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“Dreamgirls” Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 25 August 2014

Dreamgirls
Music by Henry Krieger 
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Directed by Chris Coleman
 

Cast

Antoinette Comer*................Stepp Sister 1/Michelle Morris  

Tatianna Mott*.....................Stepp Sister 2/Ensemble             

Allyson Tolbert*...................Stepp Sister 3/Ensemble             

Shalanda Sims.......................Charlene/Joann               

Tyrone Roberson*................Marty   

Rodney Hicks*......................Curtis Taylor, Jr.               

Mary Patton*........................Deena Jones

Lexi Rhoades*.......................Lorrell Robinson              

Nattalyee Randall*................Effie Melody White        

Gerrin Delane Mitchell..........M.C./Ensemble

Larry Owens*........................Tiny Joe Dixon/Stage Manager/Ensemble

Calvin Scott Roberts*...........C.C. (Claridge Conrad) White     

Terry Lavell*.......................Little Albert/Jerry Norman/Tuxedo/Mr. Morgan/Ensemble

Don Kenneth Mason*..........Tru-Tone 1/Tuxedo/Wayne/Ensemble 

Jonathan Burke*.................Tru-Tone 2/Frank/Tuxedo/Ensemble    

David Jennings*..................Jimmy (James Thunder) Early                    

Jameson Tabor...................Dave     

Joy Martin..........................Sweetheart       

Kira Batcheller....................Sweetheart

 

Orchestra

Rick Lewis..................Conductor  

Jeffrey Childs.............Piano  

Sean Vinson...............Bass  

Sam Foulger...............Percussion  

Eric Toner.................Guitar                  

Tim Ribner................Keyboard II        

Mieke Bruggeman......Reeds

Anthony Percival.......Reeds

John Kim...................Trumpet

Levis Dragulin............Trumpet

Al Torres...................Trombone

 

Creative Team

Chris Coleman....................Director

Rick Lewis .........................Musical Director

Kent Zimmerman...............Choreographer

G.W. Mercier.....................Scenic Designer

Sydney Roberts..................Costume Designer

Robert M. Wierzel..............Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio.........................Sound and Video Designer  

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

Jonathan Burke*................Dance Captain

Marialena DiFabbio*..........Assistant Stage Manager

Bailey Anne Maxwell..........Production Assistant

Harriet Bass.......................Casting

 

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

 
Jonathan Burke               
Tru-Tone/Frank/Tuxedo/Ensemble/Dance Captain        
Jonathan is thrilled to make his Portland Center Stage debut in this dream show (pun intended)! A Baltimore native, Jonathan was most recently seen in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zebulun; Joseph u/s). Other national tours include Mary PoppinsA Christmas Story: The Musical and Cats (Mungojerrie). Jonathan was seen Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Langston in Harlem (Junior Addict) as well as in Jazz a la Carte at the Apollo Theater w/ Savion Glover. Regional favorites: Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theatre – Amazing Grace (Tyler); Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Hairspray (Seaweed); Hangar Theatre – RENT (Angel); Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center – Goddess (Omari); Baltimore Centerstage – The Wiz; Hangar Theatre – Hair. Video: The Broadway Warm-Up.  TV: TV Land Awards w/ Liza Minnelli. Commercials: Daffy's Dance; Joe's Crab Shack. Many thanks to Chris, Kent, family, DAH and DDO!  B.F.A. Ithaca College.
 
Antoinette Comer
Stepp Sister 1/Michelle Morris
Antoinette is excited to be performing in one of her favorite shows again! She comes directly off of the national tour of Mamma Mia! (Lisa). Other favorite credits include: Dreamgirls, Hairspray and The Jungle Book. Many thanks to God, her family (Mom, Dad, Colette, Dominique and Koby) and all of her friends! Proverbs 16:9.
 
 
 
Rodney Hicks
Curtis Taylor, Jr.              
Previously at PCS, Rodney played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop and Curly in Oklahoma!. Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys (Clarence Norris/OCR), RENT (Benny/Closing Cast/Live on Broadway DVD), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter/2000 Revival) and RENT (Paul & Others/Original Cast). Off-Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel is Alive (2006 Revival Cast), From My Hometown and RENT. Select regional theater credits are Big River (Jim/Footlight & Seattle Critics Choice Award Leading Actor), The Scottsboro Boys (Haywood Patterson/Philadelphia Barrymore Award Leading Actor), King Lear, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Lobby Hero. TV credits are Leverage, GRIMM, Hope & Faith, Law & Order: C.I., Student Affairs -Pilot (Series Regular) and NYPD Blue. Life is beautiful.
 
