Alexandria Bates (she, her, hers)
Smee – Peter and the Starcatcher
Crystal –Little Shop of Horrors
Alexandria is beyond excited to make her Creede Rep debut. Alex hails from Florence, Alabama and attended Jacksonville State University where she started a cabaret-style theatre for Alpha Psi Omega called, Cocky Guerilla Theatre. Alex has been seen at Old Creamery Theatre, Great Plains Theatre, Bluegate Musicals, Brightstar Touring Theatre, Birmingham Children’s Theatre and a few historical outdoor dramas. Some of her favorite credits include Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Rosa Parks in The Birmingham Bus Boycott, Sylvia in All Shook Up, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray. Alex is thankful for every step of this uphill journey. www.alexandriabates.weebly.com
Brian Baylor (he, him, his)
Alf – Peter and the Starcatcher
Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors
Brian is an NYC-based actor. Originally from southeast Michigan, he obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University and is very excited to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time. Many thanks to his mom, dad, and God for everything. Recent credits: Oberon/Theseus (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Lloyd (Bomber’s Moon, Seven Ages Artistic Collective), and Swing (Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom). Tune into brianbaylor.com for more updates!
Kate Berry* (she, her, hers)
Esther – Hazardous Materials
Bingley/Mary – Pride and Prejudice
This is Kate’s 9th season in the CRT acting company and her second as a full-time staff member, where she manages Audience Enrichment programming, and the Headwaters New Play Festival. 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 Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. Colorado Credits: Arvada Center (The Lion in Winter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit), Theatreworks (Wild Honey, 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). Favorite roles at CRT include Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Eliza in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, and Sherlock Holmes in Miss Holmes. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Brade Bradshaw (he, him, his)
Prentiss – Peter and the Starcatcher
Scotty – Ripcord
Brade is thrilled to be making his CRT debut! A Texas native now based out of Chicago, he recently completed the Emerging Professional Residency program at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Previous credits include: Our Town, Animal Farm, A Christmas Carol, and Guys and Dolls at Milwaukee Rep, Shinbone Alley at Third Avenue Playhouse, Moonshiner at The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, A Christmas Carol at Children’s Theatre of Madison, and Guys on Ice on Tour with Go Fish Productions. Brade received his BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. Special thanks to his amazing friends and family, Tanner, and his unbelievably supportive parents. bradebradshaw.com
Christy Brandt* (she, her, hers)
Marilyn – Ripcord
Christy can’t believe how lucky she is to be back in Creede for her 45th season. She has appeared in more than 130 different productions at CRT. Favorite roles include Helen in The History Room, and Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo. In 2011 she received the award for “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 has been happily married to photographer and painter John Gary Brown since 1981.
Dustin Bronson* (he, him, his)
Orin and others – Little Shop of Horrors
Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
Hal – Hazardous Materials
Performer – Boomtown
Dustin is thrilled to be returning for his third season at Creede Repertory Theatre. Previous productions at CRT include Around the World in 80 Days, Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Barefoot in the Park, Miss Holmes, and Guadalupe in the Guest Room. Guthrie Theater (To Kill A Mockingbird, Juno and the Peacock, Crimes of the Heart), Mixed Blood Theatre (Hir, Pussy Valley), Park Square Theater (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men), Illusion Theater (My Antonia, Autistic License), Gremlin Theater (A Steady Rain), Theatreworks (American Prom). Education: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA, Globe Theatre in London. Awards: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awardee, California Alliance for Arts Education Emerging Young Artist Award, Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee, Best Actor 2018 and Comedic Actor 2015 by Lavender Magazine. Visit www.dustin-bronson.com or follow him on Instagram @dustinbronson.
Anne Faith Butler* (she, her, hers)
Bumbrake – Peter and the Starcatcher
Abby – Ripcord
Annie happily returns for her 17th summer at CRT and is overjoyed to take part in comedy after doing a gratifying but weighty role in the regional premiere of The Humans for the Curious Theatre last fall. Over the years she has had a blast performing roles such as Vi in August Osage County, the title role in Mrs. Mannerly, Elmira/Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Roz in 9 to 5, Mdme Aigreville in The Ladies Man, and Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid. She came to Creede after doing Denver Theatre in the 80’s and the Commonweal Theatre in the 90’s. She has lived with her little family (currently Herc & Mars) in Creede since first laying eyes upon it in 2001! MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in 1993. She dedicates her work this season to her family, and “The Good People of Creede”.
Chris Carranza (he, him, his)
Tour Actor (Team Pink, YAOT) – Best Foot Forward
Chris is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and is so excited to be touring the country with YAOT. Previous credits include Davey in Newsies (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre), Chino in West Side Story (UNC), TJ in Sister Act (Town Hall Arts Center), Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (UNC), and Reggie in First Date (Little Theatre of the Rockies). Follow him on Instagram @chriscarranza_
Nicholas Caycedo (he, him, his)
Seymour – Little Shop of Horrors
Peter – Peter and the Starcatcher
Collins/Wickham/Miss Bingley – Pride and Prejudice
Nicholas is grateful to be back in Creede with this amazing company. Last year, Nicholas toured the southwest with CRT’s Young Audience Outreach Tour: Seeds of Change by Lojo Simon, where he played several roles including a bee, a goat, and a swordfish. Nicholas is a New York-based actor who has performed at La Mama ETC (La Mama Cantata original cast), The Flea Theatre (Nomad), the Playroom Theatre, and Theatre for the New City. Regionally, he has worked at The Kitchen Theatre (I Became a Guitar, world premiere), Seacoast Repertory Theatre (In The Heights, The Producers), Skinner Barn (Gypsy, Oklahoma!), Middlebury Actors Workshop (The Christians), Vermont Stage (Blackberry Winter), and St. Mike’s Playhouse (Pirates of Penzance). Training: Walnut Hill, Ithaca College (BFA). Thank you to John & Jax for bringing us all together to tell these stories. And to my familia, for always allowing me to catch starstuff. EYR.
