2014 HSRT Staff

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ANA MARIA ABURTO (Scenic Designer, The Doll People; Painter) is happy to return to HSRT as a scenic designer, graphic designer, and painter. Ana Maria is originally from Mexico City, but has lived in the states for eight years. She will soon graduate from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a scenic design major and a graphic design minor. Previously, Ana Maria has worked as a painter at HSRT and been a paint assistant at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her most recent credit for scenic design is for Into the Woods at Webster University. Ana Maria would love to thank everyone who has taught her and inspired her though out her life; without them, she wouldn't be where she is today.
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SYDNEY ACHLER (Painter) is a senior BFA Theatre Design and Technology major with an emphasis in Scenic Design and Scenic Artistry at Illinois Wesleyan University. Previous credits on the McPherson Stage at IWU include 12 Ophelias (Associate Scenic Designer and Charge Scenic Artist), As You Like It (Assistant Scenic Designer), The Drowsy Chaperone (Scenic Painter), A Class Act (Scenic Painter), 9 to 5 (Scenic Painter), A Shayna Maidel (Charge Scenic Artist), The Children’s Hour (Scenic Painter), Tartuffe (Scenic Carpenter) and Promenade (Assistant Properties Master). In the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theater, Sydney designed scenery for Treasure and worked as a scenic painter for The Memory of Water and Playhouse Creatures.
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KRISTEN P. AHERN (Costume Shop Manager; Costume Designer, Hot Mikado) is a Chicago based designer and is delighted to return to the home of her first professional job in theatre!  Kristen studied costume design at Western Michigan University and is currently the Costume Shop Manager and a frequent designer at Dominican University in the Chicago area.  There she recently designed Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, As You Like It and many others.  Kristen also costumes many performers in the Chicago burlesque community.  Additional recent theatrical credits include Floyd Collins (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble) and Taming of the Shrew (Muse of Fire) as well as assisting at companies such as Silk Road Rising, Lifeline Theatre, and Paramount Theatre in the Chicago area.  Besides HSRT, Kristen also spent three seasons with nearby Mason Street Warehouse Theatre.
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ERIK ALBERG (Lighting Designer, A Raisin in the Sun) is a lighting and sound designer currently working as the Technical Director for Events and Conferences at Hope College.  He received his B.A of Theatre at Hope College and his M.F.A. in technical production from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware. Erik’s design work has been seen with many dance companies including dANCEpROjECt Dance Company, IDT Dance Company, Dorrell Martin’s Dance Fusion, and Lehrerdance.  His design work has also been seen or heard at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hope College, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Grand Valley State University, University of Delaware, Boarshead Theatre Company, Heritage Theatre Company, City Theatre Company, and The Miniature Theatre of Chester.   Erik is also an award-winning photographer, whose works have been featured in galleries and publications.
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KIRA ALSUM  (Production Intern) a junior at Hope College, and is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is excited to be part of the HSRT Company this summer for the first time. As a member of the Hope College Theatre program she has been in the cast of several shows including Stage Door as Terry Randall and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker. Off stage she has worked in the costume shop at Hope College.
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PAUL K. ANDERSON (Technical Director) returns for his 28th season with HSRT. During the college year Paul is the Technical Director of the Hope College Theatre Department productions and lab instructor for the Theater Crafts class. Normally during the summer he acts as liaison between HCT and HSRT and as Resident TD answering questions about the facilities and suppliers around the Holland area also typically works as needed with scenery and other crews. This year Paul returns for his 3rd year as Technical Director. Paul and his wife Sarah reside in Holland and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
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JAMIE ANESHANSEL (Carpenter) is excited for her first season at HSRT. She is currently a student at Michigan Technological University working on a degree in Theatre and Entertainment Technology. Last summer she completed a carpentry internship at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ. She also has worked in the scene shop at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in Houghton, MI for the last two years. Jamie is excited to work and learn here at HSRT this season.
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SHELBI ARNDT (Electrics Intern) is excited to be at HSRT for her first summer gaining knowledge and experience.  She has just finished her sophomore year at Missouri State University where she is a candidate for a BFA in Technical Theatre, Design and Stage Management. While at MSU Shelbi has been Lighting Designer for The World Goes Round, and the 2014 Spring Dance Concert. She has also been Master Electrician for Romeo and Juliet, the 2013 Spring Dance Concert, and The Pajama Game.
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MEREDITH AVERY (Scenic Charge Artist) is from Clayton, North Carolina. She has earned a B.F.A. in Theatre Art with a concentration in Design and Production from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. This will be her first season with HSRT and she is excited to be Scenic Charge Artist and back in theatre. In the past, she has interned as Scenic Artist at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Virginia, as well as Scenic Charge Artist at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester, Virginia.
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ROBERT BABCOCK (Lighting Designer, Alexander; Assistant Master Electrician) is excited to join HSRT this season! He is a rising sophomore at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where he is pursuing a BFA in Lighting Design. He would like to thank his parents for their love, and the faculty at the Conservatory for their support.
