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LISA BRESCIA (Victoria Grant) On Broadway, Lisa has appeared as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, Elphaba in Wicked, Cleo in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Amneris in Aida, and Marion Halcolmbe in The Woman in White. Additional New York credits include the role of Helena in All's Well That Ends Well at the Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab and Claire in Roundabout's Ordinary Days. Regional credits include: Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Gertrude in Hamlet, Ivy in August: Osage County, Anna in Sister Play, Sally in Cabaret, Kennedy Center's Broadway: Three Generations - Side Show (Violet), Chicago's Wicked (Elphaba), Into the Woods (Witch), The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Mom), Evita (Eva), The Last 5 Years (Cathy), A Little Night Music (Petra), and Brigadoon (Meg). Training: MFA in Classical Acting from ACA; American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Much gratitude to all at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Matt Lenz and my husband, songwriter
GEORGE DVORSKY (Carroll Todd) last appeared here as Billy Flynn in 2010's Chicago. Broadway credits include the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel, the revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the Tony Award-Winning Passion, Marilyn: An American Fable and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Off-Broadway: El Gallo in The Fantasticks, the revival of Closer Than Ever, Pete Bartel in Pete ‘N’ Keely, the revival of Dames At Sea and ‘And The World Goes Round. George starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center where he also played Tommy in Brigadoon. He was featured in PBS’ Emmy Winning "Passion: Live At Lincoln Center" starring Patti LuPone and starred with Bea Arthur and the Boston Pops in "Bernstein’s Broadway" also on PBS. His solo CDs, In The Still Of The Night and All Through The Night are available on the JAY Records label.
DARREN RITCHIE (King Marchan) just came from a critically acclaimed show Freedom's Song, at Washington DC Fords Theatre. Last summer: the Las Vegas premiere of Re-Animator the Musical after a sold out run in Los Angeles. He also currently travels internationally with The Broadway Rox concert series. Before that, he received the Outstanding Performance by an Actor Award at the 10th anniversary NYMF festival for his work in Standby the Musical. Broadway: originated the role of the White Knight/Jack in Wildhorn's Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, also originating the role of Jonathan Harker on Broadway in Dracula, the Musical. He has also appeared in featured roles on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors and Bells are Ringing, and was in the original cast of Les Miserables. Other regional: Goodspeed Opera House, TPAC, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita and the Old Globe, as well as in multiple concerts, TV commercials, and voice-overs. He has also appeared in several films and television shows and soaps, most notably "Stroller Wars" and "Days of our Lives." Special thanks to Jeff Berger and Stone Manners Salners. Please follow me on Twitter @theDarrenRitch. Love to my friends and family and my beautiful
ROBYN HURDER (Norma Cassidy) is absolutely thrilled to be returning home to her native state of Maine to make her Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Broadway: originated the roles of Jeannie Muldoon in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Marty in the most recent revival of Grease, and Violet in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other Broadway credits include: Chicago (Mona, Roxie u/s), The Wedding Singer (Donatella, Holly u/s). Off-Broadway and other NYC credits: Paint Your Wagon at City Center's Encores! (Cherry Jourdell), Play It Cool at Theatre Row (Lena Starling), and starred as one of The Broadway Dolls in Tour De Fierce (NYMF). First National Tours: A Chorus Line (Cassie), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake u/s), Starlight Express (Pearl). Regional: Chicago (Roxie) at Mason Street Warehouse. Proudest accomplishments: Becoming Mrs. Clyde Alves and Hudson's fiercely loving Mother.
JOE JOYCE (Henri Labisse) appeared on Broadway in the Tony nominated musical Swinging On A Star and National Tours of 42nd Street, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and La Cage Aux Folles. Off-Broadway he was featured in Pageant (original cast), Forbidden Hollywood and Radio City Music Hall’s Encore! Los Angeles credits: Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, Strike Up The Band at Reprise!, The People Vs. Mona at Pasadena Playhouse, Show Boat at the Hollywood Bowl, I’d Rather Be Right (as FDR) at Hudson Mainstage. Television credits: "30 Rock" (NBC), "The Geena Davis Show" (ABC), "Ellen" (ABC) and the Tony Awards (CBS). Regional theatre credits: Goodspeed Opera House, Huntington Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. BFA Boston University, MFA San Diego State University. Joe is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and a professor in Montclair State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program in NJ.
