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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 15 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. www.KarinBowersock.com

Katelyn Cantu – Associate Artistic Director
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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
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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.

2018 Summer Company

Kortney Adcock (Apprentice Program Director) graduated from Florida Southern College with a BFA inMusical Theatre. Last summer she was an educational theatre intern with the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL and then a music director, teaching artist and arts administration intern at the Sacramento Theatre Company.

Devon Adams (Puppet design and fabrication, Little Shop) is sad to be missing out on a fourth year with BVT. In the past he has stage managed BVT productions of Avenue Q, Peter and the Starcatcher, Murder Ballad, and more. Recently relocated to NYC, Devon just finished serving as a production assistant for NBC Universal’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Wishing my BVT fam a fantastic summer!

Elizabeth Allen (Stage Manager) graduated from Indiana University this May.  Recent credits include: Eugene Onegin (Spoleto Festival USA), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Indiana Festival Theatre), and production assistant for the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT (Work Light Productions). Favorite IU credits include City of Angels, The Tempest, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Caitlynn Barrett (Scenic Design, Spider’s Web) is a set designer based in New York City. She most recently designed Life is But aDream/Merrily, Merrily with Spicy Witch Productions, Glassheart with Everyday Inferno Theatre Company and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, MT.

Jane Best (Music Director, Drowsy Chaperone) is a music director and educator most recently based in Charleston, SC. This is her second time working on The Drowsy Chaperone, and she is thrilled to bring this gem of a show to life again. Recent music direction highlights include Heathers and Singin’ in the Rain.

Adam Bintz (Sound Design, Little Shop) This is Adam’s 13th show with BVT since joining in 2013.  In the mean time, he’s been traveling the nation and recently landing in Chapel Hill, NC with PlayMakers Repertory Company.  Always happy to return, especially for Little Shop of Horrors!

Karin Bowersock (Exec. Artistic Director; Betty, Chapatti; Director, Drowsy Chaperone, Montgomery) has been at the helm of BVT for 15 years. Makes you feel old, don’t it? She is so very grateful for the family of artists that call BVT home and for the support of our patrons, this wonderful community, and Jim. To see some lovely photos of her work, visit www.karinbowersock.com

Blake Brewer (Oliver, Spider’s Web; Superintendent/Ensemble, Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to be in his first regional theatre company! Blake thanks his parents for their undying support over the years! Some of his credits include Bye Bye Birdie, The Wiz, The Crucible, A Chorus Line, and Guys And Dolls. BFA, Syracuse University MT21! @bythewayimblake

Neil Brown (Chet, Montgomery) thrilled to be back at BVT once again. He was last seen on the BVT stage in 2017 as Doc Porter in Crimes of the Heart. He would like to thank Karin and Katelyn for the wonderful opportunity and as always his family and friends for their constant love and support.

Stephen Brown (Playwright, Montgomery) Stephen’s work has been developed or presented by MCC, Page 73, Primary Stages, EST/Youngblood, and the Aurora Theatre. He’s been a Finalist for the Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, a Finalist for the PlayPenn Conference, and is an alumnus of Youngblood at EST, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Michael Caizzi (Inspector Lord, Spider’s Web) is ecstatic to be making his BVT debut. He just concluded a run of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Pseudolus in Princeton, NJ. Other credits include The Producers (Max) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye). Michael has a BFA from Hofstra University. www.michaelcaizzi.com

EJ Cantu (Rick, Montgomery) Previous credits include; Three Musketeers with Rhinoleap Productions, Streamers at the Roundabout, Lenin’s Embalmers at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Hard Problem at Studio Theater. BVT credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Cookie Fight, and Elijah.

Katelyn Cantu (Assoc. Artistic Director; Janet, Drowsy Chaperone) is ecstatic and humbled for her 10th season with Bristol Valley Theater and her first season as Associate Artistic Director. She has appeared in over a dozen shows at BVT including The Marvelous Wonderettes, boom, Evita, Family Matters, and Godspell, and has previous served as the BVT Apprentice Program Director. Katelyn was born and raised in Rochester, NY and is a proud alumni of Nazareth College of Rochester. Thanks to Karin, Camille, Carl, Bill, and her amazing husband EJ for everything they do!