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JULIANNE BABEL (Costume Shop Intern) is ecstatic to be spending her first summer working with HSRT! She is currently earning her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology at Western Michigan University. Her most recent work includes Assistant Costume Designer for King Stag and Wardrobe Head for 9 To 5. She would like to thank her parents and closest friends for the encouragement, love, and support on the path less traveled.
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ANNE D. BAKKER (Program Designer; Ticket Office Manager) has been working with HRST for the past 18 years, but her involvement goes back to her Hope College student days where she began her work in the ticket office as well as on the lighting crew. She earned a master’s degree in organizational communication from West Michigan University; as well as, spending many years in Student Activities, both at Hope College and Grand Valley State University. After winning numerous national awards for programming excellence and graphic design, including a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Campus Activities, Anne began working independently in graphic design and event management. She is currently the Hope College Ticket and Event Manager and has worked in that capacity since 2005. An avid Hope College basketball coach fan, she married her favorite Hope College basketball coach, Tom Davelaar and the two of them enjoy traveling to watch the Cubs, Reds, Lions and NCAA basketball as well as hanging out with their grandkids whenever possible.
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DEBORAH BAXTER (Painter) is from Kansas City, Missouri. She is a rising senior at Missouri State University where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Design, Management and Technology with an emphasis in scenic design. Recent credits include set designs for Dog Sees God, Proof, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress as well as charge artist for Pirates of Penzance and Romeo & Juliet. Last summer she was a painter for Tent Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. This is her first season with HSRT.
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JAHNNA BEECHAM (Director/Playwright; The Doll People) is delighted to return to HSRT for her 10th season. In 2012, she and her husband, Malcolm Hillgartner played the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice and directed their musical Chaps!, which was first producedby Hope in 1995.  Other musicals include They Came From Way Out There, Holmes and Watson Save The Empire (which just finished a tour of western Canada), Dogpark the Musical, and Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas. The last two are published by Samuel French. Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm they have written more than 130 books for young adults and children including The Jewel Kingdom, Bad News Ballet and Love Letters. They adapted and Jahnna directed the film of their book, The Ruby Princess Runs Away, which was reviewed by Time magazine and won Best Picture at the 2001 Burbank Int’l Children’s Film Festival. Besides directing video and audio for Scholastic Productions, Hooked on Phonics and other companies, Jahnna’s directing credits include the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Stage Company, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Big thanks go to David and Rich for producing The Doll People, which is fresh out of the hopper.
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KRISTY BENSON (Assistant Charge Artist) is excited to be spending her first summer with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. She will be a second year Graduate Candidate in Scenic Design at Illinois State University in Normal, IL in the fall semester. She would like to thank her family and friends for their amazing support, encouragement, and love.
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BRIAN SIDNEY BEMBRIDGE (Scenic Designer, Hot Mikado) is a multiple award winning designer based in Chicago and is tickled to return to HSRT where he designed Man of La Mancha and The Tempest in 1999.  His work has been seen Off Broadway at The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Firework Theater Company, Theatre at St Clement’s and internationally at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Platform Hip Hop Festival, Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga, and BMEC, Bathurst, (Australia); Theatre Royal Stratford East, (London); Town Hall Theatre, (Galway); among others.  Brian's extensive regional credits include the Guthrie Theatre and The Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Goodman, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Second City,  Lookingglass Theatre Company (Production Affiliate), Timeline Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista(Artistic Associate), Northlight Theatre, and Drury Lane Theaters (Chicago), Asolo (Florida), St. Louis, Milwaukee and Madison Repertory Theaters, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, Arden Theatre  and Theatre Exile (Philadelphia), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geffen Play House, Circle X Theatre Company (member), The Theatre @Boston Court, [Inside] the Ford (Los Angeles), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera. Brian has been honored with six Joseph Jefferson Awards, five After Dark Awards including Outstanding Season, three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, three Garland Awards, an Ovation Award, and a LA Weekly Award.  His design for the Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity represented the United States in the Prague Quadrennial in 2001.  He has been named one of the “Most Prolific Theater Artists of the Decade” by Time Out Chicago magazine and one of the “Top 50 Players in Chicago” Theatre by New City Magazine.  The Chicago Sun-Times, declared him one of “the finest theatrical architects in Chicago”, and has been profiled in Live Design, Lighting & Sound America, Entertainment Design Magazine, Lighting Dimensions, PLSN, Stage Directions, American Theater Magazine, Chicago Social, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and numerous other publications.  His film production designs include Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, Stray Dogs, and Late For Church, and sets for Muppets From Space. http://www.briansidneybembridge.com
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WARREN C. BOWLES (Director, A Raisin in the Sun) makes his HSRT debut. He has more than 40 years’ experience as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and playwright at Mixed Blood Theatre and others across the country including The Guthrie Theater, 10,000 Things Theater, Pittsburgh City Players, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Black Theater Alliance (NYC), Organic Theater, American Players' Theater, Performers Ensemble (Boston), and others. Directing credits include Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, San Diego Public Theatre, Theatre Le Homme Dieu, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Interact Theater, and others. His degrees come from the University of Minnesota and the University of Notre Dame with studies at l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest. A recipient of a 2005 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, in 2004 mayor R. T. Rybak proclaimed a "Warren Caesar Bowles Day" in Minneapolis.
