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Intern Ensemble

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has offered a highly respected internship program for over 30 years. Our program is unique in its scope and intensity. For a full season, interns become a part of the Rep company. Unlike many regional theaters in the U.S., the Rep supports a resident acting company. Through the course of the program, interns have the opportunity to work closely with these performers on a variety of productions and projects. The Rep maintains a strong relationship with many playwrights and directors. In the history of Milwaukee Rep, interns have been a part of world premieres, international and regional collaborations, and new works commissioned for our company.

Acting Internship
Acting interns work closely with Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Resident Acting Company, participating in the Equity rehearsal process as understudies and ensemble members in Rep productions. The Rep guarantees understudy roles for all acting interns during their internship. Understudies perform their roles for review for members of the company.

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N’Tasha Anders (Acting) is a 2011 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where she received her BFA in Theater. She is very blessed to have been in professional productions with two different theater companies: Book-It Repertory Theater and Seattle Public Theater. With this thrilling opportunity to work in Milwaukee, she is eager to take the acting tools and life experiences she has learned and apply them to her new life and career. This will be her first time living more than 2 hours away from her family, so adulthood has just begun for this driven, 4’ 11” firecracker. Some of N’Tasha’s favorite roles include: Little Bee in the adaptation of the novel Little Bee, Winnie Barnstairs in My Wonderful Day, The Girl in Eclipsed and Little Becky Two Shoes in Urientown. N’Tasha hopes that her new family and friends at The Rep will keep her warm during the Milwaukee winter season—she’s got Texas blood in her and her little toes go numb and turn blue very fast.

   

Joshua Baggett (Directing) couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the 2011/2012 Artistic Intern Ensemble. He joins The Rep after just recently graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Josh co-founded Relevant Theatrics Theatre Company, a small theater project in Orlando where he worked as Artistic Director and Co-Producer. Selected directing credits include: Waiting For Godot, Tick Tick Boom (Relevant Theatrics), Corpus Christi (Orlando Fringe Festival), Auto Da Fe (Valencia State College), and Al Lit Her Asian (Playwright’s Round Table). Thanks to friends and family for their support. Visit www.joshuabaggett.com.

   

Eva Balistrieri (Acting) is honored to be joining the 2011/2012 Artistic Intern Ensemble after growing up in the Cratchit household for several seasons in The Rep’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Other Rep credits include: Betty Parris in The Crucible and Kitty Bennet/Georgiana Darcy in Pride And Prejudice. Eva spent two summers with the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota where she was seen in The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Pericles, and understudied Bianca in The Taming Of The Shrew. In spring of 2010, Eva studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, at the Accademia dell’arte where she received intensive training in physical theatre – specifically commedia dell’arte and clowning. She graduated this past spring from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a BA in Theatre where her favorite roles were Ann Deever in All My Sons and the melancholy Dane himself in Hamlet. Thank you to The Rep for this opportunity, and to her family for their unwavering love and support.

   

F. Tyler Burnet (Acting) is a native of Washington State, and comes to Milwaukee Rep from the MFA program at the University of Georgia. Before UGA, F. Tyler lived and worked in Chicago, where he taught at the world-famous Second City. He had several other Chicago jobs, but none so glamorous. In his rare free time, he loves road trips and roller-coasters. His favorite roles to date are Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamm in Endgame, Claudius in Hamlet and Edwin in Our Lady Of 121st Street.

   

JC Clementz (Directing), a native of Aurora, Illinois, is excited to join The Rep’s 2011/12 Artistic Intern Ensemble after working in the casting/literary office at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, where he also assistant directed Speaking In Tongues. As a stage manager, he has traveled throughout Europe as the ASM for NY Harlem Productions’ international tour of the Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess. Favorite directing credits include: An Enemy Of The People, Rabbit Hole, Frozen and A Man Of No Importance. His love of dark, gritty drama has led his family to request that he direct something “a little more uplifting” someday. JC received his MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University. Go Cubs Go!

   

Cody Craven (Acting) hails from the breezy ag-town of Davis, California. After tossing his mortarboard in the air, he set off for Cal’s sunny central coast to The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, where he graduated this spring. Now he’s thrilled to be battling the Milwaukee climate for his place in this season’s Acting Internship. Past credits include Haispray (Link), Cabaret (Emcee), Company (Harry), Hair (Steve), and the world premier of the Jose Cruz Gonzales play Invierno (AJ). Last April, Cody was lucky enough to work with The Rubicon on the new musical Hello! My Baby with Georgia Stitt, Cherie Steinkellner and Brian Macdonald. He would like to thank his family, far and wide, for their support, and The Rep for this incredible opportunity.

