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Donald 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 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Directing credits include: Othello, Texas Shakespeare Festival; The Love Stories (Jessie Nomination), Gun-shy Productions; Becky Shaw at Dobama Theatre; The Violins of Hope with CPH and the Cleveland Orchestra; Seminar, Really Really and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, at the Beck Center, The Misanthrope, Too True to be Good, Clybourne Park and Fifth of July, CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; The Crucible and As You Like It, CWRU Theater Department; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Notre Dame University; Twelfth Night and Les Belles Soeurs, Colorado College; Assistant Director for Cyrano de Bergerac, Stratford Festival.
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.
Mr. Carrier teaches Acting, Text, Audition Technique and Professional Development for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program.
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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.
Professor Scott teaches Speech and Acting for the MFA program.
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 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 U.S. 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; The Colorado College; Eckard 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. For NWPL, Mr. Cuesta has directed The Dybbuk and has performed in Mother’s Work; The Recital of the Bird; Epiphany; 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; Action; Gilgamesh; Orlando; The Devil’s Milk Trilogy; and Don Quijote. Mr. Cuesta recently directed Through His I for the LGBTQ+ Akron’s Company QuTheatr. He is co-author (with James Slowiak) of Jerzy Grotowski (Routledge, 2007, 2017.). Jairo is also a licensed yoga instructor.
Professor Inouye serves as resident movement and stage combat specialist for the Case Western Reserve University programs. He is a certified teacher and theatrical firearms instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors, a certified teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association, Assistant Faculty with Theatrical Intimacy Education, and a freelance actor, award-winning fight choreographer, and stunt performer. Prior to joining CWRU he filled a similar role for the University of Wyoming BFA program, and has also taught for Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, and the College of William & Mary, as well as conferences and workshops across North America.
Professional work has included both screen work and live theatre. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA , as well as the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Associate), and the International Order of the Sword & Pen, with whom he is a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee. Academically his work is known through publications including The Theatrical Firearms Handbook (Focal Press, 2014), articles for The Fight Master, and a chapter in Physical Dramaturgy (2018). His second book, The Screen Combat Handbook, should be released in 2020.
Text and Special Projects
Laura Kepley became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including Tiny Houses (world premiere, also at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Sweat; 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, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 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, and productions with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and CWRU’s Eldred Theater.
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.
In 2019 Beth was the co-creator and playwright of Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust, Cleveland’s first fully immersive theater experience.
She earned an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in Theater Education/Communications from Appalachian State University.
International operatic soprano, Helen Todd, is known for her intense portrayal of tragic and complex characters and for her opulent rich soprano voice, singing professionally since 1995 and performing with such companies at Hong Kong’s Musica Viva, Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera and many more. Most recently, Ms. Todd performed the title role of Turandot in Hong Kong with Musica Viva after performing it at Minnesota Opera. Known for her skill in new and contemporary opera, she performed the role of Aunt Lydia in the North American premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale by Poul Ruders with Minnesota Opera from which she was immediately engaged to sing the same role in the Canadian premiere of the opera. She has performed with such notable conductors as Richard Bonynge, Antony Walker, and Anton Coppola to name a few. She also performed the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard with Mercury Theatre in Cleveland. In 2002, Ms. Todd founded Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, which was later renamed Sugar Creek Opera. She is has produced over 13 seasons of multiple opera productions including La Bohème, Romèo et Juliette and The Magic Flute. As founder and General Director, she is responsible for hiring all staff, both artistic and administrative, choosing the operas and assisting in fundraising. She founded the company’s apprentice artist training program in 2007. She received an award for distinguished service from Opera America for 10 years of service. When she is not producing or singing opera, she maintains a full professional voice studio in Cleveland where many of her singers perform professionally throughout the Cleveland area and across the country including New York City and Chicago. Ms. Todd received her Masters of Music in Voice Performance degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and her Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance from DePaul University.
In addition to serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department, Professor Ullom teaches theatre history, dramaturgy, and Introduction to Theater (not to mention his summer class on James Bond). His research interests have focused on contemporary American theatre, especially new play development in the regional theatre circuit and on Broadway. His first book The Humana Festival: A History of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008) charts the growth of the nation’s leading new play festival and its ability to endure economic, administrative, and artistic challenges. He also has published his work internationally in numerous journals, including Theatre History Studies, Contemporary Drama, Theatre Topics, Studies in Musical Theatre, Theatre Journal and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre. Ullom coauthored a new translation of Lope de Vega’s La Doma Boba (The Lady Simpleton) and also contributed a chapter to Angels in the American Theater: Patrons, Patronage, and Philanthropy (edited by Robert A. Schanke). His second book, America’s First Regional Theatre is a history of the Cleveland Play House (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Professor Ullom’s research interests were informed directly by his experience in professional theatre. He served in the literary department of Actors Theatre of Louisville during its twentieth-anniversary Humana Festival, allowing him to work many great playwrights and theatre artists including Tony Kushner, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Anne Bogart, Naomi Wallace, and Dominic Dromgoole. While completing his doctoral studies at University of Illinois, he also worked as interim literary manager and conducted various research projects for Actors Theatre (including work for Bogart’s Cabin Fever). He was the Theatre History Consultant for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 2003-2006, and he served as an advising partner for Xunesis (Chicago), a company of artists and scientists creating passion for science through theatre, film and media. He also dramaturged numerous productions at Cleveland Play House.
Professor Ullom’s books are available on Amazon.
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 numerous Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning actors including Tom Hanks, Martin Landau, Taraji P. Henson, Jon Hamm, and Helen Hunt. His most recent on-camera credits include the film Acts of Violence starring Bruce Willis and the NBC Universal television series Gone. 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 Dobama Theatre, where he most recently appeared in the American premiere of On the Grill. Directing credits include Lobby Hero, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, High Fidelity, Body Awareness, and The Cripple of Inishmaan. 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 from the University of Evansville. He has taught classes and guest workshops on Acting for the Camera at the Cleveland Playhouse and various universities across the U.S.
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