2017/18 Emerging Professional Residents

In order to further the development of the next generation of American theater artists, for over 50 years Milwaukee Repertory Theater has supported one of regional theater’s most highly respected programs for emerging professionals. Each season, Milwaukee Rep welcomes Emerging Professional Residents (EPRs) who join the company in order to gain valuable experience and to learn from experts in their fields. Below are the EPRs for the 2017/18 Season. Click here for a list of previous EPR classes.


Annelyse Ahmad (Acting) is super proud to be an EPR with The Rep this season! Hailing from Chicago, recent credits include The Second City e.t.c. (understudy), Urge for Going and Scenes from 69 Years at Silk Road Rising, Orange (world premiere) at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, the sold-out sketch show 8 Angry Asians: Starring Scarlett Johansson, and Phoenix. She guest starred in the independent pilot Jimmortal last summer. Annelyse earned a B.A. in Psychology (Pre-Med) and Global Health from Northwestern University and researched domestic violence in India as an AIF Clinton Fellow. Annelyse is a competitive Bollywood dancer (who danced in Dhoom 3!). She loves improvising with Stir Friday Night and watching Survivor with her husband. Tweet her your science jokes @AnnelyseAhmad

Anthony Baldasare (Acting) is thrilled to be joining Milwaukee Repertory Theater for the 2017/18 Season. He spent the past four years completing his BFA in Acting at Ohio University, where his final role was Con in Aaron Posner's Stupid F-ing Bird. Some of his other favorite credits at Ohio University include Gustav Aubin in The Ladies Man, and Wilson in bobrauschenbergamerica. Recent professional acting credits have been with Monomoy Theater (Cape Cod, Massachusetts), TECUMSEH! Outdoor Drama (Chillicothe, OH) and CATCO (Columbus, OH), where he played the title role in Encyclopedia Brown for several years and toured the show regionally. Anthony has played the title role in Hamlet twice (Blackbox Theater Company and Shots in the Dark) and has performed frequently with the Actors’ Theater of Columbus. He has also appeared in multiple films and commercials, and has modeled for Nationwide Insurance’s national print ad campaigns. He enjoys watching crime movies and playing guitar in his free time.

Brade Bradshaw (Acting) is thrilled to join The Rep this season as an Emerging Professional Resident! Originally from Texas, he is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where he earned a BFA in Acting and a minor in Directing. Some previous credits include: Heathers (JD), Clybourne Park (Jim/Tom/Kenneth), The Crucible (Reverend Hale), and The Secret Rapture (Irwin). Special thanks to his amazing friends and family, Tanner, Olivia, and his unbelievably supportive parents. "Be kind to one another." - Ellen DeGeneres

Rae Lynn Crocker (Fall Production Electrician Resident/Spring Assistant Lighting Design Resident) is a lighting designer from Southern California. She graduated in spring from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A in Drama and Honors in Lighting Design. Last summer Rae spent time at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA, where she worked as an electrician and as a Design Intern. Recent shows Rae has worked on include: Physical Graffiti (UCI), Machinal (UCI), Putnam County Spelling Bee (UCI), Sense and Sensibility (The Old Globe), Meteor Shower (The Old Globe), and October Sky (The Old Globe). In her spare time, Rae enjoys reading, stand-up comedy, and cuddling with her cat. 

Simon Evans (Directing) most recently directed a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé on the mainstage of Muhlenberg College. Previous directing credits at Muhlenberg include The Brides by Harry Kondoleon and The Lover by Harold Pinter. He has also served as the assistant director for productions of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out! and Romeo and Juliet. Simon studied physical theatre abroad in Arezzo, Italy, at the Accademia Dell’Arte. He holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College, where he graduated with a double major in English and Theatre with a concentration in directing. 

