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September 14 - October 6, 2019 , Allen Theatre

Into the Breeches!

by George Brant
directed by Laura Kepley

Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission

“We Can Do It!” So said Rosie the Riveter, and so say the women of Cleveland, Ohio, in this vibrant new comedy! It’s 1942, and the leading men of the Oberon Play House are fighting overseas. With “The Show Must Go On!” as their battle cry, a band of passionate, yet inexperienced, performers rally together to produce the Oberon’s season opener, an all-female version of Shakespeare’s ambitious Henry IV and Henry V. Will their production be a victory on the home front or a target for rotten tomatoes? A hilarious and moving story about what happens when we’re all in it together.

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Nisi Sturgis as Maggie Dalton. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Elisabeth A. Yancey (Grace Richards) and Comfort Dolo (Ida Green). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton), Tina Stafford (Celeste Fielding). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Elisabeth A. Yancey (Grace Richards), Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

The cast of Into the Breeches! Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Brian Sills (Stuart Lasker), Peggy Roeder (Winifred Snow). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Peggy Roeder (Winifred Snow), Comfort Dolo (Ida Green), Courtney Stennett (June Bennett), Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton), Elisabeth Yancey (Grace Richards). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton), Jeff Talbott (Ellsworth Snow). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Comfort Dolo (Ida Green), Elisabeth A. Yancey (Grace Richards). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Courtney Stennett (June Bennett), Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Nisi Sturgis as Maggie Dalton. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Elisabeth A. Yancey (Grace Richards), Courtney Stennett (June Bennett), Tina Stafford (Celeste Fielding), Peggy Roeder (Winifred Snow), Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Peggy Roeder as Winifred Snow. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton), Peggy Roeder (Winifred Snow), and Jeff Talbott (Ellsworth Snow). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Tina Stafford (Celeste Fielding) and Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Comfort Dolo (Ida Green), Brian Sills (Stuart Lasker). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Nisi Sturgis as Maggie Dalton. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Elisabeth A. Yancey (Grace Richards), Peggy Roeder (Winifred Snow), Nisi Sturgis (Maggie Dalton), Tina Stafford (Celeste Fielding), Courtney Stennett (June Bennett). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

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George Brant

George Brant

(Playwright) locally produced plays include Grounded (CPH, Dobama), Marie and Rosetta (CPH), Grizzly Mama (Dobama), Salvage (none too fragile), and Elephant’s Graveyard (Parma Senior High School). Other plays include Tender Age, The Mourners’ Bench, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, One Hand Clapping, Any Other Name, Night of the more(Playwright) locally produced plays include Grounded (CPH, Dobama), Marie and Rosetta (CPH), Grizzly Mama (Dobama), Salvage (none too fragile), and Elephant’s Graveyard (Parma Senior High School). Other plays include Tender Age, The Mourners’ Bench, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, One Hand Clapping, Any Other Name, Night of the Mime, and Dark Room. His work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Alley Theatre, City Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, Studio Theatre, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His scripts have been awarded a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, the Keene Prize for Literature, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, an Off-West End Theatre Award, three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, a Creative Workforce Fellowship and the Theatre Netto Festival Grand Prize. Brant has received writing fellowships from the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the McCarter Theatre Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Blue Mountain Center, as well as commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Repertory and Dobama Theatre. George received his MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books, and Smith & Kraus. He is proud to call Cleveland home.

Alex Brightwell

Alex Brightwell

(Understudy: Stuart Lasker) 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 more(Understudy: Stuart Lasker) 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.

Kasey Connolly

Kasey Connolly

(Understudy: Maggie Dalton) 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 more(Understudy: Maggie Dalton) 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. kaseyconnolly.com

Comfort Dolo

Comfort Dolo

(Ida Green) 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 more(Ida Green) 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: Ida Green in Into the Breeches! (Cleveland Play House), Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever and Sorin in The Seagull (CWRU/CPH), 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!