Kayla Johnson (she, her, hers)
Chiffon – Little Shop of Horrors
Understudy Colleen – Ripcord
Kayla is so excited to be a part of CRT and the 2019 company for this season. This is her first time doing repertory theatre, but she is no stranger to the stage. Kayla performed in productions such as The Wiz (Dorothy), Emma: A Pop Musical (Emma), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and many more! Some of her greatest accomplishments include writing, directing, and producing her own musical play called If A Tear Should Fall, which was performed for an audience of almost 500, and also, being cast in an Illinois All-State Production where she got to perform at the International Theatre Festival. She would like to acknowledge her mother and her grandmother for all of their love, encouragement, and support that they have shown her for her entire life.
Bill Lawrence (he, him, his)
Grempkin/Mack/Sanchez/Fighting Prawn – Peter and the Starcatcher
Mushnik – Little Shop of Horrors
Charlotte Lucas/Mr. Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
Bill Lawrence is a writer and actor who lives in Santa Monica, CA. Over the years he performed a wide range of CRT roles, some of his favorites being Phil Hogan in Moon for the Misbegotten, The Stage Manager in Our Town and Joe Keller in All My Sons. Three of his own plays premiered at CRT—The Marmot Speaks, Feed My Sheep and The Gatekeeper. He first performed professionally at the Pioneer Theatre Company in his hometown of Salt Lake City and was seen in The Elephant Man, Barnum, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Death of a Salesman, Of Mice and Men and many others. Film and TV: Close to Home (CBS) Andy Across the Water, Hemingway, The Witching of Ben Wagner, Scandals and 21 Jump Street. Education: BFA (Theatre Studies) University of Utah, MA (Humanities) Mt. St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. Special thanks to Jessica Jackson.
Jeri Marshall (she, her, hers)
Lynley – Hazardous Materials
Jeri is thrilled to be making her Creede Theatre debut. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jeri relocated to Chicago in 2013 to further her education and holds an MFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Chicago Credits: You Can’t Take It with You (Oak Park Theatre Festival), Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Good Person of Szechwan (Cor Theatre). Regional Credits: The Tin Woman (Theatre at the Center), A Christmas Carol and To the Promised Land (Children’s Theatre of Madison). TV Credits: Chicago MED (NBC). Jeri has also performed several voiceovers and appeared in commercials for The Onion. She is represented by Gray Talent Group and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Many thanks to the entire CRT team for this incredible opportunity.
Katrina Michaels* (she, her, hers)
Molly – Peter and the Starcatcher
Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors
Lydia/Lady Catherine – Pride and Prejudice
Katrina Michaels is over the moon to be spending the summer in the gorgeous mountains, doing several fantastic shows with such a truly special company. ‘Thank you’ can’t even begin to cover her gratitude to everyone involved. Hailing from London, England but living in NYC, she has bounced about the country performing a range of shows including The 39 Steps (Clown) at Depot Theatre, Tribes (Ruth) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Florida Repertory, Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) at Orlando Shakespeare, Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Twelfth Night (Viola), Dracula (Lucy), Rhinoceros (Daisy) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). For more information, visit www.katrina-michaels.com or follow her Instagram @katmichaels27
Becca Mighell (she, her, hers)
Tour Actor (Team Pink, YAOT) – Best Foot Forward
Born and raised in Texas, Becca is thrilled to tackle this amazing new work in her first show with Creede Repertory Theatre. A recent BFA acting graduate of The University of Oklahoma, Becca is excited for the opportunity to merge her passion for theatre with her love of children. Favorite credits include Sense and Sensibility (Oklahoma Shakespeare), Anne of Green Gables and Little Women (Dallas Children’s Theater), Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast (Sooner Theatre), Hello Dolly, The Producers, and My Fair Lady (Garland Summer Musicals). Educational credits include A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Love and Sex, Everyman, and The Children’s Hour. Over the past two years, Becca has written, choreographed, and directed several children’s shows, taught musical theatre to K-8th graders, and stage managed multiple large-scale youth productions. Becca is grateful for this opportunity because she has seen first-hand the power of theatre to transform kids’ lives.
Jenna Neilsen (she, her, hers)
Colleen – Ripcord
Performer – Boomtown
Jenna is joining the acting company of Creede Repertory Theatre for the first time this summer. A professor of theatre at Adams State University, Jenna devotes most of her year to training and directing the next generation of theatre artists. Professionally, she has acted in theatres in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic before settling in Colorado. She holds an MFA in theatre performance and pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jenna has also trained professionally with Chicago’s Second City and internationally recognized improvisation teacher Keith Johnstone. When not creating theatre, Jenna is busy raising two boys with her amazing husband. She is very appreciative of the opportunity to make art this summer with her peers here at CRT!
Ben Newman* (he, him, his)
Black Stache – Peter and the Starcatcher
Mrs. Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
Ben is delighted to be returning to CRT after General Store in 2017. International: Edinburgh (Underbelly, High Plains, A Western Myth, The List: Best Solo Performance). New York: Classic Stage Company (Henry VI, P3), Columbia Stages (Romeo and Juliet), Wide Eyed Productions (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Regional: Portland Playhouse (No Candy), Portland Center Stage (Astoria: Parts 1 and 2, JAW ’14-‘16), Portland Shakespeare Project (Pericles Wet), Shaking the Tree (A Doll’s House), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Middletown), Profile Theatre (True West, Orlando, Blood Knot), Kansas City Repertory Theatre (King Lear), Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Cyrano de Bergerac), Actors Theatre Kansas City (Fifth of July, Talley and Son), Riverside Shakespeare Festival (The Imaginary Invalid, Twelfth Night). TV: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Recurring), Grimm (Recurring, Guest Star), The Librarians (Guest Star). BA University of Northern Colorado. MFA University of Missouri – Kansas City. AEA/SAG-AFTRA. mbennewman.com
Hagan Oliveras (he, him, his)
Ted – Peter and the Starcatcher
Lewis/Clown/Understudy for all other male roles – Ripcord
Understudy Seymour/Mushnik – Little Shop of Horrors
Hailing from the marsh suburbs of South Florida, Hagan is excited be in the town of Creede before his Senior year at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously he has worked on Philip Gate’s A/B Machines, Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt/Paris, and Ragtime as Younger Brother. When there is time, he likes to write as well as enjoy the outdoors.