David Jennings
Jimmy (James Thunder) Early
David Jennings is excited to return to Dreamgirls after starring as Curtis Taylor, Jr. with Frenchie Davis (West Coast tour) and opposite original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. David was most recently seen on Broadway in After Midnight, starring Fantasia, Toni Braxton and Patti LaBelle. His additional Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Brooklyn the Musical (original Streetsinger), and The Genius of Ray Charles on London’s West End. National credits include Ragtime (Coalhouse), Miss Saigon (John), Porgy & Bess (Porgy), Sister Act (Sgt. Eddie Souther) and as the replacement for BeBe Winans in the concert tour of Civil War. On screen, David guest starred on the F/X television drama The Shield, on the CBS special Christmas at the Grove, in comedy sketches for NBC’s The Tonight Show and in the films The Sleepless and Burning Sands. David also received a Grammy nomination for his performance on the 30th Anniversary recording of Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Ruben Studdard and has performed with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Harry Connick, Jr. and a host of music royalty. Additionally, David gave a special New Year’s Eve performance before the King of Morocco at the Royal Palace in Casablanca and entertained for 4th of July festivities at the White House.
 
Terry Lavell
Little Albert/Jerry Norman/Tuxedo/
Mr. Morgan/Ensemble       
Terry Lavell is a native of New Orleans, LA. Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes) 2010 Tony Award winning revival, OBC and cast recording. Broadway National Tours: La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes) First National Tour, Hairspray (Seaweed) in Las Vegas, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Adrian). Regional Credits: Forum (Gymnasia) for Bay St. Theater, Aida at Fullerton Civic Light Opera and Boys From Syracuse (Seress) at Baltimore Center Stage. Terry has also been seen in NYMF/Fringe festival productions of Castronauts, Scandalous People and Invisible Life to name a few. TV/Film: Sex in the City, The Dave Chappelle Show, Happy Life: The Film and Sheena. Terry has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University, LA. Check my single Born This Way, available on iTunes/YouTube. @tdlavell To God be The Glory, love to GBM and mama .... BOOKED!
 
Don Kenneth Mason
Tru-Tone/Tuxedo/Wayne/Ensemble    
Don Kenneth Mason is thrilled to return to Portland Center Stage! His previous credits include Munkustrap (the gray cat) in Cats (Broadway Rose Theatre), Zachariah in Blood Knot (Profile Theatre, Drammy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor), Dream Curly(and Fred!) in Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage). Regional credits: Guys & Dolls (Rusty Charlie), Camelot (Sir Sagramore), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), 42nd Street, Once on the Island, Radio City Christmas Across America and Tokyo Disney. Don has written and performed his one-man show, Diary of an Out-of-Work Actor, as well as two one-act plays, Waiting and Dream a Little Dream. He is both a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, as well as the proud Company Manager of PCS. All my love to Bruce and Buddy. 
 
Gerrin Delane Mitchell
M.C./Ensemble
Gerrin Delane Mitchell has been busy with performances through Portland Center Stage’s educational program, All's Fair in Love and Shakespeare. Favorite recent roles include Stevedore in Show Boat, Mowgli in Jungle Book, Seabee Richard West in South Pacific, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Trash in Spaced Out: The Alien Abduction Musical and (...) with Fuse Theatre Ensemble. You may have also seen him in JAW 2014! Gerrin is a proud graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. He advanced his graduate performance study at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA. This performance is dedicated to his Mom for her unfailing encouragement to pursue his dreams.
 
Tatianna Mott
Stepp Sister 2/Ensemble
Tatianna is elated to be making her PCS debut in one of her favorite musicals, Dreamgirls. Upon receiving her B.A. in Theatre from Duke University, Tatianna studied at UCL in London, UK and at the Michael Howard Studios Conservatory in N.Y. Credits: Sophisticated Ladies (Cotton Club, N.Y.), Hairspray (Actors Playhouse, FL. and STONC, CT.), Avenue Q (Smithtown PAC, N.Y. - directed by OBC member Rick Lyon), and For Vixens Who've Considered Homicide When the Video was Too Much (Off-Broadway). www.tatiannamott.com 
 
