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Cast & Creative Team

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Jason Babinsky, Isaac
Jason’s Broadway credits include: Billy Elliot, Ghost. Off-Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle (CSC), A Man's a Man (CSC). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Kevin Kline award), Stageworks Hudson, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, and others. Film/TV: “The Good Wife” (recurring as Howell), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “House of Cards,” “Billions,” “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Knick,” “Blue Bloods,” “Shades of Blue,” “Halal in the Family,” “The Daily Show,” “Person of Interest,” “Contagion,” “A Cure for Wellness,” “Wizard of Lies” (HBO), “You Don't Know Jack (HBO), and “Law-Abiding Citizen.”  Dedicated to Marianne.
 

Janie Brookshire, Emily
Broadway: The Philanthropist; Off-Broadway: The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre), Man and Superman (Irish Repertory Theatre), Mary Broome and The Wife to James Whelan (both for Mint Theater Co.), The Misanthrope (Pearl Theatre Co). Regional: Othello (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Angel Street (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), A Delicate Ship (Premiere, Cincinnati Playhouse), The Illusion, Romeo and Juliet, Crimes of the Heart, Doubt, and Amadeus (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Intimate Apparel and Dial "M" for Murder (Dorset Theatre Festival). TV: “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Forever,” “Dawson's Creek,” “Law & Order,” “I Love You...But I Lied.” Film: He's Way More Famous Than You, So Good to See You opposite Sienna Miller (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival).  

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Amir
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is thrilled to be reprising his role and making his Milwaukee Rep debut with such a wonderful group of artists. Recent regional credits include: Disgraced (McCarter Theatre), The Liar (Gulfshore Playhouse), The Container (Centerstage), Mockingbird (The Kennedy Center), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), The Invisible Hand (Theatre Exile, *Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Round House Theatre), Water by the Spoonful, Edgar and Annabel (Studio Theatre), The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Boged (Theater J), The BFG (Imagination Stage and The National Theatre), I Call My Brothers, The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bobrauschenbergamerica, and Scorched (Forum Theatre). Recent film credits include: “Imperium” with Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette; “Sally Pacholok” with Annet Mahendru. www.maboudebrahimzadeh.com 

Imran Sheikh, Abe
Sheikh’s regional theater credits include: The Invisible Hand (ACT/ Artists Rep), Love Person (Park Square Theatre), Brahmin/ Brahmini (Crowded Fire), Disconnect (San Jose Rep). NYC theater: I Like to Be Here (New Ohio), The Myth Project (Noor Theatre/ New York Theatre Workshop), Carousel of Progress (Queens Theatre), The Girl with Her Hands in the Sand and Radio Mara Mara (FringeNYC), Breaking Philip Glass (Planet Connections), Why We Left Brooklyn (Blue Coyote). Workshops: Geva Theatre, Silk Road Rising, The Araca Group, Arizona Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Cherry Lane Theatre. Television: “Guy Code” (MTV, Comedy Central), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Pair of Normals” (www.pairofnormalstv.com). Film: “Priceless” (Cannes), “Fragrance Thief,” “R & J.” Special thanks to Ayad, Marcela, cast, and crew. Follow along with the adventure on Instagram and Twitter: @imransheikhinfo 

Austene Van,  Jory
Austene Van is an actor, director, and choreographer. Penumbra Company member credits include: The Owl Answers, Detroit '67, Spunk, Amen Corner, Blue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dinah Was, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and Seven Guitars. Austene has recently performed the title role in Aida at the Pantages with Theater Latté Da; A Street Car Named Desire (Blanche DuBois), Henry IV, The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Ten Thousand Things Theater Company; In The Next Room at Jungle Theater; Disgraced at The McCarter; Disgraced, Trouble In Mind, Gem of the Ocean, Crowns, and A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater; Radio Golf at IRT/Cleveland Playhouse; To Kill a Mockingbird at Park Square; Once on This Island at CTC; Singing in the Rain at Ordway. Recently directed Six Degrees of Separation at Theatre in the Round Players; Voices in the Fire (Joan) at Rarig Center; Hot Chocolate, Gee’s Bend, and Lady Day at Park Square; Lonely Soldier Monologues, A Civil War Christmas at History Theatre; Blues in the Night at Ordway; and Black Nativity at Penumbra. Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre Productions. 

Ayad Akhtar, Playwright
Ayad is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for best play. His plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. Akhtar was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 season by American Theatre. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for “The War Within.” He has been received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he currently serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and NYTW. 