Josue Ivan Prieto (he, him, his)
Tour Actor (Team Blue, YAOT) – Best Foot Forward
Josue Ivan is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s Theatre program. Josue recently has appeared in a variety of productions such as The Cherry Creek Theatre’s production of My Name Is Asher Lev as Asher Lev, and as Steve in a production of She Kills Monsters at UNC to name a few. He is very excited and proud to be a part of the wonderful touring cast of CRT’s theatre for young audiences show. Josue Ivan would also like to thank his family, friends and his girlfriend Lyndsay Krausa for the love and support they give him.
Michael Rawls (they, them, theirs)
Slank/Hawking Clam – Peter and the Starcatcher
Ronnette – Little Shop of Horrors
Michael is excited to be a part their first production with CRT. Past credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Emma: A Pop Musical (William Street Repertory Theatre), Pippin (Mercury Theater), Man of La Mancha (MadKap Productions). They would like to thank their family for their undying love and support, and also Big Mouth Talent.
Reva Stover (she, her, hers)
Tour Actor (Team Blue, YAOT) – Best Foot Forward
Reva is an actor, singer and director based out of Atlanta, GA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Central Florida. She has worked with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and she is excited to be a part of the Creede family.
Graham Ward* (he, him, his)
Lord Aster – Peter and the Star Catcher
Derek/Zombie Butler/Ben/Masked Man – Ripcord
Raised in Boston and reborn in the Colorado mountains, Graham has been a member of the CRT company for eight seasons. His roles in Creede have included Peter in The History Room, Watson in The (curious case of the) Watson intelligence, Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, George in Our Town, Cliton in The Liar, Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Jeffrey in Mrs. Mannerly, and others. Graham is a member of CRT’s improv comedy troupe Boomtown and co-creator of Pants on Fire: A Totally Made-Up Musical for Kids. Recent regional credits include The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), The Great Gatsby, The Mousetrap, and Harvey (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities). Graham has a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University.
Caitlin Wise* (she, her, hers)
Captain Scott/Teacher – Peter and the Starcatcher
Lizzy Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
Caitlin is thrilled to join CRT for her tenth season. Caitlin recently appeared in Barefoot in the Park, Miss Holmes, Kind of Red, The Syringa Tree, Private Lives, Our Town, August Osage County, 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: The Christians, 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, Is He Dead, and Good on Paper. At Theatreworks: Wild Honey, The Game of Love and Chance, 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 @unprocessyourfood on Instagram.
DeAnna Wright (she, her, hers)
DeAnna is excited to have joined Creede this summer! She recently received her master’s from FSU Asolo Conservatory where as an Asolo Repertory member, she played notable roles Macy in The Cake and Prospera in Asolo Rep’s tour of The Tempest. She thanks Creede for having her and is grateful for all the directions from which her support flows.
Mickey Bertelsen (she, her, hers)
Mickey is a percussionist from Bay City, Michigan. She is classically trained while also performing as a drum set player. Her strengths lie within the world of Broadway pit percussion. Within this field her skills of world, orchestral, auxiliary percussion and her knowledge of a vast variety of genres of music come to life. Recently, Mickey has played with surrounding orchestras, theater productions, and small ensembles. This summer she is the percussionist for Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, Colorado where she extensively played theater shows as well as helped construct the music set designs for each musical. Also, Mickey serves with the 395th Army Band in Mustang, Oklahoma. Here, she is a part of the concert band, parade band, and is the drum set player for the funk/pop band. She is also a bugler for the Army Reserve Funeral Honors Detail. She is currently as second year master’s student at Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University.
Mason Howell (he, him, his)
Mason is a Denver based guitarist and composer pursuing his degree in Guitar Performance at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he has completed all of the performance requirements for his degree. He has performed with two of the university’s signature ensembles, the Claim Jumpers and the Signature Guitar Ensemble, and the latter has featured one of his compositions every semester of his involvement. As a composer, Mason has created a unique voice in the world of modern jazz through melding straight ahead jazz styles with more adventurous concepts and the romantic aesthetic. Mason is also well versed in many acoustic and electric styles and has performed as the pit guitarist for Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Next to Normal, Grease, and he is excited to be joining the Creede Repertory Theatre for Little Shop of Horrors during its 2019 season.
Rebecca Bossen (she, her, hers)
Rebecca is a North Carolina-based voice coach, playwright, and performer. Dialect coaching credits include: Miss Holmes, The Syringa Tree, I Capture the Castle, Drood, Pygmalion, Sweeney Todd (Creede Repertory Theatre); The Weir; Stuff Happens; The Royale, Heisenberg, Skylight, Blue Sky, The Heretic, Ruined, Good (Burning Coal Theatre); Sweeney Todd; Parade, Titanic (Elon University); Constellations (Bartlett Theatre); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, One Man Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theater); Skin in Flames (Stage Left Theatre); Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre); and the film The Game of Their Lives. She has taught voice classes at Northwestern University, Act One Studios, Raleigh Little Theatre, and many other institutions. 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. www.rebeccabossen.com
John Gary Brown (he, him, his)
John Gary Brown has been CRT’s company photographer since 1974. He is proud to have created a voluminous photographic archive of shows and events and wishes he could have 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 best-selling book two years in a row. His photographs were used as illustrations in Gardens of Revelation (Abbeville Press, 1995). Brown’s artwork has won numerous prizes in juried exhibitions, including “First Prize, regardless of Medium” at Kansas City’s Nelson Atkins Museum. One of his paintings was purchased by the Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. He is happily married to CRT actress Christy Brandt.
Amanda Berg Wilson (she, her, hers)
Director – Pride and Prejudice
As director: Between Us: The Whiskey Tasting and The Wild Party (Off Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts); 9 to 5 (Creede Repertory Theatre); God’s Ear (2011 Daily Camera Eye award, Best Director), Failure: A Love Story (2013 True West nomination, Best Director), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Rausch (2018 True West award), Men On Boats, and United Flight 232, among others (The Catamounts). As performer: Sweet & Lucky (Off Center at DCPA); Detroit (Curious Theatre Company); There Is A Happiness that Morning Is (2014 True West award and 2015 Best of Denver award) and Beowulf, A Thousand Years of Baggage (2017 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry nomination, Best Choreographer) for The Catamounts. Amanda is Artistic Director of The Catamounts, a Boulder-based company dedicated to theatre for the adventurous palate.
