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October 13 - 23, 2021 , The Helen

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program

Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

Run time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)
Advisory: contains some sexual innuendo and comedic stage violence.

"If music be the food of love, play on!" The CWRU/CPH MFA Class of 2022 returns to in-person performances with Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, Twelfth Night. In the land of Illyria, anything can happen. And when a ship wrecks on its tropical shores, mistaken identities, mismatched partners, fights, falls, feints, music and confusion all collide in the pursuit of love. A fun, playful, and uplifting romp.

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Isaac Baker

Isaac Baker

(Sir Toby/Antonio) (he/him) is grateful and excited for his second performance with Cleveland Play House. He recently appeared in the CPH production of Antigone, as well as the CWRU/CPH MFA production of Twelfth Night. Other credits from his time with the MFA Program include Middletown, The Last Days of more(Sir Toby/Antonio) (he/him) is grateful and excited for his second performance with Cleveland Play House. He recently appeared in the CPH production of Antigone, as well as the CWRU/CPH MFA production of Twelfth Night. Other credits from his time with the MFA Program include Middletown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Electra/Orestes. Other credits include The Merchant of Venice and Shakespeare in Love at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Romeo and Juliet and The Crucible at the Public Theatre of Kentucky, as well as the collegiate premiere of Fun Home at the University of Evansville.

Harper Case

Harper Case

(Curio/Officer) is elated to make her CPH debut and to work with such an incredible team of artists in Twelfth Night. Harper is a recent graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Business Management. Prior CWRU credits include Reckless; The Effect of Gamma more(Curio/Officer) is elated to make her CPH debut and to work with such an incredible team of artists in Twelfth Night. Harper is a recent graduate from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Business Management. Prior CWRU credits include Reckless; The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds; Cry-Baby; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, and others. She has performed locally in Henry V and Julius Caesar with The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. She’d like to thank her family and T.M. for all that they do.

Kristina Gabriela

Kristina Gabriela

(Viola) is excited to make her second appearance in the Allen Theatre in this exciting production! Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is in her final year in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She received her BA in acting/directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and was recently seen more(Viola) is excited to make her second appearance in the Allen Theatre in this exciting production! Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is in her final year in the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. She received her BA in acting/directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and was recently seen in the cast of the world premiere of Light It Up! at Cleveland Play House. CWRU/CPH credits include Viola in Twelfth Night, Electra in Electra/Orestes, WHO’S WHO clevelandplayhouse.com 21 and Sweetheart/F doctor/F tourist in Middletown. Other credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Mimi in Rent, and Beauty in Smokefall. She would also like to thank God, her friends, and family for their love and support. Thank you to everyone who did their part to help theatre and the arts stay alive. Enjoy the show! @quirky_kris

Sierra Grabowska

Sierra Grabowska

(Maria) is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in theatre and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies, and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean more(Maria) is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in theatre and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies, and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean improv comedy troupe. Other theatre 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.

Bridget Kim

Bridget Kim

(Sir Andrew/Priest) galloped over from the great state of Kentucky, where she earned a BA in political science from the University of Louisville. This spring, Bridget will graduate with her MFA in acting from the CWRU/CPH MFA Program, and head to New York City to launch her film/television career. more(Sir Andrew/Priest) galloped over from the great state of Kentucky, where she earned a BA in political science from the University of Louisville. This spring, Bridget will graduate with her MFA in acting from the CWRU/CPH MFA Program, and head to New York City to launch her film/television career. During her last months in Cleveland, she wrote, directed, and starred in her lively one-woman show, performed as Sir Andrew in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (CWRU/CPH), and made her Cleveland Play House debut as Ismene in Antigone.

Gustavo Márquez

Gustavo Márquez

(Duke Orsino) is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting program class of 2022. They are so excited to be in this production and feel blessed to be working with these immensely skilled, funny and talented artists. Being in the room with this more(Duke Orsino) is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting program class of 2022. They are so excited to be in this production and feel blessed to be working with these immensely skilled, funny and talented artists. Being in the room with this ensemble has brought so much life to him. Professional credits include Light it Up!, Antigone (Cleveland Play House); Sweat, A Christmas Carol, 22 Native Gardens (Denver Center Theatre Company). CWRU/CPH credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Twelfth Night, Middletown, and Electra/ Orestes. Other stage credits include The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar (Colorado Shakespeare Festival Tour), The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Metamorphoses, You Can’t Take It With You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, American Idiot, Dracula and Grease. He is very grateful to his family, friends, and mentors who have supported him in his pursuit of an artistic life. After this production Gustavo will be New York bound and establish roots in the city. Gustavo-Marquez.com

