2017 Cast & Crew

 

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2017 ACTING COMPANY

2016-berryKate Berry*

Assistant Director – General Store
Illona – She Loves Me
Sally Talley – Talley’s Folly
Performer – Boomtown
Performer – Pants on Fire

Colorado Credits: The Arvada Center (Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (The Seagull, Psycho Beach Party), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Theatre (Other Desert Cites), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Dancing Lessons), and Curious Theatre Company (Charles Ives Take Me Home). Originally from Chicago, this is Kate’s 7th season in the CRT company. She is inspired by new play development and has appeared in several new play festivals around the country including CRT’s Headwaters Festival, Local Lab in Boulder, and the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Additionally, she is a founding actor with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat now in its 3rd season. Kate also works as a master teaching artist with both children and adults in Creede and the surrounding areas. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

 

Christy Brandt*

Ensemble – She Loves Me
Abby – Arsenic and Old Lace

Christy is delighted to be back at CRT for her 43rd season! She has appeared in 135 different productions at CRT. Favorite roles include Helen in The History Room, and Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo. In 2011 she received an award as “best actress in a drama” from The Denver Post for her role as Miss Helen in The Road to Mecca. Christy co-authored and performed in Six Women with Brain Death. She appeared in Ang Lee’s film Ride with the Devil and a recent release called The Sublime and Beautiful. She has worked at the Maples Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theater and The Unicorn Theater in Kansas City, and The South Carolina Repertory Theater, but CRT has been her professional home since 1973. She was married to photographer and painter John Gary Brown on the Creede Rep stage in 1981.

 

Anne F. Butler

Ensemble – She Loves Me
Martha – Arsenic and Old Lace   

She is a full-time resident since laying her eyes and heart on Creede in 2001. Favorite roles include Helen in Mrs Mannerly, Dottie in Noises Off, Clella in The Nerd, Costanza in Enchanted April, Rose in The Last Romance (in which her pup Hercules made an appearance), and Vi in August Osage County. She lived for 5 years in Lanesboro, Minnesota working with the Commonweal Theatre, and had 5 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare festival, as well as performing in various Denver and Boulder area venues such as the Arvada Center, Aurora Fox, Germinal Stage, DU, Upstart Crow, Changing scene and Denver Center as a graduate student at the National Theatre Conservatory. She dedicates this season to the people of Creede, and wishes the town a very happy 125th Birthday!

 

Spencer D. Christensen

Sipos – She Loves Me
O’Hara – Arsenic and Old Lace

Spencer D. Christensen thanks you for supporting the arts! He spent his high school and undergraduate years performing in a wide range of roles, including Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Cousin Kevin in the Who’s Tommy and Tartuffe in Tartuffe. Spencer has helped create a summer Shakespeare intensive for high school students, run a theatre program for at risk youth, and now teaches acting as an Assistant Professor at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Spencer has studied and worked with a variety of talented, theatre professionals in the last 15 years and is thrilled to return to Creede Rep after his original stint with the wonderful company for the amazing 50th season, where he appeared in Ghost Light, Guys and Dolls, and Our Town.

 

John DiAntonio*

Jonathan – Arsenic and Old Lace
Performer – Boomtown
Executive Director

John’s been with the company since 2011 as an actor, director, playwright and fight director. Some of his plays for CRT include: Kind of Red, Reading! And Other Superpowers, Harry the Great, Math-stronaut and Suspended. John will write this year’s Young Audience Outreach Tour show: Bodyguard! Protector of the Anatomy. His favorite CRT acting credits include: August: Osage County, Hope & Gravity, Taming of the Shrew, Language of Trees and Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead. Other recent acting credits include: Cyrano and The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), It’s a Wonderful Life and The Liar (Theatreworks), Is He Dead? and Good on Paper (Arvada Center), Othello and A Christmas Carol (Denver Center Theatre Company). John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. John and Caitlin got married in Creede’s little white church on the hill in 2014 and are now elated to make this magical place their new home.

 

Logan Ernstthal*

Marachek – She Loves Me
Teddy – Arsenic and Old Lace
Mike – General Store

Logan is happy to be back at CRT for his tenth season. Some of his favorite roles here include Sheriff Gilbeau in August Osage County, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Jamie Tyrone in A Moon for the Misbegotten, El Gallo in The Fantastics, Ivan in A Beautiful Country, Mitch in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Merle in The Joy Of Going Somewhere Definite. Other favorite roles include; Polonious (Hamlet) and Toby Belch (Twelfth Night) with the National Shakespeare Company, Doalty (Translations) with Actors Theatre Kansas City, Frederick (Noises Off), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), and Vershinin (Three Sisters) with UMKC (where he received an MFA in ’08), Tito (Lend Me a Tenor), and Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof) with Theatre on the Hill. He has worked at Shakespeare Festivals all over the country including Colorado, Heart of America, Riverside and Utah. In 2001, he started the Alaskan Shakespeare Festival at Denali Park.

 

Brian Kusic

Butterfingers – She Loves Me
Gibbs/Captain – Arsenic and Old Lace
Performer – Pants on Fire
Performer – Boomtown

Brian is happy to be returning to CRT for his 6th season. Brian was born, raised, and lives in Denver, where he just finished the Arvada Center’s first repertory season. He has been in 18 productions at CRT, including The Language of Trees, August Osage County, and Pants on Fire (if you get a chance come see PANTS ON FIRE it is Brian’s favorite show of all time!). Brian has had some of the greatest times of his life here in Creede and found a group of friends that are the best in the world. He hopes that you enjoy your time in this mountain town; he sure will!

 

Bettina Lobo

Ensemble – She Loves Me

Her theatre credits include Pepper in Annie at the renowed Teresa Carreño Theatre of Venezuela, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose, Fame, The Sound of Music, Pie Pequeño, Huella Grande and others. Attended summer programs such as Exploration at Yale University and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Proud to be a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. So excited to be starting her professional career! Gracias mami y papi por todo su apoyo.

