2013 HSRT Staff

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DAVID COLACCI (Artistic Director; Director, All Shook Up; Signore Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza) returns to HSRT after a one year hiatus. In 27 seasons with HSRT (21 as Artistic Director) 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 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, 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 40 years, including the Old Globe in San Diego, the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge and Northlight Theatres, 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.
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RICHARD PEREZ (Managing Director) is an award-winning actor, director and educator.  He recently completed a two-year fellowship granted by Theatre Communications Group. The TCG New Generations/Future Leaders Fellowship 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. He was responsible for selecting, creating, and overseeing all aspects of production for that company. In that time he oversaw the production of over thirty new plays, with at least sixteen of those being world premieres. His work on new plays includes: the development of the musical .22 Caliber Mouth by Lauren Robert (which he acted in and which eventually opened off-Broadway), the direction of Sarah Treem's Empty Sky, Susan Lieberman's Arrangement for Two Violas, John Green's The Liquid Moon, Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts, Trista Baldwin's Chicks… I and II, and Toni Press-Coffman's Holy Spirit on Grand Avenue. Other 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). 2009 marked his second year as a director at The Indiana Repertory Theatre for the Bonderman Symposium of New Play Development. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Steven Peterson’s The Invasion of Skokie for Chicago Dramatists and Fu**ing A for Urban Theatre in Chicago. Recent acting roles include: Gabe in Dinner with Friends and Oscar in The Odd Couple and he was a season regular on the last season of Boss, with Kelsey Grammer. Mr. Perez has taught acting or improvisation for The National Actor's Theatre in New York City, at Arizona State University, for Theatre Sports New York, Indiana University, Ohlone College, University of Wyoming, the Bloomington Playwrights Project and numerous workshops around the country. He has also served on several arts boards and adjudicated for many regional and national playwriting contests. He studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York City. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists. He was also an acting apprentice at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and received a BA in Theatre from Hunter College in New York and an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.
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[James Saba's biography - coming soon]
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JOHN K.V. TAMMI (Director, The 39 Steps; 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 An Inspector Calls for HSRT last summer and Stage Door 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) 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 regional chair.  He was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion in 1986.  John worked with the Colonnades Theatre in New York City and directed David Copperfield in The Magic Man in Chicago.  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 his wife, Marilynn, are smitten by their three wonderful grandchildren as well as their little canine family member, Lilli.
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[Mary Schakel's biography - coming soon]
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AMY ATTAWAY (Director, Dr. Wonderful) is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. Recent directing credits include: Sleep Rock Thy Brain (2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre); Oh, Gastronomy!, The End, and 3:59 am: a drag race for two actors (Humana Festival); Broadsword: a heavy metal play and Futura (Theatre [502]);  and The Drunken City (The Necessary Theatre).  For the past five seasons, Amy was the Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she spent her time training young actors and developing new works.  Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
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DESHA CROWNOVER (Director, Charlie Brown)joins us for her third season with HSRT.  She is the Artistic Director at San Diego Junior Theatre where she has served as a director, musical director, choreographer and teaching artist for the past sixteen years, co-founding SDJT’s Conservatory Program for aspiring high school artists. She has had the opportunity to direct, teach, and perform all over San Diego 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 San Diego State University and a BA in Theatre from UCSD. Desha has served on the teaching faculty of SDSU, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian Schools.
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DAINA ROBINS (Director, The Light in the Piazza) has stopped counting the number of seasons she has been a part of HSRT.  She is delighted to be directing The Light in the Piazza this summer.  Past HSRT productions include Songs For A New World, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, Little Women, Sarah, Plain and Tall, The Hypochondriac, and Rounding Third.   Daina teaches acting, directing, and theatre history at Hope College and is Chair of the Theatre Department.  This past academic year she directed Helen by Ellen McLaughlin and will direct As You Like It next spring.  Other productions for the department have included Ring Round The Moon, Marion Bridge, Gone Missing, Almost, Maine, Much Ado About Nothing, and Rabbit Hole.  Daina has just returned from sabbatical leave, which included extended stays in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Vienna, and Berlin.  She was a founding member of Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts and did her graduate work at Tufts University. 
