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F R O M T H E T H E AT R E On behalf of our board, staff, artists and volunteers, welcome to the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays! This time of year is always exciting as we welcome the most innovative playwrights, as well as their remarkably talented on- and offstage collaborators, to Louisville and Actors Theatre. The rehearsal rooms, offices, lobbies and theatres are filled with energy as we come together to produce the country’s preeminent new works festival. Our commitment to full production —the most vital component of new play development—continues to make the Humana Festival a leading platform for the writer’s imagination and a destination for artists and arts lovers alike. And, as the audience, you’re an essential part of the Festival equation! Every season, I hear our national colleagues marvel at how engaged and passionate our audiences are. Your spirit and support bring the Festival to life. We are so very thankful to our community for its enthusiasm for new work and unwavering belief in the importance of the Festival. Whether this year marks your first Humana Festival or attending is part of your annual tradition, we encourage you to join us in championing these new plays by spreading the word to your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. New work development is a conversation, and we invite your feedback and response throughout the six weeks of the Festival. Stop and say hello to staff and artists in the building. Join the digital community and use #HF43 online. With your advocacy, we can ensure that groundbreaking new theatre continues to thrive. The Humana Festival provides an extraordinary opportunity for this city to experience new plays before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. We are incredibly grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Humana Foundation, whose generosity has created a legacy of support for the vitality of the American theatre here in Louisville. We look forward to hosting you as we celebrate these talented playwrights and all of their wonderful collaborators. Enjoy the Festival!
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LET TER FROM THE UNDERWRITER “Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.” ~ Maya Angelou The appreciation of art is universal across cultures and communities, and at the same time is very personal. The arts have given us a magnificent opportunity to express our shared humanity, teach us about ourselves and shape the world in which we live. For the last 55 years, our community has been honored to host one of the nation’s most distinguished theatre companies—the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville, a place the American canon of contemporary theatre looks to for inspiration. As we enter the 43rd year of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, we look forward to another round of freshly conceived productions and to the rich cultural engagement that comes with it. One could say that theatre helps our overall well-being by brightening our lives and enriching our emotional world. Undeniably, none of this would be possible without the remarkable leadership at Actors Theatre. Actors has honed in on its uncanny ability to recognize innovative drama— much of which has contributed to the organization’s longevity, enviable industry reputation and award-winning history. We thank the entire Artistic team for their commitment to Actors Theatre and to our community as whole. Additionally, we recognize the dedication of Managing Director Kevin E. Moore and appreciate the effort he and the theatre’s talented teams have put into carefully nurturing these young plays and bringing them from the page to the stage with each passing season. Without such leaders—along with the playwrights, actors, directors and audiences—we would be unable to support and sustain this enduring art form. As always, the Humana Foundation is honored to support this unique partnership—the longest-running collaboration between a corporation and a performing arts organization in the country. We sincerely hope everyone enjoys this year’s creative contribution to the artistry of life. Bruce D. Broussard President and Chief Executive Officer, Humana Inc. Chairman, Humana Foundation
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The Corpse Washer adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace from the novel of the same name by Sinan Antoon directed by Mark Brokaw commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville March 1 – April 7, 2019 THE CAST (in order of appearance) Jawad Kazim Arash Mokhtar * Mahdi/Hammoudy Johann George * Father/Uncle Sabri J Paul Nicholas * Basim Abraham Makany * Mother/Guard Diana Simonzadeh * Reem Mehry Eslaminia * Al-Fartusi/Man Hassan Nazari-Robati * Ammoury Gus Cuddy * Setting: In and around Baghdad, Iraq, 1982 – 2010 There will be no intermission. Presented by special arrangement with Abrams Artist Agency. Scenic Designer Kimie Nishikawa † Costume Designer Dina Abd El-Aziz Lighting Designer Heather Gilbert † Sound Designer Luqman Brown Stage Manager Stephen Horton * Dramaturg Hannah Rae Montgomery Casting Judy Bowman, CSA Production Consultants Maia Directors Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace’s commission to adapt The Corpse Washer has been generously underwritten by Jacqueline R. and Theodore S. Rosky as part of the Les Waters New Works Fund. Lighting Design underwritten by Sarah and Peter Fuller. The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers of the United States. † Designers that are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA – 829 of the IATSE
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The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath directed by Les Waters commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville March 5 – April 7, 2019 The Cast (in order of appearance) Hilda Emily Cass McDonnell * Linda Robin Bartlett * Jerry Triney Sandoval * Sylvia Kelly McAndrew * There will be no intermission. Presented by special arrangement with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Scenic Designer Kristen Robinson † Costume Designer Oana Botez † Lighting Designer Reza Behjat † Sound Designer Christian Frederickson † Illusion Designer Steve Cuiffo Production Stage Manager Paul Mills Holmes * Dramaturg Amy Wegener Casting Taylor Williams Lucas Hnath’s commission to write The Thin Place has been generously underwritten by Ms. Elizabeth Rounsavall and Caroline Martinson as part of the Les Waters New Works Fund. The Thin Place is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. Developed at the Colorado New Play Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colo., June 2018. The Thin Place benefited from a week-long residency at New Dramatists with support through the Jerry A. Tishman Playwrights Creativity Fund. The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers of the United States. † Designers that are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA – 829 of the IATSE. 10
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How to Defend Yourself by Lily Padilla directed by Marti Lyons March 13 – April 7, 2019 The Cast (in order of speaking) Diana Gabriela Ortega * Mojdeh Ariana Mahallati • Brandi Anna Crivelli * Kara Abby Leigh Huffstetler • Nikki Molly Adea • Andy David Ball + Eggo Jonathan Moises Olivares + Suz Phoenix Gilmore There will be no intermission. Presented by special arrangement with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Scenic Designer Kimie Nishikawa † Costume Designer Dina Abd El-Aziz Lighting Designer Heather Gilbert † Sound Designer Luqman Brown Movement Director Stephanie Paul Fight Director Drew Fracher Stage Manager Jan Hubert * Dramaturg Jessica Reese Casting Emily Tarquin Developed by: UC San Diego, Wagner New Play Festival in collaboration with Kim Rubenstein; Victory Gardens Theater, IGNITION Festival of New Plays 2018; the Ojai Playwrights Conference; and supported by residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and the Anderson Center at Tower View. The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers of the United States. † Designers that are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA – 829 of the IATSE. • Equity Professional Theatre Intern + Member of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. A U D I E N C E
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Everybody Black by Dave Harris directed by Awoye Timpo March 19 – April 7, 2019 The Cast There are more than thirty characters in this play. You’ll meet them. They will be played by: J. Cameron Barnett * Ashley N. Hildreth + Galen Ryan Kane * Sharina Martin * NSangou Njikam * Christina Acosta Robinson * Time: Now. Setting: The Canon. There will be one 15-minute intermission. Presented by special arrangement with United Talent Agency.
Scenic Designer Kristen Robinson † Costume Designer Oana Botez † Lighting Designer Reza Behjat † Sound Designer Christian Frederickson † Media Designer Philip Allgeier Original Music by Luqman Brown Movement Director Safiyyah Rasool Stage Manager Alex Hajjar * Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Kay Potter * Dramaturg Jenni Page-White Casting Erica Jensen, Calleri Casting
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We’ve Come to Believe by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos directed by Will Davis performed by the actors of the 2018–2019 Professional Training Company commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville February 24 – April 7, 2019 The Cast (in alphabetical order) Amber Avant +, David Ball +, Silvia Daly Bond +, Laura Lee Caudill +, Avery Deutsch +, Rebby Yuer Foster +, Josh Fulton +, Ashley N. Hildreth +, Rasell Holt +, Emma Maltby +, Kevin O’Connell +, Jonathan Moises Olivares +, Ash Patlan +, Kayla Peters +, Angelica Santiago +, Brett Schultz +, Julian Socha +, Seun Soyemi +, Russell Sperberg +, Reagan Stovenour + There will be no intermission. Presented by special arrangement with APA, ICM Partners and the authors. Pure Love Now by Kara Lee Corthron
how do the lonely live by Matthew Paul Olmos
Our Impact on the World by Kara Lee Corthron
the awake by Matthew Paul Olmos
the asleep by Matthew Paul Olmos
Winning at the Games of Life by Emily Feldman
Scenic Designer Kimie Nishikawa † Costume Designer Dina Abd El-Aziz Lighting Designer Heather Gilbert † Sound Designer Luqman Brown Stage Manager Katherine Thesing Dramaturg Jenni Page-White We’ve Come to Believe is supported in part by The Roy Cockrum Foundation. The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. + All actors are members of the Professional Training Company of Actors Theatre of Louisville. † Designers that are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA – 829 of the IATSE. A U D I E N C E
ADDITIONAL HUMANA FESTIVAL PRODUCTION CREDITS The Corpse Washer
Properties Master Directing Assistant Assistant Dramaturg Stage Management Apprentice
Dialect Coach Properties Director Production Assistant Directing Assistant Assistant Dramaturg Stage Management Apprentice
Dialect Coach Associate Scenic Designer Properties Master Production Assistant Assistant to the Director Assistant Dramaturg Directing Assistant Stage Management Apprentice
Dialect Coach Properties Director Directing Assistant Understudy for Galen Ryan Kane Assistant Dramaturg Rehearsal Room Assistant Stage Management Apprentice
Properties Master Directing Assistants Assistant Dramaturg Stage Management Apprentice
Katelin Ashcraft Sharifa Elkady + Alonna Ray + Andie Burns +
The Thin Place
Rachel Hillmer Mark Walston Michael Donnay Emily Moler + Susan Yassky + Lizzy Gordon +
How to Defend Yourself
Rachel Hillmer Kelvin Pater Heather Lindert Margaret Rial Lex Turner Alonna Ray + Emily Moler + Em Hornbeck +
Joniece Abbott-Pratt Mark Walston Janelle Renee Dunn Rasell Holt + Susan Yassky + Sharifa Elkady + Annalise Fosnight +
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Heather Lindert Emily Moler +, Rebecca Redman + Susan Yassky + Em Hornbeck +
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BIOGRAPHIES AUTHORS Sinan Antoon (Author— The Corpse Washer) is a poet, novelist, scholar and translator. He has published four novels and two collections of poetry. His works have been translated into twelve languages. His translation of his own novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Prize for Literary Translation. Two of his novels were shortlisted for the Arabic Booker. His scholarly works include The Poetics of the Obscene: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave, 2014). He has published op-eds in The Guardian and The New York Times. His fourth novel, The Book of Collateral Damage, is forthcoming in English from Yale University Press in 2019. He is an associate professor at New York University. Kara Lee Corthron’s (Playwright—We’ve Come to Believe) plays include Welcome to Fear City (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, Washington, D.C.) and Listen for the Light (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). She’s the author of the young adult novel The Truth of Right Now, from Simon & Schuster. Awards include the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for The Truth of Right Now, Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Princess Grace and Helen Merrill Playwriting Awards, four MacDowell Fellowships, and residencies 16
