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Nathaniel Stampley, Cervantes/Don Quixote
Nathaniel returns to Milwaukee Rep after performing in The Color Purple and Dreamgirls. He is a UW-Madison graduate and Ten Chimneys Fellow. Nate played Porgy on the national tour of the Tony-winning production, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Other Broadway credits include: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple and The Lion King. West End: The Lion King (Disney UK Ltd.). Off-Broadway/Regional: Big Love, Signature Theatre (NY); Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem; Abyssinia, North Shore Music Theatre; Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Strike Up the Band and One Touch of Venus, Auditorium Theatre’s Ovations! Series; Man of La Mancha, Marriott Theatre (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination); Violet, Once on This Island and Big River (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination); Girl Crazy, The King and I, Skylight Music Theater; 1776, Milwaukee Opera Theatre. www.nathanielstampley.com

Emma Rose Brooks, Antonia 
Emma is thrilled to make her Milwaukee Rep debut! A Vermont native, Emma graduated early from Rider University this past winter, and now lives in her Grandmother’s attic in Brooklyn, NYC. Favorite roles include Annelle in Steel Magnolias and Petra in A Little Night Music (New London Barn Playhouse). Much love to her family, friends, teachers/mentors, KDT, Linda, and Wolf Talent Group. For the Don Quixote we miss, this is for you Grandpa.

Michael J. Farina, Sancho
Michael is pleased to make his Milwaukee Rep debut.  He comes directly from playing Mordcah in Fiddler on the Roof with Maine State Music Theater earlier this summer.  Broadway credits include: In My Life as Al/God, Suessical the Musical as Grandpa Who (u/s Horton), A Christmas Carol as Mr. Fezziwig, My Fair Lady as Jamie (u/s Karparthy) and Fiddler on the Roof as Nachum (u/s Mordcha).  Regional favorites include: Sancho in Man of La Mancha at Paper Mill Playhouse, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance at Guthrie Theatre, Gangster No. 1 in Kiss Me Kate at Houston’s TUTS, Herman in Sweet Charity at North Shore Music Theatre, Officer Barrel in Urinetown at Geva Theater Center, and Mr Bumble in Oliver at Gateway Playhouse.  Film/TV: Melinda and Melinda (Woody Allen, Dir) and “All My Children.”  Michael thanks his agents at TKO and his family for their support. www.michaeljfarina.com

Michael Accardo, Barber/Captain of the Inquisition
Michael was last seen at The Rep in The Doyle and Debbie Show and is excited to be back.  Other credits include: The Oldman in A Christmas Story (Paramount Theater), Harry Brock in Born Yesterday (Springer Opera House), Thenardier in Les Miserable (Marriott Lincolnshire and Arkansas Rep), Cladwell in Urinetown (Mercury Theater Chicago), Harold in The Full Monty (Drury Lane Water Tower Place), Michael also does film, television and radio voiceover work.  He is a proud Actors Equity member of 34 years. Thank you to Kristine for her continued love and support.  

Jesse Bhamrah, Ensemble
Jesse is thrilled to join The Rep as an intern for its 2016/17 Season! Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jesse earned his BA in Theater from James Madison University in Virginia. He has performed across the country and overseas including with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, NH and at the Festival d'Avignon in Avignon, France. Some of his recent credits include Henry in Next to Normal, Enjolras in Les Miserables, and Roscoe in The Emperor's New Clothes. Jesse is thrilled to be spending the year in Milwaukee and would like to thank everyone a The Rep who has made this season possible.

Darrington Clark, Ensemble
Darrington is a graduate of Kansas State University. There, he was fortunate to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Clay in Dutchman and Orlando in As You Like It, among other roles. Now he is extremely grateful to appear here and work with the prestigious Milwaukee Rep. Many thanks to God, his father William, Jen Vellenga and the amazing faculty at K-State and the incredible friends who constantly offer support in the best ways.

