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Margaret Ivey

Margaret Ivey, Jane Eyre
Ms. Ivey’s off-Broadway credits include Measure for Measure and Dominique Morisseau’s Mend (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Regionally, she has appeared in The Legend of Georgia McBride and Good People (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); pen/man/ship and The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Richard IIIAll My Sons, and Stargirl (People’s Light); As You Like It (Georgia Shakespeare); Les Misérables (Aurora Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre). She trained at the University of Southern California, the British American Drama Academy and the American Theatre Wing’s Springboard NYC program. Based in New York, Ms. Ivey is a teaching artist with Epic Theatre Ensemble and she leads high school summer abroad programs with the Experiment in International Living. To see more of what she's up to, visit www.margaretivey.com. 

Rin Allen

Rin Allen, Bertha
Ms. Allen’s New York credits include Cyrano de Bergerac with Gabriel Barre, As You Like It, and The Tempest (New York Classical Theatre). Regional credits include Urinetown and The Mikado (Weston Playhouse); The Three Musketeers (Cincinnati Playhouse); Grease!CATS, and Chicago (Cortland Repertory Theatre, where her performance as Velma Kelly was nominated for a SALT Award). Ms. Allen enjoys some occasional stunt work in the New York film and television industry. Her voice is featured on musical demos for Things I Left on Long Island by Sara Cooper and Mike Pettry and Strega Nona The Musical by Aron Accurso, Roberta Carlson, and Thomas W. Olson. She received her BFA from New York University and is a proud member of Actors' Equity and SAG. Love to Mom, Dad, and Evan! 

Andy Paterson

Andy Paterson, John Reed / Teacher / Richard Mason / Pilot the dog
Mr. Paterson is honored to be returning to Milwaukee Rep. Previous productions here include Mrs. Bumbrake in Peter and the Starcatcher. He has played extensively across the country and in New York City. Venues include Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Triad Stage, Great Lakes Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Virginia Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Aquila Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Acting Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theater Festival, Intiman Theatre Festival and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks among others. Thank you for helping make the world you are about to enter possible! Proud Equity member. 

Christine Toy Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson, Bessie / Blanche Ingram / Grace Poole / Diane Rivers
Ms. Johnson is an award-winning actor, writer, director, filmmaker, and advocate for inclusion. She has been featured on Broadway in The Music ManGrease! and Chu Chem. Off-Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along (cast album), Pacific OverturesFalsettoland, Balancing Act (cast album), and productions with The Public Theater and Mint Theater Company. National tours include CatsFlower Drum Song, and Bombay Dreams, and other highlights include appearances at the Guthrie, Williamstown, Huntington, Syracuse Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Nearly 100 film and television appearances include recurring and/or guest starring roles on “The Americans,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Madam Secretary,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Blacklist,” “Smash,” “30 Rock,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Big C,” “Royal Pains,” and two years as Lisa West on “One Life to Live.” Her written work has been developed at such places as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Roundabout Theatre Company and is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. Ms. Johnson serves on the councils of both the Dramatists Guild and Actors’ Equity, and is the recipient of the 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Equity for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre.” Twitter: @CToyJ 

Tina Stafford

Tina Stafford, Mrs. Reed / Mrs. Fairfax
Ms. Stafford has played leading roles at Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Denver Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Barrington Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Virginia Stage Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, PCPA Theatre Festival, and the Utah, Texas, and Maine Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Old School “All My Children” fans will remember Ms. Stafford as Erica Kane’s gruff but loveable prison guard, Slim. Proud Equity member. Welcome to the theatre! 

Rebecca Hirota

Rebecca Hirota, Helen Burns / Adele / Mary Rivers
Ms. Hirota New York credits include Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club), Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stage Company), Looking for Beethoven (New York Theatre Workshop), and Artaud/Artaud (The Signature). Regionally, Ms. Hirota has played leading roles at The Guthrie, The Denver Center, TheatreSquared and Quantum Theatre. On television, she has appeared in “Law & Order,” “Elementary,” “Unforgettable,” and “Gossip Girl.” She received her MFA from Columbia University. Ms. Hirota dedicates her performance to her f(r)amily. 