at Bogliasco (Italy), Skriðuklaustur (Iceland) and Hawthornden (Scotland), and she’s a proud member of New Dramatists. Her work has been developed at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, Page 73, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and South Coast Repertory, among others. Corthron is currently under commission from La Jolla Playhouse and writes for the TV drama You on Lifetime. She is an alumna of The Juilliard School. For more information, please visit karaleecorthron.com. Emily Feldman’s (Playwright—We’ve Come to Believe) work has been developed by the Playwrights’ Center, Colt Coeur, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Magic Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Playwrights Realm, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Cape Cod Theatre Project, WildWind Performance Lab, The New Harmony Project and Second Stage Theater, among others. Feldman is an alumna of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Jerome Fellowship/ Core Apprenticeship at the Playwrights’ Center, was an Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist, and was a Shank Playwright in Residence at Playwrights Horizons. She’s currently a member of Interstate 73 at Page 73, The Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse and Two River Theater’s Emerging Playwrights Group, and is working on new commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Arena Stage. She received her M.F.A. from the
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University of California, San Diego and her B.A. from Middlebury College. Dave Harris (Playwright—Everybody Black) is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include White History (Victory Gardens Theater Ignition Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, Relentless Award semifinalist), Exception to the Rule (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist), Tambo & Bones (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm) and Incendiary (NNPN/The Kennedy Center’s M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop). He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, a Callaloo Poetry Fellow and the 2018 winner of The Rattle Poetry Prize. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Harris received his B.A. from Yale University and is a second-year M.F.A. playwright at the University of California, San Diego. Lucas Hnath’s (Playwright—The Thin Place) plays include A Doll’s House, Part 2 (eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Play); Hillary and Clinton; Red Speedo; The Christians; A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney; Isaac’s Eye; and Death Tax. He has been produced on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre and Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been produced nationally 18
and internationally, with premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Victory Gardens Theater and South Coast Repertory. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. Awards: Steinberg Playwright Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, an Obie Award and the Windham-Campbell Prize. Ismail Khalidi’s (Playwright—The Corpse Washer) plays include Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater, 2005), Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theatre, 2010), Foot (Teatro Amal, 2016), Sabra Falling (Pangea World Theater, 2017), an adaptation of Ghassan Kanafani’s Returning to Haifa (with Naomi Wallace, Finborough Theatre, 2018) and Dead Are My People (Noor Theatre, 2018). His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies as well as The Nation, Mizna, Guernica, American Theatre and Remezcla. Khalidi co-edited (also with Naomi Wallace) Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora (TCG, 2015). Khalidi has received commissions from The Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Noor Theatre and Pangea World Theater. He is currently a visiting artist with Teatro Amal in Chile and holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Matthew Paul Olmos (Playwright—We’ve Come to Believe) is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, a New Dramatists Resident
Playwright, and an alumnus of Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers’ Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab and Echo Theater Company’s Playwrights Lab. He received a Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, was selected by Sam Shepard for La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award, and was mentored by Ruth Maleczech through Mabou Mines/SUITE. Other Residencies and Fellowships: New York Theatre Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dramatists Guild, Primary Stages and INTAR. He is an Ensemble Studio Theatre lifetime member and a proud Kilroys nominator. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and is published and taught in universities. He is currently devising American Nationalism Project, developed through New York Theatre Workshop, and a play with music, We Walk Along The Christmas Bridge, developed through Center Theatre Group. Upcoming: so go the ghosts of méxico, part three at Undermain Theatre, Dallas. For more information, visit matthewpaulolmos.com. Lily Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Series Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. Lily’s work has been developed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Victory Gardens Theater, INTAR Theatre and San Diego Repertory Theatre. They facilitate playwriting workshops with the La Jolla Playhouse/TCG Veterans & Theatre Institute and teach playwriting and A U D I E N C E
devised theatre at the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. M.F.A., UC San Diego, B.F.A., New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Padilla is currently commissioned to make new plays with the National New Play Network, Colt Coeur, and South Coast Repertory. They are also a director, actor and community builder who looks at rehearsal as a laboratory for how we might be together. For more information, please visit lilypadilla.com. Naomi Wallace’s (Playwright—The Corpse Washer) plays—produced in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Middle East—include One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart, And I and Silence, Night is a Room and Returning to Haifa (adapted with Ismail Khalidi). In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent repertoire of the French National Theatre, the Comédie-Française. Only two American playwrights have been added to the Comédie’s repertoire in 300 years. Awards: MacArthur Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award and the Horton Foote Prize. Wallace received the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prize in drama and an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
THE ACTING COMPANY Molly Adea (Nikki— How to Defend Yourself) Film: Remember (lead), dir. Laura Morejon; Blue on Red (lead), dir. Josh 20
Rincon; Mulan at UCSD (lead), Dir. Nadia Link. Theatre: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Kayleen), Skriker (Skriker), What of the Night? (Task Force/Dream Girl), How to Defend Yourself (Nikki), and Spring Awakening (Thea) at University of California, San Diego; Self-Conchas (Shelly) at Tuyo Theatre; Legally Blonde the Musical (Pilar) at Camino Real Playhouse; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) at Star Repertory Theatre. Additional Credits: Adea received her B.A. in theatre from U.C. San Diego. She is a recipient of the Stewart Prize in Theatre. For more information, please visit mollyadea. com. J. Cameron Barnett (Everybody Black) Regional Theatre: The Wiz and The Winter’s Tale at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, All the Way and Avenue X at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and La Cage Aux Folles at the Riverside Theatre, Finian’s Rainbow at the Goodspeed Opera House, The Wiz at Theatre Under the Stars, Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the North Shore Music Theatre and The Producers at the Ogunquit Playhouse. OffBroadway: Fucking A at Signature Theatre, The Emperor Jones at The Irish Repertory Theatre. National Tour: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hair and Buddy Holly. Film: Live. Television: The Blacklist, Seven Seconds, Gotham, The Twilight Zone, Supernatural and Continuum.
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Robin Bartlett (Lindaâ€”The Thin Place) is a veteran of over 35 plays in New York theatre. Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss. Other New York Theatre: The Public Theater: Fen, Agamemnon and Found a Peanut; Circle Repertory Company: Early Girl (Obie Award), Reckless (Drama Desk Nom.) and Seagull; Playwrights Horizons: Life and Limb; Lincoln Center Theater: Everett Beekin; and Signature Theatre: Angels in America. Film and Television: Inside Llewyn Davis, H, Chronic, Shutter Island, Josie, The Glass Castle, The Dying Gaul, Regarding Henry, Deceived, Alice, Postcards from the Edge, If Looks Could Kill, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Lean On
Me, City of Angels, Dangerous Minds, 12:01, Playing for Time, Skokie, Heavenâ€™s Gate, Baby Boom and Moonstruck. She spent five seasons on Mad About You playing Debbie Buchman, two seasons on Powers That Be and three seasons on American Horror Story. She has made appearances on The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Judging Amy and many more.
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Anna Crivelli (Brandi— How to Defend Yourself) is making her Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: Once Five Years Pass and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Appropriate at Westport Country Playhouse; Steel Magnolias at Geva Theatre Center. Off-Broadway: A Doll’s House, Part 3 as a part of the Exponential Festival, Drink with Death at La MaMa. Film: Playing with Matches. Additional Credits: Anna received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and her B.A. from Fordham University Lincoln Center. Gus Cuddy (Ammoury— The Corpse Washer) is making his Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: The Diary of Anne Frank at Geva Theatre Center and Arizona Theatre Company; A Moon for the Misbegotten at Geva Theatre Center. Other Theatre: The Skin of Our Teeth and We Are Proud to Present... at Fordham University; The Drowsy Chaperone and 1776 at Cape Playhouse. Additional Credits: Member of The Freeman Studio, studied with Reed Birney; Almeida Theatre Director’s Workshop with Robert Icke. Mehry Eslaminia (Reem—The Corpse Washer) is making her Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (co-production with Syracuse Stage) at Indiana Repertory 22
Theatre; Appoggiatura*, A Christmas Carol and Lived/Re-Lived at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Other Theater: Wisdom From Everything* at Local Theater Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I Heart Juliet* at Illinois Shakespeare Festival; The Happiest Song Plays Last at Curious Theatre Company; Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; August: Osage County and Our Town at Creede Repertory Theatre. Additional Credits: We Live in Cairo at New York Theatre Workshop’s Dartmouth Residency; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play On!” workshops: The Merchant of Venice and Cymbeline; Colorado Shakespeare Festival Violence Prevention Tour of The Taming of the Shrew. (*World premiere) Johann George (Mahdi/ Hammoudy—The Corpse Washer) is making his Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: The Secret Garden at The 5th Avenue Theatre and Theatre Under The Stars. Additional Credits: George received his B.A. in theatre from Northwestern University and is a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. For more information, please visit johann-george.com. Phoenix Gilmore (Suz – How to Defend Yourself) Additional Credits: Phoenix is a first grader at Lincoln Performing Arts School. She can be seen in commercials and print for Airstream, University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Insurance and many more.
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Abby Leigh Huffstetler (Kara—How to Defend Yourself) At Actors Theatre: The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (2017 Humana Festival), Seep, Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula and every every minute. Other Theatre: Free Free Free Free (2018 Exponential Festival); Noises Off (Rome Little Theatre). Film: She has extensive experience in independent film and works as a frequent collaborator, freelance video editor and director of photography for Means Of Productions in Brooklyn, New York. Additional Credits: Huffstetler is a former Actors Theatre Professional Training Company Acting Apprentice. Huffstetler graduated with a B.F.A. in performing arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Her post-graduate training has earned her certifications in five weapons within The Society of American Fight Directors, recognizing her achievements as an Actor Combatant. Since graduation, she has furthered her combat training at Neutral Chaos in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Galen Ryan Kane (Everybody Black) Regional Theatre: Intimate Apparel at McCarter Theatre, Petrol Station (world premiere) at the Kennedy Center and The Piano Lesson at Hartford Stage. Additional Credits: Kane received his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, where he appeared in This Land Was Made, Women Beware Women, The Brothers Size and the titular role in Othello. Ariana Mahallati (Mojdeh—How to Defend Yourself) Film: Young Harper (supporting), dir. Julie Schuldt. Theatre: Mother Courage and Her Children, How to Defend Yourself and She Kills Monsters at University of California, San Diego; Bus Stop and Robin Hood at Ross Valley Players; King Lear, Dead Accounts and Misalliance at College of Marin. Additional Credits: Mahallati studies theatre at U.C. San Diego and is an alumna of College of Marin.
