The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Ashley Taylor, Ryan Wesley Gilreath, Ella Faith Gallagan, Kelly Mengelkoch and Aidan McCracken in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Bruce Cromer in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Bruce Cromer and Gregory Procaccino in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Douglas Rees and Bruce Cromer in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Bruce Cromer and Craig Wesley Divino in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Kathleen Wise, Livvy Stubenrauch, Austin Vaughan and Bruce Cromer in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Bruce Cromer and Kathleen Wise in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Annie Fitzpatrick and Douglas Rees in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Henry Charles Weghorst, Stephen Skiles, Bruce Cromer and Nick Rose in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
Kathleen Wise, Sara Masterson and John Skelley in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
John Skelley, Gregory Procaccino and Tatum Hunter in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
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Bruce has appeared in A Christmas Carol at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 1997, including eight years as Bob Cratchit; other Playhouse credits include Speaking in Tongues (2012), King Lear (2001) and Barrymore (1999). His directing credits for the Playhouse’s outreach touring company include Touch the Names and The Tempest. Regionally, Bruce has appeared in more than 160 professional stage productions at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Stages, Clarence Brown Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, among others. He is a founding resident artist with The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and a professor of acting at Wright State University’s Professional Actor Training Program. He has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1981.
Craig is happy to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for his seventh A Christmas Carol. New York City credits include The Oregon Trail, Frogs, Doctor Faustus, From White Plains, Breathing Time and At the Table (Fault Line Theatre); As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare at the Manor); The Tragedy of Arthur and The Two Noble Kinsmen (Guerrilla Shakespeare Project); Romeo and Hamlet (Gayfest NYC); Destiny and the Little Man (Nightcap Riot); The Goodbye Room (Happy Few Theatre Company); and The Tragedie of Cardenio (Brain Trust Theatricals). Regionally, he has performed in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre); Richard III (Tennessee Shakespeare Company); From White Plains (Kitchen Theatre Company); Amadeus (Chautauqua Theater Company/Virginia Arts Festival); In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Noises Off, The Winter’s Tale, Rx and Arcadia (Chautauqua Theater Company); and A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company). His film credits include American Genius, Girlfriend and The Automatic Hate. He received an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Craig is co-founder and co-artistic director of Fault Line Theatre, an off-Broadway company. Visit www.faultlinetheatre.org.
Annie is delighted to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park after appearing in A Prayer for Owen Meany (2016), To Kill a Mockingbird (2016), Pride and Prejudice (2014) and Hank Williams: Lost Highway (2012). She recently appeared in Richard III at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and This Random World at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, where she has appeared in more than 30 productions. She was a founding member of The New Group in New York City and toured nationally and internationally with Murder a la Carte. Regionally, Annie has performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre Center, Florida Stage, Florida Studio Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company and Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Television and film credits include Chicago P.D., Lifetime’s Army Wives, A&E’s Those Who Kill, Fun Size, Milk Money, to be and Broken Hearts.
Ella, a homeschooled sixth grader from New Albany, is excited to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for her third season as Belinda Cratchit. Other shows include Children of Eden (Storyteller), The Music Man (Gracie) and Antigone (The Child). Other recent commercial credits include Jason Studinski Attorney at Law and Friends of Pat Snyder. You can also find her pictures often gracing the daily ad pages of Zulily online. When she is not busy acting, Ella also enjoys singing, dancing and playing the piano and ukulele. Ella would like to thank her Mom and Dad for everything!
Ryan is a New York-based actor who is honored to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Having grown up in Cincinnati, it was this production of A Christmas Carol years ago that inspired him to pursue acting. Recently, Ryan played Jack Miller on AMC's TURN, wrote his first commercial (Dyson) and did voice-over for Crayola. On the side, he continues to workshop new plays and has started working on scripts for television. He's also performed as the retired and new Crayola Crayons, where he made a Good Morning America appearance, performed with Kida (winner of So You Think You Can Dance) and threw the first pitch at a baseball game. STRIKE! Theatre credits include Seven Angels (Burning Desire, starring alongside Lou Diamond Phillips), Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (Tribes, Other Desert Cities, Next Fall, Mary’s Wedding), the national tour of Echoes of Ireland, The Human Race Theatre Company (Ears on a Beatle), Florida Repertory Theatre (Deathtrap), The Theater Barn and Blue Jacket (The Outdoor Drama). Television/film credits include Oppenheimer in American Genius (National Geographic), Gold Fever (Discovery Channel), Deception (NBC), Team Umizoomi (Nick Jr.) and the pilot of Guilty (Fox) opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. Thanks to Michael, Blake, Lynn Meyers, his wonderful family and Cincinnati for being AWESOME! Please visit www.RyanWesleyGilreath.com.