Vincent Capluzzi (Puppeteer, Little Shop; Constable Jones, Spider’s Web) is thrilled to be joining BVT for his very first show here! He is currently a BFA Musical Theatre Major at Nazareth College. He was most recently seen as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family at Naz. He’d like to thank everyone at BVT for making this possible. vinnycapluzzi.com

Rob Condas (Elgin, Spider’s Web) is pursuing a degree in theatre from James Madison University. Credits include Joseph Surface in School for Scandal, Stephano in The Tempest, Gibson in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, and Howard Bevans in Picnic. He is a member of two improv teams: New and Improv.’d and The Weird Cousins.

Bryce Cutler (Scenic Design, Little Shop) Recently designed Samsung’s new virtual reality TV show Interpretation of DreamsHe was selected as USITT’s 2017 Rising Star and his design for The Lady In Red… was selected for international exhibition at the Prague  Quadrennial. He is co-founder of Third Space.  Education: Carnegie Mellon University.   www.brycecutler.com

Michael Dewar (Robert, Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to be back on the BVT stage! Favorite regional credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Crimes of the Heart (BVT); The Importance of Being Earnest, Meet Me in St. Louis (Ozark Actors Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre); Sense and Sensibility (Lost Nation Theatre); The Sound of Music (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). BFA, Webster Conservatory. Thanks to his wonderful friends and family for their overwhelming support. www.Michael-Dewar.com

Jim Ditmars (Hugo, Spider’s Web) is delighted to return to BVT for his 22nd production. He is also glad to be able to speak this year, having played a corpse last summer. Thanks, as always, to Karin for this opportunity. Thanks to Lynn and his family as well, for their on-going support.

Scott Duell (Underling, Drowsy Chaperone) BVT Debut! New York City: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown; The Secret Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad; The Monster), Anxiety Stew (Dom; Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional: Grease (Roger; The Palace Theatre in the Dells), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour; Papermill Theatre Company). Love to Hunter! www.scottduell.com

Ryan Dziedziech (Props Master) is a fun-loving props guy who is a student at SUNY Purchase pursuing a BFA in Scene Design and Costume Design. Little Shop of Horrors has been his favorite musical since the 7th grade. He is both excited and sweaty to be here props-ing this summer, enjoy!

James Evans (Jeremy, Spider’s Web) is a British actor recently graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Prior to coming to New York, James studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, co-founded Recursion Theatre Company, and performed several sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Meaghan Finlay (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be spending her first summer at BVT! She is a graduate of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts with a B.A. in Arts Administration. Previous professional credits include: Stage Manager/Administrative Intern (Weathervane Playhouse, OH) , and Scenic Carpenter (Forestburgh Playhouse, NY).

Jack Golden (Scenic Design, Montgomery) is a Washington, DC based designer who has worked at venues across the country including Nextstop, Ozark Actor’s Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, Thunder Bay Theatre, Artscentric, and many others. He is delighted to be returning to BVT for his second show here after last year’s Elijah.

Shannon Haddock (Mrs. Tottendale, Drowsy Chaperone; Patty, Montgomery) is thrilled to be returning for her third season at BVT! Past BVT credits include: The Foreigner (Betty Meeks), Elijah (Lori), Silent Sky (Willimina Fleming). New York: The Incredible Fox Sisters (Official/Mother Fox). Regional: Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Duchess), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce). Love to Phillip and Artemis. And thank you Naples for welcoming me back!

Chris J. Handley* (Director, Spider’s Web, Fully Committed; Man in the Chair, Drowsy Chaperone) 8th Season! Alphabetically at BVT: Accomplice, Art, The Big Bang, Black Comedy, The Foreigner, A Funny Thing Happened, Godspell, Les Miz, Lucky Stiff, Peter and the Starcatcher, Robber Bridegroom, Rough Crossing, What the Butler Saw, Who is Theo? MFA Indiana, BFA Fredonia. Chris is Associate Artistic Director at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre where he will play Voltaire this fall in the new comedy Philosophus. chrisjhandley.com

Akari Harada (Carpentry Intern) a native of Japan, is thrilled to be joining Bristol Valley Theater for their upcoming summer season. She is an undergraduate student in the technical production program at Webster University. She has worked as a master carpenter, an assistant technical director, and on various set/paint crews for university productions.

