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Fiddler on the Roof: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 27 August 2013

Fiddler on the Roof
Cast
 
David Studwell*...................................................Tevye
Susannah Mars*...................................................Golde
Merideth Kaye Clark*..........................................Tzeitel/Ensemble
Sarah Stevens*.....................................................Hodel/Ensemble
Amber Kiara Mitchell...........................................Chava/Ensemble
Hannah Lauren Wilson.........................................Shprintze/Ensemble
Allisonn O’Neill....................................................Bielke/Ensemble
Sharonlee McLean*..............................................Yente/Grandma Tzeitel/Ensemble
Drew Harper........................................................Motel/Ensemble
Alicia Irving*.......................................................Fruma Sarah/Shaindel/Ensemble
Zachary Prince*...................................................Perchik/Ensemble
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod*..............................Lazar Wolf/Ensemble
Roland Rusinek*..................................................Innkeeper/Ensemble
Del Lewis*............................................................Rabbi/Ensemble
Matthew Bryan Feld*............................................Mendel/Ensemble
Andy Gale*...........................................................Avram/Ensemble
Corey Brunish*.....................................................Constable/Ensemble

Michael Shultz*...................................................Fyedka/Ensemble

Curtis Schroeger*.................................................Sasha/Ensemble
Tylor Neist...........................................................Fiddler/Ensemble
Mike Borgstrom...................................................Ensemble
Kevin Paul Clark..................................................Ensemble
Nathan Crosby.....................................................Ensemble
Lalanya Gunn.......................................................Ensemble
Robert Head........................................................Ensemble
Dane Shroy..........................................................Ensemble
Matthew Snyder...................................................Ensemble
Andrew C. Stark...................................................Ensemble
 

Orchestra
 

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

Jeffrey Childs.....................................................Keyboard

Sean Vinson........................................................Bass

Ben Wasson........................................................Percussion

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

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

Ward Baxter.......................................................Reed 1 (Flute/Alto Flute)

Mieke Bruggeman...............................................Reed II (Bb Clarinet)

Mary Rowell.......................................................Violin

Dale Tolliver......................................................Cello

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

                     

Creative Team
 
Joseph Stein.........................................................Book
Jerry Bock............................................................Music
Sheldon Harnick...................................................Lyrics
Chris Coleman......................................................Director
Kent Zimmerman..................................................Choreographer
Rick Lewis............................................................Musical Director
G.W. Mercier........................................................Scenic Designer
Jeff Cone...............................................................Costume Coordinator
Ann Wrightson......................................................Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio............................................................Sound Designer
Mary McDonald-Lewis...........................................Dialect Coach
John Armour.........................................................Violence Choreographer
Harriett Bass..........................................................Casting
Mark Tynan*.........................................................Stage Manager
Kelsey Daye Lutz*..................................................Assistant Stage Manager
Karen Hill...............................................................Production Assistant
Kristen Mun...........................................................Production Assistant
 
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 

Cast Biographies


 

Mike Borgstrom (Ensemble)
Mike is thrilled to work with Portland Center Stage for the first time! Fiddler on the Roof was his first theatrical experience 30 years ago in Texas. Then he played violin in the pit orchestra and now he can play on stage with this exceptional cast and crew. Favorite productions include Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Nancy's manager, Ensemble), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Flute/Thisby), Sincerity Forever (Melvin), The Insanity of Mary Girard (Phillips, Fury) and A Christmas Carol (Topper, Fiddler). You may have seen Mike over the years in top hat and tails during the holidays as a Dickens Caroler, or maybe you caught that paint commercial, or maybe karaoke. Mike would like to thank Rick Lewis for his encouragement.
 
Corey Brunish (Constable/Ensemble)
Corey is a two-time Tony Award recipient. As a producer of Porgy and Bess and Pippin, Corey also received the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. As an actor, Corey has appeared regionally as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Virgil Blessing in Bus Stop. He has acted in films with Madonna and Julianne Moore, and on TV with Tim Hutton. As a director, his favorite projects are Company, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and It's a Wonderful Life.  He co-produced the Broadway cast recording of Nice Work if You Can Get It, which was Grammy nominated, and sings the role of John Utterson on the new concept recording of Jekyll and Hyde. With thanks and love to Chris, Jessica and Virginia.
 
