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November 10, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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November 14 – December 17, 2017

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November 28 – December 24, 2017

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Cast & Creative Team

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Kelley Faulkner, Ginger
Kelley is thrilled to be back in the Stackner after playing the title role in Always...Patsy Cline. Other Rep credits include: Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap, Nurse Kelly in Harvey, Brooke in Noises Off, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Miep in The Diary of Anne Frank, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, as well as Assassins, A Christmas Carol, and The History of Invulnerability. Regional: Curley's Wife in Of Mice of Men (Arizona Theatre Co), Claire in Proof (TheatreFest); Nancy in Oliver! and Emily Arden in State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Miss Sandra in All Shook Up (Fireside Theatre) and The Music Man and Street Scene (New York City Opera). National Tour: Miss Watson in Big. BFA in Acting from Montclair State University. Kelley is a native New Yorker by way of Philadelphia and now happily resides in Milwaukee. She is a proud member and national Councillor of Actors’ Equity Association. www.KelleyFaulkner.com 

Jane Labanz, Eileen
Jane has appeared on Broadway, in National Tours, at Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall and in dozens of regional theaters including Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arena Stage, and Alliance Theatre. She has shared the stage with Patti LuPone, Marie Osmond, Tommy Tune, and Ann-Margret, and has stood by for Sandy Duncan and Stefanie Powers. Recent roles include “Older Winnie” in the World Premiere of Tuck Everlasting, Alison Barrett in the American Premiere of Love Story, Celia in The Nerd, and Mona in Dames at Sea. Jane has a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and a Master’s in Conducting. She performs her solo concert around the country and recorded an album entitled Moon Garden, for which she composed the title trackKisses to her sister, Sally, upon whose grand piano, Jane learned this wonderful score. Love always to Paul.  www.janelabanz.com

Eric Shorey, George
Eric is happy to make his Milwaukee Rep debut! He was most recently seen as the Suspects in Murder For Two at The Depot Theatre. Past regional credits: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre. Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys & Dolls, Cats, Disney On Classic (Japan). Love and gratitude to friends, family, and especially EVT. www.EricShoreyNYC.com

Steve Watts, Alex
Steve is excited to be returning to the Rep after appearing in the acclaimed 2013 production of Ragtime.  NYC credits include Macbeth and Hamlet (Promethean Theatre Co.), and the world premiere of the original musical Hurricane (NYMF).  Regional/international credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan), Carousel (Fulton Theatre), All Shook Up, Pump Boys and Dinettes, 42nd, Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Barefoot in the Park, The Music Man, Damn Yankees (Fireside Playhouse).  Steve is also the bandleader and featured soloist in The Fireside's popular annual live band revues. 

JC Clementz, Director
JC currently serves as 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. Much love to Phil and Tinkin!

Dan Kazemi, Music Director
Dan is a New York based composer, actor, music director and educator, and is an Associate Artist at The Rep. Dan was Musical Director for The Rep’s recent productions of Man of La Mancha, Dreamgirls, The Devil’s Music, The Color Purple, End of the Rainbow, A Christmas Carol, Forever Plaid, Ragtime, Blues in the Night, Assassins, Always . . . Patsy Cline, Next to Normal, Cabaret and made his directorial debut with The Rep’s critically acclaimed production of Ain’t Misbehavin. In Philadelphia, Dan recently musically directed See What I Want to See (Barrymore Nom) Herringbone (Barrymore Nom), and orchestrated and musically directed the world premiere musicals, Field Hockey Hot (Barrymore Nom), and Tulipomania. Dan musically directed Tick, Tick . . . Boom!, Austentations, The PhillyRocks! concerts, The World Goes Round (Barrymore Nom), Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, Rooms and The Great American Trailer Park Musical for 11th Hour Theatre Company. He also received a Helen Hayes Nomination for his work on the D.C. premiere of The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, a Barrymore Nomination for The Flea and the Professor Arden Theatre Company), and received a Barrymore Award for 11th Hour’s Avenue X. At the Walnut Street Theatre, Dan musically directed, arranged and performed in The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way (Two Barrymore Nominations). Dan’s music has been performed at the Cirque de Demain in Paris, Ballet Fleming and in 213 Productions collaborations Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please!. Dan is also the composer of a new musical, The Tapioca Miracle (thetapiocamiracle.com).

James Zager, Choreographer
James Zager, has been directing, choreographing, and designing movement in professional theaters throughout the United States for the past 25 years garnering numerous awards for his work. Zager has directed and/or choreographed for Milwaukee Rep (Man of La Mancha, The Devils’ Music), Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, the Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI, and the Fireside Theatre in Ft. Atkinson. He is a 2016-17 Associate Artist with Milwaukee Opera Theatre where he has collaborated on more than a dozen productions and has performed and worked as a drama coach with Milwaukee Ballet. He is married to Jill Walmsley Zager the voice and dialect coach at The Guthrie Theater.

William Boles, Scenic Designer
William is a Jeff-nominated Chicago-based scenic designer. Chicago: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City, Lyric Opera, Victory Gardens Theater, The Hypocrites (community member), American Theater Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, About Face Theatre (associate artist), Chicago Children's Theatre, Sideshow (artistic associate), Emerald City, Steep Theatre Company, Step-Up Productions and First Floor Theatre. Regional: Children's Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wolftrap Opera, Minnesota Opera, Milwaukee Rep, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Arizona Broadway Playhouse. International: Stockholm Vocal Academy and Opera Siam in Bangkok. Upcoming productions include The Sneetches at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and King of the Yees by Lauren Yee at Goodman Theatre. MFA, Northwestern.  See more of his work at williambolesdesign.com.

Sally Dolembo, Costume Designer
Sally is happy to make her debut at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  Dolembo is a Chicago-based costume designer and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia College and Northwestern University.  Design credits include productions with Wolf Trap Opera, The Second City, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Steep Theatre, The Gift Theatre, The Hypocrites, and Northwestern University. Dolembo was a 2007 Fulbright Scholar in Italy, where she researched and worked at Tirelli Costumi in Rome. Upcoming projects include A Disappearing Number at Timeline Theatre and a spring musical at The Marriott Theatre. Dolembo has her MFA from Northwestern University and is a member of Local USA 829. www.sallydolembo.com

Aimee HanyzewskiLighting Designer
Aimee is glad to be back working with Milwaukee Repertory Theater for her twelfth year.  Aimee is the Resident Lighting Designer at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.  She has designed in the Stackner Cabaret for such hits as The Devil’s Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith, Liberace, The Doyle and Debbie Show, Ain’t Misbehavin’, From My Hometown, Fire on the Bayou, Grafton City Blues, and many others. Moreover, she designed the lighting for Venus in Fur and The Year of Magical Thinking in the Stiemke Theater.  Other theaters Aimee has designed for are Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, In Tandem Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Forward Theater, Madison Savoyards Ltd., and The Legacy Theatre.

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: Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Rep), 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).

Kaitlin Kitzmiller, Stage Manager
Kaitlin is thrilled to be returning to her home away from home here in Milwaukee and at The Rep. After bouncing between both coasts with Resident Ensemble Players to the East and the Lake Dillon Theatre Company to the West she is so happy to have landed back at The Rep where she got her start. Kaitlin is a proud member of Actors' Equity.

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). 

Daniella Wheelock, Project Coordinator
Daniella is originally from San Diego, California, and recently graduated magna cum laude from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a degree in Directing. She has a passion for new works and theatre that promotes social discourse. Favorite directing credits include: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Mauritius, and original and devised works. Daniella is excited to move to Milwaukee, and thrilled to be a part of The Rep’s season!

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