Live from the Finger Lakes!

Who’s Who

Karin Bowersock- Executive Artistic Director
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.

Katelyn Cantu – Associate Artistic Director

Katelyn Cantu (who you may know as Katelyn Machnica) began her work with BVT as an acting intern in 2008 and has been working as an actor and educator ever since. She has appeared in over a dozen productions including The Marvelous Wonderettes, Evita, Cabaret, boom, and several musical revues such as 365: A Year in Review and Family Matters. She also served as Apprentice Program Director in 2012 and has taught stage combat workshops, as well as choreographing stage combat for several BVT shows throughout the years. Katelyn hails from Rochester, NY and is a proud alumnus of Nazareth College of Rochester where she earned degrees in both Theatre Arts and Communications. In the past Katelyn has worked in administration and sales for Geva Theatre Center as well as the RPO. She has also been an actor, director, stage manager and fight choreographer for several theaters in the area such as Blackfriars, Rochester Children’s Theater, and RAPA, as well as theaters in the NYC and Washington, DC areas.

Angela Einwachter – Administrative Assistant

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.

2017 Summer Company

Ashlynne Abraham (Costume Design, Silent Sky) is thrilled to be back for her third summer at BVT! Previous BVT credits include costume design for RENT and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Her other recent credits include Wardrobe Supervisor for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL and Assistant Costume Supervisor at New York Stage and Film.

Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty (Writers, Lucky Stiff) won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for their score of the Broadway musical, Ragtime. They garnered Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for the animated feature film Anastasia, which they adapted into a stage version currently running on Broadway. They are recipients of the 2014 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Other mutual theatre credits include Seussical, and Once On This Island. They have been collaborators for more than thirty years.

Devon Adams (Stage Manager) is excited to be back for a third season with Bristol Valley Theater. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Devon graduated from the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Theatre Technology Apprenticeship Program in 2012. Previous BVT Credits: Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Cookie Fight. Regional: Silent Sky, The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), Swan Lake, Gutenberg! The Musical!

Shelley Barish (Scenic Design, Art) 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.

Andrew Beyke (Master Electrician) is currently a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is expected to receive a BA in Theatre with a focus in Lighting Design in 2018. Andrew has worked for multiple theaters in the Southern Illinois area, including the Jackson County Stage Company and the McLeod Summer Playhouse.

James Bligh (Peter, Silent Sky) is delighted to appear on the BVT Mainstage. Some of James’ earliest acting work was in our very own Apprentice Program. He is an alumnus of Geva’s Shakespeare Academy, the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and Circle in the Square. Love and adoration go to Mom, Dad, Katie, Nyssa, Karen and Paul.

Karin Bowersock (Executive Artistic Director; Director, Art and Silent Sky) BVT 14 seasons. “As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along. “ —Eleanor Roosevelt. She is grateful for Phyllis, Kim, Shirley, Jennifer, Frances, Johnnie, Tami, Peggy, Liz, Joan, Mary, Bobbie, Hillary, and all the other strong women who inspired, educated, supported and believed in her. #HearMeRoar

Neil Brown (Doc, Crimes of the Heart) is thrilled to be back at BVT! Most recent stage credits include A Gentleman & A Scoundrel and last summer on the BVT stage he appeared in The Foreigner and Peter and the Starcatcher.  He would like to thank Karin Bowersock and David Shane for the opportunity to return and the gracious citizens of Naples for their hospitality.  

Jeremiah Burgos (Assistant to the Apprentice Program Director) has been with BVT since the summer of 2012, participating in the apprentice program for 2 years, and also assisting in the costume shop . He is attending FLCC in the fall for a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, and is excited to return for another summer.

EJ Cantu (Greg, Elijah) is thrilled to return to BVT after his debut in Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Cookie fight. Previous credits; Streamers at The Roundabout, Lenin’s Embalmers at Ensemble Studio Theater, The Dinner party at Lincoln center, and The Hard Problem at Studio Theater. He loves and thanks his fiancé Katelyn.

Victoria Carbone (Technical Director) is currently a Senior Design Technology major at SUNY Purchase, studying Technical Direction. She has previously worked at Williamstown Theatre Festival as a painter, and was a Carpenter at BVT last summer (’16). Her previous show include Hot L Baltimore (TD) and Apparition (Rigger). She would like to thank her mom for all her support.