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Abraham Makany (Basim—The Corpse Washer) is thrilled to be making his Actors Theatre of Louisville debut. Off-Broadway: Waterwell’s Hamlet at The Sheen Center; Kandahar to Canada in The 34th Marathon of One-Act Plays (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Job (The Flea Theater); the Obie Award-winning production of The Brig directed by Judith Malina (The Living Theatre). Television: Gotham, Blue Bloods, Deception, The Ridge: Origins, The Blacklist, Orange Is the New Black, Homeland, Blindspot, The Americans, HAPPYish, Person of Interest. Additional Credits: Readings and workshops include work with The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. Makany has a B.F.A. in acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Sharina Martin (Everybody Black) At Actors Theatre: Dracula. Regional Theatre: Familiar at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre Center; Metamorphoses at Arden Theatre Company; All’s Well That Ends Well, Another Part of the Forest and Major Barbara at American Players Theatre; and Talking American at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Off-Broadway: Showtime Blues and The Talk at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Manhood and Untamed at National Black Theatre; and The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door at Ars Nova. Film: Blind, Requited, Nowheresville and Happily After. Television: Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon); The Outs; Redrum (Discovery ID); Reality Check; and In Between Men. Other Credits: Black Diamond and Fedra at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago; Richard III (Lady Anne) at Boomerang Theatre Company; Heartbreaker at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center; The Voysey Inheritance at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company; and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth)
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at greasy joan & company. Additional Credits: BTA Award Nomination, Best Actress. Training: Northwestern University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, LAByrinth Theater Company and Esper. Martin is a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. For more information, please visit sharinamartin.com. Kelly McAndrew (Sylvia—The Thin Place) At Actors Theatre: Wellesley Girl, We’re Gonna Be Okay. Regional Theatre: Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, Arena Stage, City Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival and Pittsburgh Public Theater. Recent New York Theatre: Saint Vincent’s Project at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons, Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages, Abundance at The Actors Company Theatre, Almost, Maine at Transport Group and Good Television at Atlantic Theater Company. Broadway: Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Still Life at MCC Theater, The Cataract at WP Theater, Book of Days at Signature Theatre. Television: Daredevil (recurring), New Amsterdam, The Sinner, The Good Fight, Orange Is the New Black (recurring), House of Cards, Elementary, Law & Order: SVU, Smash, Law & Order and Gossip Girl. Film: A Kid Like Jake (Sundance 2018), When the Moon Was Twice as Big (due out 2019), Appropriate Behavior (Sundance 2014), In the Family (2011 SPIRIT nomination), Everybody’s Fine (with Robert DeNiro) and Superheroes. Training: McAndrew attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Emily Cass McDonnell (Hilda — The Thin Place) is happy to be returning to Actors Theatre after appearing in Sam Shepard’s True West, directed by Adam Rapp. Some recent or favorite New York theatre credits include Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (Signature Theatre), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), Mercury Fur (The New Group), collaboration with Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory in Grasses of a Thousand Colors (The Public Theater and the Royal Court in London) and The Master Builder, and Richard Maxwell’s Ode to the Man Who Knells. McDonnell is particularly proud of her work with the late Denis Johnson in Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames and Des Moines. Her upcoming film credits include the Peter Hedges film Ben is Back and Noah Baumbach’s Untitled Noah Baumbach Project for Netflix. Past film credits include The Man in the Woods, Ricki and the Flash, A Master Builder and Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce for HBO. Arash Mokhtar (Jawad Kazim—The Corpse Washer) Regional Theatre: The Humans, Pittsburgh Public Theater; Disgraced, Coachella Valley Repertory; Family Shots, The Human Race Theatre Company. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, The Sheen Center. Film: Benji the Dove, Black Site Delta, Chosen (opposite Cathy Moriarty), Day 39, Best Man in the Dark. Television: Ramy, The Blacklist, Instinct, Madam Secretary, Forever, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Elementary, Believe, Zero Hour and Person of Interest, among others. Additional Credits:
Sinners (dir. Brian Cox), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rhinoceros, Richard III, Coriolanus, Broadway Bound, The Servant of Two Masters, An Ideal Husband, Killer Joe, Closer and Hurlyburly. Nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Drama, Desert Star Awards, CA. Finalist in the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards, 2015. Hassan Nazari-Robati (Al-Fartusi/Man—The Corpse Washer) is making his Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: Oklahoma! at Theatre Under The Stars; The Fantasticks at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. National/International Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other Credits: Suburbia at 5th Floor Theatre; Oliver! at The Palace Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar with Prather Entertainment. NazariRobati is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. J Paul Nicholas (Father/ Uncle Sabri—The Corpse Washer) Regional Theatre: Oslo at Marin Theater Company; Disgraced at Chester Theatre Company; Honor Killing at Florida Studio Theatre; The Invisible Hand at Cleveland Play House and Theatre Exile; Othello at Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Butcher at Gulfshore Playhouse; Language Rooms and Scorched at The Wilma Theater; Romeo & Juliet, Cymbeline and The Count of Monte Cristo at Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Stuff Happens at Olney Theatre Company; The Underpants at Geva Theatre Center. Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (national tour). OffBroadway: Blood and Gifts at Lincoln 26
Center Theater; Rosmersholm at 59E59. Television: Law & Order: SVU (8 seasons as Attorney Linden Delroy), Deception (2 episodes), The Leftovers (1 episode), Law & Order (2 episodes), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1 episode). Awards: Barrymore Award for The Invisible Hand; Barrymore Award for Scorched. Training: M.F.A.: The Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Nsangou Njikam (Everybody Black) is an actor and playwright originally from Baltimore, MD. His theatre credits include Syncing Ink (Flea Theater/ Alley Theatre), Henry V (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Re:Definition (La Mama/Hip Hop Theatre Fest), Hands Up: 7 Plays, 7 Testimonials (National Black Theater) and Deep Azure (Congo Square Theatre Company). Njikam has written Syncing Ink, I.D.: Identical Destiny, When We Left, Re:Definition and is one of the seven playwrights for Hands Up: 7 Plays, 7 Testimonials. His work has been produced at The Flea Theater, the Alley Theatre, National Black Theater and the BBC. Njikam is a member of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from Howard University. He resides in New York. Gabriela Ortega (Diana—How to Defend Yourself) Regional Theatre: Lovesick at Victory Gardens Theater; Members Only at the Los Angeles Theatre Center; How to Defend Yourself at Ojai Playwrights Conference. Film: Safe Haven (2018 Sundance Ignite Winner). Solo
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Performance: Las Garcia (touring production); Franklin.Father.Papi at The Road Theatre Company; 23nMe at Teatro Luna West. Additional Credits: Ortega received her B.F.A. in acting from University of Southern California. She is a recipient of the Aileen Stanley Award for Acting, the Stanley Musgrove Award for Creative Talent and the 2018 Latino Stage Alliance Playwrights Fellowship. To learn more, please visit www.ortegart.com. Christina Acosta Robinson (Everybody Black) is making her Actors Theatre debut. Regional Theatre: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at La Jolla Playhouse; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Guthrie Theater; Caroline, or Change at Tantrum Theater and Syracuse Stage; Seven Guitars at Two River Theatre; The Piano Lesson at Hartford Stage; Romance in Hard Times at Barrington Stage Company; The Color Purple at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; The Unfortunates and My Fair Lady at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Ragtime at the Arvada Center; Death of a Salesman at Yale Repertory Theatre; The House of the Spirits at Mixed Blood Theatre; The Exonerated at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Additional Credits: M.F.A. in Acting from Yale School of Drama. Triney Sandoval (Jerry—The Thin Place) At Actors Theatre: I Will Be Gone, The Underpants. Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet (Francois), Marvin’s Room (Dr. Wally), Macbeth (Menteith), A
Free Man of Color (Napoleon/Intendante Morales), A Man for All Seasons (Chapuys), Frost/Nixon (Monolo Sanchez). OffBroadway: Timon of Athens, The Idiot and Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue. Regional Theatre: La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Wilma Theater, Round House Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Two River Theater Company, Virginia Stage Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and six seasons as a resident company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Television: The Blacklist, Elementary, The Sopranos, and recurring roles on both Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Diana Simonzadeh (Mother/Guard—The Corpse Washer) Regional Theatre: Perfect Mendacity at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Film: The Glass House; The Origins of Wit and Humor; Remote Viewing; Waterwalk; Qwerty; The Widow; All We Had; The 5:22. Television: Chicago Fire; Matadors. Other Theatre: Night Over Erzinga and Scorched at Silk Road Rising; Homebody/Kabul at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Return to Haifa at Next Theatre; Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde and King Richard 111 (The Big Dick) at Sliced Bread Productions; Chicago at Prologue Theatre Productions; Bye Bye Birdie at Drury Lane Theatre; West Side Story and Oklahoma! at Pheasant Run Theatre; A Doctor in Spite of Himself at Rally Theatre. She is a recipient of an Equity Jeff Award.
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DIRECTORS Mark Brokaw (The Corpse Washer) At Actors Theatre: Flesh and Blood (1995 Humana Festival). Broadway: Numerous productions including Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Lyons by Nicky Silver; Reckless by Craig Lucas. Regional Theatre: Guthrie Theatre; Center Theatre Group; Seattle Repertory Theatre; Berkeley Repertory; Hartford Stage; Yale Repertory; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Williamstown Theatre Company; Sundance Theatre Lab. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre; The Public Theatre; Vineyard Theater; Playwrights Horizons; Lincoln Center; Second Stage; Roundabout Theatre; Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional Credits: Artistic Director Yale, Institute for Music Theatre (2009-2017); current SDC Executive Board member and SDC Foundation Trustee; recipient of TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award and TCG/ Pew Charitable Trust’s National Theatre Artist Residency Grant; M.F.A Yale School of Drama. Will Davis (We’ve Come to Believe) Regional Theatre: The Carpenter at the Alley Theatre; A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Long Wharf Theatre; Evita at Olney Theatre Center; Colossal at Olney Theatre Center and Mixed Blood Theatre. Off-Broadway: India Pale Ale at Manhattan Theatre Club, Charm at MCC, Bobbie Clearly at Roundabout Theatre Company; DUAT at Soho Rep, and Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb. Additional Credits: Davis was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Men on Boats and is a recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for outstanding direction for his production of Colossal. He is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the New York 28
Theatre Workshop 2050 Directing Fellowship and the BAX (Brooklyn Art Exchange) artist in residence program. Marti Lyons (How to Defend Yourself) is thrilled to return to Actors Theatre, where she previously directed Wondrous Strange for the Humana Festival. Most recently, Lyons directed Kings by Sarah Burgess at Studio Theater, where she also previously directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Lyons has also directed Witch by Jen Silverman at Writers Theatre, Botticelli in the Fire at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Title and Deed by Will Eno at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías at Victory Gardens Theater, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? at Court Theatre, Shakespeare in Love at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night at Montana Shakespeare, Short Shakes! Macbeth and Short Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and The City of Conversation at Northlight Theatre Company. Next, Lyons will direct Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee at Victory Gardens, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Montana Shakespeare and A Doll’s House for American Players Theatre. Lyons received the 2015 Michael Maggio directing fellowship at Goodman Theatre. She is an ensemble member with Gift Theatre, an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre Company and a member of SDC. For more information, please visit martilyons.com. Awoye Timpo (Everybody Black) Regional Theatre: Paradise Blue at the Long Wharf Theatre. Off-Broadway: Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre; The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d at Playwrights Realm; The Homecoming Queen at the Atlantic Theater. Other Theatre: Carnaval at the National Black Theater; Sister Son/
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ji at the Billie Holiday Theatre; The Vanished at site-specific locations; Skeleton Crew at Chester Theater Company; Ndebele Funeral at 59E59, the Edinburgh Festival/ Summerhall and South African tour. Additional Credits: Timpo is the producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights. She received her M.A. from the University of London/ British Institute of Paris. Les Waters (The Thin Place), an Obie Award winner, was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre from 2012 to 2018, where he directed Evocation to Visible Appearance, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Recent Alien Abductions, Macbeth, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Glory of the World, Luna Gale, At the Vanishing Point, The Christians, Our Town, Gnit, Girlfriend and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Waters also previously directed Big Love at the Humana Festival in 2000, and the sitespecific production of At the Vanishing Point at the 2004 Humana Festival. From 2003 to 2011, he served as associate artistic director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep. and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and regionally at theatres such as Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He led the M.F.A. directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.
DESIGNERS Philip Allgeier (Media Designer— Everybody Black) became the Media Technologist for Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2008. Since joining the company, he has designed media for over fifty productions, including many world premiere productions in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, such as The Christians, The Glory of the World and The Hour of Feeling. Additional credits at Actors Theatre include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Mountaintop, At the Vanishing Point, The Last Five Years, Peter and the Starcatcher, Angels in America (Parts One and Two) and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Allgeier has also designed media for productions at Playwrights Horizons, Mark Taper Forum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Syracuse Stage and others. Allgeier is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. Reza Behjat (Lighting Designer—The Thin Place, Everybody Black) Regional Theatre: Nina: Four Women (Alabama Shakes), The Roommate (Long Wharf Theater, Connecticut). Off-Broadway: Henry VI (NAATCO), Hamlet (Waterwell). Off-Off Broadway: Waiting For Godot (New Yiddish Rep), Dead Are My People (Noor Theatre), Yogibogeybox (Target Margin), Whore from Ohio (New Yiddish Rep), Labor of Life (New Yiddish Rep), This Is The Color (New Georges), Fillx7 (The Flea Theater). Additional credits: The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater, Washington, D.C.), Guards at the Taj (Central Square Theater, MA). Behjat (born and raised in Iran) moved to the United States to pursue his M.F.A at NYU, where he was offered a full ride for three years. He was nominated for the 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award for Hamlet.
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Affiliation: USA Local 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. Oana Botez (Costume Designer—The Thin Place, Everybody Black) is an international set/costume designer for film, theater, opera and dance. She is a Princess Grace recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient, and has received The Barrymore Award, The Drammy Award and was nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award. Her designs have raised critical acclaim in New York’s: BAM Next Wave, Bard SummerScape/Richard B. Fisher Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The David H. Koch Theater/Lincoln Center, Big Apple Circus/Lincoln Center and Classic Stage Company. Regional Theatre: The Wilma Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), Berkeley Rep., ArtsEmerson, Broad Stage, MCA (Chicago,Ill.), ODC, The Walker Arts Center, Peak Performances, ADI, Academy of Music, The Old Globe Theatre, Curtis Institute of Music, Cutler Majestic Theater. International: Oana has worked in Romania (National Theatre Bucharest, Arad National Theatre), France (Theatre National de Chaillot, Les Subsistence, Le Quartz), Turkey (International Festival of Contemporary Theater), Peru, Germany, Italy, Singapore and the United Kingdom (The Old Vic Theatre in London). She has been teaching costume design at MIT. To learn more, please visit www.oanabotez.com. Luqman Brown (Sound Designer—The Corpse Washer, How to Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe; Original Music— Everybody Black) Regional Theatre: Political Patriot at National Black Theater; Detroit ’67 at Julliard; Skeleton Crew at 30
TheatreSquared; The Three Musketeers at The Classic Theatre of Harlem; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Aslo Prep; Sense and Sensibility at the Cape Fear Regional Theater; The Parchman Hour at the Guthrie Theater; Adoration of an Old Woman at Intar Theater. Off Broadway: Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d at The Duke Theater; Hurt Village at Signature Theatre. Additional Credits: As a professional musician, Brown has performed in numerous bands, as well as produced many others. Steve Cuiffo (Illusion Designer—The Thin Place) is the co-founder of SECRET ARTS, a creative company that develops visual and illusions for theater, film and special events. Cuiffo has worked as a consultant on several of David Blaine’s ABC television specials and most recently completed a 40-city U.S. tour as Magic Director on David Blaine Live. He has created illusions and magic sequences for theater on and offBroadway, including Everyday Rapture (Broadway), Old Hats (Signature Theatre), Antipodes (Signature Theatre), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About The Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep.), Home (BAM) and The Object Lesson (BAM). Cuiffo also cocreated Elephant Room, an absurdist magic extravaganza with Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford. Dina Abd El-Aziz (Costume Designer— The Corpse Washer, How to Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe) Regional Theatre: Heartland at Geva Theater Center; Off-Broadway: The Russian and The Jew at The Tank; Dead Are My People at NYTW’s Next Door Theater; Daybreak at the Beckett Theatre for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; Freedom Riders at The
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Acorn Theater (NYMF). Other Theater: Pay No Attention To The Girl for Target Margin Theater; Alternating Currents for Working Theater; Blood Wedding, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for The Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2. Unity 1918, Wayward at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute; Evensong at the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Additional Credits: Dina received her B.A. from The American University in Cairo, and her M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Christian Frederickson (Sound Designer —The Thin Place, Everybody Black) is a violist, composer and sound designer living in New York City. At Actors Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America, Recent Alien Abductions, We’re Gonna Be Okay, Macbeth, Wondrous Strange, This Random World, Residence, Seven Guitars, The Glory of the World, Dot, At the Vanishing Point, Steel Hammer, True West, Romeo and Juliet, The Edge of Our Bodies and The Tempest. Off-Broadway: Custodians of Beauty at New York Live Arts; The Glory of the World, Steel Hammer, The Trojan Women and The Master Builder at BAM; The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois at Atlantic Stage 2. Additional Credits: Frederickson is a founding member of the Louisville bands Rachel’s and The Young Scamels, and is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer—The Corpse Washer, How to Defend Yourself and We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore with The Hypocrites. Regional Theatre: Studio Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theater, Magic Theatre, Pasadena
Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Olney Theatre Center. Chicago Theatre: Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre and countless storefronts all over the city. International Theatre: Almeida in London and Singapore Repertory Theatre. Additional Credits: Gilbert was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. She serves as the head of lighting design at Columbia College Chicago and received her M.F.A. at the Theatre School at DePaul. Kimie Nishikawa (Scenic Designer—The Corpse Washer, How to Defend Yourself and We’ve Come to Believe) is a Japanese scenic designer based in NYC. Regional credits include Marjorie Prime (Marin Theatre Company); Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre). Off Broadway credits include The Light (MCC Theater); Mobile Unit: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater); Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth and The Revolving Cycles Truly And Steadily Roll’d (The Playwrights Realm); Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb); Sagittarius Ponderosa and Henry VI (NAATCO). She has collaborated internationally as Associate Scenic Designer on the world premiere of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (NYUAD Arts Center/Abu Dhabi) and Into The Woods (Tivoli Glassalen/ Denmark). Up next in NYC: Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater). MFA: NYU Tisch. To learn more about her, visit her site, kimienishikawa-design.com.
