Every two years, the work of the graduating class of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program culminates in an industry showcase — one in Cleveland to bid farewell to the local community that has supported them throughout their studies, and one in New York City to launch them into a national market as they embark on their careers.
We congratulate the Class of 2016 on their successful showcase presentations, and we look forward to seeing you at our next showcase in Spring 2018.
Regional credits include: The Crucible, understudy in the Ken Ludwig’s world premiere of A Comedy of Tenors (Cleveland Play House), The Violins of Hope (CPH/Cleveland Orchestra collaboration), The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Riverside Theatre), and the world premiere of The Toymaker’s War (Working Group Theatre). With CWRU/CPH: The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Too True to be Good. Alec holds an MFA in Acting from CWRU/CPH, and graduated Cornell College with a Bachelor of Special Studies in Religions, Performance Studies, and Theatre.
Jay Ben Markson most recently understudied Cliff in Austin Pendleton's production of Luna Gale at Cleveland Play House. Other roles at CPH: Ezekiel Cheever (The Crucible, dir. Laura Kepley); Violins of Hope (co-pro with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra). Other regional credits: Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company, dir. David Cromer); Mrs. Whitney (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, dir. Kyle Fabel). CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions: Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona, dir. Paul Mullins), Sandy (The Philadelphia Story), Kulygin (The Three Sisters) and The Microbe/The Elder (Too True to Be Good). Jay Ben is Associate Artistic Director of MaineStage Shakespeare, in Kennebunk, Maine; credits there include Cassius, Macbeth, Touchstone, Mercutio, and Puck.
Jeremiah Clapp appeared at Cleveland Play House in Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, The Crucible, and Clybourne Park. He’s also appeared in the staged readings of Grand Concourse, and Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors during CPH’s New Ground Festival. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Too True To Be Good and the first ever workshop of Utopia, Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik. Other credits include Allies (Baltimore Center Stage video series My America Too); The Violins of Hope (The Cleveland Orchestra/CPH); Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (Ohio Shakespeare Festival); Virginia Woolf's Orlando (New World Performance Lab). A native of Houston, TX with a B.A. from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, he's an alumnus of New York City's Stella Adler Studio of Acting Anton Chekhov Summer Intensive, has studied in Italy with NWPL and at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Kathryn Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English from Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn most recently appeared in CPH’s production of The Crucible, as well as understudying both CPH productions of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors and A Christmas Story. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. She has also appeared in Island Stage Left’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. While an undergraduate at CWRU, Kathryn appeared in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Geoff Bullen, Associate Director at RADA, as well as numerous other productions, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Top Girls, and The Heidi Chronicles. Kathryn is a proud alumna of the British American Drama Academy and is currently working towards her certification with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.
Katie O. Solomon made her Cleveland Play House debut this fall as Abigail Williams in The Crucible. She has appeared in Cleveland Play House’s New Ground Theatre Festival reading of Grand Concourse directed by Kip Fagen and in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. She is a Baltimore native and graduated from Towson University's Theatre Program with a concentration in performance. Other Baltimore credits include Everyman Theatre, WordBridge Playwrights Laboratory and ARTscape.
was most recently seen on Cleveland Play House's stage in Luna Gale as Karlie Quinn. Other CPH credits include: The Little Foxes, The Crucible and an understudy for A Christmas Story. She is proud to be a recent graduate of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program's class of 2016 and her credits from the program include: The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Too True to Be Good and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Undergraduate credits include: Dromnium, a devised movement piece, which won seven national awards from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as God of Carnage and The Three Sisters. Megan is a class of 2013 graduate from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with her B.A. in Theatre Performance. She also holds an Associates of Fine Arts Degree from Arkansas State University Beebe.
Nick Barbato has appeared at The Cleveland Play House in The Little Foxes, The Crucible, and as an understudy in A Christmas Story. His CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Other credits include: Violins of Hope in collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), The Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and many commercials and industrial films. He is originally from Syracuse, NY where he received his Bachelor's Degree at Le Moyne College.
Rickie McDowell was recently seen on the Cleveland Play House stage as Herrick in The Crucible and was a part of the A Christmas Story team understudying “The Old Man”. Rickie comes from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelors in Performing Arts and a concentration in Comprehensive Communications from Eastern Michigan University. His theatre credits from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters and Too True to Be Good. Rickie also possesses an array of experience in film, which includes appearing in episodes of Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour, and producing/directing short dramas.
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