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SHELBY BRAND (Costume Designer, The Doll People; Stitcher; Wardrobe Supervisor) is excited to join the team for her first summer at Hope Summer Repertory. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre: Acting and Design Production - Costume Design. Shelby is thrilled to be designing The Doll People this summer. Her other credits include costume design for Stop KissFive Women Wearing the Same Dress, People’s Temple, and The Tales of the Lost Formicans and hair and makeup design for Oklahoma!, Noises Off, and A Matter of Madness. Shelby has also wardrobe supervised multiple productions at Illinois State University. Shelby sends love to all who have helped her get to where she is today.
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APRIL BREWER (Head of Stage Management; Assistant Stage Manager, The Sound of Music; Stage Manager, Hot Mikado) is excited for her first season at HSRT. She is originally from upstate New York and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a B.S. in Theatre from SUNY Oneonta. She has just finished her first year at UMKC in the MFA Stage Management Program. Stage Management credits from SUNY Oneonta include Fuddy MeersShe Stoops to Conquer, and After Ashley. Other credits include Season Stage Manager of the Franklin Stage Company (2012-13 season), P.A. Santaland Diaries and Romeo and Juliet (Kansas City Repertory Theatre).  While continuing her education this fall April will also be working with the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City. April would like to thank her Mom and Adam for their undying support in all of her endeavors.
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EMILY M. BROWN (Master Electrician) is happy to be here at HSRT for her first summer. Emily has just finished her first year as the staff electrician at Illinois Wesleyan University. Last year, she worked as the master electrician for the Omaha Theater Company at The Rose Theater. Emily received her BFA in Theatre Technology and Design from Missouri State University.
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NICK CARLSON (Lighting Designer, The Doll People; Assistant Master Electrician) is very excited to work at HSRT for a second summer! He attends Illinois Wesleyan University and is entering his senior year to earn a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology. His Wesleyan credits include: Lighting Designer for Problem Child (2014), The Breach (2013), Associate Lighting Designer for As You Like It (2013), Assistant Master Electrician for A Shayna Maidel (2012), and various Electrician credits. Nick would like to thank his friends, family, and his Sigma Pi brothers for always supporting him.
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KODY CAVA (Carpenter) joins HSRT for his first season. He has been working as a lighting and scenic technician at Cuesta College in California for the last two years. He has experience as a scenic and lighting designer for several high school and college productions and has worked the past three semesters as Cuesta Performing Arts Center’s Scene Shop Foreman. Additionally, he performed on stage as an actor in Cuesta College’s KCACTF-invited production of pool ’63 which recently garnered five national KCACTF awards including “Outstanding Performance and Production Ensemble.”
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REAGAN CHESNUT (Company & Business Manager) is excited for her 3rd summer at HSRT. Reagan recently returned to Michigan after five years in Ireland, where she completed an MPhil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College, Dublin under the tutelage of playwright Marina Carr, served as head script reader for Fishamble: the New Play Company, and met her wonderful husband and fellow HSRT company member, Glen Forbes.  In addition to her work at Hope College and HSRT, Reagan is a playwright and author and is currently working on a new collaboration, Smoke and Sparrow, with actor Brandon Ruiter. http://www.reaganchesnut.com.
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ANDREW CHIEN (Sound Designer, The Doll People; Sound Design Intern) is excited for his first season at HSRT. He is currently pursuing a BFA in the Theater Design and Technology, with a concentration in Sound Design, at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has worked extensively with his high school and university in productions numerous productions. Productions he has worked on include 12 Ophelias and All Shook Up.
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PEET COCKE (Assistant Technical Director) is a scenic and lighting designer, director and writer. Peet has an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis and a second MFA in Visual Art from the University of Southern California. Previously, he was a professor of art at Cuesta College where his theatrical credits include scenic design and technical direction for The Three Musketeers, Scenic Design for Fete de la NuitRomeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream among others and is currently working on a production of Dracula. His most recent work as lighting designer includes an original adaptation of Voices, by Ursula Le Guin, which he also wrote, and Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries. His directing projects have included The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Charles Mee’s Heaven on Earth. He is currently working on an adaptation of the novel Young Men and Fire and his first full-length play Extraordinary Mysteries.
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DAVID COLACCI (Artistic Director; Director, The Sound of Music; AEA; Horace Vandergelder, The Matchmaker) debuted as an actor at HSRT in 1986, as a director in 1988, and has been Artistic Director since 1992.  His productions have included Children of Eden, Guys on Ice, Into the Woods, 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 Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War, 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,, Oscar in The Odd Couple, Orgon in Tartuffe, Uncle Jack in Dancing at Lughnasa, Will in Willi, Benedick in 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’s The Infinite Regress of Human Vanity. Also at CPH, he directed HarveySeascapeSylvia, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. David has performed at theatres nationwide for nearly over 40 years, including the Guthrie in Minneapolis, the Old Globe in San Diego, the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge and Northlight Theatres,, 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.  He is particularly delighted to join his wife Susan Ericksen again on stage this year, and to be in the company of his children Mario and Elena in their second home, beautiful Holland.
