Em is thrilled to make his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Previous credits include Taylor Mac’s Hir at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago; the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and off-Broadway/Signature Center); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (off-Broadway/Masterworks Theatre Company); the world premiere of The Anthem (off-Broadway/The Culture Project); the world premiere of The Erlkings (off-Broadway/Theatre Row); Peter Pan (Tuacahn Ampitheatre); Wagner’s Ring Cycle (L.A. Opera); and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (national tour). Film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Bull and Ricki and the Flash. Em received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. To learn more about him, please visit EmGrosland.com or follow @EmGrosland.
Jeff is thrilled to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. His Broadway credits include A Time to Kill and Cymbeline. He was also a featured stage fighter in Cyrano de Bergerac at The Metropolitan Opera. Jeff has been a company member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for over 18 years as both actor and director in productions that include What the Butler Saw, Merchant of Venice, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, The Tempest, Fallen Angels, Oliver Twist, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Servant of Two Masters, The Rivals, Life of Galileo, Enrico IV and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), to name a few. Regionally, Jeff has played leading and supporting roles at Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, The Old Globe in San Diego, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company and numerous regional and New York City theatre companies. On television, he has appeared in The Detour. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Visit jeffreymbender.com.
This is Austin’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut! Off-Broadway credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience, directed by Arin Arbus). Other theatre credits include Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Miss Julie (Access Theater New York City), Romeo and Juliet (as Romeo, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, directed by Rob Clare), Marat/Sade (Purchase Repertory Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Southern Repertory Theatre). Various workshops and readings include The Public Theater, Theatre for a New Audience and Tectonic Theater Project. He was composer for Ten Days in a Madhouse (Strangemen & Co.) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Purchase Repertory Theatre). He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. Gratitude to his family, Stephanie, Blake, and Wolf Talent for this experience. Visit www.austinreedalleman.com. @austinreedalleman
Thank you for coming to see this story! Rin is excited to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where she was seen in last season’s Jane Eyre as Bertha and in the 2012 production The Three Musketeers. She recently concluded a developmental lab in New York of the new musical, Other World by Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen and Ann McNamee. Other New York credits include Cyrano De Bergerac directed by Gabriel Barre (Theatre at St. Clements), and As You Like It and The Tempest (New York Classical Theatre). Regional credits include Urinetown and The Mikado (Weston Playhouse), and Chicago, Grease! and Cats (Cortland Repertory Theatre). Rin enjoys some occasional stunt work in the New York film and television industry. She is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA and her wonderful family. Visit www.rinallen.com. Instagram: @rinallen
Thomas is excited to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Select New York credits include Julius Caesar (Old Hat Theatre Company), Titus Andronicus (Hudson Warehouse Theater Company) and The Pelican (Voyage Theater Company). Regionally, Thomas has played major roles at The Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, The Ensemble Theatre Houston, Shakespeare and Company, Portland Stage Company, TheatreSquared Arkansas and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. This fall, he can be seen leading in the horror comedy feature film, Artifact. He received his MFA from The University of Connecticut, and he is founder and Artistic Director of Whet Ink Productions and an Associate Producer of Classics in Color. Visit www.thomasbrazzle.com. @tbrazzledazzle
Michael is very excited to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. Regionally, he has appeared at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in their productions of Twelfth Night; The Book of Will; The General from America; Measure for Measure; As You Like It and So Please You, a clown show, which he also co-devised. Mike has also spent three seasons with The Living Room Theatre, a Vermont-based theatre of which he is a co-founder, appearing in their productions of The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard and Exit the King. His most recent New York stage appearance was in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages. Thanks and Love to my wife, R.
Grant is thrilled to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has appeared as Charlie Stewart in Mad River Rising and as Aramis in The Three Musketeers. Most recently, Grant appeared as Sherlock Holmes in Holmes and Watson at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Ned Alleyn in Shakespeare in Love at Cleveland Play House and as Randall Utterword in Heartbreak House at Hartford Stage directed by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak. National tours include The Merchant of Venice starring F. Murray Abraham. New York credits include Antony & Cleopatra and The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience); King Lear and The Iliad (Lincoln Center); Pericles (Red Bull Theater); and Richard II (The Pearl). Regional credits include extensive work with such theatres as Yale Repertory, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Court Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, PlayMakers Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Syracuse Stage, The People's Light and Theatre Company (Philadelphia), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Clarence Brown Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and the Utah, Illinois, Notre Dame and Kentucky Shakespeare festivals, among many others. Film and television credits include As the World Turns, Sex and the City and Sleepers. Training: Graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Visit grantgoodmantheatre.com.