Christie Coran, Ensemble
Christie is delighted to be at The Rep this season! Originally from DeKalb, Illinois, she holds a BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Christie has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and spent a summer teaching theatre in Monteverde, Costa Rica.  She is now based in Chicago, where her recent credits include The 39 Steps (Theatre at the Center), Holiday Stories (16th Street Theatre), Maybe Baby It’s You (Fox Valley Repertory), and most recently, the role of Barbra Streisand in At Mr. Kelly’s (Three Cat Productions). Christie also performed in Marat/Sade at the Sabanci Int’l Theatre Festival in Adana, Turkey. Much love and thanks to her family! www.christiecoran.com.

Alvin Crawford, Innkeeper/Governor
Mr. Crawford is very excited to make his Milwaukee Rep debut! On Broadway he's appeared in  The Lion King, Lost In The Stars, Candide, Miss Saigon and The Buddy Holly Story. Off-Broadway shows include Street Scene and A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Regionally he has been seen in A Raisin In the Sun at Westport Country Playhouse, The Odyssey at The Old Globe, Sanctuary Song at Theatre Direct and Famous Orpheus at Ge’Va Theater. National Tours include, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (Crown) and Martin Guerre (Andre) beginning at The Guthrie Theater. Mr. Crawford has made Film and TV appearances in “Law and Order SVU,” “Nurse Jackie,” And So It Goes, It Runs in the Family, Clarence, Pray For Me Paul Henderson, “Degrassi High,” PBS Live From Lincoln Center's Productions of Show Boat and PBS Live from Carnegie Hall's production of South Pacific. Alvin is a graduate of The Juilliard School. Love always to Audrey, Ramon and Marquiez.

Jonathan Gillard Daly, Padre
Jonathan has appeared in sixty productions at The Rep since his arrival in Milwaukee in 1998. Some of his favorite roles here include Elwood P. Dodd in Harvey, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Arkady in A Month in the Country, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Jon just completed a summer with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, where he played Polonius opposite Deb Staples' Hamlet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Mrs. Bumbrake in Peter and the Starcatcher. Other local credits include Edward Bloom in  Big Fish at First Stage and Marius in The Road to Mecca at Renaissance Theaterworks.In the spring he will be appearing at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in Great Expectations, a critically acclaimed adaptation by his wife, Gale Childs Daly.  Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Clarence Brown Theater, American Players Theater, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and PCPA Theaterfest. He is the author of The Daly News, which played at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre ; To The Promised Land, which received its inaugural production at First Stage; and  is currently working on Sandburg, a one-man play about the poet Carl Sandburg. Love, as always, to Gale, Sam and Emily.

Matt Daniels, Duke (Dr. Carrasco)
Matt is an actor, director, and teaching artist making his Rep debut. Theaters include First Stage, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, In Tandem, Forward Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Lake Geneva Theatre, Kentucky Rep, and the Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festivals. He is the Associate Director of First Stage's Young Company. An avid ukulelist, Matt enjoys time spent with Il Bazzone's Jumping Flea Circus. He is a Juilliard graduate. www.MattDanielsOnline.com

Michael Doherty, Anselmo
Michael’s previous Rep credits include Younger Brother in Ragtime and the last three years of A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: Dublin by Lamplight (59E59/ Inis Nua). Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Rep, Gulfshore Playhouse, The Wilma Theater, Arden Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon and many more. Received the 2011 Barrymore Award for Supporting Actor in a Musical. B.F.A. University of the Arts. Love always to Mom, Dad, and Alex.

Gia Erichson, Ensemble
Gia is so excited to be working as an Emerging Professional Resident at Milwaukee Rep! She is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA in Performing Arts. Some of her most recent credits include Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), All Shook Up (Natalie Haller), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lucetta). She was also a nominee in the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival under Sound Design, for her work in music direction. She is beyond honored to be here in Milwaukee amongst countless amazing artists, and cannot wait to see where this journey takes her!