Amanda Embry (she, her, hers)
Scenic Designer – Ripcord
Amanda is excited to be back with CRT! Amanda is an award-winning designer for theatre, opera and film. Her design credits include CRT’s productions of The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Our Town, Good on Paper, Annie Get Your Gun, and Guys and Dolls. Other design credits include: Young Frankenstein, Little Women, and All Shook Up (Mesa Community College), Spamalot, Ave. Q, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Good Person of Szechwan, Cabaret, and He Who Gets Slapped (Scottsdale Community College), the Off-Broadway productions of Lebensraum, (Harold Clurman Lab) and Yorktown (The Drama Garden Theatre), Long Way Go Down (Harold Clurman Lab), The Whipping Man (Luna Stages), Crave (Wingspan), Franny’s Way, The Cripple of Inishmann, Top Girls, (Stella Adler). Her film credits include the Sundance Channel’s The Captive, and online game show Red Carpet Run. She currently teaches design at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.
Melissa Firlit (she, her, hers)
Director, Choreographer – Best Foot Forward!
Melissa is thrilled to be back at CRT after directing last season’s Seeds of Change. Selected directing credits: Conspiracy Theory G (DCPA), Goodbody (59East59th), Misterman (Ireland National Tour), I’m Just Fine (FringeNYC), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Theatre Tuscaloosa), Dracula (MST), Proof, Red, West Side Story, The Pillowman, A Picasso, Circle Mirror Transformation, Aida, Circle Mirror Transformation (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts). In support of her personal commitment to collaboration with playwrights, Melissa is the Artistic Director for the Thingamajig Playwrights Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. To provide up and coming thespians with the same passion she thrives on, Melissa helms a Broadway Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose. Training: MFA Directing Rutgers University, BA Theater: The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute. Member SDC. www.melissafirlit.com
Lindsay Genevieve Fuori (she, her, hers)
Terrence and Polly Jones Scenic Designer
Scenic Designer – Pride and Prejudice, Hazardous Materials
Lindsay is a Boston based scenic designer passionate about the potential for theatre to connect people and foster empathy. She is thrilled to be joining Creede Repertory Theatre and visiting Colorado for the first time. Lindsay holds a BFA in Scene Design from Boston University. Previous design credits include: The Earth Room (Fresh Ink Theatre Company), Die Fledermaus (MassOpera), Paride ed Elena (Odyssey Opera), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre), Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes (Hangar Theatre), and Urinetown (Lost Nation Theatre). Upcoming productions include Native Gardens (Gloucester Stage) and The Crucible (Central Square Theatre/Bedlam). www.lindsayfuori.com
Logan Greenwell (he, him, his)
Scenic Designer – Peter and the Starcatcher, Little Shop of Horrors
Logan is a NYC-based designer making his design debut at Creede Rep this season. He has worked regionally and off-Broadway designing and acting as an assistant for designers such as Jason Sherwood, Lee Savage, and Alexander Dodge. Logan recently graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production. He would like to thank the Creede Rep creative team for their support, and as always, his family for everything that they do.
Kyle Haden (he, him, his)
Director: Hazardous Materials
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Kyle is a director, educator, and Equity actor. He is also the artistic director of the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon. As a director, Kyle was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow, and has helmed various productions across the country, including A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre Company), The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival) and The Monologue Project (Pittsburgh/NYC). He is excited to be returning to Creede, where he directed the Headwaters reading of Hazardous Materials in 2018. On stage, Kyle has performed at regional theaters nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre Company, and Cleveland Play House, as well as various theaters in New York and Chicago. Kyle is currently an Assistant Professor of Acting at Carnegie Mellon University. BA: Wake Forest University, MFA: Columbia University.
Andy Hudson (he, him, his)
Andy is excited to be making his debut with Creede Repertory Theatre! A native of central Illinois, he’s now a NYC-based music director, voice teacher, accompanist, director, and composer. Favorite music direction credits include: Into the Woods, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Fantasticks, Mame, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Allenberry Playhouse), Hairspray, Beehive, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (The Little Theatre on the Square), and My Way (Ivoryton Playhouse). Directing credits include Seussical and Madagascar (Forestburgh Playhouse) and The Princess and the Pea (also composer/lyricist, The Little Theatre on the Square). SuperKids, his third musical for young audiences, enjoyed its world premiere in 2018. Love always to Mom, Dad, Dan, and Brian. Find him online at www.ajthudson.com.
Natalie Mayo (she, her, hers)
Sound Designer – Best Foot Forward!
Natalie was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Minor in Music at Texas Tech University. Natalie has been an Assistant Audio Engineer at CRT, and she has been heavily involved in the CRT Education Department as a designer, tour manager, and as the Education Assistant. She’s excited to return to Creede again this summer!
Billie McBride (she, her, hers)
Director – Ripcord
Billie is so pleased to join CRT this season. She spent 20 years in NYC working both on and off Broadway. Since moving West she has worked for many of the theaters in Colorado as both a director and actor including Denver Center, Arvada Center, Denver Center Academy, CSFAC, CSC, Denver Children’s Theatre, Wolfe Academy, CDP, Cherry Creek Theatre, Miners Alley and Vintage’s Night Mother for which she won a Henry Award. Billie is also a proud ensemble member of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and has won 3 Henry Awards, the 2014 Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2016 True West Award for Theatre Person of the Year.
Amanda McGee (she, her, hers)
Costume Designer – Peter and the Starcatcher
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Previous CRT design credits include Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wonderful Noise, and Joy of Going Somewhere Definite as well as two seasons as Costume Shop Manager. Other credits include SPUNK (Penumbra Theatre, MN), The Coronation of Poppea (Cincinnati Opera), 42nd Street (Venice Theatre, FL), and three seasons with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
Alethia R Moore-Del Monaco (she, her, hers)
Costume Designer – Hazardous Materials
Alethia is a west-coast based free-lance costume designer/stylist designed for theatre, film, dance and opera, as well as theme park entertainment. She has also worked internationally in Singapore on a pre-Broadway run musical. She has also worked for five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is recently finished working on two award winning short-feature films. She is currently the Wardrobe Supervisor for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Region Educational Theatre Program. Alethia manages all the costumes for all five touring children programs and the three-adult touring workshop programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Costume Design and a minor in Shakespeare Studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with Emphasis in Costume Design from University of California, Irvine.
