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2012 Staff Bios

David Colacci
Artist Director

In 27 seasons with HSRT (21 as Artistic Director) DAVID COLACCI has directed many productions including Children of Eden, Guys on Ice, Into the Woods, I Do! I Do!, Room Service, Kiss Me, Kate, Godspell, Seussical, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Return to the Forbidden Planet, I Hate Hamlet, Johnny Pye, Suds, and Go Dog Go. The roles he has played include Charlie in The Foreigner, Morgan in The Drawer Boy, Mark in Art, Queeg in The Canine Mutiny Court Martial, Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Lenny in Rumors, Frank in Educating Rita, Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Oscar in The Odd Couple, Orgon in Tartuffe, Uncle Jack in Dancing at Lughnasa, Will in Willi, Benedickin Much Ado About Nothing, Archibald in The Secret Garden, and John Adams in 1776. During his eight years as a resident artist at the Cleveland Play House, he directed the World Premier of the AT&T Award winning Bright Ideas by Eric Coble and Murphy Guyer’sThe Infinite Regress of Human Vanity. Also at CPH, he directed Harvey, Seascape, Sylvia, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. David has performed at theatres nationwide for nearly 40 years, including The Old Globe in San Diego, The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge and Northlight Theatre, the Guthrie in Minneapolis, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, People’s Light and Theatre in Philadelphia, Boston’s New Rep, and New Jersey’s Two River Theater Company. He has won numerous awards as a narrator of audio books, including two Audie nominations.


Mary Schakel Van Heynigen
Producing Director

MARY SCHAKEL VAN HEYNIGEN is now in her 40th year with HSRT. She began work in Holland as the Costume Designer for HSRT’s first season 40 years ago, and has designed costumes for over 100 productions in Detroit, Minneapolis, and Chicago, as well as for HSRT. She became HSRT’s Managing Director in 1979 and Producing Director in 1984. Mary graduated from Hope College and did her graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Mary spends much of her off-season time staring at her computer screen and not working on the book she is writing in collaboration with several of her Hope classmates about reconnecting, lunch, travel, chocolate, bread, soup, aging and laughter.

To e-mail Mary: mschakel(at)hope.edu


James Saba
Artistic Director of the Children's Performance Troupe

JAMES SABA is happy to return to HSRT for his 19th season. Past HSRT credits include Taking Steps, A Year With Frog and Toad, Forever Plaid, Petite Rouge, Lost In Yonkers, The Shakespeare Revue, Scapin, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sylvia, and over 30 productions for the Children’s Performance Troupe. As an actor he has appeared at the Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and several productions at HSRT including Young Rube, The Nerd, The Odd Couple, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Tartuffe, Irma Vep, Rumors, Art, and Rounding Third. TV credits include Law and Order, Conviction, 30 Rock, and Smash.

To e-mail James: hsrt(at)hope.edu


Darcy Cunningham
Company Manager

This is DARCY CUNNINGHAM’s 6th season with HSRT and her first as Company Manager.  In previous years she has served on the Arts Administration and Publicity Staff.  She is also the Office Manager for Hope College's academic theatre.  Darcy graduated from Hope College in 2007 with a composite degree in Music Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Grand Valley State University. 

To e-mail Darcy: cunninghamd(at)hope.edu



Peter E. Sargent
Resident Lighting Designer

In the 1991 season, Peter E. Sargent designed his first production at HSRT, The Human Comedy starring Norbert Leo Butz and directed by John Tammi. This season, Peter returns to design An Inspector Calls and will enjoy another amazing collaboration with John. He enjoys the opportunity each season to work with a wonderful team of artists that comprise the company of HSRT. The consistency of excellence is truly amazing.  He is the Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University and has just completed his 46th year at Webster. He is also a resident lighting designer for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists and was in the original class for the category of Lighting Designer. He is a member of the College of Fellows of American Theatre and serves on the Board of Directors. He is also in the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame, The National Theatre Conference and has received the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis Award for Excellence in the Arts and was recognized with a Special Citation for Excellence in Theatre Education by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis, the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis and the Insight Theatre Company.  He served as a panelist for the Musical Theatre/Theatre Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Peter and his wife, Alice look forward to returning to Holland each year and look forward to hosting daughter Amy and son-in-law Douglas Hanneken and grandsons Connor (12) and Jack (8 ½) in addition to daughter Megan (a HSRT Alum) and her husband Dennis Case. We always thank Hope College for their incredible support of HSRT and salute the wonderful audiences that applaud the artistic excellence represented by the Company of HSRT. Your support is truly exceptional. Thank you so much, Mary, for making all of this possible each season. Enjoy this evening’s performance.

To e-mail Peter: hsrt(at)hope.edu

Richard Ingraham
Resident Sound Designer

Richard B. Ingraham(Resident Sound Designer) is happy to be returning for his 17th season with HSRT. Richard is a freelance sound designer based in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He has worked at numerous theatres, schools and attractions in the Cleveland area and throughout the US including: Ashland University, The Beck Center for the Arts, Cain Park, Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, The Cleveland Play House, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, The Cleveland Theatre Company, Dobama Theatre, The University of Evansville, The Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, The Lincoln Amphitheatre, The Lincoln Library and Museum, Oberlin College, Playhouse Square Center, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Shakespeare and Company, Stone Mountain Park and Willoughby Fine Arts Association. Previous favorite sound designs at HSRT include: A Year withFrog and Toad, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Little Women, Forever Plaid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ART, Woman in Black, Sylvia, Johnny Pyeand To Kill A Mockingbird. Richard has taught Sound Design and other related course work at Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Evansville. He has also worked as a consultant to award winning software companies that create products specifically for the needs of live performance including Stage Research and Richmond Sound Design. Richard would like to thank Mary Schakel for the many wonderful opportunities he has had over the past 17 seasons at HSRT as well as the many hard working members of the sound crew that have helped make it all possible. 