Larry Owens
Tiny Joe Dixon/Stage Manager/Ensemble
Larry is thrilled to bring Dreamgirls to Portland! He originated the role of Darnell Parnell in the musical Fat Camp at NYMF (dir. Alex Timbers), The Cleveland Playhouse and Off-Broadway's American Theatre of Actors. NEW YORK: Jesus Christ Reality Star (Judas), Upright Citizen's Brigade; Three Wishes for Sondheimas (Bass/Foxxy Sondheim), 54Below; Hit List (Ensemble), 54Below. REGIONAL: Grease (Roger), MUNY. READINGS: Incompetent Scumbags (Marion Barry), dir. Alex Timbers; Fly (Lost Boy), dir. Jeffrey Seller. CONCERT: If It Only Even Runs A Minute (Gospel at Colonus), Rocker’s Anonymous; NYMF’S Next Broadway Sensation. TELEVISION: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a playwright and author of The Musical Theatre Dictionary. TRAINING: Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Special thanks to this brilliant Creative Team, my family, and DHA. All you gotta do is dream! Twitter: @LARRYtweeted; Instagram: @larryo; Website: www.larryowens.net 
 
Mary Patton
Deena Jones
Mary Patton is thrilled to be doing her favorite show again as Deena Jones. She was last seen in the First National Tour of Sister Act as a Deloris Van Cartier u/s and Ensemble. Mary also played the role of Lorrell Robinson in the National Tour of Dreamgirls. Singing has taken her to many places around the world and she is thankful for every opportunity. Special thanks to her husband Marcus.  
 
 

Nattalyee Randall
Effie Melody White
Nattalyee is so excited to return to her dream role of Effie for her Portland Center Stage debut. She just moved to New York City two years ago from Springfield, IL (Land of Lincoln) and has a degree in Music and English Education from Western Illinois University. Her favorite credits include: The Color Purple (Church Lady Jarene), Hairspray (Motormouth), Dreamgirls (Effie Melody White), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), RENT (Joanne Jefferson), Suessical (Sour Kangaroo), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), HAIR (Dionne), Ragtime (Sarah's friend), Dessa Rose (Dorcas) and Big River (Alice's Daughter). Much love to LNT for ALWAYS supporting my dreams and Dave for helping me land this awesome job! @Nattalyee

 
Lexi Rhoades
Lorrell Robinson
PCS debut! New York: Sistas the musical (original cast, Off-Broadway), Barefoot Persephone (New Dramatists, directed by Kent Nicholson), Stardust Road (directed by Susan H. Schulman), 54 - the musical Volleygirls (Equity workshop), The Yellow Brick Road (TWUSA at the Lucille Lortel Theater), ALKY and The ReRun Project (PIT). Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Baby (PA Center Stage); Aida, Little Shop of Horrors and Dreamgirls (West Virginia Public Theater). Film/TV: Black Nativity (Fox Searchlight), Sistas the musical (DVD & BETNetworks), Grease, You're the One That I Want! (NBC) and Musical Theater Spotlight! (Big Ten Network). She has also been featured on Broadway.com's Fresh Face! Lexi holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Penn State. Love and thanks to all whom have supported me over the years and big love and thanks to my manager, Susan Campochiaro Confrey of CBU Management.
 
Tyrone Roberson
Marty   
Tyrone Roberson is excited to be returning to Portland Center Stage for their production of Dreamgirls in the role of Marty. Tyrone's credits include: Tom Collins in RENT (Bristol Riverside Theater), Cord Elam in Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage), Urban NYC Guy in Grim, Grimmer & Grimmest (Theater Emory, Atlanta). Tyrone's extended credits include opera, film, television, voice overs and recordings. Tyrone is grateful to God, his Mom and family. Special thanks to my Manager, Susan Compochiaro Confrey (CBU Management) for believing in me and encouraging me to move back to NYC. Tyrone is Ready to Rock This Show.
 