Charlie Oates (he, him, his)
Director – Peter and the Starcatcher
At CRT Charlie has directed The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Beautiful Country, Ladder to the Moon, The 39 Steps, Mrs. Mannerly, Around the World in Eighty Days and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Outside of Creede, his recent projects include Morph Masters for Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, Fool for Love for Chalk Rep in Los Angeles and Damascus for the Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego. Movement Coach and Fight Choreographer credits: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego Rep, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Theatre Company and Mixed Blood Theatre. He has taught, performed and directed around the world in 15 countries ranging from China to Senegal to Sweden and New Zealand. Oates retired from his teaching position at UC San Diego in 2017 where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. He is now a freelance teacher and director living in Missoula, Montana.
Kate Sartoris (she, her, hers)
Illustrator – Best Foot Forward!
Kate is an illustrator and educator who lives in Maine.
Anthony Sirk (he, him, his)
Costume Designer – Little Shop of Horrors
Anthony is pleased to be returning to CRT for his sixth season! In the past Anthony has designed Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, August: Osage County, and Our Town here in Creede. This past year Mr. Sirk designed costumes for Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Mimi Imfurst that toured to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City. Anthony also designed the world premiere of The Double Threat Trio at the Pittsburgh CLO, the regional premiere of Bright Star at Front Porch Theatrics and was the head tailor on the major motion picture You Are My Friend. In July, Anthony will be designing the two operas written by Fred Rogers: Windstorm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain for Pittsburgh Opera and also the Pittsburgh premiere of Fun Home for Front Porch Theatrics. www.anthonysirk.com
Amy Sutton (she, her, hers)
Costume Designer – Pride and Prejudice
Amy is excited to be designing at Creede Repertory Theatre this summer! Select Costume Design Credits: Summer Shorts (’16-’19, 59E59, NY), Halcyon Days (Oberon Theater Ensemble, NYC), Orwell in America (Northern Stage, VT /59E59, NY), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Northern Stage, VT). Select Assistant Costume Design Credits: Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NY), Silent Night (Glimmerglass Festival), Pacific Overtures, (Classic Stage Company), Dot (Vineyard Theatre), Marie & Rosetta (Atlantic Theater Company). MFA: UC San Diego. BFA: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. www.amysuttondesign.com
Choreographer – Little Shop of Horrors
Movement Consultant – Peter and the Starcatcher
This is Bethany’s 8th season with CRT. You have seen her choreography at CRT in The Wizard of Oz, Kind of Red, Reading and Other Superpowers!,and Guys & Dolls. Other favorite CRT credits include Greta in General Store and Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town.
STAGE MANAGEMENT AND CREW
Megan Barrett* (she, her, hers)
Production Stage Manager
TOURING: Million Dollar Quartet; Cirque Dreams Holidaze. REGIONAL: Notes From the Field; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Singin’ In the Rain; In the Heights; The Great Society; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Mary Poppins; Tribes; A Christmas Carol; Evita; All the Way; A Year With Frog and Toad; Tommy; In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play; Gospel at Colonus; The Three Little Pigs at ZACH Theatre. The Invention of Love and Macbeth at Austin Shakespeare; Blood Brothers and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Texas Shakespeare Festival; Into the Woods and The Fantasticks at Western Playhouse. Megan holds an MFA in Stage Management from CalArts. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Mac Booher (he, him, his)
Tour Manager -Team Blue (YAOT)
Caroline Castleman (she, her, hers)
Assistant Stage Manager
Caroline is a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati CCM. Past credits include: Production Stage Manager of Guys and Dolls and Earth is Flat at University of Cincinnati, Assistant Stage Manager of Driving Miss Daisy and I Love a Piano at Totem Pole Playhouse (Fayetteville, PA). She enjoys watching various cooking shows and traveling whenever she gets the chance. Hope you enjoy the show!
Kenneth Church (he, him, his)
Kenneth is excited to work with the cast and crew at Creede for the first time. He has recently graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA in Theatre: Design and Technical Production. He has worked previously worked as Props Master for Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Festival 56.
JuanCarlos Contreras* (he, him, his)
Assistant Stage Manager
JuanCarlos is coming to Creede, Colorado via Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has just completed his first year of graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Stage & Production Management. Selected credits include: King John and The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Texas Shakespeare Festival; Quilters, All My Sons, and A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre. He would like to thank all of his friends and family for their unending support.
Victoria Esquibell* (she, her, hers)
Victoria is happy to be at CRT for her very first season! Victoria has previously worked in a repertory setting as a Stage Manager and Company Manager at Great River Shakespeare Festival for three seasons in the similarly small town of Winona, MN. She has also worked as a season Sound Designer for TheatreOCU at Oklahoma City University. This year she had the opportunity to backpack through Europe for three months with friends and family! She is very thankful for the opportunity here at CRT and hopes to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and history!
Julie Phillips (she, her, hers)
Tour Manager -Team Pink (YAOT)
Julie is very excited to join CRT on their Young Audience Outreach Tour! She recently toured Theatre for Young Audience shows based out of Atlanta, GA with productions such as Junie B. Jones: The Musical, And Then They Came for Me, and James and the Giant Peach. Through these tours, she fell in love with touring outreach shows after seeing the important impact they could have. Other favorite productions she’s stage managed are Pippin, Dracula, Seussical, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Miranda Ray (she, her, hers)
Assistant Stage Manager
Miranda was raised on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. She just came off a tour with Caravan Stage Company and is glad to be back on land among the mountains and among you! Her erotic musical audiobook, Lustily Ever After, is due out this year if you’re into that sort of thing. If her family is reading this she hopes they were able to visit her this summer and wants them to know how much she loves them.
McKenna Warren (she, her, hers)
Assistant Stage Manager
This is McKenna’s first summer at Creede Rep! She is based out of New York City, where she has been freelance stage managing for two years. Her last few projects include Three Days in the Country (NYU Tisch) and Jack & the Beanstalk (The Panto Project). McKenna is excited to be home in Colorado for the summer in such a beautiful part of the state!