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Kristen Robinson (Scenic Designer—The Thin Place, Everybody Black) is a New York City-based set designer. Her work ranges from site-specific installations to outdoor Shakespeare. Selected Credits: Miller, Mississippi at Long Wharf Theatre, Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Actors Theatre of Louisville, A Flea in Her Ear at Westport Country Playhouse; Ethel at Alliance Theatre; Love’s Labour’s Lost at Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; [PORTO] at WP Theater; Company at Barrington Stage Company; Heart of Darkness at Baryshnikov Arts Center; and Minor Character at Under the Radar Festival. She is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Purchase College. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. from Yale University. For more information, please visit kristenrobinsondesign.com USA 829.
CREATIVE STAFF Maia Directors (Production Consultants —The Corpse Washer) was founded in 2017 by theatre directors Kareem Fahmy, Evren Odcikin, Megan Sandberg-Zakian and Pirronne Yousefzadeh. Maia Directors offers consulting services for projects that explore stories and cultures from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). They have worked on a range of projects, offering support on casting and other personnel, script development, cultural consultancy, and community engagement. Current and former clients include California Shakespeare Theater, Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, The Muse Project, Pan Asian Rep, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Chester Theatre Company and 32
StoryWorks, among others. For more, please visit maiadirectors.com. Stephanie Paul (Movement Director —How to Defend Yourself) Regional Theatre: Richard III at Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Royale at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/City Theatre Company/American Theater Company; Water by the Spoonful at Court Theatre; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. Other Theatre: The Wolves at Studio Theatre; Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare; Last Stop on Market Street at Chicago Children’s Theatre; Six Stories Tall at Adventure Stage Chicago; Learning Curve at Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects; Ofrenda; Feast at Albany Park Theater Project. In the Red and Brown Water and Jane Eyre at Northwestern University. International: Ofrenda at Albany Park Theater Project, National Theatre of Scotland (Inverness, Scotland). Additional Credits: 3Arts Make A Wave Grantee, St. Louis Theater Circle Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreographer, Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Artistic Specialization. Paul is a Resident Director at Albany Park Theater Project and an Artistic Associate at Chicago Dance Crash. She attended Northwestern University. For more information, please visit stephpaul.com. Drew Fracher (Fight Director) At Actors Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Tom Jones, The Whipping Man, Dracula, Othello, Peter Pan and many productions over the years for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Regional Theatre: Numerous productions at theatres nationwide, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory
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Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Florida Stage, Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera. Broadway: Company. Additional Credits: Fracher is a fight master and past president of the Society of American Fight Directors. He is also a director and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Georgia McBride, YEN, The End of Longing (MCC); Big Love (Signature Theatre); This American Life (BAM); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); Belleville (NYTW); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (Soho Rep.); and Melancholy Play (13P). Regional: Frost/Nixon (Bay Street Theater); Ether Dome (Hartford Stage); The Roommate, February House, My Name Is Asher Lev, The Train Driver (LWT); Little Shop of Horrors and 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Peterborough Players).
Safiyyah Rasool (Movement Director— Everybody Black) is co-owner and artistic director of Safiyyah Dance Company in Louisville, KY. At Actors Theatre: Skeleton Crew. Additional Credits: American Tales (Stage One Family Theatre). She has made a name for herself in the Midwest for Hip Hop and for providing quality training for dancers searching for growth. With her choreography she has worked with national artists such as Ray J & Lil Mama and many local artists in the Louisville area. She has choreographed opening dance acts For New Edition, Black, Kentucky Derby, Louisville’s Fresh Fest, Krump Kings, and more. Rasool is very passionate about inspiring others to be the best they can be. She has been recognized for her work at the 2014 Choreographers Cup in Los Angeles, CA., being selected among only 20 nominees in the nation.
Paul Mills Holmes (Production Stage Manager—The Thin Place) is in his twenty-seventh season at Actors Theatre. At Actors Theatre: Holmes has stage managed over 130 productions in the regular season, including every production of A Christmas Carol since 1993, and 25 Humana Festivals. Regional Theatre: Girlfriend at Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles; The Glass Menagerie, Betsey Brown, Indians and Three Sisters at McCarter Theatre Center. Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Smile and Oh! Calcutta! Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors, Steel Magnolias and Oil City Symphony. Additional Credits: Directed Little Shop of Horrors in Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Thirty-eight seasons at Pennsylvania’s Totem Pole Playhouse.
PRODUCTION Alex Hajjar (Stage Manager—Everybody Black) Broadway: Les Miserables, The Realistic Joneses, After Midnight. OffBroadway: Head of Passes (The Public); Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons); Mother Courage (CSC); Relevance, The Legend of
Stephen Horton (Stage Manager—The Corpse Washer) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (2011–2018), Pipeline, Marginal Loss, Little Bunny Foo Foo, We’re Gonna Be Okay, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Wellesley Girl, 4000 Miles, Dot, The Brothers Size, Tribes, brownsville song (b-side for tray), The Pirates of Penzance, Tom Jones, Cry Old Kingdom, The Whipping Man, True West, The Veri**on Play, ReEntry, A Devil at Noon, Barefoot in the Park, Sirens, Greater Tuna and A
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Tuna Christmas. Regional Theatre: Coming Back Like a Song!, Deathtrap, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Lion in Winter, Edith, In the Mood, The Who’s Tommy, A Delicate Balance, The Guardsman, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Faith Healer, Noël Coward in Two Keys, The Book Club Play, The Caretaker, Educating Rita, My Pal George and Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? at Berkshire Theatre Group; The Elephant Man, The Foreigner, Doubt, Bertrand Priest, Hello, Dolly! and The King and I at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Other Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Cape Playhouse and The Last Train to Nibroc at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Jan Hubert (Stage Manager—How to Defend Yourself) At Actors Theatre: we, the invisibles (2018 Humana Festival); Skeleton Crew; No. 11 (Blue and White) and The Divine Fallacy (2000 Humana Festival); Missing Marisa/Kissing Christine (1996 Humana Festival); Below the Belt (1995 Humana Festival); Cloud Tectonics (1994 Humana Festival); Forever Plaid; Sleuth; Shadowlands; Death and the Maiden. Regional Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain at The 5th Avenue Theatre; Indiscretions and The Servant of Two Masters at the Bathhouse Theater; Production Stage Manager at Village Theatre; Resident Stage Manager at Tacoma Actors Guild; Marin Shakespeare Festival; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Other Credits: Resident Producer at Cornish College of the Arts; Kentucky Opera; Louisville Ballet. M.A. in stage management from Purdue University. Jessica Kay Potter (Assistant Stage Manager—Everybody Black) At Actors Theatre: The Santaland Diaries, The 34
Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Evocation to Visible Appearance, Angels in America (Parts One and Two), We’re Gonna Be Okay, Circle Mirror Transformation, Macbeth, The 39 Steps, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Peter and the Starcatcher, Seven Guitars, Luna Gale, The Glory of the World, At the Vanishing Point, The Last Five Years, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Christians, Noises Off, Appropriate, The Whipping Man, True West, Romeo and Juliet, The Veri**on Play, ReEntry, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The End, Fissures (lost and found), Heist!, A Christmas Carol, Dracula and Absalom. Other Theatre: Uncharted Realms at the Louisville Ballet; Much Ado About Nothing at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Additional Credits: Potter holds a B.S. in theatre arts from the University of Louisville, where she graduated cum laude. Leah V. Pye (Assistant Stage Manager— The Corpse Washer) At Actors Theatre: Marginal Loss, Little Bunny Foo Foo; Skeleton Crew; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; I Now Pronounce; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and GGrill; Residence; 4000 Miles; H.M.S. Pinafore; I Promised Myself to Live Faster; Dracula; brownsville song (b-side for tray); The Christians; Our Town; Tom Jones; The Mountaintop; and Noises Off. Off-Broadway: Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (LCT3); The Saintliness of Margery Kempe (Perry St. Theatricals) Other Theatre: Shadows, A Dance Musical; The Who’s Tommy, The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street at Forestburgh Playhouse; Carousel, Les Miserables and Into the Woods at College Light Opera Company. Additional Credits: Pye holds a B.A. in theatre from St. Olaf College and is an alumna of the ’13–’14 Professional Training Company.
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Katherine Thesing (Stage Manager— We’ve Come to Believe) is originally from Berea, Kentucky. At Actors Theatre: You Across From Me, Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula (2016–2018), The Santaland Diaries (2017–2018), Pipeline, Airness, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol and Macbeth. Additional Credits: Love’s Labour’s Lost at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; and Julius Caesar, Richard II and Much Ado About Nothing at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Thesing is an alumna of the Professional Training Company and Bellarmine University.
Angels in America (Parts One and Two), and the Humana Festival premieres of Do You Feel Anger?; we, the invisibles We’re Gonna Be Okay; I Now Pronounce; Wellesley Girl; and This Random World. Previously, she was the literary associate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she helped select and develop new plays for First Look and coordinated postshow discussion programming. In Chicago, she has developed plays with American Theater Company, Sideshow Theatre Company and LiveWire Chicago Theatre. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
Jessica Reese (How to Defend Yourself) is in her fourth season as the literary associate at Actors Theatre. Actors Theatre dramaturgy credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2; You Across from Me; Skeleton Crew; The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield; The 39 Steps; and Wondrous Strange. Prior to arriving in Louisville, she was a Chicago-based freelance dramaturg and a company member with The Ruckus. Chicago dramaturgy credits include Matawan, Heist Play and Facing Angela with The Ruckus, and Mnemonic and The Skriker with Red Tape Theatre. Reese previously worked at Actors Theatre as the Humana Festival literary assistant during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Festivals. She is a proud alumna of Davidson College and Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company.