Kensey Coleman (Props Master) is a freelance scenic designer and props artisan. She has served as a Carpenter and Propsmaster for over twenty-six productions. Her passion is rooted in creating world’s for the stage and the things that live in them.

Adam Corcoran (Luigi/Choreographer, Lucky Stiff), also a Registered Nurse, is ecstatic for his 10th Anniversary season at BVT! Favorite BVT credits include Nicky/Trekkie, “Avenue Q”, Enjourlas, “Les Miserables”, Hero “Forum”, Charley, “Charley’s Aunt” , “Grand Night for Singing”. Choreography: “Godspell”, “Cabaret”, “Let’s Misbehave”, “Evita”. This one’s for Joan, Karin, Mom,  Dad and always David❤️! AxlRosey

Robert Cott (Assistant Stage Manager) attends Emerson College where he is earning his BFA in Stage and Production Management. Recent credits include: Emerson College’s 36th Annual EVVY Awards (2nd ASM), Emerson Stage credits: New Play Workshop Click (Production Assistant). Upcoming with Emerson Stage: Incorruptible (2nd ASM), NewFest ’18 Readings and Shorts (1st ASM).

Bryce Cutler (Scenic Design, Crimes of the Heart) Previous designs include include Rent, Oh, Coward & The Foreigner.  He was selected as USITT’s 2017 Rising Star and his design for The Lady In Red… was selected for international exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He is co-founder of Third Space, a political theater collective. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Dewar (Barnette, Crimes of the Heart) is thrilled be back in BVT after appearing as Peter in last year’s Peter and the Starcatcher! Favorite regional credits include: Singin in the Rain (Don Lockwood), The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack Worthing), Meet Me in St. Louis (John Truitt). BFA, Webster Conservatory. Thanks to his wonderful friends and family for their overwhelming support.

Jim Ditmars (Uncle Tony, Lucky Stiff) Jim is returning for his 21st performance at Bristol Valley Theater. He wishes to thank Karin and David for this opportunity. And as always, love to Lynn and his family (hey, Mom). Jim is especially proud that his grandkids will be starting acting classes at BVT.

Shelby Ditmars (Box office Babe) has been working at the BVT box office since 2012. She has a degree in Zoology from Kent State University. She enjoys animals, baking, and Harry Potter. She made Karin write this bio for her so she owes her cookies…or bourbon….or both.

Paige Eisenlohr (Props & Scenic Painting Intern) recently graduated in May from Penn State University with her B.F.A. in Theatre Scenic Art. Paige has spent the last two summers as a Post Production intern at NBC’s Universal Studios. Her recent credits include Charge Artist for Penn State Centre Stage’s productions of Barbecue and Twelfth Night.

Megan Forster (Meg, Crimes of the Heart) is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University. She will spend this fall semester at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and she will play Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone at CMU next spring. Megan is a co-founder of the Bellwether Theatre Project ( She thanks her family and the Lord for the opportunity to play Meg in one of her favorite plays. 

Caroline Frias (Costume/Wardrobe Intern) hails from Miami, Florida and is studying Technical Design in Theatre at Florida International University. She designed shows such as La Nona, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Il Matrimonio Segreto and is very excited to work here this summer.

Jack Golden (Scenic Designer, Elijah) has designed scenery for venues across the country including, Nextstop Theatre Company, Ozark Actor’s Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Thunder Bay Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, Theatre B, and Dakota Stage. Jack is thrilled to be working with Bristol Valley Theater for the first time!

Lauren M. Gunderson (Playwright, Silent Sky) was the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep, The Kennedy Center , and The O’Neill.

Shannon Haddock (Lori, Elijah; Wilhemina, Silent Sky) Happy to return to BVT. Past credits include New York: Live Source Theatre Group World Premiere The Incredible Fox Sisters (Official, Mother Fox), She Stoops To Conquer (Mrs. Hardcastle) Regional: The Foreigner (Betty Meeks), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Duchess Eastonia Dulworth), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce)

Chris J. Handley * (Mark/Yvan, Art; Harry, Lucky Stiff) (7th season!)  BVT: Peter and the Starcatcher, The Foreigner, Les Miz, The Big Bang, Who is Theo?, Accomplice, A Funny Thing Happened…, Rough Crossing, Robber Bridegroom, What the Butler Saw, Black Comedy. He just graduated with his MFA in Acting from Indiana University where he only wore one wig: Macbeth, King Lear, M Butterfly, Hedda Gabler, Jesus Christ Superstar, See What I Wanna See, Dancing at Lughnasa. He spent two years singing on a riverboat on the Mississippi.

