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“Ain’t Misbehavin’” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 12 October 2015

Ain't Misbehavin'
By Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Chris Coleman

Cast (in order of appearance)

Charity Angél Dawson*
Mia Michelle McClain*
DeMone*
David St. Louis*
Jerrod Neal
Ricardy Charles Fabre
David Jennings*
Maiesha McQueen*
Olivia Phillip*
André Ward*
Hailey Kilgore
 
 
Band
Rick Lewis................................Conductor/Piano
Will Amend..............................Bass
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith.........Reeds 
Levis Dragulin..........................Trumpet
Sam Foulger.............................Drums
 

 

Creative Team

Richard Maltby, Jr...........................................Co-Conceiver and Original Director 
Murray Horwitz...............................................Co-Conceiver
Chris Coleman..................................................Director
Rick Lewis........................................................Musical Director/Conductor/Piano
Kent Zimmerman............................................Choreographer
Tony Cisek........................................................Scenic Designer
Alison Heryer...................................................Costume Designer
Diane Ferry Williams.......................................Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio.......................................................Sound Designer
Mary McDonald-Lewis....................................Dialect Coach
Mark Tynan*....................................................Stage Manager
André Ward*....................................................Dance Captain
Janine Vanderhoff*.........................................Assistant Stage Manager
Stephen Kriz Gardner......................................Production Assistant 
Barbara Hort, Ph.D..........................................Dramaturg
 
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Cast Biographies



Charity Angél Dawson
Charity is THRILLED to be a part of this amazing production! Thanks to the creative team for this opportunity. Some of her favorite credits include: Broadway: Side Show (Fortune Teller); National Tours: The Color Purple (Darlene) and Dreamgirls (Effie White); Regional: Waitress(Nurse Norma, American Repertory Theater, pre-Broadway production), Kiss Me Kate (Hattie, Hartford Stage Company), Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ, Heberger Theater Center), Beehive (Wanda, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Aida (Aida, Moscow Regional Theatre), The Wiz (Evilline, Valley Youth Theater) and West Side Story (Rosalia, Baltimore Lyric Opera House). Education: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Ecclesiastes 12:13. 

 

DeMone
DeMone is excited to play with such a talented crew! Broadway, national and international credits include: Ragtime, Miss Saigon, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once on This Island and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regional credits include Crowns, Big River, Miss Saigon, Sweet Charity, The Best of Both Worlds, Side Show (Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Great MacDaddy, The Full Monty, Othello, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, Grand Hotel and Black Nativity. Film and T.V. credits include: Law and Order SVU, Person of Interest, Bad Street, The Magic Door and In the Eyes of God (regional Emmy Awards), The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete and California Dreams. DeMone is the founding artistic director of The New American Theatre Company in New York. DeMone is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!  

 

Ricardy Charles Fabre
Ricardy Charles Fabre is originally from New York and is a resident actor at The Flea Theatre (NYC). He was a 2012-2013 acting apprentice at Portland Playhouse. Ricardy is ecstatic about working with Portland Center Stage where he was last seen in Our Town and Othello. Past Portland credits include: Jitney (Portland Playhouse), Belleville (Third Rail Repertory Theatre), The Lion in Winter (Northwest Classical Theatre), Cymbeline (Portland Actors Ensemble). Coming up, Ricardy will portray the role of Tamba in Danai Gurira's beautiful play, The Convert, at Central Square Theater in Boston. Ricardy would like to thank his friends and family for their support, and Chris Coleman for the opportunity! 

 

 

David Jennings
David Jenningsis thrilled to return to PCS after appearing last fall as James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls. He is also excited to return to Ain’t Misbehavin’ after starring alongside American Idol’s Ruben Studdard in the Broadway Tour, as well as on the 30th Anniversary recording of the show, which netted him a Grammy Award nomination. His many credits include, Broadway/London: After Midnight, starring Fantasia and Patti LaBelle; Hands on a Hardbody; Brooklyn the Musical (original Streetsinger); The Genius of Ray Charles (Lead) on London’s West End; and the new Sara Bareilles musical Waitress, headed to Broadway in 2016. National: Ragtime (Coalhouse); Porgy and Bess (Porgy); Sister Act (Sgt. Eddie Souther); Dreamgirls (Curtis) starring Jennifer Holliday. Television: Blue Bloods; The Shield; The Grove. Concerts: Motown Salute to Berry Gordy (with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson); King of Morocco’s New Year’s Eve in Casablanca; 4th of July Celebration at the White House. 


