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Cast and Creative Team of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Posted by KellyC | 17 October 2012


A Midsummer Night’s Dream 



Thesus/Oberon.......................................Richard Baird*        
Hippolyta/Titania....................................Dana Green*      
Egeus/Snug/Fairy...................................Tim True*    
Lysander................................................Ty Boice     
Demetrius..............................................Joel Gelman*     
Hermia..................................................Kayla Lian     
Helena...................................................Jenni Putney* 
Philostrate/Puck.....................................Daisuke Tsuji*  
Nick Bottom/Pyramus.............................James Newcomb*  
Peter Quince/Fairy..................................Linda Alper*          
Francis Flute/Thisbe/Fairy.......................Andy Lee Hillstrom   
Tom Snout/Fairy.....................................Damon Kupper 
Robin Starveling/Fairy............................Todd Van Voris*  
Changeling Child....................................Dylan Earhart


Creative Team:

Director............................................... Penny Metropulos

Scenic Designer.....................................Michael Vaughn Sims

Costume Designer..................................Deborah M. Dryden

Lighting Designer..................................Diane Ferry Williams

Composer..............................................Alaric Jans

Stage Manager.......................................Emily N. Wells*

Production Assistant...............................Kelsey Daye Lutz 


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Cast Biographies:


Linda Alper (Peter Quince/Fairy)
Linda has played leading roles Off-Broadway, at The Intiman, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Center Stage and other theaters, including 23 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Recent roles have ranged from Dorine in Tartuffe to Clara in Paradise Lost to Vivian Bearing in Wit. Last year in Portland she appeared in Superior Donuts and as Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard at Artists Rep. Linda has co-written (and performed in) five adaptations produced at OSF, including Saturday, Sunday, Monday, which was co-translated with Beatrice Basso. The Three Musketeers, adapted with Penny Metropulos and Douglas Langworthy, has also been produced by The Denver Center, many Shakespeare festivals and The Acting Company. Linda has won critics’ awards for performances and an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship. She has taught in Hong Kong and Beijing and been a visiting artist at The American Academy of Rome. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she just completed a Fulbright Scholar Grant in beautiful Taipei.
Richard Baird (Thesus/Oberon)
Richard Baird is thrilled to be making his Portland Center Stage debut. Regional credits include Chicago Shakespeare (The Prince of Wales in The Madness of King George, directed by Penny Metropulos), North Coast Repertory (Gus in The Dumb Waiter, Tom in THIS, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Valentine in Arcadia), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Diversionary Theatre and Kingsmen Shakespeare (title role of Macbeth and Leontes in the Winter’s Tale). Richard served as associate artistic director of Southwest Shakespeare Company, where he played the title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and Tartuffe, Iago in Othello, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale. In San Diego, Richard formed the award winning Shakespeare troupe, Poor Players, for whom he has acted and directed in more than 20 productions. Richard currently lives in Chicago and is a proud member of Actors' Equity.
Ty Boice (Lysander)
Ty is thrilled to be making his Portland Center Stage debut! Ty is a local Portland theater artist and the founding artistic director of Post5 Theatre. A graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory, Ty's regional credits include John Merrick in the Elephant Man, Tom Joad in the The Grapes of Wrath, Andrew Rally in I Hate Hamlet, Daniel Wolf in Closer, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Billy in Deadly Murder, Stephen in the Irish Curse, Titus in Kabuki Titus, Hal in Henry IV Part 1 and Trinculo in The Tempest. Ty will play the title role in Post5 Theatre's upcoming production of Macbeth, opening in FebruaryTy is grateful to be working with this wonderful cast and crew, and hopes you enjoy the show! post5theatre.com
Dylan Earhart (Changeling Child)