Hannah Rae Montgomery (The Corpse Washer) is the resident dramaturg at Actors Theatre. Dramaturgy credits at Actors include Pipeline, The Magic Play, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, 4000 Miles, Luna Gale, At the Vanishing Point, The Mountaintop, True West, Romeo and Juliet and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity in the Brown-Forman Series; and the world premieres of God Said This, Airness, Cardboard Piano, Residence, That High Lonesome Sound, Remix 38, Cry Old Kingdom, The Delling Shore and How We Got On in the Humana Festival. She has also worked as a dramaturg at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret. Montgomery holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Jenni Page-White (Everybody Black, We’ve Come to Believe) is the literary manager at Actors Theatre. Dramaturgy credits at Actors include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and
Amy Wegener (The Thin Place) is the literary director at Actors Theatre, where she heads the literary department and coordinates the reading and selection process for the Humana Festival. In 18 seasons with Actors and four as literary
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manager at the Guthrie Theater, she has worked as a dramaturg on more than 100 productions and workshops of new plays and classics. Actors Theatre credits include Macbeth, Luna Gale and Long Day’s Journey into Night, as well as the Humana Festival premieres of Evocation to Visible Appearance, Marginal Loss, Cry it Out, Recent Alien Abductions, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, The Glory of the World, I Will Be Gone, The Grown-Up, Maple and Vine, Gnit, Eat Your Heart Out, The Veri**on Play and Elemeno Pea. She has co-edited 19 published anthologies and holds degrees from Princeton and Northwestern University.
CASTING Judy Bowman, CSA (The Corpse Washer) At Actors Theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2, O Guru Guru Guru…, Death Tax, The Hour of Feeling, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, BOB, dark play or stories for boys and Strike/Slip. Regional: Cry it Out (Studio Theatre D.C. and Dorset Theatre Festival), Native Gardens (MRT), The Invisible Hand (Cleveland Play House), Smart People (DCPA), Danai Gurira’s Familiar and The Convert (Woolly Mammoth) and several seasons for the Dorset Theatre Festival. NYC: The Net Will Appear (with Richard Masur), Greg Keller’s Dutch Masters (Partial Comfort/Andre Holland). TV/Film: Big Dogs (season 1), Separation, Block Island, Gold Star, Lost Cat Corona, Hurricane Bianca. Artios Award nomination for Best Webseries Casting. P.T. Barnum Award recipient. For more information, please visit judybowmancasting.com
Erican Jensen, Calleri Casting (Everybody Black) Regional Theatre Credits: Casting for Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, The Flea, Keen Company, The Playwrights Realm, Classic Stage Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, City Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons). Broadway Credits: Fool for Love, Hughie, The Elephant Man (also West End), Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Visit, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, Living on Love, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead. Off-Broadway Selected Credits: Buyer & Cellar, Murder for Two, All in the Timing, Passion, Lobby Hero, Fuerza Bruta, Silence! The Musical. Television Credits: The Path for Hulu, Army Wives, Lipstick Jungle, Monk, Hope & Faith, Ed. Film Credits: Lots of film including Mike Cahill’s Sundance winners Another Earth and I Origins. Additional Credits: Calleri Casting has been awarded 13 Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. They are a member of the Casting Society of America. For more information, please visit callericasting.com. Emily Tarquin (How to Defend Yourself) is the Artistic Producer at Actors Theatre. Their casting credits here also include Pipeline, God Said This, Dracula and A Christmas Carol. Prior to Actors, Tarquin was the Artistic Producer at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where she co-developed, produced and curated the non-traditional programming arm, Off-Center; was the in-house casting director; and produced the Colorado New Play Summit. They have also held the titles of Director of Theatre and New Works Festival Producer for the PerryMansfield Performing Arts School &
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Camp. Tarquin was part of the Innovation Lab and Continuing Innovation funding platforms from Doris Duke and coproduced the 16,000-sq. ft. immersive experience Sweet & Lucky by Third Rail Projects as part of The Wallace Foundation’s Build Audiences for Sustainability Grant.
Theatre/Fordham. Additional Credits: Sugar in Our Wounds readings with The Playwrights Realm and Manhattan Theatre Club, winner of Best Web Series at The DC Black Film Festival for Barely Adults, winner of Denzel Washington Scholarship and Department Honors in Theatre at Fordham.
Taylor Williams (The Thin Place) At Actors Theatre: Little Bunny Foo Foo. Williams has cast productions for Two River Theater, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arena Stage. She is currently the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop (recent credit: Slave Play) and Page 73 Productions (recent credit: Catch As Catch Can). Select Credits Include: Red Speedo (NYTW), Is God Is (Soho Rep.); An Octoroon (Soho Rep. and TFANA), Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape). Williams received her B.F.A. from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and she currently teaches Audition Technique at the Meisner Studio.
David Ball (Acting, Andy—How to Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Dracula, The Tens. Other Theatre: Hamlet (ensemble; performed in a barn in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) and Romeo & Juliet: a ShakesBEERience (Romeo; performed in a bar called the Way Station in Brooklyn) with Seven Stages Shakespeare Company; Constellations (Roland; performed with Namron Players at MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery in Norman, Oklahoma); 2016 acting apprenticeship and 2017 Professional Training Company internship at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Additional Credits: Ball received a B.F.A. in acting from the University of Oklahoma. He is an Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate and has an SAFD basic pass in single sword and an SAFD recommended pass in unarmed combat.
THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COMPANY Amber Avant (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Pipeline (u/s Nya); A Christmas Carol; The Tens; Same Time, Same Place; Solo Mio Round Two. Off-Broadway: Come Back Up with Sanguine Theatre Company. Web Series: Barely Adults with Crown Hill Productions. Select Theatre Credits: Orpheus in the Berkshires by Lucy Thurber at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Chinatown Soup; Tommy’s Girls, What You’ve Done and You Remind Me of You with Primary Stages/Fordham M.F.A.; What of the Night? with INTAR
Rachel Bischoff (Education) is a recent graduate of Centre College, where she received her bachelor of arts in English and dramatic arts. While at Centre, she acted in several shows, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Boeing Boeing, Moby Dick, Assassins and Proof. In addition to acting, she has worked in assistant stage management, directing and various production crews. In the spring of 2017, she studied abroad in London at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the American
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Theatre Arts program, in which she acted in the world premiere of the promenade show There’s a City in My Mind. Bischoff has served as a Resident Advisor for two years and a Co-Residential Supervisor for one year at the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, working with Kentucky high school students in arts education. She hopes to pursue work with students in the future and is so happy to join Actors Theatre for the 2018–2019 season! Silvia Daly Bond (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (Ms. Sullivan), A Christmas Carol (u/s Narrator, Mrs. Cratchit), And We’re Live (Roxane), The Tens. Other Theatre: Bright Star Touring Company (ensemble), The Seagull: Rehearsed (Masha), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta/Titania), Antigone (Messenger). Film Credits: Things Found on the Ground (Jane) and Dear Coward on the Moon (Selah) with Shaky Balloon Productions. Additional Credits: Bond received her B.F.A. in acting from University of WisconsinStevens Point. She is the winner and recipient of the Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Scholarship. Andie Burns (Stage Management) is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is a recent graduate of Millikin University. At Actors Theatre: The Electric Harvest, Solo Mio Round Three, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Santaland Diaries and Pipeline. Additional Credits: Millikin University Mainstage, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Corrected, Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre and Third Mask Theatre Company. Burns holds a bachelor of fine arts in stage management from Millikin University. 38
Kelly Carr (Development) is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English. During her time there, she was the Administrative Apprentice for the 2017 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and stage managed for Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s fall 2017 and spring 2018 tours of actors from the London stage (Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew, respectively). She also stage managed the joint production In Paradisum and The Pink Pope, two student-produced one-act plays, for Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre. Carr served as the music director for an all-female a cappella group and volunteers with Camp Kesem, a week-long summer camp for the children of cancer patients. Kayla Carroll (Properties) is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and holds a B.S. in theatrical design and production from the University of Indianapolis. As a member of the Professional Training Company, she has worked as the props master for each of the three rounds of Solo Mios, as well as on the New Play Project productions of The Electric Harvest, And We’re Live and Same Time, Same Place. In 2017, she completed a properties internship with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, during which she worked on several productions. Her professional credits include Scenic Artist for Fat Pig with Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project; Assistant Stage Manager for God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at the Phoenix Theatre; and Costume Designer for Prowess with the Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis. In June, she was awarded the Edie Whitsett Grant from the Society of Properties Artisan Managers.
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Laura Lee Caudill (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (u/s Mina), The Tens, The Electric Harvest and Solo Mio Round Two. Other Theatre: Lady Windermere’s Fan (Lady Agatha) and Room Service (Hilda) at Taproot Theatre Company; Measure for Measure (Isabella/ Pompey) at ACTLab; Go, Dog. Go! (Blue Dog) at Seattle Children’s Theatre directed by Steven Dietz; Twelfth Night and Pericles (Viola/Marina) at Greenstage—Backyard Bard; Threepenny Opera (ensemble) at A Noise Within; What of the Night? (Girl/Angel) at The Vagrancy. Additional Credits: Caudill is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California. To learn more, please visit lauraleecaudill.com.
Sharifa Elkady (Directing) At Actors Theatre: 3:59am, Same Time, Same Place, Wigging Out, Xiaoyan, Camp Dan, Simple and Postmistress. Other Theatre: In the Blood, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Fugue in a Nursery, Yellowman and The Vagina Monologues at their theatre company Sojourner Stage. Assistant directing credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Pirronne Yousefzadeh), The Santaland Diaries (Meredith McDonough), Dracula (Drew Fracher), The Royale (Sharon Graci), Straight White Men (Rodney Lee Rogers), The Call (Shirley Serotsky). Elkady graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and a minor in sociology.
Avery Deutsch (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Miss Forest/Marigold Fezziwig), Same Time, Same Place (The Bartender), The Tens and Solo Mio Round Two. Other Theatre: Cosmicomics, Noir Town! and Calamity’s End at The Flea; Lucky!, workshopped with The Orchard Project and performed at Dixon Place; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare on the Sound; Angela B Moon Landing at The PIT Loft; Still Life with Iris, Passion Play, Agamemnon and Three Bedrooms at Muhlenberg College. Additional Credits: Deutsch graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2016 with a bachelor of arts in theater and English. She has also trained at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, at Shakespeare and Company and with the Humanist project. She is a member of The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea. To learn more, please visit averydeutsch.com.
