Lavour Addison (Macbeth in Macbeth; Sillers in Inherit the Wind) is pleased as punch to be taking part in two productions of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Lavour grew up in the Bahamas and attended high school in Florida. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a double major in Psychology and Theatre. He also holds a certificate from the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in NYC. He currently studies at the Case Western Reserve/ Cleveland Playhouse MFA program and was recently seen as Midas in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses. His professional experience includes serving as the Acting Captain of the Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures and working as a full time member of the Professional Acting Company with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Favorite credits include The Wild Party, The Genteel Sabai and Bug. Thank you to Paul for this opportunity. I love you Brittni, Winnie, and Pixie.
Paige Baskin (Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables; Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind) is a rising second-year at Oberlin College and hopes to double major in Theater and Cinema Studies. This is her first season with OSTF. Credits include The Bear (Popova; Oberlin Directing One Acts),The Zero Hour (O.; Oberlin Directing One Acts), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell; Bentley School Mainstage), Gypsy (Louise; Bentley School Mainstage), Kiss Me Kate (Lilli Vanessi; Bentley School Mainstage).
David Bugher’s (Banquo in Macbeth; Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind) credits with OSTF include: The Glass Menagerie, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bus Stop, The Cradle Will Rock, Light Up the Sky, Twelfth Night, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It, and The Secret Garden, Treasure Island, and All’s Well That Ends Well. David is the Assistant Technical Director for Hall Auditorium during the school year, and is also an actor in the Cleveland area.
Erin Bunting (First Witch/Lennox in Macbeth; Mrs. Krebs in Inherit the Wind) is enjoying her third season in Oberlin. Previous OSTF performances include Bus Stop (Grace) and Treasure Island (Anne Bonny/Mother.)
Chandler Browne (Diana in Anne of Green Gables; Mrs. Loomis in Inherit the Wind) is a third year double major in Theatre and Africana Studies and a minor in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. This is her first season with OSTF. Previous Oberlin theatre credits include The Word N’ the Beat (Oberlin Lab Series), Family Happiness (Marya Alexandrovna; Oberlin Mainstage), Wedding Band (Julia Augustine; Oberlin Mainstage), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Sister-in-Law/Adjunct; Oberlin Mainstage), and 4000 Miles (Bec; Oberlin Lab Series). She will also appear in the fall Oberlin Mainstage production of Spring Awakening (Adult Women).
Dave Cotton (Old Man in Macbeth; Mayor in Inherit the Wind) has just completed his fourth year teaching theater classes at LCCC--which he enjoys immensely. He directed The Diviners there last fall. He was last seen at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival as Old Adam and Corin in As You Like It; and Ed Anderson in Come Back, Little Sheba. Dave holds a BA from Trinity U. and an MA from Northwestern U. He is retired from a full career at Marion L. Steele H.S. in Amherst where he taught English, Speech, Drama and TV production.
Eric Cowley (Reverend Brown in Inherit the Wind) is excited to be back on stage after a long hiatus, the last time being seven seasons with the Black River Theater Company, here in Oberlin. A graduate of Albion College, he lived and worked in theater, in New York City for 13 years. While in New York he studied acting with Stella Adler, Ernie Martin, Marcia Haufrect and Sandra Seacat. He has recently retired from Oberlin College and Conservatory after working there for 28 years.
Anton Crooks (Technical Director) is excited to return to OSTF for the 2016 season. He is double major graduate of East Carolina University and is a native of Sumner, Washington. He looks forward to offering a diverse set of skills, hard work ethic, and emphasis on efficiency and simplicity to this upcoming season.
Sarah Cuneo (Lady Macbeth in Macbeth) A student in the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, Sarah graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and certificates in Neuroscience and Theater. Since coming to Ohio, Sarah has performed in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, The CPH Centennial Plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and the world premiere of Quiara Hudes' The Good Peaches. Most recently, she participated in a staged reading of Kirsten Greenidge's Little Row Boat at CPH's New Ground Theatre Festival. Much love to her family, her classmates, and her cat.
Teresa DeBerry (Mrs. Lynde in Anne of Green Gables; Mrs. Blair in Inherit the Wind) is thrilled to be making her first appearance with OSTF. She has recently moved from Atlanta where she worked with the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Theatre Emory, Horizon Theatre and Synchronicity among others. Teresa has spent several decades as a professional actor, dancer, director and choreographer. Among her favorite rolls are Lady MacBeth and Mistress Quickly from the Shakespeare canon, Dabby Bryant from Our Country's Good and Katherine from The Secret Rapture. Since moving to Cleveland in August, 2015, Teresa has appeared as Miss Havisham in The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns Great Expectations at Cleveland Public Theatre and Oona Eyebright with McKringle Productions.
