Mr. Virta has been a theatre professional for over 35 years with extensive acting, directing, and teaching credits. As an actor: 2002 St. Clair Bayfield Award from Actors Equity Association for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance in New York Metropolitan Area as Benedick/Much Ado About Nothing (Pearl Theatre) BROADWAY: Therese Raquin; An Enemy of the People; Arcadia; Hedda Gabler; Boeing-Boeing; A Man For all Seasons; Naked Girl on the Appian Way; Democracy; Betrayal, The Real Thing, The School for Scandal, Inherit the Wind. OFF-BROADWAY: 17 shows including Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine, Eyes for Consuela (both at MTC); Frank Langella’s Cyrano (Roundabout), Snowing At Delphi (WPA), The Taming of the Shrew (TFANA); He was a Resident Company Member of The Pearl Theatre Co. (Much Ado About Nothing, Exit the King, The Phantom Lady, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Seagull, The Country Wife, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet) NATIONAL TOURS: M. BUTTERFLY; The Acting Company (Two years, five shows). REGIONAL: Over 40 lead/featured roles including Romeo, MacBeth, Torvald, Orsino, Berowne, at theaters such as Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Missouri Rep., McCarter, Shakespeare Theater/Folger, Walnut Street, Buffalo Studio Arena, and others. Among Ray’s multiple television and film appearances are six episodes of all incarnations of Law and Order and recurring roles on As the World Turns, All my Children and The Guiding Light.
Additionally, he was featured in Remember, H.E.L.P., Everyday Heroes, Closer to Home and The Thomas Crown Affair. His most recent film, My First Kiss and the People Involved opens at the Los Angeles Film Festival this June.. Among his New York DIRECTING credits: The Comedie of Errors (Brooklyn College); The Way of the World (Pearl Theatre Co.); As You Like It (Kings County Shakespeare Co.); Beauty Knows No Pain; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Importance of Being Earnest; 32 AMDA Graduation Showcases; Former Artistic Director Rochester Youth Theater. TEACHING: Over 30 years experience including multiple seasons with The Pearl, The Roundabout, The Acting Company, Performing Arts Foundation (PAF) of Long Island. He has held Shakespeare teaching residencies all across the country including stints in New York, New Jersey, Alaska, New Mexico, Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin. Ray is currently on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Previous University teaching positions include New York University-Tisch School of the Arts/Playwright’s Horizon’s Theatre School.
Manhattan Theatre Club: The Cake; The Mint Theatre: Days to Come; Theatre- Keen Company: The Dinning Room (Drama Desk Award), In The Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer; The New Group: Sin: A Cardinal Deposed (Obie Award); Lincoln Center Co.: The Tenth Man; The Pearl Theatre Company: Stupid Fucking Bird, Major Barbara, The Bald Soprano, The Rivals, Misalliance, The Subject Was Roses, Richard III, The Master Builder, Angel Street, The Gentleman Dancing Master, Heartbreak House, I have Been Here Before, The Orchestra, The Country Wife, The Cherry Orchard, and many others; CSC: The Scarlett Letter. CSC: THE SCARLET LETTER. Film: “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Blood and Wine”, “Seabiscuit”, “Daylight”, “Duplicity”. TV: “House of Cards”, ‘Boardwalk Empire”, “FBI”, all “Law and Order”
Mr. Daily teaches and directs at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and taught for The Pearl Theatre Conservatory. He was trained by Robert L. Hobbs in the Professional Actor Training Program, earning an MFA at The University of Washington, and earned a B.A. from The University of Notre Dame. Former students include Nina Arianda, Caissie Levy, Ray Fisher, Kyle Scatliffe, and Madeleine Brewer among others.
Original Broadway casts of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, A Christmas Story (Santa), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), The Drowsy Chaperone (George-Drama Desk nomination), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, After the Night and the Music (Keith), Wicked, Seussical, Carousel (Mr. Snow-LCT) and Sweeney Todd (Tobias-Circle In The Square). Off-Broadway credits include Assassins, Godspell, The Gifts of the Magi, Flora, The Red Menace, A Little Night Music, Eating Raoul and Taking a Chance on Love (Obie Award). Mr. Korbich has appeared on over 25 original cast albums. He appeared regionally in The Gamester (St. Louis Rep), Dracula (North Shore) and 3hree (Ahmanson). His film and television credits include “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Law & Order”, “Deadbeat”, “The Deuce”; Jennifer 8 and Quiz Show. Eddie loves doing cartoon voices and has been a series regular on “Doug”, “Pinky Dinky Doo” and “PB & J Otter.”