Psacoya is a native of Alabama and graduate of Troy University with a BA in Theatre. Her favorite credits include Intimate Apparel (Mayme), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) and The Shape of Things (Evelyn). When she is not performing, she enjoys working as a teaching artist to bring theatre to elementary students. Psacoya is extremely excited to join the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park family! She thanks her parents, friends and mentors for their support. Psalms 23.
Ben is happy to be a part of the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company and in the annual production of A Christmas Carol. Earlier this year he understudied three roles in Shakespeare in Love here at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He has worked professionally across the Denver region and has performed in the award-winning two-man musical The Big Bang (Spotlight Theatre); Charlotte’s Web (Arvada Center); Pride and Prejudice (TheatreWorks); Jerusalem (The Edge Theatre Company); Once Upon a Mattress (Littleton Town Hall Arts Center); Beauty and the Beast (Vintage Theatre); and Beowulf (The Catamounts) for which he was nominated for a Henry Award. Ben also performs live and web-based sketch comedy with Best Worst Cantina; released an EP with his acoustic band Becoming Brothers; and starred in several feature films, including the upcoming Army & Coop. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Ari is a fourth grader from Mason, Ohio. She and her family split their time between Los Angeles and Cincinnati, with representation through The Osbrink Agency in Los Angeles and through Wings Model Management locally. Ari is thrilled to return for her third year in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol. Her previous theatre credits include Brownsville Song: B-side for Tray (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati). Her film debut will be in 2018, playing Casey Affleck and Tika Sumpter’s daughter in The Old Man and the Gun. Ari is truly grateful for the blessings and joys each acting experience brings!
Hannah earned her BFA in Theatre Performance and Dance at the University of Wyoming and has made it full-circle back to her home city of Cincinnati. She was named Best Partner in the Region in 2014 (Pacific Northwest) and has performed nationally at the Kennedy Center as a partner for the Irene Ryan Scholarship (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival). Some of her favorite roles include Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Monkey in The Last Firefly. She would like to thank her family for being awesome and their love and support. Grandpa, this one is for you.
Sara is delighted to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park this holiday season! Her credits include Fun Home (Portland Center Stage), The Secret Garden (Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater), How to Succeed in Business … (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Love Story (Playhouse Square) and A Little Night Music (New London Barn Playhouse). She is a proud graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Thanks and gratitude to the wonderful people at Carlton, Goddard and Freer Talent. Endless love to her family. Visit www.saramastersonactor.com.
Aidan is honored to return for his fourth year at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His performance credits include Jeremiah Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Mason Children’s Theatre) and Jem Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). He has appeared in national commercials, most notably Mead Trapper Keeper and Pampers. Aidan performed with the Cincinnati Boychoir and has received voice, music and piano training since age 8. Aidan is an eighth-grade National Honor Society member at Loveland Middle School and plays soccer and baseball. He would like to thank his friends and family for their support and dedicates this season to Rocco Dal Vera!
Kelly is delighted to ring in the holidays with her A Christmas Carol family this season. A 14-year resident ensemble member at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC), she has also worked regionally with St. Croix Festival Theatre, The Old Creamery Theatre Company and Kansas City’s New Theatre. In the Cincinnati area, she has also performed with New Stage Collective, The Human Race Theatre Company, Xavier University Theatre and most recently with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in This Random World. Film credits include C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, A Kind of Murder, The Old Man and the Gun and Perception. She received her BS in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas in her home state. She would like to send love and thanks to all of her families, and especially so to her dear husband, Jeremy.
Benny is thrilled to debut with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. A Mariemont eighth-grader, he just appeared in Frankenstein (William) at Falcon Theatre and will appear soon in Mary Poppins at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Michael Banks). Other shows include Shrek the Musical (Young Shrek) at Cincinnati Music Theatre, The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin/Flying Monkey) at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, The House at Pooh Corner (Christopher Robin) at Sunset Players and The Music Man at Xavier University (ensemble). Thanks to Mom and Dad, Ms. Allysun and our director, Mr. Haney, for giving me a chance. I wish the cast and crew much success!