Emma Hegemann (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She graduated with a BA in Theatre and a BS in Health Science. Professional credits include Trevor the Musical (SM intern). Truman productions include She Stoops to Conquer (PSM), The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (PSM), and King Charles III (ASM).

Paul Hudson (Lighting Design, Drowsy Chaperone) BVT: Avenue Q, Lucky Stiff.  Recent: The Property (New Light Theatre), Lonely Planet (Keen Co.), Beyond The Machine (Juilliard CIA); Henry V and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama); Associate to Paul Gallo on Three Tall Women (Broadway); Associate to Mimi Sherin on The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory). MFA, NYU.  Member, USA829.

Hannah Karpenko (Audrey, Little Shop) is delighted to be back at Bristol Valley Theater! She attended Nazareth College (BFA Musical Theatre) and is a former member of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Previous credits include Wondrous Strange (40th Humana Festival), Dracula, Lost Weekend (ATL), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GEVA), and RENT and Les Miserables at BVT.

Matthew Krob (Aldolpho, Drowsy Chaperone) is very excited to return once again to Naples! National Tours: West Side Story. Other credits: Man of La Mancha (Barrington Stage Company), Lend Me a Tenor (Millbrook Playhouse),  Complete Works of W.S. …abridged (Thin Air Theatre Co.), Man of La Mancha (Ivoryton Playhouse), The Secret Garden (Arizona Broadway), Spamalot (Roxy Regional Theatre). “K, my love to you! Please follow @krobsinger and visit www.MatthewKrob.webs.com for more!”

Tommy Labanaris* (Sam, Fully Committed) is to thrilled to be returning to Naples for his 11th BVT season! Some BVT credits: Les Miserables, The Big Bang, Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor, Sweeney Todd, Red, White & Tuna, Boeing Boeing, A Funny Thing Happened…and Evita. Love and thanks to Karin, Chris, his Family and the BVT community for a warm welcome home!  TommyLabanaris.com

Benton Lane (Assistant Technical Director) is attending Boise State University pursuing his Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre with an Emphasis in design. This is his first summer with Bristol Valley Theater and he couldn’t be more excited for this amazing opportunity. 

Kalia Lay (Megan, Montgomery) is ecstatic to bring this new play to life! Recent credits include End of the Line (Theatre Now NY), The Effect of Gamma Rays…Marigolds (Bridge Street Theatre) and originating the role of Ida in Parlor Tricks (South Oxford Space.) She is a proud graduate of SUNY New Paltz. www.kalialay.com

Katie LeSuer (Choreographer, Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to be joining the Bristol Valley family! Katie is an actor and choreographer and most recently choreographed, It Shoulda Been You for SUNY Geneseo; some credits include Anything Goes, Gypsy, Seussical. Prior to that, Katie was in MN both acting and choreographing with The Great River Shakespeare Festival.

Emily Liberatore (Costume/Wardrobe Intern) is from Hamburg, New Jersey. She graduated from Syracuse University this Spring, where she studied theater design and technology with a costume concentration. She hopes to work as a costume designer and set decorator in theater and film.

Richard “Rocky” Love III (Technical Director) is a first year graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill’s Technical Production program. Previously he was the Production Manager for Ballet Idaho, Technical Director for Opera Idaho, and Head Deck Carpenter for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Currently he is scenic carpenter for PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Tim McMath (Scenic Design, Drowsy Chaperone) is delighted to be back for his 9th consecutive season at BVT. Previous BVT designs: Lucky Stiff, 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, Once On This Island, and others. timmcmath.com Instagram: @tdmcma

Kat Merriman (Props/Scenic Painting Intern) is a junior at The University of Texas at Arlington. She has an Associates Degree in Drama from Alvin Community College. She has worked as a technician at various theaters across the country including Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Theatre Arlington, and the Old Creamery Theatre.

Christopher Metzger (Costume Design, Montgomery) Recent work includes: La Traviata (Philharmonia of New York), West Side Story (Sioux City Symphony), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Tartuffe (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Tosca (Opera Roanoke). Resident designer; Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Company (Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center). MFA; NYU; member Local USA 829. 