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KENDALL COLE (Production Intern) will be a junior at Hope College in the fall, pursuing degrees in Theatre and Psychology. He is thrilled to be working with HSRT for the first time this summer. His stage credits include As You Like It, The Playboy of the Western World, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as multiple student projects.
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PHILIP DEYOUNG (Orchestra Manager) joins HSRT for his second year.  In addition to working with the talented musicians in Holland, he is also a very active theatre musician in Muskegon, with recent conducting credits including Tarzan at Western Michigan Christian High School (2014), Joseph/Dreamcoat at Reeths-Puffer High School (2014), and Shrek at Mona Shores High School (2014).  Past conducting credits include Fame! (2013), Annie (2012), & Hairspray (2011) at Mona Shores High School, Godspell (2013) & You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (2012) at Orchard View High School, Annie (2012) & The Wizard Of Oz (2011) for LionHeart Productions in Grant, and Seussical (2011) for Central Park Players in Grand Haven.  An active horn player, Philip has numerous orchestral, recital, and theatre credits (including Children of Eden for HSRT in 2011) in addition to his private horn studio, which currently has students from many high schools in the Muskegon area.
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JOHN JAY ESPINO (Music Director, Hot Mikado and Alexander; Assistant Music Director, The Sound of Music) is proud to make his HSRT debut! John’s music directing/ conducting credits include The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Sunset Blvd, Man of La Mancha, Rocky Horror Show, Spamalot, Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Curtains, Big River, Chicago, Blood Brothers, Phantom, Cats, Into the Woods, Music Man, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1776, Zorba, Oliver!, and five tours of A Christmas Carol. Regional theatres include: Great Lakes Theatre Festival (OH), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Barn Theatre (MI), Galveston Musical Theatre (TX), Round Barn Theatre (IN), Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Sierra Rep Theatre (CA), Theatreworks (CA), and Diamond Circle Melodrama (CO). As an actor, he’s appeared as Archibald: The Secret Garden, Narrator: Rocky Horror Show, Pseudolus: Forum, Madam: Pacific Overtures and several productions of Pirates of Penzance (Major Gen), Man of La Mancha (Sancho), Pump Boys and Dinettes (L.M.) and Greater Tuna. John studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has been a proud member of Actors Equity for two decades.
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ERIN FINNEGAN (Properties Artisan) of Hillsborough, NJ is delighted to start her first season with HSRT! She has just finished a successful and life-changing season long props internship with StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, KY. Before that she graduated from the University of West Florida. There she was Props Master for Intimate Apparel and The Threepenny Opera. Her other props credits include: Batboy, Seussical! The Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Erin would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support!
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JOSEPH FLAUTO (Scenic Designer, The Sound of Music and The Matchmaker) has been a member of the HSRT company for many years. Last season he designed the set for A Light in the PiazzaOther recent HSRT credits include set and costume design for Pride and Prejudice.  Joe keeps coming back to HSRT because he is so pleased with the quality of work.  It has become a second home (he lives in Evansville, IN) and he has made lots of friends.  Two are John Tammi and David Colacci, the directors of current productions. Joe has had numerous designs appear at regional and national College Theatre Festivals. His set design for the University of Evansville’s production of The Comedy of Errors was seen as part of the city wide Shakespeare in Washington Festival in 2007. This past November he was invited to design the set for Playboy of the Western World at Hope.  He has worked at professional regional theatre in England, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. He is now retired from U of E but not the theatre and theatre design. Especially not HSRT!
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EMMA FONDELL (Arts Administration Intern) is very excited to work her first summer at HSRT.  She recently finished her sophomore year at Hope College, and declared her major as a BA in Theatre with an acting emphasis.  She has loved the art of theatre since she was very young, and can’t wait to make this her future.  During her college career she has so far performed in Sweeney ToddStage Door, Playboy of the Western World, and As You Like it, and various other student directed projects.  She would like to thank her parents for their love and constant support of her dreams, the HSRT staff and Hope College theatre professors for their patience, support and encouragement.
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MAGGIE FRITZ (Carpentry Intern) is excited to be joining HSRT for the first time this summer.  She is going to be a sophomore at Northern Illinois University in the fall and is on her way to earning her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology.  She is anxious for the oncoming season and is thrilled to be working with the many talented people involved in making this company a success.
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SAM GOLLACH (Carpenter) is excited for her first summer here at HSRT and to work with a different group of people. She will be graduating in December with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre: Design and Tech from Western Michigan University. She was Props Master for Ragtime, Assistant Technical Director for King Stag, and will be Technical Director for Hair in the fall.