Calvin Scott Roberts
C.C. (Claridge Conrad) White
Hello, Portland! Calvin Roberts is beyond excited to make his debut at Portland Center Stage! Originally from Dallas, TX., some of Calvin’s regional credits include: Leroy/Herb, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark(WaterTower Theatre);  Joe/The Folk, Spunk (WaterTower Theatre); Thomas Hodge, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); Moose, Crazy For You (Theatre Three);  Sabu, The Producers (Uptown Players); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (WaterTower Theatre); King, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (DCT National Tour); The Wiz (DTC); Willy, Flora, the Red Menace (Lyric Stage); Ensemble, Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three); Labourer/Undertakers Man, A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center). Other theatrical credits include: Salerio, Merchant of Venice and Lucius, Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas). Thank you to my family for all their love and support. 
www.calvinscott-roberts.com 
 

Shalanda Sims
Charlene/Joann              
Shalanda Sims is a vocalist, writer, director, producer and instructor who has penned and produced nine plays within the last eight years. She is the founder of her own theater company and the creator of Who I Am; Celebrating Me. She studied theater at University of Portland, English at Portland State University and has toured the country as a lead singer in a professional choir. Her most recent work is the original play Vanport, which she wrote and directed in 2013. Most recently, she was seen in Portland Opera’s Pirates of Penzance as Isabel. Shalanda thanks God for every open door, her husband and children for their unfailing love and encouragement and her community village for their continued support.

 

Allyson Tolbert
Stepp Sister 3/Ensemble
Allyson was most recently seen on the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Originally from St. Petersburg, FL., Allyson received her B.F.A. in Musical Theater Performance from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Previous tours include Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Favorite regional productions include: Damn Yankees (Lola); Singing in the Rain (Zelda Zanders); Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ). Much love and thanks to my friends for all of their undying support. ATB and the amazing Todd E. My family and most importantly my Mom for always believing in me and my dreams.

 
Kira Batcheller                 
Sweetheart
Kira Batcheller is honored and excited to be making her debut with Portland Center Stage. She is a Portland native and a recent graduate from Western Oregon University with a B.F.A. in Acting. Some of her credits include The Crucible (Abigail), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), The Liar (Lucrece) and Oliver! (Nancy). She wishes to thank her friends and family for their continued love and support.
 
 
Joy Martin
Sweetheart       
Joy Martin is beyond excited to make her debut with Portland Center Stage! Recent regional credits include Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Anne in A Little Night Music and Leisl in Sound of Music atCoeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Favorite Portland credits include Amneris in Aida, Lily in The Secret Garden, and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance. Outside of theater she enjoys rocking out as a singer and dancer in the band Con Bro Chill! She graduated with a B.A. in Theater/Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
 
 
Jameson Tabor
Dave
Jameson is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Oregon, with a bachelor’s in theater arts and minors in business and music. He has performed professionally in Portland for 17 years in over 35 productions and multiple film shorts. Favorite roles: The Baker in Into the Woods, Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Frank Schultz in Showboat and Alexander in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible … (Drammy Award, 2001). He has been recognized as an outstanding composer and music director, with three fully produced works – Masculism: The Mantastic Musical Experience, Annelie in the Depths of the Night and the sound-score for a movement-based adaptation of The Tempest. Two new works are on their way. Love to his wife Jenna for her unending support! www.jamesontabor.com.
 
Creative Team Biographies


Henry Krieger
Music
Henry Krieger began composing for Off-Off Broadway in his twenties, a venue that led to his meeting with playwright-lyricist Tom Eyen. Together with director-choreographer Michael Bennett, they created the long running Broadway hit musical, Dreamgirls, which opened at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981. Dreamgirls won six Tony Awards, and Mr. Krieger was nominated for his now-legendary score, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. Dreamgirls generated new success with new audiences as a Dreamworks film written and directed by Bill Condon. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including three nominations for Mr. Krieger for “Love You, I Do,” “Listen” and “Patience.” He received a Grammy Award for “Love You, I Do.” Side Show, his most recent Broadway musical, was directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom with book and lyrics by Bill Russell. The musical received four Tony nominations, including Best Score. In 2013, Side Show was reimagined by director Bill Condon and received a co-production at La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center.
 
Tom Eyen 
Book and Lyrics
Tom Eyen was an American playwright, lyricist, television writer and theater director. Eyen is best known for works at opposite ends of the theatrical spectrum. Mainstream theatergoers became acquainted with him in 1981 when he partnered with composer Henry Krieger and director Michael Bennett to write the book and lyrics for Dreamgirls. Produced on Broadway in 1981, Dreamgirls was the biggest success of Eyen's career. It was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including two for Eyen: Best Book and, as lyricist, Best Original Score. The show won six Tonys, including Best Book. It also earned Eyen a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics. The original cast album won Eyen a Grammy Award as lyricist, and one of the show's songs, "(And I’m Telling You) I'm Not Going," sung by Holliday, became a top hit. When a film adaptation of Dreamgirls by writer/director Bill Condon was released in 2006 by DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, the soundtrack became a number one hit, and two of Eyen's songs from the soundtrack, "(And I’m Telling You) I'm Not Going," sung by Jennifer Hudson, and "One Night Only," sung by Beyoncé Knowles, became hits again. Eyen's career started, however, with avant garde plays and musicals that he wrote and directed off-off Broadway in the early 1960s, which eventually led to Off-Broadway success in the 1970s with the controversial performance-art play The Dirtiest Show in Town and Women Behind Bars, a camp parody of women's prison exploitation films.
 