 

Pat Moran

Kodaly – She Loves Me

Pat was raised in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and currently resides in New York City. He recently performed in a concert celebrating the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with a company Inside Broadway. Last summer he was a company member at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in upstate New York where he performed in over seven productions. New York: Carrie: The Musical (Tommy Ross) Regional: Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), One Man, Two Guvnors (Alan), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince). Love to his family, friends, and teachers for their endless support!

 

Ben Newman*

Jim – General Store

CRT Debut! New York: High Plains (A Western Myth) at Jimmy’s No. 43 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’13, The Town of No One at NY Fringe ’11, Henry VI, Part III with Classic Stage Company, Romeo and Juliet at Columbia Stages, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Wide Eyed Productions. Regional: Astoria, Part 1 at Portland Center Stage, A Doll’s House at Shaking the Tree, Middletown at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Orlando, Blood Knot, True West at Profile Theatre, King Lear, Hamlet, Tape, Twelfth Night at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Cyrano de Bergerac at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Tally’s Folly, Fifth of July at Actors Theatre Kansas City, Taming of the Shrew, Imaginary Invalid at Riverside Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming: Pericles Wet at Portland Shakespeare Project, Astoria, Part 2 at Portland Center Stage, Between Riverside and Crazy at Artists Repertory Theatre. TV: Grimm, The Librarians. Ben is an instructor at Portland Actors Conservatory. He has directed in Israel, University of Northern Colorado, and New York City. BA University of Northern Colorado. MFA University of Missouri – Kansas City. AEA/SAG-AFTRA. mbennewman.com

 

2016-riderStuart Rider*
Harper/Witherspoon – Arsenic and Old Lace
Rick – General Store

Last summer, the role of a lifetime fell from the heavenly heights of Creede, Colorado into my lucky lap. Playing Steve in Charlie Thurston’s The History Room (so beautifully directed by Pesha Rudnick) reminded me why I’ve stuck with this job as long as I have. The opportunity to tell human stories that let people laugh and cry and hopefully leave the theater feeling better for their time spent. To be stopped in the street by strangers to hear about their grandmother or uncle was a reward beyond pay or applause. A tribute to Charlie’s loving but honest look at Alzheimer’s. I could not be happier to have been asked back to Creede Rep to spend another season in this amazing community. And for making all of the great work the Rep, with its many artists, possible I thank you the patrons! The fact that this place continues to thrive after so many years is a tribute to you.

 

CJ Salvani

Arpad – She Loves Me
Assistant Teaching Artist

Born and raised in the Philippines, CJ and his family moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. Lived in Hawaii for a year, moved to Las Vegas, then packed his bags for Los Angeles to train at the American Musical And Dramatic Academy. For the past two years, his current home has been New York City. Theatre: Hairspray (Ensemble). West Side Story (Pepe). CATS (Ghengis). The Sound Of Music (Rolf). Pillow Talk (Roger) cjsalvani.com—From a chocolate enthusiast to one of the biggest Harry Potter Fans you’ll ever meet, I’m excited to make my debut at the Creede Repertory Theatre!! Matt, this is for you.

 

Bethany Eilean Talley

Performer – Boomtown
Greta – General Store
Master Teaching Artist
Education Assistant

This is Bethany’s sixth season with the Creede Repertory Theatre. Last year she was seen in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Boomtown. Previous CRT credits include: Cookie in Ghostlight, Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, and a Hot Box Dancer in Guys & Dolls. She has also performed as Viola in Twelfth Night (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Berdine in Psycho Beach Party (Theatreworks), Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor (Vintage Theatre), Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George (Playhouse 22), Jordan (u/s) in The Great Gatsby, Aouda (u/s) in Around the World in 80 Days, and Marie (u/s) in Is He Dead? (Arvada Center for the Arts). BFA Acting, Brigham Young University.

 

Portland Thomas*
Actor – The Syringa Tree
Master teaching Artist

Portland is a recent graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. Off-Broadway: Fit for a Queen, Classical Theater of Harlem Regional: Bedlam’s Hamlet/Saint Joan (McCarter Theater Center). Big thanks to her family for all their love and support! website: portlandthomas.com

 

Gina Velez  
Ensemble – She Loves Me
Actor – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
(Young Audience Outreach Tour)
Marketing Intern
Master Teaching Artist

Gina Velez is a New York City resident, but California girl at heart, and overjoyed to be in her first show with Creede Rep. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s Musical Theatre BFA program and has spent the last four years working as a bi-coastal actress. Recent roles include: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie in Carousel and Maria in West Side Story. When she’s not onstage, you can find her on her yoga mat, drinking coffee, or taking pictures of her cat. She sends all of her love and gratitude to her incredible parents Mario and Carla and wonderful boyfriend Keaton.

 

Emily Van Fleet*
Amalia – She Loves Me
Elaine – Arsenic and Old Lace
Performer – Boomtown
Director – I, Mac(kers)
Author – I, Mac(kers)

Emily returns to CRT this year for her sth season! CRT credits include: Private Lives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, August: Osage County, Guys & Dolls, Our Town, Annie Get Your Gun, The Liar, The Drowsy Chaperone and Harry the Great. She recently appeared at the Arvada Center in Death Takes A Holiday. New York credits include: Warsaw (NY Musical Theater Festival) and Alice (NY Musical Development Series). Regional favorites: The Servant of Two Masters (CO Shakespeare Festival); Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Lake Tahoe & Sierra Shakespeare Festivals); A Man of No Importance, Big River (Arvada Center); and The Wizard of Oz (BDT Stage, Colorado Backstage Spotlight Award). Emily appeared for 5 years as a featured vocalist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration (with Maestro Jack Everly). Film/TV: “Clear Blue Tuesday” (Elizabeth Lucas) and “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods” (MTV/Reveilles Productions). BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Claudio Venancio
Ensemble – She Loves Me
Brophy – Arsenic and Old Lace
Albert Potter – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
(Young Audience Outreach Tour)

Recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Kean University in New Jersey. Upon graduating he created the Incendiary Theatre Company. It’s mission statement: “To reach, teach and spark the mind that will change the world”. Regional: A Few Good Men (PFC Santiago), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Benjamin). New York Credits: The Waiting Room (Daredevil); No Thanks (Worthy); Can I Borrow your Time Machine (Dave). Other credits: The Lover (Richard); Dreamgirls (Dave); In The Heights (Piragua Guy; Usnavi u/s); RENT (Benny); Dogfight (Fector); Macbeth (Macduff); The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio); PVT Wars (Woodruff Gately); Hairspray (Kenny). www.claudiovenancio.com

 

Rick D. Wasserman*
Einstein – Arsenic and Old Lace
Matt Friedman – Talley’s Folly

Rick is grateful and excited to be back at CRT. Last season, he played in the hysterical and challenging “rep within rep” production of Private Lives. More than 20 years ago, Rick spent an unforgettable summer in Creede, playing lead roles in Little Shop of Horrors and Wait Until Dark among others. Rick made his Broadway debut in Disney’s The Lion King. In LA, he played the titular character in the world-premiere play Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter. Favorite television performances include roles on 24, The District, House MD, Law & Order and Without A Trace. Rick is perhaps best known as the 12-year signature voice of AMC Network and for voicing Thor and Hulk for Marvel animation. He can also be heard on popular video game series such as Call of Duty, Diablo, Starcraft and Batman Arkham. Rick gives thanks to his family for their unwavering support.

 

Caitlin Wise*
Nikki – General Store
Actor – Syringa Tree
Performer – Pants on Fire
Performer – Boomtown
Assistant Teaching Artist

Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her eighth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Kind of Red, Private Lives, Our Town, August: Osage County, Good on Paper, Hope and Gravity, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce and Boomtown at Creede Repertory Theatre. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the Denver Center Theatre Company: Tom Sawyer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Dracula and Othello. At the Arvada Center: The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days and Is He Dead? At Theatreworks, Girl of the Golden West and The Liar. At CSF: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received her MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory. Follow her at unprocessyourfood on Instagram.

 

Donovan Woods*  
Georg – She Loves Me
Mortimer – Arsenic and Old Lace

Donovan Woods is a Kansas City actor originally from Texas. Donovan was previously seen as George Murchison in A Raisin in the Sun at Kansas Repertory Theatre. His past shows include A Christmas Carol (KC Rep), Marty the Zebra in Madagascar The Musical, Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Boy in The Cat in the Hat (Coterie Theatre). The Brothers Size (Unicorn Theatre); West Side Story (Spinning Tree Theatre); Hairspray and Leap of Faith (Tent Theatre); Footloose, Shrek the Musical, and Almost, Maine (Crane River Theatre). Donovan is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

 

Josh Zwick
Waiter – She Loves Me
Klein – Arsenic and Old Lace

Josh is delighted to be making his debut with Creede Rep. He most recently appeared at The Guthrie Theater as Lee Baum in The American Clock. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program in Minneapolis, Josh has had the pleasure of working with esteemed artists such as Barbara Houseman, Ken Washington, and Marcela Lorca. Some of Josh’s favorite roles include Moritz in Spring Awakening, Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Lebedev in Ivanov. Other regional credits include: Costard in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Clown in The Winter’s Tale at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lucius in Julius Caesar at Marin Shakespeare Company, and various roles in Under the Gaslight on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. When not onstage, Josh dabbles in TV and commercial work, including a guest appearance on the popular Japanese TV show, “The World’s Astonishing News”. Follow him on Instagram at zwick.josh!

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MUSICIANS

Matthew Rossmann
Trumpet
Matthew Rossmann is a freelance trumpet player and a student of jazz studies, entering his senior year at the University of North Florida. Throughout his high school career, he performed with top-level all-county and all-state wind ensembles, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra and in several jazz ensembles participating in events throughout the state, such as the 38th Annual Festival of Winds hosted at the University of South Florida. Since his graduation from Santa Fe High School, he studied under Brian Osbourne and Julian Kaplan of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Randal Tinnin, Chair of the Music Flagship Program at the University of North Florida; and Professor J.B. Scott, director of the top jazz ensemble “JE1” at UNF. Matthew proved his horn versatility by both doubling and recording trombone for the album “Darkness” with the Savants of Soul, a band based out of Gainesville, FL.

Jim Turnbull
Drummer
Jim was born and raised in San Diego, California and had the pleasure to experience the tumultuous 50s, 60s and 70s wearing paisley shirts and nehrus!  Of course, surfing was a hobby, but drums became a passion. Following stints in various rock and fusion bands, he found an extended (30 year) drumming hiatus was in order. Stones weren’t calling anytime soon to tour! He moved to Creede in 2000, and rediscovered drumming and had the pleasure to play various and new to me, genres of music with a fantastic gathering of very talented local musicians.

 

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DIRECTORS/DESIGNERS
CREATIVE TEAM 

Michael Perlman+
Director – She Loves Me
Michael is thrilled to return to CRT after directing Is He Dead, Language of Trees, Annie Get Your Gun and Our Town. Other directing credits include Trinity Repertory Company, Arvada Theater Center, Boise Contemporary Theater, CRT, Maples Rep and Juilliard Drama Program as well as workshops with The Playwrights’ Center, and Young Playwrights, Inc. He is the Associate Director on Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods at the McCarter, Old Globe, Menier Chocolate Factory and Roundabout. Associate directing credits include the Public Theater and Roundabout Theater Company. As a writer, his work includes At The Table and From White Plains, which was the recipient of a 2013 GLAAD Media Award. Michael’s one-person show Flying on the Wing was presented at the New York Fringe Festival, where it was the winner of Outstanding Solo Show. Michael is an Artistic Associate with Fiasco Theater, and Fault Line Theatre.