To e-mail Richard: hsrt(at)hope.edu

The 2012 Company

Directors

AMY ATTAWAY was last seen at Hope Summer Rep in 2000, when she was an acting intern and played the princess in the CPT production of The Enchanted Pig. She’s done a few things since then, and she is thrilled to come back to Holland! Currently, Amy is the Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre [502]. Recent directing credits include Oh, Gastronomy! in the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre; The End (2011 Humana Festival); 3:59am: a drag race for two actors (2009 Humana Festival); Broadsword: a heavy metal play (Theatre [502]); and The Drunken City (The Necessary Theatre). Just before she comes to Hope, Amy will open Jordan Harrison’s Futura with Theatre [502]. Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville, and a proud member of Actors Equity and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

JAHNNA BEECHAM is an actress, director, playwright, author and parent. Under the pen name, Jahnna N. Malcolm, she and her husband, Malcolm Hillgartner have written more than 130 books for young adults. Publishers include Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House and Bantam. Their Scholastic series, The Jewel Kingdom, sold more than 3 million copies in the US and England. Their musicals include: Chaps!, Dogpark, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire and They Came From Way Out There.  Jahnna has directed at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Cleveland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, The Oregon Cabaret and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre—this is her ninth production! As an actress she worked at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Hartman Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Being a parent of Dash and Skye has informed all the other careers (especially her role in Pride and Prejudice this summer). She and her husband even chronicled their adventures in parenting in their Sesame Street Parents Magazine column, The Jahnna and Malcolm Show. She thanks Mary Schakel and David Colacci, and all of the HSRT supporters for her many wonderful summers spent in Holland.

DESHA CROWNOVER
is thrilled to be back for her second summer at HSRT! During the rest of the year, Desha serves as the Artistic Director of the award-winning San Diego Junior Theatre, the nation's oldest continuing theatre for youth. She has had the opportunity to direct, teach, and perform in San Diego for the past fifteen years where her directing work has been commended by such theatre notables as Edward Albee, Ming Cho Lee, and Timothy Near. She holds a Master's degree in Theatre from SDSU and a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performing from UCSD. She has served on the teaching faculty of SDSU, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian Schools.

LOUIS RACKOFF
(Director, Pride and Prejudice) was Artistic Director of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival from 1988 – 2002, where he supervised or directed more than sixty productions. Most recent directing for NCSF included Shakespeare’s King Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest; Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters; and Lou’s original adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lou has been a guest director at numerous professional theaters and universities throughout the country, including the following productions at HSRT: I Remember Mama, The Guys, Billy Bishop Goes to War, El Capitain, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, and Candide. He was a Production Stage Manager for the New York Shakespeare Festival 1974-1981, and directed a National Tour of the NYSF Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance. Lou was Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2005 - 2012, where he serves as Head of the MFA Directing Program.

DAINA ROBINS
has stopped counting the number of seasons she has spent with HSRT (close to 20).  This summer she is directing Songs for a New World. Previous HSRT credits include The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Little Women, Sarah Plain and Tall, The Hypochondriac, The Drawer Boy, and Rounding Third. As chair of the Theatre Department at Hope College and director of its 2011 production of Gone Missing, she is particularly proud of its recent national citation as a Distinguished Production of a Musical by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and of Skye Edwards '13 (and a 2011 HSRT acting intern) receiving the award for Outstanding Choreography of a Musical for the same production. This coming fall semester she will direct Helen by Ellen McLaughlin for the department. Daina holds graduate degrees from Tufts University and is a founding member of Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts.

Director of An Inspector Calls, JOHN TAMMI has been involved with theatre at Hope College since 1968! He is Founding Artistic Director of HSRT and a professor in the Hope Theatre Department. He has directed at least 89 productions for the two Hope theatre programs including the recent I Do! I Do! and She Loves Me for HSRT. During the past academic season he directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona and As It Is In Heaven. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, John attended the graduate program in theatre at the University of Minnesota with further study at the University of Stockholm (Theatre History) and Southern Methodist University (Directing).  John has participated in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for more than thirty years, served as regional Chair and was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion in 1987. He is campus representative for the New York Arts Program, serves as the current faculty advisor to the Hope hockey team and is a member of The National Partners of the American Theatre (NAPAT). John’s leisure pursuits include golf, sailing and skiing.

The Management

SAMANTHA GASS is thrilled to return to lovely Holland for her fourth summer - this year as the Assistant to the Producing Director. In previous years with HSRT, she was on the Stage Management staff, serving as the stage manager for the productions of Children of Eden, I Remember Mama,An Italian Straw Hat, and Charlotte’s Web. Samantha is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis where she earned her BFA in Stage Management. She would like to send her love and thanks to her family, friends, and Peter.