Matt Frye, Ensemble
Matt is honored to be a part of Milwaukee Rep's Residency Program! Matt was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in the state of Washington. He moved to Chicago to attend The Chicago College of Performing at Roosevelt University where he earned a BFA in musical theater. When he is not in the classroom, you can usually find Matt performing or in rehearsal. Recent credits includeSkippyjon Jones at the Cirque de Ole' (Emerald City Theater) Dogfight (BoHo) [title of show] (Brown Paper Box, Jeff Nomination Actor in a Principle Role) The Full Monty Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theater).

Gavin Gregory, Pedro/Don Quixote Alternate
Gavin returns to The Rep after recently playing Coalhouse in Ragtime.  His Broadway credits include: The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Crown U/S), The Color Purple (Buster/African Chief, Harpo U/S).  1st National Tour The Lion King (Mufusa U/S, Scar U/S). New York Theatre: Showboat Concert. Portland: The Whipping Man (Simon), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), Ragtime (Coalhouse), The Huntsmen. Atlanta: Violet (Flick), Chess. THRILLED returning to The Rep! 

Tommy Hahn, Paco
Local credits include Milwaukee Rep (A Christmas Carol), Skylight Music Theatre (Rent, Les Misérables, Sunday in the Park with George, Music Man). Regional credits: Fireside Theatre (Pump Boys and Dinettes, Rockin’ At The Fireside—50s, 60s and 70s), Marriott Theatre (Phantom, Miss Saigon, Evita) and Northlight Theatre (Side Show).   Tommy also created the role of Tank Turrette in the World Premiere of Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale for the 2014/2015 Broadway in Chicago series.

Tanner Medding, Ensemble
Tanner is an actor from Baltimore, MD, where he received his BFA in acting from Towson University. Recent Baltimore credits include: co-creator/actor in the immersive theatre production The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, Submersive Productions; Bareback Ink, The Homo Poe Show, and Slipping, Iron Crow Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory; The Importance of Being EarnestTwelfth Night, and Bacchai, Towson University. Tanner was previously an Artistic Associate with Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s only queer theatre company, as well as a part-time Education and Community Outreach intern with Centerstage Theater. Tanner’s passion for new works has led to his participation in numerous readings, workshops, and regional premieres – most notably with WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab (Generous Company) in 2012 as an actor & student artist. Tanner is thrilled to be a resident this season with Milwaukee Rep.

Kat Moser, Ensemble
Kat is from Louisville, Kentucky. She recently received her MFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design after receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University. The summer of 2015, she interned for CBS Casting in New York City. A few of Kat's recent credits include Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Mother in Ragtime where she was nominated and became a finalist for the Kennedy Center region IV, and Lauren Michigan in the world premiere of Lasagna Manana. Kat is thrilled to start a new adventure with Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Beth Mulkerron, Maria
Beth is thrilled to be back for her sixth production at Milwaukee Rep after appearing as Susie in Hula Hoop Sha-Boop, Brigit in Ragtime and as both Belle and Katherine in A Christmas Carol. Additional stage highlights include Off-Broadway: Redhook; In Concert: An Evening with Davis GainesLinkUp with MSO; Regional highlights: Jane in Fallen Angels (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), Hermione/ Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale (Optimist Theatre), Susan in Big (First Stage),The Sizzlin’ 60’s (The Fireside), Signe in Church Basement Ladies (The Marcus Center), Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Windfall Theatre). Television and voiceover credits include NBC, Miller, GE, Kohl’s, and the Wisconsin Lottery. Beth has also appeared in independent films, and has enjoyed recording extensively for Hal Leonard.