Tosin Morohunfola
Director – The Syringa Tree
Tosin is founder of the Multicultural Theatre Initiative, where he served as Artistic Director for two years before graduating from the University of Kansas. For CRT, he’s previously directed Reading! And Other Superpowers. Tosin’s other Creede credits include Guys & Dolls, Our Town, The Drowsy Chaperone, Harry the Great, Is He Dead?, The Presidents!, Pants on Fire and of course, Boomtown. Regional appearances include the Goodman, Northlight, New Victory, Court, Unicorn, Victory Gardens, New Theatre Restaurant and the Coterie, where he often directs CRT YAOT originals. In 2014, Tosin was honored with the “Best Supporting Actor” award from the Black Theatre Alliance. And in 2015, he wrote and directed his own film, On Sight. Other films include, Destination Planet Negro, If Night Comes and his original short Endowed. On television, he’s appeared on Empire (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), APB (FOX) and is a recurring doctor on Chicago Med (NBC). www.tosinmorohunfola.com

Justin Lucero
Director – Arsenic and Old Lace
Justin Lucero is the co-founding Artistic Director of New Mexico-based Scaffolding Theatre Company for which he has directed/co-directed radical reimaginings of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Passion, and Nine, and whose “daring” Chicago “impressed the national theater community,” according to Playbill magazine, who later named Scaffolding among Harvard, Yale, Pace and Stanford as one of five “innovative” companies that think “outside the theatrical box.” Recent directing credits include Anything Goes for the UTEP Dinner Theatre, Hamlet for Asolo Repertory Theatre, and The Liar for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He has extensive experience as an Assistant Director locally, regionally and on London’s West End. He is the recipient of a Directing Fellowship with Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre, an SDCF Observership with L.A.’s South Coast Repertory, and a FAIR Assistantship with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Training: MFA in Theatre Directing from London’s East 15 Acting School. Associate member, SDC. “As always, for my family.”

Jessica Jackson
Director – Talley’s Folly
Jess has worked with CRT since 2004 as an actor, director and resident composer. For CRT she’s directed Private Lives, The Secret Lives of Mildred Wilde, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Sighthound, To Fool the Eye, and most of the original theatre for young audience pieces created with Jeff Carey and Steven Cole Hughes. She founded CRT’s Boomtown Improv in 2007. Original Scores for CRT: The Bad Man, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Swiss Family Robinson, Billy Hell (for which she shares a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Original Music with Ryan Prince & Kendra Kohrt), Meet the Beasts, Grimm Pajamas, Zeus on the Loose, Lullaby Bay, and Scruff Turbo. M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.A. (Government) from Harvard University. She is on the boards of the Creede Community Foundation, ROCK Coalition, and has the greatest muse, her 5-year-old daughter Penelope.

Christy Montour-Larson+
Director – General Store     
Christy Montour-Larson has directed over 75 productions from Shakespeare to Pinter to musicals to the newest works in America. She is a multiple Denver Post Ovation and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry award-winning director, recently named top director by Westword, 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver.  She is honored to be returning to Creede Rep, having previously directed The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, August: Osage County, The Last Romance and A Funny Thing Happened… A member of the Artistic Company at Curious Theatre, her credits include Charles Ives Take Me Home, Good People, Times Stands Still and Red. Christy’s work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center, the Arvada Center, Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, Boulder Ensemble and Theatreworks. Nationally, Christy has directed at New American, Rochester Civic, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse and for Seven Devils Playwright Conference.  She is a Faculty Member at MSU Denver and earned her MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.

Melissa Firlit 
Director – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
Choreographer – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
(Young Audience Outreach Tour)
Melissa Firlit is a New York City based director and teaching artist. Recent credits include: Aida, Buyer & Cellar, A Few Good Men, Red, A Picasso, The Pillowman (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Princeton Festival), Misterman (The Dairy Center & PSCA), Bubba (FringeNYC, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD (Chicago Fringe), Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), Stop Kiss (Wagner College) and Under Construction, Fabulation, Machinal, Solitary, boom, Any Place But Here, Lone Star and Lost Persons (Rutgers University). She teaches at various institutions nationwide. Her passion lies in the collaborative development of new work with playwrights. Training includes: MFA in Directing: Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, BA in theater and a minor in music: The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. Associate Member SDC. www.melissafirlit.com

Tokeya Waci U (Comes Dancing First)
Assistant Director – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
(Young Audience Outreach Tour)
Tokeya is a Native American actor who started performing in the Thunder Bird Theatre at Haskell Indian Nations University in 2012. From there, he started playing roles within museum education movies and also short film festivals. After helping his mother in a two year fight against breast cancer, he stepped back on stage at Fort Lewis College in 2016 and played the role of the Commanding Officer in Trojan Women: A Love Story, written by Charles Mee and Directed by Melissa Firlit.  Tokeya is now interested in directing plays and has chosen you, the audience, to see his helping hand as Assistant Director in this project.  “Representing the Indigenous people of the East Coast and the Northern Plains, I give my voice and a piece of my vision!” Aho, wopila tanka! (Thank you very much!)”

Ian LeRoy  
Music Director
Ian is so excited to be working with CRT this summer! He is currently a graduate student at the Dana School of Music, where he is studying conducting with a focus on musical theatre and opera. He is a proud alum of the University of Mount Union, having worked with both the music and theatre departments during his time there. Some favorite music direction credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar at Near West Theatre, Avenue Q: School Edition at the Beck Center for the Arts, and West Side Story at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.

Maddy Apple  
Choreographer – She Loves Me
Maddy Apple is an NYC-based director, choreographer, actor, teaching artist, and all-around nasty woman. Choreography Credits: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Director/Choreographer), Sister Act (2016 Berkshire Theater Award Nomination – Outstanding Choreography), Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Kiss Me Kate (Mac-Haydn); Bernarda Alba (LIU); School of Rock (Northern Stage); Legally Blonde (SUNY Dutchess); Swing! The Musical (OCTC). BFA Drama – NYU TISCH. Love and thanks to Jess, Mikey, CRT, and the entire Apple clan! www.maddyapple.com

Rosemary Vigil
Cornell College Fellow
Rosemary Vigil is a sophomore from Los Alamos, New Mexico. Double majoring in Theatre and Personnel Management at Cornell College, Rosemary was last seen in Tick, Tick…BOOM! and served as Stage Manager for Hurts So Good: the Feel-Good Cabaret of Pain and Torture. She is currently Productions Manager of STC and a member of The Freelance Cosmonauts improv comedy group. Other performance credits include: Lily in Those That Fall a devised piece, Jay (Jason) in Rabbit Hole directed by Sarah Cooper, and herself in Hear Me Roar a feminist devised piece directed by Jay Epps. Rosemary is very excited to be spending her summer with CRT as a Cornell College Fellow.

