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Who’s Who

Karin Bowersock- Executive Artistic Director
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Karin has been Artistic Director of Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, New York since 2003. Over the last 13 seasons, she has produced numerous plays and musicals and directed new visions of such Broadway Classics as EVITA, SWEENEY TODD, CABARET, and MAN OF LA MANCHA. Prior to moving to the Finger Lakes, Karin lived in New York City where she co-founded No-Pants Theatre Company, producing and directing new work at venues ranging from HERE to The Ontological/St Marks Church, The New York International Fringe Festival (multi-year), The Pasinger/Fabrike (Munich), Manhattan Theatre Source, and The Samuel Beckett on Theatre Row (off-broadway). She was the curator of No Pants’ New Play Lab, The Fitting Room, working with such writers as Julia Cho, Diana Son, Jon Kinally and Derek Nguyen at the start of their careers. As Associate for Arts Programs at People for The America Way (1999 – 2003), she shepherded the biographical play “Trumbo” (written by Dalton Trumbo’s son) to off-Broadway, working with Ed Harris, Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Chris Cooper, Tim Robbins, Alec Baldwin and others to bring the great screenwriter’s life to the stage. She continues her commitment to New Work at BVT, commissioning a new children’s play every year for the Apprentice Program since 2004. Regionally she has worked with Geva, The Guthrie Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble and The Lied Center at Kansas University, where “Origins”, her adaptation of the Scopes Monkey Trial transcripts, starred Edward Asner and was aired on PBS and NPR. Other playwrighting credits include Mystery Radio Theater (Geva NextStage) and Let’s Misbehave, The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, which premiered at BVT in 2010 and has been produced in 4 states so far. She trained as an actress at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she received her BFA.

David E. Shane – Associate Artistic Director
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David took on the full-time role of Associate Artistic Director in 2013 after 8 years as a summer season actor/director. For BVT, he has directed eleven productions in all, including Becky’s New Car, Accomplice, The Foreigner and the world premiere productions of Who Is Theo? by David L. Kimple and The Cookie Fight by Judith Leora. Other credits include the premiere of Mare in the Men’s Room (Off-Broadway) and PICk Love (Rochester Fringe Festival). David also frequently serves as a Guest Artist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where he has commissioned and directed three world premiere one act plays, directed and choreographed a production of Urinetown, and most recently worked with students to create a devised documentary piece entitled REFUGE, which also played at BVT in May of 2016. While in New York City, he frequently directed readings and workshops of new plays and musicals, including many for ESPA and New York Madness.  www.davideshane.com

Angela Einwachter – Administrative Assistant
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Angela joined BVT in October, 2013 as Administrative Assistant and continues to be in awe of the talent around her. She hails from Buffalo, NY where she began her career in public television doing educational outreach at WNED-TV before transitioning to the Education Department at WXXI Rochester. A move to Prattsburgh, NY led to a desire to work closer to home, and when she isn’t keeping the office in order she’s tending to chickens and horses on the homestead she shares with husband Kirk. She is most grateful to Karin and David for the opportunity to become immersed in the world of professional theater, for offering flexibility on the job, and for not requiring any singing or acting talent whatsoever for this position – or she’d be out of a job.

2016 Summer Company

Ashlynne Abraham ( Costume Design, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) is absolutely thrilled to be back at BVT for her 2nd summer!  Costume design credits: RENT (BVT), Big Fish: The Musical (Croswell Opera House), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cider Mill Playhouse), Gone Missing, The Good Person of Setzuan (Ithaca College).  BFA, Ithaca College. 

Devon Adams (Stage Manager, Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Cookie Fight ) Is thrilled to be returning for a second season with the Bristol Valley Theater. A graduate from the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Theatre Technology Apprenticeship Program in Omaha NE, his previous stage management credits include: City of Angels, Dogfight , A Steady Rain ,Gutenberg! The Musical! Devon also works as a freelance scenic artist in the Omaha area.