Isaac Miller (Orrin, Little Shop) is grateful to be apart of this production with Bristol Valley Theater. Off Broadway credits include- America’s Favorite Newscaster (Evan Fury) Theatre for the New City, and What Elsas Knew in a Peril (Famished Potato/Drag Queen) New Stage Theatre. CMU School of Drama Class of 2017. 

Rich Miller (Sound Design, Drowsy Chaperone) is absolutely excited to be returning to the BVT family for his 18th  season! This BVT family is truly something special, and Rich is blessed to keep returning.   Special thanks to his wonderful wife Joan, Anakin, his parents and Karin for all their support. 

Samantha J. Miller (Costume Design, Spider’s Web) is thrilled to be back. She comes here every year from Texas. Please don’t hold that against her. Past BVT productions include; Crimes of the Heart, Who is Theo?, Les Miserable,To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Back for Murder, Cabaret, Red, White, and Tuna, Boeing Boeing, Man of LaMancha, and Lend Me A Tenor. Thank you to Jerome for his love and support.

Morgan Montgomery (Arts Admin Intern) is a sophomore at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, OK. She is pursuing an interdisciplinary education in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Arts Administration. She works as the Assistant to the Facilities Manager, assistant to the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Coordinator, and is involved in the department productions. Morgan is thrilled to intern with Bristol Valley Theater this summer!

Noah Murakami (Master Electrician) is a BA Student at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale studying technical theater with a focus on lighting design. Noah has worked with McLeod Summer Playhouse for their 2016 and 2017 season, and is excited to be joining the Bristol Valley team this year.

Claire Noonen (Kimmy, Montgomery) is excited and grateful to be returning to the BVT stage for a third season! A Finger Lakes native from Geneva, NY, Claire attended Ithaca College for voice and art. Claire’s interests lie in folk music, wiener dogs, painting nude beings, and old chairs. Thanks for everything, Karin!

Rocky Paterra (Gangster #1, Drowsy Chaperone) is happy to return to Bristol Valley Theater after playing Vinnie DiRuzzio in last year’s production of Lucky Stiff! Rocky most recently played Sky Square in Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. His original pop EP “Thoughts from the A Train” is available on iTunes and Spotify now! www.rockyemidiopaterra.com

Mary Peaty ( House Manager) Returning again for another fantastic season!  Mary has been working at our theater for more than 15 years, has made lots of new friends over the years and hopes to make new ones this year.   She is perhaps best known for her chicken wing dip.

Mark Poppleton (Dan, Chapatti; Sir Rowland, Spider’s Web; Feltzeig, Drowsy Chaperone) After 4 national tours and many shows throughout this country, Mark says it is always nice to return home to Naples and BVT. Still working on his bucket list with only two states he hasn’t performed in: Hawaii and New Hampshire. You can learn more about his career and updates at: www.markpoppleton.com

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

Danielle Preston (Costume Design, Drowsy Chaperone) is excited to be back at BVT. Previous designs include Black Comedy, Peter & the Starcatcher, and The Foreigner. Preston is a Washington DC based Costume Designer. Recently designed with The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Lincoln Center, Triad Stage, Theater J, Theater Alliance DC, & The Welders. Awards/ Fellowships: William R. Kenan Jr.  Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center in Costume Design, Washington D.C. & A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design Education: M.F.A. in Costume Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Paul M. Radassao (Lighting Designer, Spider’s Web) is a freelance lighting and scenic designer. (NYC): Classic Stage Company, The Tank, Darkfest, Midtown International Festival, Children’s Acting Company, The Gallery Players, American Theatre of Actors, (Regional): Cider Mill Playhouse, Ithaca Shakespeare Co., Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Hangar Theatre, Hartford Stage, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He holds a BFA from Ithaca College. paulmradassao.com

Michael Radi (Henry, Spider’s Web; George, Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to be returning to BVT this summer! In addition to performing, Michael is also a writer, composer, musical director, and vocal coach, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Thank you to Karin, Katelyn, the cast/crew, and especially his family for their love and support! www.MichaelRadi.com