Marcela Lorca, Director
Marcela’s recent directing credits: Disgraced (McCarter, Guthrie), Crimes of the Heart, The Burial at Thebes, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde (Guthrie); The Count of Monte Cristo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Scorched (Syracuse Stage); Caroline, Or Change (Guthrie and Syracuse Stage); The Clean House (Juilliard Drama); House of the Spirits, Found (Mixed Blood);  Blood Wedding (Guthrie Lab and Missouri Repertory Theatre); Iphigenia at Aulis, Wild Honey, The Gods: Helen and Orestes, and numerous originally conceived plays that include Macondo, Going Live, and Time Sensitive. She is Director of Company Development at the Guthrie Theater where she has worked as Movement Director/Choreographer since 1991. She has taught Lorca Movement at the Guthrie, UMN, NYU, and the London International School of Performing Arts.
 

James Youmans, Set Design
Mr. Youman’s Broadway credits include: West Side StoryPatti LuPone’s GypsyTwyla Tharp’s Come Fly, Swinging on a Star. Off-Broadway credits include productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, NY Shakespeare Festival, and others. McCarter Theatre credits include: Fiction. Guthrie Theater: DisgracedTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Cocktail HourCrimes of the HeartOther Desert Cities1776She Loves MeThe Night of the Iguana.  Recent regional theater: Elizabeth Egloff’s Ether Dome at La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, and the Huntington Theatre; The Christians at The Alley in Houston, and various productions at The Goodspeed Opera House, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, ACT, Denver Center, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe. Awards: Drama Logue Award, Independent Reviewers of New England Award, two Telly Awards and an Emmy Award Nomination for several Broadcast Design projects, and two Outer Critics Circle.
 

Ana Kuzmanic, Costume Design
Ms. Kuzmanic’s Broadway credits include: August: Osage County, Desire Under the Elms, Superior Donuts. Off-Broadway: The Jacksonian. International: National Theatre, London; Sydney Theatre Company. Opera: Don Giovanni (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Don Giovanni (Dallas Opera, upcoming). Regional: Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Milwaukee Rep, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Trinity Rep, Geffen Playhouse, McCarter and Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she is currently designing costumes for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Current projects include Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town (dir. by Mary Zimmerman) and Uncle Vanya (dir. by Bob Falls), both at the Goodman. Awards: 2016 Jeff Award nom. (Treasure Island), 2009 Drama Desk nom., 2008 Jeff Award. Training: BA Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade; MFA Northwestern University. Ana is an associate professor of design at Northwestern University. www.anakuzmanic.com 

Rui Rita, Lighting Design
Broadway: Trip to BountifulVelocity of AutumnPresent LaughterDividing the EstateOld AcquaintanceEnchanted AprilThe PriceA Thousand Clowns. Off-Broadway: Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); Just Jim DaleTalley’s FollyMilk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout); Piano Lesson, Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature-NY); Engaged (Obie Award), All’s Well That Ends Well (TFANA); NightingaleMoonlight and Magnolias (MTC); Big BillThe Carpetbagger’s ChildrenFar East (Lincoln Center). Regional: Alley, American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Two River Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

Scott W. Edwards, Sound Design
As the Resident Sound Designer for the Guthrie Theater, Mr. Edwards has designed over 100 productions in the last 20 years. Recent designs: Mark Rylance’s Nice Fish at A.R.T., St. Ann’s Warehouse, and London (upcoming). He has also designed for Children’s Theatre Company (over 40 productions), Jungle Theater, Penumbra Theatre Company, Mixed Blood, Illusion Theater, Ballet of the Dolls (founding member), Theater Mu, Eye of the Storm Theater, Teatro Latino, The Minnesota Opera, San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, and he was production manager/live sound engineer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The Minneapolis Star Tribune named him Outstanding Sound Designer for Pride and Prejudice (2003) and The Pirates of Penzance (2004), and he garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination for You Can’t Take It With You (Arena Stage). 

Sanford Moore, Composer
Guthrie Theater: The Parchman Hour, To Kill a Mockingbird (Choir Director), Choir Boy, The Amen Corner, Crowns, As You Like It, Dream on Monkey Mountain, Triumph of Love. Theater Penumbra: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; The Ballad of Emmet Till; The Amen Corner; I Wish You Love; Black Pearl Sings; Get Ready; Blue; Black Nativity; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Dinah Was. Park Square: Nina Simone: Four Women. The Lab: When a Man Loves a Diva. Mixed Blood: Two Queens, One Castle. Illusion: Co-creator of the musical Always and Forever. Other Director, arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore by Four. Minister of Music for Fellowship Missionary Baptist in Minneapolis. 

