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December 6 - 16, 2017 , The Helen

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Taibi Magar

Advisory: This production contains graphic depictions of violence.

In a world beset by civil war and invasion, Macbeth and his artful lady are spurred on by three witches’ prophecies and plot a series of murders designed to further their own ambitions, only to plunge their lives into madness. In their final MFA show, the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Class of 2018 brings Shakespeare’s haunting masterpiece of ruthless ambition to life.

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Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth, and Lavour Addison as Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Lavour Addison as Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Paul Bugallo (Rosse/Porter). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Lavour Addison (Macbeth) and Mariah Burks (Banquo/Lady MacDuff). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Kyle Cherry (Malcolm/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Paul Bugallo (Rosse/Porter) and Mariah Burks (Banquo/Lady MacDuff). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Randy Merrill as MacDuff. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Peter Hargrave (Duncan/Ensemble) and Megan Medley (Lady Macbeth). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Paul Bugallo (Rosse/Porter). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Tommy Bilczo (Fleance) and Mariah Burks (Banquo/Lady MacDuff). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

From left to right: Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble), Megan Medley (Lady Macbeth). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Kyle Cherry (Malcolm/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Foreground: Lavour Addison (Macbeth). Background left to right: Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble), Peter Hargrave (Duncan/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Foreground: Mariah Burks (Banquo/Lady MacDuff). Background left to right: Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble), Paul Bugallo (Rosse/Porter). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Peter Hargrave (Duncan/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

From left to right: Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble), Peter Hargrave (Duncan/Ensemble), Kyle Cherry (Malcolm/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Paul Bugallo (Rosse/Porter). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Mariah Burks (Banquo/Lady MacDuff). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Lavour Addison as Macbeth, and Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Randy Merrill as MacDuff. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

From left to right: Sarah Cuneo (Lenox/Ensemble), Kyle Cherry (Malcolm/Ensemble) and Peter Hargrave (Duncan/Ensemble). Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Megan Medley as Lady Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

Lavour Addison as Macbeth. Photo Credit: Michelle Berki

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Lavour Addison

Lavour Addison

(Macbeth) Lavour Addison was last scene as Macbeth in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Macbeth. A 2017 Member of the Chautauqua Theatre Company where he Played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Recently seen in Shakespeare in Love at CPH. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne more(Macbeth) Lavour Addison was last scene as Macbeth in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s Macbeth. A 2017 Member of the Chautauqua Theatre Company where he Played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Recently seen in Shakespeare in Love at CPH. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne Park, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, and a cameo in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. At Cleveland Play House he has performed in The CPH Centennial Plays, the world premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes' The Good Peaches in collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the world premiere reading of FEED by Eric Coble. Other credits include serving as the Acting Captain of the Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures and working as a full time member of the Professional Acting Company with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Favorite credits include The Wild Party, The Genteel Sabai, and Bug. Thank you to my wife Brittni Addison. You have always pushed me and made me better in every way. I could not have done this without you. I love you to the moon and down again around the world a back again. I love you to the sun and down again around the stars and back again.

Tommy Bilczo

Tommy Bilczo

(Fleance) is honored to be returning to the stage at Cleveland Play House with the CWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2018. Past productions at CPH include: Shakespeare in Love (John Webster), Disney's Freaky Friday (Fletcher u/s, performed), and A Christmas Story (Ralphie, 2016). Tommy has also performed in numerous Cleveland more(Fleance) is honored to be returning to the stage at Cleveland Play House with the CWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2018. Past productions at CPH include: Shakespeare in Love (John Webster), Disney's Freaky Friday (Fletcher u/s, performed), and A Christmas Story (Ralphie, 2016). Tommy has also performed in numerous Cleveland area productions, most notably as young Josh in BIG: The Musical (Beck Center for the Arts); Gavroche in Les Miserables, School Edition (MAD* Factory); and Randy in A Christmas Story: The Musical (TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center). Tommy is currently a member of the CPH Theatre Academy's Musical Theatre Ensemble and has also studied at the Beck Center, Baldwin Wallace University camps, and Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC. Tommy’s vocal coach is MAD* Factory instructor Amber Michalak. Proud Equity Membership Candidate. Visit tommybilczo.com.