Hailey Kilgore 
Hailey is elated to be returning for her second production at PCS! Hailey currently is a student at Clackamas Web Academy. Hailey's theater credits include Hairspray (Lil’ Inez), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), Romeo and Juliet (Prince, Friar John, Page and chorus), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Ermina Crump), Perfect Works in Progress (Donald), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs) and The Oregon Symphony's A Gospel Christmas (Northwest Community Gospel Choir, Soloist). Hailey represented Portland at the National August Wilson Monologue Competition in the August Wilson Theater in New York City last year. Now sit back, relax and enjoy Ain’t Misbehavin’!


Mia Michelle McClain
Mia Michelle McClain, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is proud to be making her Portland Center Stage debut! Favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: Sistas: the Musical. National Tour: Cornerstone Chorale. Regional: HairsprayCastle Walk (The New York Musical Theatre Festival), All Shook UpRENTSmokey Joe's CafeDreamgirlsOnce on This IslandOklahoma!, Cabaret and Eubie!. Additionally, Mia is a singer-songwriter (ASCAP), educator and producer of the Voices of Peace EPShe holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. from New York University. Much love to Mom and Dad. Special thanks to Gregg Baker Management. Dedicated to her dearly departed, Leo. www.miamichellemcclain.com


Maiesha McQueen
Maiesha McQueen is thrilled to be making her Portland Center Stage debut! After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Maiesha traveled for over a decade as musical composer and lead ensemble member in the touring company, Progress Theatre, which has presented work at Performance Space 22, as well as The Kennedy Center and World Music Festival in Amsterdam. Regional credits include: Chasin' Dem Blues (Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre), Black Nativity, Little Shop of Horrors, Show Boat, Man of La Mancha and Guys and Dolls. Film work includes Down to Earth,starring Chris Rock. She also holds an M.Ed. from Fordham University and has served in education for over a decade. She thanks her family for their love and support. www.maieshamcqueen.com

 
 

Jerrod Neal
Ain’t Misbehavin’ marks Jerrod Neal’s debut with Portland Center Stage, and he is excited to be a part of this production. Locally, his previous credits include The Wiz, RENT and A Chorus Line with Stumptown Stages; Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and The Drowsy Chaperone with Broadway Rose Theatre Company; Show Boat and Curtains with Lakewood Theatre Company; Violet with Staged!; and Show Boat with Leavenworth Summer Theater. Television credits include Undercover History: Titantica’s Cold War Secrets for National Geographic. He holds a B.A. from Central Washington University and is a recent graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Much love to this cast and crew; he hopes everyone has a great time! 

 
 

Olivia Phillip
Olivia is originally from England and, after a fruitful career in London, is thrilled to be welcomed to the United States at Portland Center Stage! West End credits include: The Book of Mormon (Original Cast, The Prince of Wales Theatre), Ghost the Musical (Oda Mae Brown Cover, The Picadilly Theatre) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Diva Swing, The Palace Theatre). Other credits include: Ghost the Musical (Original Cast Recording), Chicago (Velma Kelly, Royal Caribbean Productions) and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales, The Lowry Theatre, Manchester). Training: Phil Winston’s Theatreworks College, Blackpool, England. Olivia is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and looks forward to continued success in the USA. Find her on Facebook (Olivia Phillip Fan Page), Twitter (@OliviaPhillip) and Instagram (@olivialucyphillip). 

 
 

David St. Louis
Film: Shrader House, At Your Convenience, Trigger Effect, Temptation. Television: Royal Pains, NCIS, Third Watch, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, A Royal Birthday, The Jury, One Life to Live, Homicide: Life on the Streets, The Secret Path. Broadway: Side Show, Harlem Song, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Regional: Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse/Kennedy Center), The Royale (The Kirk Douglas Theater), Intimate Apparel (Pasadena Playhouse), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Cincinnati Playhouse), Ruined (Geffen Playhouse/Intiman Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Cousin Bette (Antaeus Theater Company), The Life (Jaxx Theatricals), Ragtime (PCPA Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Zach Scott Theatre), Golden Boy (Long Wharf Theatre), From My Hometown (American Heartland Theater), Spunk (Delaware Theater Company), Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre), Candide (Arena Stage), Bessie’s Blues (Studio Theatre). Awards: Ovation Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Parade), Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Bessie’s Blues). Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.  