Leenya Rideout, Aldonza
Leenya was first seen at The Rep in Woody Sez.  Her Broadway credits include: War Horse, Cyrano de Bergerac, Company, Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew, Public Theater; Yiddle with a Fiddle, AJT; Portable Pioneer & Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre; Cowgirls, Minetta Lane.  Regional: On Golden Pond, Casa Mañana Theatre; Fairfield, Cleveland Playhouse; Secret Garden, Capital Rep;  Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Hangar Theater; Holidays with the Chalks, Alliance Theatre; Merrily We Roll Along, Cincinnati Playhouse; Man of La Mancha, ACCC; Cardenio, ART; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater.  Film:  Mona Lisa Smile;  Loser. Television: “Company” (PBS); “My Favorite Broadway” (PBS); “Nashville Star” (USA Network).  Concert: Sondheim Celebration (Avery Fisher Hall); Wall to Wall Broadway (Symphony Space); Nothing Like a Dame 2007; Bringing Broadway Back Home (Fort Collins Symphony).  Radio: Selected Shorts, NPR. Love to Ted.

Justin Senense, Muleteer
Justin is excited to be making his Milwaukee Repertory Debut! He is a graduate of James Madison University. Some of his favorite credits include: Angel in Rent (Westchester Broadway),  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour), Hair (Italian Tour), and Miss Saigon (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Bernstein's Mass (Virginia Arts Festival) and Lun Tha in the King and I (Lakes Region Summer Theatre). Many thanks to his friends and family for their constant love and support! To Dreams!

Bethany Thomas, Housekeeper 
Bethany is thrilled to be back at The Rep after appearing in A Christmas CarolThe Color PurpleAin't Misbehavin', and Ragtime. Regional credits: Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu (Second City) The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare); Porgy and Bess (Court Theater); also work with Geva Theater, Paramount Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Writers' Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, About Face, and Porchlight Music Theatre. Television: “Empire” (FOX). She resides in Chicago and is the proud recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award and a Black Theatre Alliance Award. www.bethanythomasmusic.com

Candace Thomas, Ensemble
Candace is an MFA acting candidate at the University of South Carolina. Some of her favorite Theatre South Carolina credits include The Tempest (Miranda), Blithe Spirit(Elvira), The Threepenny Opera (Polly Peachum), and Tongue of a Bird (Maxine). Philadelphia regional credits include Spring Awakening (Theatre Horizon), Passing Strange (11th Hour Theatre Company), and Little Shop of Horrors (Bristol Riverside Theatre), in which she received a 2014 Barrymore Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. The New Jersey native is the author of a one-woman show titled The Thought. The Force. The Love. The Joy. The Hope: An Ode to the Seldom Heard. Candace also served as assistant director and musical director/vocal coach for Ubuntu Theatre Project’s award winning production of The Brothers Size in 2015 (Theatre Bay Award winner for Best Ensemble, and Best Production). 

Mark Clements, Director
Mark began his tenure as Milwaukee Rep’s Artistic Director with the 2010/11 Season. He is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States. For Milwaukee Rep: American Song, Of Mice and Men, Dreamgirls, Five Presidents, The Color Purple, The History of Invulnerability, End of the Rainbow, Ragtime, Clybourne Park, Assassins, Othello, Next to Normal, Death of a Salesman, Bombshells and Cabaret. For The Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia: Oliver!, Born Yesterday, Great Expectations, Les Misérables (2008 Barrymore Award – Best Production of a Musical) and Of Mice and Men (2007 Barrymore Award – Best Director and Best Production of a Play).The Milliner (Off-Broadway, World Premiere), CSC, New York; My Fair Lady, Copenhagen; The Browning Version (Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse and Blunt Speaking (World Premiere), Chichester Festival Theatre U.K. and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York. Other productions include: Speaking in Tongues (U.S. Premiere), Roundabout Theatre Company; Speaking in Tongues (European Premiere; Barclays/TMA Best Director Nomination), Hampstead Theatre, London; Creator/Director – Soul Train, West End (Olivier Award nomination), and three U.K. National Tours. U.K. National Tours of The Glass Menagerie, The Gingerbread Lady and Love & Marriage all for Bath Theatre Royal productions. Mark served as an Associate Artistic Director for Moving Theatre Company, the production company founded by Vanessa and Corin Redgrave. He has also been Associate Artistic Director for New End Theatre and New Players Theatre, both in London, Royal Theatre in Northampton, and Torch Theatre in Wales. Additionally, Mark served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Derby Playhouse in the U.K. from 1992 to 2002, where he directed over 40 productions. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys.