Bailee Booser (she, her, hers)
Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor
This is Bailee’s first season at CRT and she is so honored to be collaborating with such talent in beautiful Creede! Bailee graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre Design. Since then she has been working professionally with theaters in the Denver, Orlando and Tampa Bay area. She recently was on wardrobe for Oklahoma!, Last Night and The Night Before (The Denver Center Theater Company) and The Humans (Curious Theater Company). Her most recent costume designs include The Luckiest People at Orlando Shakes and The Tale of The Allergist Wife at Mad Cow Theater Company. She’s currently based in Denver, while working seasonally in entertainment costuming at Walt Disney World.
Megan Gavin (she, her, hers)
Cutter/Draper – Peter and the Starcatcher
Megan was born in Mobile, Alabama. She is an upcoming senior at Western Michigan University studying Theatre Design and Technology focusing in costumes. She has been making costumes for almost 10 years and is beyond excited to work at Creede!
Elly Hunt (she, her, hers)
Costume Designer – Ripcord, The KID Show, YAOT
Teaching Artist – Heroes and Villains Camp
Crafts Wizard: Little Shop of Horrors, Pride & Prejudice, Hazardous Materials
Elly is a costume designer, craftsperson and stitcher currently working in the Chicago area. She studied theatrical design and technology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Some recent design credits include: Red Bowl at The Jeffs with The Sound Theatre Company, Abandoned Way Out West here at Creede, and assistant design for The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Her recent technical credits include stitching and craftwork for Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, wardrobe supervision for Victory Gardens Theatre(Indecent, Rightlynd, Pipeline) and costume shop management and stitching for the 2018 season at CRT, (Guadalupe In the Guestroom, Seeds of Change (YAOT), Barefoot in the Park, Wizard Of Oz, 9 to 5, Miss Holmes). She’s very excited to be working here at Creede Repertory Theatre again!
Kolin McGrath (he, him, his)
Costume Shop Manager
Kolin has been a Wardrobe Supervisor and stitcher for Stephens College, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and many other regional theatres around the Central Missouri area. He is currently attending Point Park University to get his undergrad in Theatre Production. This is his first time working for CRT and he is very excited to start this new adventure in his life.
Morgan Severid (she, her, hers)
Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor, Assistant Costume Designer – Ripcord
Morgan is thrilled to be returning to Creede Repertory for the second year in a row. Last summer she worked as a stitching and wardrobe intern, and this summer she is proud to be the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor for CRT’s 2019 season and the Assistant Costume Designer for Ripcord. Morgan graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana in May, earning a B.S. in Theatre Design & Technology and a minor in Writing. During her senior year of undergrad, she designed costumes for University of Evansville Theatre Department’s productions of Year of the Rooster (directed by Meredith Ham) and Twelfth Night (directed by Amy Attaway). In her free time, Morgan enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and doing yoga. She would like to thank her parents, siblings, friends, and mentors for their continuous and unwavering support.
Blaine Shepherd (he, him, his)
Blaine is a native of Kansas City, MO and currently attends the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an MFA candidate in Costume Design and Technology. He received his BA in Theatre from Truman’s State University. He enjoys fiber arts and reminiscing about the time he took an anthropology course.
Sasha Zabela (she, her, hers)
Sasha is excited to be joining CRT for the first time. A Virginia native, Sasha received her BA from the University of Mary Washington in Theatre & Creative Writing, and currently works in the DC area. Past work includes two summers at the Theatre at Monmouth in Maine, The Washington Ballet, the Kennedy Center, 3 years as a Costume Shop Assistant and Wardrobe Supervisor at her alma mater UMW and in partnership with IATSE Local 772. When she’s not helping performers look their best, Sasha enjoys hiking and Scuba Diving in tropical waters.
Katy Vest (she, her, hers)
Katy is over the moon to be working with Creede Rep this summer. A University of Kentucky graduate, Katy spent several years as a costume designer, scenic artist and stage manager in Chicago, and recently completed a full season residency in the wardrobe department at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Katy loves creating impactful art in any capacity she can. Some favorite shows she’s worked on include: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Pipeline (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Women Laughing Alone With Salad (Theatre Wit), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Ghostlight Ensemble), Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre Chicago), Hair (University of Kentucky), and Star Wars: a Nude Hope (Gorilla Tango Burlesque). She’d love to give a special “Thank You!” to her parents for being cool! To keep up with what she’s working on next check out katyvest.com
ELECTRICS AND SOUND
Cor Christophe (they, them, he, him)
Lighting Design – Daring Do: The KID Show
Cor is grateful for this awesome opportunity to join the CRT team this Summer. In 2018, Cor graduated from Marquette University where they studied the art of lighting. During their senior year, Cor had the pleasure of being the Electrical Intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. After graduation, Cor worked at Clearwing Productions Milwaukee as a Moving Light Quality Control Technician and became a Certified Vari-Lite Technician. Cor has a wide set of skills and a thirst for knowledge. No matter where they end up, Cor will always be working towards educating themselves and others to see things in a positive light.
Ethan Fuller (he, him, his)
Ethan is a recent graduate from NESCom in Bangor, Maine who earned his BS in Communications focusing in Audio Engineering. Born in the oceanic town of Rockport, Massachusetts on the east coast, he enjoys the smell of salt in the air and taking pictures of crashing waves. As an Eagle Scout, he enjoys hiking and camping; and if he’s not doing that it’s likely he’s taking nature or portrait photographs. With 3 years under his belt at the Collin’s Center for the Arts where he worked his way up to supervisor, and a summer at Cedar Point Amusement Park as the Team Lead Technician, Ethan is ready for any obstacle thrown his way, especially audio related. Some shows he has mixed include: Totally Live! This Country Rocks, Comedian Howie Mandel, The Kingston Trio, The Nature of Forgetting, The Doo Wop Project, and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure.
Jake Harbour (he, him, his)
Sound Designer – Peter and the Starcatcher, Ripcord, Little Shop of Horrors, Pride & Prejudice, Hazardous Materials
Assistant Professor Harbour received his MFA in Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University. He is a professor at ACU where he teaches Scenic, Light, and Sound Design. He worked as Technical Director as well as the Sound and Stage Manager mentor at the University of West Georgia from 2015-18. He spent seven seasons with the Creede Repertory Theatre working as their Sound Designer. He was also the Technical Director at Lipscomb University from 2009-12.
