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Ron Wilson is the Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. For the program, audiences have seen his directorial work in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Cloud 9, Arcadia, The Little Foxes, Hurlyburly, Bus Stop, and The Real Inspector Hound. Selected directing credits outside of Cleveland include: Comedy of Errors, Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Triumph of Love, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; and the world premiere of Comp, Boston’s Playwright’s Stage. He has also directed numerous musicals and operas.
Playwright credits include: The Last Days of Route 66, The Next Stage Festival of New Plays at Cleveland Play House and the Hannah Theater by the Cleveland Actors' Theater Company; and The Hollywood Canteen, Missouri Repertory Theatre.
He also serves as Resident Fight Choreographer for Cleveland Play House and has staged and coached hand-to-hand fights, sword fights, waltzes, period style movement, salsa dances, and lizard movement in such productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, I Hate Hamlet, Frank Langella’s Cyrano, Legacy of Light, Game’s Afoot (Or Holmes for the Holidays), Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Whipping Man, and others. Acting credits at CPH
include: Room Service, The Underpants, The Guardsman, and Infinite Regress of Human Vanity.
Professor Wilso also performed his non-verbal solo clown-theater piece Here Today… in the First New York Clown Theater Festival and directed two other shows appearing in the festival. He has created and performed nine solo mime shows and directed two companies of the Actors’ Mime Theatre. Professor Wilson is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Dramatists Guild of America, and Stage Director & Choreographers Society.
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Associate Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, Mr. Carrier is an actor, teacher and director who has worked extensively in theatre and film across North America. He spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival playing leading roles in As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure, among many others. He spent three seasons at the Old Globe under renowned director Adrian Noble appearing in The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Amadeus, among many others. He also spent two seasons at the Shaw Festival. Other favorite credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Helen Hayes Nomination), Shakespeare Theatre; Shining City, Studio Theatre; Gross Indecency, Huntington Theatre; and The School for Scandal, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. For the Cleveland Play House, he has appeared in Lincolnesque, Noises Off!, Ten Chimneys, In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play, Yentl, The Little Foxes, The Crucible and Luna Gale.
Mr. Carrier has performed at the Intiman Theatre, the Great Lakes Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, The National Arts Center, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and TheatreWorks, among many others. His many film and TV credits include: Twice in a Lifetime, The Passion Of Ayn Rand, Hollywood Off-Ramp, The Wives of Windsor, Ready or Not, Dead By Monday and Earth: Final Conflict.
Mr. Carrier has been a teaching artist and visiting lecturer at many institutions including MSU, Colorado College, SDSU and the University of Notre Dame. He has been a responder numerous times for the KCACTF.
Directing credits include: The Misanthrope and Too True to be Good, CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Notre Dame University; Twelfth Night and Les Belles Soeurs, Colorado College; Assistant Director for Cyrano de Bergerac, Stratford Festival; The Love Stories (Jessie Nomination), Gun-shy Productions; The Crucible, CWRU Theater Department; Becky Shaw at Dobama Theatre; The Violins of Hope with CPH and the Cleveland Orchestra; and Seminar, Beck Center.
Writing credits include: the musical Evangeline, written with Anaya Farrell, workshopped at the Stratford Festival; Voices of Change and Transmissions, The Inner Stage Theatre; and Five Simple Ways to be Happy, Death and Taxes Theatre. Don is a 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.
Shakespeare & Classical Text
Geoff Bullen has recently finished serving as Director of Actor Training at England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he continues to work as an Associate Director, specializing in teaching Shakespeare. As translator and adaptor – notably of the work of Feydeau and Steinbeck – and as the author of numerous plays on social issues for schools, his work has been performed around the world; he is a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University and Course Director of the New York University/RADA Shakespeare in Performance Program.
He has worked extensively in the United Kingdom in the commercial, subsidized and community theatre. Recent productions include: Cavalleria Rusticana and Tosca, Magdala Opera; Beside Picasso and Bacon, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Red Sun, National Tour; Into the Woods, Assassins, and Little Women – The Musical, RADA; and The Tempest, Stadsschouwburg. In 2008 his production of Chaplin took the grand prix at the 5th UNESCO International Festival in Minsk. He was the 24th director of The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play in London’s West End.
Jairo Cuesta is a Colombian actor and director. He collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski in the Theatre of Sources and the Objective Drama Program from 1976 to 1986, working in Poland, France, Italy, Mexico, Haiti, and the USA. He participated in preliminary workshops for The Mahabarata in Paris, under the direction of Peter Brook. Mr. Cuesta has been a guest artist at The University of Paris, the University of California-Irvine, Colorado College, Eckerd College, Case Western Reserve University, Ashland University, and The University of Akron where he directed Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Mr. Cuesta has conducted numerous workshops in Performance Ecology and actor training techniques around the world.