Ricky Ortega

Ricky Ortega

(Sebastian/Valentine) is a Cleveland-based actor and theatre artist. He is a 2020 graduate of Kent State University, where he holds a BA in History and was a founding member of Latinx in Theatre, the first Latinx theatre student organization in the Midwest. Most recently he was seen in Pandemonium more(Sebastian/Valentine) is a Cleveland-based actor and theatre artist. He is a 2020 graduate of Kent State University, where he holds a BA in History and was a founding member of Latinx in Theatre, the first Latinx theatre student organization in the Midwest. Most recently he was seen in Pandemonium and La Frontera and the Heart, both at Cleveland Public Theatre. Other credits include DJ/Lio Morales/Trujillo in In the Time of the Butterflies (staged reading) Benedicto in Vejigantes, and Victor in La Gringa (staged reading) at Kent State University. He is incredibly grateful for this opportunity and for those who've supported him along the way. Enjoy the show!

Christopher B.  Portley

Christopher B. Portley

(Feste) Christopher is a third-year MFA candidate in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. He is originally from Dallas, Texas. He holds a BS from the University of North Texas. He recently made his Chautauqua Theater Company debut this past summer playing De’Andre in Dominique more(Feste) Christopher is a third-year MFA candidate in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. He is originally from Dallas, Texas. He holds a BS from the University of North Texas. He recently made his Chautauqua Theater Company debut this past summer playing De’Andre in Dominique Morisseau’s Blood at the Root directed by Stori Ayers, and Zanni and Flavio in Commedia dell’ Arte directed by Andrew Borba. His CWRU/ CPH MFA credits include Twelfth Night, Electra/Orestes, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Middletown. Other theatre credits include Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 (African American Repertory Theatre); The Tempest and Measure For Measure (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford); Stick Fly (University of North Texas); and Memphis (Musical Theatre of Denton). Most importantly, he thanks God for this moment, and his family and friends for their continued love and support throughout his journey. Christopher is taking his final year in grad school by the horns and is excited about the next season of his life. LEARN MORE: ideastream.org/together

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

(Olivia) is a performing artist, aspiring intimacy director, and anti-racist theatre advocate.Jordan is thrilled to be making her second Cleveland Play House appearance, and debut on the Allen Stage. Jordan is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and obtained a BFA in acting from Oakland University. Jordan is currently pursuing certification more(Olivia) is a performing artist, aspiring intimacy director, and anti-racist theatre advocate.Jordan is thrilled to be making her second Cleveland Play House appearance, and debut on the Allen Stage. Jordan is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and obtained a BFA in acting from Oakland University. Jordan is currently pursuing certification in intimacy direction with IDC. Jordan’s work is focused on decolonizing theatre, building a consent-based/antiracist culture, and centering Black Liberation within storytelling. Jordan most recently appeared in the Cleveland Play House production of Antigone.

Noah Williams

Noah Williams

(Malvolio/Captain) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama, where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. Noah would like to more(Malvolio/Captain) came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama, where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. Noah would like to send a huge shoutout to the family he was born with and the family that he found along the way. Enjoy the show!

Sam White

Sam White

(Director) is the award-winning founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a non-profit theatre based in Detroit, Michigan. Her credits also include the prestigious 2017 Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is also a member of the 2017 Cohort for ArtEquity in Los Angeles, CA. In more(Director) is the award-winning founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, a non-profit theatre based in Detroit, Michigan. Her credits also include the prestigious 2017 Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is also a member of the 2017 Cohort for ArtEquity in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, White served as the Assistant Director for Antoni Cimolino's 2018 production of The Tempest at the Stratford Festival (Canada). She was also a part of the inaugural 2019 cohort for Classical Directing Fellows at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. White served as the director for 2019's Twelfth Night at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah and also completed the Director's Intensive at Yale University during its Summer Session that same year. Her most recent credits include directing A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program in San Diego, California as well as Romeo & Juliet for the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Richard H. Morris, Jr.