Peggy Roeder

Peggy Roeder

(Winifred Snow) earned her Equity Union Card at the Cleveland Play House four decades ago. She appeared at CPH in Butterflies Are Free, The Removalists, Hamlet, In Fashion, and other shows. Since then, she has worked at Steppenwolf (The Dresser), Goodman (Landscape of the Body), Mark Taper Forum (The Cider more(Winifred Snow) earned her Equity Union Card at the Cleveland Play House four decades ago. She appeared at CPH in Butterflies Are Free, The Removalists, Hamlet, In Fashion, and other shows. Since then, she has worked at Steppenwolf (The Dresser), Goodman (Landscape of the Body), Mark Taper Forum (The Cider House Rules), Asolo Rep (Grapes of Wrath), Atlantic Theatre Co. (The Cider House Rules), Milwaukee Rep (Clean House), Chicago Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet), The Muny of St Louis (Wizard of Oz), Peninsula Players (Outside Mullingar), Marriott Lincolnshire (Gypsy), and many other theatres. Film and TV credits include Groundhog Day, Road To Perdition, Were the World Mine, Stranger Than Fiction, Star Trek:DS9, and Law & Order. Her work has garnered five Jeff Awards, three Artisan Awards, and two After Dark Awards.

Brian Sills

Brian Sills

(Stuart Lasker) previous Cleveland Play House credits include Eric Coble’s Fairfield and Around The World In 80 Days. Brian also hosted the Copacabana, the annual CPH gala this year. Off-Broadway credits include: The Machine (Park Avenue Armory), Prurience (The Guggenheim), The First Annual Trump Family Special (Triad Theatre). London: The more(Stuart Lasker) previous Cleveland Play House credits include Eric Coble’s Fairfield and Around The World In 80 Days. Brian also hosted the Copacabana, the annual CPH gala this year. Off-Broadway credits include: The Machine (Park Avenue Armory), Prurience (The Guggenheim), The First Annual Trump Family Special (Triad Theatre). London: The Machine (Donmar Warehouse). National US Tour: The Lion King (original cast). Select Regional Theatre credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Bay Street Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre. Television credits include: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Crashing, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mr. Robot, and the upcoming Lifetime holiday TV movie Twinkle All The Way. Film credits include: Bikini Moon, Baby On Board, Nothing Like The Holidays, Rocky Marciano. A graduate of The Ryerson Theatre School at Ryerson University in Toronto, Brian currently resides in New York City.

Tina Stafford

Tina Stafford

(Celeste Fielding) is thrilled to be back at CPH! She was last seen as Queen Elizabeth and the Nurse in Shakespeare in Love, toured through Cleveland with Once First National Tour, and Jolson, and appeared at Willoughby Fine Arts with Liz Swados’ Missionaries. She has played leading roles at Arena more(Celeste Fielding) is thrilled to be back at CPH! She was last seen as Queen Elizabeth and the Nurse in Shakespeare in Love, toured through Cleveland with Once First National Tour, and Jolson, and appeared at Willoughby Fine Arts with Liz Swados’ Missionaries. She has played leading roles at Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Goodspeed Musicals, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, the Maine, Texas and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and she’s done many interesting Off-Broadway shows you’ve never heard of. All My Children fans may remember Ms. Stafford as Erica Kane’s gruff but loveable prison guard, Slim. Proud Equity member.

Courtney Stennett

Courtney Stennett

(June Bennett) 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 Chautauqua Theatre Company in One Man, Two Guvnors; A Midsummer Night's Dream; more(June Bennett) 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 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!

Nisi Sturgis

Nisi Sturgis

(Maggie Dalton) is delighted to be back in Cleveland! CPH first welcomed her as Mrs. Giving in In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. In 2017, she returned to play 14 characters in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Her extensive regional credits include, Doubt, Pride more(Maggie Dalton) is delighted to be back in Cleveland! CPH first welcomed her as Mrs. Giving in In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. In 2017, she returned to play 14 characters in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Her extensive regional credits include, Doubt, Pride and Prejudice, You Can’t Take It With You, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Denver Center); A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Life of Riley, Pentecost, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles (The Old Globe); A Streetcar Named Desire, Arms and the Man, Our Town, Trelawny of the Wells (Shakespeare Theatre NJ); Failure: A Love Story, Macbeth, Cymbeline, As You Like It, Ceasar, (ISF); Disgraced tour at the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep., and Seattle Rep. (BATA award). On Broadway, she appeared as The Woman in 39 Steps. Some Off-Broadway credits include Intimate Apparel and The Pretty Trap. She loves Shakespeare, roles across the country include: Hermione, Titania, Lady Macbeth, Viola, the Nurse, Mark Antony and Jaques. MFA from The Old Globe Theatre. Recurring role as June Thompson for five seasons in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She is an Assistant Professor of Acting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff Talbott