Kevin Paul Clark (Ensemble)
Kevin is ecstatic to join this production of Fiddler on the Roof! Local theater credits include La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Gracie, White Christmas, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast and A Chorus Line. Clark has also danced professionally with Nevada Ballet Theatre and locally with the Jefferson Dancers. Much love and gratitude to my wonderful mom!
 
 
 

Merideth Kaye Clark (Tzeitel/Ensemble)
PCS debut! Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Merideth studied neuroscience at Emory University before earning an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Merideth has performed major roles at theaters around the country, including New York Theatre Workshop, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Northern Stage, Irish Repertory, North Coast Repertory and the Goodspeed Opera House. She has participated in numerous developmental readings and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals. Merideth performed the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of the Broadway musical Wicked more than 150 times in 35 major U.S. cities.  Merideth is also a concert artist and multi-instrumentalist. She plays anything with strings, most notably the piano, guitar and viola. Thank you to my new Portland family!

 

Nathan Crosby (Ensemble)
Nathan is excited to be making his Portland Center Stage debut with Fiddler on the Roof! Favorite local credits include Arthur in Ah, Wilderness, Davey in Lieutenant of Inishmore and Lestrade two years in a row in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, all with Artists Repertory Theater; and Claudio in Measure for Measure and Prince Henry in King John with Northwest Classical Theater Company. Nathan is a proud new member of Theater Vertigo, an Equity Member Candidate, and a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory.

 

Michael Shultz (Fyedka/Ensemble)
Michael is very grateful to be making his PCS debut with this production. National Tours: West Side Story (Big Deal), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka). Regional: Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Hairspray. B.F.A. from Penn State University. Thanks to family and friends for their ongoing love and support.

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

 
Matthew Bryan Feld (Mendel/Ensemble)
Matthew Bryan Feld is beyond excited to make his Portland Center Stage debut! He recently finished a run of Les Miserables at West Virginia Public Theatre. Other credits include The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Hart in 9 to 5 and Smudge in Forever Plaid Tidings at Derby Dinner Playhouse; and Baritone in the international cast of Voca People. He has made many TV appearances, including Sing-Off 100% Vocals. He has also performed with Lara Fabian and shot a commercial for Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. When Matthew is home in New York he continues his studies with The Barrow Group Acting School. Thanks and love to my beautiful Julia, my Mama and Aaron!
 
Andy Gale (Avram/Ensemble)
Andy has appeared on Broadway in Rags, Side Show, Jane Eyre and The World of Sholem Aleichem, and in the international tours of Les Miserables, The Secret Garden and Cats. In addition to appearances off-Broadway, Andy has also worked in stock and regional theater. As a director, Andy has staged productions of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in Melbourne, Australia; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Bethesda, Maryland. He also directed Audra McDonald with The Boston Pops for PBS, They’re Playing Our Song for Regent Cruise Line, and Transatlantic in Sacramento, California. Andy just completed his fourth season as director of a Broadway revue for Chautauqua Opera, and his third season at the Buck Hill Music Festival. A sought-after private acting coach in the Broadway community, Andy has also taught acting at Vassar and Barnard Colleges, and has been a guest teacher at The Julliard School and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as a master teacher at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He is a graduate of Antioch College.
 
Lalanya Gunn (Ensemble)
Lalanya is excited to be joining the amazing cast and crew for her first show at Portland Center Stage.  She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Niagara University. Local credits include Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Bag & Baggage, Mask and Mirror and Third Eye Theatre. As always, much love to Greg.
 
 
 
Drew Harper (Motel/Ensemble)
Drew Harper made his professional theater debut this summer in Threesome at JAW: A Playwrights Festival. He’s very excited to progress to Fiddler where he gets to do two things that he didn’t get to do in Threesome: sing and wear clothes in the first act. After graduating high school in Vancouver, Washington, Drew lived in New York City for five years where he worked mostly in film production. He studied American History and Theater at NYU, Queer Theory at Evergreen State College and Arabic at the International Language Institute in Cairo. He’d like to thank his family, his fairy godmother and his teachers; Margit, Jeanette and Linda. A special thanks to the amazing people at PCS for their warmth, their guidance, and for taking a chance on him.
 