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CURT L. TOFTELAND (Director, Romeo +Juliet) returns to HSRT after playing Uncle Chris in I Remember Mama for the 2011 season. For 2012-13 academic year at Hope College, he directed Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and taught Introduction to Theatre.  He is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) program. From 1995-2008, he facilitated the SBB/KY program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, producing and directing fourteen Shakespeare productions. The 2003 SBB/KY production of The Tempest, was chronicled by Philomath Films producing a documentary, Shakespeare Behind Bars, that premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screened at 40+ film festivals around the world, winning 11 film awards.  He currently facilitates the adult Shakespeare Behind Bars/Michigan program at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights and SBB’s first co-gender, court-ordered juvenile Shakespeare Behind / Beyond Bars programs at the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Justice Institute. He is a national and international speaker. He has spoken at over forty colleges and universities across the United States and has delivered talks at TEDx Berkeley, TEDxEast (NYC), and TEDx Macatowa. For his work as a Prison Arts Practitioner, he received fellowships from the Fulbright and Petra Foundations, as well as a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bellarmine University. He is a published essayist and poet. Currently, he is writing his own book, Behind the Bard-Wire: Reflection, Responsibility, Redemption, & Forgiveness . . . The Transformative Power of Art, Theatre, and Shakespeare. From 1989-2008, he served as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival where he produced fifty Shakespeare productions, directed twenty-five Shakespeare productions, and acted in eight Shakespeare Productions.
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FRED TESSLER (Director, I Am Woman; Music Director, All Shook Up, Dr. Wonderful) is delighted to return to HSRT for his 20th season! Fred has worked on over 40 productions for HSRT. Favorites include directing productions of SudsHonk!, Dames At Sea, and ten Cabaret shows (eight of which were original creations), 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 thanks to all the great folks at HSRT who make every summer a wonderful experience – both familiar and new in all the best ways.
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STEPHEN SCHERMITZLER (Music Director, All Shook Up, The Light in the Piazza) is thrilled to be a part of HSRT for the first time! Stephen earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in piano from Arizona State University in 2010. Since 2006, he has served as musical director for Detour Company Theatre, a Phoenix-based ensemble fostering a passion for the arts in special needs adults (Into the Woods, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Little Mermaid, Jr., etc.). He has also played keyboards regionally for Songs for a New World, Legally Blonde: the Musical, 13: the Musical, Les Misérables, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, and Hairspray! Recently, Stephen co-founded Motion Theatre Company, a troupe dedicated to sharing contemporary theatre via Phoenix light rail. In his spare time, he is dedicated to self-study by hosting sing-alongs and perusing through theatrical literature.
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REAGAN CHESNUT (Company Manager) is excited to be back at HSRT after completing a stage management internship here in 2006. 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 is currently working on a new piece, Smoke and Sparrow. www.reaganchesnut.com.
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DONALD ROBERT FOX (Technical Director) is an award-winning designer who has stage managed, technical directed or designed over 100 productions. He has worked with regional theatres such as: Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Glacity Theatre Collective, Opera New Jersey, Williamston Theatre, The Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and Tricklock Theatre Company. In 2011 Mr. Fox designed the lighting and projections for the New York Premier of Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor at Carnegie Hall with the Toledo Symphony. In 2000 Mr. Fox conceptualized the Henry Heymann Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA for the University of Pittsburgh, which saw completion in 2001. He has had the privilege of working with such artists as Arthur Giron, Horton Foote, Digby Wolfe, Akira Matsui, Peter Matasek, Greg Ganakas, and George Faison. He holds an MFA in Design from Wayne State University and BFA in Directing and Design from Baylor University. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.
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DANIEL SILVERMAN (Assistant Technical Director) is currently the Technical Director for the Department of Theater and Film at the University of Toledo.  Previously, he worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where his credits include Design Assistant for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors, Assistant Stage Manager for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Production Assistant for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, among others. He has also worked with Florida Studio Theater on Shear Madness and Night Train to Memphis. Daniel has also worked with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and other professional, community and student theaters in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from the University of Michigan.
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GREG GROBIS (Marketing Director) received his Vocal Performance and Church Music degrees from Bethel College in 2005. He later completed his MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University in 2008. Currently he resides with his partner in Sherwood Forest in Detroit, Michigan and is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and the Director of Marketing and Management of the Theatre Company at the University of Detroit Mercy. At UDM Grobis has directed Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which received four out of four stars from the Detroit Free Press, and music directed Anatomy of Gray. During his time off he is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Grobis’s passion is performing, producing and writing plays on social justice issues. Grobis worked along side of Yolanda Fleischer in 2010 and created and produced Unheard Voices: Homeless Monologues, which focused on breaking stereotypes on why individuals are homeless in Detroit. Currently he is developing a play based on I Corinthians Chapter 13 on how love is felt by many but only recognized by a few. 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 and is hoping to record his second album in the fall of 2013.
