Katherine DeBoer (Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale) is pleased to return for her fourth season at OSTF, where she has appeared in Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Gerte Schulte), Light Up The Sky (Frances Black) and The Cradle Will Rock (Mrs. Mister). Her career has taken her to New York, across the country, and to numerous venues right here at home in Northeast Ohio, including Playhouse Square, Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park, Porthouse Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and many more. THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS: The Will Rogers Follies (National Tour); South Pacific (Akron Symphony); Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Carrie The Musical, Next to Normal (Beck Center); Caroline Or Change (Karamu); Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Ohio Shakespeare Festival). FILM: Love Finds You In Sugarcreek. TRAINING: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, BA from Baldwin Wallace University, JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. www.katherinedeboer.com
Pete Ferry (Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker) is pleased to return for his seventh season at OSTF. Pete has appeared previously in Treasure Island as Captain Smollett, Hamlet as Claudius, Bus Stop as Sheriff Will Masters, Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch, The Secret Garden as Ben Weatherstaff and last season in Anne of Green Gables as Matthew Cuthbert. Recently Pete appeared in Every Good Boy Deserves Favor as The Colonel at The Cleveland Playhouse, and in Kin as Adam at Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights.
Karen Nelson Moser*
Karen Nelson Moser (Mother in Barefoot in the Park) appeared last season as Marilla in Anne of Green Gables for OSTF. Prior to that, Ms. Moser was Countess Rousillion in All’s Well That Ends Well, Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, Stella Livingston in Light Up The Sky, Gertrude in Hamlet, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town. She has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1981. Over the years, she has performed in San Francisco, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, and New Harmony, Indiana. She spent six seasons as a company member with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, where she met her husband, Paul. Representative roles include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Constance in She Stoops to Conquer, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah in Children of a Lesser God, Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Lucy in Dracula, Lee in Marvin’s Room, Natasha in Three Sisters, Margot in Dial M for Murder, and Elmire in Tartuffe. Ms. Moser holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Allen O’Reilly (Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale) is delighted to make his debut with Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival! Allen recently had the great pleasure of working with Paul Moser in the recent production of Denial at Oberlin College. Other Cleveland area credits include: The Beck Center in Billy Elliot and The Cleveland Treatment Center in INCOGNEGRO. Prior to that Allen was an associate artist with Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta for twenty-four seasons. Favorite roles include: Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Truscott in Loot, and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and TV credits include: Legacy, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Crimes and Mr. Meanors, Sleepy Hollow and TURN: Washington’s Spies. Allen has also narrated over forty audio books, most recently Sons of Wichita. Allen is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA and he is delighted to share the stage at OSTF this summer with his wonderful and talented wife Teresa Deberry! Love to our two boys Evan and Aidan!
Minor Cline (Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Mamillius/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is returning to OSTF for a second season. In 2015, they appeared in Treasure Island and served as box office and house management staff. Minor graduated from Oberlin College in 2015 and now resides in Cleveland Heights. Recent acting credits include Balthazar/First Merchant in The Comedy of Errors (Ohio Shakespeare Festival), Calvin in Hot 'n' Throbbing (Dunamis Theater) and Rhodia in Broken Codes (Theater Ninjas/Ohio City Theater Project). As an Oberlin College student, they appeared in Pericles as Pericles/Boult and Man of La Mancha as Barber/Maria.
Dave Cotton (Anagnos in The Miracle Worker, Antigonus/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) has just completed his fifth and final year teaching theater classes at LCCC. He directed Exit the Body there last semester. He was last seen at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival in Macbeth and as the mayor in Inherit the Wind. 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.
Teresa DeBerry (Paulina in The Winter’s Tale) is thrilled to be returning for her second season with OSTF. Last season, Teresa appeared as Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables and Mrs. Blair in Inherit the Wind. 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 and Lillie Ann in Barbecue at Cleveland Public Theatre, the Mother Superior in Sister Act at Karamu House and Oona Eyebright with McKringle Productions.
Mike Frye (Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is from Oberlin, OH and has performed in theaters across Lorain and Cuyahoga County, including Workshop Players, Olde Town Hall, Blank Canvas, French Creek, and with Theater Ninjas. He is also a member of the Cleveland-area comedy troupe Casually Late Stampede.
Jordan Golding (Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Autolycus/Time in The Winter’s Tale, composer for The Winter's Tale) is an Oberlin College graduate ('15) who is currently working in Chicago, and is thrilled to be back for another season. Other OSTF credits include: Macbeth (Macduff), Treasure Island (George Merry), Secret Garden (Colin Craven), All's Well That Ends Well (Lord Dumaine), As You Like It (Lord Amiens), Inherit the Wind (Bannister/Radio Man), and Come Back, Little Sheba (Bruce). Chicago credits include: Eurydice (Orpheus, Promethean Theatre Ensemble), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jackson, Timber Lake Playhouse), 24 Words (Pal, Stage 773), and Rebel (Quinn, Theater Wit).
Christine Impara (Perdita/Ensemble in The Winter's Tale, Servant in The Miracle Worker) is an intended theatre major at Oberlin College. This is Christine's first OSTF production. Recently Christine was Olivia in Oberlin College's production of Twelfth Night and part of the Ensemble in Chess. She appeared Oberlin's Student Directed One Acts as Phyllis in Central Park West and Arnall in Line.