Robert Head (Ensemble)
Robert Head, a native to the Portland area, is excited to be making his debut at Portland Center Stage in Fiddler on the Roof! Portland area credits include Cats (Mungojerrie), Hairspray (Ensemble) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin) at Broadway Rose Theatre Company;  Spring Awakening (Moritz) with Live on Stage; Footloose (Ren) with Journey Theater; Legally Blonde (Chad/Carlos) with Pixi Dust; and White Christmas (Ensemble) at Lakewood Theater. Robert enjoys teaching private voice and piano lessons, and choreographing youth theater for Journey Theater Arts Group. Many thanks to God, friends, family and PCS for this opportunity!
 
Alicia Irving (Fruma Sarah/Shaindel/Ensemble)
Alicia is delighted to be back at PCS! In 2009 she played Emma Goldman in Ragtime. Recent credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Riverside Theatre), Carlotta in Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Gateway Theatre). Broadway credits include Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables (Factory Girl, Fantine), Side Show (The Fortune Teller) and The Scarlett Pimpernel. Alicia understudied and took over the title role in the first national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone. Regionally, Alicia has had the opportunity to work at many wonderful theaters including Syracuse Stage, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage and The Old Globe. As a recording artist she has worked with Rod Stewart and producer Trevor Horn. She can be heard on the cast recordings of Sunset Boulevard and Side Show
 
Del Lewis (Rabbi/Ensemble)
Del’s career has been a rewarding journey, from the off-Broadway musical Streets of New York to Broadway in The Rothchilds. Two of his ten years in NYC were spent performing in the Broadway, national and Las Vegas companies of Fiddler on the Roof.  Acting studies with Uta Hagen and voice training with Sergius Kagen at Julliard complemented his B.F.A. in Voice and Choral Conducting. Professional choices in the 1970s led him to acquire an M.F.A. in Directing, which led to becoming artistic director of Madison Repertory Theatre, then head of graduate acting at UW-Madison, and then chair of theatre at Northeastern University. Recent roles include Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Dublin/Boston) and Inspector in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (NYC). Moving to Portland has afforded the opportunity to perform with SOWELU Theatre Ensemble and now Portland Center Stage.
 
Susannah Mars (Golde)
Susannah is delighted to be back at Portland Center Stage. Most recently you may have seen her as Leilani Watt in the world premiere of Watt?!? At The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. She won her sixth Portland Drama Critic’s Award for her portrayal of Diana in Next To Normal at Artists Rep, where she originated her theatrical cabaret Mars On Life and has appeared in numerous productions. Favorite roles at PCS include Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mother in Ragtime, Meredith in Bat Boy and Rose in Gypsy. Regionally she has appeared far and wide, including appearances at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and concertizing with orchestras, including the Oregon and Seattle Symphonies. For Barbara, Helen, Lena and my precious girls. www.susannanhmars.com
 
Sharonlee McLean (Yente/Grandma Tzeitel/Ensemble)
Sharonlee was last seen at PCS in Somewhere in Time.  She studied at The American Conservatory Theatre. In Los Angeles she worked as a full-time actor in television, film and stage.  She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role of Annie in the soap Santa Barbara. She has been in ten productions at Artists Repertory Theater and was recently seen in Body Awareness at Coho Productions, The Huntsmen at Portland Playhouse and Cabaret at Clackamas Repertory. Sharonlee has won four Drammy Awards:  in 1998 in A Question Of Mercy, in 2007 for The Thugs, in 2009 for The Receptionist and in 2012 for Body Awareness. She is very proud of the cast Drammy for Best Ensemble for Clybourne Park. Recent film credits include Signal Flare, a guest-starring role on Leverage and Extraordinary Measures, in which she played Harrison Ford’s secretary.
 