Taha is thrilled to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for Treasure Island! He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a minor in Psychology, and he was a recent member of the 2016-17 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company at the Playhouse. Recent Playhouse credits include Shakespeare in Love, A Christmas Carol, as well as touring productions of Pinocchio; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Robin Hood. Taha has a love and respect for movement, shown in express practices of martial arts, parkour and stage combat. As an actor combatant status with the Society of American Fight Directors, he is also certified in unarmed, knife, rapier and dagger and quarterstaff combat. In his downtime, Taha enjoys epic sessions of Dungeons and Dragons with his close friends. His future aspirations incline to continued work in the theatre and voiceover. He would like to thank his family, friends and mentors for their unwavering support.
Max, an Ohio native, is eager to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. In New York, he appeared in Glory of the World (BAM). Some of his regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tantrum Theater); Glory of the World, Dracula and That High Lonesome Sound (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Comedy of Errors, The Crucible and Harvey (Monomoy Theatre). Max received his BFA in performance at Ohio University and is a proud alumnus of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Barry is delighted to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having previously appeared here in Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird and Burkie. Elsewhere around town, he’s been seen in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Elephant Man (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Bloomsday, Tribes and Freud’s Last Session (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); and The Music Man in Concert with the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall. Barry was seen off-Broadway in Wild Oats, Ghost Sonata, Danton’s Death and Balloon (Outer Critics Circle Awards nomination, best play), and at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles in Love Streams with Gena Rowlands, directed by John Cassavetes. Regional credits include leading roles at such theatres as Long Wharf Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Intiman Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Clarence Brown Theatre Company, among others. His plays Existential Therapy and Barnes & Noble Conquer the World have been staged at Love Creek Theatre in New York and Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires. Recent screen credits include Old Man and the Gun, A Kind of Murder, Surviving Compton and the upcoming Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked.
Marco is a Mexican American actor/musician from the Rio Grande Valley. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include Dick Wilkins in A Christmas Carol and Boom in the Off the Hill touring play The Last Firefly. Marco is incredibly grateful to be a member of the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company and would like to thank his friends and family for their support and unconditional love.
As the author of tonight’s treasure hunt has written, “That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much — we are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” Andy is tickled to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park — you may remember him in last season’s Jane Eyre and the previous season's Peter and the Starcatcher. He is a proud and thankful member of a union of artists called Actors’ Equity Association and he thanks you for being our friend tonight and for helping make the adventure you are about to embark upon possible by coming to the theater!
JT is originally from McFarland, Wisconsin. He is so happy to be working at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for the 2017-18 season where he has appeared as Geppetto in Pinocchio, the Undertaker in A Christmas Carol and as Ax/Tree in The Last Firefly. In New York, he trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where some of his favorite roles included Touchstone in As You Like It, Kenneth Talley in The Fifth of July and Poseidon in The Trojan Woman. JT would like to thank his family for all the support they have provided. He has a BS in Biology and Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Clarie.
Michael Anthony is ecstatic to be returning home to perform at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, after performing in Jitney last season and in his debut in 2006’s Of Mice and Men. Off-Broadway credits include Persephone at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Regional credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at 1st Stage Theater; Jitney and To Kill a Mockingbird at Ford’s Theatre; Starving at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Jesus Hopped the A Train, Two Trains Running and I’ll Get You Back Again at Round House Theatre; Venus and Omnium Gatherum at Olney Theatre Center; Master Harold and the Boys at The Studio Theatre; Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Swine Palace; The Colored Museum at Victory Gardens Theater; Two Trains Running at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Nomathemba with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Steppenwolf Theatre and at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; The Second City Chicago Theater Company. Television credits include The Wire (HBO), FBI Files (NBC) and Homicide: Life on the Streets (NBC). Film credits include Losing Isaiah, The Replacements, Contact, Unbreakable and The Brave One. Michael Anthony dedicates his body of work to his daughter, Margarita Williams, and to the memory of his father, Dr. Obadiah Williams. CCDS 1978.
Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has written 25 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. He has received commissions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe and the Bristol Old Vic, and he is a Sallie B. Goodman Fellow of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. His awards include the Charles MacArthur Award, the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. His plays and musicals include Crazy For You (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End, starring Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave and Joan Collins), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway, starring Kristen Bell), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway, starring Alec Baldwin), Leading Ladies, The Game’s Afoot, A Fox on the Fairway, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Baskerville and A Comedy of Tenors. In 2017, his adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, written at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, premiered at the McCarter Theatre, and his newest play, Sherwood, opened last summer at The Old Globe. He holds degrees from Harvard and Cambridge Universities. His plays and musicals are produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year. See www.kenludwig.com.
Blake is Artistic Director of the Playhouse, where he has directed Shakespeare in Love, A Prayer for Owen Meany, the world premiere of Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens, Mad River Rising, Peter and the Starcatcher, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Pride and Prejudice, 4000 Miles, The Book Club Play, The Three Musketeers and the world premiere of Abigail/1702. Earlier this season, he staged Native Gardens at the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Previously, he collaborated with John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops as director of their concert staging of The Music Man starring Will Chase and Betsy Wolfe. Blake has directed classics, musicals and new plays at theatres across the country including Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, National Shakespeare Company and Vermont Stage. Internationally, he directed the Tennessee Williams classic Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and has worked several times at the renowned Avignon Festival in France. As an adapter, he created successful stage versions of Alice McDermott's beloved novel Charming Billy and Jay Parini's The Last Station. He lives in Mt. Lookout with his wife, Connan Morrissey, and their sons, Declan and Callum.
Drew is thrilled to be back at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a Fight Director. He is a Fight Master, past President of the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Here at the Playhouse, his very first fight choreography job was Treasure Island some 29 years ago! Additionally, over the years at the Playhouse, he has staged world premieres of The Dead Eye Boy and Hiding Behind Comets and, among others, The Three Musketeers, Peter and the Starcatcher,Othello and King Lear. Fight work at other theatres includes Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Opera, American Shakespeare Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He is a Master Teacher of stage movement and combat, instructing students at training programs and universities across the United States and internationally, including a visiting faculty position with the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House Professional Actor Training Program. Drew is an honorary member of The British Academy of Dramatic Combat, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and Nordic Stage Fight Society. Drew lives in central Kentucky with his actress, pickle-making, amazing wife, Sherman.
Happy to be back with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park team of incredible talents, Jeff is a full-time professor at the University of Vermont and teaches the fundamentals of scenery, scene design, advanced scene design and scene painting classes. Stepping down after 11 years as chair of the department, he marks his 25th year in the department of theatre. His professional life as scenic designer and scenic artist spans more than 45 years and over 400 productions, with credits ranging from national and international tours to regional theatre productions; from works with operas and ballet companies to off-Broadway and Broadway productions; and from industrials to television shows and the silver screen. Jeff was an assistant to the late Jo Mielziner and is currently represented by the National Holocaust Museum’s exhibit of Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story in Washington D.C. He has been production manager and resident designer for two professional summer theatre programs spanning a period of 26 years. Jeff is an artist in residence with the Vermont Stage Company, which was created by Blake Robison more than 25 years ago. Sending lots of love back home to husband Matt and a quick woof-woof to Jackson and Bailey. Sit. Stay.
Mathew designed costumes for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. Off-Broadway credits include Two Trains Running (Signature Theatre) and Bach at Leipzig (New York Theatre Workshop). He has designed more than 25 productions since 1998 at The Guthrie Theater including A Christmas Carol, Roman Holiday, When We Are Married, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1776, She Loves Me, The Night of the Iguana, A School for Scandal and Sweeney Todd. Mathew’s other regional theatre credits include numerous productions for Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Children's Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theater, Penumbra Theatre Company and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre. His work has appeared at other theatres including The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Acting Company, Geffen Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minnesota Opera and Mixed Blood Theatre Company. Mathew was a 2014-15 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow, the recipient of the 2012 Theatre Development Fund – Irene Sharaff Young Master Award and an AUDELCO award nominee. He serves as a professor of Costume Design and head of the Design/Tech program at the University of Minnesota.