Kimberly Giddens (Acting) is extremely excited to join Milwaukee Rep for the 2017/18 Season. She recently completed her MFA in performing arts at Savannah College of Art and Design, and holds a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Southern Maine. She has also worked extensively in technical theatre, highlighted by five seasons in the wardrobe department at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Favorite performance credits include: Joey Tingle in Snuff: The Musical (SCAD), Rhoda in A New Brain (USM), Pam/Ensemble in Rent (SCAD), Angel City Four in City of Angels (USM), and Finian’s Rainbow, Cabaret, and Rumplestiltskin, all at Ivoryton Playhouse. A special thank you to her parents for following her on each new adventure, and to her fiancé Benjamin.

Melía Gonzalez (Stage Management Resident) grew up in Southern California and moved to Milwaukee to study Theatre Arts and Digital Media at Marquette University. Over the past few years she has seen many productions at The Rep, and she is ecstatic to be joining the team this year. She recently worked on the stage management team with Skylight Music Theatre on Sweeney Todd, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre on Lobby Hero and Marquette University on Anything Goes. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, singing, eating, reading with a cup of coffee, exploring the city, and watching Netflix; and she hopes you will join her on her future adventures, inside and outside of the theatre! 

Trachel Yvette Green (Acting) a native of Houston, Texas, Trachel grew up performing in plays in elementary and high school. After being introduced to the performing arts early in life, Trachel realized that she wanted to pursue acting but ended up, not entirely by choice, pursuing another career. Eventually—just a few years ago—she found her way back to her first love, decided to train to become an actor, and recently received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. While at SCAD, she performed in a variety of media, including nearly a dozen films, a web series, and on TV. Stage credits include roles in Top Girls, All the Beautiful Things, When the Soul of a Woman Cries, and The Laramie Project. Trachel values the learning experiences she has had and is especially indebted to the women and men who have mentored her over the years. She is eager to continue developing her career as an actor in the Emerging Professional Residency at Milwaukee Rep.

Erin Logan (Acting) is beyond excited for the opportunity to be a part of Milwaukee Rep’s Residency program. Erin is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama. Some of her most recent credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Jaquenetta/Maria), Persuasion (Elizabeth/Henrietta), The Tempest (Miranda), Julius Caesar (Portia/Messala), and Sunday on the Rocks (Jen). In the spring of 2015, Erin studied classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Erin is originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Alex Morales (Acting) is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he double majored in Psychology and Theater & Performance Studies. Previous roles include Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, Trigórin in The Seagull, Trotsky in Variations on the Death of Trotsky, and Salieri in Amadeus. He has had the chance to study under many Chicago greats, is trained in Blackbox technique, and does improv and sketch comedy whenever he gets the chance. When he’s not on stage, he can almost always be found in the kitchen.

Sophiyaa Nayar (Directing) is an emerging director from New Delhi, India. She is a member of the Chicago Directors Lab 2017, and has directed a stage adaptation of Lord of The Flies by Nigel Williams, 3:59 AM: A Drag Race for Two Actors by Marco Ramirez and Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant. She has also devised several pieces of her own including Where I Come From and Reparations. Sophiyaa assistant directed Nobody Gets Hurt, an immersive experience for an audience of one by Craig Quintero. She earned her B.A. in Theatre & Dance from Grinnell College in 2017, with a semester abroad at the London Dramatic Academy. She spent summers working with the Neo-Futurists in New York, and Synchronicity Theatre, Moving in the Spirit and Youth Creates in Atlanta, Georgia. She is very thankful for the opportunity to work with Milwaukee Rep! 

Kira Neighbors (Stage Management Resident) is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a B.A. in Theatre with a focus in stage management. A few of her favorite shows that she stage managed while at USC include She Kills Monsters, The Tempest, and Outlaw Song. She was the president of the USC chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, and also worked in the costume shop for two years as a sticher. Kira is excited to take on new challenges as a Stage Management Resident for Milwaukee Rep, and hopes that she still likes snow by the end of the program.

