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Cast & Creative Team

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Jessie Fisher, pilot
Jessie Fisher is thrilled to make her Milwaukee Rep debut.  She recently returned to Chicago after playing the lead in the musical Once on Broadway.  Chicago credits include: Of Mice and Men, Constellations (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Othello, The Heir Apparent (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Pride, Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t (About Face Theatre), 33 Variations (TimeLine), Frankenstein, Cabaret (They Hypocrites), These Shining Lives (Rivendell Theatre Company) The Original Grease, It’s A Wonderful Life (American Theatre Company) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Chicago Children’s Theatre).  TV Credits: “Boss,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Justice.” Jessie is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and is proud to teach at Black Box Acting Studio.  She is represented by Paonessa Talent. 

Laura Braza, Director
Laura is delighted to be joining The Rep for the first time.  She helms the Attic Theater Company in NYC as Artistic Director.  Directing credits for the Attic include Moonchildren, Dark Rapture, Wonderful World, This One Time In Last Chance, The Time of Your Life, The Tutors, The Notebook of Trigorin, Strictly Dishonorable, the dreamer examines his pillow, and On The Verge. Recent directing credits include The Dispute and If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Hangar Theater); Speed-The-Plow, Henry VI Part II, Red Light Winter (UNC School of the Arts); Speed the-Plow, Escape from Happiness, and The Women (NYU), and work at NYMF, Dixon Place, Sam French OOB, and Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage II. Drama League Directors Project Alumnus. Adjunct Faculty, UNCSA. BFA: NYU. 

Scott Davis, Scenic Designer
Milwaukee Repertory Theater credits include: The Royale, How the World Began, Venus in Fur, Whipping man, Liberace!.  Regional credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theater, Paramount Theater, Drury Lane Theater, Northlight Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Victory Gardens, Mercury Theater, Windy City Playhouse, American Theater Company, Griffin Theater Company, Steep Theater Company, Profiles Theater, and Mary-Arrchie Theater Company.  Regional Credits include productions with Asolo Rep, Children’s Theater Company, Signature Theater, and Walnut Street Theater.  Internationally he designed Costumes and Scenery for Othello: The Remix, which has played at Shakespeare’s Globe, Unicorn Theater (London). The Neuss (Germany), Gdansk Shakespeare Theater (Poland), The Cultch (Vancouver), DUCTAC Theater (Dubai), Bruce Mason Center (New Zealand), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. He also designed Costumes and Scenery for Cadre, which played at the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Mr. Davis serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia College having received his MFA from Northwestern University.  www.scottadamdavis.com 

Leslie Vaglica, Costume Designer
Leslie Vaglica is a costumer based in Milwaukee. Recent favorites include Dali’s Liquid Ladies for True Penny Theater, Leaving and Coming Back for Peter Stathas Dance, and Three Decembers for the Florentine Opera.  In addition to costuming, she does commercial styling and design consultation. She has a BA in Drawing and Political Science from UW Eau Claire as well a certification in apparel design from Mt. Mary University. Many thanks to Kris Zhea for sharing his knowledge about Air Force uniforms, with which, our Grounded pilot is more accurately costumed.  

Noele Stollmack, Lighting Designer
Noele Stollmack’s lighting has appeared onstage at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress Theatre, as well as the opera companies of Ontario, Houston, Portland, Vancouver, New Orleans, Nashville, and Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera. Regional design for the theatre includes Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, American Players Theatre, Forward Theatre and Jeff Daniel's Purple Rose Theater. Lighting and Scenic Realization includes Meredith Monk’s international tours of mercy & impermanence. As Lighting Director for the Houston Grand Opera, Noele supervised lighting for over 50 operas and designed such productions as Andrei Serban’s Elektra, Dr. Jonathan Miller’s Der Rosenkavalier and the world premieres of Harvey Milk, Desert of Roses and Dracula Diary. Member: United Scenic Artists 

Hillary Leben, Video and Projection Design
(www.hillaryleben.com) is an award winning animator, motion graphics designer, and projection designer. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has designed projections for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Court Theater, and Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. She also spent 5 years working as art director and projection designer for Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Beyond The Score series. When she's not waiting for RAM previews, she enjoys sailing, tango dancing, and working on her comic travel blog (www.thehillsite.com). 

Megan B. Henninger, Sound Design
Megan B. Henninger is thrilled to return to Milwaukee Rep!  She is Milwaukee based and has served as designer and assistant designer on shows large and small.  Favorite designs include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Hands on a Hardbody (Williams Street Rep), RRRED (NYMF), 42nd Street (TOTS tour), The Martian Chronical (Fordham University), Turn of the Screw (Lyric Opera, Kansas City).  Assistant Designs include: You're Welcome America, Ghetto Klown, Stick Fly, and Blithe Spirit (Broadway), Company (Lincoln Center). 

Frank Honts, Casting Director
Frank is honored to return to Milwaukee Rep in his first season as Casting Director and Director of the Emerging Professional Residency (EPR) program. Since spending the 2013/14 Season at The Rep as a directing EPR, Frank has worked at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Renaissance Theaterworks, The Goodman, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), and Paramount Theatre. Favorite directing credits include Hamlet and 9 Circles, and as a dramaturg, Frank has recently worked on West Side Story, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Amelia, and ten Shakespeare plays. Frank spent two seasons as Artistic Associate at Forward Theater Company in Madison, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Michael Flachmann Fellowship at Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is a proud graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Kimberly Carolus, Stage Manager
Kimberly is delighted to be back in the Stiemke for Grounded, having worked on Man of La Mancha and A Christmas Carol previously this season. Originally from Florida, she currently calls Milwaukee home and is happy to be in her fourth season at the Rep. Kimberly has also worked at Fulton Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre in the Park (Iowa City, IA), and Walt Disney World and holds her BFA from the University of Central Florida. She would especially like to thank Nick and her family for their love and support. 

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). 

Marina Bergenstock, Assistant Director
Marina recently graduated with her MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa. At UI she worked extensively with playwrights on new play development. Some of her favorite new plays include: Doxxed, Swordplay, Below the Pacific, and Sea of Trees. Other favorite credits include Food and Fadwa, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and A Perfect Wedding. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company and in the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive, and has an impassioned interest in directing international work.  

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