Darius Talkington Fletcher (he, him, his)
Sound Designer –Boomtown
Darius is making his career in Live Sound Reinforcement and Broadcast Audio. As an Associate Sound Designer for large scale musicals his system knowledge and adaptability were crucial to mitigating issues resulting in uninterrupted performances. Darius is a senior at the University of Central Florida perusing a BFA in Design and Technology focusing on Sound Design, Engineering and Aural Reinforcement. Last summer he was the Mixer/Electrician for The Illinois Shakespeare Festival and has locally engineered touring productions of Something Rotten!, Sesame Street Live!, and Wicked 2nd National Tour.
Kaye Swindell (she, her, hers)
Lighting Designer – Boomtown
Kaye is from Houston, Texas. She attends Oklahoma City University studying Lighting Design and production. She is coming up on her sophomore year. She has been doing theatrical lighting for over 5 years.
Amanda “Mo” Bentz (they, them, theirs)
Amanda “Mo” is a props artisan and puppet enthusiast originally from Scio, Oregon. They graduated from Cornell College in 2018 with a degree in Theatre Fabrication. Since then they have worked in Virginia and Vermont as a scenic painter and props artisan. They are excited to be back in their one-time home state of Colorado, and to be working with Creede. Favorite past projects include: Rocky Horror Show (Puppet Designer) and Pictures at an Exhibition (Puppeteer) at Cornell College, and Pete(Her) Pan (Props Master) at Northern Stage. Mo would like to thank the spirits of rock gods Mercury, Bowie, and Prince, as well as their dear friend Barry for inspiration and guidance. www.amandabentz.com
Sky Bradley (they, them, theirs)
Assistant Technical Director, Sound Designer – Daring Do: The KID Show
Sky is graduate of University of Northern Iowa. They consider themself a young, queer, theatre artist. Their past work includes various technical direction positions, and sound designs for She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, A Gulag Mouse by Arthur M. Jolly and The Aliens by Annie Baker. They additionally enjoy playwriting and premiered an unpublished 10-minute play at Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2017 10-minute play festival. They are very gracious for the many opportunities they have earned and are hungry to continue learning and creating!
Heather Brophy (she, her, hers)
Heather is a Creede native and life-long CRT enthusiast. Her path to becoming a theatre artist began at a young age, led by her participation in CRT education programs and her mom’s love for theatre. Though she lived in “upstate” New York for a few years during college, Heather is currently living in town with her dude, DJ, and their dog, Aspen. She is very excited to be a part of another wonderful summer of spectacular repertory theatre in the Colorado High Country!
Lisa Duncan (she, her, hers)
Scenic Charge Artist
Lisa is thrilled to return for her sixth summer at CRT after a brief interlude as a hot springs concierge. She has painted and designed scenery for Parker, CO’s PACE Center, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Natalie Ervolino (she, her, hers)
Natalie is thrilled to be spending her first summer in the mountains with CRT! She recently earned her BA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Northern Iowa, where she spent time as a charge artist, carpenter, and teaching assistant. Past credits include: Assistant Scenic Designer (Legacy of Light, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Charge Artist (The 25th Annual…, Hair, Twelfth Night); Production Dramaturg (The Christians); Scenic Intern (Great River Shakespeare Festival).
Braeden Ingersoll (he, him, his)
Assistant Technical Director (Shop/Drafting)
Braeden is excited for his first season with CRT. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Braeden earned his BA from Simpson College and is currently a first-year graduate student at Florida State University pursuing his MFA in technical production. Prior to CRT, he has worked as a Carpenter with Des Moines Metro Opera and as ATD and TD with both FSU and Simpson College.
Persephone Lawrence (she, her, hers)
Persephone is thrilled for her first summer at Creede Repertory Theatre. Persephone is a props artist and designer based out of Chicago. Shortly after attending the University of Northern Colorado, she participated in the Steppenwolf Professional Leadership Program as the 2017 Props Apprentice. Since then, she has designed the props for a number of shows, including the world premieres of The Worst Mother in the World (Halcyon Theatre), Emma (Lifeline Theatre), and Wife Material (Underscore Theatre). Persephone has worked in props for theaters and production companies around the country including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theater, The Paramount Theater, Music Theatre Wichita, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Winterstate Entertainment. Persephone would like to thank her partner for his unconditional love and support.
Ryan Ponsell (he, him, his)
Ryan is proud to be returning for his second season at Creede Repertory Theatre and his first as Technical Director for the company. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Valdosta State University in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production from Florida State University and will graduate May 2020. Ryan has also worked as a Carpenter/Welder for the University of Maryland, as Assistant Technical Director at Chipola College, and as an Audio Designer/Engineer for both theatre and theme parks. Recent productions include Eurydice (Assistant Technical Director), Hairspray (Technical Director), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Technical Director) for the FSU School of Theatre.
Dexter Settles (he, him, his)
Dexter is a scenic carpenter based out of Chicago. He has been working in theatrical carpentry for the past decade at such institutions as the University of Oklahoma University Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, and Ravenswood Studio, among others. Dexter is excited for his first summer at Creede Repertory Theatre and he is looking forward to joining the CRT family. Endless thanks to my lovely partner for their love and support.
Krystopher Baklarz (he, him, his)
House Manager/Patron Services Associate
Krystopher is grateful for the opportunity to serve as House Manager this summer for CRT. Krys is an Arts Management major who has worked for the Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University for the past three years working front of house and box office. Krys has a love of theatre that stems from his first role at the Youngstown Playhouse when he was 8. In high school, he was cast in 6 shows, his favorite being Cabaret. Krys has worked tirelessly to ensure an exceptional patron experience and is excited to bring that same energy to CRT!
Jordyn Chelf (she, her, hers)
Patron Services Manager
Jordyn is so excited to join the CRT family this season! After a two-year theatre hiatus while living abroad, she is loving being back in the theatre world. Jordyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Theatre from the University of South Carolina-Upstate. She has experience in many aspects of theatre ranging from acting, directing, to stage managing, and is excited to learn about house managing as well! When not in the theatre, Jordyn also enjoys hiking and reading. Thanks for supporting CRT and all of the arts!