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GREG GROBIS (Director of Marketing) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Detroit Mercy. Earning his MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University in 2008. UDM credits: Director of This Is How It Goes, Music Director of Anatomy of Grey, Director of Cabaret and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - which received four out of four stars from the Detroit Free Press. Grobis teaches Fundamentals of Acting, Acting 2, Introduction to Theatre, Music of the Theatre and Principles of Arts Management. He performs throughout Michigan and is a professional singer at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan. He released his first album “A Fireside Christmas” in December 2012 (Itunes). He would like to thank his family, Rob Abbott and his HSRT family for their constant support.
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RACHAEL HASSE (Production Manager) is excited to spend her first summer with HSRT. She has previously spent many summer seasons working with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and works during the academic year at Illinois State University as the Scene Shop Supervisor. Rachael proudly holds a BFA from Ithaca College.
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LEAH HUMMEL (Costume Designer, A Raisin in the Sun; Stitcher) is happily returning to HSRT for her third year as a stitcher and costume designer for Raisin in the Sun. An Illinois native, she is going into her senior year at Western Michigan University pursuing her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology.  Her recent collegiate credits include Costume Designer for 9 to 5, Assistant Costume Designer for The Three Musketeers and Wardrobe Head for MacBeth. Much love and energy to her friends and family, who have been by her side every step of the way. Mom, Dad, SS, BL and DC, thank you so much. 
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JASON JAMES (Paint Intern) is thrilled to be experiencing his first season at HSRT. He is currently a first year student studying Scenic Design at Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continuous love and support.
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CARLTON KENDALL (Costumes Intern) is excited for his first summer with HSRT. He currently attends Texas A&M Corpus Christi and has recently worked on their productions of August: Osage County, Theophilus North, Cabaret, and The Ladies of the Camellias going back and forth between the positions of make-up crew, costume build crew, and wardrobe crew. He is excited to work at HSRT and is glad to be a part of the theatre.
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PAIGE KINNAMON (Assistant Properties Master) is extremely excited for her first summer with HSRT. She is a senior BFA Theatre Design and Technology major at Illinois Wesleyan University, with minors in German and Religion. At Wesleyan, Paige has worked as a Props Master on shows such as Hay Fever, A Shayna Maidel, and As You Like It. She has been the Assistant to the Scenic Designer for TangleKnot Theatre's inaugural production of Nickel and Dimed and was Scenic Designer for Problem Child in Wesleyan's Lab Theatre. She wants to thank family, friends from Avalon and IWU, and pets for dealing with her daily shenanigans.
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KELSEY KNAG (Stitcher) is studying Design and Technology at the University of Michigan - Flint where she works primarily in the costume department and contributes her skills within the scenic and props department. She has also worked at Flint Youth Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre professionally as an assistant costume designer. Kelsey will assume the role as Assistant Costume Shop Manager at U of M - Flint this coming winter semester.​​
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JEFFREY LEVIN (Sound Designer, A Raisin in the Sun and The Matchmaker; Head of Sound) is happy to be back at HSRT for the second time. He is a composer, sound designer, and musician who's worked with several Chicago and regional theaters including many plays with Profiles Theatre (Artistic Associate) including the Jeff Nominated Sound Design for In the Company of Men. Other theater sound credits include work with Steppenwolf, The Hypocrites, Stage Left Theatre, Dead Writers Theatre Collective, Urban Theater Company, Deluge Theatre Collective, Columbia College, and McGill University (Montreal). Jeffrey also teaches music theory at the Merit School of Music and as well as private piano and musicianship lessons. He graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelors of Music and DePaul University with Masters of Music. 
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MICAH J. MAATMAN (Scenic Designer, A Raisin in the Sun) is excited to return to HSRT for his 5th season.  This season he will serve the company as the Scenic Designer for A Raisin in the Sun.  Past HSRT scenic designs have included The 39 StepsThe Children of Eden and Guys on Ice. Micah received his B.A. in Theatre from Hope College and holds an M.F.A. in Theatrical Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Micah is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and the Head of Performance Design at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
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GRACE MADDEN (Assistant Stage Manager, Hot Mikado; Stage Manager, The Sound of Music) is a rising junior at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, pursuing a BFA in Stage Management. Grace recently stage managed the Conservatory production A Reconsolidated Life, a devised piece created by the company; she also worked on the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Opus. She is joining HSRT for the first time this summer. Endless thanks to her mentors, family, and friends for their guidance and love.
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JOSHUA McCAMMON (Sound Designer, Alexander; Sound Design Associate Intern) is excited to return for a second season with HSRT, having worked with them last year as a Production Intern. He is quite excited to be designing his first professional show, Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day! Josh recently graduated From Hope College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
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BRIDGET McCARTHY (House Manager) is thrilled to be back for a second season at HSRT after a season as a Production Intern last summer.  She is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre from Hope College and will be a senior this fall.  At Hope, she has worked in administration, house management, stage management, lighting, and performance.  Many thanks to her many families for their constant support and love.  
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ALEX MILLER (Properties Intern) started her journey at the College of Dupage where she received the Jim Belushi/Second City Scholarship and worked on shows such as The Three Musketeers, as a stage manager and fight captain. She then went on to attend Illinois State University. There she has worked as an assistant props master for Spring Awakening and Stop Kiss.