Michael Bennett
Conception/Original Director/Choreographer
Michael Bennett choreographed Promises, Promises; Coco; Company; Follies (which he co-directed with Harold Prince); and Seesaw (which he also wrote and directed). In 1973 he made his debut as a dramatic director with Twigs, which starred Sada Thompson. A Chorus Line, which he conceived, choreographed and directed, won nine Tony Awards. In 1976 he and other authors of A Chorus Line were awarded the Pulitzer Price for drama. In 1979 he produced, directed and choreographed Ballroom, which was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won Mr. Bennett his sixth Tony. He won his seventh Tony Award in 1981’s Dreamgirls, and directed its acclaimed 1985 Broadway revival. The film adaptation of Dreamgirls was released in December 2006.
 
Chris Coleman
Director
Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he 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 Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon in Same Time Next Year. Favorite PCS directing assignments include 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’ favorite things about Portland: farmers markets, Timbers games, Salt & Straw ice cream, dog parks, food carts and cars that stop for pedestrians.
 
Rick Lewis
Musical Director

Rick’s previous PCS shows are The Last Five YearsFiddler on the Roof (PAMTA nomination, Musical Direction), Somewhere in Time, Sweeney Todd (Drammy Award, Musical Director), Black Pearl Sings!, Oklahoma!, The Huntsmen (JAW), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, The 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, Have a Nice Day! and The Cardigans (NYC Bistro Award, “Outstanding Musical Review”). Rick was musical supervisor for the West Coast regional premiere of Next to Normal (Artists Repertory Theatre). He was 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, American West Steamboat Company, American Classic Voyages and the Portland Spirit (Cinnamon Bear Cruise). He has served as musical director for Susan Egan, Jody Benson, Michael Maguire, Debbie Gravitte and the late Allan Jones. Rick is a private vocal coach, concentrating on musical theater audition and performance. www.rlewismusic.com.
 
Kent Zimmerman
Choreographer
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  Kent is honored to be back at PCS. Last season, Kent made his choreography debut with PCS’s Fiddler on the Roof. He has been seen on stage at PCS in Ragtime, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and A Christmas Carol, where he also served as associate choreographer. Other associate choreography credits include: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, Cabaret, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease and Wizard of Oz. Other theater credits include: Annie Get Your Gun, Thou Shalt Not (Broadway), The Producers (First National Tour, Los Angeles, Las Vegas), Guys and Dolls (50th Anniversary), Footloose (First National Tour), Show Boat (Third National Tour, London), Spamalot, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Peter Pan, White Christmas and Randy Newman's Faust . He can also be seen in The Shawshank Redemption, The Producers (film version) and My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs.  Directly after Dreamgirls opens, Kent will direct and choreograph Young Frankenstein for Red Mountain Theater Company, where he made his directorial debut earlier this year with La Cage Aux Folles. Dreams do come true! Psalms 91:11
 
G.W. Mercier
Scenic Design
Skip’s previous Portland Center Stage shows are Fiddler on the Roof, Anna Karenina, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, West Side Story and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. In New York he designed Old Hats at Signature Theatre which is moving to Broadway; Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Miracle Brothers, Five Course Love, People Are Wrong, Wilder, Eli’s Comin’, Dream True (Drama Desk nomination), True History & Real Adventures, You Don’t Miss the Water, The Waiting Room, Bed & Sofa (Drama Desk nomination), Por Knockers, The Party, Lady Bracknell’s Confinement, Hannah, 1939, Urban Zulu Mambo, Catch Me If I Fall, Groundhog, The Red Sneaks, The New Americans, Winter Man, The Loman Family Picnic, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Lemon Sky, Evening Sky and Judgment. Recent regional work includes Party Come Here, Urinetown, Our Town, Rag & Bone, Measure For Measure, A Christmas Carol, Guys & Dolls, The Time of Your Life (Bay Area Critics Award), The Ballad of Little Jo, Vigil, Frame 312, Theopolis North and Fuddy Meers. G.W. thrives collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. He and his family live in Connecticut.
 