Dylan is happy to be returning to Portland Center Stage, where he previously appeared as Flick in A Christmas Story.   He was last seen on stage as Mitchell in the Jewish Theatre Collaborative production of The Loman Family Picnic, for which he received a Drammy Award for Young Performer.  He has also appeared in productions for Oregon Children’s Theatre, The Portland Civic Theatre Guild, Reader’s Theatre Repertory and Lakewood Theatre. He’s a 7th grader who enjoys photography and film, and playing the guitar, basketball and soccer.
Joel J. Gelman (Demetrius)
Joel Gelman is absolutely thrilled to be working on Midsummer here at beautiful Portland Center Stage. Some theatrical credits include Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, Tobacco Road at the La Jolla Playhouse, Pride and Prejudice at South Coast Rep, Loves and Hours at Pennsylvania Centre Stage, The Glass Menagerie with Ensemble Santa Barbara and The Heliotropic Man, a one-man clown piece that Joel co-created.  Joel received his M.F.A. in Acting from UC San Diego and his B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity. TV work includes Vegas, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 and The NBC/Universal web series In Gayle We Trust.
Dana Green (Hippolyta/Titania)
Dana Green is excited to be making her debut at Portland Center Stage. Ms. Green spent four seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where some of her favorite roles included Isabella in Measure for Measure, Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending, Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Viola in Twelfth Night. Her regional theater credits include Rosalind in As You Like It, Richard III, Life Of Riley, Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night at the Old Globe Theatre; Pride and Prejudice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at South Coast Repertory; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at La Mirada Theatre; All’s Well That Ends Well at Yale Repertory Theatre; Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Twelfth Night at California Shakespeare Theater; Love’s Labour’s Lost and Othello at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; The Constant Wife and The Play’s the Thing at Asolo Repertory Theatre; Hay Fever at Court Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Meadow Brook Theatre; and Twelfth Night and Macbeth at Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. She is a proud member of The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles.
Andy Lee Hillstrom (Francis Flute/Thisbe/Fairy)
Andy was last seen at Portland Center Stage over the summer in JAW (Broken Stones and The Few). Other recent credits include The Centering (Drammy Award for Solo Performance); And So It Goes and The Cherry Orchard at Artists Repertory Theatre; Cloud 9 and The American Pilot at Theatre Vertigo; The Tripping Point at Shaking the Tree; As You Like It at Portland Shakespeare Project; Thief River at Profile Theatre;
and Dracula at Northwest Classical Theatre Co (Drammy Award for Supporting Actor). Andy has a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Idaho and is a company member of Theatre Vertigo.
Damon Kupper (Tom Snout/Fairy)
Damon has very happy to return to Portland Center Stage where he last appeared in The Pillowman. He is a company member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and appeared most recently its productions of The Pain and the Itch and Last of the Boys. Damon has acted locally with Artist Repertory Theatre, The Oregon Children’s Theatre, Profile Theatre and the Well Arts Institute. He has also worked for various educational outreach programs through Young Musicians and Artists, Portland Center Stage and Artist Repertory Theatre. Damon has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Acting from UC Irvine. Seasonally, Damon also works as a street performer and walking tour guide in downtown Portland.
Kayla Lian (Hermia)
Kayla is thrilled to return to Portland Center Stage. She was most recently seen in Anna Karenina (Kitty) at PCS and And So It Goes (Catharine/Helene/Paula) at Artists Rep.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where she was awarded an M.F.A. in Acting. Her favorite UW credits include Miranda in The Tempest; Sarah in Translations; Louise in The Two Orphans; Mona in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; and Molly in Love Song.  Favorite New York credits include Laura in The Glass Menagerie; the title role in an adaptation of Persephone
; and Equalogy, Inc. (East Coast tour).  Kayla earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Pace University in NYC.  She is an Equity Membership Candidate. www.kaylalian.com
James Newcomb (Nick Bottom/Pyramus)