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SAMMY BROWN (Head of Stage Management; Stage Manager, Romeo + Juliet) is thrilled to join HSRT for his second season.  Sammy originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and has recently graduated from the University of Evansville with a BS in Stage Management.  Previous work at UE includes Rupert Holmes' The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Athol Fugard's "Master Harold" … and the Boys (KCACTF Region III Participating Production).  Sammy has also served as an assistant stage manager and head of props at Timberlake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, IL, and as a house manager at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.  During his last season with HSRT, Sammy stage managed Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner's Chaps! at the Knickerbocker theatre.  This fall, Sammy will be attending the University of California Irvine for his MFA in stage management.  Thank you all for continuing to support and advocate for the arts!
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REBEKAH CARRIERE (Stage Manager, The 39 Steps, The Light in the Piazza) is excited to return to HSRT for her second summer.  Rebekah is originally from Humble, Texas and will be entering her senior year as a Stage Management major at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support.
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ALLYSON NAMISHIA (Stage Manager, All Shook Up, I Am Woman) has an MFA in Theater from Rutgers University. NY credits include Hamlet, Saint Joan, and Broken Fences. Regional Credits include: Return to the Forbidden Planet, Greater Tuna, A Little Night Music, Smoke on the Mountain, A Sanders Family Christmas, First Baptist of Ivy Gap, Shenandoah, Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, and Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.
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KRISTIN ELLERT(Head of Scenic Design; Scenic Designer, All Shook Up, Romeo + Juliet) is happy to be returning to HSRT for her 9th summer.  Previously at HSRT: Chaps!, Taking Steps, A Year with Frog and Toad, Doubt: A Parable, Lost in Yonkers, Dames at Sea, Memory House. Off-Broadway: 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: Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour), The Cripple of Inishmaan (University of Evansville), 9 to 5: The Musical (Illinois Wesleyan University), The 39 Steps (Bristol Valley Theatre), Twist (Diversionary 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 Video Designer: The Taming of the Shrew (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Restoration (NYTW), Restoration, Gala 2012 (La Jolla Playhouse), Woyzeck, Danton’s Death (UC, San Diego). MFA: UC, San Diego; BFA: University of Evansville.
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JOSEPH P. FLAUTO (Scenic Designer, The Light in the Piazza) returns this year for his twenty-ninth season with the HSRT. For the 2011 season he designed the sets and costumes for Pride and Prejudice. Other recent HSRT credits include scenic design for Into the Woods and Little Women with Daina Robins. 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. One of them is Daina Robins, the director for The Light in the Piazza. They first met at HSRT many years ago working on a production of Dancing at Lughnasa. Joe is so looking forward to the reunion that he agreed to do the show even though he will be in England until June 14th. A tight schedule! As a member of the faculty at the University of Evansville for 30 years, Joe has had numerous designs appear at regional and national Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festivals, including Anatomy of Gray, which was invited to appear at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in April of 2006. His set design for the University of Evansville’s production of The Comedy of Errors was seen as part of the citywide Shakespeare in Washington Festival in April, 2007. He was invited to design productions at Anderson University, the University of Michigan-Flint, and at Hope College since his retirement from the University of Evansville in 2008. He is an inactive member of the United Scenic Artists and has worked at professional regional theatres in Crew, England, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. Although from U of E, he has not retired from the theatre and theatre design. Especially not HSRT! It is pure Michigan!
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MICAH J. MAATMAN (Scenic Designer, The 39 Steps)is excited to return to HSRT for his 5th season. Past HSRT scenic designs have included The Children of Eden and Guys on Ice. Micah received his BA in Theatre from Hope College and holds an MFA 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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WYATT HEATHERINGTON TILKA (Props Master) just finished an internship at the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, Wyatt was the Assistant Technical Director for the 2013 Carlotta Festival of New Plays and helped deliver 16 additional sets as a scenic carpenter for the 2012-2013 Yale School of Drama season. Wyatt was a Production Technology & Management MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon, where he was a Technical Director for The Turn of the Screw, as well as student draftsman and carpenter for several mainstage shows. Wyatt also received an undergraduate degree in Architecture from CMU where he was chosen for an Easter Week lighting design installation at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. While at CMU, Wyatt designed, built, and technical directed plays at Scotch‘n’Soda Theater. Wyatt has worked in theater for over ten years, receiving an award for lighting design from the Minnesota Hennepin Theatre Trust.
