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Our theatres are located at
1407 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Box Office (216) 241 6000

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Graduate Ensemble

Class of 2020

Alex Brightwell

is incredibly grateful to be working with these brilliant artists on The Seagull. He was born in West Virginia, raised in North Carolina, and earned his BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. He was a 2018 Conservatory member at the Chautauqua Theater Company, where he played Silvius in As You Like It and Br’er Rabbit/Ratts in An Octoroon. Cleveland credits include the New Ground Theater Festival reading of Tiny Houses and the CWRU/CPH MFA production of Fifth of July. He has also been seen at Yellow Tree Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Public Theater of Minnesota, and the Guthrie Theater.

Conor Canning

was born and raised in Alford, Massachusetts. He is a 2016 graduate of Georgetown University where he majored in Political Economy and minored in Theater and Performance Studies. Notable past credits include playing Jed in Fifth of July, Joe Cooper in Killer Joe, Stacey Kinsella in The Metal Children, and Angelo in Measure for Measure. Conor would like to thank his family for all their love and support.

Kasey Connolly

came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from New York City where she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. While there, she focused primarily on classical texts and performed in Hamlet; Mother Courage; and an all-female, democratically directed production of Julius Caesar. Film credits include the upcoming independent shorts Apprehending Edmund Montrell and A Way Home.

Comfort Dolo

was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in friendly Fridley, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with double majors in Honors Theatre and Communication Studies. Since graduating, she has been performing around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The Guthrie Theatre), TOUCH, a remake of the 1984 Emmy Award winning film project (Illusion Theatre), and various commercials ranging from the Minnesota State Lottery to hand modeling for KeyBank. Recent credits include: Naomi in Sugar (Phoenix Theatre), Carlos Sirah’s The Utterances (The Playwright’s Center), and Shirley in Fifth of July (CWRU/CPH debut). She is a big fan of theatre for social justice, the German language, and gummy bears!

Gregory James

is a Buffalo, NY native who received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from SUNY at Buffalo. Upon graduating he spent six years working in Los Angeles. Recent stage credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Mr. Brooke in Little Women (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival), John in Fifth of July and Billy in Cicada (CPH), and The Fate of the Date presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. LA theatre credits include Summer and Smoke, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Lend Me a Tenor with the Actors Co-Op Theatre Hollywood, and Some Girl(s) with the LA Fringe. Gregory was a founding resident member of the Whitefire Theatre Company in Los Angeles where he appeared in numerous Seasonal and Hollywood Shorts. Film credits include Jilted for Glamour Magazine, Slow Clap Comedy, and the original Actors Co-Op series The Fur is Gone. @GregoryJamesActing

Abdul Seidu

is rapturous to be acting again alongside his fellow teammates in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA class of 2020’s second production. Abdul has graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has recently completed an African accents workshop in New York City taught by the Speech and Dialect director of Yale's drama program, Beth McGuire.

Courtney Stennett

is a native of Eagle, Idaho. She graduated with her BFA in Performance from Baylor University. Prior to making the move to Cleveland, Courtney enjoyed living and performing in Chicago. She most recently appeared onstage in the CWRU/CPH production of Fifth of July as Sally Friedman, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Call of the Void. Favorite recent professional credits include Agnes of God (Aleatoric Theatre), A Little Princess (Windy City Music Theatre), and Seminar (Spartan Theatre Company). Courtney is delighted and humbled to be working toward her MFA in the CWRU/CPH Acting program and thrilled to be part of this ensemble!

Elisabeth Yancey

most recently performed internationally at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the Void. She made her CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program debut last spring as Gwen in Fifth of July. Other favorite credits include the New Ground Theatre Festival as Marina in Cicada, Oberlin Summer Theater Festival as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and work with Wellesley Repertory Theatre. Elisabeth holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, a certificate of classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and a certificate of literature from Cambridge University. She is thrilled and grateful to join this generous ensemble in bringing another story to life!

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Allen Theatre

Allen Theatre

Helen Theatre

Helen Theatre

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Outcalt Theatre

The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000

Production Center
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103