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Somewhere in Time: Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Natalie Gilmore | 06 May 2013

Somewhere in Time
Cast
 
Andrew Samonsky*.........................................................Richard Collier
 
Hannah Elless*................................................................Elise McKenna
 
David Cryer*..................................................................Arthur
 
Leslie Becker*................................................................Ensemble/Old Woman/Miss Sally/Maid
 
Giovanni Bonaventura*..................................................Ensemble
 
Erin Burniston*..............................................................Ensemble/Laura
 
Meggie Cansler*.............................................................Ensemble/Band Singer
 
Cory English*.................................................................Ensemble/Author
 
Leslie Donna Flesner*....................................................Ensemble/Dance Captain
 
Brady James..................................................................Young Arthur
 
Lizzie Klemperer*..........................................................Ensemble/Librarian
 
Erik Liberman*..............................................................Ensemble/Desk Clerk/Stage Manager
 
Sharonlee McLean*.......................................................Ensemble/Laura
 
Jared Q. Miller*.............................................................Ensemble/Robert
 
Benjie Randall*..............................................................Ensemble/Photographer
 
Tad Wilson*..................................................................Ensemble/Doctor
 
and
 
Marc Kudisch*.............................................................William Robinson
 
 
Creative Team
 
Richard Matheson........................................................Original Novel and Screenplay
 
Ken Davenport ............................................................Book
 
Doug Katsaros..............................................................Music and Orchestrations
 
Amanda Yesnowitz.......................................................Lyrics
 
Scott Schwartz .............................................................Director
 
Alexander Dodge..........................................................Scenic Designer
 
Jeff Cone......................................................................Costume Designer
 
Mike Baldassari............................................................Lighting Designer
 
Casi Pacilio...................................................................Sound Designer
 
Rick Lewis....................................................................Musical Director and Conductor
 
Patrick Vaccariello.......................................................Musical Supervisor
 
John Carrafa.................................................................Choreographer
 
Mark Tynan*................................................................Stage Manager
 
Emily N. Wells*............................................................Assistant Stage Manager
 
Stephen Gardner...........................................................Production Assistant
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
Cast Biographies

Leslie Becker (Ensemble/Old Woman/Miss Sally/Maid)
Leslie was seen on Broadway last season in the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes and as Cumie Barrow/Governor Ferguson in Bonnie & Clyde. Other Broadway/National Tour credits include Nine, Wicked, Cinderella, Show Boat, Beauty and the Beast and Radio City Christmas Show. Regionally, she has starred in Hello, Dolly! (Dolly Levi), The King and I (Anna), Gypsy (Tessie Tura), 42nd Street (Dorothy), Little Women (Marmee), Hairspray (Velma), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Carousel (Mrs. Mullin) and more. She is the author of bestselling book The Organized Actor®. www.LeslieBecker.com

 

Giovanni Bonaventura (Ensemble)
Giovanni is thrilled to be a part of Somewhere in Time. He was recently seen in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Maltz Jupiter), Pippin (workshop, A.R.T.), A Chorus Line (Berkshire Theatre Festival) and Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse). Giovanni earned his B.F.A. from College Conservatory of Music. Thank you to DGRW, Tara Rubin Casting, Portland Center Stage, and the wonderful cast and creative team of Somewhere in Time. For my mom and dad. 

 

 

Erin Burniston (Ensemble/Laura)
Erin is thrilled to be making her Portland Center Stage debut! She was recently in the national tour of Spring Awakening (Ensemble, Wendla u/s, Dance Captain). Regionally, she appeared in Spring Awakening (Wendla), Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay), George M! (Josie), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Alice), Annie (Star To Be) and Big River (Jo Harper). She received a B.F.A. in Music Theatre at Elon University. Deepest gratitude to Michael Kirsten and HCA, Tara Rubin Casting and the entire creative team for this incredible opportunity. Thank you to my wonderful and supportive family, friends and CW!