Shelley Barish (Scenic Design, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) is excited to be returning to BVT. Past productions include: Godspell, Becky’s New Car, Barefoot in The Park, Boom, & Next Fall.  Shelley has collaborated with theatres including, Lyric Stage, Theatre Fairfield, The Ohio Light Opera. She holds an M.F.A from Michigan State University & designs and teaches at UMASS Lowell

Adam Bintz (Sound Design, The Foreigner, The Cookie Fight, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) is the Audio/Video Engineer at Long Wharf Theatre where he mixed My Paris, Murder For Two, The Lion, and others. BVT designs include: RENT, Godspell, Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, To Kill a Mockingbird, Becky’s New Car, and Accomplice. Adam likes penguins, cheese, and bourbon. Happy to be back! Adambintz.com

Alex Bodine (Utterson/Hyde, Dr,. Jekyll & Mr Hyde) has a BFA from UNCSA. Apart from acting, Alex is a stage combat choreographer, and film stunt performer. Recent credits include Charley in Charley’s Aunt and Prior in Angels in America. Alex is thrilled to be back home in the Finger Lakes and joining the team at Bristol Valley.

Karin Bowersock (Executive Artistic Director; Director, Peter & the Starcatcher and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) BVT 13 seasons. Directing: Godspell, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, To Kill a Mockingbird, Evita, Cabaret,The 39 Steps, and a dozen others. Acting: Next Fall, Bad Dates, Becky’s New Car. She is thankful to, and grateful for, her mother for inspiration and encouragement every day.

Amelia Brookins (Costume Design, The Cookie Fight) is a lover of stories, history and clothing. Earning a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Southern California, she worked as a costumer in the LA film industry until spending this past season as the Costume Design Fellow for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.

Neil Brown (Gremkin/Fighting Prawn, Peter and the Starcatcher; Owen, The Foreginer) is thrilled to be back at BVT once again! It’s so great to see the beautiful town of Naples once more! Some recent stage credits include the role of Douglas in ‘Seminar’ and Antigonus in Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale. He would like to thank Karin and David for the wonderful opportunity as well as the Naples community for their hospitality. And thanks to his friends and family for their love and support!

Lanna Campanelli (Props/Paints Intern) is a Theatre Tech and Design student at Huntington University in Indiana. Her emphasis is in Props Design, but she also enjoys Scenic Painting and is the Paint Foreman for her theatre department’s scene shop.

E.J. Cantu (Slank, Peter and the Starcatcher; Wheel, The Cookie Fight)Some of E.J.’s Previous credits include; Streamers at The Roundabout, Lenin’s Embalmers at Ensemble Studio Theater, The Dinner Party, at Lincoln Center, Two Gentlemen of Verona at Manteo Park, and A Few good Men, at Blackfriars Theater. E.J. Thanks his family, friends, and amazing fiancé Katelyn!

Victoria Carbone (Carpenter) is currently a Junior Design Technology major at SUNY Purchase where she is studying Technical DIrection. She has previously worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival as a paint intern. Past shows include; Three Sisters, The Crucible, and many others. She would liketo thank her mom for her support.

Adam Corcoran (Trekkie Monster/Nicky, Avenue Q) now living in Naples year round and working as a Registered Nurse at GGH, is ecstatic for his 9th season at BVT! Favorite BVT credits; Charlie’s Aunt, Charlie, Forum,Hero,  Les Mis, EnjoulrasChoreography;Cabaret, Let’s Misbehave, Evita. Love to David, Mom, Dad, Moe, Rosie and… Axl.

Bryce Cutler (Scenic Design, The Foreigner) Recent: Orpheus Unsung at the Guthrie Theater and projections for The Danish Widow written & directed by John Patrick Shanley. His design for The Lady In Red… was selected for international exhibition at the PQ2015. He was the art director for Comedy Central’s @Midnight: NYC. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.   www.brycecutler.com

Carly DellaPenna (Electrics Intern) will be graduating Westfield State University in 2017. After working on a a number of shows, she’s confident that theater is what she wants to do for the rest of her life. She’s incredibly grateful for every opportunity she has received to turn her love of theater into a career.