 

 

André Ward
André is thrilled to be making his Portland Center Stage debut with Ain’t Misbehavin'. André’s Broadway shows include: The Producers, as well the original Broadway companies of Saturday Night Fever, Xanadu and Rock of Ages. André’s other New York credits include: Claudio Quest (Outstanding Featured Actor, The New York Musical Theatre Festival), The Apple Tree (Encores at City Center) and the original developmental readings for The Book of Mormon. National Tours: Crazy for You, Dreamgirls, Ragtime (Chicago company), Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), The Producers and Pippin (leading player). Some of André’s television credits include: 30 Rock, Elementary, Difficult People and Broad City. Regional credits include: Putting it Together (Syracuse Stage), Jelly’s Last Jam (Alliance Theatre), Lucky Duck (The Old Globe), Kept (TheatreWorks, Palo Alto), Finian’s Rainbow and Pippin (Godspeed Opera House). André would like to thank those at CGF Talent Inc. and Regarding Entertainment for the continued support.


 

Band Biographies


Will Amend
Bass
Will is very excited to be back at Portland Center Stage for Ain't Misbehavin'! He has previously been in the pit for The Fantastics, West Side Story and Cabaret here at PCS, as well as Les Misérables at Broadway Rose, Mars On Life at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Full Monty at Pixie Dust and others. Since his last PCS production, he has toured the United States and Britain with a country-rock band, played in eight different bands in the Portland area, continued to teach upright and electric bass and cello, and (best of all) got married. Will and his wife Nicole welcomed their son Greyson in April, and spend most of their time trying to make him laugh.
 
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith
Reeds
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith is a performer, educator, composer/arranger and development director for the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (PJCE). She performs in a wide variety of groups, including the all-female sax quartet, Quadraphonnes; the Afro-Cuban band, Melao de Cuba; and the 12-piece jazz chamber orchestra, PJCE; as well as playing classical alto when she can, and performing musicals. Recent PCS productions include: Dreamgirls, Fiddler on the Roof and Somewhere in Time. Mieke also enjoys teaching private lessons at her home studio and co-teaching at Roosevelt High School, Beaumont Middle School and the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra. She is heavily involved in promoting music education and loves collaborating with her music community. Music is the one outlet that (as author Tom Robbins might say) keeps the oxygen from leaking out of her life.
 
Levis Dragulin
Trumpet
Levis began performing on trumpet when he was 11 years old. In 2006, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Music from Portland State University. After that, he decided to work on Royal Caribbean cruise lines as a theater band musician, performing lead trumpet. He traveled the world for four years to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. In the last six years, Levis has been involved in around 30 musical performances, including Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific, La Cage aux Folles, Cats, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Show Boat, The Music Man, Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma! and Anything Goes.  
Sam Foulger
Drums

Sam is a versatile musician and teacher, performing with theater companies such as Portland Center Stage (Dreamgirls) and Oregon Children’s Theatre (Schoolhouse Rock, The Magic Treehouse); stage shows like The Mont Chris Hubbard Bonus Show and The Warren Black Show; and with jazz groups including the Blake Lyman Quintet, Art Resnick Trio and Jim Beatty Jazz Band. Since 2008, he’s played drums for regional man of mystery, Tony Starlight. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Sam studied music education and symphonic percussion at Penn State, and now lives with his wife, dogs and rollerblades, here in Portland, OR. 
 

Creative Team Biographies


 
Thomas “Fats” Waller
Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. His nickname came about because he weighed nearly 300 pounds. He was born Thomas Wright Waller in New York City. Waller studied classical piano and organ before apprenticing himself to legendary Harlem stride pianist James P. Johnson. Johnson introduced Waller to the world of rent parties (a party with a piano player, designed to help pay the rent by charging the guests), and soon he developed a performing career. He was an excellent pianist — now considered one of the very best who ever played in the stride style — but his songwriting, and his lovable, roguish stage personality, overshadowed his playing. Before his solo career, he played with many performers, from Erskine Tate to Bessie Smith, but his greatest success came with his own five- or six-piece combo, Fats Waller and his Rhythm. Among his songs are, "Squeeze Me" (1919); "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929); "Blue Turning Grey Over You" (1929); "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929); "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" (1929); and "Jitterbug Waltz" (1942). He collaborated with the Tin Pan Alley lyricist, Andy Razaf, and had a commercially successful career. Waller made a successful tour of the British Isles in the late 1930s, and appeared in one of the earliest BBC television broadcasts. He also appeared in several feature films and short subject films, most notably Stormy Weather (1943). With Razaf, he wrote, "What Did I Do (To Be So Black and Blue)?” (1929), which became a hit for Louis Armstrong. This song, a searing treatment of racism, black and white, calls into question the accusations of "shallow entertainment" leveled at both Armstrong and Waller. On December 15, 1943, at age 39, Waller died aboard an eastbound train in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri, following a West Coast engagement.