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STEPHEN SAKOWSKI (Resident Lighting Designer) is happy to be returning to HSRT for his second season. Stephen has just finished his second year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre: Lighting Design at Illinois Wesleyan University.  Recent Designs: Chaps! and Pride & Prejudice (HSRT) 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), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (UC San Diego) 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, www.StephenSakowski.com
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In 1991 PETER E. SARGENT (Lighting Designer, The Light in the Piazza) designed his first production at HSRT, The Human Comedy starring Norbert Leo Butz and directed by John Tammi. He returns to design The Light in the Piazza and will enjoy renewing a collaboration with Daina.  He is the Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University and completed his 47th 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 Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, the Insight Theatre Company and the College of Fellows of American Theatre. 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 (13) and Jack (9 ½) in addition to daughter Megan (a HSRT Alum) and her husband Dennis Case. Enjoy this evening’s performance.
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ERIK ALBERG (Lighting Designer, The 39 Steps) is a lighting and sound designer currently working as Technical Director for Events and Conferences at Hope College.  He received his BA in Theatre at Hope College and his MFA 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, IDT Dance Company, Dorrell Martin Dance Fusion, and LehrerDance. His design work has also been seen and heard at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hope College, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Grand Valley State University, University of Delaware, BoarsHead Theater, 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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MARK GMAZEL (Sound Engineer; Sound Designer, The Light in the Piazza) is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music (BFA Performance with honors, 1996). Regional sound design credits include A Year With Frog and Toad, The Santaland Diaries, Machinal, You Can't Take It With You, Footloose, The Skin of Our Teeth, Scrooged, Our Town, Macbeth, The Secret Garden, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, All in the Timing, and West Side Story. Music composition and live music performance for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival productions of Macbeth and As You Like It. Recording and live sound engineering for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jeff Daniels Unplugged, Justo Live, Echoes of Pink Floyd, MSBOA District and Regional Solo & Ensemble Band Festivals, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Michigan State Symphonic and Concert Bands, Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony, Olivet College Symphonic Bands, Michigan State University Marching Band, and Grand Ledge High School Bands and Choirs. Thanks to Donald, Rich, and JNA with love to wife Harmony and daughter Greta.
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AMANDA K. WERRE (Sound Designer, The 39 Steps, All Shook Up) excited to return for a fifth season with HSRT. Previous design credits at HSRT include: Taking Steps, Guys on Ice, An Italian Straw Hat, and Room Service. Amanda’s work as also been heard at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Max and Louie Productions, The Center of Creative Arts and Webster University. 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. 
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JEFFREY LEVIN (Sound Designer, Romeo + Juliet) is a composer and sound designer living in Chicago, IL. He has provided original music and sound design for many productions at Profiles Theatre, where he is an Artistic Associate, and other Chicago theaters including Stage Left, Piven Theatre Workshop, Urban Theater Company, Collaboraction, as well as for schools including Columbia College and McGill University. In addition to sound design and original music, he performs live on piano and music directs for various venues and theaters. Outside of his theater work, Jeffrey is pursuing a Masters of Music in Contemporary Composition at DePaul University and also teaches music theory and musicianship at DePaul, the Merit School of Music, and for private students. For contact information and to hear work samples visit www.jeffreylevinmusic.com.
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JESSICA LESLIE (Costume Designer, All Shook Up, The Light in the Piazza; Costume Shop Manager) is ecstatic to be returning to the HSRT Family for her third summer! This past spring, Jessica designed Legally Blonde: The Musical at Webster University and finished her final year in the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University, where she received her BFA in Costume Design and Construction. Jessica would like to thank her beautiful parents, family, and friends for all of their unconditional love and undying support. “Mom and Dad, you have given me such a wonderful life!”
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MICHELLE BOMBE (Costume Designer, I Am Woman)is  Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, and Resident Costume Designer at Hope College.  Michelle is returning for her 17th season with HSRT.  Michelle received her MFA in Design from UTexas-Austin and her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville.  Michelle has designed the costumes for over 150 productions for professional theatres, colleges, and even in prisons through her work with Shakespeare Behind Bars.  Michelle is the Chair of Region Three of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Her professional credits include ten seasons with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the Theatre at Monmouth, and  Austin Lyric Opera. 
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KRISTINA MAKOWSKI (Costume Designer, Romeo + Juliet) is a Brooklyn based costume designer thrilled to be escaping the heat of the city for a third season with HSRT. Recent NY credits include: Geek (codesigned with Jessica Wegener Shay for Vampire Cowboys), The Fartiste (Sophia's Underground), The Ring Cycle (PL115), BINGE (Slant Theatre Project), Polaroid Stories (Strasberg Studios) Anatomy of Gray, Franny's Way, Enchanted April (Stella Adler Studios) HSRT credits: Return to the Forbidden Planet, I Remember Mama and CHAPS!.