Michael Dewar (Boy, Peter & the Starcatcher) is thrilled to make his BVT debut! Recent regional credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Ozark Actors Theatre), Mary Poppins (Variety Children’s Theatre), The Sound of Music (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre). BFA, Webster Conservatory. Thanks to his wonderful friends and family for their overwhelming support. www.michael-dewar.com

Jim Ditmars ( Froggy, The Foreigner) is delighted to return to BVT this summer, for what will be his twentieth role on this stage. He has also been active with Geneva Theater Guild and the Headless Sulllivan Theater. He is glad that he is not dancing. Love to Lynn, his fmaily, and Abby and Tucker.

Shelby Ditmars (Box Office Babe) is currently finishing her Zoology degree at Kent State University in Ohio. She is thrilled to return to the BVT for her fifth year as box office babe!

Therrin Eber (Props Master) is thrilled to return to Bristol Valley Theatre this summer! When not at BVT he is a High School Theatre teacher in Fort Wayne IN. He is currently a designer for Three Rivers Music Theatre in Fort Wayne and often Freelances. Check him out at TherrinEber.com!

Sara Fetgatter (Catherine, The Foreigner, Joy, The Cookie Fight) Returning for her sixth season! She recently played Ellie in the West Coast premiere of Way Downriver at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Some favorite BVT roles: Who is Theo? (Donna), Les Misérables (Fantine), Barefoot in the Park (Corie), Accomplice (Janet), A Coupla White Chicks… (Maude), Cabaret (Fraulein Kost). “Love to Mom and Chad!”

Shannon Haddock (Betty, The Foreigner) : A Florida native, Shannon has spent the last decade in NYC. Past roles include the world premiere of The Incredible Fox Sisters at the New Ohio Theater, NYC. Other favorites: New York; She Stoops To Conquer (Mrs. Hardcastle), Regional; The Dixie Swim Club (Sheree), Florida; Fantasmic! (Swing, WDW resort) Shannon is thrilled to join theBristol Valley Theater family.

Felicia Hall (Lighting Design, Shooting Star) is a New York City based lighting designer and this is her second season with BVT. Some of her favorite works include Becky’s New Car at BVT, A Night of Dance at NCSU, and As You Like It at Ohio University. 

Chris J. Handley* (Black Stache, Peter and the Starcatcher; Charley, The Foreigner) teaches both voice and acting, and is earning his MFA at Indiana University, where he has appeared in such contemporary comedies as Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, King Lear, and M Butterfly. Favorite solemn dramatic roles over six years at BVT include Who is Theo?, Les Miserables, The Big Bang, Accomplice, What the Butler Saw and Black Comedy. He is trying to become a “morning person.” chrisjhandley.com

Emily Hehnen (Carpenter) is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a BFA in Production Design and Technology. Her final production there was Intimate Apparel for which she was the Technical Director. She is very excited to be here at Bristol Valley Theatre to start the newest chapter of her life.

Paul Hudson (Lighting Design, Avenue Q) is thrilled to be joining the Bristol Valley Theater team this summer! Selected: BASETRACK, Live (BAM Next Wave), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theater of Harlem), Iphegenie en Aulide and A Concert of Comic Operas (Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Program), Gibraltar (Irish Rep), Veritas (The Representatives), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labours Lost (Juilliard Drama Division). MFA: NYU, USA829.

K. Cody Hunt (Capt. Scott, Peter & the Starcatcher) is thrilled to be part of Peter and the Starcatcher! Cody just graduated from Nazareth College this May with degrees in Theatre Arts and Mathematics. Previous credits include (A Measure of Cruelty (Derek, Geva Hornet’s Nest), Tribes (Billy, Nazareth) and Floyd Collins (Homer, Nazareth). Thanks for coming!