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod (LazarWolf/Ensemble)
A singer, actor and vocal coach, Raymond holds an M.F.A. from the University of Texas. He made his New York debut in Zefirelli’s La Boheme at The Metropolitan Opera. Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Dance of the Vampires starring Michael Crawford, Juan Peron in the 20th anniversary national tour of Evita, Wreck in Wonderful Town at Encores!, Eddie in MTC’s The Wild Party, and Jigger in The Hollywood Music Bowl’s all-star cast of Carousel. Recording credits include his solo CD Jaramillo...Until Then. TV appearances include the “infamous” role of Psycho Bob in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with Will Smith and LOTS of Law & Order. Raymond can also be heard in the Disney films Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas; hundreds of movie soundtracks; and numerous commercials.
 
Amber Kiara Mitchell (Chava/Ensemble)
Amber Kiara Mitchell is thrilled to be making her PCS debut! Amber recently portrayed Vea in the world premiere a capella musical Ablaze. She spent this summer in London playing the comedic Rosalia in the musical West Side Story with StageCoach Musical Theatre. Other recent credits include Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Pippa in The Spider's Web at Lakewood Theatre, Susan in Miracle Theatre's Viva La Revolucion and Amy in Circle Theatre Project's Little Women. She has also performed in multiple shows with Portland Opera and NW Children's Theatre. Amber trains at StageCoach Theatre Arts School and Oregon Children's Theatre's Young Professionals program. Amber wishes to thank Rick Lewis, Chris Coleman and Rose Riordan for casting her in this amazing production; and Angela Niederloh, Brandon Woolley and her incredible teachers and peers at StageCoach and OCT.
 
Tylor Neist (Fiddler/Ensemble)
Tylor earned his M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and B.M. from Boston University. He studied violin with Midori, Mitchell Stern and Bayla Keyes, and chamber music with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Emerson and American string quartets. Locally, Tylor has played with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet, Eugene Symphony, Spokane Symphony and NW New Music. He is also the leader of Portland's new indie classical group, Bridgetown Orchestra, and an active composer, writing scores for small ensembles as well as for film and stage. As an actor, Tylor most recently performed with Bag&Baggage as Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Marley in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jim in The Glass Menagerie and Happy in Death of a Salesman.
 
Allisonn O’Neill (Bielke/Ensemble)
Allisonn is excited to be returning to PCS. She started her musical theater career at the age of seven and has been performing ever since. Favorite roles include Annie in Annie Jr. (Christian Youth Theater), Lee Bouvier in Grey Gardens (PCS) and Baby June in Gypsy (MPA). She has performed several times with the Portland Opera, as a soloist in Michael Allen Harrison’s Ten Grand Pianos, and as a soloist with The Singing Christmas Tree. When not performing, Allisonn can be found in the studio writing music, and at home playing with her dog Liz. Thanks my family and friends for all their support and PCS for this wonderful opportunity.
 
Zachary Prince (Perchik/Ensemble)
Zachary Prince was last seen in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years at Second Stage, directed by Jason Robert Brown. Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (with Harry Connick Jr.) and Baby It's You. Noted roles include Frankie Valli in the first national tour of Jersey Boys and The Baker in Moisés Kaufman's acclaimed production of Into The Woods at Kansas City Rep. Zachary has also performed as a guest artist with orchestras around the country, headlining with The Cincinnati Pops, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. Special thanks to the CGF boys, Bandee, Bessie and his parents, who still travel far and wide to see him perform.  www.zacharyprince.com
 
Roland Rusinek (Innkeeper/Ensemble)
Roland’s previously appeared in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway, Toronto); The Addams Family (First National Tour); Jerry Springer, the Opera (Carnegie Hall); Sweeney Todd (NYC Opera); A Christmas Carol (MSG); and Kiss Me Kate (First National Tour). Regional credits include Sweeney Todd (5th Avenue Theatre), Lend Me A Tenor (Bay St. Theatre), Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse), and Oliver! and Sweeney Todd (Sacramento Music Circus). Film/TV credits include From Broadway with Love. He trained at L.A. County High School for the Arts and PCPA’s Actor’s Training Program. For my Tata and Moma; Szymon Rusinek, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust; and Ida Ponce, who fled Castro’s Cuba for the promise of America. www.rolandrusinek.com
 