Elizabeth Becker “Beth” Henley (Playwright, Crimes of the Heart) won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Crimes of the Heart, as well as the NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar.. Other works include The Miss Firecracker Contest, Abundance, and Laugh, which premiered at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC in 2016.

Paul Hudson ( Lighting Design, Lucky Stiff) is thrilled to be returning to BVT after lighting 2016’s Avenue Q.  Recent: A new opera, Cracked Orlando (Juilliard CIA); Henry V and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama); Associate to Mimi Sherin on The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory).  Upcoming: Ink with Camille Brown and Dancers at the Kennedy Center.  MFA, NYU.  Member, USA829.

Seth James * (Serge/Mark, Art) is thrilled to return to BVT once againStage credits include: Luft Gangster (Off-Broadway); Hamlet (Italy); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Becky’s New Car, Next Fall, To Kill a Mockingbird (BVT); TV and Film: A Crime to RememberMaggie Black. Training: BFA, Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks and love to Kelsey.

Melissa Jessel (Writer/Performer, Inez: The Suffrage Herald) Last seen as Cosette, in Les Miserables, Melissa is honored to be a part of this powerful season. While at Syracuse University, Melissa discovered a passion for physical theatre.  She is a co-founder of DivergingElementsTheatreCo. in NYC, producing original theatre to spark thought and initiate change.  Melissa is proud to share Inez Milholland’s story today. 

Julia Jordan ( Book and Lyrics, Murder Ballad) Other Musicals: Sarah, Plain and Tall (book); The Mice (book). Plays: Boy, Tatjana in Color, St. Scarlet, Smoking Lesson, and others. Awards: The Kleban Award for librettist, Francesca Primus Prize, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Manhattan Theatre Club Fellowship, Jonathan Larson Award, Heideman Award and two time LeComte Nouy Award, The American Spirit Award, among others.

Katy Kepler (Apprentice Program Director) is delighted to return to BVT in her third year as the Apprentice Program Director. Over the past two years she as worked with the Omaha Theater Company as a teacher, actor, and director for children and teens. Much love to her family, friends, and students.

Leigh Martha Klinger (Sara, Murder Ballad; Rita, Lucky Stiff) 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 5 years ago. Credits include: Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Vagina Monologues, Henry V, Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Avenue Q, American Idiot, We Will Rock You.

Catherine La Valley (Sound Design, Murder Ballad, Art, Crimes of the Heart) is a sound designer from Northern Virginia. She has studied theater and sound at GMU for the last four years. While at Mason she has designed sound and engineered for shows including, Boleros for the Disenchanted, A Bright New Boise, Cloud 9, Three Penny Opera, and Gogol’s Nose & Other Strange Tales of the City.

Judith Leora (Playwright, Elijah) Recent: Gideon, Ego Actus (Paradise Factory, NYC); The Cookie Fight (BVT); NY Indie 1MPF (New Ohio) – 3x, NYC Icon Plays/Ego Actus; Readings: Showpony (Lone Star), The Cookie Fight (LFTC), The X and the Y (BVT), Heart-Shaped Uterus (MadLab),Robert Askins Playwriting Fellow, Lone Star; Co-Producer/Head Writer #GoingHomeless web series. Managing Director, NY Madness.

Tim McMath (Scenic Design, Lucky Stiff) is thrilled to be back for his 8th (!) season at BVT. In previous years here, he has designed Peter and the Starcatcher, Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Go Back for Murder, Accomplice, Les Miserables, and Who Is Theo?.  Broadway associate designer: Fun Home, The Humans, Spring Awakening and others. Instagram: tdmcma

Christopher Metzger (Costume Design, Eiljah) Recent work includes: Moonlight & Magnolias (Mill Mountain Theatre), Julius Caesar (The Acting Company), The Healing (Theatre Breaking Through Barriers) Episodes (Indianapolis City Ballet) and To Kill a Mockingbird (Perseverance Theatre). Resident designer; Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Company (Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, American Dance Guild, and Danspace Project. MFA; NYU; member Local USA 829. 

Rich Miller (Sound Design, Lucky Stiff)is absolutely excited to be returning to the BVT family for his 17th  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. 