Zoë DePreta (Jane in Anne of Green Gables; Box Office Manager; Assistant Producer; Publicity Coordinator) is rising fourth-year Theater major and Creative Writing minor at Oberlin College from Stamford, Connecticut. Most recent Oberlin credits include I Do It So It Feels Like Hell (Co-Deviser/Stage Manager), Does This Woman Have a Name? (Director), and What We Look Like (Martha/Sarah). This fall, Zoë will perform in Oberlin’s MainStage production of Spring Awakening as Thea, and in the spring she will be directing Melancholy Play through the Oberlin Lab Series.
Katy Early (Lady Macduff/Second Witch in Macbeth; Ms. McLain/Music Director for Inherit the Wind) is a recent graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory (B.A. Theater, B.M. Vocal Performance) from Boxborough, MA. Equally at home in straight theater, musical theater, and opera, her past Oberlin credits include Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Goodnight, Tyler (Chelsea), The Landing (The Brick, et. al), Wedding Band (Herman's Mother), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Governor's Wife, et. al), Dessa Rose (Ruth), Pericles (Lychorida/Fisherman/et al.), Ghosts (Mrs. Alving), Hänsel und Gretel (Chorus), Il mondo della luna (Chorus), Unexpected Journeys (Ensemble), My Ghosts, My Own (Country Woman, et. al), Journey to the West (Ensemble), and The Fantasticks (Luisa). Oberlin in Italy credits include The Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino) and L'Orfeo (La Messaggiera). When not performing, she enjoys directing and has volunteered as a student director at the Oberlin Drama at Grafton Reintegration Center program for four years.
Phil Franco (General Tech Intern; Dunlap in Inherit the Wind) is a rising fourth-year at Oberlin College pursuing a degree in Theater and Russian. He has worked as the lighting designer on 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Spring Back and Almost, Maine while at Oberlin. He has also performed on stage in Skin of Our Teeth (Various), Fame (Mr. Farrell), Tracks (Professor), and Romeo and Juliet (Paris). Phil looks forward to the projects ahead and hopes you enjoy the show.
Jordan Golding (Macduff in Macbeth; Bannister/Radio Man in Inherit the Wind) graduated from Oberlin College in 2015 with a BA in Theater and is currently based in Chicago, but is thrilled to be back for another season. Other OSTF credits include: As You Like It (Lord Amiens), Come Back, Little Sheba (Bruce), Secret Garden (Colin Craven), All's Well That Ends Well (First Lord Dumaine), and Treasure Island (George Merry).
Jad Kaiss (Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables; Mr. Goodfellow/Reporter in Inherit the Wind) is a second-year Economics major at Oberlin College. This is his first season with OSTF. Oberlin credits include The Bear (Smirnov) and How He Lied to Her Husband (Husband).
Nathan Krasner (Bertram Cates in Inherit the Wind; Ross/Murderer 2 in Macbeth) is an Obie alumnus (‘13) and current Pace ASDS MFA student based in NYC. He is thrilled to return for his second season at OSTF! Stage credits include The Changeling (Vermandero, Easy Leap Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio, Mercury Glass Theater), Let's Tap (Jonah, WTF), and Spring Awakening (Melchior, Oval House Theatre). Previously at OSTF he has played Israel Hand in Treasure Island and Lord Dumaine in All's Well That Ends Well. He'd like to thank his family for their support and his cast for always daring to play.
Victoria Morales (Stage Manager for Anne of Green Gables; Assistant Stage Manager for Inherit the Wind) is very excited to be joining the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival for the 2016 season! A recent graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Victoria has a BA in theatre with a focus in Stage Management. She recently completed a Southeastern tour of Tuxedo Junction with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: SFB, In the Next Room and Peter and the Starcatcher. After OSTF, Victoria will be Joining the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre as a stage management resident for the 2016-2017 season. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support and the cast and staff for their amazing work and constant collaboration.
