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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 (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 (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 Seymour in 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 No Importance (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!
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Paul Moser (Producing Artistic Director of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Director of Picnic) After earning his BA in Theater Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brown University, Mr. Moser began his professional career as an Equity Stage Manager in NYC, working at theaters such as Soho Rep and the Roundabout. He went on to earn his MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama studying with Lloyd Richards and Ming Cho Lee. Mr. Moser then served as Associate Artistic Director of the Indiana Repertory Theater, directing close to two dozen shows, including critically acclaimed productions of The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tobacco Road, Torch Song Trilogy, ‘night Mother, and Virginia. Other regional directing credits include productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theatre Virginia, Portland Stage (where his production of A Walk in the Woods received a “Best of Maine” award), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Theater, Spectrum Stage, Cleveland Playhouse and New Harmony Theater. Mr. Moser began teaching Acting and Directing at Oberlin in 1990 and served as Director of the Theater & Dance Program from 2000 to 2009. At last count, he has directed over two dozen plays at the College, including works by Shakespeare, Molière, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian. In 1992, he formed The Black River Theater Company, which developed two of his own original political plays, The Trouble with Dinosaurs and Sanctuary; from 1997 to 2001, BRTC produced free family-oriented Shakespeare productions. In 2009, with the help of colleagues, President Marvin Krislov, and former students, Mr. Moser launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, directing its inaugural productions of The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest, and subsequently, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, Hamlet, Bus Stop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Light Up the Sky, As You Like It, Come Back Little Sheba, All's Well That Ends Well, Treasure Island, Macbeth and Inherit the Wind.
Holly Handman-Lopez (Director of Little Women, Choreographer of Romeo & Juliet, Picnic) is delighted to return to OSTF to direct Little Women and choreograph Romeo and Juliet and Picnic. She joined the Oberlin College Dance faculty in 2003 after a decade of performing and choreographing professionally in New York City. Since arriving in Oberlin she has collaborated on numerous concert works, straight and musical theater pieces, and operas; most recently, Angels in America,Winter’s Tale, The Miracle Worker, Spring Awakening, and Mr Burns. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her contemporary dance/theater work and has been recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle for Superior Achievement in Choreography. In addition to Paul Moser, for his support and generosity, Holly would like to thank the outstanding cast and crew of Little Women for their unwavering commitment to capital storytelling.
Joey Rizzolo (Director of Romeo & Juliet) is a writer, director, father, and MFA directing candidate at The New School in New York. Prior to spending 12 years making new work with the NY Neo-Futurists (producers of the East Village staple The Infinite Wrench and Joey’s original play Locker #4173b for which he received the Outstanding Performance Art IT Award), he was a Kennedy Center playwright and has since directed a myraid of plays and projects, most recently 2 world-premiere plays by Charles Mee (Life and On the Street Where I Live), Yeauxlanda Kay’s Bible Study for Heathens, Miles Orduña's Vacancies, and Henry IV, Part 1. Joey has worked on a number of OSTF plays as a fight choreographer and director in recent years. In the fall, he will be directing Bernard Marie Koltés' play, Roberto Zucco.
Jeremy Benjamin (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be Resident Lighting Designer for his 8th consecutive season at OSTF. Mr. Benjamin has taught Lighting Production and Lighting Design courses at Oberlin College for the past 12 years. In addition, Mr. Benjamin is currently the Director of Theatre at Lorain County Community College. Recent productions include Angels in America, Turn of the Screw, The Bluest Eye, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and Denial. As a lighting designer, Mr. Benjamin’s work has been seen at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Department, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels, Great Lakes Theater Festival, King’s Productions, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Musical Theatre Project, Ohio Dance Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Paramount Productions, Pointe of Departure Dance, and the Village Playhouse.
Laura Carlson-Tarantowski (Head Scenic Artist) After more than 20 years as a free-lance designer and painter and most recently the resident set designer for Near West Theater, Laura joined the Oberlin Theater production and teaching staff in 2016. While at Near West she designed the sets for over 20 large-scale musicals and had a hand in creating the decorative concepts throughout their new building in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. She has also enjoyed designing at other Cleveland institutions including Dobama Theater, Beck Center for the Performing Arts, and Cesear’s Forum as well as in educational settings at Baldwin-Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University. Recent set designs at Oberlin College include Angels in America (parts 1 and 2), The Bluest Eye, Angel’s Bone, and The Marriage of Figaro. Recent Dobama Theatre productions include Slow Girl, The Call and Brownsville Song (b-side for Trey).