Samantha J. Miller (Costume Design, Crimes of the Heart & Lucky Stiff) Sammi is thrilled to be back.  She just couldn’t stay away!  Past BVT productions include; Who is Theo?, Les Miserables,To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Back for Murder, Cabaret, Red, White, and Tuna, Boeing Boeing, Man of LaMancha, and Lend Me A Tenor. 

Jessica Mosher (Chick, Crimes of the Heart) Jessica Mosher is a Canadian actress living in NYC. She holds degrees from Queen’s University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Savannah Repertory); The Red Coat (Williamstown Theatre Festival). NYC: Antigone, The Taming of the Shrew (Random Access Theatre). Thanks to Dad, Heather, Keith, and her friends.

Juliana Nash (Music, Lyrics, Murder Ballad) was the rhythm guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the band Talking to Animals, (Columbia and Velvel Records). Her work has been featured in films such as Rob Morrow’s Maze and Eric Schaeffer’s Fall. MURDER BALLAD was nominated for five Lortel Awards including outstanding musical, Drama League for outstanding musical and the Outer Critics Circle for best musical.

Joseph Newman (Assistant Technical Director) is currently a Technical direction student at Purchase College. He started in theater in 9th grade and hasn’t stopped since.. He has spent time on the commercial side of theater and is very excited to be the assistant Technical Director at BVT this summer.

Lora Nicolas (Annabel, Lucky Stiff) Happy to be returning for her third season in BVT! BroadwayWorld Denver Best Actress winner for Miss Saigon (Kim). Her other favorite credits include: Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), West Side Story (Anita), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), Rent (Joanne), Little Women (Meg), Spelling Bee (Marcy)Love to Kalel, Melv and Aunt Loida.

Jason Norris ( Arts Administration Intern) was born in Austin Texas and has been doing theater for 9 years. He is a junior theater major with an emphasis in acting and directing and a minor in dance at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. 

Daniel Parker (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning for his third summer at BVT. A graduate of the University of Rochester, recent credits include Shooting Star, The Foreigner, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (BVT) and That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her, Yerma, What the Butler Saw (University of Rochester). 

Justin Partier (Lighting Design, Crimes of the Heart) is excited to return to BVT, where he designed Peter & the Starcatcher,The Foreigner, Cabaret, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Rough Crossing& A Grand Night For Singing. His Designs have been seen regionally, nationally & Internationally  He received his MFA from Rutgers University. Member United Scenic Artists. Member  USA Local 829.

Rocky Emidio Paterra (Vinnie, Lucky Stiff) is thrilled to be working with Bristol Valley Theatre in Lucky Stiff. A NYC-based performer, he made his Off-Broadway debut last year in Molasses in January at The Davenport Theatre. He recently wrote, produced, and starred in an original cabaret piece, Waiting for Groff, at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Next stop is Nashville to record his first original EP as a singer/songwriter!”

Mary Peaty (House Manager) Returning again for another fun filled season…17, she thinks. She feels truly blessed to be able to do a job that she loves. She has made many friends over the years and looks forward to reconnecting with them and making new ones. Break a leg everyone!

Liz Porter (Costume Design, Art) is returning for her eighth season with BVT. Past designs include Avenue Q, Becky’s New Car, Deathtrap, and Mary’s Wedding. She’d like to thank her BVT family and the Sherwoods for so many wonderful memories, and her husband, Nate, for his love and support.

Michael Radi (Music Director, Lucky Stiff; Tim, Elijah) is thrilled to be returning to BVT this summer as a Musical Director and Actor! Michael is also a writer, composer, and vocal coach, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Thank you to Karin, David, the cast/crew, and especially his family for their love and support!

Brandon Reed (Sound Design, Eiljah, Silent Sky) is a Joseph Jefferson nominated sound designer. He is currently a graduate student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is ecstatic to be working with Bristol Valley Theater for the first time. Regionally he also worked with Chautauqua Theater Company and Arkansas Shakespeare. See his design portfolio at

Yasmina Reza (Playwright, Art) is a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter. Art was the 1998 Tony and Drama Desk winner for Best Play, as well as the 1997 Olivier award winner for Best Comedy. She has also been honored with other numerous awards for her plays The Unexpected Man and God of Carnage, which she adapted to a screenplay for the 2011 film Carnage, starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet.

Kyle Rook (Box Office Babe) returns for a third summer at BVT. He has just finished his freshman year at Monroe Community College. When not wrangling tickets, Kyle enjoys outdoor activities, fishing, hiking,sports (especially basketball) and hanging out with friends.