GREG GROBIS (Director of Marketing) hails from Detroit, Michigan where he is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Director of Marketing and Management for the Performing Arts Department and the Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy. He would like to thank RJA for his constant love and support.

KRISTIN P. KURZ (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be returning for her second season here at HSRT. She most recently served as the Stage Manager for the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops! Concert featuring Maestro Michael Butterman; actor, John Getz; and Olympic Skater, Todd Edlredge. Her credits include working at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, New London Barn Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theatre. She is currently an M.F.A. Candidate in Stage Management at the University of Iowa.

Artistic Staff

STEPHEN BOULMETIS is the lighting designer for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  He just finished his second year as professor of lighting design at The University of Evansville, in southern Indiana where he makes his home.  He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, his MFA from Boston University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists-Local 829.  His Broadway credits include Associate Lighting Design for The Drowsy Chaperone & Butley, Assistant Lighting Designer for Ring of Fire, Whoopi Goldberg Live on Broadway, Old Acquaintance, Prymate, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He has worked regionally for organizations around the country such as South Coast Repertory, The Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre Company, The Utah Shakespearean Festival and Williamstown Theatre Festival.  His experience in lighting ranges from television, fashion shows, cruise lines, theme parks as well as architectural installations. Stephen is thrilled to be joining HSRT's company for the first time this season.  www.BoulmetisLD.com

LEAH BUSSE is thrilled to return to Holland and the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for her fifth year. A native of Kentucky, she has spent many years living in Indiana. Attending the University of Evansville originally introduced her to HSRT, and Indiana University. She is happy to return after a three year hiatus. As the Technical Director of the season, she hopes you enjoy all the sets which you see, and appreciate all the hard work they took which you do not see. Enjoy the show!

JOSEPH BYRD returns for his fourth season as Sir William Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, as Music Director for the Children’s Performance Troupe, and as the theatre’s Assistant Music Director. His love of the interior process, and of how the arts and social justice collide, has happily led him toward working with Shakespeare Behind Bars as a Facilitator-in-Training. Shakespeare Behind Bars offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society. Joseph is the animator of The School for Contemplatives in Action in Holland, MI, partnering with those interested in learning, and living, the riches of the inner life.  His music is published by earthsongs and he holds Masters degrees from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Since 1998 he’s served as Director of Celebration Ministries at Zion Lutheran Church in Holland, MI and he is chaplain for the Order of Lutheran Franciscans, a religious community of vowed Lutheran brothers and sisters committed to living in the simple ways of Francis of Assisi.

KRISTIN ELLERT is happy to be back at HSRT for her 8th summer! This year she is the Scenic Designer for Chaps!, the Charge Scenic Artist, and the Supervisor of Design.  Off Broadway Credits: Virtual Congress, The Flip Side, The Boring-est Poem in the World (Keen Teens, Keen Company), This Tastes Funny: The Cannibal Plays Festival (Kokopelli Theatre Co.), Severance (Barracuda Theatre); Regional Credits: Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse), Twise (Diversionary Theatre), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour), The 39 Steps (Bristol Valley Theatre), Taking Steps, A Year with Frog and Toad, Doubt, Lost in Yonkers, Dames at Sea, Memory House, Scapin (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre), Woyzeck, Danton’s Death, The Further Adventures of Suzanne and Monica, Bureau of Missing Persons, The Skin of Our Teeth, Freedom, NY (UC, San Diego). As Projection Designer: Restoration (NYTW), Restoration (La Jolla Playhouse), Woyzeck, Danton’s Death, (UC, San Diego). BFA, University of Evansville, MFA UC, San Diego.

MATTHEW FARMER is happy to be rejoining HSRT this summer. Currently he is on faculty at Hope College in the Dance Department, and is the Co-Artistic Director of RGDance Company. Famer was the Head of Dance at Anderson University, and is a published author (Introductory To Modern Dance: A Teaching Manual) with his good friend Jon Lehrer. Formerly the Associate Director and company member of LehrerDance, Farmer appeared in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine Online, and Dance Magazine. Matthew received his MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was also a company member of the Peter Sparling Dance Co., and his BA from Hope College. As an educator, Matthew continues to teach at national conferences in the United States, and his choreographic works have been produced by companies both in the United States and abroad. Farmer has also had the privilege of working with and/or performing works by Avi Kaiser, Sergio Antonino, Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, Matthew Thornton, Doug Varone, Daniel Nagrin, Murray Louis, and many more.

This season marks the twenty-eighth season JOSEPH P. FLAUTO has been a member of the HSRT company, this year as Scenic and Costume Designer for Pride and Prejudice. For the 2011 season he designed the set for I Remember Mama with Lou Rackoff as the director, who he met at HSRT over 20 years ago working on The Taming of the Shrew. They worked together many times since at North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He is looking forward to another collaboration with Lou this summer. Recent HSRT credits include scenic design for Into the Woods, An Italian Straw Hat, Room Service, and Little Women. Joe keeps coming back to HSRT because he is so pleased with the quality of work all these years. It has become a second home (he lives in Evansville, IN) and he has made lots of friends, including John Tammi who asked him to design the costumes for his production of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Hope in November of 2011. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists and has worked at professional regional theatre in Crew, England, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. He is now retired from U of E but not the theatre and theatre design. Especially not HSRT!