Casey Labbate (Associate Producer, Christine in Picnic) is thrilled to be back for a second season with OSTF. She will be a third year with a major in Theater and in History. At Oberlin she has been a part of Melancholy Play (Assistant Stage Manager), Heathers (Heather Chandler, choreographer), the Directing One Acts in Hidden In This Picture (Robert) and Elemenoe Pea (Simone), Angels in America (Assistant Stage Manager), and The Book of Jessica (Co-Director, Stage Manager). Last summer at OSTF she managed the box office and acted in The Winter's Tale (Dorcas, Dion, Gentleman II).
Susanna Bordelon (Wardrobe Assistant) has come all the way from rural Minnesota to be a part of OSTF for the first time! She will be a fifth year Apparel Design and Development student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is looking forward to finding inspiration in the costumes from this season’s designs as inspiration for her senior collection. Past costume work for a tiny opera house in Mantorville, Minnesota (including many melodramas alongside shows like: Murder at the Rutherford House, Nunsense, Nuncrackers, and Church Basement Ladies all performed through the Mantorville Theatre Company) has led her to delve more into the prospect of costume design as a possible future career.
Abigail Bowman (Company Manager, Publicity Coordinator) is a rising Junior at Oberlin College Majoring in Theater and Education from New York City. Past Oberlin theatrical credits include Twelfth Night (Antonio), Stop Kiss (Mrs. Winsley) and Chamber Play (Zoe). Last semester she directed and choreographed Oberlin Musical Theater Association's production of Merrily We Roll Along. Next semester she will choreograph Oberlin Musical Theater Association's production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Sam Eisner (Electrics Production Staff) is an Oberlin College student from Philadelphia. She is a Theater major with a concentration in lighting design and directing. She has designed for many shows, including Chamber Play and the Directing class’ One Act plays. She also works in the Electrics shop during the year. Next semester she will direct The Sisters Rosensweig as her Directing capstone. In the spring semester, she will study in New York City.
Piper Hill (Composer/Sound Designer) is a Mathematics and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Piper’s previous theater experience includes acting roles such as Paulette in Legally Blonde, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Cathy Connolly / Marge Murray in The Laramie Project Cycle at his high school in New Albany, OH. Before transferring to Oberlin, he was a student at the University of Chicago, where he composed for Fire Escape Films and conducted research on pitch perception at Nusbaum Lab. He is thoroughly enjoying his first season with OSTF!
Alex Howell (Stage Manager for Little Women, Assistant Stage Manager for Picnic) will be a second year at Oberlin College in the Fall. Past Oberlin stage management credits include: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and The Tap Project. Back home in Seattle, he has worked with Arts West Playhouse and the Seattle Public Theater as well as with his high school drama department. This summer has been a wild and exciting adventure. Enjoy the show!
Delaney Kelly (Box Office Manager, Publicity Coordinator) is a rising junior at Oberlin College with a major in Theater. She is a North Royalton, Ohio native and has been attending OSTF shows since its inception! Previous credits include: Oberlin Student Theater Association’s Stop Kiss (Stage Manager), Oberlin Mainstage’s Angels in America (Asst. Stage Manager), and Oberlin labseries’ Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew). She also works in Creative Arts Therapy at Kendal and as a Course Writing Associate through the College’s Rhetoric & Composition program.
Bridget Kline (Wardrobe Assistant) is joining OSTF for her first season! Bridget will be entering her second year at Baldwin Wallace University with majors in Theatre: Design and Technology with a costume concentration and French. Her minor is Studio Art. During the school year, she works in the costume shop at BW and will be assisting in the costume design for Cabaret in the fall of 2018 before studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France for the spring semester 2019. Previously, she has assisted in the costuming of BW productions A View from the Bridge, Fyoo Zh En 2018, Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Anything Goes.
Helena Rankin (Assistant Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet, Stage Manager for Picnic) is thrilled to be participating in OSTF for her first season! She is a rising senior at Marywood University in Scranton, PA where she is pursuing a BA in Arts Administration. Her previous collegiate theatre credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (PSM), A Streetcar Named Desire (PSM), Sunday in the Park with George (PSM), Godspell (House Manager), and Songs for a New World (Box Office Assistant).
Delaynie Rizer (Assistant Stage Manager for Little Women, Stage Manager for Romeo & Juliet) is a senior at the University of Tennessee, where she is working for a BA in Theatre. She is also an AEA candidate for stage management. Past Internships: Studio Theatre in D.C., Nashville Children’s Theatre. Past Credits at the Clarence Brown Theatre: A Lesson Before Dying (ASM), The Crucible, (ASM), A Christmas Carol (ASM), Top Girls (ASM),Three Sisters (ASM), Alabama Story (ASM), The Dream of the Burning Boy (SM). Other: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (SM). Much love to her parents. For Sophie Scholl.