Curtis Schroeger (Sasha/Ensemble)
Curtis Schroeger is excited to be making his Portland Center Stage debut! He recently performed in the national tour of Mary Poppins. He also toured with Lincoln Center's South Pacific and the Topol/Harvey Fierstein tour of Fiddler on the Roof. New York credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in New York City Center’s Encores! series and the opening of the 65th Tony Awards. His is a Florida State alum. Big thank you to Chris, Kent and Rick. Love to my family. This is for my beautiful, brand new niece!
 
Dane Shroy (Ensemble)
Dane's passion for musical theater began two years ago when he performed as the Pirate King in his middle school musical The Pirates of Penzance. Since that time he has performed as Simon Sneed in Lakewood Theater's Peppermint Bear and Fred Graham/Petruchio in West Linn High School's Kiss me Kate. Dane is extremely honored to be joining the cast of Fiddler on the Roof! He lives in West Linn, Oregon, where he attends West Linn High School as a sophomore. After high school Dane is excited to pursue musical theater as a career. In his free time, Dane enjoys singing barbershop and playing lead vocals and guitar in a rock band with his friends. He also enjoys comedy, rugby and paintball.
 
Matthew Snyder (Ensemble)
Matthew is honored to be in Fiddler on the Roof, his third production at Portland Center Stage, and excited to work again under Chris Coleman’s direction.  Two seasons ago, Matthew was thrilled to play Seriozha in Anna Karenina and ensemble characters in A Christmas Story.  Additional stage experience include the title role in Oliver, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and children’s chorus in Portland Opera’s Tosca.  In 2013, Matthew is grateful to be a Top 10 Kidz Bop Finalist, “Judge’s Choice, Best Male” winner of Portland Singing Sensation, “Aaron Landon” scholarship winner with Hollywood Launch Academy, and in his fifth season with Portland Boychoir.  A seventh grader who enjoys comics and video games, Matthew would like to thank his family and friends for their loving support.
 
Andrew C. Stark (Ensemble)
Andrew C. Stark is a Portland native who has spent the past ten years working in the film and theater industry in Orlando, Florida, where he recently played Antony Wilding in Enchanted April at Mad Cow Theater. In addition, he has worked as an actor for Disney. Andrew is excited to be a part of Portland Center Stage's production of Fiddler on the Roof for his first production back home in PDX.
 
 
Sarah Stevens (Hodel/Ensemble)
Sarah is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage this fall! Previous credits at PCS include Sunset Boulevard (Betty) and Opus (Grace).  New York credits include Someone To Belong To (Annie) at FringeNY and Company (Amy) at Gallery Players. Touring work includes The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy) with NETworks Presentations.  Regional credits include Les Miserables (Cosette), It's a Wonderful Life (Mary), The Game (Cecile), Sweeney Todd (Johanna),  Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, Children of Eden (Yonah), Thoroughly Modern Mille (Alice), Seussical (Bird Girl) and South Pacific. Other credits: Into the Woods (Cinderella), West Side Story (Maria) and Jane Eyre (Blanche Ingram). Sarah holds a B.F.A. from Elon University. So many thanks to my endlessly supportive family and the wonderful Gage Group.
 

David Studwell (Tevye) David is delighted to be making his PCS debut in Fiddler on the Roof. He recently appeared as Herbie in Gypsy at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York. David last worked with Chris Coleman when Chris was an actor in Falsettos at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Off-Broadway: Encores! production of Applause. Some of David’s favorite regional credits include Starbuck in Moby Dick at Syracuse Stage, Isador Strauss in Titanic at the Hanger Theatre and El Gallo in The Fantasticks at Indiana Rep. For 15 years David called Chicago home, where he worked at most of the regional theaters in the area. There he received Joseph Jefferson nominations for his work in Chess, The Rothschilds, Secret Garden and South Pacific. David was a resident actor/teacher at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a resident equity actor at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He received Santa Barbara Indie Awards for his work as Sweeney in Sweeney Todd and Les in Boy Gets Girl. He holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Fredonia and M.F.A. from Purdue University. He has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for more than 26 years. Mavel Tov to my son Nathan and his new bride, Rose! L’Chaim!

