Lesser America is pop theater.
       
     
 " Lesser America is out of the gate with a bang. Its inaugural show...is a ballsy tribute to the special breed of American psycho only the heartland can produce. " - TIMEOUT NY  " Lesser America is a talented company that obviously wants to put the bite back into the American theatre. At this pace they just might have the teeth to actually do it. ” - NYTHEATRE.COM    Founding members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller, Laura Ramadei.  Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.
       
     
 " The Lesser sensibility has an edge to it, but one that is matched by a passionate sense of storytelling ." -NEW YORK PRESS  " Maybe this is what is revolutionary about 'pop theater': it is meant not for aesthetes and elitists...what if as many people came to see plays as downloaded Ke$ha songs? What if they had a really kick-ass time? What if you didn't have to take a damn college prep course to know what the hell you were looking at? " - J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY      Founding Members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Laura Ramadei, Nate Miller.  Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.
       
     
Daniel Abeles - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Nate Miller - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Laura Ramadei - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Lesser America is pop theater.
       
     
Lesser America is pop theater.

An ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century.

Lesser America was founded in 2010 by Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller, and Laura Ramadei, who continue to share creative and productive responsibilities. The company is designed to bridge the gap between safe, institutional theater and often inaccessible, experimental work. The Lesser Americans seek to produce new plays that tell uncommon stories but stories still relevant to a young, modern audience. The work is of high entertainment value, but comes at a low cost to the viewer.

 

Founding Members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Laura Ramadei, Nate Miller. Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.

 " Lesser America is out of the gate with a bang. Its inaugural show...is a ballsy tribute to the special breed of American psycho only the heartland can produce. " - TIMEOUT NY  " Lesser America is a talented company that obviously wants to put the bite back into the American theatre. At this pace they just might have the teeth to actually do it. ” - NYTHEATRE.COM    Founding members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller, Laura Ramadei.  Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.
       
     

"Lesser America is out of the gate with a bang. Its inaugural show...is a ballsy tribute to the special breed of American psycho only the heartland can produce." - TIMEOUT NY

"Lesser America is a talented company that obviously wants to put the bite back into the American theatre. At this pace they just might have the teeth to actually do it.” - NYTHEATRE.COM


Founding members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller, Laura Ramadei. Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.

 " The Lesser sensibility has an edge to it, but one that is matched by a passionate sense of storytelling ." -NEW YORK PRESS  " Maybe this is what is revolutionary about 'pop theater': it is meant not for aesthetes and elitists...what if as many people came to see plays as downloaded Ke$ha songs? What if they had a really kick-ass time? What if you didn't have to take a damn college prep course to know what the hell you were looking at? " - J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY      Founding Members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Laura Ramadei, Nate Miller.  Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.
       
     

"The Lesser sensibility has an edge to it, but one that is matched by a passionate sense of storytelling." -NEW YORK PRESS

"Maybe this is what is revolutionary about 'pop theater': it is meant not for aesthetes and elitists...what if as many people came to see plays as downloaded Ke$ha songs? What if they had a really kick-ass time? What if you didn't have to take a damn college prep course to know what the hell you were looking at?" - J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY

 

Founding Members left to right: Daniel Abeles, Laura Ramadei, Nate Miller. Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.

Daniel Abeles - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Daniel Abeles - Founding Member, Producing Director

NY Theater: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (SohoRep), Empathitrax (EST), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Rattlestick), Wyoming (Lesser America), Where We’re Born (Rattlestick, Hilltown Plays), Offices (Atlantic Theater Company), Helping People (IRT), Squealer (Lesser America), Too Much Too Soon (TNC), Keep Your Baggage With You… (TNC), Too Little Too Late (HERE), Falling Petals (The New Ohio), Behold! The Bowery (Fringe). Select Regional: The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Bay Street Theatre), reasons to be pretty (Philadelphia Theater Company), The Gnadiges Fraulein (Provincetown), The Comedy of Errors (Lake George). TV: "The Good Wife" (recurring), "Blue Bloods", "Person of Interest", “Forever”, “Elementary”, “Smash” (recurring), “Law & Order”, “Wallflowers”. Film: Seattle Road, You Bury Your Own, Son of Mourning, Gasoline. Education: NYU: Tisch. 

Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.

Nate Miller - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Nate Miller - Founding Member, Producing Director

Nate Miller is a founding member of the Detroit Arts Immersion Program as well as Lesser America. He is a graduate of Marquette University’s theatre program and The Juilliard School’s Drama Division (Group 39). While at Juilliard he worked with ArtReach, ASTEP, The New Juilliard Ensemble and was the recipient of the Jared Nathan Memorial Scholarship. Theater: Caryl Churchill's Love and Information (NYTW); Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages); True West and Romeo and Juliet at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Curse of The Starving Class at the Wilma Theatre in Philly, Much Ado About Nothing with Boomerang Theatre Co., Keep Your Baggage With You... and Squealer at Theater for The New City. FILM: Another Kind with Vicart Ent. Juilliard: The Americans Dir. Brian Mertes, Three Penny Opera Dir. Sam Gold. TV: The Goodwife (CBS); Us and Them (Fox).

 

Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.

Laura Ramadei - Founding Member, Producing Director
       
     
Laura Ramadei - Founding Member, Producing Director

In addition to Lesser America, Ramadei is a founding member of Red Elevator Productions, and The Nola Project. She also currently serves as the Director of Creative Development at the newly formed American Playwriting Foundation. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts and NYU, Tisch, she's performed and worked behind the scenes at The Public Theater, Dixon Place, the Pearl Theater, 59E59, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Theater 80, Ensemble Studio Theater and with LAByrinth, among others. Select theater performance credits: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County in commercial workshop with Stephen King and John Mellencamp); Exit Carolyn (NYIT nomination); The Year of the Rooster (EST/Youngblood); Cloud Nine (Ambie Award Nomination) and Love's Labors Lost with The Nola Project; Too Little Too Late (HERE Arts - NYIT Nomination) and with Lesser America: Wyoming, Carnival Kids, Just Right Just Now, Too Much Too Soon, Squealer, and American River. Film/TV: Orange is the New Black, Another Kind, Lizzie and Me, Gasoline, Night Crawlers, Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses (BriTANick). New Media: Compulsive Love, Viralcom.

 

Photo by Dylan Christina Moore.