Paul Bugallo

Paul Bugallo

(Rosse/Porter) Paul Bugallo was born in Miami but raised in Seattle where he discovered his passion for the performing arts. He attended Central Washington University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance. Paul has performed in many of Seattle's professional spaces, including the Seattle Repertory more(Rosse/Porter) Paul Bugallo was born in Miami but raised in Seattle where he discovered his passion for the performing arts. He attended Central Washington University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance. Paul has performed in many of Seattle's professional spaces, including the Seattle Repertory and Center House Theatres, as well as improvisational theatres such as Unexpected Productions and Jet City Improv. Now residing in the proud city of Cleveland, Paul is absolutely ecstatic about finishing up his final year in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. You may have seen him over the last two years in CWRU/CPH’s productions of Macbeth, Clybourne Park and She Stoops to Conquer. Paul most recently appeared as Lord Tilney in CPH's 102nd season opening show Shakespeare in Love and as First Man in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Mariah Burks

Mariah Burks

(Banquo/Lady MacDuff) is overjoyed to be stepping back onto the CPH stage. She was last seen at CPH as Logainne Schwartzandgrubienerre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other CPH credits include: the understudy for Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Marie Knight in Marie and Rosetta, Shakespeare in Love, and the New more(Banquo/Lady MacDuff) is overjoyed to be stepping back onto the CPH stage. She was last seen at CPH as Logainne Schwartzandgrubienerre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other CPH credits include: the understudy for Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Marie Knight in Marie and Rosetta, Shakespeare in Love, and the New Ground Theatre Festival concert reading of The Nolan Williams Project. Mariah is a member of the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program class of 2018 where credits include Macbeth, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, Clybourne Park, and She Stoops to Conquer. Mariah is an alumna of Bowling Green State University with a BAC in Musical Theatre. Credits include: Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, Book of Days, Urinetown: The Musical, and CHICAGO: The Musical. Recipient of the 2015 National Irene Ryan Scholarship Acting Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, DC. Other regional theatre work includes Caroline, or Change at Tantrum Theatre. Shout out to her mother for being a Wonder Woman! Enjoy the show!

Kyle Cherry

Kyle Cherry

(Malcolm/Ensemble) Kyle Cherry was born in Wisconsin and raised in California. While at Cleveland Play House he has appeared in Shakespeare in Love, the world premiere of The Good Peaches with the Cleveland Orchestra, the NGTF reading of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh, The CPH Centennial Plays, and the more(Malcolm/Ensemble) Kyle Cherry was born in Wisconsin and raised in California. While at Cleveland Play House he has appeared in Shakespeare in Love, the world premiere of The Good Peaches with the Cleveland Orchestra, the NGTF reading of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh, The CPH Centennial Plays, and the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program’s productions of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, Clybourne Park, She Stoops to Conquer, and Macbeth. Other credits include The Seagull (Huntington Theatre Company), Gross Indecency (Bad Habit Productions), Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brown Box Theatre Project), Romeo and Juliet, and To Kill a Mockingbird (New Repertory Theatre), as well as readings and workshops with the Cherry Lane Theatre, Red Bull Theater, and Theatre Now New York. He is a company member at The Middle Voice Theater Company in New York, for whom he has acted, written, and stage-managed. Kyle holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University.

Sarah Cuneo

Sarah Cuneo

(Lenox/Ensemble)

Sarah Cuneo is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who fell in love with theater at an early age – one of her earliest memories is seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and getting upset when she wasn’t allowed to get up on stage to dance with the Rockettes. After

more(Lenox/Ensemble)

Sarah Cuneo is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who fell in love with theater at an early age – one of her earliest memories is seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and getting upset when she wasn’t allowed to get up on stage to dance with the Rockettes. After graduating from Princeton University with a major in Psychology and certificates in Neuroscience and Theater, Sarah decided to hone her technique and pursue her MFA at the Tony-Award winning Cleveland Play House in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. While there, Sarah appeared in CPH productions such as The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot) and Shakespeare in Love (Molly, Viola u/s). She also appeared in MFA productions, including She Stoops to Conquer (Kate Hardcastle), Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy), Macbeth (Witch/Lennox), and Metamorphoses (Alcyone/Various). Though she is enthusiastic about many different acting styles, Sarah particularly loves working on heightened language texts such as Sarah Ruhl, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and good old-fashioned farce. Sarah is a die-hard cat lover, sci-fi nerd, and coffee enthusiast. If she's not acting, she's probably reading, playing a board game, or re-watching Parks and Recreation for the hundredth time.