 

Meggie Cansler (Ensemble/Band Singer)
Meggie’s Broadway credits include The Apple Tree, Finian's Rainbow and Wicked. She also toured with Wicked (Galinda u/s). Off-Broadway credits are Lucky Guy (Standby Wanda/Chicky) and Bells Are Ringing (Olga). Favorite regional roles include Footloose (Ariel) and Hairspray (Penny) at the MUNY, Jaques Brel... (Riverside Theatre), Dames at Sea (Ruby) at the American Heartland and Sunday in the Park (Celeste/Elaine) at St. Louis Rep. This fall she will tour with Miss Saigon in the role of Ellen. TV/Film credits are The Carrie Diaries and When Sunny Gets Blue. Meggie is pleased as punch to be a part of such a beautiful show and a wonderful team. This one is for Grandma Eleanor. 

 

David Cryer (Arthur)
David Cryer is a veteran of 13 Broadway shows, including more than 1000 performances as Peron in Evita. He recently completed 19 years as Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera, including six years on Broadway and 13 years all over America (including two stints in Portland). A graduate of DePauw University, he was The Red Shadow in The Desert Song, Rutledge in 1776, the Celebrant in The Bernstein Mass and the title role in Ari. He received a Theatre World Award for Come Summer, and was named Detroit's Best Actor for his Sweeney Todd. He was in the films Escape From Alcatraz and American Gigolo, and on TV in Dallas, Wonder Woman, The Magician, Spenser For Hire, Law and Order, Our Town and As The World Turns. David was twice a soloist with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. With his wife, Britt Swanson Cryer, he directed Mass for Seattle Opera. Their children are Rachel, Daniel, Carolyn and Bill. His older children are Robin and Jon.

 

Hannah Elless (Elise McKenna)
Hannah Elless is proud to join the cast in the world premiere of Somewhere in Time.  Ms. Elless comes to Portland fresh off her Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre, followed by a very “Neil” turn in the Drama Desk-nominated The Other Josh Cohen under the direction of Tony Award-winner Ted Sperling.  Ms. Elless is also an accomplished musician, regularly performing in dozens of NYC venues on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, piano, and, yes, even drums.  Favorite credits include the Broadway and National Tours of Godspell (“Bless the Lord”) and Mamma Mia! (Sophie u/s). Off-Broadway, she appeared in The Other Josh Cohen (SoHo Playhouse). Other NYC credits are Baby Case (NY Musical Theatre Festival) and The Giver (National Alliance for Musical Theatre). Chicago theater work includes Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Baby (Lizzie, Actors Theatre Company). My endless thanks to this amazing team and company! To God and my family and to Portland Center Stage for making a home for us! Twitter: @HannahElless

 

Cory English (Ensemble/Author)
Cory’s Broadway credits are Amos in Chicago, Igor in Young Frankenstein, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly. West End/London UK credits include Max Bialystock in The Producers, both Dromios in A Comedy of Errors, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski, and Mary Sunshine in Chicago. Cory is married to actress Eva Alexander and is an associate of Drama Studio London. www.coryenglish.com

 

Leslie Donna Flesner (Ensemble/Dance Captain)
Leslie is thrilled to be back at Portland Center Stage! Leslie made her Broadway debut with Finian's Rainbow in 2009 as Melinda and the understudy for Susan the Silent. Her other Broadway credits include Chaplin and the most recent revival of Follies starring Bernadette Peters, which also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Ahmansen Theatre in Los Angeles. Leslie was seen in the City Center Encores productions of Finian's Rainbow, Fanny and the 20th Anniversary Gala this past holiday season. Leslie has performed regionally at North Shore Music Theater, the MUNY, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Maltz Jupiter Theater, among others. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Leslie is a proud graduate of Florida State University's Musical Theater program c/o 2008. Love to Mom, Dad and Justin.

 

Lizzie Klemperer (Ensemble/Librarian)
Lizzie is very excited to be in Portland helping to create this beautiful show. She was in the first national tours for The Addams Family (u/s Wednesday) and  Little House on the Prairie (u/s Laura). New York credits are Fiorello! (City Center Encores), Bunked! and Alice: A New Musical. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Thank you for following me around the country Evan. Dan - tell the guy next to you that you are my brother.