Brandon Reed (Sound Design and Original Music, Chapatti, Spider’s Web, Montgomery, Fully Committed) Is thrilled to be back at BVT after designing 2017’s Silent Sky, and Elijah. Regional: Cardinal Stage Company (IN), Arkansas Shakespeare (AR), Chautauqua Theater Company (NY). Chicago: Congo Square, The Hypocrites, About Face, Teatro Vista, and more. Third year MFA at University of Illinois. Member: TSDCA. www.brandonreedsounddesign.com

Erika Xiomara Reyes (Chiffon, Little Shop) is so excited to be a part of Little Shop at BVT! Recently seen in HAIR with Pentangle Arts, Inner City at 54 Below and many short films in the NY area. Thank you to her family, friends, cast and crew for the incredible support and Gideon for being the absolute best thing in the universe. www.erikaxiomarareyes.com.

Kate Rose Reynolds (Clarissa, Spider’s Web) is flabbergasted that this is her 9th season with BVT. Last summer, she appeared in Elijah and Silent Sky. Other recent credits include Hamlet with Arabian Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco, CA, and the west coast premiere of Cardboard Piano at the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego, CA. www.katerosereynolds.com.

Brittany Shaffer (Kitty, Drowsy Chaperone) is thrilled to be joining the BVT family! Her past credits include Mostly 4 Millennials (Adult Swim), Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (National Tour), Marvelous Wonderettes, Godspell, Legally Blonde, Swing, and Truffles. She would like to thank Richie, her Parents and God for their constant love and support. 

Greg Solomon (Lighting Design, Chapatti) Selected designs: Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Mad Love (Northern Stage), A Persistent Memory, Melissa’s Choice (Theatre Row), Skippyjon Jones Snow What (Lucille Lortel). Numerous designs for Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Company, New London Barn Playhouse, CAP21, and many more. Associate designer for this season’s Once On This Island (Broadway). Training: SUNY Purchase. www.GregSolomonLighting.com

Adriana Spencer (Trix, Drowsy Chaperone) is a NYC based actor and graduate of Tisch/NYU. She is thrilled to be able to “Stumble Along” back to BVT this Summer after “Ooo-ooo-ooing” last year as Dominique Du Monaco in Lucky Stiff. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Bubba, Bubba, JHT, & McGuff. AdrianaSpencer.com

Margaret Staedler (Carpenter) is currently an Acting major with double minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as Dance at Rider University. She is also a current carpentry work study in Rider’s technical theatre department. She is so excited to be spending her summer at Bristol Valley.

Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Design, Little Shop, Fully Committed) is excited for her fifth summer at BVT (Silent Sky, Murder Ballad, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Godspell, Oh Coward).  Recent credits include Savior (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Westside Story (PPAS). 2014 Young Designer to Watch, 2011 Barbizon Lighting Award.  AB: Harvard College, MFA: Boston University.  www.maryellenstebbinsdesign.com

G. Warren Stiles (Scenic Design, Chapatti) is returning to BVT for a sixth season. Recent productions include Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, and Three on a Match at IATI Theater. He has assisted on the Broadway’s My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Book of Mormon, and Hair. He is a founding member of NY Madness.

Ryan Stutz (Voice of Audrey 2, Little Shop) is thrilled to be back at BVT after playing Michael in last season’s Murder Ballad.  He has performed and toured all over the world but select favorite roles include Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever onboard Royal Caribbean, Berger in Hair at Lake Dillon Theatre, George Gibbs in Our Town at Porthouse Theatre, and the King in Sunfish: A new musical at DIMF in South Korea.  Love to all!

Sean Sullivan (Costume Design, Little Shop) Associate Professor in the theatre department at Adelphi University, Sean is glad to be returning to BVT for another year. Past BVT shows include Murder Ballad, Oh Coward!, Lets Misbehave and Marvelous Wonderettes. New York credits include  Long Days Journey into Night, Candida and Intrigue and Love, Neil’s Garden. Sean began his career in Los Angeles as a design assistant for Emmy Award winning costume designer Nolan Miller. Sean’s Los Angeles film credits highlight’s include cult- horror classics Killjoy, Horrible Dr. Bones, and award winning shorts Out of Habit, and The Confession.