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JODI OZIMEK (Costume Designer, The 39 Steps) is delighted to return Hope Summer Repertory Theatre after designing The Last Night of Ballyhoo in 2010. Additional regional credits include: Shirley Valentine, While We Were Bowling, An Infinite Ache, The Effect of Gamma Rays in Man on the Moon Marigolds, Art and Every Christmas Story Ever Told!!. (Williamston Theatre); The Producers (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); West Side Story, South Pacific (Maine State Music Theatre); Two Rooms, Lobby Hero (Portland Stage Company; Driving Miss Daisy, Enchanted April (Good Theatre); Gypsy (Texas Star Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Waterworks Theatre).  Select educational designs include: The Servant of Two Masters, Blood Brothers, The Magic Flute and Company (University of Southern Maine); As You Like It, Well, Babes in Arms, Arts or Crafts (Michigan State University).  Jodi received her BA in theatre from Michigan State University and her MFA in costume design from Purdue University.
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HEATHER FLEMING (Wig Designer, The 39 Steps) has designed wigs and makeup for more than 100 productions. For four seasons, Heather was the Wig Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville, creating wigs, hair and makeup for fifteen shows each season. Prior to Actors Theatre, she spent four seasons as the Wig Designer at the Barter Theatre. Previous designs at HSRT include The Last Night at the Ballyhoo. Recent designs include Cinderella with the Kentucky Opera; Raisin in the Sun and Cabaret at Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre; the world premiere of Charles Smith's The Gospel According to James at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre; Ragtime for Park Square Theatre; Pride and Prejudice for the Roundhouse Theatre; Amadeus and Raisin in the Sun at the Clarence Brown Theatre; Dracula , The Miracle Worker, and A Little Night Music at Indiana Repertory Theatre; and Othello, Henry V, and Twelfth Night at the Folger Theatre. Heather holds an MFA from the University of Illinois. She owns the Custom Wig Company, specializing in top quality hair goods. www.customwigcompany.com.
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MATTHEW FARMER (Choreographer, The Light in the Piazza) 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 Productions. Farmer 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 a 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.
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BRAD LANDERS (Choreographer, All Shook Up; Co-Creator, I Am Woman) is a New York City-based dancer/choreographer who holds a BA in musical theater/speech from Wagner College.  Performance credits include: CATS (nat'l tour dance cpt./swing), A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Chicago (regional).  Dance companies: STREB, Grounded Aerial, and Kinetic Dance Co.  As a choreographer Brad has had the fortune of working both theatrically and commercially.  Most known for his "Let's Have a Kiki" choreography for the internationally acclaimed group the Scissor Sisters, Brad also acts as co-director/choreographer for the NYC-based project GIG which seeks to provide a blend of fresh, original music and dance by inviting collaboration between the two fields (GIGtheshow.com).  Other choreography credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Return...Forbidden Planet.  Much thanks to his family, friends, and Evan for their unwavering support, and David and Fred for trusting him with their art. www.thebradlanders.com.
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LYDIA BLICKLEY (Choreographer, Romeo + Juliet, Charlie Brown, Dr. Wonderful; Ensemble, All Shook Up; Reporter, Romeo + Juliet; Ensemble, The Light in the Piazza) is delighted to bereturning to the HSRT stage! She recently graduated from Hope College as an English Literature and Musical Theater Performance double major with a Dance Performance and Choreography minor. She has performed with the Grand Rapids Ballet, the Moscow Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet in NYC under the direction of Dorrell Martin; has most recently been seen onstage at Hope College in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stage Door, and her showcase, 21.5; 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!
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DAVID ALEXANDER BLIXT (Stage Violence Choreographer) is an author, actor, and fight director based in Chicago. An Artistic Associate with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and co-founder of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company, David serves as resident Fight Director for both, where his fight work has included: Richard IIIHamletOthelloJulius CaesarMacbethTartuffe, and Romeo & Juliet. Other fighting credits include Steppenwolf (The Brother/Sister Plays), the Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC (King Lear), First Folio Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet), and Defiant Theatre (A Clockwork Orange).  Having taught at colleges and universities all over the county, David is the resident Stage Combat instructor at the Chicago High School for the Arts. 
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AARON O’NEILL (Scenic Charge Artist, Scenic Designer, Charlie Brown, Dr. Wonderful) is elated to be back in Holland! This is O’Neill’s second season here with HSRT. O’Neill received his BA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. Recent credits include The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival (Scenic Designer, Actors Theatre of Louisville), The 37th Annual Humana Festival of New Plays (Sets Journeyman, Actors Theatre), The Tens (Scenic Designer, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s 2012 season (Assistant Charge Artist, Charge Artist – Kristin Ellert), Playhouse Creatures (Scenic Designer, dir. Chris Connelly), Hello, Again (Charge Artist, dir. Scott Susong), and The Spitfire Grill (Scenic Designer, dir. Nicholas Reinhart).