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ALI MEEK (Stage Management Intern) is very excited to be joining HSRT as a stage management intern for the first time this summer. Originally from Woodridge, IL, she currently lives in Bloomington, IL, where she is pursuing a BFA Theatre Design and Technology degree with an emphasis in stage management at Illinois Wesleyan University. She most recently stage managed A Class Act and 12 Ophelias while at Wesleyan. Ali would like to thank everyone involved with HSRT for the tremendous amount of work that has been put into making this summer’s productions, and her family for being so supportive as she pursues new opportunities such as this one.
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KITTY MUNDY (Properties Master) just graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre. While at Western, she helped work on many of the shows including properties master for Once In A Lifetime. She was armorer for several productions including Rashomon, Les Miserables, and a student film called Emeralds of the East. At Western she helped with both stage and screen productions and even helped co-design the costumes for the student thesis Emeralds of the East. She worked the summer of 2013 with New Harmony Theatre as assistant properties master and worked on several shows including Fences, Cotton Patch Gospel, and Boeing Boeing.
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PETER ORKISZEWSKI (Assistant Company Manager) is elated to return to HSRT for his second summer in the administrative department, this time as assistant company manager.  After spending a semester abroad in England attending numerous theatre productions, he is eager to return to America (and specifically Michigan) for another great season of theatre.  Originally a Cincinnati native, he is currently a rising junior Theatre Management major at the University of Evansville.  Previous work at UE includes Publicist for Anatomy of Gray, Ticket Office Manager for Crimes of the Heart, and dramaturgical work for The Heidi Chronicles and Clybourne Park.  He has previously served as a production intern at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park under Anna Goller.  Special thanks to his family and friends for their constant encouragement and Ms. Sharla Cowden for her endless guidance.
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RICHARD PEREZ (Managing Director) is an award-winning actor, director and educator.  He is the recipient of the Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations/Future Leaders Fellowship which took him to Chicago Dramatists as its first Associate Artistic Director in 2009. Prior to that, he was the Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Indiana for seven seasons.  In that time he oversaw the production of over thirty new plays, with at least sixteen of those being world premieres. His directing credits include: All My Sons, True West, Hurly Burly, The Mercy Swing (2007 New York Fringe Festival) and Nocturnal (part of the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival).  Recent acting roles include: Gabe in Dinner with Friends and Oscar in The Odd Couple.  On television he played Councilman Ortiz on Boss, with Kelsey Grammer and has appeared on Chicago Fire. He studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York City.  He has an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University and is proud to serve on the Theater Faculty of Hope College and as the Managing Director of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.
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KAITLYN PITCHER (Costume Designer, Alexander; Stitcher) is delighted to be working with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for the first time. She is currently seeking a BS in Theatre Design and Technology at U of M Flint, where she acted as First Hand for The Ash Girl and God of Carnage, and stage manager for The Local. Alexander is her first professional design experience.
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JASON LEE RESLER (Costume Designer, The Matchmaker) Costume Design: Idaho Shakespeare and Great Lakes Theater Festival: An Ideal Husband; Phoenix Theatre: Nine, The Spitfire GrillLa Cage aux Folles; Guthrie (Dowling Studio): Postcards from Earth; Illusion Theater: Always and Forever; Park Square Theatre: 2 Pianos 4 Hands, The Odyssey, Opus, Hot Chocolate, Soul of Gershwin; History Theatre: Peace CrimesA Civil War Christmas; Commonweal Theatre Company: 1940’s Radio Hour, Little Women, Little Shop of Horrors, Arsenic and Old Lace; Minnesota Centennial Showboat: Is there a Doctor in the House; Minneapolis Musical Theatre: Bare, Bat Boy; Citadel Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol; Dance: Time Track Productions, Max Pollak; Assistant: Theater Latte Da; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; The Acting Company. Costume Technology: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Barrington Stage Company, Disney on Ice, Drury Lane, The Medora Musical. Education: BA, Western Michigan University; MFA University of Minnesota. Teaching: Assistant Professor of Costume Design, Indiana University South Bend- www.claponcue.com
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DAINA ROBINS (Director, Alexander) will be directing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Previous productions for HSRT include The Light in the Piazza, Songs for a New World, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Little Women.   Chair of the Theatre Department at Hope College, Daina teaches acting, directing, and theatre history and most recently directed As You Like It for the academic program.  Next year she will direct End Days and The Children’s Hour for the department.  Prior to starting with HSRT this season, she had the great fortune of travelling with her colleague John Tammi and ten students on a May term to Ireland.  Daina is a founding member of Double Edge Theatre of Massachusetts and continues to maintain artistic ties with the ensemble.