Birdie Plank (Costume Construction Resident) is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BFA in Costume Design with an emphasis in Costume Crafts. She has received awards for her design and crafts work from her classes at CU for KCACTF Region VII for the past two years, most recently for her costume designs for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While at CU Boulder, Birdie has had the chance to work on many shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, and Peter and the Starcatcher; designing costumes as well as working on costume pieces. She has also had the chance to work with Miner’s Alley Playhouse, a regional theatre, and has given demonstrations at the Denver Thespian Conference. Birdie is very excited to be joining Milwaukee Rep as the Costume Construction Resident for the 2017/18 Season! 

Shaylyn Rice (Company Management Resident) is a native of Birmingham, AL and recently received her BS in Theatre from Tennessee State University. Some of her favorite shows that she has performed in include: 4 Colored GirlsThe WizDreamgirls, and A Woman Called Truth. She has worked with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre as well as the Nashville Repertory Theatre in Marketing and Development. Shaylyn has also worked as a Company Management Intern with the Millbrook Playhouse. In her leisure, she enjoys shopping, reading, and solving jigsaw puzzles. Shaylyn looks forward to all that she will learn during this residency and believes with God all things are possible. 

Kelsey Rodriguez (Acting) is elated to begin her journey as an Emerging Professional Resident at Milwaukee Rep this season! Originally from central New Jersey, Kelsey has spent the last four years completing her BFA in Acting at Ohio University. While studying there some of her favorite roles include: Willmore in The Rover, Detective Washburn in The Library, and Leigh in Really Really. Professionally, she was blessed to be a part of Tantrum Theater’s inaugural season where she played Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors. She is grateful to be immersed in such a rich theatrical community and can’t wait to share these productions with the Milwaukee area. 

Abbey Pitchford Sours (Education Resident) is incredibly humbled and over the moon to be The Rep's 2017/18 Education Resident! Abbey hails from the "Home of Sliced Bread"- Chillicothe, Missouri. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, and is certified to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Abbey spent four years working with Chinese, second-language middle and high school students, and has been a stage manager and actor with Milwaukee-area companies since 2012. Abbey wants to use her experiences to encourage students to work intentionally and with integrity. Our art reflects our truths. Theatre's ability to foster empathy can transform minds and hearts, making theatre people one of the best kinds of people. Much love to her Missouri, Hustisford, LCP and Acacia families.   

Brittany Staudacher (Wardrobe Resident) graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Theatre Design and Production. She began her career working as a technical assistant, assistant costume designer, and wardrobe manager in the Northern Iowa costume department. She has worked with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, UNISTA, Florida Repertory Theatre, Sissy's Sircus, and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre. Her most recent costume design was Over the River and Through the Woods for the Northern Iowa Student Theatre Association. 

Daniel Stock (Acting) is thrilled to be returning to Milwaukee. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Georgia. Originally from Minnesota, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After graduation, he toured the Midwest with Prairie Fire Theatre, where he also co-wrote and composed music for their newest musical adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream & Sleeping Beauty. He worked for a short time in Chicago with American Eagle Productions, Chicago Dell’arte, & Prologue Theatre, before moving back to Minnesota to become a resident ensemble member at the Commonweal Theatre, where he spent 4 seasons as an actor, director, stage manager, & sound designer. Daniel is currently developing a one man show titled Dramaturgical Ventriloquist. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, playing baseball, and writing.

Erin Thibodaux (Fall Assistant Lighting Design Resident) graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BFA in Theatre Design/Tech and a BA in English. At CU Boulder, she worked in the Scene Shop as an electrician and served as Lighting Designer for several University productions. She also received KCACTF merit awards for her lighting design of Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale. Erin is excited to be a part of the Milwaukee Rep team and expand her love and knowledge of theatre.

Kyle Winkelmann (Stage Management Fellow) is excited to return to The Rep this season. He loved his experience last year as an Emerging Professional Resident and is looking forward to working on some great productions this season, including A Christmas Carol and The Who & The What. Favorite past credits include Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Rep), Grounded (Milwaukee Rep), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), and A Streetcar Named Desire (The University of Texas at Austin).