Marco is a Mexican American actor/musician from the Rio Grande Valley. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. He is currently playing the role of Boom in the Off the Hill Touring Play The Last Firefly. Some collegiate credits include Frank in Appropriate, Mortimer in Mary Stuart, Jasper in The Aliens, Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Musical, Tupolski in The Pillowman and Guy in Once. He previously worked as a teaching artist at CUNY Creative Arts Team, where he worked to strengthen the development of young people’s social and emotional skills to provoke critical consciousness through theatre. Marco is incredibly grateful to become 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.
Greg’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include A Christmas Carol (1991-2014), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1996) and Romeo and Juliet (1978). Off-Broadway, he appeared in Second Chance. His regional credits include theatres such as Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Folger Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Hot Summer Nights at College-Conservatory of Music and The Human Race Theatre Company. On television and in film, he has appeared in The Greater Good (2006 FAIF Film Festival award winner), Heartburn, Best Friends, A Mom for Christmas, This Train, Little Man Tate, Crossing Fields, Milk Money, Murphy Brown, Hawk, Tanner ’88 (as a regular) and 2004’s Tanner on Tanner. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1990. His directing credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Covedale Center for the Performing Arts); [title of show] and Fool for Love (New Edgecliff Theatre); All My Sons (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) and Hamlet and The Tempest (Stage First). He is the director of theatre at Thomas More College.
Doug is delighted to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for his fourth turn in A Christmas Carol. Three seasons back he was seen on the Marx stage in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, and more distant, he appeared in Macbeth in the 1981-82 season as a member of the first-ever intern company at the Playhouse. He comes to the Playhouse directly from New York City, where he appeared in a revival of George Kelly's The Show-Off, starring Annette O'Toole. Other credits include the world premiere of Michael Hollinger’s Opus (Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia), as well as the subsequent New York City premiere at Primary Stages; many appearances at the Mint Theater Company in New York City; The Beauty Queen of Leenane, All in the Timing, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Scrooge in the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh); the world premiere of Michael Hollinger’s Ghost Writer (Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia); Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller (The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia); Travesties (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard and All the Rage (Pittsburgh Public Theater). Television appearances include 30 Rock.
Kevin is ecstatic to be joining Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as a member of the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company! A native of New Albany, Indiana, he is a recent graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Theatre/Playwriting. Credits include In the Red and Brown Water (Ogun), Dogfight (Fector), Cock (John), Into the Woods (Milky White), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (St. Thomas) and The Exonerated (David). Shout-out to his friends and family for their never-ending love and encouragement!
Nick is happy to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for his eighth appearance in A Christmas Carol. His regional credits include Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, The Grapes of Wrath, The Birds and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Stage Collective) and When the Rain Stops Falling (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). He recently starred in Carson Kreitzer’s new play The Lasso of Truth in San Francisco (Marin Theatre Company). Nick’s television and film credits include Emulsion, The Tao of Tom, Justice in Bloom and various local television and radio commercials. He is a content creator for the Bardactor YouTube channel. He currently resides in Anderson Township with his beautiful and more talented wife, Sara; their son, Brennan; and their cat, Keillor.
Ty caught the performance “bug” at age 8, taking on the role of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. This is his fourth year as part of cast of A Christmas Carol. He also has challenged himself at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with roles in Shakespeare in Love, Mad River Rising and To Kill a Mockingbird. He recently starred aside Bruce Willis in the full-length feature film First Kill. He lives in Kentucky with his parents and three sisters. Ty would like to thank the Playhouse, its Directors and staff and the audiences for supporting him!
John is thrilled to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for a second year. New York appearances include The Changeling (Red Bull Theater), Desire (The Acting Company) and nationally touring productions of Hamlet (as Hamlet), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors (also with The Acting Company). Regionally, John has appeared in 15 productions at The Guthrie Theater including The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth, Hay Fever and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Other regional credits include Petrol Station (Kennedy Center), The Glass Menagerie (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), The Foreigner (Cape Playhouse), Art and And a Nightingale Sang (Westport Country Playhouse), An Inspector Calls (Pioneer Theatre Company), Desire (New York Stage and Film) and Tribes (Florida Repertory Theatre). Television and film credits include Law and Order: SVU, Elementary and Into Temptation. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. More info at www.johnskelley.com.