(Scenic Designer) is a Cleveland, Ohio based Scenic and Lighting designer. Recent designs include, American Son (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Bourbon at the Border (Allegheny Play Shop theatre), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (Karamu House). Mr. Morris has designed scenery for over 150 productions and was the recipient of the more(Scenic Designer) is a Cleveland, Ohio based Scenic and Lighting designer. Recent designs include, American Son (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Bourbon at the Border (Allegheny Play Shop theatre), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (Karamu House). Mr. Morris has designed scenery for over 150 productions and was the recipient of the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival award for “Outstanding Achievements in Scenic Design”. In 2013, Mr. Morris was Keynote Speaker at Alabama State University on African Americans in Scenic Design. He is currently Technical Director/Resident Scenic Designer for Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Morris’s scenic and lighting designs have been seen at Akron School of Performing Arts, Ensemble Theatre Cleveland, Cleveland Public Theatre, Oberlin College Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Akron Civic Theatre, and Rabbit Run Theatre. Mr. Morris holds a B.A. in Scenic and Lighting Design from Kent State University.

Jeffrey Van Curtis

(Costume Designer) is Cleveland Play House’s Costume Shop Manager. CPH design credits include A Carol for Cleveland, My Name is Asher Lev, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Doubt, I Am My Own Wife, Rounding Third, Proof, Dinner with Friends, and Art. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program design credits include Angels more(Costume Designer) is Cleveland Play House’s Costume Shop Manager. CPH design credits include A Carol for Cleveland, My Name is Asher Lev, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Doubt, I Am My Own Wife, Rounding Third, Proof, Dinner with Friends, and Art. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program design credits include Angels in America, Fifth of July, She Stoops to Conquer, A Philadelphia Story, The Winter’s Tale, An Orchard, and others, along with several CPH Theatre for Children productions. Other design credits include Singin’ on the Ohio and The Goblins Will Git You at The Lantern Theatre, productions at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Studio Arena Theatre, and work on the film Kansas City. He has also created wigs for a number of CPH productions. He holds his Master of Fine Arts, Costume Design and Technology from University of Missouri–Kansas City. Jeffrey thanks CPH's Costume, Wardrobe and Wigs staff for their creativity, enthusiasm and support.

Jakyung Cho Seo

(Lighting Designer) is an Associate Professor of Lighting Design and Coordinator of BFA and MFA Design, Technology and Production at Kent State University (KSU). Prior to joining the faculty at KSU she taught at University of Cincinnati and California State University at Fresno. Jakyung has worked as a more(Lighting Designer) is an Associate Professor of Lighting Design and Coordinator of BFA and MFA Design, Technology and Production at Kent State University (KSU). Prior to joining the faculty at KSU she taught at University of Cincinnati and California State University at Fresno. Jakyung has worked as a professional lighting designer and assistant lighting designer in USA regional theatres including Steppenwolf, Congo Square Theatre, Eye to Soul, CATCO, Porthouse, and Lodestone Theatre. Her international credits include: Face at Edinburgh, (UK), What We want is for Thrust Dance Company (Japan) where she was awarded the best prize at the International Dance Festival in Saitama, BINARI at Avignon Off Theatre festival and Theatre Laboratory Elizabeth Czerczuk (France), Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania). Internationally, she has taught lighting design workshops in Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea.

Angie Hayes

(Sound Designer) has designed and mixed sound for productions at many theaters and high schools. She has also recorded and sound designed for several podcasts, including Sidewalk, Munchen, MN, and a radio play series for The Endangered Species Theatre Project of Frederick, MD. She has a Bachelor Degree in more(Sound Designer) has designed and mixed sound for productions at many theaters and high schools. She has also recorded and sound designed for several podcasts, including Sidewalk, Munchen, MN, and a radio play series for The Endangered Species Theatre Project of Frederick, MD. She has a Bachelor Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with an emphasis in Recording Technology and Music Business.

Francisco Cano

(Music Composer & Arranger) is a Mexican music producer, educator, and performer based in Austin, TX.He composes and arranges music for different ensembles in the central Texas area, and performs and directs bands on piano and bass in styles ranging from Latin, jazz, and top 40’s. He is currently more(Music Composer & Arranger) is a Mexican music producer, educator, and performer based in Austin, TX.He composes and arranges music for different ensembles in the central Texas area, and performs and directs bands on piano and bass in styles ranging from Latin, jazz, and top 40’s. He is currently a jazz piano adjunct at Texas A&M University in Kingsville and teaches privately. At the Corpus Christi Playhouse, Francisco has directed musical theatre shows such as Legally Blonde, and Shrek: The Musicaland performed on keyboards and bass in shows such as Cabaret, Avenue Q, and In The Heights to name a few.