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LYNNE ROBLIN (Stitcher) is returning to HSRT for her fourth season in the Costume Shop. A graduate of Kenyon College, Lynne worked in various theatres in Dallas, Texas before moving back east where she worked for the New York State Theatre Institute in Albany and later in Troy as a stitcher, wardrobe supervisor, and teacher for 26 years. She joined the company on tours throughout New York State and in Russia, Jordan, England, Sweden, and Italy. Some favorite NYSTI productions include: A Tale Of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, A Wonderful Life, King Of Shadows, Alice In Wonderland, Ladies Of Song, and Arsenic and Old Lace. More recently, Lynne was an adjunct professor and assistant to the costume designer at SUNY Albany and since 2012, she has been the resident costume designer at Russell Sage College in Troy where favorite shows include: The Medium, Lord Of the Flies, Edwin Drood, James and the Giant Peach, In the Next Room, and On the Verge. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Jon, and HSRT for a summer home away from home.
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ISABELLE RUND (Stage Management Intern) who originates from Monticello, IL is a second-year stage management major at Webster University. While at Webster she worked as an Assistant Stage Manager on Alice in Wonderland, The House of the Spirits, and a devised piece: A Reconsolidated Life as well as on Webster University Dance Department’s BFA 2 performance. She has worked at Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and Monticello Theatre Association. Isabelle is very excited to be working at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre this summer!
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JOSH SAMUELS (Assistant Sound Head; Mixer, The Sound of Music and Hot Mikado) is originally from Livingston, NJ. He is a currently a student at Ithaca College studying theatrical sound design. Recent credits include Audio Engineer for The Crucible (Ithaca College Mainstage), Sound Design for In a Forest Dark and Deep (Reader's Theatre of Ithaca), Sound Design for I Pissed on Sherri Plunkett After Semi (Ithaca College No Bucks), Sound Design for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pleasant Valley Productions), Assistant Lighting Designer for Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah and Modern Terrorism (Contemporary American Theatre Festival).
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STEPHEN SAKOWSKI (Lighting Designer, The Sound of Music and Hot Mikado; Resident Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning to HSRT for his third season. During the school year, Stephen is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre: Lighting Design at Illinois Wesleyan University.  Recent Designs: All Shook Up!, Romeo+Juliet, Chaps! and Pride & Prejudice (HSRT) A Class Act, As You Like it, 9 to 5, Promenade and Hello Again, (IWU), Jester’s Dead (The Outfit), Hamlet (The Gallery Players), Waiting for Godot (X Repertory Theatre), Manhattan Transfer and Suits & Ties/Capes (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), The Near East (UC San Diego), Haymarket (The Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan), HAMLET/machine (Blue Rose Theatre), Hazard County (Wellfleet Harbor Actor Theatre).  Stephen has also served as the Lighting Director for The Mo’Nique Show on BET, and is currently the Design Associate for Otis Howard Designs. MFA: UC San Diego, BFA: Otterbein University, USA Local 829 www.StephenSakowski.com
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PETER E. SARGENT (Lighting Designer, The Matchmaker) designed his first production at HSRT, The Human Comedy (1991) starring Norbert Leo Butz and directed by John Tammi.  He returns to design The Matchmaker and be part of an incredible creative team led by John and with another chance to create designs with Joe Flauto.   He is the Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University and completed his 48th year at Webster.  He was recognized by the Missouri Arts Council for Leadership in the Arts this past February.  He is a resident lighting designer for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; a member of the United Scenic Artists, the College of Fellows of American Theatre 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 Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, the Insight Theatre Company and Dance St. Louis.  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 (14) and Jack (10 ½) in addition to daughter Megan (a HSRT Alum) and her husband Dennis Case. Enjoy this evening’s performance.
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TESSA SCHULTZ (Scenic Design Intern) is thrilled to join HSRT for the first time this summer.  She hails from Grinnell, Iowa and currently attends Hope College where she is pursuing a double major in Studio Art and Theatre: Scene Design with a minor in Art History.  Past Hope credits include scene design for The Faith Project and Middletown, Assistant Props/ASM for As You Like It, and other fun things.
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MANDY SCOTT (Stage Management Intern) is delighted to be joining the staff of HSRT as a stage management intern! She is from Newberry, Michigan and is going to be a junior at Hope College in the fall, pursuing a Theatre major with an emphasis in stage management. Her previous credits at Hope College include Assistant Stage Manager for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Will Eno’s Oh! The Humanity. Many thanks to her wonderful friends and family for the never-ending love and support!
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KATHRYN SHEAFFER (Carpentry Intern) is thrilled to be working with Hope in the 2014 season. Kathryn is a sophomore from Ithaca College’s Production BFA program with a concentration in carpentry; she aspires to become a technical director in the future. She has worked in shows such as Into The Woods, L'Étoile, and Gone Missing at Ithaca - as well as interned at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany. Most recently she worked as an electrician on The Crucible on Ithaca’s mainstage.
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RITA SOBBING (Stage Manager, A Raisin in the Sun and The Matchmaker) is very excited to join HSRT for her first summer season. Rita holds a BS in Theatre and Film Studies from Missouri Western University and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. While at UMKC, she has served as Assistant Stage Manager for Almost, Maine and The Discovery Project: Troilus and Cressida. In addition to her academic work, she served as Production Assistant for Romeo and Juliet and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Previously, she was the Production Stage Manager for Western Playhouse in St. Joseph Missouri and Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg Kentucky.