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SAMANTHA GRIBBEN (Scenic Painter) is excited to join HSRT for her first season. A Texas native, she studied Theatre Arts with a concentration in Scenic Design at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she was active as a technician and designer. After graduation, Samantha completed an internship with Bard SummerScape and served as the summer Charge Artist for The Little Theatre on the Square. She returns to Sewanee during the academic year to serve as the theatre department’s Design and Production Intern.
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JACQUELINE BELMAN (Carpenter) is excited to be joining the HSRT. She earned her BA in Theatre and History at Adrian College where she worked for the past four years. She is excited to be working with a talented group of people and hopes that you enjoy the show.
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IAN HUDGINS (Carpenter) is elated to have a spot with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre! Ian is currently wrapping up his undergraduate career at Adrian College, where he studies theatre and psychology. Ian prides himself on being an all-around theatre man: having worked in Adrian's scene shop for four years now, he has also acted, directed, and stage managed to some degree over the course of his education. Ian is more than ready to bring his experience to HSRT to help and (more importantly) to learn everything he can while working with a group of people who love what they do as much as he does.
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LEAH MCCALL (Carpenter) is from Orlando, Florida. She has a B.A. in Theatre Design from the University of South Florida and is currently attending Wayne State University as an MFA Candidate in Lighting Design. This will be her first season with HSRT and is ecstatic to be working with the scenic crew. Her past Hilberry Credits include the Lighting Design for Nikoli Gogol's Marriage and the Sound Design for Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet.
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TRAVIS SMITH (Carpenter) is joining HSRT for the first time this summer. He is originally from San Antonio, TX but is a student at the University of Evansville studying Design and Technology with an emphasis in Technical Direction. His work at UE includes Master Carpenter for Arthur Laurents’ Gypsy and Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, with his latest work being the Assistant Technical Director for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Travis is very excited for the upcoming season and can’t wait to get to work.
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KRYSTAL MARTINEZ (Master Electrician; Lighting Designer, Charlie Brown, Dr. Wonderful) is returning to HSRT for her second summer with the electrics department. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2012, where she did lighting design for The Children's Hour and Tartuffe, and since then has been working in Chicago as an electrician and designer.
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SARA “XOP” ALEXOPOULOS (Assistant Master Electrician) is thrilled for her first season at HSRT. Venturing far from her home in Vermont, Xop is a rising senior at Otterbein University and will graduate with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with focuses in Lighting Design and Technical Direction. Some of her mainstage credits at Otterbein include: Technical Director for After the Fall, Lighting Designer for Spotlight on Dance 2012, and Assistant Lighting Designer for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She has also worked with the Gallery Players at the Jewish Community Center in Bexley, serving as Scenic Designer for The Action Against Sol Schumann and as Technical Designer for Curtains. Xop has also worked on a number of charity, conference, expo, and holiday events with IM Creative and Pagetech Limited, two production companies in downtown Columbus. As a hobby she volunteers as Lighting Designer for Otterbein Music Department's opera and Otterbein Cap & Dagger's fundraising-charity drag shows. She would love to thank her professor for introducing her to HSRT, because she's been loving every minute of the summer!
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NICK CARLSON (Electrician) is very excited to work with HSRT this summer! He attends Illinois Wesleyan University and is earning a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology. His Wesleyan credits include: 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 and family, Stephen Sakowski for the opportunity, and his Sigma Pi brothers for always supporting him.
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CALEB TAYLOR (Electrician) is looking forward to his first season at HSRT. He hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. Caleb is a rising sophomore at Webster University and will graduate with a BFA in Lighting Design. He would like to thank his amazing friends and family for all of their love and support.
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ALEXA DUIMSTRA (Stitcher/Wardrober) is returning to Hope Summer Repertory theatre for her second season. Last summer, she was a costume design intern and served as Assistant Designer to Joe Flauto for Pride and Prejudice and Costume Designer for Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!. She attends Hope College where she works in the costume shop. Last fall she costume designed the show Helen, which won honorable mention in the American College Theatre Festival’s Theatrical Design Excellence Award in Costume Design.  She will be returning to Hope College in the fall for Episode I of her senior year. She’d like to thank her family for all their support and point out that she is indeed related to the other Duimstra on the program.