COLT FRANK is returning to HSRT for his second year. This time he is serving as the Scenic Designer for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Songs for a New World. Last summer he worked as the Scene Design Intern and designed the sets for How I Became a Pirate and The Borrowers while also working as a carpenter and painter. He is currently a student at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and will be going into his fourth and final year. At Webster, Colt has designed the sets for Lady Windermere’s Fan and A Year with Frog and Toad. He loves his work and what he does and is excited to be here for another great season in Holland.

M. LINDA GRAHAM currently serves as Chair of the Hope College Dance Department, where she has served on faculty for 29 years. She graduated from the National Academy of Dance, received her BFA in Theatre and MFA in Choreography/Performance from the University of Illinois and was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and DanceMoves, performing under the direction of Ulysses Dove, Anna Sokolow, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Mary Anthony and others. She co-founded Aerial Dance Theatre (predecessor to dANCEpROjECt) and currently works with StrikeTime Dance Company (both affiliates of the Hope Dance Department). Her award-winning works have been produced by the Joffrey Ballet, on television, and throughout the USA, Mexico and Europe. This spring she choreographed “As It Is In Heaven” for Hope Theater and choreographed/co-produced a Tulip Time Flash Mob for Holland’s Tulip Time Festival, thus satisfying her passion for creating dances, and developing community.

ANDREW K. GRAS is joining HSRT for his fourth summer with the Electrics Crew, this year as the Master Electrician. His career with the crew started in 2006 when he worked as one of the lighting design interns. The following two years he returned as an electrician. During those three years he assisted in the design of Dames At Sea, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Lost in Yonkers, and acted as the light board operator for many more. Transferring to SUNY Purchase in the fall, he will be pursuing a BFA in Theatre Design/Technology with a lighting concentration.

KODY GREEN is excited for his first summer at HSRT, where he will be scene designing the two children’s shows: Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, and Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! This summer he will be painting and building scenery as well. He is currently a student at the Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University, going into his junior year. He is very happy to be at Hope this summer, and cannot wait for the opportunity to work at such a great company.

TOM HAVERKAMP is excited to be returning to HSRT for his second season as the Master Sound Tech. Along with guiding the sound crew through the seven-show season, he is the Sound Designer for Chaps!, and will be mixing Songs for a New World. Recent design credits include: Hello Again, Webster University; The Hot l Baltimore, Webster University; and Little Shop of Horrors, Encore Theatre. Recent assistant design credits include The Scottish Play at The Repertory Theater St. Louis. Tom is expecting a BFA in Sound Design from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in May 2014. He one day hopes to be designing large-scale productions for Disney. Tom is looking forward to a great season with his crew.

MALCOLM HILLGARTNER returns for his fifth summer at HSRT to play Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and music direct Chaps! In 1992 he played the title role in Macbeth and Dickinson in 1776, and returned in 1995 and 1996 as music arranger/director and Archie in Chaps!, the first of four musicals he’s written with wife and partner Jahnna Beecham. Their other shows are Holmes And Watson Save The Empire, Dogpark, and They Came From Way Out There, the latter two co-written with Michael J. Hume. Malcolm wrote the songs for all three shows. A thirty-year member of AEA, Malcolm has performed with theatres across the US and Europe, including six seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and three with Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. Favorite roles include the title role in Macbeth at Portland Center Stage, Max in Bent at the Empty Space, and Captain Brazen in Trumpets and Drums at the Denver Center. At the North Carolina Theatre, he played Thomas Jefferson twice in productions of 1776 directed by Terrence Mann, as well as Emile in South Pacific and Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and Jahnna have written and sold over 8 million books for children and young adults. He’s also an award-winning audiobook narrator, with over 70 titles to his credit.

RICARD B. INGRAHAM (Resident Sound Designer) is happy to be returning for his 17th season with HSRT. Richard is a freelance sound designer based in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He has worked at numerous theatres, schools and attractions in the Cleveland area and throughout the US including: Ashland University, The Beck Center for the Arts, Cain Park, Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, The Cleveland Play House, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, The Cleveland Theatre Company, Dobama Theatre, The University of Evansville, The Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, The Lincoln Amphitheatre, The Lincoln Library and Museum, Oberlin College, Playhouse Square Center, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Shakespeare and Company, Stone Mountain Park and Willoughby Fine Arts Association. Previous favorite sound designs at HSRT include: A Year with Frog and Toad, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Little Women, Forever Plaid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ART, Woman in Black, Sylvia, Johnny Pye and To Kill A Mockingbird. Richard has taught Sound Design and other related course work at Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Evansville. He has also worked as a consultant to award winning software companies that create products specifically for the needs of live performance including Stage Research and Richmond Sound Design. Richard would like to thank Mary Schakel for the many wonderful opportunities he has had over the past 17 seasons at HSRT as well as the many hard working members of the sound crew that have helped make it all possible. 

DYLAN KIND is a sound technician for the 2012 season at HSRT. He just finished his first sound design of Rimers of Eldritch in the May Studio at the University of Evansville. Dylan is often found splitting his time between sound work and working in the scene shop at the University of Evansville, where he is expected to graduate in May 2014 with a BFA. This summer he will be the sound designer of Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, as well as the board operator for An Inspector Calls, and Pride and Prejudice, and the mixing engineer for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Dylan is very excited for this summer, and hopes that the experience will help excel him to his goal of being a live music engineer. 