Pat McCorkle, (C.S.A.), McCorkle Casting LTD, Casting Director
Broadway: Over 50 productions including: On The Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway highlights: Clever Little Lies, Shear Madness, Tribes, Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session, Toxic Avenger, Almost, Maine, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature films: “Year by the Sea,” “Premium Rush,” “Ghost Town,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “School Ties,” etc. TV: “Twisted,” “Humans” for “Sesame Street,” “Hack” (CBS), “Californication” (Emmy nom.), “Max Bickford” (CBS), “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Barbershop,” and many more.
www.mccorklecasting.com  

JC Clementz, Casting Director
JC is the Casting Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Prior to leaving for Chicago, he spent five years at The Rep, most recently as Artistic Associate: Casting Director & Director of the Emerging Professional Residency.  In addition to casting over 25 productions at The Rep, JC directed last season’s The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, as well as The Doyle and Debbie Show, Forever Plaid, and five seasons of Rep Lab. JC traveled throughout Europe as the Assistant Stage Manager for New York Harlem Productions’ international tour of Porgy and Bess, and spent four summers working at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts in the mountains of Colorado. He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University. 

Samantha Reading, Fight Director
The Resident Director at People’s Light, Sam has worked on over 30 productions as director, choreographer, or fight director: Sleeping Beauty, Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon and Aladdin.  She also co-authored the Holiday Pantos. Choreography credits: Passage Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre, Lantern Theater, Delaware Theatre Company, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Act II Playhouse, and Villanova Theatre. Directing Credits: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Revolution Shakespeare); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Taming of the Shrew (Delaware Shakespeare Festival); Richard III, Biloxi Blues, Pride & Prejudice, Beautiful Boy, A Wrinkle in Time (People’s Light). Sam co-founded Dancing with the Students, a non-profit that offers ballroom dancing to low socio-economic schools, is a nine -time Barrymore Nominee, and received the 2014 and 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement. 

Jamie Cheatham, Fight Director
Jamie Cheatham is a nationally recognized Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).  He has been staging fights and falls at the Rep since 2013, working on such shows as Noises Off, End of the Rainbow, History of Invulnerability, Color Purple, Mousetrap, Terrible Things, Invisible Hand, and Of Mice and Men. His fight work includes such venues as NYC Opera, the Alley Theatre (TX), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (KY), the Milwaukee Ballet, Renaissance Theaterworks, Fireside Theatre, and the Illinois, Maryland, and New York Shakespeare Festivals.  Jamie is also the head of acting at Marquette University.​ 

Jill Walmsley Zager, Voice and Text Director
Jill is the resident Voice and Dialect coach at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has coached productions at regional theatres across the country and served as Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and the Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Regionally, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Water Tower, Arizona Theater Company, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. She has taught at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. She earned her Master’s Degrees in Voice and Dialects from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and Northwestern University. 

Jessica Connelly, Stage Manager
Jessica is delighted to be back at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater after working as an Assistant Stage Manager on last season’s production of Fences. Since 2006 Jessica has been the Resident Stage Manager for Next Act Theatre, where she has stage managed nearly 50 productions. After Disgraced she will be back at Next Act stage managing Bloomsday, directed by former Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy. A few of Jessica’s favorite  projects include: Dear Esther, Master Harold and the Boys, Last of the Boys, Mystery of Irma Vep, Faith Healer, Purgatorio, Going to St. Ives, Vigil, Race, Three Views of the Same Object, the world premiere of Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution, and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Next Act Theatre); Rising Wind (J.M.Kohler Performing Arts Center); Chesapeake, Trojan Women, The Shape of Things, and the U.S. premiere of Skin Tight (Renaissance Theaterworks); Santaland Diaries (Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.) Jessica would like to thank her father who passed away in December 23, 2015 for teaching her to always see the beauty of the world.     

Audra Kuchling, Assistant Stage Manager
Audra is happy to be returning to The Rep for her third season. Formerly a stage management resident and fellow, favorite credits among her 13 shows at The Rep include: The Color Purple, A Christmas Carol, Liberace!, Dreamgirls, The Invisible Hand, and the last two annual Gala performances. Audra is a 2014 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where she graduated with degrees in English literature, theater arts, and history. She is extraordinarily grateful to her mom and sister for their love, her MRT family, and IWU mentors for their support, and her Treasure family for being the ones who started it all. Audra is a proud member of AEA. 

Kyle Winkelmann, Stage Management Resident
Kyle is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in theater and business management. He is excited to face a new winter experience this season at The Rep.  Favorite stage management credits include: Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), A Streetcar Named Desire (University of Texas), Dial M for Murder (University of Texas), and The Priceless Slave (Cohen New Works Festival). 

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