John Gary Brown  
Company Photographer
Brownie has been CRT’s company photographer since 1974 and is proud to have created a photographic arcane of shows and events- he wishes he started in 1966!  Brown received an MFA from The University of Washington and has sold over 500 oil paintings to museums, galleries, corporations and private collectors since 1970.  The University of Kansas Press published his photographic history of cemetery art, titled Soul in the Stone in 1993, and it was their bestselling book two years in a row.  Brown’s artwork has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions, including “First Prize, regardless of Medium” at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum during their Mid America show, which had three thousand entries.  One of his paintings was purchased by the Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He provided photo illustrations for Smithsonian, Fine Woodworking, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health and Santa Fean.  He was recently featured in American Theatre.  Brown has shown across the country at thirty different art galleries during his career.  He is happily married to CRT actress Christy Brandt.

Nicole Watts  
Assistant Costume Designer
Wardrobe Supervisor
Costume Designer – I, Mac(kers)    
Ms. Watts is originally from Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Dance Design and Production focusing on Costume Design from the University of Wyoming. Her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production is from Tulane University, where she concentrated in Costume and Scenic Design. This past year, she freelanced in New Orleans and was the Instructor of Costume Design and Makeup Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University. This is her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre. Other companies she has worked for include The Black Hills Playhouse, Southern Rep Theatre, Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, and NETworks Touring.

Asa Benally
Costume Designer – She Loves Me, The Syringa Tree
Asa is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where his credits included Coriolanus, The Seagull and Cymbeline at the Yale Repertory Theater. Other design credits include Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); Big Love (Amherst College); Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew (Frog and Peach Theater Company); Far Away, Platonov (Columbia University); The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Secretaries, Roberto Zucco, Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret); The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda/HERE Arts Center); And Then They Fell (NYFA). Musical theatre credits include Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls, and Zapata! The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is originally from Big Mt. on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. asabenally.com

Kate Mott  
Costume Designer – Arsenic and Old Lace
Kate Mott earned her BA in Costume Design from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 and her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Her designs include Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Edward Stern, Fiddler on the Roof with Spinning Tree Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along and Boeing, Boeing at the Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, La Traviata at Finger Lakes Opera, and Bodyguard: Protector of the Anatomy at Creede Repertory Theatre. This is Kate’s fourth season with CRT and she is very excited to be joining this talented group of artists once again.

Tamara M. Carruthers
Costume Designer – Pants on Fire
Tamara M. Carruthers received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University. After managing NMSU’s Costume Shop for three semesters, she joined Wayside Theatre (Middletown, VA) and spent ten years as their Resident Costume Designer and Shop Manager. After leaving Wayside Theatre, she moved back west and spent the last five summers in the Costume Shop at CRT designing and serving as their Draper, Draper/First Hand, Assistant Costume Shop Manager and Costume Shop Manager. Currently she is back at New Mexico State University as their Costume Shop Manager. During her career, she has had the opportunity to design over 100 shows including five world premieres and one regional premiere.

Tatyana de Pavloff    
Costume Designer – Talley’s Folly
Tatyana is a freelance costume designer and makeup/body artist, as well as a member of a design group Taos Runway Vigilantes. She studied theater and costume design in Theater Art College in Moscow, Russia where she was born and raised. She moved to the United States in the late 90s to the San Francisco Bay Area where she was creating costumes and make up for the fabulous performers of Skyana Entertainment. In California and New Mexico, Tatyana worked in film and theater, doing both, costume and production design. Tatyana is delighted to join a creative team of CRT and, once again, spend a part of her summer in beautiful Creede, CO! In the past six seasons she designed costumes for CRT’s I Capture The Castle, The Road To Mecca, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ghost Writer, The Language of Trees, Around the World in 80 Days, The Liar, Ghost Light, and Private Lives. Presently, Tatyana de Pavloff lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Claudia Boddy    
Costume Designer – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
(Young Audience Outreach Tour)
Claudia Boddy is delighted to be designing the Young Audience Outreach Tour at Creede Repertory Theater. She is based in Bozeman, Montana, where her work has been seen for many Montana Shakespeare in the Parks tours and a number of productions at The Ellen Theater. Before working for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Claudia was a long-time member of the United Scenic Artists Local #829, working primarily in the Chicago area. Claudia was the resident designer at Victory Gardens Theater, taught at Roosevelt University and designed costumes for the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, and many others in the Chicago theatre community. During this period, she had the privilege to design costumes for the original production of Marvin’s Room which went to many prestigious theaters around the world including in London and New York. Claudia has an MFA from the University of Utah and a BA in French from Montana State University.

Clare Henkel    
Costume Designer – General Store
Clare designs regularly at the Arvada Center (15 shows) and Colorado Shakespeare Festival (10 seasons). She has also designed for The Denver Center, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego and San Jose Repertory Theatres, the Aurora Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Perseverance Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Theatreworks, and the Idaho, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals. Designs for dance include 3rd Law Dance Theatre and Frequent Flyers Productions. Clare’s costumes have been on stage at Carnegie Hall and other symphony halls around the country. She has designed A Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony for the past 13 years. She is part of an ongoing Cultural Exchange with the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia. Clare has taught at CU Boulder, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. She has won numerous awards for her work, including a True West, Denver Post Ovation and Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award. She lives in Boulder, Colorado

Rebecca Bossen
Dialect Coach – The Syringa Tree
Rebecca Bossen is a North Carolina-based voice coach, playwright, and performer. Dialect coaching credits include: I Capture the Castle, Drood, Pygmalion, Sweeney Todd (CRT); Heisenberg, Skylight, Blue Sky, The Heretic, Ruined, Good (Burning Coal Theatre); Parade, Titanic (Elon University); One Man Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theater); Skin in Flames (Stage Left Theatre); Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre); Blue/Orange (Actors Revolution Theatre); and the film The Game of Their Lives. She has taught voice classes at Northwestern University and at Act One Studios in Chicago. She holds theatre degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Voice Studies from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. She is delighted to return to her home-away-from-home in the magical mountains of Colorado!