JESSICA LESLIE is very excited to be returning to the HSRT Family this summer as a Costume Designer! She will be designing Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and An Inspector Calls, along with helping out in the costume shop as a stitcher. This past spring, Jessica worked as a Prop Artisan for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, finished off her third year at The Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she is earning a B.F.A. in Costume Design and Construction, and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to begin her senior year, abroad, in Vienna, Austria. Jessica would like to thank her beautiful parents and family for all of their unconditional love and support. “Mom and Dad, you have given me such a wonderful life!”

KRISTINA MAKOWSKI is thrilled to be joining the HSRT Company for her second summer in Holland. Last summer Kristina designed costumes for Return to the Forbidden Planet and I Remember Mama. Recent New York credits include: The Fartiste (Sophia's Underground), The Ring Cycle (PL 115), BINGE (Slant Theatre Project), Polaroid Stories (Lee Strasberg Studios), Anatomy of Gray, and Franny's Way (Stella Adler Studios). Kristina holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Evansville. Thanks, as ever, to her family and friends for their love and support. 

RYAN MUTTON is looking forward to his first season at HSRT where he will be serving as a Sound Technician. He hails from Clarence, New York and works as a stagehand at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, NY. Ryan is a rising junior at Ithaca College and will graduate with a BFA in Theatrical Production Art focusing in Sound Technology. Ryan's Ithaca College mainstage credits include Sound Engineer for Plumfield, Iraq and Assistant Master Carpenter for Measure for Measure. He has also designed a number of underground and non-mainstage productions at Ithaca.

STEPHEN SAKOWSKI (Lighting Designer, Chaps! and Pride and Prejudice) has been working as a freelance theatre artist and designer for over ten years. Stephen is also the Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Illinois Wesleyan University. Select Lighting Design Credits: Promenade, Hello Again, (IWU), Jester’s Dead (The Outfit), Hamlet (The Gallery Players), Waiting for Godot (X Repertory Theatre), Manhattan Transfer (Times Square Arts Center), Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse), Twist (Diversionary Theatre), Danton’s Death (UC San Diego), The Night Watcher (La Jolla Playhouse), Norman’s Ark (The Ford Amphitheatre), The Breakup Notebook (Diversionary Theatre). Stephen also works as the Design Associate for Otis Howard Designs Inc. Select credits include: Lighting Director for The Mo’Nique Show on BET. The Lighting Designer for BET Upfront 2011, BET Town Hall 2011, BET Spring Bling 2010. He has also served as the Associate Lighting Designer on The Celebration of Gospel, Bobby Jones’ Gospel, Sunday’s Best, Pay it Off, The Soul Train Awards, Black Girls Rock, and The 2012 NBA All Star Game Half Time Show. MFA: UC San Diego. BFA: Otterbein University. www.StephenSakowski.com

In 1991, PETER E. SARGENT designed his first production at HSRT, The Human Comedy starring Norbert Leo Butz and directed by John Tammi.  He returns to design An Inspector Calls and will enjoy another amazing collaboration with John. He is the Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University and completed his 46th year at Webster. He is a resident lighting designer for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; a member of the United Scenic Artists and is on the Board of the College of Fellows of American Theatre; in the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame; The National Theatre Conference and has received the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis Award for Excellence in the Arts as well as a Special Citation for Excellence in Theatre Education by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis, the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis and the Insight Theatre Company. He served as a panelist for the Musical Theatre/Theatre Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. Peter and his wife, Alice, look forward to returning to Holland each year and hosting daughter Amy and son-in-law Douglas Hanneken and grandsons Connor (12) and Jack (8 ½) in addition to daughter Megan (a HSRT Alum) and her husband Dennis Case.  Thank you so much, Mary, for making all of this possible each season. Enjoy this evening’s performance.

FRED TESSLER, Resident Music Director, is delighted to return to HSRT for his 19th season! This summer he is serving as Music Director for Songs for a New World and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Fred has worked on over 40 productions for HSRT. Favorites include directing productions of Suds, Honk!, Dames At Sea, and 10 Cabaret shows (8 of which were original creations), music directing Kiss Me Kate, Babes In Arms, and Two Gents. A resident of New York City, Fred is on the faculty of Wagner College where he has been Director and/or Music Director of over a dozen shows, including Briga­doon, Tick, Tick...Boom, and Master Class. Fred has also been Music Director for productions at Brooklyn College and Columbia University. Music directing credits in New York include the Off-Broadway production of Five Course Love, three seasons with the ENCORES! series at City Center, and productions with The Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Class Company. Regional credits include productions with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Fred has been an Artist in Residence at The Stratford Festival of Canada. Special thanks to all the great folks at HSRT who make every summer a wonderful experience – both familiar and new in all the best ways.