Andrew Knode (Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale) is enjoying his first year with Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Andrew is coming fresh off a production of That Championship Season as James. Other Theater: Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Godspell (Judas), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute) with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Directing: It's a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play and Children of Eden, A Year with Frog and Toad, Harvey, Cinderella. He is also a Co-Host of the award winning TV Show, Entertainment Pix. Many thanks to his always supportive wife MaryBeth. Follow @andrewknode
Nathan Krasner (James Keller in The Miracle Worker, Camillo in The Winter’s Tale, Telephone Man in Barefoot in the Park) is a Philadelphia-born Obie alumnus (‘13) and second year Actors Studio Drama School MFA student based in NYC. He is thrilled to return for his third season at OSTF! Previously at OSTF he has acted in Inherit the Wind (Bert Cates), Treasure Island (Israel Hands), Macbeth (Ross), and All’s Well That Ends Well (Lord Dumaine). New York stage credits include The Changeling (Vermandero, Easy Leap Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio, Mercury Glass Theater), and Sad Americana (Matt, the Tank). Other stage credits include Spring's Awakening (Melchior, Oval House Theatre) and Far From Heaven (Ensemble, Williamstown Theatre Festival). He has taught high school theatre in San Francisco, where he also accrued a number of independent film credits. He'd like to thank his family for their support and his cast for always daring to play.
Casey Labbate (Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale, Box Office Manager) is so grateful for her first season with OSTF. Casey will be a second year theater and history double major at Oberlin College. Oberlin theater credits include Melancholy Play (Assistant Stage Manager), Hidden in this Picture (Robert), and Elemeno Pea (Simone). This January she choreographed Bonnie and Clyde at the Studio Theatre in Little Rock, AR. This fall she will be choreographing Heathers: The Musical for the Oberlin Musical Theater Association.
David L. Munnell (Clown in The Winter’s Tale) EMC is excited to be returning this year to the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival for his third year in a row. Last year he performed as the Porter/Witch in Macbeth and Mr. Meeker in Inherit the Wind. Past roles include Treasure Island (Ben Gunn; OSTF), All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch; OSTF), 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).
Llewellyn Nuñez (Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is an actor, writer, arts educator, and Oberlin alumna (’13) based in NYC. Most recently she appeared in The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of Macbeth (1st Witch). Northeast Ohio credits include Bus Stop (Cherie, Actor’s Summit Theater), Time Stands Still (Mandy), The Big Meal (Nicole), and Belleville (Abby) at Dobama, and Iphigenia 2.0 (Bridesmaid, Cleveland Public Theatre). Llewellyn was last seen on the OSTF stage in the festival’s 2012 season (Sister Mister, The Cradle Will Rock), and she is excited to be back this summer after a few years of adventuring. She would like to thank her loved ones back home for their encouragement and support, this summer and always.
Will Osborn (Doctor/Servant in The Miracle Worker, Florizel/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale, Delivery Man in Barefoot in the Park) is from Boston, MA and has been acting since he was a kid. As an actor at Oberlin College, he has performed in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Wally O’Hara), Trans-Dudes: The Musical! (Gay at Bar), The Wedding Band (The Bell Man), and Almost, Maine (Wes, Randy, Phil, and Danny). At the New Repertory Theater in Watertown, MA, he performed in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge/Peter Cratchit). Will is also a director. He directed Line as part of the Oberlin Student Directed One Acts, and Almost, Maine. He also speaks Spanish.
John J. Polk
John J. Polk (Old Shepherd/Ensemble in The Winter’s Tale) is pleased to be back for a second season with OSTF; he appeared last summer in “The Scottish Play” (Duncan, Old Siward) and Inherit The Wind (The Judge). He has brought a parade of authority figures, blowhards, villains and foils to theaters throughout Northeast Ohio, including productions such as Lend Me A Tenor (Henry Saunders), Mary Poppins (Admiral Boom, The Chairman), Annie (Cordell Hull), My Favorite Year (King Kaiser), and Urinetown: The Musical (Senator Fipp) at The Beck Center For The Arts in Lakewood. Other favorite shows include Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Floyd Collins (Ed Bishop), Our Town (Doc Gibbs), and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Dale Harding) at Blank Canvas Theater, Spirits To Enforce (The Snow-Heavy Branch) and Fever/Dream (Fred Clotaldo) at Cleveland Public Theatre, and The Woman Hater (Stephens, The Steward) at Mamai Theater Company. Not having had the summer repertory experience while at Miami University (Ohio) in the Early Pleistocene period, it has been a pleasure to spend the summer in college with such a talented acting company and distinguished production staff. Thanks and love as always to His Charming Wife, Laura, who knows for sure he doesn’t do it for the money…
Debra Rose (Viney in The Miracle Worker) has previously appeared in OSTF productions including Anne of Green Gables (Ms. Barry); Inherit the Wind (Mrs. Brady); 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 atwww.debraroseconnect.com.
Laura Starnik (Aunt Ev in The Miracle Worker) is delighted to return to OSTF, where she last appeared in Come Back, Little Sheba. Laura has worked at many theaters in Northeast Ohio: Beck Center, Blank Canvas, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Dobama, Karamu, Mamai, none too fragile, Playwrights Local and Weathervane. She recently performed the role of Mrs. Kirby in the Karamu production of You Can’t Take it With You. Other recent credits include All The Way at Cleveland Play House and Lady Windermere’s Fan at Mamai.
The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival 2016 season is made possible by generous support from Oberlin College and Conservatory, City of Oberlin/Oberlin Business Partnership, John P. Murphy Foundation, Nord Family Foundation, the Nordson Corporation Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and audience members.