BOB MARCUS (André Cassell) An original Maine-iac, Bob is thrilled to be performing in his home state and to be making his Ogunquit debut. He just got off the road in the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde (Sir Danvers Carew) and will be returning to the road this Fall in the National Tour of Ragtime (Grandfather). Other touring credits include: European tours of Evita and Fame and 3 National Tours of Fiddler On The Roof (Tevye/Lazar Wolf). Favorite credits include: Les Miserables (Thenardier), Noises Off (Selsdon), The Producers (Max Bialystock), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) and Nunsense Amen! (Mother Superior). Bob can be heard on the 2002/2003 European cast recording of Evita and the original cast recording of Eagle Song. Film/TV credits include: "OZ," "Law and Order," "Trinity," At First Sight, The American Astronaut. Many thanks to the Ogunquit team, his family, friends and LIFE. As always, to the memory of his parents and Bobi and Zayde. Peace! Go Red Eddies!
JACOB SMITH (Squash) "The only reason to shave your beard is for the joy of growing it again." -Bryan Lilly. Jake is thrilled to be making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse! A proud member of AEA, he is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and AMDA New York. Broadway: Doctor Zhivago. National Tours: Spamalot (Galahad/Black Knight/Father) and Rock of Ages (Dennis Dupree). Off-Broadway/Regional: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Lend Me A Tenor, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, Fade Out/Fade In, Silk Stockings, Little Mary Sunshine, Carnival, Paint Your Wagon. Thanks to Mom and Dad, my friends and teachers, Michael at 9Muse and Big Guns Upstairs. www.LumberjackStudios.net
BRITTANY BIGELOW (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Brittany is a recent graduate of the BFA Commercial Dance program at Pace University in NYC! Her most recent credits include: Take the Stage with Broadway Stars at Carnegie Hall (Dance Captain/Student Performer), The Will Rogers Follies at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Ziegfeld Girl/Betty Blake US), Bob Fosse’s Bye Bye Blackbird restaged by Scott Jovovich at Pace University (Soloist). Endless love and thanks to her supportive family, friends, Cory, Melissa and Leslie, and Ogunquit Playhouse for this amazing opportunity! BrittanyBigelow.com
TAYLOR COLLINS (Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. National Tours: Catch Me If You Can, A Chorus Line (Japan). Off-Broadway: Chautauqua! (The Public Theater). Select Regional: Maine State Music Theater, Flat Rock Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse. BFA Pace University. Love to Mom, Dad, and Britt. Special thanks to Craig Holzberg, Bernadette McBrinn, and Meghan Latare at Avalon Artists Group. Also a thank you to Matt Lenz, Darren Lee, and Bradford Kenney.
KALEIGH CRONIN (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making her Ogunquit debut! She was last scene playing Lulu/Two Ladies Dancer and understudying Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theater Company's production of Cabaret on Broadway. Favorite roles include: Lorraine on the National Tour of Jersey Boys and Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard at MTW. BFA CMU. Thanks to BRS/Gage and everyone involved with this project for allowing her to spend the summer in such a gorgeous place with such wonderful people!
VINCENT D'ELIA (Sal Andretti/Ensemble) a NYC native, is thrilled to make his Ogunquit debut with V/V. He comes directly from the new National Tour of Andy Blankenbuehlers’ Production of Joseph….Dreamcoat (The Butler) He has been blessed in this business of SHOW! Find more info at www.Backstage.com/VincentDElia Many Thanks To My Family and Friends...“The Only Real Death, is the Death We Die Everyday by Not Living!
PATCH DAVID (Richard Di Nardo/Ensemble) is excited to be making his Ogunquit debut! He recently finished performing in the Pre-Broadway production of First Wives Club; directed by Simon Phillips. Off-Broadway: The Anthem - Pericles. NYC Workshops: Severed Hand of Neverland - Peter Pan. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof - Sasha. Regional: The Sound of Music - Rolf u/s at the Paper Mill Playhouse, - Laurie. Thank you to Bloc and his amazing family. Fight the "R" word!!!
