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1407 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Graduate Ensemble

Class of 2020

Alex Brightwell

is thrilled to be working with these brilliant artists on The Merchant of Venice. He was born in West Virginia and raised in North Carolina. He earned his BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. He was a Conservatory member for the 2018 and 2019 seasons at the Chautauqua Theater Company, where he played Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors; 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 productions of Hay Fever, The Seagull, and 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. During his time in the CWRU/CPH MFA program, Conor has played Simon Bliss in Hay Fever, Medvenko in The Seagull, and Jed Jenkins in Fifth of July. Other notable credits include playing 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 as well as all members of the CWRU/CPH community who have offered their guidance, wisdom, and encouragement over the last three years.

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. Cleveland credits include understudy for Maggie Dalton in Into the Breeches! and the New Ground Theatre Festival readings of Christina, Tiny Houses, and Cicada. Film credits include the upcoming independent shorts Apprehending Edmund Montrell and A Way Home. kaseyconnolly.com

Comfort Dolo

can't believe she's nearing the end of her CWRU/CPH adventure! She 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. Favorite credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (The Guthrie Theater), TOUCH, a remake of the 1984 Emmy Award winning film (Illusion Theater), and various commercials ranging from the Minnesota State Lottery to hand modeling for KeyBank. She recently made her Cleveland Play House debut in Into the Breeches! (Ida Green) while also understudying the role of Jasmine in Pipeline. CWRU/CPH Credits include: Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever, Sorin in The Seagull, and Shirley in Fifth of July. Naomi in Sugar (Phoenix Theater), Carlos Sirah’s The Utterances (The Playwright’s Center). She is a big fan of theatre for social justice, the German language, and gummy bears!

Gregory James

s 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. He is a member of the Cleveland sketch comedy duo Flamingo City and is a sketch writing student of Michael Busch. Stage credits include Lucio in Measure for Measure, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Brooke in Little Women (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival), David in Hay Fever, Trigorin in The Seagull, John in Fifth of July, and Billy in Cicada (CPH). 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 member of the Whitefire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Film credits include Jilted for Glamour Magazine, Slow Clap Comedy, and the Actors Co-Op Series, The Fur is Gone. GregoryJamesActing.com @GregoryJamesActing

Abdul Seidu

is electrified to act in the last full ensemble production of the class of 2020. Abdul graduated summa cum laude from Kent State with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has recently been seen in the CRSHD world premiere in the Tribeca Film Festival and the CWRU/CPH MFA productions of Hay Fever, The Seagull, and Fifth of July.

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 at Cleveland Play House in Into the Breeches! She spent the summer at Chautauqua Theatre Company in One Man, Two Guvnors; A Midsummer Night's Dream; and in the New Play Workshop production of Agent 355. She has been seen in the CWRU/CPH productions of Hay Fever as Judith Bliss, The Seagull as Masha, and Fifth of July as Sally Friedman. Summer of 2018 she appeared internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Call of the Void. Additional 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 made her Cleveland Play House debut as Grace Richards in Into the Breeches! Other credits with CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include Hay Fever, The Seagull, and Fifth of July. Internationally, Elisabeth performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Call of the Void. Other favorite credits include CPH’s New Ground Theatre Festival in Cicada and Christina, and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival in Romeo and Juliet and Little Women, as well as 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 incredibly grateful to join this ensemble in bringing another story to life! Instagram: @elisabethyancey

Class of 2022

Isaac Baker

is an actor from Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated from The University of Evansville in 2019 with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Some of his favorite roles include Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, John Proctor in The Crucible, Pa Joad in Grapes of Wrath, George Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice, and Antonio in Twelfth Night. In addition to his work with the University of Evansville, Isaac has spent time with the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Brute Candor Productions. He is beyond expression in his excitement for his future in Cleveland.

Kristina Gabriela

Born and raised in south Texas, Kristina is excited to begin this new chapter in her life with a talented group of artists. Kristina recently earned her BA this year in Theatre with an acting/directing focus at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is thrilled to attend Case Western Reserve University at the Tony Award -winning Cleveland Play House to earn her MFA in acting. Fun fact, Kristina has a pet fish named George, and although she loves him, she wishes she had a dog. Recent credits include Mimi in RENT, Ariel in The Tempest, and Sophie in Mamma Mia.

Sierra Grabowska

is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia though she comes to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in Theater and English from UMass Amherst, she has performed in Boston with multiple touring companies and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, a Shakespearean improv comedy troupe. Some of her favorite credits include Juliet in Shakespeare Now!’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet in Boston Theater Company’s Hamlet, and Puck in Boston Theater Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also worked as a director, fight choreographer, and teaching artist.

Bridget Kim

is originally from Morehead, Kentucky. She received a BA in Political Science and minored in Theatre Arts at the University of Louisville. She was last seen onstage as Ginny Yang in Smart People, LeeAnn in A Piece of My Heart, Rebecca in The Long Christmas Ride Home, and Grace in Baltimore. Bridget can juggle, do the splits, and stand on her head, but not at the same time (she’s working on it). She’s also allergic to peanuts, so if you’re reading this bio to assassinate her, that’s the quickest and simplest way to do it! You’re welcome!

Gustavo Márquez

was born in California and was raised in Colorado. He earned his BFA in Music Theatre from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has performed in productions that have taken him to California and across to Delaware, and has been seen in such productions as Sweat, A Christmas Carol, and Native Gardens with the Denver Center Theatre Company. He is excited and so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA class of 2022.

Christopher Portley

was born in Denton, Texas, and raised in Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. in Integrative Studies at the University Of North Texas where he played Kent in Stick Fly. After graduating, he studied at the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford as part of the 2017 ensemble, where he played Ferdinand in The Tempest and Elbow/Abhorson in Measure for Measure in repertory. Other theatre credits include Delray in Memphis with the Musical Theatre of Denton and Father Comes Home from the Wars with AART. Recent film credits include independent short, Peddling.

Jordan Taylor

is elated to be joining the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Class of 2022! Jordan is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and obtained her BFA in Acting from Oakland University in April 2019. She is extremely excited to quickly be moving into her graduate studies. Her favorite credits include: In The Red and Brown Water; Marcus, or Secret of Sweet; Othello; and Electra. Jordan is looking forward to continuing to evolve in this program not only as an actor, but as a human being.

Noah Williams

Classically trained and steeped in southern heritage, Noah Williams has performed in works ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams. He has trained at Troy University where he received his bachelor's degree in Theatre, and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Noah has recently played Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, Black Stache in Peter and The Starcatcher, Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, Reverend Parris in The Crucible, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie at Troy University. Noah is interested in what he likes to call “theatre below the poverty line,” which highlights stories of people cemented in hardship. He is looking forward to moving to Cleveland and honing his craft at Cleveland Play House!

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