Rebby Yuer Foster (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (Bride). Other Theatre: The Wolves with Bellingham TheatreWorks; Come to the Table, Mike Pence with Shaking the Tree Theatre; Tartuffe, Appropriate, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Mad Forest and She Kills Monsters at the University of Portland; Self-Composed at Driftwood Theatre. Additional Credits: Foster is a graduate of the University of Portland, class of 2018, where she earned her B.A. in theatre and English literature. She studied at the Young Actors Professional Intensive at Studio East in 2014. She is from Mukilteo, Washington. Annalise Fosnight (Stage Management) is originally from Windham, New Hampshire. At Actors Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Christmas Carol, And We’re Live, Solo Mio Rounds Two and Three. Regional Theatre: Boston Opera Collaborative’s As One and Idomeneo; Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Evita, The
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Heart of Robin Hood. Other Theatre: She is a graduate of Suffolk University, where she earned a B.S. in stage management. Josh Fulton (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Pipeline (Ensemble, u/s Omari), A Christmas Carol (Topper, ensemble) and Dracula (u/s Briggs). Other Theatre: The Skin of Our Teeth, Force Continuum, The Luck of the Irish, The Mojo and the Sayso, The Nether and Bent at Fordham University (FCLC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Summit Rock and a reading of Death of the Republic, a new play by Craig Lucas. Web Series: Rachel Unraveled. Additional Credits: Fulton recently graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor of arts in theatre performance. He also studied abroad at the London Dramatic Academy in the fall of 2016. Lizzy Gordon (Stage Management) is originally from Reading, Massachusetts. At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Dracula, The Tens, Same Time, Same Place by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and Solo Mio Rounds One and Two. Other Theatre: Huntington Theatre Company’s Mala and Ripcord; ArtsEmerson’s Mala. She is a graduate of Emerson College, where she earned a B.F.A. in stage and production management. Ashley N. Hildreth (Acting, Everybody Black, We’ve Come to Believe) OffBroadway: This is Modern Art at New York Theatre Workshop (with Blessed Unrest). Off-Off-Broadway: Platonov at the New Ohio Theatre (with Blessed Unrest). Additional Credits: Hildreth is a 2017 graduate of Texas State University’s B.F.A. acting program. College credits include Intimate Apparel 40
(Esther), Ajax in Iraq (Mangus) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cobweb). Rasell Holt (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) Theatre credits include understudy work for A Christmas Carol and Pipeline at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Lookingglass Theatre Company, BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Miss Holmes at Lifeline Theatre. Holt has most recently been seen in Dracula at Actors Theatre, Seven Fights at The Neo-Futurists, Wit at The Hypocrites, The Hairy Ape with Oracle Productions and The American Revolution at Theatre Unspeakable. Film/Television Credits: Drive Slow by Terrence Thompson and Chicago P.D. on NBC. Em Hornbeck (Stage Management) Theatre Credits: The Tempest, Henry VI, Part 3, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Drilling Company (summer stock and outdoor drama); Cabaret, Fefu and Her Friends, No Exit and She Stoops to Conquer at Mount Holyoke College. Henrietta Key (Festival & Events Management) is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in theater with Highest Honors and minored in computer science. During her time at Oberlin College, she served as the Managing Assistant of the Theater Department, chaired the board of the Oberlin Student Theater Association, and received the James Stanton McLaughlin Memorial Prize for Excellence in Theater. Most recently, she spent the summer working in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other experiences include positions at the Ogunquit Playhouse, San Francisco
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Playhouse, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Jessica Land (Costumes) received her B.A. in theatre with a concentration in technical design from Muhlenberg College. At Actors Theatre: She has costume designed for the New Play Project productions of The Electric Harvest, And We’re Live and Same Time, Same Place, as well as all three rounds of Solo Mios. She has also worked as a stitcher in the costume shop and was a part of the wardrobe team for A Christmas Carol. Previously, she worked in costume construction and design at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Muhlenberg College. To learn more, please visit jessicalandcostume.wixsite.com/costume. Emma Leff (Education) is an educator, director and dramaturg originally from Chicago, Illinois. At Actors Theatre, she served as a dramaturg in Solo Mio Round Two and assistant director for The Tens. Previously, Leff directed A Girl’s Life and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek; devised Careful, Now; and served as a dramaturg for Hot ’N Throbbing and this will change at Hampshire College. She was also an Education Intern at Steppenwolf Theatre, worked with foster and adoptive youth in creative arts programming, and served as a Faculty Associate for the National High School Institute Theatre Arts Division (Cherubs), where she also assistant directed Stupid Fucking Bird. Leff holds a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she focused on youth studies and theatre. Emma Maltby (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (u/s The Brides), The Tens, The Electric
Harvest and Solo Mio Round Two. Regional Theatre: The Wolves at Goodman Theatre. Other Theatre: Clearing at Commission Theatre; I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile and Circle Mirror Transformation at Redtwist Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull, Suburbia, Rumors and Macbeth, among others, at the University of Chicago. Additional Credits: Maltby graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in theatre and English language and literature. Maltby has also trained at Maggie Flanigan Studio, Black Box Acting and Stella Adler Studio. Emily Moler (Directing) At Actors Theatre: Coffee Break, And We’re Live, The Patriot, White Noise, How Revealing and MINUTES_12/2/08.doc. New York Theatre: LG: A Love Letter to Summer Jobs at The PIT, Chamber Music (self-produced), Untitled American Flag Craft Project and Good Cry at The Brick, Queen of Sock Pairing at The Tank and The Troll King at Pipeline Theatre Company. Recent assistant and associate directing credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Meredith McDonough), Peace for Mary Frances (Lila Neugebauer) and Beardo and Boner Killer (Ellie Heyman). Moler has also developed new work with Joe’s Pub, The New Group, The PIT, The Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, Heartbeat Opera, the TEAM, 3-Legged Dog, The Duplex and Dixon Place. Moler is a graduate of Skidmore College, where she earned her B.S. in directing and art history. Laura Mullaney (Communications) is a New Jersey native and a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she received her bachelor of arts in theatre and English.
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Previously, she has worked for the OffBroadway Oral History Project at Primary Stages in New York City. Laura has also worked for American Theatre magazine at Theatre Communications Group, where her articles were published online and in print. Her work has also been featured in Limelight, the newsletter for Actors Theatre. Onstage, she has performed regionally at The Powerhouse Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage Company, Civic Theatre of Allentown and at Muhlenberg College. In the spring of 2016, Laura studied physical theatre abroad at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Kevin O’Connell (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) is thrilled to be working with the Professional Training Company. At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol (u/s), Dracula, The Tens and And We’re Live. Other Credits: Chicago, Illinois: The Neighborhood’s productions of Vigils and Ivanov!, Random Acts’ productions of The Bone House and Strangest Things: The Musical. O’Connell has also starred in Arthur Uhlrich’s web series Savance. Jonathan Moises Olivares (Acting, Eggo—How to Defend Yourself, We’ve Come to Believe) is a SalvadoranAmerican actor from North Carolina. At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Dracula (Briggs); Same Time, Same Place; The Tens; Solo Mio Round Two. Regional Theatre: PlayMakers Repertory Company, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Peppercorn Theatre. Educational Theatre: Olivares’ original play Trial 9 was performed in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s inaugural “Making Tracks” series. In the Heights with Pauper Players, Ordinary Days with Company Carolina. Additional Credits: Olivares is a recent graduate from the University of 42
North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied theatre and journalism. He also attended NC School of the Arts’ High School Program for Acting. Ben Otten (Company and Artistic Management) is a proud Louisville native. This season at Actors, he worked with the Artistic Department on all shows in the Brown-Forman Series and Humana Festival. Previously, he was a Company intern for AthensWest Theatre Company in Lexington, Kentucky, and a Company Management intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. College credits include stage management, producing and marketing for a variety of productions. He holds a B.A. in arts administration with minors in theatre and business from the University of Kentucky. Ash Patlan (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol, The Tens, And We’re Live (world premiere) and Solo Mio Round Two. Regional Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (regional premiere) at Pioneer Theatre Company. Other Theatre: The Two Noble Kinsmen (as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Series); Up, Arcadia, The Three Sisters and As You Like It at the University of Utah. Additional Credits: Patlan is a recent graduate of the Actor Training Program at The University of Utah (B.F.A.). She served as an apprentice for Pioneer Theatre Company in the fall of 2017. Kayla Peters (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: Dracula (Mina and u/s Lucy); The Tens; Same Time, Same Place (Kate); Solo Mio Round One. Other Theatre: Thomas Tallis with Orchard
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Theater Collective; Sam’s Son with Bucket Brigade Theater; Pippin with Lundeen Productions; bare: a pop opera and Rock of Ages with The Duluth Playhouse; Spoon River at the Conservatoire de Lyon in Lyon, France; various productions with the University of Minnesota Duluth. Additional Credits: Peters has studied with dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth B.F.A. Musical Theatre Program. Alonna Ray (Dramaturgy/Literary Management) is a writer and dramaturg from north Texas. At Actors Theatre: The Tens; Solo Mio Rounds One, Two and Three; And We’re Live; assistant dramaturg for Pipeline and The Electric Harvest. Other Theatre: Production dramaturg for Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, The Liar, Life Is a Dream, Mary Stuart and Measure for Measure at the University of Dallas, where she also created a biannual dramaturgical publication called OnStage Magazine. She holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in French and comparative literary traditions with a concentration in drama from the University of Dallas. Rebecca Redman (Producing and Casting Management) is originally from Santa Monica, California. This year, she lead produced the entire 2018 Professional Training Company fall season at Actors Theatre and assisted on all the Brown-Forman Series shows. Prior to this, she was most recently part of the artistic team at Baltimore Center Stage, assisting to produce and cast the 2017–18 Mainstage and Third Space shows. Redman has spent time working at a high-profile New York talent agency while freelance producing, directing and acting in New York City. Redman holds a
B.F.A. from the University of the Arts and a diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Angelica Santiago (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: The Tens, Vampire Bride in Dracula, Emma in The Electric Harvest and Belle (u/s) in A Christmas Carol. Other Theatre: Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, Mamillius in The Winter’s Tale, Carolyn in Jon and Leda in 99 Ways to F*** a Swan. She received her B.F.A. in acting from Montclair State University. Brett Schultz (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Young Ebenezer), Dracula (u/s Dr. Seward/Monster), The Tens, And We’re Live by Mara Nelson-Greenberg. Other Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher (Captain Scott), Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Orpheus), The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter). Film: The Convergence Series; Student Life. Julian Socha (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Dracula. Other Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Dallas; Henry VI and The Comedy of Errors (u/s) at Great River Shakespeare Festival; We Are Proud to Present … , Shakespeare’s Other Women and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the University of Oklahoma. Additional Credits: Socha recently received his B.F.A. in acting from the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama and has served as an apprentice at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Seun Soyemi (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Atlanta, Ga. At Actors Theatre:
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Tens, I AM NOT YOUR TEACHER as part of Solo Mio Round Two and the world premiere of Same Time, Same Place by Tasha Gordon-Solmon. Other Theatre: King in Love’s Labour’s Lost with Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Nathan in the world premiere of Ontario Was Here at Aurora Theatre, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) at Actor’s Express, Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (nominated for the BWDA for Best Actor) and A Raisin in the Sun at Dallas Theater Center. Russell Sperberg (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol, The Tens, Solo Mio Round Three. Regional Theatre: The Servant of Two Masters, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Ultralight at Opera House Arts. New York Theatre: Versailles 2016, Given The Present… with En Garde Arts; This Is Not A Subway Ride with This Is Not A Theater Company; R&J&Z with Hard Sparks; Chamber Music (produced by Emily Moler); Orphans & Outsiders with The Araca Project; Punk As F*** with Everyday Inferno. Web Series: Occupy Elm Street, Curmudgeons, Otters and Sessions’ Last Stand. Additional Credits: Sperberg has performed in workshops/readings with New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, The Tank, The PIT and The Bushwick Starr. He is a graduate of Whitman College and the BritishAmerican Drama Academy. Charlotte Stephens (Marketing) is a graduate of Transylvania University, where she received her B.A. in theater and writing, rhetoric, & communication. In college, she performed in Much Ado About 44
Nothing, Dying City, She Kills Monsters and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. She received the University’s prestigious Kenan Grant to pursue dramaturgical research for a professional production of Ghost-Writer at the Commonweal Theatre, directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon. Stephens has served as the marketing manager for the Professional Training Company’s 2018–2019 season. She is from Sewanee, Tennessee. Petra Stoppel (Scenic Painting) received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in visual art and history. At Actors Theatre: Scenic designer for The Tens, scenic painter for Dracula, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Doll’s House, Part 2. Other Theatre: Scenic Designer for Nine Parts of Desire and the Senior Performance Series at Dungeon Theatre at Kalamazoo College; The Little Mermaid and Letters for the Performing Arts Center of Grosse Pointe, where she was also the Scenic Charge. Reagan Stovenour (Acting, We’ve Come to Believe) graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2018 with a B.A. in theatre and a minor in performing arts administration. At Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Grigsby/Cook), The Tens, world premiere of Same Time, Same Place by Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Rayna), Dracula (u/s Ms. Sullivan). Other Theatre: Our Town (Mrs. Webb), BOB: A Life in Five Acts (Chorus Three), 9 to 5 (Roz), The Yellow Boat (Mother). She also coproduced the Plays in a Day Festival for three semesters at her university and is proud to say she assisted in the creation and production of 20 new plays written by her peers.
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Seth Torres (Lighting) is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in psychology. At Actors Theatre: The Tens, The Electric Harvest, And We’re Live, Same Time, Same Place and Solo Mio Rounds One, Two and Three. Other Theatre: Directors’ Haven at Haven Theatre; My Fair Lady, Fair Game and The Grumpiest Boy in the World produced by Northwestern University. To learn more, please visit sethctorres.wixsite.com/lightingdesign. Bryn Weiler (Production Management) is originally from Massachusetts and holds a B.A. in theater and French from Oberlin College. At Actors Theatre: She was the Production Manager for The Electric Harvest by A. Rey Pamatmat, And We’re Live by Mara Nelson-Greenberg and Same Time, Same Place by Tasha GordonSolmon, as well as for the Solo Mios and the PTC Tens. Additional Credits: She spent last summer in the production office at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center working on the Puppetry, Playwrights, Music Theater and Cabaret Conferences. College credits include production management, stage management and scenic art credits for productions such as Angels in America (Parts One and Two), The Bluest Eye and Spring Awakening.