Jeff Talbott

(Ellsworth Snow) is thrilled to be back at CPH with George Brant's spectacular play. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); Off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including his most recent: the regional premiere of Oslo. Other regional credits: The more(Ellsworth Snow) is thrilled to be back at CPH with George Brant's spectacular play. He has been on Broadway (Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool); Off-Broadway (Abundance, Such Good Friends, Home of the Brave); and has extensive regional credits, including his most recent: the regional premiere of Oslo. Other regional credits: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple, Race, circle mirror transformation, Frost/Nixon, and Doubt at theatres including Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and Yale Repertory Theatre, among many others. He has been on film (Julie & Julia) and TV (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, all the Law & Orders, One Life to Live, and As the World Turns). As a writer, his plays include The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award, Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award; off-Broadway at MCC Theater); The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (Off-Broadway at TACT); i (Pioneer Theatre Company) and Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors (commissioned and produced by Montclair State University). He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. They have written Imagine Harry, Wintersong, Seven Broken Hearts, and The Circle and the Wheel. They have also released an EP of their songs called A View of the River (available on iTunes). Jeff is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. jefftalbott.com

Elisabeth Yancey

Elisabeth Yancey

(Grace Richards) was most recently seen onstage as Myra in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other credits with CWRU/CPH include 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 more(Grace Richards) was most recently seen onstage as Myra in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of Hay Fever. Other credits with CWRU/CPH include 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 could not be more delighted to join this ensemble in bringing this story to life! Instagram: @elisabethyancey

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: Into the Breeches!; Native Gardens; An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; 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 more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: Into the Breeches!; Native Gardens; An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; 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, 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., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

Kyra Button

(Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be in her 3rd season at Cleveland Play House, having worked on An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her previous credits include The Heart’s Impatience (Shufflefoot Theatre Company), Resistance more(Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be in her 3rd season at Cleveland Play House, having worked on An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her previous credits include The Heart’s Impatience (Shufflefoot Theatre Company), Resistance (Semicolon Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Medea and Dreamgirls (Red House Arts Center), This Day Forward (The Vineyard Theatre), and The Intergenerational Project (Rose Bruford, London). She is overjoyed to be continuing her work with CPH and is proud to hold a BFA in Stage Management from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama.

Angela Calin

(Costume Designer) is very pleased to be back on the creative team for Into the Breeches and to make her debut at the Cleveland Play House. She is a costume and set designer based in Los Angeles with over 120 productions in local and regional theatres. Her recent credits include more(Costume Designer) is very pleased to be back on the creative team for Into the Breeches and to make her debut at the Cleveland Play House. She is a costume and set designer based in Los Angeles with over 120 productions in local and regional theatres. Her recent credits include Shakespeare in love at The Alliance Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare; Sweet Charity at UCLA/Freud Playhouse; Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl; Two Degrees and To Kill a Mockingbird at Denver Center Theatre Company; The Monster Builder and The Roommate at South Coast Repertory; Into the Breeches At Chautauqua Theatre Company, Othello, Man Of La Mancha, and Noises Off at A Noise Within Theatre where she’s a resident artist. Her work has been seen at the South Coast Rep., Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, Denver Center Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, Antaeus and various other theatres in Los Angeles. Angela’s designs garnered L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle, Ovation, Backstage and Drama Logue Awards. She has 16 film production credits in the US and her native Romania and she holds an MFA in set and costume design from the Academy of Arts “N. Grigorescu” in Bucharest- Romania.