Stephen’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include A Christmas Carol (1998, 2003-2006, 2011- 2015 and assistant director in 2010), Witness for the Prosecution (2006), Much Ado About Nothing (1999), Gross Indecency (1998) and the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern company productions of Plunge (1999) and And Then They Came for Me (1999). Additionally, he directed the Playhouse acting intern company productions of The Wrestling Season and By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea. Stephen is the director of theatre at Xavier University, where he most recently directed The Aliens, Rent, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q and The Last Five Years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Hanover College and an MFA in Acting from Ohio University. He completed further study at the Royal Shakespeare Institute. Stephen has performed or directed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cleveland Play House (assistant director), Ohio Shakespeare Festival, The Bang and the Clatter Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theatre, Sinclair College and the University of Akron, among others. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
JT is a New Yorker who’s 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 Ax/Tree in The Last Firefly directed by Timothy Douglas. In New York, he trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, a three-year conservatory 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.
Livvy is excited to return to A Christmas Carol for a fourth season, her third as Fan. In addition to theatre, she has been cast in various independent films, but may be best known for her voice-over role as the mischievous Young Anna in the Academy Award-winning Disney film Frozen. Livvy has also lent her voice to popular Cartoon Network shows Clarence (Daughter) and Adventure Time (Young Kara, young Bonnibel Bubblegum). A seventh-grader at Harrison Junior School, she also spends some time in Los Angeles pursuing her acting career. Livvy thanks the Playhouse, family and friends for their endless support.
Sabian is excited to be returning to his A Christmas Carol family. Sabian has a gift for performing and has participated in school plays, including the Troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff. He plays the violin and the piano. He has attended acting camp at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Young Actor's Toolbox, as well as Beginning Boys’ Ballet classes at College-Conservatory of Music. Offstage, Sabian enjoys spending time with his family and friends, seeing Broadway plays, playing tennis, swimming and meeting new people. Thank you to those whom have traveled to see his performance.
Ashley is delighted to return for her third season as Martha Cratchit. She is an eighth-grade student at the Cincinnati School for the Creative & Performing Arts with majors in vocal, drama and musical theatre. Her credits include regional television commercials as well as a lead role in a short film at Wright State University. Ashley’s musical theatre credits include Hairspray, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Snow White. Ashley would like to thank Mr. Haney and the extremely talented cast of professionals for teaching her so much over the last three years.
Emily is thrilled to be part of the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York doing improv and character sketch shows. Favorite credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), A Chorus Line (Diana), God’s Ear (Lanie) and And A Nightingale Sang (Helen). Grateful.
Henry is thrilled to be making his third appearance with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Earlier work has included the role of Bert in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Stagecrafters Inc.) and La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, Fidelio, Tosca and Turandot (Cincinnati Opera). He also performed as the Yule Sprite in Christ Church Cathedral’s Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Henry is a third-grader at Moyer Elementary School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and is a member of the Fort Thomas School Chorus. He thanks his family and friends for all their love and support!
Kathleen returns to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for a third season of A Christmas Carol, having recently appeared in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Her theatre credits include Grounded (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati), Dancing Lessons (Penguin Repertory Company), The Winslow Boy (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Talley’s Folly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Julius Caesar (Acting Company/Guthrie Theater), Vinegar Tom, Pity in History (Potomac Theatre Project/NYC), The Diary of Anne Frank (Pioneer Theatre Company/Indiana Repertory Theatre), Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theater Festival) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum). She has played leading roles in the independent feature films Ironwood, Historias del Canal, Antidote and 4 Nights in the Hamptons. Other film and television credits include Hulu’s The Path, Unforgettable, She’s Lost Control, SPLiT, Palimpsest (Sundance 2013) and the web series Wildcats! and F to 7th. She wrote and directed the short film, Sanctuary, that recently premiered at the 2017 Montana Film Festival. She received an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Please visit www.kathleenwise.wordpress.com.