ROB TINTOC (Scenic Designer for An Inspector Calls) Selected Design Credits include: And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little (LSTFI), Encore! (Parish Hall), The Classroom (NYC Fringe), Loose Ends (LSTFI), The Insomnia Play (Lyric Hyperion Theatre), Tales of the Lost Formicans (Sideman Theatre), Polaroid Stories (LSTFI), Black Comedy (SUNY Brockport), Still Standing (The Elephant Theatre), Waiting for Godot (The X Rep Theatre), The Revenger's Tragedy (UCSD, Potiker Theatre), 1001 (UCSD, Shank Theatre), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (UCSD, Shank Theatre), The Attic Dwellers (UCSD, Wagner Theatre), danceALIVE! (UCSD, Mandell Weiss Theatre, SD), The Credeaux Canvas (The Elephant Theatre), Evil Cheerleaders (The Eclectic Theatre), Gaining Ground (The Ark Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangerous (The Ark Theatre), Old Kid Cod (ATA Beckman Theatre), The Root (The Ark Theatre), Three Days of Rain (Ventura Court Theatre), A Doll's House (The Ark Theatre), Anatomy of Gray (The Kennedy Center), A Bright Room Called Day (UE, May Studio Theatre). MFA in Theatre and Dance Design from the University of California San Diego. BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Evansville.

AMANDA K. WERRE is thrilled to return for a fourth season with HSRT as the Sound Designer for The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Select design credits at HSRT include: Taking Steps, Guys on Ice, An Italian Straw Hat, and Room Service. Favorite projects elsewhere include: Dancing at Lughnasa (Webster University), 100 Dresses (COCA), and You Can't Take it with You (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Most recently, Amanda has been working as a Sound Technician at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Amanda has a BFA in Sound Design from Webster University.

Megan Wiegand is the Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for Songs for a New World this summer at HSRT. She is a current student at the University of Evansville where she has studied costume tech and design the past three years. She has been heavily involved in many shows at Evansville including Once in a Lifetime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gypsy, and Almost Maine. This is her first summer at Hope, having had spent the past two at New Harmony Theatre; where she worked on The 39 Steps, Lost in Yonkers, as well as School For Scandal.

Stage Management

BJ BROOKS is excited to return to HSRT for his second summer as the Assistant Production Stage Manager. He recently finished his studies at the University of Evansville where he received a B.S. in Stage Management. After this summer he will be returning to Atlanta to pursue his career in the South. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support. 

SAMMY BROWN is thrilled to join HSRT for his first season! Sammy originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is currently a senior stage management major at the University of Evansville in southern Indiana.  Previous work as a stage manager at UE includes Athol Fugard’s“Master Harold” . . . and the Boys (KCACTF Region 3 Nominee) and Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch.  Sammy has also served as the assistant stage manager and head of props for Timberlake Playhouse in Illinois and as a house manager at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Georgia.  After graduation, he plans on pursuing either an MFA in stage management or a career with Walt Disney Entertainment. Special thanks to his family and Lockne O’Brien for their incredible love and support.

REBEKAH CARRIERE is joining HSRT for her first season. This summer she will be stage managingJunie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells and Assistant Stage Managing Pride and Prejudice; Songs for a New World; and Diary of a Worm, Spider, and Fly. Originally from Humble, TX, Rebekah is a rising junior at the University of Evansville and is pursuing a BS in Stage Management.

SHANNON HENLEY is joining the stage management staff this summer as the Stage Manager of Songs for a New World and the Assistant Stage Manager of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Chaps!She is also playing the role of Alice (the Stage Manager) in Chaps! Shannon is entering her junior year as a Stage and Production Management student at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shannon was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she attended high school at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts. Last summer, she was a Stage Management Intern for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Shannon is thrilled to be spending this summer with HSRT and wants to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support!

ILANA OLKEN is thrilled to be making her HSRT debut as a Stage Management Intern. This season she is stage managing Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, and assistant stage managing Pride and Prejudice, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!, and Songs For A New World. She is entering her sophomore year at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she is pursuing her BFA in Stage Management. Recent credits in which she was the Assistant Stage Manager include the Conservatory’s productions of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, and Webster University Department of Music’s Opera Studio. She also has had the opportunity to work as the Production Assistant for the world premiere of AyadAkhtar’sThe Invisible Hand at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and for Ravinia Festival’s production of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Endless thanks to Conway, Shallenbarger, Peter, WebCo, and her family.

The Acting Company

EMILY AUSTIN is over the moon to be back for her second season at HSRT appearing as Mabel in Chaps!, Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and the ensemble of Songs for a New World. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Emily is a rising senior at Ithaca College pursuing a BFA in Acting and recently appeared there in The Bacchae (Ino/Greek Chorus) and Fool for Love (May). Past HSRT credits include Children of Eden (Storyteller), How I Became a Pirate (Scurvy Dog) and The Borrowers (Homily). She also appeared in Broadway in Boulder's production of The Secret Garden (Lily), and in Oklahoma (Laurey) and Les Miserables (Eponine) with CenterStage Theatre Company. "Thank you to my insanely beautiful family for their relentless support. Love to Mandeville and of course thanks to everyone in the HSRT family!"

CHIP DUFORD is celebrating his 19th season at HSRT this summer, and it’s a terrific one, taking on the roles of Leslie Briggs-Stratton in Chaps!, Mr. Birling in An Inspector Calls, and Vice-Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Chip was a member of the original cast of Chaps!, creating the role of Clive Cooper, and arranged the vocals with Malcolm Hillgartner. He is very excited to be working on the 2012 production, and to work with Malcolm and Jahnna once again. At HSRT, Chip has played Father in Children of Eden, Roland in Taking Steps, Papa in I Remember Mama, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Froggy in The Foreigner, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Touchstone in As You Like It, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Mr. Bumble (twice) in Oliver, The Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz, The Bullfrog in HONK!, and The Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, among many other roles as a part of over 50 productions during his time as an acting company member, starting with an acting internship W-A-Y back in 1989.  He has performed at theatres nationwide for over 20 years, including Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA., Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, and The Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, MA. Chip is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.  Kisses and love to Taylee Helix!

