Courtney Elizabeth Brown (Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet) is excited to be making her OSTF debut. Cleveland area: Porthouse Theatre (Judy) 9 to 5, Mamai Theatre Top Girls, Cleveland Public Johanna: Facing Forward. Regionally, Know Theatre of Cincinnati: Angels in American (both parts), Eurydice, Militant Language, I Love You Because, Reefer Madness, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, GA: Spain, Burn This. NYC: Stage Left Studios Three Eleanors, EST Everything is Beautiful. Courtney is Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting at Kent State University. She has previously served on the faculty at Texas Tech University as a Voice and Movement Specialist. International teaching engagements include the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland. Courtney is a Certified Lessac Voice and Body Trainer, and proud member of Actor’s Equity. MFA, USM; BA, College of Charleston.
Teresa Deberry (Aunt March in Little Women, Nurse in Romeo & Juliet) is thrilled to be spending her third Summer on stage here in Oberlin. Teresa has previously appeared in Anne of Green Gables and Inherit the Wind. Last season she played Paulina in The Winter's Tale. Teresa lives in Cleveland with her husband and son, where she works as a guest artist with both Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. She has also appeared as the Mother Superior in Sister Act at Karamu House and in The Loush Sisters and Barbeque at Cleveland Public Theatre. Prior to moving to Cleveland, Teresa spent 35 years in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked with virtually every theatre in the area. Favorite roles include Dabby Bryant in Our Country's Good with Horizon Theatre; Lady MacBeth with Georgia Shakespeare and absolutely anything she has done with Theatre Emory. Teresa absolutely loves working with the amazingly talented and intelligent folks here in Oberlin. Much love and thanks to Allen, Evan and Aidan.
Tracey Field (Marmee in Little Women)is delighted to be back at Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival for a third time, having appeared as Mrs. Van Daam in The Diary of Anne Frank and as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden. Locally, she’s appeared at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, and The Beck Center for the Performing Arts. In Chicago, she worked with The Second City, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and Porchlight Theatre. In San Francisco, she has performed with The American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival and the Marin Theatre Company. Tracey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Oberlin College. For the past two years Tracey has worked with Oberlin Drama at Grafton (ODAG) as an acting coach. Tracey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. She dedicates her work in Little Women to the memory of the incomparable JoEllen Cuthbertson.
Peter Lawson Jones*
Peter Lawson Jones (Howard Bevans in Picnic) is pleased to return to the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival in William Inge’s Picnic. A member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, Peter has appeared in over twenty films (White Boy Rick, Alex Cross, Assassin’s Code, Starve), on network television (ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7) and on stages throughout Northeast Ohio. He has also performed in staged readings off-Broadway. His play, The Bloodless Jungle, has twice been fully staged at Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland Heights) and has received readings at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Convention Center, National Black Theatre Festival and in Harlem. Land of Cleve ranked the most recent production of the drama as one of the best in Northeast Ohio last year. His earlier play, The Family Line, was produced at Karamu House, Ohio University and Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor’s and law degrees. Peter received the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Best Ohio Supporting Actor Award.
Karen Nelson Moser*
Karen Nelson Moser (Flo Owens in Picnic) appeared last season as Ethel in Barefoot in the Park. 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.
Matthew Wright (Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet) is a professional actor and director whose work has been seen across the country at theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Arena of Buffalo, New Theater, Actor’s Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage, Florida Studio Theater, Coconut Grove, Great Lakes Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater and The Beck Center For The Arts. In 1997 he won the Carbonnel Award for Best Actor (Miami area), for his portrayal of Prior Walter in ANGELS IN AMERICA. More recently, he’s been cited by the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards for Superior Achievement in Directing in 2014 for SPIRITS TO ENFORCE at Cleveland Public Theater, and again in 2017 for HAND TO GOD at Dobama Theatre. He was also cited by the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Superior Achievement as an Actor in 2013 for THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS at Cleveland Public, and for Superior Achievement as an Actor in A Musical in 2016 for RUTHLESS at Beck Center. This summer will mark his eighth as a company member of Oberlin Summer Theater. He has been a proud member of Actors' Equity Association for thirty years.