Jean E. Compton

(Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Cleveland Play House, where she previously spent the 2015-2016 centennial season as the Stage Management Apprentice. She is now based in Chicago, where credits include The Death of Gaia Divine (Momentary Theatre), Spirits to Enforce (The Passage Theatre), Candide and Mudpie 2018 more(Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Cleveland Play House, where she previously spent the 2015-2016 centennial season as the Stage Management Apprentice. She is now based in Chicago, where credits include The Death of Gaia Divine (Momentary Theatre), Spirits to Enforce (The Passage Theatre), Candide and Mudpie 2018 (Mudlark Theater Company), You for Me for You (Sideshow Theatre Company), Lizzie (Firebrand Theatre), and Shining Lives (Northlight Theatre). Her regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Octoroon, and Into the Breeches! (Chautauqua Theater Company); Venus in Fur and The Whale (Rep Stage); and the 2016-2017 season at Two River Theater. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. jeanecompton.com

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he worked at Porthouse Theatre where he stage managed Man of La Mancha and The Music Man. John has also stage managed at North more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. This past summer, he worked at Porthouse Theatre where he stage managed Man of La Mancha and The Music Man. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, and Seaside Music Theatre.

Kevin Inouye

(Fight Choreographer) is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor with the Society of American Fight Director, a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, and has choreographed theatrical violence for over 70 live shows and over 25 screen productions. He joined Case Western Reserve University and the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program in Fall more(Fight Choreographer) is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Instructor with the Society of American Fight Director, a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, and has choreographed theatrical violence for over 70 live shows and over 25 screen productions. He joined Case Western Reserve University and the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program in Fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Movement, Acting, & Stage Combat. He is a published author, actor, director, theatrical armorer, and teaches workshops regularly around the country.

Ora Jewell-Busche

(Wig Designer) is a Minnesota based wig and makeup designer with over a decade of working in the field of opera, theater, and film. She has worked extensively with companies ranging from The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass Theater, The Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theater, and many more. Recent more(Wig Designer) is a Minnesota based wig and makeup designer with over a decade of working in the field of opera, theater, and film. She has worked extensively with companies ranging from The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass Theater, The Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theater, and many more. Recent credits include: Aida, Turandot, Carmen, The Magic Flute (Pacific Symphony); Les Uncomfortables, The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto (Lyric Opera of the North); Rusalka, Hansel and Gretel (Little LOON); Il Trovatore, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Tales of Hoffman, The Daughter of the Regiment (Hawaii Opera Theater). Film and television credits include Were the World Mine, Chicago Overcoat, Prison Break and Batman v Superman. Ora also teaches Theatrical Makeup at Makeup First School of Makeup artistry.

Thom Jones

(Voice, Speech and Text Coach) is the head of Voice and Speech for Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company's Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing and has coached voice, dialects, and text extensively in theatre, film, and television. Theatres where he has coached include: The Public Theater, Shakespeare in more(Voice, Speech and Text Coach) is the head of Voice and Speech for Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company's Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing and has coached voice, dialects, and text extensively in theatre, film, and television. Theatres where he has coached include: The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, Noel Coward Theatre (London’s West End), Yale Repertory Company, Dallas Theater Center, McCarter Theatre, Cleveland Play House, The Huntington Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Hartford Stage, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre. For Film and Television, he has voice, dialect and text coached numerous actors, including: Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Emma Watson, Andra Day, Miles Teller, Jennifer Hudson, Bill Skarsgard, Lashana Lynch, Lakeith Stanfield, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Segal, Ciaran Hinds, David Oyelowo, Amy Adams, Lily Rabe, Mel Gibson, Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Simon Peg, Mark Rylance, Sherie Rene Scott, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Melissa Leo, Emily Van Camp, Blythe Danner, Logan Lerman, Linda Emond, Ryan Reynolds, and others, as well as for directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Lee Daniels, Ridley Scott, Ben Younger, and others.

Laura Kepley

Laura Kepley

(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including Into the Breeches!; 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); more(Director) became Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House in 2013 and has directed numerous CPH mainstage productions including Into the Breeches!; 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 Tiny Houses; The Chinese Lady; 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, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and 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.

Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly

(Assistant Director/Drama League Directing Fellow) is a Brooklyn-based director and choreographer. Her work has been seen in NYC at BAM (Fisher), The Public Theater, PS122, BRIC House, The Bushwick Starr, and Terminal 5. She's directed multiple productions with the experimental company Fovea Floods, highlights include Fasten and The Turn of more(Assistant Director/Drama League Directing Fellow) is a Brooklyn-based director and choreographer. Her work has been seen in NYC at BAM (Fisher), The Public Theater, PS122, BRIC House, The Bushwick Starr, and Terminal 5. She's directed multiple productions with the experimental company Fovea Floods, highlights include Fasten and The Turn of the Screw. She assistant directed with LAByrinth Theater while in residence at The Public Theater. As a guest artist at Skidmore College, she directed Who Will Carry the Word and Let the Right One In. Most recently she was a directing observer on Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre observing director, Rachel Chavkin. Through TCG and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she’s a three-time Leadership U(niversity) Serving the Field grant recipient. Her training includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, SITI Company Summer Intensive, SDCF Observership Class, and Skidmore College. She’s a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a 2019 Drama League Directing Fellow.

Kevin Moore

(Managing Director) is in his thirteenth season at Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. During his tenure, CPH made its historic relocation to the Allen Theatre in partnership with Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Forward, more(Managing Director) is in his thirteenth season at Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. During his tenure, CPH made its historic relocation to the Allen Theatre in partnership with Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Forward, the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, and the Commission on Economic Inclusion. From 1998 to 2007, Kevin was Managing Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. where he helped lead the funding and construction of an award-winning new theatre facility. Previous positions include Director of Marketing at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California. He is a former president of both the National New Play Network and the League of Washington Theatres. Kevin teaches theatre management at Cleveland State University and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University. He is a graduate of Moorhead (MN) State University, holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University, and is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2009.

Robert Mark Morgan

(Scenic Design) designed Sweat, The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way, A Christmas Story, The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie, Emma, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob for Cleveland Play House. Other credits include Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, and more(Scenic Design) designed Sweat, The Diary of Anne Frank, All the Way, A Christmas Story, The Whipping Man, The Glass Menagerie, Emma, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob for Cleveland Play House. Other credits include Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Billy Elliot, and Seussical The Musical (The Muny in St. Louis); exhibit designer for Avatar the Exhibition (Experience Music Project in Seattle); Fallen Angels (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Joshua's Boots (Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Amarillo Opera); The Rainmaker, A Moon for the Misbegotten (2007 Prague Design Quadrennial); The Dazzle (A.C.T. San Francisco); The Giver, The Diary of Anne Frank, Jesus Hates Me, and House of the Spirits (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Saint Joan, Jekyll & Hyde, Ordinary Nation, Rabbit Hole, Fall of Heaven, and 4000 Miles (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Subject Tonight is Love (Alliance Theatre Company); Just Stopped by to See the Man and The Whipping Man (The Old Globe); and numerous Utah Shakespeare Festival productions in the 2012/13 season. Robert is a Teaching Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program in interdisciplinary education. morgansetdesign.com

Jane Shaw

(Sound Designer) for Cleveland Play House: Sweat; The Royale; Shakespeare in Love (original music); All the Way; Steel Magnolias; The Crucible; The Little Foxes; Grounded; A Carol for Cleveland; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Her credits include Engagement Party (Hartford Stage), Actually (MTC), Annie Get Your more(Sound Designer) for Cleveland Play House: Sweat; The Royale; Shakespeare in Love (original music); All the Way; Steel Magnolias; The Crucible; The Little Foxes; Grounded; A Carol for Cleveland; and In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Her credits include Engagement Party (Hartford Stage), Actually (MTC), Annie Get Your Gun (Bay Street), They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe), Oo Bla Dee (Two River), and productions at Theatre for a New Audience, New York Theatre Workshop, the Mint Theater, Asolo, Northern Stage, Dorset Theater Festival, and American Repertory Theater. Ms. Shaw’s sound designs have earned a Drama Desk, Bessie Award, Henry Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, Premios ACE 2012, Meet the Composer grant, Theatre Communication Group's Career Development Program and nominations for two Lortels, Henry Hewes and Elliot Norton awards. She was born in Kansas and lives in Brooklyn.

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