of this show and thankful for her colleagues in journalism for letting her pursue her dream of acting, which she considers to be the “breaking news” of her life! Shiho’s credits include Stuffy Fluffy (Samantha), To Live in Peace (Wilhelmina), The Little Mermaid (Pirate/Rev Gumbo), and Sister Act (Ensemble/Fantasy Singer). Follow Shiho on Instagram @shihomatsuoka.