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LEAH HUMMEL (Stitcher) is happily returning to HSRT for her second year. An Illinois native, she is going into her junior year at Western Michigan University pursuing her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology. Her recent collegiate credits include 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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LYNN ROBLIN (Stitcher/Wardrober)is returning to HSRT for her third season in the Costume Shop. A graduate of Kenyon College, Lynne worked in various theatre positions in Dallas, Texas before moving back east where she worked for the New York State Theatre Institute as a stitcher, wardrobe supervisor, and teacher for 26 years in Albany and later Troy. She also 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, Orphan Train, 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 August, 2012, she has designed costumes for TIS at Russell Sage College in Troy. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Jon, and HSRT for a summer home away from home.
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ANGELICA KURTZ (Assistant Props Master) of Streamwood, IL, is delighted to be back for her second year with HSRT! Angie is about to delve into her senior year at Hope College as a Theatre major and Classical Studies minor. Angie has become a bit of a “jack of all trades” within the theatre; her latest work was as Costume Designer for Hope’s production of Stage Door (Spring 2013). She was also Assistant Costume Designer and an ensemble member in Sweeney Todd (Fall 2012), played the role of Capulet in Ring Round the Moon (Spring 2012), and worked with scenery, props, and played in the ensemble of Street Scene (Fall 2010), among working in other mainstage and student productions. Angie would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support. Enjoy the shows!
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RACHEL “JINGLES” MONTGOMERY (Props Artisan) is glad to be back at HSRT for her second season and working in the props shop again. She is from Michigan and goes to Oakland University as a Theatre Design and Technology student. Her past productions include Spring Awakening as the scenic artist, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi as props designer, and most recently, Dead Man’s Cell Phone as the assistant costume designer. Last season at HSRT, Rachel was the props designer for Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells. Rachel would like to thank her support system for helping her get to where she is and always being there for her. 
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DEVYN ELIZABETH MCQUEEN (Lighting Intern) This is Devyn’s first summer with HSRT and she is very excited to be here. As of the fall, she will be a Junior at the University of Evansville, where she is pursuing a BFA in Design and Technology of Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting. She has been involved in many productions there such as Almost, Maine, Gypsy, Once in a Lifetime, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, and Romeo and Juliet.
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ABDIEL PORTALATÍN (Costume Shop Intern, Costume Designer, Dr. Wonderful) is thrilled for his first summer at HSRT. He has worked as a designer for Alice in Wonderland, RENT, and several showcases, and recently as assistant designer for Spring Awakening, Footloose and Broadway Bound. He has had the opportunity to also work as an actor in Spring Awakening (Rupert), Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter), A Wrinkle in Time (Calvin), ¡Ay qué Cruz! (Junior) and Tierra a la vista (Christopher Columbus), all of which have been presented in his home island, Puerto Rico.  He loves his work and what he does and he is grateful to be here in Holland for the first time for a full summer of theatre.
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MARY ELIZABETH WINTHER (Costume Shop Intern) thrilled to be spending her first summer working with HSRT! She most recently worked as the assistant costume designer and hair and makeup designer for the Hope College production of Stage Door. Other design experiences include costume design for the original children’s musical Dragon Pack Snack Attack, and hair and makeup design for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She will be returning to Hope in the fall as a junior, and will be the costume designer for Oh, The Humanity! She is so thankful to her many mentors and professors for all of their support and the opportunities they have given her, and is looking forward to a fabulous first season with HSRT!
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JOY ADDLER (Stage Management Intern) is excited to be spending her first summer at Hope. She is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but is currently attending the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is pursuing a BFA in Stage Management; she will be a sophomore in the fall. She most recently served as Assistant Stage Manager for Webster’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Joy would like to send a special thank you to her family and friends for their constant support and to Peter for the opportunities he has given her.
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HEATHER FOLEY (Stage Manager, Dr. Wonderful; Assistant Stage Manager, The 39 Steps, Romeo + Juliet) is a rising sophomore in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She recently worked with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis on their production of Double Indemnity with which she traveled to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Heather also worked on the conservatory production of Yours, Anne. Next season, she is thrilled to be stage managing Smokey Joe's Café. She would like to dedicate her time at HSRT to her father who has helped make her dream a reality. 
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JACQUELINE MARSCHKE (Assistant Stage Manager, The 39 Steps, The Light in the Piazza, I Am Woman) is delighted to be joining HSRT for her very first season as a stage management intern! She is originally from Glenview, Illinois and is currently an incoming Junior at Hope College pursuing a Theatre Major, with an emphasis in stage management. Her previous credits in stage management at Hope College include George Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s Stage Door, and Hope alumnus Christoff Visscher’s senior project, Fate. She also served as an assistant stage manager at Hope College for Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Endless gratitude to her beloved friends and family for all their love and support!