Michael served as Associate Artistic Director for the Playhouse from 2002 to 2013. His productions here include Summerland, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Delicate Ship, Double Indemnity, Speaking in Tongues, As You Like It, The Understudy, The History of Invulnerability, Blackbird, Crime and Punishment, The Clean House, A Christmas Carol (1993-2017), Hiding Behind Comets and The Syringa Tree among many others. His productions have garnered more than 40 CEA and Acclaim awards, including nine for direction, and he received the Rick Steiner Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence. Off-Broadway, he directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Irish Repertory Theatre. International credits include the English Theatres of Vienna and Frankfurt. Regional productions include Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days (Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis; All My Sons (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Drawer Boy (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Freud's Last Session and Souvenir, for which he earned a Kevin Kline Award for direction (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Bloomsday, Grounded, An Iliad, Tribes and others (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); Bad Dates (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Scotland Road (Pacific Resident Theatre, Drama-Logue Award for direction). As artistic director of the Allenberry Playhouse, Michael directed more than 30 plays, including Bus Stop, Shirley Valentine, Love Letters (with Shirley Jones) and The Secret Garden. Michael began his career as an actor appearing on Broadway, off Broadway and in many regional theatres: Arena Stage (including their historic tour of the Soviet Union), Baltimore Center Stage and Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival where he appeared in the first American production of Dicken's Nicholas Nickleby. Michael and his wife Amy Warner appeared as Cate Blanchett’s in-laws in the movie Carol and now live in Minnesota.
James’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park productions include A Christmas Carol (1991-2017), Sylvia (1997), Inspecting Carol (1994), Hot ’N Cole (1992), The Cocktail Hour (1992) and Top Girls (1986). His Broadway credits include Ned and Jack, Take Me Along, Peter Pan, State Fair, Play On! and Regina at New York City Opera. Regionally, he has designed for The Old Globe Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, among others. James has designed corporate theatre shows extensively for such clients as McDonald’s, Toyota, General Motors, General Electric and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and various theme park shows for the Walt Disney World Company, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Antonio.
David’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include A Christmas Carol (1991-2015). His Broadway credits include Steel Magnolias, Mixed Emotions, A Change in the Heir, Ned and Jack, Blues in the Night, Devour the Snow, A Talent for Murder, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and Gorey Stories (supervisor for Edward Gorey’s designs). His off-Broadway productions include Crimes of the Heart (directed by Kathleen Turner), The Foreigner (with Matthew Broderick), The Holy Terror, The Middle Ages, Ladyhouse Blues, Translations, The Common Pursuit, Birds of Paradise, The Baby Dance, The Fourth Wall and Down the Garden Paths. Regionally, David’s designs have been seen at Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, George Street Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company. He has produced designs for made-for-television movies and the long-running ABC soap opera Ryan’s Hope, for which he received an Emmy Award in 1981. His designs were also seen in the 2007-08 edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. David is in his 28th year serving on the design faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has just begun teaching a costume design mentoring class at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Kirk’s Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park credits include more than 70 productions, including Summerland (2017), A Delicate Ship (2014), Speaking in Tongues (2012), The Fantasticks (2010), A Christmas Carol (1991-2017), Sing Hallelujah! (2004), Proof (2003) and The Mystery of Irma Vep (2001). His Broadway credits include The Sunshine Boys (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Additional New York off-Broadway productions include Closer Than Ever (off-Broadway), Right You Are and What Then (Ohio Theatre), The Cook (Intar 53 Theatre), Recent Tragic Events (with Heather Graham, Playwrights Horizons), Shanghai Moon (with Charles Busch, Drama Department), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club) and productions of Mondo Drama, Havana Is Waiting, Force Continuum, My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (with David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, June Moon, Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara.
David’s Playhouse credits include more than 70 productions, including Thunder Knocking on the Door, Beehive, Dracula, Dark Paradise: The Legend of the Five-Pointed Star, Everything’s Ducky, A Little Night Music, Wit, Sweeney Todd, The Notebook of Trigorin, To Kill a Mockingbird and all productions of A Christmas Carol. Regional credits include Golden Boy (Long Wharf Theatre), Arena Stage, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Birmingham Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Huntington Theatre Company and New York Shakespeare Festival. David has designed Sinfonia orchestral enhancement systems for the national tours of West Side Story, Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita, Steel Pier, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Titanic, Seussical, Miss Saigon, Cinderella, The Music Man, Porgy and Bess, Oliver! and Oklahoma! Las Vegas credits include KÁ, Le Reve and Love; London credits include Les Misérables. David is a founding Partner and Director of Research and Development for Realtime Music Solutions and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at NYC College of Technology (CUNY). He holds multiple U.S. patents for music performance systems. David received a Kevin Kline Award for outstanding sound design for Dracula. His compositions have been played across the country.