Mallory Logan  
Illustrator
Mallory is the owner and creative director of RoShamBo Marketing + Creative in sunny Gunnison, Colorado. RoShamBo has essentially served as CRT’s in-house design team from afar since 2012. Mallory is excited to expand RoShamBo’s reach through Creede Rep by serving up vibrant illustrations for the Young Audience Outreach Tour’s traveling tour book!

Jacob M. Welch
Lighting Designer – She Loves Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, General Store
Jacob is thrilled to be back in Creede for his fifth season. Jacob is a Full Professor of Theatre with Metropolitan State University of Denver and an award winning lighting designer working throughout North America. Jacob received the 2013 Henry Award for Best Lighting Design for Kiss of the Spider Woman at Lake Dillon. Favorite designs include Angels in America I & II with Bas Bleu, 9 Parts of Desire with Curious Theatre, Family Stories: Belgrade with LIDA Project, Chess with Arvada Center and The Night Heron with Paragon.

Natalie Mayo  
Sound Designer – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour), I, Mac(kers)
Tour Manager – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer
LX/Sound Swing
Natalie Mayo was born and raised in Brownwood, TX, where she graduated from Brownwood High School in 2013. She has recently received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Texas Tech University, where she was President of the student chapter of USITT. Her two main focuses are sound design and stage management for theatre. Along with theatre, Natalie is also interested in music. She has a musical background as an instructor for high school percussion classes, private percussion lessons for kids under the age of 12, and a musician in several different musical ensembles. Natalie has experience in composition for theatrical productions and musical improvisation for modern dance.

Matthew Schlief
Scenic and Lighting Designer – The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly    
Matthew Schlief is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design and Production Coordinator at Texas Tech University, and is also a Resident Designer for Outpost Theatre Company in Lubbock, TX, Classical Theatre Co. in Houston TX. This is Matt’s second season at Creede Repertory Theatre, designing the scenery and lighting for The Syringa Tree and Talley’s Folly; last year he designed the scenery and lighting for Private Lives. He has designed scenery, lighting, and/or projections for TUTS Underground, Horsehead Theatre Co., Creede Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Flatlands Dance Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, as well as the COCO Dance Festival in Trinidad. In 2012 Matt received the Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and in 2013 received the Broadway World Best of Houston Award for his Lighting Design of Sweeney Todd. He has also received five KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.”

Chris Winnemann
Scenic Designer – Pants on Fire

Mark Exline 
Scenic Designer – Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Young Audience Outreach Tour), I, Mac(kers)
This is Mark’s second year in Creede, and he’s so excited to be back! Originally from Florida, he’s worked as a scenic designer all over the country. He is currently working on his MFA in scenic design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His previous design credits include The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Footloose, and Hana’s Suitcase.

Robert Mark Morgan  
Scenic Designer – General Store
Robert is thrilled to be designing for Creede Rep again this season. His previous designs are The Foreigner, Hay Fever, Ladies Man, and August: Osage County. Rob has designed professionally in the areas of theatre, museum, and theme park venues including SeaWorld of San Diego and Avatar the Exhibition which debuted at Experience Music Project in Seattle in 2011. His stage designs have been seen onstage nationally at Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Indiana Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena, Cleveland Play House, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. Mr. Morgan is a proud member of USA-829 and is a faculty member in the area of stage design at Washington University in St. Louis. www.morgansetdesign.com

Heidi Hoffer
Scenic Designer – Arsenic and Old Lace
Heidi Hoffer is a professional scene and lighting designer, and a union (USAA) scenic artist for the theatre. She received a Fulbright Scholar award to work in the theatre industry in South Africa and has worked in China, Taiwan, Italy, and Egypt.  Notable designs include The Imaginary Invalid, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Urinetown for PCPA Theaterfest; several feature films as Scenic Artist and PA; and she has designed for Little Theatre of the Rockies, the University of Colorado, the American Theatre Company, Illinois Stage Company, Tulsa Youth Opera, Creede Repertory Theatre and The Pollard Theatre. Ms. Hoffer’s international work includes Moliere in Cairo, Egypt and Saturday Night at the Palace in Pretoria, South Africa.

Becca Pearce
Sound Designer – The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly
Becca is a Denver-based sound designer who has worked at Creede for the past two seasons as a sound engineer. Her Creede sound design credits include Kind of Red, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Private Lives, Rodeo and Juliet, Bodyguard! Protector of Anatomy, Reading and Other Superpowers and August: Osage County. In addition, she works as a touring stage manager with StarQuest International.

Jason Ducat 
Sound Designer – General Store
This is Jason’s debut at Creede Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Bus Stop, The Drowning Girls, and Waiting for Godot (The Arvada Center). Hand to God, The Flick, Venus in Fur, Good People, The Brothers Size, 9 Circles, and Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company). Two Degrees, When Tang Met Laika, The House of the Spirits, Lord of the Flies, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, and Othello (DCPA Theatre Company). Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Henry IV, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). Constellations, Antony and Cleopatra, and Born Yesterday (Theatreworks). Marat/Sade, The Winter’s Tale (Purdue University), Lab Coats on Clouds (Prague Quadrennial), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Elemental Theatre Company), Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).

Jake K. Harbour
Sound Designer – Arsenic and Old Lace
Jake is thrilled to be back for his 8th season at CRT. He is a freelance sound designer currently working in Atlanta. He is also the Technical Director at the University of West Georgia where he oversees a team of Stage Managers, Sound Designers, and Technicians. Previously he worked as the Technical Director at Lipscomb University (08-12). He received his Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He would like to thank Jenni M. for all of her support throughout the years.