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KAITLYN MCELRATH (Arts Administration Intern) is ecstatic to be joining Hope Summer Repertory Theatre this summer. Originally from Woodinville, Washington, Kaitlyn is an upcoming senior at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN, where she is pursuing a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in directing and arts management. Previous work at Gustavus has included directing an original play, At Risk and stage managing 25, Gustavus’ 25th Anniversary Dance Concert.
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JEFFREY BEHM (Lighting Design Intern) is thrilled to be working his first season at HSRT. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Lighting Design at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. As a native of St. Louis, MO, he has worked for several professional theatre companies in the surrounding area, including Stages St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. He would like to thank his parents for all of their support. Without them and the guidance from many others, he would not have been able to work at such a great company this summer.
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DEREK A. GRAHAM (Sound Design Intern) is a recent graduate of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and is spending his first summer with HSRT as a sound design intern. During his undergraduate experience at ECSU, he worked as the sound designer for the University Players, in which his designs included Cinderella ConfidentialKnock Me a KissThaddeus and 'Tila, Transformations: Alan Miller’s Senior Theatre Showcase, The Lively Cabaret, Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables, and Schizophrenia: The Byron Coolie & Derek Graham Senior Theatre Showcase. In addition to these productions, Derek also contributed original music recordings and multimedia projects, worked as an assistant sound engineer for several other mainstage shows, and composed and premiered two music compositions as a member of the Elizabeth City State University Concert Choir. Graham placed third in the Sound Design Competition at the 2013 Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, KY for his design of Knock Me a Kiss by Charles Smith. His primary focus as a sound designer is to engage the audience by aurally presenting the emotion and situation of the plays’ plots and climactic progressions.
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MICHAEL B. LEWIS (Scenic Intern) is thrilled to be joining the company at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre this summer! He is a senior at Emory University and has worked as an intern at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and as an assistant technical director/carpenter at Theater Emory.
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PETER ORKISZEWSKI (Arts Administration Intern) is delighted to be a member of the HSRT team.  Originally a Cincinnati native, he is currently a rising sophomore theatre management major at the University of Evansville. Previous work at UE includes ticket office manager for Eurydice and Crimes of the Heart and the Assistant Dramaturg for The Heidi Chronicles. 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 support and Ms. Sharla Cowden for her endless guidance.
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MARY BRIDGET MCCARTHY (Production Intern) is thrilled to be making her HSRT debut this year.  She is spending the first half of the summer as an acting apprentice with Riverside Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City, IA, where she is appearing in the ensemble of Hamlet. Bridget will be a junior at Hope this fall where she is active on-stage and off. Her Hope credits include Stage Door (Irene Ryan Nomination), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as multiple student projects. Many thanks to her many families for their constant support and love.  
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ALLISON SIMMONS (Production Intern) is very excited to be working with HSRT for the first time this summer. She will be a junior at Hope College in the fall, where she is pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Stage credits at Hope College include IO in Helen (2012), and Big Mary in Stage Door (2013). She has also been involved in a student production of The Nutcracker (2011), and the student project Fate (2012). She would like to thank her family for their constant support of her theatrical endeavors and for believing in her. Allison is eager to gain more theatrical experience and knowledge over this theatre-filled summer with HSRT!
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EMILY SVENDSON (Production Intern) will be a junior at Hope College and this is her first year at HSRT. In addition to working in the shops, she is also an Assistant Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet. Her past works at Hope include stage managing bobrauschenbergamerica and is looking forward to working on Oh, The Humanity! in the fall.
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CHARLIE O’LEARY (Assistant to the Managing Director) is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a newcomer to the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre this season. At Notre Dame, he did work in acting (God of Carnage, Carthaginians, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee),directing (Next to Normal), dramaturgy (Provenance, She, Intimate Apparel), and music composition (The Lion in Winter). Most recently he produced a staged reading of his new musical, Other Apocalypses, for which he wrote book, music, and lyrics. In the fall, he is planning to move to Chicago to “do theatre,” whatever that means. Charlie would like to thank his family and friends, who pretend that his jokes are funny and say nice things to him when he is sad.
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FERNANDO FERNANDEZ (Arts Administration and Marketing Associate) is thrilled to be returning to Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for a second season. Last summer at HSRT, he spent his time hard at work in the marketing office creating videos, newsletters, and other marketing materials. Originally from Chicago, Fernando has spent his last three years at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana, pursuing his degree in Theatre Management. There he has dabbled in all areas of arts administration, finding quite a forte in both marketing and development. Currently aspiring to open up a theatre of his own, he ventures to learn all that he can about the inner workings of what a theatre needs to thrive. He thanks all those who have helped him get to where he is today. Let hope happen!
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[Karen Barber-Gibson's biography - coming soon]
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[Anne D. Bakker's biography - coming soon]
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