ALEISHA FORCE hails from the Great State of Texas and is proud alumna of the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Class of 2012. Favorite theatre: Tigers Be Still (Grace) Dallas Theatre Center, Fat Pig (Jeannie) DTC, Our Town (Mrs. Webb) SMU, Language of Angels (Danielle) Theatre Three, Tough Choices for a New Century (Arden) Echo Theatre, The Skriker (The Skriker) SMU, Othello (Emilia) SMU. TV: Chase, Prison Break, Why Can’t I Sell My House? Film: Devon’s Ghost, Parts, Hold Your Peace. She does industrials and voiceovers in order to fund her yuppie indulgences of yoga, CrossFit, distance running and watching black and white films. She fills her downtime with the Argentine Tango.

WILL HADEN is excited to be making his HSRT debut this summer playing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls. Originally from Kingsport, TN, Will earned BAs in Theatre and English at the College of Charleston, and is continuing his theatre training in the MFA program at the University of Connecticut where he has just completed his first year. Credits at Connecticut Repertory Theatre/UConn include Florizel in The Winter’s Tale and Edgar in King Lear. Other credits include Xanadu (Sonny), Mauritius (Dennis), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), The Little Dog Laughed (Alex), The Altruists (Ethan), Quills (Monsieur Prouix), Everyman/Mankind (Death/Mischief), A Devil Inside (Gene), and Oliver Twist (Charlie Bates). Will would like to thank his family for their constant love and support.

RUSSELL JONAS is excited to make his HSRT debut in the roles of Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice and Gerald Croft in An Inspector Calls. He has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), The Studio Theatre, The Ambassador Theatre, Richmond Shepard Theatre (NYC), Dallas Children’s Theatre (DCT), and the DCT National Touring Company. Russell was most recently seen as Lyle Britten in Blues for Mister Charlie at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where he is a current MFA Acting student and teaches the Art of Acting. Russell graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University with a degree in political science: international politics, law, and organizations. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association whose training includes SMU and The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. Russell thanks God, his loving and supportive wife Katya, and his wonderful parents.

This is SUSANNA STAHLMANN’s first year at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota BFA/Guthrie Actor Training Program, she is excited to be here. Her past theater credits include: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet, Around the World in Eighty Days, Children’s Theater Company; The Hobbit, PROM, Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl; U of MN/Guthrie; Antony and Cleopatra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Durang’s Medea, For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, and Shadow Box.

JOHN TELFER is incredibly happy to be joining the HSRT acting company this summer. He just graduated the Hope College Theatre program, and is appearing in his first post-collegiate roles as Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, and Stan in Chaps! He is equally excited to return to the Children's Performance Troupe in this summer's production of Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells. John plans to head West to Los Angeles in the fall to pursue his acting career, and he would like to thank his family and friends for making the last four years such an amazing time, both onstage and off.

LILI TORRE is excited for her first season in HSRT’s acting company. She is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and recently graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Claire in Ordinary Days, Hope in Urinetown, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Natalie in Golden Gate (collegiate premier). Lili looks forward to playing Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and being part of the ensemble in Songs for a New World this summer. She would like to thank her wonderfully supportive and caring family, and Collin and Eliza for their endless love.

DURRON MARQUIS TYRE is delighted to be making his debut with HSRT this summer! He is a native of Richmond, VA where he works professionally and teaches at a private performing arts school (SPARC). Durron earned his BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Richmond in 2005. Favorite roles include Ugly (Honk! with Virginia Rep), Seymour Krelbourn (Little Shop of Horrors with Dogwood Dell Summer Theatre Festival), Tom Collins (Rent with Firehouse Theatre Project, where he earned the 2010 Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a musical), and Ragtime as Coalhouse Walker (Guest Artist with SPARC).

KARA WILLIAMS is happy to be returning to HSRT for her second season. Last year she worked as an acting intern for the company, and appeared in Children of Eden, I Remember Mama, and How I Became a Pirate. She is returning this year as a member of the acting company and will be performing in Pride and Prejudice, and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells! She is also working in the Costume Shop this summer. Kara is proud to announce that she just graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Theatre, and is looking forward to taking the next step in the “real world.” In her four years of college she participated in a comedy improv troupe, Vanderprov, and served as its president her senior year. She also appeared in mainstage shows such as As it is in Heaven, Marion Bridge, and Under Milkwood. She is excited to spend her summer in Holland, and looks forward to a great season.

TEDDEY YUDAIN is so happy to be back for his fifth summer at HSRT. Last summer he danced around in a snowsuit in August as one of the Guys On Ice. Other favorite HSRT roles include: Ellard (The Foreigner), Juliet/Ophelia/et al (Cmplt Wrks...Abridged), and Jinx (Forever Plaid). Teddy lives in New York City and most recently was an understudy puppeteer at the Metropolitan Opera for Madama Butterfly conducted by Plácido Domingo. Other NY credits include more puppetry in the Spanish opera El Gato con Botas directed by Moisés Kaufman, and the concert reading of Darling, a Brooklyn retelling of Peter Pan with technology with A Collection of Shiny Objects. Regionally he has toured with the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey playing Cassius (Julius Caesar), Lysander/Flute/Fairy (Midsummer Night's Dream), and Silvius (As You Like It). Many thanks and love to TY, GY, CMY, and AML. Teddy received his BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity and AGMA.  

