isabelle barbier

Artistic Director

Isabelle Barbier grew up in San Francisco California. She moved to New york at age nineteen to study improv. In December 2014 She graduated from Atlantic Acting School's Conservatory Program and became Artistic Director of The Flashbulb Project. Credits in theater include: The Crucible dir. Jessie Hill, A Lie of the Mind dir. Kyle Jacob, and CHILD dir. Mariana Catalina and Andrew Sowers. Credits in Film: Night and a Switchblade. Dir. Ben Finer, and Lucky Girl Director Madeline Leshner. 

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matt mauer

Technical Director

Matthew Mauer comes to New York from Waterloo, Iowa pursuing a life as a theatre artist. Some of his favorite stage credits include: A Lie of the Mind (Flashbulb Project), Spring Awakening (Lust & Liberty), Little Mother (NYC Fringe), Bash by Neil LaBute (East 3rd Productions), Myth of the Hmong (Communal Spaces Outdoor Theatre Festival), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Case Western Reserve University), Belly of the Whale (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center), Titus Andronicus (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival), and A Pier Drawn in Chalk (Curio City). Matthew is an alumni of Atlantic Acting School and company member of Flashbulb Project and Lust & Liberty Theatre Co. He has apprenticed with Tadashi Suzuki and SCOT in Toga-mura, Japan.

justin chiao

Born in Missouri but grew up in Taiwan, Justin Chiao moved to New York right after high school to attend NYU Gallatin and studied film and psychology. He went on to study acting at Atlantic Acting School and CAP21. Theater credits: The Crucible, L’Œil qui voit: A French Cabaret. Film/TV credits: Almost There, Random Act of Kindness, NY84. Justin’s short film « Christian et Christine » opened Brooklyn Short Film Festival and was selected at the Short Film Corner at Festival de Cannes. Currently on hiatus and serving in the Taiwanese military, Justin’s headshot above isn’t aware of the buzzcut it has now.

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shimrit eldis

Business Director

Shimrit Eldis grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel. For three years she served in the IDF as a HR officer in the paratroops brigade. On December 2014 Shimrit Graduated from Atlantic Acting School's conservatory program and became a member of The Flashbulb Project. Credits in the Theater: Unbelievable True Stories And Convincing Lies, The Crucible directed by Jessi Hill. Credits on Film: Alaska directed by Isaac Zepel-Yeshurun, Hope From A New World directed by Clifton Robinson, Xchange directed by Joseph Stein Leon

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emily seymour

Literary Manager

Emily was born in New Hampshire and has been acting on the stage since she was 10. She's now an entry-level New Yorker and working in short and feature films (Addictions, Only Daughter). Her other passions include travel, work with children, and seeing all of the movies. She's a graduate of the Atlantic Acting School and a member of the Flashbulb Project.

pedro aijón

Marketing Director

Pedro Aijon is a spanish actor who has been living and working in NYC for the past 3 years. Recent work includes The Walker (Frida Films)A Lie Of The Mind (Flashbulb Project), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot(Savage Detectives). He has also appeared in numerous Festivals in the city. Strawberry One Act Festival (Nominated as best actor), INTAR One Minute Play Festival and Pornologues. Pedro is a founding member of The Flashbulb Project and Savage Detectives. He's now working in Xavier Galva's original production of "The Parlor" at Soho Rep. Proud alumnus of the Atlantic and RESAD. He's grateful for the love and help of his parents.

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michael malanga

Executive Director

Originally from Los Angeles, Michael Malanga moved to the east coast as a teenager and eventually studied at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Upon graduation he joined Atlantic Theater Company's professional acting conservatory where The Flashbulb Project was born. (Recent credits. Theater: The Crucible, A Lie Of The Mind, Lights. Film: Club Life.) Michael would like to express his gratitude for the enduring support of his chinchilla.




eleonore ley

Executive Director

Eléonore Ley grew up in Brussels, Belgium where she studied theater for four years as a teenager. After moving to New York, she eventually joined the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory program. She is a founding member of The Flashbulb Project. Her theater credits include: L'Inattendu dir. Vanessa Bortoluzzi,The Crucible dir. Jessi Hill, Unbelievably True Stories and Convincing Lies. 


riaan smit

Born in Canada to South African expats, Riaan had aspirations to act from an early age watching his favourite film, Jurassic Park. Years went by and as he grew older so did his artistic sensibilities, until finally he turned his eye upon the bright lights of New York City. Where he attended the Atlantic Acting School. Here he met all the wonderful people named above, and thus The Flashbulb Project was born out of their collective creative merging of minds! Not content with just one medium, Riaan is actively pursuing work in the field of voice over in addition to on camera and stage.