He has performed with Teatro Libre in Bogota, Colombia, and co-directed Moliere's The Misanthrope. For NWPL, Mr. Cuesta has directed The Dybbuk and has performed in Mothers Work, The Recital of the Bird, Epiphany I, The Phantoms of King Lear, The Book of Saints and Martyrs, Woyzeck, Electra, Hamletmachine, Love in the Time of Lunatics, Deathwatch, Angry Gods and Lost Marbles, Frankenstein, Alice...Down the Rabbit Hole, and Action. He is co-author of Jerzy Grotowski.
Pilates and Ballet
Sean's training is founded in classical ballet techniques including Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Royal Academy of Dance, and he is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School professional program. He went on to a dance career throughout Europe and Australia where he toured the world performing with contemporary dance companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Blok and Steel, and Paul Mecurio's A.C.E. Sean's dance career ultimately transitioned into teaching movement and bodywork. He is a certified teacher through the Australian Pilates Method Association and is a deeply intuitive massage practitioner combining his comprehensive knowledge of deep tissue, Swedish traditional and Finnish techniques to promote health and well-being. He is fortunate to have learned Kundalini yoga and Mindfulness practice from Yogi Bajhan and the Sikh community in Holland. Sean has been a guest artist at Case Western Reserve University and at the Turku Konservatorio of Music and Dance, and served as personal wellness coach to artists at the Oppera Baletti Koulu Helsinki and for several voice and theater students and faculty at Baldwin Wallace University. Sean is currently owner of his physical and manual therapies studio “Somatic Solutions” in Berea, Ohio where he enjoys helping others discover physical freedom and assisting clients embrace a full quality of life.
Joan Ellison serves as Teacher of Popular Voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her graduates have appeared on Broadway and London's West End, in national touring companies, in film and television, and with regional theatres, and can be heard on rock/pop solo albums and Broadway cast albums.
She made her Cleveland Pops Orchestra debut at Severance Hall in 2005 and has since sung more than 30 symphonic pops concerts in repertoire ranging from The King & I to Wicked, as well as her own Judy Garland pops concert. She recently played Ms. Garland in the first U.S. professional regional production of The Boy From Oz at TheatreZone (Florida), and made her NYC solo cabaret debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Get Happy! Judy Garland 1944-’54. In addition to co-creating and touring with the retro-radio-style shows Love Finds Judy Garland and Gershwin On the Air, credits include Julie in Carousel, Nellie in South Pacific, Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, Eliza in My Fair Lady (in-concert), and Claudia in Nine. Her second album, “Retrophonic Gershwin” (2015), is available on iTunes.
She holds an M.M.T. and B. Mus. in voice performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.joanellison.com
Robert Barry Fleming comes to Cleveland Play House from Arena Stage where he was the Director of Artistic Programming under Molly Smith. He has worked as a director, choreographer and actor in many of the leading resident theaters across the country including The Public Theatre, The Taper, The Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe. His work has been represented on Broadway (Stand-Up Tragedy, Ragtime), television and film including the Oscar-winner L.A. Confidential. He was an associate producer for the NYC revival of Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, and served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department at the University of San Diego (also teaching in The Old Globe USD Graduate Acting MFA Program). Robert was a SDCF Charles Abbott Directing Fellow, San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award winner, is a two-time honoree of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical and a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Choreography for a Play for Karen Zacarias’ Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage.
Showcase, Professional Development
Paul Fouquet is a casting director for Elissa Myers Casting Company and directs the third-year CWRU/CPH MFA Ensemble in their New York showcase. PBS casting credits include: Poisoner’s Handbook, Becoming Helen Keller, the mini-series Mystery of Matter, The Abolitionists, Dolly Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin (Emmy Award), Liberty (Peabody Award), God in America, People vs. Leo Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Great Performances (Artios Award in Outstanding Achievement in Casting) and most recently Murder Of A President for American Experience.
Feature films casting credits include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards) and The Union.
Theatre casting credits include seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company.
Mr. Fracher is a Fight Master and former President of the Society of American Fight Directors. His work as a fight director has been seen at theatres throughout the United States, including staging fights for the Tony Award Winning Best Revival of Company, Ethel Barrymore. Other credits include Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Opera, the American Shakespeare Center and the Alabama, Georgia and Cincinnati Shakespeare Festivals.
Fight direction credits include The Dead Eye Boy, Hiding Behind Comets, The Three Musketeers, Othello and King Lear, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Three Musketeers, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; King Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet, Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, Georgia Shakespeare Festival; Carmen, Faust, Pagliacci and Porgy & Bess, Cincinnati Opera; and Dracula, Othello, Peter Pan and numerous Humana Festival plays, Actor's Theatre of Louisville.
He is a Master Teacher of stage movement and combat, instructing students at training programs and universities across the United States and internationally. Mr. Fracher is an honorary member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and the Nordic Stage Fight Society as well as the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Actors Equity Association.