 

 

Marc Kudisch (William Robinson)
Marc Kudisch is a three-time Tony Award nominee, four-time Drama Desk nominee and two-time Outer Critics Circle Award nominee. His Broadway credits include 9 to 5 (Franklin Hart), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), The Apple Tree (Roundabout Theatre), Assassins (The Proprietor, Roundabout Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Bells are Ringing (Jeff Moss), The Wild Party (Jackie, Public Theater), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), High Society (George Kittredge), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben). His recent Off-Broadway performances include The Holiday Guys (co-creator) at The York Theatre, The Blue Flower at Second Stage, A Minister’s Wife and The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center, The Pirates of Penzance and A Little Night Music at New York City Opera, and Girl Crazy and No Strings at Encores!. Regional credits include Hamlet at Yale Rep; Tartuffe at Westport Playhouse; Terrence McNally’s Golden Age  at the Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes award nomination); Sycamore Trees (Helen Hayes Award), The Highest Yellow (Helen Hayes nomination) and The Witches of Eastwick (Helen Hayes Award) at Signature Theatre in Washington,  D.C.; and A Little Night Music at LA Opera. Film and television credits include Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, Smash, Sex and the City, Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad), Break In (Val) and All My Children. Mr. Kudisch has directed three Broadway By The Year concerts for Town Hall in NYC and Neil Berg's Phantoms of the Opera for Texas A&M Performing Arts Hall. As a writer, Mr. Kudisch co-created and co-starred with Jeff Denman as The Holiday Guys for The York Theatre in NYC, and will be premiering Back To Baritone at ArtsEmerson this fall in Boston.

 

Erik Liberman (Ensemble/Desk Clerk/Stage Manager)
Theater highlights include Harold Prince's LoveMusik (Broadway), An Evening of Kurt Weill (Lincoln Center), Mabou Mines Dollhouse (World Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (North American Tour), Off-Broadway's For Elise and The Calamity of Kat Kat and Willie, Into the Woods (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Merrily We Roll Along (Helen Hayes Award), Reefer Madness! (Ovation and Garland Awards), seasons at Sundance Theatre Lab, and appearances as Groucho Marx Off-Broadway in Minnie's Boys and The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid (NYMF Award) and at The White House. Erik appears in the upcoming films Fog and Rover, co-authored Wisdom from an Empty Mind, and is featured in the Actors' Equity centennial book, Performance of the Century. The recipient of honors from The Kurt Weill Foundation, YoungArts and Def Comedy Jam, he trained at École Philippe Gaulier, The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and The Groundlings. www.erikliberman.org

 

Sharonlee McLean (Ensemble/ Laura)
Sharonlee has been working for Portland Center Stage since 1995. She was last seen here in Clybourne Park. Shlee was born and raised in San Francisco. She studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, then moved to Los Angeles after performing with a touring theatre company. For more than 30-something years in Los Angeles she worked as a full-time actor in television, film and on stage. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role of Annie in the soap opera Santa Barbara. Here in Portland, Sharonlee has worked at a number of theaters. She has been in ten productions at Artists Rep, and was last seen in Ah! Wilderness. Her last production at CoHo Productions was Body Awareness. Shlee just closed The Huntsmen at Portland Playhouse. Earlier this year, she performed in Cabaret at Clackamas Rep. She has won three Drammy Awards for A Question Of Mercy, The Thugs and The Receptionist.

 

Jared Q. Miller (Ensemble/Robert)
Portland Center Stage debut! Other Portland credits include Next to Normal (Artists Rep), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse).  Regional credits include 1776 (Paper Mill), Oklahoma! (Jacksonville Symphony), South Pacific, Mousetrap and Moon Over Buffalo.  Thanks to Rick, Chris, Scott, Ken and the many more who have helped to bring this great story to the stage.