David L. Munnell (Porter/Third Witch in Macbeth; Meeker in Inherit the Wind) is excited to be returning this year to the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Last year he performed as Ben Gunn in Treasure Island and Lavatch in All’s Well That Ends Well. Past roles include The Tempest (Trinculo; Miami Shakespeare), The Pheasant Plucker’s Son (Man 2/Writer; NYC), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Erroneus/Protean; TheatreZone in Naples, FL),and Annie (Harold Ickes, Stephen Foster Theatre, KY). David is an Equity Membership Candidate who has recently moved to the Cleveland Metro Area.
John J. Polk
John J. Polk (Duncan/Siward in Macbeth; Judge in Inherit The Wind) is making his OSTF debut this season. A long-time (lonnnnng-time) veteran of Cleveland stages, in the past several years he has brought a parade of authority figures, blowhards, villains and foils to productions such as Lend Me A Tenor (Henry Saunders), Mary Poppins: The Musical (Admiral Boom/The Chairman), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle’s Dad/Winthrop), My Favorite Year (King Kaiser), Urinetown: The Musical (Senator Fipp), A Man Of No Importance (Fr. Kenney), A Raisin In The Sun (Lindner), Spinning Into Butter (Dean Strauss), You Can’t Take It With You (Mr. Kirby) and The Crucible (Danforth) at Lakewood’s Beck Center. He’s appeared in Laughing At The Fringe (Gabe, The Screenwriter Dies…), Our Town (Doc Gibbs), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Dale Harding), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #12), and Of Mice And Men (The Boss) at Cleveland’s Blank Canvas Theatre, and in Spirits To Enforce (Alonso/The Snow-Heavy Branch) and Fever/Dream (Fred Clotaldo) at Cleveland Public Theatre. As one who graduated college when dinosaurs walked the earth this has been a memorable and refreshing return to school. Thanks to Paul and the production staff for this terrific opportunity to play with both old and new friends, and, as always, to His Charming Wife, Laura, for tolerating this and all other foolishness.
Debra Rose’s (Ms. Barry in Anne of Green Gables; Mrs. Brady in Inherit the Wind) previous OSTF productions include All’s Well That Ends Well (Widow Capilet), Twelfth Night (Maria), The Cradle Will Rock (Ella Hammer), A Raisin in the Sun (Lena Younger), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), and A Wrinkle in Time (Mrs. Whatzit). Other Oberlin College productions include The Compromise (Margaret Washington), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Nellie). Miss Rose is founder of Healing Melodies, a program targeted to seniors that uses music and comedy as therapy. She is also an artist, writer, and speaker. Find out more at www.debraroseconnect.com.
Dan Schumacher (Assistant Technical Director; Krebs in Inherit the Wind) is a fourth-year at Ohio University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Production Design and Technology. His previous theater experience includes two summers at the Heritage Theater Festival and one summer at Stagedoor Manor. He would like to thank Oberlin College for the opportunity to pursue his passion of technical theater and he hopes you enjoy the show!
Hanna Shykind (Josie Pye in Anne of Green Gables; Hot Dog Man/Hawker in Inherit the Wind) is a rising second-year Neuroscience major on the pre-med track at Oberlin College. This is her first season with OSTF. Previous credits include Does This Woman Have A Name? (Mel; Oberlin Directing One Acts), Carrie: The Musical (Frieda; The Broadway Workshop), Bring It On: The Musical (Mills; The Broadway Workshop), Stye of the Eye (Mae; Bard High School Early College Mainstage). Hanna is excited to be making her debut in Hall Auditorium!
Arif Silverman (Moody in Anne of Green Gables;Malcolm in Macbeth; Davenport in Inherit the Wind) is a native New Yorker and a recent graduate of Oberlin College. This is his first season at OSTF. Stage credits include: Romeo and Juliet (The New Euripides), Hamlet (Bad Quarto Productions), Treasure in NYC (Kaiser's Room), All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare on the Sound), Nolie Min Tangible (Dixon Place), Spirits to Enforce (Cleveland Public Theater), The Bacchae (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Taming of the Shrew (Pulse Ensemble Theater) & Heart to Heart (American Globe Theater). He will also be appearing in Dobama's production of An Octoroon this fall.
Marina Wright (Anne in Anne of Green Gables) is a rising second year double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory from Tampa, Florida. She is a Vocal Performance major in the Conservatory and prospective Theater major in the College. Her past roles include Charity in Sweet Charity and Jenny in Company. She is ecstatic to be making her OSTF debut in Anne of Green Gables.