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SARAH ELLIS (Street Singer/Ensemble) is thrilled to be visiting the state of Maine for the first time making her Ogunquit Debut! Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Northshore MT, Kansas City Starlight, Westchester Broadway Theatre, WV Public Theatre. NYC: Stardust Road: The Hoagy Carmichael Musical, Musicals Tonight!, Easter Mysteries, and Craig Christie’s Villainy. Concert: Guest Artist for Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops, IA. Coming to a theatre near you: First National Tour of Tony Award-Winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. BFA Penn State (WE ARE!). Thank you to all my inspirational mentors, family, and friends, especially DR. meetsarahellis.com.
DARRIN FRENCH (Ensemble) makes his Ogunquit Playhouse debut. Regional credits include: Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre); You Never Can Tell (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); The Music Man, 9 to 5, The Pirates of Penzance (Little Theatre on the Square); Damn Yankees, Brigadoon (Light Opera Works); White Christmas (Crown Uptown Theatre); Cats, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (OPTC). Darrin is a proud Northwestern University graduate. Many thanks to his family and friends for their support, and the Ogunquit family for this opportunity.
BRADLEY GIBSON (Jazz Singer/Ensemble) Broadway: Rocky. National Tour: Chicago. NYC: Love's Labours Lost (The Public Theater). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe). BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Endless thanks to everyone at the Ogunquit Playhouse, BRS/GAGE, BoCo 2013, and my amazing family.
CHRIS KANE (Ensemble) Ogunquit debut! Chris was most recently seen playing Fred Casely (Billy Flynn and Mary Sunshine covers) in Chicago with Royal Caribbean. New York Theater: Fred Astaire in Castle Walk (NYMF). Other regional theatre credits include: Sonny in Grease (Theatre by the Sea), Link Larkin/Dance Captain in Hairspray, Caleb/Dance Captain in Seven Brides, Plato/Macavity in Cats, (Prather Entertainment) Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain (Hackmatack Playhouse), Potsie/Fonz US in Happy Days (La Comedia), A-Rab/Dance Captain in West Side Story (Bay Colony Productions). Chris is also a three time, professional ballroom dance, regional champion. He sends his love to friends and family for their eternal support. Thanks to Dave!
CHRISTINA LASCHUK (Ensemble) was just seen as Waitress #1 at the regional premiere of Rock of Ages at Gateway Playhouse! Recently she was in La Cage aux Follies and Mame (Wick Theater), A Chorus Line (Surflight Theater), and A Chorus Line (Tibbits Opera House). She has performed with Inside Broadway in Manhattan. Christina also toured in the National Tour of Oklahoma! Other credits include: Sugar (Westchester Broadway Theater), and Chicago (Little Theater on the Square), and a world cruise tour on Regent Luxury Cruise Lines. Thank you Chris, my family, and friends for your constant love and support! ChristinaLaschuk.com
VANESSA MITCHELL (Ensemble) Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Regional: 42nd Street (Gateway Playhouse), Singin’ In The Rain (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina). Canada: Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Visit of Will & Kate, Gemini Awards (with Cory Monteith). Vanessa is an alumni of The Young Canadians, where she performed in the world famous Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show every summer for a consecutive 10 years. Graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Next, you can see Vanessa on the road with the National Tour of 42nd Street. Proud member of ALMA NYC Dance Company (www.almanyc.org). Thank you Mom and Dad for your love and support.
JAMIE PATTERSON (Ensemble) is originally from North Carolina, where he studied dance at Wake Forest University and North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a resident of New York City, he studies and performs musical theatre, contemporary dance, and commercial dance. He was most recently seen in A Chocolate Avenue Christmas at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Favorite credits include: Singin’ In the Rain (MGR Playhouse), Legally Blonde (MGR Playhouse), America’s Got Talent (NBC), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (MGR Playhouse). He thanks Mom, family, and friends for their unwavering encouragement and support!