James Newcomb recently played Appomantus opposite Ian McDiarmid in Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and George Shearer in Zoot Suit (San Diego Repertory Theatre). He played Dr. Willis in the Jeff Award-winning The Madness Of George The Third. James spent 14 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, seven with Denver Center Theatre Company, two with Utah Shakespeare Festival, three with Shakespeare & Company (founding member) and four with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He has worked with Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage and B.A.M. His Shakespeare roles include Richard The Third (OSF), Iago, Coriolanus (USF), Feste, Touchstone, Bolingbroke, Dogberry and many others. He has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program), Found a Peanut, Lone Star and True West (National Theatre Conservatory). He served as resident fight director for seven seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was also fight director for The Old Globe, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He is an adjunct professor for the UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance. Awards include a Drama Logue Award, Denver Theatre Critics Award and Oxford Society Award for Artistic Excellence. He is an avowed Oxfordian. Ever Dever!!
Jenni Putney (Helena)
Jenni’s regional credits include A Dram of Drummhicit at La Jolla Playhouse, Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Tempest at Shakespeare Orange County, and Winnemucca and Three Days in the Belly at ShelbyCo. At UC San Diego she appeared in June Moon, The Dybbuk, The Threepenny Opera and others. She holds an M.F.A. from UC San Diego and a B.F.A. from Chapman University.
Tim True (Egeus/Snug/Fairy)
Tim is happy to be returning to PCS. He appeared last season as Chief Swenson in The North Plan (Drammy Award for Supporting Actor). Other work at PCS includes A Christmas Story, The Pillowman, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice, King Lear, The Fantastics, O Lovely Glowworm and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other Portland credits include And So It Goes, No Man's Land, House and Garden, Mr. Marmalade, Take Me Out, Night of The Iguana, The Laramie Project, ART and Touch at Artists Repertory Theatre.
He has also been seen in Penelope, American Buffalo, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Dead Funny (Drammy Award for Best Ensemble), The Lonesome West (Drammy Award for Lead Actor), Number Three and Recent Tragic Events at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Regional theatre credits include seasons with Intiman, San Jose Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Marin Theatre Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Television and film credits include Grimm, Portlandia, The Colbert Report, Leverage, Guiding Light and All My Children. Tim is a proud founding member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre.
Daisuke Tsuji (Philostrate/Puck)
Daisuke makes his debut at Portland Center Stage with one of his dream roles: Puck in Midsummer.  He has had an interesting acting/clowning career, touring Poland with Mediations on Virginity and Japan with Cirque du Soleil's Dralion. He created and performed in his own clown show, Death and Giggles, with the Three Chairs Theatre Company in LA.  For the past three seasons he has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, appearing in eight productions, including as Ravelli in Animal Crackers, The Asian Guy in American Night and Thomas Diafoirus in The Imaginary Invalid.  If you like his performance in Midsummer, please go see him next season at OSF as the Fool in King Lear.  If you do NOT like his performance in Midsummer... it was all a dream; please stop falling asleep during the play.   
Todd Van Voris (Robin Starveling/Fairy)
Todd is very happy to be working with the great folks at Portland Center Stage again and has been seen here in Sometimes a Great Notion, The Importance of Being Earnest  and A Christmas Carol. At Artists Rep has been seen in Race, The Cherry Orchard, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, (I am still) The Duchess of Malfi, Holidazed, Jack Goes Boating, The Lieutenant of Innishmore, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Othello, Three Sisters, The Seafarer, Eurydice, Orson’s Shadow, The Seagull and Humble Boy, among others. He has worked with Theatre Vertigo, Profile Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre Company and Imago, among other great local theatre companies. Todd attended NYU, where he studied at Playwrights Horizons. He is a proud member of the Artists Repertory Theatre acting company. 