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 Dreamgirls, The Devils 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).

Jack Magaw, Scenic Designer
Jack most recently designed The Mousetrap and A Raisin in the Sun at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.  Recent Off-Broadway, Chicago and regional design credits include The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre), Rapture Blister Burn (Goodman Theatre), The Who and The What (Lincoln Center Theatre-LCT3 and La Jolla Playhouse), Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Gem of the Ocean (Court Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank and Hedda Gabler (Writers’ Theatre), Amadeus, South Pacific and Charley’s Aunt (Utah Shakespeare Festival), South Pacific (Clarence Brown Theatre), Evita and Roof of the World (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Discord and Mothers and Sons (Northlight Theatre), The Full Monty and Alabama Story (Peninsula Players Theatre).  Nine Joseph Jefferson Award nominations include designs for The Diary of Anne Frank (Writers’ Theatre) and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre).  Upcoming projects include Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre) and East Texas Hot Links (Writers’ Theatre).  Jack lives in Chicago and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  www.jackmagaw.com

Alexander B. Tecoma, Costume Designer
Alex has been a Draper in The Rep’s Costume Shop for the past 20 seasons. He was Rep Company Member of the Year for the 2004/05 season. Past designs for The Rep include: Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, Ragtime, Assassins, Always . . . Patsy Cline, Next to Normal, Nobody Lonesome for Me, Liberace!, Route 66, The Lady With All the Answers, Greater Tuna, The Norman Conquests, The Glass Menagerie, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Polish Diva from Milwaukee, The Andrews Brothers, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Lana Mae’s Honky Tonk Laundry, Fully Committed and Shear Madness. Other design credits include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Chamber Theatre), Barrymore, Memory House, Skin Tight, Educating Rita, Syncopation, A Phoenix Too Frequent (Renaissance Theaterworks), The Tempest (Optimist Theatre) and Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Tour. Other professional credits: Great Lakes Theater Festival, American Players Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Santa Fe Opera. Alex received his MFA in Costume Design from University of Illinois.

Jason Fassl, Lighting Designer
This production marks Jason’s 22nd Milwaukee Rep production including The Mousetrap, The Amish Project, Seascape and most recently American Song.  Over the last decade, Mr. Fassl has consumed mass quantities of electricity at The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children’s Theatre, American Players Theatre, Peninsula Players, Door Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, American Folklore Theatre, Forward Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre of Madison, The Pearl Theatre Company and many others.  Jason is a member of United Scenic Artists Local#829, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local#18 and proud to be an artist in this rich theatrical community. Portfolio and information at www.AntiShadows.com

Megan B. Henninger, Sound Designer
Megan 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). 

John Tanner, Music Supervisor
John, a Rep Associate Artist, is a composer, sound designer and one of the Principals of Tanner-Monagle Inc., a video and audio production and postproduction house in Milwaukee, WI. His experience covers a broad range of work in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, documentaries, radio, industrial video, and theater. His music has won numerous awards, including Golden Reel Awards; Telly Awards; national, regional and local American Advertising Federation Awards, Silver Microphone Awards and Radio Amateurs of Canada Awards for advertising. Tanner garnered Gold and Platinum sales certifications for his album engineering work. His projects include scores for NBC, ABC, Lionsgate, and PBS. He has written original scores and designed sound for theatrical productions at Milwaukee Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, First Stage, The Fireside Theatre, Kohl’s Wild Theater and many others. Recent work also includes music and sound design for the Milwaukee Public Museum as well as a brand new score to The Rep’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.

James Zager, Movement Director
James Zager, an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), 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 (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 works as an acting coach and has performed with the Milwaukee Ballet. He teaches in Theatre & Arts Management program at Carroll University and is married to Jill Walmsley Zager the voice and dialect coach at The Guthrie Theatre.

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 the 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. 