ADDIE TOMLINSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be spending the summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse with Victor/Victoria! Favorite credits include: New York: Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. International Tours: West Side Story (Velma/Shark swing), Tokyo Disney’s Under the Sea (Ariel/aerialist). Regional: 42nd Street (Lorraine Fleming), Young Frankenstein (Basha), Crazy for You (Patsy) and Oklahoma! (Dream Laurey). Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University, Bachelor of Performing Arts. Thanks to Clear Talent Group and Gregg Baker Management. Love to Mom, Dad, family, friends & husband Mike!
BLAKE EDWARDS (Book) has been an international favorite since the 1961 release of his enchanting Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring the late Audrey Hepburn. The 49 films Mr. Edwards has directed, many of which he wrote and produced, have grossed more than one and a half billion dollars at the box office. His comedies, such as the Pink Panther films, Micki & Maude, Victor/Victoria, The Great Race, Blind Date, 10, and Switch are just some of the many classics the distinguished filmmaker has brought to the screen. His work includes such memorable dramas as Days of Wine and Roses and Experiment in Terror, as well as the poignant comedy drama That’s Life and the black comedy S.O.B. Mr. Edwards appeared in more than two dozen films before deciding that he was not an actor. He also worked as a writer and producer in films and created one popular radio series, “Richard Diamond: Private Detective”. In 1956, he wrote and directed “Mr. Cory”, starring Tony Curtis, which was by his own admission his “first film of any consequence.” Mr. Edwards moved into television in 1958 with the popular series “Peter Gunn” and “Mr. Lucky”. These series brought about the remarkable Blake Edwards/Henry Mancini collaboration, which produced the famous Pink Panther theme. Blake Edwards was also a highly accomplished painter and sculptor. He was a strong supporter of individual and humanitarian actions. Together with his wife, Julie Andrews, he was one of the driving forces behind the mercy flights organized worldwide by Operation USA. He was also on the board of The Herditary Disease Foundation.
HENRY MANCINI (Music) was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. He won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. His best known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme") and the theme to the "Peter Gunn" television series. The Peter Gunn theme won the first Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Mancini also had a long collaboration on film scores with the film director Blake Edwards.
LESLIE BRICUSSE (Lyrics) writer-composer-lyricist, has been nominated for ten Oscars, nine Grammys, and four Tonys, and has won two Oscars, a Grammy, and eight Ivor Novello Awards, the premiere British Music Awards. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Award for consistent excellence in British songwriting, bestowed by the British Academy of Songwriters. He was also inducted into the American Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, making him the fourth Englishman to be so honored. Stage Musicals include: Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka, Scrooge, Jekyll and Hyde, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Victor/Victoria. Songs/Screenplays for: Doctor Dolittle; Scrooge; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Superman; Victor/Victoria; Home Alone I & II; Hook; Tom & Jerry – The Movie; various Pink Panthers, The Great Music Chase; and many more. Songs include: “The Joker,” “If I Ruled the World,” “Feeling Good,” “Goldfinger,” “Can You Read My Mind? (love theme from Superman),” “Le Jazz Hot,” “The Candy Man,” “This Is the Moment,” “Thank You Very Much,” “Crazy World,” “Pure Imagination,” “Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Doo.” Hundreds of Briscusse’s songs have been recorded by major artists including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, The Black-Eyed Peas,
FRANK WILDHORN (Additional Music) Multi-Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's work spans the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War (Tony Award nominated for Best Score). Broadway: Dracula, Victor/Victoria, Wonderland, Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nominated for Best Score), and the 2013 revival of Jekyll & Hyde. International: Excalibur/Artus, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Count of Monte Cristo, Never Say Goodbye, and Death Note. Upcoming: Mata Hari at the Moulin Rouge, The Man Who Laughs, Song of Bernadette, and Casanova. Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank’s works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, and many more. He is also an associate artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston and was Awarded an honorary doctorate from Marymount Manhattan College in 2014