Paige Baskin (Beth in Little Women, Ensemble in Romeo & Juliet, Madge Owens in Picnic) is ecstatic to be working at OSTF for her second season. Past OSTF credits include Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind and Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables. She is a rising fourth year at Oberlin College majoring in theatre with a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies. She most recently appeared as The Angel in Oberlin’s mainstage production of Angels in America. Other college credits include Tillie in Melancholy Play, Popova in The Bear and O. in the Zero Hour. In the fall, Paige looks forward to studying abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre! She wants to thank her incredible family for their support and Kathy Lee for making her practice 1.5 hours a day during her treacherous middle school years. Those five years of piano are paying off this summer!
David Bugher (Capulet in Romeo & Juliet) is enjoying his 9th season with OSTF. Most recently he appeared in Bent at Beck Center for the Arts. Other Beck credits include The Imaginary Invalid, Holy Ghosts and Mothers and Sons. At Dobama he has appeared in their productions of Time Stands Still, Kin and Hand to God. At Cleveland Public Theatre he appeared in Spirits to Enforce. At Ensemble Theatre he appeared in The Normal Heart.
Erin Bunting (Hannah in Little Women)This is Erin’s fourth season with OSTF. She has appeared in Bus Stop (Grace), Treasure Island (Pirate Ann Bonny), MacBeth (Witch/Lennox), and Inherit The Wind (Mrs. Krebs).
Mike Frye (Abram/Peter in Romeo & Juliet) is just chuffed to return to OSTF, where he previously appeared in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. He was also seen recently at convergence-continuum (Rhinoceros, In the Closet, Rendezvous Point), Clague Playhouse (The Explorer's Club). You can see him in the Cleveland comedy troupe Casually Late Stampede, and his ghostly visage can be seen floating in your tea leaves as an omen of good fortune. Probably.
Julian Guerrieri (Laurie in Little Women, Paris in Romeo & Juliet)is a rising third year at Oberlin College from Brooklyn, New York. This is his first summer with OSTF. Oberlin College credits include This Is Our Youth (Dennis), Circle Mirror Transformation (James), and Angels in America: Perestroika (Joe Pitt).
Callie Harlow (Jo in Little Women, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet) is thrilled to be working with such a brilliant group of people for her first summer at OSTF. In the fall, she will finish her senior year at Oberlin College where she is pursuing a degree in Politics with a minor in English. At Oberlin, Callie serves on the board of the Student Theater Association, where she just completed a year long term as Co-Chair, and teaches at the Oberlin Children's Shakespeare Project. Previous Oberlin acting credits include, Pericles (Marina), The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Gloria), Wanda's Visit (Wanda), and Corpus Christi (Thomas).
Andrew Knode (Father in Little Women, The Prince/Friar John in Romeo & Juliet) excited to be returning to OSTF after playing Polixenes in The Winter's Tale last season. Other Theater: Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), That Championship Season (James). Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute) with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. And Co-Host of the award winning TV Show, Entertainment Pix. Much love and Many thanks to his always supportive wife MaryBeth. Follow @andyknode
Gregory James (Mercutio/First Watch in Romeo & Juliet, Mr. Brooke in Little Women) received his BFA from SUNY at Buffalo, and is currently pursuing his MFA with CWRU and the Cleveland Playhouse. Before moving to Cleveland, he lived and worked as an actor in Los Angeles for six years. Most recently he could be seen as Billy in Cicada with the New Ground Theatre Festival, and as John in Fifth of July, both with the Cleveland Playhouse. Last year he appeared in The Fate of the Date: The Mystery of the Silver Chalice presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Buffalo Lab Theatre which received an ‘Audience Favorite’ award. Los Angeles theatre credits include Summer and Smoke, Hound of the Baskervilles, and Lend Me a Tenor with the Actors Co-Op Theatre Hollywood, and Some Girl(s) as part of the LA Fringe. Gregory was a founding resident member of the Whitefire Theatre Company in Los Angeles where he appeared in numerous Seasonal and Hollywood Shorts. Film credits include Jilted for Glamour Magazine, Slow Clap Comedy, and the original Actors Co-Op series The Fur is Gone.
Jeanne Madison (Rosemary Sydney in Picnic)has appeared at NE Ohio’s most prominent theaters including as Wilhelmina in the highly acclaimed Sassy Mamas at the legendary Karamu Theater, where her credits also include Romeo and Juliet, The Shadow Box, and the world premiere of From Breast Cancer to Broadway. She has performed with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and at Convergence Continuum, The Weathervane Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theater, Ensemble Theater, East Cleveland Theater and other mainstages around the region. Her film credits include: “Love Finds You in Sugar Creek Ohio”, the 48 Hour International Film Competition, and television commercials. She was featured in the Plain Dealer’s My Cleveland column and is listed in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland. Jeanne holds a BA and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and recently completed The Actor’s Gym Master Class at The Cleveland Playhouse. She is thrilled to be performing with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival.