Anne M. Jude, Stage Manager
Anne is thrilled to be back at The Rep for her third season.  Previous productions at the Rep include Dreamgirls, The Devil’s Music, Fences, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Harvey. National Tours: Mary Poppins, Elf the Musical.  Regional Credits: Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Walnut Street Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theatre. Originally from Minnesota, Anne received her BFA in Arts Administration from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  Proud AEA Member. So much love to Dad, Charlie, her amazing husband Joe, and her sweet baby boy, James. For Mom, Always.

Kimberly Carolus, Assistant Stage Manager
Kimberly is delighted to be beginning her fourth season with the Rep. Originally from Florida, she currently calls Milwaukee home. She has worked on 13 shows during her time with the Rep, most recently on A Christmas Carol and The Invisible Hand last season. Kimberly has also worked at the Fulton Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre in the Park (Iowa City, IA), and Walt Disney World and holds her BFA in Stage Management from the University of Central Florida. She would especially like to thank Nick and her family for their love and support.

Hannah Wichmann, Assistant Stage Manager
Hannah was previously at The Rep as a stage management intern on A Christmas Carol and is thrilled to be returning. Hannah is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and is based in Seattle and Chicago as a Stage Manager. Regional credits: 5th Avenue Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Theater at the Center, and PCPA Theatrefest. She received her MFA in stage management from University of California San Diego. Thank you to my family, SM Agent T, Laura, and Meg for your love and support.

Kyle Winkelmann, Stage Management Resident
Kyle is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with dual degrees in theater and business management. This is his first time living outside of the state of Texas and he is looking forward to experiencing a brand new place with some brand new weather! He enjoys most forms of sports, playing video games, and reading in his spare time. Kyle is looking forward to meeting all of the people he will be working with at Milwaukee Rep and can’t wait to get to work!

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.

Ethan Bender, Bass
Bassist Ethan Bender is happy to be back with The Rep for its production of Man of La Mancha! This is Ethan's fourth musical with The Rep, having performed previously in Next to Normal, The Color Purple and last year's Dreamgirls. Ethan performs regularly in the Milwaukee and Chicago area. Locally he performs with the Donna Woodall Group, and his own band, Beta-Fusion.

Bob Monagle, Guitar
Bob has been working as a guitarist  in the Milwaukee area music scene for the past 30 years as both a leader and sideman.  He has been the guitarist for several national and regional theatre productions including Rent, Hairspray, Jacques Brel, Little Shop of HorrorsNext To Normal, The Color Purple and Dreamgirls. He also has worked several Pops concerts with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Bob is co-owner of a local recording studio/post production business (Tanner-Monagle) where he maintains a busy career as a session guitarist playing on local and national television and radio commercials. 

Patrick Morrow, Drums
Patrick is thrilled to be performing with The Rep.  He spent three years at the Sheboygan Conservatory of Music before joining bands such as The Thamesmen, The Heardsmen, Barry Jive and the Uptown Five, Autobahn and The Kenosha Kickers. Theater credits include The Nightman Cometh, Rochelle Rochelle and Lease: The Musical

Johnny Padilla, Reeds
Johnny Padilla began his performing career in his native Miami, Florida honing his skills as a touring, studio and jazz musician. He has performed in Europe, South America and throughout the United States.  He is the leader of his own quartet, “The Johnny Padilla Quartet”, which can be heard on his latest recording, “Bright Morning.”

Kevin Wood, Trumpet
Kevin is currently Principal Trumpet of the Midwest Mozart Festival and has performed as Principal Trumpet with Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Skylight Music Theater, Music Theater Works in Evanston, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He plays regularly with the Chicago Sinfionetta and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestras, and has performed with Milwaukee’s Present Music, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet. He appeared on Milwaukee Public Television’s broadcast production Christmas at the Basilica with the Bel Canto Chorus and Stained Glass Brass and has made many appearances on Chicago Public Television with the Chicago Sinfionetta. Kevin currently is the trumpet professor at Carthage College. 

 

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