MATT LENZ (Director) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! NEW YORK: Pageant: The Musical (2015 Drama Desk Nomination), The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! (NYMF – "Best of Fest” and “Best Director” Awards), The Great Daisy Theory, Fingers and Toes (NYMF) and Alan Ball's The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. NATIONAL TOURS: Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and A Christmas Story: The Musical (2014 and '15). INTERNATIONAL: Matt directed Hairspray companies in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Toronto, and Cologne, Germany. REGIONAL: Numerous plays and musicals at: Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The Saint Louis MUNY, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Casa Manana, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse and Stamford Center for the Arts. BROADWAY: Associate Director on original productions of Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Resident Director). Matt is a member of SDC and a teaching artist with The Broadway Dreams Foundation. www.mattlenzdirector.com
DARREN LEE (Choreographer) Broadway: Associate Choreographer Pacific Overtures. Regional: Once On This Island (Olney Theatre), The Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Miss Saigon (St. Louis MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita); Smokey Joe's Café (Music Theatre of Wichita); Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera Festival); Herringbone starring B.D. Wong (La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Shakespeare Festival); Up in the Air (Japan Festival, Washington DC); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaii); Chicago (Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, Florida); Carnival (UNLV); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Westchester Broadway, New York); Pacific Overtures (North Shore, Cincinnati Playhouse, Atlanta Alliance); Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, and Godspell (MUNY); Guys and Dolls (Trinity University, Texas); High School Musical (Lyric Theatre, La Comedia, Casa Manana); High School Musical 2 (Lyric Theatre). International: Turandot (Tokyo); (Takarazuka Revue Company); The 10,000 Person Show (Tokyo Electric); Disney Cruise Line, Wishes. www.darrenlee.com
JEFFREY CAMPOS (Music Director) National Tours: Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regionally: The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Joseph…Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard (Ogunquit Playhouse); The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot (Florida Studio Theatre), Mame (Cohoes). NYC: A Stoop on Orchard Street (off-Bway), NYC Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) (Ars Nova), Show Choir (NYC Fringe), A New Generation of Song (NYMF), The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Proof (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels (Gallery Players), Jesus Christ Superstar (Producer's Club). Orchestrations: Broadway Backwards (American Airlines Theatre). Developmental grant recipient from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical The Man in the Iron Mask.
ROBIN WAGNER (Set Designer) is the Scenic Designer of over 50 critically acclaimed Broadway shows. Among the most notable are the original productions of The Producers, Angels in America, City of Angels, Young Frankenstein, Jelly’s Last Jam, Crazy for You, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Chess, 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, On the Twentieth Century, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Promises, Promises, Lenny, The Great White Hope, and Hair. He recently designed the revivals of A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls, which are now on tour around the world. His work has included productions for opera, film, dance and rock and roll, including the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Swedish Royal Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. He is the recipient of 3 Tony Awards for On The Twentieth Century, City of Angels and The Producers and has been nominated for 7 others. His other honors include 6 Drama Desk Awards, multiple Outer Critics Circle Awards, Canada’s Dora Award, the Maharam Award, the Lumen Award for the Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas and numerous others. Mr. Wagner is a trustee of the Joseph Papp Public Theater and has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
WILLA KIM (Costume Designer) was born in Los Angeles, California and has designed costumes for many Broadway shows, including: Dancin’, Grease, and Song and Dance. She won the Tony Award for her costume designs for The Will Rogers Follies and Sophisticated Ladies. She has designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre as well as other dance companies, including more than 50 works for Eliot Feld. Furthermore, in 2007 Ms. Kim was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, making her one of only a handful of costume designers so honored.
RICHARD LATTA (Lighting Designer) created the lighting for last season's The Addams Family, Mary Poppins (Ogunquit and Music Hall Portsmouth), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Music Hall Portsmouth) and Grease. Recent work includes: El Posada Nunca Se Termina (Projections, Chicago Lyric Opera), Twas the Night before Christmas, The 39 Steps, Hasbro Toy Fair 2015 and Newark Arts Ballet 2015. Previous work includes: Cabaret (Engeman Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, Ogunquit) projection research for the opera Moby Dick (Houston, SF, Sydney, Kennedy Center), Thurgood, The People In The Picture (Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof (Engeman, Ogunquit) Legally Blonde (Ogunquit). He proudly salutes all his Ogunquit friends who helped make the Playhouse what it is today.