Cheyenne S. Zuck (Sound) is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received her B.A. in theatre arts and ancient Greek language with Honors from Wake Forest University. She is also an alumna of CUNY’s Latin/Greek Institute. At Actors Theatre: The Electric Harvest*, And We’re Live*, Same Time, Same Place* and The Tens. Other Theatre: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs* and Lucia di Lammermoor at The Santa Fe Opera; Spring Awakening, Far Away, A Bright Room Called Day, She Kills Monsters, Macbeth and Honk! Jr. at Wake Forest University. (*World Premiere) Awards: Jonathan Christman “Hugo” Design Award (2018), Presidential Scholar for Distinguished Achievement in Theatre (2014-18) at Wake Forest University; Honorable Mention for Sound Design of She Kills Monsters (Mobile, 2018) at the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Susan Yassky (Dramaturgy/Literary Management) is a playwright and dramaturg from New York City. At Actors Theatre: The Tens; Solo Mio Rounds One, Two and Three; Same Time, Same Place; assistant dramaturg for A Doll’s House, Part 2 and The Electric Harvest. Yassky has interned in the literary departments of Vineyard Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The York Theatre Company. She received her B.A. in theater studies and humanities from Yale University. A U D I E N C E
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Silvia Daly Bond Acting
Laura Lee Caudill
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Ashley N. Hildreth
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Cheyenne S. Zuck
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HUMANA FESTIVAL EVENTS There are many events throughout the Festival that vary from panel conversations to receptions. All events listed below are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
COLLEGE DAYS KEYNOTE ADDRESS: IDRIS GOODWIN HUNGRY NEVER STARVING: Strategies on how to maneuver and sustain a life in the performing arts. Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. • Pamela Brown Auditorium Join Playwright, Artistic Director, Break Beat Poet, Humana Alum and ATL friend of the family Idris Goodwin for a series of anecdotes and lessons learned from his 20 years in the trenches of Theatre, Hip Hop, and everywhere in between. This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.
COLLEGE DAYS PANEL CONVERSATION The Board: Supporting and Shaping American Theatre Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. • Pamela Brown Auditorium Artistic and Managing Directors at non-profit theatres report to a Board of Directors. But who are these folks behind the curtain? And how do their decisions affect the theatre? Join us as members of Actors’ staff and Board of Directors discuss the role of the Board in shaping the theatre. This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.
OVATION HAPPY HOUR Friday, March 29 at 6:15 p.m. • Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby This welcome reception is a great time to meet your fellow Festival attendees while enjoying food, drink and live music.
RISE UP: CREATING THEATRE FOR THE MOMENT Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. • Pamela Brown Auditorium How do we use theatre to inspire, provoke, and contribute to a social or political cause? Hear from a panel of activist theatremakers as they offer insight into what it means to make brave art in tumultuous times. This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.
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HUMANA FESTIVAL EVENTS OVATION CELEBRATION Saturday, March 30 at 10 p.m. • Actors Theatre Lobbies This post-show celebration is the perfect time to chat with friends, meet new colleagues, and toast the exciting lineup of new plays.
ENCORE COCKTAIL MIXER Thursday, April 4 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Join this year’s company of artists and creative teams to celebrate the Humana Festival. This event is for weekend package attendees and local guests. Registration for local guests is requested. Please contact Matthew Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.584.1265 x3085.
SHARE THE SPARK Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m. • Pamela Brown Auditorium Join this thought-provoking new program where theatre professionals from around the country share their visions for the American theatre through fast-paced TED-style talks and conversations. This event is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.
OVATION HAPPY HOUR Friday, April 5 at 6:15 p.m. • Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby Meet your fellow Festival attendees while enjoying food, drink, and live music.
STEINBERG/ATCA AWARDS AND CLOSING CELEBRATION Saturday, April 6 at 9 p.m. Celebrate outstanding new plays with the New Play Awards from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), recognizing new work that premiered professionally outside of New York City last year. The festivities continue with a look back at this year’s Humana Festival and a toast to new works across the country! Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to purchase your ticket for this event.
ENCORE BASH Saturday, April 6 at 10 p.m. • Actors Theatre Lobbies Join us in our lobby spaces for an evening of food and drink as we celebrate the closing of the Festival and Actors Theatre’s Season. Come as you are or dressed to impress; either way, we are ecstatic to share this with our extended theatre family! A U D I E N C E
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EXECUTIVE OFFICER Kevin E. Moore Managing Director Moore joined Actors Theatre as Managing Director in July 2016. Previously, he had been the Managing Director of Theatre Communications Group since 2010. Prior to joining TCG, Moore was with Arizona Theatre Company, where he worked for ten years in various capacities, ultimately serving as Managing Director. In addition to Arizona Theatre Company, Moore is also a founding board member and former Board President for Alliance for Audience/ShowUp.com in Phoenix, a service organization for the arts in the
Valley. Moore has also served on panels for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and has served on several planning committees for bi-annual meetings for the League of Resident Theatres. Moore has also served on the negotiating committee for contract negotiations between the League of Resident Theatres and United Scenic Artists, and has been on the Executive Committee for the League of Resident Theatres. He served on the inaugural board of the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Moore is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Alejandro Alvarez John Bajandas Adam Beam Turney Berry Neville Blakemore III William W. Crawford Jr. Angie Evans Kirsten Ford Layla George
Lena Hamel Barbara W. Juckett Christopher Kay Stewart Lussky Jennifer Mackin Caroline Martinson † Theresa Reno-Weber Theodore S. Rosky ‡ Marsha Beck Roth ‡
Bob Saunders † John E. Selent Seema Sheth Wendy Sirchio Allan Tasman, MD ‡ Robbie Tindall
John J. Buchino, MD Mary Beth Clark Irwin H. Cutler, Jr. Gayle S. Dorsey Jane Driskell Douglass Farnsley Mrs. Harry S. Frazier, Jr. Clarence E. Glover Jack Guthrie
Ian Y. Henderson Frank B. Hower, Jr. Christine Johnson David M. Krebs Eleanor Bingham Miller Steven J. Paradis Donna King Perry Benjamin K. Richmond Donna Burks Sanders
Rev. Alfred R. Shands W. Kennedy Simpson Kathi Stearman Sherry Steinbock William M. Street Amanda Foard Tyler Ann C. Wells Jessica White
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ADVISORY COUNCIL Carolee Allen James B. Appleberry Lynn Ashton Irving W. Bailey Stanley Bayersdorfer Karen Bearden Winfrey Blackburn, Jr. Neville Blakemore, Jr. Cornelia W. Bonnie
ACTORS ASSOCIATES BOARD President Caroline Martinson Immediate Past President Mary Korfhage, PhD Financial Secretary Bill Bolte Treasurer Doris Elder
Vice President for Hospitality Dana Cooley
Board Members Linda Cauble Elizabeth Cooley
LEGACY CIRCLE The Legacy Circle recognizes individuals who have made arrangements to support Actors Theatre in their estate plans. Anonymous Michael and Rachel Adkins Bryan R. Armstrong, Esq. Nancy L. Doctor Peter M. and Sarah D. Fuller
Todd P. Lowe and Frances C. Ratterman Robert T. and Eleanor N. Maddox Miriam Spectre Marcus and Jerome H. Kauper Rose Mary Rommel Toebbe
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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Actors Theatre of Louisville with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Actors Theatre of Louisville.
T E A C H E R A D V I S O RY C O M M I T T E E Jenni Aberli, JCPS Literacy Specialist; Faith Anderson, Ballard High; Katie Blackerby Weible, YPAS; Brent Braun, Pleasure Ridge Park High; Judy Chandler, Bullitt County; Terrilyn Flemming, The Brown School; Kevin Gose, Valley High School; Amy Harpenau, New Albany High; Tom Hayes, Bardstown High; Kyrstin Price, KY School for the Blind; Kim Joiner, Noe Middle; Georgette Kleier, YPAS; Alison Lambert, Oldham County High; Tiffany LaVoie, Western Visual and Performing Arts Middle School; Amanda McFarland-Smith, Southern High; Patti Miller, Jeffersonville High; Kate Nitzken, Louisville Archdiocese; Steven Rahe, Western Visual and Performing Arts Middle School; Hannegan Roseberry, Community Montessori; Amanda Simmons, Mercy High; Patti Slagle, Louisville Writing Project; Tiffany Smith, Eastern High; Shelby Steege, Atherton High School; Robbie Steiner, Floyd Central High; Frank Ward, Trinity High; KeNiesha Zell, Jeffersonville High; Amy Zuccaro, Trinity High. A U D I E N C E
Theatre Forward advances the American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Theatre Forward and our theatres are most grateful to the following funders: THEATRE EXECUTIVES ($50,000-$99,000) Bank of America* The Schloss Family Foundation♦ Wells Fargo*♦ BENEFACTORS ($25,000-$49,999) Buford Alexander and Pamela Farr*♦ BNY Mellon Steven & Joy Bunson*♦ Citi DeWitt Stern* Goldman, Sachs & Co. MetLife Morgan Stanley James S. & Lynne Turley*♦ Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP* PACESETTERS ($15,000‑$24,999) American Express* Bloomberg Cisco Systems, Inc.* The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. EY* Alan & Jennifer Freedman*♦
Frank & Bonnie Orlowski*♦ Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts♦ Pfizer, Inc. Southwest Airlines♦† Theatermania/Gretchen Shugart*♦ George S. Smith, Jr.*♦ UBS DONORS ($10,000‑$14,999) Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Epiq Systems* Karen A. & Kevin W. Kennedy Foundation Lisa Orberg♦ Presidio* Thomas C. Quick* RBC Wealth Management♦ Daniel A. Simkowitz*♦ S&P Global TD Charitable Foundation♦ Isabelle Winkles*♦ SUPPORTERS ($2,500‑$9,999) Mitchell J. Auslander*♦
Disney/ABC Television Group* Paula A. Dominick*♦ Dorfman and Kaish Family Foundation, Inc. ♦ Dramatists Play Service, Inc.* Kevin & Anne Driscoll John R. Dutt*♦ Bruce R. and Tracey Ewing*♦ Jessica Farr* Mason & Kim Granger*♦ Brian J. Harkins*♦ Gregory S. Hurst*♦ Howard and Janet Kagan♦ Joseph F. Kirk*♦ John R. Mathena *♦ Ogilvy & Mather† Jonathan Maurer and Gretchen Shugart*♦ Dina Merril & Ted Hartley* Newmark Holdings* Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. * John Thomopoulos*♦ Evelyn Mack Truitt* Leslie C. & Regina Quick Charitable Trust As of August 2017
* Theatre Forward/DeWitt Stern Fund for New American Theatre † Includes In-kind support ♦ Educating through Theatre Support Theatre Forward supporters are former supporters of National Corporate Theatre Fund and Impact Creativity. For a complete list of funders visit theatreforward.org.