Acting Interns

LYDIA BLICKLEY is delighted to be making her HSRT debut as an Acting Intern in Songs for a New World, Pride and Prejudice, and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! She will be entering her senior year at Hope College as an English Literature, Musical Theater Performance double major with a Dance Performance and Choreography minor. She has performed with the Grand Rapids Ballet, the Moscow Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet in NYC under the direction of Dorrell Martin, has been most recently seen onstage as Isabelle in Hope College's Ring Round the Moon, and is a company member of the modern dance company dANCEpROjECt. “A big shout-out to all the wonderfully supportive people God has placed in my life! Enjoy the shows!”

JAKE GOLLIHER is excited to be working at HSRT for the first time this summer as an acting intern! Jake can be seen in Pride and Prejudice, Songs For a New World, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Jake has been working on the stage since he was 13 and is also an avid yo-yo enthusiast, gun-twirler, and moon-walker! He is a senior at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Some of his favorite roles include Lord Windermere (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Smith (The Threepenny Opera) at Webster University, Jason (Bare) at New Line Theatre, and Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in the Missouri All-State Show. Jake would like to thank his family and friends for their constant inspiration and undying support. Have fun and enjoy the show!

MICHAEL HANNA will be a senior at the University of Minnesota Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program in Minneapolis this coming fall. This is his first summer at HSRT where he will be performing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip), Chaps! (Clive), and Pride and Prejudice (Ensemble). Some of his recent credits have been in Up'n'Under (Phil Hopley), The Bakkhai (Messenger/Ensemble), Falsettos (Whizzer), The Diviners (Buddy Layman), and Rent (Angel).

STEVEN JOHNSON is thrilled to be making his HSRT debut where he will be performing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pride and Prejudice, and Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. Steven has worked regionally around the country with Theater Latté Da, New American Theater, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, Artist’s Ensemble, and Timberlake Playhouse. Steven is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and has performed at the Barishnakov Arts Center, the Kennedy Center, and on Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Steven also appeared in HBO’s Masterclass with Bill T. Jones. In the fall, Steven will be playing Ken in Red at Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul and returning to the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program for his senior year. This one is for Uncle Bob and the whole family—who have made Holland such a special place for so many years.

ALYSSA MAGARIAN is a junior musical theatre major at Ithaca College from Cincinnati, Ohio and she is thrilled to be a part of the HSRT team, performing in Songs for a New World, Pride and Prejudice, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells! She recently appeared on the Ithaca College mainstage as Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. Other credits include Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical, and Fantine in Les Miserables. “Many thanks to my endlessly supportive family and friends!”

CHRISTINA RAMIREZ: HSRT debut! Christina is a St. Louis native and a rising senior at Webster Conservatory where she is working toward her BFA in Musical Theatre. She’s thrilled to be reprising the role of Marcy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which she played at Webster – it’s one of her favorites! Christina recently appeared in The Comedy of Errors at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Christina is endlessly grateful for this opportunity! She sends love and thanks to all the amazing people in her life.

HANNAH RICHTER is pumped to be at HSRT this summer! She is a rising junior Musical Theatre at Ithaca College. Past credits include Agatha in Guys and Dolls at Barrington Stage Co., Amy in Company, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Maggie in The Shadow Box, and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and MM for your endless support and love and to HSRT for this wonderful opportunity! Enjoy!

JESSE SWATLING-HOLCOMB is joyfully returning to HSRT this summer as an Acting Intern. A California native, he is a rising senior at Hope College where he was most recently seen as Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and as multiple roles in the musical Gone Missing, which received national recognition at the American College Theatre Festival this past winter. Jesse spent the past semester in New York City interning with New Dramatists, a company that works with playwrights to develop new plays. You can see him this summer in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Coneybear), Pride and Prejudice, and Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. Jesse thanks his ever-supportive family and friends for all of their love, laughter, and inspiration.

KAIJA VON WEBSKY is ecstatic to be joining HSRT as an acting intern for the first time! She has participated in other HSRT productions in years past (most recently, Oliver in 2006), and has finally made it to intern status! Kaija will be a senior at Hope College this fall, where she has performed in several shows, including As it is in Heaven, for which she received an Irene Ryan; Gone Missing; Almost, Maine; and Skin of Our Teeth. Kaija will be playing Mary in Pride and Prejudice; Junie B. in Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells!; and a member of the ensemble in Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly.

T.J. WAGNER is ecstatic to be joining HSRT for the first time as an Acting Intern. This summer he can be seen in Chaps!, Pride and Prejudice, Songs for a New World, and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells. A native of Philadelphia, he is currently a rising junior at Ithaca College perusing his BFA in Acting. His credits at Ithaca include Paul (Company), Pylades (Electra), Ensemble (Light in the Piazza), and Gentleman 2/Lucio/Pompey u.s. (Measure for Measure). T.J. was recently seen as Mother’s Younger Brother at the Hangar Theatre in their main stage production of Ragtime. “Thank you to my supportive and loving family, and HSRT for inviting me in.”