Richard Maltby, Jr.
Co-Conceiver and Original Director
Broadway: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978, conceived, directed and provided additional lyrics, Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and Obie Award for Best Musical); Fosse (1999, conceived and directed, Tony Award for Best Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award); Baby (1983, lyricist and director, nominated for seven Tony Awards); big (1996, lyricist, nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Score); Nick & Nora (1991, lyricist); Miss Saigon (1989, co-lyricist, London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical); Song and Dance (1985, co-lyricist and director). Off-Broadway: Starting Here, Starting Now (1977, lyricist and director, Grammy nomination); Closer Than Ever (1989, lyricist and director, Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Score and Best Musical). A graduate of Yale University, he also contributes crossword puzzles to Harper’s Magazine.

Murray Horwitz
Co-Conceiver

Murray Horwitz is an American playwright, lyricist, NPR broadcaster and arts administrator. Horwitz graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama. He began his career working as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1973, after moving to New York City, Horwitz appeared in the one-man show, An Evening Of Sholom Aleichem, which was directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. (in which he continues to perform at The Kennedy Center, The Manhattan Theatre Club and The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater). In 1978, Horwitz and Maltby created Ain’t Misbehavin’ and won Tony, Obie, Emmy, Grammy and New York Drama Critics' Circle awards for the show. He subsequently became the assistant director of Opera/Musical Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Kenyon College.
 
Chris Coleman
Director
Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May, 2000. Most recently, he directed the Off-Broadway debut of Threesome at 59E59 Theaters (a production that had its world premiere at PCS and was also presented at ACT-Seattle). Before coming to Portland, Chris was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. Chris recently returned to Atlanta to direct the world premiere of Edward Foote at Alliance Theatre. He also directed Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon in Same Time Next Year at True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, in 2014. Favorite PCS directing assignments include Three Days of Rain, Threesome, Dreamgirls, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Anna Karenina, Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Beard of Avon, Cabaret, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Man and Superman, Outrage, Flesh and Blood and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT-Seattle, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He is currently the board president for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. Chris and his husband, Rodney, are the proud parents of an 18-lb Jack Russell/Lab mix, and a 110-lb English Blockhead Yellow Lab.
 
Rick Lewis
Musical Director/Conductor/Piano
PCS shows: Our Town, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Twist Your DickensFiddler on the Roof, Somewhere in Time, Sweeney Todd (Drammy Award), Black Pearl Sings!, Oklahoma!, The Huntsmen (JAW), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime (Drammy Award), Grey Gardens, A Christmas Carol (Composer), Guys and Dolls (Drammy Award), Cabaret, West Side Story (Drammy Award), The Fantasticks and Bat Boy. He is the creator of the hit Off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas and The Cardigans (New York City Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Review); musical supervisor for the West Coast regional premiere of Next to Normal (Artists Repertory Theatre); and assistant conductor/vocal director for the pre-Broadway workshop of Cy Coleman’s The Life. Rick has written for Disney Live Family Entertainment, American Hawaii Cruises and American Classic Voyages, and developed The Cinnamon Bear Cruise. Rick is a private vocal coach, concentrating on musical theater audition and performance technique. www.rlewismusic.com
 
Kent Zimmerman
Choreographer
Kent returns to PCS where choreography credits include Dreamgirls and Fiddler on the Roof. Associate choreographer credits include: Ragtime, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!, Cabaret, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease and The Wizard of Oz. Directing credits include: Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, La Cage aux Folles (Red Mountain Theatre Company). Theater credits: Annie Get Your Gun, Thou Shalt Not (Broadway); Show Boat (London); The Producers, Guys and Dolls, Footloose, Show Boat (National); Spamalot, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ogunquit Playhouse); It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!, Cabaret, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dallas Theater Center); Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, A Christmas Carol (PCS); Randy Newman's Faust (The Goodman); A Chorus Line, 42nd Street (Casa Mañana); Smokey Joe's Cafe (Arts Center of Carolina); White Christmas (TUTS). Film/TV: The Shawshank Redemption, The Producers, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs. Psalms 91:11.
 