 

 

Benjie Randal (Ensemble/Photographer)
Benjie is honored to be time traveling with such a talented group of artists, and privileged to perform in beautiful Portland, Oregon! Previous credits include Phil Davis in White Christmas at The Denver Center, where he won an Ovation and Readers Choice Award for Best Actor.  He was in the original cast of Backwards in High Heels,  also directed by the prolific Scott Schwartz. He played Gene Kelly in An American in Paris.  Off-Broadway credits are Dr. Sex, the musical based on the life Alfred Kinsey; and Boobs! The Musical: The World According to Ruth Wallis. Favorite regional shows are Hello, Dolly!, Carnival, Seven Bride for Seven Brothers  and Grease, all at The Papermill Playhouse.  Benjie has a B.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to Mom and Dad...for everything! Love to B4.

 

Andrew Samonsky (Richard Collier)
Andrew Samonsky was recently seen on Broadway as Neville Landless in Roundabout Theater Company's The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other Broadway credits include Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific as Lt. Joseph Cable (he was also seen on the Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast) and Scandalous as Kenneth Ormiston. Other NYC credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination; and New York City Center's Encores! productions of Fiorello! as Neil and Merrily We Roll Along as Tyler. Regionally he was in the world premieres of Little Miss Sunshine as Frank Hoover at La Jolla Playhouse and Tales of the City as Beauchamp Day at American Conservatory Theater. He was also in the West Coast premiere of tick, tick... BOOM! as Jon. Thanks to Ken, Scott, Amanda, Doug and the entire team at Talentworks. Love to the family.

 

Tad Wilson (Ensemble/Doctor)
Tad Wilson is excited to be with Somewhere in Time in Portland! He was in the original Broadway companies of Rock Of Ages, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Bonnie & Clyde. Regional work includes Les Miserables, Wonderland and The Civil War, which he also performed at the National Theatre in D.C. for President Bush. He is a part of country duo 10th & Carlisle and made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry in 2012 with Larry Gatlin. He was recently seen on television in The Big C. Thanks to my family and my incredible team in New York! Keep in touch at www.tadwilson.com or tweet @tadwilson. Download 10th & Carlisle on iTunes.

 
 
Creative Team Biographies

Richard Matheson (Original Novel and Screenplay)

Richardan author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Born in Allendale, New Jersey, to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom (Chris, Richard Christian and Ali Matheson) are writers of fiction and screenplays. Among his novels and films are Someone is Bleeding (1953); Fury on Sunday (1953); I Am Legend (1954), filmed as The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend; The Shrinking Man (1956), filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, also the basis of the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman; A Stir of Echoes (1958), filmed as Stir of Echoes; Ride the Nightmare (1959); The Beardless Warriors (1960); Comedy of Terrors with Elsie Lee (1964), filmed as The Comedy of Terrors; Hell House (1971), filmed as The Legend of Hell House; The Night Stalker with Jeff Rice (1972); The Night Strangler (1973); Bid Time Return (1975), filmed as Somewhere in Time and subsequently reissued under that title; What Dreams May Come (1978), filmed as What Dreams May Come; The Gunfight (1993); 7 Steps to Midnight (1993); Shadow on the Sun (1994); Now You See It... (1995); The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock (1996); Passion Play (2000); Hunger and Thirst (2000); Camp Pleasant (2001); Abu and the 7 Marvels (2002); Hunted Past Reason (2002); Come Fygures, Come Shadowes (2003); and Woman (2006), among others. TV credits include The Twilight Zone (16 episodes), Ghost Story (22 episodes), The Outer Limits, Combat, Night Gallery and Star Trek, among many others.

 

Ken Davenport (Book)

Ken Davenport co-conceived the award-winning Altar Boyz, and also wrote and directed the Off-Broadway hits The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage. On Broadway, Daven­port recently produced the revival of Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13.  Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40,” and dubbed the “P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway” by The New York Times.  He created and developed the Broadway board game Be a Broadway Star, recently seen on The Today Show, and a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH™, which gives a listing of available shows at the TKTS® booth in Times Square and was featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List.”  Ken also released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country.  His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Maga­zine, The Gothamist and more.  He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and has spoken about the theater and arts marketing at conferences around the world. For more information, visit www.DavenportTheatrical.com.