Casey McKinney (Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Alan Seymourin Picnic) is a rising senior majoring in Theater at Oberlin College, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is excited to be participating in his first season with OSTF. His credits at Oberlin College include Third (Woodson Bull), Spring Awakening (Ernst), Melancholy Play (Lorenzo), Heathers (Ram Sweeney), and Angels in America (Prior Walter). He will be playing the role of Cliff in Oberlin's production of Cabaret this coming fall.
Jack Miller (Ensemble in Romeo & Juliet, Hal Carter in Picnic)is excited for his first season at OSTF. He is a first year Theater major concentrating in Acting with a minor in Politics at Oberlin College. Past credits include Joe in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. He would like to thank the company for this opportunity.
Jaris Owens (Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Bomber in Picnic) is a rising junior majoring in Theater and Africana Studies at Oberlin College from Newark, New Jersey. This is his first time being apart of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and his past Oberlin Theater credits include The Bluest Eye (Cholly/Ensemble) and The Tap Project (Dramaturg/Ensemble). He is very excited to be apart of his first theater company and to continue building his acting career. When he’s not onstage, his co-hosts the WOBC radio show Fly in the Buttermilk and is an avid creative writer and poet.
John Polk (Mr. Laurence in Little Women, Montague in Romeo & Juliet) is pleased and proud to be joining the OSTF company for his third season. OSTF audiences may dimly recall his performances in The Winter’s Tale (Old Shepherd) in 2017, and in The Scottish Play (Duncan, Old Siward) and Inherit The Wind (The Judge) in 2016. He has been loitering with intent around Northeast Ohio theatre for a few decades, and has brought a parade of authority figures, blowhards, villains, and foils to dozens of productions on area stages, including Side Show (Sir), Urinetown: The Musical (Caldwell B. Cladwell), Cabaret (Herr Schultz) and Our Town (Doc Gibbs) at Blank Canvas Theatre, Lend Me A Tenor (Henry Saunders), My Favorite Year (King Kaiser), Mary Poppins (Admiral Boom, The Chairman), and A Man Of NoImportance (Father Kenney) at The Beck Center in Lakewood, and Spirits To Enforce (The Snow-Heavy Branch) at Cleveland Public Theatre. Thanks to Paul for giving me my college summer rep experience 40 years after graduation, and to Laura for…well, everything…
Debra Rose (Mrs. Potts in Picnic) 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 at www.debraroseconnect.com.
Hanna Shykind (Amy in Little Women, Gregory/Balthasar in Romeo & Juliet, Millie Owens in Picnic) is a Theater and Neuroscience double-major at Oberlin College. Joining OSTF for the second time, she is excited to be part of such a wonderful company this summer. Recent Oberlin credits include Angels In America (Harper Pitt), and Bright Half Life (Erica). This fall, Hanna looks forward to playing Audrey in French Creek Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. She is eternally thankful to her beautiful and supportive family and friends!
Laura Starnik (Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet, Irma Cronkite in Picnic) is delighted to return to OSTF, where she last appeared in The Miracle Worker and Come Back, Little Sheba. Laura has worked at many theaters in northeast Ohio: Beck Center, Blank Canvas, Clague Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Dobama, Ensemble Theatre, Karamu, Mamai, none too fragile, Playwrights Local and Weathervane. She recently performed the role of Ann Kron in the Ensemble production of Well. Other recent credits include Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars at Dobama and You Can’t Take It With You at Karamu.
Elisabeth Yancey (Meg in Little Women, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet) is a current member of the Cleveland Play House/ Case Western Reserve University MFA Acting Program's Class of 2020. She most recently made her Cleveland debut with CPH/CWRU as Gwen in Fifth of July and Marina in the New Ground Theater Festival's staged reading of Cicada. Previous credits include Wellesley Repertory Theatre, ACT 1 Nashville, KB Productions (Nashville), and The Wellesley Shakespeare Society. Elisabeth holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College and a certificate of classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. This is her first year working with OSTF and she couldn't be more thrilled to join fellow artists in bringing these stories to life!