Allison Quiller    
Videographer
Allison Quiller is a Creede native who is thrilled to be back working in the town she loves. She spent her years away attending the Vancouver Film School in Canada and working on various film productions in Los Angeles, including several seasons as Art Department Coordinator for ABC Family’s show Pretty Little Liars. She has produced several instructional videos with her father, water media artist Stephen Quiller, and in 2015 she produced the award-winning documentary Paul Freakin’ Stone, That’s Who, which features the life story of a beloved Creede eccentric. She is happy to be working with the CRT again, and cannot wait to be a part of documenting the amazing process of the Young Audience Outreach Tour this 2017 season.

Mandi Wood  
Lighting Designer – Pants on Fire, I, Mac(kers)
Asst. Lighting Designer/Programmer
Mandi Wood is a Lighting Designer currently working out of New Orleans, LA. Mandi received her MFA in Production and Design from Tulane University, and is the resident Assistant Lighting Designer for the New Orleans Opera Association. Her most recent design work has been featured with New Orleans companies including Southern Rep Theatre, Newcomb Dance Company, The Contemporary Arts Center, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, The New Orleans Opera Association, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and The New Orleans Fringe Festival. Mandi is thrilled to be working her first season with Creede Repertory Theatre, and hopes you enjoy the shows!

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PRODUCTION TEAM

Stage Management
Devon Muko*
Production Stage Manager
Stage Manager – She Loves Me, Arsenic and Old Lace, General Store
This is Devon’s second season as Production Stage Manager and fifth season with Creede Rep! Devon has spent the past few winters in Saraosta, FL working as the Production Stage Manager at the FSU/Asolo Conservatroy for Actor Training. She has previously worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, Gulfshore Playhouse and Saint Michael’s Playhouse. Some of her favorite past productions include: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Our Town (CRT), Macbeth, The Liar (FSU/Asolo), Both Your Houses (Asolo Rep), and Avenue Q (USD). Originally from Rapid City, SD, Devon received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of South Dakota. Shout out to my family and friends for all of their support in my career. Proud member of Actors Equity. Thank you for your support of live theatre!

Nia Sciarretta*  
Stage Manager – The Syringa Tree, Talley’s Folly
Assistant Stage Manager – She Loves Me
Nia is excited for her first season with Creede Rep! Off-Broadway credits include The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Regional credits include 5 seasons with Asolo Repertory Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Born Yesterday, All the Way, South Pacific, Hero: The Musical, and others), 8 seasons with the Hangar Theatre (Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps, and others), and shows with Penguin Rep (The Fabulous Lipitones) and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth). Ithaca College graduate.

Lucas Bareis-Golumb    
Assistant Stage Manager – The Syringa Tree, Arsenic and Old Lace, I, Mac(kers), General Store
Stage Manager – Boomtown, Headwaters New Play Festival
Lucas is a graduate of the Metropolitan State University of Denver, with a BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design. He is looking forward to spending his second summer at CRT. Previous shows with Creede Rep include Good on Paper, Kind of Red, The History Room and Private Lives. In between summers he worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on such shows as A Christmas Carol, Two Degrees and The Secret Garden. He would like to thank his ever-supportive sister, his family and friends who trek to 8,800 feet to see his work, and, as always, Mel Duggan for threatening to break his knees.

Aaron McEachran    
Assistant Stage Manager – She Loves Me, General Store
Stage Manager – Pants on Fire, I, Mac(kers)
Aaron is a recent graduate of Hope College, a small liberal arts school in Holland Michigan. Originally from Golden Colorado he loves to be outdoors and is very excited to be back in the mountains after four years away. Before coming to Creede, Aaron spent two summers with Hope Summer Reparatory Theatre in Michigan. He loved the experience of working with a rep theatre company and is excited to be joining Creede for their summer season. Most recently Aaron stage managed a devised piece created with two alumni of Hope College, and loves the unique challenge that accompanies creating new work. In his free time, he enjoys landscape photography, party games, and socializing with friends.

Alexandria Skaar  
Assistant Stage Manager – She Loves Me, Talley’s Folly, General Store
Stage Manager – Headwaters New Play Festival
Alexandria Skaar is from Dallas, TX. She just graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Drama, emphasizing in Stage Management. She has spent the past two summers with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and is thrilled to be joining the Creede Rep team this summer. Some favorite shows she has worked on are La Cage aux Folles (SM, OU), Twelfth Night (ASM, AST), and Let the Right One In (SM, OU). She’d like to thank her family and Mak for all of their support!

Scene Shop
Colin Shay
Technical Director
Colin comes to Creede from Tallahassee Florida where he is a Technical Production MFA at Florida State University. Originally from Indianapolis, Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Prior to working at Florida State, Colin spent five years as the Assistant Production Manager at Butler University. In addition, he has been a designer, engineer, or technician in lights, sound, projections, or scenery for over ten years and has worked for companies such as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Repertory Theatre, Indiana Festival Theatre, Markey’s Audio/Visual, IATSE local 618, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage Company, and many more. When he is not in a theater, you can find Colin hiking, biking, playing guitar, or walking his dog!”

Duncan Becker
Stage Supervisor
Duncan Becker is a lighting designer from Jackson, MS, and now calls New Orleans home. He has recently worked with New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Southern Rep, Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, The NOLA Project, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, Summer Lyric, New Orleans Ballet Association, and Rivertown Theater. He holds a degree from Tulane University, and is currently the Lighting Director at the Orpheum Theater. This is his first time working for Creede Rep.

Melissa Brereton
Master Carpenter
Melissa is originally from Centennial CO, but has spent the last several years going to school in Missouri. She has an AFA in Technical Theatre from Cottey College (Nevada MO), and a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in Columbia MO. During school, she focused mostly on scenic design and carpentry, but also has experience with scenic painting, props, lights, costume design and construction. Her last two summers have been spent at Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST) in Okoboji Iowa and this past summer she was the Master Carpenter for the 9 mainstage shows there, as well as the Scenic Designer for Fancy Nancy the Musical in OST’s children’s theatre, the Boji Bantam. Other scenic design credits include Hearts like Fists, and Horse Girls in the Warehouse Theatre at Stephens College. Outside theatre, Melissa also enjoys running, biking and making wheel thrown pottery.