Damien Baldet

Damien Baldet, Mr. Brockelhurst / Lord Ingram / Saint John Rivers
Mr. Baldet’s Broadway credits include Machinal (Roundabout Theatre Company). Additional theatre credits include Disney’s The Lion King (West End, National U.S. tour); Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning The Civilians Theater Company with whom he performed in The Great Immensity (The Public Theater); Gone Missing (original collaborator, The Belt); Nobody's Lunch (PS122); Paris Commune (Mazur Theatre); and Canard, Canard, Goose? Other credits include Hoover Comes Alive! directed by Alex Timbers (Abrons Arts Center); Blood Wedding and Sweet Bird of Youth (La Jolla Playhouse); A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage (Two River Theater Company); Attempts On Her Life and Frankenstein (Soho Repertory Theatre); Poor Superman (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati). MFA USCD 2001; BFA CCM '95. 

Michael Sharon

Michael Sharon, Rochester
Mr. Sharon’s international and New York credits include Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (GBS Theatre, London), El Gallo in the historic off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, and The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera, Lincoln Center. Regional credits include title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), Pericles (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Bristol Riverside), as well as Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company), Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage), Starbuck in The Rainmaker (People's Light), Mr. Knightley in Jane Austen's Emma (Pioneer Theatre Company), and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Broadway World and Carbonell Award nominations). Mr. Sharon’s credits also include the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Goodspeed Opera House, and multiple seasons at the Oregon, Utah and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. Film and TV credits include “Identical,” “According to Jim,” “Unforgettable,” and “One Life to Live.” Mr. Sharon received his training at the University of Southern California and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. 

Jesse Bhamrah

Jesse Bhamrah, Ensemble
Jesse graduated from James Madison University and is ecstatic to have spent this season at The Rep as an Emerging Professional Resident. He appeared as Juan in Man of La Mancha and in the ensemble of Disgraced, A Christmas Carol. Understudy credits include Sancho, Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha; Amir, Abe in DisgracedFred, in A Christmas Carol; Froggy LeSueur in The Foreigner; Jim in The Glass Menagerie 

Tanner Medding

Tanner Medding, Ensemble
Tanner is an Emerging Professional Resident this season and appeared as Horse in Man of La Mancha and Ensemble of A Christmas Carol. Understudy credits include: Padre, Paco, Juan in Man of La Mancha; Isaac in Disgraced (performed); Max in The Royale; Ellard, Rev. David in The ForeignerTom in The Glass Menagerie. Prior to The Rep, he was a company member with Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre Company.

Polly Teale

Polly Teale, Playwright
Polly Teale has created a unique body of work as a writer and director that has won critical and audience acclaim with productions transferring to the West End and touring internationally. An award-winning theatre practitioner, she was artistic director of Shared Experience from 1995 – 2015. She has also authored a number of original plays and stage adaptations, including Jane Eyre, Brontë, and After Mrs. Rochester for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and the Time Out Award for Best West End Production. Other directing credits include Mermaid (adaptation of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen), Bracken MoorMary ShelleySpeechless, (co- writer/director), The Glass MenagerieMine (writer/director), Ten Tiny ToesKindertransportMadame BovaryThe ClearingA Doll’s HouseThe House of Bernada AlbaDesire Under the Elms, and as co-director, War and Peace (co- production with National Theatre) and Mill on the Floss. In 2014 she directed the UK premiere of Bakersfield Mist by American playwright Stephen Sachs, starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid in the West End. 

KJ Sanchez

KJ Sanchez, Director
Ms. Sanchez is an associate artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Directing credits here include Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher, the world premiere of Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman, Joan the Girl of Arc by Darrah Cloud, and Venus in Fur by David Ives. As a playwright, she has been produced at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater, Center Stage (Baltimore), Round House Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company and off-Broadway at Urban Stages Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Other recent directing credits include The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz at The Goodman in Chicago, Harvey; The Diary of Anne Frank and Noises Off at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, along with Quiara Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Ms. Sanchez is the voice of many characters in the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! She is a Fox Fellow, the 2012 Douglass Wallop Fellow, an Albert Award nominee, and an NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors recipient and currently an Associate Professor and Head of Directing at University of Texas at Austin. 

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