KEVIN HEARD (Sound Designer) is delighted to return to Ogunquit for his third show after previously designing The Addams Family and Mary Poppins (at The Music Hall). Kevin’s other design credits include: Broadway: The Country House (Associate), All The Way (Associate). Off-Broadway: For The Last Time, Long Story Short, The Underclassman, Jasper in Deadland (Associate), Clinton The Musical (Associate). He has designed or engineered well over 100 productions with companies from coast to coast including ACT Theatre, Book-It Rep, George Street Playhouse, The Guthrie, INTIMAN Theatre Festival, On the Boards, The Ogunquit Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, the cabaret-cirque extravaganza Teatro ZinZanni, and Village Theatre. (HeardAudio.com)
BRITT E. GRIFFITH (Wig and Makeup Designer) is thrilled to return to the Ogunquit family for a second season. She has been working professionally in theater/film for the last 13 years, and spent the past winter working for The Cincinnati Arts Association at the Aaronoff Center. Britt has been on the International Tour of The Addams Family, and the National Tours of 39 Steps, Cabaret, and Oz: The Musical. Favorite regional design credits include: Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, The Witches of Eastwick, Beauty and the Beast, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She would like to thank her nearest and dearest for always supporting her, with a special thanks to Mommy Dearest for being her
ANTHONY C. DANIEL (Associate Director) is thrilled to be back at the Playhouse this summer after serving as Associate Director to Shaun Kerrison on last year's productions of Mary Poppins and Witches of Eastwick. Anthony is on staff at the Growing Studio in NYC as a Director and Coach for the Showcase Series. As a performer, Anthony has been seen in several tours including: Mary Poppins (1st National), High School Musical (Original Cast Member - 1st National), Fiddler on the Roof (40th Anniversary), Grease (Int’l). Special thanks to Brad, Brian, Seth
JOSHUA PILOTE (Production Stage Manager) Ogunquit Playhouse: Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, Joseph… Broadway/Tours: Dirty Dancing, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Other Desert Cities, RENT, Wicked. Off-Broadway: Angels in America (Signature) Forbidden Broadway, Frankenstein, I Love You… Now Change!, Little Me (City Centre Encores!), Other: The Little Mermaid (T.U.T.S), Stagger Lee, Colossal (Dallas Theater Center) Blue Man Group, Shakespeare in the Park (Public Theater), Roundabout. Regional: American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Thanks to Megan & The Kingston family. B.A.: The College of Idaho. Proud AEA Member. Follow his adventures on Instagram: co_pilote
MEGAN WINTERS (Assistant Stage Manager) hails from Dallas, Texas where everything is bigger and better. She could not be more excited to be making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut and is stoked to spend the summer in Maine. She has enjoyed working for the Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Olney Theatre Center and the Seaside Rep. Thanks to Pilote for picking me to spend this summer with! Love to the fam for always supporting me on this crazy journey. Proud Member AEA.
MICHAEL USELMANN (Associate Music Director) is so excited to spend his summer at Ogunquit! Favorite credits include: Big Fish, Young Frankenstein (Timber Lake Playhouse), Hello Dolly! Tarzan (regional premier), Shrek, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Carousel (Wagon Wheel Theatre), and Grey Gardens (Lawrence University). Michael received a degree in music theory/composition from Lawrence University and is currently pursuing his masters in musical theatre writing at NYU’s Tisch school of the arts. Michael thanks his friends and family for their constant inspirational and support.
BRIAN J. SWASEY (Associate Producer) Brian is originally from South Portland, Maine and is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire. After moving to NYC in 1995 and focusing on pursuing a career as an actor, he changed focus and became the Founding Artistic Director of The Astoria Performing Arts Center, followed by the Associate Producer position at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. There he was involved in producing the 20th Anniversary Revival of Closer Than Ever starring Sally Mayes and Lynne Winterstellar. NYC developmental projects have included: the rock musical The 12, being produced at The Denver Center in the Spring of 2015, and a new holiday musical entitled Tim and Scrooge which is slated to play Westchester Broadway Theatre for Christmas of 2015. Also, a Director/Choreographer, Brian has had the pleasure of directing such shows as Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hairspray, Chicago, A New Brain, and Altar Boyz. He was the Assistant Director for the NYC Revival of Die, Mommie, Die! starring Charles Busch. At The Playhouse, Brian directed the TYA productions of The Berenstain Bears, and The Cat In The Hat. In addition, Brian has been involved with booking cabaret entertainment at The Triad in NYC, as well as bringing such artists as Christina Bianco and Bruce Vilanch to Maine Street in Ogunquit, ME.