Seth James (Jekyll, Dr. Jekyll &Mr. Hyde) is thrilled to make his return to the BVT stage! Past productions include To Kill a Mockingbird, Next Fall and Becky’s New Car. You can also catch Seth in the acclaimed web series The Boys Who Brunch on YouTube. Amidst all of the scripted work, Seth also finds time for improv at UCB. Thanks as always to Karin, David and Kelsey! sethjames.wix.com/actor

Michaela Jose (Molly, Peter &the Starcatcher) This is Michaela Jose’s first show with Bristol Valley. She is currently located in New York finishing her undergrad at Marymount Manhattan College. Recent regional credits: South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Little Shop if Horrors (Chiffon), Emma (Harriet Smith), Company (Marta). She would like to thank her family through this journey! 

Katy Kepler (Apprentice Program Director) is delighted to return to BVT in her second year as the Apprentice Program Director. Although most of Katy’s work has been done in Rochester, she recently joined the Omaha Theater Company in Nebraska as a Teaching Artist. Much love to friends, family, and the Naples community.

Leigh Martha Klinger (Mrs. Thistletwat, Avenue Q) was born and raised bilingual in Germany, studied Drama in Munich and worked throughout Europe until she finally took the leap and moved to NYC 4 years ago. Now she can´t imagine being anywhere else in the world. Leigh is ecstatic to be part of the cast of Avenue Q. Credits: American Idiot,We will Rock You, Rudolf, Rebecca, Les Miserables, Into The Woods, Some like it Hot.

Chris Konstantinidis (Technical Director) Chris is native to Holyoke Massachusetts. He has his BA in technical theatre from Westfield State University. Chris just finished time as the staff carpenter at Virginia Stage Company. He is excited to join the BVT family this year. Chris wants to thank you for coming out to the theatre this evening.

Matthew Krob (Lord Astor, Peter & the Starcatcher) is thrilled to return to BVT! Most recently, he performed in A Little Night Music at the Princeton Festival. Tours: West Side Story. Selected Regional: Man of La Mancha (Barrington Stage), The Secret Garden, A Funny Thing…, Lend Me a Tenor, Spamalot. Please visit www.MatthewKrob.webs.com for more! 

Tim Mack (Master Electrician) is excited for his first summer here at Bristol Valley Theatre. Tim is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado studying Lighting Technology with 10+ productions as ME under his belt. In addition he has multiple Lighting Design credits in the Denver Area including American Idiot, RENT, and AIDA.

Andrew Mannion (Scenic Design, Shooting Star) is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Western Carolina University. Recent WCU designs include Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?, Gypsy, 42nd Street, and Rocky Horror. Andrew lived in New York where he worked as the Assistant Scenic Designer at Encores! and assisted designers John Lee Beatty, Anna Louizos and David Zinn.

Taibi Magar (Director, Shooting Star) is a New York-based director and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program. Regional credits include The Hunchback of SevilleA Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare & Company). Upcoming: The Underground Railroad Game (ArsNova, NYC), Marisol (Juilliard School), and We Are Proud to Present… (Guthrie Theater).

Tim McMath (Scenic Design, Peter and the Starcatcher) is thrilled to be back for his 7th (!) season at BVT. In previous years here, he has designed Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Go Back for Murder, Accomplice, Les Miserables, and Who Is Theo?.  NYU Adjunct Faculty. Broadway Associate designer: Fun Home, The Humans, Spring Awakening and others. timmcmath.com Instagram: tdmcma

Torrey Meyer (Carpentry Intern) Torrey is from Texas and is studying scenic design at DePaul University. There, she assisted on God’s Ear and Peter Pan and Wendy (Asst. Scenic Designer) and designed An Iliad (Scenic Designer). Last summer, she she worked on King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Trinity Shakespeare Festival (Set Construction).

Rich Miller (Sound Design, Peter and the Starcatcher)  – is absolutely excited to be returning to the BVT family for his 16th  season! What an amazing journey it has been, and how blessed he is to keep returning.   Special thanks to Karin, his parents, his wonderful wife Joan, and Anakin for all their support.  

Michael Motkowski (Ensemble, Avenue Q) is honored to be making his Bristol Valley Theatre debut. National Tour: Wizard of Oz (Munchkin/Winkie). Film: AKA Alice (SageCat Media). Other credits include: A Chorus Line (Roy/Mark u/s), and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winter). Michael is a Sophomore Theatre Performance major at Wagner College.