Katie Rose Reynolds (Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky) is thrilled to be back for an 8th season with BVT. Last summer, she appeared in The Cookie Fight and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Other recent credits include the world premiere of Margin of Error in San Diego, CA and PlayOffs! with the Playwright’s Center of San Francisco.

Rachael Richman (Margaret, Silent Sky) is an actor, writer, and theater-maker in NYC and internationally, including The Public Theater, La Mama, The Whitney Museum, Flea Theatre, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, PS 122, Art Farm in Woodstock, the Art Monastery Project in Italy, and most recently The Speakeasy in San Francisco. This is her third season with BVT.

Monica Rounds (Patience, Elijah) is excited to be making her debut with Bristol Valley Theater! Monica grew up a military brat and began performing at the age of 5. Thank you friends & family for your continued love and support! Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)

Mike Schuetz (Carpenter) is a lizard.  They enjoy sunning themselves on rocks, playing music, and disseminating feminist propaganda. Mike is thrilled to be starting their first season at BVT. Recently, Mike has worked as the Assistant Technical Director at Nazareth College and will be returning in the fall. 

Robert Sebes (Carpentry Intern) previously worked as a master carpenter/scenic designer, stage manager, and actor while at Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Theater For The New City in NYC. Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Design Theater from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

David E. Shane (Associate Artistic Director; Director Murder Ballad and Elijah; Yvan/Serge, Art) 12 seasons at BVT. Directing credits include The Cookie Fight, The Foreigner, Who Is Theo?, Next Fall, Accomplice and more. Onstage credits: Rent (Mark), Cabaret (Cliff), Lend Me a Tenor (Max). This season is for Mom, Karin, Joan, Shelley, and the many other strong women who constantly inspire. #HearThemRoar

Tim Sheils (Ensemble, Lucky Stiff) graduated from UMass Lowell, where he studied English/Theatre Arts.  His first BVT performance was in UML’s “Refuge: a devised theatre piece” collaboration with David Shane and Shelley Barish.  He’s ecstatic to be returning to Bristol Valley Theater and hopes you enjoy the show!

Mason Shell (Electrics Intern) is a current student at the University of Montevallo pursuing a BFA in lighting design. As a lighting technician he has worked on theater, opera, live concerts, and ballet. His design work includes Heather’s the Musical, and the Alabama premiere of DNA.

Theron Smith III (Ensemble, Lucky Stiff) Lucky Stiff is Theron’s first show with the Bristol Valley Theater and his first paid theatrical production since graduating high school. Theron studies Musical Theater at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is expected to graduate in 2019 hoping to perform as a career.

Adriana Spencer (Dominique/Ensemble, Lucky Stiff) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a B.F.A. in Drama. Thanks to Mo, Dad, Bubba, Bubba, Harris, McGuff, the Cast, Crew, & Creatives.

Linda Starkweather (Writer/Performer, Traveling With a Broken Compass) is a graphic designer, carpenter, painter, sculptor, teacher and theatre artist working both sides of the curtain as actor, director, designer, and producer,  Linda is also a fine artist working in several mediums.  She will be a featured artist as part of the Naples Open Studio Trail in October.

Mary Ellen Stebbins (Light Design, Murder Ballad, Silent Sky)  is excited for her fourth summer at BVT (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Godspell, Oh Coward).  Recent credits include Beardo (Pipeline), Orpheus Unsung (Guthrie).  2014 Young Designer to Watch, 2011 Barbizon Lighting Award.  

G. Warren Stiles (Scenic Design, Murder Ballad)  is happy to be returning to BVT for a fifth season. Recent New York productions include R Culture at IRT, and Gazoline 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.

Ryan Stutz (Michael, Murder Ballad) is thrilled to make his BVT debut.  International tour: Dreamworks’ Madagascar, Rock of Ages, Saturday Night Fever, and Sunfish.  National tour: Scooby Doo Musical Mysteries. Regional: favorites include Berger in Hair, Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical, George Gibbs in Our Town, and Gus/Growltiger in Cats. Let’s rock!

Sean Sullivan (Costume Design, Murder Ballad) Is glad to be returning to be work with Bristol Valley Theatre for another season other BVT’s show: “Godspell”, “Let’s Misbehave”, “Grand Night for Signing”, “Musical of Musical” and “All Night Strut”. New York credits include:” and  “Four by Tenn”, “Intrigue and Love at Jean Cocteau Rep. He began his career as a design assistant for Emmy Award winning Costume Designer Nolan Miller. Film credits include cult- horror classics “Killjoy”, “Horrible Dr. Bones”, and award winning shorts Out of Habit, and “The Confession”.