Christopher and Justin Swader (Scenic Designers, Fully Committed) are New York-based scenic designers. Past collaborations include work with Two River Theater, 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 MaMa, Park Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, the Emerson String Quartet and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com

Suzi Takahashi (Director, Chapatti) is very happy to be returning to BVT!  This past year, Suzi performed in The Hot L Baltimore at the Harold Clurman Theater.  Also, she directed Clare Boothe Luce’s, The Women, and devised an original work called, Welcome to America, for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  

LaDawn Taylor (Ronette, Little Shop) has lived and sung abroad from Europe to Asia. Her entertainment career began with Walt Disney World (Princess Tiana, Nala). Other favorite roles include: Memphis (Felicia), Big River (Alice Daughter), Aida (Aida) Rent, (JoAnne) and All Shook Up (Lorrain). Thanks to her family and friends that believe and support her in this journey.

Tiffany Renee Thompson (Crystal, Little Shop) is an NYC native and is very excited to make her BVT debut! Favorite credits: Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Odd Squad LIVE! (National Tour/Lady Terrible), A Funny Thing Happened….(Domina), and Ghost: The Musical (Oda Mae). Special thanks to the creative team/cast, mom, family, friends & God. Proverbs 31:25 Instagram: @ohbrownbetty

Brian Victor (Music Director, Little Shop) Previously at BVT: Murder Ballad, Godspell, Oh, Coward!, and Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns. National tours: The Producers, Beauty And The Beast. Regional music direction at several organizations including Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Red Mountain Theatre Company (Birmingham, AL), and Cohoes Music Hall (Cohoes, NY).

Benjamin Viertel (Director, Little Shop) Past BVT: Crimes of the Heart, Avenue Q. Recent: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Playhouse on the Square), Kragtar (The West End Theatre), Fire (Theatre 54), The Bitter Tears…(New Ohio Theater), Fireface (The Brick), Blank My Life (webseries). Artistic Director of Third Space. Education: CMU. www.benjaminviertel.com

Robert Warner (Electrics intern) is a senior at Arkansas Tech University pursuing a BA in Technical Theater. He is also the Technical Theatre intern at The Center for the Arts in Russellville, Arkansas. Past credits include Lighting Designer for Heathers the Musical, Miss Julie, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Liz Wasser (Miss Peake, Spider’s Web; Drowsy Chaperone, Drowsy Chaperone) is back, fam!  Last year, she was honored to write/perform her one woman show, “Saturday Morning Special…Fun!” as part of the Roar series. BVT faves: Avenue Q, Murder Ballad, Rent, Black Comedy, Les Miserables, Godspell and Oh Coward!  Her webseries, “Let’s See Hamilton” can be found on the youtubes.  One time, she showed Tina Fey to her table.

Christina Watanabe (Lighting Design, Montgomery) With Ms. Bowersock: Les Miserables. Other BVT: Elijah, Rent. NYC: EST, Intar, 59E59, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Penguin Rep, Under the Radar, Lincoln Center Festival, The New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, more. Domestic and international tours. Concerts, dance, events, and retail windows. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829. www.StarryEyedLighting.com.

Zak West (Gangster #2, Drowsy Chaperone) Bristol Valley: Ellard (The Foreigner), Autumn Leaves.  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 (Glengarry Glen Ross).  DKHM’13!

Kyle Wilson (Seymour, Little Shop) Acting: Millicent Scowlworthy at Uncanny Valley (Hamilton), The Crucible at CMU (Hathorne), Les Miserables at ACT UP (Thenardier); Directing: The Beatles Present “The Lord of the Rings” (The Brick), Freaks (NYCFringe), webseries Blank My Life; Writing: Beatles Present and Kragtar (TheatreNow NYC). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon. kwtheater.squarespace.com.

Brian Ziemann (Mr.Mushnik, Little Shop)– is thrilled to be back at BVT! Previous BVT credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted), Les Miserables and A Funny Thing…Forum! Other favorite credits include All Your Questions Answered (Brian), The Three Little Pigs (Bao) and You’re a …Charlie Brown (Snoopy).

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