Sydney Roberts
Costume Designer
Dreamgirls marks a happy return to Portland Center Stage. Based in Atlanta, Sydney has been designing there and at regional theaters since 1997 when she first worked on Love! Valour! Compassion! with Chris Coleman at Actor’s Express. Other Atlanta theater work: Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare (Associate Artist), Aurora Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Theatre Emory, Theatrical Outfit, True Colors Theatre Company, among others. Regional: Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre (NY), Red Mountain Theatre Company (AL) and Barking Legs Theatre (TN). Film: Ruthie. Awards: Drammy for Best Costumes, The Devils, Portland, OR and four Suzi Bass nominations in Atlanta. Sydney was the Costume Designer and Shop Manager at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for a million years.  She has taught costume design at Emory University and is currently teaching a costume design class at Oglethorpe University. Sydney is a member of United Scenic Artists-829 and a graduate of the University of Texas. She and Chris will team up again next spring for a new play, Edward Foote, at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
 
Robert Wierzel
Lighting Designer
Mr. Wierzel has worked in theater, dance and opera, with artists and directors from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, on stages throughout the country and abroad. Currently on Broadway, the play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald. Other productions include the musical Fela! (2010 Tony Award nomination; and at the Royal National Theatre/London). Robert’s dance work includes 28 years with Bill T. Jones and the BTJ/AZ Dance Company. Other recent dance collaborations include A.B.T. (The Tempest), Sean Curran (Dream'd in a Dream), Heidi Latsky (Three Pieces), Liz Gerring (Glacier) and Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance (Fold Here).  Mr. Wierzel has worked extensively in the theater, including A.C.T./San Francisco, Goodman Theatre/Chicago, Hartford Stage, Center Stage/Baltimore, Chicago Shakespeare, Guthrie Theatre, YRT, Long Wharf, The Old Globe and The Mark Taper Forum, among many others. In addition, Mr. Wierzel has worked with many opera companies, including Glimmerglass Festival, NYCO, Paris/Garnier, Chicago Lyric, Seattle, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Miami, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Virginia and Miami. Mr. Wierzel is an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, he is in pre-production for the play Indian Ink, at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC. 
 
Casi Pacilio 
Sound and Video Designer  
Casi keeps busy with a variety of work and play in Portland and around the country. PCS credits include The Last Five Years, Othello, A Small Fire, Chinglish, Twist Your Dickens, The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and eight seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Hand2Mouth Theatre credits: Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK. Other theatrical 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.
 
Emily N. Wells
Stage Manager
Emily is in her fourth season at PCS. Favorite shows have been Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Venus in Fur and Twist Your Dickens. Proud Equity member for 18 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 and Marian Seldes); and String of Pearls at Primary Stages. Other Off-Broadway credits are 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. She spent a year and a half on tour as the PSM for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Regional theater work includes Ordway Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and Theatreworks/USA, among others. In June of 2014, Emily traveled to Memphis to be the Artistic Director for the Orpheum Theatre’s summer training camps. She also advocates for patients with congenital heart disease. www.achaheart.org         
 
Marialena DiFabbio
Assistant Stage Manager
Maria is thrilled to be in Portland and working on this show. East coast regional credits include: Satchmo At The Waldorf, January Joiner, Ride The Tiger, Clybourne Park, My Name Is Asher Lev, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and others at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Richard II, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare & Co.). Portland credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Post5 Theatre), Revival (Fertile Ground), Dear Momma and Twelfth Night (directed by the wonderful Avital Shira). Love to family, friends and M.M.
 
Bailey Anne Maxwell
Production Assistant
Bailey Anne Maxwell is thrilled to be joining Portland Center Stage this season. Bailey has most recently worked as a Production Assistant with Artists Repertory Theatre on The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Foxfinder, Ten Chimneys, The Lost Boy and Seven Guitars. Bailey has recently enjoyed being the Stage Manager on Tamer Tamed and the Assistant Stage Manager on Taming of the Shrew with Portland Shakespeare Project. She has also worked with Profile Theatre as a Stage Management Apprentice on Buried Child and Eyes for Consuela. Bailey is a Linfield College graduate and a proud member of the EMC program.  
 
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