Max Robinson (Electrics Production Staff) is a rising fourth year from New York City. He is a Theater major with a concentration in lighting design and acting performance. He has designed the lighting for many shows at Oberlin, including The Tap Project, and has served as the light board op for multiple performances and operas. He has a great interest in experimental and sight-specific theater.
Rachel Behrman (Master Carpenter) is a recent graduate of California Institute of the Arts in Theater Design and Production with a concentration in Technical Direction. She is excited for her first season at OSTF this summer. Special thanks to her parents, college mentors, and the OSTF tech crew!
Anton Crooks (Resident Master Electrician) started at Oberlin College full-time in March of 2017. He received his BFA in Theater Arts, Design and Production with a concentration in Electrics from East Carolina University in 2015. Since graduating, Anton has worked professionally as a Technician for places such as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, ECU Loessin Playhouse, and OSTF. He also has worked as a lighting designer extensively in Dance, shows including Beauty and the Beast for the Greenville Civic Ballet, the Dance at Wright series at ECU, and as a recreation artist for the Koresh Dance Company. Sound Design credits include shows such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and assistant/associate designs on shows including A Streetcar Named Desire, Kiss Me Kate, and The Tragedy of Coriolanus. Master Electrician credits include shows such as Return to the Forbidden Planet, Schoolhouse Rock, and Treasure Island, to name a few. Anton has worked as a Master Electrician and Technical Director for OSTF in prior years.
Sam Eisner (Electrics Production Staff)
Kerry McCarthy (Costume Designer)
Joseph P. Natt (Senior Technical Director) is happy to kick off the tenth summer season of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. He was Resident Technical Director for OSTF the past two summers for As You Like It, Come Back, Little Sheba, Secret Garden, Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, and Light Up the Sky. He was Technical Director in OSTF seasons 1 through 5 for shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cradle Will Rock, Our Town, A Wrinkle In Time, The Glass Menagerie, and The Tempest. Joe is starting his 12th year at Oberlin College and has worked on shows like Spring Awakening, Denial, the opera of Street Scene, Assassins, Death of a Salesman, Reefer Madness, and Flora the Red Menace. Joe received his BFA in Theater Set Design and Technology in 1997 from Kent State University. Joe has worked professionally as Technical Director for Lyric Opera Cleveland as well as five seasons at The Cleveland Playhouse on a variety of shows. He dedicates his work this summer to Molly, Maggie, Tess and Bea.
April Rock (Costume Designer/Costume Shop Supervisor) holds a MFA in Costume Design from Kent State University. She is a local costume designer, technician and textile artist and has worked as the resident costume designer for the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival since 2011 where she has designed Anne of Green Gables, As You Like It, The Secret Garden, The Diary of Anne Frank, Light Up the Sky, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Raisin in the Sun. Recent design credits include The Wiz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Near West Theatre and Thoroughly Modern Millie for Kent State University.
Dan Schumacher (Summer Technical Director) is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a BFA in Production Design and Technology and is very grateful for the opportunity to be this season’s Technical Director. Dan has previously worked at Heritage Theater Festival and Stagedoor Manor. Dan hopes you enjoy the show!
Janie Spencer (Master Electrician) is excited to be returning for her third year with OSTF. She is a Theatre Supervisor at the Stocker Arts Center and frequently works as a freelance technician for Oberlin College during the school year. Janie recently moved to Ohio after earning her BFA in Design and Production at East Carolina University. Her recent credits include: Angels In America (SD), The Turn of the Screw (AME), Barefoot in the Park (ME), The Winter's Tale (ME), and The Miracle Worker (ME).
Abby Twining (Asst. Technical Director) is excited to be returning to her hometown for another wonderful season at OSTF. She earned her undergraduate degree in Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University and is pursuing her graduate degree in scenic design at Indiana University this fall. Abby has designed and painted in theaters such as The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Weathervane Playhouse, and at her alma mater. She wishes to thank her family, mentor Jeff Herrmann, and her fellow OSTF crew members for their support!
Alex Wade (Props Coordinator) is a senior technical theatre major at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. This season is her first with OSTF, but past credits include: NextStop Theatre Company: Once Upon a Mattress (Props); The Little Theatre of Alexandria: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Co-Scenic Designer); and George Mason University: The Imaginary Invalid (Scenic Designer), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Props), and 1984 (Props). Alex also does freelance prop/painting/carpentry; a portfolio of her work can be found at alexcwade.com.