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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, Luna Gale, All the Way and Shakespeare in Love.
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. He has been the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Associate Director for the past six years.
Directing credits include: The Misanthrope, Too True to be Good and Clybourne Park, 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; Seminar and Really Really at the 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.
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Professor Scott is a director, actor, and speech consultant who held the Climo Junior Professorship at CWRU from 2004-2006, until his subsequent promotion to associate professor with tenure. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2013, and appointed chair of the Department of Theater in 2015. In 2017 he was named the Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater and Drama. 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 The Ohio State University and George Mason University.
In addition to serving as department chair, Jerrold also serves artistic director of the Eldred Theater at CWRU. His work as a director ranges from the classics to musicals and everything in between. Jerrold is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Selected credits include She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, Present Laughter, Heartbreak House, and The Real Thing with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Ensemble at Cleveland Play House; Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest at Distracted Globe at the Warehouse Theatre; and Polish Joke, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Doll’s House at the Beck Center for the Arts. He also works as a speech, text and dialect coach, and served as the resident dialect coach at Cleveland Play House for over a decade. He has written a number of articles and papers published in The VASTA Journal and other publications.
While living in Washington, DC, he performed at 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 Cleveland Play House; The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in Pittsburgh; the Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus, OH; and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Cleveland stage appearances include playing Willie Tracy in The Philadelphia Story and Dukes Senior and Frederick in As You Like It with the CWRU/CPH Ensemble. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and is active in commercial performance/voice-over work.
Terence Cranendonk is an actor, director, and playwright. He was co-founder, performer, writer and director with Mustard Seed Theater Lab in New York City from 1986 to 1989. From 1992 to 1999, Terence was a member of the New World Performance Laboratory, with whom he toured and performed throughout the Midwest, Europe and South America. From 1994 to 1999 he was also Director of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Annual New Plays Festival. His longest ongoing project was his solo performance, I Dreamed of Rats, which he toured to Europe, South America, and through the U.S. from 1997 to 2015. Terence has performed Off Broadway and regionally at venues such as the Kennedy Center, New York’s Public Theatre, Home for Contemporary Theatre, and Target Margin. In film, he portrayed Vincent Jeffries in the independent film Parallel, for which he won the award for Outstanding Acting Performance at the Zed Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles. Local performances include work with Mamai, Kennedy’s in Playhouse Square; Convergence-Continuum; Akron Symphony; Cleveland Playhouse; Cleveland Public Theatre; Theatre Ninjas; and Cleveland Orchestra. Directing credits include Spring’s Awakening, The Comedy of Errors, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Twelfth Night, The Bald Soprano, a collection of Chekhov one-acts entitled I Now Pronounce You, Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan and Euripides’ Iphigenia. In 2012 he was an artist in residence in Bogota, Colombia, where he was invited by the Academia Superior des Artes de Bogota to direct a production of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage (El Casamiento). As a playwright, Terence’s work has been performed in New York at Pan Asian Repertory, Home For Contemporary Theatre, and Theatre Club Funambules, among other venues. He received his BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and his MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Akron. Terence also studied acting with the Polish Laboratory Theatre’s Ryszard Cieslak, as well as at the Michael Chekhov Studio, and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. He is a Certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner, and teaches classes and workshops in the application of Feldenkrais Method to the performing arts.
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.
Lisa DeCato is a Certified Movement Analyst and an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Cleveland State University. Lisa taught as a tenured professor in the dance program at Lake Erie College for twenty-six years and received numerous grants and awards. She holds an M.F.A from the Ohio State University. Her teaching and choreographic style are influenced by her studies in Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. She is a freelance choreographer and a Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor. She has been a guest artist in many communities and universities including Allegheny College, Colorado College and Case Western Reserve University. Lisa was the co-artistic director of the Dance/Theater Collective; a company committed to community-based arts projects from 1992 until 2012. Currently, she is a consultant for the FLEX program and recently co -authored Moving and Learning: Expanding Style and Increasing Flexibility based on this work.
Sean’s training is founded in classical ballet techniques including Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Royal Academy of Dance. He is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School, the national center for elite vocational classical dance professional program. He went on to a dance career throughout Europe and Australia where he toured 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 Pilates Method Association teacher and massage therapist who combines his skills to promote health and well-being. Sean has enjoyed teaching in arts and education environments for several years such as Turku Konservatorio of Music and Dance, Oppera Baletti Koulu Helsinki, and the Charlotte Ballet to name a few. He is currently the Programs Manager at the Interconnection Collective, a non-profit organization he runs with his wife Tracey Dwyer, serving to prevent toxic stress and trauma by fostering peaceful communities providing stress-reducing, contemplative-based Mindfulness techniques.
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.
Joan’s new one-woman theatre piece, All Happiness, Judy Garland, premiered at The Winter Park Playhouse (FL) in June 2017. She made her Cleveland Pops Orchestra debut at Severance Hall in 2005 and has since sung more than 30 symphonic pops concerts around the country 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, 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 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. joanellison.com
Robert Barry Fleming came 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 Mark Taper Forum, The Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, and The Goodman. 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. Robert made is his Cleveland Play House debut last season (Between Riverside and Crazy) and in the New Ground Theater Festival (The Nolan Williams Project). Upcoming projects include: Destiny of Desire at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Marco Ramirez’ The Royale right here at CPH.
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 Shakespeare in Love, Cleveland Play House; 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 Diary of Anne Frank, Shakespeare in Love; The Crucible; Steel Magnolias; The Good Peaches (world premiere); Fairfield (world premiere); How I Learned to Drive (also at Syracuse Stage); 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; My Name is Asher Lev and CPH readings of Roe Green Award-winning plays Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976; Marjorie Prime and Daphne’s Dive. She joined CPH in 2010, having arrived 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.
Acting, On-Camera Acting
David made his feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. His television credits include guest appearances on Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy, House M.D., Mad About You, Chicago Hope, and Picket Fences. He has performed opposite several Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy award-winning actors including Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, Jon Hamm, Helen Hunt, Martin Landau, Michael C. Hall, and Hugh Laurie. His most recent credits include the film Acts of Violence starring Bruce Willis and the NBC Universal television show Gone. He has also appeared in national commercials for Nike and Kinkos/FedEx. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association (AEA).
His stage credits include South Coast Repertory, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and California Repertory. He was named to the Backstage West Garland Critics List for his performance as three generations of Rowan family patriarchs in CalRep’s The Kentucky Cycle. At CWRU, he has directed High Fidelity, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Lobby Hero. Other directing credits include Body Awareness, Almost Maine, Anatomy of Grey, and the 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee.
Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, David taught at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and California State University, Long Beach, where he received his MFA in Acting and Directing. He has an undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville. He has taught guest workshops on Acting for the Camera at Santa Fe School of Art & Design and Oakland University.
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