On-Camera Acting for Commercials and Voice Over
Ms. Gabbert has taught at Cornell University, Mid-Pacific Institute, University of Hawaii and Ohio University as well as individual coaching and studio intensives. She has been a working actor in New York City since 1982 performing in regional theatre, off-broadway, film and television. She has extensive commercial work through CESD Talent Agency having made over 100 national and network commercials for companies such as Folger's, Staples, Volkswagon, Verizon, Febreze, American Express, Charles Schwab, and Aspen Dental, to name only a few. She has been working with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program since 2002. For more information and a sample of Ms. Gabbert’s work, go to www.janegabbert.com
Text and Special Projects
Laura Kepley became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including The Crucible, Steel Magnolias, The Good Peaches (world premiere), Fairfield (world premiere), The Little Foxes, Venus in Fur, Good People (also at Syracuse Stage), A Carol for Cleveland (world premiere), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and My Name is Asher Lev. Laura came to CPH from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island where she was Resident Director and Artistic Associate for four seasons and Interim Director of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Directing Program for one. She has also directed for The Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Contemporary American Theatre Festival, among others. A native Ohioan, Laura received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Fine Arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is a Drama League Fellow and a recipient of the 2009—2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.
Professor McGee has been coaching voice and acting at Case Western Reserve University and directing productions at Eldred Theater since 1988. She received her vocal training from internationally known voice specialist Arthur Lessac and his master teachers; she also trained in the Linklater voice technique at Shakespeare & Company and with Kristin Linklater. She has studied Shakespearean text, voice, movement and acting at Shakespeare & Co. and with London's Royal National Theatre Studio. Professor McGee has also studied Fitzmaurice voice technique with Catherine Fitzmaurice and the "International Phonetic Alphabet Pillows Technique" with Linklater Master Teacher Louis Colaianni.
Beth was the on-site dialect coach for the Cinemax television series, Quarry.
She regularly voice and dialect coaches Cleveland area productions.
In 2007, she earned a certificate for participating in over 300 hours of workshops at the Roy Hart Theater Centre Internationale in Maléragues, France where she has also taught workshops with Roy Hart Master Teachers Ivan Midderigh and Marie Paule Marthe.
She has conducted international voice workshops with the Theater Union of Russia in Moscow and with Mexico City’s Center for Voice, CEUVOZ, in Mexico. In 2009 and 2010 she conducted vocal workshops at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for the KCACTF Irene Ryan finalists. In 2011 she was the Head Voice Coach for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, where she coached Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, a bi-lingual production of The Inspector General, and was the dialect designer for The Little Prince.
Professor Scott is a director, actor, and speech consultant who is the Chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Theater. He held the Climo Junior Professorship at CWRU from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his CWRU appointments, he was a lecturer at The Catholic University of America and instructor in the Acting Conservatory of The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has also held faculty positions at Ohio State University and George Mason University. Professor Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina/The Shakespeare Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed certification in classical acting at The Summer School at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.
Professor Scott serves as artistic director of the Eldred Theater at CWRU. His work as a director ranges from the classics to musicals and everything in between. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He also works frequently as a speech, text and dialect coach, and serves as resident dialect coach at the Cleveland Play House.
Performance credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theater of the First Amendment, The National Theatre, the Source Theatre, and the Washington Stage Guild. Other regional performance venues include the Cleveland Play House, The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in Pittsburgh, the Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, OH, and Spoleto Festival USA. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and is still active in commercial performance/voice-over work.
Acting, On-Camera Acting
Professor Vegh made his feature film debut opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award winning film, Saving Private Ryan. Television credits include: Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, House M.D., Mad About You, Chicago Hope, The Division and Picket Fences. On screen, he has worked with such notable performers as Taraji P. Henson, Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall, Helen Hunt and Martin Landau. He has appeared in national commercials for Nike (Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship spot) and Kinkos/Fed Ex.
His stage credits include South Coast Repertory, Chautauqua Theatre Company, California Repertory, Ensemble Theatre, and a guest appearance as Chebutykin in the CWRU/CPH MFA production of The Three Sisters. He was named to the L.A. Backstage West Garland Critics List for his performance in California Repertory’s The Kentucky Cycle. He has directed The Cripple of Inishmaan and Lobby Hero at CWRU. Other directing credits include Psycho Beach Party, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Anatomy of Gray and Almost, Maine. For Notre Dame College, he directed Christopher Johnston’s original docudrama play, Peace at Home, based on interviews with local veterans.
Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU as an Assistant Professor, he taught at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and California State University, Long Beach. He has taught on-camera workshops as a visiting lecturer at Santa Fe University of Art & Design and Oakland University. He holds an MFA in Acting and Directing from California State University, Long Beach, and an undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Evansville. He is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA.
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