Peter Hargrave

Peter Hargrave

(Duncan/Ensemble) Peter Hargrave most recently appeared as Lord Wessex in Cleveland Play House’s production of Shakespeare in Love and Third Man in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other CPH credits include: The Invisible Hand (Nick Bright u/s), The Good Peaches (world premiere) and The CPH Centennial Plays. New Ground Play more(Duncan/Ensemble) Peter Hargrave most recently appeared as Lord Wessex in Cleveland Play House’s production of Shakespeare in Love and Third Man in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other CPH credits include: The Invisible Hand (Nick Bright u/s), The Good Peaches (world premiere) and The CPH Centennial Plays. New Ground Play Festival Reading: Titus in FEED by Eric Coble. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Macbeth, She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne Park, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other regional: Gateway Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Disney Cruise Line. BFA: Abilene Christian University.

Megan Medley

Megan Medley

(Lady Macbeth) Megan Medley is so grateful to this class for all that they have shared together in this program and is ready to hit the Big Apple and start the next adventure. Most recently, she tore it up with her classmates as Lady M in Macbeth. At Cleveland Play more(Lady Macbeth) Megan Medley is so grateful to this class for all that they have shared together in this program and is ready to hit the Big Apple and start the next adventure. Most recently, she tore it up with her classmates as Lady M in Macbeth. At Cleveland Play House she learned a lot understudying Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, and had a blast playing in Shakespeare in Love. Since joining the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program she has performed alongside her classmates in She Stoops to Conquer, Clybourne Park, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, and the world premiere of The Good Peaches. She had the wondrous opportunity to perform in the world premiere of These Mortal Hosts at the New Ground Theatre Festival. Other credits include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Giselle (NoExit Performance); and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Theatre on the Square). She would like to thank her love Aurélien Bayo and her family for their love and support and her sweet kitties!

Randy Merrill

Randy Merrill

(MacDuff) Randy Merrill hails originally from Tampa, Florida but was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recent credits include the regional premier of Really, Really (Jimmy); Macbeth (Macduff), directed by Taibi Magar; Clybourne Park (Jim/Tom); and She Stoops to Conquer (Charles Marlow). He has also recently appeared in La Cage Aux more(MacDuff) Randy Merrill hails originally from Tampa, Florida but was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recent credits include the regional premier of Really, Really (Jimmy); Macbeth (Macduff), directed by Taibi Magar; Clybourne Park (Jim/Tom); and She Stoops to Conquer (Charles Marlow). He has also recently appeared in La Cage Aux Folles (Jean Michele) at The Lake Dillon Theatre Co, and the original cast and International/Asia tour of Barbie Live! The Musical. BFA: Florida State University. GO NOLES!

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Macbeth, Metamorphoses, Too more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Macbeth, Metamorphoses, Too True To Be Good, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre, and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse), and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., and HERE Arts Center.

Donald Carrier

Donald Carrier

(Interim Director of CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program an) recently directed Clybourne Park, The Misanthrope, Shaw’s Too True to Be Good, and The Violins of Hope for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; as well as Seminar and Really Really (Beck Center for the Arts), and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre). Selected directing more(Interim Director of CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program an) recently directed Clybourne Park, The Misanthrope, Shaw’s Too True to Be Good, and The Violins of Hope for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program; as well as Seminar and Really Really (Beck Center for the Arts), and Becky Shaw (Dobama Theatre). Selected directing credits include The Crucible, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Alms, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Habeas Corpus, The Pirates of Penzance, and Oh! What a Lovely War. He has appeared at Cleveland Play House in Shakespeare in Love; All the Way; Luna Gale; The Crucible; The Little Foxes; Yentl; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Ten Chimneys; Noises Off; and Lincolnesque. Regional credits include The Old Globe, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, The Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Huntington Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He spent nine seasons at the Stratford Festival and two seasons at the Shaw Festival. Television/film: Guns, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Passion of Ayn Rand, and Dead by Monday. Don is a proud Lunt/Fontanne Fellow and is the Interim Director of the CWRU/ CPH MFA Acting Program.