 
Hannah Lauren Wilson (Shprintze/Ensemble)
Hannah, a high school sophomore, is thrilled to be back at PCS this season. She last appeared at PCS as Esther Jane in A Christmas Story (2010 and 2011) and as the understudy for Little Girl in Ragtime in 2009. Her 2013 performances include Tosca (Portland Opera), Dracula (Oregon Children’s Theatre), A Year With Frog and Toad (Oregon Children’s Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Stagedoor Manor, New York). She has also been involved in television, film and commercials. You may have seen her belting out the national anthem for the Portland Timbers or Portland Trail Blazers. Thanks to Chris, Rose, Brandon and Kent for the opportunity to work again at one of her favorite theaters!

 

Creative Team Biographies


 
Joseph Stein (Book)
Joseph Stein started his career in television and was one of a noted group of writers on Your Show of Shows and The Sid Caesar Show. His first work for the theater was as co-author of Plain and Fancy, the hit musical about the adventures of a pair of sophisticated New Yorkers living among the Amish in Pennsylvania. His next show was Mr. Wonderful, starring Sammy Davis Jr. He created the libretto for the Bock and Harnick musical The Body Beautiful. His next librettos were for Take Me Along, based on Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness; and Juno, with score by Marc Blitzstein. He then wrote the adaptation for the hit stage comedy Enter Laughing. Fiddler on the Roof was his next show, for which he won the Tony as well as the Drama Critics' Circle Award. He was also nominated for a Tony for his next show, Zorba, with score by Kander and Ebb. His other productions include King of Hearts, Irene, Rags (for which he also was nominated for a Tony) and The Baker's Wife, which was produced in London and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award. Mr. Stein is also the author of the screenplays for Enter Laughing and Fiddler on the Roof.
 
Jerry Bock (Music)
Jerry Bock was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on November 23, 1928. His celebrated collaboration with Sheldon Harnick yielded five scores in seven years: The Body Beautiful, Fiorello! (winner of Broadway’s triple crown: the Tony Award, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the fourth musical to do so), Tenderloin, She Loves Me (winner of Variety’s poll of critics as best musical, citing Bock and Harnick as best composer and lyricist) and Fiddler on the Roof (winner of nine Tonys, including best musical). Their collaborations The Apple Tree and The Rothchilds soon followed. Bock and Harnick were triply honored by being inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, receiving the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Spirit of American Creativity Award from the Foundation for a Creative America. But the “award” that Bock holds near and dear is the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Wisconsin. It was there that he met his wife Patti, and it was there that he decided to be a composer.
 
Sheldon Harnick (Lyrics)
Sheldon Harnick worked with songwriter Jerry Bock on several Broadway success stories of the 1950s and '60s, including Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!. Born in Chicago in 1924, Harnick played violin from an early age and learned about theater from his acting uncle. During high school he also began writing comedy material, and after being drafted into the Army in 1943 he performed on several USO shows. He later studied at Northwestern, then moved to New York to pursue his songwriting career. He began writing for two early-1950s shows, New Faces of 1952 and Two's Company, and met composer Jerry Bock while doing repairs for a show in 1956. Their first score, the moderate success The Body Beautiful, was followed by the 1959 hit Fiorello!, Tenderloin (1960) and She Loves Me (1963). The team's biggest hit, Fiddler on the Roof, appeared in 1964. Led by "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Do You Love Me?," "Now I Have Everything" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” the show played more than 3,000 performances on Broadway and earned dozens of awards including a Tony for Harnick's book. The Apple Tree and The Rothchilds were worthy follow ups (though commercial disappointments), and Harnick recorded an album in 1971 that included performances of his best lyrics. Friction between Harnick and Bock during The Rothchilds proved the death knell of their partnership. Harnick later worked with Richard Rodgers on Rex, and continued to be involved in the theater world.
 