Lora Nicolas (Lucy, the Cookie Fight) is elated to return to BVT this summer! NYC: Here Lies Love (workshop), StinkyKidsWest Side Story (Anita), Cinderella (Cinderella), Vagina Monologues. Nat’l Tour: James & the Giant Peach. Regional/Int’l: 2014 BroadwayWorld Denver Best Actress for Miss Saigon(Kim), Rent (Joanne), Charlie Brown (Lucy), Spelling Bee (Marcy), Little Women (Meg), She Loves Me. www.loranicolas.com

Remina Nishida (Christmas Eve, Avenue Q) is from Tokyo, Japan. Off Broadway: The Jackie Mason Musical (St. Luke’s Theatre), Regional: Avenue Q (Seacoast Rep, Playhouse Theatre, Old Library Theatre), The King and I (Harbor Lights Theatre), International: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (Japan). BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University.

Claire Noonen (Ensemble, Avenue Q) is a rising senior at Ithaca College studying Vocal Performance and Art from Geneva, NY.  Recent credits include “Gingy” in Geneva Theater Guild’s Shrek the Musical, Ithaca College’s Parade, and BVT’s Les Miserables.  She would like to thank dawn pierce for the amazing (vocal) support this past year!

Amber Palmer (Artistic Administration Intern) is a senior Theater Studies and Professional and Technical Writing major from Youngstown State University in Ohio. Her main areas of focus are in playwriting and dramaturgy, but she also has interests in puppetry. After graduation in the fall, she intends on earning her MFA in playwriting.

Daniel Parker (Stage manager, Shooting Star, The Foreigner, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) is a senior at the University of Rochester studying Stage Management. His recent stage management credits include Yerma and What the Butler Saw (Production Stage Manager) as well as Madame de Sade (Asst. Stage Manager). He is excited to be returning to BVT this season. 

Justin A. Partier (Lighting Design, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Foreigner) is excited to return to BVT, where he served as the lighting designer for Cabaret, Boom!, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Rough Crossing & A Grand Night For Singing. His designs have also been seen at Merola Opera, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Meryln Theater Melbourne Australia, Schloss Werdenberg – Buchs SG, Switzerland, among various others. He received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Member United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Mary Peaty (House Manager) is returning again for another fun filled season…15 or 16, she thinks. “I am truly blessed to be able to do a job that I love. I have made many friends over the years and hopefully I can reconnect with them and make new ones. Break a leg everyone!”

Kevin Percival (Lanyon/Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)is a Brooklyn-based actor and theatre educator. He is a member of Interactive PlayLab, a company that specializes in developing interactive theatre experiences. When he isn’t acting, he works as a teacher and producer at DreamStreet Theatre Company, an arts collective for people with special needs. More info at kevinpercival.com.

Kurt Perry (Brian, Avenue Q) is incredibly excited to be playing Brian in Avenue Q. Other credits include Margret Mead in “HAIR” (Maine State Music Theater), William Barfee in “The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee” (Studio Theatre of Bath), and the U.S Premire of “Rapunzel in the Wild West” as Bert with WhatFun Theatre in NYC.

Mark Poppleton (Reed Shooting Star; Charley, The Cookie Fight; Carew/Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) is very excited to be returning to BVT for another season. Also, he is thrilled to announce that he is now a homeowner in the Naples!!! As an actor, I’ve been very busy with national tours, regional, stock…you can find all of that information on my website: www.markpoppleton.com

Brandi Porter (Gary Coleman, Avenue Q)is thrilled to be making her Bristol Valley Theater debut! She was recently in RENT as Joanne Jefferson and Lucille in a National Tour of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide. Other credits: Assassins (Proprietor), Noises Off (Belinda), Aida (Aida). She is thankful for this opportunity!  brandi-porter.com

Liz Porter (Costume Design, Avenue Q) is returning for her seventh season with BVT. Past designs include Becky’s New Car, Deathtrap, and Mary’s Wedding. She also served as Costume Shop Supervisor. Thank you to her BVT family and the Sherwoods for many wonderful seasons, and her husband-to-be, Nate, for his love and support.