TIMOTHEY SULLIVAN (Production Manager) 2015 marks Tim’s second season with the Playhouse. Prior to joining the OPH team, he worked for several years as a producer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, producing Broadway staples such as Broadway Backwards and Broadway Bares. Previous to his time at BC/EFA, Tim was the Production Director for the Tony Award winning Intiman Theatre in Seattle. He has also served as Production Manager for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program as well as the Drama Desk award winning Mint Theater. He has worked on production teams for several Broadway shows & national tours, as well as the American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, The Public, Lucille Lortel and New World Stages. He is also the Associate Director & Production Stage Manager for Charles Busch’s annual off-Broadway production of Times Square Angel. As an Educator, Tim has taught at Bridgewater State University, Brown University and Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training; as well as teaching courses and seminars at various high schools and colleges throughout the United States.
GEOF DOLAN (Technical Director) is returning for his 9th season as the Playhouse's Technical Director and Scenic Coordinator. Immediately prior to Ogunquit he served as Technical Director for Worcester Foothills Theatre. He has done supplemental design work for several shows and received 2014 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Scenic Design in Maine for his work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Robert Kovach original design.) He is also the technical supervisor for the Children's Theatre program. Geof began his technical career working backstage for both of his parents who are theatre directors and began his professional career at Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. For 5 years he split his seasons between Maine and Florida, working the same technical areas for the Orlando Shakespeare, but now stays with the theater year round. His wife, Cheryl (Scenic Charge Artist at the Playhouse for 8 seasons), has designed award-winning parade floats and designs many of the Children’s Theater Shows. His "born-in-a trunk" 14 yr. old daughter Ashlynn is an aspiring actress, musician and artist who can definitely call the Playhouse her second home.
MOLLY WALZ (Costume Shop Supervisor/Costume Coordinator) is a native of Dayton, OH, and has worked as a costume manager, technician, and designer all over the country. Most recently she was the costume shop manager at Orlando Repertory Theatre and a costume and wig designer for the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, before going on tour with In the Mood as a wardrobe supervisor. Other past companies include: the Garden Theater, College Light Opera Company, and Allenberry Playhouse, among others. Molly holds a degree from Kent State University in costume design and technology with a minor in history. Thank you to the incredible staff here at the playhouse and my family for their constant support. MollyWalz.com
BRADFORD T. KENNEY (Executive Artistic Director) is a New England based artistic director, producer, stage and film director and artist. Since joining the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2005, the Playhouse has doubled its audience growing from a single season summer stock theatre into one of the Northeast’s pre-eminent regional theatres with a three season performance schedule. During his stewardship, the Playhouse has garnered a number of awards and honors including the Moss Hart Award, Regional Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, multiple IRNE award nominations and a number of BroadwayWorld awards including Best Musical and others. Mr. Kenney is also noted for his work at Carnegie Hall including directing the holiday special The Christmas Rose starring Jane Seymour and producing An American Christmas Carol with Tim Janis also at Carnegie Hall. In New England, Mr. Kenney has been proud to be associated with a number of different theatre companies. Ogunquit highlights include Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, Sunset Blvd starring Stefanie Powers, Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Jefferson Mays in My Fair Lady, Lorenzo Lamas in The King and I, Rue McClanahan in Crazy for You, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly! and Andrea McArdle in Cabaret. He was also formerly the Artistic Director of the Foothills Theatre and Wachusett Theatre Companies in Massachusetts. He is a fourth generation plein air landscape artist, having studied with Beth Ellis, Rhode Island School of Design, Heartwood College of Art, and Maine College of Art. His artwork is represented by the Sea Bell Gallery, Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine.
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