Tony Cisek
Scenic Designer
Tony Cisek has collaborated with Chris Coleman on the world premiere of Edward Foote at Alliance Theatre. For PCS, he designed Our Town, A Small Fire, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, Frost/Nixon and the premieres of A Feminine Ending and Sometimes a Great Notion. Tony’s work has been seen Off-Broadway and regionally at Roundabout Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage (Baltimore), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Cleveland Play House, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, GALA Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Signature Theatre. He has received four Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, four Drammy Awards in Portland, and a Barrymore Award nomination in Philadelphia.  www.tonycisek.com
 
Alison Heryer
Costume Designer
Alison Heryer is a costume designer for theater, film and print. She is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage, after designing costumes for Our Town, Three Days of Rain and Threesome. Other theater credits include The Bluest Eye (New Victory Theater); The Fall to Earth, A Lesson Before Dying, Orange Flower Water and World Set Free (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Pippin, The Whipping ManA Little More Alive and The Who and the What (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); The King and I, 33 Variations, RENT and Doubt (ZACH Theatre); Jackie and Me (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Bum Philips All-American Opera (La MaMa); and The Price (Artists Repertory Theatre). Recent awards include the Austin Critics Table Award and the ArtsKC Inspiration Grant. Alison is a faculty member at Portland State University. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and The University of Texas at Austin, and a member of United Scenic Artists.
 
Diane Ferry Williams
Lighting Designer
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane has worked for many theaters around the country and abroad. Her most recent design is a national tour of How to Succeed, beginning in Beijing, China. In the U.S., she has worked for many theaters around the country, including the Marriott Theatre (Chicago), Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Goodspeed Opera House, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, ACT-Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Regional Dance America. Other international work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers (Paris and the European tour) and Die Shone Und Das Biest (Berlin and the European tour). She has also lit several national tours and premieres. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, five Drammy Awards (most recently for The Whipping Man) and seven Jeff nominations. Diane has an M.F.A in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
 
Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer
Casi is the resident sound designer at PCS, where recent credits include Our Town, Three Days of Rain, Cyrano, The People’s Republic of Portland, Other Desert Cities, Threesome, Dreamgirls, The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Twist Your Dickens, The Mountaintop; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with composer Jana Losey; and nine seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award, 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Other credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
 
Mary McDonald-Lewis
Dialect Coach
Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a working artist since 1979 as SAG-AFTRA voice actor and on-camera performer, and in theater for much longer as an actor and director. MaryMac has been a dialect coach since 1999, and is house coach for Hallmark Hall of Fame, the series Leverage, Grimm and others. Film, television and stage clients range from overnight sensations to Drammy, Obie, Emmy and Oscar winners, and include a Knight of the British Empire. She is blessed to be a resident artist, speech and text director at Artists Repertory Theatre and house coach at Portland Center Stage, and is just thrilled to say this is her 24th show as coach at PCS. MaryMac thanks Finnegan, Sullivan and Flynn for always wagging their tails when she comes home from telling her tales. www.marymac.com  
 
Mark Tynan 
Stage Manager
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants, Marialena DiFabbio, Stephen Kriz Gardner, Bailey Anne Maxwell and Kristen Mun, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including DreamgirlsThe King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand HotelThe Phantom of the OperaRent and Jersey Boys. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).
 
Janine Vanderhoff
Assistant Stage Manager
Janine had the great pleasure of opening the PCS season with Our Town (stage manager). Previous Portland credits include the world premiere of DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); as well as stage managing How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place (Portland Playhouse). Janine's touring experience is primarily with Broadway musicals such as Cats, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. She has also toured plays such as The Graduate, starring Morgan Fairchild, and The Vagina Monologues. While in New York, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); and The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and proud AEA member.
 
Stephen Kriz Gardner 
Production Assistant
Stephen is happy to begin his fourth season with Portland Center Stage. Previously with PCS, Stephen was the production assistant for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Othello, Chinglish, Twist Your Dickens (2013 and 2014), The Mountaintop and Somewhere in Time. His favorite Portland credits include stage managing The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Spring Awakening with Live On Stage, and Columbinus and Pinkalicious with Oregon Children's Theatre.His credits outside of Portland include stage managing Black Comedy for No Rules Theatre Company in Washington DC, and assisting on Camp Wanatachi at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.       
 
Barbara Hort, Ph.D.
Dramaturg
Barbara Hort, Ph.D., has maintained a private practice in Portland for over 25 years, working primarily from the psychological perspective developed by the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. At the invitation of Chris Coleman, Dr. Hort has served as a dramaturg on the PCS productions of Sweeney Todd, Clybourne Park, the 2013 JAW festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, Dreamgirls, Threesome, Three Days of Rain and now, Ain’t Misbehavin’, providing material on the psychological dynamics of the play that can be used by the artists who are creating the performance.

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Ain't Misbehavin'
Preview performances Oct. 24-29 | Opening night Oct. 30 | Runs Through Nov. 29, 2015

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