   
Nat French (Acting) just received his BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University, where he concentrated in acting, playwriting and critical studies. He has previously worked as an acting intern at Hope Summer Repertory Theater. Some of his recent credits include: Our Town, Chatroom, Room Service and Charlotte’s Web. His full-length play, Meltdown, also recently premiered as part of SMU’s New Visions, New Voices festival. His academic interests include mathematics and Russian/Soviet theater. Nat has also worked as a freelance journalist, writing book reviews, features, and opinion columns for The St. Petersburg Times. His other great passion is for baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays. He grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida.
   

Melissa Graves (Acting) is from Columbus, Ohio, and is excited to be back in the Midwest. In May, she completed her MFA in Acting with the University of Houston. Some of her professional credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, San Francisco Studio Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Imagination Stage, Theater at Monmouth, Wayside Theatre and The Tennessee Williams Festival. Melissa taught theatre and dance with several Washington, DC, companies and served as Education Director for Encore Stage & Studio and Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre. Her teaching focus at UH was in Voice and Speech. Melissa received a BA in Theatre from Ohio University. She is spending the summer acting with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

   

John Mark Jernigan (Acting) is so incredibly excited and honored to be a part of this year’s Acting Intern Ensemble at The Rep! Originally from Gainesville, Florida, he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. Throughout his college career some of his favorite roles were Cliff in Cabaret, Orin in Little Shop Of Horrors, Nanki-Pooh in The Mikado and Hot Mikado, Chris in Beau Jest and “Man” in Somewhere America. He is forever thankful and blessed by his beautiful family, all the way back in Florida, and his best friend and fiancé Charlie. He cannot wait to get to know The Rep!

   

Joseph Kemper (Acting) originally hails from Huntington, West Virginia, and has an MFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. At UCF, he appeared as Marvin in Falsettos, Frederick/Phillip in Noises Off, Wang in The Good Woman Of Setzuan and Bartholo in The Marriage Of Figaro. After grad school, he joined the faculty at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where he taught acting and directed Neil Labute’s Fat Pig as part of Flagler’s 2009 mainstage season. He recently completed a six-month national tour of Eureka! with Boston’s Chamber Repertory Theatre, and was last seen in New York as Ryan in Gay Haiku (SingD Productions). Favorite New York and regional credits include Wilson in Charles Mee’s Fire Island (Sixth Borough Theatre Company), Oliver in As You Like It, Lennox in Macbeth and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), Bassanio in The Merchant Of Venice (Atlantic Shakespeare Company), and Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods (Limelight Theatre). He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Acting at the Academy of Music and Arts, where he recently completed his eighth summer season, directing Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday. He currently resides in New York City, and is thrilled to be joining The Rep for the 2011/12 season!

   

Eric Lynch (Acting) is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the proud son of Johanna and Damon Lynch III. He comes from a long line of Baptist ministers, which he believes has stoked my passion for performance. This past spring, he received this Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Performance) from Ohio University, and cites as the most important lesson he learned from the amazing Ohio faculty (in particular Shelley Delaney), is that being a good actor pales in comparison to being a good citizen of the world. He hopes to carry this lesson with him to Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and beyond. He is eager to begin the next chapter of his life as an Acting Intern at The Rep!

   
Alexander Pawlowski (Acting Apprentice) returns to Milwaukee from Cedar City and a summer at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, playing seven roles in three productions in the historic Adams Memorial Theatre. Last season at The Rep, he was featured as The Customs Officer in Cabaret and as Mr. Mudd in A Christmas Carol, and also understudied three major roles, including Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman. He’s been acting for seventeen years, studying at The University of Oregon and earning his MFA from West Virginia University. Favorite roles include Macbeth, Leontes, Falstaff and Claudius, as well as Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Richard in The Lion In Winter, Stanley in Run For Your Wife and Danny in Danny And The Deep Blue Sea. He’s very excited to be coming back to The Rep, and is looking forward to another fantastic season.
   
Elizabeth Telford (Acting) is delighted to be part of this season’s intern ensemble at The Rep! A recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, Elizabeth performed such roles as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Tracy in The Philadelphia Story and Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, among others. Professionally, she has worked at Stephen Foster Drama, and at the Prizery Theatre, where she performed in Dames At Sea (Joan), The All Night Strut (Grace Farrell), Side By Side By Sondheim and The Sound Of Music (Maria). She is thrilled to join the team!
   
Jenna Vik (Acting) is a native of Woodbury, Minnesota, and a 2010 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she studied Theatre, Spanish and Secondary Education. Following graduation, Jenna held an Acting Internship at Iowa Theatre Artists Company in Amana, Iowa, where she performed in four original productions. Then, she hopped across the big pond and spent six months touring Italy with Theatrino, a children’s theatre company that teaches English through drama. Some of her favorite recent roles include May in The Last Train To Nibroc, Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, Juliet in Romeo And Juliet, Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Lydia Lansing in Shakespeare In Hollywood. In addition to performing, Jenna loves traveling, reading, learning foreign languages, drinking coffee and spending time with her family and friends. She feels incredibly blessed and excited to be part of the 2011/12 Artistic Intern Ensemble at Milwaukee Rep.
 

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