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Jonathan and Julie Roberts Kris and Wendy Sirchio Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Tindall Linda and Chris Valentine Dramaturg Circle Jesse and Kim Adams Keith Auerbach, M.D. Sarah and Campbell Brown Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Callen Layla George and Mike Clark Ken and Carolle Jones Clay Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson Michael and Gina Del Negro Nancy L. Doctor Mr. and Ms. Donald Finney Jan M. Grayson Habdank Foundation Ken and Judy Handmaker Tanya Carrico and John Higgins Paul and Tracy Klein Ms. Stewart Lussky and Mr. Bob Jones Holland and Sherry McTyeire Madelyn Buzzard Mees Susan S. and Robert H. Means Rick and Becky Reed Matt and Cindy Schwartz Ken and Anne Selvaggi John L. Tate and Phyllis McMurryTate In Memory of Joyce Price Trimble David and Melissa Weedman Jane Welch Will and Becky West Phoebe A. Wood Stage Manager Anonymous (2) Michael Alt Mr. and Mrs. Jon P. Arnold Rita Jane Bell Sharon and Stephen Berger Neville Blakemore, Jr. and Gray Henry Maggie Brandt and Bert Lyons Norma B. Braver Tom and Sylvia Brite Dr. and Mrs. John J. Buchino William Burbank John Burger Ms. Kathleen Chalfant Ms. Erika Chavez-Graziano Dr. Phil Cochran and Ms. Marie B. Hertzman-Cochran Larry and Nicole Combs Mr. Curtis R. Conlin and Mr. Chris Welsh Terry Conway Kevin and Mera Cossey Corlett Brad Asher and Susan Coventry Irwin and Carol Cutler In Memory of Catherine Davidson A U D I E N C E
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T H E AT R E S TA F F MANAGING DIRECTOR, KEVIN E. MOORE ARTISTIC Artistic Producer.................................... Emily Tarquin Artistic Manager.......................Zachary Meicher-Buzzi Company Manager.........................................Dot King Literary Director...................................................Amy Wegener Literary Manager..............................Jenni Page-White Resident Dramaturg.......... Hannah Rae Montgomery Literary Associate..................................... Jessica Reese Education Director....................................................Jane B. Jones Education Associate.................... Janelle Renee Dunn, Abigail Miskowiec Teaching Artists................... Liz Fentress, Keith McGill, Talleri McRae, Letitia Usher ADMINISTRATION General Manager..............................Jeffrey S. Rodgers Human Resources Manager........................ Marie Tull Systems Manager......................................Dottie Krebs Executive Assistant............................ Norman P. Dixon Administrative Services Coordinator................................... Bianca Unzueta AUDIENCE SERVICES & SALES Ticket Sales Director............................ Kim McKercher Season Tickets Manager......................... Julie Gallegos Patron Services Managers......................... Steve Clark, Kristy Kannapell Patron Services Associates................... LaShana Avery, Sophia Bierman, Kristine Farley, Marty Huelsmann, Tyler Walls Volunteer and Audience Relations Director............................................... Allison Hammons Lobby Manager.........................................Tiffany Walton House Managers.................Tiffany Bush,Elizabeth Cooley, Jordan Kelch, Stephen Minotti, Abigail Rogers, Bryn Weiler Audience Services Associates.........Kelly Carr, Matt Dalton, Hillary Jones, Rebecca Redman DEVELOPMENT Interim Director of Development........... Carrie Syberg Director of Individual Giving..............Katherine Lander Grants Manager........................................Allie Summers Development Coordinator.................Matthew Brown FINANCE Director.....................................................Peggy Shake Accounting Coordinator............................ Jason Acree Accounting Assistant........................ Christine England MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Director.....................................................Steve Knight Marketing Manager................................Melissa Hines Festival & Events Manager......................Erin Meiman Public Relations Manager...........Elizabeth Greenfield Graphic Designer................................Mary Kate Zihar Assistant Graphic Designer............ Sheyenne Santiago Group Sales Manager................................Sarah Peters Outbound Customer Service Representative...................David Meredith
OPERATIONS Director of Operations........................... Carlo Stallings Operations Manager.................................... Barry Witt Building Services Supervisor...................Ricky Baldon Building Services......................................... Deonta Burns, Kevin Burns, Michael Sweatmon, Cedrick Yelder PRODUCTION Production Manager.................................Paul Werner Associate Production Manager................................... Michael DeWhatley Production Stage Manager............. Paul Mills Holmes Resident Stage Managers.................. Stephen Horton, Jessica Kay Potter Resident Production Assistants.....................Margaret Rial, Katherine Thesing Scenic Technical Director............................... Justin Hagovsky Associate Technical Director................Braden Blauser Scenic Charge Artist............................Rachael Claxton Scene Shop Manager................... Javan Roy-Bachman Master Carpenter.........................................Alexia Hall Scenic Carpenters...............................Hannah Allgeier, Josh Blum, Daniel Cutler, Brooke McPherson, Pierre Vendette, Kasey Williams Assistant Scenic Charge........................... Colleen Doty Deck Carpenters.....................................Gracie Lawson Costumes Costume Director........................................ Mike Floyd Crafts Master.......................................... Shari Cochran Draper/Tailor............................................. Jeffery Park First Hands.............. Rachel Gregory, Natalie Maynard Stitchers.............. Faith Brown, Christina Marcantonio Costume Design Assistants.................... Isabel Martin, Isabelle Tabet Wig Supervisor.....................................Katherine Ward Wig and Makeup Assistant................. Rebecca Traylor Wardrobe Manager.................................... Anna Jenny Wardrobe Assistant..................................Chloe Hixson Wardrobe Technician..................................... Katy Vest Lighting Supervisor.............................................Jason E. Weber Associate Lighting Supervisor.................. Dani Clifford Electrics Shop Manager.........................Steve Burdsall Lead Lighting Technician..................... Wylder Cooper Lighting Technician............Will Blair.Lindsay Krupski, Tyler Warner, Steven Youk Sound Supervisor................................................... Paul Doyle Assistant Sound Supervisor............... Lindsay Burdsall Sound Technicians..................................Marion Ayers, Victoria Campbell Properties Director...................................................Mark Walston Associate Properties Master................ Heather Lindert Assistant Properties Master................ Katelin Ashcraft Carpenter Artisan....................................Ryan Bennett Soft Goods Artisan................................Jessie Combest Properties Artisan................................Connor Oâ€™Leary Video Media Technologist............................... Philip Allgeier
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T H E AT R E S TA F F PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COMPANY Director................................... Christine Albright-Tufts Artistic Coordinator................................ Jonathan Ruiz Acting............................................................................ Amber Avant, David Ball, Silvia Daly Bond, Laura Lee Caudill, Avery Deutsch, Rebby Yuer Foster, Josh Fulton, Ashley N. Hildreth, Rasell Holt, Emma Maltby, Kevin O’Connell, Jonathan Moises Olivares, Ashley K. Patlan, Kayla Peters, Angelica Santiago, Brett Daniel Schultz, Julian Socha, Seun Soyemi, Russell Sperberg, Reagan Stovenour Communications....................................Laura Mullaney Company & Artistic Management..................Ben Otten Costumes......................................................Jessica Land Development....................................................Kelly Carr Directing............................. Shanfa Elkady, Emily Moler Dramaturgy/Literary Management...........Alonna Ray, Susan Yassky Education/Teaching Artist..................... Rachel Bischoff, Emma Leff Festival & Events Management................Henrietta Key Lighting.......................................................... Seth Torres Marketing.......................................... Charlotte Stephens Producing & Casting Management..................................Rebecca Redman
Production Management............................. Bryn Weiler Properties....................................................Kayla Carroll Scenic Painting.......................................... Petra Stoppel Sound.................................................. Cheyenne S. Zuck Stage Management.................................... Andie Burns, Annalise Fosnight, Elizabeth Gordon, Em Hornbeck USHER CAPTAINS Dolly Adams, Shirley Adkins, Marie Allen, Terryl Allen, Katherine Austin, Libba & Chuck Bonifer, Tanya Briley, Judy Buckler, Brenda Cease, Maleva Chamberlain, Donna Conlon, Terry Conway, Laurie Eiden, Doris Elder, Joyce French, Carol Halbleib, LuAnn & Tom Hayes, Candace Jaworski, Holly Kissel, Yvonne Mead, Barbara Nichols, Teresa Nusz, Dalen Payton, Beth Phipps, Nancy Rankin, Tim Unruh, Peyton Weibe ACTORS THEATRE’S COMPANY DOCTOR Dr. Andrew Mickler, F.A.C.S. Members of the Professional Training Company receive additional training at the Louisville Ballet School.
Actors Theatre of Louisville was founded in 1964 by Richard Block in association with Ewel Cornett. Jon Jory was Producing Director from 1969 to 2000. Alexander Speer was Executive Director from 1965 to 2006.
ARTISTS UNDER COMMISSION In addition to reading script submissions from around the country, Actors Theatre of Louisville builds relationships with playwrights and encourages the creation of new work by commissioning plays from artists whom we admire. A new play commission engages a writer to pen a piece specifically for Actors Theatre of Louisville and allows us to support the work’s development from the earliest stages of inspiration onward. Some notable past full-length plays commissioned by Actors Theatre and produced in the Humana Festival of New American Plays include The Christians by Lucas Hnath, Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Sarah Ruhl, Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo, Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison (co-commission with Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Big Love and The Glory of the World by Charles Mee, and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies (winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
COMMISSIONED WRITERS CURRENTLY INCLUDE: Jeff Augustin Jackie Sibblies Drury Tasha Gordon-Solmon
Sarah Gubbins Rajiv Joseph & Bill Sherman Basil Kreimendahl
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Mara Nelson-Greenberg A. Rey Pamatmat
SERVICES & AMENITIES TICKET INFORMATION Box Office Hours (During Performances) Subject to change. Monday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Order by phone (502) 584-1205 ■ 1-800-4ATL-TIX Phone orders are subject to a $3 per ticket processing fee. All orders subject to a $2 per ticket Historic Landmark Fee. Online fees vary, based on ticket cost. Order Online: ActorsTheatre.org Address: 316 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202-4218 USA SPECIAL OFFERS Season Ticket Packages A range of ticket packages are available, including incredible benefits. Call our Box Office for options or visit ActorsTheatre.org/SeasonTickets. Groups Discounts ranging from 5% to 20% are available to groups of ten or more. Call (502) 585-1210 for details. Ages 60+, Military, Students and Patrons with Disabilities 60+, military, students (full-time with valid ID) and patrons with disabilities receive 10% off single tickets. Day of Performance: Patrons with disabilities and students $24. Gift Certificates Perfect for all occasions, gift certificates are available in any amount and can be purchased at the Box Office or online at actorstheatre.org. Ticket Exchange Ticket holders may exchange their tickets either by phone or in person. As soon as possible after exchange needs are known, please call or visit our Box Office to make arrangements. Ticket exchanges may be made until 5 p.m. the day of the date on the tickets or one hour in advance of a matinee—only for another performance of the same play. Upgrade fees may apply. PLEASE NOTE Ticket discounts subject to availability, cannot be combined with other discounts, and are not valid on previously purchased tickets. Historic Landmark and phone fees apply. Not valid during blackout performances. Seating restrictions may apply. Visit ActorsTheatre.org/TicketOptions for more information. GALLERY HOURS (During Performances) Tuesday - Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Closed Mondays and non-performance days
FOOD & BEVERAGE Food is not permitted in the theatre. Beverage Service Beverage service is available on the Mezzanine Level Tuesday–Sunday, one hour before all shows and at intermission. Post-performance beverage service is available at MilkWood. Beverages can be pre-purchased for intermission at the Mezzanine bar before all performances. MilkWood Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5:30 p.m. MilkWood, a restaurant operated by Chef Edward Lee, is located on the lower level of Actors Theatre. Food is available at the bar in the restaurant without reservations; however, reservations are recommended for table service. For reservations, please call (502) 584-MILK (6455) or visit MilkwoodRestaurant.com. LATE ARRIVAL POLICY Late Seating in the Pamela Brown Auditorium or the Bingham Theatre is at the discretion of the House Manager, who can be located in the lobbies upon your arrival. Due to the intimate nature of the Victor Jory Theatre, latecomers will not be seated. PARKING Accessible parking is available on the Mezzanine Level of the Actors parking garage and on the Ground Floor Level for vans. There are additional marked spaces next to the Main Street elevators on Levels 3 through 6. The Actors parking garage elevators, located along Main Street, provide direct access to theatre lobbies. For information on discount parking for theatre events or traffic updates and alerts, please visit our website at ActorsTheatre.org or contact our Box Office at 502.584.1205. EMERGENCY PROCEDURE In the event of a fire, a severe storm or an earthquake, you will be instructed by an announcement from the stage indicating the best method of exit. Please notice the multiple red exit signs in the theatre. For your safety, please exit in a calm and orderly manner. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Please silence your phone or watch alarm so it will not disrupt the performance. Use of cellular phones, pagers, cameras, recording devices or any device that will light up the rows behind you are strictly prohibited in the auditorium. If you feel you may need to be contacted in case of an emergency, check your phone or pager with the house manager. The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited. NO FIREARMS Firearms are strictly prohibited on these premises. CHILDREN
Children under age four are not permitted unless the production specifically appeals to very young children. All children attending an event, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Because it can be distracting to others in the theatre, if your child is disruptive or excessively restless, you may be asked to step outside.
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SERVICES & AMENITIES NO SMOKING
No smoking of any kind is permitted within the facility.
Accessible ramps, elevators, parking, restrooms, water fountains and wheelchair seating are available for patrons with disabilities. Booster seats are available for check-out at Coat Check with a refundable deposit. Parking is located on levels M and 3â€“6 of the garage. Accessible restrooms are located on the first floor and Mezzanine Level.
All theatres are equipped with an FM wireless system for hearing enhancement. Lightweight receivers with earphones or magnetic induction loops are available free of charge, with a refundable deposit, at Coat Check.
Selected performances, generally during a weekend matinee, are audio described for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Describers provide a live, objective, and descriptive delivery of the visual elements of the performance in between the dialogue. A schedule is available at the Box Office. Provided by The Kentucky Center.
Caption Theatre is provided for selected performances for patrons who have hearing loss and may not benefit from hearing amplification. The audible elements are shown on an LED sign, in real time, as each line is spoken or sung. Reservations for this service should be made at the time of ticket purchase to ensure the best seating for this service. Provided by The Kentucky Center.
Sensory-friendly items such as noise-reducing headphones, fidgets and stress balls are available for check-out at Coat Check with a refundable deposit.
Large-print programs are available at the entrance to all theatres on both levels.
Volunteer opportunities are available as a member of Actors Associates or the Usher Corps. Call (502) 584-1265 or visit actorstheatre.org/participate.
Looking for a unique space to hold an event? Actors Theatre boasts a variety of different spaces for events ranging from meetings to conferences. Call (502) 584-1265 for details.
Backstage Tours arranged by advance request. Call (502) 584-1265.
All programs, activities and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. 62
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