Matthew Mosher
Properties Master
Matthew is a student at Texas Tech currently working to get his Bachelor’s in Theatric Design and Technology. He has had the opportunity to work in many different disciplines of Theatric Design but most recently worked on a dance show, Click by Ballet Lubbock, as a media designer. He has experience designing lighting, sound, and projections, as well as has technical experience as a carpenter, props artisan, props master, and electrician.

Mattie Roquel Rydalch
Properties Artisan
Mattie is elated to spend his first summer with Creede Rep. Growing up in southeast Idaho with a view of the Teton Range, he learned to value our planet and all the people who live on it. He earned his MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho, where he built props, sets and was a teaching assistant in the scene shop. He is also an alumna of New York Theatre Intensives. Recently, he worked in southeast Idaho, where he built and moved scenery, painted backdrops, and participated in the restoration of the historic Romance Theater. He is also a playwright and a composer, and he plays an array of musical instruments.

Lisa Allen
Scenic Paint Charge
Lisa cannot believe that 2017 will mark her 5th summer of artistic collaboration and rampant tomfoolery with Creede Rep. When forced to depart for the rest of the year, she designs and paints scenery for the PACE Center in Parker, CO. Lisa will eagerly discuss geeky beer stuff with anyone at any time.

Jacob Slade Charlebois
Run Crew
Jacob Slade Charlebois is a BFA Candidate in Design and Technology with emphasis in Stage Management at Texas Tech University. His past work include stage managing the 2nd premiere of Tennessee William’s Kirche, Kuche, Kinder directed by David Kaplan and Robertson Dean, Rathbone by Erin Grogan, and a medley of other Dance shows and Musicals. He is also the lighting Designer for Flatlands Dance Theatre, and enjoys doing Sound Design.

Sky Bradley    
Run Crew
They/Them/Theirs
Student at the University of Northern Iowa. Plans to graduate in 2019 with a emphasis in Sound Design.

Jake Dutton
Scene Shop Swing

Alex Polzin    
Scene Shop Swing
This is Alex’s third season at CRT and he is thrilled to be working with his favorite company again. Alex (also known as Polzy) primarily works in the Denver area as a scenic artist and designer. Recent shows include: Phamaly Theatre Company’s Annie and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol, 5th Wall Productions’ Life Lessons, and B Street Theatre’s Becoming Doctor Ruth. Alex wishes many thanks to his friends and family for their continued love and support, as well as a special thank you to all of the patrons who make this place possible

Costume Shop
Leigh Anne Crandall
Costume Shop Foreman
Leigh Anne Crandall is a graduate of Texas Tech University with an MFA in Design (Costume Design emphasis). She is the owner/operator of LAC Costume Design and Rental. Recent costume design credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Glass Menagerie, The Last Five Years, The Addams Family, The Full Monty and Young Frankenstein at Amarillo Little Theatre; Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin Jr at the ALT Academy; Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare in the Canyon; Mother Courage and Her Children, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Twelfth Night, RENT and The Seagull at Texas Tech University; and The Great Rat Race at Lubbock Community Theatre. Leigh Anne has also had the privilege of working with several prestigious companies including Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas, Forbidden Broadway Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.

Julia Eckelkamp
Wardrobe/ Stitcher
Julia Eckelkamp is a Senior at Centenary College of Louisiana where she is currently studying Costume Design and Construction. She is so excited to be spending the summer working in the Costume Shop at Creede Repertory Theatre!

Maria Albutra
First Hand / Draper
Graduated in 2015 from Texas Tech University with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with a focus on Costumes. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Electrics & Sound
Eaton Saylor
Sound Supervisor
Eaton is excited to be coming back to Creede for my 4th season here! He has been busy working through the year and am excited to get the opportunity to enjoy Creede again.

Logan R. Foy
Master Electrician
Logan is ecstatic to be at CRT for a 3rd season. He hails from Memphis and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, Logan was the lighting designer for Rodeo & Juliet, Reading! And Other Superpowers, and Boomtown. Let’s have yet another great summer!

Harrison Foster
Electrician and Light Board Operator
A current student at Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA, studying theatre production, Harry is overjoyed to be joining the Creede Rep LX team for his second season. He hopes to enter into the professional world of lighting and sound design upon graduation. Special thanks to friends, family, and everyone at Creede for being such great and welcoming people.

Monique Cuyler
Electric and Sound Swing
Monique Cuyler is from Colorado Springs, and she recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors of Arts in Technical Theatre. Monique is excited to be back in Creede and ready to start her career.

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PATRON SERVICES

Zoe Ruth
Assistant Director – Arsenic and Old Lace
House Manager/Patron Services
Audience Enrichment Associate
This season is Zoe’s second with CRT. She is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre and holds a BFA in Theatre Arts. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Zoe is currently a year-round resident of Creede, but before she discovered the West, Pittsburgh, PA was her home.

Jenna Jernigan
Patron Services Manager
Jenna Jernigan was born and raised in Monahans, Texas. After graduating high school as the valedictorian of her 2012 class, she moved to study business at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Jenna graduated from Texas Tech in December of 2016 summa cum laude with a degree in Business Marketing as well as Business Management with a minor in Theatre Arts. She is also a proud alum of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Her interests in theatre are stage management, marketing, and house management. Her hobbies include playing with her two dogs, Banzai and Naga, spending time exploring the outdoors, and playing golf. She also spends time listening to and playing music.

Katie Regan
Patron Services Manager

Julia Whalen
Parton Services
Julia is excited to spend her first summer at CRT. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and received her degree in Theatre Performance and Arts Administration. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of the Midwest, she is grateful for this new opportunity. Julia would like to thank Creede Rep for providing her with a new chapter in her life.

Britney Sinclair
Parton Services
Britney Jade Sinclair is elated to join Creede Rep for its 52nd season and become a part of the family! Growing up in an Army household, Britney lived all over the U.S., but she calls Tennessee home. She has worked both on and off stage before, with the majority of her experience being in Stage Management. She is currently living in Lubbock, Texas with her husband William where she has been working in Elementary Special Education for the last 3 years. She very much looks forward to meeting you all!

 


*  Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. www.actorsequity.org

+  The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

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