Jill Davis

(Scenic Designer) Jill Davis is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University teaching scenic and lighting design and serving as Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer. Set designs for CWRU undergraduate productions include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Betty the Yeti, The Learned Ladies, and The Addams Family. Set designs more(Scenic Designer) Jill Davis is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University teaching scenic and lighting design and serving as Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer. Set designs for CWRU undergraduate productions include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Betty the Yeti, The Learned Ladies, and The Addams Family. Set designs for the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program include Clybourne Park, Too True to Be Good, Identity Theft, Present Laughter, An Orchard, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Big Love, and Little Foxes. Other professional set design credits include Chez Feydeau (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London); Marjorie Prime, The Mystery of Love and Sex, Belleville, Time Stands Still, and Grizzly Mama (Dobama Theater); and A Doll’s House (The American Stage Theater Company). As the Charge Scenic Artist at Cleveland Play House 2001-2011, she was in charge of painting the sets for over 100 productions. Jilldavisscenicdesign.com.

Nicholas Drashner

(Sound Designer) is a Cleveland-based sound designer and projection designer. Recent credits include The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse/Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Orpheus & Eurydice (THE TRIP, Theatre Lab NYC), The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse), Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla Playhouse/Honolulu Theatre for Youth), Beijing Spring more(Sound Designer) is a Cleveland-based sound designer and projection designer. Recent credits include The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse/Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Orpheus & Eurydice (THE TRIP, Theatre Lab NYC), The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse), Suzette Who Set to Sea (La Jolla Playhouse/Honolulu Theatre for Youth), Beijing Spring (East West Players), Kingdom City (La Jolla Playhouse), Fool for Love (Chalk Repertory Theatre), Chagall (Malashock Dance), Lonely Boys Guide to Survival (La Jolla Playhouse), Words By (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Topdog/Underdog (Ion Theatre). He received an MFA in Sound Design for Theatre and Dance from University of California San Diego and is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Design & Projection Design at Kent State University.

Angelina Herin

(Costume Designer) has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist with companies across the country. She is pleased to have had her work presented at venues including Seattle Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Village Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Ashland University, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina. more(Costume Designer) has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist with companies across the country. She is pleased to have had her work presented at venues including Seattle Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Village Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Ashland University, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina. In addition, Angelina has had the opportunity to work with several television production companies as a makeup artist and stylist including Script to Screen, Mad Monkey, and ESPN. She is currently an Associate Professor and Resident Costume Designer at Case Western Reserve University. Angelina earned her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of USITT and Costume Society of America

Laura Kepley

Laura Kepley

(Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House) 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 more(Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House) 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 MFA 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.

Austin Kilpatrick

(Stage Manager) recently worked with Cleveland Play House as a Production Assistant for Disney’s Freaky Friday. Previously he worked with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program on She Stoops to Conquer and Metamorphosis. Additional stage management credits include 44 Plays for 44 presidents (Cleveland Public Theatre); The Addams Family Musical, more(Stage Manager) recently worked with Cleveland Play House as a Production Assistant for Disney’s Freaky Friday. Previously he worked with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program on She Stoops to Conquer and Metamorphosis. Additional stage management credits include 44 Plays for 44 presidents (Cleveland Public Theatre); The Addams Family Musical, Measure for Measure, and Fifth of July (Eldred Theatre). He has worked previously at the Des Moines Metro Opera, Bard Summerscape Festival, and Theatre West Summer Repertory. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a B.A in Technical Theatre and B.S. in Accounting.