Christopher & Justin Swader (Scenic Design, Silent Sky) are New York-based scenic designers. Past collaborations include work with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Lincoln Center Education, Luna Stage, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Company One, HERE Arts Center, 3LD, The New School for Drama, Shadowland Stages, La MaMaPark Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, Mason Holdings and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Graduates of Ball State University.

Angela Syrett (Ashley, Elijah) is a BFA Musical Theatre Major at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Favorite Credits: Ben Cameron’s Broadway Sessions (Rising Star, NYC), West Side Story (Anybodys, Berklee Performance Center), and most recently Floyd Collins: Developmental Workshop as Nellie Collins (The Boston Conservatory, dir. Neil Donohoe & Adam Guettel).

Suzi Takahashi (Director, Lucky Stiff; Writer /Performer, The Story Box) Is very happy to be returning to BVT!  Previously, she directed Rent, Oh, Coward!, and Mary’s Wedding on the BVT stage. During the year, she lives in NYC and teaches acting, as well as directs and creates theater.  This show is dedicated to the memory of Mary Cornish.

Andre Torquato (Tom, Murder Ballad) Brazilian credits include: Sound of Music, Gypsy, Witches of Eastwick and Wizard of Oz. NY: Apple of Eye and Snow White and the Beast. With BVT: Rent, Godspell and Who is Theo?. Has also performed in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert all over the globe including Brazil, Europe and New Zealand. Graduate of The Lee Strasberg Institute.

Emily Verla (Babe, Crimes of the Heart) Recent NYC: You Do Not Look (Columbia Stages-Signature Theatre), Name For A Ghost To Mutter (Theatre East), As You Like It (NY Classical), Maybe I’m Not Reading This Map Correctly (Dixon Place). Recent Regional: The Tall Girls & the world premiere of Tar Beach  (Luna Stage). BFA NYU-Tisch: Stella Adler.

Brian Victor (Music Director, Murder Ballad) Previously at BVT: Godspell, Oh, Coward!, Marvelous Wonderettes Caps & Gowns. Associate Conductor for national tours of Beauty And The Beast and The Producers. Regional music direction at Florida Studio Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Cohoes Music Hall.

Benjamin Viertel (Director, Crimes of the Heart) Recently: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (New Ohio), Fireface (The Brick), Avenue Q (Bristol Valley), [Blank] My Life, Grindr! The Musical, Clipped (Atlantic Stage 2), Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe). Kennedy Center Director’s Lab, MTC Directing Fellow, The Civilians’ R&D Group. Artistic Director: Third Space. Education: Carnegie Mellon.

Liz Wasser (Narrator, Murder Ballad, Writer/Performer, Saturday Morning Special…Fun!), in all her years at BVT, has never submitted her bio on time. Favorite credits include Avenue Q, Murder Ballad, Rent, Black Comedy, Les Miserables, Godspell and Oh Coward!  Liz has performed her cabaret, Fate Fury and Musical Theatre at several prestigious New York Venues including the legendary 54 Below.  Her ongoing web series, “Let’s See Hamilton” can be found on the youtubes.  One time she showed Tina Fey to her table.

Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design, Elijah) BVT: Les Miserables, Rent. NYC: Primary Stages/Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, Penguin Rep, Under the Radar/The Public, Lincoln Center Festival, Urban Stages, The New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, more. Academia: NYU Tisch and Yale Dramat. Domestic and international tours. Concerts, dance, events, and retail windows. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829.

Rachel Weekley (Annie, Silent Sky) is a NYC based Actor. She is a performing company member of The American Mime Theater. She graduated from Ohio University with her BFA in performance. She most recently performed with Barefoot Shakespeare in  Tybalt/Paris in Romeo and Juliet. You can see more of her work at  

Daniel Winters (Lighting Design, Art) is a Drama Desk Award 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 7th time. See his work at

Gwynne Wood (Ensemble, Lucky Stiff) is very excited to join the ensemble of BVT’s Lucky Stiff! Favorite previous roles include Lizzie Borden (LIZZIE the musical), Ilse (Spring Awakening), and Nadine (the Wild Party). She is currently on track to graduate with a B.F.A. in musical theater from the Boston Conservatory in 2018. 

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