Jaymi is thrilled to be designing her first show at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has been designing around the country for the last 20 years at theatres such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Alliance Theatre Company, Getty Villa, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Lookingglass Theatre Company, among others. Some of her most recent favorites have included The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Dallas Theater Center, The Who and the What at LaJolla Playhouse, Peter and the Starcatcher and Vietgone at South Coast Repertory and The Daughter of the Regiment at The Mill City Opera. Her work has also been seen in China, Italy, Spain, Scotland and Ireland. Previous awards have included the 2003 Michael Merritt/Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, a 2014 Column Award and a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award. She is currently a professor of lighting design at The University of California, Irvine. Her work can be seen online at jaymismith.com.
Matthew made his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut in 2012 with The Three Musketeers and has since returned for Abigail/1702, The Book Club Play, Clybourne Park, 4000 Miles, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Peter and the Starcatcher, Buzzer, Sex with Strangers, Mad River Rising, Mothers and Sons, A Prayer for Owen Meany and Summerland. Off-Broadway credits include The Public Theater/NYSF, Lincoln Center Theater and 59E59 Theaters. Regional credits include Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Theater Alliance, Olney Theatre Center and Contemporary American Theater Festival. Film and television credits include Death in Time, Elbow Grease, Blue, Epix Drive-In, From Hell to Here, The Good Ways of Things, The Long Road and Too Like the Lightning. Matthew is a founding member of the audio theatre company The Audible Group and creator of the series Troublesome Gap. Nielson has won several awards for his work in the D.C. area, regionally and film. He is currently running Sound Lab Studios, a recording studio and production house. Samples can be heard online at www.CuriousMusic.com.
Stephanie is thrilled to continue her collaboration with Blake Robison and the Playhouse, having cast A Prayer for Owen Meany, Disgraced, A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, All the Roads Home and Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery last season, and Shakespeare in Love, Mr. Joy and Be Here Now this season. Previously for the Playhouse, she cast The Secret Garden; Sex with Strangers; Mad River Rising; Native Gardens; The Revolutionists; To Kill a Mockingbird; Mothers and Sons; Bad Dates; Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club; Safe House; Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical; Circle Mirror Transformation; Peter and the Starcatcher; Buzzer; Fly; Seven Spots on the Sun; Clybourne Park; 4000 Miles; Pride and Prejudice; and A Delicate Ship as well as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment; The Book Club Play; Leveling Up; Abigail/1702; A Christmas Carol; The Three Musketeers; and The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, as well as on film and television. She has many exciting projects running and upcoming. Stephanie is a member of the Casting Society of America.
Andrea is excited to be celebrating her 18th season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having worked on more than 85 productions. A highlight of every season for her is A Christmas Carol. Favorite Playhouse credits include Be Here Now; Mr. Joy; Erma Bombeck; Jane Eyre; Disgraced; Bad Dates; The Revolutionists; Peter and the Starcatcher; I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; The North Pool; Pride and Prejudice; The Trip to Bountiful; Merrily We Roll Along; As You Like It; Behind the Eye; The Understudy; Blackbird; Durango; Around the World in 80 Days; Altar Boyz; Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming; Reckless; Ace; The Clean House; A Picasso; One; Abracadabra (2002-2007); The Bible … (abridged); and Dark Paradise. Regionally, she stage managed The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (Dallas Theater Center), Ace (The Old Globe), Lost Prospect (Ingenuity Festival of Cleveland), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker (Cincinnati Ballet); and Snow White and Beauty and the Beast (Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy). She also served as the production stage manager for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Andrea received her BA from East Tennessee State University. She would like to thank her family, friends, Dylan and Scott for their unending support.
A stage manager at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 1994, Jenifer became the PSM (head of the department) in 2005. She has worked on more than 100 productions, including a number of regional and world premieres, and has traveled to several other theaters to bring co-productions back to the Playhouse. Her recent credits include Marie and Rosetta, An Evening With Groucho, Shakespeare in Love, Little Shop of Horrors, The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue, A Prayer for Owen Meany, To Kill a Mockingbird, Low Down Dirty Blues, The Secret Garden, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and The Three Musketeers. Jenifer served as the PSM at Santa Fe Stages for several seasons. She has also stage managed at Cleveland Play House, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, The Ordway and Players Theatre Columbus. One of her most memorable experiences was stage managing the U.K. tour of Miss Evers’ Boys at The Barbican Centre in London and at the historic Bristol Old Vic.
Arguably the greatest adventure story ever told, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island leaps to the Playhouse stage in a larger-than-life production helmed by Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison.CONTINUE READING>