 

Doug Katsaros (Music and Orchestrations)

Doug would happily dazzle you with talk about his Emmy; or Grammy; or his work with Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Gloria Estefan, Kiss, Aerosmith, Marlo Thomas, Donny Osmond, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton or Peter Paul & Mary; or his many film and television scores like The Tick or Mancuso F.B.I.; or his work with Ringling Brothers' or the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades; or Broadway’s Footloose, The Life, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Altar Boyz or A…My Name Is Alice; or his rock bands; or his wife, Elise Morris; or any of that stuff. But he is keenly aware that none of that matters if you don’t enjoy what you are listening to right now. So if you’re interested, Google him. And please know that all of the work that has gone into this piece is for you. Oh all right, he’s the guy who wrote “By Mennen.” www.themusicofyourdreams.com

 

Amanda Yesnowitz (Lyrics)

Amanda Yesnowitz was the first lyricist to win the Jonathan Larson Award. She’s a six-time MAC Award nominee and a Dramatists Guild fellow. Selected works include By The Numbers (ASCAP Showcase); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hangar Theatre world premiere); Building a Wing (Best Musical at Sydney's Short, Sweet & Song); The History of War (NYMF 2010, O’Neill conference finalist); While I Wait, a song cycle featuring "Other People's Art" (NAMT Showcase); "Another Day" (debuted by Lea Michele); and "Gotta Start Small" (recorded by Stephanie Block on This Place I Know, PS Classics). Other notable work includes being published in Time, The New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, Sydney Morning Herald and The Dramatist; and "No Looking Back," performed by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. When she isn't rhyming, Amanda dotes on her nieces, teaches at NYU and competes in crossword tournaments. Her debut as a puzzle constructor ran in 2012 in The New York Times' Sunday magazine.

 

Scott Schwartz (Director)

Scott Schwartz  directed the Broadway productions of Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). His Off-Broadway work includes Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick…BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick (Roundabout Theatre Company), Kafka’s The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), Miss Julie and No Way to Treat a Lady. He also directed Golda’s Balcony on tour, in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre and in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater. He directed the world premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. Schwartz’s other recent credits include A Room With A View (The Old Globe), the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (Alley Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley (Dallas Theater Center), Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (Alley Theatre), My Fairytale (PCPA), and a re-envisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theatre; 2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical). Schwartz is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an associate artist at the Alley Theatre and a graduate of Harvard University.

 

Patrick Vaccariello (Musical Supervisor)

Patrick Vaccariello is currently working as music supervisor for the West End production of A Chorus Line and music contractor for the Broadway production of Annie. Broadway credits include music director/arranger for Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy (with Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters), La Cage Aux Folles, The Boy from Oz, Cabaret, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, Victor/Victoria, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Take Me Along.  He was conductor/pianist for The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Kansas City Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, City Center, Steppenwolf Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Internationally, Patrick has conducted The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber worldwide, including at Bejing’s Great Hall of the People. Patrick was featured in the film Every Little Step: The Making of the Chorus Line Revival. Cast  recordings include the Grammy Award-winning West Side Story, as well as Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Gypsy and The Boy from Oz. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Patrick received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

 

Rick Lewis (Musical Director & Conductor)

Rick’s previous PCS shows include Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma!, The Huntsmen (JAW), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime (Drammy Award, Musical Director), 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!, The Cardigans (NYC Bistro Award, “Outstanding Musical Review”) and most recently A Taffeta Wedding. Rick was musical supervisor for the West Coast regional theater premiere of Next to Normal at Artists Repertory Theatre. He was assistant conductor/vocal director for the pre-Broadway workshop of Cy Coleman’s The Life. He has musical directed for Alyssa Milano, Susan Egan, Michael Maguire, Jodi Benson, Debbie Gravitte and the late Allan Jones. 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