Danielle Preston (Costume Design, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Foreigner) is costume designer based in the DC area. Recently designed at John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Catholic University of America, Triad Stage, WSC Avant Bard, and Bowie State. Education: M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. www.daniellepreston.com

Michael Radi (Princeton/Rod, Avenue Q; Prentiss, Peter and the Starcatcher; David, The Foreigner) is thrilled to be returning to BVT this summer! Michael is a writer, composer, musical director, and vocal coach in addition to performing. Member: Dramatists Guild, BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Thank you to Karin, David, the cast/crew, and especially his family for their love and support! www.MichaelRadi.com

Kate Rose Reynolds (Stacy, The Cookie Fight; Elizabeth, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) cannot believe this is her seventh BVT season. Last summer she appeared in Black Comedy and Becky’s New Car. She recently wrapped production on a horror film, “My Soul To Keep”, and finally built a website, katerosereynolds.com. As always, she couldn’t think of a better place to spend the summer. 

Rachael Richman (Poole/Hyde 4, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) acts, writes, and makes songs and theater in New York and internationally, including The Public Theater, La Mama, The Whitney Museum, Flea Theatre, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, PS 122, Art Farm in Woodstock, and the Art Monastery Project in Italy.

C. Colby Sachs (Music Director, Peter and the Starcatcher) has music directed 365: A Year In Revue, The Marvelous WonderettesA Dash Of Rosemary, Evita, The Robber Bridegroom, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd for BVT. For Rabbit Hole Theatricks, Chuck has music directed/vocally arranged 3 Thumperino Superbunny musicals and composed 1 A Cow Named Cow musical for young audiences. Currently in development: Cow Goes To the Opera.

Eleanor Safer (Stage Management Intern) is a Philadelphia based stage manager attending the University of the Arts. It’s her first summer at BVT!! Previous SM credits include A Knee That Can Bend, The Light Princess, Normativity, The Comedy of Errors, The Who’s Tommy, Let the Dog See the Rabbit. www.eleanorsafer.com

Subhash Santosh (Gus, The Cookie Fight) hails from Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio’s Evening conservatory program and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater’s improv program. He likes talking in the third person. He is excited to leave a crowded NYC for 3 weeks to perform in the valley of Naples! 

David E. Shane (Associate Artistic Director, Director, The Foreigner, The Cookie Fight)

Marlin Slack (Alf, Peter & the Starcatcher) is excited to be returning to BVT! He most recently performed in BVT’s production of RENT. Favorite credits; That Thou Art, ZO!, and Madama Butterfly. Marlin was the host of Set For Life (Nationally Syndicated). A proud EMC, he thanks the Lord, His parents, Karin, the cast, the crew and company at BVT. @marlinslack

Steven Smith (Bumbrake/Teacher, Peter and the Starcatcher) is thrilled to return to BVT after originating the role of Jamie in last year’s Who Is Theo?. He is a student of ESPA at Primary Stages, The Upright Citizens Brigade, and he holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University. 

Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Design, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) is excited for her third summer at BVT (Godspell, Oh Coward).  Recent credits include Orpheus Unsung (Guthrie), I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), Ragtime (PPAS).  2014 Young Designer to Watch, 2011 Barbizon Lighting Award.  AB: Harvard College, MFA: Boston University.  www.maryellenstebbinsdesign.com

Warren Stiles (Scenic Design, Avenue Q, The Cookie Fight) is happy to be returning to BVT for a fourth season. Recent New York productions include R Culture at IRT, and Los Columpios at IATI Theater. He has assisted on the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Book of Mormon, and Hair. He is a founding member of NY Madness Theatre.

Emily Stovall (Costume/Wardrobe Intern; Costume Design, Shooting Star) is a Junior currently pursuing a double emphasis in theatre performance and costume design at MWSU in Texas. This is her first summer working on costumes at Bristol Valley Theatre. Emily would like extend her love and thanks to her family and friends for continual support and love.