Alexis Black

(Intimacy Consultant) is a fight and intimacy director, a theatrical movement specialist and AEA actor. She is certified with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators in the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Margolis Method. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Movement, Acting and Stage Combat at Michigan State University. more(Intimacy Consultant) is a fight and intimacy director, a theatrical movement specialist and AEA actor. She is certified with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators in the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Margolis Method. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Movement, Acting and Stage Combat at Michigan State University. As a movement director she has choreographed for regional theatres, and theatres in New York City, Germany and South Korea. Her intimacy direction has recently been featured at Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Hope Repertory Theatre, and in teaching workshops on Intimacy Direction and theatrical consent practices across the U.S. Black is co-authoring a book on “Staging Intimacy and the Creative Team” (estimated release 2022) through Routledge Publishing. Her fight direction/movement consultation has been featured at venues such as the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Manhattan Theatre Club (Broadway). More can be found at www.alexisblack.net.

Kevin Inouye

(Fight Choreographer) is a certified teacher and theatrical firearms instructor with the Society of American Fight Director and a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer. He has choreographed theatrical violence for over 100 productions, including Into the Breeches!, CLUE, Pipeline, Native Gardens, and Middletown, for Cleveland Play House. A published author, actor, more(Fight Choreographer) is a certified teacher and theatrical firearms instructor with the Society of American Fight Director and a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer. He has choreographed theatrical violence for over 100 productions, including Into the Breeches!, CLUE, Pipeline, Native Gardens, and Middletown, for Cleveland Play House. A published author, actor, director and theatrical armorer, he is assistant professor of movement, acting, and stage combat at Case Western Reserve University and the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting program. He also teaches workshops regularly around the country.

Beth McGee

(Vocal Coach) is a co-founder of Shadow of the Run productions and the playwright of WanderLust, and DreamWalkers, Cleveland’s first fully immersive theater experience, produced in July 2019. She was the on-set dialect coach for Cinemax’s 2016 television series Quarry, directed by Greg Yaitanes. She has been the vocal more(Vocal Coach) is a co-founder of Shadow of the Run productions and the playwright of WanderLust, and DreamWalkers, Cleveland’s first fully immersive theater experience, produced in July 2019. She was the on-set dialect coach for Cinemax’s 2016 television series Quarry, directed by Greg Yaitanes. She has been the vocal coach for CWRU/ CPH MFA Acting Program productions of The Seagull, Fifth of July, Macbeth, Claybourne Park, She Stoops to Conquer, The Philadelphia Story, The Misanthrope, and An Orchard. Additional CPH main stage voice coaching credits include A Christmas Story, The Grapes of Wrath, A Kiss for Cinderella, The Imaginary Invalid, The African Company Presents Richard III, Lady from the Sea, Antigone, and Dracula. She dialect-coached the 2002 film Welcome to Collinwood directed by the Russo Brothers and starring George Clooney. She has coached and/or acted in productions at numerous Cleveland area theatres. She is a professor of voice and acting at CWRU. Devotees of folk music can find her 1980 Folkways album Love is Teasing housed in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution. McGee is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Michelle Levinson

(Stage Manager) (she/they) is a Cleveland-based stage manager originally from Los Angeles, CA. Local stage management credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Joan, and Shakespeare in Love at Ohio Shakespeare Festival; Tovic Tomte and the Trolls at Talespinner Children’s Theatre; and Station Hope ’18 at Cleveland Public Theater. more(Stage Manager) (she/they) is a Cleveland-based stage manager originally from Los Angeles, CA. Local stage management credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Joan, and Shakespeare in Love at Ohio Shakespeare Festival; Tovic Tomte and the Trolls at Talespinner Children’s Theatre; and Station Hope ’18 at Cleveland Public Theater. She also had the opportunity to work on 9 to 5, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Newsies at Porthouse Theater as a stage management intern. They graduated from the theater program at Baldwin Wallace University in the class of 2020.

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