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. Favorite PCS directing assignments include Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Anna KareninaShakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Cabaret, The Beard of Avon, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Lear, Flesh and Blood, Man and Superman, Outrage and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre, 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 currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board, and serves on boards for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies. Chris’s favorite things about Portland:  farmer’s markets, Timbers games, Salt and Straw ice cream, dog parks, food carts and cars that stop for pedestrians.
 
Kent Zimmerman (Choreographer)
Kent is excited to be back in Portland helping Chris Coleman and Rick Lewis create this beautiful story. He was last 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 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.  Theater credits include:  Annie Get Your Gun; Thou Shalt Not (Broadway), The Producers (1st National tour, Los Angeles, Las Vegas), Guys and Dolls (50th Anniversary), Footloose (1st National Tour), Show Boat (3rd 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:  The Movie and My Favorite Broadway:  The Love Songs.  Psalms 91:11.
 
Rick Lewis (Musical Director)
Rick’s previous PCS shows are 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). Rick is a private vocal coach, concentrating on musical theater audition and performance. www.rlewismusic.com.
 
G.W. Mercier (Scenic Design)
Skip’s previous Portland Center Stage shows are 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.
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Coordinator)
This is Jeff’s 15th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for over 65 productions. Of those shows, 40 have been in the last six seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid and Sweeney Todd .Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
Ann Wrightson (Lighting Designer)
Previously at PCS, Ann designed 2011’s Oklahoma!. Ann designed the Broadway production of Souvenir, and she was a Tony nominee for her work on the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour. Ann’s recent work includes The Diary of Anne Frank (Indiana Rep), Crimes of the Heart (The McCarter Theatre), Fences (The Huntington Theatre), and The Unmentionables (Yale Rep). Past projects were seen at Steppenwolf, The Kennedy Center, Denver Theatre Center, Arena Stage, The Alliance, Cleveland Play House and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to name a few. Her awards include a 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at The Huntington, a Backstage Garland Award for Magic Fire at OSF, and an AUDELCO nomination.
 
Casi Pacilio (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; 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, 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 PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls and Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse); and 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 has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland, Oregon, and works nationally as a voice actor, dialect coach, stage director and on camera actor. She's thrilled to say this is her 19th show as coach at PCS! MaryMac coaches for film, television and stage.  She is the house dialect coach for Portland Center Stage, including for The Body of An American, the inaugural winner of the prestigious Edward M. Kennedy prize.  She coaches regularly at Artists Repertory Theatre, and often at Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo and many others. She is series coach for the TV show Grimm, coached Leverage and loves what she does. MaryMac thanks Finnegan and Sullivan for always wagging their tails when she comes home. 
 
John Armour (Violence Choreographer)
John has been choreographing violence for more than 20 years. He is based in Portland, Oregon, where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools. John’s work has been seen regularly on stage at the Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, Oregon Children’s Theater, Miracle Theater and many others in the Portland metropolitan area. John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for best fight design.
 
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, Karen Hill, Stephen Gardner and Kristen Mun who help keep the vision attainable.  Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, Texas), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, California) and Casa Manana Theatre (Fort Worth, Texas).
 
Kelsey Daye Lutz (Assistant Stage Manager)
Kelsey Daye is a North Carolinian dairy farmer’s daughter.  New York credits include off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre; off-off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include production assistant for Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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) and Pit-bull (Kane) for all their unconditional love.
 
Karen Hill (Production Assistant)
Karen is excited to be back at PCS.  Last year she worked on The Santaland Diaries and I Love to Eat.  She has recently worked at The Oregon Children’s Theatre, Third Rail Repertory and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  She has a B.F.A. in Stage Management from Southern Oregon University and is thankful everyday that she gets to do what she loves.  Much love to her parents and her husband, Mike, for their never-ending support and enthusiasm.
 
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Comments (1)

I so wish I could be there to see what I’m sure is going to be an amazing opening to a great season at PCS!!! How could it not be with my friends Susannah, Sharonlee, Rick, and of course Chris. Sending you all light and love…

  • Gavin Gregory
  • New York, NY
  • 30 Aug 13 06:04

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