Taibi Magar

(Director) is an Egyptian-American director based in New York, and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program. Most recently, she directed the critically acclaimed Master at the Foundry Theatre (NYT Critics Pick). Other recent projects: Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics Pick, Obie Award for Best New American Work), more(Director) is an Egyptian-American director based in New York, and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program. Most recently, she directed the critically acclaimed Master at the Foundry Theatre (NYT Critics Pick). Other recent projects: Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics Pick, Obie Award for Best New American Work), Dry Powder (The Alley), We Are Proud to Present (The Guthrie). In New York, Taibi has directed and developed work for The Foundry, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, TFANA, the Women’s Project Theatre, Rising Phoenix Rep, and INTAR Theatre. She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, a Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, the TFANA Actors and Director Project Fellowship, the Kaplan Fellowship, and is an alumni of Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Taibi has directed and taught at many academic institutions, including Juilliard, Fordham University, Brown University, and New York University. She is currently developing Patrick and Daniel Lazour’s We Live in Cairo (2016 Richard Rodgers Award) with New York Theatre Workshop. Upcoming projects: Aleshea Harris’ Is God Is (Soho Rep), Danai Gurira’s Familiar (The Guthrie and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company).

Jerrold Scott

Jerrold Scott

(Chair of CWRU Department of Theater) is Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University where he teaches directing, classical acting, and speech and dialects, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Eldred Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has directed She Stoops to more(Chair of CWRU Department of Theater) is Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater at Case Western Reserve University where he teaches directing, classical acting, and speech and dialects, and also serves as Artistic Director of the Eldred Theater. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, he has directed She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, Present Laughter, Heartbreak House, The Real Thing, and performed in As You Like It. Jerrold has directed 15 productions at Eldred Theater including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other local directing credits include A Doll’s House, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Polish Joke (Beck Center for the Arts); As You Like It (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival); and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Weathervane Playhouse in Akron). Prior to his CWRU appointment, he worked as a director, actor, and educator in Washington, DC. He has taught at George Mason University, The Catholic University of America, and served a visiting lectureship at The Ohio State University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina/The Shakespeare Theatre, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and pursued further study in classical performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jerrold is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and an associate member of SDC.

Cyrus C. Taylor

(Dean of CWRU College of Arts and Sciences) is the Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He joined the CWRU faculty in 1988. He has been a member of the Faculty Senate and served as chair of the Senate's Budget Committee, as well as a more(Dean of CWRU College of Arts and Sciences) is the Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He joined the CWRU faculty in 1988. He has been a member of the Faculty Senate and served as chair of the Senate's Budget Committee, as well as a member of the SAGES Implementation Task Force. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) program at CWRU, the first private university to be funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to promote full participation of women at all levels of faculty and academic leadership. Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A former Truman Scholar, Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow, he has published more than 60 papers and given more than 70 invited talks. Taylor has worked in theoretical and experimental high-energy physics, serving as co-spokesman of the MiniMax collaboration (FNAL T-864) at Fermilab and as co-spokesperson of the FELIX collaboration at CERN. He created and directed the Physics Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), which he helped expand into the now internationally known Science Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at CWRU. In 2002 he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for providing a new paradigm for graduate education in physics through creation of a Physics Entrepreneurship Master's Program and in 2003 was awarded the Price Institute Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award.

Dusten Welch

(Fight Director) is an award-winning fight choreographer, director, and teacher. Favorite choreography credits include The Tempest (Great Lakes Theater); Titus: A Grand and Glorious Rock Musical (Cleveland Public Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival); Breach, Two Nobel Kinsmen, Henry IV Part 1 (Baldwin Wallace University); as well more(Fight Director) is an award-winning fight choreographer, director, and teacher. Favorite choreography credits include The Tempest (Great Lakes Theater); Titus: A Grand and Glorious Rock Musical (Cleveland Public Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival); Breach, Two Nobel Kinsmen, Henry IV Part 1 (Baldwin Wallace University); as well as works at Dobama Theatre, Convergence-Continuum, Ensemble Theatre, Academy for the Performing Arts, Ashland University, and St. Bonaventure University (NY). His fight choreography has been recognized by the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, IMDB, Cleveland Magazine, Scene Magazine, and Cool Cleveland. Dusten teaches at the Academy for the Performing Arts and is an adjunct professor of Stage Combat for the BFA program at Baldwin Wallace University where he also serves as Resident Fight Choreographer. He is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, holds a BA in Theatre from Ashland University, and is an ME candidate at Kent State University.

Learning From the Best: The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

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