Creative Team Biographies:
Penny Metropulos (Director)
Penny Metropolus is delighted and honored to return to Portland Center Stage for it’s 25th season celebration. Previously for PCS she has directed An Iliad and Lips Together Teeth Apart. Ms. Metropulos has been a company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for 19 seasons, where she served as associate artistic director for 12 years. Representative credits at OSF include Henry IV Part 1, The Philanderer, Lorca in a Green Dress (world premiere), Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Night of the Iguana, The Good Person of Szechuan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Death of a Salesman, Cabaret Verboten and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other credits include directing multiple seasons at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, California Shakespeare, The Acting Company (in NYC), and productions at Intiman, Arizona Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep and Arena Stage. Ms. Metropulos began her work in the theatre as an actress and singer. She has been a guest teacher in several universities. As a writer she has worked with Linda Alper as a co-adaptor on a new musical based on William Saroyan’s Tracy’s Tiger, a musical version of Comedy of Errors and The Three Musketeers. She directed all three projects, and all were originally produced at OSF.
Michael Vaughn Sims (Scenic Designer)
Previous collaborations with Penny Metropulos include Up (Syracuse Stage), Twelfth Night (Acting Company), Much Ado About Nothing (California Shakespeare) and Othello (Acting Company). Awards for Outstanding Set Design: 2006 Craig Noel Award (A Body of Water at The Old Globe); 1997 NAACP Theatre Award Nomination (Crumbs from the Table of Joy at South Coast Rep); 1995 Drama-Logue (Pterodactyls at South Coast Rep). Broadway credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (associate), Prymate (associate), High Society (assistant) and The Lion King (assistant). Michael has worked regionally at The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Yale Repertory,  Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Florida Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, George Street Play House, Alabama Shakespeare, New Jersey Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theater Company, Acting Company, Juilliard Drama Division, Blue Light Theater, TheatreWorks/USA, Curtis Institute of Music and Skylight Opera. He has taught at Ohio University and Princeton University. He holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama (1992), and is a member of United Scenic Artists / IATSE in the set and costume design categories.
Deborah M. Dryden (Costume Designer)
Deborah Dryden has recently retired from her position as resident costume designer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She continues to design for regional theatres, which have included the American Conservatory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, San Diego Opera, Arena Stage, Minnesota Opera, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and others. Deborah is professor emerita of design at UC San Diego. She is the recipient of the national Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, as well as the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Costuming. Her design work has been included in the Prague Quadriennale International Design Exhibition. Her interest in textiles and fabric design resulted in the book Fabric Painting and Dyeing for the Theatre. Having designed Heartbreak House, the inaugural production for Portland Center Stage in 1988, she is delighted to participate in this celebratory 25th anniversary season at PCS.\
Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer)
Diane Ferry Williams is pleased, as always, to be returning to Portland. Diane is the resident lighting designer at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and has also worked for many other theaters around the country, including The Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The Goodspeed, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, ACT Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street and Regional Dance America. International work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and their European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and their European tour. She has also lit several national tours and the premiere of Don’t Stop the Carnival by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, four Drammy Awards (the most recent being One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and seven Jeff nominations. Diane has a M.F.A. in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
Casi Pacillio (Sound Designer)
Casi feels so lucky to be in Portland, working at one of the best regional theaters and doing a job she loves. Portland Center Stage credits include Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Chosen, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, The Pillowman, Act a Lady, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and seven seasons of JAW. Hand2Mouth Theatre credits are: My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and upcoming PEP TALK; Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre’s (National and international touring). Other theatrical credits include: I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls, Burning Deck (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.
Alaric James (Composer)
Alaric Jans is Chicago’s most noted composer for theater and film. He is a six-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner for his work in Chicago theater as well as an After Dark Award winner, and has scored more than 30 Shakespeare plays in his career. Broadway credits include music for The Water Engine (in which he appeared as The Musician) and music and lyrics for Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (with James Quinn). Several films directed by David Mamet feature Mr. Jans’s music:  House of Games, Things Change, Homicide and The Winslow Boy.
Emily N. Wells (Stage Manager)
Emily is in her second season at PCS and loves the work we do! Proud Equity member for 16 years spent in NYC, on tour and regionally. Highlights on Broadway include Electra, Swan Lake and Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway credits include Adrift in Macao; Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams (with Nathan Lane, Marian Seldes); and String of Pearls at Primary Stages. Other Off-Broadway credits include Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at Playwrights Horizons; and Summer of the Swans and Sarah, Plain & Tall at the Lucille Lortel. She has also stage managed readings and workshops for Playwrights Horizons, NAMT and North Shore Music Theatre. National tours include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Regional theater work includes Ordway Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and Theatreworks/USA, among others. In her spare time, Emily writes, directs, bakes, hikes, drinks coffee and raises funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association. www.achaheart.org
Kelsey Daye Lutz (Production Assistant)
Kelsey Daye is a dairy farmer’s daughter and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. New York credits include Off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre and Off-Off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include: production assistant for The North Plan and Anna Karenina at PCS; stage management intern for Hard Weather Boating Party, Shipwrecked, A Raisin in the Sun and 43 Plays for 43 Presidents at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and assistant stage manager for A Beautiful Star and A Christmas Carol at Triad Stage. She would like to thank her Rottweiler, Boss, for all his love and support.
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs November 13-December 23 on the Main Stage.
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