Steve is pleased to be returning to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he made his debut with God of Carnage (2011). He is currently the resident lighting and scenic designer for TADA! Youth Musical Theater Company New York City (since 2006). He is a design associate for various international, Broadway, off-Broadway and regional productions. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001.
Rebecca has been the music director for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol since 2002. She was also the rehearsal pianist for the Playhouse’s production of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (2014). She has been a musical director/vocal coach/accompanist for school, community and professional theatres in New Orleans and the southern Ohio area, and she has music directed shows for her alma mater, Miami University, and the University of Dayton. At The Carnegie, Rebecca was vocal director and assistant conductor for Carousel, for which she won an Acclaim Award, and vocal director for The King and I, The Sound of Music and West Side Story. She was music director for Mad Anthony Theatre Company’s The Story of My Life and Sondheim on Sondheim. She was also musical director for CCM Drama’s production of Coram Boy. Rebecca is the musical director for productions and serves on the musical theatre staff at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, and is an adjunct instructor for CCM’s Musical Theatre program. Rebecca received the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards 2017 Arts Educator Award for excellence in arts instruction. She is also the proud mother of Erin Crouch. Rebecca is privileged to continue her association with the Playhouse and A Christmas Carol.
Dee Anne is very pleased to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for her 18th year as choreographer for A Christmas Carol. Playhouse credits include Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (2014), Pride and Prejudice (2014), Marry Me a Little (2009), The Clean House (2006) and The Glass Menagerie (1999). Additional credits include work at Xavier University Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, The Carnegie, Cincinnati Landmark Theatre and Commonwealth Theatre Company. Dee Anne has been a director/choreographer for shows including Some Enchanted Evening, The Sound of Music (2015 LCT outstanding production), Chicago (2013-14 LCT winner of outstanding musical 2013-14 and outstanding direction of a musical) Falsettos, Parade (2012-13 LCT winner outstanding musical), Big River, Singin’ in the Rain, Ragtime and Godspell. She won a 2006 CEA for her performance as Maggie Jones in 42nd Street. She and her husband, Edward Cohen, were awarded the 2010 Acclaim Trailblazer Award for contributions to Cincinnati theatre. In January 2015, she was awarded the 2015 Freddie G Broadway Junior Spirit Award presented and sponsored by Freddie Gershon (CEO of Music Theatre International) and his wife Myrna. Dee Anne holds faculty positions at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department.
Rich was the primary casting director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for 20 seasons with Ed Stern. Throughout his career, he has helped to populate almost a thousand productions for Broadway (including several for Roundabout Theatre Company), off-Broadway, London, Dublin, Vienna, Frankfurt and just about every major regional theatre in the country. For his casting work, Rich has been nominated for the Artios Award three times. Also a director and playwright, his Unnatural Acts won the 2003 Off-Off-Broadway Review Award. Most recently, he directed Rich Girl for Okoboji Summer Theatre in Iowa. He is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
Stephanie is thrilled to continue her collaboration with Blake Robison and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 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 and Mr. Joy 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, television and the internet. She has many exciting projects running and upcoming both in New York City and regionally, as well as on film, the web and television. 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 Mr. Joy; Erma Bombeck; 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 theatres to bring co-productions back to the Playhouse. Her recent credits include Shakespeare in Love, Little Shop of Horrors, The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, To Kill a Mockingbird, Low Down Dirty Blues, The Secret Garden, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Buzzer, Chapatti, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Venus in Fur, 4000 Miles, Fly, Double Indemnity, The Book Club Play, The Three Musketeers, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Speaking in Tongues, High, The Fantasticks, Daddy Long Legs and The Fall of Heaven. Jenifer served as the PSM at Santa Fe Stages for several seasons. She has also stage managed at 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.
Brooke is pleased to return for her third season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Breathing Time, The Faire and From White Plains (production stage manager, Fault Line Theatre). Regional theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Shakespeare in Love and five seasons of A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Hair: Retrospection, Stillwater, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County and Cabaret (production stage manager, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher and Richard II (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Stage in Baltimore); and The Drowsy Chaperone, Is He Dead? and Harry the Great (Creede Repertory Theatre). Assistant stage management credits include Our Town, A Flea in Her Ear, Clay, Jitney and Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); and work at Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Brooke also has worked in opera, with credits including Moscow, Cherry Town and Medea (PSM, Opera Long Beach) and Frida, Die Fledermaus and Tosca (ASM, Cincinnati Opera). She also spent two seasons at The Santa Fe Opera.