 

John Carrafa (Choreographer)

John is the two-time Tony-nominated Broadway choreographer of Urinetown and Into The Woods. He has also received an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Dora Award, as well as nominations for Drama Desk, Jefferson and Outer Critics Circle for his work in Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater. He conceived and directed the original Broadway musical Good Vibrations and the dark circus Cirque Berzerk. In 2012 he received the World Dance Award For Outstanding  Choreography in Feature Film. He as choreographed more than 25 films including Something Borrowed, The Other Guys, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bride Wars and The Polar Express (2004 Media Choreography Honors). For television, his work includes Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, The Big C, Big Love, Ugly Betty and1600 Penn. He is currently choreographer on the new television series Nashville on ABC, the upcoming film Let’s Be Cops and the revival of the musical Animal Crackers.

 

Alexander Dodge (Scenic Designer)

Broadway credits include Present Laughter (2010 Tony nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley and Hedda Gabler. In London’s West End, Manchester and Glasgow he designed All New People. Off-Broadway credits include Modern Terrorism, All New People, Trust and The Water’s Edge at Second Stage; Rapture Blister Burn and Maple & Vine at Playwright’s Horizon’s; The Understudy at Roundabout Theatre; Measure for Pleasure and Paris Commune at the Public Theater; Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lucille Lortel Award) and Chaucer in Rome at Lincoln Center; Antony and Cleopatra at Theatre For A New Audience; and Force Continuum and Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Atlantic Theatre. He has also worked at leading U.S. regional theaters such as Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Centerstage, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Yale Rep. Internationally he has designed for The Gate in Dublin and The Stratford in Canada. Opera designs include Minnesota Opera’s Cosi Fan Tutte; Staatstheater am Gäertnerplatz in Munich’s Der Waffenschmied; Würzburg, Germany’s Der fliegende Holländer; and Hungarian National Opera in Budapest’s Lohengrin. Alexander trained at the Yale School of Drama.

 

Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)

This is Jeff’s 14th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for over 60 productions. Of those shows, 40 have been in the last five 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 and The Imaginary Invalid. 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.

 

Mike Baldassari (Lighting Designer)

Mike Baldassari is a Tony- and Emmy-nominated designer whose work has been seen in more than 25 countries. Theatrical lighting for movie musicals includes Rock of Ages and Nine. Other films include Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2 and Going the Distance. He co-designed the Broadway hit revival of Cabaret, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and the Entertainment Design Award. He was nominated for an Emmy for his lighting direction of Garth Brooks in Central Park.  He collaborated on his concert lighting for the film Neil Young Trunk Show. Family entertainment designs include  Super Why!, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Madagascar. In Europe he designed Beauty and the Beast for nine companies and counting! U.S. national tours include Spam-A-Lot, Ring Of Fire, Man of La Mancha, Will Rogers Follies, FAME, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Grease. He was production designer for Alice in Chains, co-designed Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams, and directed lighting for the Harvest Moon tour. Television designs include many digital shorts for Saturday Night Livewww.mike-o-matic.com

 

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 upcoming 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.

 

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, Lydia Comer, Kelsey Daye, and Kailyn McCord 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, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Manana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).

 

Emily N. Wells (Assistant 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

 

Stephen Gardner (Production Assistant)

Stephen is exited to mark his first production with Portland Center Stage. Most recently, he was a stage manger for No Rules Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., on their production of Black Comedy. Stephen has worked as a stage manager for Oregon Children’s Theatre on Pinkalicious (remount), The Magic School Bus: Climate Challenge and Locomotion, as well as an assistant stage manager on Pinkalicious and Duck for President. Stephen also stage managed Spring Awakening with Live On Stage Theatre Company and assisted on Camp Wanatachi at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York. He has been a production assistant on One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, Sondheim! The Birthday Concert and Company at Lincoln Center. His internship credits include Candide and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre, and Broadway’s Wicked.

 

 

 
 
 
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