Saadya Chevan (he, him, his)
Patron Services Associate
Saadya graduated in May 2019 from Connecticut College with a major in philosophy, minor in music performance and certificate from the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. In college he was principal clarinetist of the orchestra, managing editor for The College Voice, an independent student newspaper, and digital content intern for the Communications Office. Mr. Chevan has also been the lead author of program notes for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra for three seasons, and operated supertitles for Salt Marsh Opera and the world premiere of Letters from the Affair, a song cycle about the Dreyfus Affair’s effect on the relationship between impressionist artists Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. In 2018 he studied and interned abroad in Vienna, Austria, for six months. During that time, he also travelled to fifteen other European countries, and many towns in Austria.
Kassidy Eaton (she, her, hers)
Patron Services Associate
Kassidy is a student at Adams State University studying Public Relations and Theatre. She loves paddle boarding, her dogs, and coffee. She has been involved in theatre for close to four years now and truly found her passion.
Michael Farringer (he, him, his)
Patron Services Associate
Michael is a native of Amboy, Illinois and a 2016 graduate of Sauk Valley Community College. He’s excited to be working at Creede Rep for the first time. He became an Eagle Scout in 2011, which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He would like to give a huge thanks to his mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, and new baby niece for their love and support! Thank you for coming to CRT and enjoy the show! Follow him on Instagram @michaelf201317
AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS
Howard Ashman (he, him, his)
Book and Lyrics – Little Shop of Horrors
Best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul…”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway’s renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.
Wayne Barker (he, him, his)
Music – Peter and the Starcatcher
2011 Drama Desk Award for Peter and the Starcatcher. B’way: Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance (composer, co-lyricist with Barry Humphries). Reg’l: The Great Gatsby (Guthrie), Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep). TV: A Little Curious. Other: Mark Bennett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (orchestrations). Chicago City Limits, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, orchestras worldwide. Upcoming: I Heart Bob. Dramatists Guild: artistic associate for new musicals at NYTW.
Brandon Scott Grayson (he, him, his)
Composer/Music Director – Best Food Forward!
Brandon is a composer, lyricist, music director, and orchestrator for the theatre. He earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Musical Theatre Composition & Performance from Southern Utah University, and has gained a multitude of experience from his time there. His work has been heard in a variety of places such as Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Neil Simon Festival, Southern Utah University, and Lake Powell Playhouse. His major compositional works include Pizza Boy for Off the Cuff Comedy, As You Like It for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Minutes: A Song Cycle for SUU Second Studio, and Heart of the West for Lake Powell Playhouse. Brandon is absolutely thrilled to be working with this great group of artists on Best Foot Forward and is honored to be a part of the Creede Rep company this summer.
Diana Grisanti (she, her, hers)
Author – Daring Doo: The KID Show
Diana is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre  in Louisville, Kentucky, and an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), River City (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Abilene, Semantics, and Mandatory (Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound (Humana Festival). She has written multiple plays for young actors and audiences: Dorina and the Plague (Commonwealth Theatre Center), Extracurricular, or The World Is Caving In on My Little Brain (Idyllwild Arts Academy), and The Starkweather-South High School Physics Club First Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or Ghost Party (Cleveland Play House). Diana has been a Michener Fellow, a Kentucky Arts Council Fellow, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is at work on Lawbreakers! (a Fast and Furious History of Women’s Suffrage) for StageOne Family Theatre.
Rick Elice (he, him, his)
Author – Peter and the Starcatcher
B’way: Peter and the Starcatcher, Jersey Boys (with Marshall Brickman, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe; directed by Des McAnuff: Tony Award, Best Musical); The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, Andrew Lippa; directed by Jerry Zaks). Regional: Turn of the Century (with Marshall Brickman; directed by Tommy Tune); Double Double (directed by Roger Rees); Dog and Pony (with Michael Patrick Walker); Studio 54 (with Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz; directed by Christopher Ashley).
Kate Hamill (she, her, hers)
Author – Pride and Prejudice
Kate is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production—S&S), Arvada Center and others; Upcoming world premieres: Little Women at the Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. Kate was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. www.kate-hamill.com
Beth Kander (she, her, hers)
Author – Hazardous Materials
Beth is an award-winning playwright and author based in Chicago. Past honors include an American Theatre Company CORE residency and commission, Downstage Left Residency, The Writers Room at The New Colony, Ashland New Play Festival awards (2015 and 2016), The Kilroys List, Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, Eudora Welty New Play Awards (2008, 2010, 2012), and CRT’s Headwaters New Play Program. The second book in her dystopian trilogy Original Syn comes out this October (Owl House Books) – as a fiction writer for audiences young and old, she’s always seeking stories. Beth has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mississippi University for Women, and also holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MSW from the University of Michigan. Her greatest loves include her family and friends, rescue dogs, BBC shows, coffee, travel, and staycations. She used to act, and thereby hangs a tale. For more: www.bethkander.com
David Lindsay-Abaire (he, him, his)
Author – Ripcord
David is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His play Good People premiered on Broadway, was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His previous play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. David’s other plays include Ripcord, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and The Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, and Jason Bateman. He is co-chair of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School.
Alan Menken (he, him, his)
Music – Little Shop of Horrors
Alan’s stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Patch Patch Patch, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, The Dream on Royal Street, Kicks, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, and Newsies. His film musicals include Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted, and Tangled. Alan won the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his score to Newsies. He currently has more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including 4 for Best Score (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas) and 4 for Best Song (“Under the Sea”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World” and “Colors of the Wind”). He has earned 11 Grammy Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”), 7 Golden Globes, London’s Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.
Lojo Simon (she, her, hers)
Author – Best Foot Forward!
Best Foot Forward is Lojo’s fourth production at CRT. Previous CRT shows for children include Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (2017) and Seeds of Change (2018), both commissioned for the Young Audience Outreach Tour. Other plays include Relic (Queens Theatre), Adoration of Dora (Avant Bard, KOLT Run, Idiom, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), One Foot (Idiom, Minneapolis Fringe, Salt Lake City Fringe), Nice & Slow (Old Miner Playwriting Award, Noorda Center for Children and Youth, YouthPLAYS), Controlled Burn (MonoMyth), Love All (OC-Centric New Play Festival) and Mi Corazon (Anna Zornio Award). When not in Creede, Lojo is the Literary Laureate of Laguna Beach, California. More at www.lojosimon.com.
Music Theatre International
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students. MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).
* 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.