Andrew Stroud (Sound Design, Avenue Q, Shooting Star) is absolutely thrilled to be back in Naples to design for Bristol Valley Theatre once again. Some previous credits include Oh, Coward!, Next Fall, Sister Act, Crazy for You. After his time with BVT, Andrew is headed to Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL to take over as audio engineer. While in Naples though, he plans to enjoy every second, and hopes the cast and crew do the same!

Suzi Takahashi (Elena, Shooting Star) is thrilled to back on the BVT stage alongside her dear friend Mark.  Last summer she directed RENT.  During the year, Suzi makes and teaches theater in NYC.  She is on the faculty of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  Thank you Karin and David…

Benjamin Viertel (Director, Avenue Q): Upcoming: Father-Land (off-Broadway). Credits: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Abrons), Fireface (The Brick), blankmylife, Grindr! The Musical (Best Director: WVMTF & TNNY), Clipped (Atlantic Stage 2), Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe). Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, MTC Directing Fellow. Residencies: Abrons Arts Center 2016, The Brick 2015. CMU Graduate. www.benjaminviertel.com

Liz Wasser (Kate Monster/Lucy, Avenue Q) BVT credits: Rent, Black Comedy, Les Miserables, Godspell, Deathtrap, Oh Coward, To Kill a Mockingbird. Liz has performed her cabaret, Fate Fury and Musical Theater, in several prestigious venues including the legendary 54 Below.  Her ongoing web series, “Let’s See Hamilton” can be found on youtube.  One time she showed Tina Fey to her table.

Zak West (Ellard, The Foreigner) – Bristol Valley debut!  Playhouse on Park: Danny (FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY), Cha (THE 3 LITTLE PIGS); Stars Within Reach: Man 2 (CELEBRATION USA); Nazareth College: Melchior (SPRING AWAKENING), Frank (MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG), Dick (DAMES AT SEA); Catskill TW: Leaf Coneybear (SPELLING BEE); Rochester Shakespeare: Marc Antony (JULIUS CAESAR); Out of Pocket: John (THE LION IN WINTER), Williamson (GLENGARY GLEN ROSS).  DKHM’13!

Jordan Westfall (Smee, Peter & the Starcatcher): Originally from Syracuse, NY, Jordan is thrilled to be making his BVT debut! Currently, he lives in NYC and holds his B.F.A. in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Many thanks to Karin for this incredible opportunity, and to his family, Danny, Michele and Jodi for their constant love and support.

Mikhayla Wilkins (Props/Scenic Painting Intern) is a scenic artist, make-up artist, and sometimes actor from the Cleveland, OH area. Recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, her scenic art credits include Dark of the Moon, All Shook Up! and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Mikhayla is excited for the opportunity this theater brings, and she hopes to continue painting faces and sets for as long as she can. 

Daniel Winters (Lighting Design, The Cookie Fight) is a Drama Desk nominated lighting designer and art photographer. He teaches lighting design and theatrical photography at Ohio University. He is very excited to be working with Bristol Valley Theatre for the 6th time. See his design portfolio at www.danielwintersdesign.com and his photography at www.dwintersphoto.com.

John Elliot Yates (Music Director, Avenue Q) Mississippi. Manhattan. Eurovision. Big Bang. Noel Coward. Rent. Jeopardy! Angela Basset Hound. Opera. RuPaul. Wing night. Wegmans. Sauvignon Blanc. Scandinavia. Mayonnaise

Brian Ziemann (Ted, Peter and The Starcatcher) Bristol Valley Theater: Protean (A FUNNY THING…FORUM),  Courferyac (LES MISERABLES); Geva: Brian (ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED); Playhouse on Park: Bao (THE 3 LITTLE PIGS); Rochester Children’s Theater: Snoopy (YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN), Ugly (HONK!); Nazareth College: Baker (INTO THE WOODS) Gus (BABES IN ARMS) Hennessey/Captain (DAMES AT SEA). Brian holds a B.S. in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College!