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DANIELLE SOLDAT (Stitcher) is extremely excited to be a part of HSRT for the first time.  She is going to be a junior at Western Michigan University pursuing her BFA in Theatre Technology and Design.  Her most recent work was in Ragtime at WMU as the Assistant Costume Designer and Seven as the Costume Coordinator.  She also spends most of her time stitching in WMU's costume shop as an assistant.  In the coming fall she will be costume designing Hair at WMU as well.  Danielle would like to thank the HSRT staff for giving her this opportunity, along with her family and friends for always supporting her!
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JUSSI (JOHN) K.V.TAMMI (Director, The Matchmaker; Founding Artistic Director of HSRT) has been involved with theatre at Hope College since 1968, the year the Hope theatre department was established.  He has directed more than one hundred productions for the two theatre programs at Hope, most recently 39 Steps for HSRT last summer and Middletown this past spring for Hope College Theatre.  Following his graduation 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) on a Thord Gray Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Southern Methodist University (directing).  He has participated in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for more than four decades, including a stint as Chair of Region III.  He was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion in 1986.  John worked with the Colonnades Theatre in New York City and directed David Copperfield in The Magic Man in Chicago, which was Copperfield's dramatic debut.  He served as dramaturg for the New Harmony Project on two occasions (working with Linda Lavin and Patricia Birch) and was the dialect coach on two feature films (working with Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Johnny Lee Miller).  He was the founding Producer/Director for Brilliance Corporation, a leading audio book publisher (now part of Amazon).  John's leisure pursuits include golf, sailing and skiing.  He and Marilynn are in the midst of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  They are smitten by their three wonderful grandchildren as well as Lilli, their little canine family member.  John retired from Hope at the conclusion of this past academic year.  He wishes to thank his family and the many friends, colleagues, students, staff, actors, designers, technicians, community supporters, and audience members who have made his 46-year association with Hope College, the Hope theatre department and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre possible.
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KYLE TECHENTIN (Carpenter) is a freelance lighting and scenic designer who works in theatre, dance, opera, and film.  Kyle joins HSRT for his first season with the company as a carpenter.  Kyle is a Chicago native and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in lighting design from Indiana University at South Bend where he was the recipient of the Broadway Theatre League Scholarship, as well as the Arts Excellence Award in 2012.  Kyle recently completed his first year of graduate school at Illinois State University where he studies lighting design.  Also, Kyle has worked extensively with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and will be returning there this summer for his fifth season as the Scenic Designer for the production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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FRED TESSLER (Director, Hot Mikado; Music Director, Sound of Music, The Doll People) is delighted to return to HSRT for his 21st season! Fred has worked on over 40 productions for HSRT; he was the Assistant Music Director for the 1987 production of Sound of Music: his first show at HSRT! Favorite works include directing productions of SudsHonk!, Dames At Sea, and ten Cabaret shows including creating last summer’s production of I Am Woman, music directing Kiss Me KateBabes In Arms, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, and playing the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. 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 Brigadoontick, tick… BOOM!, and Master Class. Fred has also been Music Director for productions at Brooklyn College and Columbia University and is on the staff of the Cap 21 Conservatory. 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 congratulations this year to John Tammi who founded this wonderful theatre! 
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KATHRYN WAGNER (Costume Designer, The Sound of Music) is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Design and Technical Production for the Department of Theatre, Western Michigan University.  Kathryn has designed costumes for over 100 theatrical productions at various regional and educational theatres including:  Farmers Alley Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre, Peninsula Players, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Meadow Brook Theatre, Sullivan’s Little Theater on the Square, AMAS Musical Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre, The Lamb’s Theatre Company, Summerfest-University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.  Kathryn received her BFA in costume design from the Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University; an MFA in costume design from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and is a proud member of USA, Local 829.
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AMANDA K. WERRE (Sound Designer, The Sound of Music and Hot Mikado) is excited to return for a sixth season at HSRT. Previous design credits at HSRT include: The 39 Steps, Taking Steps, Guys on Ice, An Italian Straw Hat, and Room Service. Her work as also been heard at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Max and Louie Productions, The Center of Creative Arts and Webster University. Additionally, she has worked in the sound departments at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Amanda has a BFA in Sound Design from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. 
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E-HUI WOO (Lighting Intern) is a rising senior at Ithaca College majoring in BFA Theatrical Production Arts with a focus in lighting and scenic design. Her previous Ithaca College credits include lighting designer for Gone Missing (2014), lighting and sound designer for My Children! My Africa! (2013), assistant lighting designer for Translations (2012), and co-master carpenter for Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (2013). E-hui has also worked on several festivals in various capacities, including the inaugural Ithaca Fringe 2014, American Realness 2014 in NYC, and Singapore Arts Festival 2011. An international student, E-hui has also worked with companies like The Theatre Practice Ltd. and The Arts Fission Company in Singapore, and interned with Akram Khan Company and the Finborough Theatre while in London last year. E-hui is very excited to be getting her first real summer theatre experience at HSRT this year, and would like to thank her family, her mentors at IC, and the National Arts Council (Singapore) for all their support.
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